Wiltshire Police Horse Watch 28th March 2019

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This is a Wiltshire Horse Watch newsletter sent from Wiltshire Police. You can share this message with anyone you feel would benefit from it; they can sign up to receive it directly from Wiltshire Messaging and choosing ‘Horse Watch’.
If you want to report a crime or incident this must be reported via 101. Call 999 if someone is at risk of being injured or a crime is in progress.

Tack Security Marking
The Wiltshire Rural Crime Team are looking to arrange training a number of PCSO’s/PC’s in tack security marking. If anyone has any old, leather saddles that you no longer require and would be happy to donate for training purposes please contact PC Thomas at Emily.Thomas@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk  before 1st May 2019.
Recent Incidents and Crime

There have been some reports from the public of vehicles that look like they are equipped for Hare Coursing. Hare Coursing is an illegal hunting activity where dogs are used to chase, kill and catch hares and cash bets are placed; damage is frequently caused from their trespassing on private land and landowners who request they leave are often victim to threatening behaviour.
Things to look out for:
- Groups or convoy of vehicles in a rural area (e.g. parked in gateways to farmland, tracks and bridleways)
- Coursers may walk along field edges to frighten hares into the open, sometimes carrying binoculars
- Vehicles are usually estate cars, 4x4's or vans
- Dogs will be being transported, not always in every vehicle (there may be signs there has been dogs - collars, leads, dog crates in the back)

Do not confront anyone. Call 101 to report suspicious activity or vehicles or call 999 if you can see hare coursing is taking place at that moment.
Helpful information to provide:
- Vehicle number plates, make, model and colour
- Number of people and descriptions of anyone seen
- Do they have dogs/equipment/firearms with them?
- Are they trespassing?
- What road are they on and direction of travel?
- Only take a photograph if you can do so safely without risk to yourself

Below is an update of crimes and incidents throughout Wiltshire affecting Horse owners, Yards and Rural areas from 13/03/2019-28/03/2019.
Area Date and Time Crime Reference Details
Pewsey & Burbage 13/03/2019 15:30 54190025036 Both on 12/03/19 and 13/03/19 a male has been attending farms in the area asking for scrap metal in a white BMW. When challenged has continued to look around the farm.
Donhead St Mary 14/03/19 13:06 54190025385 A white male has been seen driving a large open back, white Ford transit looking into gardens and knocking on doors asking for scrap metal.
Seend, Melksham 22/03/19 17:45 54190028449 Reporting person (RP) has been on a public bridleway near Fairways Broad Lane and 5 or 6 dogs have been loose. Please be aware if using Bridleway.
Whiteparish, Salisbury 22/03/19 19:11 54190028471 RP has found a pile of deer carcasses left in wooded area – suspected poaching.
Chippenham Occurred between 01/03/19-23/03/19 54190028605 Unknown suspect(s) have gained entry into RP’s Ifor Williams 506 horse trailer and stolen metal and rubber swing partition and hold rail from inside.
Cricklade 23/03/19 13:55 54190028676 RP was driving and stopped on a B-road for a horse but has been shouted at by the rider, RP also shouted back.
Wroughton, Swindon Occurred between
23/3/19 10:00- 25/03/19 10:00
54190029182 RP’s Ifor Williams Green Horsebox to the value of £4000 has been stolen from their farm.
The horsebox was in a storage barn and had a lock on the hitch/clamp.
Ogbourne Maizey & Woodborough 27/03/19 17:30 & 18:00 54190030177 3 white males in a Blue X Trail attempted to enter farm through main gate, gained access via side entrance and were challenged by a neighbour; males claimed to be returning a wandering dog but neighbour believes they were targeting a horsebox.
Same vehicle was then seen towing a Williams flatbed trailer by the owner of that trailer at approx. 1800 hours.
Check the security you have in place for your animals and belongings, keep an eye out for items for sale that match descriptions of stolen items and if you can offer any information on these incidents call 101 and quote the crime reference number.

Crime Prevention

In light of suspicious incidents involving people looking around residential gardens and farmyards take time to review the security in place for your belongings, ensure adequate insurance is in place and review the policies to check you are meeting any requirements insurance companies might include in the finer details or small print.
There can sometimes be reports to police about horses on loan where agreements have gone wrong. These situations are predominantly civil disputes and not something police can resolve, so before starting a horse loan ensure a written agreement is signed by all parties covering the expectations, who is covering costs and what is to happen in different scenario’s. A good starting point for Horse Loan advice is Pet Plan Equine’s pages on Loan Agreements for ‘The Loaner’ and ‘The Loanee’.
Message sent by
Lauren Clark (Police, Watch Co-ordinator, Wiltshire and Swindon)

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