Wiltshire Horse Watch 11th April 2019

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Wiltshire Horse Watch 11th April 2019


This is a Wiltshire Horse Watch newsletter sent from Wiltshire Police and this week includes:
Tack Security Marking
Recent Incidents and Crime
Keeping You and Your Horse Safe on the Roads
You can share this message with anyone you feel would benefit from it; they can sign up to receive it directly from Wiltshire Community 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 Police Rural Crime Team will be 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. Thank you to those of you who have already offered to donate equipment.

Recent Incidents and Crime

Update of crimes and incidents throughout Wiltshire affecting Horse owners, Yards and Rural areas. Please check the security you have in place for your animals and belongings, keep an eye out for items for sale that match descriptions of anything listed as taken and if you can offer any information on these incidents call 101 and quote the crime reference number.
Area Date and Time Crime Reference Details
Countywide March/April 2019 N/A Some reports of attempts by unknown person/s loitering suspiciously around, or accessing, farmland and/or yards by forcing padlocked gates, cutting or climbing fences and causing damage to land, crops or acting suspiciously around animals, livestock and game.
Please keep an eye out for your own and others land, yards and animals and review what security measures you have in place.
Locally it can be worth obtaining names and contact numbers for surrounding neighbours, creating a messaging group between each other (such as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger) and using it to communicate quickly any activity anyone sees that is out of the ordinary to confirm if they are aware and report to police if they are not.
Countywide March 2019 N/A 3 separate incidents of horse riders and car drivers having verbal disagreements at the roadside regarding rights of way/ passing space and speed. See Keeping You and Your Horse Safe on the Roads.
South Street, Wilton 27/03/19 54190030466 Unknown suspect/s have gained entry to a yard by climbing a 6ft fence and have made a hole in a wire fence by unknown means. Have taken items from a skip, then entered a padlocked building by forcing it open and have taken:
- Electric saw £200
- 3 or 4 chrome radiators
East Grafton, Marlborough 29/03/19 54190030690 Between 11/03/19 – 22/03/19 unknown suspect/s have stolen five tractor type car batteries used for electric fencing from inside an unlocked workshop in a yard, and stolen five scrap batteries from outside.
Devizes 02/04/19 54190031570 A male has visited an address and requested the owner sell him some items; it is believed he scoped out the address in advance to know they were there. Owner has agreed to sell some – not all – items. A different male has then attended to collect and removed additional items not agreed as part of the sale. Please be aware of people in or around yours and neighbours’ homes, yards or land and report anything out of the ordinary and suspicious.
Corsley, Warminster 30/3/19 12:30 – 03/04/19 05:00 54190032301 Unknown person/s have accessed farm yard using a private track and taken 6 x (scrap) agricultural batteries from private land.  
Bratton, Westbury 20/03/19 00:01 – 03/04/19 15:00 54190032394 Unknown person/s have entered a yard and made a series of attempts to weaken and pull down the wall to a barn to gain access. They have then tried to knock hole through the wall with a sledgehammer. No entry gained.
Tidworth 29/03/19 21:00 – 29/03/19 21:10 54190032630 Unknown person/s have driven vehicle into a yard, turned off headlights, exited the vehicle and taken approximately 6 x car batteries before driving away.
South Marston, Swindon 03/04/19 19:00 – 04/04/19 06:00 54190032643 Unknown person/s have broken into various buildings within a yard including a storeroom containing horse equipment, a padlocked tool shed and a barn. Padlocks were snapped off and damage caused to doors. A Williams trailer tamper plate damaged. The following items were taken:
  • 2 x STIHL white and orange chainsaws models MS211C and MS181
  • STIHL petrol industrial strimmer
  • Miscellaneous tools
Malmesbury 04/04/19 14:00 – 15:00 54190032828 Male was stealing from a fuel tank in a farm yard, had broken the lock and was disturbed by farm workers filling a jerry can with fuel. Male made off when challenged in a Blue Nissan.
Pewsey 03/04/19 18:00 – 04/04/19 08:00 5419003309 Unknown person/s have cut chain with what appears to be a disc cutter to gain entry to a yard and farm buildings. Sheets torn from side of shed. Item stolen:
  • 2 x large batteries
  • Radio Set
Warminster 06/04/19 18:00   Possible deer poaching on private land, Green 4x4, possibly Mitsubishi.
Enford, Pewsey 06/04/19 17:00 – 08/04/19 17:00 54190034215 Unknown person/s have entered a yard and stolen 10 x used Scania batteries.
Dinton, Salisbury 07/04/19 07:00 – 09:00 54190034419 Unknown person/s have entered fields in a silver vehicle, run over areas of crop and cattle have been let out, chased and harassed.
Whiteparish, Salisbury 07/04/19 11:00 – 14:00 54190034603 1985 Honda Quad Bike 4x4 stolen from yard.
Oxenwood 09/04/19 18:00 – 10/04/19 08:00 54190035077 Unknown suspect/s have entered a farm compound and stolen 2 x 200 litres of red diesel from tanks.

Keeping You and Your Horse Safe on the Roads

Following a few reports of incidents regarding horses and car users on the roads the following guidance has been shortened from The Highway Code: Horse Riders (rules 49 to 55) for your awareness and to give you confidence to know your rights on the roads:
  • Children under 14 MUST wear a securely fastened helmet which complies with the Regulations. Other riders should follow this requirement. [Does not apply to child, or adult, following the Sikh religion while wearing a turban].
The below picture is an example from The Highway Code of a suitably dressed rider and horse
  • You should wear:
  • boots or shoes with hard soles and heals
  • light-coloured or fluorescent clothing in daylight
  • reflective clothing in poor visibility or if you have to ride at night
  • It is safer not to ride on the road at night or in poor visibility. If you do ride:
    • Both rider and horse to wear reflective clothing.
    • Put reflective bands above fetlock joints on your horse.
    • Fit a light which shows white to front and red to rear with a band to rider’s right arm and/or leg/riding boot.
  • If leading a horse at night carry a light in your right hand, showing white to front and red to rear.
  • A fluorescent/reflective tail guard worn by your horse is also strongly recommended.
  • Before riding on a road ensure all tack fits well and is in good condition.
  • Make sure you can control the horse.
  • Always ride with other, less nervous horse if you think your horse will be nervous of traffic.
  • Never ride a horse without both a saddle and bridle.
  • Before riding off or turning, look behind you to make sure it is safe and give a clear arm signal. Keep to the left, both hands on reins unless signalling and both feet in the stirrups.
  • Avoid roundabouts wherever possible.
  • Do not carry another person.
  • Do not carry anything that could affect balance or become tangled up with the reins.
  • If leading a horse, keep them to your left.
  • Move in the direction of the traffic flow in a one-way street.
  • Ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends.
  • You must not take a horse onto a footpath or pavement and you should not take a horse on a cycle track.
  • Rule 56 is also helpful for Horse Riders; if you are on a pavement, road or path that can be shared with cyclists and horses then dogs should be “on a short lead”.
If you want to know more or view the guidance in full please visit The Highway Code: Horse Riders.
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Lauren Clark (Police, Watch Co-ordinator, Wiltshire and Swindon)

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