Wiltshire Horse Watch Rural Crimes Update

Alert message sent 17/05/2019 11:22:00

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Wiltshire Horse Watch Friday 17th May


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’.
Replies to this newsletter are not monitored 24/7. If you want to report a crime or incident this must be reported via 101. Call 999 if someone is at immediate risk of being injured or a crime is in progress.

Photograph your belongings

PC Emily Thomas, who works in the Wiltshire Police Rural Crime Team, would like to urge you to take the time to photograph the tack, accessories and equipment you own as they have had instances of recovering items that are believed to be stolen but are unable to trace the rightful owners. She advises, “Photographing all equipment and recording any serial numbers of items you buy gives us a much greater chance of being able to reunite your items with you.”
If you have wear and tear or damage on a certain area photograph these unique markings. In the event your items are ever taken these images can be shared with Police straight away and saved with your crime report, it can then be included on communications like this newsletter and will be stored on the police system; you can also circulate images quickly on social media and for sale pages to alert others to inform you if they see your belongings being advertised. If items are later retrieved, having these images of unique markings can help prove the item had been stolen from you and enable them to be returned.
You may also want to look at what extra security you can have in place for any items of great importance or high value, such as considering CCTV or tracking devices.

Recent Incidents and Crime

Update of crimes and incidents throughout Wiltshire since the last newsletter affecting Horse owners, Yards and Rural areas. Check the security you have in place for your animals and belongings, keep an eye out for items for sale that match descriptions and/or pictures 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
Chitterne 07/05/19 23:07 54190044259 2 male suspects entered private farm land in a silver 4x4 wearing black balaclavas to cover their faces. They stole 8 leisure batteries, painted yellow, that were being charged.
Hamptworth Road, Landford 10/05/19 20:30 – 11/05/19 08:00 54190045011 Known suspect/s have taken a vintage saw bench that had been left overnight in a field after a farm sale auction had taken place.
West Tisbury 10/05/19 06:30 – 14:00 54190045016 Unknown suspect/s have stolen a working cocker spaniel.
Intact male, 7-8 years old, roan/white coloured, long tail, few teeth extracted
South Wraxhall, Bradford on Avon 13/05/19 19:30-14/05/19 06:30 54190045914 Unknown suspect/s have gained entry to stables by unknown means having entered a locked metal gate. They have stolen an Ifor Williams multi-axle horse box using an unknown object to remove as it had been chained and bolted to the ground.
IFOR WILLIAMS HB10, Multi Axle Horse Box
Serial Number: 5000754
Lights Lane, Alderbury 13/05/19 18:00-14/05/19 08:00 54190045938 Unknown suspect/s have pulled down electric fencing around a stable area which contains horses and a secure metal container. Nothing to show on container any attempts to gain access and nothing stolen although horse has got out and cut leg.
Down Road, Chippenham 13/05/19 18:00-14/05/19 09:00 54190046185 Unknown suspect/s have gone onto private farm land and gained entry to a 2017 model caravan by prizing open the door. Believed to have used a screwdriver as some tools left in situ by suspect/s. They have tipped most internal contents over and ripped the cupboards apart. Also damage to the front of the caravan in the box above the jockey wheel. 6 other caravans on site all also damaged. Reporting person believes they were looking for tracking devices on the caravans [to either try and remove a device or choose to take one without a device present].
Bradley Road, Crockerton 06/05/19 11:00-14/05/19 13:30 54190046373 Reporting person in the process of moving horses off of land and a small lean-to type outbuilding was dismantled ready for collection, to be taken to new site, but this has been stolen.
Frome Road, Southwick 15/05/19 12:00 -16/05/19 09:30 54190046755 Unknown suspect/s have broken /smashed 3 substantial middle security locks, damaging the lock plating of an old milking parlour shed on allotment site. No item believed to be taken.
Wormwood, Box 16/05/19 11:10 54190046805 Two males have been located on farm premises, outside one of the reporting person’s (RP) storage sheds. The lock to the shed has been forced off the door and the lock could not be seen in the vicinity of the shed; RP has challenged males and they have stated they do not have possession of the lock – however no reason for them to be there and RP believes they have been attempting to gain access.


Message sent by
Lauren Clark (Police, Watch Co-ordinator, Wiltshire and Swindon)

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