Crime Update for Horse and Farm Watch

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This is a Wiltshire Horse & Farm Watch crime update alert 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’ or ‘Farm 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.


Recent Incidents and Crime

Update of crimes and incidents throughout Wiltshire 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
Collingbourne Ducis, Marlborough 26/06/2019 22:54 54190061987 Unknown suspect/s have entered open trading estate yard and towed away a Fiat Ducato Motor Caravan.
Street Lane, Sedgehill 21/06/2019 00:01 - 27/06/2019 23:59 54190062630 Unknown suspect/s have forced the rear door of a farmhouse open. Nothing stolen but there is damage to the door locking and shutting mechanism which is thought to cost £150 in repairs.
Wilsford, Amesbury 01/07/2019 11:15 54190063510 Driver has clipped the hind quarters of a horse that was being ridden with his car wing mirror. He has stopped, shouted at the rider and then driven off. Horse had no visible injuries and returned to stables.
Luke Street, Berwick St John 11/04/2019 21:10 (reported 01/07/19) 54190063930 Unknown suspect/s have forced entry into the farm by breaking the gates. They have then accessed a tractor and driven it around the farm, upturning soil. The lifting arms of the tractor have been bent and a van then rammed into the side of the tractor causing damage to the radiator and the steering to become stiff. Oil was poured onto tractor seat and attempts made to set fire to it, which were unsuccessful and five tractor batteries were taken.
Chilmark, Salisbury 03/07/2019  23:03-23:53 N/A 3 unknown persons captured on CCTV walking around farm premises, appeared to be looking at the security in place.
Horton, Devizes 04/07/19 12:00 54190064840 Male in a white Citroen relay van arrived at farm buildings by a private lane and asked to buy scrap batteries.
Urchfont, Devizes 05/06/19 00:01 – 05/07/19 10:47 54190065214 Unknown suspect/s gained entry to a workshop on farm premises and stole 50 tonne bottle jack, air gun, 9 inch angle grinder and other miscellaneous tools. Value unknown.
Urchfont, Devizes 03/06/19 00:01-05/07/19 10:47 54190065171 3 Starfire GPS systems taken from 3 tractors to the value of £18,000.
Farley, Salisbury 01/07/19 08:00 – 05/07/19 14:30 54190065416 Unknown suspect/s have by unknown means gained access to workshop yard, entered an open front building and stolen a cross cut saw which was bolted to a work bench and other smaller tools have also been taken.
Purton, Swindon 05/07/19 09:50 N/A Three unknown males drove onto the farm in a White Mercedes Van. When approached the van sped off but CCTV captured van index. Nothing taken.
Salisbury 06/07/19 12:00 – 08/07/19 09:00 54190066114 Unknown suspect/s have entered yard by tearing down a barbed wire fence and stolen timber to the value of £1000.
Bowerchalke 10/07/19 19:00 – 11/07/19 06:30 54190067445 Unknown suspect/s have entered a yard and taken 150 scaffolding planks to the value of £1500.
The planks are 13ft long and some will have black, red and pink paint on both ends covering the metal.
Ratford 08/07/19 13:45 – 11/07/19 14:00 54190067642 Unknown suspect/s have entered a yard used for storage and stolen scaffolding equipment to the value of £7000.
Mere 11/07/19 14:30 54190067656 Unknown male has driven past reporting person’s farm, turned around then pulled up by the gate to enter the grounds. Male said that ‘Dave had sent him to pick up a pair of shafts’. There was nothing awaiting collection and no ‘Dave’ known. Reporting person thought male was likely scoping out the premises.
Stapleford 08/07/19 00:01 – 10/07/19 14:00 54190067769 Unknown suspect/s have entered private farm land and by unknown means cut down a small elder tree, leaving the cut tree on the land.
Monkton Deverill 10/07/19 17:00 N/A Green Subaru entered a farm yard, male passenger got out and approached a barn and appeared to attempt to open the closed gate. He looks over the gate into the barn but then walks back to the vehicle and they leave.
Chilmark 12/07/19 22:07 54190068357 Two white males climbed over a gate into a secured yard and stole an axe and a disc cutter from a metal container.
Hullavington 08/07/19 08:00 13/07/19 13:00 54190068415 Unknown suspect/s have gained entry to an open building within the farm and stolen approximately 20 gallons of red diesel from a parked combine harvester.
Great Bedwyn 13/07/19 15:00 – 14/07/19 08:00 54190068630 Unknown suspect/s have broken into a thatched barn outbuilding through stable door. Nothing has been taken.
Ashton Road, Minety 14/07/19 14:00, 15:00 & 22:20 54190068801 Drone seen to be flying over farm buildings at different times during the day, no pilot for the drone seen.
Westbury 13/07/19 13:00 15/07/19 06:30 54190068894 Unknown suspect/s have stolen between 20-25 power tools, hand tools, lanyards and harnesses to the value of £5,000-7,000 from two secured storage containers.
Alderbury 15/07/19 18:08 54190069108 Unknown male with Black Mercedes was seen looking suspiciously around farm machinery in an estate yard.

Please note replies to this message are not monitored 24/7. If you want to offer information on any of the above or report a crime or incident this must be reported via 101. You can also visit the Wiltshire Police website and select ‘Report’ to report non-emergency incidents.

Always call 999 if someone is at immediate risk of being injured or a crime is in progress.

You can also call Rural Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on either 0800 783 0137 or visiting Crimestoppers Stamp Out Rural Crime  

Heritage Crime: What is it?

Heritage crime is any offence which harms the value of heritage assets and their settings. Some heritage assets are protected by specific legislation to prevent harm caused by damage or unlicensed alteration. However, other crimes such as theft, criminal damage, arson and anti-social behaviour offences can also damage and harm heritage assets and interfere with the public's enjoyment and knowledge of their heritage. Heritage assets are sites which are considered to have a value to the heritage of England and include:

  • Listed buildings

  • Scheduled monuments

  • World Heritage Sites

  • Protected marine wreck sites

  • Conservation areas

  • Registered parks and gardens

  • Registered battlefields

  • Protected military remains of aircraft and vessels of historic interest

  • Undesignated but acknowledged heritage buildings and sites.

If you need to report theft, criminal damage, arson or anti-social behaviour happening and you know it is on a heritage site, please tell the call taker this fact so the police can record it as a Heritage Crime.

You can find out more about Heritage Crime at Historic England.


Rural Crime Team receives drone for Rural and Heritage Crimes

Wiltshire Police's Rural Crime team is delighted to be able to launch its new drone. The Mavic 2 drone, which will be exclusively used to tackle rural crime around the county, has been kindly funded by the National Farmers Union and Historic England.

As 80 per cent of the Wiltshire's land is farmed and much of it is away from main roads finding criminals can be very difficult. Rural Crime Team officers can launch this new drone quickly during unfolding incidents instead of having to wait for support from colleagues who could be anywhere in Wiltshire.

Force Operations Superintendent Phil Staynings, who oversees the Rural Crime Team said, “The Force is always looking for new ways to embrace technology to support operational policing and we are really grateful for this support and funding from our partners. Whereas the wider force already has drone capability, this new drone will be another excellent tool for tackling criminality that specifically affects our isolated rural communities.”

“Being able to cover large areas of land quickly means there will be nowhere for criminals to hide. It can gather aerial footage of the damage caused to farm land which can be used as evidence to support prosecutions.”

NFU Wiltshire Chair Mark Jeffery said, “This sophisticated equipment that the NFU has given to the rural crime team in Wiltshire will allow the police to react quickly in incidents in the countryside and gather better, more useful evidence to help bring criminals to justice.”

Mark Harrison, Head of Heritage Crime Strategy for Historic England said, “We are pleased to provide a grant towards this new drone which will extend and enhance the ability of officers to prevent crime in rural areas and will help them to identify offenders and their vehicles. The use of a drone will provide a powerful tool in the fight against heritage crime and sends a clear message that it will not be tolerated in Wiltshire.”

The drone has already been used to support Op Aston, tackling illegal activity on Salisbury Plain, such as contravening the by-laws or people being in prohibited places; this resulted in a quad bike being seized by police.


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

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