Rural Crime Update from Wiltshire Police

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This is a message from Wiltshire Police with an update on the most recent rural crimes across Wiltshire & Swindon. You can share this message with anyone you feel would benefit from it; visit the Wiltshire & Swindon Community Messaging website to sign up, selecting 'Farm Watch' and/or 'Horse Watch'.

Featured within this message is:
- Recent Crimes and Incidents
- Linked Incidents in Royal Wootton Bassett Message
- Hare Coursing - Operation Artemis: What to look out for

If you have any enquiries or want to report a crime or incident non emergencies must be reported via 101 or the online report form. Call 999 if someone is at risk of being injured or a crime is in progress. You can also visit the website or call Rural Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 783 0137.

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Rural Crime Update 13/07/19 - 27/08/19

If you can offer any information about the below crimes and incidents please call 101 and quote the crime reference number.

You can also give information 100% anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on their dedicated rural crime number 0800 783 0137.


Date and Time

Crime Reference



13/07/19 01:00 - 18:00


Unknown suspect/s have stolen the wooden entrance gate to the property, gate worth £200.
The gate provided a level of security should horses or livestock get out; preventing them from getting onto the main road. 


03/07/2019 23:00 and 15/07/19 22:00


Unknown persons late at night in reporting person's farmyard. First occasion appeared to be 3 people. Second occasion vehicle and people seen. Nothing damaged or taken.

Idmiston, Salisbury

18/07/2019 15:00 - 17:10


Suspects have stolen and subsequently written off a Land Rover and garden machinery from residential dwelling, Land Rover was loaded up with scrap ready for recycling. Earlier in the day two males had knocked on the door and asked if hedges needed trimming and offering their services, which was declined; machinery and vehicle at that time were in the front of the property which would have been seen.

Longbridge Deverill, Warminster

17/07/19 19:00 - 18/07/19 19:00


Unknown suspect/s have entered a farmyard and stolen a 56 plate red, Honda 350cc quad bike serial number 1HFTE25UX64505167


19/07/19 18:00 20/07/19 18:30


Unknown suspect/s have damaged a fence in order to gain entry into a secure yard. Unknown if access to any of the buildings has been made and unknown if anything has been stolen at this time, reporting person concerned suspect/s could return as yard contains various equipment.

Hullavington, Chippenham

19/07/19 14:00 - 21/07/19 10:00


Unknown suspect/s believed to have climbed over a gate or a large mud bank to gain access to yard in which there is an open barn with a quad bike inside. Suspect/s appear to have used an angle grinder to grind off a chemical sprayer from the front of the quad in an attempt to steal the quad bike. Reporting person thinks they must have been disturbed, quad bike not taken, nothing left at the scene which may have been used to detach the sprayer from the quad and nothing else appeared to be stolen or damaged.

Worton, Devizes

23/07/19 22:00 - 24/07/19 06:30


Unseen suspect/s have cut a padlock off of a gate leading to a paddock, unsure if paddock has been entered but nothing appears stolen or damaged. A neighbour also had a stable entered and item taken (see below also).

Worton, Devizes 23/07/19 22:00 - 24/07/19 08:00 54190072427 Unknown suspect/s have broken padlock on stable door and stolen a small generator, other items kept in the stable such as tack were left there.
Hatches Lane, Salisbury 02/07/19 07:30 - 18/07/19 17:00 54190072456 A Belle 16 in plate compactor stolen from the yard.
Downton, Salisbury 19/07/19 00:00-22/07/19 23:55
Unknown suspects/s have stolen a light trailer from a concrete hard standing.
Shrewton 25/07/19 21:20 54190074216 2 dark coloured Land Rover discoveries seen to be driving over recently harvested crop fields; possible hare coursing (has occurred previously in surrounding area).
Normanton Down, Near A303 Amesbury 27/07/19 08:00 54190074213 5 persons sighted in a field with dogs, believed to be hare coursing.
Frome Road, Maiden Bradley 31/07/19 17:00-17:10 54190075223 Two unknown white males, approx ages 18-20 years, have driven into a yard on a farm in an old style, dark coloured Freelander. They have driven around the yard with no permission from owner, when challenged they claimed they were searching the area for their lost Jack Russell and then left but reporting person felt this was untrue.
Westbury 31/07/2019 20:00 - 31/07/2019 22:00 54190075347 Unknown suspect has entered the farm yard and gained entry to a tack room. Once inside the tack room a Stihl leaf blower value £500 & a strimmer value £400 have been stolen.
A360 Stoford Bush Crossroads 18/07/2019 21:00 54190075571 Two vehicles with males and dogs were disturbed, believed to be poaching but claiming to have lost a dog, they left when further farm staff arrived and they collected dog from field.
Porton 01/08/2019 15:30 - 01/08/2019 16:30 54190076151 Unknown suspects have walked onto farm yard and spent some time looking around before picking up a pole and smashing CCTV camera.
West Ashton 03/08/2019 09:15 - 09:25 54190076158 Two unknown males, one driving a van and the other a car, have entered farm premises via the gate and parked up on the yard. The males exited their vehicles and began unloading tools from the van and put them into the car. The males were aware they had been sighted and quickly locked up the vehicles, both got into the car and drove off. The van was left at the farm. Male 1 - approx. late 20's, long hair, wearing a tracksuit. Male 2 - approx. 35yo, wearing a tracksuit and a cap.
Monkton Deverill 06/08/2019 19:20-19:35 54190077404 Report of vehicle on farmland and possibly hare coursing.
Winsley 25/07/2019 16:00 54190077842 A metallic brown pickup truck was parked in front of a stable, with two males in the truck. Another came out of the stable, got in it and drove away.
They stole five ferrets, a horse collar and harness, and turkey and duck eggs that were in an incubator.
Amesbury Road, Bulford 07/08/2019 15:00 - 08/08/2019 20:00 54190078182 Unknown suspect has entered an insecure yard and stolen a compressor trailer worth £30,000.
Kingston Deverill 02/08/2019 00:01 - 03/08/2019 07:30 54190078331 3rd party report of damage to a Bateman sprayer farm machine. Glass has been smashed in the cab area and the lock has been broken.
Hullavington 01/08/2019 00:00 - 02/08/2019 23:59 54190078746 Unknown suspect(s) have stolen a water trough, water tank, 2x half hundred weights and around half a tonne of angle Iron from the reporting person's farm.
Aldbourne, Near Liddington 10/08/2019 17:45 - 18:07 54190078870 An unknown male suspect, in a vehicle on farm land, has projected an unidentified item with enough force to break the windscreen of a vehicle belonging to the farmer. Believed vehicle on farm land involved in hare coursing.
Donhead St Andrew 03/08/2019 00:01 - 07/08/2019 23:59 54190079031 Unknown suspects have stolen ten, 3 metre lengths of metal valued at £800 from a pallet left insecure in the yard at the farm.
Malmesbury 31/07/2019 00:01 - 11/08/2019 13:00 54190079133 A perfect round hole has been put in the fuel filter of a horse lorry. Reporting person explained they have been a mechanic and this is not wear and tear, this was a hole made deliberately. The lorry was parked in a field.
Bushton, Royal Wootton Bassett 12/08/19 16:20 - 13/08/19 16:30 54190079943 Unknown male suspect seen on CCTV has removed and stolen 2 chains from the gateway of a field. The chains were secured to the fence post. The field houses 70 sheep. Chains will cost £10 each to replace.
Tytherington 14/08/19 14:00 - 15/08/19 11:00 54190080531 A trailer containing sheep hurdles has been stolen. Unique trailer as it will carry 26 sheep hurdles (although 23 were in the trailer at the time); most trailers only fit 20.
Dilton Marsh 15/08/19 21:30 54190080756 Unknown suspect has been seen attempting to break into a container in the yard, a vehicle has been damaged with both wing mirrors unbolted and front driver window smashed.
Sutton Mandeville 14/08/19 16:30 - 16/08/19 16:15 54190081003 Unknown persons have accessed a farm and have stolen a large quantity of red diesel from the tank onsite by ripping off the padlock by unknown means. Close to 1000 litres stolen, as delivery received the previous week.
Ogbourne St George 19/08/19 23:03 54190081998 Reporting person has disturbed suspect/s trying to steal diesel from a horsebox as two canisters have been left; one of which has a pipe still left in situ. Appears suspect/s have cut off a chain on a gate the other side of the yard in preparation for leaving with canisters.
Bushton, Royal Wootton Bassett 30/07/19 17:00 - 21/08/19 08:30 54190082621 Unknown suspect/s  has stolen a set of wooden entry gates to the A/L which were set up and implemented, attached with silver chains. The gate was approximately £1500.
Boroughfields Shopping Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett 21/08/19 19:30 - 07:00 54190082970 Unknown suspect/s have stolen the ramps from a car transporter whilst it was parked in a car park overnight.
South Marston 23/08/19 08:00 - 11:00 54190083476 Farm employee has parked personal Land Rover and returned later to find it has been stolen.
Land Rover Discovery, Green, TD5 S, W registration plate.
Sleight, Devizes 25/08/19 19:44 54190084139 Unknown suspect has got into the driver's seat of a vehicle which was parked next to the farmhouse and unlocked. The keys to the vehicle were on the driver's seat, the suspect has started the vehicle and reversed to drive off before being stopped by the RP. Suspect then left on foot.
Suspect - white male, F603, slim to thin build, beard, dishevelled appearance.

Linked Incidents around Royal Wootton Bassett

There has been a few incidents, believed to be linked, in the Royal Wootton Bassett area. Gates were taken from a sewage work in Bushton, aluminium car ramps stolen from a car transporter in a car park in RWB and theft of chains from gates at a farm in Bushton. Please be extra vigilant for keeping an eye out across all areas for unexpected or unexplained visitors around farms, yards and stables and report anything that could be suspicious activity using 101, online reporting, 999 or Crimestoppers 0800 783 0137.

Hare Coursing - Operation Artemis: What to look out for

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.

'Opertation Artemis' is Wiltshire Police's response to Hare Coursing in the county; it involves continued review of intelligence and incidents as well as collaboration with local landowners, farmers and gamekeepers to help implement anti-poaching tactics.

Things to look out for that can indicate hare coursing:
- 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, often 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)

Helpful information to provide when reporting is:
- 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 of suspects/vehicles if you can do so safely, without any risk to yourself.

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.
If you have any concerns about reporting information, call Rural Crimestopppers anonymously on 0800 783 0137.


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

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