Farm and Horse Watch Rural Crime Alert

Alert message sent 15/10/2019 14:27:00

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This is an alert from Wiltshire Police offering a comprehensive update on the latest incidents across the Wiltshire & Swindon affecting the rural community which have been reported over the last 4 weeks.

Latest Incidents

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Date & Time Details

Broad Chalke, SP5

16/09/2019 10:50-10:55  

Suspicious Incident: Green suzuki 4x4 with 2 male occupants, were seen driving slowly appearing to look in fields, gateways and around the farmyard. They drove off when spotted.

Rushall, Pewsey, SN9

16/09/19 11:45

Suspicious Incident: Farm has been visited a number of times by an individual driving a silver Nissan pick up, with tow hitch and red and yellow fluorescent chevrons on the rear. When asked as to why he is at the farm he keeps asking the farm owner if he wants his driveway resurfaced. 

Mere, BA12

17/09/2019 02:45

Suspicious Incident: Yard alarms have been set off in the early hours of the morning. Reporting person has gone outside but no one could be seen. When looking back on CCTV, it had captured an unknown vehicle and two persons who had approached the gate but seemed to have made off when the alarm activated.

East Knoyle, SP3 17/09/19 03:15-03:30 Theft: An unknown suspect has broken into a farm building and stolen equipment from inside. Entrance gate lock was broken, security light broken and electric fence cut - which allowed cattle to escape.
Stolen equipment from farm building:
Stihl Chain Saws
Stihl Strimmers
Stihl Hedge Cutters
Stihl attachments
Upper Isbury, Marlborough 17/09/19 15:00- 18/09/19 11:05 Theft: Unknown suspect/s have entered a garage via an asbestos roof and stolen garden machinery and a IWT P6E Williams Trailer.
Ifor Williams P6E Trailer (serial number AO575329)
4 x Hedge Trimmers
3 x Strimmer’s
2 x Chain Saws
Folding Ladder with Platform
Leaf Blower
Berwick St James, SP3 21/09/19 08:55 Criminal Damage: Unknown suspect/s have damaged farm gate, post and newly planted crops. Suspect used a vehicle to damage the property by driving it through IP’s fields and then abandoned vehicle in the field.
Ogbourne St George, SN8 20/09/19 18:00 - 21/09/19 15:00 Theft: Unknown suspect/s have stolen a trailer that was located in a grain store barn on the farm
Property: I
IFOR Williams flat bed trailer 14ft
Lacock, SN15 16/09/19 23:00-17/09/19 10:00 Theft: Unknown suspect/s have stolen a Sterling Eccles 554 Sport caravan by unknown means. Caravan was stored at the farm with CCTV at the front. Suspect/s have approached from the rear across the fields, so appears to have had some knowledge of the premises.
The Sterling Eccles 554 Sport caravan is white with a checkered/grid-like pattern stripe down the side. It has a hidden CRIS tracker and also tamper-proof CRIS security stickers on every window pane.
Collingbourne Ducis, SN8 23/09/19 - exact date/time unknown Flytipping: A white Ford Transit Tipper has fly tipped a large amount of rubbish in an area of a farm's yard.
Studley Grange, SN4 22/09/19 17:00 - 23/09/19 13:14 Theft: Unknown suspects have entered the premises and stolen various items of equipment from the farm to the value of £10,000.
Property Stolen:
6 x pull along jet washers
2 x disc cutters
Electric welding unit
Drilling Mast
Basset Down, SN4 23/09/19 22:00-22:30 Theft: Unknown suspect has entered a stable block used only for storage and has stolen some dry dog treats from within.
Mildenhall, SN8 11/09/19 16:15 Hare Coursing: Five males and dogs were seen on land and been approached. Males have stated they have been coursing, when asked to leave have left in a hurry. It is believed hare coursing in the area is happening regularly. Vehicle seen leaving was a Subaru Estate in Grey.
Salisbury, SP4 24/09/19 22:30-23:30  Burglary: CCTV captured 3 unknown suspects entering the Farm premises by forcing open a side gate, then forced the doors to the workshop and stolen a high value amount of tools. 
2x Stihl Model 8586 single side hedge trimmers
3 x Stihl Model H582RC double side hedge trimmers
2 x Stihl Model HL95 Long reach hedge trimmers
1 x Stihl Model H581R Double side hedge trimmer
1 x pole saw Stihl Model 101
 2 x Stihl Back Pack blowers Model BR600
1 X Chain Saw Stihl MS21OTC
1 X Chain saw Stihl MS182
1 X Hand Blower B986
1 X Husqvarna Chain Saw 
Minety, SN16 25/09/19 15:00 Fly tipping: Debris and rubbish being located in nature reserve areas.
Boscombe, SP4 26/09/19 12:53 Suspicious Incident: Unknown person has telephoned address, believed to have used number from signage outside a locked gate and made a vague enquiry. CCTV has captured at the same time 2 white males locking at the padlocked gate, appearing to try to work out how to gain entry.
Kilmington, BA12 24/09/19 00:01 -23:59 Hare Coursing: Sighting of hare coursing on reporting person's farm (private land). Unknown suspect/s have gained entry via an unlocked gate and driven through the field. Believed no damage to field or property at the time.
Westbury, BA13 27/09/19 12:03 Theft: Unknown suspect has stolen the security camera from farm. Camera has a value of £290. Suspects hand was seen to cover the camera and then its gone. 
Salisbury Plain, Market Lavington Vedette 27/09/19 13:37 Hare Coursing: A green citreon with 3 males and a dog and a blue peugeot estate with 4 male occupants believed to be hare coursing together.
Wroughton, SN 27/09/19 20:30 - 28/09/19 09:38 Theft: Unknown supect/s have stolen a trailer and the 2 sit-on lawnmowers that were on it.
1x John Deere lawn mower worth £4000
1x Lawnright lawn mower worth £300.
1x trailer worth £1500
Both lawnmowers were secured with chains that were locked and there was a wheel lock on the trailer.
Ogbourne St George, SN8 27/09/19 16:46 - 19:10 Theft: Unknown suspect has moved CCTV cameras and then stolen a Ifor Williams 8x6 dropside trailer from the business. Fuel caps on tractors have been opened too, therefore it is believed the suspect has attempted to steal diesel too.
Southy Wraxhall, BA15 30/09/19 20:48 Attempted Theft: Unknown suspect/s have cut a padlocked chain to gain access through a gate. Suspect/s have targetted a horse box which had a tow hitch lock and wheel clamp; it appears an angle grinder was used on the tow hitch lock and the rear wheel clamp has been levered off the wheels. A rear sticker containing the tracker device was also removed from the rear door. Unknown if suspect/s left the horse box ready to return and collect later or were disturbed and left the scene.
Dinton, SP3 01/10/19 08:00 Damage: Unknown suspect(s) has come onto the farm fields in an unknown vehicle. The vehicle has driven over crops in the field causing damage, reporting person concerned it was possibly hare coursers, but no dogs seen.
Burbage, SN8 02/10/19 16:42 Possible Hare Coursing: Three unknown males with dogs, have gained entry to a field on private farmland,  causing damage. 
Devizes, SN10 05/10/19 10:00 Theft: Unknown male suspect has stolen car batteries from the yard by piling pallets up against the fence to gain entry. It is not known how many batteries have been stolen.
Southwick BA14 05/10/19 16:00 Criminal Damage: Unknown, young male suspects aged approx 8-10 years have entered a field and thrown rocks at the sheep within. Suspects have caused a head injury to one of the sheep. Reporting person has seen and gone to approach but children have run away.
Castle Eaton 06/10/19 12:15 Hare Coursing: Red subaru 4x4 was driving at speed down a back road by a male with a lurcher in the back, stopped and asked about local byways and tracks in the area which caused suspicion of Hare Coursing.
Collingbourne Kingston, SN8 07/10/19 11:15-11:20 Hare Coursing: A silver Suzuki 4X4 was seen driving on the fields with 4 occupants and dogs inside. It is believed they were looking to hare course on the land.
Warminster, BA12 7/10/19 16:50 Two vehicles have been seen where fences have been cut and the vehicles have accessed the land and have been seen actively hare coursing.  
Both vehicles Honda's, one Gold and one Blue.
Shrewton, SP3 08/10/19  Unknown suspects have put water into fuel and hydraulic system of land spreading machine while it was parked up at the farm. 
Hindon, SP3 07/10/19 - 09/10/19 10:00 Unknown suspect has cut the locks on 3 gates using bolt cutters to cut the locks. This has enabled the suspect access to the stable yard.  The suspect has stolen a lawn mower.
Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 08/10/19 18:00 - 10/10/19 15:00 Unknown suspect(s) have cut through padlock of yard gate and have stolen an IFOR WILLIAMS  plant trailer TVO £1500-£2000. 
Bradford on Avon, BA15 11/10/19 22:13 Unknown suspects have entered the farm and attempted to gain access to the field to take a mini digger. They have been disturbed and then fled the scene. 

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

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