Farm and Horse Watch Rural Crime Alert

Alert message sent 02/12/2019 16:05:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police


This is an alert from Wiltshire Police offering an update on the latest incidents across the Wiltshire & Swindon affecting the rural community from 12/11/2019 - 02/12/2019.

Hare Coursing
If you believe you are witnessing a crime in progress always call 999 as soon as possible, if suspects have already left you can call 101. This is to ensure that your local police team have the best opportunity to be aware of hare coursers in the area and the best chances of locating them.

Latest Incidents
If you have can offer any information on the following incidents call 101 or report online quoting the crime reference number.
If you have something new to report you can:
- Report a non-emergency online
- Report a non-emergency by calling 101
- In an emergency situation always call 999.
You can also report 100% anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or report to Crimestoppers online
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The below crimes and incidents are structured:
Crime Reference
Date and Time

Salisbury, SP5 5
12/11/2019 15:00
Staff at the location have noticed  an unknown vehicle entering the site, staff have witnessed 2 males in a Toyota Hilux running out of the open sheds at the back of the farm. The males took 5 batteries from the shed which they have thrown in the back of their vehicle - which was already full of items.

Zeals, BA12 6
12/11/2019 17:00 - 13/11/2019 07:50
Unknown suspect/s have stolen an 8ft x 4ft  IFOR WILLIAMS trailer from a driveway last night. The trailer had mesh sides and a drop down back. On the trailer was a HALO double ladder and a tall step ladder.

Burderop, SN4 0
14/11/2019 17:00 - 15/11/2019 09:00
Unknown suspect/s have driven a 4 x 4 vehicle across land and tyre tracks have been left behind. Suspect/s have used unknown sharp implement to cut through fencing, in order to access another field, moved a gate aside to access a further field and then left the area.

North Newnton, SN9 6
16/11/2019 14:27
Unknown suspects have been witnessed running dogs across farmland, causing damage to crops.

Bradford on Avon, BA15 2
16/11/2019 17:00 - 17/11/2019 08:15
Unknown suspect/s have gained entry to a barn by breaking the padlock. Once inside several bags of horse feed, to the value of £80, has been stolen. They have attempted to break into the tack room, but were unsuccessful.

Chippenham, SN15 3
16/11/2019 23:59 - 17/11/2019 00:05
Two unknown suspects have entered the yard by unknown means and captured on CCTV removing a hydraulic breaker from a digger and using a wheelbarrow to take the breaker off site.

Down Barn Crossroads, A360
17/11/2019 00:01 - 17/11/2019 23:59
Unknown suspect/s have driven a vehicle around farmland, in an attempt to access further fields, damaging an extensive amount of the crop planted there.

Brinkworth, SN15 5
16/11/2019 02:00 - 16/11/2019 02:15
Unknown suspect/s have entered the yard and stolen some lead worth £600.

Mildenhall, SN8 2
15/11/2019 17:00 - 16/11/2019 05:00
An unknown suspect has entered the farm grounds and has taken apart a postdriver. This is approximately £2000 worth of parts taken.

West Lavington, SN10 4
12/11/2019 00:01 - 15/11/2019 23:59
Unknown suspect has stolen a Land Rover 130 Defender Turbo (white) that was left parked in the farm yard.

Devizes, SN10 2
18/11/2019 21:00 - 18/11/2019 22:15
Unknown suspect/s have entered a yard by cutting through the neighbouring fence and stolen catalytic converters from 4 old vehicles.

Holt, BA14 6
19/11/2019 16:00 - 20/11/2019 10:30
Unknown suspect/s have caused damage to the name pillar of the farm by gauging out the name and underlining it with an unknown sharp tool.

Warminster, BA12 7
20/11/2019 04:30 - 20/11/2019 07:30
Between the hours of 0430-0730 it is believed hare coursing activity has been taking place on private farm land as there have been fresh tracks left on crop fields.

Berwick St Leonard, SP3 5
21/11/2019 18:00 - 22/11/2019 07:00
Unknown suspect/s have entered a paddock by cutting a padlock  that was securing the gate.  The reporting person believes that bolt cutters have been used. Once inside the paddock, a maroon IFOR WILLIAMS Double horse trailer, to the value of £800, has been taken out of the field and pushed by hand to the main road near the location approx 220 yards away.  Nothing else has been stolen.

Whiteparish, SP5 2
19/11/2019 15:00 - 22/11/2019 10:00
Unknown person/s have cut very large holes in hawthorn boundary fence making it insecure for livestock and horses.  3 x holes cut in hedge looks like cut with a saw.

Easton Lane, Chippenham
25/11/2019 16:00 - 26/11/2019 07:30
Unknown suspect has entered a building site as a trespasser by moving the fencing. They have used the dumper which was parked in the yard to smash up and open the container where they have stolen a disc cutter and larcher plate. This has caused no damage to the dumper. The value of goods stolen comes to approx £1000.

Corsham, SN13 8
26/11/2019 06:49 - 06:51
Reporting person has captured on CTTV an unknown silver vehicle, possibly land rover or 4x4, has smashed the gate and entry has been gained into the yard. Nothing appears taken at this time, as alarm sounded which was the likely cause of the suspect/s leaving so quickly.

At around 1400hrs two vehicles with approximately 10 males and dogs were spotted on farmland. They had entered the land by ripping down a metal gate and removing defences put in place to try and stop hare coursers.
 One of the vehicles was described as a green Honda CRV, no reg. The group has driven over drilled crops causing damage, before making their way out of the field. Avoiding further measures the landowner had taken to discourage hare coursing.
 Later that evening, a further visit to the farmland was made by unknown persons. Whereby again a vehicle was driven over the drilled crops.
 A neighbouring farm in Berkshire area also targeted, and reported to Police.

Westbury, BA13 3
28/11/2019 00:01 - 28/11/2019 23:59
Unknown suspect/s have entered a stables through open gate and taken a wheelbarrow, barrel of shavings and a barrel of hay.

Land near Easton Royale, Marlborough
27/11/2019 12:00 - 17:00
Reporting person has 3 horses, one of which had a plaited mane. When checking on the horses it was noticed that the plaited mane had been unplaited, knotted and small sections cut off - reporting person concerned that particular horse was marked for potential theft.

Westbury, BA13 4
29/11/2019 15:00 - 30/11/2019 10:00
Unknown suspect/s gained entry into a farm outbuilding by using an unknown implement to cut a padlock from the door. Once inside they have stolen a Red Honda 2015 Quad Bike worth approx £5k..  No other items stolen or moved.

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

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