Rural Crime Alert - Summary of Incidents 20th Dec 2019 - 20th Jan 2020

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This is an alert from Wiltshire Police providing an update on incidents affecting rural, farming and horse rider/owner communities across Wiltshire & Swindon from 20/12/2019 - 20/01/2019.

Dog Theft - Crime Reference 54190126906

Between 23/12/2019 19:30 - 24/12/2019 06:00 in East Knoyle unknown suspect/s have used unknown means to gain access to the kennels at a farm and have stolen four dogs - pictured below. Please keep an eye on for sale sites or selling pages. The crime reference is provided above for you to report any believed sightings via the online reporting form or by calling 101


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20/12/2019 07:45 East Knoyle 54190125816
Unknown suspect/s have stolen straw and horse feed from a stable. 

19/12/2019 21:00 - 20/12/2019 04:00 West Grimstead 54190125839
Reporting person believes someone on their property during the night. Their dog barked all night and they thought they heard someone try the door. This morning they have checked their stables and found a half eaten sandwich and a cigarette butt.

20/12/2019 00:01 - 30/12/2019 23:59 Dinton 54200005928
Unknown person/s have been at the location and have gained entry by cutting padlocks to the gate.  They have then cut the padlocks to the barn and ripped the side of the barn open and taken an IFOR WILLIAMS tipper trailer and some small hay bales.  The Total value of the items and repair is approx £6000.

21/12/2019 09:15 - 10:30 Shalbourne 54190126172
Unknown suspect/s have trespassed on the farm after clear warnings were already given to suspect/s as to where the boundary post's are. 

21/12/2019 13:46 Marlborough 54190126215
Known males have been seen and spoken to with regards to Hare Coursing.

23/12/2019 19:30 - 24/12/2019 06:00 East Knoyle 54190126906
Unknown suspect/s have used unknown means to gain access to the kennels at the farms. Suspect/s have stolen four dogs from the kennels. See above for pictures of dogs.

23/12/2019 20:30 - 24/12/2019 06:00 East Knoyle 54190126909
Unknown suspect/s have used unknown means to remove the gate to a farm yard and once inside have entered a stable and made off with batteries, Christmas presents and horse food worth £200.

23/12/2019 18:00 - 24/12/2019 08:30 Sherston 54190126930
Unknown suspect/s have broken into farm buildings and stolen 400/500 litres of fuel from the fuel storage tank.

24/12/2019 11:20 Winterbourne Stoke 54190127058
Known suspects have been sighted hare coursing at the location. Fence to a field has been cut in order to gain entry. Suspects found in a vehicle with dogs. 

24/12/2019 11:00 - 15:30 Rockbourne 54190127100
Unknown Suspect/s have climbed over a metal 5 bar gate to gain access to a field on the left of the gate with horses in and stolen a small battery causing no damage.

25/12/2019 15:40 - 15:47 Steeple Langford 54190127247
Males in vehicle seen tearing around a field, possibly hare coursing - no dogs seen but damage caused to the field.

27/12/2019 08:18 -  11:58 Collingbourne Kingston 54190127534
Report from a member of the public that a vehicle and its occupants are making their way across private land with the possibility of 'Lamping' 'Hare coursing' . Occupants of the vehicle unknown.

28/12/2019 16:41 Alton Barnes 54190127872
Unknown suspect believed to have been hare coursing on private land.

28/12/2019 18:40 Conock 54190127894
2x vehicles have been sighted in a field, possible hare coursing.

28/12/19 12:00-20:00 Lower Everleigh 54200000240
Unknown suspect/s have gained entry to the business yard and have stolen a Botext work trailer with fuel grab tank and red deisel £300.
Botext trailer with 560crane on the back worth £15,000
Green metal bonded Fuel grab tank worth £2,000
Red diesel worth approx £300

28/12/2019 12:00 Board Chalke 54200000244
Silver Toyota Land Cruiser stolen worth approx. £600 from a barn; vehicle was SORN and used for off road duties, keys left within. £200-300 of calf feed also taken at the same time.

28/12/2019 20:00 - 29/12/2019 09:00 Fovant 54200000390
The farmer discovered that acres of rape seed had been driven over, also large pools of blood discovered linking to deer poaching.  The tracks left appeared to be from a lighter 4 x 4 type as the depth of the marks was not from a heavy vehicle and due to the rain a heavier type might have got stuck.  Fences were cut to gain access.
Other neighbouring farms affected.

29/12/2019 14:50 Crockerton 54200000408
A dog has ran out of a property and started to behave reactively towards the reporting person's horse as they rode past. The dog went for the horses legs, stomach and neck. The dog did not cause any injuries.

29/12/2019 09:10 -  10:10 Burcombe 54190128093
Unknown suspect.s have driven a green Mitsubishi 4x4 across farmland causing extensive damage to crops, they have gained entry via a neighbours field - also causing damage to the neighbours locked gate.

29/12/2019 22:15 - 30/12/2019 06:10 East Kennett 54190128188
Unknown suspect has smashed a vehicle through the main farm gates causing damage to them. They were secured by a chain with a combination lock. The gates appear to have been forced outwards in the direction of the A4 so it would appear that the vehicle was already somewhere on site when the gates were locked.
STOLEN: Ifor Williams TA 510 12'long 7'high, twin axle, internal partition. Draw bar identifier S + 99479 worth approx. £2500.

29/12/2019 16:00 - 30/12/2019 07:00 West Winterslow 54190128189
Unknown Suspect has broken into the outbuildings of the farm. The padlock was ripped off and left on the ground.
STOLEN: 14 leisure batteries, cordless grinder, cordless impact gun, total value unknown.

29/12/2019 16:00 - 30/12/2019 12:00 Fovant 54190128276
Unknown suspect has pulled down a metal barrier and gained entry to a farm yard. A storage outbuilding was broken into and scaffolding tubes and barriers have been stolen.

30/12/2019 12:22 Upper South Wraxhall 541901283252
Unknown males using 3 dogs have been seen Hare Coursing. Police have attended location and seized vehicle at scene.( Vehicle had out of date Car Tax ).

30/12/2019 10:00 - 21:00 Ashwell, Mere 54190128446
Unknown suspect/s have forced entry into the garage and stables. Over £5000 worth of pit/field motorbikes chainsaws and many other tools and equipment and a trailer stolen.

31/12/2019 15:30 Ashwell, Mere 54190128741
Unknown suspect has entered the yard, stolen a tractor, with a loader attached to the front and a 3.5 tonne trailer on the back. The tractor was stolen without the keys. Value of theft £5000-£6000.

02/01/2020 22:00 Shrewton 54200000688
Unknown suspect/s have entered farm yard and have taken the control panel off a diesel generator at location, staff have come onto the farm and noticed a vehicle then drive away.

03/01/2020 15:02 Upton Scudmore 54200000751 Vehicle with 2 men and dogs running outside across a nearby field have been sighted; possible hare coursing.

04/01/2020 10:05 Tilshead, Salisbury Plain 54200000964
Suspects seen on the plain suspected of hare coursing, one known.

04/01/2020 12:31 Redhorn Hill, Urchfont 542000009812
Unknown males have been seen with 2 loose dogs in a field, possibly Hare Coursing.

06/01/2020 13:54 - 07/01/2020 18:00 Alderbury 54200002267
Unknown suspect/s have removed a secure IFOR WILLIAMS trailer which was parked on the drive and made off with it.  To the value of £2000.

08/01/2020 17:00 - 09/01/2020 07:00 Shrewton 54200002537
Unknown suspect/s have driven a vehicle onto a farm and caused damage to a diesel storage tank. It is believed that diesel was stolen and the residual diesel in the tank spilled onto the ground causing a large diesel spillage. The vehicle has also been driven into a barn door in an attempt to burst through causing extensive damage to the door that will need to be replaced.
STOLEN: Estimated 4,500 ltr of diesel worth £4.5K.
Barn door worth £2.5 to £3K.  

09/01/2020 17:00 - 10/01/2020 07:30 Horton 54200002918
Unknown suspect/s have entered a farm site and stolen a trailer that was parked up on the site. The suspect/s have also stolen some drill batteries and chargers as well.
STOLEN: Tri-Axle Plant Trailer. 14ft with led lights. £3000+
2x Makita Drill Batteries and 2x Chargers.

09/01/2020 17:00 - 10/01/2020 10:30 Hullavington 54200002971
Unknown suspect has, while poaching, driven a vehicle around and over a farmer's recently planted field and caused damage to the crop amounting to £800.

09/01/2020 18:00 - 10/01/2020 09:00 Rowde 54200003093
Unknown suspect/s have used unknown means to break the lock of the diesel tank in an attempt to drain it. Suspect/s have then stolen a cattle IFOR WILLIAMS trailer from the rear of the farm building. Cost of damage / stolen trailer unknown. 

09/01/2020 20:00 - 10/01/2020 09:00 Monkton Deverell 54200003944
Overnight damage occurred to crops and fields, deep grooves in the ground and damage to crop from suspected hare coursing.

11/01/2020 10:30 - 10:45 Burbage 54200003444
Two males described as white 6 ft wearing camouflaged clothing with a greyhound type dog have been hare coursing on private land between West Grafton and Burbage.

11/01/2020 22:43 Salisbury 54200003563
A grey/silver Mitsubishi 4x4 entered a farm, occupant wearing a Navy tracksuit got out in the yard, looked around and the drove away - nothing taken.

13/01/2020 23:24 Alderbury 54200004252
Two unknown white males aged between 20-30 sighted interfering with a barn; when challenged they made off on foot towards the road and sounded like they then got into a vehicle (sound of engine a 4x4/truck). No entry gained.

13/01/2020 17:00 - 14/01/2020 07:00 Hilperton 54200004518
Unknown suspect/s have stolen a rare breed Black Kunekune pig from the farm by unknown means. Pig has ear tag number WR1919.

14/01/2020 15:00 - 15/01/2020 10:45 Royal Wootton Bassett 54200004782
Unknown suspect has damaged a lock in order to gain access to a storage outbuilding. Nothing has been stolen and it appears that the suspect has used the building to sleep in.

18/01/2020 10:11 Collingbourne Ducis 54200005924
A silver Landrover Freelander with 2 males and 2 dogs that appeared to be Lurchers were seen around a farm acting suspiciously.


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