Farm and Horse Watch Newsletter

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Crime Prevention Advice                        
 Dog thieves are operating in the Marlborough area         
Wiltshire Police say they have reports that a group of men are travelling around the eastern part of Wiltshire attempting to steal pet dogs. A green/silver coloured Suzuki 4×4 – possibly a Vitara model – has been seen driving around the Shalbourne, Bedwyn, Bagshot and Hungerford areas
The occupants are attempting to take dogs from kennels, gardens and back yards of addresses. In some cases, a suspect will ring the front doorbell while another goes around the back of the property to try and steal the animals
 - Do you know what Services the Bobby Van can offer?
Our clients do NOT need to have been victims of Crime. We can visit anyone aged 60 or over, (or younger if they are vulnerable through health or disability). It is a FREE service that we offer. We can do a security check and if appropriate make their home secure. We change locks, install door security chains, door viewers, window locks and other items to make the property as secure as we can, (for which there is no charge). We are also able to offer a FREE Fire risk assessment on behalf of Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. Again, even if we fit new alarms there is no charge.
The Bobby Van Trust also has an ‘On-Line safety’ section to the Charity. A team of Police vetted volunteers can contact clients to ensure that they have basic knowledge to keep themselves secure on their mobile devices. Again, this is a FREE service.


Recent Crime and Incidents
Update of Crimes/Incidents throughout Wiltshire affecting Farms, Horse owners, Yards and Rural areas.
Date and Time
Crime Reference

06/11/2020 23:06
Male suspects have gained entry into the IPs estate by unknown means. The male suspects have accessed a set of outbuildings. In one building which is an office the suspects have damaged the CCTV system and stolen the recording equipment, from the other buildings various gardening equipment had been stolen.

Unknown suspect has forced open door to annexe farm shop area and stolen till containing approx. £100 cash. No forensic potential and no suspects

09/11/2020 01:30
Unknown suspect has broken into a barn that is used to store horse rugs. Entry was gained by using a tool to lever the loop off the push lock. Nothing was stolen from inside barn. Suspect has also interfered with a vehicle parked in the yard. The vehicle is insecure following previous thefts and nothing of value left in it, so nothing was stolen and no further damage caused.

12/11/2020 01:00
Unknown suspect has tried to open one of the shed outbuildings on the IP property by turning up the bottom corner of the door before triggering the flood light and running off site. No entry has been gained to the shed and nothing has been stolen.

15/11/2020 23:28
U/k suspect(s) have forced open a side door of a barn, possibly with crowbar. Stihl chainsaw, leaf blower, and multipurpose welder have been stolen.

Yatton Keynell
07/11/2020 14:30
Unknown suspect(s) have gained entry into the farm grounds by unknown means as the only entrance is via a security gate which can only be opened by a code. Once inside the yard they have then gone up through the fields where they have walked 23 sheep out of the field and back down to the yard. There is hoof prints leading to the yard from the field, but they stop at the yard where it seems sheep could have been loaded into trailer.

12/11/2020 20:40
Unknown suspect has arrived in a white van and entered a yard after gaining access through a locked and chained rear gate. A 6' x 3' chrome coloured trailer TVO £500 has then been stolen.

Bradford on Avon
15/11/2020 17:00
Unknown suspect has stolen an open top trailer and some paving blocks from the yard on the farm by unknown means.

16/11/2020 19:15
Unknown offender has driven into the RP's yard and stolen approximately 10 traction batteries and driven away in a red van. TVO £400

Chilmark, Salisbury
01/11/2020 12:05
Unknown suspect has driven through the fence to gain access to the field for hare coursing damaging the fields and fencing

02/11/2020 10:22
Unknown suspects have cut the lock and taken the chain securing a gate and then entered a farm field containing winter wheat. They have then driven round and round the field in what appears to be hare coursing with dogs. No evidence, witness's or CCTV at scene. Similar instances happened 2 and 3 weeks ago on a Friday with limited damage. Property: Lock cut, chain missing, damage to wheat crop of unknown value.

01/11/2020 08:00
Unknown suspect has caused extensive damage by cutting into the trunk of large Ash Tree growing on farmland adjacent to private property. Tree will now have to be felled as it has been left unsafe

01/11/2020 23:59
Person/s unknown have lifted a locked gate off its hinges to gain access to fields next to A303 near Chicklade, for hare coursing. Vehicle has driven over several drilled fields. Left field gates open allowing sheep out causing damage to fields.

07/11/2020 14:38
A vehicle has been tearing it across fields believed to be hare coursing, this has caused significant crop damage to the farmers field.

05/11/2020 17:15
Known male has let off fireworks in his garden right next to field containing horses. The animals became distressed and owners of some of the horses asked the male to move away from the boundary or consider stopping letting them off. He ignored the requests and set off more-IP's horse got very spooked and ran around injuring its leg. Horse vet arrived the next day, whereby Euthanasia was carried out on the injured animal due to being lame.

11/11/2020 16:10
Unknown suspects have cut the chains of the gate at the location and driven onto the land. Suspect is believed to have hare coursed on the land before getting their vehicle stuck.

19/11/2020 17:00
Unknown suspect has pulled a gate from it's hinges which will require soldering back on. They have then driven a vehicle 300 yards round the field over crops. Cost of damage u/k

18/11/2020 08:00
Unknown dog has been attacking the herd of sheep on the land in the past few days. 2 sheep have died and a further 1 has had to be put to sleep after being seriously injured and traumatized from the event. loss of approx £300 to the farm.

22/11/2020 12:31
Unknown suspects have driven several vehicles over the IPs farm land causing damage to fields.

22/11/2020 17:00
Unknown suspects have caused criminal damage to the IPs field, fence, tack room, horse food/tack.

22/11/2020 09:15
Unknown male suspect has entered the site by cutting the plastic cable ties TVO £25 to the temporary fence and has looked around the plant machinery. He has asked if he could borrow a digger and was told no. The suspect has then left via the same part of the fence he entered the site and proceeded to make good the fence by using cable ties

14/11/2020 00:01
Unknown suspect has gained entry to the location by climbing the wall from the stable into the Tack room. Once inside they have gone through boxes, stolen some leather stirrups and riding gloves and taken scoop food from the bin

29/11/2020 18:00
Unknown suspect has managed to gain entry to the tack shed via a coded padlock that has not been damaged. Medication for the horses have been stolen and a brown sticky liquid has been poured over a lot of the tack equipment meaning that a lot of things will need to be thrown away or professionally cleaned.

Great Bedwyn
16/11/2020 00:01
Unknown suspect has entered an outbuilding and stolen Garden Machinery from within.

25/11/2020 16:30
Unknown suspects have stolen the 4 wheels from the horse trailer which was stored in the field adjacent to some stables. They have done a search of the trailer but nothing else has been stolen. The trailer is secured by a tow hitch lock.

25/11/2020 15:00
Possible hare coursers have driven over field causing approx. £100 of damage to standing crop (wheat). Offending vehicle headed towards A303

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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  
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