Farm and Horse Watch Newsletter - Dec 2020

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This is a Wiltshire Farm & Horse Watch crime update alert sent from Wiltshire Police. You can share this message with anyone you feel would benefit from it; they can sign up to receive it directly from Wiltshire Messaging and choosing ‘Horse Watch’ or ‘Farm Watch’.
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This week’s alert includes:
Recent Crime and Incidents


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

02/12/2020 09:30
Unknown suspect/s have entered Horses field overnight on the 30/11/2020-01/12/2020 and removed 10 electric fence posts allowing horses into a different part of the field. Overnight on the 01/12/2020-02/12/2020 unknown suspect/s have entered the same field and opened a gate allowing the horses to enter a fenced off section of field.

02/12/2020 17:00
Unknown suspects have gained entry to a scrap yard and stolen various items of scrap metal. Value of theft approx. £1,000.

07/12/2020 08:30
RP reporting theft of two electric fencers, Suspects entered yard and removed fencers from electric fence which was supplying power to post and rail fence in a paddock.

07/12/2020 17:00
Unknown suspect(s) have stolen a cattle trailer from the Farm. The RP will check his CCTV as it may have captured the suspects.

03/12/2020 20:30
Unknown suspects have driven a vehicle over the IPs field, churning up the seeds he has planted for next year. IP believes they were hare coursing.

05/12/2020 19:38
Unknown suspect/s have caused damage to the IP's gate and other property on the farm. Value u/k

Berwick St James
05/12/2020 22:00
Unknown suspects have cut a chain and padlock off RP's gate by unknown means, to gain entry into a field of crops, the padlock and chain have been removed from scene.  Once entry has been gained into the field, the suspects have driven over 2 fields of newly planted wheat, tyre tracks have been seen. RP suspects possible hare coursing.

04/12/2020 15:00
Unknown suspect/s have driven over and around two fields in a way that would suggest they had been hare coursing. They visited one field on the first occasion then returned to the same field and also the field opposite within 48 hours. This has caused considerable damage to the fields themselves and the winter barley that was growing in them. Value of damage not known at this time.

05/12/2020 00:01
RP is reporting that the lower strand of his electric fence in a horse paddock has been cut, believed to have occurred during the hours of darkness.

11/12/2020 10:00
Unknown suspects have used an unknown vehicle to drive across three fields belonging to the IP. Significant damage has been caused to the winter barley and wheat. Value unknown. Suspect believed to be taking part in hare coursing.

12/12/2020 00:48
Unknown suspect has cut mechanism from gate using a sharp instrument. Entry has been gained to the courtyard, no further damaged caused and nothing stolen.

15/12/2020 23:00
Unknown persons damage to a fence. Suspected persons may have been hare coursing in the area.


Please note replies to this message are not monitored 24/7. If you want to offer information on any of the above or report a crime or incident this must be reported via 101. You can also visit the Wiltshire Police website and select ‘Report’ to report non-emergency incidents.
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  
Crime Prevention Advice
Please see below  from Farmers weekly which you may find beneficial:
The following link has some really useful advice for farmers during the winter which may be of use…
Important Reminder - Take photos of your horses as a means of identifying them if they are stolen.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year…..
Message sent by
Tracy Ince (Police, Watch Coordinator, HQ)

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