Farm and Horse Watch Newsletter

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


13/09/2021 09:43
The I.P has reported an unknown person has entered he field and opened her barn door that was unlocked , and let her horse into the barn . The horse has consumed a large amount of food . The barn also contained horse medication which the horse has also eaten . The horse is now unwell and been seen by a vet.

13/09/2021 16:00
Theft of farm vehicle from a field. 

01/09/2021 09:23
2X unknown male suspects driving a vehicle have parked between 2x barns and pulled the cables out of the CCTV cameras, nothing stolen no further damage.

06/09/2021 17:30
RP reporting hare coursers have caused damage on her farm overnight. There were wire fences cut and a bird reserve was driven through.

06/09/2021 22:30
Unknown suspect(s) have used unknown means to cause damage to a wrapper machine belonging to the IP. The IP has found the machine burnt out this morning about 150 yards from his home. IP believes the suspect(s) would have climbed over the gate and walked across the field as there is no tyre marks.  PROP: McHale wrapper 991BE TVO approx £15000

09/09/2021 11:46
Unknown suspect(s) have forced open two workshop doors by unknown means.  Nothing has been stolen. Damage: Old Stables door was forced and in south east outshot the padlock was forced.  RP has not advised cost to repair damage

09/09/2021 18:00
Unknown suspect/s have cut off a lock to a farm gate entrance damaging the gate in the process, there is evidence of a single vehicle tracks that go all around the farm.


15/09/2021 02:29
Unknown suspects have gained entry to the building maintenance yard, to the gardener’s store and have stolen items including strimmer's and chain saws.

24/09/2021 09:00
Unknown suspects in vehicle/s have driven through gaps in the hedge row and have over the RP's ploughed field that is ready for planting and have churned up the soil. Believed to be hare coursing.
South Newton

23/09/2021 13:00
RP reporting that somebody has attempted to break into a container which is situated in the farmyard.  The padlock has been forced on the container lock itself.

22/09/2021 16:00
Unknown suspect(s) has entered an insecure barn in a field and stolen 13 hay bales which are to a value of £4.50 each.


19/09/2021 13:30
Known male suspect and another male have been engaged to dismantle and remove stables from the IP's property. They removed the stable doors and stole a ladder provided by the IP to use with the dismantling They also stole some Norfolk pan roof tiles, a cement mixer and a 110 v transformer.


25/09/2021 00:01
Unknown suspect(s) have come onto RP's land via an unlocked gate and stolen 8 planks of wood approx 12 feet long that were stored outside her stables.  The fuel cap is also missing from her vehicle but RP cannot confirm if any fuel has been taken.

25/09/2021 18:00
Unknown suspect has stolen trailer with 2000ltr bowser tank full of 1500ltr of red diesel inside, estimated cost of £3000


21/09/2021 19:00
Unknown suspect(s) have towed a gate off its locking post to gain access into the farm to course hares. Damage TVO £750.
Christian Malford

26/09/2021 18:00
Ip reporting unknown person has used unknown implement to cut padlock on field and has caused damage to field by driving on it he said he does not appear to be hare coursers more likely to be persons fooling around.  He cannot quantify the damage said he has 80 acres so it is relatively minor
Barford St Martin

News and Updates from Rural Crime Team:

Horse Rider Volunteer Role -  October will see the launch of this exciting scheme where Volunteers will be the eyes and ears of the countryside and hopefully aid crime prevention. 3 x Training sessions will be delivered via Teams in the next 2 weeks by Rural Crime Team ready to go live at End October. A huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered for this vital role.

Hare Coursing Season – The hare coursing season traditionally begins in September when the fields have been harvested and ploughed making them the perfect ground for the illegal blood sport. Hare coursing causes damage to crops, harms animal welfare and threatens the rural community. It can result in intimidation and even violence.

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