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


03/10/2021 16:30
Unknown suspect/s have broken into a storage shed and stolen a computer monitor. They have at first tried to smash through the breeze block wall causing a hole, but not sufficient for entry. They have opened the doors to a tractor and made a failed attempt to remove the stereo. The suspects have driven through a metal gate to gain entry to the yard causing £300-£400 worth of damage.

10/09/2021 10:10
Unknown suspect(s) have entered the back garden of IP's old address that is currently unoccupied. They have drilled and smashed off locks securing IP's Twin Axel Brian James AMEX Car Trailer (used to transport cars) and stolen it leaving the locks at the scene. The tailor had a Winch and Wheel Tyre Rack fitted on the back which were not factory standard fitting. Two different number plates were stolen along with the trailer. TVO £2,500.

04/10/2021 08:22
Unknown suspects have stolen two quad bikes from the yard of the IP's property, one of which was recovered in a neighbours farm.
Broad Chalke

01/10/2021 08:40
Unknown suspect has cut the fence to the grass field where the cattle graze, then cut through the security chain. Security chain may have been thrown in the long grass. IP suspects this to be hare coursers.

01/10/2021 13:33
2x known Suspects and a white greyhound have been seen coursing in IP's field by his sister and have caused damage to a lock and a gate during their daytime trespass in search or pursuit of game.

03/10/2021 09:00
Unknown suspect(s) have driven through 2 farm gates and onto farmland belonging to RP.  Once on the land suspect(s) have caused damage by driving recklessly.  Fencing has also been damaged and will need replacing to the cost of approx £600.

05/10/2021 09:00
Unknown offender/s have come onto farm land and entered a well hidden agricultural building a stolen a breaker from the front of a trailer. The RP hired it the day before . TVO £2500
Great Ashley

05/10/2021 11:34
Young male has ran into the yard and grabbed some black pipe work and ran off towards a white Transit van. Further information that male also stole a catalytic converter that was on a work bench at rear of unit.
South Newton


08/10/2021 14:36
SHED: Unknown suspect has forced off padlocks to secluded outbuildings and stolen quantity of garden machinery including chain saw; leaf blower, hedge cutters TVO £2-3k. Also stolen were Makita power tools TVO £2-3k. Total £4-6K


08/10/2021 16:30
Unknown suspect has driven down to small tin barn and has stolen a number of wooden logs from the IPs barn.


11/10/2021 11:05
Unknown suspect has removed from a fence and stolen a 'No Climbing Sign' from the entrance to a English Heritage site.
Stolen Item - No Climbing Sign value £300


12/10/2021 02:37
Unknown suspect has driven into farmers fence, causing damage and allowing cows to escape.


07/10/2021 11:00
Hare coursers have trespassed onto ground we farm near Hindon and driven across all the cultivated fields. No damage was caused to gates/fences but they have driven across every field leaving wheel marks. They have no permission to be there.
Fisherton De La Mere


08/10/2021 08:43
Unknown suspects, believed to be hare-coursing,  have been driving around on IP's land causing damage to crops


10/10/2021 09:50
Unknown suspect has broken chain and padlock to gate in order to gain entry to field. There are tyre tracks around the field leading IP to suspect it was hare coursing.
Wootton Rivers


12/10/2021 11:23
Unknown suspect(s) have gained entry to a fire damaged secured tin barn in which an old Austin Cambridge vehicle was stored. There are holes in the barn through which you could see inside. Entry may have been gained through a side door or by peeling back part of the tin barn structure. Suspect has jumped on vehicle causing damage by denting the roof.

13/10/2021 09:25
Unknown suspect has broken into an office which is above a barn. Nothing has been taken this was just an untidy search.


12/10/2021 16:24
2 unknown males have driven into the yard and the driver has entered an open shed and stolen a jet wash. They were interrupted by the RP and jumped in vehicle and drove away.


18/10/2021 09:10
IP reporting that unknown suspect/s have stolen a Horse trailer/box from the rented yard and have gained entry by cutting through two padlocked/chained gates to get in. The Horse box is TVO £3500.
East Knoyle


18/10/2021 12:39
Unknown suspect has stolen post and rail fencing from paddocks on IP's land. Damage also caused to horse jumps in paddock - approximate value stolen/damaged £150.00
Dilton Marsh


12/10/2021 02:37
Unknown suspect has caused damage to a farmers fence which has allowed the cows to escape.


21/10/2021 07:00
Unknown suspect(s) have damaged IP's crops by driving over them in an unknown vehicle. It is suspected that this was due to hare coursing. Unknown cost of damage.
South Newton


19/10/2021 09:41
Unknown suspects have cut a padlock off a gate and used their vehicle to drive over the IPs crops, more likely for the purpose of poaching or hare coursing.
Barford St Martin


19/10/2021 17:00
Unknown offender/s have crawled under wire fencing to get into the building maintenance yard and have used some kind of cutters to break the locks on the gardeners store. There are marks on the locks but they failed to gain entry into the store.


21/10/2021 11:00
UK suspect has gained access into a barn at the A/L by unknown means, causing no damage and have stolen 3-4x hay bales.


24/10/2021 10:45
Unknown person/s have forced open the wooden barn door. This has caused damage to the wood and the mortise lock. Once inside 4x5 litre petrol cans have been taken.


19/10/2021 09:41
Unknown suspects have cut a padlock off a gate and used their vehicle to drive over the IPs crops, more likely for the purpose of poaching or hare coursing.
Barford St Martin


21/10/2021 07:40
IP's fences have been broken as a result of hare coursing by unknown suspects.


12/10/2021 19:00
R.P reporting damage to a shared gate. The gate has been forced with an unknown instrument causing damage to the gate and the lock has been removed.

Wiltshire Council's Dog Warden service has received national recognition from the RSPCA.

The service has been awarded a Gold Stray Dogs award in the annual RSPCA PawPrints Awards 2021.
The annual awards recognise local councils who have clear procedures and protocols in place that ensure the welfare of stray dogs. There are a number of categories in the awards, with bronze, silver and gold standards in each.
Since January 2021, the service has dealt with around 352 stray or found dogs in Wiltshire. Of those taken to kennels around half are reclaimed by their owners. The Dog Warden service works closely with Bath Cats and Dogs Home to rehome animals which aren't claimed by their owners.
In addition to the team award, two members of the service, Sebastian Williams and John Quinn were awarded a Special Recognition award for their part in not only maintaining the service throughout the pandemic and developing the service within Public Protection. They were one of only four winners in this group across England and Wales.
Cllr Ashley O'Neill, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said, "We are extremely proud of our Dog Warden Service and all that they have achieved by receiving these awards. It represents all of the hard work that goes into the service and the high standards that we strive to achieve.
"For John and Seb to receive a special recognition award for their work over the pandemic, when it has been a challenging time for the service, and to be recognised across the country for their efforts is nothing short of amazing.
"Congratulations to everyone involved in the service - this award is very well deserved."
If you find a stray dog and cannot contact the owner, it is a legal requirement to report it to Wiltshire Council by calling 0300 4560107.

Successful Prosecutions from WCC – Fly Tipping:

Our daily roles are enhanced by obtaining results - We all enjoy success stories so please read on…

Marlborough fly-tipper fined over £2,800 | The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald
Amesbury man Daniel Waters fined after fly-tipping on farmland | Salisbury Journal
Amesbury trader prosecuted for fly tipping rotten food | The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

Horse Rider Volunteer Role - October saw the launch of this exciting scheme where Volunteers will be the eyes and ears of the countryside and hopefully build an intel picture, aiding crime prevention. This was advertised through our Horse & Farm Watch Newsletters to those signed up to Horse Watch / Farm Watch on community messaging. 4 training sessions have been delivered via Teams by the Rural Crime Team and CiP for a go live mid November. If you would like to know more, please email Emily Thomas from the Rural Crime Team.

News and Updates from Rural Crime Team:   Six arrested on suspicion of poaching in Wiltshire -

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