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Recent Crime and Incidents
Update of Crimes/Incidents throughout Wiltshire affecting Farms, Horse owners, Yards and Rural areas.
Unknown suspect(s) have tried to break into Tack room at a farm - attempts to lever the door lock have been made causing damage to the brickwork. Door has held and no entry gained. Suspects have then cut clamps off a horsebox and stolen it. IFOR Williams 506 twin axle horsebox in navy blue.- TVO £3,000
Unknown suspect(s) have cut through a hedge in order to gain access to the coal yard and have stolen X 10 gas bottles TVO £350 which were situated in a locked gas cage.
An unknown suspect(s) cut off the locks to the IP's yard gates and left them on the ground. The suspect(s) cut the locks off the doors to the IP's work shop to gain entry and removed 3 x chain saws, 1 x nut runner and 1 x hedge trimmer.
Unknown suspects have entered the farm yard and stolen the IP's trailer left insecure in an open barn.
PROPERTY - Ball hitch trailer grey with a red draw bar (home made). New flooring has been added, the light board was not operational. Valued at £600. Orange 125 CC trail motor bike unknown male no vin Chinese make unknown value
100 to 150 litres of diesel value £150
Unknown suspect has stolen a horse trailer which was loose in a yard.
The IP has checked his barn this afternoon and found multiple items of high value garden maintenance equipment has been taken.
Unknown suspect has attended the insecure farm location and broken a lock on a RED DIESEL tank and has stolen approximate 700 lt of fuel t a cost of approximate £770
Unknown suspects have stolen the farm scatterbird that includes three items, the Portek Gas Bird Scarer valued at £500 that was attached to a Gas cannister valued at £25 and was powered by a 12 volts Car battery valued at £60.TVO £585
RP used the trailer, an Ifor Williams 505 horse trailer, on 16/12/2021 and left it at a secure location where it has been kept for 4 years by RP's mother. The trailer had a hitch lock and the paddock gate is chained. The paddock is behind a house and out of sight off the road. The owner of the paddock says he hasn't noticed anything strange, and the chain was always on every morning. RP went to check on the trailer on 06/04/2022 as RP needed to start using it and it has gone. There was no sign of the hitch lock or the number plate that was on the back which was A10 VCW. Nothing left behind at the scene, no known witnesses, no CCTV, no suspects.
After replacing a previously stolen stable door yesterday, the new stable door has been stolen by unknown suspect(s). Property: Stable door TVO £140.
Unknown suspect has stolen a freezer trailer from a yard where he works.
Unknown suspect(s) have attempted to saw through a padlock securing stables.
Unknown suspect(s) have stolen the RP's secured trailer that was parked in the front of the flats. He states that they have crowbarred the wheel lock off and left it behind as it is all distorted but have taken the tow hitch lock. The trailer was full of tree limbs that he was drying out and seasoning ready to cut up for next year. Property: Make unknown. Double wheeled metal high sided trailer - approx 8 ft long and it had a blue cover over the top. Value to replace £1000
Unknown suspect(s) have used unknown means to gain entry to a shed and steal the IP's tools. The IP has been working on a tractor in the barn and was called away to deal with an emergency. He has had intentions of returning straight back but has been unable to due to illness. When the IP has returned today he has found his tools have been stolen.
PROPERTY: Tool set TVO £324.
OUTBUILDINGS - An unknown suspect(s) entered through the unlocked double driveway gates and moved across the gravel yard to the 5 x outbuildings. The suspects jemmied open the stable doors damaging the frames and leaving the padlocks lying on the ground. The suspect(s) entered the outbuildings and removed 3 x chainsaws and 1 x leaf blower. The suspect(s) left via the double gates closing them behind them.
Unknown suspects have gained entry to 2 of the IP's outbuildings by cutting the lock. Suspects have not stolen anything once inside.
Unknown suspect(s) have broken into the IP's secured barn and stolen a Makita chain saw and a Tanaka Hedge trimmer. Unknown value, IP will email into the CCC inbox if he comes across any serial numbers.
Unknown suspect has stolen a hand built trailer from a parking bay to the rear of the IP's former residence. The trailer is hand painted silver and used to transport a single jet ski. Item valued at £150.
Two unknown suspects have snuck under the businesses electric fence. They have then located an unlocked trailer which had been dropped off approx an hour before. They have taken nail guns/saws from five boxes and thrown the boxes in the bin, leaving with the tools. Unconfirmed items at the moment but believed to be about £2000 worth.
Royal Wootton Bassett
The horses were brought in from the field at approximately 3.30 pm and returned to the field at 6.30pm which is when we realized that the solar power hot line fence energizer, wire reel and fencing standards were all missing from the field opposite the farm. Value £650 - £800.
Two unknown suspects have been seen to try and drag IPs dog into a vehicle while she was arriving from her horse riding.
Unknown suspect/s have climbed locked gates and have then gained access to to the IP's shipping containers by breaking the brackets that had the padlock on them and have then stolen tools and machinery tvo £2000 . Several other shipping containers have also been broken into.
An unknown male has filled his vehicle with materials TVO £300 from a building yard and driven away.
Unknown suspects have come to the IP's farm buildings and stolen a pile of lead from the farm yard.
News and Updates from Rural Crime Team:
We are delighted to announce that NFU have kindly donated more funding to secure Hi Viz tabards & head bands for our Horse Rider Volunteers. We have 55 trained Volunteers and more sessions booked.
Reminder: Closed season for fishing from 15th March to the 15th June 2022.
Crime Prevention Advice
The government announced a reform of red diesel and other rebated biofuels during the Budget in 2020, resulting in the removal of the entitlement to use red diesel from most sectors, except for agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fish farming, rail and non-commercial heating, with effect from 1st April 2022.
The result of this is that users of heavy plant machinery and equipment such as non-road mobile machinery like dumpers, power generators and excavators, predominately but not exclusively from the construction sector, will no longer be able to run on red diesel. This is likely to expose such machinery, and associated onsite fuel storage facilities, to fuel theft as the alternative white diesel can be used in road vehicles without penalty.
Static above ground fuel tanks and mobile bowsers are most at risk of fuel theft, both domestic heating oil tanks and diesel tanks on farms and construction sites.
Advice around securing fuel, fuel tank security, construction site security and forecourt theft can be found at https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/crime-prevention-advice/fuel-theft”