Welcome to this weeks rural crime newsletter. Below there is a summary of some the incidents across Norfolk. We would like to thank you for all your calls to Norfolk Constabulary; every piece of information, no matter how small helps us make Norfolk a safer county. You are our eyes and ears and we depend on your assistance to reduce rural crime.
If you do not wish to leave your details, you can also call anonymously or via Crime Stoppers.
Close to Watton we have had reports of Nighthawking / illegal metal detecting on farm land of an ancient historic site. There has been further reports of Nighthawking out at Weeting Castle and the surrounds.
In Tasburgh there was a theft of an Ifor Williams, Single axle drop side trailer. A lock securing it was cut off and other items taken close by.
In Bradwell there was a shed set alight. 4 youths seen running from the area soon after they had been witnessed playing with fire close to the area of the shed blaze.
In Salters Lode several outbuildings were broken into. A set of Waterproofs, a hunting game bag and numerous shotgun cartridges were stolen.
At Hindringham, outbuildings were broken into. The security lights pulled down and thrown to one side. It appears the grounds were searched but nothing appears to have been taken.
Poringland, 2 garden sheds broken into. Numerous motorcycle related items stolen including a set tyre warmers.
At Weybourne Hall Holiday Park, a male in a white van wearing walking trousers and green woolly hat was seen wondering around the caravan site. He claimed bird watching and left the area when challenged.
In Ditchingham there was the theft of 1000ltrs heating oil, beer barrels and sports equipment from the Social Club.
At Gunthorpe an email report was received about the theft of 2000 ltrs of heating oil.
In Great Yarmouth, heating oil was stolen from a small business. CCTV on site will help us identify the people and vehicle used during the offence.
At Long Stratton about 700 litres of heating oil stolen from an insecure tank.
In Stalham, there was a theft of a green plastic 1000ltr heating oil tank. The tank was empty and believed carried off by hand.
At West Acre, illegal lamping took place. it is believed that 4 males 3 dogs were on scene.
In Catfield at All Saints Church we received reports of potential deer poaching. One male sighted may have been acting as a look out.
At Black Drove a silver Honda CRV with 3 males and 2 Lurcher dogs seen in relation to hare coursing. The vehicle and occupants moved off before coursing.
In Banham a gold Honda CRV pulled onto private land, then left when seen. It is believed they were potential hare coursers.
At Kings Lynn, the Fire Service reported coursers / lamping on land illegally. Torches were seen and dogs seen running across the field under torch light.
In Brockdish, 3 men and up to 6 dogs were seen in relation to hare coursing. One dog was seen chasing hare. They then left the area.
Little Witchingham, 3 males with 2 Lurcher type dogs seen in a silver Subaru. It is believed they were attempting to go hare coursing.
Southery- Sedge Fen- a silver Ford Escort was reported on land. This may have been linked to coursing though no activity or behaviours were seen at the time.
The Op Randall team would like to thank you all for your calls and emails regarding hare coursing, it is now the time of year where we may see some incidents and your information is key to helping us catch these offenders. Please report any suspicious activity including vehicles to us as soon as possible.
UME- Unlicenced Music Event.
In Haveringland an UME took place in some old chicken sheds. Officers arrived and the event closed within the hour.
Off FR49 at Mundford, an UME took place in the open forest. About 40 people were there in approx. 10 cars. This disbanded peacefully.
Close to Brundall, a boat moored up in a marina was broken into. The fridge and TV were stolen from within the boat. No damage to the exterior site fencing was found so it is believed access to the site was gained via the river.
Pink is the colour-
In Belton there was an attempted theft of a caravan battery. The cover was broken and lock damaged but battery not taken.
DC Andy Brown reminds you that a simple spray of florescent pink paint will make your batteries un-attractive to thieves.
Whilst the offenders are on your land looking for stolen batteries, what else are they looking at?
Are you leaving yourself vulnerable to further incidents?
We would encourage all subscribers to Property Mark your items. This can be as easy as post-coding items or using products like SelectaDNA or Smartwater which can be easily applied to smaller items which helps identify them, combined with clear signage- this will dissuade thieves.
Wildlife Crime: WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
If you are aware of an incident or offence taking place there and then or shortly afterwards please dial 999. The above inbox will not be monitored 24/7 but it will provide you with a direct way to contact our Wildlife Crime Officers. We look forward to hearing from you. Your local Wildlife Crime Officers:
Insp Jon Papworth WCO Lead
Sgt Andy Tomlinson
PCSO Helen Maxwell
PC Ben Clark
Kings Lynn / Downham Market
Pc Maria Asker
PC Jim Squires
PS Richard Bedder
PC Jason Pegden
PC Stu Doe
DI Tom SMITH
PCSO Mac Cornaby
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