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.
Norfolk Police are beginning a new campaign targeting rural cannabis growing within domestic properties. If you see blacked out or silver foiled windows, come across a strong herbal smell, identify odd electrical wiring or find additional venting to a property that doesn’t look quite right-
Please call us on :101
In Lyng a large volume of soil and green matter was dumped on the edge of a farmers field. This was believed to cannabis plants remains- namely stalks and roots. This appears to have come from a sizeable hydroponic set up.
If you do not wish to leave your details, you can also call anonymously or via Crime Stoppers: 0800 555 111
Swanton Morely post office has been broken into. Cigarettes and alcohol were targeted but the shop and the contents were left in a mess.
In Little Melton a call was received about two males outside a shop trying to break in. Officers quickly attended the scene and discovered that the security light had been tampered with and unplugged but no break in had occurred.
At Shipdham Church, suspicious activity was reported when a white van was seen to pull up at about 02:30am and then switched its headlights lights off. Officers attended and discovered all was in order.
Concerns were raised at St. Paul’s Church in Thuxton. A 4×4 vehicle was seen parked near to the church. A Police Officer and the church warden attended the church and confirmed nothing was out of place and all in order.
3 males were seen parked outside St Giles Church in Bradfield. This is the second time the vehicle had been noticed there. The vehicle and the occupants left the area, driving away. The males were not seen out of the car and there was no damage to the church.
We would encourage all readers to keep reporting any suspicious activity around any of Norfolk’s heritage sites.
Thank you for all you efforts in reporting suspicious activity- please keep up the good work.
Farm and Agriculture.
In Wissington, a secure outbuilding containing pesticides was broken into, by knocking a hole in the side of the building. A large amount of pesticide was stolen from within. A vehicle of a farm worker was also damaged on site- this may have been done by hare coursers as the ip states he’s had run in’s with them recently.
In Coltishall a dairy farm had100 pannett tiles stolen. A white transit connect van was seen on site 3 weeks ago asking for old batteries, there is nothing directly linking the vehicle to the theft but this has been noted.
In Besthorpe, the Fire brigade attended a small fire in a hedge and bushes of a farm. The Fire Brigade believe this is a deliberate ignition.
In Garboldisham a suspicious gold Vauxhall was driving slowly past a farm entrance. The concerns being that the vehicle was driving specifically looking up the driveway into the property.
At Morningthorpe, 2 males were seen on a Moped, syphoning off diesel into a bottle. They made off when sighted but only one with a helmet. This may give the impression that the pair were very local to the area.
In Carleton Rode a white pick up (single cab) with a blue metal scrap bin on the rear entered a property being renovated. The vehicle was on sight for 3-4mins before leaving. It is unknown if anything was taken, but the vehicle is not known to the caller and was on site without permission.
In Outwell there was an attempted theft of touring caravan where with the hitch lock was pulled off. The caravan legs were also locked in place which may have helped in preventing the theft. PLEASE consider theft prevention on caravans, additional locks add time and noise, hindering a thief – this is not what they want!
At Mundford, a male was seen to enter a garden and peer into a conservatory and pay particular attention to a box trailer and caravan parked off the road on a the private drive way. When spotted the male jumped into a silver Vauxhall Corsa with a ladder on the roof.
In Syderstone there was a theft of heating oil. About 250ltrs stolen from a tank.
In North Walsham, 500 gallons of heating oil stolen from a large tank at the premises.
In Emneth at about 2100hrs, a vehicle (something similar to a Subaru Forester) with a lamp mounted was seen driving across fields. Shots were heard in the dark and dogs were seen chasing what was believed to be hare under the lamp light. After a few minutes the vehicle left towards Emneth village. It was reported to have returned shortly afterwards continuing its actions. Officers attended the area and conducted a search, unfortunately the vehicle was not located.
Between Threeholes and Ten Mile Bank, 3 vehicles were seen acting suspiciously around farm land driving over fields, a white Mitsubishi pick up, a silver Toyota Rav4 and something similar to a black Subaru. They made off when approached by farm workers. The occupants were not seen out of the vehicles with dogs and not seen to be chasing hare.
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.
Pink is the colour-
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
The RSPB reserve at Lakenheath has reported 3 off road motorbikes actively riding the tracks on the reserve. CCTV on the 29/01/2017 shows two males and one female rider.
The trio have ridden close to where the cranes might nest this breeding season. The Eurasian Cranes are very sensitive to human disturbance on the reserve, so every effort is being made to combat this antisocial behaviour.
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
We would like to thank you all for the ongoing support you provide Norfolk Police.
Have a good weekend, from the Op Randall team.