Police Connect Rural Crime Update

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.

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The below summary takes account for the previous 2 weeks.

Crimes of note

Farm and Agriculture

  • Pig Arson at Northwold. 3 Males arrested and released under investigation.
  • Barn broken into  in Bradenham– Ifor Williams trailer, ride on mower and log splitter stolen.


  • Lead stolen from porch roof at St Michaels Church, Stockton and lead from Westwick Church.


  • Road surfacing lorry and digger stolen from Setchey (lorry later recovered)
  • 1000 lts of heating oil taken from Pulham Market
  • 3 saddles and bridals, horse clippers and 2 lawn mowers taken from Belaugh
  • Strimmer taken from locked garage in Shouldham
  • Tools and Stihl petrol saw taken from locked container at Loddon
    Welder, garden trailer and ride on mower stolen from Brookville
  • Hand and power tools taken from Ditchingham
  • Batteries and tools stolen from Stowbridge
  • Fencer batteries stolen from Aylsham
  • Batteries stolen from Harpley and Pott Row
  • Batteries, copper wiring and chainsaws taken from Ashwicken
  • 30 Batteries stolen from Brettenham
  • 9 Batteries taken from a farm at Barnham (Thetford)


  • Hare coursing at Kimberley and Mattishall

Vehicle theft

  • Grey VW Amok pick up stolen from Shipdham
  • Ford Transit van stolen from Horningtoft

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.

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2 males from Newark arrested and charged for a dwelling burglary, 3 x non dwelling burglaries and 3 thefts. Items stolen included batteries, metal, 2 x quad bikes and a strimmer. Locations of crimes all within the Downham/Outwell/Upwell area.

3 x IFor Williams trailers recovered with forensic work ongoing.

Crime prevention visits

Please make contact with us to request crime prevention visits. We will be happy to visit and offer advice

Heritage Crime Conference

Officers attended the National Police Chiefs Council briefing in London on Wednesday.

Items discussed in depth were art and antiquities crime and its relationship with International Organised Crime Groups, Heritage Watch, the law surrounding listed buildings and ancient monuments and the excellent ongoing work by Historic England.

Have a good week

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