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Rural Crime in Our Area

on Thu, 02/08/2018 - 2:21pm

In the last couple of weeks we have seen a rise in rural crime, mainly thefts and damage caused by poaching. We suspect this is due to the harvests being earlier this year.

  • Between 10am 15/07- 9am 17/07 a livestock trailer was stolen from a property in Sparsholt.
  • Between 17/07- 21/07 there was a theft of a tool box and an attempted theft of red diesel from a combine harvester at a farm in Shrivenham.
  • Between 6pm 19/07- 8am 24/07 £8000 worth of electric cable stolen from Coxwell Road, Faringdon.
  • Between 9pm 23/07- 8.30am 24/07 a mini bus stolen from a farm in Stanford in the Vale.
  • Between 10.30pm 23/07- 7am 24/07 a trailer with a motorbike on it was stolen from Bourton, near Swindon.
  • Between 11pm 25/07- 6am 26/07 damage was caused to fencing and crops were driven over at a property in Ashbury. This is likely to have been a result of possible deer poaching in the area.
  • Overnight between 24/07- 25/07 a bell drinker was stolen from a farm in Buckland.
  • On 26/07 criminal damage was caused to a wind turbine at Westmill Wind Farm, Watchfield.
  • On 26/07 criminal damage was caused to a pheasant pen at a farm in Buckland.
  • Between 12am 27/07- 5pm 27/07 a Mitsubishi L200 was stolen from a farm in Knighton, Swindon.
  • Between 2pm 27/07- 6pm 27/07 460 pheasant chicks were stolen from a property in Longcot.
  • On 29/07 hare coursers were disrupted on farm land in Buckland. The offenders made off from officers who had disrupted them and the vehicle was not located. A dog was found by officers after the initial incident which was temporarily rehomed until the legal owner is found.
  • On 30/7 a stolen Land Rover was seized in Great Coxwell.

Beauty spot thefts

We have had some thefts from vehicles at beauty spots like Badbury Clumps. Please remember not to leave valuables in your vehicles.

Please continue to report all crimes and suspicious activity to us by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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From a TVP email, received 1/8/18