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This message is dated Thursday 9th June 2022 - CountryWatch

Alert message sent 09/06/2022 11:09:00

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8/5 – 9/5  Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St. Giles.  Offenders have broken in via a perimeter fence causing £2000 of damage. They have stolen a 1 Tonne Kubota excavator. This item had a tracking device installed. The tracker was active until UB9 6NZ (Uxbridge) where the signal then disconnected.

7/5 – 9/5  Dorking Way, Calcot.  A building site belonging to Bellway Homes has been entered and items stolen. The aggrieved has viewed the CCTV and 5 people can be seen to enter the compound. They are all wearing hoodies with the hood up and face masks. They also appear to have gloves on. A crowbar was left at scene which was recovered for forensics. The offenders have stolen 2 rows of copper piped (45 pipes) 4 disc cutters and cable reels.

10/5 – 11/5  Langsmeade Works, Thame.  Tractors x6 have been stolen overnight from a compound. There is a good level of security to the front, however offenders have accessed by cutting down trees and bushes and breaking fences. The tractors have been driven across the fields and then loaded onto a vehicle thought to be waiting in a layby near Jct 8A of the M40. The tractors were not chipped or locked and have generic keys. CCTV and ANPR work has been conducted. Markers have been added to PNC on the missing vehicles.

15/5 – 16/5  Farm Cottages, Swindon.  Offenders have broken into a veg shed. The safe and concrete base have been dug up and removed.  It had contained around £250 cash. A wheelbarrow was also broken and this is thought to have been done trying to transport the concrete.

17/5  Farm, Dagnall.  GPS dome stolen from the top of tractor (OP YELL). CSI have attended and have seized footwear marks. Neighbouring farm has also been targeted.

17/5  Farm, Dagnall.  GPS dome stolen from the top of tractor

19/5  Amersham Road.  A two wheeled trailer has been stolen with a climbing wall on the back.  A witness has identified a blue van towing the trailer and wall along thee A404 Wycombe at around 21:00 on the same day. ANPR work has indicated a vehicle EU ** OEN which Is a Blue Ford transit van.


5/5  Quarry, Banbury Road, Finmere.  Officers have used a drone to identify a potential piece of stolen plant located within the quarry. On arrival RCTF officers have used their plant identification skills to confirm that the item (a McCloskey Screener) was present and have organised for the item to be recovered using specialist services.

10/5  Cleveland, Milton Keynes.  A person reported a white van parked up at their neighbours house. A male got out of the van and filled up various containers and had a wash using the neighbours tap.  White Toyota Hiace panel van index M *** MCG.

18/5  Farm, Bloxham Road.  Report that a drone has flown over the above location on the 18th and then again on the 19th. The reporting person was concerned as they are a large but quite isolated farm and they have a number of expensive items and vehicles, JCB and a tractor on site and in barns. The reporting persons says that they saw a red light flashing on the drone and they believe that recording was taking place. On the 19th it was first noticed at approx 11am and each time has been flown for around an hour


3/5  Jocks lane, Bracknell.  Toilet roll set on fire in a field by youth. Fire crew have attended and extinguished it. There appears to be a distinct rise in the number of arsons being reported over the last few weeks, with one arrest having already been conducted during enquiries.

9/5  The Common, Flackwell Heath.  Call from fire service regarding a suspected arson in the toilet block at the recreation ground at the above location. When fire arrived they found paper alight in a cubicle.

9/5  Calverton Lane, Calverton.  A vehicle was seen to turn up and dump rubbish near to the entrance of the caravan site, this rubbish was then set alight causing a bonfire. No vehicle details have been obtained and the reporting person has been uncontactable since. The report has been passed to Police by the Fire Service due to their arson reporting procedure.

10/5  Old Road, Shotover, Oxford.  Fire crew have called in a large tree on fire. Arson suspected as there is no other explanation as to how the tree would have caught alight. No persons seen at the scene of the fire which was in a remote area of Shotover Park


5/5  Two round pens for horses were stolen in Warwickshire ten days ago and later discovered being used in unusual circumstances. Police investigated and the pens were seized as no-one claimed ownership of the pens or the two foals contained within.  These were stolen on the same night from two separate premises and needed a “team” to dismantle and load them on to a flatbed as they are very heavy. Approx value £10K second hand for a decent one.

20/4  Suspects entered farmland by unknown means and stole a rare 4 wheel horse drawn carriage from a secure triple locked container on the victims land. The carriage, built in the 1930s, is red, with gold and cream Victorian style writing.  It is London ladder fronted and has a sign on the front that reads GENERAL DEALER and on the side - “Trixies Stud of Essex”.  The carriage is rare and remains in very good condition, meaning it could be sold on and possibly used by an “unsuspecting buyer” for display at country shows across the UK. If you recognise this carriage or have any further information, please contact Opal: opal@westmercia.pnn.police.uK




A cable theft from the Ashburys line on the 24th May resulted in 11 trains being delayed by a total of 442 minutes. Police attended with a dog unit after receiving covert camera activations but unfortunately found no trace of the suspect.

4/05/2022—behind the Philips Park fire station, M40 2AX — staff on site discovered 30m of 35mm2 copper power cable was stolen from the Up and Down Ashburys line •

03/05/2022—Phillips Park South (No2) Junction, M40 7BG—approximately 30 yards of cable was stolen near to MN.826 Signal (Up Ashburys).

30/04/2022—New Viaduct Street, Manchester, M40 7BN— Covert camera activations showed an adult male walking alongside the track on the Down Main side. Suspect Imagery Report

25/04/2022—Phillips Park South (No2) Junction, M40 7BG— Cut cable was discovered by railway staff which is believed to be linked to the incident below.

24/04/2022—between Philips Park West junction and Ashburys, M40 7BG— GMP reported that a solitary male was potentially stealing cable from the location and when BTP and railway staff arrived they saw that troughing lids had been disturbed, and cable had been placed on the line.


Earlier in the year there was a significant increase in cable thefts in the Leicestershire area and CIAP issued an intel alert in respect of this on 1st February. Offending has continued in the LE postcode area with the most significant reported cable theft in LE16 8 on 16/05/2022 resulting in a considerable financial loss for the rail industry. Offending has now seemingly spread further south and east , following the line of the M1, and includes the Northamptonshire, Thames Valley, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire areas covering postcodes NN, MK, PE and LU. The last 6 weeks cable thefts are shown on the map in these areas.

Two electrical substations have been attacked in LU5 5AH and cable removed in this highly dangerous theft (crime refs 40/17892/22 & 40/17901/22); a further substation was also attacked in PE19 6XQ and 300m cable removed.

A solar farm was attacked in LE14 3PB by 3 males, hundreds of metres of cable were stolen at a cost of £80k to the site.

1km BT cable was stolen in one theft in NN6 9QA and a further 30m stolen in LE15 7JG.

1km rail cable was stolen from LE16 8BX which resulted in a significant financial loss for the industry and severe disruption to the general public, in another incident, 650m cable was stolen from PE19 6HP.

200m LIVE CABLE was pulled out of the ground by hand at an Anglian Water site in PE15 5QX at a cost to the industry of £45k; cable was also stolen from a pumping station in PE15 0NF.


Since the 3rd of May, Eastern has been targeted with high value BT cable thefts with the majority of offences in Wrexham County.

MO: offenders are lifting grids at two / three locations hundreds of meters apart, cutting the cables at each end and then pulling the cable out of the ground. It is most likely that a 4 x 4 vehicle is being used to pull the cable out by dragging it out of the hole along the road secured to the rear of the vehicle. Each (approx) 200m of cable would weight over 1 ton and would be worth thousands of pounds Prior to the Theft reported on the 17th of May BT have estimated that £115,000 worth of wire has been stolen.


Lead from the roof and porch of the large Church of All Saints in Cadney, West Mercia (DN20 9HR) whose roof is totally lead, has been targeted on multiple occasions by thieves, with the most recent attempt being disturbed and a vehicle being seized. It is feared that the thieves will return to the church in the near future and attempt to strip the roof further of lead.

Appropriate PPE equipment was found in the seized van and reports suggested that the thieves spoke with local accents. The stolen lead is likely to have been forensically marked, so it is recommended that the vehicle is scanned under UV light for any traces.

14th May 2022—Thieves were disturbed as they attempted to take more lead from the roof, resulting in them dropping it and jumping over garden fences to avoid capture.

12th May 2022—A significant amount of lead was taken from the main roof of the church •

28th March 2022—The porch was completely stripped of lead and the roof suffered lots of damage from thieves trying to access it.  Despite the church being insured, the losses suffered are so huge that only a small portion of it is covered by insurance, therefore the additional repairs will need to be funded by the church. The price per tonne of lead has increased by c.23% since the beginning of 2021 and is set to increase further, driving up the demand; the images provided by the church (below) highlight that a huge portion of lead was targeted.

Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.

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