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This message is dated Tuesday 16th April 2019 - CountryWatch

Alert message sent 16/04/2019 10:29:00

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This message is dated Tuesday 16th April 2019 for CountryWatch.



4/4  Farm, Arrewiq Lane, Chartridge.  Approximately 25 rare breed chickens have been stolen including include Araucana, Giant Brahma, Castellana Negra, Swedish Flower Hens, French Copper Maran, Plymouth Rock and Buff Orpington. Mostly hens with some cockrels.

14/4  Hempton Road, Barford St. Michael, Banbury.   A one day old lamb has been stolen, Asian male seen in silver Mercedes van. . Concerns this has not been a good year for lambing and theft of lambs will have considerable impact financially and on emotional welfare of the ewe's concerned who are left distressed and looking for their newborn.

4/4  Estate, Faringdon.  Reports of three males in a field with lurcher dogs, suspected of hare coursing.  A blue Honda CRV with a dog cage, was parked on the road near to the field. This is private land, they didn’t have permission to be there. The men left the area in the blue Honda CRV towards Gainfield.
Air support and local officers area searched and later.  A blue Honda CRV W8 ** ONP was stopped.  In the vehicle were three men and three lurcher dogs. All three men were known for previous hunting offences and the car has a history, for similar circumstances. As the aggrieved couldn’t identify the men or confirm the index of the car, section 35 dispersal orders were given to all the men to leave the area for 48 hours, the area stipulated was Pusey, Gainfield, Buckland and Standford in the Vale via the A420. Section 34 and 35 authority was authorised. The men left in the car towards the A420.  The same car has also been seen hare coursing on 7 April near Faringdon after Hittgin in Wiltshire.

3/4 Gerrards Cross.   Offenders have cut through and taken padlock from the gate to gain entry to the site, the fork-lift has been taken – caller still has the keys. The tracker has been removed and left on the site.  Yellow JCB 533105 VIN JCB5AH7GTG2466016 Engine 2466016

28/3  Tidmore Lane, Woodcote, Reading.  Caller says that there are people in the field shooting animals, she believes they are hare coursing, dogs involved and 6 to 7 people with a pick up truck with a big spot light on it.

31/3  Englfield Estate, Theale, Reading.  Hare coursers seen in AJ ** WSE and LG ** FYD. Caller challenged them and they politely said they were from Staines and allowed to do this. They had two lurchers one white and one sandy coloured.
Male 1: 5’8 thin build with dark hair wearing beige/ white hooded tracksuit.
Male 2: 5’8 large build with ginger hair with red face wearing grey/blue tracksuit.
AJ ** WSE – White VW Caddy panel van. Previous keeper only (Cardiff) in trade
 LG ** FYD – Silver VW Caddy panel van. RO Wokingham. No Trace on TVP ANPR in the last 90 days.

1/4 Farm, Shrivenham Road, Longcot, Faringdon.  Caller arrived to find the gate to the paddock open and her two horses in distress. The small pony was found to have had its hair cut in patches and had lacerations all over its body. All the animals on the farm were ‘skittish’ and would not come close to anyone.

On 03/02/2019 a lurcher type dog was found near the Oakley Airfield, Worminghall. Dog was collected by Aylesbury Dog Warden and was later collected by owner.

On 16/03/2019, an incident occurred at Dodds Charity, Kimblewick, HP17 8SX when a red Toyota Y **5 LRX was seen outside the stables gates with other vehicles, there were around 8/10 people wearing masks, intimidating and making offensive hand gestures. This location is targeted by Hunt saboteurs on a regular basis.

On 10/02/2019 5 cockerels were dumped in a field in Little Missenden (opposite the Crown Public House) where chickens and Kunekune pigs are kept. The 5 cockerels were of different breeds and included Ayam Cemani, 2 jungle fowl and 2 u/k breed. All had their Combs/Wattle and earlobes were cut (loose skin flaps around the face) suggesting they may have been used in cock fighting.


Animal Rights Activists have published the details of game bird farms in the UK online and are encouraging supporters to attend farms and release the birds during the peak breeding season.

In the morning of 28/03/19, 9 Pheasants and a Woodpigeon were found dead laid neatly out on the floor in Chain Hill Car Park, Wantage. These have been shot with a .22 air rifle suspected overnight. The pheasants were from the Lockinge Estate, Wantage.

What to look out for:
  • Individuals trespassing on land
  • Calls to farm enquiring about opening times / security
  • Online propaganda against your farm
  • Graffiti (threats to do further harm)
  • Suspicious vehicles driving around the perimeter / gates

What can you do:
  • If you find out that your farm has been identified online, speak to your local policing team, who will be able to offer crime prevention advice.
  • Ensure CCTV / entry / exit alarms and perimeter alert devices are current
  • Install security lighting, to take away the cover of darkness
  • If you believe you have intruders and it is current, dial 999 or 101 if it is not a crime in progress
  • If you have any information relating to this kind of activity, please report it via the ACT website.

The 101 number is still functioning properly, but I am afraid it may be slow to answer at the moment - if you are experiencing delays, you can always make contact with us using the online reporting system:

Eyes and ears.....................and brain


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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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