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180801 - Arrests made in rural crime crackdown, Breckland and West Norfolk

posted 1 Aug 2018, 02:40 by Earl Soham Parish Council

A policing operation launched to combat rural crime in Breckland and West Norfolk has led to seven arrests.


Operation Kingbird has seen an increase in patrols and targeted police activity to combat rising burglaries and thefts at farms.


Seven people have been arrested, with one man charged with offences while cash and drugs have been seized and stolen property recovered.


Local Policing Commander for Breckland North, Inspector Jon Papworth said: "We are concerned about this criminal activity and we’ve launched a dedicated operation to target offenders while addressing concerns within the farming community.


"Officers, including frontline response, beat managers and specialist units, are working together to disrupt and deter criminals and patrol vulnerable locations.


"While we’ve seen some promising results we are continuing to treat these crimes seriously and will deal with offenders robustly.


"Members of the community can help us by reporting suspicious activity – residents know their communities better than anyone else so will be best placed to spot if anyone or anything is out of place.”


Results from Operation Kingbird include:

·    Two men were arrested on Sunday (29 July 2018) after a vehicle failed to stop for police in Swaffham. Police pursued the vehicle which was eventually stopped in Castle Acre. Kieran Price, 19 and of Wkaehurst Placed, Cardiff, has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and going equipped for theft. He was remanded in police custody and appeared via video link before Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday <31>. where he was released on conditional bail to appear before Norwich Crown Court at a later date. A second man, aged 18, arrested in connection with the incident was released without charge. 

·    Warrant executed at a property in Swaffham on 6 June where stolen property (two horses and a trailer) were recovered. A large amount of heroin, more than 100 cannabis plants and about £10,000 was seized. A 31-year-old man and 29-year-old woman arrested in connection with the incident have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

·    On 24 July a 19-year-old man was arrested in Swaffham in connection with theft of batteries – he’s been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

·    Two other males, aged 20 and 16 were arrested in Swaffham on 22 June on suspicion of handling stolen goods. Both men were question and released under investigation while officers continue with their enquiries.


Residents are also being encouraged to sign-up to a weekly crime newsletter, called Operation Randall, a countywide crime-fighting initiative aimed at protecting rural communities.


Crime prevention advice to rural businesses and farms includes:

  • lock equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use
  • invest in a secure storage toolbox
  • install a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept
  • always lock vehicles when left outside and keep the keys in your possession
  • keep expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use
  • consider using hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors
  • mark your tools and equipment and register them for free with Immobilise
  • keep a record of all valuable items
  • consider fitting outside security lights
  • consider fitting tracking devices to vehicles

The update includes information on key rural crimes which have happened within the county, highlighting any trends and advice on how people can help police and protect their property. If you would like to sign up to the Op Randall newsletter you can do so using the below link and registering through the Police Connect website https://www.norfolk.police.uk/services/police-connect.


There’s more rural crime prevention advice available at: https://www.norfolk.police.uk/advice/rural-crime and members of the public are urged to report any suspicious incidents/activity/persons and vehicles to police on 101.

1 Aug 18