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Alert message sent 26/04/2022 16:16:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch

I am detailing below Country Watch crimes that have occurred recently.   Apologies if some of you have already received them direct.

Recent Country Watch crimes in the Newbury and Thatcham area

20/04/22. Cottages, Thatcham. Aggrieved has report the theft of heating oil from their house. They had their tank filled a week ago and it is now empty. A plumber has confirmed there are no leaks and it is not possible for the quantity supplied to have been used so quickly. Believed the tank has been drained.

Marsh Lane, Thatcham Theft of 30 hay bales and damage to crops. 2 items left on scene (vape/can).

Bury’s Bank Road, Thatcham. 6 men reported to be coursing. They had lurchers and a terrier with them (also approx. 6). 4 of them have been checked. All the stopped males appear to be known to us and there are loads of previous for all of them for hare coursing, sus circs and intel among others. The car was a blue MITSUBISHI Shogun Pinin GX ** FKB.. The car seems to be based in and around Slough, as this is the centre of the activity. The vehicle is sporadically active, but 201 reports over 90days. It is also seen around the South Coast.

Farm, Thatcham Vehicle has been seen on private long driveway, when approached it has sped off. 2 up - Black Discovery.

Farm, Newbury. Sus car described as a grey / black Audi A6 index VO ** EKD. 15 reports in the last 90 days of this car. Last seen 04/03/2022 in Peterborough area no reports anywhere else in the country since then.

Overnight on the 24/03/2022 Newbury. A Muntjac deer has been shot and left by the side of a field. There are tyre marks all over the field. No CCTV or witnesses.

Recent Country Watch crimes in the rest of West Berkshire

22/03/2022 Upper Lambourn Road, Hungerford. A White Volkswagen Transport Van index CRZ ** 53 has entered the yard without permission and then knocked on the window. They have not left despite the caller engaging them and caller is concerned they might try to take livestock.

Caravan Park, Fairchild, Hungerford Theft of red diesel from tractor - Agg states he has video/photos of the offer(s) and vehicle.

Winterbourne Road, Newbury Aggd has reported persons and dogs coursing on her lands. Unit has attended.

26/03/2022  North Heath, Newbury.  Report of 4 men poaching with terriers. Officers have attended and stop searched several males and a vehicle. One terrier had significant facial injuries and was taken to the vets, which confirmed these injuries are consistent with that of a dog being attacked / fighting a badger. The dog also had historic facial injuries.  One man was arrested 04/08/2022 for attempt to injure a badger and cause unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. Another offender know to the police was stop searched.

24/03/2022 Aldworth, Reading.  A 4x4 was driving on freshly planted crops causing criminal damage to rural fields. RB has a photo that shows male faces and the VRM of the 4x4.

With legislative changes limiting the use of red diesel which came into force on 1st April, there is a real possibility that the rate of fuel theft could dramatically increase in the coming months.  This is in context of already high rates of fuel theft.  It has been reported nationally that fuel theft has already increased by 88% so far in 2022.

Best wishes
Angela Money BEM
Neighbourhood Watch

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Angela Money (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, West Berkshire LPA)

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