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This message is dated Friday 13th May 2022 - CountryWatch

Alert message sent 13/05/2022 14:20:00

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28/04/22 Bray Lake, Monkey Island Lane, Maidenhead,  Police received a report of 3 men at the lake illegally fishing. They did not have a permit and were using a drone to spot the fish before catching them.  The fish are worth up to £10,000 each. The RB says they have been seen at other fisheries behaving the same way. They have made off when approached.

03/05/2022 Farm, Church Lane, Wokingham.  A man with dark short curly hair has been putting cards on windscreens and having a good look around. He wanted to buy a livestock trailer and said he buys old vehicles, trailers and caravans and exports them. Vehicle used was a Black Toyota Hilux EN ** HHL. This is the 3rd report in one month for this vehicle being linked to man attempting to buy vehicles and using forceful tactics.  The car is shown as in trade and keeper lives in Windsor and he has told DVLA no longer keeper. ANPR show that the vehicle is active each day and has been seen towing a caravan in the past 3 days. ACT marker applied.  He and the address in Windsor, are unknown by the local Neighbourhood Officer.

22/04/2022  Farm, Thame.  Damage has been caused to multiple locks.  Boulders and logs have been moved, to facilitate access to the site for hare coursing.  Aggrieved states that this is an ongoing problem that is having large financial repercussions due to the damage being caused to fields and crops.  Damage is also being caused to the land where the coursing has taken place.

15/04/2022 and 18/04/2022Eynsham.  Offenders have caused damage to a tractor. Tools and a fuel cap have also been stolen. Graffiti has been written saying ‘George Lowe was here’ The cost of the damage is thought to be around £10,300.

24/04/2022- Farm, Hungerford Road.  Report of a stolen Toyota HILUX HG ** GRK. The vehicle had been left parked, with the keys on top of the wheel. Offenders have then driven it for what appears to be a short period of time on the farmland.  Later the aggrieved found the vehicle later that afternoon badly damaged in a ditch, still on his land.

15/04/22 and the 19/04/22. Farm, Chinnor.  Theft of an agricultural trailer.  Entry was gained via grain store and footprints found in situ- Aggrieved believes they may have been scoping the other equipment that was present. The stolen trailer is a Bailey 8500, 8 ton drop side, 202 model, approx value £8,500. Serial no – 2078808.  The trailer is distinctive.

26/04/2022  Farm, Thame.  Theft of digger. The aggrieved had placed an Airtag on the equipment and had also put the digger onto a trailer, blocked in at the front with other equipment and had parked against a mound at the back, to stop the ramp being lowered and the digger taken off. The offenders have brought a new ratchet strop to scene and have used this to drag the trailer forward taking the digger off the ramp and away through the woods. An extensive area search has taken place but the item was not located

05/05/22 Reading Borough Council.   CCTV has shown occupants of a White Transit Van AK ** TJZ stealing copper boilers from the location. There is a further report in Reading from a few days earlier, where the same vehicle has been reported 2up with the occupants stealing lead and Makita tools.

28/05/22 and 29/05/22.  Didcot.  A break in has occurred at a landscape gardening company. The front gate locks were damaged to gain entry.  A cargo container, 2 outbuildings and an office have been broken into. Equipment including 6 leaf blowers, 10 hedge trimmers, lawnmower, cement mixer, whacker plate stolen

28-29/04/2022  Farm, Uffington.  Builders have arrived on site to find that an Ifor Williams horsebox has been stolen overnight. Entry and exit through the gate which has had the padlock cropped. Grey with bright blue panels.

01/05/2022  Farm, Hurst.  Aggrieved has heard voices during the theft of their cattle trailer. They have been heard to say ‘This is it boys’ and when aggrieved has looked out she has seen two 4x4 vehicles outside. A partial index of AY 05 has been given. This vehicle has hit ANPR earlier on the same day of the offence within a 4k radius of the offence location.  This has now been reclassified as a burglary dwelling as the house has been entered to obtain the car keys and a vehicle has been stolen in the offence too- a Toyota Hilux RJ ** DHN. A vehicle that may match this has been located burnt out in Aldermarston following a report that a silver Hilux was used in a ram raid on 02/05/22

29/04/2022  Farm, Princess Risborough.  The GPS unit has been stolen from the top of a John Deere 6195 tractor. This type of theft is a problem national.  Unfortunately there is not a tracker on the unit.

02/05/2022 Electricity sub station, Milton Road, Didcot a theft has been discovered at the above location. Offenders have gained entry by unknown means. There was a large white bulk bag containing tower fittings for the 400kV Overhead Power Line. Each bag contained: 6 x Shoe Fittings 12 x Steel Brackets 12 x Dampers OFFICIAL 12/05/2022 © Thames Valley Police OFFICIAL Page 5 of 8 Serving with pride and confidence The equipment was found to be missing on arrival to site on the morning of Monday 2nd May. The farm track access gates were padlocked on arrival.

02/05/22-03/05/22 Defence Academy, Swindon.  Entry has been gained to the site via field and fences and an attempt has been made to steal vehicles from one aggrieved (multiple different companies on site). Offenders have successfully stolen strimmers, hedge cutters, back pack blowers at a cost of around £8,000.  There may be CCTV but the contract has lapsed so awaiting to see if this can be accessed.

09/05/22  Hinton Road, Hurst.  Officers have been called to a report of lights and disturbance at the cricket club.  On attending, they have instructed a Silver Honda CRV to stop.  It is believed to have had four occupants. This vehicle was not displaying index plates. The vehicle has made off and driven through wooden fences to make good its escape.  An oil trail indicated that some damage had been sustained during the escape, but unfortunately the vehicle was not located. Body worn footage shows a trailer prepped with goods that were believed to be ready to be taken away.


23/04/2022  Lodge, Hartslock Bridleway, Reading.  A drone has been seen by the aggrieved on their Ring doorbell flying over their property.  Resident believes it was scoping the property.  12/4/22 there is a previous report of a drone at the same address.

Farm, Fleet Lane, Finchampstead.  Drone seen flying over land belonging to resident & neighbours. Happened previously 2 weeks ago.  Criminal Damage to the gates on the farm after the first instance- no damage found following the second instance, but the resident says it is very distressing to his farm animals, who are spooked by it.  Unknown if these drone instances listed above are in anyway related- mapping, shows the two locations to be about a 30 minute drive from each other.


28/04/2022.  College Farm Road.  Hay bales have been set alight.  Fire Service called to attend various fires in the area and on each occasion they saw a blue Mercedes with 3 men inside laughing and driving away from the scene.  There are two additional arsons noted in an earlier bulletin on 10/04/22 in Wantage that are potentially being linked as part of a series. From ANPR work and dashcam footage a likely vehicle is YK ** XCN.  This vehicle has been subsequently stop checked following an ANPR activation. The driver was the R/O, who admitted being in the area, but denied involvement in the offences.

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

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