Agricultural Concerns - How we can help.

Witnesses to any incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police
on 03000 111 222.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to  Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Rural Crime on Increase

posted Nov 24, 2010, 8:57 AM by A Standish   [ updated Aug 3, 2011, 12:14 PM ]

Please be aware that there have been several reports of diesel being stolen from agricultural machinery thats been left out in the fields, during the present harvest period.
Farmers are advised to take the necessary precautions during this busy time. 

POLICE have warned an increasing variety of items are being targeted by thieves in rural areas of the county.

Recent items stolen for their scrap value in Northamptonshire include lead flashing from church roofs, metal garden gates, metal fencing and batteries from caravans. Other thefts, last month, included a Ford tractor, two excavators, a dumper truck and bulldozer, a ride-on lawnmower, a green Kawasaki quad bike, a number of trailers, chainsaws and strimmers and poultry equipment valued at £3,500.

A force spokesman said rural petrol thefts were also on the increase, adding: “Theft of fuel is a constant issue with prices increasing.
“Recent examples include large quantities of diesel from vehicles such as tractors and lorries whilst in storage on farms.

“Several reports have been also received about damage to fences and crops that have been driven over.

“Rural thefts can incur extensive losses and inconvenience. Please report any suspicious people seen on or around your property, especially circumstances where there is evidence that someone may have driven across fields or crops, as this may be a precursor to a crime.

If NARC club members see anything suspicious, when out and about, make sure you support our colleagues in the farming community and alert the police to the potential problem.

Chinese Lanterns - update 19.06.11

posted Nov 8, 2010, 12:55 AM by A Standish   [ updated Jun 19, 2011, 1:29 AM ]

Guests at weddings, festivals and parties are being urged not to release Chinese sky lanterns this summer because of the damage they can do in the countryside. Farmers are urging revellers to stop releasing Chinese-style lanterns due to the catastrophic consequences they can have for land and livestock.

After a spate of deaths and injuries to livestock, as well as damage to fields, Agriculture Minister Jim Paice has spoken out. "Anyone who's seen sky lanterns at night knows how spectacular they are, but they probably don't know how they can cut a cow's insides to ribbons and be devastating to the countryside.

"I don't want to stop people's enjoyment but I urge everyone to think twice about the impact of a sky lantern after it leaves their hands, and to find another way to celebrate."

The National Farming Union (NFU) echoed Mr Paice's concerns, stating that the lanterns cause 'slow, agonising death' for animals.
All NARC club members are being asked to assist landowners by removing these objects from the fields and taking them home and disposing of them properly.

For farmers, the Chines lanterns are a cause for concern, on several counts,

1. The wire mount for the fuel cell has the potential to injure livestock if it contaminates pasture, cut silage or hay.

"If swallowed, the wire could puncture the stomach lining and cause extreme discomfort and in some cases could prove fatal. There's also a good chance that the wire part of the frame could get wrapped around an animal's foot and become embedded in the skin which would be terribly painful."

If farmers silage-make in any of these fields, this is all going to be chopped to pieces and end up in the silage to be fed to the cattle.

2. Arable farmers fear a standing crop being ignited by a lantern returning to the ground.

3. These lanterns could end up igniting barn roof material, as there is no control over where these things land.

Used since the 13th century to symbolise hope and good luck, Chinese flying lanterns seem to be the latest 'must-have' at stylish parties, festivals and private celebrations.

Trailer theft

posted Sep 8, 2010, 11:09 PM by A Standish

It is reported that thieves stole a trailer from a local farm between 3pm and 4pm. Detectorists are strongly advised to keep their eyes open for any suspicious activity and take note, or photos of anything suspicious. Make sure you alert the farm owner to the problem.

A few months ago, another trailer was stolen in the night from a barn. The theft was spotted the next day and the police alerted. A week or so later, the farmer received a call from a person who was checking out the ID markings on the trailer and was surprised to find he had bought a stolen trailer.

Piecing the information together, the trailer must have been driven to a nearby county and put into an auction the next day.

Please keep your eyes open to any suspicious activity when pursuing your  detecting hobby


posted Sep 4, 2010, 11:29 AM by A Standish

Please note that local landowners have now reported theft of farm gates that are fronting onto roads. If you notice any missing from your last visit, please inform the landowner.

This has serious implications for everyone, particularly if there's livestock in the fields.

Fly Tipping

posted Aug 26, 2010, 1:33 AM by A Standish   [ updated Aug 26, 2010, 6:38 AM ]

Recent research has shown that 94% of private landowners have been victim to fly-tipping and clearance costs for landowners who have been fly-tipped average as much as £809 per removal. Meanwhile, feedback from our landowners suggests that the problem is getting worse.

NARC members, if coming across such a nuisance, are advised to inform the landowner immediately of the problem. If by chance the mess is on the public verges, then it's strongly recommended that the local council are informed.

Machinery & Tractor theft

posted Aug 26, 2010, 1:25 AM by A Standish   [ updated Sep 3, 2010, 8:23 AM ]

Machinery and tractor thefts are on the up and making the local and national news - and we're urging NARC members to do everything they can to support the farming community.

Just this very week, there have been reported thefts of equipment from a smallholding just South of Towcester.

If you see anything suspicious going on, note the date, time, descriptions of people and vehicles and let the landowner / police know asap.

We need to be just as vigilant, to support our colleagues in the farming community

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