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Spate of outbuilding burglaries in South Creake, Hillington and Necton prompts police appeal for vigilance



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Police are urging residents to be vigilant after a series of rural burglaries earlier this month.

Officers are reminding people to keep outbuildings secure and remain alert after the spate of break-ins.

Three outbuildings were burgled in the West Norfolk area, as were a number of others elsewhere in the county.

Police are urging residents to be vigilant after a series of rural burglaries earlier this month. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
Police are urging residents to be vigilant after a series of rural burglaries earlier this month. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

Overnight on July 18, suspects forced access to a barn on Fakenham Road in South Creake and stole a Toyota Hilux.

And in Hillington, burglars forced their way into a stable at around 11.20pm on July 19 and stole keys to a tractor.

Earlier in the month, sometime overnight on July 16, suspects broke into an outbuilding on Dunham Road in Necton, before driving a vehicle over a field and flattening the crops. Nothing was stolen.

Three outbuildings were burgled in the West Norfolk area, as were a number of others elsewhere in the county. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
Three outbuildings were burgled in the West Norfolk area, as were a number of others elsewhere in the county. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

Other outbuilding burglaries have been reported in Aylsham, Wickmere, Barnham Broom, and Bittering.

Officers are investigating whether these crimes are linked.

They are keen to hear from any witnesses or anyone who has seen any suspicious activity in these areas at the times stated above.

PC Chris Shelley, Norfolk’s Constabulary’s rural crime officer, said: “Please look out for any suspicious behaviour and don’t disregard people or vehicles that appear unusual or out of place.

"We always look to see what forensic opportunities are available but the key to catching these criminals could be provided by a member of the public who calls us about something they have seen and believe to be suspicious.

“We may have received other calls about the same incident and when we look at the complete picture, we can start to piece together information to find out what’s happened, identify those responsible and try to prevent it from happening again.”

Officers have also offered farmers and landowners living in rural communities the following crime prevention advice:

  • Try to note down the car registration number of any suspicious vehicle, if it’s safe to do so, and report it to us.
  • If possible, remove all GPS kit from machines when not in use, especially if the machinery is left out overnight.
  • Review security at your outbuildings, as well as any building where equipment is serviced. Always keep outbuildings locked and secure.
  • Record the serial numbers of your equipment and take a photo of the serial number and keep it safe.
  • Security mark all your kit, possibly with a UV marker or permanent black marker, with the name of your location and postcode – make it as visible as possible - to make it unattractive to a potential thief.

Reporting by Amelia Platt



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