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Rural Crime

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MJB, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Reading this report I was unsurprised that there has been just one person charged.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47409199

    I knew rural policing was poor, but the read that neighbouring Dorset has one officer and one PCSO dedicated to rural crime is shocking. I don't know what Wiltshire's provision is, but given that the police have informed us we are actively being targeted by vegan activists (they were seen on the farm yesterday) its quite worrying.
     
  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    From the bus yesterday we were looking at all the sheep in fields close to the main road - a tempting target for thieves. If we had enough coppers to just mount proper patrols there might be some hope of controlling the problem but Devon and Cornwall is now 7,000 people (down from 10,000) and struggling with basic services.

    Here's a though: if instead of a pay rise we cut MPs' pay in half that would pay to put 650 coppers back on the streets! ;)
     
  3. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Anyone want to buy a sheep, good condition, only slight signs of use?:)
     
  4. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Ewe've been naughty...
     
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  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I'd hang on to it until after Brexit. You'll make a fortune on it! Just look at the price of chops now. :(

    PS Just had a thought though. Maybe it will get cheaper if France and co don't get our lambs.
     
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  6. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    No. Just been a little bit baaad.
     
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  7. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Ours come onto the road and straight up to you if you rustle a paper bag. Then you can rustle them with ease.
     
  8. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Just don't get fleeced or tupped! Ha!
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  9. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    We were on a team walk with work once and we parked up our carrier at Dovestone reservoir. There were many sheep in the car park and we managed to entice one into the van. As it was liveried it wouldn't have been right to steal it, lol.
     
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  10. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    The sheep was liveried? Whatever next...
     
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  11. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    Have you seen the number of sheep that seem to be into paintball?!
     
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  12. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    I'll try to remember to ask my sheep farming customers how much of an issue they have with theft. Fly tipping is certainly a problem on quiet rural roads.... Doubt it would be much harder to fill a van than empty a van in a passing place over a moor.
     
  13. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Cut backs. The police used to drive pandas, but it is cheaper to use sheep.

    Squeeze them and you have a ready built in 2 tones. Baa, baa. Baa, baa. Baa, baa.
     
  14. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    BBC Countryfile did an article on it a while back. It is organised crime - theft on an industrial scale integrated with a slaughter/butchery/distribution operation.
     
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  15. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    ...and people accuse senior management of wooly thinking...
     
  16. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    If you are ever thinking about it, you need two people. One at the bottom of the hill trying to catch them, and one at the top to shepherd them into the truck! They always run uphill.
     
  17. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    That sounds a bit like the Rary Bird ( a TV play many years ago) They live in mountains and run counter-clockwise, because they have one leg longer than the other - Thing is when they get to the top, they jump off at which point you hear them call out ....

     
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  18. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    When I moved to Berkshire in 1995, the local police had Land Rovers. Before I moved away in 2000 they'd been replaced by Vauxhall Astras and given instructions that they wern't to drive through puddles more than two inches deep.

    Adrian
     
  19. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    A year or so we had theft and vandelism at Rushcliffe Country Park. A powered log splitter was pinched and a buggy 'borrowed' to take the goods away. The police did a good job. Against expectations a scene of crime unit turned up. The offenders had tried to destroy evidence by splashing diesel all over the place. One of the offenders had got the diesel from one of our buggies using a bit of tubing which he had sucked. He left DNA on the tube. The cost of the investigation must surely have been far more than the cost of the stolen equipment.
    Now I and many others suspect that the police had a pretty good idea who was responsible and were out to get him. He was obviously on the books. Good job done. Well done police.
    The prosecution service was a different matter. They temporarily lost evidence and the thieves nearly got away with it. Fotuneately the magistrate listened to to a victim statement from a determined member of the Friends who had raised the cash for the stolen equipment, probably had ideas of his own, and the prosecution service got a bollocking. The case came to court again about a month later, instead of being dismissed and at least some of the thieves were found guilty and one of them got time.
    Previous offences were quite impressive.
    It really must be not only annoying to victims of crime but also the police when the prosecution service screw up .
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2019
  20. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    There's a reason why CPS is often expanded to Criminal Protection Service.
     

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