Country Watch Updates

Issued 3rd October 2014
A white Subaru and a Suzuki Vitara which had been used in poaching offences and later located abandoned have been seized by police as used in crime. Enquiries to trace the users of these vehicles are ongoing.
Two males were arrested and had their van seized for going equipped to steal after ii had been reported in suspicious circumstances in the Yateley area. One of the males was also later arrested for a theft from a motor vehicle. Enquiries are ongoing.
You may remember that in February of this year we reported that Thomas EASTWOOD, from Camberley,  was convicted of two counts of handling stolen goods and sentenced to 10 months imprisonment at Winchester Crown Court. At the time an application was made for the forfeiture, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, of a large sum of money which had been seized from EASTWOOD at the time of his arrest. The POCA hearing was heard in court on  Tuesday of this week. The Magistrate forfeited the £9000 seized from EASTWOOD as proceeds of crime and then issued him with costs of £2135, to add to the £1000 from the previous hearing.
We feel this sends out a strong message to offenders committing crime within the Hampshire area, and this case was made possible due to reports by Country watch members of his vehicle being seen in suspicious circumstances. Thank you for your continued support.
Summary of reported rural crime in north and east Hampshire
Burglaries to non dwellings this week include petrol driven power tools being stolen from outbuildings in the following locations, EversleyBramley GreenSilchesterFour MarksFinkley DownSmannell and Penton Grafton, where a bag of dog food was also stolen. Lawn mowers were stolen from out buildings in Stratfield Turgis and Dummer. Bikes were stolen from outbuildings in Cheriton and Avington. Copper piping was stolen from a container at Picket Twenty and a fuel container was stolen from a shed in Oakley. There were two reported non dwelling burglaries in the Bramley area, a camera was stolen form a construction site office and there was an attempt to break into a barn. There were also attempts to break into outbuildings in the following areas, ThatchamHeckfieldCrux Easton and Hambledon. There was a break into a garage in the Weyhill area, the intruders were disturbed by the householder, they escaped empty handed.
There was an attempt burglary to a dwelling in the Kings Somborne area, no entry was gained. An intruder was disturbed burgling a house in the Greatham area and left empty handed. Jewellery & computer equipment were stolen during a burglary at a house in Waltham Chase, and jewellery was stolen during a daytime burglary to a house in the Otterbourne area.
Five rabbits have been stolen from a petting farm in the Basingstoke area and a steer has gone missing over a period of time in the Brambridge area, believed to have been stolen. A cast iron chimney cooker has been stolen from a garden in Ecchinswell, and a large quantity of diesel has been stolen from a storage tank on the Micheldever station area. A cement mixer was stolen from the Kingsclere area and there was an attempt to steal a cement mixer in the Nether Wallop area. There was a theft of oil from a storage container in the Amport area and In Eversley, an electric fence was cut and the battery was stolen, along with a wildlife camera which was situated near to some pheasant pens.  A dark blue Iveco HB506 horse trailer has been stolen from the Headbourne Worthy area, an S reg white van sign written with 'garden services' was seen in the area at the time. In the Hambledon area, a set of electric gates were damaged by offenders to gain entry to a garden where they stole an off road motor bike, a Beta Rev3 VRM PNO5CAU.
There have been four vehicles broken into in the Cheriton area, various items have been taken including a car stereo unit. There have been four reports of vehicles being broken into in the Headley area of Thatcham, cash, CD's and torches were stolen. In Wolverton a car had it's window smashed and in Wolverton Common another car was entered and searched but nothing was taken. Handbags have been stolen from vehicles in Woolton Hill and Woodmancott. Number plates were stolen from a vehicle in Chawton and in Kings Somborne, the ignition barrel was stolen from an old style Land Rover Defender. A vehicle had it's window smashed whilst parked on a driveway in the Ropley area.
An Alpha Romeo WV61MVO has been stolen from the Avington area.
Damage has been caused to an unoccupied house in the Ecchinswell area and a Land Rover had it's window damaged with a catapult in the Greywell area.
Poaching has been reported in the following areas this week, Chilton Candover and Preston Candover, where crops were damaged, AshUpton near Andover and North Oakley. Pheasants have been shot with a catapult in the Sydmonton area, causing death or severe injury to the birds, requiring them to be humanely destroyed. There was also a report of illegal fishing this week in the Wickham area.
A group of persons were disturbed from a car park at the rear of some stables in the Stratfield Saye area, no vehicles were seen. And there has been a report of off road motor bikes being ridden on private land in the Greyshott area.
If you have any information in relation to any criminal activity or any suspicious activity please report it to the Police on 101 or anonymously via CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 or on line at
**NB: Please bear in mind that although the vehicle details given below have been reported by members of the public as being seen in suspicious circumstances, it may be that they are going about their lawful business and/or may not have been taken correctly by the person reporting the incident.**
Winchester and surrounding area
26/09/14: 2216hrs: Headbourne Worthy: Ford Transit LWB S332SHK: vehicle seen on farm land with a lurcher dog, they approached the farmer and stated that they were looking for rabbits.
29/09/14: 1500hrs: Shedfield: Black Nissan Navara AH57ALB: vehicle seen acting suspiciously on a farm yard with no reasonable excuse for being there.
30/09/14: 2015hrs: Upper Farringdon: Suzuki Cargo Van no VRM known: male & female occupant acting suspiciously at a residential property in the area, vehicle left at speed when spotted by the householder.
02/10/14: 1707hrs: Micheldever: Grey VW Golf  X152CL*:  vehicle seen adjacent to farm land with two male occupants and appeared to be aiming a rifle into the fields. Possible poaching activity.
Basingstoke and surrounding area
28/09/14: 1830hrs: Bishops Green: Silver Renault Scenic RK53OTU: two occupants seen to be shooting pigeons from the vehicle on a highway.
01/10/14: 1809hrs: Whitchurch: Maroon Land Rover Freelander , no VRM known: vehicle seen on land in the area with four males and dogs, suspected poaching activity.
East Hants and surrounding area
28/09/14: 1600hrs: Liphook: Green & Silver Mitsubishi L200 Y257HUG, Red Mitsubishi Shogun L63YHR, black Peugeot 307 KN05F**: these three vehicles were seen with five males an lurcher dogs poaching on land.
02/10/14: 1815hrs: Headley Down: Black car VRM similar to KN05SGE: one male occupant seen on farm land in suspicious circumstances.
Hart and Surrounding area
26/09/14: 2020hrs: Greywell: White Toyota van VRM similar to P410*KM: vehicle seen acting suspiciously and possibly involved in fly tipping in the area.
Andover and surrounding area
01/10/14: 1250hrs: Anna Valley: Blue Mazda pick up R809NRU: two male occupants calling door to door touting for gardening work, possible rogue trading.
Waterlooville and surrounding area
No vehicles of note reported.
Fareham and surrounding area
No Vehicles of note reported.
Park Gate and surrounding area
No vehicles of note reported.
Hampshire Horse