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Surrey farm appeals for witnesses after devastating fire

Manor Farm, in Wotton, took to social media with evidence of a suspected arson attack that left their winter feed, bedding supply and barn ‘absolutely ruined’.

Dozens of stolen GPS units recovered as thieves jailed

A pair of “calculated criminals” has been jailed after stealing more than £200,000 worth of farming equipment from across Yorkshire.

Organised criminals stripped farmer’s Defender with “military precision”

The cost of Land Rover Defender thefts is nearly at £2.5 million, remaining stubbornly high in 2022 after a sharp increase in 2021, NFU Mutual has warned.

Has your local council banned sky lanterns?

Since 2019 the NFU’s petition to ban sky lanterns in the UK has gained over 100,000 signatures as more research is conducted into their potential ability to start wildfires, kill animals, destroy crops, set buildings alight, as well as littering the countryside. To date 188 councils out of 333 have banned them in England and Wales.

“Timely” introduction of legislation to tackle quad bike thefts

A leading rural insurance company has welcomed the “timely” introduction of new legislation aimed at preventing the theft of all terrain vehicles (ATVs).

Farm shops urged to be vigilant amid crime surge

With over eight out of 10 retailers experiencing crime in the past six months, farm shops are being offered security advice.

Take steps now to help prevent rural theft during darker nights

Farmers are being urged to ramp up security measures to avoid becoming victims of rural theft after the clocks go back on Sunday 29th October, as criminals use the cover of darkness to steal from the countryside.

National Rural Crime Action Week calls for greater security

As rural crime continues its unrelenting spread across the UK, the NFU is calling for greater protection for farmers and landowners as National Rural Crime Action Week gets underway.

Spate of tractor thefts hits Midlands

Farmers in the Midlands are being advised by the police to increase vehicle security following a spate of 20 high-value tractors and telehandler thefts in Staffordshire and Shropshire over the last month. Police suspect a highly-organised criminal gang is responsible for the thefts.

50 gilt pigs stolen from a paddock in Suffolk

Police are investigating the theft, which occurred between 3pm on 4th August and 10am on 8th August.

Report highlights steep rise in the cost of rural crime

The latest NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report reveals an alarming increase in criminal activity across the British countryside, with the total cost of rural crime adding up to an estimated £49.5m, a steep rise of 22% from the previous year.

Call for vigilance as GPS crimewave hits Northern Ireland

Farmers in Northern Ireland are being urged to increase security in their farmyards and fields as harvest approaches due to a recent upsurge in global positioning systems (GPS) thefts reported by authorities.

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