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Latest Defra figures confirm fly-tipping on the rise

A new report from Defra shows a distinct rise in the number, and cost, of fly-tipping incidents on public land in the past year. The figures also show a decline in perpetrators being punished, with rural groups responding that the figures only show a small fraction of the actual crime.

Security warning as clocks go back

Farmers are being urged to review security as the long dark evenings draw in, as criminals will use the cover of darkness to target rural areas.

Diesel thefts could rise amid fuel crisis, insurer warns

Farmers are being urged to be vigilant and strengthen security in case recent fuel shortages draw thieves to the countryside.

New success for Gladis’ Law campaign

The Gladis campaign hails success as new government Bill clamps down on livestock worrying.

Farm thefts hit Hertfordshire this week

Hertfordshire farmer Eveey Hunter this week suffered significant damage to three vehicles as thieves targeted GPS equipment and tractor terminals/screens – and according to her machinery dealer, she was far from the only one.

Farmers report spate of credit card scams

Farmers and the wider public are being urged to remain vigilant as credit card scams have been circulating in Pembrokeshire.

Crimestoppers appeals for anonymous information on those harming the countryside

Charity’s appeal follows new NFU Mutual report revealing highly organised criminals have been plaguing rural areas during the pandemic.

Calls for harsher penalties for fly-tippers

Fly-tipping causes huge damage and stress for farmers, but currently has few disincentives for anyone caught. As cases continue to rise, calls for harsher penalties have now come from a major collective of local authorities and professional bodies

Cost of rural theft drops but thieves are back with new tactics, report warns

While the overall cost of rural theft fell by 20 per cent in 2020 as Covid-19 kept thieves out of the countryside, other rural crimes rose sharply, and NFU Mutual is warning that organised criminals are returning with new tactics.

Fears summer holidays could lead to more dog attacks on UK farms

As peak summer holiday season arrives in the UK the National Sheep Association (NSA) is warning holidaymakers of the risk posed by their pets to sheep they may encounter during their countryside breaks.

Hare coursing: Farmers continue to pay the price for criminals’ favourite sport

Despite being banned in 2004 as part of the Hunting Act, hare coursing remains a costly and distressing problem for farmers across the UK

New specialist police unit to target construction plant and agricultural machinery theft

The theft of equipment from construction sites and farms has a significant impact on the businesses targeted from both the loss and replacement of the equipment taken, in addition to the cost of temporarily reduced activity and downtime within these sectors.

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