Whilst in Coronavirus restrictions Devon & Cornwall Police rural affairs team would like to advise all to ensure that the appropriate security is present and remain vigilant for suspicious activity. Please help us in our drive to support our rural communities and prevent rural crime by being our eyes and ears.

Unfortunately, we continue to see incidents of Livestock Worrying, a particular concern owing to lambing and a reminder to those using rights of way and access land to keep dogs on leads. Most recently four sheep were killed and four injured on enclosed land close to Colliford Lake at the junction with the A30 near Temple on Bodmin Moor. The incident occurred during the period between the afternoon of Monday the 30th of March and Tuesday the 31st March. Reference CR/026960/20.

We are investigating reports of livestock theft involving poultry where 48 Chickens were stolen on the 22nd March near Holsworthy. Reference CR/025307/20 and the theft of sheep near Chudleigh that have been slaughtered at the scene most likely for private sale or consumption. Reference CR/025243/20.

There have also been reports of deer poaching in the Lanlivery area of East Cornwall where a carcase has been located with the head and hind quarters removed, again most likely for sale or private consumption. Reference CR/026940/20.

Please avoid buying meat from unusual sources, stolen meat or meat which has been slaughtered unlawfully.

We have had some reports of individuals cold calling on rural business and farms and the subsequent theft of scrap metal, road fuel and heating oil.

Additionally, the Environment Agency has provided a report in relation to waste disposal, where an individual has visited farms offering to upgrade their tracks and roads for free as a way of getting illegal waste onto the land. The EA would encourage Farmers and Landowners to improve their understanding of the guidance available at:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waste-exemptions-using-waste and if in any doubt check with your local EA officer.

Crime prevention advice can be found on the Devon and Cornwall Police website. https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-business.

Anyone able to offer information regarding these incidents is asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 101 quoting the relevant crime reference numbers above.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Keep up to date on rural issues and follow us on twitter @DCPoliceRural_C https://twitter.com/DCPoliceRural_C and I would also encourage all to sign up to their local watch schemes.

Please follow the government guidelines in relation to COVID-19:

Thank you and keep yourselves safe. - Rural affairs Cornwall

The following contacts are free, impartial and confidential support available for farmers and rural communities

Farming Help number (03000 111999) https://www.farminghelp.co.uk/

The Farming Community Network (FCN) Website: www.fcn.org.uk

You Are Not Alone (YANA) Website: www.yanahelp.org

National Directory of Rural Support Groups Phone: 0300 323 0400

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), Website: www.rabi.org.uk
Phone: 0808 281 9490

Samaritans Website: www.samaritans.org
Phone: 116 123

Mind Website: www.mind.org.uk
Phone: 0300 123 3393