Latest National Rural Crime Alerts
Sunday, 26 June 2022
Rise in GPS thefts prompts security warning to farmers
Farmers have been told to boost security to protect GPS kits this harvest season, as the cost of claims for this type of theft almost doubled in 2020.
Monday, 23 May 2022
Data from NFU Mutual prompts rural road safety warning
Claims data from rural insurer NFU Mutual shows that last year collisions between agricultural vehicles and third parties were 42 per cent more likely in this period of the year than in any other months.
Monday, 2 May 2022
More police help in fighting rural crime
An extra police officer has been recruited to the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service’s (NaVCIS) agricultural vehicle unit to boost its fight against rural crime.
Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Pig farmers alerted to spike in animal activist incursions
“We have a lot more CCTV out there than we used to have, but my concern is that when farmers are literally on their knees we will get another exposé, which is something we really don’t want. We are trying to support people and keep them vigilant.”
Friday, 22 April 2022
Breaches of English farm pollution laws rise as rules remain largely unenforced
Exclusive: violations of farming rules for water last year reached highest level since legislation was introduced
Sunday, 17 April 2022
New project to look at impact of rural crime on farmers
The impact of rural crime in the UK and what it means for farmers is the focus of new research being conducted by Harper Adams University.
Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Keep dogs on short leads to protect ground-nesting birds say Wildlife Trusts
Dogwalkers are being urged to keep their pets on a short lead to help protect ground-nesting birds in wild places this spring and summer.
Tuesday, 12 April 2022
Survey: Dog owners fail to tell farmer following sheep attack
Less than 5% of sheep farmers receive direct contact from the owners of dogs that have been involved in an attack on their livestock, a new survey says.
Wednesday, 6 April 2022
Gun licensing shambles in England
“For the farmers and shooters who are doing it for a living, it can be pretty frustrating because, obviously, they can’t go without buying ammunition, for example.”
Sunday, 27 March 2022
Owners reminded to keep dogs under control as we near end of lambing season
As we near the end of lambing season, with young lambs out in the fields, dog owners are being reminded to keep their animals under control around sheep and other livestock.
Sunday, 27 March 2022
Great British Pea Week returns for seventh year
During the eight-week British harvest, farmers work in unison around the clock to harvest, shell and transport the peas from field to frozen as quickly as possible – with many making it to the factory and through the freezing process in under two and a half hours.
Friday, 25 March 2022
BASC expels members for wildlife crime and firearms offences
BASC has expelled for life two members convicted of wildlife and firearms offences. The expulsions follow a long-established disciplinary procedure.
Tuesday, 22 March 2022
Bird flu: Free range eggs no longer available in UK
This means that eggs from hens temporarily housed in barns for their welfare can no longer be marketed as free range.
Sunday, 20 March 2022
MPs to debate petition relating to badger cull
MPs will debate badger culling next week after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for an end to the controlled shooting of badgers.
Friday, 4 March 2022
Banks given tips on tackling $23bn illegal wildlife trade
A guide to help the world’s banks spot transactions linked to the illegal trade in wildlife has been launched in the UAE.