Police get tough on equine crime

PUBLISHED: 16:09 14 October 2011

Police want to tackle horse equipment theft

Police want to tackle horse equipment theft

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POLICE are cracking down on horse-related crime after more than £30,000 of equipment was recently stolen from two stables in Kewstoke.

There will be free sessions where people will be invited to have their equipment marked with a security pen.

Police will then be able to return bridles, saddles, rugs and other equipment if it is stolen and recovered.

PCSO Lynne Groves said: “This recent incident was just one in a number of thefts like this which have been reported to us.

“It is now time to push home the message that people need to be marking their property, carrying out security surveys in their yards and taking steps to help prevent them becoming a victim.

“We need members of the horse fraternity to get involved in helping to bring equine crime down.”

The police are also offering to carry out checks on access points to stable yards.

PCSO Groves said: “We can check your access points and point out any weak points or problems.”

She urged people to take steps such as blocking entrances with farm machinery, using high quality chains on gates and locking away wheelbarrows.

Anyone who is interested in booking or attending a tack marking session, or who would like officers to assess their buildings for security, should contact either PCSO Groves, PCSO Andrew Gatenby, or PCSO Yvette Jordan by calling 101.

Officers will then contact individuals to book an appointment or advise on where sessions are being held.

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