Police target farmland area

NEIGHBOURHOOD police officers are targeting farmland off the B1396 in Westwoodside following reports of theft, criminal damage, antisocial behaviour and off road biking.

The Axholme South team have investigated incidents centred in and around Pelfintax, Wroot Road, Idle Bank and Tindlebank plus private land.

Calls have been logged over cable thefts, burglaries and suspicious people with dogs.

Many residents have suffered a loss of power because of the cable thefts and off road bikes are still being used illegally on land without permission.

Humberside Police and energy suppliers are working together to collate and jointly investigate and prevent further thefts taking place.

Calls for people trespassing on land with dogs have fallen recently but officers are still maintaining a watching brief.

Files have been submitted for eight people committing offences relating to poaching and these cases will proceed through the judicial system.

Countrywatch has seen an increase in numbers from the Isle and membership is available to farmers, landowners and other land users.

Membership includes access to a text messaging service which provides warning information over issues such as hare coursing, deer poaching and theft.

Anyone wishing to join Countrywatch or find out more information about the scheme should contact PC Tina Starbuck on Tina.Starbuck@humberside.pnn.police.uk

Leaflets giving advice on bikes being used off road can be obtained from Epworth Police Station.

A front counter service can be accessed at the station, usually every Monday and Thursday between 9am and 3pm, but residents are encouraged to ring the new non-emergency 101 number to check staff are available.

Anyone who witnesses suspicious behaviour should call the 101 number or alternatively ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.