A RURAL WATCH scheme has been introduced within the Shrewsbury Rural south local policing area. The aim is to inform residents about potential crime threats in their area and advise on crime prevention. In turn, residents are invited to provide information which may help prevent or detect crime in their area.

The following have registered to receive crime alerts: David Blenkins, Julian Hudson, Brian Tripp and Sue Tyrell. If you would like to add your name please contact Brian Tripp on 771515.


Current alerts are listed here – and please pass the information on to your friends and neighbours.

Please ring 0300 333 3000 to report any information or concerns you may have.


Whilst in Shropshire we remain a low crime area unfortunately we are not a no crime area.

In order to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary please see the attached link for some useful information on Home Security.




Recent reports from the police:


18 June 2013 (extract)


Theft of a Motor Vehicle.


Between 11pm -9.30am Thur/Fri 13-14 June, a bronze/brown Nissan Patrol (E reg) was stolen from a barn at Comley, Leebotwood – possibly linked to an incident on 4 June already reported on Dotmailer


Catalytic Converter Theft.


During the week up to Mon 17 June, a catalytic converter was stolen from a van in Astley.



5 June 2013


Burglaries of Premises Other Than Dwellings


Between 9.30pm-2.30pm Mon/Tues 3-4 June, a shed and outbuilding at Enchmarsh, near Cardington, were broken into. A hedge trimmer and a white ‘Giant’ mountain bike were taken. Similar break-ins were reported at Broadstone where cans of petrol were stolen, and at Comley, near Leebotwood, in the same period. Then overnight between Tues/Wed 4-5 June, a pressure washer and diesel were stolen from a milking shed at another property in Enchmarsh.


Elsewhere, a garage between Middleton and Hopton Cangeford, near Ludlow, was broken into during the week 26 May – 2 June. Two chainsaws, a Stihl strimmer and a Husqavarna leaf blower were among items stolen.


A barn at Batchcott, Richards Castle, was broken into overnight 2-3 June, and a woodburner, grinder and other items stolen. During the same night a shed was broken into at Horderley, near Craven Arms, and an electric fence stolen from a field at Horderley.


Thefts From Motor Vehicles


Cars were broken into at two locations in Aston on Clun overnight between Tue/Wed 4-5 June, and diesel was stolen from machines in Clunton. At about 3.30am on Wed 5 June, a male was seen leaving a car parking area in Redwood Drive, Aston on Clun and driving off towards Craven Arms in a white transit van.


Theft of a Purse


On Friday morning, 31 May, around 11am, a purse was stolen from a shopper’s handbag after she had been to the Post Office in Tower Street, Ludlow.


Thefts of Milk


A total of 7 pints of milk were stolen from doorsteps in Warrington Gardens, Ludlow, after delivery by Corve Dairy in the early hours of Mon 3 June.



6 June 2013

Police Appeal Over Dorrington Bogus Caller Burglary

Police are reminding elderly residents not to let strangers into their home after a 92-year-old Shropshire woman had her handbag stolen by a bogus caller.

A man talked his way into the pensioner’s home at Dorrington, near Shrewsbury after saying her roof slates needed repairing and also offering to clean the gutters.

The incident happened at around 7pm yesterday (June 4) and police are appealing for information about anyone seen acting suspiciously in the village at around that time.

The man claimed to have been doing work at a neighbour’s house.  The woman explained she did not need anything doing but he was allowed and on leaving about 15 minutes later, her bag was missing from the lounge near to where he had sat.

There was no money in the tan leather bag but house keys, a diary, disabled badge were among the items inside.

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: “The lady was very upset over what happened.  We are anxious to receive any information which might help identify the offender.  Contact Shrewsbury police station on 101 if you can help.”

The man was described as white, aged about 40 to 50, around 5ft 10ins tall, with short scruffy hair and wearing a blue fleece top and blue work trousers.

“We would remind people not to let strangers knocking on their door inside the home for whatever reason they give,” said the police spokesperson.  “Bogus callers such as this man target elderly and vulnerable people, talk their way inside and then seek to distract them so they can steal any valuables at hand.

“Never accept offers of work from cold callers.  If jobs need doing on your home or garden, contact a local tradesperson for a quote.”


11 June 2013






Overnight between Thur/Fri 6-7 June, a shed in High Street, Clee Hill, was broken into and a car was also searched.


Between Sat/Sun 8-9 June, there was an overnight break-in through a window at the YHA’s Wilderhope Manor Youth Hostel, Longville. Cash was stolen.


Between 11.30pm – 6am Sun/Mon 9-10 June, premises in Corve Street, Ludlow, were broken into and cask takings stolen.


Burglary and Arrests


On Sunday afternoon 9 June, an alert neighbour passed on information about suspicious activity at a property at Norbury, near Lydham. The police response led to the eventual arrest of two persons on suspicion of burglary.


Thefts From A Motor Vehicle.


Overnight between Sun/Mon 9-10 June, keys for diesel tanks and a Barber coat were taken from a vehicle parked in an open garage at Onibury.


A catalytic converter was stolen from a pick-up parked in a field next to a house in Ratlinghope between 4-6 Jun.  A number of similar thefts targeting catalytic converters were reported last week (2-9 June) in the Shrewsbury Urban and Rural sections. Please be vigilant and check out any suspicious activity or callers with your local police on 101.


Thefts from Churchyard


The theft of sodium floodlight bulbs and a suspected attempted theft of a lightning conductor from Clun churchyard were reported to police on Tuesday 11 June




11 June 2013




Burglaries of Premises Other Than Dwellings.


Overnight between Thurs/Fri 6-7 June, a compound at Meole Brace Golf Club was broken into a red diesel was stolen


Over the weekend Fri-Mon 7-10 June, a workshop at Bayston Hill Quarry was broken into and equipment taken.


A cabin and vehicles were broken into at a unit in Sweetlake Business Village, Longden Road, during the night Mon/Tue 10-11 June.   Considerable damage was done to the vehicles, possibly by two males, one in a dark hoody bearing a logo and jeans, and the other in a boiler suit and cap.


Between 2-3 am on Tue 11 June, a take-away food outlet in Abbey Foregate was broken into through a fire door. A laptop, i-phone and cash were taken.


An outbuilding at a house in Sutton Road was broken into overnight Sun/Mon 9-10 June. Two mountain bikes – a white Raleigh and a silver GT with a child seat – and a tent in a black zip-up bag with red handles, were stolen.


Sheds were broken into in Whitchurch Road (third incident in three weeks), and Abbots Green, between 10-11 June. A Stihl saw and chainsaw and a petrol strimmer were stole from the shed in Abbots Green, where a suspect male had been seen in the garden around the time of the offence. Tools were taken from the shed in Whitchurch Road which is in the garden of a house being redecorated and not occupied overnight.


Arrest Follows Burglary.


A male, believed to have been involved in a burglary in New Park Street, Castlefields, on Friday afternoon, 7 June, was arrested following a report to the police when he was seen exiting a house through a window.


Thefts From Motor Vehicles.


An ice cream van parked on a drive in Preston Street was broken into during the early hours of Saturday, 8 June. A quantity of stock was stolen, including lollies, bubble gum and choc ices.


Cars in Underdale Road were broken into overnight between Sat/Sun 8-9 June.


Catalytic convertors were reported stolen from vehicles on Longden Green (6-7 June), Overdale Drive, Bayston Hill, (reported 9 June), and Uppington (from a lorry 7-10 June). Similar incidents had been reported between 4-5 June at Ratlinghope, Dorrington and Hookagate.




Burglaries and Thefts of Diesel.


Between 10.30am – 5pm on Thurs 6 June, a house at Cardington was broken into.


Overnight between 6-7 June, a garage at Rowton, Halfway House, was broken into. A Mistrel pressure washer (silver) was stolen and diesel taken from a tractor.


During the same night approx 70 galls of diesel was taken from a bulldozer at a development site at Yockleton. A diesel bowser with 1000 gallons of fuel had been stolen from the same site during the previous night. Diesel was also the target at Leebotwood on 3 June.


Theft of Sheep.


Between Tues/Fri 3-7 June, fifteen sheep were stolen from a field at Sheinton, Cressage.


Thefts of Catalytic Converters.


Recent thefts of catalytic converters between 4-6 June have been reported at Dorrington (4x4 on farm drive), Hookagate (another 4x4) and Ratlinghope (pick-up parked in field.)  Two thefts were reported in Shrewsbury and one at saw mills at Uppington at the weekend.