Access Rural Crime Support

Access Rural Crime Support

This page contains the Partnership’s priority crime types and the links to support and information on reporting. It also contains information and support on Domestic Abuse in rural settings.

Acquisitive Crime & THEFT

If you have experienced a theft of your property, report this to Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 for non-urgent reports or click HERE to use the online ‘Report a Crime’ portal

In an emergency and if a crime is in progress call: 999

To access victim support services, please contact Derbyshire Victim Services HERE.

Domestic Abuse

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience Domestic Abuse at some point during their lifetime and those living rurally are no different.

Domestic abuse can occur at any time, in any location and to any person. However, there are a number of characteristics of rural life that can often exacerbate the effects of abuse and leave victims suffering for longer periods than those in towns and cities.

Abuse is never acceptable – whether it be in a city, town, village or hamlet – and the force, along with partners, will work together to ensure that victims are supported and the abuse stops.

To report domestic abuse contact Derbyshire Constabulary:
If it is an emergency call: 999.
For non-urgent reports call: 101
or click HERE to report online

To access domestic abuse support services contact:
The Willow Project (part of Rural Action Derbyshire)
Click HERE to access support online or call 0162 959 2970

EQUINE CRIME

Find information on reporting an equine related incident to the British Horse Society by clicking HERE.

To report an equine crime contact:
Derbyshire Police on 101 for non-urgent reports or click ‘Report a Rural Crime’ at the side of this page
In an emergency and if a crime is in progress call: 999

Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is a crime and therefore it is important that instances of fly-tipping are reported to the relevant authority. Derbyshire Police are not the lead agency for this issue and reports of fly-tipping need to be directed to the local authority for that area.

It would be helpful if you could record the following as part of the report:

  • the registration number and description of the tippers’ vehicle such as the colour, make and model
  • what the tippers look like
  • what sort of rubbish was being dumped
  • a detailed description of where it was being dumped

To report fly-tipping:
Identify your local authority by clicking HERE

Heritage Crime

To report a heritage crime contact:
Derbyshire Police on 101 for non-urgent reports or click ‘Report a Rural Crime’ at the side of this page
In an emergency and if a crime is in progress call: 999

If you think the property is a designated heritage asset (for example, a listed building or scheduled monument) contact your Local Authority’s Conservation Department to ensure they’re aware of any damage to the asset. Historic England’s local offices may also be able to help, particularly in the case of scheduled monuments.

Livestock Worrying

It is important to remember that livestock worrying is not a civil matter but rather it is a matter for the police to investigate. As attacks against livestock are not criminal damage as animals alone cannot commit a criminal offence. It is the owner/person in charge of the dog that is liable.

There are several criminal offences in relation to this issue.

To report livestock worrying contact Derbyshire Constabulary:
If a crime is in progress call: 999
For non-urgent reports call: 101 or click ‘Report a Rural Crime’ at the side of this page

Wild Fires

If you see a wild fire in progress, call 999 and report to the Fire Service.

If you would like to anonymously report or provide information on a deliberate firesetting, contact FireStoppers on 0800 169 5558 or visit www.firestoppersreport.co.uk

Wildlife crime

Wildlife crime is considered any activity that goes against legislation protecting the UK’s wild animals and plants. This includes, but not limited to: poaching, coursing, offences against badgers, birds and bats, egg theft and collection, collection of or trade in protected species and animal products, not registering animals which require a licence, taking protected plants, use of poisons, snares or explosives to kill or injure animals, animal cruelty, hunting with dogs, introducing invasive species, killing or capturing, damaging or destroying the habitat of any protected animal, or illegal fishing.

Wildlife law is complicated and therefore it can be hard to know whether something is a crime and whether, or when, to involve the police.

To report a wildlife crime contact Derbyshire Constabulary:
If a crime is in progress call: 999.
For non-urgent reports call: 101 or click HERE to report via the online portal for Wildlife Crime

Further information on wildlife crime as well as more general information on wildlife in Derbyshire can be found at:
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Derbyshire Victim Services

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has provided funding to The Willow Project and Rural Action Derbyshire as part of their wider commissioned services for victims.

Derbyshire Victim Services is free, confidential and available to everyone. You can contact Derbyshire Victim Services whether you want to report the crime to the police or not – help is available whatever decision you make.

To access Derbyshire Victim Services online click HERE or call 0800 612 6505.

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