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If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or 999 if you see a crime in progress or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111.

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Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on October 1, 2019 at 21:27

Car Break-in - Pen Ridge.

Two Pen residents parked a car on Pen Ridge earlier this afternoon (Tuesday October 1st) to walk their dogs.  It was parked on the far downside of the ridge near the turn to Stourhead.  When they returned they found a window smashed and some items stolen. 

The items were of little value but the damage was done.  Beware if you park your car, particularly in that area, and of course leave NOTHING on show in the car.

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on July 15, 2019 at 13:20

SHED BREAK IN – Penmill Farm

Peter Fitzgerald had his shed broken onto over the weekend of the 13th’14th July, (the weekend of the Fab 50’s party) .

Items stolen were 2 chain saws, a strimmer and a brush-cutter.

If has any information which might lead to catching the culprits please call the police non-emergency line on 101.


And while I’m here, this has just come in from Somerset Police…


Appeal – Help us recover stolen wedding gifts


We are appealing for information to help recover a number of items stolen from a wedding near Chard in Somerset.
The items include a personalised wooden post box containing numerous cards and monetary gifts, two grey milk churns without lids and with Boldon Dairy Milk on them, and a distinctive Dutch bottle of Genever. The items are believed to have been stolen between the hours of 2:45am and 5:10am on 7 July from a farm in Otterford, Chard.
Detective Sergeant Scott Chadwick commented: “We’re appealing for anyone near the Chard area to please keep a look out for any of these stolen items. The milk churns are fairly sizeable and are quite distinctive with Boldon Dairy Milk written on them. We are working closely with the victims to identify any other notable items that have been stolen and encourage anyone with any information – however small or insignificant it may seem – to please get in touch.”
If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219153887

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on May 20, 2019 at 9:55

Have you seen this van?

Ford Transit Pick-Up Registration Number LK10 FHV (see attached image)

Seen in the Pear Ash Lane area acting suspiciously from 6.20 AM on Thursday 16th May.

Two occupants. Both white, heavily built.

This vehicle was allegedly involved in the theft of batteries in Devon last August.

Please report any sighting to police on 101, (or 999 if you see any offence taking place).

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on May 20, 2019 at 8:37

Attempted Burglary

Someone smashed a ground floor window at a residence in Pear Ash Lane, Pen Selwood, between midday on Thursday 9 May and 6pm on Saturday the 11th. It doesn’t appear that any entry was made and nothing seems to have been stolen. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219103758

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on January 25, 2019 at 14:04

Be Aware.

Several people in the village have been receiving scam calls supposedly from BT or OpenReach saying there is a problem with their Router.  They are asking you to switch on your computer and presumably do something which would not be advisable.

If you get any of these calls I suggest you contact BT on another phone for confirmation.

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on January 11, 2019 at 11:39

Ornamental Balls Stolen.

The concrete balls on top of the gate piers at Pen Mill Farm have been stolen, probably on New Year’s Eve.

They were painted a gold colour so maybe the thieves thought they were getting more than they got.

It looks like they also left a torch behind, though police don’t apparently have the resources to test for fingerprints.

If anyone sees a couple of golden balls while walking their dog etc., please contact Peter or Sarah.

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on November 12, 2018 at 17:24

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Overnight 8-9 November a property at Yarlington was entered via a roof and an amount of electric cabling stolen from inside.

Overnight 8-9 November a container at a property in Bratton Seymour was broken into and a quantity of tools stolen.

overnight 8-9 November attempt was made to steal a mini digger from a property at Castle Cary.

During the afternoon/evening of 10 November work tools were stolen from a van parked at Stoke Lane, Bayford.

Comment by Lucy Nelson on October 12, 2018 at 12:09

Yesterday - there was a white BMW estate driven fast by 2 men cruising around Penselwood.  They came down the drive of Forest Lodge and despite the electric gate they approached the house and then backed out fast.  They were seen doing a speedy U turn under the A303 and heading back in this direction.  When approached they declined to stop and the 'chassis language' was aggressive! Look out!

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on August 20, 2018 at 13:23



I’ve just been advised by Clive Kirby of another handbag theft from a car parked on the Ridge near Pen Ridge House.  This occurred at around 10AM this morning so close to the time of the previously mentioned one.


Obviously someone is in the area so please do not leave anything on show in your cars.   

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on August 20, 2018 at 12:57


Information from Stella.

A car parked outside the field where the parking takes place for the Fete was broken into this morning, (Aug 20th).  Belinda, Franey & Gillian Matthews’ daughter left an old handbag on the passenger seat.  10 minutes after she parked, she heard her car alarm trigger and came back to find the near side passenger window had been smashed and her bag snatched.  Fortunately it had nothing of value in it so she’s hoping it will be dumped nearby.

Belinda had noticed a man standing looking over the gate of the Community Field as she arrived and thought he looked a little odd at the time.  She thinks his vehicle was pale blue or grey. 

Please keep all eyes open.

Comment by geoff parcell on August 19, 2018 at 17:27

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During the evening of 14 August a burglary occurred at a property in Chapel Lane, Pen Selwood. Access was gained through an insecure door and items stolen including a bag containing bank cards, cash and a car key.

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on April 12, 2018 at 8:50

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Police are appealing to residents of East Somerset to help us find a horse carriage stolen from a farm in Rudge.

The two-wheel carriage was taken between Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April and the owner is really keen to get it back.

Star Painter, 40 of Westbury, said “My children absolutely love this carriage and are devastated. It’s not just them who have been affected by this theft either. I volunteer in the community helping families with children who have special educational needs, offering animal therapy with horses and other animals. My husband and I just can’t understand why anyone would take it; we just want it back so we can help bring joy back into families’ lives. If anyone knows anything or has seen the carriage please get in touch with police.”

The carriage has very distinct wheels with stars on the frame and we’d like anyone who may have seen it to text information to 07492888109 or call 101 quoting reference 5218074424. If you'd like to remain anonymous you can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on February 26, 2018 at 11:58



Disturbance Pen Mill Farm.

(From Dick & Rita)



We spoke to Sue Phillips, who lives in one of the cottages at Pen Mill  Farm this morning. Last night about 9.45pm they heard noises in the yard outside their door.  By the time her partner had got his shoes on and gone to investigate the intruders had run off.  They had rummaged in their pick-up, not locked, but had not taken anything.


Sue mentioned that two men had approached her a few days earlier asking if she wanted to sell her red pick-up, they were in a white pick-up.  It may not be related but maybe of interest.

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on February 7, 2018 at 13:08

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This message is sent to make you and your members aware of a number of high value fraud offences that have occurred. Some were in the Bristol area including:

Victims had cold callers at the door and were persuaded that work needed to be done on the roof of the property. The victim went to the bank to withdraw a significant amount of cash to pay the callers in advance. However the bank staff thought it suspicious and reported the matter to the police.

Yesterday in Wells a resident received a telephone call from someone claiming to be from the Bank advising that their account had been compromised and advising to transfer the savings into a safe account. Victim did this and has lost £45,000.

Police urge extreme care with regard to any cold callers at the door, telephone callers and Emails from unknown sources. Do not have dealings with cold callers at the door. Do not give out personal information to anyone - please remember that official bodies such as banks will never telephone you at home and ask for your details.

If you are in any doubt call the police on 101 - and if you feel threatened or intimidated particularly by callers at the door then call the police using the 999 system.

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on January 8, 2018 at 19:05

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During the early hours of 7 January a shed at a property in South Barrow, Yeovil was broken into. Victim disturbed the intruder who made off. Nothing thought to have been stolen.

On 7 January theft of goods from a store in Castle Cary.

Overnight 5-6 January pedal cycle stolen from the driveway of a property in Greenway Road, Castle Cary

Comment by Mike & Sheila Carson on December 20, 2017 at 18:45

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Please note that there have been some instances recently where parcels delivered for individuals have been stolen. Of those the most recent have been:

A parcel delivered in Bridgwater and left in the porch at the front of the delivery address. Victim returned home to find the parcel missing.

A suspect took a delivery card in the name of the victim and collected a parcel in Weston Super Mare

Officers ask you to take care over the security of parcels being delivered. If you are not going to be home to receive them, try to find an alternative where they will be home. If you are buying on-line then many companies use a `click and collect' service with other more local businesses which can be convenient.

Comment by Admin on December 7, 2017 at 20:56

BCU30 07122017 Vehicle Crime

Over recent weeks there has been a large increase in vehicle crime.

Variety of vehicles targeted but in some areas theft from vans has been particularly high. The majority of these are privately owned or contract vans (as opposed to the corporate image vans). Unknown offender(s) have been breaking into the vehicles, mainly by smashing a window and stealing power tools.

We have also seen an increase in theft from cars. Items such as satellite navigation accessories and handbags have been targeted because they have been left on display inside the car.

We urge members of the public to follow the below advice :-

1. Make sure your vehicle is locked and secured before walking away - if you have an alarm on the vehicle make

sure it is set

2. Remove ALL valuable tools and powered equipment from vehicles

3. Do not leave any valuables on display no matter how small or insignificant they are

4. Remove the sat nav holder from the windscreen and wipe away the sucker smudge from the windscreen.

You can also register your personal property for free on

This is a free website whereby you can create an account for yourself. Register any property which has a unique serial number (I.e. mobile phones, laptops, power tools, sat navs etc.)

As always, please ensure you report all suspicious activity to 101, or 999 if crime is in progress.

Comment by Bruce Bower on December 17, 2014 at 12:25

[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - HEADQUARTERS - Vacancies - Independent Residents Volunteer Panel]

Dear Resident:

We require three Independent people to contribute to the development and effective discharge of the Independent Residents Volunteer Panel. Independent Persons sitting on the Independent Residents Panel are an important means of enhancing public trust and confidence in the review of complaint files against Avon & Somerset Police and the governance by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The role profile, person specification, candidate timetable, application form  and supporting literature can be found on the PCC website ( in the Take Part section. The closing date for applications is 16 January 2015.

Please note: serving police officers, PCSOs, staff or volunteers of the Constabulary would not be eligible for this role.

PS: to go straight to the applications page, try this link:

If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111.  For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the website.

Comment by Bruce Bower on November 28, 2014 at 15:16


This is a general message to schemes across Somerset.

There has been a general increase in the number of thefts from motor vehicles recently.  Some of these are occurring in shopper car parks, some in residential areas and an increasing number in rural car parks.

These rural car parks are often in beauty spot areas and predominantly used by walkers during daylight hours.  Vehicles have generally been left secure and access has been gained by breaking windows.  Items left on display in such vehicles has been targeted - such as personal items, satellite navigation accessories and small change left in central consoles.

Please remind members of this type of crime and ask that they not only keep vehicles secure, but remove temptation by ensuring they do not leave any items on display.  No matter how inconsequential you think the item is, it could be too good an opportunity for the would-be criminal.


If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111.  For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the website.

Comment by Bruce Bower on November 18, 2014 at 17:08
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:02 AM
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Crime Report:
Between 7-14 November a break occurred at a property in Broadway Road, Charlton Adam.  Entry was gained into the garage and a chain saw stolen.
Overnight of 15-16 November a burglary occurred at a property in Cole Mead, Bruton.  Access was gained by forcing open a window.  A search was made inside the property and items stolen include 3 laptops, jewellery, digital camera, credit cards and driving licence.
If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111.  For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the website.

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