PEMBROKESHIRE’s new Rural Crime Team has had a busy first month on the job, working to prevent sheep rustling, loneliness, and theft from farms.

The Pembrokeshire Rural Crime Team was launched by Dyfed-Powys Police at the county show with two members, PC Gerwyn Davies and PCSO Jude Parr.

The team began work in September, after spending some time training with North Wales Police.


The team trains with North Wales Police.

“We have been part of a joint operations warrant in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion for the theft of livestock, and we recovered a large number of livestock,” said PC Davies.

The Rural Crime Team were also involved in saving a 19 abandoned Labrador puppies and four abandoned dogs from a Pembrokeshire farm.

The team had received reports of dogs running free on a country lane and worked with the RSPCA to bring the dogs to Green Acres Animal Rescue.

The police team has also been supporting a vulnerable farmer in Pembrokeshire, working with social services and Ty Dewi to help him.

In Angle, the team helped to investigate the death of a swan killed by a dog. This was later settled out of court.

Behind the scenes, the Rural Crime Team has been building links with farmers and agencies which work with farmers.

They have been forging a relationship with the farming unions, the NFU and FUW, and also making regular visits to the Haverfordwest Mart.

The team has also been attending meetings of the Pembrokeshire Rural Partnership, formerly known as the Rural Crime Board, listening to issues people have.

“The first month has flown by to be honest,” said PC Davies. “We are not restricted to the county boundaries and are flexible to work with other police divisions.”

Anyone who needs the help of the Rural Crime Team, or has information about a police appeal can call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.


PC Gerwyn Davies and PCSO Jude Parr.

The latest appeals from the rural crime team

  • Over the last three or four weeks three hay bales have been stolen, each on a separate occasion from a farm outbuilding in the Little Newcastle area.
  • There has been criminal damage to a tractor in the Wiston Area. The incident occurred on Tuesday, October 2 on a farm near Wiston.
  • The Rural Crime Team are asking farmers to be vigilant after electric fences have been stolen from field boundaries across Pembrokeshire. Electric fences have been stolen from Strumble Head, Trecwn, Tufton and Haven Road, Haverfordwest. The Rural Crime Team believes the thefts are taking place late at night and are concerned it could affect the security of bales of fodder on farms.