Crop damage caused by trespass

Northdowns Martin

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Arable Farmer
Location
Snodland kent
Has anyone know of a method of valuing the amount of crop damage caused by vehicle trespass? Police want to know total value of damage we suffered last night fron a 4x4 ripping over our fields. I will attempt measure the total distance travelled but don’t really know what to multiply it by.
 

Still Farming

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Mixed Farmer
Location
South Wales UK
Has anyone know of a method of valuing the amount of crop damage caused by vehicle trespass? Police want to know total value of damage we suffered last night fron a 4x4 ripping over our fields. I will attempt measure the total distance travelled but don’t really know what to multiply it by.
Land agents would tell you.
Though Police not bothered with civil proceedings only criminal proceedings?
 

Hindsight

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Location
Lincolnshire
Has anyone know of a method of valuing the amount of crop damage caused by vehicle trespass? Police want to know total value of damage we suffered last night fron a 4x4 ripping over our fields. I will attempt measure the total distance travelled but don’t really know what to multiply it by.
We get coursers here. By april will not see where been! But that is not something i would say to a client farm as these incursions are very emotive.
 

B'o'B

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NFFN Member
Location
Rutland
We get coursers here. By april will not see where been! But that is not something i would say to a client farm as these incursions are very emotive.
Depends how they have driven. Last year we had poachers over over us early December, where they were driving in a straight line crop damage would have been pretty negligible, where they drifted round corners at speed you could see very clearly for the whole of the growing season.
 

snipe

Member
Location
west yorkshire
Has anyone know of a method of valuing the amount of crop damage caused by vehicle trespass? Police want to know total value of damage we suffered last night fron a 4x4 ripping over our fields. I will attempt measure the total distance travelled but don’t really know what to multiply it by.
It sound far fetched but something like this always leads to further costs. for example driving to the field to measure tracks you will smash a wing mirror, when combining a stone they have ripped up will damage the header. We get this happening every few weeks. I tell the police a few thousand pounds. If some one had driven over a newly planted lawn they would not claim for the loss of the grass but the cost of rectifying the garden. You will have to make a special trip with plough, powerharrow, and drill to repair the damage, minimum charge £250 per trip. Bag of seed £500. 4 extra trips with the sprayer and 3 with the spread as the newly planted crop will be at a different growth stage to the rest of the field £150 each. Same with combine, escort, header trailer, grain trailer, baler. ££££. Will also have to check the area for glass and other contaminants. If it’s just a one off you won’t notice the difference come harvest, but if you tell the police that they won’t be interested. Not that they can do much anyway. We got a couple of reg numbers a few weeks ago of some 4x4s. Brake the speed limit unintentionally and you have to tell the police who was the driver at the time. Cause criminal damage in an un taxed un insured vehicle and the police have no powers to force the owner to tell them who was driving. 🤷‍♂️
 

dowcow

Member
Location
Lancashire
Had some twit do some donuts and tramp around in a 4x4 on some grassland I wouldn't go near with the tractor at the time as it was so wet and that land doesn't stand traffic when wet; and two seasons later even after rolling and silaging during the time I still change down a gear with the mower in that area tramped as it causes all sorts of rattling and grief if I don't. Mowdy hills don't cause the sorts of bumps that driving around a sodden field do.
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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