The BHS has received a report of a man acting suspiciously around horse paddocks in the West Hagbourne/Didcot area of South Oxfordshire on the afternoon of Tuesday 11 March 2014. The man was not recognised as a regular walker in the area, and had no dog or vehicle with him. He is reported to have walked down a footpath between hedges bordering paddocks, stopped to take photos - possibly of one of the horses - then turned and walked back along the same section of the path without continuing on its circular route. The man was believed to be early to mid-60s, with shoulder length grey hair and a bald spot, and was wearing a green Barbour jacket and blue cords.
The incident has been reported to Thames Valley Police, and anyone recognising the description or spotting similar suspicious behaviour should report it as soon as possible. In a separate incident, a coloured cob on a neighbouring yard was found to have a patch of hair missing over the weekend, which appeared to have been shaved off rather than being rubbed away.
TVP can be contacted on 101 for non-emergencies or to give information, and non-emergencies can also be reported online. In an emergency always call 999. TVP advise people report suspicious activity to them ASAP as, if they have officers in the area, they can deploy them to this type of sighting immediately.
Wherever you keep your horses vigilance and, where possible, extra security measures are recommended. For more information, security tips and further alerts visit the Thames Valley Horsewatch website.