Pink Pages     MyLocalHero 2022     Advertise with us     


DAMAGED CROPS: Police appeal following off-roading in farmland in Maple Cross

 Published on: 21st April 2023   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Officers in Rickmansworth are appealing for witnesses and information following reports of off-roading in privately owned farmland in Maple Cross.

Police have had several reports from local farmers of people allegedly breaking fences to gain access to fields, resulting in livestock escaping from their pastures and crops being damaged.

PC Christian Gottmann, from the Rickmansworth and Croxley Green Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It is completely unacceptable to break in to private land, and you are risking people’s livelihoods by posing a danger to their livestock and causing damage to their crops.

“It is a criminal offence to drive your off-road vehicle on any land where the landowner has not given you permission – nowhere in Three Rivers have farmers given any permission to access their land for off-roading. We will be conducting additional proactive patrols in the coming months in an effort to deter this behaviour and to take action against any offenders.

“Anyone who is caught will receive a Section 59 warning under the Police Reform Act 2002. If you are caught again within the next 12 months, police have powers to seize your vehicle. Section 59 warnings cover both the vehicle and the driver/rider, meaning you can still be dealt with if you are caught using a different vehicle anti-socially.

“If you have any information about any recent offences, please get in touch. You can contact me via email at”

You can also report information online at, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at or call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at

Sign up to get weekly local news updates & offers:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Leave a comment



This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.