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Thieves will steal our cash, our cars, our valuables,

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just about anything they can get their hands on.

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But now the police are using cutting-edge technology

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to catch the bad guys.

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The CCTV is gold dust.

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-Great evidence for the police.

-Got to have him stopped.

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Local councils, shops and businesses are fighting crime

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with their own tricks and traps.

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There's a eureka moment when you get that evidence.

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And the public are using secret cameras

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to make sure crooks get their comeuppance.

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It makes me feel so angry.

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He's paid the price, he's been dealt with.

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Yes! We've got her.

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So anyone who's up to no good had better think twice.

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They might just get caught red-handed.

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Today...

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Linda discovers the most valued member of her shop staff

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has been organising a supermarket sweep for her friends,

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free of charge.

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You know, you feel exploited, you feel...

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why were you so naive to have trusted somebody totally?

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Also today, a sports car owner goes into kung fu mode

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to try and stop a cheeky thief stealing his wheels,

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but the carjacker doesn't give up easily.

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But first, Welsh farmer Greg loves his wild boars,

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but when his farm is burgled, they escape into the night,

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and he fears he might never see his valuable animals again.

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Things were going round in my head.

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They say your life flashes before you. It was.

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Police find the van used by the thieves

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and make a shocking discovery.

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Out of the back, there were drops of blood on the floor.

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It was either, A, wounded animals in there,

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or, B, it could have been a wounded burglar in there.

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In South Wales, there's a farm which is a little...

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well, out of the ordinary.

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Farmer Greg isn't interested in cows and sheep.

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For him, it's all about wild boars.

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Yeah, my boy.

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This is Scratch. This one was hand-reared from a baby.

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And he got his name because he loves a little scratch.

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He's the only one that does.

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Greg began rearing wild boars six years ago,

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and now he has over 80 of them.

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Wild boar has always had a mystique about it.

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I've done pigs. Pigs are boring!

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Come on. This is Boris, he's the main stud boar.

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Loppy, because she's got slightly loppy-eared ears.

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This is Bertha.

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She's the matriarch of the whole sounder, she's the boss.

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With boar, you get to know them, you know the characters,

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you've got them for a minimum of two years

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before they go out the door.

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It's more of a way of life.

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Fully grown adults can weigh over 27 stone

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and cause serious injury.

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They're not like a lion or a tiger. They wouldn't attack you to eat you.

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The danger comes with their size.

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They can cause damage to people rushing past,

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they can run at 30mph-plus.

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They don't go over fences, they just go through them.

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You only contain them with electricity.

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Greg has built electric fences to keep the boars in.

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He's also trained a Rottweiler and set up security cameras

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to guard against thieves taking his farm equipment.

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We started using trail cameras on here

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because things were going missing, little things,

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diesel pinched out of some of the machinery,

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and they give you a good insight into wildlife

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and what's happening on your farm.

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The cameras are triggered by movement, and capture still images.

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Soon after Greg installed them,

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they snapped squirrels and foxes paying his farm a visit.

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But it wasn't long before his security system

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captured something far more sinister.

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It's Sunday morning in early spring,

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and Greg's just arrived at the farm.

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It was about 8.45am I got here.

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Turned the corner, the gate was open. Panic stations instantly.

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Greg's father has the only other key for the gate.

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My first thought was, why is he here this time of the morning?

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Then Greg turns the corner

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and sees his wild boars have got out of their pen.

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It was like, oh, my God, what has happened?

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Has something happened to him inside the pen?

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Has he got in feeding them and left the gate open?

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Has he had a heart attack?

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But his father isn't there.

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Greg sees a barn door has been forced open

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and realises he's been burgled.

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Things were going round in my head.

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They say your life flashes before you. It was.

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All the farm machinery and tools have been stolen.

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You name it that we use on the farm, they took it.

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The pigs that were now running round outside had gone in there

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because we keep the feed in there.

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There was 600 quid's worth of feed just thrown away.

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It was bedlam. The losses were just mounting up and up and up.

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Greg reports the burglary to the police.

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His next problem is the havoc the escaped boars might cause.

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He phones local farmers who are experienced in controlling animals

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and asks for their help.

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It's important to have one of these emergency plans

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for a nightmare scenario like this.

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We got half a dozen people here within about 15 minutes.

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Some of these boys are armed, like myself.

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If we have to, we would destroy them,

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if there was endangerment to public.

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Greg and his posse start to round up the escaped wild boars.

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Even though they're called wild,

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there haven't been any living in the Welsh countryside for 300 years.

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We were counting them in

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and we thought we were getting on top of it.

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And as we were doing this,

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there was more and more animals coming in,

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and I kept thinking to myself, "Have I miscounted?

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"Have we got more animals than I thought I had?"

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They were coming from everywhere.

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Not realising, as fast as we were putting them into the pen,

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they were just hopping out of the pen

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and coming back around in circles.

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Greg spots holes in the electric fence

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through which the boars were escaping.

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The burglars must have cut their way through it to get to the barn.

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The whole system now was defunct.

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The police arrive, and Greg gives them a list of his stolen property.

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They went off then to do whatever they do best.

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We were left to try and corral the animals in.

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Greg works out that 42 wild boars are missing.

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He checks his cameras.

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Some boars can be seen escaping seven hours earlier.

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Seven hours would give them a 10-, 12-mile head start on us,

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so I was starting to panic then.

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The cameras also shows snapshots of the burglars.

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They aren't identifiable,

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but the pictures do reveal useful information.

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We could see the people, we could see the timescale,

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they were here almost eight hours on-site.

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We see the van they were using,

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so we had enough information now

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to phone the police and say, "Look, this is what I've got."

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But time is of the essence.

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Greg and the police need to track down the thieves

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and the escaped boars fast.

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Later, will Wales have wild boar

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living in its woods for the first time in centuries?

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We could be discussing this in 20 years and saying,

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"Pff, that was a storm in a teacup."

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Or it could be, "Oh, my God, it's an absolute nightmare.

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"They're everywhere."

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Also coming up...

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A shop owner who's not only faced with a thief,

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but with a thief who's brought

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a lot of her thieving friends along with her, too.

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We could have lost everything.

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Everything that we'd worked so hard for.

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The shoplifters are shameless as they casually empty shelves.

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She's come in her nightdress.

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Yeah, she's also brought a trolley with her,

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which she fills up with goods.

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This man's been helping himself

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to various medications at his local chemist's.

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And he's going to need some headache tablets in a moment,

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when he takes steps to escape.

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Very uncertain steps.

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When this bungler... Oops! ..sorry, burglar,

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decides to exit through the ceiling,

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he falls from a great height, not once...

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..but twice...

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bringing half the roof down with him.

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Then he opts for a different exit route, ten feet away.

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He does like removing chunks of the ceiling, this chap.

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Careful! Careful!

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Well, he appears to have done it.

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Now he just needs to avoid that hole ten feet away.

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Yep, that's the one.

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The police find this comedy of errors less than funny,

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and before long, his criminal clumsiness will be his downfall.

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Ouch.

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Every year, over £2 billion is stolen from Britain's retailers

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by their employees.

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But, fortunately, some of those dishonest staff get caught,

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because greed conquers brains.

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In the game show Supermarket Sweep,

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contestants emptied the shelves of all they could carry,

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rather like these people are, but this is no game.

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These are thieves.

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She's brought a trolley with her, which she fills up with goods,

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and she walks out of the shop without paying for them.

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They've been betrayed by a valued member of their shop's staff

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at the same time as their family-run store is on the brink of bankruptcy.

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I was absolutely devastated when I was told that it was her.

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Linda and Kamal moved to Portsmouth, on the south coast, from London,

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34 years ago, to try and make a go of running a small local store.

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We bought the shop.

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It was quite rundown, but with two young boys,

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cos Bobby was a year old and Ricky was four,

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we've managed to build a business and bring them up as well.

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Linda and Kamal's son Bob has recently joined the family business,

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and works full-time in the shop.

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I think, working with my parents,

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I've come a lot closer to them than when I was working outside.

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I'm proud of what they've achieved.

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When the recession hit, back in the '80s,

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they worked hard, got through it,

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and it's a lot busier from when we took over.

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It's lovely that you have a family who are so involved.

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They have six part-time employees.

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We don't treat our staff, really, like staff.

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It's like more of a friendship.

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Some of them, who've been with us 24 years,

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also have a lot of input into how we run it.

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But after many years of steady success, suddenly,

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the business starts to fail.

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My parents started planning their retirement,

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but with what's happened, it didn't go to plan.

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It turns out that inside this family grocers,

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they have a rotten apple.

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Linda and Kamal begin to notice a dramatic drop in their takings.

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It was getting increasingly difficult to pay bills,

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and we'd be having arguments at home.

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My husband would say to me, you know, "You've got to pay the bill,"

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and I would say, "I haven't got the money,"

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and he said, "Where's it going?"

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We thought it was our expenses, we thought our expenses were too high,

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but we worked out how much we should be making in the shop

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with our turnover,

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and we worked out that it can't be our expenses.

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They also rule out shoplifting, because the losses are so huge.

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It was like we're fighting a losing battle.

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Linda starts working six days a week

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to try to spot where things are going wrong.

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I did that for a year, but not working on a Sunday,

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because Sunday was a day that we wanted it to be a family day.

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On Sundays, Linda asks her most trusted employee

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to take charge of the shop.

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She'd been with us 11 years.

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She was more of my right-hand woman, she was totally, totally trusted.

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My mum took her on from young, my parents treated her like a daughter,

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the same they would me and my brother.

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Despite her best efforts,

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Linda can't get to the bottom of what's going wrong.

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The family realise they must take drastic action

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to keep the business afloat.

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All our savings that we had, we were putting back into the business.

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Half their life has gone into the shop,

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and to end up with nothing, it's quite sad.

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I cashed in all my husband's endowment policy,

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and put that money in.

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The shop was on the verge of collapse.

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But one Monday morning, Linda makes an alarming discovery.

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She checks the cash dispenser in the shop,

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and is shocked to find it's completely empty.

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I know we'd banked £1,600 in our ATM,

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and it showed it had dispensed £460-odd,

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so there's about £1,200 gone missing.

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Linda thinks the ATM might be faulty,

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and phones the supply company, but they assure her the machine

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won't be to blame for the missing cash.

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Then I thought, instead of arguing, let's check the cameras,

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let's just check how many people have gone to the ATM.

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Bob views the shop's security camera footage from the Sunday.

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It shows the member of staff they trusted

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taking the cashpoint money boxes behind the counter.

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Bob is shocked by what happens next.

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She was actually taking money out of the ATM, instead of loading it.

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I just couldn't believe it.

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I had to go back two or three times, to make sure what I saw was correct.

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Very hard to get over.

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Bob breaks the news to his mum.

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I was absolutely devastated when I was told that it was her.

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It wouldn't have been in my wildest dreams,

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because she was treated part of the family,

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and she, in turn, would make sure

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that I got to the car all right every night.

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She'd say to me, "Lin, people know you've got a shop."

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So, she'd built up such trust that you wouldn't have even thought.

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Bob looks at more footage, and it gets worse.

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He finds that stealing from the cashpoint isn't the only scam

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this employee has been up to.

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There was her friends coming in, ex-member of staff coming in,

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picking up goods, filling up their trolleys,

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filling up bags full of cigarettes,

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and just walking out with no payment.

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Bob's horrified as he watches the thief and six cronies

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carry out a crooked Supermarket Sweep at the store.

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She's selecting goods from the shelf,

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she's actually bagging her items up

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without scanning them through the till...

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Linda's heartbroken to see that one of the other shoplifters

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is a former employee and friend.

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She's appalled just how casual these people are,

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as they go about stripping the shop that supports her family.

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She's come in her nightdress.

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Yeah, she's also brought a trolley with her,

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that she fills up with goods,

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and she walks out the shop without paying for them.

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It makes me feel sick, cos it's the first time I've watched this.

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-It looks like she's doing, like, a full weekly shop.

-Mm.

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And she doesn't make any payment.

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She's just put some money in her pocket. Very upsetting.

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The family's detective work has found the truth, but there's no joy.

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It's a bitter blow to their trust in people.

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We could have lost everything that we'd worked so hard for,

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and I feel...

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I feel so guilty in this.

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I...

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Because it was a shop that was run by me,

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that I'd trusted her so much...

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And I feel like...

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You know, you feel exploited, you feel...

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why were you so naive?

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Why were you so naive to have trusted somebody totally?

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The family showed their findings to the police,

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and the thieves were arrested.

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In court, the now ex-member of staff

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was sentenced to two years in prison.

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Six accomplices were given six-month sentences, suspended for a year,

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as well as community orders.

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They also had to pay compensation, fines and surcharges.

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Linda and her family have decided to treat this traumatic time

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as a valuable learning experience.

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I think you've got to have trust to go through life.

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You cannot tarnish everyone with the same brush.

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And I must say, the staff we've got at the moment are wonderful.

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But you've also got to make sure that they don't get to a situation

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where they start taking advantage of you.

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The family can now once again look to a happier future.

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It's going to take us a few years to recover,

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but we're already seeing the difference.

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Cos we've been there for so long, it's something...

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that I would hopefully want my kids to take it over,

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hopefully keep it going for many more years.

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Now, the owner of this car loves his hot set of wheels.

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It's the sort of car he would do anything to protect,

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including a stunt straight out of a kung fu movie.

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It's nine o'clock at night,

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and a sports car owner makes a pit stop at a petrol station.

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After filling up, he leaves his car on the forecourt,

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and goes to pay for his fuel.

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Suddenly, a mystery man appears, clocks the car is unlocked,

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and decide to steal it.

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He gets in the car.

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The key is still in the ignition, so he thinks it's his lucky day.

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But it isn't.

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The owner spots the stranger in his car,

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and what follows is like something from a martial arts movie.

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Hi-yah!

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A two-footed karate kick Jackie Chan would be proud of.

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Let's see it again, in slow motion.

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He accelerates to the car, jumps, and boom!

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Take that!

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And the action isn't finished yet.

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The carjacker manages to drive off,

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but the owner climbs through the window, Dukes of Hazzard-style.

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And the crook scarpers.

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He doesn't get very far, though.

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Soon, he's arrested and charged with attempted car theft.

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And for the sports car stuntman, Hollywood could soon be calling.

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Well, that guy went to great lengths to stop the thief in his tracks.

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But what can the rest of us do to protect our vehicles

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without resorting to death-defying stunts?

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During last winter,

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we had about 13 vehicles stolen outside people's houses,

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either on their drives, or on the road,

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where they'd left the engines running

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so that they defrosted and they warmed up

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while they had their breakfast, and people need to remember,

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sometimes your insurance is invalidated

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by doing something like that,

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making it the temptation that it is to thieves.

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Cars are vulnerable if somebody breaks into your home,

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so my advice would always be,

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make sure your keys are out of harm's way,

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make sure that they are not readily visible,

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so you're also protecting your car

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when it's left unattended outside your house.

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If you leave your sat nav and your car keys and your home keys

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in the same location and they're stolen together,

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that can be a really deadly combination,

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because what the suspect can do

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is identify from the home setting on the sat nav where you actually live.

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If you're outside the newsagent's,

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just nipping in to pick up a newspaper or some sweets,

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turn the engine off, take your keys with you.

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It is so easy for somebody just to jump in, and they're away.

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Back to Greg's farm in South Wales, where during the night,

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thieves had broken in.

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They cut holes in his fence and stole valuable farming equipment.

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They also released a large number of wild boars

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that escaped through the holes into the surrounding countryside.

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The police have just called Greg with some news.

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They phoned me to say that they'd made several arrests,

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and they'd recovered what they thought

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to be all the property that was involved.

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Acting on a tip-off, the police have arrested suspects at a house nearby,

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just a few hours after Greg reported the crime.

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The officers that had been here were part of the team going in there,

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and as he walked in there, he thought, "My God,

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"everything that I've just been told on this ginormous list is there."

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Greg goes to the house,

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and shows the police a van he'd seen on his security camera footage.

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We went looking for this van,

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and it wasn't immediately parked outside the property,

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it was parked up the road a couple of hundred yards.

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Out of the back, there were drops of blood on the floor.

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We made a decision to get in there.

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It was either, A, wounded animals in there,

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or, B, it could have been a wounded burglar in there.

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They forced the van's rear doors open.

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It was quite a horrific sight. Dead animals in there.

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It was very messy, you know?

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In the van, there are two dead wild boars.

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It was worse knowing that...

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The pain and suffering the animals went through on that night

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was worse than the burglary, you know?

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We spend a lot of time nurturing these animals, to get used to us.

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When I turn up, they think they're going to be fed,

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so when these people come up, they probably thought the same.

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They were going to them looking for food, and ended up being butchered.

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But Greg can't dwell on that for long.

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Lots of his boars are still missing.

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We were unaware how many they had killed.

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We found, about four miles away,

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an animal which had had a wound under its jaw,

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so we knew some might have escaped and bled to death,

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so we really didn't know what we were chasing.

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The work went on right into the night, you know,

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we were searching till silly hours o'clock.

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Although wild boars are unlikely to attack people,

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it is unknown what their effect on the countryside will be.

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PC Mark Goulding,

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one of just three specially trained wildlife officers in Wales,

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is alerted.

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I received a telephone call to say

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a burglary had taken place to a wild boar farm.

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That in itself was unique.

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Why anybody would burgle a wild boar farm...

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But when they told me that at least...

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40-odd boar were unaccounted for

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and were beyond the boundaries of the farm,

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they didn't know what to do,

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how they were going to deal with it, and what the offences were.

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As well as the burglary, the thieves could be charged

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with causing an animal unnecessary suffering, if it can be proved.

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So, Mark asks for a postmortem to be carried out on the two dead animals

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found in the back of the thieves' van.

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The importance of an autopsy helps me evidence how they died,

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to show a cruelty offence.

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The thieves could also be charged

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with allowing a non-native species to escape into the wild.

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I had a significant challenge.

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I had to prove and evidence

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that the animals were beyond the boundaries of the farm,

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that they were indeed in a wild state.

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And that means getting a definitive photo

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of one of Greg's boars in the countryside.

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Four of the animals were female, but more importantly,

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two were pregnant, which meant those piglets,

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those boarlets, would fundamentally be a first generation

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of Welsh wild boar.

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Wild boar became extinct in Wales three centuries ago.

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Mark teams up with animal tracking experts from Cardiff University

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to see if that's about to change.

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We utilised trail cameras, we baited the trail cameras as well,

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and we started picking up trails of where the animals were moving.

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Meanwhile, Greg continues to try to catch the boars

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that come back onto his land.

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They were going probably in a 30-mile circle of this place

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before they were coming back here, and we were able, in the night,

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for two days either side, to sit here and wait,

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and as they were coming in,

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we'd bait them into a catch pen, and boom, we had them.

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But the traps only work for a short while.

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Boars are observant and intelligent.

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Once they learnt what these traps were doing,

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as soon as they wised up, they were useless.

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Over the following weeks, Mark and his trackers

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use jam and peanut butter

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to try to lure the wild boars in front of their cameras.

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Finding these animals was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

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Everything else was activating our trail cameras bar the wild boar.

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Badgers started eating the peanut butter, squirrels eating the jam,

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and it was becoming incredibly frustrating.

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They were like ghosts.

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We'd go into thickets, and I could hear them, but could I see them?

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Finally, after three months of weekly camera checks...

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..Mark gets the evidence he needs.

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I remember putting it in the laptop,

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and for a minute, I really struggled to comprehend what I was looking at,

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and then as the animal moved and it turned, I realised it was wild boar.

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The sense of relief was significant.

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I was so, so happy.

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I had enough for the Crown Prosecution.

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That was a moment I will never forget.

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There's now enough evidence for multiple charges

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against the three men who raided Greg's farm.

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In court, they were sentenced to a combined total

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of ten years, six months in prison.

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And Mark had broken new legal ground in this country,

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proving the thieves' raid

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allowed a non-native species to escape into the wild.

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This is the first conviction of its kind

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against a viable breeding population of wild boar.

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And that, in itself, is unique.

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The case helped Mark win a National Wildlife Officer Of The Year award.

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He continues to monitor Britain's newest wild species - boar.

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This is snuffling.

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So, basically, the wild boar are ploughing up the ground.

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We've also got some lovely footprints of a wild boar.

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That's unmistakable - that is wild boar.

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Farmer Greg has boosted his security system,

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and now has permission to build a house on the farm

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so he can keep an eye on things overnight.

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And his escaped boars seem to be adapting to their new lives.

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After a 300-year gap,

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wild boars are now officially back in the Welsh countryside.

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A couple of months ago, I attended a call-out,

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and there was a large boar, female boar, there, in a stables,

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who'd given birth on Christmas Day, with three little boarlets.

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So we know they're now breeding.

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Of course, they were native here hundreds of years ago,

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but at the same time,

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we have habitat now that's gone on for hundreds of years without them,

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so it's a bit of an unknown.

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We could be discussing this in 20 years and saying,

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"Pff, that was a storm in a teacup."

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Or it could be, "Oh, my God, it's an absolute nightmare.

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"They're everywhere."

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That's all for today.

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Join us next time to see some more villains getting their just deserts

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when they're caught red-handed.

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A supermarket is robbed by a staff member who not only clears out the cash machine but also invites her friends round to shop for free. And wild boars escape when a farm is burgled late at night. When the thieves are caught, the police make a gruesome discovery.


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