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Be Safe and protect your property from burglars this winter

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - 5 hours 27 min ago
The Metropolitan Police is stepping up efforts to reduce burglaries in the winter months
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Appeal to trace vulnerable 15-year-old boy

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - 7 hours 25 min ago
Benjamin Moorcroft was last seen on Saturday evening (21 October) in Covent Garden.
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Appeal after motorcyclist dies in Green Lanes

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - 8 hours 57 min ago
Enquiries into the full circumstances are ongoing and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
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Newham murder victim named as police appeal for further information

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:43
Officers will be at the scene on Sunday, 22 October as part of their appeal
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Appeal for information regarding man due to appear in court today

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 14:12

We are appealing for information from the public regarding the whereabouts of a man who was due to appear in court today.

David Woolridge, aged 21, from Taunton, had been remanded in custody in Melksham, to appear at court this morning in relation to drug offences.

He was taken to Bath Royal United Hospital last night as a medical precaution, but ran away from officers when he was leaving the A&E department and headed in the direction of Coombe Park at approximately 5.40am this morning (21 October).

Woolridge has links to the Somerset area, as well as Plymouth.

He is described as having white but tanned skin, approximately 5 ft 7 inches tall with straight black shoulder length hair which is dyed brassy on the ends. He was last seen wearing a beige long sleeve top and skinny jeans, and has a number of tattoos including a black butterfly on his spine and a coloured tattoo on his left palm resembling a butterfly.

Woolridge is not described as violent.

Officers are continuing with their enquiries to locate Woolridge and are urging members of the public who may see Woolridge, or anyone who knows any information regarding his whereabouts, to call your local police force on 101.

 

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Police seek missing injured woman

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 04:25
Police in Enfield are keen to trace a woman who left hospital before receiving full treatment for a knife wound.
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Appeal after man stabbed in robbery, Enfield

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 01:00
The victim was stabbed multiple times in the robbery, carried out by four suspects
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Man charged with assaults, Hackney

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:52
Kamal Aman, 26 and from Islington, has been charged with GBH, ABH and common assault.
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Man charged with murder of Omid Saidy

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:33
Shafiq Smith, 18, of south-west London, is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Saturday, 21 October.
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Drugs arrests made in Essex Square Salisbury

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:06

Two Salisbury men have been arrested at a property in Essex Square in the city today (Friday 20 October 2017).

Officers from the local Community Policing Team went to the address to arrest the men on suspicion of making threats to another person in the community. However, while the officers were there they found cannabis worth £1,000, £250 in cash, a £900 bicycle and weapons including: a Samurai sword, knuckle duster, baseball bat and cross-bow.

A 32-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were arrested in relation to the raid, which took place around 9.30am and are currently in custody.

Insp Pete Sparrow said: "This is a good result - finding two people at the address as well as the cash, cannabis and weapons - preventing these drugs and weapons from getting on to the streets of Salisbury.

“Our enquiries are ongoing in relation to this warrant.

“We would encourage any residents who suspect drug activity to be taking place in their neighbourhood to contact 101 – working on intelligence and information from the community is key to tackling this type of crime.”

To report drug activity call 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.

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Bike shed broken in to and bikes stolen in Swindon

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:43

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a communal bicycle shed was broken in to and five bikes were taken.

Unknown offender(s) took the bikes from the store on Yersin Court, Swindon, between 2am on Thursday 28 September 2017 and 6pm on Saturday 30 September 2017.

A picture of one of the bikes is attached.

A description of another bike is: a blue, Voodoo mountain bike.

The three remaining bikes have not yet been reported stolen.

If you heard or saw anything suspicious in this area between these times, please contact PC Victoria Barker on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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Three arrested following report of drug deal in Harnham

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:54

Three males have been arrested in Salisbury after members of the public reported drug dealing taking place in a children’s play park in Harnham.

Shortly after 3pm on 19 October 2017 officers from the Dedicated Crime Team responded to these reports and sighted two males, aged 21 and 32, in suspicious circumstances which they suspected to be related to an ongoing drug deal.

When the pair were detained, the 21 year old man attempted to escape on foot and was pursued by officers back towards the town centre. He was subsequently detained by officers with assistance from further members of the public.

Both of these men were searched and found in possession of a quantity of individual wraps suspected to be Class A drugs along with items suspected to be indicative of an involvement in drug supply such as mobile phones and as a result were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, escape from lawful custody and being concerned in supply of lass A drugs. A further male, aged just 15, was located in Lower Street and arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs.

The 15-year-old has been interviewed and released pending further enquiries. The other two men remain in police custody at this time.

Inspector Pete Sparrow said: “This was an excellent example of members of the public working with their local police in order to keep their community safe and I would like to thank those members of the public who assisted us yesterday.

"These individuals had travelled from out of our county, we believe with the sole intention of supplying crack cocaine and heroin onto our streets.

"This is an enterprise commonly known as ‘County Line’ drug dealing and it is something which we simply will not accept. These Dangerous Drug Networks and the poison they supply are destroying lives and damaging our communities and we are committed to stamping them out.

"We would always urge members of our communities to report suspicious activity and always welcome information in relation to these gangs and their activities. Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

Call 101 to report suspected drug activity.

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Woman sentenced after making false allegation

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:21

A woman has been sentenced to five years imprisonment after she was found guilty of four counts of perverting the course of justice in relation to making a false allegation of rape.

Rebecca Palmer, age 26, of Garraways, Royal Wootton Bassett, had previously pleaded guilty to five further counts of perverting the course of justice and five counts of sending malicious communications.

Today she was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court following a nine day trial.

During the trial, the court heard a personal impact statement from the victim about the devastating affect the false allegations had on his life.

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: “This was an unusual case and I am pleased with the result in court today.

“Palmer’s behaviour has been completely unacceptable and she has shown no regard for the level of upset she has caused to others.

“Palmer became completely embroiled in her own web of lies and her appalling behaviour could really have a negative impact on victims of rape or sexual assault who may choose not to report it to police for fear that they will not be believed.

“I would like to reassure victims of sexual assault that we take all reports extremely seriously and would encourage anyone who has been a victim, regardless of how much time has passed since the offence, to come forward and report it to police on 101."

Victims can also seek support from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary - they can be contacted on the 24-hour helpline 0808 168 0024.

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E-Fit released after indecent exposure in Swindon

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:32

Wiltshire Police has released an E-Fit of a man officers would like to speak to in relation to an indecent exposure incident in the Plaum's Pit/Cheney Manor area of Swindon.

This follows on from a release we initially sent out on 19 July 2017: Around 3.20pm on Thursday 6 July 2017 three young school girls (early secondary school age) were walking on a woodland path, close to the Manor Garden Centre when a man emerged from nearby bushes and indecently exposed himself.

He is described as white, approx. 5'7" tall, chubby, with short brown possibly straight hair, aged between 30 and 40 and with a what looked like a scratch on his upper right arm.

Although shaken - the girls were not harmed.

An E-Fit of a man officers would like to speak to in relation to this incident is attached.

PC Emma Keatings said: "We are interested in talking to anyone who recognises the man in this E-Fit.
"If you know who this may be or have any information which could help our enquiries - please contact me."

Please call PC Emma Keatings on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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Man jailed for sending racially abusive messages

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:57
Michael O’Riley (22.9.85 – 32 yrs), of Cranleigh Gardens, Bridgewater, Somerset was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court
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Wiltshire Police will not be complacent as recorded crime increase slows

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:56

Statistics released this week show more crimes are being recorded by Wiltshire Police.

Between June 2016 – June 2017 we recorded 42,523 crimes - an increase of 10.1 per cent compared to the same period last year.

This rise in crime is a national trend, which is partly attributed to the changes in recording practices. Nationally, forces have experienced a rise of 14.1 per cent.

Although crime nationally continues to rise, we are seeing this increase decelerate for a second quarter.

The figures, issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that we are in line with the national trend for the majority of crime types. However, we are still experiencing spikes in burglary and vehicle crime.

Importantly, the report also recognised the low volumes of drug trafficking, homicide and most serious violence crimes being recorded in Wiltshire.

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: "We can never be happy to see a rise in recorded crime and it’s always a concern. But I am pleased that again the rise in Wiltshire is below the national trend.

"Changes in recording practice have resulted in us seeing the speed at which crime is rising in Wiltshire slow down.

"These recording practices have been reviewed by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Services and in September this year Wiltshire Police were graded as one of the best forces in the country for its crime recording accuracy.

"I am pleased that Wiltshire Police are maintaining this high standard and level of accuracy, and are currently 91 per cent compliant with recording practices.

"Although reassured by the progress made, and systems Wiltshire Police have put in place, the report does identify short term increases in burglary and vehicle crime."

"These have been identified earlier in the year and I asked the Chief Constable to implement comprehensive plans to tackle this."

"I am reassured the improvement plans are demonstrating the Force’s work to tackle these spikes. I am closely monitoring progress to ensure improvements are being made and we are meeting the needs of those affected by these crimes."

As a priority for the force, a burglary improvement plan is in place which now forms the basis for all burglary investigations. Part of this has involved holding a series of drop-in sessions across the county to take on board the concerns of our communities who are a vital resource in shaping our response to this type of crime.

In this period to June 2017, 4,197 burglaries were recorded in Wiltshire. This represents an increase of 16.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The volume of vehicle offences recorded in the year to June 2017 increased by 26.2 per cent - the equivalent of an additional 737 crimes being recorded. This is a crime type seen increasing regionally and nationally with 41 other Forces reporting an increase.

Extensive prevention work has been conducted with local communities to not leave valuables in vehicles.

Officers and staff continue to work with the community to inform them of the dangers of leaving belongings on display and how to keep their vehicles safe.

Head of County Crime Detective Superintendent Sarah Robbins said: "Although our rate of crime being recorded is still increasing, we are noticing that this increase is slowing up. Despite this, it is vital that we as a force don’t become complacent and remain focused when it comes to tackling all crime types.

"As a force we are constantly changing our processes and evolving with the demand. After a recent evaluation, we accepted the issues raised and are now pro-actively putting into practice the recommendations made. We have introduced the Community Tasking Team (CTT) -a dedicated resource to not only tackle burglary, but all priority crimes. CTTs main focus is currently improving our dwelling burglary outcome rate and clamping down on offenders.

"There is no hiding behind the figures released by ONS, but I want to reassure all the communities across Wiltshire that we remain focused on how we respond to these crimes; making sure we deploy the correct resources, identifying links between burglaries and ensuring all investigative lines of enquiry are followed.

"The local community remain a vital resource for us in tackling burglary. We have been and will continue to attend community consultations; as these give us better engagement with our communities and a better chance of catching the offenders.

"Over the next few months you will also see further public engagement campaigns to drive up awareness of this type of crime and how we can all take simple precautions to protect ourselves and our property."

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Wiltshire Police volunteers win regional awards

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:58

The achievements of Wiltshire Police volunteer Joe Power and Special Sergeant Nigel Todd have been recognised at the regional Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteers’ Awards 2017.

The ceremony hosted by Gloucester Constabulary on Sunday 15 October celebrated the massive contribution special constables and volunteers make to their local community, and the added value they bring to policing across the South West. 

Regional Police Support Volunteer of the Year 2017 was awarded to Joe Power for his instrumental role as part of the Rural Crime Partnership. Joe’s passion and drive to highlight rural crime has been clearly reflected in his work to support the rural crime partnership and officers. Police Constable Marc Jackson who nominated Joe Power for the award said: “We are very fortunate to have Joe working with us.

“He continually goes that extra mile when performing his role, and does it with a can do attitude which is infectious for all of those who meet him.

“I was extremely pleased to learn that Joe had won the award, and it was thoroughly deserved.”

Joe Power said: “I was extremely surprised and pleased to have been nominated for this award.

“It is a real honour to have been selected to go forward to the regional awards, as there are so many deserving people volunteering in many diverse roles for Wiltshire Police, and it shows just how highly valued we are. 

“I love my role, and the fact that I am supported so ably by Wiltshire Police makes it a real pleasure, and a privilege, and I am looking to many more years of service.”

The Special Constable of the year  2017 award has been given to Special Sergeant Nigel Todd. Nigel gives up his free time to work alongside regular officers and in the first six months of 2017 gave 699 hours. He often goes above and beyond to support the Force and other Specials, helping them to develop by running a weekly tutoring session.

Special Sergeant Nigel Todd who was nominated by Special Inspector Rob Bewey for this award said:  “I am humbled and honoured to have been nominated by my colleagues in the Special Constabulary and to receive the support of my regular colleagues for this award.

“When I joined the Special Constabulary in 1993, to give something back to the community, I had no idea that I would still be involved or that I would be a Special Sergeant, managing and mentoring student Special constables.

“I am part of a large number of volunteers in the South West Region, who give thousands of hours of their time to support the police and their communities. I thank them for all their considerable effort that they give back to the community each year.”

Special Inspector Robert Bewey said: “I would describe Nigel as the most dedicated and effective officers that I have ever known.

“I am absolutely delighted for him, no one deserves this more than Nigel; he is a very noteworthy winner of this prestigious award”.

Superintendent Phil Staynings who leads for Wiltshire Police on Citizens in Policing said: “I’m pleased for Joe and Nigel who won their respective categories. I am also proud the Bobby Van Covert Camera team who received a nomination at the ceremony and the Unmanned Aviation Support Group (UASG) who received a certificate of merit for innovation.

“I’m very proud to work with such dedicated individuals and would like to pass on my congratulations to all those concerned”.

“The force has an amazing cohort of special constables and volunteers that deliver an outstanding service to our public. The results of this award ceremony rightly recognise their commitment and I was both privileged and delighted to share the day with them all.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “It is important that we recognise those who work to keep us safe, and these awards help us to highlight the important contribution that those who volunteer with us make.

“I would like to thank all those who give up their time for free to support Wiltshire Police and to congratulate all those who were nominated especially Joe and Nigel who have been formally recognised for their dedication and support.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the Unmanned Aviation Support Group, who were awarded a special commendation recognising the work they have done in establishing the unmanned aerial vehicle service for Wiltshire and in supporting the police service in its development”

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​Man guilty of GBH and violent robbery in Dulwich

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:53
A man has been convicted of a brutal robbery in Dulwich which has left the victim hospitalised almost six months after the attack
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'County Line' drug dealers jailed

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:23
This was an extensive proactive operation between the Met and our colleagues at Norfolk Police
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Swindon teenager jailed for two counts of rape

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:22

A Swindon teenager who raped his 16-year-old girlfriend twice has been jailed for four years.

The 17-year-old, who was 16 at the time of the incidents, was unanimously found guilty by a jury at Swindon Crown Court on 21 September 2017 and was sentenced at the same court this week on Wednesday 18 October 2017.

He was convicted on three charges: Two of rape and one of witness intimidation.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life, given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and a restraining order for five years in relation to his ex-girlfriend.

The male, who can't be named as he is still a minor, raped the girl in February 2017 who had, just weeks before, given birth to their child.

Det Con Alan Mills said: "I welcome this result, in what was a particularly disturbing case.
"This male was violent, manipulative and controlling throughout the relationship with his then girlfriend.
"I want to thank this young girl for having the bravery to come forward and report the matter to us in what were very difficult circumstances for her.
"She also remained courageous during the whole court process, supporting the police and our prosecution throughout - despite this male trying to intimidate her.
“I would appeal to anyone who may be experiencing abuse at the hands of their partner to ask for help as soon as possible.
"As well as police, there are many other local and national support networks, such as Women’s Aid, available to both male and female victims of abuse.”

Please contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Victims can also seek support from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary - they can be contacted on the 24-hour helpline 0808 168 0024.

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