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Appeal for information following burglary at Swindon vaping shop

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:25

Wiltshire Police is appealing for information following a burglary at a Swindon business where a large quantity of vaping merchandise was stolen.

The break-in at a shop in Commercial Road, Swindon, happened between 6pm on 9 November 2017 and 8.20am on 10 November 2017.

The offender forced entry through the rear of the store and stole a large amount of stock.

PC Ed Rogers, from Gablecross Police Station, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in this part of Swindon around the time of the break-in.

"It is also likely that the offender will be trying to sell this stock on, so we are also asking members of the public to contact us if they have been approached by people attempting to sell bulk or abnormally cheap vaping paraphernalia."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Rogers on 101. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Murder investigation launched after man injured in June assault dies

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:15
Terrence Baker, 29, sustained critical injuries after being assaulted in the Isle of Dogs in the summer. He passed away on Sunday, 19 November.
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Michael Lawrence wanted by police

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:14

We are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of a man who is wanted by police.

Michael Lawrence who is also known as Michael Roman (49) is wanted for a number of burglary offences.

It’s believed he is in the Bristol or Swindon areas, but he does travel around the South West region.

Mr Lawrence is described as male, white, 5ft 11” tall, big build. He has a left ear piercing and sometimes has a goatee style beard.

Detective Constable Kev Golledge said: “I am seeking the public’s help to locate this man. He is wanted for a number of burglary offences and anyone who knows his whereabouts should call us on 101 immediately with his exact location and description of clothing”.

Anyone with information in relation to the whereabouts of Michael Lawrence please call DC Kev Golledge from Wiltshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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Man jailed for 16 years for raping teenage boy

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:48
Stephen Webb, 57 (06.12.59), of Weston Green, Dagenham, was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment
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CCTV image released of man following assault in Swindon

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:55

 

We are appealing for information regarding the identity of a man we’d like to speak to following an assault.

On 12 October between 7.30pm and 8pm, a man in his 30s was travelling on the Number 17 bus from town to Park South when another man started to verbally abuse him. When they alighted the bus, the man followed the victim and assaulted him. The victim sustained swelling to his face.

Again, on 14 November, a similar incident occurred – the same victim was stood waiting for a bus in Fleming Way, when the same man again verbally abused him and attempted to knock off his hat, which left the victim feeling scared.

PC Paul Davis said: “We believe the same man assaulted and then verbally abused the victim on both occasions. On the first occasion, the man sustained swelling and bruising as a result of an assault. On both occasions, he was left feeling intimidated and frightened.

“We’d like to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incidents – if you have information please contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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More than 100 items collected so far during firearms surrender

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:42

More than 100 items have been surrendered to Wiltshire Police so far during a national firearms surrender.      

Items collected include 14 shotguns, 13 pistols, 12 air rifles, one antique musket and an empty 1916 tear gas grenade. Ammunition has also been collected with some of the firearms.

The force is half way through a two week surrender, which runs until Sunday 26 November,  and is appealing for people to hand over unlicensed or unwanted firearms and ammunition.

Inspector Barry Hickman said, “I’m very pleased with the response we’ve had from the public so far and by the number of weapons that have been handed in to us.

“The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever and we are working with partners and our local communities to safeguard, educate and intervene at the earliest opportunity. 

“We use various tactics to locate weapons that have fallen into the wrong hands – but we need the public’s help. We want as many weapons as possible and would encourage people to hand them in.

“During the surrender we want people to hand in illegally-held guns and ammunition, those used for criminal purposes or that you have been asked to hide for someone else. We will also accept other unwanted guns and ammunition including air guns and imitations firearms.

“One weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities.”

The number of firearms handed in to Wiltshire Police in the first week of the surrender is more than three times the number handed in at this point during the last firearm surrender in 2015.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, said: “I would like to applaud Wiltshire Police for this welcome initiative, and the people who have come forward so far to surrender unlicensed or unwanted firearms.

“Wiltshire is one of the safest counties in the country and this campaign will help to keep it that way.

“Every weapon handed in helps to makes our county that bit safer by removing the risk of the firearms getting into the wrong hands or being accidentally fired.”

Weapons and ammunition can be surrendered at six police stations across Wiltshire: Bourne Hill (Salisbury), Gablecross (Swindon), Marlborough, Melksham, Monkton Park (Chippenham) and Trowbridge. 

Wiltshire Police is committed to robustly investigating serious crime and protecting the public. The firearms surrender removes guns from the streets, but does not prevent the police from investigating the background to any of the firearms handed in. Where there is evidence to follow up a prosecution the police will continue to do so.

Anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the surrender is advised to check the opening times of their station by visiting the Wiltshire Police website or calling 101.

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Wiltshire Police urge drivers to slow down

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:20

Wiltshire Police are supporting the UK’s biggest road safety event coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity in a bid to encourage drivers to slow down.

48 road traffic collisions have occurred on Wiltshire’s roads over the last year.  58 casualties were reported, two of which were fatal and 12 caused serious injury.  All of these had driving at excessive speed as one of the enabling factors.

Primary school children from across Wiltshire were invited to design a poster to support the campaign due to run between 20-26 November.  We received over 200 poster entries from schools across Wiltshire and judging took place on Tuesday 31 October by the Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson and Community Speed Watch volunteer Roger Evans.

Angus Macpherson said, “The judging was a difficult task and it was clear we have many talented young people in Wiltshire.  We ended up with six designs that will all be used across our road safety campaign.

“Each design demonstrates an enormous amount of thought and effort and I would like to personally take this opportunity to thank the children who took the time to enter the competition and congratulate the winners on their success.”

The winners of the competition are; Emily of Year 5, Chiseldon School, Tiarna of Year 2, Brookfield Primary School, Willow of Year 6, Neston Primary School, Teal of Year 4, St Leonards Primary School, Lottie of Reception, Wootton Basset Infants School and Lyla of Year 3, Bemerton St John C of E Primary School.

Community Speed Watch (CSW) will be working alongside Community Policing teams during the week to highlight the campaign whose slogan is ‘Speed Down Saves Lives’. 

Inspector James Brain said, “Our Community Speed Watch teams play a significant role in the education of road safety. 

“Their presence in our community helps to raise the awareness of speeding on Wiltshire’s roads and they play a part in the core police function of preventing crime, reducing harm and demand, through a collective problem solving approach.

“Our advice is to, plan enough time for your journey, slow down, be alert and your destination will be your reward.  Remember, Speed Down Saves Lives!”

 

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Sentimental items stolen during burglary in Broadchalke

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:03

We are investigating a burglary which occurred in Broadchalke, Salisbury, during which a number of unique items were stolen.

The incident happened between 7pm and 9pm on 9 November at the home of a man in his 80s.

Some of the items stolen include:
An antique Boule French Clock made in Paris
A Pakistani silver bowl and plate
A large silver salver with the Cameronian Scottish Rifles Crest and the signatures of all officers of that regiment in about 1930.
Two smaller silver salvers
A silver round box with Carey (a Swan) crest on it.
An 18 carat gold cigarette holder
Some small silver elephants and two large silver partridges
A medium sized Armada dish with IGN & AMN and dated 31 December 1960 engraved on it.
A silver Eagle presented by the Nigerian Army Staff College
Other smaller items were also stolen.

PC Damian Waldron said: “Some of these items stolen, although no doubt worth a lot of money, hold a lot of sentimental value for the victim and we are doing all we can to locate them. We would be really keen to hear from anyone who may have information regarding the whereabouts of these unique items, or anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious behaviour at the address on the date the incident happened.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Muwell Hill murder victim named as detectives continue to appeal for information

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:59
Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.
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Appeal to trace woman missing from Walthamstow

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:40
Aicha Boukourbane, 25, was visiting the UK from Algeria and was last seen on Sunday, 8 October
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Two arrests after assaults and robberies in Havering

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:10
​Two women arrested after series of incidents in Hornchurch and Romford areas
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Appeal after Shoreditch assault

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:00
Officers investigating an unprovoked attack on a young man in east London are releasing footage of the incident
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Appeal for witness and victim to contact police

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 00:30
Police are investigating an attempted knife-point robbery on Beresford Road
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Appeal for vulnerable missing woman

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:12
Police are appealing for help to find Xiu Hua Zhang who was last seen in the Shepherds Bush area
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Appeal after cyclist injured in collision

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 08:44
A cyclist is in critical condition after a collision in Dagenham on Saturday, 18 November.
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Murder of woman in Muswell Hill

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 12:20
​A murder investigation has been launched following the suspicious death of a woman in Muswell Hill
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Two teenagers charged with robbery offences

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 05:24
Two boys aged 14 and 17 have been charged in relation to moped-enabled mobile phone robberies in north London.
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Stabbing in Hillingdon

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:00
​Detectives in Hillingdon borough investigating a stabbing are appealing for witnesses and information
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Two men jailed for mandate fraud

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:33
​Two men who were part of an organised fraud network have been jailed for more than six years.
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Wiltshire Police carry out proactive operation to nail Modern Slavery

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:39

Wiltshire Police carried out two proactive days of action on Wednesday 15 November 2017 and Thursday 16 November 2017 in relation to Modern Slavery. The Force and partners, including Immigration Officers, carried out visits to 23 local nail bars across Wiltshire and Swindon to check on the welfare of their employees and assess whether there was any evidence of potential exploitation.

Three people were identified as potential victims of Modern Slavery as part of the operation. They were immediately referred via the National Referral Mechanism to ensure that they were given accommodation and further support.

A 16 year old male was identified as a potential victim of Modern Slavery at Westbury Nails, Edward Street, Westbury.A 17 year old male was identified as a potential victim of Modern Slavery at Tips and Toes, The Gateway, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge.A 27 year old male was identified as a potential victim of Modern Slavery at Salisbury Nail Salon, Milford Street, Salisbury.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences (Entering the UK without leave) as part of the operation. They were handed over to the Immigration Authority:

A 23 year old male and a 30 year old female were arrested at Lavish Nails and Beauty, High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett.

Detective Superintendent Craig Holden said “The main reason for this action was to identify whether there were any vulnerable people being exploited in our communities. We also want to raise awareness with the public that slavery can and does happen in our communities and they can help us stop it.

“Whilst Wiltshire is one of the safest places to live and work in the country, it is not immune to these types of issues. We want to be on the front foot; working with the public to identify the threats to vulnerable people in our community then working in tandem with our partners to provide safeguarding and bring offenders to justice.

“It’s not just a police issue; it’s a real team effort and the Swindon and Wiltshire Anti-Slavery Partnership (chaired by Wiltshire Police) is helping to bring everyone together to put a stop to slavery in our communities.

“Modern Slavery is an ever-changing area of crime. That’s why we have to be proactive, build up our intelligence of what is happening and deploy our resources accordingly. This operation has focused our efforts on visiting nail bars across the county.

“Sadly, these types of businesses are amongst those where exploitation has been known to take place. This predominantly involves labour exploitation of vulnerable, often trafficked, women from South East Asian countries including Vietnam. I must stress that exploitation doesn’t just happen in these types of establishments and there are many perfectly legitimate businesses that treat their workers well.

“Whilst carrying out our visits we have identified potential victims of exploitation. They have been referred via the National Referral Mechanism to ensure that they are given accommodation, food and further support.

“Business owners found to employ illegal workers are potentially liable for fines of up to £20,000 for each illegal employee within their business. The Immigration Authority is responsible for pursuing these fines. It is the responsibility of business owners to check whether their employees have entitlement to work in the UK.

“I would urge the public to be aware of the potential signs of exploitation and use that information to not only report their concerns but also to think of the human cost of their services so as to make informed decisions when buying services such as nail treatments.”

Victims of human trafficking and exploitation aren’t always immediately obvious to spot but there are some potential indicators that may help the public. For example:

their appearance may hold clues as to how they are being treatedthey may not speak any Englishthey may show emotional signs of exploitation such as anxiety, fear, withdrawal or distressthey may appear to be very young or they may appear to have no prior experience of the job they are doing (for example nail care).

If members of the public have concerns that someone may be a victim of exploitation they should call 101 and give as much detail as possible. The information will then be passed on to the Wiltshire Police Human Exploitation and Emerging Threats (HEET) team for further investigation.

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