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Indecent exposure in Swindon park - appeal for information

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We are investigating an incident of indecent exposure which occurred in Swindon yesterday (21 November).

At approximately 6pm, a 20-year-old woman was walking in the park at the back of the Shaw Ridge leisure complex known locally as Tubey Park, when she became aware of a man stood approximately four metres away from her as she walked passed the statue.

The man indecently exposed himself to the woman.

The woman carried on walking and the man cycled off towards the footbridge over Tewkesbury Way.

The man is described as aged in his 50s or 60s, and was wearing a dark burgundy jumper.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or may know who the man is, please contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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Appeal after car stolen during Bradford on Avon burglary

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was stolen during a burglary at a home in Bradford on Avon.

The offender or offenders gained entry to the property in Bridge Street, Bradford on Avon, at some point overnight between 14 and 15 November 2017.

It is suspected that they entered through an unlocked front door and stole the garage keys from the hallway, before returning later to steal the car.

The vehicle, a grey Mazda, was found abandoned the following evening in Wesley Road, Trowbridge.

PC Sarah Pickles said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area, from about 7pm on 14 November. As well as anyone who may have seen the vehicle before it was found by police on the evening of the 15 November.

“I would also like to remind people about the importance of keeping their homes secure at all times. These types of crimes are often carried out by opportunistic criminals who are on the look out for unlocked doors or windows.”

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

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Burglary in Durrington - appeal for information

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We’re appealing for information following a burglary in Durrington.

The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning (22 November) in Larkhill Road.

Between approximately 4.50am and 5am, four individuals were disturbed breaking into a garage and attempting to steal a motorbike.

They were all wearing dark clothing and were seen to run off in the direction of Meads Road, towards Sainsburys.

We would like to remind residents to ensure all properties are secured and valuable items are kept out of sight, especially in the run up to the Christmas period.

Anyone with information should contact PC Morgan on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police appeal after motorbikes stolen in Swindon

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:05

Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing two motorbikes stolen during a burglary in Swindon.

The break-in at a unit in Caen View Industrial Estate occurred overnight between 6pm on 24 October and 8am on 25 October 2017.

The offender or offenders stole a TENG toolbox and two green Kawasaki KX60 motorbikes.

PC Jamie Brown said: "We are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious on the night of the burglary to contact us.

"Also, if anyone has seen motorbikes for sale matching the description of those taken, we would like to hear from them too."

Anyone with information should contact Wiltshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Mental health the subject of '999 What's Your Emergency?'

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:51

Last night’s episode of ‘999 What’s Your Emergency?’ focused on those suffering with mental health issues in our communities and how emergency services are dealing with those in need.

We recognise that many people will suffer with some form of mental health illness during their lifetime and we would encourage anyone affected to seek help and talk to someone about the issues affecting you.

Sgt Mike Hughes, Mental Health Liaison Officer for Wiltshire Police, said: “Wiltshire Police works closely with Avon & Wiltshire NHS Partnership Trust, local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups to improve service provision in this area and to ensure those in crisis receive timely help and support.

“When dealing with those in crisis, Wiltshire Police officers are able to call upon a mental health professional based within the police control room to seek advice and support. By working together, health services and police aim to provide the most appropriate care and support for individuals in crisis and the Control Room Mental Health Triage Team has proved invaluable in helping to provide the most appropriate response to those in mental health crisis.

“There is still work to do though and we continue to work closely with our partners within the local Crisis Care Concordat Group to develop mental health provision in Wiltshire and Swindon, including improved health-based place of safety provision within the Wiltshire Police area."

There are a number of services available to support people with mental ill health in Swindon and the Council work closely with organisations such as Swindon Mind, Twigs, Cruse and Swindon Advocacy Movement. These services provide support to service users who are affected by the care act and the mental health capacity act.

Schools in Swindon benefit from Targeted Mental Health services such as the Ten to Eighteen Project, which also works with parents, while the Council also provides the Ontrak Counselling service.

The Council’s Community Health and Wellbeing team has a number of programmes designed specifically for people with mental ill health and the Community Navigator, Health Ambassador and Active and Inclusive services help clients who have been referred either due to poor emotional health or with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions.

If you've been affected by anything featured in last night’s episode, please don't suffer in silence. There is help out there from a number of health and voluntary agencies, details are included below.

Motiv8 can help by
• Supporting young people aged 17 and under who are using drugs and/or alcohol
• Providing confidential one-to-one support sessions
• Meeting you at a convenient place of your choice
• Giving advice and information on drugs and alcohol and other helpful organisations
• Providing services for pregnant young women who are using drugs and/or alcohol
• Helping you get access to medical support
• Advising you on how to live healthier
• Helping young people understand the risks of taking drugs and alcohol
• Supporting young people and act on your behalf when talking to school/college/family
• Helping your family understand how they can help you
• Helping you access other support services
• Tel: 0800 169 6136
• Email info@dhimotiv8.org.uk
• Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
• If you feel that you need emergency help phone 999 and/or call your doctor


Mental health and wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing, these are detailed on the NHS Choices website.
The services listed below and your GP will be able to help.


Mental health and wellbeing organisations
Samaritans
Mind
Rethink
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Trust iapt Services
NHS Choices Connect for mental wellbeing
On Your Mind signposts children and young people in Wiltshire to sources of support for good mental health and emotional wellbeing - http://www.onyourmind.org.uk/


Substance misuse
There are specialist services available for anyone who is experiencing problems with their use of alcohol and or drugs and those who are affected by it.
These services are based in the community and are free and confidential. The services are designed to help people get back on their feet by addressing their issues and helping them to make lasting, positive life changes. There is no time limit on the support and treatment on offer and the service’s aims are to be a stepping stone to a healthier life with more opportunities.
To find out more about the services available and how you, or someone you know, can be helped, contact Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service on 01225 718980.

Motiv8 is a service for young people who need help with substance misuse:
Motiv8 can help by
• Supporting young people aged 17 and under who are using drugs and/or alcohol
• Providing confidential one-to-one support sessions
• Meeting you at a convenient place of your choice
• Giving advice and information on drugs and alcohol and other helpful organisations
• Providing services for pregnant young women who are using drugs and/or alcohol
• Helping you get access to medical support
• Advising you on how to live healthier
• Helping young people understand the risks of taking drugs and alcohol
• Supporting young people and act on your behalf when talking to school/college/family
• Helping your family understand how they can help you
• Helping you access other support services
• Tel: 0800 169 6136
• Email info@dhimotiv8.org.uk
• Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
• If you feel that you need emergency help phone 999 and/or call your doctor


Mental health and wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing, these are detailed on the NHS Choices website.
The services listed below and your GP will be able to help.
Mental health and wellbeing organisations
Samaritans
Mind
Rethink
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Trust iapt Services
NHS Choices Connect for mental wellbeing
On Your Mind signposts children and young people in Wiltshire to sources of support for good mental health and emotional wellbeing - http://www.onyourmind.org.uk/

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Altercation in John Street - appeal for information

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:26

 

 

We are appealing for the public's help in identifying two men we'd like to speak to in relation to an incident outside a Swindon nightclub.

At approximately 2.15am on Monday 30 October, an altercation took place involving a group of men in John Street, outside Casbah.

A 25-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and has since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Local crime investigator Ken Boyle said: "If you were in the John Street area around this time and saw or heard anything suspicious, we'd like to hear from you.

"We have CCTV images of two men we would like to speak to in connection to this incident - if you know who they are, please get in touch."

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

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Police appeal for missing Swindon woman Eleanor Keaveny

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:59

Concern is growing for the welfare of a 25-year-old woman who has gone missing from Swindon.

Eleanor Keaveny has not been seen since yesterday evening and officers are growing increasingly worried about her safety.

She is described as white, around 5ft 3ins tall and with brown hair. She was last seen wearing a grey jacket, blue jeans and black Nike trainers.

Police are urging Eleanor to get in touch to let them know she is safe and well.

Anyone who sees Eleanor is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

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Assault in Broad Street - CCTV images released

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:28

Officers are appealing for information in relation to an assault which occurred in the Broad Street area of Swindon.

At approximately 2am on 23 October, a woman aged in her 30s was assaulted by a man in an alleyway leading off of Broad Street.

The man is described as Indian, aged in his early 20s, slim and approximately 5 ft 5 inches tall. He had black hair worn in a spiky style.

Extensive CCTV analysis from local businesses has been carried out since the incident and we would like to speak to the man pictured in connection with the assault.

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

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CCTV appeal after assault on Salisbury supermarket worker

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:04

Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault on a member of staff at Tesco in Salisbury.

The incident happened at around 2pm on 28 October 2017 at the Tesco Metro store in Castle Street.

A male member of staff refused to sell alcohol to a customer and was subsequently punched in the face, causing swelling and bruising to his eye.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or who recognises the man in the CCTV images.

He is described as a white man, aged in his late 40s or early 50s, and wearing a grey leather jacket.

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

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Are you doing your Christmas shopping online?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:36

November and December are the busiest online shopping months of the year.  They’re also the busiest time for online fraudsters. 

Wiltshire Police are working in collaboration with Get Safe Online to launch a live public facing event this weekend to make Wiltshire communities aware of seasonal scams and provide tips on how to protect you whilst shopping online. 

Cyber Crime Prevention Officer Lee Stripe says, “One of our core priorities is to reduce the number of victims of cybercrime by ensuring the public are aware of the risks, can take steps to protect themselves and know where they can get help if they fall victim to cybercrime.

If you find yourself trawling the net for inspirational presents please make sure you are using a real and trusted website, pay for items with a credit card where possible and never transfer money directly to people of companies you don’t know. 

“Remember that if something seems too much of a bargain, it probably is.  Further tips can be found on the Get Safe Online website: https://www.getsafeonline.org/wiltshire/.”

Wiltshire Police would like to invite you to Swindon’s Brunel Centre between 10am and 4pm this Saturday 25 November where a team of experts will be at hand to answer any questions you may have and provide up to date information and advice.   There will be a Formula One simulator where you can attempt the fastest lap of the day in exchange for a prize.

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Man arrested following warrant in Aldbourne

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:24

A man was arrested on possession with intent to supply class B drugs following a warrant in Aldbourne.

The 41-year-old man was arrested on 15 November after officers conducted a warrant at the address in Whitley Road, under Section 23 Misuse of Drugs Act on 15 November.

During the warrant, a large quantity of herbal cannabis was found, as well as a quantity of cocaine.

The drugs were seized and the man was arrested. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Community coordinator PC Teresa Herbert said: “This was a successful warrant by officers from team 4 of the Community Policing Hub in Devizes.

“As well as the drugs that were seized, several hundred pounds in cash was also located as well as drugs paraphernalia including scaled and snap bags - an indication that drug dealing is likely to have been taking place.

“Our enquiries are continuing and we would encourage anyone who believes drug activity is taking place in their neighbourhood, to call police on 101. Community intelligence plays a bit part in our bid to tackle drug activity in our county.”

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Man arrested following report of burglary in Pewsey

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:52

Officers responding to a 999 call reporting a burglary in progress at a bakery in Pewsey arrested one man in the early hours of this morning.

Shortly after midnight, we were called to Marshalls Bakery in North Street.

Two men are believed to have been seen running from the scene.

Officers attended and carried out an area search.

A 37-year-old man was located in North Street and was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

NPAS (police helicopter) was also tasked to carry out an area search to locate further suspects, and a vehicle of interest was located in the car park behind the bakery.

The vehicle, a Honda Civic, was seized as part of our enquiries.

Community coordinator PC Teresa Herbert said: “This was good policing work by officers who were able to attend the scene swiftly and locate a suspect who currently remains in custody in Melksham.

“Our enquiries in relation to this incident are ongoing at this time and we would be keen to hear from anyone who may have information in relation to what happened who has not yet spoken to police. I’d like to thank the member of the public who alerted police to the incident after hearing suspicious noises at the bakery.”

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

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Police appeal after criminal damage in Salisbury

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:04

Police are appealing for information after an incident of criminal damage in Salisbury.

The victim's van was parked in Glyndebourne Close when all four tyres were punctured overnight between 14 November 2017 and 15 November 2017.

Officers believe it may have happened at around 12.30am.

PCSO Candida Jackson, based at Bourne Hill, said: "This white Mercedes van was parked at the bottom of the close overnight when it appears to have been deliberately targeted.

"All four tyres were punctured with a strong implement and, because of the high tyre pressure, this would have made a loud noise and could have caused injury to the person who did it.

"We are asking for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, or who has any information about this crime, to come forward and speak to officers."

Anyone with information should contact Wiltshire Police on 101. Alternatively information can be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Appeal for information following burglary at Swindon vaping shop

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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Michael Lawrence wanted by police

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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CCTV image released of man following assault in Swindon

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

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

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

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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Wiltshire Police carry out proactive operation to nail Modern Slavery

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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