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Further appeal following discovery of body

12 min 30 sec ago

Police are continuing to appeal for information following the discovery of a body near to the village of Chilmark on Thursday afternoon.

Officers investigating this incident would like to hear from anyone who was driving in the area of Cow Drove, Chilmark, on Thursday 21 September up until the time police attended at 2.30pm.  They are especially interested in any potential dashcam footage of Cow Drove taken during this time.

Detective Sergeant Louise Randall said: "Cow Drove is a very minor road, but we know it is widely used by drivers heading into Chilmark from the A303.

"Anyone who was driving along this route, especially if they have any dashcam video footage is asked to contact Wiltshire Police so that we can review it.

"We'd also still like to hear from anyone else who was in the area, pedestrians, dog walkers, horse riders, anyone that may have information that could be vital, to come forward and speak to us."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 101, alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

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Did you witness an assault in Trowbridge?

4 hours 8 min ago

Wiltshire Police is appealing for witnesses following an assault in Trowbridge.

At around 4.15 this morning (Saturday 23 September 2017), officers were called to reports of a disorder between a group of men on Wicker Hill. The group had just left The Boutique nightclub when they were assaulted by another group. All three victims sustained injuries requiring hospital treatment, one man was unconscious when paramedics arrived and remains in the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

A 21 year old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and taken to Melksham police station.

Acting Detective Sergeant Melissa Carr is investigating the assault. She said: "This seems to have been an unprovoked assault, as a result of which three men were taken to hospital with significant injuries.

"I would like anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident to call us and tell us what they saw.

"The three suspects are described as white men in the mid 20s. Two of them have short dark hair, the other has fair hair. They are described as wearing jeans, trainers and short sleeved t-shirts and they were last seen heading off in the direction of County Way."

Anyone who has any information is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

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Witness appeal - collision between car and cyclist

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:28

We're appealing for witnesses after a road traffic collision close to Transfer Bridges in Swindon. 

Around 7.30pm on Tuesday 29 August 2017 there was a collision between a silver Audi and a cyclist at the pedestrian crossing close to Transfer Bridges on Great Western Way. The cyclist had just come under the bridges from the direction of County Road and he was attempting to cross at the traffic lights to cycle towards Gorse Hill.

The cyclist sustained minor injuries. 

If you can help with our enquiries please contact PC Jo Field on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

 

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Appeal for information following phone theft

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:56

Officers are appealing for information to identify a male in relation to the theft of a mobile phone from Morrisons on Eldene Drive, Swindon.  

Around 5.15pm on Friday 8 September 2017, a female shopper left her phone on a shelf and walked off, when she realised she had forgotten it she returned to find it had gone.  

A picture of a man officers would like to speak to in relation to this theft is attached. 

If you can help with our enquiries please contact PC James Mann on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

 

 

 

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Appeal for information after discovery of body nr Chilmark

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:20

We’re appealing for information after the body of man was discovered in the Chilmark area.

We were contacted by a member of the public yesterday (21/9) afternoon at 2pm after the body was found in a field off Cow Drove.

Our investigation is at an early stage but this death is being treated as an unexplained at this time.
Formal identification has not yet been completed.

Central Hub Commander Supt. Chris Chammings said: “A thorough investigation has begun to understand the full circumstances surrounding this man’s death.
“People in the local community are likely to see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days.
“It is crucial that anyone with information comes forward and speaks to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact us immediately on 101 and quoting log number 150 of 21/9.

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Witnesses sought after robbery at bookies

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:36

Wiltshire Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery at Ladbrokes, Clive Parade, Swindon on Tuesday 19 September 2017.

At just after 5pm, an unknown male entered the address and demanded money from a member of staff behind the counter. The male shop worker then handed over £550 from the till.

The suspect then left the store towards the rear alleyway of the row of shops.

Although shaken the member of staff was not injured.

Pictures of a man officers would like to speak to in relation to this are attached.

Det Con Tom Turner said: "If you recognise the clothing this person is wearing or perhaps the person themselves, please come forward.
"This part of town would have been very busy at this time of the afternoon - someone must have seen something.
"Also, if you heard or saw anything suspicious in this area, at this time, please contact us."

If you can help with our enquiries please contact DC Tom Turner at Swindon CID on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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Operation Conifer report to be published on October 5

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:44

We can confirm that a report into Operation Conifer will be published next month.

Operation Conifer is a national investigation, led by Wiltshire Police on behalf of the Police Service, into allegations of non-recent child abuse made against Sir Edward Heath.

The Operation Conifer Summary Closure Report will be published on our website on the afternoon of Tuesday 5 October 2017.

On this date, we are also holding a media briefing, so it is likely you will see a large amount of coverage about the investigation.

We would encourage anyone who is interested in this investigation to read through our report and the supporting statement that will be issued from Chief Constable Mike Veale, either on the website, or on the Wiltshire Police YouTube page when it is published on October 5.

Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “This investigation has attracted an unprecedented amount of public interest and I have stressed from the outset that we will be fully transparent when we are in a position to publish the summary closure report.

“This investigation has followed and complied with national guidance from the outset and throughout and this extends to the publication of the report.

“This has been a unique investigation with unprecedented challenges but one we, as the police service, had an obligation to progress in a proportionate and fully accountable manner.

“The operational integrity of the investigation and the anonymity of the victims and witnesses who have come forward remains our priority and is of paramount importance to us. Likewise, it is equally as important for people not to speculate about the veracity of the allegations against Sir Edward Heath.

“It is for that reason that I strongly discourage any media or public speculation concerning any investigation detail and/or outcome until such time as the report is published.”

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Missing boy Jakob Ksiazek - information needed

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:05

Wiltshire Police is appealing for information about a missing teenager from Swindon who hasn’t been seen since Thursday 31 August 2017.

Jakob Ksiazek (16) was last seen near his home address of Radnor House Lodge, Swindon.

A picture of Jakob is attached.

Anyone who has any information regarding his whereabouts are asked to call Wiltshire Police on 101.

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Man jailed at the conclusion of the Jordan Taylor murder trial

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:21

Today, we’re reinforcing our commitment to tackle knife crime following the Jordan Taylor murder trial.

Yesterday (September 20) at Bristol Crown Court, Hayden Maslen, 19, was found not guilty of the murder of Jordan Taylor.

He was also acquitted of manslaughter, wounding with intent and wounding without intent following an incident in the Timbrell Street and Prospect Place area of Trowbridge in the early hours of March 12 2017.

He had previously admitted a charge of carrying an offensive weapon.

Today he was sentenced to 20 months.

Detective Inspector Jim Taylor said: “Firstly, our thoughts remain with Jordan Taylor’s family at what is clearly a very distressing time for them.

“This tragic case illustrates the real dangers of carrying weapons and the widespread devastation it can cause.

“Let us be perfectly clear - there is never an excuse to unlawfully carry a knife, or an offensive weapon of any kind, in a public. Anyone caught carrying a knife, regardless of whether they are carrying it in self-defence, is committing an offence and could be arrested and jailed.

“As this case demonstrates, taking the decision to carry a knife can ruin the lives of all involved.

“Knife crime is an issue which impacts on entire communities and tackling this is a key priority for us.  But, we need the public’s help to combat this type of crime - that is the only way we can achieve a long term change.

“We work closely with a number of partner agencies – such as local schools and councils -to help educate young people on the dangers of carrying and using knives. We also undertake specific police operations around this issue throughout the year.

“Our Community Policing Teams enable us to work closer than ever with our neighbourhoods to understand what issues matter to them the most and how we can tackle them together.

“Our teams in Trowbridge will continue to build on the tremendous work they have begun in terms of reassuring our communities of our commitment to tackle the crimes that affect them the most.

“Returning back to the trial process I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the witnesses who gave evidence in this case, along with police officers and police staff who have worked tirelessly on this investigation.

“The role of the police in all investigations is to gather the evidence and submit this to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The CPS then independently review this and present the case to the jury who make an informed decision. We respect the decision of the jury and will continue to support all those involved.”

Anyone who has information on people carrying knifes or weapons, should contact us on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Trowbridge man acquitted

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:58

Today at Bristol Crown Court (Wednesday 20 Sept 2017) , Hayden Maslen, 19, Trowbridge, has been found not guilty of the murder of Jordan Taylor.

Mr Maslen was also acquitted of manslaughter, wounding with intent and wounding without intent following an incident in the Timbrell Street and Prospect Place area of Trowbridge in the early hours of March 12 2017.

Detective Inspector (deputy SIO) Jim Taylor said: “Firstly, our thoughts remain with Jordan Taylor’s family at what is clearly a very distressing time for them.

“This tragic case illustrates the real dangers of carrying weapons.

“Quite simply, there is never an excuse for carrying a weapon of any kind, because - as we have seen in this case - it can lead to tragic circumstances which leaves family and friends devastated.

“There is no easy solution to the scourge of knife crime, which impacts our communities and their feelings of safety. Tackling violence, involving knives, remains a key priority for the police service and we intend to keep up the momentum like working with schools and other partners to help educate young people on the dangers of knives; we will also continue to carry out specific police operations around this issue. This is the only way we can achieve a long term change.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the police officers and police staff who have worked tirelessly on this investigation.

“We respect the decision of the jury and will continue to support all those involved.”

 

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Statement from Wiltshire Police in response to the annual IPCC complaints report

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:50

Head of Professional Standards Supt. Tim Corner said: "We take all complaints made to us very seriously and want the public to have complete faith in us if they feel the need to make a complaint.

"We are not complacent when it comes to the progress and timeliness of investigating complaints and continually assess this process to make sure it is as effective for the person making the complaint as possible.

“Wiltshire Police are one of the most efficient forces in the country for timeliness in recording complaints within the guidelines set by the IPCC, something which we have worked hard to achieve. We’ve also seen the number of allegations recorded decrease from 2015/16 – 2016/17 where others have seen significant increases.

“More than half the complaints made to us in 2016/17 were locally resolved which involves us working with the complainant to discuss their issue and work towards a resolution together.

“As a force we continue to strive to deliver a high level of service to the public and deal with any complaints we receive openly, fairly and in line with relevant legislation.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: “As Commissioner, I encourage people to make a complaint if they are unhappy with the service received from Wiltshire Police.

“If the behaviour of an officer does not match up to the Standards of Professional Behaviour expected of officers and staff then it is right that people should complain.

“We have set up a clear, impartial and rigorous complaints process in line with my Police and Crime Plan and we have made the process of making a complaint easier.”

Further information on how to make a complaint to Wiltshire Police can be found on our website here.

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Man loses new car to help pay for Confiscation Order

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:40

A Calne man has had his prized BMW taken from him as a payment towards an outstanding Confiscation Order.

Paul Michael Fisher, 27, was originally sentenced to four years in prison in May 2015 after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and money laundering.

In December 2015 there was a Proceeds of Crime Act Confiscation hearing whereby the judge awarded a Confiscation Order of £65,000. Funds that were in bank accounts held by Fisher were released by him to the court in part settlement of the order, leaving an outstanding balance of approximately £16,000. .

In August 2017, he was released from prison and a couple of weeks later attended North Somerset Magistrates Court in relation to the outstanding balance. He arrived at court in his newly purchased BMW 120D Sport Coupe - which he'd paid £8,000 for.

This was noted by the court and after questioning Fisher, the Court issued a warrant for it to be seized and for Fisher to be returned immediately to prison to serve his default sentence of 86 days.

The car was seized as an asset belonging to Fisher and was removed by bailiffs ; it will be submitted to auction later this month. .

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "The moral of this tale is that if a Confiscation Order is awarded against you, it will not go away until settled in full.
"If you find yourself to be asset rich, those assets can be seized by the court and used in payment towards settlement of the order - as we have seen in this case."

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Rogue traders try to con Seend man out of £4,000

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:06

Wiltshire Police is appealing for witnesses to come forward after two rogue traders tried to take money off an elderly man in Seend.

At around 1pm on Thursday 14 September 2017, two males in high visibility vests and in a dark saloon car cold called at an address in the village, telling the resident they were from Devizes Roofing Ltd.

They told him that a roof tile needed repairing, he agreed and they carried out the work saying that it would cost £100. They then told him more work was needed and this would cost £4,000 and sent him to the bank to collect the cash.

Fortunately, the bank called police so no money was lost.

PCSO Janet Gould said: "We'd like to speak to anyone who may have heard or seen anything suspicious in this area at this time.
"Also, if you have been approached by similar males or if you have any information which could help us - please come forward."

The public are urged to remember the following advice to help reduce their chances of falling victim to this type of crime:

• Always keep your door shut and locked.
• If someone comes to your door and you aren’t expecting a caller it is important that you check who it is by using a spy-hole or look through a window. DO NOT open the door to anyone you don’t know or are not expecting.
• Official visitors will always arrange an appointment with you beforehand – If no appointment has been made DO NOT open the door.
• DO NOT keep large amounts of cash at home – it is much safer in a bank or building society.
• Always keep purses and wallets hidden away from sight
• Never keep pin numbers with credit or debit cards
• Never agree to have work carried out by someone who is just passing, or believe them that work needs to be done at all. If you think work might need to be done get quotes from three companies and ask friends and neighbours for recommendations.
• If you see anything suspicious or think a bogus caller may have called at your door, you must report it to the police immediately by calling 999.

If you can help with our enquiries please contact PCSO Janet Gould on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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"Handbag lost" story leads to people being duped

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:13

Police are appealing for people to come forward if they have been approached in Salisbury by a woman asking for money.

The woman stops members of the public and tells them she has lost her handbag and needs money to get home. She then tells them she works for a local florist and they can collect the money from her the next day - however, she doesn't work there.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have been duped in this way or has witnessed this happening in the city centre.

If you can help with our enquiries in anyway please contact Det Con Jannette Challes at Salisbury Police on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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Witness appeal - cyclist assaults motorist

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:31

Officers are appealing for information to identify a man they'd like to speak to in relation to an assault on a motorist in Swindon.

Around 1pm on Tuesday 12 September 2017, an unknown man was cycling the wrong way on Commercial Road when he collided with a car.

The suspect then kicked and threw his bike at the car causing scratches and dents to three panels. He then opened the driver's door and punched him three times to the face. The cyclist then walked off leaving his damaged pushbike behind.

The victim received injuries to his jaw and the side of his face.

A CCTV image of a man officers would like to speak to in relation to this is attached.

PC Bryan Rumbold said: "This was a particularly nasty, unprovoked attack on this driver.
"This was in broad daylight, in the middle of a busy part of town - someone must have seen something suspicious or perhaps the incident itself.
"If that is you, please come forward."

If you can help with our enquiries please contact PC Bryan Rumbold on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

 

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Off-duty police officer catches burglar in Tisbury.

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:46

An off-duty Wiltshire Police officer managed to catch a burglar in Tisbury after a member of the public reported to him that a suspicious man had been seen entering the garden of the local vicarage.

Yesterday evening (Sunday 17 September 2017) PC Steve Porter was contacted by the member of the public while off shift.

Steve went to investigate and checked the grounds of the vicarage - he could not find anyone but phoned 999 to report a possible burglary. While waiting for on-duty officers to get there Steve saw the suspect leave the premises and managed to stop and detain him until uniformed officers arrived.

The suspect was searched and found to be in possession of religious clothing, over £300 pounds of church donations and two bottles of alcohol stolen from the vicarage.

A 38-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and is currently in custody.

Inspector Andy Fee said: "This is great work carried out by Steve who just happened to be off-shift at the time - a good example which shows our local communities that our dedicated police officers are never really off duty.
"Had it not been for Steve’s actions it is highly likely that our suspect would’ve gone before on-duty officers arrived."

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Statement after national threat level lowered

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:37

Statement below after the UK threat level is lowered to 'severe'.


T/Superintendent Dave Minty said:
“The UK terror threat level has today (17/9)  been lowered to 'severe' after being raised to 'critical' on Friday following the incident at Parsons Green tube station in London.
"Despite this reduction, we will continue to review our operational policing plans to make sure our communities are safe.
“The public are likely to still see an increased police presence over the next couple of days but this is nothing to be alarmed by – there remains no current, specific threat to Wiltshire or the South West.
“Our advice remains the same: please be alert, but not alarmed.
“Be reassured that we have well-established and well-rehearsed plans in place to deal with attacks of this nature and these are tested regularly with partners to ensure we’re as ready as we possibly can.
“We’d urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to us on 101 or via the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency the public should always call 999."

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Did you witness crash on A419?

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:13

We’re appealing for witnesses following a collision on the A419 last night (16/9).
The incident took place shortly after 7.20pm just outside Blunsdon in the Cirencester direction.
A car collided with a recovery van causing it to then collide with another car.
As a result of the collision, a 7-year-old child was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with head injuries and two adults were taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.
The adults suffered minor injuries and the child has not thought to have suffered serious injuries.
Following the collision, the A419 was closed for approximately three hours while officers conducted their enquiries.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information regarding it, is asked to call us now on 101 quoting log number 300 of yesterday. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Statement following national threat level raise to Critical

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 23:40

Statement from T/Superintendent Dave Minty:

“The thoughts of everyone at Wiltshire Police remain with all those affected following the incident at Parsons Green London Underground Station this morning.

"This evening, the decision was taken by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) to raise the national threat level to "critical". This means that an attack remains highly likely but also that a further attack may be imminent.

"As part of the response to this raise to critical Military personnel will be deployed to backfill police officers at key locations across the country.

"There is no known specific threat to Wiltshire and the South West region at this time and it is unlikely that our communities will see a military presence on the streets.

"The most important message is for the public to remain alert but not alarmed – police nationally and locally along with our partners, are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places.

"Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.

"Our security measures and activities are under constant review and we will keep communities updated.

"We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999. "

The latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk

For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/.

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Male arrested following suspicious incident in Salisbury gardens

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 16:51

At approximately 2am on Thursday 14 September 2017 officers were called to an incident where two males were seen running through people's gardens on Pullman Drive, Salisbury.

Officers arrived at the scene and spotted two males coming out of an alleyway.

One of the males was stopped, while the other one ran off after dropping a holdall he was carrying.

The man (36) from Salisbury, who had been stopped, was searched and was found to have a screwdriver, torch and keys. He was then arrested on suspicion of going equipped for burglary.

He has been release under investigation.

The holdall was found to contain: a drill, four knives in sheaths, keys and a wallet.

Police enquiries are continuing and we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in this area at this time.

If you can help with our enquiries in anyway please contact PC Karl Baldwin at Salisbury Police on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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