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Tackling poaching in Wiltshire – new police operation launched

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Today we are launching Operation Artemis in a bid to tackle all aspects of poaching across the county.

The public are encouraged to report all incidents of poaching to help build a better intelligence picture and enable our officers to target offenders through rural operations.

The operation will also aim to advise our rural communities how they can best prevent and disrupt poaching activity on their land.

The operation sits under the nationally recognised poaching operation Project Trespass which aims to coordinate action across England and Wales through prevention, intelligence, enforcement and reassurance.

Rural Crime Officer PC Marc Jackson said: “As part of the rural crime partnership we have listened to the concerns of landowners, farmers, game keepers and agricultural workers within Wiltshire.

“We understand the impact poaching has on their livelihoods and the resulting fear of crime that comes from this.

“We want Operation Artemis to reassure our rural communities that we do take poaching seriously, and anybody found to be committing such offences here will be dealt with robustly. Wiltshire is not a soft touch and we will use the full legislation powers that have been given to us as the police.

“The image of poaching has drastically changed over the years. The idea of poachers just taking one for the pot is no longer the case.

“Many of the groups involved are very organised and travel vast distances, across numerous counties to participate in poaching.

“Often poaching involves vast amounts of money through illegal betting and can be connected to other crimes like burglaries, thefts and can involve intimidation and violence towards landowners and gamekeepers.”

Poaching becomes more frequent when the harvests come down at the end of the summer, peaking in October and December. This year harvests have been early so potential poachers can access the fields earlier than usual meaning we are already seeing an increase in poaching in September.

Poaching can take many forms, from hare coursing, shooting deer at night to using catapults to take pheasants.

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “Wiltshire is a rural county and those living in isolated locations can be vulnerable to crime types that do not affect urban areas.

“It is important that the Force police rural crime as part of its overall policing.

“Rural crime can have a huge impact on local people and businesses. I welcome this new operation and applaud the ongoing work being done by the Rural Crime Team and the Wiltshire Rural Crime Partnership to help keep Wiltshire safe.”

When reporting incidents, call 101 and quote ‘Operation Artemis’. If a crime is in progress call 999.

Beware Of Suspicious Group Operating In Area 07/06/2017

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Police have received reports of a group of individuals approaching members of the public in the Devizes area using forceful and intimidating behaviour to try and pressure them into buying generators.

Pressurising behaviour includes placing a generator into a member of the public’s boot while they are loading their shopping. Please look out for vulnerable or elderly people in our community if you believe they are being approach or intimidated by this group.

The individuals have been spotted in Devizes at locations including Morrisons supermarket carpark and London Road petrol station but they are believed to have headed out of town towards Amesbury.

The group are believed to speak in Irish accents and be in several vans.

If you are approached by this group, do not purchase anything from them as we do not know the origin of the generators, politely decline and inform them you will be contacting police on 101. Trading standards have also been informed.

When calling 101 please quote log 0107 of today with any information such as locations, descriptions or number plates. Continue reading Beware Of Suspicious Group Operating In Area 07/06/2017

Armed Police in Wiltshire

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In response to the recent change in the threat level to critical, armed officers from Wiltshire Police will be seen out and about in our communities, primarily in Swindon and Salisbury but not limited to those areas.

We do stress that this is not based on any change in intelligence or threat for those areas, the county or the South West, but the decision has been taken instead to make firearms officers more deployable and visible to our communities. We think this is what the public would expect at this time.

Our priority is to provide as much reassurance to communities as possible but we do recognise that some may feel anxious. The firearms officers will be engaging and talking with people and we would actively encourage you to approach the officers and ask any questions they may have.

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.  Continue reading Armed Police in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Police – Statement Following National Threat Level Raise To Critical

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Katrina Fleet (Police, Communications Officer, Wiltshire)


Statement from Assistant Chief Constable Kier Pritchard:

“The thoughts of everyone at Wiltshire Police remain with those affected following the horrific events in Manchester on Monday evening.

“Yesterday 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/. Continue reading Wiltshire Police – Statement Following National Threat Level Raise To Critical

Ludgershall & Rural Report April 2017

Hello and welcome to this Community Policing Team report.

Over the last month Wiltshire Police has been running a survey, collecting feedback about the Community Policing Team model. We thank you all for your help in generating this important information, which will help us to ensure that we are providing the high quality of service that the people of Wiltshire and Swindon deserve and expect. Continue reading Ludgershall & Rural Report April 2017

Car Crime Series – Community Policing Team (East) Investigation Underway 23/01/2017

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The Community Policing Team (East) are investigating a series of car crimes which have occurred in the area recently.

Since November 2016 to date there have been 28 reports from the Amesbury, Shrewton, Bulford, Winterbourne Gunner areas. 10 further incidents were reported in the Tidworth, Ludgershall and Netheravon areas in the same period.

In all incidents cars were broken into and items stolen from within. The majority of offences occurred during the night time however a number were vehicles targeted in local ‘beauty spots’ popular with walkers during the day time.

In many of these incidents valuables had been left on view in the vehicles or coats/jumpers left on seats which are seen as invites to thieves.

The CPT will be posting information through the week starting today, Monday 23 January 2017, on the Amesbury and Tidworth Police facebook pages.

Most recently, on Friday 13 January 2017 at 9:30 am a window of a Blue Honda parked in Newton Toney was smashed and the victims handbag stolen.

The suspects are described as two white men, aged in their 20’s, one was wearing a black beanie hat and a dark jacket. They were seen in the area driving a Green Ford Focus at the time of the incident.

Just after midday that same day a similar incident occurred at the Polo fields situated in Perham Down. The offender(s) smashed a window of a Renault Clio and took a wallet and a white/gold iphone 6.

PC Lyndsey Smith is investigating both these offences.

PC Richard Chula is appealing for information on an incident which occurred in Wylye. At around 6:30 pm on 21 December 2016 two people attempted to break into a Honda Accord which was parked off of Dinton Road but were disturbed by a resident and ran off towards the village.

The suspects are described as wearing dark coloured clothing and carrying what was believed to be a cutting tool.

PC’s Smith and Chula are asking that anyone who saw suspicious activity or who has information to help identify the offenders comes forward.

Anyone who has information on any of these incidents is asked to contact the relevant officers at Amesbury Police Station on 101. Information can also be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Tidworth Police Appeal – RTC 22nd December

At approximately 10.17 pm last night, Thursday 22 December 2016, a serious injury road traffic collision occurred on the A338 just south of Tidworth.

Involved in the collision was a Red Suzuki Swift and a pedal cyclist. As a result of the collision the rider of the pedal cycle, a local man aged 65, received life threatening injuries and is currently being treated in Southampton Hospital. His family are aware.

The driver of the Suzuki swift made off from the scene and enquiries are ongoing to locate him.

We are keen to speak to the driver as soon as possible and ask him to come forward.

Anyone with information about the collision should contact PC WILLIAMSON or PC CARGILL at the Collision Investigation Team at Devizes on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where details may be left anonymously if preferred.

Hare Coursing – Police Update 06/12/2016

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Good Evening,

Over the past week we have been called to numerous reports of hare coursing / poaching on rural land surrounding Avebury, Yatesbury, Pewsey Vale and Upavon area to name but a few. Not only do these criminals partaking in this activity actively chase hares with dogs, which is illegal under the Hunting Act 2004; they also cause criminal damage to crops and fencing along the way.

We urge local residents in rural communities to be vigilant to vehicles (usually 4×4 type vehicles) acting suspiciously and to report any such activity to us on 101 or 999 if persons are seen to be in the act.

Many Thanks
Devizes Police.

 

Rural Crime in the Pewsey Area – Positive results in operation

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Wiltshire Police’s Rural Crime Team has successfully stopped a number of people from carrying out illegal activities in the countryside in a pro-active operation.

The team worked closely with the MOD, Tri force, air support and dog units, alongside rural community volunteers on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 August 2016 to prevent and detect criminal activity. Continue reading Rural Crime in the Pewsey Area – Positive results in operation