Tisbury Neighbourhood Policing Team (Covering the following Parishes)
PC Mark Steele Ansty, Berwick St Leonard, Berwick St John, Chicklade, Chilmark, Donhead St Andrew, Donhead St Mary, Fonthill Bishop, Fonthill Gifford, Fovant, Hindon, Swallowcliffe, Sutton Mandeville, Tisbury, Tollard Royal, and West Tisbury
Mere Neighbourhood Policing Team (Covering the following Parishes)
PC Richard Salter East Knoyle, Kilmington, Maiden Bradley, Mere, Stourton & Gasper, Sedgehill & Semley, West Knoyle, and Zeals
MOBILE PHONES – THE STAKES ARE HIGH
I was scanning the television channels the other night for something to watch prior to taking the stairs to Bedfordshire and I came across one of those ‘fly on the wall’ cop programmes. You know the sort, a camera crew follow some police officers around as they nab villains and deal with incidents during the course of their duty. This particular programme caught my eye as it was about a group of traffic officers on the M3. I had joined the programme just after a serious collision which involved a lorry ploughing into the back of a line of stationary cars. The first car that had been hit was unrecognisable and was a mangled lump of metal. It was obvious that the occupants were not going to have come out very well. As it transpired the young woman driver had been killed instantly. I watched the investigation unfold as the lorry driver was arrested and interviewed and witnesses were spoken to. Key to the case was the driver’s mobile phone which had been in use at the time of the accident. The driver denied using it for 8 months until eventually his passenger made a statement saying that it he had been using it at the relevant time. He was found guilty of dangerous driving and convicted at court. He was sent to prison for 4 and a half years and banned from driving for 7 years. I think he got off lightly.
A 23 year old woman is dead. Her family and friends have received a sentence that no-one deserves. The rest of their lives without that young woman.
USE YOUR MOBILE PHONE WHILST DRIVING? – BE PREPARED TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES
When do you call ‘999’
Mr A is woken up at 2.00am by a noise outside his house. He looks out of the window and sees a dark figure standing next to his car with a torch. The man sees Mr A and runs away.
WHAT DID MR A DO?
Went back to bed and phoned the Police Station the next day
WHAT SHOULD MR A HAVE DONE?
Rung ‘999’ immediately. There is a pretty good chance that the dark figure was up to no good – we want to speak to him, he may commit crime down the road.
Mr C goes to the local phone box and finds two men in it. One is drilling a hole into the cash box. After 10 minutes the men leave with the cash box. The phone is now unusable.
WHAT DID MR C DO?
Took the registration number of the ‘getaway’ car and gave it to a Policeman the next time he saw one ………… 6 days later!
WHAT SHOULD HE HAVE DONE?
A crime was being committed, he was in a residential street he should have asked someone to ring ‘999’.
Sunday morning and Mr B sees men loading property from the yard of a local business into two vehicles. After 6 hours they leave, vehicles loaded with stolen property.
WHAT DID MR B DO?
Nothing until the thieves had left the scene, then he rang the Police Station and left a message on the answerphone. He thought they were up to no good but wasn’t sure.
WHAT SHOULD HE HAVE DONE?
Rung ‘999’ immediately. Mr B thought they were up to no good, let us check that out for you, it’s our job!
Mrs D, who is elderly and lives alone is awoken in the early hours by someone banging on her front door.
WHAT DID MRS D DO?
She spent a sleepless night in her bed and didn’t tell anyone. We only found out the following day investigating a series of overnight thefts in the area.
WHAT SHOULD SHE HAVE DONE?
Yes, your getting the hang of it now – ‘999’We might have been able to prevent a series of crimes and could have reassured Mrs D enabling her to get a good nights sleep.
ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS FEBRUARY
1st 0322hrs Donhead St Andrew. Single car, minor injuries.
6th 0957hrs B3089 Hindon. 2 cars, no injuries.
6th 1349hrs A30 Sutton Mandeville. 2 cars, minor injuries.
12th 2107hrs A303 Mere. Single car, no injuries.
15th 1217hrs A303 Mere. Single car, minor injuries.
15th 2311hrs C24 Lower Chicksgrove. Single car, no injuries.
22nd 0840hrs A303 Chicklade. Single car off road, no injuries.
22nd 0952hrs B3081 Tollard Royal. Lorry off road through fence, no injuries.
REPORTED CRIME & ARRESTS IN FEBRUARY
Community Beat Manager: PC Mark Steele
4th Male arrested for assaulting partner in Tisbury.
5th Gas cylinders stolen from a farm at Chilmark.
13th Four horse rugs stolen from a farm at Sutton Mandeville.
15th Disc cutter, mobile phone and bank cards stolen from a car in Fovant.
16th Car broken into near Tisbury, handbag stolen.
19th Dispute between two men in Tisbury resulting in allegations of minor assault from both of them.
24th Attempted break in at a farm in Chicklade.
25th Mountain bike and frozen food stolen from a garage in Tisbury overnight.
25th Padlock cut from door to premises in Ludwell but no entry gained.
28th Number plate removed from car parked in Fovant.
28th Number plate removed from car parked in Ludwell
Community Beat Manager: PC Richard Salter
2nd Property stolen from a building site in Mere.
3rd Two bikes stolen from a shed in Mere.
3rd Window in Mere smashed, believed by a pellet gun.
9th Two lawnmowers stolen from an unlocked garage in Mere.
10th Two tyres slashed and bodywork scratched on a car in Zeals.
11th Damage caused to stone finial on wall in Mere.
12th Large bin stolen from premises in Semley.
13th Roof tiles stolen from a building site in Mere.
20th Male arrested in Maiden Bradley for assault.
22nd Wheel nuts loosened on wheel of a car by unknown person with a screw loose themselves..
23rd House burgled in East Knoyle. Offenders made off in a blue hatchback, believed to be a Nissan Micra.
23rd Damage caused to garden table in Maiden Bradley
So what is your problem?
They call it Neighbourhood Policing but what does it mean? Well I have read most of the bumpf that has been sent to me, and believe me some of it takes some reading. However, I can break it down into one short paragraph.
You tell us what you see as the problems in your area and we get together with all the partner agencies and plan a solution to your problem. Once we know what the problem is and have figured out a way to deal with it we act and hey presto the problem is solved and everyone is happy. In a nutshell that is it, simple.
I have been visiting Parish Councils and talking to as many people in this area to find out what the problems are. Surveys have been carried out and people have contacted us to tell us what their particular problem is. We are building a picture of what people would like addressed to make living in this beautiful part of rural Wiltshire even better than it is. Come on you have to agree it is pretty good living here. So far most villages have complained of speeding as the number one cause for concern. In Tisbury itself an element of anti-social behaviour has been highlighted. A recent survey points to the fact that dog fouling is a problem in the area and that littering is something that makes us angry or despondent.
So I am inviting anyone who reads this bulletin to contact me or Richard Salter and tell me what you perceive the problems in this area are. Anything that you feel the Police or any of the partner agencies can deal with or should deal with to improve your quality of life.
How do you contact us?
E-mail is best – firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard.email@example.com. However I appreciate that lots of people don’t have access to e-mail. You could drop a note in at Tisbury or Mere Police Station using the old fashioned pen and paper method or you could try phoning us on 0845 408 7000 extension 746815 (Tisbury) or 749817 (Mere). The only problem with phoning is that we do not sit in the Police Station perched on the edge of our seats waiting for the phone to ring so it could be that the phone will just ring. If you do ring 0845 408 7000 you could also ask the person answering to send us an e-mail asking that we contact you. It’s your choice. Remember, if you don’t tell us what the problems are we have no chance of solving them.
Wiltshire Police 0845
408 7000 24
TISBURY POLICE STATION - OPENING TIMES. (01747-870203)
Monday, Saturday & Sunday - CLOSED.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday- 9.00am to 1.00pm. Thursday- 9.00am
MERE POLICE STATION – OPENING
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 0930hrs until 1230hrs. Friday
from 1600hrs until 1900hrs.
Saturday from 0800hrs until 1100hrs.Thursday and Sunday – CLOSED.
24 HOUR NUMBER 01380-735735. CRIMESTOPPERS 0800-555-111.
If anyone has any information about
any of the above listed crimes please give us a ring at Tisbury
or Mere. Your help could lead to the apprehension of offenders or
the recovery of property. If you would prefer to pass information
anonymously (rewards are available) ring CRIMESTOPPERS.
CONTROL ROOM 01722-411444
CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111