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Community Bulletin
February 2007
Produced at Tisbury by PC Mark Steele.



As of the 4th of March 2007 Tisbury and Mere Police area comes under the protective umbrella of the new Warminster Police Sector. This sector will cover Warminster, Westbury, Tisbury and Mere. Most of the Police officers working in the area will start and finish their tour of duty at Warminster Police Station. The old Tisbury and Mere Section will consist of the following


Tisbury Neighbourhood Policing Team

PC Mark Steele and PC Mark Littlewood.
As I understand it Mark Littlewood will be replaced on the 23rd of April by Karl Sanger who is currently training to be a Police Community Support Officer. The Neighbourhood Policing Team will be based at and work from Tisbury Police Station and will cover the following parishes:
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

On the 4th of March PC Richard Salter will arrive in Mere to take up the post of Community Beat Manager. PC Pete Robins will stay with him for a time to show him around and introduce him to the locals. A PCSO will be recruited/trained and will join Richard on the Mere beat at some time in the future.
The Team will be based at Mere Police Station and will cover the following Parishes:
East Knoyle, Kilmington, Maiden Bradley, Mere, Stourton & Gasper, Sedgehill & Semley, West Knoyle, and Zeals.

You may have read in the local press that Police Station Enquiry Offices are closing. This is true.
I have been assured, however, that there are No plans to close MERE or TISBURY POLICE STATIONS. Furthermore I have been assured that the officers working at Tisbury and Mere Police Stations will not be called away to Police other areas other than in exceptional circumstances. I will keep you posted on that one.



In this dear old world of ours where the unstoppable colossus that is technological advance drives ever onwards we have more and more reason to be careful. Our heads must now be full not of joyful thoughts and whimsy but of an endless list of PIN numbers and passwords (I know the N of PIN means number but it just doesn’t sound right). I am forever forgetting mine no matter how simple I make them and feel sure that one day in the future I will leave work and be unable to start my car as my code has not been recognised. When I do arrive home I will be unable to get in as the new front portal access number is incorrect and after three failed attempts I have been permanently barred from entry. Having heaved the cast iron barbecue through a rear window to get in I am greeted by my son who refuses to accept that I am Daddy until I have given him the correct password. Alright, alright perhaps a little far-fetched but you can see what I’m getting at. When is it all going to end? Anyway my point is this. Identity theft is growing fast and although you may have your credit card in your pocket it has been proven that someone may be using it on the other side of the world at the same time. How? Well it’s relatively simple I understand. How many times in a week do you hand your card over the counter to be swiped by a cashier? What can happen is that your card can be swiped, by a criminal, in a machine which gives the user all the necessary card details. You are then asked to put your PIN in. A covert camera watches you inputting the number and Bingo! Your card can now be used by somebody else. How to prevent it? Always place your hand or face or bottom or whatever else you see fit in the way so that no-one else can see you inputting your number. You may look and feel a complete prat but at least your money is safe.




6th 1550hrs A350 Semley. Two cars, 4 minor injuries.
7th 1609hrs A30 Ludwell. 3 cars no injuries.
8th 1636hrs B3089 Berwick St John. Car and tanker, no injuries.
23rd 1537hrs Between Willoughby Hedge and West Knoyle car and school bus, no injuries.
25th 1215hrs White Road, Mere. 2 cars.
26th 1033hrs A303 Charnage. 2 cars minor injuries.
27th 1042hrs A30 Donhead St Andrew. Car v cyclist. Cyclist sustained minor injuries.
30th 1830hrs A30 Fovant. 2 cars, one failed to stop.
30th 1412hrs A350 Semley. Two lorries collided on Hart Hill.



Beat Officers: PC Mark Steele &
PC Mark Littlewood
1st Car window smashed in Donhead St Andrew.
1st Window smashed at Pandora’s Box, Tisbury.
2nd Pub burgled just outside Tisbury, nothing stolen. 4th Cattle crush stolen from field at Sutton Mandeville.
3rd Car containing a woman was deliberately rammed by a man in a Land Rover. He was arrested.
8th Attempted burglary at a pub in Hindon.
8th Scrap metal stolen from Tollard Royal.
9th and 27th Scrap metal stolen from a yard at Sutton Mandeville.
20th Domestic related assault in Tisbury.
22ndProperty damaged at a house in Tisbury domestic related.
23rd Motorcycle stolen from Donhead St Mary.
23rd Two industrial units at Semley burgled overnight.
24th Whilst a member of the public was helping at the scene of a car accident someone stole his tax disc.
28th Industrial unit burgled at Berwick St Leonard.

Beat Officers: PC Pete Robins

2nd Man arrested in Maiden Bradley following domestic assault.
4th House burgled in Zeals.
5th Wooden fence damaged in Mere.
6th Attempted burglary in Manor Road, Mere.
9th Handbag stolen from a car parked in West Knoyle.
10th Shed broken into in Mere but nothing stolen.
12th Trailer stolen from farm at Maiden Bradley.
12th Outbuilding on a farm at Kilmington broken into chainsaw stolen.
12th Greenhouse windows in Mere broken by thrown stones.
12th Scrap metal stolen from a scrap yard on the A30.
12th Break in to a building at a Forestry yard, Gare Hill.
13th Two scumbags called at the address of an 89 year old man. They pretended to be from the Water board to get in and searched his house. Nothing believed stolen.
14th Shed broken into at a Fish farm at Zeals.
14th The home of a 71 year old woman in Mere was burgled. Nothing believed stolen.
23rd Industrial unit broken into in Semley. Tools stolen.
23rd Car parked in East Knoyle was vandalised overnight.


And finally..

I have been doing this monthly bulletin since July 1998 and at this point every month I sit back in my chair put my hands on my head and gaze skywards searching for some sort of inspiration. Some months something pops into my head immediately, some months it takes a little longer. This month I have been sitting here for far too long without an original thought in my head. So I thought I would share an unpleasant little story of my own with you.

Just before Christmas I was in Salisbury, off duty, walking through The Old George Mall laden with shopping bags. I became aware of a group of yobs behind me swearing loudly. As they got closer I could hear the odd word, mostly obscene but the word ‘copper’ was also used. I slowed down to allow them to pass me and realised the obscenities were directed at me. As they passed I glanced across to see who it was. One of the young lads was from the Tisbury area and he was desperately trying to stop the obvious ringleader from speaking in this manner. He looked embarrassed but he had no effect on the older boy who continued loudly to declare that he didn’t care if there was a copper about, he would say what he f****** well liked. I was glad that I was alone. If I had been with my wife or my son I am afraid I might have acted upon my thoughts. Namely to shake the offensive yob warmly by his throat until he begged for forgiveness. However, as I was alone and loaded with shopping bags I kept quiet but made a mental note of who the ringleader was. That evening I recounted the tale to my wife and was still furious that I was subjected to this foul mouthed tirade from someone who didn’t know me but knew I was a copper. Part and parcel of being a Policeman? Par for the course in this country? Should I be surprised? I told my wife that I would remember the ringleader and one day he would get what was due to him. She was angry with me and told me to forget it, it was not worth it. Maybe she was right.


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