SHEEP SAVAGED AT GUTCH COMMON
On Friday the 2nd of
January PC Mark Littlewood and I were called to a scene of absolute
carnage in a field at Gutch Common near Semley. A flock of twenty-two
Wiltshire Horn sheep had been attacked overnight. Paw prints in
the mud indicate that the attack was carried out by one or more
dogs. Eleven of the sheep were dead, all with horrific injuries
including decapitation, dismemberment and evisceration. Six of
the sheep were still alive and were suffering from various injuries,
extreme shock and exhaustion, it remains to be seen if they will
survive or not. The remaining five sheep are still missing. To
my knowledge there are no packs of wild dogs roaming this part
of the country and I can therefore deduce that the dog or dogs
responsible for this devastation are owned by someone. A dog causing
the injuries that we witnessed would probably have been covered
in blood should it have returned to it’s owner that night.
I ask you all, especially those dog owners in the Semley, Gutch
Common and Donheads area to ask yourself if you can account for
your dog’s whereabouts on that night. Once dogs get the taste
for this sort of thing they are very likely to do it again if the
opportunity arises. I am no expert but I am a dog owner and I find
it hard to blame a dog for this behaviour, dogs act on instinct
and are well equipped to take sheep down. If you are a dog owner
and allow your dog to roam freely you must be aware that this can
and does happen, any dog is capable of carrying out this atrocity.
If anyone has any information on this recent incident please ring
APPEAL FOR WITNESSES – FATAL COLLISION
Just after 7.00am on Wednesday the 7th of January
a two vehicle fatal road traffic collision occurred on the A303
eastbound at Zeals. A red Ford Focus entering the A303 at Zeals
was struck from behind by a white van. Unfortunately the driver
of the Ford Focus died at the scene. Salisbury Traffic department
are dealing with the accident and are urgently seeking any witnesses.
If you have any information in relation to this accident please
contact PC John Hutchings at Salisbury Traffic Department on
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PERSONNEL CHANGE ON THE MERE NORTH BEAT.
PC Steve Porter who is the current Community beat officer for
the Mere North Beat is leaving us this month to rejoin the Metropolitan
Police. He has been replaced by PC Martin Faulkner who has spent
his career so far policing the streets of Salisbury. We hope you
join us in wishing Steve well as he returns to London and in welcoming
Martin to life out here in the countryside.
CRIME & ARRESTS
(TISBURY, WARDOUR, HATCH, E HATCH & NEWTOWN)
Beat Officers: PCs Mark Littlewood and Mark Steele
2nd Window of car parked at Old Wardour Castle smashed, handbag stolen.
(PC Mark Steele)
16th Thief attempted to force door to unit at Station Works, Tisbury.
(PC Mark Littlewood)
19th House broken into in Ladydown View, jewellery and cash stolen.
(PC Mark Steele)
TISBURY NORTH BEAT
(BERWICK ST. LEONARD, CHICKSGROVE, CHICKLADE,
CHILMARK, FONTHILL BISHOP, FONTHILL GIFFORD, FOVANT, HINDON,
RIDGE, SUTTON MANDEVILLE & SWALLOWCLIFFE)
Beat Officer: WPC Angela Carpenter
3rd Padlock broken at poultry farm near Fovant. (WPC Ange Carpenter)
16th Ride on mower stolen from garage in Swallowcliffe overnight. (WPC Ange Carpenter)
TISBURY SOUTH BEAT
(ANSTY, ALVEDISTON, BERWICK ST.JOHN, CHARLTON,
THE COOMBES, THE DONHEADS, LUDWELL & TOLLARD ROYAL)
Officer WPC Lucy Deakin.
18th Four earth moving buckets stolen from building site in Tollard
Royal overnight. (WPC Lucy Deakin)
MERE BEAT (including BURTON)
Beat Officers: PCs Gary Treherne & Pete Robins.
The following crimes were all committed during the night of the 29th
/ 30th of November
A thief broke into a shed in Castle Street, the shed alarm activated.
Nothing stolen apart from the alarm!
A burglar broke into garage in Water Street and took a black Volvo
hearse and a quantity of tools. The hearse was recovered in Castle
Street. A Landrover was also broken into at same location and an
air compressor stolen.
The window of a car was smashed in Castle Street and a wallet was
A van parked in Homefield was broken into and a quantity of tools were stolen.
The window of a van parked in Castle Street was smashed, tools, mobile phone,
briefcase etc stolen.
The window of van parked in Bramley Hill was smashed and power tools were stolen.
(PC Pete Robins would appreciate any information in relation to the above series
5th A door window at a house in Shaftesbury Road was smashed during a dispute
between siblings. A male has been arrested and interviewed. (PC Gary Treherne)
29th Overnight damage was caused to an electricity cabinet under a bridge over
the A303. (PC Gary Treherne)
MERE SOUTH BEAT
(EAST KNOYLE, WEST KNOYLE, SEMLEY, SEDGEHILL & WILLOUGHBY HEDGE)
Beat Officer PC Jerry Wilkins.
2nd Male entered 77 year old man’s bungalow near Semley and
stole cash from a bedroom. When seen by occupant he said he was selling
vegetables and left. (PC Jerry Wilkins)
9th Wallet stolen from an insecure industrial unit at Semley. (PC
MERE NORTH BEAT
(GASPER, KILMINGTON, MAIDEN BRADLEY, NORTON FERRIS, STOURTON, WOLVERTON & ZEALS)
Beat Officer: PC Steve Porter.
5th Overnight 135 paving slabs were stolen from a building site in
Norton Ferris. (PC Steve Porter)
17th damage caused to gate lock son farm at Kilmington. (PC Steve
18th During the afternoon a blue Jeep Cherokee and a yellow quad
bike were stolen from a farm at Norton Ferris. (PC Steve Porter)
23rd Overnight three vehicles in Maiden Bradley were broken into.
Power tools, Car CD multi-disc player, clothing and a handbag were
stolen. (PC Steve Porter)
Enquiry Office opening hours
Weds and Saturday from 9.30am until 12.30pm.
Tuesday from 5.00pm until 8.00pm
Friday from 4.00pm until 7.00pm.
Enquiry Office opening hours
to Friday from 9.00am until 1.00pm