THE BOBBY VAN
- WHO IS HE?
The Wiltshire Police Bobby Van was set up 4 years
ago and is run as a charitable trust. The Bobby Van operator is
a fully qualified Crime Prevention Officer and carpenter who dresses
in a uniform similar to that of a Police Officer and drives around
in a white van marked up with 'Bobby Van' livery. He primarily helps
out elderly, vulnerable and disadvantaged people. They include those
who have been victims of burglary, attempted burglary, burglary
as a result of bogus callers, those who are vulnerable or at risk
of burglary and victims of domestic violence. He visits the vulnerable
person and assesses what their needs are to make them more secure
and to lessen the risk of them becoming a victim of crime. Any work,
such as fitting additional door and window locks, door viewers and
door chains is carried out there and then. In the 4 years since
it's inception he has undertaken over 2000 jobs throughout the county
and is due to be joined by another 'Bobby Van Man' soon. We refer
people to the Bobby Van routinely as we come across them, but this
is usually after they have become the victim of a crime. It would
be better if they could be helped before they reach that stage.
Do you know anyone who fits the bill?
Have you an elderly or vulnerable relative or neighbour who feels
insecure at home?
If so please give us a ring and we will get the Bobby Van man to
call and make them more secure. It will not only reduce the risk
of crime but, more importantly, it will reduce the fear of crime.
The Bobby Van Man also undertakes various talks and presentations
to clubs or groups on request
He's there for your benefit, he's very good and soon there will
be two of him so please use him.
If you wish to make a donation to a very worthwhile cause you
can. People can make cash or cheque donations to The Bobby Van Trust
either at Tisbury Police Station or direct to the office at Devizes:
The Bobby Van Office at Wiltshire Police Headquarters, London
Rd, Devizes, SN10 2DN
Tisbury 01747-870203 / Mere 0747-860268
/ Control Room 01722-411444Tisbury
SUMMER SOLSTICE -GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
This years Summer Solstice (sunrise on the 21st of
June) will for the third year running see Stonehenge opened up to
the public overnight. The following weekend is the Glastonbury Festival
in Somerset. Last year an estimated 15,000 enjoyed the celebrations
at Stonehenge. It has been reported in the press recently that someone
has been trying to rent some land in Wiltshire for the week between
the two events, apparently they weren't who they said they were
and their application was refused. The NFU (National Farmers Union)
is publishing a warning to farmers and other land owners that some
people may try to set up some sort of gathering on open land for
the period between the events. It is therefore wise, if you are
a landowner and don't want this to occur on your land, to take some
precautions to prevent a possible mass trespass. If you would like
advice please give PS Cullop a ring at Tisbury.
CHANGES TO POLICING IN THE MERE AREA.
PC Dave MILLS who has been the Mere beat officer for
the past 5 years has now taken over the Mere rural beat from PC
Graham BRIANT (Gasper, Kilmington, Maiden Bradley, Norton Ferris,
Stourton, Yarnfield, and Zeals). Graham directly replaces Dave by
joining PC Pete ROBINS in Mere.
TWO MORE SCAMS TO BE AWARE OF.
MOBILE PHONES - Someone rings you on your mobile
phone and says they are an engineer testing the line. They then
ask you to key in a sequence of numbers before hanging up. If you
follow their instructions they will then be able to use your phone
number for their own purposes and you will get the bill! If you
are contacted in this manner check with your service provider before
BURGLARY BY POSTCODE? - This scam is apparently aimed at
women. Someone will ring them at work stating they are from the
Post Office (or Consignia I suppose) they will ask for their home
postcode. After a while they will say a prize has been won and ask
them to confirm their address. It is possible then for a burglar
to assume the house is empty during the day and therefore safe to
I HAVEN'T COME ACROSS EITHER SCAMS
BUT THEY ARE WORTH BEARING IN MIND. REMEMBER, SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE,
SOMEHOW IS GOING TO TRY AND RIP YOU OFF AND IN AN EVER MORE SELFISH,
GREEDY WORLD IT CAN ONLY GET WORSE.
TISBURY & MERE SECTION - MAY 2002
ALVEDISTON - 8th Ifor Williams trailer stolen
from driveway during the day. (PC Graham Briant)
BERWICK ST JOHN - 10th Discutter stolen from insecure vehicle.
(PC Paul Wilson)
CHILMARK - 3rd Garden furniture stolen from garden of house
on Fonthill Estate. (PC Mark Steele)
DONHEAD ST ANDREW - 10th Insecure house burgled. Jewellery
stolen. (PC Steve Madams)
17th A cleaner was arrested having stolen property from her employer.
(PC Steve Madams)
DONHEAD ST MARY - 15th Overnight someone broke into a garage
at the Donhead Sports Club, hot-wired a ride-on mower and drove
into nearby woods causing damage, (otherwise known as mindless vandalism!)
(PC Paul Wilson) 18th An attempt was made to enter a storeroom
at Five Square Motors overnight. The burglar alarm activated and
the thieves left empty-handed. (PC Paul Wilson)
EAST KNOYLE - 29th House entered via unlocked door and property
stolen. (PC Jerry Wilkins)
MERE - 2nd Thieves broke into the Co-op and stole spirits
and cigarettes. A similar attempt was made on the 5th but nothing
was stolen. A male from Bristol was arrested later that night near
Amesbury (Salisbury CID)
21st Unlocked Mountain bike stolen from outside the bank at lunchtime.
(PC Pete Robins)
23rd Lock of front door damaged with 'superglue'. (PC Dave Mills)
29th During domestic dispute female assaulted by ex-partner causing
facial injuries. (PC Graham Briant)
SEMLEY - 11th Transit van and contents stolen overnight from
Sem Hill. (PC Jerry Wilkins)
STOURTON - 1st Thieves broke into a storeroom on Stourhead
Estate and stole a large quantity of power tools. (PC Graham
Briant) 3rd Minor domestic related assault in White Road. (PC
7th Cash stolen by thief having forced open two alms boxes in St
Peters Church. (PC Graham Briant)
TISBURY - 6th Male using abusive language arrested in Tuckingmill
after refusing to calm down. (PC Mark Littlewood) 14th Male
arrested for drink driving (twice the legal limit). (PC Jerry
20th Window broken by stone at Nadder School. Boy dealt with accordingly.
(PC Mark Littlewood)
22nd Female arrested for drink driving (over three times the legal
limit!) (PC Mark Steele)
22nd Two Yew trees deliberately poisoned in the churchyard. (WPC
22nd Seat damaged on school bus by pupil. Youth to be dealt with.
(PC Mark Steele)
ZEALS - 4th Thief forced shed door lock and stole lawnmower
from within. (PC Graham Briant)
ALL REPORTED CRIMES ARE INVESTIGATED
BY YOUR LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS. ANY INFORMATION YOU MAY HAVE THAT
MAY ASSIST WITH THESE INVESTIGATIONS WILL BE LOOKED INTO AND IS
PLEASE DON'T WAIT TO BE ASKED, GIVE US A RING.
INTERESTING FACT OF THE MONTH.
"June is the National Beat the Bogus Official
month and recent research conducted by interviewing convicted offenders
in prison has found that homes displaying warning stickers are often
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