RURAL WATCH /
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UPDATE
Rob Sexton, who is responsible for the running of
Neighbourhood Watch throughout the county, has asked me to pass
on an update about the restructuring of Neighbourhood Watch, which
of course forms the main part of Rural Watch. The idea is to restructure
Neighbourhood Watch creating a more responsive and effective outfit.
“A Regional Co-ordinator has already
been appointed, Mr. Brian Groundwell from Sutton Mandeville,
has been working
hard on preparing the ground by obtaining as much information as
he can about what already exists. He has been cutting his teeth
on his own area first and that is now fairly well under way. Next
on the agenda will be all the parishes around Mere, where he intends
to hold a meeting of the Area Co-ordinators in the near future.
So you may not have heard anything, but it is happening gradually.
Brian is a volunteer, just like all our other NHW people, so he
can only give so much time. All he asks is that you be patient
and he will get round to you in due course.”
WARNING FROM THE CONSTABULARY PRESS
Wiltshire Police are keen to warn householders, especially
those living in rural areas, about a recent increase in the number
of burglaries in isolated, detached houses where items of furniture,
clocks, ornaments and jewellery - often of high value - have been
Although the number of incidents remains low in Wiltshire compared
with the rest of the UK, Police are making a link between the latest
incidents that have occurred in all part of the county in recent
In each case a large vehicle, probably similar to a Ford Mondeo
estate car, would have been used to convey the items away. Wiltshire
Police are particularly asking local residents to notice if an
unfamiliar large car or van is parked by a neighbouring house and,
if so, to note down the registration number and alert the police
DS Simon Watson of Amesbury CID said: "We are
asking people to be extra vigilant. It is impossible to remove
many of the items
without a large vehicle of some kind and this may well attract
someone's attention. We also recommend householders to make a note
and take photographs of valuable items in their home as these can
help in subsequent identification and tracing ownership".
NEW BEAT OFFICER ON TISBURY SOUTH
PC Graham Briant has returned to the fold at Tisbury
as he takes over the responsibility for the Tisbury South Beat.
Some of you may recognise the name as Graham has served at both
Tisbury and Mere over the past ten years or so. He has recently
been undertaking work on the CID at Amesbury.
He takes over from Lucy Deakin who will continue to work at Tisbury but with
a new role.
REPORTED CRIME FEBRUARY 2004
(TISBURY, WARDOUR, HATCH, E HATCH & NEWTOWN)
Beat Officers: PCs Mark Littlewood and Mark Steele
6th Male from Tisbury arrested on suspicion of burglary and on
warrant for failing to pay previous fines. Conveyed to court the
following day to explain things to the Magistrate. (PC Mark Steele)
Two boys arrested in connection with a barn fire in Tisbury last
month. The case continues. (PC Mark Littlewood)
8th Overnight four hub caps were stolen from a Citroen Xsara parked
in the car park in The Avenue.
(PC Mark Littlewood)
19th Drunk male arrested in his home in Tisbury having headbutted
his partner. (PC Graham Briant)
TISBURY NORTH BEAT
(BERWICK ST. LEONARD, CHICKSGROVE, CHICKLADE, CHILMARK, FONTHILL
BISHOP, FONTHILL GIFFORD, FOVANT, HINDON, RIDGE, SUTTON MANDEVILLE & SWALLOWCLIFFE)
Beat Officer: WPC Angela Carpenter
9th Two males were arrested for stealing petrol from local service
stations on three occasions recently. They were also interviewed
by Dorset Police in relation to several other matters and will
appear in court in due course. (WPC Ange Carpenter)
27th Two men were disturbed in the act of burgling a room at The
Lamb in Hindon. The made off when challenged and dropped the property
that they were going to steal. (WPC Ange Carpenter)
TISBURY SOUTH BEAT
(ANSTY, ALVEDISTON, BERWICK ST.JOHN, CHARLTON, THE COOMBES, THE
DONHEADS, LUDWELL & TOLLARD ROYAL) Beat Officer PC Graham
6th A female employee was arrested at a local school following
the theft of a purse from common room.
(WPC Lucy Deakin)
25th Overnight thieves stole a quantity of power tools from a stable block
near Donhead St Mary.
(PC Graham Briant)
MERE BEAT (including BURTON)
Beat Officers: PCs Gary Treherne & Pete Robins.
22nd Thief stole a ‘globe’ light form outside a house
in Lovage Way Mere. (PC Gary Treherne)
MERE SOUTH BEAT
(EAST KNOYLE, WEST KNOYLE, SEMLEY, SEDGEHILL & WILLOUGHBY HEDGE)
Beat Officer PC Jerry Wilkins.
10th Female from Shaftesbury arrested for stealing property from
a disabled man whilst she was employed as his carer in East Knoyle.
Enquiries are continuing. (PC Graham Briant)
MERE NORTH BEAT
(GASPER, KILMINGTON, MAIDEN BRADLEY, NORTON FERRIS, STOURTON, WOLVERTON & ZEALS)
Beat Officers: PC Steve Porter & PC Martin Faulkner
4th Male from Dorset arrested in Zeals for drink driving and driving
whilst disqualified. (PC Martin Faulkner)
8th Red Landrover Discovery parked at Stourhead broken into (window
smashed) in the early afternoon, CD player, CD’s and a carry
case stolen. (Crime Desk)
14th Overnight thieves stole two antique urns from the gates of
a house in Maiden Bradley. (PC Martin Faulkner)
16th Over the weekend £38,000 worth of aluminium panels were
stolen from a building site in Stourton.
(PC Martin Faulkner)
22nd Green Peugeot 206 was broken into (drivers door lock drilled
out) whilst parked in Alfred’s Tower car park during the
afternoon. Wallet containing credit cards stolen. (Crime Desk)
25th Blue Fiat Bravo was broken into (door opened by unknown means)
whilst parked in Alfred’s Tower car park. A rucksack containing
a mobile phone and personal belongings was stolen. (Crime Desk)
MERE : 01747-860268
and Saturday from 9.30am until 12.30pm.Tuesday from 5.00pm
until 8.00pm Friday
from 4.00pm until 7.00pm.
TISBURY : 01747-870203
Monday to Friday from 9.00am
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