Those of you who know me well will probably grip
something sturdy nearby to steady yourselves after reading that
shocking title. But bear with me there is a serious message here,
people die on this country’s roads every day. There is also
no doubt that our roads and the things that happen on them stir
up opinions in almost everyone. It’s either too many speed
cameras, actually they have been renamed Road Safety Cameras now
(makes them seem more fluffy and loveable), or perhaps you think
there are too few cameras. Maybe it’s too many Traffic Police
officers, recently renamed Road Policing Officers, (makes them
seem……no forget it) or even too few traffic officers.
Whatever your opinion the fact remains that speed kills. If we
all drove around at walking pace (pointless I know) not many people
would die in car crashes. Not many people would go to the seaside
or nip to the out of town supermarket for a packet of Jaffa cakes
and a large tub of raspberry ripple ice cream either, but I digress.
So why a road traffic special bulletin? Well quite simply having
written this bulletin every month since July 1998 I’m running
out of ideas. What part of a car causes the
most accidents? The nut that holds the steering wheel. Now that may be a particularly
poor joke but one thing is certain, cars don’t crash on their
own. So think about what you are doing when you get behind the
wheel of your car and please drive carefully.
IS YOUR VILLAGE SUFFERING FROM SPEEDING
Well the residents of Tollard Royal are and they
aim to help the Police to do something about it. I have been asked
to include the following on behalf of Tollard Royal Parish Council.
‘Would your parish be prepared to make a donation
towards a laser speed gun for Tisbury Police Section? At present
the speed gun has to be shared with the officers at Wilton which
means our local Police do not have as much access to it as some
of them would like. We need to raise approximately £2,000
- £2,300. Wiltshire Police would buy the device and it would
remain their property BUT it would stay at Tisbury for LOCAL use.
Tollard Royal has seen a big improvement in the village due to
an increased presence of PC Andy Lee but to be even more effective
he needs his own speed gun! If all the local parishes affected
by speeding motorists are prepared to contribute the donation required
would be relatively small. If you are interested in participating
in this very worth while community project please contact Karen
Kebby, telephone: 01202 848752 (day time) or e mail: Karen@kebby.freeserve.co.uk,’
you pay for it and get 3 points on your licence as a result, do
not, under any circumstances, blame me!
COMPLY WITH THE BASIC DRIVING SAFETY
Always ensure that you are able to stop comfortably
on your side of the road within the distance you can see to be
clear. Think about that when you are driving. If you are always
able to stop in the clear bit of road in front of you it will dramatically
reduce your risk of being involved in an accident. It’s all
about space, no I don’t mean the big black and twinkly thing
up in the sky, I mean your space, the space around your car, your
safety space. Don’t tailgate, and if someone is driving right
up your chuffer (technical term), find somewhere safe to pull over
and allow them to pass. If other people want to drive like idiots
you can’t do anything about it.
THINK SAFETY AT ALL TIMES – IT
ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO RUIN A LIFE.
REPORTED ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS
IN FEBRUARY 2006.
1047hrs on the 4th. B3089 at Fonthill
Bishop. Car hit a telegraph pole. Minor injuries.
1257hrs on the
5th. A350 Semley. Two cars hit head on. Several broken bones, nothing
2021hrs on the 7th. B3089 at Fonthill Bishop. Accident
involving one car. No injuries.
1053hrs on the 16th. Pettridge
Lane, Mere. Car versus a lorry. No injuries.
2143hrs on the 24th.
A303 at Charnage Down. Car versus lorry. Broken bones but nothing
0750hrs on the 24th. Car and a bus collided in Fovant.
Minor injuries only!
REPORTED CRIME & ARRESTS IN FEBRUARY
(TISBURY, WEST TISBURY, WARDOUR, HATCH, EAST HATCH, WEST HATCH & NEWTOWN)
Beat Officer: PC Mark Steele email@example.com
Overnight 12th/13th two panes of glass were smashed in a greenhouse
at Nadder School.
1330hrs on the 16th a handbag was stolen from
an unlocked car parked in West Tisbury
TISBURY NORTH BEAT
(BERWICK ST. LEONARD, CHICKSGROVE, CHICKLADE, CHILMARK, FONTHILL
BISHOP, FONTHILL GIFFORD, FOVANT, HINDON, RIDGE, SUTTON MANDEVILLE & SWALLOWCLIFFE)
Beat Officer: PC Mark Littlewood firstname.lastname@example.org
1515hrs on the 1st £10 worth of petrol stolen
from the Q8
garage at Chicklade by man in a white Ford transit.
3rd 8 old car tyres were stolen from
Cross Keys at Fovant.
Between the 4th
and the 6th £50 worth of scrap copper was
stolen from Stainers Yard, Sutton Mandeville.
Overnight 20th/21st 3 coaches parked at Sutton
Mandeville on the A30 were attacked
by thieves who siphoned a large quantity of diesel from their tanks
TISBURY SOUTH BEAT
(ANSTY, ALVEDISTON, BERWICK ST.JOHN, CHARLTON, THE COOMBES, THE
DONHEADS, LUDWELL & TOLLARD ROYAL):
Beat Officer: PC Andy
At 0815hrs on the 1st a group of schoolgirls waiting
for the bus in Ludwell observed a man in a blue
van stop in a layby. He urinated in the hedge and then flashed
his genitals at the young girls before driving off.
3rd £250 worth of diesel stolen
from a farm at Berwick
20th/21st a pressure washer and tools were stolen from
an insecure storage container in Charlton.
the 20th and the 24th 50 bales of hay were stolen from an open
barn on the A30 at Ansty
MERE BEAT (including BURTON)
Officers: PC Gary Treherne email@example.com and
PC Pete Robins firstname.lastname@example.org
Overnight 3rd/ 4th £1,000 worth of sheet
metal was stolen from Quarryfields Industrial Estate in
2120hrs on the 9th a 16yr old boy was arrested
having assaulted his mother. No further action was taken.
1500hrs on the 16th a woman stole 3 joints of
beef from the Co-op. CCTV footage is being analysed.
2000hrs on the 17th two men damaged a wing mirror
on a car parked outside The Yews
MERE SOUTH BEAT
(EAST KNOYLE, WEST KNOYLE, SEMLEY, SEDGEHILL & WILLOUGHBY HEDGE)
Beat Officer PC Bob Salter email@example.com
MERE NORTH BEAT
(GASPER, KILMINGTON, MAIDEN BRADLEY, NORTON FERRIS, STOURTON, WOLVERTON & ZEALS)
Beat Officer: PC Martin Faulkner
Overnight 6th / 7th a maroon Land Rover Freelander was stolen from
outside The Bell & Crown in Zeals.
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