SPECIAL CONSTABULARY – WHO? WHAT? WHY?
Who can become
a Special Constable? Anyone aged between
18 and 54 years of age who has the inclination to give up some
of their free time to serve their community alongside regular Police
What does it entail? You would be expected to turn up
for a minimum of 16 hours a month which would also include the
necessary training. This would normally be at the weekend or during
Why on earth would I want to join the Special
Constabulary? There are many reasons, too numerous to
mention but here are some. You get supplied with a very nice Police
Uniform and some natty ‘Robocop’ accessories.
You get to work with Police Officers in your community making the
place a better and safer place for you, and everyone else including
your Granny, to live in. You can see for yourself what we get up
to, the highs, the lows, the frustrations, the dramas, the tragedy,
the excitements, oh yes we have it all!
You get the opportunity
to make a difference.
Interested? You can find out more in the
following ways: Telephone 0845 408 7000 and ask to speak to someone
about it. Log on to www.wiltshire.police.uk where you can learn
more about it and download application packs. Write to THE SPECIAL
CONSTABULARY, WILTSHIRE POLICE HEADQUARTERS, LONDON ROAD, DEVIZES,
WILTSHIRE SN10 2DN.
COMMUNICATION – DO YOU REMEMBER
Alright, a slightly strange title in today’s
world of mobile phones, e-mails and video conferencing etc. Nevertheless,
have we lost the skill of communicating? Perhaps communication
is not the right word, have we lost the skill of conversation?
The ability to impart information, to share information, to make
a connection with our fellow man? I think to a certain extent some
people have. Many years ago I was called to an address by a lady
who wanted to complain about her neighbour. He had damaged her
garden fence when his motorcycle had crashed into it. She was distraught
saying that she would have to move, her life was going to be a
misery from now on, now that she had a ‘Hells Angel’ living
next door. I asked her if she had spoken to the neighbour about
the damage. She had never spoken to him ‘You never know what
his sort will do!’ she exclaimed. I left her to go next door
now feeling slightly apprehensive myself. A big hairy biker, well
I was a big not so hairy Policeman it was game on, I’d sort
him out, I’d have to, it was my job. The door was answered
by a pleasant, cleanshaven, middle aged man of slight build wearing
glasses, a pinny and tartan slippers. To cut a long story short,
he was a professional man who had a hobby which involved doing
up old motorcycles. He was unaware that his motorcycle had fallen
over and hit the fence and was more than happy to pay for the damage
as well as apologise to the lady next door. If we don’t communicate
with our fellow man our imaginations are in danger of running away
with themselves. This is Wiltshire, it’s a great place to
live if we let it be. Do not be afraid.
RESPECT – GIVE IT TO GET IT.
Following on from my lesson in communication brethren
let me add a little tome on respect. Time and time and again in
this job we get sent to reports of youths intimidating people,
being abusive, causing a general nuisance. In the vast majority
of these cases I have found that these ‘intimidating’ youths
are misunderstood, stereotyped and not bad people at all. Sure
they all wear the wrong size clothes, woolly hats or hoods in even
the most sweltering weather and apparently can’t tie their
own shoe laces but they area not the gangsters they are often portrayed
as. If you speak to them with the respect a fellow human being
deserves, they are happy to converse. If you start off at 90mph
with a rant and a rave then you will most likely get some choice
words of abuse back. Respect, give it and you will receive it.
REPORTED ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS
IN APRIL 2006.
2nd 1635hrs A303 Chicklade, two car shunt, no injuries.
3rd 0805hrs A303 at Chicklade. Three cars involved in a very heavy
shunt. Three persons taken to SDH with suspected spinal injuries.
3rd 0840hrs A303 just east of the A350, three car shunt, no injuries.
6th 0950hrs A350, Semley. Two cars, minor injury. 11th 1855hrs
B3092 just north of Maiden Bradley, single vehicle, non injury.
14th 1700hrs minor non-injury accident in Tisbury High Street.
14th 1220hrs High Street, Ansty. Three vehicles involved some minor
injuries sustained. 14th 1410hrs Frome Road, Maiden Bradley, single
vehicle, non injury. 16th 1520hrs A30 outside St. Mary’s
Convent. Car and a motorcycle involved, broken bones involved.
17th 1045hrs three car shunt on the A303 just east of the A350.
19th 1115hrs A303 at Chicklade, single vehicle left road and turned
over, no injuries.
REPORTED CRIME & ARRESTS IN APRIL
(TISBURY, WEST TISBURY, WARDOUR, HATCH, EAST HATCH, WEST HATCH & NEWTOWN)
Beat Officer: PC Mark Steele firstname.lastname@example.org
Overnight on the 1st and 2nd three cars were damaged
in Park Road. Any ideas?
10th/11th windows were smashed in a disused
building in Weaveland Road.
TISBURY NORTH BEAT
(BERWICK ST. LEONARD, CHICKSGROVE, CHICKLADE, CHILMARK, FONTHILL
BISHOP, FONTHILL GIFFORD, FOVANT, HINDON, RIDGE, SUTTON MANDEVILLE & SWALLOWCLIFFE)
Beat Officer: PC Mark Littlewood email@example.com
Overnight 17th/18th , 18th/19th and 22nd/24th diesel was stolen
from a business premises on the A30.
TISBURY SOUTH BEAT
(ANSTY, ALVEDISTON, BERWICK ST.JOHN, CHARLTON, THE COOMBES, THE
DONHEADS, LUDWELL & TOLLARD ROYAL):
Beat Officer: PC Andy
Overnight 9th/10th a trailer was stolen from an address in Tollard
19th between 1600/1630hrs a window was smashed at The New
Remembrance Hall at Donhead by a football.
23rd 1900hrs a HANDBAG
was stolen from an unlocked car in Berwick St John. The car was
only left for a few minutes, but that is all it takes.
2320/2358hrs there was an attempted burglary at The Donhead Sports
and Social Club .
MERE BEAT (including BURTON)
Officers: PC Gary Treherne firstname.lastname@example.org and
PC Pete Robins email@example.com
12th at 1730hrs two males conned their way into an elderly ladies
flat in Mere. They said they were from the water board and whilst
the lady was distracted they stole a large amount of cash. (I’m
growling whilst typing)
On the 14th and then again on the 15th
someone rolled a car wheel down Castle Hill, Mere. The wheel on
both occasions hit properties causing damage to roof tiles.
an idiot threw eggs at a house in Petteridge Lane causing a damage
to a window.
Between the 12th and 18th an empty house in Barrow
Street was burgled. Nothing stolen.
29th between 0455/0520hrs several
magazines were stolen from outside a newsagent in Mere .
MERE SOUTH BEAT
(EAST KNOYLE, WEST KNOYLE, SEMLEY, SEDGEHILL & WILLOUGHBY HEDGE)
Beat Officer PC Bob Salter firstname.lastname@example.org
Overnight 6th/7th thieves stole £300 worth of red diesel
from a farm at Easy Knoyle.
22nd a building at east Knoyle was
broken into and obscene graffiti was left on the walls
MERE NORTH BEAT
(GASPER, KILMINGTON, MAIDEN BRADLEY, NORTON FERRIS, STOURTON, WOLVERTON & ZEALS)
Beat Officer: PC Charlotte Chambers
6th between 1830/2030hrs a car parked at Alfred’s Tower was
broken into. HANDBAG was stolen.
10th between 1220/1430hrs a car
was broken into at Alfred’s Tower and a car CD player was
11th between 1600/2000hrs a white Land Rover pick-up was
stolen from Chapel Lane, Zeals.
14th between 1815/1930hrs a car
parked at Alfred’s Tower was broken into and a rucksack was
29th between 1715/1850hrs a car parked at Stourhead was
broken into, property left on the back seat was stolen
Wiltshire Police 0845
408 7000 24
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