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Community Bulletin
May 2007
Produced at Tisbury by PC Mark Steele.


Tisbury Neighbourhood Policing Team (Covering the following Parishes)

PC Mark Steele Ansty, Berwick St Leonard, Berwick St John, Chicklade, Chilmark, Donhead St Andrew, Donhead St Mary, Fonthill Bishop, Fonthill Gifford, Fovant, Hindon, Swallowcliffe, Sutton Mandeville, Tisbury, Tollard Royal, and West Tisbury

Mere Neighbourhood Policing Team (Covering the following Parishes)

PC Richard Salter East Knoyle, Kilmington, Maiden Bradley, Mere, Stourton & Gasper, Sedgehill & Semley, West Knoyle, and Zeals


Come on guys this is ridiculous!

I was recently given the following crime to investigate. A man (no names mentioned of course) left his car at a local beauty spot to go for a run. He left the car unlocked which is not terribly clever. He also left his wallet in the unlocked car in full view of any passers by. Hmm very silly. To cap it all, now wait for it because this is a cracker, he left his bank cards together with his PIN numbers in the wallet. Several loud bangs at this stage as my forehead repeatedly slams into the nearest brick wall (luckily due to playing in the front row many moons ago it doesn’t hurt much.) The grand finale is of course that £1,500 pounds was withdrawn from his bank accounts shortly afterwards. Now I don’t know about you but we might just as well all go out, find a criminal and throw money at him.
What do you say?


Lawnmowers – A mans best friend

I’ve got a feeling we could be in for a really good long summer this year, so prepare for some serious mowing. How is your lawnmower chaps? Still covered in last summers grass like mine was? Perhaps you stripped it down in September and have just lovingly restored it to working order, glistening with new oil? Very good I’m impressed. Either way we will be shackled to our lawn mowers for the next 5 or 6 months as we fight to keep our gardens looking ideal places to drink Pimms and eat wild boar sausages. No? Just me then. As well as the lovely colourful hardy perennials coming out to say hello we must remember the darker side of summer is also stirring from its winter slumber. Soon our old friend the greater spotted, greasy haired, pasty faced, work-shy lawn mower thief will be coming out all over the countryside. Like a weed that simply cannot be controlled he will be spreading his nefarious tendrils into gardens searching for something metallic to get his suckers onto. Unfortunately we can’t spray him with a noxious substance but we can take precautions to make his work harder. There are many things you can do to improve security. Decent padlocks, shed alarms, extending your burglar alarm to take in outbuildings or installing CCTV are just a few. If you would like assistance we have lots of information at the Police Station in Tisbury. Give us a ring. On second thoughts perhaps best if you e-mail me.



2nd 1300hrs Jobbers Lane, Tisbury. Two car collision. Minor injuries.
2nd 1856hrs A30 Ludwell. Car collided with a house. Male driver arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.
4th 0623hrs C24 Lower Chicksgrove. Car overturned.
8th 1556hrs A30 Ludwell. Single car overturned.
10th 2003hrs A303 Woodbine Hill. Two car collision minor injuries.
12th 1237hrs A350/B3089 Two Mile Down. Four car collision, no injuries.
13th 1830hrs A350 East Knoyle. Tractor v motor cycle. Rider suffered head and neck injuries.
15th 1929hrs B3089 Fonthill Bishop. Two car collision minor injuries.
22nd 1252hrs B3081 top of Zig-zag Hill. Motorcyclist left the road and sustained a broken leg.
23rd 0855hrs A350/A303. Car left the road down an embankment.
25th 0416hrs A303 Willoughby Hedge. Car left the carriageway.



Community Beat Manager: PC Mark Steele

5th Strimmer stolen from an insecure shed at Hatch.
6th Male arrested in Chilmark after domestic assault.
8th Man stopped to help at a disturbance in Fovant. In the ensuing melee he was bitten on the finger.
8th Wallet stolen from car at Fonthill Lakes.
9th Man assaulted his estranged wife following domestic argument in Tisbury.
10th Man arrested in Tisbury on suspicion of causing criminal damage.
16th Hedgetrimmer and lawnmower stolen from insecure shed in Hindon.
18th Two cars broken into in Tisbury, power tools stolen.
18th Car broken into in Donhead St Mary, petrol hedgetrimmer stolen.
19th Two cases of lager stolen from The Co-op in Tisbury by a shoplifter.
21st Man arrested in Tisbury on suspicion of child abduction. Child returned to it’s mother unharmed.
21st Scrap metal stolen from a yard on the A30.
23rd Airgun pellet smashed window in Tollard Royal.
24th Wallet stolen from car just outside Tisbury.

Community Beat Manager: PC Richard Salter

3rd Shed on an allotment in Mere broken into and a rotovator stolen.
3rd Cement mixer stolen from the roadside and a stone cutter and generator stolen from the back of an unlocked van in West Knoyle.
4th Unsuccessful attempt to break in to a storage container on a farm near Mere.
8th Thief smashed window of parked car in Maiden Bradley and stole handbag from inside.
8th Five cars and a van broken into in Maiden Bradley overnight. Power tools stolen from the van.
9th Man punched a glass door in a block of flats in Mere. The glass broke, enquiries in hand, culprit known.
12th Drunk man at a wedding broke a mirror and assaulted someone in Stourton. He later apologised and the complaint was dropped.
13th Van in Mere broken into. £3,000 worth of tools stolen.
14th Two stable doors stolen from a field at Semley.
14th Damage caused by thief breaking into a car in East Knoyle. Nothing stolen.
Prior to the 16th 45 railway sleepers were stolen from a locked barn at East Knoyle. Very large pockets!
16th Car tyre slashed and two tyres let down in Mere. Domestic related but no Police action requested.
17th Camping gear, riding gear, garden furniture and snorkelling equipment stolen from a portacabin in Sedgehill. That’s right; snorkelling equipment!
21st A four foot high stone garden statue of a woman with one breast exposed was stolen from East Knoyle.
24th Car broken into at Alfred’s tower. Property stolen included a laptop, mobile phone, watch, clothing and a briefcase. Partial index number of the thieves car was taken by the owner of the property. A short while later two men living in West Knoyle were arrested and some of the property was recovered. Enquiries by CID are continuing.
25th Thieves were about to steal diesel from a building site in Mere when disturbed by a passing Police car.
25th Two lights and security sensors stolen from property in Maiden Bradley.
25th A woman cycling along a lane between Stourton and Zeals was passed by a car. As the car drove past the passenger stroked the woman’s bare leg with his hand causing a great deal of distress.
26th Vandals broke several windows at a building site and flooded a house by shoving a hosepipe through the letterbox. Oh that’s very clever isn’t it children.
27th Damage caused to front door of flat in Mere. Suspect known, enquiries ongoing.
28th Vandals caused damage to the Windmill at East Knoyle.
29th Man arrested after a disturbance at a club in Mere. Charges dropped due to lack of evidence.
30th Two children’s tractors stolen from Mere School. After jolly good work by PC Richard Salter both tractors were recovered and returned to the little ones at the school. Much back slapping back at the nick.


How do you contact us?

E-mail is best – mark.steele@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk or Richard.salter@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk. However I appreciate that lots of people don’t have access to e-mail. You could drop a note in at Tisbury or Mere Police Station using the old fashioned pen and paper method or you could try phoning us on 0845 408 7000 extension 746815 (Tisbury) or 749817 (Mere). The only problem with phoning is that we do not sit in the Police Station perched on the edge of our seats waiting for the phone to ring so it could be that the phone will just ring. If you do ring 0845 408 7000 you could also ask the person answering to send us an e-mail asking that we contact you. It’s your choice. Remember, if you don’t tell us what the problems are we have no chance of solving them.


Wiltshire Police 0845 408 7000 24 hour number


Monday, Saturday & Sunday - CLOSED.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday- 9.00am to 1.00pm. Thursday- 9.00am to 5.00pm.

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


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