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  WILTSHIRE CONSTABULARY
TISBURY & MERE
Community Bulletin
SEPTEMBER 2001
Produced at Tisbury by PC Mark Steele.
    TISBURY POLICE STATION ENQUIRY OFFICE.
Some of you may have suffered the irritation of ringing the Police Station only to find that there is nobody there and that the annoying answerphone is the only thing you have to talk to (or shout at in some cases!) Well I have exciting news for you all! Tisbury Police Station now employs a civilian Enquiry Office Clerk. Her name is Francesca and she opens the Enquiry Office MONDAY to FRIDAY from 0900hrs to 1300hrs (that's lunchtime in old money). If you have any general enquiries or require any information please give her a ring or call in at the front door. If she can't help you she will know who to contact. If you have never been to Tisbury Police Station why not call in anyway, there are a number of interesting leaflets on most Police related subjects which we give away free, yes you heard correctly, completely free, so why not pop in next time you are passing. Outside those hours we try to open the Enquiry Office when we can but we do cover 130 square miles and can't always afford the luxury of sitting quietly excited waiting for a caller.


REPORTING MATTERS TO THE POLICE.
I know I have mentioned this before but a recent incident has highlighted the problem. A couple of nights ago three men were disturbed in Berwick St.John peering into the back of a builder's van obviously thinking nefarious thoughts. Rightly the owner of the van decided to phone the Police immediately. Unfortunately the call was made to Shaftesbury Police Station (being the nearest Police Station) where the call was diverted to the Dorset Police Control Room at Winfrith. Details were taken and eventually passed to Wiltshire Police Control Room at Devizes (we are getting closer). Wiltshire Control Room then contacted Jerry Wilkins and myself who were on duty in Tisbury. We set off for Berwick St.John immediately. Unfortunately this whole procedure had taken forty minutes and as such our criminal friends were long gone. If you think that a crime is being committed or about to be committed as in this instance the only course of action is to ring '999' immediately. The call will be put straight through to Wiltshire Police Control Room who will immediately contact the nearest Police unit by radio. It's so simple if you know how!


OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE WATER?
We recently took a report from a couple living on our section about a phone call from a company in America. The couple were informed that due to a questionnaire they had filled out in the distant past they had been personally selected to win a big payout. Sounds too good to be true doesn't it? They were then asked to furnish the caller with details of their bank account. Luckily at this point internal alarm bells started ringing and questions were asked which were not satisfactorily answered. Please be very careful if somebody starts asking for any bank details. The consequences of them falling into the wrong hands could make you extremely unpopular with your bank manager.


GOOD WORK IN MERE LEADS TO ARREST.
On the 11th of August a woman called at an address in Mere with a small girl. She asked the occupants if the little girl could use the toilet. Whilst in the house the woman stole a purse. Due to accurate descriptions given by the householder and witnesses we were able to tie up with Avon & Somerset Police who were investigating similar offences. As a result a woman was arrested in Wincanton by PC Dave Mills from Mere. She has been interviewed and charged with burglary and will appear in court soon to explain her actions to the Magistrates.

REPORTED CRIME TISBURY SECTION AUGUST 2001


ALVEDISTON
22nd Generator stolen from outside building site (PC Madams)
DONHEAD ST MARY 5th ~ Entry gained to premises via insecure window and cash stolen (PC Madams) 24th ~ Male arrested to prevent breach of the peace. He was subsequently interviewed for causing criminal damage to a door (PC Briant)
HINDON 21st ~ Following a hit & run traffic accident, male and female arrested on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle in London (PC Steele) 30th ~ Male punched after 'road rage' incident on the B3089 (PC Steele)
KILMINGTON 13th ~ Insecure farm buildings entered and items stolen (PC Briant) 14th ~ Entry forced to a shed and a strimmer stolen (PC Briant) 28th ~ Car window smashed (PC Briant)
MAIDEN BRADLEY 13th ~ Criminal damage caused to pub sign (PC Briant)
MERE 3rd ~ Male reported for assault (PC Mills) 6th ~ Wanted male arrested on warrant (PC Briant) 6th ~ Male reported for obstructing a Police Officer (PC Briant) 11th ~ Following a distraction burglary in Castle Hill a female was arrested and charged (PC Mills) 13th ~ Criminal damage caused to a fence (PC Mills) 17th ~ Male interviewed concerning harassment (PC Mills) 24th ~ Pedal cycle stolen from outside shop in The Square (PC Mills) 25th ~ Male entered house via insecure rear window was disturbed by occupant but stole gold ring (PC Mills) 26th ~ Four tyres slashed on car parked in Salisbury Street Car Park (PC Mills)
NEWTOWN 10th ~ Vehicle broken into and handbag stolen (PC Clark)
STOURTON 10th ~ National Trust property forcibly entered and charity box stolen (PC Briant) 19th ~ Garage forcibly entered, nothing stolen (PC Briant) 21st ~ Vehicle broken into and handbag stolen (PC Briant) 25th Shed forced open mountain bike stolen (PC Briant)
SUTTON MANDEVILLE 18th ~ Male and female interviewed for domestic related assault (PS Cullop)
TISBURY 7th ~ Paint deliberately thrown over a vehicle causing damage, woman interviewed and reported (PC Littlewood) 15th ~ Caravan stolen from a field (PC Littlewood) 24th ~ Staddlestone tops stolen from Hindon Lane (PC Littlewood) 28th ~ Pot plant stolen from garden in Cuffs lane (PC Littlewood) 28th ~ Strimmers and chainsaw stolen from insecure garage in Cuffs lane (PC Littlewood) 28th ~ Garden shed in Court Street forced and stimmer stolen also furniture stolen from garden (PC Littlewood) 28th ~ Shed in Duck Street forced open chainsaws stolen (PC Littlewood)
TOLLARD ROYAL 25TH ~ Staddlestone base stolen (PC Madams)
WEST KNOYLE 10th ~ Personal property stolen during burglary at restaurant (PC Wilkins)
ZEALS 9th ~ Property stolen from house by a guest (PC Briant) 11th ~ Garage forced at rural premises and garden equipment stolen (PC Briant) 25th ~ House burgled (forced rear window) CD system stolen (PC Briant) 31st Concrete blocks and a propshaft stolen from land belonging to Stourhead Estate (PC Briant)

Section crime stats by PC 1235 Jerry Wilkins (jerry.wilkins@wiltshire.police.uk)

COLD CALLERS - WHO'S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR?


We are currently trying to build up a picture of who is about knocking on doors asking to carry out work for householders. The work they are usually after is tree-lopping, hedge trimming, general gardening work or work on the exterior of your house like replacing the guttering etc. The work carried out by some of these people is usually of a sub standard quality but with a top-notch price! Some people who carry out this type of cold calling are also thought to be of the light-fingered variety. They will usually target the elderly or vulnerable. If anyone calls on you or your neighbour touting for this sort of work please report the matter to the Police Control Room on 01722-411444. If you can get registration numbers of any vehicles involved and descriptions of the people that would be tremendous.

QUICK MONTHLY REMINDERS.


Shed alarms £5.50. Cheap, easy to install and designed to scare the life out of any would be thief.
Safecans £5.00. Ideal for elderly people, a good place to keep small valuables.
Property marking. Staddle stones, garden ornaments, garden furniture, lawnmowers, electrical items silverware, you name it I'll mark it! Identification is the key to recovery and good deterrent.
Receive this bulletin by e-mail. Come on I know there are hundreds of you out there, send me an e-mail and I'll add you to the list (130 and counting) mark.steele@wiltshire.police.uk

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