Tisbury & Mere
Produced at Tisbury Police Station by PC Mark Steele
Mobile phone scams.
Some of you with mobile phones may have received
text messages recently stating that you have won a sum of money
and you must ring a number immediately blah, blah, blah. I've received
them myself and several of you have contacted us to report these
messages as your suspicions were raised. Now I don't know for sure
if these are genuine or not but I would strongly suggest that they
are not and are just another type of scam where some loafer is trying
to make a few quid out of unsuspecting members of the public. On
some of them it states the charge for ringing the number is 150ppm.
Is this pence per minute or pounds per minute? I delete the messages
immediately, might be a good idea if you do the same.
Chain letter scams.
Several of you have handed in chain letters which you have received
through the post. The letter is full of quotes such as "Don't
throw this away", "This really works", "Bad
luck will descend upon you if you break the chain", "I've
made thousands of pounds this way" yippety yappety yipp.
There are several different ones floating about, they all ask you
to send money to someone on a list which you then add your name
to. Again, I don't know for sure if these things work and if you
are really that desperate that you want to send off your £10
and hope the money rolls in then please go ahead. I would throw
them in the bin every single time and would suggest that you do
I have mentioned these scams before but as more
and more people keep ringing in to report them I thought it might
be worth reiterating the warning. There are several types being
used by criminals but by far the most prolific is the offer of a
large amount of cash in return for helping out someone purporting
to be contacting you from Africa. They may claim to be an African
Prince, a high ranking military officer, a leading political figure
or a successful businessman. What they ask for are details of a
UK bank account in which they can ship tens of millions of pounds
or dollars to in order to get it out of the country they are in.
In return for providing them with the use of your bank account they
promise you a large cut amounting to several million pounds. They
even e-mail police officers, I receive several such requests a month!
Do not let greed blind your powers of reasoning.
If you want to do more than just delete these unwanted e-mails please
send them to the following address:
WEST AFRICAN ORGANISED CRIME SECTION, UNIT 2 SPRING GARDENS, P.O.BOX
8000 LONDON SE1.
Police property auction
The Wiltshire Constabulary is undertaking a 3
month trial of Bumblebee Auctions. This is a web based fully functioned
internet auction site, www.bumblebeeauctions.co.uk, where property
that has come into Police possession, be it found, seized or recovered
property is auctioned to the general public. Several forces around
the country already dispose of property via this website. Potential
bidders need to be registered on the site to bid on any of the items
on auction. A link has been included on the Wiltshire Police Website,
which, by the way is well worth a visit. www.wiltshire.police.uk
PC Graham Briant having served a third term on the Tisbury &
Mere section has left us once again and is now working at Salisbury
Police Station. PC Gary Treherne has replaced him at Mere having
come from Wilton and WPC Lucy Deakin has moved across to cover the
Tisbury South Beat.
The printing of this bulletin
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REPORTED CRIME & ARRESTS
(TISBURY, WARDOUR, HATCH, E HATCH & NEWTOWN)
Beat Officers: PCs Mark Littlewood and Mark Steele
14th 17 year male old from Tisbury arrested on
suspicion of causing Criminal damage. (PC Mark Steele)
17th Local Male out walking on Monmouth Road was assaulted by a
stranger who drove off in an old white Cavalier. Male described
as 25yrs old, 5'8" tall, stocky build, skinhead haircut with
gold hoop earring in left ear. (PC Mark Steele)
23rd Female arrested in Tisbury to prevent a further breach of the
peace. (PC Mark Steele)
TISBURY NORTH BEAT
(BERWICK ST. LEONARD, CHICKSGROVE, CHICKLADE, CHILMARK, FONTHILL
BISHOP, FONTHILL GIFFORD, FOVANT, HINDON, RIDGE, SUTTON MANDEVILLE
SWALLOWCLIFFE) Beat Officer: WPC Angela
1st Green US Mailbox stolen from outside house
in Sutton Row. (WPC Angie Carpenter)
9th Overnight a burglar tried unsuccessfully to break into a flat
in Fovant. (WPC Angie Carpenter)
10th Male arrested in Hindon for assaulting his partner. (PC Mark
13th Burglar broke into a house in Fonthill Gifford whilst occupant
was away. (WPC Angie Carpenter)
TISBURY SOUTH BEAT
(ANSTY, ALVEDISTON, BERWICK ST.JOHN, CHARLTON, THE COOMBES, THE
DONHEADS, LUDWELL & TOLLARD ROYAL) Beat Officer WPC
5th 12 year old boy assaulted by another boy
in Donhead St. Andrew. (WPC Lucy Deakin)
13th Two chainsaws were stolen from the roadside in Donhead St.
Andrew as owner worked nearby. (WPC Lucy Deakin)
13th Burglars broke into a house in Ansty during the day and stole
silverware and antiques. (Salisbury CID)
MERE BEAT (including BURTON)
Beat Officers: PCs Gary Treherne & Pete
3rd Two windows broken in The Square by someone
throwing stones. (PC Pete Robins)
10th Male from Dorset arrested for drink driving in Mere. (PC Steve
MERE SOUTH BEAT
(EAST KNOYLE, WEST KNOYLE, SEMLEY, SEDGEHILL & WILLOUGHBY HEDGE)
Beat Officer PC Jerry Wilkins.
1st Person damaged front door of The Benett Arms,
Semley overnight. (PC Jerry Wilkins)
24th Red boys BMX bike stolen from front garden of house in West
Knoyle. (PC Jerry Wilkins)
14th Male arrested under the Mental Health Act for his own safety
on the A303. (PC Mark Steele)
MERE NORTH BEAT
(GASPER, KILMINGTON, MAIDEN BRADLEY, NORTON FERRIS, STOURTON, WOLVERTON
& ZEALS) Beat Officer: PC Steve Porter.
25th Isolated house near Alfred's Tower broken
into. Burglar stole television but made off when burglar alarm activated.
(PC Steve Porter)
If you would like to leave a non-urgent message
for your beat officer or would like advice please ring the following
numbers either TISBURY 01747-870203 or MERE 01747-860268.
Be aware that you may get an answer phone if all officers are out
on patrol which may not be picked up for several hours.
Tisbury 01747-870203 / Mere 01747-860268
Police Control Room 01722-411444 (To report incidents)
CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111 (Anonymous reporting)
EMERGENCIES '999' (Crime in progress, persons
in danger etc.)