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Children's off road motorcycles stolen in burglary

One of the missing motorcycles Credit: Wiltshire Police

Officers are investigating a burglary at a property in Down Barn Road, Salisbury.

At some point between Wednesday 19th and Friday 21st February offenders broke into a lock up and took two off road motorcycles.

The red and white Honda 230F Motocross bikes are used for teaching local children to ride and without them the training programme cannot continue.

The bikes are described as rare and imported from Brazil. Both had missing baffles from the exhausts and one had a 'Huckley Bridge Events' sticker on it.

Anyone with information on the burglary or the location of the bikes is asked to contact PC Lucy Thorne at Salisbury Police Station on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where details may be left anonymously if preferred.


Five men wanted in connection with day of action

Police want to speak to these five men in connection with the biggest ever series of raids in Wiltshire. Fifty two people were arrested as part of the undercover operation into the supply of Class A drugs in the county. Police say these five men should not be approached.

Police say Darren Walcott from London should not be approached Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police say Leon Ryan from Swindon should not be approached Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police say Thane Orlando Pilgrim from Swindon should not be approached Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police say Callum Jonathan Michael Johnson should not be approached Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police say Shane Ian Sidney Harper from Swindon should not be approached Credit: Wiltshire Police

Five men wanted in connection with day of police action in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Police is appealing for the public’s help in locating 5 suspects wanted in connection with yesterday’s day of action.

Yesterday (Wednesday 29th January 2014) saw Wiltshire Police undertake the biggest single day of action in its history.

The day of action, supported by Operation Harness, saw more than 400 police officers and staff execute approximately 70 warrants at residential and business addresses in Swindon and London.

As a result of yesterday’s activity, 52 people were arrested.

Police want to speak to Darren Walcott from London Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police want to speak to Leon Ryan from Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police want to speak to Thane Orlando Pilgrim from Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police want to speak to Callum Jonathan Michael Johnson from Wroughton Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police want to speak to Shane Ian Sidney Harper from Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

These men should not be approached by members of the public, instead, anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.


Hundreds of officers carry out drugs raid in Swindon

Drugs officers have carried out Wiltshire Police's biggest set of raids in the force's history.

They planned to execute warrants at 60 addressed in Swindon.

The operation follows a major crack down on Class A drugs in the town, with months of undercover work being done.

More than 400 officers were involved in the raids, with the main aim to try and seize heroine and crack cocaine.

The former air base was used as a temporary headquarters for the raids.

Officers gather at hangar RAF Lyneham for the drugs raid breifing Credit: ITV News

Police warn about carrying sharp items

Police are warning people about carrying small items that could be seen as a dangerous weapon.

It comes after a 21-year-old man was given a fine of £175 after police found he was carrying a small knife on a keyring.

The knife was under 3 inches long but it was said to be dangerous enough that the male was charged with possessing a knife blade or sharp pointed article in a public place.

PC George Rabczak at Wiltshire Police said, "The male argued that the knife was under three inches and could not do any damage.

"This is clearly not the case as the sharp-pointed tip and jagged edge could cause serious injuries if used in a violent manner.

"I would urge anyone to think carefully about what they carry in public as anything which could be used to cause harm could result in you getting arrested and charged."

Police back national alcohol campaign

Wiltshire Police are supporting alcohol harm week, which will raise awareness of alcohol-related incidents this week.

From Wednesday to Sunday the initiative will see forces throughout the country taking part in a host of proactive activities to tackle this issue.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams throughout Wiltshire will be engaging in a variety of activities including school visits, Pubwatch meetings, taxi operations and high visibility patrols.

Police will also be working with partner organisations such as Wiltshire Council and Fire and Rescue Service to highlight the issues.

People all too easily forget the risks that come with drinking to excess. If you can’t think clearly you make yourself more vulnerable, are more likely to become a victim of crime and are more likely to be injured or involved in violence. Nationally, nearly 50% of violent crime is alcohol related and in nearly half of all domestic abuse incidents the offenders are thought to be under the influence of alcohol."

– Paul Mills, Chief Superintendent, Head of Local Policing

Cash boost for anti-crime projects

Police on patrol in Wiltshire Credit: Wiltshire Police

Twelve Wiltshire projects to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as supporting victims, are being awarded grants totalling nearly £400,000 in the first round of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s £1m Innovation Fund.

The projects include support for teenage abuse victims, mentoring for those leaving prison after short-term sentences and a mobile youth van in Swindon.

Those receiving funding: The Centre for Justice Innovation, Doorway Wiltshire, Salisbury Street Pastors, Splash, Swindon Advocacy Movement, Swindon Women’s Aid, Trowbridge Community Area Future, Unchosen Swindon, Victim Support, Wiltshire Police Outbox scheme and Wiltshire Probation Trust.

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