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Wiltshire Detective resigns over misconduct

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Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher has resigned from Wiltshire Police Credit: ITV Meridian

A detective who was found guilty of gross misconduct over his handling of a high-profile double murder case has resigned.

It's alleged Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher repeatedly failed to caution Christopher Halliwell as the taxi driver showed him where Sian O'Callaghan and Becky Godden were buried in 2011.

A High Court judge later ruled Halliwell's confessions inadmissible because the Wiltshire detective had broken Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Pace) rules.

The father-of-three later pleaded guilty to the murder of Miss O'Callaghan, from Swindon, Wiltshire and was jailed for a minimum of 25 years.

But a charge of murdering Miss Godden was ordered to lie on file, as there was no other evidence linking Halliwell to the crime.

An independent panel found Mr Fulcher guilty of two counts of gross misconduct relating to the case.

A third misconduct allegation was withdrawn and Mr Fulcher was handed a final written warning, meaning he was allowed to retain his position.A spokesman for Wiltshire Police today confirmed that Mr Fulcher had resigned from the force.

Police appeal after fake notes used across Wiltshire

Fake notes are being used across the county Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police is appealing for information after 30 reported incidents of fake notes being used in the county. Since January 2014, there has been a series of offences committed across Wiltshire involving fake £50 notes and fake Scottish £20 notes being used.

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These offences have taken place at retail outlets, pubs and hotels in Chippenham, Corsham, Trowbridge, Bradford On Avon, Devizes, Warminster, Westbury, Mere, Ludgershall, Amesbury and Salisbury.

Officers believe this man can help with their investigation Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police think that at least six male and female offenders are involved in these incidents and that they could be working as part of a wider team.

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Wiltshire Police is asking all retail and business managers to be aware of these incidents and inform your staff to be extra vigilant.

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If anyone should try and use a fake note, please dial 999 immediately to give officers the opportunity to apprehend the offenders at the scene.

Police think this man can help them with their investigation Credit: Wiltshire Police

If the offenders are no longer at the scene, then please call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

They also want to speak to this man captured on CCTV Credit: Wiltshire Police

Officers want people to make a note of the offender's physical description and also details of any vehicles that they are seen to be using.

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Officers think this man can help them with their enquiries Credit: Wiltshire Police
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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.

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

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

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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."

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