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
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.
Wiltshire Police has issued an urgent warning about the dangers of illegal drugs after a 23-year-old man was left fighting for his life.
The man, from Swindon, is in a critical condition after he consumed a small green pill with a dollar sign on it, officers believe.
Forensic tests are being done on the tablet to find out what type of drug it is.
Det Insp Lisa Clarke said: “What is really disturbing in this case is the sheer pace at which this man’s health declined.
“His temperature was extremely high so paramedics rushed him to hospital, where he is now critically ill.
“I would urge everyone to steer clear of illegal drugs of every variety but it seems this incident might be linked to a specific drug – a small green pill which has a dollar sign on it.
"I am concerned that there may be a quantity of contaminated illegal drugs in our communities which, if unchecked, could result in further illness.
“If anyone has taken this drug in the last few days, we would urge that you seek immediate medical attention and anyone with information as to where it is being sold should contact us straight away. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111555.
A Trowbridge nursery has gained a welcome donation from a milk thief who didn't realise it was small children that his actions were affecting.The man in his mid forties from Trowbridge was caught by officers stealing milk from outside the nursery this morning.
His arrest follows a number of reports in recent weeks of milk having gone missing from the nursery's twice weekly deliveries.
Following a discussion with staff the matter was resolved by local resolution with the man making a £200 donation to the nursery.
Community Beat Manager Jamie Darvill said:'Local Resolution allows us the discretion to deal with minor offences in a way that recompenses the victim and allows the offender to make a meaningful apology.'
Wiltshire Police are continuing to appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of Carl Harris, 43 from Amesbury. Carl was last seen on Platform four of Salisbury Railway Station at 11:05 am on Monday 1st July 2013.
At this stage it is not believed he boarded a train. Carl requires daily medication which he has not taken with him. Police say it is very out of character for him not to have any contact with his family.
Allan Johns, who lives in the north of the county, has been appointed on a part time basis. If a member of the public makes a complaint to Wiltshire Police and is not satisfied with the way the Force has decided to deal with it they have the right to appeal that decision.
Mr Johns will review these complaint appeals and determining whether the findings and actions by Wiltshire Police should stand or be changed. This was previously carried out by the national Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which now only deals with a very limited number of appeals.
Allan Johns is an emeritus professor at The University of Bath. He has experience in reviewing complaints and appeals as he was chairman of Wiltshire Police Authority's Professional Standards Committee for four years.
Wiltshire Police have announced their new Deputy Chief Constable (DCC). Mike Veale, who has been the temporary DCC for almost a year is the winning candidate. He said:
“I am really proud and privileged to have been selected. I do not underestimate the significant responsibility this exciting and challenging role brings.
“The force continues to be one of the top performers in the country, not only in terms of reducing crime and anti social behaviour but also being one of the least costly and providing value for money.
“The force priorities over the coming months are to maintain that success, continue to prevent crime, protect the most vulnerable in society and improve the high quality service we provide to local communities.
“We will build on the continued support of the people who live and work in Wiltshire and listen to their views so that we are able to tailor the service to meets their needs and expectations.
“I would also like to pay tribute to our officers and staff who remain dedicated to public service and, despite some of the daily challenges they face, continue to be selfless in their endeavours to keep people safe.
“Leadership is made slightly less challenging when you are amongst so many who are so courageous and committed to their local communities.”
Wiltshire Police is urging anyone with information on the large scale criminal damage to vehicles in Swindon last week to come forward. They have released CCTV pictures of a man they would like to talk to.
Almost 100 cars were damaged – with many having their tyres slashed, on several residential roads in and around the Old Town area of Swindon between 3am and 5am on Thursday 21st February 2012.
More than 70 cars had their tyres slashed in Swindon overnight. Vandals struck in Old Town in the early hours of the morning. Police say they are doing everything possible to catch those responsible. This footage showed the damage done in just two hours.