Wiltshire Police can now confirm that it has received more than 70 reports of criminal damage to vehicles in Swindon early this morning. Many of the cars had their tyres slashed in a vandalism spree between 3am and 5am. Earlier reports suggested the number of cars damaged was closer to 150.
Supt Gavin Williams said: "This sort of crime absolutely beggars belief. The victims of these crimes are hard-working families who have lawfully parked their vehicles outside of their homes. This is a particularly pointless, idiotic crime and I am keen to bring those responsible to justice."
Vandals slashed the tyres of about 150 cars in Swindon overnight. Most of the damage was done to cars in five town centre streets between 2am and 5am today. A large number of police officers are now in the area speaking to victims and witnesses.
Wiltshire Police Inspector Joe Saunders said: "These offender(s) have been brazen in the sheer number of vehicles they have damaged early this morning. I would like to reassure the local community that Wiltshire Police is taking this incident very seriously."
Wiltshire Police have issued safety warnings to drivers after 27 accidents this morning involving black ice. The incidents have mostly involved single vehicles. It is believed that the deceptive black ice on the roads havs been caused by rain washing away the grit from snow left on the ground.
The main area affected has been around Swindon and Chippenham.
Hampshire Police have released their drink drive figures for the festive season over Christmas and the New Year. The number of arrests have dropped by 15% compared to last year.
A total of 5,811 drivers were breath tested – 4% more than over Christmas 2011.
Two hundred and five people had positive reading and were arrested. Of this number 12% were at least three times over the drink-drive limit.
Officers have charged 140 people (68%) with drink-drive offences, bailed 51 (25%) pending further enquiries, and released 14 people (7%) with no further action.
Wiltshire Police have released the results of their Christmas Drink Drive campaign. Officers arrested eighty-five drivers for positive breath tests, refusing or failing to provide a test.
Another thirteen drivers were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs while driving.
The annual anti-drink driving campaign ran from 1st December to 1st January 2013. Wiltshire Police administered 2,579 breath tests in total.
They were told they'd be able to hire and fire Chief Constables and that's exactly what Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has done.
Angus Macpherson has appointment Patrick Geenty in the role of Chief Constable. It's a five year contract with an estimated annual salary of £133,000 pounds.
Mr Macpherson, himself, was announced as the first commissioner in England and Wales, back in November. He was the Conservative candidate in that election. Earlier, he spoke to Sangeeta.
The first chief constable to be appointed by a newly-elected police and crime commissioner (PCC) was revealed today.
The appointment of Patrick Geenty, who will head the operational side of Wiltshire Police, was announced by PCC Angus Macpherson.
Mr Macpherson, who ran as a Conservative candidate in November's election, is exercising the power which comes with the newly-elected role.
Mr Geenty was already the acting chief constable and considered the front runner for the position, but his role has now been confirmed.
Three candidates were interviewed for the fixed-term five-year post, which has an initial salary of £133,000.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson has appointed Mr Patrick Geenty as the permanent Wiltshire Police Chief Constable.
He is the first PCC to exercise his power to appoint a Chief Constable since the elections for the UK's first Police & Crime Commissioners took place last November.
Mr Geenty has thirty years of experience in the police service.
Wiltshire police have announced that Patrick Geenty is to be their new Chief Constable. He has been appointed on a five year contract. He had been acting Chief Constable but has now been given the job on a permanent basis by Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson.
Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, is to become the first to exercise the power to appoint a Chief Constable. He has also put forward capping the police aspect of council tax.
The role of Police and Crime Commissioner was introduced to the UK last year - with elections held across the country in November 2012.