Crime Update - Salisbury CPT - Tuesday 9th October

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Wiltshire South (Salisbury) Community Policing Team – Crime summary 


Crimes will be listed by location under the headings of Salisbury, Alderbury (area traditionally policed from Alderbury Police Stn) and Wilton (area traditionally policed from Wilton Police Stn). 

Please find below a summary of local crimes which have been reported since Sat 6th October (Please note this is a summary, it is not possible to list all crimes due to confidentiality issues e.g. some violent offences or for domestic disputes).




06/10/18 – Theft (approx. 10am) – Market Square – offender stole purse from owners handbag whilst shopping


06/10/18 – Criminal Damage (betw 6pm-11pm) – Love Lane – offender damaged wing mirror and scratched paintwork of parked vehicle


08/10/18 – Theft (betw 10am-1230pm) – Andrews Way – offender removed and stole rear number plate from parked vehicle


Alderbury community area


09/10/18 – Criminal Damage (o/night 8th/9th) – CostCutter, High St Downton – offender smashed window of disused shop – possibly catapult related damage


Wilton community area


08/10/18 – Criminal Damage (o/night 7th/8th) – Barford St Martin – offenders in vehicle cut fencing and damaged gate to access land, then drove across fields causing additional damage (poaching related)


Please contact us if you have any information which might assist us with our investigations into these incidents. Can I remind you all that crimes need to be reported via 101.


Prolific Salisbury burglary jailed for two years


A man has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for a series of burglaries in the Salisbury area.

David Leslie Clift, aged 41, of no fixed abode, Salisbury, was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court on 3 October after pleading guilty to attempted burglary and five counts of burglary. 

On 4 July 2018, Clift broke into a home in Harcourt Terrace by smashing a window. Although nothing was stolen, the homeowner found a baseball cap inside the living room which was seized by forensics and tested for DNA which matched Clift. 

On 27-28 May 2018, a glass window was smashed at All Saints Church and £30 was stolen from the flower fund. The damage caused to the building cost over £4,000.

Overnight on 5-6 June, St Gregory’s Church Hall was broken into and a number of items stolen including alcohol, cash and damage worth approximately £1,500 was caused. On both occasions, hammers with DNA matching Clift’s were found at the premises.  

The WokWow noodle bar in Horne Road was broken into on 15 June and a safe and till float containing a total of £230 were stolen. A woolly hat found to match Clift’s DNA was located and seized from the scene. 

Salisbury Lawn Tennis Club was broken into overnight on 25 - 26 June and a television was stolen. Damage was caused to the doors and shutters worth £1,500, and a plastic glove was located at the scene by forensics, which again was found to belong to Clift. 

Finally, on 27 June, Speedyprint was broken into via a skylight and several consoles, games and cash were stolen. On this occasion, a screwdriver, which tested positive for Clift’s DNA was located at the scene. 

Inspector Pete Sparrow said: “As the Judge said in court, Clift was a one man crime wave, he continued to attack premises with determination but on every occasion, he left behind an item of clothing or an item used to gain access to the buildings, which helped us link each incident and trace them back to Clift. 

“In most of the incidents, he caused substantial damage to premises, especially at the church where the damage was estimated to cost in excess of £4,000. 

“His actions are totally unacceptable and have caused a lot of distress and upset to a number of victims. We will not tolerate this behaviour and will leave no stone unturned in investigating crimes of this nature.

“I am satisfied he has received a custodial sentence and hope this time is spent reflecting on his behaviour.”



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