Two women arrested in Salisbury in connection with series of bilking offences

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Officers have arrested two women as part of an investigation into multiple offences of bilking in the Wiltshire area. 

A Renault Espace was spotted being driven in Salisbury yesterday afternoon.

Due to information received that the vehicle had been involved in a series of bilking offences, officers stopped the car in the New Bridge Road area. 

Two women, aged 26 and 41, from Southampton, were arrested on suspicion of theft, and they were taken to Melksham custody for questioning.

The 41-year-old was also interviewed in relation to having no licence, no insurance and no MOT.

They’ve both been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

The vehicle has been seized as part of our investigation, along with bolt croppers, a crow bar and wire cutters which were located inside the car.

PC James Barrett, of the South Community Tasking Team, said: “Bilking refers to the theft of fuel from petrol stations.

"We are working closely with Hampshire Constabulary and Dorset Police as part of this investigation, and so far, we have established 17 offences of bilking in this series in the Wiltshire area alone.

"These 17 offences have occurred between September 2018 and March 2019 and fuel stolen totals a value of more than £1,300.“

"Our enquiries remain ongoing."

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