Canal Watch Recent Incidents 25th April 2019

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Wiltshire Canal Watch 25th April 2019


This is a Wiltshire Canal Watch newsletter sent from Wiltshire Police. We will be sending a regular newsletter that covers any crimes or incidents that have occurred on the canal towpaths or marina’s for your awareness, along with related crime prevention advice. You are receiving this as you have signed up to Wiltshire Messaging and selected ‘Canal Watch’ as an interest. You can change your preferences from the bottom of this email.
Replies to this newsletter are not monitored 24/7. If you want to report a crime or incident this must be reported via 101. Call 999 if someone is at immediate risk of being injured or a crime is in progress. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Recent Incidents and Crime

Below are all the recent incidents across Swindon and Wiltshire over the last month 25/03/19-25/04/19.
If you are able to offer any additional information please call 101 and quote the crime reference number. You can also update or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
RP= Reporting Person
Area Date and Time Crime Reference Details
Mill Lane, Swindon 02/04/19 19:20 54190032151 Unknown white male with dark beard and dark short hair stolen 4 bottles of whisky from Waitrose then used the canal towpath to make off from the scene on bicycle towards the bottom of Kingshill.
Kennet & Avon Canal, Devizes 08/04/19 20:15-20:30 54190034611 RP was setting tripod up at a canal bridge approx. 0.25miles from Marina. Two unknown white males cycled passed (one wearing red trainers and a headlamp) and one of the males pushed RP into the canal. As RP got out they discovered their black camera bag (with orange logo) containing camera and lenses had been taken.
Near to Bridge 168, Kennet & Avon Canal, Trowbridge 08/04/19 22:00 – 9/04/19 07:00 54190034317 Unknown suspect/s have stolen the RP’s Black Cross Trail Hybrid bike with a basket on the back to the value of £150 from the side of the canal, left near to their boat. Bike was not locked to a fixed object but had a D Lock around tyre and bike frame to stop it from being ridden.
At Bridge 168, Kennet & Avon Canal, Trowbridge 09/04/19 11:40-12:00 54190034399 Black Carrera Vengeance Mountain bike to the value of £300 was left leaning against the bridge with front wheel visible, along with a second bike belonging to a friend. Reporting person has then looked and seen their bike has gone.
Kennet & Avon Canal, Devizes 21/04/19 10:00 54190037990 RP was walking along the canal footpath when an unknown male has been cycling at a fast speed, almost knocking RP over and hitting their dogs. RP had to jump and shouted, cyclist shouted back and rode off before returning again to give more intimidating verbal abuse.
Canal Towpath through Semington, Kennet & Avon Canal 24/04/19 13:00 54190039065 RP was walking along the canal and believed they saw two people openly using drugs. Unknown Indian male, mid 50s with a beard and wearing a turban appeared to be smoking cannabis in the company of an unknown white female, mid 40s, blonde hair who was smoking from what appeared to be a crack pipe.

Crime Prevention Advice: Securing Bicycles

  • Keep bikes secure when unattended.
  • Try to secure bikes in well-lit areas to discourage thieves.
  •  Invest in a good quality D-lock that can’t easily be sawn or cut through with bolt-croppers.
  •  Always secure your bike to something immoveable and not to something that could be cut through (like chain fencing).
  • Consider insuring your bicycle; lots of insurance policies offer it as an extension of home contents insurance. High value bikes will often need their own specific policy.
  • You can register your bike on using the frame number and photographs. You should also write your postcode in two separate locations on your bike (keeping one less visible).
  • You can also look into Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tagging, which can be added to bikes for extra security.


Message sent by
Lauren Clark (Police, Watch Co-ordinator, Wiltshire and Swindon)

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