Letter to Calne residents from Acting Inspector Don Pocock

Alert message sent 07/05/2019 16:09:00

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Dear residents,
 
I am sure, like me, you have all been extremely shocked and saddened by the news of the tragic death of Ellie Gould in Calne on Friday, and the subsequent murder inquiry we have launched.
 
As some of you might be aware, a 17-year-old male appeared in court charged with Ellie’s murder today. He has since been remanded in custody and will appear at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday. It is crucial that nothing relating to the investigation is released from this point as it might jeopardise the case.
 
I wanted to take this opportunity to write to you to firstly thank you for the support and patience you have shown to our officers and staff carrying out their enquiries in relation to this investigation in your local neighbourhood over the bank holiday weekend.
 
I fully appreciate the disruption, uncertainty and concern this would have caused in what is a quiet but close-knit community.
 
The heightened police presence in the Calne area is likely to continue over the next few days while officers continue to progress the investigation. The mobile police point will remain in Phelps Parade over the coming days – if you have any questions or concerns, I would urge you to either visit the police point, speak to officers in the area, or call 101.  Where appropriate, we will do our best to answer your questions.
 
All of our thoughts here at Wiltshire Police, are with the family and friends of Ellie at what must be a devastating time for them. Ellie’s family will continue to be supported by our specially trained officers in the coming weeks and months.
 
I also appreciate the impact this is likely to have on Hardenhuish School, where Ellie was a student, and all the pupils and teaching staff there. I am liaising directly with the head teacher at the school to make sure they are getting all the support they need.
 
Once again, I would like to reiterate my thanks for your understanding at this difficult time.
 
Many thanks,
 
Acting Insp Don Pocock
 
 
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Katie Bond (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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