Wiltshire Police Canal Watch

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Recent Incidents and Crime

Update of crimes and incidents throughout Wiltshire that have occurred on, or been linked, to the canals, their towpaths or marinas since the last update was sent.

Area Date and Time Crime Reference Details
Staverton Marina 05/06/2019 19:07 54190054125 2 suspects seen near to a canal boat, caused some damage, no entry gained.
The Slipway, Staverton 06/06/2019 10:42 N/A Youths seen frequently at location, usually evenings but sometimes in the day with mopeds being ridden in an anti-social manner.
Kennet & Avon, Devizes to Pewsey 01/06/19 – 15/06/19 54190059865 Some reports of bicycles and metal items being stolen from canal boats along stretch of the canal between Devizes – Pewsey. Suspects an older white male, aged 50’s in company of a younger white male, aged 20’s.
Kennet & Avon Canal, Bradford on Avon 06/06/19 22:00 – 07/06/19 07:00 54190061205 Bicycle was stolen overnight from canal boat. Suspect/s have cut through a lock and taken a Giant Avail to the value of £750.

Secure your bike

With bicycles being the a target on the canal, please take the time to review your bicycle security.

You can register the details of your bike on Bike Register and Immobilise. Basic registration is usually free and you may also be able to purchase kits to security mark your bike. Keep an up to date photo of your bicycle that shows any unique markings, such as scuffs or dents, as this could help identify your bike should it ever be taken.

Always lock your bicycle wherever you leave it – it only takes seconds to steal an unsecured bike. Try to lock it in a well-lit public area where people will pass through, this could reduce the opportunity someone could have to try to break a lock unnoticed.

Consider using two locks of different types; a good quality D-lock and a strong chain and padlock will provide the most security and deter many thieves who will be looking for bikes that are quick to remove and take away. Try to use each lock to secure the wheels, frame and stand. Only ever lock your bike to something secure; chain fencing, grills or gates could still all be cut through in order to remove your bike.
The maximum fine for fishing illegally during the close season is £50,000💰.

The majority of anglers follow the rules and enjoy finishing legally and with a license. Unfortunately there is a small minority that do break the law.

You can report anything suspicious by calling 101. Or call the Environment Agency incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60. See it. Report it. Stop it.

There are still opportunities to fish for coarse fish while rivers and streams are off limits. The vast majority of still waters and canals will be open and anglers should check their local byelaws (www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-fishing-byelaws ) for the list of sites included within the statutory close season.

You can also find out where you can still fish locally via http://www.gethooked.co.uk/#5ab001f9
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Lauren Clark (Police, Watch Co-ordinator, Wiltshire and Swindon)

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