Canal Watch Crime Updates and Safety Advice

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This is a Wiltshire Police Alert for Canal Watch, covering recent crimes and incidents that you can forward on to anyone who might find it helpful. You can sign up, or change your message preferences, on the Community Messaging website.

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Recent Incidents and Crimes

These are the crimes and incidents that have occurred on, near or related to canals, rivers, towpaths and marina's across Wiltshire & Swindon since the end of June 2019 through to 1st August 2019.


Date and Time

Crime Ref


Kennet & Avon Canal, near to the Tythe Barn Bradford on Avon

21/04/2019 21:00 – 21:20


Unknown suspect stole an unattended bicycle from outside of a friend's canal boat. Yellow mountain bike, male frame with red painted triangles and skull stickers. TVO £160. Occurred April 2019 and reported June 2019 as some bikes were recovered by police and people came forward to see if their bike located.

Bridge 136, Kennet & Avon Canal, Devizes

20/06/2019 15:00- 29/06/2019 21:00


Shouting often heard, mostly at night between the dates, between two people who appeared to be residing under the canal bridge in a tent.

Kennet & Avon Canal, Near to the Wharf, Devizes

06/07/19 23:00


2 females walking along the towpath were approached by a lone male. He acted strangely, seemed intoxicated and kept trying to talk to females who walked away from him. Male described as white, approx.40- 50 years old, reddish hair, skinny build.

Devizes Marina

15/07/19 18:15


Boat broken into by 2 suspects known to the reporting person, nothing taken.


Summer Water Safety

The Canal and River Trust and the RLSS have a summer message 'Don't drink and drown'. There are many pubs and restaurants along canals, lots are easily accessible with a stroll along a towpath. Walking home alone, in the dark, after consuming alcohol puts you at risk - your judgement, balance and reaction to any bumps in the towpath will be impaired and the chance of ending up in the water is increased. Nearly a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream.

  • Plan your journey home before you go out
  • Walk home in the company of others, and look out for each other.
  • Avoid walking alongside water after an evening out, plan a safer route and check that everyone got home safely.
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Lauren Clark (Police, Watch Co-ordinator, Wiltshire and Swindon)

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