Witness appeal after anti-social behaviour in Salisbury

Alert message sent 21/10/2019 11:12:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

We are appealing for witnesses after two incidents of anti-social behaviour in Salisbury yesterday (20/10/19).

The first happened at Salisbury Cathedral at around 8.10am when a group of four boys disturbed a service by shouting abuse at worshippers and splashing water from the font.

The cathedral's security were called and the group were ejected.

Shortly afterwards, at around 9.30am, a woman in her 50s was walking through the Maltings shopping centre, when she was spat at and verbally abused by the same group of boys.

She called police, who attended and made an arrest shortly afterwards.

A 14-year-old local boy was arrested on suspicion of common assault, a public order offence and possession of cannabis.

He was taken to Melksham Police Station, interviewed and has since been released on conditional bail while our enquiries continue.

Sergeant Steve Jolly, from Wiltshire South Community Policing Team, said: "This was disgusting behaviour by this group of boys, not only disrupting and disturbing church-goers, but spitting at and verbally abusing a woman who was visiting the city with her husband.

"These incidents do not represent the image of Salisbury that we want to portray to tourists and residents, and it is important to note that it will not be tolerated.

"We have made one arrest, but our enquiries are continuing and we need to hear from any witnesses who can assist. We know there will have been a lot of people who were present during both incidents, so if you can help, please call us."

Anyone with information should call Sgt Jolly on 101, quoting crime reference 54190104496. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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