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Recent Incidents and Crime
Update of crimes and incidents (church related) throughout Wiltshire in the last quarter (June/July/August 2020)
Date and Time
Crime Reference

02/06/2020 00:01
Suspect has come to the graveyard and stolen 4-5 plants Lupins, Sweet Williams and others from the Church garden

24/07/2020 12:00
Unknown suspect has stolen lead from the church roof, TVO approx £400

05/06/2020 14:27

Unknown suspect has thrown a stone from the churchyard through a stained-glass window on the north side of the church.


01/06/2020 12:00
A group of local youths have caused damage and displayed anti-social behaviour to the Church on more than one occasion - resulting in panels of the buggy park to be damaged TVO £100


27/06/2020 12:00
Unknown suspect has used spray paint to graffiti "LEEDS UTD" on a church path. The letters are approximately 18" high and white/silver in colour. The paint cannot be washed off. Value of damage not known.

Kington Langley

07/07/2020 21:00
Unknown suspect(s) has caused damage to the entrance of the church by scratching graffiti into the wooden beams. The same suspect(s) has also burned the public notices inside the entrance area.


26/07/2020 12:00
Unknown suspects have thrown bricks at the Church windows smashing the glass in two of them.


07/08/2020 17:00
Unknown suspects have smashed a head stone and stamped on a wreath 

Stratton, Swindon

10/08/2020 00:01
Part of an ongoing issue - chapel has been vandalised by unknown suspects, by spraying graffiti on windows, pulling down the guttering and leaving behind evidence of drug use.

Upper Stratton, Swindon

15/08/2020 10:00
Unknown suspects have thrown a stone at one of the large windows to the front of the church causing damage to the window.

Useful to know…
There are several outcomes that the Home Office have implanted over the years to conclude a criminal investigation, one of which is classified as undetected. This does not mean that the crime disappears, it simply means that there are no further lines of enquiry to pursue, and still remains an undetected crime in the police system. It should be noted that if new information were to come to light, then the investigation can be reopened accordingly.

In essence, when a crime is undetected, it means that the investigation is complete with no suspect(s) Identified.  This can include descriptions of suspects who have not been identified during the investigation.  Please rest assured that the crime was investigated as far as reasonable possible, but the case has to be closed pending further investigative opportunities becoming available.

Therefore, if any further information comes to light, then please let the police know by calling 101 and quoting the reference number, and the matter will be looked into.

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Tracy Ince (Police, Watch Coordinator, HQ)

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