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Recent Incidents and Crime
Update of crimes and incidents (church related) throughout Wiltshire
Date and Time
Crime Reference

20/04/2021 11:58
An unknown suspect has stolen a marble plaque from a grave. There have also been further graves that have been disturbed.

24/04/2021 14:58
Unknown suspect has thrown a stone through the window of the village hall which is part of the church at the location.

30/04/2021 16:07
Unknown suspect/s have removed the IP's wreath that he left on his wife's fresh grave, broke it into 3 pieces and put it in with the 'old' flowers at the churchyard. TVO £140

02/05/2021 12:53
Twice in the past week, there have been clear signs of someone tampering with the lead flashing on the church roof. Nothing taken at this time, believed either suspect was disturbed in the act or was testing the lead before returning to steal it.

02/05/2021 20:56
Unknown suspect has set fire to the Church notice sign.

Unknown suspect(S) have gained entry to the Church office by kicking in the bottom panel of the kitchen fire door then smashing the glass panel on the office door. Once inside they have carried out a search but have not taken anything

Upper Wylye
Sutton Veny
Reports of “British Gas” cold calling/scams


09/05/2021 07:59
Graffiti has been found on the side of a building which is being cleared by council workers.

Crime Prevention Advice:
Beware of Scams and Cold Calling…….

“There have been reports of scam calls from an individual claiming to be from British Gas. During the call, the individual attempts to extract a range of personal details by falsely claiming that a meter needs changing, for example.

If you receive a similar call, please hang up and do not provide them with any of the information that they are asking for.

If you would like to get confirmation from your supplier of any changes to your account, seek out their telephone number from an old bill and wait at least 5 minutes to ensure the line has been cleared from the scam call. Fraudsters often try to pressure you into making a quick decision, so don’t hesitate to take a step back and consider whether a call is genuine.

Suspected scams or fraud should be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040”

 “No Cold Caller” signs can be requested by contacting Trading Standards, Wiltshire Council

Crime Prevention advice and tips available on our website: Crime prevention advice | Wiltshire Police
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