Local Impactive Crimes 15th to 11th July 2021 - WESTBURY

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Warminster Community Area


Local Impactive Crimes 5th to 11th July 2021

Please find below a summary of local impactive crimes, considered suitable for public dissemination, within the Warminster Community Area.

If you can provide information for any of the crimes, please call Wiltshire Police on 101 quoting the relevant reference number.

Emergencies/Crimes in progress must be reported using 999. Non-emergency police matters can be reported using 101.



People looking for a new mobile phone are being warned of a scam where fraudsters are offering deals which don't exist.
We have been alerted by our colleagues at the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) that there is a current ongoing fraud where consumers are being cold called by individuals impersonating staff of legitimate mobile network operators and suppliers.
Victims are offered early handset upgrades, or new contracts, at significant discounts.
Once customers have been convinced that the deals are genuine and agree to proceed, suspects then ask for their online mobile account credentials, including logins, address and bank account details.
Suspects then place orders with genuine companies on behalf of victims, however select a different handset to that requested and have it shipped to the customer’s address.
Upon receipt, suspects assure victims that this has been an error and instruct them to ‘return’ the handset to a different address not affiliated to the mobile company.
These addresses are usually residential. Upon intercepting the ‘returned’ handsets, the suspects cease contact and victims find themselves stuck with no phone and liable for the entirety of a new contract taken out in their name.
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "We want people to be extra careful when buying a new phone or upgrading their contract.
"If you’re unsure that the person calling you is an official representative of the company they claim to be from, hang up and do not reveal any personal information.
"It's better to check and be certain rather than fall foul of a fraud.
"There are a number of checks you can make to reduce the chances of being scammed."
• Only contact your mobile network provider on a number you know to be correct. For example, 191 for Vodafone customers, 150 for EE customers, 333 for Three customers, 202 for O2 customers, 4455 for Tesco Mobile, 789 for Virgin Mobile and 150 for Sky Mobile.
• If you receive a device that you did not order or expect, contact the genuine sender immediately. The details for this will be within the parcel.
• NEVER post a device directly to a given address. All genuine Mobile Network Operators would send out a jiffy bag for you to return without you incurring additional cost.
• If you’re unsure that the person calling you is an official representative of the company they claim to be from, hang up and do not reveal any personal information.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to https://crowd.in/bAHiTS or call 0300 123 2040.

Westbury Police
Police officers have seized an E-scooter from Eden Vale Road, Westbury today around 4pm. The teenaged rider had been zigzagging up the main road, attempting to play chicken with oncoming vehicles. Even the sight of a marked police car driving towards him did not deter him from his dangerous manoeuvres. The boy made off from the officers when they directed him to stop, eventually abandoning the E-scooter. The scooter was seized for having no insurance.
Whilst the scooter was being seized, a member of the public stopped and thanked the officer because the rider had been causing problems for him on that road for weeks.
In order for an E-Scooter to be road legal it needs to be registered with the DVLA, fitted with number plates and insured before they can be driven on public roads including pavements. If these requirements aren’t met then the scooter may be seized and destroyed. If you have purchased one of these motorised scooters for yourself or a family member and they have not been made road legal, they can only be ridden on private land, such as personal driveways and gardens.

Reported time 09/07/2021 21:00
Occurrence between 09/07/2021 21:00 09/07/2021 21:00
WEAVERS CLOSE - Unknown female suspect has thrown a rock at the Aggrieved person’s vehicle. Aggrieved person is not engaging with police therefore damage has not been confirmed.

Reported time 10/07/2021 11:18
Occurrence between 09/07/2021 19:45 09/07/2021 19:45
ATHELNEY AVENUE - Unknown person was seen pulling up in a van and going to look in the windows of Aggrieved person's address.

Reported time 10/07/2021 17:11
Occurrence between 20/06/2021 00:01 10/07/2021 16:51
SLAG LANE - Unknown suspect has shot a goose causing it to be injured and discharged gun cartridges have been left in horses field causing the horses to be extremely agitated and their owner to be alarmed and fearful that someone will be harmed.

Reported time 05/07/2021 16:21
Occurrence between 05/05/2021 16:00 05/07/2021 16:21
EDEN VALE ROAD - scooter seen being ridden illegally and seized by Police

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