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Recent Incidents and Crime

Date and Time
Crime Ref

B on Avon
06/09/2021 21:31
Airsprung Angling Association reports about Poaching on the river and canal, using of traps and killing the fish. 

04/09/2021 02:00
Unknown suspect(s) has stolen a Honda generator TVO £800, x2 fishing rods TVO £100 from a secured boat house by damaging the padlock and latch which would cost £100 to replace.

Limpley Stoke
04/09/2021 02:00
Unknown suspect/s have broken into the IP’s boat house causing damage to the lock and latch TVO £100 and have stolen 2 x fishing rods TVO £100

ASB x 3
Group of youths seen throwing missiles at unknown persons and canal boats.

Group of youths have been throwing apples from bridge at canoes and boats.

Group of youths stood on top of the bridge have spat at IP and 3 others out in their canoes on the canal, then thrown stones hitting IP's canoe in the middle causing a scratch and shouting abuse.  

Crime Prevention Advice
Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal Trust  - - Lots of useful tips on here and good news stories including winter moorings info and how primary schools are helping with plastic pollution.
Wilts Police new improved website
    0800 555 111
THE Canal and River Trust are encouraging members of the public to help tackle river pollution by picking up one piece of plastic this Autumn,
Every autumn, the county’s waterways are transformed into spectacular corridors of red and gold, as the turning leaves are reflected in the water.
While they are great spots for a selfie, the Canal and River Trust is encouraging people in Wiltshire to pick up a piece of plastic as they pose for their perfect picture.
As the waterways and wellbeing charity that looks after 200 miles of canal in Wales and the South West, the Trust knows how important water is to the nation’s physical and mental health.
However, 80 per cent of plastics in the oceans comes from inland, and the Trust’s research shows that 500,000 pieces of plastic end up in the sea from inland waterways every year.
The Trust is calling on waterway lovers to take action and make a difference. If every person who visited their local canal picked up a piece of rubbish and took it away with them, the waterways could be plastic-free in a year.
"Being by the water makes people healthier and happier so, whatever you choose to do, a trip to Wiltshire’s waterways is the perfect way to enjoy an autumnal afternoon.”
Autumnal Walks in Wonderful Wiltshire:
Want to know where to go walking in Wiltshire this Autumn? There are lots of options to choose from. Autumn in Wiltshire means crisp days, trees blushing red and orange and early-morning mists hanging over the fields. You'll probably need a raincoat and good walking boots, but don't let that put you off - this is a spectacular time of year to discover our beautiful countryside. Spend a day strolling through Wiltshire's woods and fields, admiring the bright Autumn colours, and then relax into the evening next to the fire in one of our cosy and welcoming pubs.
Savernake Forest, near Marlborough
The Kennet & Avon Canal
Cotswold Water Park
Westonbirt, the National Arboretum
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