Church Watch Newsletter

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Recent Incidents and Crime
Date and Time
Crime Reference


10/08/2021 17:30
Unknown suspect/s have stolen 3 secured bicycles and 3-4 wheels disc brakes from an alley way near the church. Value unknown


20/08/2021 08:36
Unknown suspect has sprayed industrial weed killer onto a well maintained grave with many flowers growing on it completely killing all the foliage


18/08/2021 16:00
HERITAGE CRIME Unknown suspects have stolen a rural Royal Mail red post box from a post by unknown means. Value of the post box is unknown


31/08/2021 14:00
Unknown suspects have entered unlocked church and broken a microphone inside. They have also defecated inside the chapel leaving 2 piles of excrement. Vale of Microphone unknown.

Crime Prevention Advice

As we approach Autumn and the nights becoming longer, I feel it appropriate to remind everyone about the continued threat of theft from/in and around churchyards and the church buildings.  Please ask neighbours’ to look out for anything suspicious in church buildings for suspects; encouraging people to walk dogs and visit the church building and churchyard regularly; and keeping ladders and wheelie bins etc, locked away or similar. These actions can reduce the threat of theft to our historic heritage buildings.

Burglars break into Hindu temple in Swindon for fifth time, vandalise sacred altar (Wilts Times)
Sadly this temple has been targeted 5 times in the last 5 months alone so please remain vigilant as the personal and emotional loss can have a devastating effect as a victim of crime.
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Tracy Ince (Police, Watch Coordinator, HQ)

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