Local Impactive Crimes 4th to 10th October 2021 - MERE

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Warminster Community Area


Local Impactive Crimes 4th to 10th October 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.




WARMINSTER POLICE – Facebook Page for Warminster Town and Rural Neighbourhood Policing Teams
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29/09/2021 at 16:30
We are appealing for witnesses following an incident that occurred at around 1630hrs on 29th SEPTEMBER 2021. This was where a male was assaulted in the public toilets in Central Car Park off Station Road in WARMINSTER. This male was punched to the head whilst using the facilities and then items were taken from his person. A member of public then called the emergency services.
We are requesting that if anyone witnessed the incident or observed any suspicious activity between 1630hrs and 1725hrs outside the public toilets to contact 101 and quote incident reference: 54210095211. We would also like to hear from anyone who has DASH camera footage of persons stood outside the toilets in this timeframe.

WILTSHIRE POLICE Tuesday 5/10/2021 at 7:53
From today, Wiltshire Police officers will be offering a simple verification process to the public which will allow them to confirm that the officer is on duty.
All officers will now proactively offer to carry out this verification check to anyone they engage with who appears concerned for their safety or vulnerable by putting their personal issue radio on loudspeaker and asking a member of our control room to confirm who they are and that they are on duty.
This check can also be requested by any concerned member of the public.
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “Following the murder of Sarah Everard, it is only right that my operational colleagues expect and are tolerant of those who wish to be further reassured in our interactions with them.
“I have asked all of my operational colleagues to take additional time to explain and reassure our communities who they are, what they are doing and why.
“We appreciate that the onus is on us, as a police service, to proactively offer any additional reassurance we can to the communities we serve.
“This new process is a small step but one which I feel is appropriate, proportionate and will be welcomed by those we serve.
“I would encourage our communities to feel confident to ask any questions they might have of any of my officers, members of staff or volunteers.
“We are here to protect and serve you and we understand that you might have questions or comments on how we work to achieving that.
“This new verification process is just one action we can take to try and rebuild some of the trust and confidence this horrific case has eroded and I appreciate this is just the start.
“I look forward to continuing to cultivate an open, two-way dialogue with our communities to move forward together.”

Officers from the Warminster Area Neighbourhood Policing Team executed two drugs act warrants at addresses in the Paxmans Road and Castle View areas of Westbury this morning (07/10).
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to supply and is currently in police custody while further investigations are carried out.
Sgt Kevin Harmsworth said: “We are determined to tackle drug related crime and the harm it can do to the communities we serve. Today’s warrants were carried out as part of our ongoing operations to disrupt this sort of illegal activity.
“We very much rely on members of the public to support us by acting as our eyes and ears on the ground. If you suspect illegal activity in your area please report it by calling 101."

11th October 2021 at 11:28
A drug dealer from Warminster has been jailed for over two and a half years after pleading guilty to supplying Class A and Class B drugs.
In November 2019, 23-year-old Niquan Benoit was stopped by police in Warminster and arrested for possession with intent to supply cocaine. A further search of his room at The Anchor in Warminster found more cocaine and a quantity of cash.
In March 2020, Benoit was arrested after being found with a large amount of cash. A search of his home found more cash and evidence of supplying cocaine.
Finally, in September 2020, a search warrant was executed at a house in the Maltings in Warminster where Benoit was found with a large amount of cocaine and cash.
On each occasion he was arrested, a number of messages were found on mobile phones owned by Benoit relating to the sale of cocaine in the Warminster area.
Last week at Salisbury Crown Court (07/10), Benoit was jailed for two years and eight months after admitting to three counts of supplying Class A Drugs.
DC Tony Swift from Wiltshire Police’s Operation Fortitude team welcomed the sentence:
“Niquan Benoit is a known drug dealer in the Warminster area whose actions have not only caused misery for vulnerable addicts but also for people who get caught up in the associated anti-social behaviour and violence.
“To get Benoit off the streets is a huge positive for the area and just shows that Operation Fortitude continues to disrupt criminal behaviour and make Wiltshire’s streets safer”

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