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Recent Incidents and Crime
Area
Date and Time
Crime Reference
Details






Calne
05/10/2021 08:30
54210096996
Youths are congregating in the church entrance porchway. They have been found to be drinking alcohol underage and using Cannabis.

Salisbury
28/09/2021 18:00
54210094866
Operation Apollo-Heritage crime: Unknown suspect./s have gained entry to the building works compound by breaking the padlocked gates. The suspects have stolen keys, and Hydraulic breaker. gained entry to the site Office. Unknown value but believed to be a few hundred pounds worth of items stolen.

Tidworth
28/09/2021 00:00
54210094642
Unknown suspect(s) have accessed a church roof and have stolen a strip of lead 15m x 30cm unknown cost.

Salisbury

28/09/2021 17:30
54210094956
Operation Apollo-Heritage Crime: Unknown suspect(s) have damaged the solar powered car park ticket machine, in an attempt to gain entry. They have bend and damaged the door, but were unable to get to the cash box, which had been emptied after closing. 

Sutton Mandeville

30/09/2021 11:30
54210095354
Between the stated dates an unknown suspect has used unknown instrument to smash a number of panes of glass to the church windows. No entry to the church was made. Damage TVO £1000

Salisbury

11/10/2021 10:49
54210099093
Unknown suspects have splashed paint around at the rear of a church and have painted on the back door and rear wall. They have also painted on the front door, doorstep and on the tarmac. They have left burnt papers at the rear of the building; it is not known whether there was any intention to damage the building with fire.

Trowbridge

15/10/2021 14:00
54210101827
Unknown suspect(s) have stolen a "Guinness" paperweight from RPs husbands grave.

Trowbridge

15/10/2021 08:07
54210101976
Online form submission: Over a period of approx 1yr RP's father’s grave has had items stolen or damaged from it, RP states there have been other graves also affected in a similar manner by unknown person/s.

Calne

29/10/2021 15:58
54210105627
For the last six months groups of unknown youths have been loitering in the porch area of the church and acting antisocially by drinking, smoking/drug taking, eating and leaving their litter behind. A member of the church (IP) has bought a bin, so if they are going to use the area they can tidy up after themselves. Unknown suspect(s) have stolen the bin within the last week.

ANCIENT graffiti has been found on the walls and windows of a Westbury church by Wiltshire Medieval Graffiti Survey.
The group will present their findings on the walls of All Saints’ Church Westbury during an 'If Walls Could Talk' talk by Tony Hack on Saturday, November 13 at 7pm.
Survey members found medieval marks, names of the people who worked on the building in the past and even caricatures of the people they knew, on the walls, doors and windows of Westbury’s ancient parish church. Together with local volunteers, they spent hours on the roof, dusty towers, nooks and crannies of the building recording what they found.
Mr Hack said: “The marks left by the people who worked on and used ancient buildings provide fascinating evidence of the lesser known history of our communities and Westbury’s All Saints’ Church is no different." "Our work helps us to understand the past through decoration, inscription and basic art forms.”
Beth Thomas, Churchwarden of All Saints’ Church said: “The work that Tony and his team have done this year is part of our ongoing commitment to open up the Church to everyone by using it in new way. "It’s been fascinating working with Tony to discover the hidden past of the building. I’m really looking forward to hearing what he found tells us about the history of Westbury.”
Anyone with an interest in the history of Westbury and its people will find this talk fascinating. "Tickets are available at £5 in advance from Eventbrite or by calling 07790 870 247 or £7 on the door. All proceeds go to Church funds.

    
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