False social media post suggested attempted dog theft

Alert message sent 18/11/2021 09:38:00

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We have been made aware of a false social media post relating to an attempted theft of dogs on Salisbury Plain on Tuesday. The post was shared over 600 times and generated many comments. 

The post states that a Landrover had its four tyres slashed while parked at the Milston side of C-crossing and the owner was approached by a man who attempted to steal her dogs.

We can confirm that the vehicle did have its tyres slashed, and this incident of criminal damage is being investigated by MOD police due to the location. However, we can confirm that at no point was an attempt made to steal the dogs, or abduct the owner, as the post suggested.

Officers have today spoken with the victim of the criminal damage who has confirmed the attempted theft of her dogs did not take place and the social media post was not published by her.

Sgt Steve Jolly said: “Social media posts of this nature can cause unnecessary upset and concern amongst the local community, which is very frustrating. We would like to reassure dog walkers in the area that there was no attempt to steal dogs on this occasion, neither was there an attempt to abduct the owner, as the post stated.

“We have today spoken with the victim who is extremely frustrated with the social media post. Please be reassured that officers will continue to conduct patrols to support enquiries in relation to the criminal damage incident and if you have any information in relation to this, please contact MOD police.”
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Philip Mackie (Police, Communications Officer, Wiltshire)

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