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Recent Incidents and Crime
Update of crimes and incidents (church related) throughout Wiltshire
Crime Reference
Date and Time

25/03/2022 15:05
Unknown suspect(s) have stolen a rainbow from the garden of the church. Cost of rainbow unknown.

25/03/2022 15:05
Unknown suspect(s) have stolen a large wooden elephant from the church garden. Cost of item unknown.

07/03/2022 15:09
Op APOLLO - Two male suspects have planted 15 trees on land protected under section 28 of the Ancient Monuments Act.

25/03/2022 10:34
Unknown suspect has smashed the photo off of the headstone of the grave using unknown weapon. The photo is next to the grave smashed on the floor. IP thinks this was his sister as she threatened to smash the headstone a few months ago but there is nothing to evidence this at this time.

25/03/2022 10:59
Unknown suspect(s) have vandalised the grave and headstone belonging to the IP's deceased wife. Flowers have been torn up and a heavy concrete block has been thrown at the headstone causing it to chip.

13/04/2022 11:02
OP APOLLO. 6 X unknown suspect have got into the castle overnight and scratched their names into the stonewall in the "great hall"

13/04/2022 17:37
Unknown group of suspects have entered church on 2 occasions and have thrown hymn books around, moved furniture, run up and down the church and played the piano. No damage caused.

15/04/2022 13:14
Unknown suspect(s) have broken 2 locks on a door which has been forced open to enter the vestry room of the church. Nothing has been taken.

16/04/2022 08:47
Unknown suspect has entered the church and have stolen 6 bottles of hand sanitiser that were dotted around TVO £20; Plastic and metal knives and forks from a tin in a cupboard at the rear of the church, value unknown and 3 or 4 candles and glass candle holders from the wall of light TVO approx £12


19/04/2022 10:54
An unknown suspect/suspects have caused criminal damage by inserting glue into the locks of a church door which has prevented it from being able to be opened and a locksmith was required. Value of damage approx £100


19/04/2022 11:36
Known male has attempted to break into the church by smashing through a stain glass window, the RP has called out to him and he ran off. He was then located nearby.


24/04/2022 12:42
Unknown suspect(s) have used tools on the roof of the church in what looks like an attempt to prise away the lead and have caused damage. There is also damage to the porch roof which is likely from the suspect(s) climbing up onto the roof. Estimated cost of damage between £5000-£20000

25/04/2022 11:35
Unknown suspect/s have taken items from graves in the graveyard and thrown them around the grounds. Some items have been damaged.

Crime Prevention Advice
Home Security Tips
■ In almost one third of burglaries, thieves gain access through an open window or door. Make sure doors and windows are kept locked.
■ Secure your doors. Check the condition of the frames and glass panels to make sure they are secure.
■ If you’re out late, leave a light on to give the impression you’re home.
■ Never leave a spare key in a hiding place, such as under the doormat or in a flowerpot - a burglar will look there first.
■ If you’re going away consider using timer switches, they can be fitted to light bulbs, radios or TVs and programmed to switch on and off when required.
■ Use your burglar alarm if you have one.
■ Make sure your sheds and garages are secure. Always lock ladders and tools away to stop a burglar using them.

Shed/Garage Security Tips
■ Never leave a shed or garage unlocked, even when you are gardening especially if it has a connecting door to the house.
■ Make sure all doors are fitted with good quality locks and lock them.
■ If your shed has windows, consider fitting wire mesh to the inside of them.
■ Consider installing a battery-operated shed alarm.
■ Photograph valuable and unusual garden ornaments and keep them in a secure place.
■ Consider having lockable steel boxes fitted to the floor of your shed to store tools in.
■ Visibly mark your garden and power tools with your postcode.
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