Update, 30th November 2015

In this edition:

  • Crime – local incidents.
  • HengeArts Christmas Exhibition
  • Change to Police Front desk opening hours.


Thefts and criminal damage

This is becoming an increasing problem locally.

Last month two cars belonging to the same household in Tanners Lane were scratched along the full length of the driver’s side requiring expensive repair.

500x5Divider1201511DamageAtTheGeorgeOn Saturday 30th November after 10pm outside lights on the wall at The George were damaged and kicked off leaving “live” 240 volts exposed.

£100 cash reward for the persons name is offered.

The Police have been informed – you can contact them on 101 with information.

Find out more and make contact with the owner of The George with information.

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Bogus websites

Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay by bank transfer.

The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop moneyback guarantee.

Protect yourself:

Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the whois website.

Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.

If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by emailing emailservice@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.

Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.

If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.500x5Divider1

Woodhenge Historic Plaques Stolen

Although not in the village this is a further example of local crime.500x5Divider1

Be Vigilant

Please be on the lookout for suspicious activity or callers.  Always check credentials of callers – do not let them in unless you are completely convinced they are who they say they are.  Do not leave them unattended at the front door.  A genuine caller will not mind you checking by making a phone call – but look up the organisation they claim to be from rather than just using a phone number they give you – that may be part of the plan.

If you have a vulnerable neighbour please pass this information on.

Report suspicious activity by contact Wiltshire Police by ringing 101.

500x5Divider2HengeArts Christmas Exhibition

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HengeArts Christmas Exhibition takes place at Maddington Church Room, Shrewton on the evening of Friday 4th December between 7.00 and 9.00 Friday night and Saturday 5th December between 10.00 and 4.00.

Come and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and some mince pies and buy some unique gifts – or something for yourself.

With so much interest in the BBC’s ‘Great British Pottery Throw Down’ would you like to have a go on a potters wheel?  Terry Kemp will have his potters wheel there again so people can have a ‘pottery throw down’ too.

See you there?500x5Divider2

Change to Police Counter Service Opening Hours

New front counter service opening hours will be introduced on 30 November 2015 including at Salisbury, Bourne Hill – 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm, Saturday.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) will continue to be visible in their local communities and take part in a range of community engagement activities including holding regular drop-in-sessions, community beat patrols, attending Area Board Meetings and Locality Meetings with local councillors where they can share information and gather feedback. NPTs are also able to make appointments on an individual basis with people when appropriate, to discuss specific issues.

People who want to contact Wiltshire Police any time, day or night, can ring 999 in an emergency, 101 for non-emergencies, or visit http://www.wiltshire.police.uk to submit a general enquiry, make a complaint, or lodge an enquiry under the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme.

There is also a yellow phone at each of our enquiry offices where a free call can be made to the Crime and Communications Centre.


The next News update will appear soon (promise!) and include an update on Shrewton’s Flood plan.