Neighbourhood Watch Message from Wiltshire Police

Six crimes linked to the Coronavirus pandemic were recorded by Wiltshire Police last week.

Between April 13-19, the Force:

• Recorded 58 incidents linked to COVID19
• Recorded 6 crimes linked to COVID19
• Issued 47 Fixed Penalty Notices
• Made 4 arrests linked to breaches in the COVID19 national guidelines

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Cooper, who was on-call over the weekend, said: “The vast majority of people within our communities are adhering to the Government guidance which is in place to save lives.

“We are focusing on engaging with people in our city, towns and villages – ensuring they are aware of the restrictions. Only when absolutely required have we enforced these rules by issuing fines.

“To date, we’ve issued around 130 fines since the new policing powers came into effect which clearly represents a tiny percentage of our total population here in Wiltshire.

“We know people are starting to feel fatigued by the restrictions and by social distancing but we have to remember the fundamental reasons we are doing this – to slow the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

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Yesterday (22nd), The Neighbourhood Teams in Trowbridge and Bradford on Avon conducted speed checks around various towns and locations, including Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Melksham and Atworth.

All Officers were pleased to report that ALL drivers who passed through the check areas were adhering to the posted speed limits. I’m sure you’ll be thinking? “AH YES, BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE AT ???? TIME”; but I can assure you those checks were in response to members of the publics concerns. Yes, drivers may have slowed down because we were there, but we have to be “there “ to do the speed checks.

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