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Have you signed up to Community Messaging?

Wiltshire Police use an email alert system called Community Messaging, also known as Neighbourhood Alert, across Wiltshire and Swindon to provide real time information to subscribing residents and businesses.

This is a free service and once subscribed you can choose what sort of alert to receive and how to receive them. This way the alerts will be tailored specifically to your interests and delivered by email, text or phone.

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Appeal For Witnesses After Attempted Robbery

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We're appealing for witnesses after a teenager was grabbed and punched in the face in an attempted robbery in Trowbridge.

The 16-year-old victim was walking with his friends, between Lamplighters Walk and Rutland Crescent around 8.45pm on Wednesday (25/9), when two unknown people approached from behind on bikes.

The offenders, both described as male and dressed in dark clothing with covered faces, grabbed the victim, punched him to the face and demanded he empty his pockets.

After the victim handed over cigarettes, the two suspects left the scene.

PC Barry Dalton, from Trowbridge Community Policing Team, said: "Understandably any incident of this nature is concerning for the local community but we would like to reassure them that we take reports like this extremely seriously and have swiftly started investigating this incident.

"We are urging anyone who may have seen the suspects in the area at the time, or may have dash cam footage, to come forward and help us identify these people."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote crime reference 54190095513.

Wiltshire Knife Amnesty and Crime Prevention Operation

We're launching our knives amnesty and knife crime prevention fortnight, starting today (Monday 16 September).

As part of Op Sceptre - the national knife crime prevention initiative, also launched today, bringing together police forces co-ordinating ways to tackle knife crime - we will be appealing for people to hand in unwanted or illegal knives and bladed weapons during the period of the amnesty: Monday 16 - Sunday 29 September 2019.

Read more: Wiltshire Knife Amnesty and Crime Prevention Operation

Advice For Residents Going On Holiday This Summer

Are you going on holiday soon? Here's a few precautions you can take to secure your home and possessions while you're away.

» Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries for the period you are away
» Use a timer to set lights to mimic your usual activity when you are not at home
» Consider installing a burglar alarm, and only use a company that is registered or certified with the NSI or the SSIAB
» Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your house and they could even park their car on your driveway
» Make sure all doors and windows are shut and locked - this includes sheds, garages and other outbuildings. Keep ladders and tools locked away - don't make it easy for thieves to enter your property
» Mark valuable items with your postcode or take photos. You can also register your property on the national property database
» Avoid discussing holiday plans on social media. Burglars can use this information to their advantage.

If you have any information about offenders or see something suspicious, call us on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. In an emergency dial 999.

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