Witness appeal - serious sexual assault in Trowbridge

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Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman reported being sexually assaulted in Trowbridge.  

The incident happened between 12.30am and 1.30am on Monday 16 November 2015. 

It's believed the woman was walking in the alleyway which runs from Pitman Avenue to the John of Gaunt School when she was approached by a man and then sexually assaulted.

Detective Inspector Simon Pope said:  "We are trying to establish the circumstances around this incident and need the public to help us with our enquiries.
"If you have seen a man acting suspiciously around this alleyway or noticed anything else suspicious around this area please contact me at Melksham CID on 101.  You can also call anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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Witness Appeal

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses after an incident on a main road in Trowbridge.

We were called to a report of an assault which occurred on Monday 5th October 2015 at about 3.20pm at the junction with Frome Road and Manor Road.

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Witness Appeal After Attack In Trowbridge

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked by three men in Trowbridge.


On Sunday 28th June 2015, between 10pm and 11pm, the victim was walking along Hadon Road, as he approached the footbridge he was approached by three men (between 18 and 20 years old).  They asked the man for a cigarette, when he replied he hadn't got one they started to attack him.

He managed to run off but was left with bruising to his left eye and forehead.  Unfortunately the man cannot identify any of his attackers.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "If you were in this area, around this time, and saw or heard anything suspicious please come forward.  You can contact us via 101 and ask for PCSO Laura Humphreys or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and leave any information anonymously."

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Wiltshire Police has recently been informed about a telephone scam where the caller claims to be from the Wiltshire Police Corporate Communications team and is offering advertisement in an internal magazine called ‘The Beat’. The caller promotes this as a great business opportunity with a cost of £195 for half a page.

THIS IS A SCAM. The call is not from the Wiltshire Police Corporate Communications Team and the internal magazine referred to as ‘The Beat’ does not exist.
 
If you receive a call from a person claiming to be from Wiltshire Police Corporate Communications team, wanting to talk to you about paid advertising, take as much basic details as possible and contact Wiltshire Police via 101. Ensure that you do not give any personal details, including bank account information or pin numbers, to the caller.
 
If you have been a victim of this scam, please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 immediately.


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Appeal For Information Following Assault In Trowbridge 18/06/2015

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Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously assaulted in Trowbridge yesterday (Wednesday 17th June 2015).

At approximately 5.18pm, police were called following a report of an assault outside the Dorothy House Charity Shop, Wicker Hill.

A 46-year-old man from the Trowbridge area was involved in an altercation with another male which resulted in him becoming unconscious on the floor. It is believed that the two men knew each other and nobody else is being sought at this time.

The man sustained a serious head injury which has been described as life changing. He remains in hospital.

Nicky Winfield, 39, of Bond Street Buildings, Trowbridge, was arrested and charged with GBH without intent. He was due to appear at North West Wiltshire Magistrates Court today. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, including passengers on the T1 bus which was at the location at the time, should call Melksham CID on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.

Security Advice – Scam Email Alert 18/06/2015

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A warning has been issued regarding opening emails from unknown or unsolicited sources.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified scam emails claiming to be from the Royal Mail which are tricking victims into downloading CryptoLocker ‘ransomware’.
 
Two emails have been identified, they both claim that Royal Mail are holding an item for you at your local sorting office and that a response to the email is required to arrange for the item to be resent/collected.

According to the Royal Mail and NFIB the emails appear to be coming from:
 
to=RoyalMailParcelpacketinfo@championmailservice.com" target="_blank">RoyalMailParcelpacketinfo@championmailservice.com
 
 or to=%91yourparcel@championmail.com%92" target="_blank">‘
 
Once installed CryptoLocker works by encrypting the victim’s personal files such as, photos, music, office documents and then demands a payment.

Consideration should be given when opening emails.
 
Further information can be found on the Action Fraud website or at the Royal Mail website