Motorway Slip Road Scams

Wiltshire Police have seen an increase in the number of potential jewellery scams reported over the last few weeks to our control room.

Reports tend to suggest that a car is normally parked on a slip road to a major road such as the M4 or A303. The occupants are usually well dressed males in suits, shirt and ties.  They will attempt to flag down passing motorists, putting themselves at risk by jumping into the road in attempts to stop passing vehicles.

When stopping a vehicle one of the males will climb into the passenger’s seat of the car and ask the motorist for money for fuel, they will offer an exchange which will be a worthless piece of jewellery. Normally they tell the motorist that it is of great value and a fair exchange. The suspects have even been willing to be taken to a nearby cash point for an exchange to take place.

PC Carl Jones said:  "When joining a motorway, even on a slip road, it is an offence to stop unless it is an emergency; people risk putting their own lives in danger if they chose to do so. 
"Wiltshire Police would like to warn all motorists of this type of incident; if you do stop to help, do not hand over any cash and do not accept any kind of jewellery or any exchange for cash.  Do not take them anywhere, instead call 999 and ask for the police to assist in their emergency.
"We believe that these individuals are operating all over the south of the country and it is not specific to Wiltshire.
"We would like to put a stop to these types of scams and to protect people from being ripped off.  Any information, that may help police to identify these males, can be passed to me on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Your Package Has Been Seized" Royal Mail Scam Email

Fraudsters are sending out virus infected emails that claim a package has been seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. The official looking scam emails claiming to be from Royal Mail contain a link to a document which will install malicious software on your computer designed to steal credentials like account names, email addresses and passwords. 

Read more: Your Package Has Been Seized" Royal Mail Scam Email

Bicycles seized by Police - we need to trace the owners

Trowbridge Police recently seized a number of bikes that are believed to be stolen, possibly from the Trowbridge or Bradford on Avon area.  Two males have been arrested, one of them has been charged and the other has been bailed for further enquiries.
The bikes are quite distinctive, and possibly quite expensive.  Please check the pictures if you feel they might be yours, or pass them on to any other groups or individuals that you believe might be able to assist us.
We would love to reunite them with their owners!
Please contact PC Tom CARVER at Trowbridge on 101 if you have any information about this.

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BT Telephone Scam Alert

There has been a recent report of a scam involving a male caller claiming to be from BT, informing he was disconnecting the victim because of an unpaid bill. The caller demanded immediate payment using a credit card or the amount would increase considerably to re-connect at a later date.

Read more: BT Telephone Scam Alert

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."

Safety Warning after Spate of Fraud Cases in Wiltshire

Police are urging people to be vigilant after a spate of frauds where people in Wiltshire have been tricked into handing over large amounts of money to criminals posing as police officers.

Two women from Wiltshire were recently targeted and duped into travelling to London and handing over tens of thousands of pounds and valuable goods to fraudsters. 

Read more: Safety Warning after Spate of Fraud Cases in Wiltshire

Don't Be Spooked This Halloween

In the run up to this year’s Halloween (Saturday 31 October) Wiltshire Police are encouraging young people to be safe and respect others if they are out in communities 'trick or treating'.

Parents and carers have an important role to play to help keep children and young people safe and encourage them to act responsibly while taking part in trick or treating activities.

Download a Wiltshire Police No Trick or Treat Poster for residents .

Read more: Don't Be Spooked This Halloween

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.

Read more: Witness Appeal

Operational policing pilot goes live

Wiltshire Police will start piloting a new way of working in the Trowbridge and Warminster area from today (Monday 14 September).

The pilot will test a Community Team operating model which aims to further enhance local policing.

It will run for a minimum of ten weeks covering Trowbridge, Warminster, Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Tisbury, Mere and other villages in the area.

Read more: Operational policing pilot goes live

Final countdown to tenth Emergency Services Show

This Sunday (13 September) is the tenth Emergency Services Show - and this year's event promises to be the biggest and best yet!

Read more: Final countdown to tenth Emergency Services Show

Wiltshire Police Firearms Surrender

Wiltshire Police is holding a two week firearms surrender. The surrender started on Saturday 5 September and will finish at 9pm on Sunday 20 September.

Read more: Wiltshire Police Firearms Surrender