Witness appeal following sexual assaults in Swindon

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Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following two incidents of sexual assault in a Swindon supermarket.

The incidents took place between 5.50pm and 5.55pm on 19th December 2014 in Asda Walmart supermarket, North Swindon.

A 13 year-old girl and a 40 year-old woman were both approached by a man who touched them inappropriately. The man then left the supermarket.

The man is described as white, in his late teens/early 20s, of slim build and around 5ft 5ins tall. He had dark hair which was short around the side and gelled up at the front. The man was wearing a black suit jacket and trousers, a maroon round neck jumper and black trainers. He was also carrying a yellow plastic bag.

CCTV stills of a man police wish to speak to in connection with these incidents is attached.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may recognise this man or believes they may have also been the victim of a sexual assault.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Ben Moore via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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Police warn businesses regarding latest scam

Police are warning businesses and the self employed in Swindon regarding the latest scam.

Businesses have recently received letters from VAT registration scammers who are encouraging to people to join what appear to be official directories.

The scammers have downloaded company information which are in most part lawfully available on the internet or other publications.

The scam comes from Hamburg in Germany, with links to other overseas locations, from the address of digital publisher in Hamburg, Germany. Other overseas addresses are also used including Spain and Canada.

An envelope is included with a return postal address of MLG Greenford, UK. The letter claims that the placing of these VAT entries in their directory is obligatory under ‘changes to the EU economic package’.

They are using official looking documents with fine print and misleading information. The documents are well prepared to give the impression that information has to be provided and prices for their ‘service’ range from £797.

If you receive this correspondence from TVV Tele Verzeichnis Verlag GmbH or similar asking you to place an entry in their VAT Registration Directory then the best advice is to keep your money in your pocket and not engage with this scam.

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Witness appeal following burglary in Salisbury

Wiltshire Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Salisbury.

The incident took place at some time between Wednesday 24th December 2014 and Saturday 27th December 2014 at National Tyres & Autocare on Southampton Road.

Entry was forced into the premises and a small amount of cash was stolen. Some property inside the building was also damaged.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who either witnessed the incident or has any information that may assist them with their enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Steve Allen via 101 or Crimstoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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Witness appeal following assault in Warminster

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Warminster in the early hours of New Years Day.

The incident took place at approximately 12.15am on Thursday 1st January 2015 in Manor Gardens.

A 22 year-old man was attacked by three teenagers as he walked through Manor Gardens. The victim suffered head and torso injuries during the incident which required hospital treatment.

The man has since been released from hospital.

Officers believe the incident may be linked to a further assault in the area earlier in the night.

Two 16 year-old boys and one 15 year-old boy – all from Westbury – were arrested on suspicion of causing Grievous Bodily Harm. All three boys been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Police believe a number of people may have witnessed the assault and are keen to hear from anyone who was either in or near to Manor Gardens in the early hours of January 1st.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tina Parham via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information may be left anonymously.

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Appeal for witnesses following indecent exposure in Swindon

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Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following an indecent exposure in Swindon.

The incident took place at approximately 2.20pm on 10th October 2014 near to the County Ground athletics track.

Two teenage girls were walking close to the athletics track when they noticed a naked man in a nearby bush performing a sex act on himself.

The man then put his clothes back on and cycled off in the direction of a nearby Tesco supermarket.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his 50s, approximately 5ft 8ins tall and of chubby build. He was wearing glasses and is described as having a large nose and a lot of black and grey chest hair.

He was wearing a predominately black t-shirt with some white on it which was pulled up around his neck.

An efit of a man police would like to speak to in connection with this incident is attached above.

Anyone who can identify this man or who may have information on the incident should contact PC Tom Gregory via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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Witness appeal following robbery in Trowbridge

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Trowbridge.

The incident took place at approximately 7.50am on Saturday 3rd January 2015 at the rear of The John of Gaunt School between Pitman Avenue and Gloucester Road.

A 22 year-old woman was walking to work when she was approached from behind by a man who attempted to grab her handbag. The woman was pushed to the floor during the altercation before the man ran off down Pitman Avenue with her handbag.

The man is described as white, in his mid 20s, of slim build and approximately 6ft tall with short, scruffy brown hair which was wavy at the front. He was wearing a bright sky blue hooded top, light blue jeans and dark trainers.

The handbag is described as a beige, over the shoulder ‘Kipling’ bag.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Paula Manley via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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Police seek witnesses after serious sexual assault in Swindon

Wiltshire Police have begun an investigation after an 18-year-old woman was the victim of a serious sexual assault in Swindon late on Saturday evening.

The woman, who is from the Swindon area, told officers she was walking through the underpass between Station Road and the Oasis leisure centre when the assault took place.

Police were alerted just after midnight and the underpass was sealed off for several hours to allow scenes of crime officers to search for evidence.

Det Insp Mark Power, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are investigating a serious sexual assault which occurred between 10pm and midnight in the underpass.

“I am very keen to hear from anyone who was near to the underpass or who walked through the underpass during those times.

“Anyone with information is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 101.”

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Witness appeal following suspicious incident in Malmesbury

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident of suspicious behaviour in Malmesbury.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen two men acting suspiciously between 7.30pm and 8pm on Monday 5th January 2015 in the areas of Bendy Bow and The Green in Oaksey.

The first man is described as slim, around 5ft 10ins tall, wearing a baseball cap with a scarf across his face, dark clothing and jeans.

The second man is described as slim, around 4ft 10ins tall, wearing a hooded top, dark clothing and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC James Isaac via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information may be left anonymously.

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Man charged following robbery at Swindon betting shop

Wiltshire Police have charged a man with robbery following an incident in a Ladbrokes store in Swindon.

John David Guthrie, 28, of Harding Street, Swindon, has been charged with robbery following the incident on Commercial Road, Swindon.

The charge relates to an incident that took place at approximately 8.30pm on Monday 5th January 2015.

Over £2,000 was stolen during the robbery.

Anyone with further information about the incident is asked to contact DS Phil Walker via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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Witness appeal following New Years Day assault

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Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in the early hours of New Years Day in Calne.

The incident took place at approximately 3.15am on Thursday January 1st 2015 outside Charcoal Grill on the High Street.

A 22 year-old woman was involved in an altercation with a small group of people. During the incident, the woman fell to the ground and was kicked in the head by a man who then immediately ran off.

The woman required hospital treatment for a cut head.

Officers would like to identify the people pictured in the attached CCTV stills so they can be eliminated from their enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PCSO Mark Cook via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information may be left anonymously.

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