|We are urging parents to speak to their children about the dangers of speaking to strangers following two incidents in the town.
On 16 January, we received a report that a 10-year-old boy had been followed by a vehicle in the St Laurence Road area.
The vehicle is described as black with tinted windows and a fairly new model. The driver is described as a white female with long dark hair. The front seat passenger was a white man.
Three people were sat in the back of the vehicle and they are reported to have got out of the vehicle in Culver Road and followed the boy.
The first person is described as a white female, aged approximately 25, 5 ft 3 inches tall, with light brown hair worn in pigtails with green ties. She was wearing a pink short-sleeved crop top, black jeans and pink or silver Nike trainers.
The second person is described as a white female, aged approximately 27, 5 ft 5 inches tall, with blonde hair in a ponytail and wearing a black top, beige jeans and carrying a grey or brown handbag.
The third person is described as a white man, aged approximately 32, 6 ft tall, of large build, with dark brown short hair. He was wearing a ‘Guinness’ t-shirt, a black leather jacket and Puma tracksuit bottoms.
In a separate incident, which is believed to be unrelated, two 12-year-old girls were approached by a man on their way to school as they walked in the Mount Pleasant area shortly after 8am on 15 January.
This man is described as white, with shoulder length brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a brown leather jacket, brown trousers and a black cap.
Community coordinator PC Charly Chilton said: “We understand the nature of these reports will cause some concern within our local community and we would like to reassure residents that we are continuing to conduct regular mobile patrols in the town as a result, especially at school opening and closing times. If you see our officers out and about please chat to them and share any concerns.
“We are fully investigating both reports which we do not believe are related at this stage and we would urge anyone who either recognises those involved from the descriptions we have been given, or anyone who saw either incident, to please call police on 101.
“We would also urge parents of the importance of talking to their children about the issues of strangers and their associated danger – please monitor their own fear and be careful not to alarm your children. Ensure they know who, when and where to get help.
“It’s important to stress that no attempts have been made to injure children or get them into a car but we do want people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to 101, or 999 in an emergency.
“There may well be a perfectly innocent explanation to these incidents, and if you are either the occupant of the vehicle, or one of those people described, please contact us so that we can complete our enquiries.”
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The following has been received from Wiltshire Council on 15 November 2018
Older person’s standard Wiltshire concessionary bus pass
Information about the renewal of bus passes
From 01 January 2019, not all bus passes will be renewed automatically. This is because there are approximately 20,000 passes in circulation that have not been scanned on a bus prior to renewal, indicating that the pass has not been used. In these cases, the passes will not be automatically renewed.
If your pass is not automatically renewed but you would still like to receive one to use in the future, please contact Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0100 and we can arrange for your new pass to be issued.
Wiltshire Council regrets that any charges which may occur on bus journeys are non-refundable.
Are you are interested in your community and wish to contribute to decisions on planning, highways, village facilities that affect your village?
Are you interested in becoming a member of a strong, proactive team?
If the answer to these questions is YES then why not become a Parish Councillor as there are currently 2 vacancies.
For more information please contact the Clerk at email@example.com or telephone 01225 783335 or why not come along to the next Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 25th September at the Village Hall starting at 1930 hours.
Wessex Flood Warden Newsletter Spring 2018 can be found on website Flood Tab. Of local interest regarding flooding of Brooks
Twelve candidates have put their names forward and there will, therefore, be an election on May 4th
PLEASE NOTE: To conform with the rules in Election Year the May meeting of the Parish Council will now be held on Thursday 18 May – the venue and time will remain the same
The Parish Council are currently in the process of raising funds to re-site the current defibrillator to make it more accessible. Generous donations have already been pledged and with a little more help we will be able to site another one in the village. If you would like to contribute there are collecting boxes in The Old Ham Tree and and the Holt Superstore.
At the recent Parish Council meeting Mr. Martin Tidman, Wessex Water, stressed the need for members of the public to report any problems to them to help ensure that they provide a good service. The number to ring is 0345 600 4 600. He also spoke about the problems caused by wet wipes being flushed away – about 80% of all blockages in sewers are caused by wet wipes and talks are ongoing with manufacturers for packaging to be relabelled. In the meantime, be aware that many products labelled ‘flushable’ are not and they are causing huge problems for the water companies.
The Parish Council would like to express their sadness following the death of Councillor Mervyn Osman on 14 April 2016 and our sympathy is extended to Sue and the family.
The Parish Council recently appealed for sponsors to help towards the cost of restoring Dawes Pond to an amenity that the village can be proud of. The Council has received a very generous offer from Mr Nick Kirkham of Glove Factory Studios to pay £3750 towards the cost. The Parish Council decided at its last meeting to go ahead with the project, funding the balance of the cost from the Village Development Fund. A contractor has been selected and the work will be carried out late August/September this year. The delay is in order to cause the minimum disruption to wildlife. The project will re-shape the pond to include a shallow margin area all round for safety. A buried butyl rubber liner will ensure that there are no leaks and a pump will be installed to top up the level of the pond from the brook. The whole area will be grassed and works to some of the trees will be undertaken. Some new planting of evergreens at the rear of the pond will be made.
Until recently all green waste bins supplied by Wiltshire Council in West Wiltshire were 240 litre capacity, however, the new bins now being supplied are 180 litre in line with the size of bins in other parts of the County. The charge for green waste collection is the same for all sizes. The reduction in the size of the bins is not shown on the Wiltshire Council website when ordering a new one.