The Swindon Safety Bus and the Bobby Van will be at South Marston School Car Park between 10:00 and 12:30 on Tuesday 16th August.
By visiting the bus you can get Community Safety advice, support and help, and also Free Bike marking and RegistrationFree Bike Marking and Registering (while stocks last).
The Swindon Safety bus is run by the Swindon Community Safety Partnership between Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Faire and Rescue Service, NHS Swindon, Wiltshire Prodation Area, Wiltshire Police Authority.
Police Advice from our Crime Beat Manager, Marc Jackson:
During the summer months, more people tend to venture out and about to enjoy the local country side and good weather. Please can I remind residents to ensure that when they attend local beauty spots, such as Nightingale Woods, that they ensure their vehicle is secured and no valuables are left on view.
We tend to see a slight increase in thefts from motor vehicles during the next few months. If anyone sees individuals or vehicles acting suspiciously around beauty spot car parks, please contact Wiltshire Police on 0845 408 7000.
Information from our Police Community Support Officer, Juliet Evans:
PCSO Juliet Evans will be attending the Meeting Point coffee morning at the Village Hall on 13th August between 11.00-12.00, please come and see me if you would like to discuss any police matters.
Also I am currently arranging with the Swindon Community Safety Team, for the Swindon Community Safety Bus to come to the village in mid August. This will promote safer Swindon and local areas, offering advice on various safety topics. I am also planning to do bike marking. Further details will be posted on the web site when this is confirmed.
A speeding operation took place in South Marston between 8am and 10am on 11th March 2011 in conjunction with the pupils from South Marston Primary School. The children have been working on a project in relation to speeding and were given the opportunity to use the camera and also pose questions to some motorists who were stopped for speeding and who would normally have received a verbal warning.
During the operation, one fixed penalty ticket was issued which will result in a fine and three points, a second person was reported to summons to court due to excessive speed and accumulation of driving points.
Pc Jackson said the operation was a great way for the community to become involved in an issue affecting the village. He was pleased to see how much the children enjoyed themselves and he said it was interesting that the drivers the children spoke to were residents of South Marston village.
Swindon Advertiser run an article about the latest cooperation between Wiltshire Police and pupils from South Marston School:
SPEEDING drivers got a grilling from a panel of unforgiving youngsters as part of a police operation in South Marston.
Five children from South Marston Primary School were picked to talk to drivers who were caught exceeding the 30mph limit in Old Vicarage Lane and Highworth Road between 8am and 10.30am yesterday.
Officers from the rural north neighbourhood policing team also carried out speed checks in Blunsdon on Thursday and over the course of the two days issued 14 verbal warnings, three fixed penalty notices and one driver reached the points limit and must report to magistrates’ court.
One motorist, who refused to give her name, was caught doing 34mph and was asked why she was speeding and whether being confronted made her stop to think.
The 44-year-old businesswoman said: “I was running late for work and was in a rush but I made myself even later so I haven’t achieved anything.
“I should’ve left earlier and this has definitely made me think.”
Nine-year-old Jake, who walks home from school, said: “I think people shouldn’t speed because it could cause a serious accident.”
Harry, 10, said: “We showed them that they shouldn’t drive fast because it is dangerous.”
PC Marc Jackson, community beat manager for rural north, said: “The operation is in response to a highlighted concern from local residents and parish councillors in regards to vehicles speeding thorough the village at peak times.
“As a result it is one of the priorities for the neighbourhood police team to address in the rural north area of Swindon.
“The local school is situated on one of the busy roads, and at peak times children will often be walking through the village on route to school.
“Some areas of the village do not have pavements, so the children are at risk from speeding traffic as they have to walk on the road.
“They learned about stopping distances for vehicles at different speeds, understanding roads signs and identifying safe places to cross the road.
“Hopefully, the scheme made drivers stop and think for a moment about the potential risks they pose while driving at excess speed.”
Happy New year to all the residents of South Marston.
Some of you may have noticed more Police presence than usual during December, this was due to a number of thefts from the Industrial estate on Thornhill Rd. Offenders had targeted the estate a number of times and removed quanties of diesel. Please can we ask that if you notice any persons or vehicles which appear to be acting suspiciously in that area, especially during the evenings, please call us on 0845 408 7000.
Also, there was a number of incidents at the South Marston, where youths have managed to get into the guest area of the Hotel, and have been causing Anti social behaviour, by banging on guests doors and being verbally rude. Please can I ask those you who have children, especially teenagers, to remind them that although the hotel welcomes them, please can they act in a respectable manner.
On 28/01/2011 at 7pm, there will be a Police surgery at South Marston Hotel. Please come along to discuss any issues you may have or just to meet the team.
Wiltshire Police Authority are undertaking an eight week consultation about future plans of policing in Wiltshire, in line with the requirement to save up to £15 million over the next four years due to cuts in funding.
We are asking members of the public to read about these plans and to give their views via a short questionnaire, accessible via the homepage of the Wiltshire Police Authority website homepage: www.wiltshire-pa.gov.uk
We would very much appreciate your support in this important consultation exercise about the future of policing in Wiltshire.