Bobbies on bikes patrolling Wiltshire canal

Wiltshire Times: PCSOs Phil Greenaway and James Bates policing the canal PCSOs Phil Greenaway and James Bates policing the canal

Wiltshire Police are sending officers down the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath on pushbikes, following a spate of thefts from canal boats.

The officers are being deployed to combat a series of incidents, along the Trowbridge and Bradford on Avon stretch of canal, which has seen money, phones, cameras, jewellery and laptops stolen. Foot patrols have also increased while plain clothes officers will also be going along the towpath.

Inspector Lisette Harvey said: “I believe it’s very important for my neighbourhood policing team to be visible and accessible to the public.

“Push bikes allow coverage of a wider area down the towpath to support the community there who have been targeted. We are getting really good feedback and the team is also enjoying interacting with the public.

“The bikes are a useful tool and an opportunity that we couldn’t overlook as the towpath can be a difficult area to cover.”

Following the thefts, Police have contacted the Waterways Authority asking them to give advice to boat owners along the canal about keeping their belongings safe.

Officers have also given a list of all the items taken to businesses in case anyone tries to sell them.

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12:08am Sun 21 Apr 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Blimey! Bobbies on bicycles, two by two: Foot patrols: Plain clothes officers. The canal is going to be bank to bank fuzz. Mind you, there are parts of the towpath I wouldn't touch with a barge pole.
Blimey! Bobbies on bicycles, two by two: Foot patrols: Plain clothes officers. The canal is going to be bank to bank fuzz. Mind you, there are parts of the towpath I wouldn't touch with a barge pole. Mrs Donnyfly

10:45am Sun 21 Apr 13

devilstail says...

Do we have any proper Police Officers, every time I go out all I see and read about in the media is the plastic, watered down plod's with virtually no powers?
Would be good to see proper coppers on bikes and on foot.
Do we have any proper Police Officers, every time I go out all I see and read about in the media is the plastic, watered down plod's with virtually no powers? Would be good to see proper coppers on bikes and on foot. devilstail

9:52pm Thu 25 Apr 13

notscot says...

devilstail wrote:
Do we have any proper Police Officers, every time I go out all I see and read about in the media is the plastic, watered down plod's with virtually no powers?
Would be good to see proper coppers on bikes and on foot.
Mwah ha ha ha!!! You just can't afford them! None of us can.
The Govt. has reduced the numbers. It's watered down the entry requirements.
And we still can't afford them.
[quote][p][bold]devilstail[/bold] wrote: Do we have any proper Police Officers, every time I go out all I see and read about in the media is the plastic, watered down plod's with virtually no powers? Would be good to see proper coppers on bikes and on foot.[/p][/quote]Mwah ha ha ha!!! You just can't afford them! None of us can. The Govt. has reduced the numbers. It's watered down the entry requirements. And we still can't afford them. notscot

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