A CRACKDOWN on crime in Salisbury has resulted in a number of arrests, police have revealed.

Operation Hamper has been running for a week and will be continuing over the coming weeks over the festive period.

Inspector Pete Sparrow said: “Operation Hamper has only been running for a week and we have already seen some good results by local officers who are conducting regular patrols around the city. It is as much about prevention as it is about detecting crime and I hope our presence continues to deter those considering committing crime in our city."

So far police have made the following arrests:

  • On November 22, 53-year-old Eli James of no fixed address was arrested in the market square and later charged with breaching a criminal behaviour order. He is due in Salisbury Magistrates Court on December 13.
  • On the same day, 32-year-old Chloe Racey of no fixed address was arrested for public order offences in Rollestone Street. She has since been charged and is due in court on December 13.
  • On the same day, a woman in her 20s was detained by security for public order offences in Tesco, Minster Street. She has been invited in for interview at a later date.
  • A 41-year-old woman was issued with an adult caution on November 23 following report of theft from Flying Tiger, M&S and British Heart Foundation.
  • On November 26, a 46-year-old woman was arrested at the Shell Garage in Wilton Road. Frances Pleydell-Bouverie, of Anderson Road, was later charged with criminal damage, assaulting a police officer and public order offences. She appeared in Salisbury Magistrates Court on November 28 and was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

Inspector Sparrow added: "We’ve had a really good response from members of the public and local businesses so far and I’d ask that this continues – if you see a crime in progress, call 999. Otherwise, report concerns to 101. We want to keep our city safe this Christmas, and ensure it remains a pleasant place for people to come and visit and enjoy.

“The Christmas market and ice rink open tomorrow so it is set to be a busy weekend – we really hope everyone enjoys both of these attractions safely. Our officers will be out and about over the weekend conducting patrols around the city – do not be alarmed by this, they are there to keep you safe.”