Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of theft and money laundering in Salisbury following reports of many items being loaded into a van in the city.  

Police had concerns about the welfare of a woman after being seen getting into the back of the vehicle and an address in Fisherton Street was searched on Friday, November 3.

Four people were found inside the property along with a large number of suspected stolen items - consisting mainly of clothes. 

The woman was found safe and well when the van was stopped later in Worcester. 

All three people in the vehicle were arrested and have been charged on suspicion of theft. Six people were also arrested on suspicion of theft and money laundering.

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PC Daniel Catterick said: “We’re acutely aware that shoplifting is a continuous problem for many businesses in the city, especially in the months leading up to the Christmas season.

“We will continue to have a robust response in relation to any reports received from partner agencies, businesses and members of the public.

“Reporting this kind of behaviour will allow us to bring serial offenders before the courts. I would urge anyone who witnesses this kind of behaviour to report it to Wiltshire Police.”

All nine individuals have now been released on bail while enquires continue. 

Wiltshire Police is asking people to report any suspicious occurrence by calling 101 or 999 if there is an emergency.