Update on Anti-Social Behaviour & Vandalism in Malmesbury - 19th December 2022

Today, the Police issued a press release advising that charges have now been made against a 13 year old in connection with the theft of three mobility scooters and this is after taking advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Sgt. Jamie Ball commented:  “A teenage boy has been charged following the theft of several mobility scooters in Malmesbury.  The 13-year-old, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, will appear at Swindon Youth Court on January 17 charged with three counts of aggravated vehicle taking.  It relates to the theft of three mobility scooters in September 2022. This was a hideous crime – targeting the most vulnerable members of our society and taking away what would likely have been the victim’s only mode of transport. I know the incidents caused upset and concern within the local community. We have kept all the victims in these cases updated throughout the investigation and they have had personal visits from officers to let them know of the latest progress. I hope this provides them with some reassurance that officers take reports of this nature seriously, and we will do all that we can to stamp out anti-social behaviour and criminal activity caused by young people within our community."

Residents are aware that Malmesbury Town Council have been liaising closely with the Police over some time to stop the antisocial behaviour, theft and vandalism in our town. 

As per our previous updates, the clear message from them is that action, including mentorship, other strategies but also legal avenues, will be taken with those who perpetrate crime.

So yes, it is extremely sad that on this occasion the latest charges involve a 13 year old, however the seriousness of the crime against some of our most vulnerable people, unfortunately warrants this action. To say that the victims were deeply upset, is very much an understatement.

We have a great and caring community here in Malmesbury, including the vast majority of young people who are respectful and mindful of others.  Please be reassured that Malmesbury Town Council will continue to do all we can to support the Police to keep the town a safe and special place to live.

 

Kim Power – MAYOR OF MALMESBURY

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