Police warning after animal traps found near playground in Abbeymeads

By Jamie Hill - 26 September 2020

Crime

Wiltshire Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to after animal traps have been placed close to a play area in Swindon.

Officers were first alerted to a trap in Shepperton Way, in Abbey Meads, on 6/9/20, which police seized and carried out enquiries.
However, a second trap was located in the same area a short time later.
PCSO Lee Hare, from Swindon Community Policing Team, said: “These are relatively small traps which have been baited with bread and fruit, and someone has attempted to camouflage it with some leaves in an attempt to hide it.
“Not only is there a safety risk, particularly given that it has been placed in close proximity to a children’s play area, but these traps are illegal if you do not have the relevant licence or permission from the landowner, and we know that permission has not been granted.”
The man in the CCTV image is believed to be of Chinese origin, so if you recognise him due to the clothing he is wearing, or if you are the man in the picture, please contact the police.
You should call 101, quoting reference 54200089661. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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