Teenager arrested on suspicion of assaulting police community support officer and stealing moped

By Ben Fitzgerald - 13 August 2019


Officers investigating the theft of a moped in Swindon yesterday have arrested a teenager.

On Monday 12 August, PSCOs from the South Swindon Community Policing Team located a moped in the Wichelstowe area which was believed to have been stolen. 

As the officers attempted to recover the moped, a number of youths surrounded them in an attempt to prevent the lawful seizure of the vehicle. 

One of the youths then pushed one of the PCSO's over before the group fled the scene prior to other officers arriving. 

This morning, a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker, obstructing a PCSO in the course of their duty and taking a vehicle without consent. 

Following his arrest, approximately £2,000 cash was seized from his bedroom and he was further arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs.  Enquiries are ongoing and he remains in custody at Gablecross police station.

Acting Sgt Paul Bezzant said: “There have been several reports recently of this group of youths being involved in anti-social behaviour in the area, and as a result we have increased patrols to tackle the problem. We are working with the local community in order to target the right areas at the right time and we would welcome any intelligence from residents in relation to this, as well as any help in identifying those responsible.

“The assault on the PCSO highlights the mindset of these individuals as they actively shoved her to try and take the stolen vehicle back. These individuals need to realise that there is no place for this behaviour in society and we will crack down on those who continue to act in this disrespectful way.” 
To report anti-social behaviour, call 101.

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