Catapult and ball bearings seized in Downton

Catapult and ball bearings seized in Downton

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 7:16pm 9th October 2019. (Updated at 11:04am 10th October 2019)

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Police were called to a report of youths believed to be firing at wildlife in the Moot area.

Officers were already on patrol in the village, which has been plagued with anti social behaviour over the last few months, when they were called to the scene earlier today.

Upon their arrival, officers stopped and questioned three teenagers, two aged 14 and one aged 19, in relation to the reported activity. 

The trio were searched and a catapult plus 2KG of steel ball bearing ammunition was recovered and seized.

Acting Inspector John Hutchings said:

"I have said previously that we will not tolerate the possession of such dangerous weapons in a public place in South Wiltshire. Whether that possession is with an adult or a child, the lawful excuses to be wandering around with such an item and ammunition are all but non-existent and anyone who chooses to do so, can expect the items to be seized and for them to be interviewed for any offences disclosed.

Wild birds are protected in Law and the penalties for unlawfully killing, injuring or attempting to do so can be significant."

Increased patrols will also continue in the village including undercover.

Downton patrols March 2019
Officers will continue to carry out patrols in the village.

Wiltshire Police have also reiterated their call for locals to report suspicious activity and anti-social behaviour.

That follows a statement released by Downton Parish Council last week.

"The Parish Council is well aware that the vast majority of young people in Downton are considerate and responsible. It would urge residents to continue to report incidents of anti-social behaviour and the Council will continue to liaise regularly with the Community Policing Team and other agencies to support a range of measures to reduce them and the impact on the community."


You can report any incidents to Police on 101 and should alert the call  handler to Downton being a 'priority patrol'.

999 can be used in an emergency.

You can also report on line here:

An alternative is Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where information can be left anonymously.




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