Three charged with various offences thanks to Force's new team
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Three people have been charged with various offences following swift proactive work by the Force’s new team targeting Serious Youth and Gang Violence and Burglary.
On July 12, the team arrested and secured charges on Kenneth Brown, 44, of no fixed abode, for the offences of possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin, as well as possessing criminal property. He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in court on August 11.
On July 19, officers from the new team located and arrested Billy Butler, 26, of Main Street, Cambridgeshire on suspicion of multiple offences, for which he has now been charged. These include a burglary committed on July 18, two counts of taking a vehicle without consent, three thefts from vehicles between July 9 and July 19, and the theft of a parcel. Butler has also been charged with multiple counts of driving without insurance.
Butler has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Swindon Magistrates Court today (21/07).
A man has also pleaded guilty to several offences after being arrested by the new team earlier this week.
On July 18, Reilly Payne, 18, of Millard Road, Swindon, was arrested after being located by officers following a call from a member of the public concerned about a man looking at parked vehicles in a residential area. Further enquiries identified Payne as being responsible for a residential burglary in north Swindon on July 8 and another on July 11.
Payne also pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon after an extendable baton was found in his home address. He has been remanded in custody and is due for sentencing on September 1. The stolen property has been recovered.
Det Sgt James Rodrigues said: “It has been a busy start for the new team ensuring that these three people have been arrested, charged and remanded.
“Our new team is focused on serious violent offences in Swindon and Wiltshire involving gangs and young people as well as burglaries.
“We are committed to reducing the levels of violent offences, reducing the number of burglaries and also bringing perpetrators who commit such offences to justice.
“Our message is clear, if you are involved in gang activity or committing burglaries in Swindon or Wiltshire, expect this team to be paying you a visit.”