The helicopter of the Western Counties Air Operations Unit was called in this afternoon (Saturday 21st June) to help in the search for four suspected robbers on the run in Bradley Stoke.
The “eye in the sky” was seen hovering over the town at around 5pm, whilst on the ground Police vehicles were seen in action at The Common (East) and, on the other side of Primrose Bridge, in Campion Drive.
Residents of Campion Drive reported seeing three handcuffed suspects being put into Police cars that had pulled up close to the fence that runs alongside the Three Brooks public footpath leading up to Primrose Bridge. Police seemed to be seeking further suspects and three officers were seen running off towards the nature reserve on the other side of Patchway Brook (see photo above), but they later returned empty-handed.
[Postscript – Monday 23rd June 2008] The following statement has been given to The Journal by Avon and Somerset Police:
Police were called at 4.54pm on Saturday June 21 2008 by members of the public reporting that four youths matching the description of those wanted for a robbery in Campion Drive, Bradley Stoke, on Friday June 20 2008 were on Patchway Common.
Officers attended and the helicopter of the Western Counties Air Operations Unit was involved in the search for the suspects.
Three men were detained by 5.20pm. A 19-year-old from Patchway, an 18-year-old from Bradley Stoke and a 16-year-old from Filton were all arrested on suspicion of robbery and bailed pending further police enquiries.
[Postscript – Tuesday 24th June 2008] Police have issued a revised statement. We are now told that Friday’s incident was an alleged assault rather than robbery and that it occurred at The Common (East).
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