A big operation by the Avon and Somerset Police Force in Bradley Stoke this morning has resulted in the arrest of five young men.
The police helicopter was seen hovering over the area behind Bradley Stoke Community School between about 11am and 11:30am.
A covert police car, containing two plain clothes officers, was also involved in the operation – seen at the Leisure Centre before speeding northwards on Bradley Stoke Way.
Witnesses reported seeing Police Community Support Officers running through the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve and a message on Twitter spoke of four police vehicles heading down a road to reach a “wooded area” in the town.
A police statement obtained by The Journal explains:
“Police were called at about 10.20am today, Wednesday 16th May, to reports of young men riding a motorcycle on the footpaths at Savages Wood, Bradley Stoke.”
“Emergency response and neighbourhood officers, supported by the police helicopter, attended the scene.”
“A motorcycle, believed to have been stolen from Filton College on Tuesday 15th May, was found in bushes at about 11:15am and seized by police.”
“Five men aged between 20 and 24 were arrested and remain in police custody.”
UPDATE (17th May 2012) – also on this page of the police website :
“Five men arrested in connection with reports of a motorcycle being ridden on footpaths in Savages Wood, Bradley Stoke, have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.”
“Police were called to the incident on Wednesday morning, 16th May, and recovered a motorbike which had been stolen from Filton College the day before.”
“Anyone with any information which could help the ongoing police enquiries into the incident is asked to contact the South Gloucestershire Priority Crime Team on 101.”
“Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.”
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