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New year starts without a single PCSO in the Stokes

Posted on Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 5:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo (from behind) of a PCSO and a police officer walking along a path.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s commitment to neighbourhood policing has once again been thrown into question with the news that 2019 has started without a single Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) on active duty in the Stokes.

The diminishing number of PCSOs first came to light back in March 2018 when a meeting of the Stoke Gifford Community Engagement Forum was informed that beat manager PC Julie Rudyard was currently the sole officer covering Stoke Gifford because one of the two PCSOs assigned to the beat was on maternity leave and the other was unavailable.

The matter surfaced again at a Stoke Gifford Parish Council meeting in April 2018, when Cllr Keith Cranney raised concerns about “the lack of police resources in the Stoke Gifford police beat team”. The parish clerk was requested to write to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Avon and Somerset, Sue Mountstevens, “about the force’s future commitment to neighbourhood policing in the local area”.

At around the same time, the Bradley Stoke beat team lost one of its (then) three PCSOs through the transfer of one team member to Patchway.

Later in the year, after the town had seen its highest crime figures for many years recorded in June, a second PCSO was lost after successfully applying to join the regulars, leaving just one PCSO. Christopher Baker, on the team.

Photo of PCSO Christopher Baker.

PCSO Baker was well known for running a popular Facebook profile offering advice and responding to queries from members of the local community in Bradley Stoke and beyond. On days when he was on duty, he would often make several posts on his own Facebook profile and respond to issues raised in posts on local Facebook groups.
However, the last update was made to his profile page on 28th November 2018 and nothing has been heard from him on any online channels since then, leading to speculation about whether his is still around.

More recently, at the Bradley Stoke Community Engagement Forum on Thursday 17th January, a member of the public asked Sgt Adrian Fallows what had happened to PCSO Baker. Sgt Fallows replied “He’s not working with us at the moment”. In response to puzzled looks from some of the audience, he then added: “That’s all I can say.”

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Police issue alert and appeal after THREE incidents of indecent exposure

Posted on Friday 21st December 2018 at 4:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the entrance to Stoke Lodge Primary School, in School Close.

Police are asking for help to identify a man who has been following women and exposing himself to them in the Stoke Lodge and Little Stoke areas of north Bristol.

The appeal comes after three such incidents were reported to police this week.

The first was reported by a 22-year-old woman. It happened at about 3.40pm on Wednesday 19th December in School Close, Stoke Lodge.

The other two incidents, reported by a woman in her 30s and another aged 18, both happened in Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke at around 4.45pm on Thursday 20th December.

All three women have described the suspect as being white, in his teens or early 20s, about 5ft 10in tall and slim with dark hair and wearing a dark grey tracksuit.

Officers are investigating the incidents and targeting their patrols in and around the two areas.

Anyone with information which could help to identify this individual can get in touch with police through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101 and quoting reference number 5218280124 (Stoke Lodge) or 5218280881 (Little Stoke).

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 percent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

A police spokesperson added: “Anyone who is approached by this man should call 999 immediately.”

Useful link: Personal safety advice (Suzy Lamplugh Trust)

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Police appeal after stolen BMW found abandoned in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Thursday 1st November 2018 at 5:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Police car.

Police are appealing for information after a BMW car stolen in a residential burglary in Alveston was found abandoned in Bradley Stoke.

Thieves broke into a house between 5pm and 9.15pm on Friday 26th October, smashing the back door. They stole car keys, two Samsung televisions and jewellery including a gold necklace with an ‘S’ pendant, two Pandora bracelets, a Welsh gold necklace and bracelet, gold and diamonds earrings and a sapphire ring.

The burglars then used the keys to steal a BMW. The car was recovered by police on Thursday 1st November after they found it abandoned in Ellan Hay Road, Bradley Stoke.

Officers have carried out house-to-house and forensic enquiries and sent a message out to Neighbourhood Watch members. Enquiries continue.

Anyone who saw the grey BMW being abandoned in Bradley Stoke or who has been offered items for sale in suspicious circumstances, or who has any other information which could help is asked to get in touch through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5218239919.

Alternatively, pass on information through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

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Major police operation sees Eastville serious assault suspect arrested in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Tuesday 11th September 2018 at 9:59 pm by SH (Editor)

View into Manor Farm Crescent from Brook Way.

A wanted man arrested during a major police operation in Bradley Stoke last Friday (7th September) has appeared in court charged with a number of offences relating to a serious assault that took place at the Tesco Extra store in Eastville a week earlier.

The 34-year-old, from Easton, appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on Saturday where he was charged with two counts of wounding with intent, one count of affray, one count of possession of an offensive weapon and one count of dangerous driving.

One eye witness account of Friday’s raid on a residential property in Manor Farm Crescent (off Brook Way) described a “huge police presence [with] undercover and armed police and loads of cars”. Other witnesses reported seeing “loads of armed police” and one said the operation looked like “an anti-terror raid [with] full tac gear”.

The man arrested in Bradley Stoke had been named as a suspect by police earlier in the week. Members of the public were advised not to approach him but to call 999 if they saw him.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Bristol Crown Court at a later date.

It was revealed on Saturday that two other people had been arrested for “assisting an offender”, but they have since been released “under investigation”.

A Bristol Post report on the Eastville incident described how horrified shoppers were forced to flee the shop via the emergency exit after what police later described as a “disorder” started inside the store and spilled out into the car park. A 43-year-old man suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in the incident. A bladed weapon used during the assault was later recovered by officers.

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