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CCTV zone set up near Jubilee Centre

Posted on Tuesday 30th July 2019 at 11:11 am by SH (Editor)

Composite image showing a 'CCTV Zone' sign and a general street view in Savages Wood Road.

South Gloucestershire Council has deployed a temporary CCTV camera on Savages Wood Road, near the Jubilee Centre. The camera’s installation was requested by the local police team to support the prevention and detection of anti-social behaviour (ASB) and to assist in the identification of anyone taking part in such activities. The move was supported by the police neighbourhood inspector and the council’s ASB and community safety team leader.

The temporary camera is expected to be in place for a period of three months, with the ongoing need being reviewed at regular intervals.

The council’s deployable CCTV cameras are not proactively monitored. Pre-recorded footage is reviewed reactively as and when incidents are reported to the ASB team via the police or members of the public.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 12). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Working group formed to tackle “spike” in ASB

Posted on Monday 8th July 2019 at 9:34 pm by SH (Editor)

Community safeguarding event organised in response to a spike in anti-social behaviour in Bradley Stoke.

Local organisations have formed a working group to coordinate a proactive approach to community concerns following a recent spike in anti-social behaviour, which has since reduced, and concerns regarding risk-taking behaviour in Bradley Stoke.

Whilst levels of anti-social behaviour in Bradley Stoke are generally low, they do fluctuate and occasionally there is an increase which causes understandable concern and frustration.

The group, which is formed of Avon & Somerset Police, Bradley Stoke Town Council, Bradley Stoke Community School, Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, the Willow Brook Centre and other agencies, first met late in May and discussed a range of issues and incidents that have occurred recently across Bradley Stoke.

Figures show an increase in anti-social behaviour in Bradley Stoke in recent months, although it was noted that reported cases are not on the scale that other areas of South Gloucestershire have witnessed in recent years. However, it was also noted that some comments made in recent weeks on social media, and in some Facebook groups, regarding the levels of anti-social behaviour do not reflect the level of reported cases and have created a perception that the issue is far worse than it is in reality.

Where anti-social and risk-taking behaviour is occurring, it has been found recently to be across a range of ages and has the involvement of young people from a whole range of different backgrounds.

The group agreed a set of main concerns which it would seek to address over the coming months:

  • Hype on social media is, in effect, demonising young people in Bradley Stoke and ‘painting them all with the same brush’.
  • A relatively small group of young people are having a large effect on Bradley Stoke and the perception of young people as a whole.
  • Some evidence of small groups of young people in the area engaging in risky behaviour.
  • A lack of parental awareness over where their children are, who they are with and what they are actually doing.
  • A general lack of respect amongst a minority of young people in the area towards adults.
  • The availability of drugs to young people in the area.

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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, 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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