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Warning issued as Bradley Stoke bike thefts soar

Posted on Friday 17th November 2017 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of bicycles parked near the entrance to Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Local police are advising cyclists to review their security precautions after ten bikes were reported stolen from public locations within Bradley Stoke over the last nine weeks.

Incidents within just the last two weeks have included four bikes being taken from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (one on 3rd November and three on 13th November) and another being taken from the Willow Brook Centre (on 6th November).

The latest figures are significantly higher than those from a year ago, when just one bike theft was recorded in Bradley Stoke over the three month period commencing 1st September 2016.

N.B. All figures quoted relate to incidents that have been reported to the police. The actual number of thefts may be higher due to non-reporting.

A police spokesperson said:

“If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked bikes, give us a call straight away. If they’re obviously committing a crime, ring 999. Otherwise, call 101.”

“Permanently marking your bike and any hi-spec parts with your postcode could deter a thief as it means they can be identified as stolen. A good quality lock, securing the bike to an immovable object, can also make them think twice. We’d recommend checking out www.soldsecure.com for locks which have been tested and graded by locksmiths. Be prepared to spend around 10 percent of the value of your bike.”

More advice: Keeping your bike secure (Avon and Somerset Police)

Photo: Bicycle parking at the front of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

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Bradley Stoke home targeted in series of gold burglaries on same day

Posted on Thursday 5th October 2017 at 7:11 pm by SH (Editor)

CCTV image of two men whom police are keen to trace.

Police are appealing for information after items of gold jewellery were stolen during break-ins at homes in Bradley Stoke, Filton and Shirehampton on Monday 2nd October.

A fourth break-in, also on Monday, at a property in Westbury-on-Trym, is also being investigated.

The first happened in the Three Brooks Lane area of Bradley Stoke between 8.45am and 12.45pm. The thieves scaled a six-foot garden fence to break in and steal gold jewellery, including a diamond bangle (pictured below), as well as cash in Indian rupees and a small gold-plated statue of Ganesha.

Between 12.55pm and 1.45pm, thieves forced the rear doors of a house in Southmead Road, Filton and stole two gold bangles and a laptop. It’s thought the burglars were disturbed by the alarm sounding. The householder remembers seeing an unfamiliar white car parked in the road as they left the property.

A house in Home Ground, Westbury-on-Trym was broken into between 1.40pm and 2.50pm. The burglars damaged the front and back doors and gained entry by forcing a window. It’s not yet clear what was stolen. Again an unfamiliar white car was seen in the area at the time.

Finally, a house in St Marys Road, Shirehampton was burgled between 3pm and 3.40pm. The thieves smashed the rear patio door and stole gold jewellery.

Officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries in each of the areas affected. Forensic investigations have taken place at each property and the Bobby Van, a specially trained police carpenter, will visit to offer home security advice.

Police say they’re keen to trace two men who were seen getting into a white car in Westbury-on-Trym at around 2.30pm. One wore a white hoodie and dark-coloured trousers, while the second wore a dark-coloured hoodie and baseball cap (pictured above).

More: Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch »

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Appeal for information following Ellicks Close fire

Posted on Monday 21st August 2017 at 11:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Local police are appealing for information after a fire at the home of a woman and her two young children, which they believe was started deliberately.

The fire at a property in Ellicks Close, Bradley Stoke caused extensive damage to the garage, including a number of appliances and garden tools, as well as a car parked on the driveway.

The incident happened at about 3.45am on Saturday 12th August and, fortunately, the family escaped unharmed.

Investigating officer PC Ryan Day said:

“The outcome could have been so much worse.  At the time the fire started, the two young children and their mother were fast asleep inside.”

“I’d urge anyone in the area at the time, or who may have information to help our investigation, to get in touch.”

A 17-year-old voluntarily attended a police station in connection with the incident and was released without charge.

Anyone with information should call the police on the non-emergency number 101 (or contact them online) quoting reference 5217184813.  You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  They never ask for your name and cannot trace your call.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

Image: Still from a video of the Ellicks Close fire posted on a local Facebook group

See also: Family possessions destroyed in shocking arson attack as mother and children sleep upstairs (Bristol Post)

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Police beat team report (July 2017)

Posted on Saturday 5th August 2017 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

An update from PC Claire Fletcher of the Bradley Stoke beat team.

Logo of Avon & Somerset Constabulary.

We’ve recently seen an increase in thefts of tools from vans across South Gloucestershire. Please tell us if you see anyone acting suspiciously. This crime really does impact on tradespeople’s livelihoods.

We know it’s not always possible to empty a work van overnight, but we’d recommend it if you can. Otherwise:

  • Permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode to make them identifiable
  • Keep them inside a secure storage cage or box anchored within the vehicle
  • Set the alarm as well as locking the van
  • Park it in a secure garage or with the doors against a wall or another vehicle to make access more difficult

Remember, if you see anyone trying to break into a van, call 999 immediately.

Don’t help to create a market for stolen goods – we’d also like to hear from you if you see tools offered for sale, online or in person, at a suspiciously cheap price.

We’ve been targeting our patrols to tackle noisy and nuisance moped riders in the town.

We have powers to seize vehicles which are being used in an anti-social way and we have done so six times recently [see previous Journal article]. The owners have to pay more than £100 to get the moped back.

We can – and do – also issue notices to riders with faulty vehicles (such as noisy exhausts) a notice to fix it within 14 days.

Did you know you can contact us through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk? Just type your postcode into the ‘Your Area’ box and click the green ‘contact the team’ button.

Remember, incidents need to be reported by calling 101, 999 or through the website in order for us to take action!

PCSO Alicia Harvey and I have also been running a successful wellbeing project. As well as encouraging people to run and take exercise, we had talks on mindfulness and the links between exercise and health. We hope to continue after the school holidays, so watch this space!

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