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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.

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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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Warnings issued to moped riders for anti-social behaviour and noisy exhausts

Posted on Friday 28th July 2017 at 9:41 am by SH (Editor)

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The local police beat team in Bradley Stoke has taken action against a number of moped riders believed to be responsible for incidents of late-night anti-social behaviour that have occurred across the town over the past few weeks.

Local residents are also being urged to help the police by calling 101 at the time of any future incidents.

Beat team manager PC Claire Fletcher wrote in an email to the Journal:

Over the last month we have had numerous complaints in regard to anti-social behaviour, centring on the use of mopeds and scooters in the Bradley Stoke area. This behaviour relates mostly to inconsiderate use of the vehicles late at night and in the early hours of the morning.

Unfortunately, the less powerful the machine, the more noise it seems to make, which we understand is annoying when having to leave bedroom windows open due to the summer heat … or what we get of it.

Over the last week we have identified the young people involved and issued five ‘Section 59’ warning tickets.

Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 enables us to warn the driver of a vehicle. This warning puts a maker on the driver and the vehicle. If this happens twice within 12 months, we can seize the vehicle.

Vehicle defect rectification notices have also been issued in regard to the noisy exhausts.

On Saturday night (22nd July) we were contacted by a concerned member of the public in regard to anti-social behaviour of the moped riders, and because we were contacted at the time of the incident, we were able to stop three riders and advise them that perhaps they would prefer to spend the evening in another part of South Gloucestershire.

Although we do use social media, this is not monitored 24hrs a day, so if there is an issue for the police to deal with, please contact us on 101 (or 999 if an emergency).

We should stress that the vast majority of the young people using mopeds are not causing any issue; it is just a few through ignorance of their actions that are giving the rest a bad name.

If you wish to contact the local police team, all our details are on the Bradley Stoke page of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website.

More: Numerous reports of moped-related ASB on social media »

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Police warning after four burglaries in one day across the Stokes and Filton

Posted on Friday 9th June 2017 at 4:29 pm by SH (Editor)

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Police are urging residents to be aware after four burglaries were reported in the Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford and Filton areas on the afternoon of Wednesday 7th June.

The first happened in the Kings Drive area of Stoke Gifford, between 12.30pm and 1.50pm, when police were called after a postal worker spotted that a window had been smashed. Officers attended and found that the window was smashed using a spade which did not belong to the household. A purse containing cash and cards was stolen.

The Filton burglary happened sometime between 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Thieves used a plant pot to smash the patio door of a house near Shield Road Primary School in Northville. They stole cash, bank cards and a laptop. A witness has said they saw a man acting suspiciously in the area just after 3pm. This man was described as white, in his 30s, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build with short, light-coloured hair. He was wearing a grey top, jeans and trainers

Police were called to the second incident in Stoke Gifford at 3pm – by a witness who checked after hearing a loud noise and saw a man making off from a house in Rock Lane. Officers found a window had been smashed but no entry gained. The man was described as being in his late 20s, about 5ft 10ins tall, of slim and athletic with black hair and wearing a white T-shirt.

During the same day, thieves gained entry to a house in Sherbourne Avenue, Bradley Stoke and stole cash and keys. The burglary was discovered when the householders came home. House-to-house enquiries found that a witness had seen a man in a neighbouring garden at about 3.30pm. This man was described as white, about 6ft tall, of slight, athletic build with short, light-coloured hair. He was wearing shorts and a white vest.

More: How to get in touch. Security advice for householders. »

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