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Over 200 attend public meeting with police after surge in burglaries in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Monday 13th February 2017 at 9:44 am by SH (Editor)

Public meeting to discuss burglaries in Bradley Stoke.

Well over 200 people attended a public meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Bradley Stoke on Tuesday 24th January to share their concerns over a surge in burglaries in the area, and in particular the proportion of these incidents in which so-called ‘high value gold’ was stolen.

The meeting took place just days after properties in Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke; Bourton Close, Stoke Lodge; and Clyde Grove, Filton were targeted by ‘high value gold’ burglars within the space of just 30 minutes, in what police believe were linked incidents.

Statistics released by the Home Office show that there were 16 burglaries recorded in Bradley Stoke during November 2016 (the latest month for which data is available online). This is the highest in any month over the last six years (which is as far back as online data goes). In the 12-month period ending one year previously (December 2014 to November 2015), there was an average of 3.0 burglaries per month, a figure which has risen to 4.8 in the year to November 2016.

The latest surge easily exceeds the most recent peak of nine burglaries recorded in April 2016, which local police described at the time as a “spate”.

Latest figures disclosed

In response to enquiries from the Journal, Avon & Somerset Police have disclosed more up-to-date figures which show that there were 38 domestic burglaries in Bradley Stoke between the last week in June 2016 and 17th January (a period of around six-and-a-half months) and of these, 22 have involved thefts of ‘high value gold’.

The public meeting was organised by Bradley Stoke town councillor Tom Aditya who has close connections with many Asian families in the area, a section of the community which has been disproportionately affected by this type of crime.

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Burglar arrested in Bradley Stoke jailed for four years after admitting multiple offences

Posted on Saturday 4th February 2017 at 10:21 pm by SH (Editor)

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A man arrested in Bradley Stoke last December has been jailed for four years for burglaries in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Simon Inker, 42, of no fixed abode, appeared before Bristol Crown Court on Thursday 26th January and admitted a burglary of a house in Fishponds in November 2016, in which a laptop and cash were stolen.

He also asked the court to take into consideration 12 other offences, including four counts of trespassing with intent to steal and eight burglaries in which cash, jewellery, watches, electrical items and a bike were stolen. These offences took place in Bradley Stoke, Brislington, Greenbank, St George and Stoke Gifford, during November and December 2016, with one in July 2016.

Inker was arrested on Tuesday 13th December 2016 in Bradley Stoke by local police officers who responded to a call, at 2.47pm, from a member of the public reporting seeing a man acting suspiciously in The Pastures. The police helicopter was brought in to search the area and, at 3pm, the helicopter team reported on Twitter that a burglary suspect had been “located and detained by officers”.

A reader comment on the Bradley Stoke Journal’s Facebook page said the arrest took place on Brook Way, near Christ the King Church. Another commenter added: “Seen him run from Hawkins crescent then jumped over wall into Jordan Walk when I was waiting for bus.”

The local beat team subsequently tweeted (at 3.56pm): “Sorry about all the police cars and sirens in Bradley Stoke. However male arrested for burglary. Now helping police with their enquiries!”

On 1st December 2016 (nearly two weeks prior to his arrest in Bradley Stoke), police had issued an appeal for information concerning the whereabouts of Inker, who it was said was “wanted on recall to prison after his licence was revoked”. The statement added: “He has a conviction for burglary”.

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Bradley Stoke councillor calls public meeting to discuss surge in burglaries

Posted on Monday 23rd January 2017 at 5:52 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke burglaries Dec 2015 to Nov 2016.

A local councillor has organised a public meeting to discuss the rising burglary rate in Bradley Stoke after the latest published figures showed the number of monthly incidents running at four times the two-year average.

Data published on the official police.uk website shows there were 16 burglaries recorded in Bradley Stoke during November 2016*, the highest in any month over the last six years (which is as far back as online data goes). In the 12-month period ending one year previously (December 2014 to November 2015), there was an average of 3.0 burglaries per month, a figure which has risen to 4.8 in the year to November 2016.

The latest surge easily exceeds the most recent peak of nine burglaries recorded in April 2016, which local police described at the time as a “spate”.

Enquiries by the Journal have revealed that a significant proportion of the recent Bradley Stoke burglaries (22 since the last week of June 2016) have involved the theft of ‘high value gold’. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Asian households account for a disproportionately high number of the properties targeted in such cases.

Cllr Tom Aditya, who also sits on the Avon & Somerset Police Advisory Board, raised his concerns about the increasing number of burglaries at last Wednesday’s Bradley Stoke Town Council meeting, and mentioned that one recent incident had seen burglars threaten a householder with “screwdrivers and daggers”.

The public meeting, which takes place at Holy Trinity Church, Broad Croft, Bradley Stoke BS32 0BD this Tuesday (24th January) at 7pm, will be attended by Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Dom Graham, who is leading the Avon & Somerset Police force’s response to the issue of high value gold burglary.

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Bradley Stoke burglary thought to be linked to others on same day in neighbouring areas

Posted on Thursday 19th January 2017 at 9:22 pm by SH (Editor)

CCTV stills showing men the police would like to speak to in connection with a number of burglaries in north Bristol on 17th January 2017.

Police are appealing for information after three homes in Bradley Stoke, Stoke Lodge and Filton were burgled on the same day earlier this week.

The burglaries took place at residential addresses on Tuesday (17th January), in the late afternoon and evening, and police believe they are all linked.

The first took place shortly after 7pm at a house on Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke. The suspects forced entry into the property, made an untidy search and then stole a number of items.

The second incident took place at 7.20pm when three men forced their way into a house in Clyde Grove, Filton. Once inside, they threatened the homeowner with violence before stealing a number of valuables.

The men have been described as white, wearing dark clothing and with hats and scarves covering their faces. It is thought they left the area in a dark coloured saloon-type car.

Then, at 7.30pm, another burglary took place at a home in Bourton Close, Stoke Lodge.

The offenders forced entry via a first floor window before stealing a number of items including cash and alcohol.

Police are also linking these offences to an attempted burglary at a property on Filton Avenue at 5.45pm the same day.

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Appeal after jewellery stolen in Winsbury Way burglary

Posted on Wednesday 21st December 2016 at 6:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Jewellery stolen in a burglary at a home in Winsbury Way, Bradley Stoke on 16th December 2106.

Police are appealing for information after thieves broke into a home in Winsbury Way, Bradley Stoke and stole jewellery, a tablet computer and a digital camera.

The burglary happened between 5.45pm and 8pm on Friday 16th December. The thieves smashed a rear patio door to gain entry.

They made off with gold jewellery including a ring, engagement rings and bangles (all pictured) as well as earrings, watches by brands Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Tissot, and a silver Lakshmi Ganesh.

Investigating officer Dai Nicholas said:

“The family were only out for a couple of hours when this break-in happened. We’ve carried out house-to-house enquiries in the area, crime scene investigators have examined the property and we’ve offered home security advice.

“I’d like to hear from anyone who saw anyone suspicious in the area, who spotted an unfamiliar vehicle or who heard breaking glass at around that time.”

Anyone with any information which could help police enquiries is asked to get in touch online, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5216279301.

Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Source: Press Release from Avon and Somerset Police.

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