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“Growing concern” over levels of drug use by teenagers in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Tuesday 14th October 2014 at 8:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Cannabis sativa leaf Dorsal aspect. [Credit: JonRichfield link: http://bit.ly/1w0NrnA; licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Specialist youth workers could soon be called into Bradley Stoke to educate young people about the risks and consequences of using drugs, following “growing concern” over levels of cannabis use by teenagers in the town.

The move comes after Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) reported in a recent school newsletter that staff were “very aware that some of our students are experimenting out in the community with drugs”.

The preface to the newsletter, published on 26th September, explained:

“We have been alerted to some drug related activity in the local area by the community police team. We are never complacent about such information and intend to work alongside them to ensure that our young people are safe and not involved in risk-taking and illegal activity outside school. Many schools would not acknowledge this concern for fear that parents would think the school ‘has a drug problem’; we do not and our strong stance on drugs is to ensure that school is a totally safe environment for all our students.”

Parents were told that information to support them in understanding the issue of drugs would be made available at upcoming parent consultation evenings and a full page of drugs-related advice was printed on the second page of the newsletter.

Students at BSCS have been reminded via assemblies about the seriousness of bringing banned items into school and warned that doing so could lead to permanent exclusion.

The issue was also raised at a town council meeting this week, where Graham Baker, the council’s youth participation worker, reported that he had met with South Gloucestershire Young People’s Drug and Alcohol team workers and discussed possible joint working with regard to growing concern with levels of cannabis use.

In a statement provided to The Journal by Avon and Somerset Police, Neighbourhood Beat Manager Jamie Shiels said:

“Our police neighbourhood team for Bradley Stoke works closely with all our schools and youth groups to educate young people about the risks and consequences of using drugs.”

“As far as we know, the Community School does not have a drug problem and we applaud its strong stance on drugs to protect its students. We deal robustly with any drugs crimes and issues – only this week our officers arrested more than ten people in a series of drugs warrants across the Yate and Chipping Sodbury area. We know that young people anywhere will experiment with drugs, and we are constantly on alert to deal with the issue if and when it arises in our community.”

Related links: Talk to Frank (friendly, confidential drugs advice)

Photo: Cannabis sativa leaf Dorsal aspect. [Credit: JonRichfield link: http://bit.ly/1w0NrnA; licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0)

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Man arrested in Bradley Stoke in connection with phone mast arson attacks

Posted on Friday 13th June 2014 at 9:11 pm by SH (Editor)

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A 33-year-old man has been interviewed by police in connection with a series of suspected arson attacks on mobile phone masts in the Bristol area after he was arrested in Bradley Stoke in the early hours of Thursday morning (12th June).

The man, from the Greater Bristol area, was arrested on suspicion of “going equipped” after his vehicle was stopped by officers. He was taken into custody and subsequently arrested on suspicion of four counts of arson. He has been interviewed in connection with the offences and released on bail while enquiries are continued.

The fires were started in the early hours of Monday and Tuesday morning. In the early hours of Monday (9th June), masts on Curtis Lane in Stoke Gifford and at Ram Hill near Coalpit Heath were targeted. The following night, a fire was started at a substation connected to a phone mast on Sir Johns Lane in Bristol. On two occasions Avon Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and had to extinguish the fires but one was discovered after it had burnt itself out. The fourth fire, on Coombe Lane in Bristol, was discovered on Tuesday afternoon.

An investigation has begun into the fires and police say they believe that they may be linked. Forensic investigators have been to each site and are working alongside experts from the fire service to understand how the fires were started and preserve any evidence.

According to the Bristol Post, an article published on the Bristol Indymedia website earlier this week, signed off by the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF), claimed responsibility for all of the attacks.

Read more: Man arrested for phone mast arsons in and around Bristol

In other Bradley Stoke police news this week, a tweet from the local beat team on Monday (9th June) stated that “neighbourhood officers have recovered cannabis plants this morning from an address in Bradley Stoke with one man arrested”. Then, on Thursday (12th June), police issued an appeal for information after a member of the public reported seeing a man taking wood “without permission” from Savages Wood. The man is said to have made off in a small silver or white car or van from the car park near the skate park at the nearby Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre shortly before 8am on Sunday 1st June.

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Crime down as local police report on latest arrests

Posted on Wednesday 15th February 2012 at 10:22 am by SH (Editor)

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Bike theft, racial abuse and drugs are the main topics of local interest in the latest police newsletter for the Severnside, Stokes & Villages area.

It is reported that fifteen suspects were arrested last year following a spate of bike thefts from outside leisure centres, youth clubs, schools. colleges and shops in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford during September and October. Two people have been convicted and a further two are still going through the courts. Amongst the others, a 17-year-old Bradley Stoke man was given a final warning and a 22-year-old Bradley Stoke man was handed a caution.

A man aged 59 and a 43-year-old woman from Bradley Stoke have each been given a police caution for racially abusing a child aged 10, one of a group trick or treating at Hallowe’en.

In December, Neighbourhood PC Steve Palmer arrested a man for a number of drug and driving offences after following up reports of suspicious activity at an address in Bradley Stoke. After stopping a van driving away from the property, PC Palmer arrested the driver on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified and without insurance. He then found the man to have cash and tablets, while a search of the house led to the seizure of 45 suspected cannabis plants.

The man was further arrested on suspicion of controlled drugs, production of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and abstracting electricity.

A 41-year-old man from the Bristol area remains on police bail pending forensic tests on the substances.

More: Latest crime statistics for Bradley Stoke »

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Suspended sentence for Bradley Stoke cannabis grower

Posted on Friday 19th August 2011 at 12:59 pm by SH (Editor)

A man who grew cannabis plants at a rented property in Ormonds Close, Bradley Stoke, has been given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for a year.

The 24-year, who also illegally by-passed the electricty supply at the house,  was also handed a punishment of 100 hours of unpaid work and must pay compensation of £1,100 to the electricity company.

Bradley Stoke police reported in their July newsletter that 25 suspected cannabis plants with a potential street value up to £25,000 had been seized in a raid in April.

Read more: Man “ashamed” at being caught growing drugs (Bristol Evening Post)

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