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Taxis checked by police and council officials at Jubilee Centre

Posted on Thursday 6th August 2015 at 11:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Police and council officers carry out checks on taxis at the Jubilee Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Licensing officers from South Gloucestershire Council teamed up with traffic officers from Avon and Somerset Police on Tuesday (4th August) for a joint operation to carry out checks on hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.

Police officers stopped the targeted vehicles and directed drivers over to a checkpoint area located at the Jubilee Centre in Bradley Stoke. Upon arrival, routine compliance checks were given on the vehicle’s condition/roadworthiness and the driver’s licensing and insurance documentation. A number of drivers were also breath tested for alcohol.

A total of 29 vehicles operating in the Bradley Stoke, Filton, Almondsbury, Patchway and surrounding areas were directed to the checkpoint area. None of the drivers were arrested and no drivers failed breath tests. However, several were issued with prohibition notices for faults such as defective lights or tyres; four vehicles were given PG9s (police prohibition notices) or Stop Notices (council prohibition notices) and of these all but one were rectified and the vehicles are now back operating. Only 13 of the 29 vehicles/drivers checked were found to have no issues regarding compliance.

Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’ Communities Committee Cllr Heather Goddard said:

“This day of action was about education, not enforcement. We carry out these checks on a regular basis to ensure the health and safety of the travelling public in South Gloucestershire. The great majority of drivers were extremely co-operative and fully supported the initiative. Many commented that they would like to see similar operations being run more frequently in the area.”

More: Checks reassure public about taxi safety »

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Police give thumbs down to new Town Council office

Posted on Wednesday 12th September 2012 at 11:21 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Town Council's new office building at the Jubilee Centre.

A local police chief has turned down an offer of free accommodation for the Bradley Stoke beat team in the Town Council’s new office at the Jubilee Centre, saying it would give the police a significantly lower profile than they have at their present base in the Willow Brook shopping centre.

The police currently have a base in a small office behind Reflections hairdressing salon, accessed via a passageway from the mall. Two officers are based there, and residents can make an appointment to speak to them or attend a weekly ‘drop-in’ session on Wednesday afternoons.

The office space is provided free of charge by the Willow Brook Centre (WBC) and the Town Council currently pays the business rates for the unit.

Last year, when the Town Council submitted a planning application for its new office at the Jubilee Centre, the plans showed a meeting room that would be “used as a police surgery,  part-time”. By the time the Council updated its Forward Plan in March this year, the scope of the project had grown to include “provision for the beat post to be relocated to the Jubilee Centre as part of [the new office]”.

Signs of a breakdown in communication between the Town Council and the police emerged at a meeting in July when it was revealed that the police had enquired about the renewal of it business rates subsidy for its base at the WBC. Councillors agreed to invite senior police officers to the next meeting of the Finance Committee “to discuss the possibility of the police having a permanent base at the new Town Council office”.

Unable to attend the August meeting of the Finance Committee, Inspector Bob Evely sent the Council a letter in which he declines the offer of free accommodation at the Jubilee Centre because “the Willow Brook Centre outweighs it as a location to work within and from”. According to the Inspector, the shopping centre is a better choice because of its significant footfall, established footprint and better security provision for staff and equipment.

More: Police prepared to forgo rates subsidy to stay at WBC »

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Bradley Stoke police team hit by resignations

Posted on Monday 20th August 2012 at 10:49 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Police.

The police beat team in Bradley Stoke is currently two officers under strength due to a series of resignations within the Filton neighbourhood area.

For the last two years, the Bradley Stoke team has consisted of one full-time beat manager, one part-time-beat manager and three Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

But a series of resignations in the local team and those in the neighbouring beat areas of Patchway and Stoke Gifford means that the number of PCSOs covering Bradley Stoke has reduced from three to one.

PCSO Jason Green was re-deployed from Bradley Stoke to Stoke Gifford at the beginning of June, to plug gaps created by resignations and re-assignments in their beat team.

The vacancy in Stoke Gifford arose after one of their PCSOs decided to retrain as a police constable and a second was transferred to Patchway. Two PCSOs brought in to replace them have now both left the force after “deciding the role was not for them”, according to a message on the police website.

A second Bradley Stoke PCSO, Paul Baxter, left the force in July.

Inspector Bob Evely of Avon and Somerset Police said:

“Two PCSOs have recently left the Bradley Stoke neighbourhood team and we aim to fill these vacancies permanently as soon as possible.”

More: One replacement PCSO due in September »

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Police appeal for information after man assaulted near Savages Wood

Posted on Wednesday 17th August 2011 at 1:00 pm by SH (Editor)

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Police are appealing for information following an unprovoked assault in Bradley Stoke.

At around 8:30pm on Monday (15th August), a 29-year-old man was walking alone in the Three Brooks Local Nature Nature Reserve, near to Ormonds Close.

He was approached from behind by two men who went on to assault him by kicking him in the head and stamping on one of his arms before running off into Savages Wood.

The victim has been left with a suspected fractured cheekbone.

Police would now like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have seen two white men in their mid-twenties acting suspiciously in the area around this time.

Anyone who may be able to help is asked to call police on 0845 456 7000 quoting reference 97700/11 or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The latest incident follows one in October 2010 in which a cyclist was assaulted and robbed in the Three Brooks Local Nature, close to Bowsland Green Primary School.

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