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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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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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Police appeal for help in tracking down £3,500 bike stolen from Bradley Stoke

Posted on Wednesday 9th April 2014 at 8:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Cervelo bike stolen from Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracking down an expensive racing bicycle and accessories, which were stolen from a property in Bradley Stoke last month.

Cycle dealers, second hand shops and cycling clubs are also being urged to remain vigilant for the predominantly black Cervélo C5 lightweight racing bike, which has a carbon fibre frame.

It has a striking blue and red San Marco specialist racing saddle and carbon fibre chainwheel set.

In addition to the bike, a number of sets of deep rim wheels were taken.

The bike is valued at £3,500 and the wheels together valued at around £7,000.

They were taken from a property in the Cooks Close area, off Pear Tree Road, sometime between 11.15am on Tuesday 25th March and 6am on Wednesday 26th March.

Police say it is likely that the intruder(s) used a vehicle to remove the bike and equipment.

Anyone with information that might help enquiries is asked to contact Filton police on 101, quoting reference 30138/14.

More: Photos of stolen saddle and wheel sets »

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Appeal for information after Bowsland Way jewellery theft

Posted on Friday 10th May 2013 at 6:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Jewellery stolen from a property in Bowsland Way, Bradley Stoke.

Local police are asking for help after thieves broke into a house off Bowsland Way, Bradley Stoke, and stole cash and jewellery.

It happened during the daytime – between 9.30am and 11am – on Tuesday 23rd April. The thieves forced a door to get into the house and stole jewellery (pictured) including a diamond and gold bracelet, two sets of necklaces with matching earrings, a gold ring, a pendant and chain and another pair of earrings.

Witnesses report seeing a silver car in the area at the time.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Adrian Fallows said:

“We’re very keen to hear from anyone who can remember noticing anything suspicious in the area at the time, or who has been offered these items for sale in doubtful circumstances.”

“Anyone who can help can get in touch by calling 101. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.”

Sergeant Fallows added that although South Gloucestershire is a safe place to live, he recommends keeping valuable jewellery in a safe, marking it with one of the colourless forensic marking fluids commercially available, and keeping photographs of the pieces.

Two men were arrested on Monday 29th April in connection with the burglary and remain on police bail pending further enquiries.

Related link: Police in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)

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