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Bradley Stoke hit by surge in bike thefts

Posted on Thursday 7th December 2017 at 9:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a bike parking shelter at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

An update on a previous article published on 17th November.

Local police are advising cyclists to review their security precautions after thirteen bikes were reported stolen from public locations within Bradley Stoke over the last twelve weeks.

Incidents recorded in November have included five bikes being taken from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (over three separate days), one from the Willow Brook Centre, one from Bradley Stoke Community School and one from Jubilee Green.

These incidents come after three bikes were stolen from outside homes or communal parking areas during September (in Snowberry Close, Manor Farm Crescent and Woodlands Lane) and two others taken from the Willow Brook Centre (one in each of September and October).

The latest figures are significantly higher than those from a year ago, when just one bike theft was recorded in Bradley Stoke over the corresponding three month period commencing 1st September 2016.

Police say that in most cases the thieves appear to have cut locks, however, in at least two cases the bikes had been left insecure.

Several of the bikes stolen from the leisure centre, at times between 8am and 4pm, are believed to belong to students at the nearby Bradley Stoke Community School. Despite the school providing on-site bike parking facilities, it is believed that some students are parking their bikes at less secure locations elsewhere in order to avoid being given a detention for arriving at school when not wearing a cycle helmet.

The parents of a number of young people who have had bikes stolen from the leisure centre have been critical of the venue’s commitment to deterring bike thefts, claiming that CCTV coverage of bike parking areas is inadequate and saying that the centre needs to “up its game”.

More: Police undertake plain clothes patrols at Willow Brook »

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Warning issued as Bradley Stoke bike thefts soar

Posted on Friday 17th November 2017 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of bicycles parked near the entrance to Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Local police are advising cyclists to review their security precautions after ten bikes were reported stolen from public locations within Bradley Stoke over the last nine weeks.

Incidents within just the last two weeks have included four bikes being taken from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (one on 3rd November and three on 13th November) and another being taken from the Willow Brook Centre (on 6th November).

The latest figures are significantly higher than those from a year ago, when just one bike theft was recorded in Bradley Stoke over the three month period commencing 1st September 2016.

N.B. All figures quoted relate to incidents that have been reported to the police. The actual number of thefts may be higher due to non-reporting.

A police spokesperson said:

“If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked bikes, give us a call straight away. If they’re obviously committing a crime, ring 999. Otherwise, call 101.”

“Permanently marking your bike and any hi-spec parts with your postcode could deter a thief as it means they can be identified as stolen. A good quality lock, securing the bike to an immovable object, can also make them think twice. We’d recommend checking out www.soldsecure.com for locks which have been tested and graded by locksmiths. Be prepared to spend around 10 percent of the value of your bike.”

More advice: Keeping your bike secure (Avon and Somerset Police)

Photo: Bicycle parking at the front of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

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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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