Extra patrols as police investigate nature reserve sexual assault

Photo of police cordon tape at an incident scene.

Police say they are carrying out extra patrols in Bradley Stoke after a woman reported that she’d been sexually assaulted while out walking in a local nature reserve.

The incident took place in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve at around 8.30pm on Thursday 4th August 2022.

Police say they were first made aware of the incident when the victim attended a police station enquiry office on Monday afternoon (8th August).

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The precise location of the incident is not detailed in the statement released by the police, but local sources say it was in Savages Wood (the area of woodland behind Bradley Stoke Leisure centre).

An article about the incident published by BBC West includes an image of a police car parked in an arm of Ellicks Close [map], close to the metal ‘tank bridge’ over Patchway Brook.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said:

“Neighbourhood officers will be carrying out additional reassurance patrols as a result of this incident. If you have concerns or worries, please stop an officer and speak to them.”

“If you have information which could help, please call us on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222189662.”


Man arrested | Further incidents

UPDATE added 7th September 2022.

An arrest has been made by officers investigating a serious sexual assault in Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve, which is now being linked to two other recent offences in the same area.

The initial incident happened on the evening of Thursday 4th August. Police have now revealed that further assaults took place on Tuesday 23rd August and Thursday 1st September.

Read more: Man arrested as police reveal details of two further sexual assaults in nature reserve

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