Arrest after van break-in

December 22 2018

A MAN is due in court after van was broken into in a Fishponds street.

Avon and Somerset police say the 39-year-old was arrested after suspicious activity in the early hours of the morning was reported to them.

A force spokesperson said officers on patrol were flagged down shortly after 4.15am on November 27 in Redhill Drive by a man on his way to work, who said he had seen two men on bikes behaving suspiciously.

Another resident also called police after being woken up and seeing suspicious activity outside.

Officers found that a van had been broken into and detained one suspect almost immediately, on suspicion of theft. A police dog and handler were called in to search for the second suspect but he escaped.

The arrested man, from Sea Mills, is due to appear in court in early January after being charged with vehicle interference.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Chris Green said police were grateful to the people who reported the incident to them, adding: “This goes to show how big a part the community can play in helping us to keep neighbourhoods safe.

“We’ve been targeting marked and covert patrols in this area after a number of thefts from vans in recent days. It’s really important that this sort of crime is reported so we can bid for resources and focus them in this way.”

Anyone who sees suspicious activity underway should immediately call 999. To report a break-in after it has happened, call 101.

PS Green added: “Prevention is better than cure. We understand how such crimes affect the livelihoods of tradespeople and know it’s not always possible to empty a work van overnight, but recommend it if you can.”

Police also want to hear from anyone who is offered power tools for sale, online or in person, at a suspiciously cheap price.

Information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.