Don’t moan online - report problems to us, say police

October 07 2016

POLICE are reassuring the community following concerns about drinkers and anti-social behaviour in Fishponds Park.

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POLICE are reassuring the community following concerns about drinkers and anti-social behaviour in Fishponds Park. 

Officers say they understand residents’ worries and are working hard to address the issue, including carrying out more patrols of the area.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Anthony Westwell said: “Many of these people are vulnerable and have complex needs, such as addiction, mental health issues, homelessness, or a combination of these things, so we are working with our partners to help to get the support they need.

“However, we will use our powers when necessary. We have upped our patrols of the area and want to take action but at present we are fairly limited in what we can do. We can seize alcohol and if a person is causing someone to feel harassment, alarm or distress then we can move them on. In order to do more, we need to build up a body of evidence.

“We know there are complaints and grumbles about this issue on social media groups, but anecdotal accounts on Facebook won’t solve anything.

“We need specifics, so please report every incident of anti-social behaviour and street drinking to us online or via 101, so that we can build up a case file. The more reports we receive, the more likely we will be able to work with Bristol City Council to take positive action.”