July 2018: On The Beat
Consider your neighbours
t has been another busy month and the warmer weather brings a range of different issues for us to tackle and help with, including anti-social behaviour, neighbourhood disputes and an increase in noise levels.
These types of issues always increase at this time of year as people spend more time out in their gardens, have BBQs, open up their windows and undertake house renovations. Are any of these things against the law? No they are not. Are they deemed as anti-social? Potentially. So I ask you, if you are planning an event, social gathering or carrying out a few DIY projects, then please consider your neighbours. Maybe a little note just to forewarn them, maybe even an invite. Remember it's good to talk. If the situation has gone beyond this, keep a diary of all incidents and report it to the Noise Pollution Team at the council, as well as to us by calling 101.
Residents of Gill Avenue in Fishponds have reported groups of young people causing problems by the local shops. Officers have addressed this and area patrols have increased.
The residents of Greenbank View have sent out heartfelt thanks to the officers involved in helping the council in relation to the caravan dwellers. The majority of caravans have now moved on and alternative sites and welfare assistance have been offered where applicable.
In other news, a 59-yr-old man from Freemantle Gardens in Eastville has been arrested on suspicion of possession and cultivation of cannabis. Officers entered the residential property in June and discovered a significant cannabis factory to the rear of the property. Equipment and plants have been seized and destroyed. Pending charges, the man will appear at Bristol Magistrates Court.
If you suspect something isn’t right at property in your neighbourhood, then please report your suspicions. If you don’t want to talk to the police, you can always speak to Crimestoppers anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111. They never ask for your name or trace your call and offer up to £1000 reward for information which leads to an arrest and charge.
On a lighter note, Fishponds Station has welcomed two new PCSOs, fresh out of training school. Sophie and Rhiannon have joined our team and are very excited and eager to get out on the beat and begin their careers.
We wish them well and know they will make a difference in the community.
One more thing before I go - the Cop Shop has opened at the Galleries in Bristol. It is open for the next five months and has lots going on, so please pop in and say hello and get advice about how to stay safe and crime free this summer.
Until next time,