June 2018: On The Beat
Introducing hot spot patrols
It has been a busy month. The lovely sunny weather has made our foot and bike patrols much more pleasant and people have been pleased to see us out and about in the community. This month we have also introduced hot spot patrols, where a large number of officers patrol an area where there are concerns over crime such as theft and anti-social behaviour.
Some of you may have been alarmed to see so many officers on Fishponds High Street at one time, but there’s no need. We are there to deter crime so please stop and talk with us, we are always happy to chat.
The picture shows us holding our morning briefing outside Morrison’s. It’s a great way to start a shift and means that we can get straight out on to local streets where we need to be.
There was a robbery on the cycle track between Crabtree Walk and Whitehall Rugby Club on Monday May 14 at 7pm. A female cyclist was assaulted by a man who punched her in the face and then stole her distinctive purple hybrid bike. He came from the direction of Fishponds and headed towards Speedwell. The man is described as black, in his 20xs, wearing a light grey baseball cap and light coloured clothing.
Did you see anything? Do you recognise the description of the suspect? If so, please ring 101 and quote 5218104739 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. You may receive a reward if your information leads to the man being arrested and charged.
Now for some good news! This week I was inspired by a young person who is a pupil at The Met School. Josh has expressed empathy towards homeless people and their situation and wanted to do something to help. I have been in touch with a charity called Feed the Homeless and Josh is planning to help them on a walk as they distribute food and drink. He is an inspiration and I hope to have some pictures to share with you soon. Great work Josh!
It’s always nice to be appreciated - a local resident recently sent a letter of thanks to our Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens after we tackled drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in her area. The local lady wrote: “I am so grateful to the local police team including PC Richard Glanville and PCSO Anita Perks for making our lives much more bearable. I can honestly say now it is so peaceful and life has got back to how it should be. I would give them a medal.”
Until next time people, stay safe out there...