May 2018: On The Beat
Drug dealer's jail term sends strong message
The sun has finally made an appearance, so we have dusted off the bikes and been out and about patrolling the streets – I truly think this is the best part of my job.
Firstly, I have a great result to report on. A 42-year-old woman who dealt drugs in the communal area of the flats where she lived in Bristol whilst children were present, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. The woman pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs at Bristol Crown Court on April 18. On September 3 last year, officers acting on community concerns about drug dealing at The Maytrees on Fishponds Road in Eastville witnessed the woman carrying out a drug deal in the communal area of the block of flats, while children played nearby.
Nobody should have to put up with this type of anti-social behaviour in the space they call home, least of all families with children.
The action we took last autumn, along with the sentence delivered, sends a strong message that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour. It should also reassure local residents that we will always act on information they give us, to reduce the harm caused by drugs in their community.
If you suspect drug-dealing is happening near to where you live, please report it.
If you don’t want to talk to the police, you can always speak to Crimsetoppers anonymously. 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, the vehicle and trailer that was dumped on Stonebridge Park Road has at last been removed. It really was an eyesore for local residents for some time. At least now they have their road back.
I have recently had the pleasure of visiting Fishponds Baptist Church Foodbank and meeting Reverend Richard Pollard and all the volunteers. This is held on Fridays between 12.30 and 14.30. The welcome and support that is shown towards the people that walk through the door is truly inspirational. I for one will be placing a few extra items in my shopping trolley to donate to them. There is a collection basket within the Co-op on Straits Parade - feel free to join me.
PCSO Anita Perks