November 2018: On The Beat
Busy autumn for police
Hello everyone, I hope this finds you well. Your neighbourhood police team have been extremely busy throughout the autumn and I have lots to update you on.
Firstly, let me tell you about the changes to our team. We have a new Neighbourhood Sergeant, Andrew Bradshaw. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and years of experience, and is a great addition to the team. We also have two new beat managers: PC Naomi Gane, who will cover the Hillfields area, and PC Pete Jones, who will cover Fishponds. Both have previous neighbourhood policing experience and we are excited to have them join the team. Their presence has been noticed and welcomed by lots of locals. When you see them, please say hello and make them feel welcome.
PCSO Jenny Rogers has bid us farewell and is currently training to be a response officer - we wish her well and every success in her future career.
I know people have been shocked and upset by recent incidents. A 21-year-old man was murdered in Gill Avenue on Tuesday October 9 and another man was assaulted by a group of people on Downend Road a few hours later. Detectives are still investigating these crimes and we need the help of local people, who may have key information which could help their enquiries.
If you know anyone who was involved or have any information about either of these incidents then please tell us via the UK police major incident public reporting site - www.mipp.police.uk.
We have had a number of reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB) on Lodge Causeway. Groups of young people, some as young as 12, have been behaving aggressively towards members of the public and staff from the Co-op Store on Lodge Road. We have increased patrols and dispersal notices are in place. We have identified some of those responsible but we need help in identifying others. If you encounter this group, please report it via 101 and if you can assist us with identifying who they are, we would really welcome that information.
We continue to work hard to reduce the harm caused by drugs in our community. A 21-year-old man from Russell Road was arrested on October 23, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was found with 50 wraps of suspected class A drugs concealed on his person and he has been released under investigation whilst we carry out our enquiries.
If you have any information about potential drug dealing in your area, or indeed if you feel that you need some help or advice then please contact us via our website (www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/) or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Help us to help you.
We had a great result in court last month, when a 31-year-old man was sentenced to 13 years in prison. The man targeted the elderly and vulnerable in two separate incidents: an aggravated burglary in the Hillfields area in March, where he entered a property armed with a knife and threatened the elderly occupant and stole cash and a laptop; He also committed a robbery at an off licence in Staple Hill in April, in which he stole the purse of an elderly woman, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head.
And finally, a big thank to Hillfields Community Hub, who held a Halloween Fancy Dress party and invited us to join them. The costumes were great and you all looked amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the organisers did a great job.
Until next time, stay warm and stay safe.