On The Beat: April 2017

March 24 2017

The arrival of spring can make us all feel better. We can finally say goodbye to the dark months of winter and look forward to lighter, warmer evenings.

The arrival of spring can make us all feel better. We can finally say goodbye to the dark months of winter and look forward to lighter, warmer evenings. 

But rising temperatures and longer days can mean an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB). We have received a number of calls recently about ASB involving young people hanging around at the Birchall allotments in Redland. We spoke to a group of boys and dealt with them appropriately. Please do report all incidents of ASB to us so we can investigate and take appropriate action. Whilst you might worry your issue seems like a trivial matter and not worth bothering us with, we take all reports seriously and don’t always treat things as isolated incidents – we may be looking at a pattern of behaviour, so every report helps us to build up a case file.

You can report ASB to us using the form on the ‘contact us’ section of our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk 

I’m pleased to introduce our new beat manager for Bishopston, PC David Rockell. PC Rockell has been working from Southmead Station for the past two years as a response officer; prior to that he worked for ten years with Northumbria Police. He has already visited Ashley Down Junior School, Bishop Road Primary School and Brunel Field Primary School to introduce himself to local children and is looking forward to getting to grips with the issues which matter most to the local community. Please say hello when you see him out and about. 

Last month we were able to return a stolen motorbike to its rightful owner. One of my PSCOs spotted the bike on Carnarvon Road, which turned out to be just a five minute walk from where it was stolen. Unfortunately we haven’t made any arrests in this case, but it’s always good returning stolen property to victims.

 The time has now come to move out of Southmead Police Station, following its sale last year. In the short term, the local neighbourhood team will be based at The Bridewell in the city centre. We have found a new permanent home for them and the police enquiry office in Southmead, and we’ll be able to report more on this next month.  We would like to reassure residents that our enquiry office opening hours will remain the same and there will be no change in the number of staff covering the area. You can continue to contact us directly by email from the police website or by calling 101.

Don’t forget, you can follow what the team gets up to on Twitter @ASPBristolNorth or you can contact us on the Avon and Somerset Police website (www.avonandsomerset.police.uk) if you have a local issue you would like to raise with us.

 

Until next time

Sergeant Adam Dolling