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Security guard robbed outside Tesco Express in Ratcliffe Drive

Posted on Monday 28th October 2013 at 6:02 pm by SH (Editor)

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A security guard was assaulted outside the Tesco Express convenience store in Ratcliffe Drive, Stoke Gifford earlier today (Monday 28th October).

A cash box was grabbed from the guard and two suspects left the scene.

It is believed the guard was in the process of topping up the cashpoint machine at the store.

Police say they would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident who may have information that could help with enquiries.

They would particularly like to know whether the suspects arrived or left in a car.

Anyone able to help is asked to contact police at Staple Hill on the force number 101.

The incident was reported to the police at 1.23pm. It was witnessed by South Gloucestershire councillor Ben Walker, who tweeted:

“Cash point robbery @ #tesco Stoke Gifford. Just happened! Guard topping up cash point mugged by 2 people with a large knife.”

He later added:

“Pretty grim. All over in a minute. Looked like they either followed the van or were waiting. Well thought out.”

Police have not confirmed that a weapon was used in the incident.

UPDATE from Avon and Somerset Police (30th October): We believe the offenders left the area in a silver M reg Vauxhall Astra which was in Beaufort Crescent. Items were thrown from the car and found in Hambrook Lane.

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Local poppy appeal launched at Parkway Station

Posted on Friday 25th October 2013 at 4:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Launch of the Royal British Legion Stoke Gifford Branch Poppy Appeal 2013.

Local MP Jack Lopresti joined the Stoke Gifford Branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL) to launch their 2013 Poppy Appeal at Bristol Parkway Station today (Friday 25th October).

The ceremony was also attended by Station Manager Linda Swainger and members of the Bristol Squadron of the RBL Riders (motorcyclists).

The local RBL branch will again be supplying its legendary knitted poppies which have been a great hit in recent years. Last year it had 3,500 of them, raising thousands for the Poppy Appeal.

Parkway Station is one of the main sites for the branch’s fundraising efforts, along with Sainsbury’s supermarket in Stoke Gifford and the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Branch members will be collecting at each of the three venues daily from 9am to 6pm between Saturday 26th October and Sunday 10th November.

At 11am on Monday 11th November, two minutes silence will be observed at each of the collection points.

A remembrance service will be held at the Stoke Gifford war memorial on The Green, North Road at 10.20am on Sunday 10th November, followed by a church service at the Baptist Church in Rock Lane.

The Legion is always looking for volunteers for its work; if you are interested please contact John Moloney on 07802 535591.

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Masked men make off with Audi after bursting into Stoke Gifford flat

Posted on Tuesday 15th October 2013 at 12:53 pm by SH (Editor)

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Masked men burst into a flat threatening the occupants and stealing an Audi in a robbery in Stoke Gifford.

The incident happened at around 8pm on Sunday 13th October.

Two men wearing balaclavas forced their way into a flat in Great Swanmoor Close (off New Road, near the Travis Perkins store) and demanded money. They left with some cash as well as car keys to a silver Audi RS4 which was driven off.

The car, which has the registration number RS04 JCB, has not yet been found.

The robbery is being investigated and police say they would like to hear from anyone who has seen the car since it was stolen or knows the people responsible for the incident.

Anyone with information should contact DC Dai Nicholas from Avon and Somerset Police on 101. Alternatively, phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Related link: Police in Stoke Gifford (The Journal)

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Little Stoke Youth Centre to re-open next week under control of parish council

Posted on Thursday 10th October 2013 at 8:18 pm by SH (Editor)

The Stokes Youth Centre, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol.

The former Little Stoke Youth Centre in Little Stoke Lane is to re-open as The Stokes Youth Centre on Monday 14th October following major building works over the summer.

The centre is now being run by Stoke Gifford Parish Council after South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) decided it could no longer afford to operate youth centres in areas not categorised as ‘priority neighbourhoods’.

The parish council has commissioned the Creative Youth Network (CYN) to deliver youth activities on three evenings per week.

The project is being financed through external funding, in the form of grants from SGC’s Positive Activities Fund (£20k p.a. for two years) and the New Homes Bonus Fund (£13k p.a. over two years), plus an allocation from the parish council’s own budget (raised from the parish precept) of £23k in 2013/14.

SGC also provided capital expenditure of £100,000 which has been spent on a new roof, new electrics, new flooring and heating.

The parish council says it will be looking to market the use of the premises to make the centre sustainable in future years. The Start-Rite Pre- School currently makes use of the building on week days.

CYN says it will be running three sessions a week on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings. The organisation says it will “offer a safe, friendly, fun environment to come along and meet friends, listen to music, play sport, learn new skills in cooking, the arts, take part in discussions, debates and competitions and go on trips and weekend residentials”.

The centre incorporates a recording studio which will be used for regular all-age music/band nights on Friday evenings.

Times of the other regular sessions are as follows:

  • Monday: 5pm to 7.30pm for ages 11–13yrs
  • Thursday: 6.30pm to 9pm for ages 14–18yrs

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