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Appeal for information after distraction burglary in Little Stoke

Posted on Thursday 15th January 2015 at 7:53 pm by SH (Editor)

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Police are appealing for information after a distraction burglary in Little Stoke last night (Wednesday 14th January).

At approximately 8pm, a 73-year-old woman discovered a man in the kitchen of her property. The man claimed to be a security guard who wanted to check the woman was OK and that her money and jewellery was safe after a burglary down the road.

The man then persuaded the woman to go upstairs and bring down all of the cash she had in the house. The victim did this and was then asked by the man if there was any more money she had hidden away and to bring this down to him. The woman did this and brought down more money.

The suspect then said the police were on the way and left via the kitchen door. It was then the victim realised the man had taken all of the money.

The suspect is described as white, approximately 5ft 8ins tall, of a thin build with a West Country accent. He was wearing a grey sweater, black rubber gloves and a black woollen balaclava.

Police say they are keeping an open mind as to whether this incident is linked to similar incidents which took place in the Bristol area before Christmas.

Detective Sergeant Richard Barnston of Bristol CID said:

“This was a targeted burglary involving an elderly woman who was alone in her home. The suspect has tricked her into thinking he is trying to help her by inventing a story about a burglary nearby. Once he has gained her trust, he has taken her life-savings without a second thought.”

“I am appealing for anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward, but I am also appealing for anyone who works with or knows an elderly person to make sure they are aware of these sorts of crimes.”

“Our advice is clear; challenge anyone who claims to be from a professional body and refuse to answer the door to them. If you find someone inside your property, call us immediately on 999.”

“I would ask local people to be vigilant in light of this latest incident and keep an eye on those most vulnerable in our neighbourhoods.”

“We are following several lines of enquiries but I am keen to hear from anyone with information regarding this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

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New weekly buggy walks in north Bristol

Posted on Sunday 11th January 2015 at 7:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Buggy walkers at the start of a walk from The Old School Rooms in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

A new series of regular weekly buggy walks has started in north Bristol.

The first walk took place in Stoke Gifford on Monday 5th January, where a group of 15 local buggy walkers set off from The Old School Rooms Coffee Shop on The Green.

The new buggy walking group will meet at 10am each week in alternating areas of north Bristol. The first Monday of each month will see the group set off from Stoke Gifford, the second from Wallscourt Farm Academy in Cheswick, the third from Coniston Community Centre in Patchway and the fourth from the Bristol Concorde Pub in Filton.

The walks will be run by volunteer mums who have been working with South Gloucestershire’s Walking For Health officer to develop them. Each walk will be led by a trained leader and will last for approximately 45 minutes.

South Gloucestershire’s Director of Public Health Dr Mark Pietroni said:

“A brisk walk is the perfect exercise. It’s a free, sociable, easy activity that’s accessible to most people. In just a short time, a small amount of regular exercise can significantly improve a person’s health, well-being and confidence.”

“Many walkers feel that the camaraderie and network of support that they experience through group walking is equally, if not more, important to them than the physical health benefits.”

Find out more about the north Bristol buggy walks »

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Council opens preliminary consultation on proposed MetroBus Extension route

Posted on Saturday 10th January 2015 at 9:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Cribbs/Patchway MetroBus Extension - proposed route.

Construction of the main North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus route that will link Bradley Stoke with Cribbs Causeway and Bristol city centre may be yet to start, but South Gloucestershire Council is already in the early stages of planning an extension to the scheme, which will provide a more direct route between Parkway Station and The Mall, via the proposed Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (centred on the former Filton Airfield).

An outline plan shows the proposed extension forming a loop within the overall MetroBus network, and it is foreseen that buses will run in both directions around the loop between Parkway, the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood, The Mall, Patchway, Bradley Stoke and Parkway.

The existing narrow railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane would be replaced with a wider bridge and an extra traffic lane for buses.

The council has opened an ‘early information sharing’ consultation on the scheme, which is expected to cost around £35m and will be funded through the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

It is anticipated that a planning application for the section of the scheme outside the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood will be submitted in autumn 2015, with construction starting in spring 2018 and services operating from spring 2019.

The proposed widening of Hatchet Road and Gipsy Patch Lane to accommodate new bus lanes received a hostile reaction from some Stoke Gifford residents at the Southern Brooks Area Forum meeting held on 18th November at Abbeywood Community School.

Bradley Stoke residents have a chance to hear a presentation on the scheme at the meeting of the Safer and Stronger Community Group on 22nd January at the Jubilee Centre (7pm start).

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This article originally appeared in the January 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

More: Questions asked at Safer and Stronger Group meeting »

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