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Parish councillors raise concerns over “lack of police resources” in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 7:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Sue Mountstevens, police & crime commissioner for Avon and Somerset.

Parish councillors in Stoke Gifford have raised concerns over policing levels after it emerged that the local beat team currently has just one member of staff on active duty.

A meeting of the Community Engagement Forum in March was told by Chief Inspector Mark Evans that beat manager PC Julie Rudyard was currently the sole officer covering Stoke Gifford because one of the two PCSOs assigned to the beat was on maternity leave and the other was unavailable.

The matter surfaced again at a parish council meeting in April, when Cllr Keith Cranney raised concerns about “the lack of police resources in the Stoke Gifford police beat team”. The parish clerk was requested to write to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Avon and Somerset, Sue Mountstevens, “about the force’s future commitment to neighbourhood policing in the local area”.

In his letter to the PCC, the clerk wrote:

“There have been numerous staffing changes over a number of years, leading to instability amongst the neighbourhood team, with councillors questioning the commitment to neighbourhood policing in the immediate area.”

“At the time of writing we are grateful for the support offered by our beat manager, Julie Rudyard, who is seen by the council as an excellent police officer for the local community.”

“I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss these concerns in more detail.”

More: Response from Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner

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Police appeal following high value jewellery burglary in Beaufort Crescent

Posted on Saturday 28th April 2018 at 1:49 pm by SH (Editor)

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Police are appealing for information following a high value burglary at a house in Beaufort Crescent, Stoke Gifford, between 10am and 5.30pm on Friday 6th April.

Thieves smashed a patio window with a rock to gain access to the property and stole a significant amount of high value gold jewellery, watches, cash in Sterling, Euros and Iranian currency and personal papers.

Crime scene investigators have examined the property and officers have carried out house-to-house and enquiries, however no arrests have been made.

A police spokesperson told the Journal that enquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information which could help the police investigation is asked to get in touch with officers, either through the Contact page on the Avon and Somerset Police website or by calling 101, quoting reference 5218073152.

Alternatively, ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call. You could even qualify for a reward and still remain anonymous.

Burglary spate across the Stokes

The journal can reveal that the Beaufort Crescent incident is just one of eight jewellery burglaries since 1st April across the Stokes and Patchway area.

In Stoke Gifford there have been five further burglaries in which jewellery was taken – two in Sandringham Road, one in New Road, one in Travers Walk and one in Fabian Drive. There was also a second burglary in Fabian Drive in which nothing was taken.

More: Further jewellery burglaries in Bradley Stoke & Charlton Hayes »

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Witness appeal following attempted robbery near Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke

Posted on Thursday 2nd June 2016 at 4:43 pm by SH (Editor)

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was the victim of an attempted robbery in Little Stoke.

A 14-year-old boy was out walking his dog when he was approached from behind by a man.

The man demanded the boy hand over his phone before hitting him several times in the face. The boy pushed the man over and he then ran off empty-handed in the direction of the doctors’ surgery.

The incident happened on the footpath near Braydon Avenue at approximately 6pm on Friday 27th May.

The man is described as white, aged in his early 20s, approximately 5ft 10ins and of skinny build. He was wearing a black jacket, grey trousers and grey and black Nike trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference number 5216115678.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

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Witness appeal following fatal collision on Hatchet Road

Posted on Wednesday 20th January 2016 at 10:30 am by SH (Editor)

Police car.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Stoke Gifford last night (Tuesday 19th January).

At approximately 9.40pm, a Vauxhall Astra was in collision with a pedestrian on Hatchet Road.

Sadly, the pedestrian, a 28-year-old woman, died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

Officers attended the scene and a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst alcohol level is above the legal limit.

As a result of further enquiries, a 28-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Both men remain in custody at this time.

A police spokesperson said:

“We would appeal for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or seen the vehicle prior to the incident to contact us immediately on 101 and quote reference number 5216013295.”

“Our thoughts remain with the victim’s family.”

A spokesperson for Avon Fire & Rescue confirmed that one fire engine from Patchway attended the incident, adding that the crew assisted police at the scene.

Emergency services close Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford, following an incident on 19th January 2016.

Video of emergency services at an incident on Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford on 19th January 2016.

Click above image to see tweet and video (at 10.28pm) by Jason Brown.

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