News Bradley Stoke Beat Team PC Jamie Shiels reports
’m pleased to report that we haven’t seen a repeat of the 2016 spike in burglaries this autumn/winter. In recent years we’d seen a new trend of burglars breaking into homes specifically for gold jewellery, which disproportionately affected people of Asian heritage living in Bradley Stoke. We worked closely with our investigative colleagues to tackle the offenders, carrying out targeted patrols. We visited local community groups to raise awareness of the issue and offer home security advice. It’s good to see fewer incidents this year, but we’d prefer to have none, so I’d ask everyone to carry on looking out for each other by calling us straight away to report anyone acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s home. It’s 999 if they’re obviously breaking in, otherwise ring 101. We were also really pleased to be able to get involved with supporting the community in other ways – helping at Bradley Stoke Festival and going into schools, including supporting careers events. My colleagues PC Claire Fletcher and PCSO Alicia Harvey even started a running and wellbeing group! Hopefully, you will have all enjoyed Christmas – don’t forget, if you were lucky enough to be given a new smartphone or tablet, make sure you install
tracking apps just in case they are lost or stolen. Elsewhere in these pages you’ll see we’ve recently had a number of bike thefts, so if your child got a new bike, please do come along and get it marked with your postcode on the frame and any upgraded parts. Make sure they have (and use) a good quality lock too! Nominate your policing heroes now! The Be Proud Awards are organised jointly by Avon and Somerset Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, to acknowledge the dedicated officers, staff and volunteers who work to keep the communities of Avon and Somerset safe. You can submit nominations for the following categories: Neighbourhood Officer of the Year; Response Officer of the Year; Investigator of the Year; Police Staff Member of the Year; Police Support Volunteer of the Year; Special Constable of the Year; Specialist Operations Award and Policing Team of the Year. The closing date is 27th January 2018; nominate online at www.beproudawards.com ASPolice Bradley Stoke @ASPTheStokes
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Festive farewell for Little Acorns staff Emotional send-off for long-serving manager & deputy
ittle Acorns Pre-School, based at the Jubilee Centre in Bradley Stoke, said a sad farewell to two long-serving senior members of staff at a special function held on Friday 8th December. Natalie Robbins, manager, and Noleen Clarke, deputy manager, who have both worked at the setting for 15 years, were given a festive send-off as children staged a Christmas production in their honour. Speaking of her time at Little Acorns, Natalie commented how lovely it had been to build relationships with local families and, in many cases, care for a succession of siblings coming through the pre-school. Some of the children from her early days have since returned on work
experience placements, which she said was particularly moving. She added: “I’m going to miss everyone at Little Acorns and I would like to wish them all good luck. It’s been an honour being such a big part of the children’s lives and I hope to still see them around in Bradley Stoke.” Noleen said she would miss working with the pre-school owners, the “brilliant” staff and all the children. She added: “I can’t believe it’s been 15 years. It’s been very rewarding watching the different generations come through. Every day is different, which makes it such a rewarding experience.” “Bradley Stoke has become a much more diverse community in recent years and it has been fascinating to learn about the
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January 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine.