n ON THE BEAT I HOPE all the readers of the Henleaze and Westbury Voice had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year. We are working to support a homeless man who has been begging outside the Co-op in Henleaze. I understand that begging can make people feel uncomfortable and occasionally threatened, but also realise that the reasons why people beg can be complex and difficult to tackle. We are working with our Streetwise team - a partnership between us in the police and Bristol City Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) department, whose remit is to tackle street based ASB, begging, drinking and persistent, problematic rough sleepers. They are helping the man to access the relevant support services, which will hopefully help him through his problems and ultimately prevent him begging. I know the community continue to be concerned about shop thefts and robberies and we have been carrying out extra high visibility patrols in retail areas as a result.
Whilst on patrol last month, staff from Boots in Henleaze were seen chasing after shoplifters and we came to their aid. Although both men escaped, we did recover items they had stolen and are currently reviewing CCTV and our own body worn video footage and will be circulating images of the suspects shortly. We have identified a woman who has been causing problems at Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church and she has been arrested for a number of public order offences. It is thought the woman may be suffering from mental health problems, so we are helping her to access the appropriate support services. Burglary continues to be a problem in our area, so I am pleased to report that a 38-yearold man from Henleaze who we arrested following an overnight burglary on Upper Cranbrook Road in November in which a car was stolen from the property, has been charged and remanded in custody until his next court appearance. The new year is the perfect time
to review your home security. Got a burglar alarm but never use it? Now is the time to switch it on! Been meaning to fix the lock on your shed or garage but not got round to it? Seize the moment and visit the DIY shop! Preparations are well underway for this year’s Be Proud Awards, organised jointly by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The awards aim to highlight the very best of our police force, acknowledging and rewarding our dedicated officers, staff and volunteers for all their hard work in ensuring the communities of Avon and Somerset are safe and feel safe. The closing date for submissions is January 27, 2018 so you still have time to nominate an officer, volunteer or member of staff who you feel has gone above and beyond their duties. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Cadbury House, Congresbury in May 2018. To nominate visit www. beproudawards.com
News from the local policing team with Sgt Calum Allen
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Stay safe, and see you next month. Sgt Calum Allen
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Published on Dec 20, 2017
Published on Dec 20, 2017
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