January Column: Inspector Tim Stuckes

Published on: 04 Jan 2013

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January Column: Inspector Tim Stuckes

The demolition work has started at the old Swan Glenn building at Ashmead Industrial Estate, as development starts for the new police custody and investigation centre, due to open early in 2014. We will watch progress on this with interest.  Inspector Tim Stuckes

There has been some excellent pro-active work recently by our officers at Keynsham.

Two incidents of particular note are a robbery at McColls on Chandag Road in November where due to a very fast response by my staff, a suspect with a knife was apprehended on Manor Road within minutes. Jonathan Morse, 43, of Lyndhurst Road, Keynsham, pleaded guilty to robbery at Bristol Crown Court last month and was sentenced to a three-year jail term.

Also, following a series of diesel thefts at May Gurney on Ashmead Road  - several attacks a week were being reported - our officers kept night-time observations and a man from Bristol was caught red-handed. He has made admissions regarding other offences.

Police in Keynsham also arrested eight people for shoplifting during a week-long operation in the run-up to Christmas.

Officers in plain clothes and in uniform patrolled shops, supermarkets and car parks in the High Street area, using CCTV and the automatic number plate recognition system, ANPR, to identify offenders.

PC Lisa Hawtin, who organised the operation, said: “Keynsham is often considered an easy target by criminals from neighbouring districts.

“We took action in an attempt to prevent and detect shoplifting, and I’m very pleased with the results - eight people arrested and a clear message sent out that we will not tolerate people travelling here to commit crimes.”

This was a real team effort with our officers and staff working with local shops to tackle these thieves. Some of those arrested were wanted by police for other offences and we also managed to recover stolen property and drugs.

Finally I am pleased to report that Halloween, Bonfire Night and the Victorian Evening all passed off without serious incident. There was one arrest at the Rugby Club event on November 5 for an offence under the Public Order Act, and traffic concerns there will be addressed well in advance this year.

With all best wishes for the new year!

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