February 2020: News from Avon and Somerset Police

February 05 2020

Manic month keeps your local police busy with PC James Evans

December is always a manic month for all the emergency services, and we are no exception.
Your local police have been busy dealing with more incidents than normal, taking part in Operation Tonic (against drink and drug drivers) and Project Servator (to create a high-visibility deterrent against a range of criminal activity), as well as providing additional cover for the extra night-time economy that this time of the year brings.  
In Keynsham, the Neighbourhood team, with support from Bath officers, ran a successful drugs warrant, where we found controlled drugs for which the offender has been dealt with.
We also suffered some household burglaries, but I am pleased to say that the offender was caught inside one of the properties and the incidents were quickly linked. He was sent to court and we are awaiting the outcome.  
Unfortunately, we have also had a number of violent incidents, but these have been dealt with promptly - I am aware of the social media fallout from these.  
n We had two unrelated incidents on the Chocolate Quarter, one of which concerned a single property.  This was an isolated incident where the location was not linked to the offenders and the property’s occupants were not the intended targets.  We have been working with our partner agencies to reassure residents following this incident.
In the second incident, a number of properties and vehicles were damaged by the Chocolate Quarter.  Again, there was no link to the offender and the properties or vehicles.  
The offender was quickly apprehended at the scene by officers and has been charged. The offender has also been given conditions not to attend the location of the incidents and will be arrestable if in breach.  
It’s sad that I have to update you on such mindless vandalism, but it’s an unfortunate fact of life and one we aim to deal with promptly and with the minimum of impact.  
n Keynsham has been in the press this month with the protest by Extinction Rebellion against, among other things, the proposed expansion of Bristol Airport. The Neighbourhood Policing Team were in attendance to allow this protest and make sure it went off with the minimum of interruption to the local community.    
The other newsworthy incident concerned a male living on the Wellsway who had passed away.  A search of his home revealed what were believed to be firearms, and the bomb squad was called to ensure everything was safe.  It’s interesting how the rumour mill works, as I was getting messages that people had been seen walking around Keynsham with guns. This was not the case.