Suspected burglars, armed robbers and violent offenders were among those arrested during the first few days of Operation Remedy.
Operation Remedy involves an increase of 100 police officers and a £2million investment from local taxpayers through the Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, to crack down on the crimes that matter most to local people.
Aiming to improve performance, satisfaction and public confidence, it sees dedicated officers working alongside local neighbourhood policing teams to tackle knife crime, the supply of illegal drugs and burglary.
Multiple warrants have been executed across the force area during the past few days which have seen a number of people detained and some subsequently charged.
Among them was a 20-year-old man from Filton who was suspected of carrying out a series of robberies targeting people selling mobile phones via the internet.
He was charged with one count of GBH, five counts of possessing a knife in a public place, four counts of robbery, one attempt robbery and one count of theft. The charges relate to incidents in the Clifton, Harbourside and Horfield areas of Bristol, as well as Keynsham and Weston-super-Mare. He appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Friday (5 April) where he was remanded into custody pending a further hearing at Bristol Crown Court on 24 April.
Also charged, was a 34-year-old man of no fixed address who was arrested following a warrant in Yeovil.
The man appeared at Taunton Magistrates’ Court on Saturday (6 April) where he faced four charges of burglary relating to one offence in West Hendford and three in Yeovil. He was also charged with two counts of fraud, one count of possessing a bladed article (in Grass Royal, Yeovil), one count of going equipped for theft and one count of theft from a motor vehicle. He was remanded into custody and will next appear at Taunton Crown Court on 7 May.
As part of this warrant we also recovered a quantity of suspected stolen property and are now trying to trace the rightful owners.
A 38-year-old man from Yeovil was also arrested on suspicion of three counts of theft along with one count each of robbery, blackmail, criminal damage and making a threat to damage property. These charges relate to incidents in Yeovil, Wells, Shepton Mallet and Somerton. He was also remanded into custody pending an appearance at Taunton Crown Court on 7 May.
A man and a woman from Mangotsfield were also arrested during a warrant executed in the area on Thursday.
The 44-year-old man and 40-year-old woman were detained on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis after officers found 100 plants in a purpose built area underneath a garage. Both have been released under investigation to allow for further enquiries to take place.
In addition to the warrants, officers have also carried out high visibility and plain clothes patrols in known hot spot areas relating to knife possession, drugs and county line activity. Locations include Bristol – specifically the Castle Park and the Bear Pit areas along with Frome and Weston-Super-Mare.
As well as enforcement, Operation Remedy will focus on prevention and collaboration with partners to deliver a lasting impact. The initiative will include enhanced communication, education, early intervention and harm-reduction opportunities and pathways.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens: “As Operation Remedy launches, our fight against knife crime, drugs and burglary intensifies.
“Local people want to be assured that the police are doing everything they can to tackle these issues.
“With Operation Remedy, communities will see and feel the difference in the police’s fight against crime, and we will be sending a loud and clear message to criminals that coming into our area to commit their crime is not an option.”
Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen says; “We’re aware of the national concern around knife crime and more locally burglary and misuse of drugs. Thanks to the support of the public and the PCC, we have received a significant investment which we will use to tackle the crimes which most concern our communities. Operation Remedy will see an improved service to victims and more offenders brought to justice.”
Posted on Tuesday 9th April 2019