As coronavirus regulations continue to be lifted, Avon and Somerset Police is seeing a return to ‘business as usual’ and officers are successfully dealing with crime reports and incidents every day to keep our communities safe.
However, many local people were disappointed with how the police handled an illegal rave at Stokes Croft this weekend, against a backdrop of gatherings in Bath and Glastonbury as well as a large car meet in Worle.
I share your disappointment, particularly in relation to the response to the event in Stokes Croft on Saturday. I want to reassure you that I have clearly communicated my concerns, and those shared with me by local residents, to the Chief Constable Andy Marsh today.
Over the weekend, local people reported their concerns to the police earlier in the day and were dismayed that the information provided was not acted upon until it was too late. I know the police have issued an apology to those affected by the noise, anti-social behaviour and distressed caused as a result.
I am pleased that the police have taken a swift and early review of the decisions made. I have had assurances that the Chief and his team will make sure the lessons are taken and implemented in their plans to prepare and respond more readily to similar issues in the future.
In normal circumstances such incidents would be troubling and frustrating. Understandably local people feel aggrieved when they continue to adhere to Government regulations on Covid19 while others are breaking the rules without, so it seems, any thought for others.
The last few months have been a time of uncertainty and you have all sacrificed so much to protect the NHS and save lives. As we return to ‘normal’ life, it is more important than ever that you have confidence in your police service and you feel safe in your homes, villages, towns and cities.
As part of my role as your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), I will continue to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of local people and represent your voice in policing by ensuring that in instances like these your concerns and frustrations are heard and taken into account by the Chief Constable.
Posted on Monday 22nd June 2020