Police day of action in Kingswood yesterday

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By matt_2009 | Friday, February 01, 2013, 13:31

Police held a day of action in Kingswood yesterday (Thursday January 31) bringing officers from across South Gloucestershire to join the neighbourhood team in high profile patrols of the town.

District officers were joined by specialists from the Mounted Section and Road Policing Unit.

PCSOs carried out foot patrol in residential areas, including where homes have recently targeted by burglars. Police officers were stopping and checking vehicles, using hi-tech software to identify vehicles being used without insurance or tax as well as those suspected of being used by criminals.

Throughout the day officers:

• Arrested a 23-year-old man for possession of cannabis. He was later released on police bail

• Arrested a 19-year-old man who was wanted on a court warrant and detained in custody to face magistrates today, February 1.

• Seized two vehicles – an abandoned moped and a car being driven with no insurance

• Issued 24 fixed penalties for driving offences, including driving while using a mobile phone and not wearing a seat belt

• Reported 11 people for untaxed vehicles

• Ordered two drivers to have vehicle faults repaired

• Spoke to hundreds of members of the public and gathered vital information to help target policing activity effectively.

The initiative was co-ordinated by the new Neighbourhood Inspector, Dom Graham.

He said: "This day of action was aimed at tackling a wide range of policing and community issues. While Kingswood is a safe place to live and work, we know criminals will be travelling through. We wanted to make sure we prevented them from committing burglary or vehicle crime while being a reassuring presence for local people.

"My dedicated neighbourhood team is committed to working with the community and other agencies to make sure Kingswood stays safe. We're really grateful to local people for their support and patience during this operation."

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  • Profile image for jennifer2009

    If this is from just one day - shouldn't police try to do this every day until crime goes down? Makes sense, no?

    By jennifer2009 at 10:39 on 04/02/13

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    More reaction to this story from the Kingswood People Facebook page...

    Derek Delboy Leppier "Police have a day of action. Should be a day of action every day that's their job."

    Nathan Leppier "I have heard rumours they have another one planned for 2017."

    Rach Williams "Think it's sad that two people lost their lives and THEN police decide to look for uninsured/illegal drivers?! Can't help thinking that sadly, it won't last."

    Coles Stephen "It's about time the police moved there asses and started patrolling the streets of Kingswood, in cars on foot on a push bike but clean up the streets and alleys of the gutter snipes, well I won't hold my breath cause this was just a token gesture."

    Derek Delboy Leppier "All these day of actions do is reinforce the point that on a normal day police are not around."


    By matt_2009 at 10:22 on 04/02/13

  • Profile image for ant86

    The police of to day spend most of there time cruising around, Get back on the beat!!

    By ant86 at 12:56 on 03/02/13

  • Profile image for Kleeneze

    There was a time when we used to see the police on the streets all the time, not just the occasional glimpse of a police car hurrying by.

    By Kleeneze at 15:42 on 01/02/13

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