Report crime or we can't help: police

Published on: 27 May 2016

Drug users to be targeted in tower block 

RESIDENTS must report crimes if they want the police to do anything about them, Windmill Hill neighbourhood forum has been told.

A spate of car break-ins and vandalism in Cotswold Road, Windmill Hill is known to police but several of the crimes may not have been reported, PC Sue Coates told the meeting on May 11. 

Two youngsters have been arrested and interviewed following a series of incidents which caused £1,500 of damage but because of their age no decision has yet been taken on a prosecution, said PC Coates.

Residents told her that the attacks on vheicles were continuing.

“I looked out at 2am and saw someone coming down Cotswold Road loking at every vehicle either side of the road,” said one resident – who added that he hadn’t called police because he couldn’t see the man well enough to have identified him.

PC Coates urged residents to call police immediately on 999 if they thought a crime was occurring. “It’s really important that these calls come in because sit’s intelligence like this that often leads to arrests,” she said.

She pointed out the value of community tip-offs in uncovering cannabis farms. The most recent was in March, in Green Street, Totterdown, where neighbours became alarmed at the strong smell of cannabis from a bedsit.

Police are also appealing for help in dealing with anti-social behaviour in Polden House, one of the council tower blocks on Windmill Hill.

Drug users have left needles and other drug paraphernalia in the stairwell at Polden House. Needles have also been found several times in Victoria Park, the meeting heard.

Several forest school sessions in the park for children at St Mary Redcliffe primary school have been cancelled after needles were found. Parents have been alerted, and children have been taught to recognise the needles.

The needle exchange which supplies drug users will be asked to try to persuade them not to leave their needles lying around.

Police will make Polden House and the drug issue one of their top priorities in the area, said PC Coates, along with vehicle crime.

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