Police tackle town’s anti-social behaviour

May 29 2018

Police patrols in Thornbury and nearby villages are targeting anti-social behaviour.

A 17 year old boy from Horfield has been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply by officers patrolling the Jubliee Playing Fields in Greenhill in Alveston. He was alleged to be in possession of cannabis, a prescription only tranquiliser and a white powder. He was released under investigation pending further enquiries. 

A second teenage boy is due to be voluntarily interviewed after being found in possession of white powder.

Police say they are acting on information from people in the community who have told them when and where anti-social behaviour is happening.  

Acting Neighbourhood Sergeant Stuart Cumine said: “We’re concerned by reports of drug use in our public spaces, especially involving groups of under-18s. As well as cannabis, we’ve seized prescription medications which can cause blackouts, putting young people at greater risk of accident or injury, or falling victim to crime.”

Officers also seized 50 cannabis plants and growing equipment from an outbuilding in Hill. Four people were arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and later released under investigation pending further enquiries. The site had to be made safe by electricians due to a risk of fire and electric shock. 

There have already been several fires in the Avon and Somerset Police area because of tampering with wiring in rooms that are used to grow cannabis. 

Sergeant Cumine said: “As well as carrying out enforcement activity we’re working with Thornbury Town and South Gloucestershire Councils, social services, youth service providers and schools in our response to this issue.”

Police urge anyone with information to get in touch through the police website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or by calling 101.