Playing our part in regional crackdown on drugs

This week we’re playing our part in the second phase of Operation Scorpion, a regional crackdown on drugs. We’re joining South West regional colleagues in carrying out operations to disrupt drug supply and prevent drug crime within the region, alongside preventative, educational and engagement work in communities. Operation Scorpion is a joined-up collaboration between the five police forces in…

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Pair plead guilty to stealing power tools and bike

Two men will be sentenced next month after they pleaded guilty to committing thefts in Bridgwater. Laimutis Beleckas, 21, and 27-year-old Eimantas Zemreta, both of Gravesend in Kent, appeared at Taunton Deane Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 21 June, both charged with one count of theft from a motor vehicle and one count of theft of a bike. Beleckas was also charged with one count of driving while…

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Motorists advised to plan ahead of motorway protests

Travel disruption is expected on Monday 4 July due to planned nationwide protests about the cost of fuel. Motorists are advised to plan ahead with several key routes likely to be affected, including the M4 Severn Bridge between England and Wales in both directions, ahead of the morning rush-hour. A slow-moving roadblock is also planned on the M5 between Bridgwater and the Almondsbury Interchange…

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Woman admits violent disorder charge

A 21-year-old woman appeared at Bristol Crown Court today (Thursday 30 June) and admitted a charge of violent disorder in connection with the riot in Bristol in March 2021. Rose Lazarus, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, was released on bail and will return to the same court on 8 August for sentencing. A total of 18 people have been jailed for offences committed during the riot, receiving a combined prison…

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CCTV appeal to identify trio after racially-aggravated assault in Bridgwater

Can you help our enquiries into a racially-aggravated assault in Bridgwater? One man, in his 40s, was in Penel Orlieu when he was punched and kicked by a number of men at about 10pm on Saturday 16 April. He sustained GBH-level injuries, including a fractured jaw and cheekbone. He was with a second man who was also punched. One of the victims reported that racially-aggravated words were used during…

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Man, 28, jailed for stealing thousands from a North Somerset business

A 28-year-old man has been jailed for 12 months after admitting to defrauding thousands of pounds from a butchers near Weston-super-Mare. Michael Vowles, of Avonmouth Road in Bristol, pleaded guilty to three offences, including: Fraud by abuse of position Fraud by false representation Theft Vowles is a qualified butcher who was employed as a manager by Frances Bird, the owner of Worle Moor…

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Man admits offences committed during Bristol riot

A 24-year-old man has pleaded guilty to two offences committed during the riot in Bristol city centre in March 2021. Henry Olohan, of Montpelier, Bristol, appeared at the city’s Crown Court today and admitted charges of affray and criminal damage on what would have been the first day of his trial. He’s been released on conditional bail to attend the same court on 28 July when he will be sentenced.

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Can you help us find 29-year-old Adrian Chivers?

We are appealing for the public’s help to locate wanted man Adrian Chivers. He is wanted on a court warrant to face a charge of driving while under the influence of drugs. He is described as 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build with blue/green eyes, short black hair and stubble. Chivers has links to Southmead, Patchway, Avonmouth, Kingswood and the Henbury areas of Bristol.

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Officers appeal to identify man following serious sexual assault

We are appealing for the public’s help to identify this man who officers would like to speak to in connection with a serious sexual assault. We believe the man in the CCTV has information which will aid an investigation into the incident which happened on Friday 3 June. This relates to an incident which happened on the green opposite Clarks Road in Bridgwater at around midnight on the Friday in…

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Man sentenced for burglary at auction salesroom in Taunton

A 45-year-old man has been given a suspended jail sentence after being convicted of carrying out a burglary at an auction salesroom in Taunton. Colin Danes, of Trinity Road in Taunton, admitted a charge of burglary with intent at a hearing in Taunton Deane Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (23 June). He was given a 10-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and a six-month curfew (between 8pm…

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