Police News & Updates
Stop Adult Abuse Week
This is , a local initiative to focus everyone’s attention on looking out for people who could be vulnerable.
This year from 15 to 19 June we are asking our communities to all work together to support our neighbours. Please remember to look out for people in your area, to spot the signs of abuse and report any concerns.
This is especially important during Covid-19 and its impact on vulnerable adults.
Throughout the week local councils across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire along with Avon and Somerset Police will be raising awareness, promoting advice and guidance, and signposting people to support.
Statement from Chief Constable Andy Marsh
Following last night’s announcement from the Prime Minister, I know many of you want to know how it will affect you and your police force. These are unprecedented times and a fast-moving situation. I know many people will be anxious and worried so I want to reassure you at this time.
“The most important message I can give is please follow the Government’s advice and stay home to save lives. This is a health emergency and I can’t say it any more starkly as that. I know our resilient communities in Avon and Somerset will respond and do the right thing, but the message is clear – we must act now to keep our loved ones safe and to protect our NHS.
“The Prime Minister’s new measures for police forces are designed to help ensure the public remains safe. I’ll be speaking to fellow Chief Constables today as a matter of urgency to see how these can best be enforced and seek further clarity from the Government around new legislation that is expected to be enacted.
“I want to make it clear, we will be enforcing these new measures when new legislation comes in, which will allow us to disperse groups of more than two people. If they don’t disperse, they could face a fine. Initially we will be seeking to persuade those not listening to the advice to do the right thing – this will be through talking to people and reasoning with them. I am confident people will listen. This is for all our safety.
“Non-essential businesses have been told to close and we will work with local authorities to make sure this is respected. I want to thank all those businesses which have already followed the advice and shut – you will have saved lives.
“Needless to say this will not be an easy time for police officers on the frontline who I am very proud to see are rising to this challenge and we are doing our best to protect them.
“Officers and staff are working around-the-clock and I want to thank them all for their extraordinary effort. We have tried and tested plans in place should we face reduced staffing levels as a result of people falling ill, including having more of our Special Constabulary giving their time to frontline policing.
Statement from Avon and Somerset Police
Over the last 24 hours we have delivered milk to elderly/vulnerable from a kind donation from Nikki Thomas. (If any URGENTLY need any skimmed milk we can help where we can. (Small supply)
We have conatcted all the Drs/Pharmacys in the local area offering to help with deliveries.
We are patrolling and challenging when we can in between dealing with incidents.
We urge parents to know where their children are at all times and spread the stay at home message. We have had quite a lot of reports of children out and about in groups. Namely at the Chalton Hayes Basket Ball court!
Guidlines are -
◾Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
◾One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk, or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with
◾Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents' homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school
◾Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
Even when following the above guidance, people should minimise the amount of time spent out of their homes and should keep two metres (6ft) away from people they do not live with.
We are trying all we can in the efforts to stop the spread.
If any small companies are struggling with food deliveries please get in touch. (Pre paid and no alcohol)
If you see or hear domestic violence report it
National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327
The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123
As a result of the current COVID - 19 we have changed our approach to limit the face to face contact.
Response and the Beat Teams will still be patroling in the areas to provide hi vis visablity in vehicles.
Its really positive to see all of you coming together in this time of need. Please be vigilent of your elderly/vulnerable neighbours.
Its hard to stay positive in times like this but try to stay active in your homes and reach out to people via social media.
Key Discussion points -Facebook Live
We have rounded up the key discussion points from this week's Facebook Live session with Chief Constable Andy Marsh and PCC Sue Mountstevens.
On Wednesday, the Chief Constable answered questions relating to the new COVID-19 guidelines and how they will impact policing, and also clarified how to report breaches of regulations.
If you have any questions about COVID-19 and its impact on policing you would like answered during the next Facebook Live session.
The next session will be held on Thursday 21 May at 1pm.
Police urge people to report crimes online as enquiry desks close
Avon and Somerset Police are urging people to report crimes online as enquiry desks close.
Avon and Somerset Police Poster
Avon and Somerset Constabulary poster that is being used for COVID-19. It would be good to remind people of the current rules and that neighbourhood policing teams are doing regular patrols
Online Safety advice from Avon and Somerset Police
With children spending more time online while at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, there's never been a better time to teach them how to stay safe on the internet.