Arrests after vandal attacks

December 21 2021

THREE teenagers have been arrested by police investigating a series of vandal attacks in Downend, Fishponds and Staple Hill.
Damage to shops, vehicles, five bus stops and sheds belonging to allotment holders were all reported at the beginning of December.
The first problems came at the allotments off Dial Lane, where youths abused an allotment holder who challenged them after spotting them throwing canes and tools about on December 3.
Over the following weekend sheds were damaged or pushed over, fencing smashed and padlocks and hand sanitisers damaged.
On the night of December 8 to 9, five bus stops in Downend and Fishponds were attacked, including one in Downend's high street area, and two vehicles had windows smashed in the co-op car park.
Shop windows in Downend, Fishponds and Staple Hill were damaged by stone throwing, as was the window of a flat in Hill House Road, Downend.
An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said officers responding to calls reporting the damage had arrested a 19-year-old man and two boys aged under 17 on suspicion of criminal damage in the early hours of December 9.
The spokesperson added: "All three were later released under investigation. Our enquiries continue."
Police have been made aware of video from local shops recording some of the suspects and have called on anyone else who witnessed any vandalism or has footage on a dashcam, phone or CCTV system to call them on 101 and quote the crime reference number 5221 288 634.
The incidents came as South Gloucestershire Council was still waiting for Virgin Media to connect the area's CCTV cameras to the local monitored surveillance system.
The cameras have been installed and wired up since October.
The Voice has asked Virgin Media for a comment.
*Vandals damaged lights on Staple Hill's Christmas tree overnight on December 8 to 9.
Staple Hill and Mangotsfield councillor Ian Boulton, who is fundraising for the tree in Fountain Square, said the damaged strings had been made safe and disconnected from the electricity supply by South Gloucestershire Council's StreetCare team.
The remaining strings had been moved further up towards the top of the tree to try to keep them out of reach.
Anyone with information about the attack should call Avon and Somerset Police on 101 and quote crime reference number 5221 289 021.
Cllr Boulton has organised a crowdfunding appeal to pay for the Staple Hill Christmas Tree, with a target of just over £3,100. The value of the lights is £400.
To donate towards the tree visit justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-boulton5.