29/04/2011

Police Raid Cheltenham Road Property

Police have today raided a property in Cheltenham Road, Bristol, in connection with last night's violent disorder which saw fifteen people arrested for violent disorder.

The incident disrupted the Stokes Croft community in Bristol.

Several police officers suffered injuries, and required hospital treatment after being pelted with bottles, rocks and other missiles.

Around eight neighbourhood beat officers had been engaging with a peaceful gathering in Cheltenham Road earlier last evening, which was a good-spirited event.

Two community mediators spoke to the group responsible for throwing a bottle to appeal for calm.

However clashes erupted between police and protestors, resulting in injuries on both sides.

Officers from several other forces provided support to Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Rick Palmer, Service Director at Bristol City Council, said: "What we have seen tonight is totally unacceptable behaviour which is clearly not supported by local people."

Police Officers entered the Cheltenham Road property at 9.30 this morning.

Police believe there is a direct connection between this property and the disorder, which saw more than 400 people clash with police, resulting in injuries on both sides.

A number of people have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

(BMcN/GK)

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