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Man in custody following Filton burglaries

Posted on Monday 19th June 2017 at 1:06 pm by SH (Editor)

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Police have arrested a man after a number of burglary incidents in Filton on Thursday 15th June.

Between 4pm and 4.30pm, a householder in Third Avenue was disturbed by a suspicious noise and saw a man in her neighbour’s garden who made off when he saw her. The neighbour’s door was found to have been damaged, but no entry was gained.

At about 4.30pm on the same day, a family were in their garden in Gayner Road when they spotted a man leaving their house. He ran off and they have not yet reported anything missing.

Later that evening, between 7pm and 7.30pm, two laptops and a watch were stolen from a house in Cropthorne Road, Filton, while the householder was watching television.

Overnight Thursday 15th to Friday 16th June a handbag containing cash and bank cards was stolen from a house in Sixth Avenue. The ‘contactless’ cards were later used to buy items in a shop

A suspect was arrested on Sunday night, 18th June, in Filton Avenue, Horfield, on suspicion of burglary. A 25-year-old man from Filton remained in police custody at midday on Monday.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Ives said:

“It’s great that people in Filton are prepared to look out for each other and report suspicious incidents like this – it’s a good deterrent to thieves.”

“While you’re enjoying the sun, do please remember to make sure your doors and windows are secure if you’re in another room or outside. It only takes an opportunist thief a moment to walk away with a handbag, wallet, or other portable valuables.”

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Temporary closure of footpath at Filton Abbey Wood Station

Posted on Saturday 6th May 2017 at 11:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Sign warning of footpath closure at Filton Abbey Wood Station.

Passengers at Filton Abbey Wood Station are being reminded that the footpath between the car park and the platforms is to close temporarily from Sunday 7th May.

The closure, which will run until autumn 2017, is to allow engineering works to be safely carried out.

Pedestrians will need to follow a signed diversion route from the car park in Emma Chris Way, along Nutfield Grove and through the grounds of Nutfield House to join the footbridge to the platforms.

Network Rail project management assistant Rebecca Tipper said:

“Passengers should allow around an extra ten minutes to ensure they safely catch their trains. We would like to thank them in advance for their patience while this work is carried out.”

The diversion only affects passengers arriving on the car park side of the station.

In addition, cabins will be placed in the station car park to accommodate the team carrying out the work. As a result, fewer spaces will be available and spaces reserved for drivers with disabilities will be relocated within the car park.

Due to planned work between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads, a rail replacement service will operate from Filton Abbey Wood from:

  • 23:45 Saturday 6th May to 04:45 Monday 8th May
  • 23:45 Saturday 13th May to 04:45 Monday 15th May
  • 23:45 Saturday 20th May to 04:45 Monday 2nd2 May

The rail replacement point is at the main entrance of the station on Emma Chris Way.

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Works starts on new Airbus test centre in Filton

Posted on Friday 31st March 2017 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Ground-breaking ceremony for the new Airbus Wing Integration Centre in Filton.

Work has begun on a revolutionary wing testing centre on the Airbus site in Filton.

Around two hundred Airbus employees gathered at the site of their future test centre on 9th February to mark the start of construction.

The new £40 million facility will be an advanced testing centre for large structural components. It will enable Airbus and its partners to develop new and cutting edge ideas for wings of the future, helping underpin the UK as one of the world’s leading aerospace sectors.

Airbus UK HR Director and General Manager Mark Stewart said:

“Creating the wing of the future will be no easy task. The teams will explore the best materials, manufacturing and assembly techniques available, as well as new technologies in aerodynamics and wing architecture. The Airbus Wing Integration Centre (AWIC) will provide the team with the latest equipment to perform a range of diverse and extensive testing.”

Attendees at the ceremony included Galliford Try, the contractors for the construction of AWIC, the Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK, part funders of the project.

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 3). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

Bikes targeted in Filton shed burglaries

Posted on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 10:02 am by SH (Editor)

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Police in Filton are urging local residents to review the security of outbuildings following a spate of shed break-ins.

Since the beginning of February, push bikes have been stolen from three sheds in Filton, with a further eight incidents in which sheds were entered but nothing stolen and another in which beer was taken.

Most of the incidents have happened in the area around the A4174 Station Road, in the evenings after 5pm or overnight. Locks were forced or windows smashed in order to get into the sheds.

Anyone with information which could help officers track down those responsible is asked to get in touch online or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217025338. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Neighbourhood PC Matt Griffin said:

“I’d ask people living in Filton to be aware of this issue and keep an eye out for anyone behaving suspiciously around sheds and garages. Call 999 immediately if you think someone is breaking in, or for any other suspicious activity ring us on 101 straight away.”

“Please review the security of your outbuildings. As most of these break-ins have happened during the hours of darkness, it’s worth installing motion-sensing security lights, but the most important thing is to make sure your shed is sturdy with a good quality lock.”

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