Posts Tagged ‘Avon and Somerset Police’

Arson investigation started following Kipling Road car and house fire

Posted on Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at 9:38 am by SH (Editor)

Police car.

Four people escaped unhurt after fire from a car which had been set alight spread to a house in Filton.

The incident happened at around 2am on Monday morning (21st October) in Kipling Road. A car parked on a driveway was set on fire and this spread to the house.

The fire caused significant damage to the house.

There were four people – two adults, a teenage girl and a toddler – asleep inside the house at the time, but fortunately they escaped unhurt.

Police say they believe the fire was started deliberately and an arson investigation has begun.

Detective Inspector Jill Kells said:

“This is a very serious incident but we are lucky that we are not talking today about any deaths. It must be frightening to wake up in the middle of the night to find your home on fire and made so much worse to think that someone could have started it deliberately.”

“An arson investigation has begun and we are determined to identify those responsible and make sure they face the consequences of their deliberate and dangerous actions. If anyone has any information about the incident which could help us please get in touch with us.”

If you saw the fire being started, or know who is responsible, please contact South Gloucestershire CID on 101. Alternatively, phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police

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Police helicopter base to remain at Filton Airfield

Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2012 at 3:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Helicopter of the the Western Counties Air Operations Unit.

Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed that a police helicopter will continue to be based at Filton Airfield when the new National Police Air Service is launched.

In October 2012, the National Police Air Service will begin adopting responsibility for police air operations from individual forces to the new service.

In July 2013, Avon and Somerset will become part of the south-west region of the National Police Air Service. The move will create a national, borderless service which will ensure there is flexible, effective coverage for both urban and rural areas.

In recent months discussions have been underway with the National Police Air Service and other local forces about where the regional base will be for a police helicopter. Despite earlier fears that it might be moved to RAF Colerne in Wiltshire, it has now been agreed that Filton airfield will provide the best operational base for the police helicopter.

Making the announcement, Assistant Chief Constable Rod Hansen said:

“I am pleased to confirm that the police helicopter will be based at Filton. There are sound operational reasons for using Filton as a base and I am confident that we will continue to have a fast, reliable and effective air service in Avon and Somerset and the wider region.”

More: Filton to be one of 22 bases in England & Wales »

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