From Avon and Somerset Police
Life in Bristol has been returning to normal following the scenes of vandalism and disorder on the streets earlier this week.
Bristol has tonight enjoyed a very normal Wednesday night.
Police, other emergency services, and partner agencies were again geared up to respond to any incidents as they arise.
But the handful of arrests that have taken place in the city tonight have not been in response to any new incidents of large-scale disorder.
Several of them have been a result of our on-going crusade to hunt down those involved in Monday’s criminality.
Tonight’s arrests have mainly been made for offences including criminal damage, conspiracy to commit affray and breach of bail.
Officers followed someone who they believed would lead them to a 32-year-old man who was wanted in connection with 13 burglaries across the city.
They followed him to an address on City Road where they found and arrested him. They also seized £2,000 cash, and discovered a small cannabis factory.
Two further people were arrested on suspcion of cultivation of cannabis, and a fourth person was arrested for obstruction of police.
Deputy Chief Constable Rob Beckley said: “From the moment we experienced our first incidents of disorder, we pledged that we would do everything within our power to maintain normality for the law-abiding people who live in, work in or visit Bristol.
“Over the past couple of days, we have all witnessed through the media some horrific scenes from other parts of the country, not least of which the three fatalities in Birmingham.
“We are very fortunate in that we have not experienced anything to that level.
“We have worked very hard with our fellow emergency services, other partner agencies, and local communities.
“The overall voice of Bristol was very clear; the thuggish disorder we saw on Monday night is simply not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
“Last night we saw just a few isolated incidents.
“Tonight has been very similar to any other Wednesday night, and I think this is due, in some part, to the overall view of the City that this kind of disorder cannot be allowed to happen.
“Over the past few days, through social media and face-to-face contact, we have received extremely positive feedback from residents, businesses and traders.
“I know that our officers and staff have very much appreciated these positive comments and support.
“It is gratifying to see such strong support for our work, because the past few days have been very challenging, without a doubt.
“Collectively, we prepared for the worst, and hoped for the best.
“I think the relative calm of the past few nights shows the desire of the whole city to work together to make Bristol a safe place, and shows what a great community spirit the city has.
“Of course, we are not going to be complacent, and we will continue to monitor the situation and ensure we are prepared for any eventuality.
“It is also important to remind everyone that while the past two nights have been comparatively peaceful, we have not forgotten what we experienced on Monday.
“We are still working very hard to identify those involved, and I am very hopeful that, in the coming days and weeks, we will see additional arrests and more people being put before the courts.
“The message is clear; not only is that kind of disorder unacceptable and unwelcome; we are determined to ensure that it will not go unpunished.”