Posts Tagged ‘theft’

Godfrey the Gorilla stolen from Old Sodbury

Posted on Wednesday 31st August 2011 at 7:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Bristol Zoo: Wow! gorillas

A model gorilla created to celebrate Bristol Zoo’s 175th birthday has been stolen from Old Sodbury.

‘Godfrey’ is owned by Old Sodbury School and is part of Bristol Zoo’s Wow! Gorillas project.

Several local businesses led by David Anthony of Cotswold Edge Farm helped to fund Godfrey on behalf of the school.

“I am extremely upset that someone could even contemplate stealing from school children, it is a truly deplorable act and I can only hope that Godfrey is returned unharmed when the thief realizes how upset the children will be,” commented David.

‘Baby’ gorillas like Godfrey feature in over 100 schools in the Bristol area and help to raise much needed funds for the schools involved as well as having educational value in teaching communities about gorilla conservation.

Old Sodbury School organised a naming competition to raise money for the school and Godfrey was hand painted by pupils. They have also been involved in Bristol Zoo’s outreach programme.


Source: Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce


Police recover four stolen cars from Kingswood industrial unit

Posted on Tuesday 11th January 2011 at 8:28 am by SH (Editor)

Police are warning motorists in South Gloucestershire to keep an eye on their car keys after recovering four stolen cars in an operation in Kingswood.

Officers from the Priority Crime Team found the cars being stripped down when they searched a unit at the Douglas Road Industrial Estate on Wednesday 5th January 2011.

The cars included a Vauxhall Corsa taken in a car key burglary in Filton in December 2010 as well as a Toyota stolen from Pucklechurch, a Peugeot 308 stolen from Redcliffe and a Mitsubishi Lancer taken from Clifton.

Officers also recovered a number of car parts from various vehicles in the search, part of Operation Relentless: keeping you safe.

Police later arrested two men aged 20 and 24 from Longwell Green and Kingswood and a 17-year-old Kingswood woman in connection with the operation. All three were later released on police bail.


Source: Avon and Somerset Police


Police recover stolen motorbike and bicycles (Kingswood)

Posted on Friday 1st October 2010 at 8:19 am by SH (Editor)

Two men have been charged after police searched a house in Kingswood on Tuesday September 28th 2010 and recovered a motorbike stolen in Longwell Green the day before.

Officers from the Neighbourhood Team and the South Gloucestershire Priority Crime Team also recovered two bicycles stolen from Kingswood and Bridgeyate in the search.

Six young men aged between 15 and 18 were arrested from the house.

An 18-year-old man from Kingswood has been charged with two counts of theft and one of handling stolen goods.

A 17-year-old Bristol man has been charged with two counts of theft.

Both were due to appear before Northavon Magistrates Court on Wednesday 29th September.

Four other teenage men have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Rachael Hodges said: “Thieves have been targeting bicycles and motorbikes, stealing them from sheds and garages, gardens and driveways. We have been working hard, targeting uniformed and plain-clothes patrols in hotspot areas to tackle the problem.”

Source: Avon and Somerset Police


Three arrested for moped theft (Mangotsfield)

Posted on Tuesday 28th September 2010 at 8:16 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire police are warning moped riders to lock up following the arrest of three young men for moped theft.

In the early hours of Wednesday 22nd September patrolling officers spotted a Piaggio NRG moped which had been stolen from Staple Hill. The bike was found abandoned near the cycle track at Mangotsfield and officers arrested three young men nearby.

Two 15-year-old boys from Bristol have been charged with taking a vehicle without consent and are due before Northavon Youth Court on Tuesday 19th October.

A 16-year-old man, also from Bristol, was released on police bail pending further enquiries.


Source: Avon And Somerset Police