Spotlight on crimes on the Bristol & Bath Railway Path

The Railway Path at Staple Hill

There are mounting concerns over the number of crimes being carried out on the Bristol & Bath Railway Path, particularly in the Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and Fishponds area.

A document which highlights there have been more than 25 incidents over the last year, including knife violence, armed robbery, theft, sexual assault and intimidation, has been posted this week on the Bristol Cyclists Facebook page by path user Duncan Edwards.

Many of the reports have been since September and he has also written an open letter to the Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, saying that many people are scared to use the popular route. Most but not all the incidents were reported to the police.

Meanwhile on Friday the councillors for Staple Hill, Mangotsfield and New Cheltenham said they had spoken with a local police beat manager about crime on the path who said that in the previous two weeks there had been nine reported incidents along the whole length of it, from Easton through to Bath.

The councillors urge people to not just post concerns on social media but to always report all incidents of suspicious, anti-social or criminal behaviour by calling 101, except in an emergency or if a crime is in progress when you should phone 999.

Quote the crime reference AS-20201116-0268.

The councillors have been told that police are planning additional measures alongside the daily patrols that are already conducted along the path.