POLICE officers from Avon and Somerset are joining a UK-wide trek, aiming to bring communities together, as it comes through South Gloucestershire and Bristol this weekend.

The Great Big Walk started in West Yorkshire on May 29 where five teams of walkers set off to travel home to the five corners of the UK.

Team Cornwall will be walking through Avon and Somerset before continuing their journey to conclude in Cornwall on June 18, which will form part of The Great Get Together celebrations inspired by Jo Cox, marking the first anniversary of her death.

Avon and Somerset officers will join the walk as it passes through Filton, Bristol Centre, South Bristol, Bridgwater and Taunton.

Acting deputy chief constable Sarah Crew said “We are proud to be able to support this cause by joining the walkers as they pass through Avon and Somerset.

“In times like these, it is more important than ever to stand united with our communities.

“These walkers are bringing the communities of the UK together, so please do offer your support if you see them and show how welcoming we are in the West Country.”

Police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens added: “I am excited that The Great Big Walk walkers will be coming through the local communities of Avon and Somerset this weekend.

“I can think of no better idea to bring communities together and inspire people to make a positive change where they live.

“In my experience as PCC, communities that work with each other are stronger and safer and I welcome any opportunity to bring local people together.

“If you see the walkers out and about over the weekend, please join them or say hi. I look forward to joining them on Monday, on their final leg in our area across Somerset.”

Communities are encouraged to get involved in The Great Big Walk by showing support and cheering the walkers along their way. You can follow the route on https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/the-great-big-walk