AVON and Somerset Police have made an official statement amid ongoing anti-social behaviour and violence in Yate and Chipping Sodbury.

Following an increase in criminal activity across the area, residents had called on local police teams to take action.

A community engagement meeting that took place on Wednesday, March 11 gave residents the opportunity express their concerns directly to police officers.

this meeting took place within 24 hours of a serious assault in Chipping Sodbury High Street, where victims were beaten with knuckledusters.

Police have asked residents in the area to inform them of any incidents and not to post on social media before officially reporting it to officers.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Terry Murphy said: “We know people are sharing information about incidents on social media, but we really do need people to tell us if they’re affected by ASB as it happens, so we can take appropriate action.

“If someone could get hurt, or property is being damaged, ring 999 straight away. Otherwise call 101 or report it online through avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact.”

“It’s important for parents and carers to make sure they know where their children are, who they’re with and what they’re up to.

“Talk to them about the consequences of this sort of behaviour - for themselves as well as others. Criminal damage and public order offences could lead to arrest. Any conviction could affect a young person’s future career or even travel plans, with some countries denying visas to people with criminal convictions.”

Police have also confirmed they are working to deal with a group of children involved in anti-social behaviour in the area.

Officers have made arrests and their investigations continue. Police have a dispersal order in place which gives officers extra powers to direct someone to leave the area. Anyone who doesn’t comply or who returns within a specified time could be arrested. There will be more updates shortly.

PS Murphy added that it was important for anyone reporting offences or ASB to pass on as much information as possible about those responsible, including descriptions of clothing or vehicles and names if known so officers have the evidence they need to take action against those responsible.