Keynsham: Police cordon off Abbots Wood after report of sexual offence

Police tape was up at three pathway entrances to the cordoned-off area of Abbots Wood this morning

Detectives have cordoned off an area of woodland in Keynsham after a report of a sexual offence.

Tape labeled ‘crime scene - do not enter’ is up around an area in Abbots Wood near Charlton Road, with pathway entrances from The Brambles and Greenfield Road closed off.

This morning (September 16), dog walkers were avoiding the cordoned off area. One told Bristol World: “No-one knows what has happened, we’ve just seen the police tape and avoided going in the area.”

People also said that the area cordoned off had been reduced in size over the morning. A police car was seen in the area, but no officers appeared to be stationed in the woodland.

Police have taped off an area in Abbots Wood in Keynsham

At lunchtime today, Avon and Somerset Police told Bristol World that a reported sexual offence was being investigated, while police patrols had been stepped up.

The force believe this was an isolated incident.

In a statement issued, a spokesperson said: “Members of the public can expect to see an increased police presence around the Abbots Wood area of Keynsham today while we carry out enquiries following a reported sexual offence this week.

“We’d like to reassure the public that at this time we believe this is an isolated incident and additional patrols will be conducted. Officers will ensure the victim is being provided with any support they need.”