Morrisons shoppers ‘intimidated’ by young people congregating at supermarket in Hartcliffe

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Extra police patrols are being sent to the area to deal with the problem

Shoppers and staff at a Morrisons supermarket in Hartcliffe are being intimidated by young people congregating at the store, say police who are stepping up efforts to tackle the problem.

Avon and Somerset Police are sending extra ‘high visibility patrols’ to the area which includes the supermarket off Hareclive Road.

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In a statement posted on Facebook, Bristol Neighbourhood Policing said there had been ‘numerous reports’ of young people congregating, causing damage, attempting to steal and intimidating staff and members of the public.

The team said it was dispersing groups where appropriate and taking action against those people who commit offences.

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The issue has also become the current priority for the Hartcliffe and Withywood police team.

A spokesperson said: “After an increase in reported incidents of antisocial behaviour within the Peterson Avenue Shopping area, the neighbourhood team is working collaboratively with businesses, partner agencies and the community to reduce the issues and improve the shopping experience for customers.

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“This work is ongoing and we continue to encourage and assist young people to engage in activities that will reduce their involvement in anti social behaviour.”

A spokesperson for Morrisons said: “We do not tolerate any form of antisocial behaviour in our stores and are working closely with the Avon and Somerset Police to ensure the safety of our customers and colleagues.”

Latest data from police.uk shows there were 51 reports of antisocial behaviour made to police in the Hartcliffe and Withywood ward in December - just one more than in December 2020.

Out of the 51, 12 were in the Peterson Avenue Shopping area.