BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
    You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
 Thursday, 16 January, 2003, 21:26 GMT
Armed police on Bristol streets
Armed police on the streets of Bristol
The officers' guns are ready to be fired in seconds
Armed police are patrolling the streets of Bristol amid worries drug dealers carrying firearms have moved into the area.

An undisclosed number of officers have been patrolling Ashley and Lawrence Hill after police received worrying information.

It is feared rival gangs of armed drug dealers have moved into the city.

Chief Superintendent Mike Roe said: "Over the last few days we have seen an increase in tension between rival drug dealers.

Chief Superintendent Mike Roe
Police say they will stay until the risk subsides
"Of particular concern is intelligence that these rival dealers may be prepared to use firearms against each other."

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Bristol David John said the city's residents wanted to get armed criminals off the streets.

He said: "The mood has changed since the 80s, when there was a feeling the police were occupying areas like St Pauls.

"Now local residents want to help the police and they want the drug dealers and people who are armed to be disarmed and locked up."

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said the armed officers were a precautionary measure.

"Uniformed officers, armed patrols and dog handlers have been patrolling Grosvenor and Stapleton Roads since 2000 GMT on Tuesday, and will continue until the disturbance is finished.

"They are there to reassure the public. Community leaders have been informed."


Click here to go to Bristol
See also:

15 Jan 03 | England
10 Jan 03 | England
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes