#AceNewsReport – May.26: The investigation team believe the Golf, registration HG57 YHT, was left parked in a nearby street immediately after the shooting, before being moved to a small car park off Bishport Avenue the following day (Thursday 20 May), where it was recovered by the police and is now undergoing a full forensic examination’
Images of car released as investigation into shooting in Hartcliffe continues:
The car we want information on is a dark blue/black VW Golf, believed to have been involved in the shooting in Hareclive Road at about 5.15pm on Wednesday 19 May, in which two men suffered wounds consistent with shotgun pellets.
DI Mark Newbury said: “We’re asking the local community in Hartcliffe to check their home CCTV systems, doorbell cameras and Dash Cam footage, to see if this vehicle can be seen within this 24-hour period. Was it driven down your street, or parked outside your house overnight before being moved? It also appears as if the VW Golf has had its nearside rear wheel tyre changed – did you see a tyre being changed on a car matching the one on the images we’ve released today during the same timeframe? So far six arrests have been made in this investigation and we’re confident the continuing forensic examination of the car will lead to more people being linked to it, so we’re appealing for anyone who may have been involved in moving the vehicle the following day to come forward to speak to us. It’s possible they weren’t aware of the severity of the incident that the vehicle was involved in.”
If you think you have footage of the vehicle, please call 101 and quote ref number 5221110044.
#AceNewsReport – May.21: Officers have since established the disorder took place prior to the shooting incident: While our inquiry is in its early stages, we understand a number of people with bladed weapons were involved in a disturbance on Hareclive Road and Moxham Drive:
BRISTOL: Investigations into a disorder and shooting in the capital yesterday (Wednesday, 19 May) are continuing today: Specialist firearms officers were deployed to the Hareclive Road area or Hartcliffe at 5.20pm following reports a man had been shot and subsequent reports of a disorder.
Posted at 14:29 on 20th May 2021:
CASE NOTES: Shortly afterwards, a shotgun is believed to have been discharged from within a car on Moxham Drive and then a second time on Hareclive Road in the direction of a number of people running from the area: Two men, aged 18 and 20, sustained wounds consistent with shotgun pellets and were taken to hospital by ambulance. The 18-year-old man has since been discharged while the 20-year-old continues to receive treatment for what is believed to be a punctured lung: Five men aged 21, 24, 25, 30, and 39 and a woman aged 36 have been arrested for offences including attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. They all remain in police custody: Four vehicles and a number of bladed weapons have been seized as part of the inquiry.
Chief Inspector Oliver Cosgrove, area commander for south Bristol, said: “Incidents involving firearms are extremely rare in Avon and Somerset but when they do happen we take them extremely seriously: “ We fully appreciate this incident is likely to cause concern to the local community and we’d like to reassure them we have put significant resources into investigating it and bringing those involved to justice: “ There is a large cordon in place around the parks off Hareclive Road and Moxham Drive as we continue to carry out enquiries and we’d like to apologise if this causes people disruption: “ Those whose homes are inside the cordon can be reassured they are still able to access them but there are number of scenes we need to protect while we examine them for evidence: “ He added: “Six arrests have so far been made and efforts to locate others involved are ongoing, as is the search for the outstanding firearm: “ We continue to keep an open mind as to the circumstances surrounding these incidents and to whether they are directly linked: “ What we can say with some certainty is that we believe those involved are known to each other and as such, there is no threat to the wider community: “ As ever, we’re grateful of the support we’ve received from local residents so far who have demonstrated great pride in their community and who are understandably shocked at what has taken place.
“Anyone who has information about what happened last night who hasn’t yet spoken with police is asked to contact us on our non-emergency number 101 or by approaching an officer at the scene: “ Similarly, anyone with mobile phone footage, CCTV or dashcam footage of the incidents is urged to get in touch.”
If you can help, please call 101 and provide the call handler with reference 5221110044………You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.
No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.
• Aaron Cooper, 35, of King George Road, has been charged with theft and fraud by false representation. • Christopher Cooper, 63, of King George Road, has been charged with acquire, use, possess criminal property. • Jason Croker, 44, of Elm Grove, has been charged with two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of possession with intent to supply a class A drug (heroin).
#AceNewsReport – May.11: Their operation was discovered after a roads policing officer stopped Grigore and his brother-in-law, Alexandru Dita, on Broad Weir, Bristol, in the early hours of 28 July last year, suspecting they were driving without insurance.
BRISTOL: ‘Four sentenced following human trafficking and sexual exploitation inquiry: ‘Marin Grigore, 29, of Tudor Road, Bristol, trafficked a woman from abroad and along with his wife and brother-in-law, arranged for women to sell sexual services from their rented homes in Easton, Bristol as well as other locations across the South West’
In the backseat of their BMW the officer, PC Matt Boiles, found a 19-year-old woman wearing nightwear sat next to a suitcase, which raised his suspicions.
Checks on the Police National Computer revealed Dita had previous convictions for human trafficking offences and both men were arrested.
The woman subsequently provided a statement to officers in which she told how Grigore had arranged for her to travel from Germany to work as a sex worker.
As Grigore was booked into police custody, officers attended a property on Bloy Street, Bristol, which he gave as his home address. There, they found his wife, Mirela Mincu, his sister Adriana Dita and three women who told the officers they were sex workers.
Evidence found within the property suggested it was being used as a brothel while investigators later found adverts online offering sexual services for each of the other three women.
Enquiries into the adverts found they had been set up using Mincu’s email address while classified adverts in Romanian publications were also found with Mincu’s mobile number provided for people to contact.
Officers also attended another address on Tudor Road which had been rented by Grigore after the woman found in the car told officers she lived there. In the property were two other sex workers leading officers to believe the property was also being used as a brothel.
Financial investigations were subsequently carried out by detectives. These revealed more than one hundred thousand pounds had passed through the bank accounts of Mincu and Alexandru Dita in the preceding 12 months while significant sums were also deposited into the accounts of Grigore and Adriana Dita during the same period.
All four entered guilty to pleas to various offences at Bristol Crown Court earlier this year and were sentenced at the same court today:
Marin Grigore, was jailed for 21 months for controlling prostitution for gain, arranging or facilitating travel of a person with a view to exploitation and acquiring, using and/or possessing criminal property.
Alexandru Dita, 30, of Burchells Green Road, Kingswood, South Gloucestershire was jailed for two years for controlling prostitution for gain and using and/or possessing criminal property.
Mirela Mincu, 32, of Roman Road, Bristol was jailed for 23 months, suspended for two years for controlling prostitution for gain and using and/or possessing criminal property. She will also be subject to a three month curfew and have to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work
Adriana Dita, 26, also of Roman Road, was given a 12 month community order requiring her to do 50 hours of unpaid work for using and/or possessing criminal property.
Senior Investigation Officer Detective Inspector Mark Newbury said: “As a result of some great work by one of our roads policing officers who recognised there was more than met the eye when he stopped a suspicious car, we have successfully dismantled a prostitution ring which saw at least one woman trafficked from abroad to work in brothels.
“While we didn’t uncover evidence any women had been forced into prostitution, there was no shortage of proof they were being exploited and clear evidence at least one had been manipulated and coerced into becoming a sex worker.
“In her statement, the woman found in the car revealed Marin Grigore had lured her to the UK with the promise he would leave his wife so they could begin a relationship. He used her feelings for him and desire to move to the UK to manipulate her into working for him at his brothels.
“Grigore and Alexandru Dita were clearly the ring leaders of the operation which saw them make huge sums of money from women selling sexual services.
“Playing an equal role in the setup was Mincu – who we established through her text messages and the online adverts, coordinated most of the women’s appointments.
“None of those involved were able to account for their bank balances with only Grigore apparently having a job – cleaning cars for £50 a day.
“It is totally unacceptable they should benefit from their activities and we will seek to confiscate their illegal earnings through the Proceeds of Crime Act.”
DI Newbury added: “We care about the safety and welfare of sex workers and the woman found in the car in her dressing gown, along with those found at Grigore’s home address and several others connected with the inquiry were spoken to by specialist officers and offered support.
“I hope this case shows how committed we are to ensuring those who exploit vulnerable people are brought to justice.”
If you have been affected by this inquiry or would like to report concerns but don’t want to talk to police you can speak to the independent charity Unseen.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: Road closures have been put in place in St Nicholas Road and at its junction with Grosvenor Road. A diversion route has been set up via Ashley Road but we’d please ask people to avoid the area at this time while emergency services are at the scene:
‘Emergency services attend incident in St Paul’s investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the incident but at this early stage we are treating it as suspicious’
Posted at 10:41 on 8th April 2021:
Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident in St Paul’s, Bristol: Firefighters and paramedics were also called to the scene, and gas and electric engineers have also attended.
There have been no reported injuries at this time. People in a number of neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.
Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5221074539.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.09: With the new images added to the gallery there are currently 23 people we want the public’s help to identify:
Three more people were arrested over the Bank Holiday weekend in connection with the incident – two men aged 23 and 36 and a 25-year-old woman: More images released in connection with violent disorder in Bristol: Posted at 16:23 on 6th April 2021 in Appeals There are 3 related updates to this story & the images have all been added to our online gallery.
The total number of people arrested is now 32.
Anyone who has information about any of the people in the images is asked to call 101 and provide the call handler with the letter associated with the person/people.
You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: Ramadan, of Balance Street in Bath, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual touching. He was jailed for nine months at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 22 March. Ramadan has been put on the sexual offenders register and has received an indefinite sexual harm prevention order too:
Man jailed after sexual offences against women in Bath
Esmail Ramadan, 35, intimidated a number of women late at night and in some cases inappropriately touched them:
On Thursday 10 October 2019, Ramadan followed two women as they left Mandalyns nightclub. He grabbed one and told her he loved her, but she pushed him away. The pair reported what happened to a member of door staff who made sure they were kept safe.
In mid-October 2019, Ramadan approached a woman to ask her for details in the Savile Road area. He then proceeded to follow her before grabbing her and kissing her. The victim managed to free herself and run to a place of safety.
During the early hours of Friday 1 November 2019, Ramadan hugged a woman who was on a night out before then inappropriately touching her from behind. He then began kissing her, grabbed her breasts and inappropriately touched her in an intimate area, as she desperately tried to push him away.
Officer in the case PC Andrew Macmillan said: “These women were out in Bath city centre enjoying a night out when they were subjected to horrendous sexual attacks: “ Ramadan’s victims were understandably left upset and in a huge amount of distress by the sickening assaults he committed: “ What happened to these victims is unacceptable and I commend their bravery in speaking out and reporting what happened to police. Without them coming forward, Ramadan’s criminality could well have continued and more women may have been a victim of his predatory behaviour: “ Our message to victims is simple – you will be believed, we will investigate and we will make sure you have access to any support services you may need.”
If you’ve been a victim of sexual abuse, recent or non-recent, you don’t have to speak to the police. You can self-refer to The Bridge, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre available 24/7 365 days a year. Visit their website at www.thebridgecanhelp.org.uk or call 0117 342 6999.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.27: Specialist protest liaison officers attempted to engage with those who had gathered to remind them of the current coronavirus restrictions and urge them to go home.
Arrests made following violent disorder in Bristol: ‘More than 1,000 people gathered at College Green from 4pm for a protest’ However, at approximately 5pm the crowd began marching through the city centre: At around 6.30pm a significant number of protestors congregated on Lewins Mead, in front of a police cordon:
Posted at 03:43 on 27th March 2021:
Officers were instructed to use protective clothing after ammonia was smelt in the crowd: Shortly after 10pm officers moved to disperse people as items, including eggs and glass bottles, began to be thrown at them and attempts were made to pull their shields:
Mutual aid from neighbouring forces was brought in to ensure the crowds were dispersed as safely as possible: Specialist resources including dogs, horses and the police helicopter were used in the policing operation which concluded at approximately 1am.
A total of 10 people of were arrested: One has since been issued a fixed penalty notice while the other nine remain in police custody:
Superintendent Mark Runacres said: “The majority of people acted peacefully however there was a minority who once again showed hostility to officers: “ Items, including glass bottles and bricks were thrown at officers, fireworks were launched at our mounted section while one of our horses was also covered with paint: “ This violent conduct is not acceptable: “ Officers repeatedly encouraged people to disperse but once the atmosphere changed and people became physical it was necessary to take action: “ Ten people were arrested for offences including violent disorder, assaulting an emergency worker and possession of Class A drugs: “ Three of those arrested were also detained in connection with the violent disorder which took place in Bristol on Sunday.”
Supt Runacres added: “All the officers policing the incident are specially trained and accredited in public order and showed exceptional patience in the face of a significant disorder: “ At times reasonable force had to be used – this is not something we ever want to do but we have a duty to uphold the law, prevent crime, and protect people and property.”
#AceUKNews – WALES (Rumney) – June 30 – Detectives investigating slavery and kidnap allegations have arrested four men.
An operation involving three police forces saw warrants executed at five addresses in Bristol and Cardiff this morning.
Four men from the Rumney area of the Welsh capital were arrested, Gwent police said.
Police working on Operation Imperial are probing alleged offences of slavery, forced labour, false imprisonment, kidnap and assault.
Lead officer Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths said: “The alleged offences we are investigating are extremely serious and we would urge anyone with any information which could assist to contact the Imperial team directly by dialling 01633 647174.
“Alternatively if someone has information and would rather not pass this directly to the police then I would urge them to contact Crimestoppers, which is independent of the police and guarantees complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.”