Tuesday 9 August 2011

Twenty-five officers from Dorset Police are to be sent to Bristol after disorder broke out in parts of the city on Monday night.

One inspector, three sergeants and 21 police constables will be drafted into the city after a mutual aid request from Avon and Somerset Police.

About 150 people are said to have been involved in the trouble in several areas, including in the city centre.

Avon and Somerset Police said five arrests were made in the city.

More are expected as CCTV is reviewed.

Police said the Stokes Croft and St Werburghs areas of Bristol were also affected in what the force described as a "volatile situation".

Police chiefs said there had been "sporadic and violent incidents" in the city
Windows at the Tesco Express store in Stokes Croft, which was targeted during disturbances in April, were damaged but the store was open for business.

The violence came as trouble spread across London for a third day and was replicated in cities across England.

A Dorset Police spokesman said contingency measures were in place if disorder occurs in the county.

He said: "Safer neighbourhood teams have been monitoring community tensions and our partners and communities are telling us they are appalled by the events they have seen in the news.

"There is nothing to indicate any copycat disorder will take place in the county of Dorset."