Following a fresh night of trouble in Stokes Croft, and as the eyes of the country were on the Royal Wedding, police in Bristol have moved in to raid a squat in Cheltenham Road.
More than a dozen police vans appeared outside the Telepathic Heights squat from about 9.30 this morning, and moved in in an attempt to evict the remaining squatters. A police helicopter monitored the scene from above.
Reports from the scene suggest three or four squatters were on the roof of the building, throwing roof tiles at the police camped out on the street below.
A statement from Avon and Somerset police said the action was in connection with the disturbances last night, when up to 400 people were forced from Cheltenham Road by police wearing riot gear.
“Police believe there is a direct connection between this property and the disorder, which saw more than 400 people clash with police, resulting in injuries on both sides,” the statement read. “A number of people have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.
“In light of recent events police have worked jointly with Bristol City Council to bring forward the eviction process around that property.
“The action has been taken as part of our aim to help the wider community return to peace and normality as quickly as possible following the disruption caused by the disorder,Â and also part of our commitment to identify and arrest those suspected of being involved in the recent disturbances.”