Where are all the public-facing police stations in Bristol?
By Laura_Local | Thursday, July 21, 2011, 16:19
There was a time when you could walk into your local police station and speak to a PC face to face but this has fastly become a thing of the past, especially here in Bristol.
Southmead Police Station, Bristol
I found this out when I found a wallet on the pavement - inside was some bank cards, driving licence and other identification cards. I thought about posting it to the address on the driving licence but to be honest, I couldn't really afford to send a strangers' wallet back via special delivery and I don't trust the postal service so the next option has handing it in to the police.
I genuinely thought this would be a simple case of going into a police station and handing it over - but how wrong was I?
I knew that some police stations, such as the one in the heart of Redland, were now closed to the public so I visited the Avon and Somerset Police website to check opening hours of other nearby candidates. It told me that my nearerst public-facing police station was in Newfoundland Road, but said it was only open limited hours during the day.
I had to take time out of work to pop along and when I got there, I was shocked to fund the place completely closed. The signs on the door indicated that it should've been open but one of the workers heading in said it hadn't been open to the public for weeks. They suggested I call and get a patrol car to come round to my house to collect the wallet. Er, seriously? I'm sure patrolling police man have better things to do than be a glorified delivery service.
So, I went back on the website (by which time it was gone 5pm so the Bridewell Road police station in the centre, where there is nowhere to park anyway, was closed) so I had to go to Old Market to hand it in. Third time lucky hey?
I was half tempted to just leave it on the doorstep outside one of the closed police stations, but not everyone's as trustworthy as me. When you're doing a good turn, you don't expect it to turn into a massive mission - burning petrol and taking up time.
I spoke to Avon and Somerset Police about this and they said the website has all the correct opening time, and maybe it does now, but it certainly didn't a couple of weeks back when I neeed them.
The spokesman said: "If you wish to report some found property call 0845 456 7000 or visit your local police station during opening hours. We have recently produced a leaflet detailing all our opening hours across the force and this will be distributed and available on our website shortly."
They said that the 3 closest enquiry offices to Redland were New Bridewell in the City Centre, which is open Mon-Sat 8.30am until 4.30pm (though closed for lunch between 11.15am and 12pm), Trinity Road (24 hours) and Southmead (open daily between 8am and 10pm).
Too late for me in this instance, but good to know for future reference!
Photo by Linda Baily via Geograph.co.uk