Fourth arrest in St Pauls as ‘tension between locals and drug dealers’ continues

A fourth man has been arrested following an incident in St Pauls on Monday (May 4), police have confirmed.

The arrested man is 47 years old, and was detained on suspicion of possessing a Class B drug – cannabis – with intent to supply.

Three men who were arrested on Monday following what police said was a disturbance in Wilder Street remain in custody and, as of the end of the day on Tuesday, have not yet been charged or released.

The three were detained for affray following the incident to which police were called just after 3pm on Monday.

Eye witnesses told Bristol Live the confrontation between two groups of people – which one resident said was between a group of unhappy residents and a drug dealer – involved weapons including a hammer, a sword and a baseball bat.

Police said they would be maintaining a presence in the area, and conducting house-to-house inquiries

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In a statement issued on Monday evening, a spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police declined to confirm the eyewitness reports of weapons being involved, but said that it appeared no one was so badly injured in the disturbance that they needed an ambulance or hospital treatment.

“We received reports of a disturbance in Wilder Street, St Pauls, at approximately 3.05pm this afternoon (Monday 4 May),” a spokesperson said yesterday.

Wilder Street in St Pauls

“Three males – aged 28, 38 and 47 – have been arrested on suspicion of affray. They remain in police custody.

“House-to-house and CCTV enquiries are ongoing. Although the investigation is at an early stage, we consider it to be an isolated incident.

“Anyone with information about what has happened is asked to call 101, or report it online, giving reference number 5220096944,” he added.

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One local resident in Wilder Street said tension had been rising over the weekend between local residents unhappy at the presence of drug dealers in their community.

“It was like a warzone out there, it’s been brewing for months,” said the man, who declined to be named. “After a mugging on the street earlier in the day some of the residents just had enough and confronted them.”

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