There was a huge police presence in Totterdown, south Bristol, this evening (April 17) following an incident involving a reported breach of the coronavirus lockdown.
Police vehicles and officers arrived in William Street and Cambridge Street, as well as on the other side of the Wells Road in County Street, with residents being advised to stay in their homes.
The drama happened at around 6.30pm, and later, a police spokesperson confirmed to Bristol Live what had happened.
Police initially received a report of an apparent breach of the coronavirus lockdown rules, with someone calling police to say there were two people smoking in the foyer of a block of flats in County Street, Totterdown – who didn’t live there.
The two young men were suspected of smoking cannabis, and ran off across the Wells Road and into the terraced streets on the other side of Tesco when challenged by a PCSO.
“A PCSO went to the flats and approached the two men, who by that time were outside the building,” a police spokesperson explained.
“Suspecting them of smoking cannabis, police officer colleagues were called on, but the two men made off,” she added.
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Police vehicles and officers descended on the scene, and two men in their late teens were later detained, one in William Street and the other in Cambridge Street.
“Both were found to be in possession of suspected cannabis. One was referred to the Drug Education Programme and the other will be voluntarily interviewed at a later date,” said a police spokesperson.