A man and a woman have been arrested after a ‘disturbance involving a number of people’ at the Imperial Apartments complex in South Bristol this afternoon. A large number of police and ambulance crews were called to the Imperial Apartments block in Hengrove just after 3.15pm to reports of a fight with weapons, and the first emergency services personnel at the scene were assaulted, Bristol Live understands.
Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward and make statements, and said they will be reviewing CCTV at the apartment building, which was converted from the former Somerfield headquarters and Bristol City Council office block in the last couple of years. Bristol City Council conducted a review of its housing placement policy at Imperial Apartments earlier this year following a lengthy investigation into conditions within the building by Bristol Live, and after South Bristol MP Karin Smyth called for an end to children being housed there.
Imperial Apartments is run by London-based property and housing company Caridon, which is paid by Bristol City Council to house people, often from temporary or emergency accommodation. The Bristol Live investigation earlier this year found that police had been called 113 times in just four months to Imperial Apartments.
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The incident today, Monday, October 17, began at around 3pm, Bristol Live understands. A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police confirmed arrests had been made and a weapon was involved. “Police were called to a disturbance involving a number of people at Imperial Apartments, in Hengrove, shortly after 3.15pm this afternoon,” he said. “A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of affray. The woman was also arrested on suspicion of assaulting emergency workers and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. Both remain in custody.
“The ambulance service attended but at this stage there are not believed to be any reported injuries. Enquiries, including the reviewing of CCTV, will be undertaken. Witnesses are asked to call police on 101 and quote reference number 5222250157,” he said.
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