Bristol builder Simon Lewis mauled by police dogs at Easter disturbances

Tony Gosling tony at
Sat Jun 25 14:04:33 BST 2011

Battle of Stokes Croft - builder Simon Lewis mauled by police dogs

Dear all,

On Bristol Community FM's Friday Drivetime 
yesterday evening we heard from Montpelier 
builder Simon Lewis who was attacked by three 
police dogs and hospitalised on the second night 
of  the Easter 'disturbances'. This is the third 
programe I have focussed on those riots and the 
third time Avon & Somerset police press office 
have turned down my invitaton to appear.
This is a decision made not by officers but at 
Portishead HQ by Media Relations Manager Victoria 
Tag and her boss, Amanda Hirst, Head of Corporate 
Communications for Avon and Somerset Police. 
These decisions appear to contravene the publicly 
funded police's committment to dialogue with the community.
Avon & Somerset's Force's Media and Public 
Relations Policy states as follows: 'the 
philosophy underpinning that policy is to be 
open, honest, fair and accountable with the media 
and, through the media, with the communities we serve.'

Bristol builder Simon Lewis mauled by police dogs at Easter disturbances - hi-fi hi-fi - lo-fi

Hearing Simon's horrific tale I respectfully 
suggest that far too many people appear to have 
been attacked, who were simply witnessing as 
bystanders, filming or on their way home on those evenings.
Not by rioters but by the police who still remain 
to be held to account for their actions.
Please forward this petition to other email lists as you deem appropriate.

PS legal adviser to Avon & Somerset police is Ms 
Susan Dauncey. (Bradley Stoke, Gloucestershire)


Tony Gosling
07786 952037

Inquiry into Stokes Croft Disturbances
Lead petitioner : Ben Appleby

We the undersigned call upon Bristol City Council 
to use all means open to them to lobby national 
government for a full public inquiry into the 
events leading up to and including the 
disturbances in and around the area of Stokes 
Croft, Bristol on the nights of the 21/22 April and 28/29 April.

Background information

The violent disturbances on the dates of 21/22 
April and 28/29 April are scenes that should not 
be repeated in Bristol or other cities. We the 
undersigned believe that the background to these 
events raises serious concerns in a number of 
national policy areas including, but not limited 
to the following: the impact of councils and 
planning processes on local communities; policing 
tactics; the role of very large corporations in 
local communities; housing provision and uses of derelict buildings.

An independent inquiry, funded from national 
sources, with a broad remit must be commissioned:

· to present an unbiased chronology of the events of the two nights in question

· to identify the true causes and long term 
factors leading up to and contributing to the disturbances

· to analyse how the parties involved responded 
in the aftermath of the disturbances

· to present recommendations to be taken on board 
by policy developers in the specific areas the report will highlight

The aftermath of the disturbances is of ongoing 
concern to the residents of Stokes Croft and 
surrounding areas. It is our strong belief that 
resolution can only be achieved via a public 
inquiry. The findings of the inquiry will be of 
national significance and will help other communities around the country.

+44 (0)7786 952037
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