Eastville man in court after police find swords and machetes following disturbance

AN Eastville man was among five people arrested and charged with weapons offences after a disturbance.

Avon & Somerset police said Amir Mohamoud, aged 22, was one of four men appearing before Bristol Magistrates Court today charged with possessing a machete or sword, after officers were called to reports of anti-social behaviour in Clifton Place, off Stapleton Road near Easton Leisure Centre, at around 12.30am yesterday.

Also facing the charge of possessing an offensive weapon are 22-year-old Ismail Jama, of Southmead, Nashdad Suleyman, 18, of St Philip’s, and Yahaye Ali, 18, of Brislington.

A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with possessing a knuckle duster, and bailed to appear at Bristol Youth Court in July.

Another man, Warfa Muse, 22, of no fixed address, is charged with possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply, possessing cannabis and assaulting emergency workers

Police say they seized drugs and weapons from the area.

Residents ‘will not tolerate crime and anti-social behaviour’

Neighbourhood Inspector Tom Gent said: “I would like to thank the members of the public who told us what was happening.

“It’s clear to me that people living and working in the Stapleton Road area will not tolerate crime and anti-social behaviour – and nor should they have to.

“We’ve been carrying out weapons sweeps and targeted patrols in recent months, but just last week people were injured in stabbings. Thankfully their injuries were not life-threatening.

“Since then we’ve been in the area with our mobile police station talking with local people and we continue to carry out knife crime awareness visits to schools and youth groups.

“No one wants to see children injured or in court for hurting someone else, and we can’t tackle this issue alone.

“We need you, the parents, carers, aunties and uncles of young people to tell them that carrying a knife is risky, illegal, and unacceptable.”