Statement in relation to incident during Bank Holiday weekend

Post date 1 September 2020

We want to reassure the community that the event which took place over the weekend was not organised by Easton Community Centre or any of its employees.

Large gatherings are currently prohibited due to the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and we urge people to stay safe and follow this guidance. As a charity we abide by the law and would never support or endorse illegal activity.

We are deeply saddened by the weekend’s incident which resulted in two people being seriously injured. Our sympathy is with the family and friends of the victims.

After such a great community support response during the pandemic, it is frustrating for Easton and the centre to be in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. We know this is not representative of our community as a whole.

We have been advised by the police that this incident was between people known to each other and the location of where it happened is incidental. It is really important that we focus on public safety and the health of local people during this time. The community centre is open to the public and we will continue to be here to support residents.

We have been in communication with the police and local Councillors about how we can work together to make sure the area remains a safe and welcoming place. We will invite local people to join us in this conversation and we will share more information as we have it.