Tescos open in Stokes Croft. Bristol. Squatters evicted, riot police called in

Discussion in 'Bristol and South West' started by big eejit, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. big eejit

    big eejit She looks like Alan Gilzean

  2. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    I never go in those anyway. I will probably go into Tesco if I go up to the post office on Stokes Croft, although I tend to avoid that as well as it's full of skanks. Having said that, if it's anything like the other Tesco Express by the bus station it will be a crock of shit. I've lost count of the times I've gone in there and walked straight back out again because they have no sandwiches or milk.
  3. Thora

    Thora Differently Ethical

    They're always really rude in there anyway.
  4. BlackArab

    BlackArab Aging B-Boy

    I have used it already. It just a supermarket, can't see what the fuss is about especially considering it was a supermarket years ago. The only thing I objected to was one of the 'local' protesters who accosted me in the loudest braying posho voice you'll hear this side of a Countryside Alliance meet and offered me their alternative ware which seemed to consist old and gnarled vegetables.
  5. BlackArab

    BlackArab Aging B-Boy

    Also, living on Church Road we have three supermarkets inc a Tescos and local shops continue to thrive including an old fashion ironmongers and a pie shop.
  6. xenon

    xenon Sweep and cut

    Is it true Bristol has one of the highest Tesco per capita ratio's in the country?

    Half arsed Googling does turn up that according to Tesco, Bristol's the city they sell most Viagra in. Every little helps.
  7. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    I went in there this morning, it was a little odd being the only customer - the one by the bus station I usually go in is always packed! Better range of stuff, e.g. bread rolls and cakes, which they don't have in the other one. There were no protestors, just a tramp asleep under a blanket outside.

    I'm not bothered if a shop is "local" or not. I don't really care if I am giving my money to Tesco plc or Councillor Abdul Malik, they are both making a profit out of me.
  8. teccuk

    teccuk fire kills children

    Yeah but at least Abdul spends the profits on a metallic gold Range Rover with "4bdu1" number plates... ah wait... i see your point.

    Quite exciting all this. Did they get the booze license?

    Xenon, on the news this morning, they reckoned it was Portsmouth [/unverified]
  9. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    I'd rather give my money any of the thieving bastards who aren't tesco really. And they are sometimes thieving bastards to be fair, quite funny how the 'bests' and a few other places just make up the prices past a certain time, especially with booze. Then again, can't complain when you're getting sold cider at 6am on a sunday haha, even at £4.50 a bottle :oops:

    Hope the Tescos stays empty and people keep trying to use monopoly money there, personally!
  10. big eejit

    big eejit She looks like Alan Gilzean

    Some reasons why it's better to spend your money with local robbing bastards rather than multinational corporate robbing bastards:


    Some of the headlines are (more info on the site):

    • Supermarkets erode local choice as smaller, independent shops struggle to compete. Between 1997 and 2002 more than 13,000 specialist stores around the UK closed.
    • Supermarkets siphon money away from local communities and towards shareholders and distant corporations.
    • Supermarkets destroy local jobs. Supermarket claims that new stores bring in jobs fail to consider the wider picture of independent retailer bankruptcies. A 1998 study by the National Retailer Planning Forum (NRPF) examining the employment impacts of 93 superstore openings between 1991 and 1994 found that they resulted in a net loss of more than 25,000 jobs or 276 per store opened.
    • Supermarkets generate waste and over-package.
    • Supermarkets exploit suppliers and damage the environment.

    Tescos etc rely on us being a crop of lazy consumers that they can harvest to generate their huge profits. At the moment we can still choose if we want to be part of that herd or not. I'd rather not.
  11. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    It's not laziness if you are at work full time and supermarkets are the only place open when you need to go shopping.
  12. Gerry1time

    Gerry1time pities the neurotypical

    I've been hearing the sound of a helicopter all afternoon and evening, turns out according to Twitter they're evicting more squatters and tesco protestors right now, massive police presence by the look of the photos too.
  13. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    You're just caught in the system with your 9-5 job. Squatting is all about being free, yeah?
  14. teccuk

    teccuk fire kills children

    Went past today.

    Empty shop with two checkout staff. One security guard inside. two security guards on the roof.

    No customers.

    Two protesters.

    Seems pretty obvious that no-one wants it there. Are Tesco's really just keeping it there as a loss leader to spite the locals...
  15. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    I might start popping in on my way home from work. If they have no customers I should be able to pick up quite a few reduced items. If any crusties try and stop me they can fuck right off.
  16. big eejit

    big eejit She looks like Alan Gilzean

  17. embree

    embree Well-Known Member

    Evicting the squat opposite Tescos. The one that isn't any bother to anyone and has been there for years
  18. Nikolai

    Nikolai Well-Known Member

    Stokes croft riot police thing. Mental.

    Kicking off in Stokes Croft this evening. Riot police EVERYWHERE. Lots of people fighting. fighting mainly with the police. just a lot of rioting. police tried to raid that squat that's right near the new tesco.. and then everything kicked off. Anyone seen the chopper?
  19. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Why the eviction?
  20. strung out

    strung out (",)

  21. strung out

    strung out (",)

  22. embree

    embree Well-Known Member

    There's a full on riot going on on Stokes Croft = Tescos has had its windows done and a cop car's been smashed up
  23. mr_eko

    mr_eko feelin irie

    yeah man saw it all was in the pipe & slipper when they raided telepathic heights. what did they think would happen if they turned up mob handed at 9 pm on a Thursday night before bank holiday friday?
  24. DaveCinzano


    Difficult to miss when it's been flying around overhead for best part of six hours.
  25. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

  26. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Twitter is absolutely RAMMED with posts about #stokescroft considering it's almost 3am hah.

    There is another thread in politics btw, and also one on the new Tescos situation (possibly linked with this) guys, just in case you've not seen 'em :)
  27. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Realistically could Tescos ever close a branch? Have they ever done so before....? My instinct when setting my mind into 'evil boardroom director' mode (ie, moon-mode) is no chance, it'd set a dangerous precedent.

    I'm liking the idea of it not getting used much and remaining as some kind of abandoned iconic art installation personally, but that's probably a bit fanciful ;)
  28. big eejit

    big eejit She looks like Alan Gilzean

    Just got back from the riot. Absolute chaos. Fires all along Stokes Croft. Tescos trashed. Police everywhere. Bad timing by the police to go into somewhere so sensitive at the start of a long bank holiday.
  29. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    From the Avon and Somerset cops site:

    Not sure what a "possible" petrol bomb looks like.

    (*threads merged)
  30. embree

    embree Well-Known Member


    Went up there about 11ish when I saw posts about what was happening. Big stand off on the Chelt Road/Glos Road junction with lines of cops and around 15 vans, many from Gwent police. Bottles and rocks being thrown. Police started pushing rioters down Ashley Road and a giant game of cat and mouse started in streets between Ashley Road and City Road, turning a Stokes Croft situation into a St Pauls situation. Ended up back on Stokes Croft with police charges, crowd scattered and ran, stand off resumed. Everywhere bins were being emptied of ammunition and set alight as barricades. More side street cat and mouse on the Kingsdown side around Nine Tree Hill. Eventually the police fucked off en masse with the inevitable result of rioters descending on Tesco and putting the windows in. Cop 4wd abandoned near Tesco with the inevitable result - a door was being ripped off before it got rescued when the police came screaming back in, more scattering and running, more barricades, more cat and mouse. An hour or so later, cops fucked off again, more destruction of Tesco, shutters being pulled up, main sign paint bombed, small sign ripped down. Cops returned, more scattering down Ashley Road. Dying down around 5am.

    Telepathic Heights squat still occupied, lots of debris around Stokes Croft, Cheltenham Road, Ashley Road and City Road. Local residents coming out with brooms to sweep up and giving the cops a piece of their mind. No shops/take aways touched other than Tesco which has been well and truly smashed up on the outside. No idea whether anybody got in or not. Didn't seem to be many nickings though I did see one or two.

    Yes, it was a proper riot. A smallish one but proper all the same. The cops dropped a massive bollock tonight

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