Councillor Afzal Shah (Easton ward) has today issued the following statement:
“During my time as a local Labour councillor – including as a member of the region’s Police and Crime Panel – I have worked hard to build bridges between communities in Easton and our local constabulary.
My determination to help deliver community policing which reflects and respects the diversity of local people is unwavering, despite the incident at Trinity Road station earlier this month. I sincerely doubt that many of the other councillors who sit on the Police and Crime Panel would have received the same treatment which I did.
Senior officers at Avon & Somerset Police have already offered their profuse apologies for my wrongful arrest. I have been invited to meet with the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable, and am currently seeking legal advice.”