I am familiar with the area.
As usual, Avon and Somerset plod screwed up.
Stokes Croft is a scabby arse-end of St. Pauls, an area renowned for it's red light industry, ethic population and snoot cocking attitude towards authority. It's a run down, tatty inner city dump with no investment, no real commitment from the council, no real police cover - no surprise that urban "revolutionaries" see it as a tinderbox...
Local plod has come unstuck here multiple times over the years, generally with the usual heady brew of stupidity fueled ignorance, bullying arrogance and a distinct lack of enthusiasm for actually addressing problems experienced by the locals - who it has to be said are an independent lot (they've had to be...).
The aggressive + gormless heavy handedness of plod vs. a very motley crew.... The Tesco thing is a total red herring. I think some in plod circles (nationally) are squaring up for a new series of Battles of the Beanfield
I offer Oscar Wilde - the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible - Tesco-plod-crustie - or something like that.
A re-run at the new Cabot Circus development might be fun.