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Local Policing Priorities April to June 2022

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Date: 
April 2022

Having reviewed the reports we are receiving, spoken with our communities and upon consultation with our partners I have decided to keep our Policing Priorities on the Newark and Sherwood area the same for the next quarter (April to the end of June), these being;

  • ASB
  • Drugs
  • Rural Crime

My rational for doing so is simple, from that consultation and from the data I see these are still the areas of greatest concern and for ASB and Drugs are a precursor to offences such as violence whether that be physical or threat, criminal damage and theft inclusive of shop theft, vehicle related, personal and burglary.

By keeping the focus on ASB and drugs we have a direct effect on the issue and associated crimes in the short term but also on longer term basis through engagement and support changing attitudes and behaviours. In my most recent Blog you will find detail of the work that has been done and which will continue in very much the same vein.

As I have mentioned above, Rural Crime which includes wildlife crime, environmental crime and infrastructure offences such as metal and fuel related crimes continues to be of a significant concern for our community and I believe it is only right that this remains a priority. To this end we have drawn in resources from around the force to provide additional patrols and activity and additional investment has been made to uplift our ANPR Camera coverage across the district. Our engagement event at Newark Showground on 16th April was very well received and we are looking for this to become an annual event to complement the smaller events we conduct throughout the year.

Local Policing Priorities January to March

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January 2022

Before I set out the first set of priorities for 2022, I will give you an update on progress made with the previous priorities.

Anti-social Behaviour – I am very much aware that this issue affects residents across the Newark & Sherwood area, and so each beat manager is expected to understand the issues on their beat and create a problem solving plan. Pc Lydia Day & PCSO Jo Groom recently implemented Op Sunlit in Hawtonville, working with NSDC to issue 16 Anti-social behaviour contracts to youths who had been intent on causing issues. This has had a really positive effect and it is an operation I intend to see rolled out area wide. We have also had some positive news for Boughton, with the issuing of civil injunctions and arrests and charges of individuals who were creating fear amongst the residents. Keep an eye on our social media for updates on the progress of those investigations.

Nuisance Vehicles – Operation Reacher have taken this on as a focus for their proactive work. In the last couple of months they have run a joint operation with the Road Policing Unit, as well as working alongside the Community Speed Watch Group for Little Carlton & Kirton to support them in their efforts. We continue to run regular off road bike operations, and this will continue as part of our daily business.

Drugs – We are now several months into Op Legacy, which is our proactive drugs operation aimed at tackling localised drug dealing. I am really pleased with the progress so far as the amount of information and intelligence we are getting has dramatically increased. We are now moving to the enforcement stages, and I look forward to sharing the results of this in the coming months.
Moving on to the next set of priorities…

1) ASB – This continues to be an unfortunate on going issue. It very much forms part of daily business across the area, however there are always spikes in offending I am really keen that as a team we are equipped to quickly and effectively respond to specific problems. With that in mind, we are receiving reports of ASB in Newark Town Centre, with groups of youths causing issues for retailers and residents. We also continue to get reports of issues around Lidl in Balderton. Both of these will be areas of our initial focus, but if you are experiencing issues please let us know so we can act.

2) Drugs – I have previously made it clear that it is my belief that drugs is something that affects everyone by virtue of the impact on society. Thefts, burglaries, anti-social behaviour, violence both in public and in the home, are often linked to drug use or supply. Op Legacy will be continuing and as a team we are focused on making significant impact on this issue in order to make Newark & Sherwood safer.

3) Rural Crime – The Rural Crime plan has now been unveiled, and the force response to this issue will be embedded in Neighbourhood Policing through the creation of the Rural Crime Beat Manager Cohort. There is a lot of work ongoing to upskill and educate these officers so we can serve the rural community more effectively. I will be looking at the problems that are specific to Newark & Sherwood, and focusing on problem-solving and engaging with the community.

Local Policing Priorities Oct to Dec

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October 2021

The Local Policing Priorities for Newark & Sherwood
have, for the last 3 months, been Anti-social Behaviour (ASB), Auto crime and
Rogue Traders.  The feedback from the
community consistently sights ASB as a real concern for the community and
clearly has an impact on the quality of life of those affected.  Auto crime and Rogue traders were identified
through my monitoring of the trends in the area, and as a result of
conversations with colleagues from the Fraud Investigation team.

There has been a lot of activity in terms of ASB.  You may have seen extra dedicated foot patrols
in Newark Town Centre and Devon and Sconce. We have had the support of
Operational Support department and the county Knife Crime Team in providing
extra patrols in Boughton.  Working with
partners in NSDC we have secured two new CCTV cameras to cover hotspots in
Boughton.  The Public Spaces Protection
Order is now in place, and we are working with colleagues from community protection
to use this order effectively to tackle ASB.

I am pleased to say that the levels of Auto crime appear to
have stabilised.  As a team we have
undertaken a number of plain clothes operations aimed at catching these
offenders. We have also been focusing efforts in the Safer Streets areas and working
on how best to use this funding to provide effective target hardening products
for those eligible.

We aimed to tackle Rogue Traders by running a joint
operation with the Road Policing Unit . 
This was a successful day with 17 vehicles stopped with 4 being seized,
2 being subject to tickets and one person arrests for an outstanding
warrant. 

Looking forward – 3 Priorities Identified

1.       ASB – This continues to be a consistent
concern within the community.  As the
winter nights draw in the profile of this behaviour will change and so as a NPT
we will be re-assessing and redesigning our approach to ensure we are making
best use of our time and resources.

2.       Nuisance Vehicles – I am aware of
various reports from across Newark & Sherwood area of vehicles being used
in an anti-social manner, vehicles speeding through residential areas, and off
road bikes being used illegally. This is not only disruptive for residents, but
it is highly dangerous.

3.       Drugs – I firmly believe that drug use
and drug dealing affects many other areas of police business. ASB, violence,
thefts, autocrime to name a few. As a result the NPT will be focusing specifically
on this issue over the next few months.

Policing Priorities July - September 2021

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July 2021

The policing priority for the last 3 months has been Anti-social behaviour.  Feedback from the community has consistently told us that this is a significant area of concern and so we have continued the good work in this area in collaboration with our partners in Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Op Cypress has continued to run in the Balderton area, and following on from its successes has also now been rolled out at the Sconce and Devon Park.  The tactics employed as part of this have been really effective, and so we will carrying on throughout the summer. I am pleased to say we have seen far less reports of injuries being caused to wildlife. 

The Public Spaces Protection Order for Newark has been approved and we are working hard with NSDC to get this up and running as soon as possible.

The Euro 2020 tournament has clearly had an impact on the number of people now venturing out to enjoy the pubs and nightlife.  You may have seen an increase in police presence around the games, and I am pleased to report that the event passed without a significant rise in alcohol related ASB.

Looking forward – 3 Priorities Identified:

1) ASB – it is clear from community feedback that this remains a concern.  Traditionally the good weather and school holidays does impact on the ASB levels and so it will remain a key focus for the team.  We have a variety of engagements running throughout the summer, including wildlife education and water safety.   We will also be conducting targeted patrols in the hot spot areas.

2) Autocrime – we have seen a flurry of autocrime offences in recent weeks across Newark & Sherwood.  The impact of such crimes on the victim can be significant both emotionally and financially. For those victims who live within the Safer Streets area, we will be extending that programme to include autocrime and there will be support packages available. Elsewhere we will be using a combination of high visibility patrols, as well as more discreet tactics. The team love nothing more than catching a thief!

3) Rogue Traders – the Fraud Investigation Team have highlighted a spike in rogue trader incidents in the Newark area.  This is essentially where vulnerable people are targeted, and pressured into having unnecessary or hugely overpriced work done to their properties. It often goes unreported as victims feel embarrassed. We will be working with the Fraud Team as well ask colleagues from NSDC trading standards to raised awareness and target offenders.

Newark and Sherwood Priorities: April 2021- June 2021

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May 2021

Newark and Sherwood Police Priority May – June 2021

The Local Policing Priority for the last 3 months has been ASB.  As part of this each beat manager has been responsible for implementing their local plan, ensuring it is fit for purpose.  Additional patrols have taken place to target COVID-19 related ASB, with officers visiting, advising and where appropriate taking enforcement action against those holding gatherings and parties.

The Newark and Sherwood team have continued to work on tackling ASB caused by off road bikers on public land, which has been anongoing area of concern.  The publication of a document signposting off road bikers to tracks that can be used lawfully has been really well received by the off road community, and is a great bit of problem solving.  All the information is available to ensure bikers are legal, so those who continue to break the rules can be targeted effectively through ongoing enforcement operations.

The team are aware a reports, both to the police and via social media posts, of wildlife being injured by individuals with air weapons.  This is a significant concern to the team, and various Operations are planned to target those responsible. Just this week Pc Marcus Bloomfield identified a person responsible for shooting an air weapon at ducks in Balderton. That person has now been interviewed and referred to the Youth Justice Service.

The pubs are now open for outdoor drinking (for those brave enough to face to cold weather!).  A bespoke Night Time Economy (NTE) plan is in place for Newark town centre.  The initial feedback has been positive, and we will continue to work with the venues to ensure everyone can enjoy themselves safely and without incident.

Looking forward

I have reviewed a wide range of sources of information available to me, and consulted with partners. Together we have agreed that for the next 3 months the priority should remain ASB. The summer months are coming, and with the lockdown restrictions easing further it is expected that people will be keen to get out and enjoy themselves. Experience does however tell us that not everyone is considerate in how they do this.  As a neighbourhood policing team we anticipate that whilst the majority want to enjoy these new freedoms in an orderly and respectful fashion, there will be incidents of ASB – groups congregating, littering, traffic issues, drunkenness and bad language or intimidation. Whilst we want everyone to be able to enjoy themselves there is a very clear line of acceptable behaviour and those who choose to ignore this will be dealt with in a proportionate way. The Public Sector Prevention Orders are still under consultation, however where necessary I will authorise the use of Section 35 dispersal power (Crime and Policing Act 2014) to support officers in their efforts.

Activities planned include continuing to focus on hot spot patrols around those areas where ASB is a recurring issue.  An existing operation focusing on Balderton will continue, and beat mangers, PCSOs and special constables will be focusing on those repeat locations and offenders. It will be a priority to engage with young people and signpost them to diversionary activities.  There will be the provision of a dedicated ASB car, equipped to respond to calls for service across the area.  Robust and proactive policing of the NTE will also be in place, working with licencing and the venues to prevent ASB in the NTE setting.

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Newark and Sherwood Priorities: February 2021-April 2021

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February 2021

The Local Policing Priority for the last three months has been speeding and road
safety. As part of that we have trained a large number of our response officers
in the use of the speed gun, they have been dropping on areas and undertaking
speed enforcement activity when they get a spare hour, this has complimented
the hours of activity undertaken by the beat managers, and the days of action
by the Op Reacher and Rural Specials teams. Whilst out, officers have received
positive comments from the public, and I have also had e-mails from residents
who have seen the officers out on our roads. For what feels like the first time
in all known history, the PCC Survey has shown that in the last quarter, our
residents have a decreasing concern regarding reckless and dangerous driving!
1000 vehicles have been checked during this period, 126 of those drivers were
stopped and spoken to as their speeding was just at the threshold, 105 were
issues tickets for speeding, and 6 were dealt with for other driving
offences. 

This has been a real team effort and all officers who work across Newark and
Sherwood have positively contributed to maintaining road safety in our
district. Moving forward, we are planning to continue with some of that speed
enforcement work, but also look to re-establish some of the partnership
education sessions, when Covid restrictions allow.

Looking forward

I have considered a wide range of information available to me, and consulted with
partners. Together, we have concluded that the priority for the next three
months should be ASB. We are hopeful that the covid-19 restrictions will be
eased in the coming months, and equally hopeful for good weather! We know from
last years’ experience that this resulted in large numbers of people  enjoying our open green spaces. This caused
some disruption with littering, traffic and parking issues, but also caused
some ASB with groups of people being disorderly in residential areas, and sometimes
resulting in abusive language, intimidating behaviour and criminal damage.
Whilst there does need to be a level of tolerance around the volume (if safe and
legal to do so) of people visiting our areas, there is a very clear line in
acceptable behaviour. Over the next three months I will be bringing our preventative
and responsive measures to ASB into focus, to strengthen our response, and also
prevent escalation.

We already have a number of measures in place to tackle ASB;

Fortnightly partnership working groups for areas of significant concerns

Dedicated ASB hot spot patrols- where officers will not be re deployed to other
incidents.

Refreshed training to all Newark and Sherwood Officers.

We are currently working with NSDC to consider a number of Public Space Prevention
Orders to tackle specific issues and give Police Officers, PCSO’s and CPO’s
additional powers to deal with ASB.

Joined up approach with the Youth Workers, ensuring we are all in the right place at
the right time, and positively engaging with young people.

Devising a program of Covid secure diversionary activities.

Continuing with the partnership water safety education sessions.

March update

Our area continues to experience ASB created by off road motorbikes riding illegally across private and public land. We have tackled this by deploying officers from Newark and Sherwood beat team, Op Reacher, our rural specials, and force off road bike team and drone. Several bikers and 4x4 drivers were stopped and spoken with. Over several weekends we stopped and seized 5x motorbikes, 2x vehicles, 2x section 59 warnings were issued and 4x Covid ticket were issued. Drivers of the vehicles have also been reported for driving offences.  This result is very promising and we have more dates planned in for further activity to tackle this issue. 

The dedicated ASB car continues to operate, meaning officers are available to attend ASB incidents quickly and deal with those causing issues there and then. 

Newark Town Centre Beat Manager, PC Marcus Bloomfield is attending a training course to enable him to better deliver Restorative Justice programs, this focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community.

Most recently, three of our PCSO’s did a brilliant job in stopping ASB in Balderton. A group of approximately 5 people had decided to target a couple in their home by throwing snowballs at their house, taunting them, and then throwing tomatoes, this kind of bullying and intimidation has a significant negative impact on the victims and can destroy many aspects of their life. In this case, the five individuals were identified and their parents were made aware of the issues, three of the children parents received covid fines for their children breaching the regulations. 

Each beat manager has a ASB plan for their area which is reviewed by the local Sergeant to ensure we have an approach for all our areas. 

Newark and Sherwood Priorities: November 2020 – January 2020. Speeding and Road Safety

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Date: 
November 2020

Newark and Sherwood Priorities:  November 2020 – January 2020The Policing Priorities for Newark and Sherwood District were refreshed at a meeting with Newark and Sherwood District Council on 10th November 2020. Priorities: Speeding and Road Safety. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 health pandemic the priority for Newark and Sherwood has been ASB. Prior to this it was Auto crime. ASB remains significantly increased YTD as a result of reports relating to Covid-19 breaches and groups of people congregating and causing trouble, this has been exasperated by the restrictions on diversionary activities taking place. Each day there are officer dedicated to ‘Covid patrols.’ These officers will attend ASB hot spot locations and also deal with breaches reported via the control room. ASB work remains a core responsibility for the neighbourhood policing team, working together with our partners. This work will continue.

Auto crime is still of concern in the area. Although reported crime figures show a year to date decrease, we have in place Operation Magna (targeting fuel thefts and associated farm land damage around the A1) and Operation Optical (focusing on theft from works vans) theses operations will continue and are now embedded in our daily business.

All crime year to date is down and there hasn’t been a spike of any particular crime type, again, this is mainly due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions. With the enforcement of the second national lockdown, now seems to be the appropriate time to shift our focus slightly, and have a look at something we haven’t previously been able to set as a priority due to other crime types taking precedence. Via the #Whatmatters survey, when we asked residents “ Are there any specific crime or anti-social behaviour issues that you would like to see the police and other agencies do more to tackle in your area?” The top answer, has consistently been ‘Speeding’, closely followed by ‘Reckless and careless driving’. Speeding is also the topic I receive the most complaints about from Councillors and members of the public. In addition, this fits in with the annual drink and drug drive campaign leading up to the New Year.

Speeding is an issue across most areas of Newark and Sherwood due to our geographics, and we know that most of our offenders are residents to the district. Whilst enforcement (or the prospect of) does of course help the problem, we have already done a variety of things across the area to try and lessen the impact, long term. Our responses have included: more officers have been trained in the use of speed gun, beat managers are using the speed gun more frequently, we have days of action for speeding and have worked with fire to provide education sessions, the rural specials team have undertaken speed gun work, shared educational videos on our social media, set up and supported community speed watch groups. Ordered ‘30’ bin stickers via the council and distributed to parish councils.

Over the next three months we will be conducting a number of road safety operations targeting speeding and other traffic offences.  We will utilise the Neighbourhood Policing team, Operation Reacher and the Rural Specials in order to carry out enforcement activity. We are also working closely with Newark and Sherwood District Council in order to raise awareness of Speeding through campaigns and support Community Speed  Watch groups. Whilst some people may feel that policing speeding is a waste of time, this is clearly something that is of concern to a large number of residents and visitors of our area.

For more information and advice on motoring matters, please visit https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/motoring

December update 

Under the new local priority of speeding and road safety, nearly all of the response teams have completed their speed gun training, that gives us 24/7 coverage of a speed enforcement capability, and when officers have any down time they are undertaking this activity. Since the start of the priority, over 400 vehicles have been check, with advice or tickets issued where appropriate.  This work will continue, until the priority is reviewed again in February.

January Update

This months update was reccorded as part of the VLOG and has been shared on the Newark Police Facebook Page which can be found here https://m.facebook.com/NewarkPoliceUK, published on 03/02/21.

Newark and Sherwood Police Priority: ASB.

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Date: 
August 2020

For the next three months, the local policing priority
will continue to be Anti-Social Behaviour. All crime remains low, at -13.9%, predominately
due to the Coronavirus lockdown measures. Previously the priority for the area
has been vehicle crime, however reported vehicle crime still remains low, 35.5%
less offences when we compare this month with the same month last year. ASB
sits at 87% increase when comparing this month with the same month last year,
and +83.5% year to date. The ASB figures are made up of a rang of ASB issues
including reporting of Covid-19 concerns or breaches, water safety related ASB,
off road biking and large groups gathering causing a disturbance.

As well as taking into account report crime
figures, ASB is one of the most talked about topics to both police and Council
staff, it is clearly something of concern to the majority of residents in
Newark and Sherwood.

We will continue to work with NSDC, NFRS and
other partner agencies to address each type of ABS and provide updates on the Nottinghamshire
Police Website and social media pages.

September update

The District has suffered ASB in many of our beauty spots,
initially exasperated by the Coronavirus restrictions, this eased as more
public places opened, however I am aware 
residents at Farndon continue to suffer ASB. Unfortunately the Parish
Council have had to take the decision to close the play area due to people
removing signs put up to ensure the safety of users, the presence of broken
glass, littering and evidence of substance miss-use. Our young people deserve
to have access to their play parks, and this is important for youth mental
health. We have been working with the Parish Council, Newark and Sherwood
District Council and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Water Safety Team to
patrol the area, take enforcement action on individuals and also engage with
Youth Services.

We will continue with this work, but we encourage residents
to report ASB to the police, on 101, as it is happening, we can then direct the
right resources to the right place, at the right times. Quite often we receive
these reports third party with little information, or many days after the
event. We need to be informed at the time it is happening enabling us to take
swift action. This also strengthens our evidence to invoke other powers within
the Anti-social Behaviour Act. Without this evidence, I cannot increase the
powers available to officers. We have made this plea before, however we are
still finding incidents are not being reported, and therefore we are unable to
respond appropriately. The Police will do everything in our power to resolve
this matter, but we need the support of the residents to help us, help them.

October update

ASB continues to be an issue
in many of our areas and each beat manager is working with NSDC to reprimand
those responsible. Recently a 15 year old boy was arrested for failing to
provide his details to officers, after they suspected he was involved in ASB.
The boy’s parents were supportive in educating their son when he was returned
home. Please do keep reporting incidents at the time they are happening via 101
or 999 in an emergency, to ensure we are in the right place at the right time.
I am still receiving retrospective complaints of ASB via e-mail, where officers
were not called at the time.

A new proactive team called ‘Operation
Reacher’ will be starting on 5th October, as part of their work they
have been tasked with supporting the beat managers in patrolling the areas that
are suffering ASB.

Newark and Sherwood Police Priority: ASB.

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April 2020

For the last six months the Local Police Priority has been vehicle crime, due to concerns by the public raised through councillors, the Police and Crime Commissioners survey and crime figures.   On 23rd March 2020 the UK was put on a Government ‘lockdown’ due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and this has had a significant impact on crime, mainly a reduction. I have reviewed the information available to me which shows, that for Newark and Sherwood; violence against the person, burglary, robbery, theft and criminal damage recorded crimes have all reduced significantly. Our previous priority, vehicle crime is also down; Current month compared with previous month this year -73.5%Current month compared with same month last year -50%Last two weeks -47.6%Year to date -50% (year starts at 01/04/20)  ASB is the only area that is showing an increase at +111.4% YTD and +103.5% in the last two weeks. The vast majority of this relates to the public reporting Covid-19 breach related ASB. Within there, there is a significant trend of concern around off road motorbikes and quads. A review into this has shown that Newark Town Centre, Hawtonville estate and surrounding rural area, and Balderton and Fernwood and surrounding rural area, between the dates of 09/03/2020 and 06/04/2020 had 63 reports of ASB involving off road bikes and quads, with 58% of callers stated this was a regular issue.  The Police and Crime Commissions Survey was undertaken before the lockdown, but indicated Reckless and dangerous driving was of highest concern to those surveyed.  The majority of concerns raised by the public through their local councillors has been about people breaching the Covid-19 regulations.  In light of all of the above information, and the current circumstances around Covid-19 it does not seem sensible to continue to make the priority auto crime. Once the lockdown measures are extensively released we may move back to a focus on auto crime, but at this time the clear main concern from the public is around ASB. I see the ASB in two parts, concerns around people breaching Covid-19 restrictions and concerns around off road motorbikes. Our policing priority over the next three months will be to focus on that, with the caveat that this will be reviewed before that time if there is a significant change (such as the covid-19 restrictions being released).   

June update: 

ASB continues to be of most concern to our communities as we continue in the covid-19 health pandemic. For the next month, the priority will continue to be ASB.  We continue to see a reduction (Year to date) on all other reported crime types, excluding shoptheft, where we have seen an increase in the Newark area. The teams have put a plan together to target repeat offenders and work with the business who are repeat victims.

We have issues across many of our beauty spots and surrounding villages due to vast numbers of people visiting to enjoy the weather and the sites. I expect this will continue over the rest of the summer as people make the most of the British Countryside, unable to take their normal holidays. I have spoken with Newark and Sherwood District Council, who are looking at their waste collection provisions at these sites and making adjustments where needed. There have been instances of young people entering dangerous waters. The Parish Councils and County Councils are currently working together to share some water safety messaging. Last year we delivered an extensive multi-agency water safety package, with events and sessions delivered to young people and parents across the district. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death. It would be extremely beneficial if parents could take the time to remind their children (and young adults) about water safety. There are a few helpful pointers on this website https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/water-safety.html

Aside from littering and swimming in open waters, there are a few individuals who have made the choice to step away from enjoying our villages, and taken it as an opportunity to be abusive to others, harm wildlife and cause damage. Following on from such issues in Balderton I issued a dispersal order on Tuesday 2nd June. This gives PC’s and PCSO’s the power to direct a person to leave the area if the officer suspects they are likely to contribute to ASB. The police, NSDC CPO’s and County Council Youth workers are all working together to encourage young people to engage in positive behaviours. We do not want to issue dispersal orders, we understand the importance, especially for young people of being with their friends and enjoying the outdoors, but it has to be done respectfully and so others can enjoy the same space. I have only issued dispersal orders for Newark Town Centre and Balderton in the last year, however they are another step we could take in our other villages if the ASB escalates.

As we are unable to role out our summer youth diversion activities package with the council and partners this year, we are looking at other ways to keep young people occupied, whilst also being safe during coronavirus.

Nitrous oxide canisters have also been found in our villages, and whilst people will often say they aren’t illegal, as soon as one person passes a canister to another, they commit an offence. Again, there is a need and opportunity for parents, and young people themselves to educate yourself on the harms of Nitrous Oxide, and have positive conversations about it https://www.talktofrank.com/drug/nitrous-oxide.  The upshot is, people die from taking Nitrous Oxide.

July Update:

Nottinghamshire Police, Newark and Sherwood District Council
and Parish Councils have been working together to resolve various issue at our beauty
spot locations, caused by the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, warm
weather, volume and behaviour of people attending the location. This is an
issue we have seen across the district and has a detrimental effect on the
residents and regular visitors. We understand the issues include littering,
inconsiderate parking, traffic congestion, poor social distancing, swimming in
the waters and anti-social behaviour. 

NSDC have increased the bin emptying and collection at
effected locations. Public hygiene is of the upmost importance in the current
climate, and arrangements have been made for the provision of public toilets
where possible to elevate those issues. However, we are aware some people still
feel that it is acceptable to urinate in public, which may amount to an offence
of disorderly behaviour. Council licensing and Police have visited open
licenced premise to ensure they are adhering to their licensing conditions. The
County Councils traffic enforcement officers have increased their patrols and
issued tickets, this will continue. 

Regarding dangerous swimming in the waters, we are currently
working with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue to offer a water safety education
session on the bank side to visitors, the
council are also looking in increase the signage and we have made several
social media posts in a bid to educate those who use the areas. 

We have authorised and issues dispersal order to a number of
people in Balderton who were unable to enjoy the environment without causing ASB.
We do understand that it has been an extremely tough few months and people are
desperate to let their hair down and enjoy time with friends, however this is
not an excuse to cause ASB and upset other people who wish to enjoy the same space.
We can let our hair down, without being offensive.  

Neighbourhood officers have been, and will continue to
patrol the locations and deal with any ASB. I do hope that post July 4,
additional destinations will be available which may offer some respite for these
areas.  

Newark and Sherwood Police Priority: Auto crime.

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Date: 
January 2020

Police Priority- January 2020I have now held our second Local Priority Setting meeting with Newark and Sherwood District Council. We reviewed the reported crime stats, views raised through safer neighbourhoods groups and other community meetings and engagement platforms, issues raised by the Councillors on behalf of the public, NSDC views and information from the Police and Crime Commissioners Survey. We have agreed that the priority for the next three months should continue to be auto crime, again this includes fuel thefts on the A1 (and associated damage to farm crops), theft of tools from works vans, and then theft of and from motor vehicle.When we first set this as the priority back in October 2019 reported vehicle offenders were at +23.4% YTD, that figure is now at +17.4% YDT. We have undertaken hot spot patrolling around the Balderton and Fernwood area, both in high visibility and in plain clothes hoping to catch someone in the act, however it was fruitless. We have deployed multiple other covert tactics and plan to use them again in the coming months, hence not making a full disclosure! I have just been successful in asking for support from our force Roads Crime Team, who will bolster the numbers and skill set to help us with some of these operation. We have also undertaken visits to breakers yards in and around the area.

Please report any intelligence or information to Nottingham Police on  101 or via crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ and have a look at hours crime prevention guides to make sure you are doing all you can to keep your property safe. https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention

March Update:

This months priority update was completed as part of a video blog and has been shared on our facebook social media pages. You don't need to sign up to facebook to view the video. Siply click the below link and scrole down to 9th March 2020. 

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April update:

A new neighbourhood policing priority survey has been launched by the Force to encourage communities to shape local policing. This is part of the ‘what matters’ campaign. I will use the information gathered from these surveys in my Local Police Priority Setting Meetings, they will influence the three monthly priorities for Newark and Sherwood. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete and is available for members of the public to complete online at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/whatmatters we will be adding the hashtag and link to our various communications. Our performance year runs from the 1st April and its always an opportunity to look at the crime figures year to date. Vehicle offences are up by 24.4% year to date, and that is exactly why this crime type is our priority.

Op Magna, our operation that runs on the A1 to tackle theft of fuel from HGV’s and the associated damage to farm land is now business as usual and we have dates planned in to run the operation each month.

In the last month we have made arrests for theft of motorbike, and a burglary where tools were stole, whilst not autocrime, we know that theft of tools from vehicle is an issues in our area, and therefore associated. 

We have produced an analytical product that has looked at the autocrime picture across our district over the six months, to help focus our attentions in the right places. Some highlights for you:Theft of tools from vehicle was the largest crime series, followed by fuel theft and number plate theftTheft from motor vehicle (rather than theft of, or TWOC) was the highest crime typeTransit Vans are the most common vehicles being targeted.

From this our beat team have developed an operational order, called Operation Optical, that will direct our police work to tackle this problem. The outbreak of coronavirus has greatly decreased the number of autocrime offences in the last two weeks, where there has been 18 less offences, it has also made it easier of officers to spot offenders out on the streets as there is such a reduction in footfall.Our work will continue into this priority.

Newark and Sherwood Police Priority: Auto crime.

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October 2019

Police Priority- October 2019I held my first Local Policing Priority Setting meeting this week with Newark and Sherwood District Council. The priority for the last year has been Operation Vow (drugs related acquisitive crime). This is now well established and has become daily business. A review has just been completed and the initial results look positive. I will share them once they have been consulted on. This felt like a good opportunity to move our focus to something else. After reviewing various sources of information we agreed that the new priority for the next three months should be autocrime- this includes fuel thefts on the A1 (and associated damage to farm crops), theft of tools from works vans, and then theft of and from motor vehicle. Vehicle offences are +23.4% YTD and it is having an impact across the whole of the district. This is an outlier as we continue to see crime reductions YTD in most other crime type areas. The next few weeks will see us putting a plan together about how we are going to tackle the different elements of this offence type, I will keep you updated as we go along.  November update:Our autocrine plans are underway, this has included various covert tactics, plain clothes patrols and crime prevention messaging to the public. Please head over to https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention for some helpful crime prevention guides on various types of vehicles. An operation to tackle vehicle crime and theft from motor vehicles on the A1, and subsequent damage to farmers crops took place between the 21st and 27th October which involved covert tactics and high visibility patrols of the laybys. This formed part of a national operation with our neighbouring forces that patrolled the A1 Corridor and the M1 motorway. As a result we saw a decline in offences. Theft of diesel on the A1 remains a significant issue and work with the Highway Agency continues with further operations planned. Decmber update: The figures for Auto crime, year to date are now at +14.5% . We can see that some of the activity already undertaken is starting to have a positive impact, when we compare auto crime offences in the last two weeks with the previous two week, they are -11.1%. We will continue to employ the tactics that appear to be having an impact: patrols, covert tactics and crime prevention messaging. Please report any intelligence or information to Nottingham Police on  101 or via crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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