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Policing Priorities: October - December 2021

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October 2021

Local Policing Priorities October - December 2021

Broxtowe’s local policing priorities have been reviewed during October, following the established Local Policing Priority setting process:  Our policing priorities for October – December 2021 have once again been agreed as follows;

Priorities Agreed for October – December 2021 (inclusive) as:

Operation LARKSPUR (Stapleford)

This operation has been in existence since August 2020 and was set-up to pro-actively target ASB, violence and criminality, including the local drug trade in Stapleford, following an increase in these types of incidents coming out of the first national Covid lockdown. 

Focussed on the town centre and the open spaces including Hickings Lane recreation Ground, Queen Elizabeth Park and Archer’s Field, the operation has seen additional patrols in place. This is, along with Operation HADAR, the priority tasking for the Broxtowe Reacher team. 

The operation has had some good success since its inception, however, the shooting on Hickings Lane Park in November 2020 and the tragic murder of 16 year old Joe Whitchurch on Boxing Day, mean that this operation is now very much in focus and raised in priority for us. Op Larkspur will entail high visibility patrols, covert activity and proactive, intelligence led targeting of key nominals, including the enforcement of search warrants wherever this is possible. We will work with and alongside internal and external partners to achieve our aims in this.  Additionally we will work with housing sector partners to pursue eviction and closure proceedings against problem premises.

Operation HADAR (Eastwood)

This is an operation set-up to pro-actively manage any vacuum created by the enforcement of Operation BOODLES in November 2020, which effectively dismantled an OCG operating out of Eastwood and controlling the lucrative local drugs trade. 

We have identified that there are now gaps in the local drug market which will undoubtedly be attractive for other dealers to try and fill. Op HADAR is designed to identify these gaps, identify rival suppliers and prevent them getting a foothold in Eastwood and thereby preventing associated violent and acquisitive crime.  This is, along with Operation LARKSPUR, the priority tasking for the Broxtowe Reacher team. 

Op HADAR entails high visibility patrols, covert activity and proactive, intelligence led targeting of key nominals, including the enforcement of search warrants wherever this is possible. We will work with and alongside internal and external partners to achieve our aims in this.  Additionally we will work with housing sector partners to pursue eviction and closure proceedings against problem premises.

Burglary of people’s homes

This will always be a policing priority for Broxtowe Neighbourhood Policing Area. The impact on victims drives this as a priority. We have made some good in roads in the past 2 years into burglary on the borough and CAP data is currently showing excellent, sustained reductions.  

It is acknowledged that the Coronavirus pandemic (and the ‘lockdown’ periods in particular) has had a significant impact on the levels of burglary reported to us. However, to maintain current downward trends, we will keep burglary at the forefront of our policing activity. I’m really pleased to see that even after society has opened up again and people are now beginning to become more mobile and away from their homes on a daily basis and during the evening, that burglary rates are still coming down. 

We will continue to work closely with our partners at Broxtowe Borough council to further prevent instances of burglary.  We also continue to work closely with internal partners in the County Burglary Team in targeting known and prolific offenders.

Burglary of peoples’ homes remains on the decrease in Broxtowe.  The table below shows the burglary data for Broxtowe for this current fiscal year to date, compared against both 2020 and 2019 (pre-Covid)  As you can see this makes excellent reading and is testament to the hard work undertaken by officers at Broxtowe and our internal partners in the County Burglary team

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Date: 
October 2021

October 2021

Operation LARKSPUR

MDA warrants enforced at 3 premises in Stapleford

 250 Cannabis Plants seized

 2 arrests made and have generated 2 ongoing investigations into large scale cultivation of cannabis

 250 Cannabis Plants seized

2 arrests made and have generated 2 ongoing investigations into large scale cultivation of cannabis

46.8% increase in Drugs offences 

71.4% increase in Weapons Possession offences 

These increases are pleasing to see, unlike increases in other crime types, as it means we have caught more people supplying drugs and more people carrying weapons, by targeting resources in the right areas and targeting the right people through an intelligence-led approach.

Community / Partner feedback around the effects felt locally by Op Larkspur is excellent.

Operation HADAR

Drugs warrants have been enforced at 4 premises

c.5k Class A & B drugs seized

c.£3k cash seized

A Premises Closure Order was granted at 5 Scargill Walk, Eastwood by Nottingham Magistrates Court (see August blog for full details)

Operation GANDALF:  This relates to a Firearms Discharge on Oak Drive, Eastwood.  Several arrests were made as a result of this. Jordan BRADSHAW (27) has been charged in relation to this incident and is currently on remand

Burglary of Peoples’ Homes

Burglary of peoples’ homes remains on the decrease in Broxtowe. 

In the year to date when compared with 2020;

Burglaries of residential properties have reduced by 31.8%

Burglaries of Business and Community properties have reduced by 11.9%

In the year to date when compared with 2019 (pre-Covid);

Burglaries of residential properties have reduced by 50.2%

Burglaries of Business and Community properties have reduced by 66.1%

August 2021

Operation LARKSPUR

Continues to be supported by Operation Reacher, the County Knife Crime team through our local tasking arrangements. Additional funding options are still being pursued!!

Lots of good intelligence continues to be gathered, supporting proactive deployments and also the obtaining of magistrates court warrants. During August we executed misuse of Drugs Act warrants, linked to local drugs supply, as follows

On 2nd August, a warrant was enforced in Pasture Road, where 178 Cannabis plants were seized and the following day, on 3rd August, another 68 cannabis plants were seized during another warrant enforcement in Derby Road, Stapleford.  Two men were arrested and subsequently released under investigation in relation to that incident.

These 2 successful warrants mean that, yet again, somewhere in the region of £200,000 worth of Cannabis has been taken out of the hands of the dealers in Stapleford.  We will continue to target dealers through Operation Larkspur and will continue to engage the Stapleford community in other ways to maintain and improve your trust and confidence in us.

We will continue to try and disturb the lifestyles of those who we know to be dealing drugs in and around Stapleford and disruption remains one of my key tactics in implementing Operation Larkspur.

We will also continue to work with our housing sector partners around tenancy agreements of offenders and their families and will take further proactive measures where we can

Operation HADAR

Continues to be supported by Operation Reacher and the County Knife Crime team through our local tasking arrangements.  Additional funding options are still being pursued!! 

At the end of July, a closure order was issued to us under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which enabled us to close premises at No.5 Scargill Walk, Eastwood.  This address, its occupants and frequenters had long been a thorn in the side of the local policing teams and a blight on the local community with constant complaints of drug dealing and anti-social behaviour being recorded against the address. This fantastic result was testament to some excellent collaborative partnership working between Notts Police and Broxtowe Borough Council.   To see it now closed is immensely pleasing and is complete vindication for putting Operation HADAR as one of our local policing priorities for the last 3 quarters.

We will continue to work with our housing sector partners around tenancy agreements of offenders and their families and will take further proactive measures where we can

Burglary of Peoples' Homes

Burglary of peoples’ homes remains on the decrease.  Burglary data for Broxtowe for this current fiscal year to date, compared against both 2020 and 2019 (pre-Covid) continues to be really encouraging with reductions in all burglary categories.  Burglary overall is showing a reduction of 23.1% on 2020 and 51.2% on the same period in 2019, whilst Residential Burglary is showing a reduction of 25.6 % 0n 2020 and 45.3% on 2019.  Burglaries of business and community properties have reduced by 12.9% on 2020 and a massive 64.5% on 2019.  These are hugely encouraging numbers, as I am sure all but career burglars would agree and solid testament to the hard work undertaken by officers at Broxtowe, our internal partners in the County Burglary team and also the support shown by our partners at Broxtowe Borough Council for various crime prevention initiatives such as ‘Lighter Nights.’

There are currently no hotspots or trends in burglary. We will continue to target those offenders whom we know or suspect are responsible for this crime.

June/July 2021

Operation LARKSPUR

Continues to be supported by Operation Reacher, and the County Knife Crime team through our local tasking arrangements. Additional funding from the Government’s knife crime surge funding has now ceased due to a change in the way this money is now allocated. 

Lots of good intelligence continues to be gathered, supporting proactive deployments and also the obtaining of magistrates court warrants. During June / July we executed misuse of Drugs Act warrants at addresses in Albert Avenue, Stapleford and Attenborough Lane, Chilwell, linked to local drugs supply.  Whilst the Stapleford address proved negative, we seized 160 mature cannabis plants and 10 x 1kg bags of freshly cropped Cannabis form the address.  A man was subsequently charged and remanded to prison in relation to this.

We will continue to try and disturb the lifestyles of those who we know to be dealing drugs in and around Stapleford and disruption remains one of my key tactics in implementing Operation Larkspur.

We continue to work with our housing sector partners around tenancy agreements of offenders and their families and will take further proactive measures where we can

Operation HADAR

Continues to be supported by Operation Reacher and the County Knife Crime team through our local tasking arrangements.  Additional funding from the Government’s knife crime surge funding has now ceased due to a change in the way this money is now allocated. 

During June / July we executed misuse of Drugs Act warrants at addresses on Scargill Walk, Eastwood and Nottingham Road, Eastwood.  From Scargill Walk we recovered 300 wraps of Class A drugs ready to be dealt. Two men and a woman were arrested and subsequently released under investigation in relation to this. Forty Cannabis plants were seized from the Nottingham Road address, leading to the male occupant of the address being charged with cultivation of Cannabis.

An application is currently being heard by the Magistrates Court for a closure order on an address in Eastwood which is central to the supply of Class A drugs, both in the town itself and further afield.  If successful, this will have a dramatic effect on the ease of supply to local users and reduce ASB and acquisitive crime linked to the address and it’s frequenters.

We continue to work with our housing sector partners around tenancy agreements of offenders and their families and will take further proactive measures where we can

Burglary of Peoples' Homes

Burglary of peoples’ homes remains on the decrease.  Burglary data for Broxtowe for this current fiscal year to date, compared against both 2020 and 2019 (pre-Covid) is really encouraging with reductions in all burglary categories.  Burglary overall is showing a reduction of 21.7% on 2020 and 50% on the same period in 2019, whilst Residential Burglary is showing a reduction of 25.8 % 0n 2020 and 45% on 2019.  These are hugely encouraging numbers, as I am sure all but career burglars would agree and solid testament to the hard work undertaken by officers at Broxtowe and our internal partners in the County Burglary team.

We will continue to work closely with our partners at Broxtowe Borough council, conducting a ‘Lighter Nights’ campaign to ensure target hardening around vulnerable properties. In the past, the issuing of shed alarms, security lighting and security locks has seen us manage to put the brakes on slight increases in this type of offending.  In the previous quarter this year, this operation / initiative has proved successful in driving down acquisitive crime, centered on sheds, garages and outbuildings. 

There are currently no hotspots or trends. We will continue to target those offenders whom we know or suspect are responsible for this crime.

May 2021

Operation LARKSPUR

Continues to be supported by Operation Reacher, the County Knife Crime team and additional patrols funded by the government's Knife Crime Surge Fund (Operation SCORPION)

Lots of good intelligence continues to be gathered, supporting proactive deployments and also the obtaining of magistrates court warrants.  During May we executed 4 misuse of drugs act warrants at addresses linked to Operation LARKSPUR in Stapleford and Chilwell

Sadly, on each of these occasions we didn't find any controlled drugs, however, these were all supported by good intelligence and were at the home addresses of people we know to be involved in the drug trade in Stapleford. We will continue to try and disturb the lifestyles of those who we know to be dealing drugs in and around Stapleford and disruption remains one of my key tactics in implementing Operation larkspur.

We continue to work with housing partners around tenancy agreements of offenders and their families


Operation HADAR

Continues to be supported by Operation Reacher, the County Knife Crime team and additional patrols funded by the government's Knife Crime Surge Fund (Operation SCORPION)

Whilst no warrants have been enforced during May, we have conducted a lot of proactive patrols and have been gathering intelligence to support future enforcement at a number of properties linked to the supply of drugs in Eastwood and the surrounding area.

This month has also seen the jailing of 28 year old Nathan Cope from Nottingham Road, in Eastwood. Following the enforcement of a misuse of drugs act warrant at his address in March, Cope pleaded guilty at Crown Court and was sentenced to three years in prison.

We continue to work with housing partners around tenancy agreements of offenders and their families


Burglary of Peoples' Homes

Despite the easing of lockdown restrictions, we continue to see reductions in the number of burglaries happening.  Our current year to date information shows that all burglary is down by 18.8%, with residential burglary reducing by 14.7% when compared to the same period last year. Burglaries at business and community premises are currently down by 33.3% 

This is remarkable in that a small increase in these numbers wouldn't have been unexpected as the lockdown restrictions ease and people spend less time in their homes.  To see a these reductions is very pleasing and we will continue to try and keep the numbers on a downward trajectory

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