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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).   

Newark and Sherwood Police Priority: Auto crime.

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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. 


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/

Advice guide - Protecting your vehicle

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Operation Vow: Protecting the public in Newark Town Centre

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April 2019

Strategic Priority

The priority for the area over the next three months will continue to be Operation Vow.

Operation vow has been running in the area since October 2018 and as result of this we have identified and disrupted a number of county lines drugs operations that were exploiting vulnerable residents and supplying class A drugs into our communities. One of the individuals arrested as part of our Operation was sentenced last month. Following the execution of a warrant where he was found with controlled drugs, he pleaded guilty to possession of class A with intent to supply and was sentenced to three years and three months. This is a substantial sentence and sends a clear message.

County lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas within the UK, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of “deal line”. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store the drugs and money and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons.

There are some signs to look out for:

A young person’s involvement in county lines activity often leaves signs. A person might exhibit some of these signs, either as a member or as an associate of a gang dealing drugs. Any sudden changes in a person’s lifestyle should be discussed with them. Some potential indicators of county lines involvement and exploitation are listed below, with those at the top of particular concern:

• persistently going missing from school or home and / or being found out-of-area;• unexplained acquisition of money, clothes, or mobile phones

• excessive receipt of texts / phone calls and/or having multiple handsets

• relationships with controlling / older individuals or groups

• leaving home / care without explanation

• suspicion of physical assault / unexplained injuries

• parental concerns

• carrying weapons

• significant decline in school results / performance

• gang association or isolation from peers or social networks

• self-harm or significant changes in emotional well-being

If you have any concerns that someone you are about is involved in County Lines, please speak with your local Beat team or social care.

The county lines operation have been extremely labour intensive and we have sought support from the rest of the force to ensure they receive the appropriate attention and resources. Operation Vow will continue over the coming months, we have some plans in place for both uniformed and plains clothes patrols in the areas. We will continue to work with a multitude of partners to identify and tackle those responsible for drug fuelled acquisitive crime, and also drugs supply.

If you have an information please contact us on 101, via social media, directly via the contact page or anonymously to Crimestoppers UK on 0800 555 111. You can also complete an anonymous online report via the Crimestoppers website.

As always the caveat stands, this priority is centred around Newark town centre, as that is the area we have identified as needing focus at this time. This does not take-away from any of the other issues and priorities in other areas and our beat team and partners are committed to all communities. You can get updates on the priorities for your areas by speaking to the Beat Manager and keeping up to date via social media.

May update:

A partnership meeting has been scheduled for the end of May
to agree actions for each partner to contribute to the fight against County
Lines drugs supply. This will include looking at the problem from a housing,
health, education, support and safeguarding perspective. I feel very reassured by
the number of people who are keen to have this conversation and get involved.

From a policing perspective, the Neighbourhood Sergeants are
delivering another round of briefings to all officers that work in the area to
ensure they are clear on the developing picture around both county lines
offences and acquisitive crime, this will help keep everyone focused on the

We have recently held an operations planning meeting to
ensure that whilst we remain focused on Operation Vow, it is not at the cost of
daily business, local beat priorities. We must ensure that we have the capacity
to focus on other neighbourhood work as well as this priority. I am pleased to
say we are balancing and moving forward with all our priorities and responsibilities.

June update:

The partnership meeting took place at Newark and Sherwood
District Council building and was well attended by a variety of committed
partners. A number of actions have been agreed, mainly around safeguarding, education
and staff training. Prevention is always better than enforcement. 

One of the objectives of Op Vow was to reduce acquisitive
crime, it’s early days but I am very pleased to report that burglary, year to
date is currently -38.2%.
That’s 66 less burglary victims since April when compared to the same period
last year. This is due to some significant arrests, crime prevention work and

High visibility patrols have also been stepped up in the area as officers become
free from some of the time consuming conspiracy to supply investigations we
pick up in March. This patrol plan will continue and we are looking forward to
locking up a few more offenders in the near future…….

July and August update:

During July we spent many hours planning two days of disruption activity, that took place on 6th and 7th August.

A total of nine people were  arrested as part of a pre-planned complex operation into County Lines drugs supplies operating from Nottingham and supplying Newark with cocaine and heroin.It comes as six warrants were executed yesterday  on 6th and 7th August in Esther Varney Place, Newark, Grange Road, Newark, London Road, Newark, Stodman Mews, Newark, Maitland Road, Woodthorpe, and Barent Walk, Bestwood. Six men, two women and a 15-year-old boy have been arrested for a various class A drugs offences, including conspiracy to supply class A drugs, possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs, and shop theft. One of those, Michael Jones, 48, of Grange Road, Newark, has been charged with a shop theft committed on 24 April 2019 and will appear Nottingham Magistrates Court on 17 September.Two other men were also arrested on 2 August after a vehicle was stopped in Lowdham as part of the operation. A substantial quantity of suspected class A drugs were found in the vehicle. A 26-year-old and 24-year-old were questioned and released on police bail pending further enquiries.Inspector Heather Sutton said: “This has been a very complex investigation that has involved assets from across the force, who are working together to dismantle the drugs supply into Newark and protect our community. "Arresting suspects is one part of dismantling drugs supply. We have been working closely with a variety of partners, who all support the fight against County Lines. "Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottingham County Council, Drugs support services, housing providers, social care, NHS, EMAS, Notts fire and rescue and other partners have all been involved in protecting our district, our work will continue. We have more work to do.” If you suspect drug dealing in your neighbourghood, please let us know by calling 101, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

Septembers update Op Vow was born out of an increase in acquisitive crime, today, the year to date crime figures for the Newark area are:All crime -3.7%Robbery -5.6%Burglary -33.3%Theft -12.8%ASB -4.7%

Time to celebrate? No, we still have 1722 residents and visitors to Newark who have been victims of crime.

We are back into the planning phase again, and by now I think you all know that means another round of arrests and warrants is on its way. Our team now have such a good understanding of the County Lines and other drugs supply picture in the town, we have been able to really develope our safeguarding approach. Officers have reviewed the previous victim profile and have been able to identify individual potential future victims of county lines.  Officers have visited those individuals, shared our concerns with them, educated them on county lines and together with a range of partners have put safeguarding measures in place to reduce their vulnerabilities that put them at risk of being a victim. It’s not quite Minority Report, but it certainly is preventative policing, and it’s the right thing to do.