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Inspector Louise Clarke's blog: August 2017

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I wish to start by talking about a few of the activities I have been part of in the past couple of weeks.

Supporting the wider force: Nottingham Forest vs Millwall

I was at the first game of the season on Friday 4 August to police the Nottingham Forest vs Millwall match.

It was a busy day in the city with the Riverside Festival nearby and some 27,000 people attending the game to see Forest successfully beat Millwall 1-0.

It was a great atmosphere and nice to see the Forest supporters all smiling as they left to go home.

Horse watch

You may have seen my face in the press earlier this week promoting our new Horse Watch scheme.

This is a new idea we are trialling in the Newark and Sherwood area to bolster our response to rural crime. It seeks to provide better communication links between the police and the equine community who can be our eyes and ears in the rural locations we have across the district area.

By gaining a better understanding of what affects our rural communities, we are better equipped to respond to and prevent issues reoccurring and this is our aim together with your help.

If you own or ride horses locally, please follow our ‘Nottinghamshire Police Horse Watch’ Facebook page for more details.

Local crime update

Locally crime remains stable across Newark and Sherwood. We are investigating a number of crimes where vans are broken into and tools stolen. Although this is not a daily occurance we are aware that a number of vans will be targeted on the same night.

We acknowledge that the loss of tools directly affects your ability to go out and work, together with the inconvienence and cost of repairing any damage and how impactive this can be for victims.

My advice is to remove anything valuable that you rely on to do your job from your van when parked on the street or in driveways. Please be mindful when you are at work that your van is vulnerable and lock it at all times and set your alarm if fitted.

If you have any information regarding these crimes, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the beat team directly. The beat team’s emails and telephone numbers are on the website at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/neighbourhoods

If you wish to report a crime, please use the non-emergency number 101.

Tour of Britain

Finally, we are preparing for the exciting Tour of Britain cycling race that will be coming to Newark on 6 September.

This fourth stage looks to start in Mansfield at 11am and finish in Newark after cycling a 165km distance including two sprint stages and a ‘king of the mountains’ stage that will see 120 of the worlds top cyclists compete.

What a great opportunity to see a prestigious event on your doorstep.  I hope as many of you as possible can make it out onto the route to cheer them on.  For more information, visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk

Image courtesy of Newark Advertiser.