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Inspector Andy Townsend's blog: August 2017

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July has been a busy time across the City as a whole. We have been very busy since the end of the student term proactively patrolling the local streets and parks.

There has been a serious incident this month resulting in the death of Thomas Burns following a disturbance on Pleasant Row, he died a few hours after he was assaulted outside his home, the offender has been arrested, charged and remanded in custody awaiting trial. Proceedings have been initiated to take possession of the NCH property where the offender was before the incident.

We have maintained the staffing on our Arboretum team with no reduction in numbers but have had a number of crimes that have been intensive in the use of staff, some foot patrols have had to be replaced by mobile patrols for a short period but things are now getting back to normal following the main holiday period.

Working closely with Community Protection, we are still paying particular attention to drug dealing and antisocial behaviour on the Forest Rec, antisocial behaviour in Kirkstead Park and the theft of motorcycles across the ward.

As the new student term starts soon we want to explain how we work closely with Community Protection and take seriously any reports of noise nuisance reported to us via 101.

Out and about in the community

We have attended are Pagan Pride (Arboretum), Eid celebration and prayers (Forest Rec). We had a great day at both, engaging with the community.

This month, we will be at the Bridlington Park Family Fun Day and the Hyson Green Cultural Festival on the 19 August on Forest Rec. Hopefully the weather will improve so why not visit and meet your local officers. If you see us, please say hello.

Throughout August we are continuing directed patrolling to combat specific issues such as burglary (we will be running a targeted campaign using Smartwater in the Radford East area from September), prostitution (concentrating on Addison Street, Baker Street and the area around the Girls High School), motorcycle theft and the antisocial behaviour caused by street drinking.

The Arboretum team still attend meetings to make better links with new groups such as our Roma community and also any of the more established groups, communities or tenants associations that represent the many varied communities that make up the Arboretum Ward.

Taking action

I am taking proceedings against a number of properties that are referred to as nuisance premises in the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 or ‘Crack houses’ before that Act, but I am still interested to find more and to close them down.

If you think there is a premises or property that is causing a serious nuisance in your area or operating as a ‘crack house’ or unlicensed brothel near you please call 101 to report the issue or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and report them anonymously.

Goose Fair

Preparation for Goose Fair is well in hand and as we have had more than 700 of these to date, we hope to be part of an entertaining event for the whole family.

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