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Inspector Louise Clarke's blog: October 2017

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The team have been out and about attending a number of events across the Force area including Colllingham Show on the 16th Sept.  This was attended by Pc Sarah Murdoch and was a great day to speak to members of the local rural community as they enjoyed the sights of the show from falconry displays to hedge laying and horses. 

Unfortunately the Southwell Ploughing match had to be cancelled this year due to the wet weather flooding the ground.  A difficult decision I’m sure but the right one in the circumstances.  I’m sure next year’s show will be just as popular and is enjoyed by families and friends across the county.  Officers and PCSO’s from across Newark and Sherwood have also been supporting the force at Goose Fair this week by providing a visible policing presence to reassure and keep revellers safe.

Looking forward to the end of October we prepare to celebrate Halloween.  The beat team are experienced in the nature of incidents reported at this time of year which tend to spike in minor criminal damage offences and anti-social behaviour.  As such we conduct partnership work on the lead up to the Halloween and the Bonfire festivities to ensure we are working together to enhance the safety of our communities and promote the right behaviours from those seeking to enjoy the festivities. 

We work with the Fire service and the anti-social behaviour officers at Newark & Sherwood District council to share materials, messaging and literature within local schools as well as identifying vulnerable areas that require our attention over this period.  We work with shops around the sale of eggs, flour and fireworks as well as visits to licensed premises to ensure  we work together to enjoy this time of year in safety. 

On the key dates we deploy additional patrols specifically to tackle calls of anti-social behaviour and ensure a response is provided where high spirits overspill and cause other’s alarm and distress.

I enclose a link to some useful Halloween materials: www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/halloween

We heard of another tragic accident on the A1 this week near the Markham Moor roundabout that has resulted in a fatality.  My thoughts are with the families of those affected by this terrible incident and an investigation continues into its cause.

This has caused me to reflect on the  number of calls received on a daily basis to our control room relating to driving and vehicles on our roads.  The current change of seasons can catch us unaware as the weather begins to turn and the nights draw in.  It is important that we think of maintaining our vehicles for the change in temperatures, we need to get back into the habit of turning on headlights and ensuring our windscreens are clear when the first frosts hit. 

One of the main causes of collisions is speed and a willingness to drive according to the road conditions, whether they be affected by mud, ice or rain.  A lack of visibility due to dark, foggy weather should also encourage us to take our time.  The issue of speeding is raised as a constant concern, especially in rural village locations.  This presents as a real danger to other road users and residents and I encourage you all to be courteous to others who share our roads and residential spaces. 

The road networks are getting busier but we all need to share the roads we have and  show consideration for others in the manner of our driving.  The beat team are involved in conducting the  fatal four operations on our roads and will have been seen in the Bilsthorpe area in recent weeks.  We also run ‘community speed watch’ which involves members of the community using a speed gun in their local area.  If you wish to get involved in this scheme please contact the beat team via our email.