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Inspector Louise Clarke's blog: November 2017

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Significant events

Closure of Newark Custody Suite

The decision has been made to mothball the custody suite at Newark so I wanted to take this opportunity to explain some of our operating practices and shed light on how this decision is indicative of a step-change in our working methods.  Taken together with recent legislative changes, the police work more flexibly than ever to bring suspects to justice.

The decision to arrest a person is closely scrutinised in line with the gravity and seriousness of the offence under investigation, the vulnerability of victims, the necessity to detain a suspect and the implications this has for the investigation.

The media recently reported a national fall in arrest numbers.  In part this is because we use other means when investigating those suspected of offences, such as conducting voluntary interviews that negate the need to arrest people and put them in a cell.  Where there is sufficient evidence a summons is issued to hear the matter at court.

Newark officers have transported prisoners to Mansfield custody suite for some time now where specialist investigation is required, such as the Public Protection teams who continue the investigation.  Mansfield custody will be one of the three options that will also include the Bridewell and Grantham custody suites moving forward.  The most appropriate suite will be determined on a case-by-case basis and at times of peak demand, such as New Year's Eve, Newark custody suite will be opened.

There are prisoner handling teams based in the custody suites who deal with more common offences allowing the arresting officer to return to their front-line duties while the responsibility for the suspect and the ongoing investigation are taken from them.

The organisation is designed to divert complex or timely investigations away from front-line officers who are then able to respond to emergency calls and undertake patrols.  I hope this displays how the different departments work together to make this happen. 

I would like to reassure you that when a person needs to be arrested, this will happen.

Police officers and staff work hard every day to ensure we use the resources available to us in the best way possible so that when the public needs us we are there, ready and willing to take positive action.

This decision has been made to realise the forces ongoing strategy of recruiting more officers therefore supporting investment in our front-line resources.  This position makes us unique in the region.

Halloween update

On the whole Halloween was enjoyed in good spirits and passed with very few incidents.  On the night itself, we received three calls in Southwell about kids throwing eggs and a similar incident was reported in Clipstone.

We are investigating a group of teenage females who targeted Newark Town centre spraying a number of premises in tomato sauce and throwing eggs.

We are reviewing CCTV footage of an incident connected to this near Barclays Bank in the market place.

If you were affected by this behaviour or if you have any information on those involved please report it Newark Police by calling 101, quoting incident number 290 of 1 November.


You may have noticed the police activity on Thursday lunchtime in Newark town centre when vigilant officers spotted a stolen Audi on false number plates.  The vehicle rammed a police car before three males ran off in the direction of Kelham Road.  This vehicle had been stolen in Worksop days earlier by way of a Burglary. Please call 101 with any information or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting incident 286-02112017.

Burglary is the most common way of stealing high performance vehicles and we encourage you to consider the safest place to keep your keys and of course the security of your home. 

For security advice please visit Notts police crime prevention advice centre on the following website - www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention

Thank you for your continued support.