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Inspector Christine Busuttil blog: November 2018

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Crime overview

I am pleased to report that violent crime across city North is seeing a decline of 32 offences in October compared to September mainly violence with injury which is down by 33 offences, followed by Violence without injury -1 and stalking and harassment increased by 2 offences which is a relatively small figure.

Unfortunately residential burglary has seen an increase of 8 with a total of 22 offences for October, the most significant increase was in the Bulwell ward, however towards the end of the month we arrested a male for unconnected offences who we suspected to also be committing these offences, since his arrest and remand burglaries have reduced to a much more acceptable level. I am aware that burglary prevention is a joint venture and therefore appeal to the whole community to remain vigilant and security conscious as the festive season approaches, please see the crime prevention link below, the main points being do not leave presents on display particularly where they can be seen from the window and ensure you doors and windows are locked at all times even when you are in. 

Good news

A 31-year-old man has been jailed after pleading guilty to a string of drug and driving offences.Scott Marlow was arrested by the Op Reacher team following a number of warrants and stop and searches. Marlow, of Chatsworth Road, Hucknall, pleaded guilty to the following offences:• Production of Class B drugs• Two counts of driving whilst disqualified• Two counts of driving with no insurance• Four counts of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs following stop checksHe was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Nottingham Crown Court today (25 October).

Two brothers have been locked up for their parts in a firearms discharge at a house in Top Valley.Reece Palmer, 23, and Kayne Palmer, 26, both formerly of Winterton Rise, Nottingham, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing yesterday (Thursday 25 October 2018).Following a trial Reece was found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, being concerned in the supply of cannabis, possession of cocaine and possession of criminal property.He was sentenced to a total of five years in prison. Kayne was found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a bladed article, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court. He was jailed for a total of four years. 

Response officers helped out with some outstanding warrants and arrested a prolific shop lifter for failing to appear which is excellent news and supports City North’s second priority of tackling shop theft; he was offered support whilst in custody to help deter him from criminality in the future.

Op Reacher was out with Police Dog (PD) Rossi and his handler conducting a drugs operation during October, a number of class A and class B seizures were made as well as PD Rossi meeting and greeting members of the public.A white Suzuki was also seen driving with no insurance and #seized

5 more motorbikes have been seized by OP Reacher keeping this nuisance behaviour at bay and helping to return stolen property to their rightful owners, this also supports city North’s first priority of tackling nuisance bikes.

There has been a marked reduction in the number of calls received regarding problem motorbikes in the area but be rest assured we are still actively patrolling and deterring the individuals responsible.

During the Bulwell Forest week of action between the 6th and the 12th October the camera safety team made 5 separate visits to Bestwood road in response to complaints of speeding along this stretch of road which resulted in 130 speeding drivers being caught and a notice of intended prosecution being issued, due to the high number the camera safety team returned again on the 18th and caught another 45 drivers speeding down this road.

Crime prevention

The clocks have now gone back; it will therefore be darker during the rush hour periods for both the morning and evening commute. May I remind motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care when using the road networks.  Cyclists make sure you can be seen by wearing something reflective and having the appropriate working lighting.

Bonfire night is fast approaching so please be careful when handling fireworks and ensure all celebrations are in a controlled and safe environment, or alternatively attend an organised display.

The Christmas festive season is also fast approaching, which brings more shoppers into the area, can I remind you that during this time of year, unfortunately the criminal element are out and about too, please safeguard your bags, purses and wallets.  Do not purchase items from sellers who offer items that appear too good to be true, in all likelihood the items are either stolen or fake. Our team of officers will be out and about as much as possible to help keep you safe.

In 2019 Rise Park, celebrates its 50th Birthday, any ideas to celebrate this milestone will be appreciated, contact your local neighbourhood team through Facebook or our website with any ideas.

Staffing

Congratulations to PC Simon Reid who has been offered a well-deserved temporary sergeants position on response in the city, I wish him all the best for the future and whilst I would love to see him back with us I have every confidence he will succeed in the next rank. Let us welcome a new officer namely, PCSO Chris Lowe to the Beat Team at Bulwell, Chris will be an additional asset to the team and is on hand to help with any issue you are affected by.