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Inspector Christine Busuttil blog: December 2018

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Local issues

The festive season is now quickly upon us. I do hope that you all enjoy yourself during the holiday season but please remember to stay safe and act responsibly. 

Theft from shops is an issue at this time of the year; this as you can imagine has an effect on local businesses. In response to this I have commissioned the CCTV van; this will be positioned in prominent locations throughout the month of December. Officers will also be out on foot providing a high visibility presence to businesses and members of the public.

My officers are also in possession of ‘purse bells’ these items are free and act as a deterrent to any potential  bag/purse theft, which an offender may be tempted by, due to the increase in footfall during this time of year.

Please keep all valuables safe and secure.

I am also seeing a slight increase in Residential burglaries whilst some are forced entry there are still a few preventable ones where the offender has gained entry via unlocked doors and actually removed valuable items from within whilst the occupants are home.

Burglars know that expensive presents are now being bought and stored at home in their original packaging making their resale very easy, please keep your home secure even when you are in, leave a light on when you are out and never leave expensive packaging on show either by windows or stacked up next to your bin.

Recently there was a firearm discharge resulting in a none life threatening injury to a male and a further incident in which a male was stabbed, again resulting in slight injury, both of these incidents were isolated, and there was no risk to the wider public. As a result of these incidents there has been an increase in High Visibility patrols in and around the Bestwood area. Enquires are still on-going in relation to both. Local beat team officers were on hand to provide scene preservation duties.

Good news

Two men have today been charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting in the city centre.

Jordan Murray, 25, of Bestwood Park, and Tarquin James, 28, of Woodthorpe, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on Saturday 24 November in relation to the incident in Fletcher Gate at around 10.20pm on Saturday 3 November 2018 Murray has also been charged with attempted murder in connection with a firearms discharge in Bassett Hill in Upper Langwith, Derbyshire, just before 10pm on Tuesday, October 2.

Both are now remanded.

Due to the speed of officers at Bulwell a prolific offender has been sent back to prison after being caught red handed with property stolen from a nearby vehicle.

Two Nottinghamshire Police officers who showed outstanding bravery when they were both attacked with a knife while arresting two violent burglars were named joint overall winners of a Hero of Nottingham Award and were presented with these at the Nottingham Post Heroes Awards 2018.

PC Catherine Maunder-Green and PC Jennie Ellse became the first-ever winners of this award at the glittering event, organised by the Nottingham Post in conjunction with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

PC Maunder-Green attended the ceremony to accept the Hero of Nottingham Award on behalf of herself and PC Ellse.

Engagement

Local officers were present during the Remembrance Day events, marking the end of the First World War.

We had a drop in centre ran at Bulwell Police station on 25/11/18 for ‘free purse bell’s and crime prevention advice given out to members of the public.

Members of the safer neighbourhood teams have been visiting local schools, giving the children an insight into the number of roles available within Policing. By all accounts the children were avid listeners and showed a genuine interest in the various roles on offer.

General Crime prevention talk to residents of Albert Ball close Top Valley by the local beat team, this was well received so we will look to do this at other locations.

The Sherwood beat team did not let the rain stop them attending the Christmas light switch on on the 28th November in Sherwood, everyone seemed to enjoy it and get into the Christmas spirit.

The OP Reacher team attended the annual Christmas light switch on in Bestwood on the 29th which was another great opportunity for them to engage and advertise their xmas card competition, details below.

The Neighbourhood team attended the Bulwell Christmas light switch on on the 3rd Dec which had a good attendance by the community and was thoroughly enjoyed by all Inc PCSO James Lievesley who had his picture taken with Santa whilst wearing his Christmas beard baubles, pics on our Facebook page.

Events

Come and join in the celebrations at :-

Messy church Christimas Special –Tuesday 11th December 4.30 – 6pm – Bestwood Estate Community Centre, Gainsford Crescent. Suitable for primary school aged children and their parents and carers Free

Children’s Christmas party – Saturday 15th December 1 – 4pm – The Leen Valley Community Centre - £4, music games, buffet and present’s from Santa

Tots and Toddlers Christmas Party – Wednesday 19th December 2018 9.15 – 11am – The Peoples Church – open to any pre-school children and their family – Festive fun food and a visit from Santa.

Op Reacher

Pc Boris PaTROLL is calling all 5 to 12 year olds, this years Xmas card competition is officially open. It will run until the 16th Dec with other details and instructions of what to do are on the flyer attached! Its open to all so good luck ??

We have secured some fantastic prizes! Which are:

1st prize - 2 tickets to watch Elf on ice at Nottingham Ice arena showing for 30th Dec at 1.00 pm

2nd prize - Family ticket for 4 persons (at least 1 adult) for ice skating and ice skate hire (valid for 2 months) at Nottingham Ice arena

3rd prize - Mystery prize

We can’t wait to see the entries with the 3 best cards winning the prizes listed in order of 1st, 2nd and 3rd so lots and lots of good luck

Prevention

We are currently doing some joint work with trading standards around rogue traders in and around the snapewood area and are visiting the area from the 3rd Dec jointly to speak to a number of residents and offer crime prevention.

We have received reports that people have been posing as charity workers in the Sherwood town centre. They have asked members of the public for donations and ID to fill in a form. Whilst this is being done someone is possibly removing money from their purses or wallets. When the members of the public have moved on they have later realised money is missing.

Unfortunately this is also happening in other areas of the city too.

Since writing the above 2 suspects have been arrested and released under investigation.