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Inspector Neil Bellamy's Blog: November 2018

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November has seen activity by the neighbourhood Team
across Bassetlaw not only for Bonfire Night and the patrols to challenge
anti-social behaviour, but also in relation to the area priorities.

I have mentioned in previous blogs that Bassetlaw is a
large area, and has varied and diverse communities throughout that all deserve
the best service my team can provide.

I have recently attended a meeting with Paddy Tipping to
discuss the issues faced in the Town Centre of Retford, and have been answering
correspondence relating to the rural communities along the Trent valley.

Your Worksop North and Villages team cover from the
borders of the Town Centre out as far as Oldcotes and Blyth as well as
Derbyshire and South Yorkshire and following on from a successful drugs warrant
earlier this year in the Gateford Road area Officers are now seeking to seize
several thousand pounds under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). 

Pc Harry Shaw has recently met with our partners at the
Bassetlaw District General Hospital.  The
outcome was very positive with the forthcoming introduction of HD quality CCTV
as well as further training for their security staff which will hopefully
reduce the strain on Police resources. 

The team recently assisted Bassetlaw District Council in
the closure of a property on Trent Street which was the source of high levels
of local complaints and nuisance.  The
closure notice was issued and the tenant successfully evicted.   

Beat Managers and PCSO’s have met with our Council
partners to discuss youth nuisance in the Rhodesia area.  This is part of on-going intervention to
tackle problems highlighted in a recent community meeting. 

Officers have increased patrols in the Gateford Road /
Sandy lane area due to calls regarding drug dealing activity and ASB, two
vehicles have been stopped and seized as a result of these patrols.

Following a recent proactive stop by Pc Fenton in the St
Anne’s estate, the male suspect led him to a stash of property stolen from the
Travel Lodge.  Pc Fenton was able to
recover all 6 suitcases belonging holiday makers destined for a luxury cruise.

PCSO Dale has been liaising with a resident in the Ashes
Park Avenue area in relation to on-going youth nuisance; patrols have been
carried out on a number of occasions with a view to identifying and dealing
with those involved.

PCSO’s Parker and Barlow are heavily involved in our
Police cadet programme and patrol with them locally around north Worksop on a
regular basis.  PCSO Parker has recently
attended Derby University with our Schools Officer PC Jeffree to look at
improving the Cadet programme for 2019. 

PCSO’s Parker and Shaw continue to patrol Carlton in
Lindrick, Langold and Blyth tackling youth nuisance and ASB in the open space
areas.  They would welcome any
information in relation to any new or on going issues. 


As always we would encourage our community members to
contact us with any information which may assist us with the prevention or
detection of crime either on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers.

Your Worksop South team cover Worksop Town Centre and to
the south so cover the St Anne’s, Water Meadows and Manton estates. Rurally we
cover Clumber Park, Welbeck and out as far as the Nottinghamshire part of
Nether Langwith. The team work together across all the area though to ensure
responsibility for specific areas and these can be found on this web page.

All our details are kept up to date on the
Nottinghamshire Police website including the teams email if you wish to contact
us that way. We are also active on Facebook and Twitter under Worksop Police.

We have had a busy week with the towns Christmas lights being
switched on. The team were on foot patrol in the town centre engaging with the
local community. It was great to see so many families out clearly enjoying
themselves in the town and the day went without incident. On Friday we held a
crime prevention store on the market where along with advice we had a number of
items such as purse bells and security marker pens to give out to the public.
We were very busy and returned to the station pretty much empty handed!

PC Hurley and PC Topham have been out in the evenings on
Op Jericho patrolling the rural areas in relation to nuisance motorbikes,
poaching and theft. PC Hurley is currently in discussions with many of the
stakeholders in the area and we are keen to embed this operation into our
activities moving forward. If you have any information you may assist us or
would like further information on this operation please contact PC Hurley.

We have been receiving a number of reports of a local
male begging both around town centre shops and the Manton Shops on Retford
Road. This male was interviewed and issued a police caution on Friday. It
always a difficult balance dealing with individuals who are vulnerable but also
causing upset to local residents and businesses with their behaviour. We are
working with the council to try and support the individual but unfortunately
when people do not engage it only leaves the police with an enforcement option.
With this in mind if you are approached and are happy to provide evidence
please phone us or make contact with PC Glenn Turner as our next step will be
prosecution and applying for a Criminal Behaviour Order to prevent the

Moving forward we are keen to engage with the public and
set meaningful priorities for your local team to be working towards. My gut
feeling from the calls we receive would be this is likely to be mamba use/
drinking in and around the town centre and rural crime but we want the public
to decide their priorities. Historically engagement attempts in the town have
had limited success so we are going to be trialling a number of new engagement
methods. We will be a lot more active around social media and are looking into
the feasibility of running polls on Facebook and Twitter. This may have the
danger on non-local residents voting or some members of the communities who are
not on social media not being able to vote. With this in mind we are also going
to start trialling ‘Pop Up surgeries’. Our officers all have laptops now so we
will be sitting in public areas such as cafes, the library or hospital to
complete their admin but also be approachable to the public about any concerns
for the area. This may be ad hoc and publicised on the moment that we will be
at the location for the next hour. They could be planned in advance so my
message to our local councillors is if you are holding local surgeries please
invite your local beat manager and we will happily take away any police issues


Officers have been conducting patrols in the Bawtry Road
area in Harworth due to several reports of teenagers trespassing and causing
damage that has been occurring during evening times.

There have been several incidents reported by the public
regarding poachers on land, and four persons were detained and interviewed
along with vehicles and a number of air weapons being seized as a result. 

Officers have been involved with Serlby Park Academy this
week to carry out assembly talks to years 5 through to 11 and given education
and advice regarding bullying as part of the national Anti Bullying campaign.

We have been asking for volunteers this week on social
media to get involved in the community speed watch.  If anyone is interested then please contact
the Harworth beat manager Pc Jim Martin.

Officers have been dealing with a vulnerable elderly
person who has been the victim of a fraud. She has been targeted by online
scammers who have managed to obtain a significant amount of money from her
accounts.  We have put this information
on our website to remind those who are vulnerable not to give their bank
details online.

We have recently executed a search warrant in Harworth
and recovered a number of air rifles and a quantity of cash in relation to
rural crime.


Officers have been conducting proactive patrols in the
Retford area looking for those who are uninsured or disqualified from
driving.  As part of this operation a
stolen vehicle was followed and two persons arrested.  Enquiries remain on-going.

PCSO’s have been patrolling daily in Retford Town Centre
to deter shoplifters and to offer reassurance for the public and local
business.  This will continue as we lead
up to and through the festive period.

We have been at court again this week in relation to the
recent Criminal Behaviour Order we successfully obtained against one of the key
individuals who causes numerous issues within Retford.  This individual has already breached the
order on several occasions.

We continue the investigation in to the burglary series
that occurred in the Town centre.  Five
persons were arrested and we are hoping we will be in a position to charge some
individuals in the near future.

Officers have been actively patrolling Ordsall this week
and have dealt with several incidents including mental health, criminal damage.

Officers have dealt with several neighbourhood disputes
this week.  We will be looking at working
together with other agencies such as the council to resolve some of these