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Ashfield Inspectors Blog - December 2018

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Hello and welcome
to my blog for December 2018.

You will find
below updates from the Policing activity in Ashfield for 4 to 5 weeks. I have
enjoyed spending time on foot patrol on the Leamington Estate and Town Centre
at Sutton in Ashfield, Selston and Hucknall in the last few weeks and have been
very impressed by the knowledge and dedications of the PCSO’s who have had to
suffer my company.

I have also
been working closely with our partners within Ashfield District Council, Fire
Service and Youth services to look at ways to improve our response to crime and
ASB across the district.

I have been especially pleased to have been able to nominate some
of our team force awards.

On 3/12/18
PCSO’s Kendrick and Birkin were approached whilst on patrol in Sutton town centre by a male had robbed
him at knife point. They conducted an area search and detained Barry O’Toole
nearby who very quickly became aggressive and despite meeting aggressive behaviour
they detained him for over five minutes before an officer could attend to
support them.  Upon arrest he was found
to be in possession of the stolen property and was subsequently charged. The
PCSO’s actions were outstanding and showed bravery. It goes beyond expectations
for them to track down and detain armed robbers and it wasn’t for them we would
not have identified the offender so quickly or recovered the stolen
property. 

On 16/11/18
Ps Severn attended an incident in which a male was threatening to throw himself
out of his second storey window and went as far as climbing out onto and
hanging from the window ledge. He was also in possession of a knife. Ps Severn engaged
with the male and managed persuade him to go back into his premises, where he
barricaded himself in for nearly two hours, whilst still in possession of the
knife.  Eventually due to Ps Severn’s
calm manner and excellent communication skills the male surrendered himself
into custody where he received mental health support. Ps Severn’s actions were superb
and thanks to him the incident was resolved without anyone coming to any
harm.  Ps Severn displayed tremendous resolve and empathy which not
only protected the life of a highly vulnerable person but has also other people
around them.   

What has been happening?

On 28th
November our officers conducted a search warrant under the misuse of drugs act
at an address on Percival Crescent in Sutton
in Ashfield
and recovered a significant quantity of controlled drugs,
including anabolic steroids and prescription medication from the address. The
suspect for this has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

On 30th
November PCSO’s Gregg and Crafts spotted a male driving an off road motorcycle
in an erratic manner in Kirkby in Ashfield
town centre. They were supported by officers who were able to detain the driver
and seize the vehicle/ The driver was reported for traffic offences.

The first
week of December saw a number of Christmas events across the district. Most of
these were attended by our officers who enjoyed engaging with people and working
with our colleagues from within the council to hand out purse bells as a
measure to reduce the likelihood of ‘purse’ dipping offences.

On 3rd
December I welcomed our district responses officers into the partnership hub
based within the Ashfield District Council offices at Kirkby. The early signs
are very positive with response times to incidents considered to need an
immediate and urgent (within 1 hour) response reducing since their arrival. They
have also been instrumental in supporting the Neighbourhoods policing team and
ADC community protection officers in increasing patrols on the Coxmoor Estate at Kirkby in Ashfield

On 4th  December officers
arrested Ashley Knight
 for threatening behaviour towards police
officers on Edward Street, Kirkby in Ashfield. He was subsequently charged.

On 5th
December Pc Robinson arrested Wayne Elkington who had been wanted for a number
of months after finding him hiding out on the Coxmoor Estate, Kirkby. He was subsequently charged and remanded in
custody for being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine.

Also on 5th December two men were arrested on Gladstone Street.
Kirkby.
Jamie Richards for failing to appear at court, whilst Stephen Simpson
was c
harged with theft from shop x 2, and possession
of controlled drugs.

Also on 5th December a 15 year old male was arrested and charged
for robbery after robbing a male a with an axe on the Coxmoor Estate. He
is currently remanded in a secure training centre awaiting trial.

On 6th December Dylan Slack was arrested and charged for committing
a burglary and fraud offences atKirkby In Ashfield. He was r
emanded into custody and is awaiting
trial.

On 12th
December we supported ADC with a day of action on the Coxmoor Estate at Kirkby in Ashfield. This gave us a great chance
to engage with local residents who told us of the many problems they were
facing due to local youths committing significant amounts of anti-social behaviour
and joyriding stolen motorcycles.

Also on 12th
December two people were arrested and charged for committing a series of handbag
snatch robberies in Sutton and Jacksdale. The suspects for these
offences have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

On 16th
December Pc Richmond arrested Alex Swain who was wanted for numerous offences
on the Coxmoor Estate in Kirkby. He
was charged and remanded into custody. He has since pleaded guilty to 3
breaches of a community behaviour order (CBO), Possession of controlled drugs,
possession of an offensive weapon and handling stolen goods. He is awaiting
sentencing.

On 17th
December a district wide ‘fatal 4’ operation was run by Ps Lee and PCSO Gazzard
with vehicles being stopped on Nottingham
Road ,Hucknall, Forest Road, Annesley
and Mansfield Road Sutton. In total a number of drivers were stopped
and advised about minor defects whilst 12 fixed penalty notices were issued for
offences including speeding and not wearing a seatbelt

On 20th
December our officers conducted a search warrant under the misuse of drugs act
at an address on Felley Avenue in Annesley
Woodhouse
and recovered a significant quantity of controlled drugs and suspected
stolen property including power tools and bikes. The suspects for this have
been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Also 20th December
officers from our Knife crime team stopped a vehicle on Institute Street, Stanton Hill. During the stop they recovered a
lock knife and a quantity of controlled drugs including cannabis and cocaine. Steven
Gore was charged for the possession of an offensive weapon, possession of cannabis
and possession of cocaine. Another male was reported for possession cannabis.

On 21st
December officers from our Knife crime team stopped a vehicle on Sutton Road, Kirkby in Ashfield.
During the stop they recovered a quantity of controlled drugs including heroin,
cannabis and cocaine. The suspects for this have been released under investigation
pending further enquiries.

On 22nd
December a 22 year old male died after being involved in a single vehicle
collision on Victoria Road, Kirkby In Ashfield

On 24th
December a 19 year old male was reported for threatening behaviour towards a
PCSO which had occurred during the Coxmoor
day of action.

What
is
happening in the future?

On 7th
January our neighbourhood policing team will return to having dedicated teams
of police officers for areas within the district and I have now dedicated beat
managers to the Coxmoor Estate in Kirkby
and Hucknall Town Centre, plus a
PCSO is now dedicated to Kirkby town
centre
to work with businesses to reduce shoplifting. The existing beat
manager for Sutton town centre will
remain, as will the dedicated PCSO’s who are allocated to the rural areas.  

The Coxmoor Estate remains my top priority within
the district due to the volume of crime and anti-social behaviour that is being
reported. We have seen some real progress in the last month and it is vital
that we continue the momentum by working with our partners.

We are
continuing to plan operations to make our roads safer. Especially within the rural
areas of Selston, Jacksdale and
Underwood
. The PCSO’s are working to engage communities to work with us in
community speed watch schemes and we are currently planning a series of ‘fatal
four’ operations across the district in the coming months.

I am still
working really hard to enable my officers to be more visible in our communities
and I have recently spent time on foot patrol in with them in Sutton, Kirkby
and Hucknall, Please engage with us when you can as we are always eager to
listen to your concerns or even just to have a quick chat.

If you
information you want to share with us to help us tackle crime or anti-social
behaviour in our communities, please
call us on 101, or email Ashfield NPT@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

Thanks for taking
the time to read this and I wish everyone a happy new year.

Craig