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Inspector Neil Bellamy's Blog: December 2018

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2108 has been a busy year at Bassetlaw with the final
move of Police Officers and Staff into Bassetlaw District Council Premises at
the Queens Building completing the trio of partnership working locations with
Retford on the Market Square and Harworth in the Town Hall. There are still a
few minor changes to be made at the Worksop Police Station, but the base is
operating well, and gives easy access to our partners in the Council.

Christmas signals the return of Operation Brigge to
Worksop Town Centre and an increased number of my team donning their
high-visibility jackets, and interacting with Christmas shoppers during the day
and on the evenings that the shops stay open late.

The night time economy can be a place of fun and
enjoyment, but with over indulgence can put those enjoying an evening out at
risk so take steps to remain safe by looking after each other, and particularly
those that may have had one too many.

Bassetlaw will have increased numbers of officers out on
key evenings.

HARWORTH & RURAL AREA

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 the evening.

There have been several incidents reported by the public
regarding poachers on land.  Four persons
were detained and interviewed along with vehicles and a number of air weapons
being seized as a result.  We have also 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 involved with Serlby Park Academy recently
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.

RETFORD

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 stopped and two persons arrested. 

PCSO’s have been patrolling daily in Retford Town Centre
to deter shoplifters and to offer reassurance for the public and local
business. 

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 currently have the investigation for the burglary series
that occurred in the Town Centre.  Five
persons were arrested and we are confident that 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
and general nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Retford

Officers have executed a drugs warrant in Retford last
week.  We are now working in conjunction
with the council to get the tenant evicted.

A female has been arrested this week for several thefts
and subsequently received a 22 week prison sentence which is an excellent
result for Retford Town Centre.

Worksop South

Your Worksop South team cover Worksop town Centre and to
the south so cover the St Annes, Water Meadows and Manton estates. Rurally we
cover Clumber Park, Welbeck and out as far as the Nottinghamshire part of
Nether Langwith.

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 is 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
behaviour.

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 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 raised.

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. 

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.  

Officers 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.   

Officers 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, 2
vehicles have been stopped and seized as a result of these patrols.

Following a recent proactive stop by Pc Fenton in the St
Annes 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. 

I would like to now take the opportunity to wish you a
Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.