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Inspector Riz Khan's Blog: March 2019

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The Op Lumination Team (proactive Policing Team) made twelve arrests including a male wanted for knife point Robbery. He was subsequently charged with a robbery that took place on Belper Road, Hyson Green, on 20th February 2019. A number of persons who had failed to appear at court across the Hyson Green and surrounding areas were also arrested. There have been fifteen disposals submitted, which are files or warnings for crimes including driving without insurance, cannabis warnings.

The team have conducted three Mis-use of Drugs Act warrants in both the Canning Circus areas and Hyson Green areas and drugs were seized at two of these. The team also conducted the Road Safety and Enforcement Operation at the beginning of the month in Hyson Green and Radford. This resulted in eight vehicles being seized, four vehicles sized due to having no insurance, six Traffic offences tickets being issues (no MOT, no seat belt, driving through a red light). Two drivers were stopped who were driving whilst disqualified and will summoned to court.

An operation was conducted with Trading Standards at three premises on Radford Road in relation to illegal tobacco. The team were joined by HMRC officers, CPO’s, and PCSO’s and with the aid of a specialist tobacco search dog searches were conducted. On this occasion no illegal tobacco was found. The sale of illegal tobacco is often linked to Organised Crime Groups and proceeds fund criminal activity as well the tobacco being harmful to those that smoke them.

The Beat teams and CPO’s (Community Protection) continue to tackle noise nuisance, with the use of Community Notices and fines if these notices breached. One weekend saw thirteen notices issued to individuals from three address and seven fines were issued to individuals that all reside together at one other address, all in the Arboretum area. 

Key Arrests and Court Action

Four people were arrested following a burglary in Forest Fields where a car was stolen with keys. A male suspect has been charged with the burglary and has been remanded by the court. The stolen vehicle was been recovered by the Police.

A male, aged 30 years, was arrested on 27th February on Radford Road in connection to a robbery in Milton Street and a theft of two bottles of vodka from Petes Convenice Store, Radford Road that occurred in January. He has been released under investigation for both offences.

Three teenagers were arrested for theft of two motor cycles on Forest Recreation Ground and have all been release under investigation for both offences. This involved an excellent team effort from the response team and the dog officer, and of course our police dog, who tracked the offenders who were trying to hide.

Two men and three women aged between 18 to 36 years have been found guilty of offences following a firearm discharge in Hyson Green.Two persons were found guilty of possessing a prohibited weapon, namely a sawn-off shotgun, and also possession of a firearm without a certificate, namely a double-barrelled shotgun. They were convicted following a nine-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court. The remaining three, had already been convicted of offences following trial. All five defendants will appear for sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court on 5 April 2019. This follows reports by members of the public of gunshots heard in the Oldknow Street area of Hyson Green at around 8pm on 21 August 2018. No-one was injured during the incident.

Over the last two weeks we have seen a series of burglaries in and around the Ilkeston Road area. The burglaries are currently being investigated by detectives on our CID team with their enquiries continuing. They are looking into CCTV, house to house and forensic enquiries to try and identify an offender. Overall, compared with the previous two weeks burglary has reduced by 20%.

We have charged a male on 28/02/2019 with persistently making use of a public telecommunications network which put simply means persistently contacting the police with false information which put officers and the community at risk when we are responding to these calls. This charge is a brilliant result which shows we will not tolerate inappropriate use of the police service which means officers are free for genuine 999 and 101 calls to keep the community safe.

Over the last two weeks our beat team have seen an increase in the number of burglaries.  Unfortunately they’re spread over New Lenton, University Park, QMC beat and Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey.  Officers will carry out regular burglary operations in the area using officers from other areas.  Officers continue to patrol and our CID burglary team continue to investigate.

Unfortunately on 02/03/2019 we had a Robbery occur outside NEMS on Derby Road where offenders have been arrested.

I have sent out a neighbourhood Alert which I will do regularly giving crime figures and updates on police activities in our area.  The update was well received by residents who replied to it and I will continue to do this twice a monthly.  Please ask residents to sign up to https://www.nottinghamshirealert.co.uk

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This month saw officers from the Berridge Ward, PC 4343 Binnie and our School Early Intervention Officer, PC 2743 Taylor attend Claremont School and undertaken engagement work with the pupils. In the Arboretum ward, a Hungarian fancy dress festival took place at the Vine Community Centre,  which was attended by the local PCSO 8187 Oram and CPO 4631. This is a celebration that sees everyone wear fancy dress, the officers were very excited to see one child dressed as a Police officer and her younger brother being the burglar!  At both events everyone was invited to look around Police vehicles and view much of the equipment used by front line officers as well as being able to ask questions of the officers.