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Inspector Heather Sutton's blog: May 2019

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Hi everyone,

Following on from my last blog, residential burglaries were down by 31.6% in the first two weeks of April when compared to the previous two weeks (that’s 6 less burglaries). When comparing the last rolling 12 months, we are +19.2%. During my secondment at the HMIC I was taught to be extremely caution of raw stats, it’s important to understand why they are so. Over the last few months there have been a number of significant arrests:

Commercial burglary at Toymaster 14/04/19- two males arrested and released under investigation. Burglary at Yoke Drive 01/04/19 and driving offences- Male charged and remandedNon dwelling burglary at Meering Avenue, Newark 27/03/19 – Male arrested and released under investigation. Commercial burglary at Marks and Spencer’s 26/03/19 – male charged and remanded. Commercial burglary WH SMITHS, Newark 19/03/19- male arrested and released under investigation. Commercial Burglary at Toymaster 01/03/19-  male charged and remanded. Car key burglary on Walesby Lane, Ollerton- Male charged and remanded.

At approximately 2am on 22/04/2019 Newark response officers quickly attended and arrested three suspects following a call from a member of the public reporting them breaking into a dwelling garage.  One has been charged and two released under investigation.  

George Buck, Crabtree Road, Dunscroft, Doncaster appeared at court for the post officer break at Balderton, and received 7 years and four months. A decent sentence and a dent in the ‘team’ responsible for organised ATM breaks.

As you can see from the above, there are a number of different burglary offenders operating in our area and whilst the above will make a dent in the problem, it will continue to be a focus for us. I am acutely aware of the approaching summer and I am concerned we will naturally see more insecure property breaks.Crime prevention is key, please take a minute to read the attached guide about how to keep your home safe and share with your loved ones. https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/home.

We are still looking for an ID on some burglaries offender, please see the facebook pages to see if you recognise anyone.

The Newark Beat team and a whole host of agencies have held two youth engagement events in the Market Place as part of their diversion schemes to reduce the ABS in the town.  The first event wasn’t advertised, and instead the agencies personally invited some young people, whom we were very keen to engage with. The beat managers made a personal visit to collect one young man from his home address to invite him along. A number of them signed up to various other activity’s in the future and several comments such as “you guys are alright actually” were made! This is a big step in the right direction for longer problem solving.  The second event took place on Thursday 18th April and was open to all youth groups.  PC’s Nelson and Nicholls together with PCSO Rodda, were out in the Market Place with our brand new police van (only 40 miles on the clock!), and was a hit with children and families who got to experience sitting in a (very clean!) prisoner cage. Fire service also attended this activity with one of their Pumps and the Council brought a climbing wall that was a big success with attendees. A representative from Notts Forest FC was also on hand to talk about their youth programme.A good mix of ages and communities were represented at this activity, breaking down barriers and building new bridges, especially with youths previously involved in ASB behaviour in the Town, we hope to see this diversionary work pay off as the warm weather continues and through to our expected ASB spike in the summer. 

A few of the response officers at Ollerton have recently received PNC training and are making good use of the ANPR cameras we have had fitted in one of their cars. There have been multiple vehicle stops, which has resulted in driving offences being dealt with, intelligence submitted and in all, a growing enthusiasm for more proactive police work.