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Inspector Riz Khan's Blog: May 2019

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Together with partners we have updated our Neighbourhood priorities for our area. You can find your priorities on this page and further details of what we will do to tackle these issues.

Although recorded crime has risen over a rolling 12 month period, in the last month overall crime has fallen by 14 offences which is a reduction of nearly 26%. We have seen reductions in Robbery and Vehicle crime and a steady change in Residential Burglary. This is of course very good news and demonstrates that the work undertaken by us and our partners is targeted in the right areas. Nevertheless, we will continue this work to reduce crime further paying particular attention to the two identified Crime Priorities:-

1. Residential Burglary and

2. Street Offences and Violence

3. Vehicle offences

Following meetings with our partners, we are also working alongside those partners to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) on several fronts, namely:

1. Begging 

2. People being drunk or rowdy in public places

3. Rubbish and Littering

4. Noisy neighbours or loud parties

These issues will be tackled by joint partnership working.

Significant arrests and Court Results

The Street Offences team have been working a mixture of day shifts and afternoon shifts concentrating on Operation Lumination and Operation Napp. The team have been conducting high visibility patrols in areas where burglary has been identified as a factor as well as those areas highlighted under Operation Lumination. The team have conducted a number of targeted arrests where those individuals have posed a risk to the public such as burglary and knife crime offenders, as well as conducting a number of stop and searches. The team have made a total of 11 arrests in the month of April, the offences range from burglary to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm to possession of drugs and possession of weapons. As a result of the proactive work of the street offences team a number of vehicles have been seized and their drivers prosecuted for the relevant road traffic offences. As a result of the stop and searches carried out there have been multiple seizures of controlled drugs, illicit tobacco and weapons including knives and a knuckle duster.

A 28 year old male residing in the Arboretum area, has been jailed for two years and nice months for drug and knife offences. A hunting knife in a sheath was recovered from him during the incident in the Sneinton Market area from last year. He was also found in possession of a knife after officers stopped a car in the area after receiving intelligence that a knife had been passed to the occupants of the car. This male was the driver and the knife was in the boot when officers searched the vehicle at around 9.15pm. Officers also recovered just over 24g of cannabis, digital weighing scales, a mobile phone and £1,700 in cash when they carried out a search warrant at his former home.

He admitted possession of a bladed article in relation to both knife incidents at a previous court hearing, and was given credit by the judge for his early pleads.  He had previously denied possession with intent to supply cannabis but entered a last-minute guilty plea as he was due to stand trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

A 70 year old male has been found guilty of two counts of Racially-Aggravated criminal damage at a Hyson Green Mosque.

He, initially pleaded not guilty in connection with two incidents at the Jamia Islamia Mosque in Hubert Street. However, following a trial, the magistrates found him guilty of both counts. This male, who was caught on CCTV spitting on the front door of the mosque on 16 and 22 December 2018, was given a one-year community order and was fined £200 when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Two men and two women have been locked up for a combined total of more than 24 years in connection with a firearm discharge in Hyson Green that occurred on August 21st 2018. No one was injured during. All five defendants were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday 5 April 2019. Details can be found on our website.

Engagements

Beat team officers attended the Vaisakhi Parade in April, the parade met at the Forest Recreation Ground before ending with ‘Sikhs in the Square’ and saw all communities joining in the celebration including music and food, and it provided a really good opportunity for our officers to engage with everyone attending.

Our Citizens in Policing Team are working across the Force. Locally they will be bringing in the Mini Police, which will be coming to local primary schools (already selected) as well as starting a Police Cadet base in Hyson Green.

Officers will also be supporting all our communities during May when Ramadan starts on 5th May 2019. Officers will be patrolling to keep everyone safe and ensure reassurance is provided to make Ramadan a safe month for everyone.