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Inspector Riz Khan's Blog: July 2019

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Street Offences Team

The Street Offences Team (SOT) are a practive team set up and have now been in place for the last year working on Op Lumination. They have made over 215 arrests in this time for a variety of offences as well as seizing 77 cars, due to no licence, no insurance or no road tax. This month has seen the team continue to concentrate patrols in the Hyson Green area. Sixteen stop searches have been conducted by the team and weapons and drugs have been seized resulting in persons being charged and summoned to court. 

On Friday 15 June, the SOT attempted to stop a vehicle on Bridlington Street in Radford. Upon seeing police the vehicle made off but was pursued by officers on foot attempting to stop the vehicle. During the incident a police officer was almost struck by the vehicle as the driver attempted to escape, however fortunately the officer was able to avoid serious injury.

The driver was shortly after arrested and a large amount of illegal drugs were recovered from the vehicle. The male was arrested on suspicion of several driving offences including no licence or insurance, Possession with Intent to Supply and Attempt GBH. The investigation is on-going.Amongst the various incidents attended by the SOT, officers had cause to stop a vehicle on Hartley Road in Radford on 18th June suspecting the vehicle was being driven without insurance. While speaking to the driver it was soon discovered that the driver was disqualified from driving in the UK and was driving without insurance and was arrested for those offences. The same male was again seen on 24 June 2019 driving and again arrested. He has been charged with the driving offences and was remanded in custody for a court appearance the following day. Both vehicles were seized.

Crime Trends

Due to the end of term and also the warmer weather we have seen a number of reported burglaries. We continue to investigate, make arrests and provide advice to residents and business. Why not take this opportunity to review your homes security and remember not to advise on social media if you are planning to go away over the summer months. Most important to remember is shut windows and doors and lock up!

We have seen several thefts of Catalytic Converters in the area and on specific makes of cars, and whilst two arrests have been made there is still a risk that you could be targeted. They can be very easy to steal, but very expensive to replace. If yours is stolen then you will notice this as your engine will sound different. Catalytic converters control and convert exhaust emissions from your vehicle into less toxic substances.

We have seen an increase in theft of and from cars in the Park, Sherwood and Hyson Green areas, follow us on our Facebook pages (@canningpolice and arboretumpolice) and Twitter @RadfordRdCops and also see our website https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention

Significant Arrests

In early June, there were several robberies at University Park area, the Forces dedicated Robbery Team have been leading the investigations whilst my beat and Street offence Teams have been conducting plain and uniform patrols in the area to deter further offences. Additional, Op Scorpion patrols around tackling knife crime have been undertaken on the area by the officers from across the response, beat and Street offences team. Intelligence lead patrols and searches have been conducted. on the 22nd June a 17 year old boy was identified as one of 4 offenders and was charged with Robbery.

On 26th June, a second 17-year old boy has now been charged in connection with the robbery at the University of Nottingham campus, which happened on Monday 17 June 2019. The boy was arrested on suspicion of two counts of robbery, two counts of wounding with intent, possession of a bladed article and fraud.

Earlier in June, two teenagers, a 17-year old and an 18-year old, have been charged with attempted robbery after an incident in Beeston Road, Nottingham which occurred on Friday 24 May 2019.Nottinghamshire Police were called after a man was approached by three people, two of whom attempted to rob him using a knife. The man, who was not injured, ran away and nothing was taken from him. A 17-year old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and 18-year old, were charged in connection with the offence. As a result of the investigation, the 18 year old,  was arrested in connection with a separate incident and was subsequently charged with possession of class-B drugs.

Court results

A man has been locked up after admitting to burgling a house in Radford while the occupants were asleep.

Paul Shaw, 39, of no fixed address, was jailed for a total of two years and six months when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on the 17th June. Shaw entered a property in Waverley Street during the early hours of 2 January 2019 before stealing a television, an Apple TV box and a bank card.  He subsequently used the card at two city centre stores.

One of the occupants woke up and saw a message on his phone from his bank asking if he’d used his card earlier that morning? The victim then discovered his card and the television had been taken. Shaw was caught on CCTV walking up the driveway of the house and then leaving with property under his arm and also when he used the stolen card in one of the stores.

Shaw was also ordered to serve four months in prison, to be served concurrently, after stealing a CCTV monitor and three cameras from Corr’s Jerk Spot in Lenton Boulevard, on 4 January 2019, and was handed a one-month concurrent sentence for two fraud charges and a further one-month sentence, to be served concurrently, for possession of a Class A drug.

Three teenagers have been found guilty of the murder of 20-year-old Esrom Ghide in Hyson Green after the court case concluded on 24th June 2019. Mr Ghide was attacked by a group of young people in Hawksley Road at around 5.40pm on Wednesday 5 September 2018. He had been persistently goaded into a fight, despite his reluctance, after one of them tried to snatch a cigarette from him.

The 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted following a six-week trial at Nottingham Crown Court. Two other boys, aged 17 and 15, were acquitted. Following the guilty verdicts, the defendants were remanded in custody to return to Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Monday 29 July.

Engagements In June 

Worshippers at Masjid Umar Mosque in Alfreton Road were knocked for six when they received a surprise visit from Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 Cricket team after the Team celebrated Eid after beating England at Trent Bridge the day before. Nottinghamshire Police officers PC Bruce Rainford and PCSO Phillip Taylor engaged with the team and the local community during their surprise visit.

Nottinghamshire Police's newest officers met the local community in Hyson Green, at the Take 1 Studios on Gregory Boulevard at the end of May, as part of their training and the need of effective community engagement. Gumit Kaur the force's Community Cohesion Coordinator in partnership with Steve Russell from the Community Protection Team delivered a workshop to the new recruits. The afternoon was the opportunity to engage directly with members of the community who have experienced poor policing. They were keen to give advice on how to improve relationships. It was good to see some of the new recruits going to take the opportunity to visit some of the organisations to get a deeper understanding of their community.

The 5th Hyson Green Cultural Festival took place on June 22nd at the Forest Recreation Ground. The Beat team enjoyed engaging with all members of the community that came along. Visitors came from near and far to join in the fun activities, listen to the music and speakers from across Nottingham. The team had some police hats and uniform for people to try on and this was a great way of engaging with everyone young and old and there were lots of photos taken.

Stepping Stone Nursery in the Arboretum, invited the Beat Team to the meet the children as part of their People Who Help Us Week. The children took a look around our van, as well as meeting PC Bobby the Bear who spoke to the children over the radio and of course trying on our uniform. Being approachable to young children is key to building the relationships with the community and it was a great opportunity to make sure the children know we are there to keep people safe first and foremost.

Lastly of note for Junes engagement, our School Early Intervention Officer (SEIO), arranged an Emergency Services Day at the Nottingham High School. Members of the Beat Team, including a Special Constable, Community Protection Officer and CSI officer joined the SIEO as well as three magistrates and the road safety team from Transport Nottingham conducting activities throughout for Year 7. There were lots of questions asked and we hope everyone found it really useful.