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Inspector Heather Sutton's blog: July 2019

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Hi everyone, Our officers, along with NSDC ASB officers started this month on the front foot by securing a CBO against Shamus Doyle, 29 year old who has an extensive record around public nuisance in the town centre. This CBO is for 5 years, a significant period. Better still, the CBO won’t start until he has served his 2 years and 3months prison sentence for various acquisitive crime and weapon offences. I think our beat manager will notice the void he leaves!

Whilst burglary stats continue to show a reduction (year to date)  the hard work continues for our Burglary Team:Anthony Doyle, 33yo of NFA arrested on scene, charged and remanded for attempted burglary at Newark Antiques Centre, thanks to the quick actions of our response night shift. He was also wanted for shop thefts. A male was arrested for a burglary on Upton Road, Southwell from February 2018. The male has been bailed pending further investigation.

You may have seen the Police Underwater Search Team in Newark, they were searching the river for evidence in relation to a serious offence on our area, yet another example of how it really isn’t ‘just’ Newark Police and we are well supported by force assets when required. We have about 41 active Neighbourhood Watch Groups across the district and really value the work they do. If you don’t have an active group in your area, can I please ask you consider setting one up: https://www.nottswatch.co.uk/ This can often lead to speed watch groups, or nominated neighbourhood schemes, depending on the needs of your community.

It became apparent to me during a meeting last week that some members of the community don’t know who their beat team are; this really shouldn’t be the case. Even the smaller villages who don’t often require the police should still know who to contact, should there ever be the need. Always call 999 in the case of an emergency or 101 to report an incident, but your beat team are the people who look after your area long term, address ongoing issues and offer you advice.  Please visit https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/neighbourhoods where there is an interactive map to locate your area, the beat officers names and numbers are up to date. If you are still struggling please contact Sgt Tony Hall on tony.hall1@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk for Sherwood areas or Sgt Mike Taylor mike.taylor@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk for Newark areas.

Two public engagement events have been held in Newark Market Place over the last month with some of our partners.On Saturday, 29TH June, Neighbourhoods Staff teamed up with our Newark and Sherwood District Council colleagues as part of their Greener, Cleaner, Safer campaign for a public safety event. This included an opportunity for members of the public to have their pedal cycles marked using the new Bike Register scheme that we have adopted. This is a national scheme under which bikes are marked and registered so that they can be easily identified if lost or stolen. Best of all it is free! Bike marking is always a popular activity with the public and we offer regular events of this nature- keep an eye on our facebook pages for the next event. Modern Slavery is a key area for Nottinghamshire Police and many of our partners, although it is still very much a ‘behind closed doors’ type of offence. Certain business types have a vulnerability to these types of offences. On Thursday, 27th June, staff from our Neighbourhoods team ran a joint operation with Immigration, HMRC and our Foreign National Offenders team to visit some of these businesses. This was a fact finding and intelligence gathering operation and not one that we have publicised the detail of as there are certain sensitivities surrounding it. Whilst there is no intelligence to suggest these activities are occurring in Newark it demonstrates that we will take a proactive approach to identifying and supporting the most vulnerable amongst our local communities.On 28th June we concentrated high visibility patrols and engagement in Rainworth and Blidworth. Nearly 40 vehicle checks were conducted and numerous engagements undertaken including supporting schools at going home time! Nice to see so many smiling faces as we walked the beat, but it was disappointing to see the amount of litter on the floor in the Rainworth skate park at the end of the day.   On 30th June together with prison staff and members of our prison liaison and roads crime team a day of action was held at Lowdham prison as part of our response against the rise in knife crime. 3 cannabis warnings were issued and drugs and paraphernalia seized. 1 extendable baton and a cutthroat razor were also seized. The disused car park in Kirton is beginning to be used by youths congregating in vehicles. Litter is being dropped and nitrous oxide canisters are being found. We have commenced patrols and began to identify the vehicles and people involved.  Please report incidents to the beat team to develop our intelligence. The Marriot play park at Blidworth has recently seen an increase in youths congregating and we have complaints of poor driving standards on the private road leading to the park. We are increasing patrols as a result and have details of two vehicles to start our interventions.An 11 year old child has been interviewed in relation to 8 Criminal Damage offences to parked vehicles on Forest Road, Clipstone committed on 16th June. He has admitted all the offences and will be referred to our Youth Offending Team to consider what work can be done with him to prevent further offending.

As the warm weather continues can I encourage you to make contact with your beat team or the Newark & Sherwood ASB team to report any increasing ASB concerns so we can nip it in the bud as we enter the school summer holiday period.