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Inspector Christine Busuttil blog: September 2019

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Crime overview

In August City North Shows an all crime decrease compared with the month before.

Main features are:-

An increase in:-

Burglary dwellings +3 there are no patterns or particular beat areas being targeted. 

Commercial burglary has now evened out so hopefully we will see a decrease in this next month. 

Theft from motor vehicle + 5, again all areas targeted and has been a mix of vans being targeted, number plates being removed and other items such as wing mirrors being removed. 

Theft of motor vehicle + 4 with no pattern. 

Decreases in:-

Arson and damage down by 8 which is pleasing as this was up last month. 

Some excellent decreases in ASB which will hopefully continue as the summer holidays come to an end. -9.

Robbery -5

Theft – 8

My main concern is the appeal below where females are being approached by an Asian male in Sherwood.


APPEAL: Have you been approached in Sherwood?

We have received three reports of women in Sherwood being followed and approached by a man.

The incidents are reported to have happened on Sherwood Vale, Chestnut Walk and Mansfield Road between Monday 26 and Wednesday 28 August 2019.

The reports have given different physical descriptions, with two describing an Asian man and the other a white man. 

Christine Busuttil, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Sherwood, said: “We have increased patrols in the area to reassure the community and will investigate these reports thoroughly. If you witness any strange or unusual behaviour, please report it to us so that we can continue our work to keep Sherwood safe.”

If you have any information about these incidents, you should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

Priorities over last month:-

• Ongoing issue with Begging, predominantly outside Lidl COCR


Meeting held 26/07. Plan agreed with CP and NDO’s. 

Dates to be arranged in August for positive days of action. 


CPO leader R KOONER and Pc Johnson have visited Lidl, CO OP and other retail outlets in the Carrington area, and discussed the issues of begging and ASB. 

Part of this meeting has involved the store managers being advised on their responsibilities around dealing with beggars.

Two days of action were planned for August between police and community protection unfortunately we had to scale the staff down due to other more pressing commitments elsewhere. 

A Further Review meeting for partners took place on 28th August to discuss how to best tackle the issue.  

October 10th – Councillors have arranged a public themed meeting ( begging ), at St Johns Church. Police and partners will be attending. 

• Patrols around Knife crime and serious violence top Valley

Increased Patrols by neighbourhood policing team, response and the knife crime team have been carried out on Beckhampton road, Elmbridge Shops as well as Erewash Gardens, and Bardsey gardens following the recent firearms discharge there.

11 stop searches in the area.   

1 male has been charged with possession of a kraft knife.

Throughout the whole of August we have had a lot of presence in city North from the knife crime team alone, they have been crossing borders in to neighbouring areas achieving some great results removing a significant amount of knives from our streets along with person and vehicle checks resulting in drugs and vehicles being seized. 

Due to the above I am pleased to say that knife crime has reduced in city north.

  • Newmarket road, drug taking. 

Update – area patrolled by Neighbourhood policing team, response and the knife crime team. 

2 stop searches completed. 

Knife incident reported and being investigated by response. 

No new reports of drug dealing in location.


7th September Fun on the forest 12-4pm Bulwell Forest rec Hucknall road. 

23rd September Dog Chipping 9:30am Woodthorpe Park

Good News 

 PC Matthew Johnson and PCSO Nathan Duffus attended the Sherwood, Carrington and Mapperley Park Neighbourhood Watch Spirit of Sherwood & Carrington Awards on 23rd July. These Awards are held every year and celebrate the great community in the area. 

PCSO Laura Cooper was voted PCSO of the year in a poll in which over 2,000 people took part, PCSO Nathan Duffus was also nominated whilst PC Matt Johnson presented an Award. 

Eight shotguns, a silencer, a crossbow and a spear gun are among the items handed in to Nottinghamshire Police during a two-week Firearms Surrender.

Two men have been jailed in connection with a burglary at a Sherwood pub.

Mark Carter, 37, of Columbia Street, Huthwaite, was locked up for four years after pleading guilty to burglary, threatening with a sledgehammer, criminal damage, possessing a prohibited weapon and breaching a suspended prison sentence.

Keith Collison, 50, of Beck Crescent, Mansfield, was jailed for three years and two months after admitting charges of burglary, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance. He was also handed a driving ban for six years and two months.

A third offender, Lee Carter, 33, of Columbia Street, Huthwaite, was given a two-year community order after pleading guilty to burglary. He was also given a nine-month drug rehabilitation requirement and 15 rehabilitation activity days.

The trio appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing Wednesday 31 July 2019 in relation to a burglary at The Samuel Hall pub in Mansfield Road, Sherwood, during the early hours of 19 February 2019.

A male has been arrested in connection with a burglary in Glenorchy Crescent in Rise Park I do not have any further detail at this point. 

OP Reacher 

Operation Reacher organised a first aid day at Bestwood Community Church on Thursday 15 August 2019 for children aged six to 13.

This session was promoted through the Bestwood and Top Valley Police Facebook page. This page, which now has nearly 4,000 followers, was vital in reaching a wider audience. 

Detective Sergeant Marcus Oldroyd said: “Following an initial session a few months ago this is the second first aid awareness session we have put on for the kids in Bestwood.

“Watching their little faces of joy upon receiving their certificates is so rewarding. This is not only about equipping the children with vital life skills, it is also about positive engagement and building trusting relationships with their parents too.”

Feedback has shown how popular it is amongst the children; it also provides a platform for parents to share their concerns with regard to crime and anti-social behaviour on the estate.

Detective Superintendent Michael Allen added: “Reacher uses all four strands of the ‘Prepare, Prevent, Protect and Pursue’ spectrum in support of sustained OCG disruption. 

“Whilst enforcement is a key part of how the team operate, commonly taking doors off hinges in pursuit of drug dealers and denying these criminals the use of the roads, it is only one part of the strategy to which they work.

“Reacher organises community events such as these on a regular basis and they are central to showing children the human side of policing and fundamentally the right path in life.”

 Knife crime team update 

Results included 2 arrests, 3 weapons seized, 18 stop searches, 5 drug seizures, 5 RFS and 3 vehicle seizures.

The Neighbourhood team have responded to various complaints of speeding in the area and conducted a Speed OP on 20th August in the below locations where 9 traffic offence reports have been issued. 

4 on Bestwood Road (30mph) ranging from 37mph – 43mph

5 on Hoewood Road (20mph) ranging from 36mph – 40mph

Due to the positive response we received from local residents we will try and arrange another OP in the near future.