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Inspector Heather Sutton's blog: September 2019

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Hi Everyone,

As part of our ongoing effort to keep the public informed, I did a video blog on the 1st of August. This was well received and I plan to alternate written and video blogs in the coming months (they have previously all been written). They are published on our facebook pages and I encourage you to share theses from your own platforms.

W/C 16th September is national knife crime awareness week and we will be undertaking a schedule of activity in response to this. We will have knife amnesty bins at Newark and Ollerton Police Station, and for the first time at Newark and Sherwood District Council, Castle House. They force knife crime team have been deployed to Newark Town Centre for the first time this week. They are a team of officer in plain clothes looking to detect knife crime offenders. They have been provided an intelligence brief by our neighbourhood teams. I have no predications and am interested to see what they will find. I do hope that they look really hard, and find nothing, which would confirm my assessment that Newark remains a low risk area for knife crime. It is a reassuring exercise to ‘turn over the stone’ and see what we find. A male responsible for four burglaries in Newark has been arrested for other matters and remanded, out of our force area. Whilst that might be problem solved, our CID team will be visiting him in prison and brining him to justice for our victims. The Neighbourhood watch scheme is still going well and they have recently re vamped their website. They are very keen to share good news stories, so if you have any (I’m sure we have plenty with our 41 schemes!) please do send them in and lets promote the good work of the community. https://www.nottswatch.co.uk/blog.

Our wildlife officer, PC Nicholls recently interviewed a teenager in relation to killing a pigeon.  He admitted the offence fully and completely regrets his actions.  He is pending intervention by the Youth Justice Scheme. This is one of the many wildlife offences that we have dealt with recently and we continue to take a robust approach on the matter.

As a result of complaints of anti-social behaviour associated with consuming alcohol in a public place, the five people have been issued CPWN. Part of the notice requires them to positive engage with support agencies. We have continued to run a number of Youth Diversionary Activities day in the Newark area, theses have included climbing wall, Graffiti artist and Virtual reality Boxing equipment. The events were advertised on Social media and there was good attendance. 

Over the last month we have attended a number of public events, including the European Juggling Convention on 4th August.  The team attended to engage and they were well photographed, everyone was well behaved and it was a great atmosphere. Officers also attended the Battle of Britain parade, which again was a positive engagement event.

One of our beat managers, PC Harry Shaw has undertaken the drone pilot role and is currently in the process of obtaining his licence. He’s given some really good feedback about how this asset can be used on our area and we are looking forward to the first few deployments.

On the 26th and 27th July 2019 there was a spike in ASB in and around the Skatepark in Ollerton. On both nights we had several reports of children throwing stones and rubbish in to the gardens on Davy Close. Alcohol was taken from several children in the park and unfortunately one child was arrested for a public order offence. We are also monitoring the issue of groups of young people gathering behind the Spar shop on Forest Road. We will continue to prioritise patrols in the area and deal with children concerned. We are hoping that the child arrested will work with our Youth Offending Team and learn the value of not shouting and swearing at Police Sergeants!  We have to say that the majority of kids using the park and gathering in the village are law abiding and respectful but a small number of children appear more than willing to  try and spoil it for everyone else. We have placed updates to the situation on our Facebook page. I’m happy to report that the problems I have previously highlighted around the other main parks across the area have reduced considerably.

Southwell Speed Watch group have been out a couple of times and have issued 12 letters regarding speeding.

On the 25th the Sherwood Beat Team and our Neighbourhood Support Unit executed a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant at an address on Wycar Road, Bilsthorpe. The address, its residents and visitors are under scrutiny in relation to ASB on the road. A quantity of cannabis was recovered and 3 residents and one regular visitor were issued CPN Warnings by N&SDC ASB Team and officers. The possession of drugs will be dealt with in due course.    

Believe it or not, we are currently dusting off our Halloween and Christmas plans! Look after each otherHeather