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Inspector Christine Busuttil Blog: March 2020

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The last 2 weeks have shown an increase in crimes on City North amounting to +55 which is quite a jump compared to previous updates.

Violence with injury has decreased by 10 which is good news after the slight increase last month.

House burglary is down by 3 offences but towards the end of February we did have 4 distraction breaks where a male has entered properties under false pretences with the intention of stealing, this has occurred in the Bulwell and Bulwell forest ward. I am not aware of any recent attempts.

Theft other has increased by 11 offences from 9; offences are either known offenders or where items have been left unattended

Theft of motor vehicle has increased by 6 with vans of various types being stolen such as delivery van, camper van and vans in general.

Unfortunately we have seen 2 separate spikes of cars being damaged again which seem to be a sporadic problem in different locations. This time it was in Bestwood and Bulwell ward but remain unconnected.

City North priorities – Jan – Mar 2020

Criminal damage and Anti-social behaviour (ASB)

Since the introduction of the new priority for City North of reducing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

The good news is that overall there has been a -15% reduction ASB from 140 incidents to 119.

Bestwood (+6%), Sherwood (-26%), Bulwell Forest (-62%) and Bulwell (+10%)

There haven’t been any particular hotspots apart from Bulwell. Most of the ASB has occurred around Bulwell Tesco Extra which mainly involved youth’s congregating at Tesco and cars causing nuisance in around the car park. 

  • The beat teams took action by patrolling the areas at the times the ASB was occurring.
  • We worked closely with a school behavioural specialist to identify the young people and they were reminded that they were representative of their schools and it could lead to exclusions and other punishments.
  • Other youths that where linked to ASB had home visits by the police and other partner agencies that such behaviour would not be tolerated and could lead to tenancy action if the parents did not help to curb the ASB.
  • Vehicle owners causing ASB with the threat of section 59 notices (the vehicle can be confiscated). Thankfully this had the desired effect. 
  • We have worked closely with Community Protection Officers and a number of fines have been issued re littering.
  • Working with the council cameras have been installed near Rufford Walk to reduce ASB, two cameras have been placed near Blenheim Industrial to reduce ASB.

Criminal damage

  • Extra patrols have taken place in all identified hotspot areas.
  • Persons who were suspected to be involved have had home visits.
  • We will continue to monitor any further incidents and work with our partners to ensure we deal with mindless vandalism in a timely manner. 

Please note the link below to help direct you to the relevant department quickly should you be suffering antisocial behaviour.

We encourage people to report ASB by calling 101, council 01159152020 or via the council website http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/reportantisocial

Update for February

ASB

Since the introduction of the new priority for City North of reducing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) the overall trend for ASB is on a downward spiral. January compared to February there has been a decline of 23% in ASB.

Bestwood (+16.7 %), Sherwood (-31.3%), Bulwell Forest (15.4%) and Bulwell (-39.3%)

There haven’t been any particular hotspots apart from Bulwell. Most of the ASB has occurred around Bulwell Tesco Extra (9) which mainly involved youth’s congregating at Tesco and cars causing nuisance in around the car park and then Morrisons (4)

  • The beat teams took action by patrolling the areas at the times the ASB was occurring. We are still working closely with a school behavioural specialist to identify the young people who are causing ASB
  • Vehicle owners causing ASB have been issued with section 59 notices (the vehicle can be confiscated). The issuing of the notices has caused the vehicle related ASB to subside.
  • We have worked closely with Community Protection Officers and a number of fines have been issued re littering.
  • The police conducted an operation against cars 50-60 cars which gathered at Morrisons ,the operation was a success and there were no reports of ASB.
  • We encourage people to report ASB by calling 101, council 01159152020 or via the council website http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/reportantisocial

Criminal damage 

Since the last monthly update I am pleased to say we have seen a reduction in criminal damage across the whole of city north and currently have 55 offences for February compared with 74 for the same period last year. This is an overall reduction of 23%

When we look at the crime statistics in a little more detail we have seen a 8% reduction in reports for Bestwood ward with 21 offences recorded, Bulwell forest is showing a 12.5% reduction with 7 offences recorded, Bulwell is showing a healthy reduction of 42% down to 20 offences recorded and Sherwood is showing a slight increase of 1 offence up to 8 reports which is an increase of 14%.

Whilst the current reports of criminal damage are spread out across the wards- there are no identified open spaces or repeat locations. However your local policing team’s are still patrolling across the wards. This work will continue over the next few months from your local neighbourhood policing team and with our partners at Nottingham City Council and also Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue so we can jointly continue to make the community a safer place to live and work.

Since the last update I am pleased to say that we have launched mini police at Southglade primary school and now have 2 on city north and currently have 2 police cadets running and a 3rd is due to be launched in Bestwood early April 2020

Good News

OP Scorpion – knife crime initiative results for last month

Arrests 2Stop Search 4Weapons seized 6Drugs seized 1Vehicle Seizures 3

Above is the results of OP Scorpion during February once again another good month with some excellent results using different tactics such as ANPR car and the knife arch.

On the 21st Feb we conducted a knife arch Operation at the tram stop and at KFC as a publicity opportunity to educate members of the public to the dangers of carrying knives, this was well received by all and we hope to conduct more in the future at different locations. Unfortunately on this occasion the wind spent most of the time trying to blow it away

A man has been charged and remanded after an attempted robbery in Nottingham.

Adam Walker, (25) of Wells Gardens, Nottingham is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court this morning (12/02/2020).  

These charges relate to an incident on Mansfield Road on 12 October 2019 at around 6am where a man was threatened at an ATM and threatened another man inside a Post Office minutes later.

No money was stolen at either incident.

Detective Constable Natasha Ullyatt from Nottinghamshire Police's dedicated robbery team said: "I'd like to thank the victims involved who have been very patient throughout the lengthy investigation."Nottinghamshire Police treats robberies extremely seriously and we have a dedicated Robbery Team which is continuing to target offenders."The team are assigned to dealing with the most serious robbery offences, most of which involve knives being used to threaten or harm people."

We executed 2 warrants last week in the Bulwell and Bulwell forest wards both resulted in some good drug seizures and 3 suspects being interviewed.

Engagement

On Wednesday 26th February The Bulwell St Marys Mini Police had a tram ride into the City Centre to visit the National Justice Museum. They had a 2 hour presentation which focussed on the themes of choices and consequences of carrying a knife, joint enterprise and staying safe in the Community. They also watched a short film clip in relation to Ben KINSELLA who was tragically murdered in London in June 2008 aged just 16 years old. This really brought home to the children the devastation caused by knife crime and how it effects not just the family of the victims but also friends and the wider community. #livesnotknives #nottinghamshireminipolice #besafe #partnershipworking

We had the Southglade primary mini police programme launch on the 27th with yr 5s, they’ll learn about road safety, assist with litter picks and visit the National Justice Museum.

This was very successful as it is in other parts of the city and gives young children the chance to meet the police in a fun learning environment.

Op Sceptre

This month we have OP Sceptre which is a national initiative to help reduce the carrying and use of knives on our streets, City North along with our partners will be involved in a variety of activities between the 23rd and the 29th March such as knife crime input it various educational establishments, visits to persons who have previously been involved in knife carrying and high visibility patrols of open spaces.

We will have a knife bin at both Bulwell and Oxclose police station for members of public to hand in any offensive weapons of any type with no questions asked, these alone are very successful and we thank everyone who takes advantage of this to help rid our streets of knives   

Op Reacher now have an instagram account which can be found at:- @reacher_police

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