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Inspector Neil Bellamy's Blog: March 2020

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I hope this Blog finds you well while hopefully not being too affected by the Lockdown.

It is fair to say that March has presented some unique challenges, and for that matter continues to do so, as we deal with the issues generated by the Pandemic of Coronavirus and the Covid-19 results.

The Police Service continues to provide the underpinning normal service to the public at large as well as taking on rather different responsibilities created by the Governments enacting into Law the responses to the Pandemic.

Neighbourhood Officers have been at the forefront of the visible Policing response and when speaking to people have endeavoured to:• Reiterate that we are dealing with a national health emergency• Reinforce the importance of complying with these new measures• Strongly encourage people to adhere to them at all times• Reinforce that the measures are there to protect our country and in particular the vulnerable• And that the measures will help prevent the spread of the virus in our communities

This deployment seeks to reinforce, and inform where necessary, the direction of HM Government re the ban on public gatherings. The aim of the ban is to maintain the health of the nation. 

However, any flagrant disregard for Officers directions, and in particular disregard for their Health & Safety, such as spitting or coughing directly at Officers, will not be tolerated, and in such extreme and unexpected circumstances, offenders will be arrested.

Each incident reported or found will be dealt with on its own merits in a balanced manner.

The situation does bring a large amount of work for the Police in planning for unknown eventualities. We have daily updates for the whole force from the Chief Constable and his senior management team around this situation.We have recently had large demands on our force control room from members of the public asking questions about the restrictions being brought in by the Government. We have given advice around this demand out on social media and have seen a reduction in that type of call.If you have a non-crime related enquiry that is Police related please have a look at our advice page, where you may find the information you need instead of ringing 101.

https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice

We would encourage everyone to follow the government advice and also be mindful that there are some unscrupulous people out there that will develop various scams. Please be careful of this when receiving emails, texts etc.

So some updates from Bassetlaw  - despite the current challenges around Covid-19 our Officers and Staff on the Worksop North Beat Team has been out and about conducting business as usual.  It’s great to see that the majority of our public are being sensible following the advice of the Government and Medical professionals.  Rest assured that we are doing our best to engage with those out and about and encourage sensible behaviour as per the guidelines.

In support of our colleagues working in the Health sector the whole of the West Bassetlaw Beat team attended the Bassetlaw District General Hospital on Thursday evening.  We all then joined in the ‘clap for NHS’ to show our appreciation.  This was extremely well received and can be seen on our Facebook page.

Our PCSO’s have joined in helping with delivering essential provisions to the elderly and vulnerable people of Worksop.  The volunteers have been doing a great job and it’s great to be able to pull together and support them where we can.Whilst out and about PC Storor has been relentlessly targeting those taking drugs and driving.  So far this year PC Storor has had over 10 drivers test positive for having drugs in their system and many will subsequently be banned from driving for a significant period of time. 

Our Officers will continue to proactively Police the local hotspots and target those who commit crime.

Conscious that we need to offer reassurance as an Emergency Service at this worrying time, the South Team have been supporting the Governments stay at home policy by high visibility foot patrols in the Town Centre, engaging with the public, directing them appropriately and getting involved in assisting the community by helping deliver food parcels from local food banks to vulnerable residents.Away from the Town Centre we have also conducted over 150 vehicle checks in the local area ensuring that the local residents get the message that essential travel only is permitted.Normal operations have also been maintained with some good arrests, particularly Simon Stocken receiving 20 weeks custodial sentence for numerous shop thefts and Emil Vintila arrested recently for failing to attend court in Sept 2019.We continue to support the local council, providing information to assist with Community Behaviour Orders (CBOs) and subsequent breaches. Local residents Jordan Shaw received a 12 week custodial for breaching and Jamie Bradford has had a CBO issued.  To help deter Shop theft and break-in’s officers in plain clothes have been conducting patrols in the Town centre and more are planned.

On East Bassetlaw the Team remain busy dealing with those people who continue to carry on their business as usual!A man has been arrested after a large cannabis grow was found in an address in Bircotes.  Response and Neighbourhood Policing Officers made the discovery of more than 100 plants at a property in Scrooby Road at around 11.30pm on Wednesday 4th March 2020 after responding to a report.  The 30-year-old man was arrested at the scene and has been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

On 8th March a Gainsborough male, Ben HODGE, who was wanted by the Police failed to stop his vehicle for officers at Sturton Le Steeple. The team located and seized his vehicle the following day, however, we were determined to locate and arrest him.Our hard work paid off when we located HODGE in Retford a couple of days later.Unfortunately for HODGE he was also in possession of controlled drugs which he fully intended to supply.HODGE was subsequently charged with 17 offences and remanded into custody, great result.

Together with our response colleagues, the team arrested a male and female from Harworth for failing to attend court on two separate occasions.  The Male was subsequently put on bail with conditions not to associate with another male with a curfew.  The female was subsequently remanded until 24th March 2020 where she was then bailed with electronic tag and a court trial date has been set for 18th June 2020.Swift actions by Response and Neighbourhood Police teams led to the arrest of a male for Robbery and assault of two vulnerable individuals in Retford on the 4th April. The male has been bailed with conditions which we will actively Police.

The public can be reassured that whilst we are providing visibility patrols during this lockdown period, we continue to take positive action against those who continue to commit crime.