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Inspector Busuttil's Blog: May 2020

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Another big THANK YOU to the generosity of all who have given donations of food to the emergencies services and looked after those in need during these difficult times.

Crime overview

I’m going to generalise this month as crime stats are skewed by all sorts of factors so comparing to the “norm” would not give an accurate picture.

What I can say is crime is creeping up again compared to the beginning of the lockdown with offences such as criminal damage, shoplifting and theft of motor vehicle slowly increasing but not significantly enough to build patterns.

Out of six thefts of motor vehicles in the last two weeks, four have been motorbikes with only one being an unsuccessful attempt so if you know anyone with a motorbike of any size please pass this message on. This type of crime is not area specific. 

Burglary dwelling remains down as expected though we have suffered some despite the lockdown, but again no significant pattern.

Bulwell and Bestwood ward are the most affected by the increases whilst having a significant decrease in antisocial behaviour calls, which mainly relate to noise and breaches of the government guidelines.

Bulwell Forest and Sherwood remains quite steady overall and also with a significant decrease in antisocial behaviour.

City North priorities

Unprecedented times

Our next priority starting April in the City North area is going to focus very much on the current climate and keeping our communities safe during this unprecedented time.This will encompass a variety of topics such as:

  • Policing government guidelines
  • Potential increase in domestic abuse/violence
  • Helping with food supplies

These priorities have been locally identified through the Crime and Drugs Partnership respect survey along with the beat team itself in consultation with partner agencies. 

The Prevention of Crime and antisocial behaviour is a priority set out by the Police and Crime Commissioner as well as the Youth Commission Priorities to seek rehabilitation against re-offending.

These unprecedented times are inflicting the unknown upon us so we will remain in a position to react to any future evolving issues which fall under this umbrella whilst also continuing our hard work to keep you safe.

This is what the City North beat team including Community Protection will be doing over the next three months to help our communities get through these unprecedented times:

  • Respond to as many reports as possible.
  • Patrol open spaces.
  • Patrol busy shopping areas.
  • Work with partner agencies.
  • Collate details of repeat offenders and utilise escalation process when necessary.
  • Help keep our NHS colleagues safe – fast tracking cases when appropriate.
  • Swiftly process offenders and use police, civil and housing powers to hinder future activity.
  • Use social media to give you regular updates.

You can find out more about the Government's Coronavirus guidance here.

April Update

We have had extra force wide dedicated patrols over the last few weeks to police hotspot areas where breaches have been more likely to occur. This is decided on a day to day basis and has proven a very useful resource.

Locally being out on patrol has been our main focus and we cover as many open spaces daily as possible along with busy shopping areas and any other areas that focus on a daily basis.

As the weeks/months pass we can see that most people have adapted well and a lot less advice is needed which is pleasing to see, particularly as we can expect some of the new habits to become the norm as members of public and workers adopt some basic measures permanently.

A man who allegedly coughed on a police officer after he was arrested following a domestic incident in Bulwell appeared in court charged with three offences.

Stuart Hunter, 37, of Chisholm Way, Nottingham, has been charged with actual bodily harm and common assault following a domestic incident. He has also been charged with assault on an emergency worker in relation to his contact with officers following his arrest.

Hunter was remanded into custody and appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday 11 May 2020.

David Moran, 35, of Courtleet Way, and Aaron Lancaster, 29, of Camrose Close, were arrested and subsequently charged in connection with the burglary at a secure cycle storage unit at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre on the evening Wednesday 25 March.

An investigation into the burglaries was launched on 26 March this year when several reports of bike thefts from the Queen’s Medical Centre staff car park were made to Nottinghamshire Police.

A CCTV media appeal was shared by the force and the suspects were quickly identified, allowing police to take swift action to apprehend the men.

When police moved to arrest the men on the next day, Lancaster assaulted a police officer and resisted arrest.

Moran was also sentenced for assaulting an emergency worker after he threatened to ‘knock out’ officers who moved to arrest him. He also threatened to spit at the officer when he was detained.

They were both sentenced to two years and ten months imprisonment after pleading guilty to all charges as well as further counts of bike theft and burglary with intent to steal when they appeared at Nottingham Magistrates.

Judge Timothy Spencer QC described the ‘shame’ in the case as ‘palpable’. He added that the men appeared before the court as ‘quite rightly, ashamed’ of their actions.

He added: “At the forefront of the battle against the epidemic is the work of those in the NHS.

“Hour by hour, even minute by minute, those workers put themselves at risk of contracting Covid-19 in order to save the lives of others.

Business as usual

Slightly off City North, two males were arrested for a commercial burglary after being caught very soon after leaving the store on Mansfield Road. They are currently released on conditional bail.

A lot of criminals travel, so arrests out of our area frequently have a positive knock on effect for us.

Police arrested two suspects after executing a warrant at an address in Bulwell on Thursday 7 May 2020 in relation to firearm offences.

Officers executed the warrant at an address on Carlin Street and arrested a 36-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. They remain in custody while officers continue with their enquiries.

Detective Inspector Keith Priest, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Nottinghamshire Police takes firearms offences incredibly seriously and will investigate all reports of possession of weapons.

"We are committed to keeping our communities safe from the use of weapons and we will take robust action against those involved in criminality in our communities.

"By working together with local communities we can all play a part to make our areas even safer. If you notice anything suspicious in your area or have any information that could lead to the recovery of a firearm, please do not hesitate to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or in an emergency, dial 999.”

A call from a member of the public led to police arresting a man in Bulwell who was wanted in connection with a house burglary in Ilkeston and on recall to prison.

Police were alerted by a caller at about 12.30pm on Sunday 26 April 2020 to say the man was at a property on Hemlock Gardens. The caller had been aware the man was wanted by the police having seen a media appeal published previously by the force.

Officers attended and arrested a 38-year-old man within the address. He was recalled to prison.

A man has appeared in court charged in connection with an alleged disturbance involving a knife in Bestwood.

Tyler Samuels, 19, of Caunton Avenue, Nottingham, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 15 April 2020 charged with affray, possession of a knife in a public place and assault by beating.

He was remanded in custody and appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 6 May 2020.

This clearly indicates that it is business as usual and we will prosecute those who threaten and spit at the emergency services whilst they are carrying out their daily business.  

This is a good time to use the links below to sign up to our social media and keep up to date with our activities.

https://www.facebook.com/BestwoodPolice/

https://www.facebook.com/BulwellPoliceUK/

https://www.facebook.com/NottsSherwoodPolice/

https://member-registration.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/20/join