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Inspector Christine Busuttil Blog: July

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Throughout June I have seen a sharp increase in crime with data showing the last couple of weeks compared to the previous 2 weeks crime has increased by 54 which was to be expected as we slowly progress towards the new norm.

I am hoping that the opening of the pubs and restaurants will help to ease the stresses that some have suffered over the last few months though this in itself will be quite testing as both publicans and customers adapt to new systems.   

Personal robberies are up by 5, 2 being from the same incident. All are in different areas of city North so no hotspot as such. We suspect that some of the suspects are known to their victims so no indication that these are random street robberies as we generally know them.

3 sheds have been broken into over the last 2 weeks, 2 in Bulwell Forest and one in Top Valley, these are low figures but one to be aware of in case of any suspicious activity is taking place overnight. 

House burglary is up by 1 to 5 which is not a particularly high figure and 4 are thought to be suspects that are known to the victims so not random attacks. 

All in all it is a steady rise of crime in general.

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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 ASB is a priority set out by the Office of 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 3 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.

June Update 

This priority is now complete as we move out of lock down so I will be setting another one soon.


Good News

Dangerous driver is jailed after police pursuit

This footage shows police pursuing a dangerous driver as he jumped red lights and went the wrong way around bollards before a stinger brought his car to a stop.

Timothy Glover, 32, got out of the car and ran off but he was swiftly detained by officers.Glover, of Madryn Walk, Bestwood, was searched and found to be in possession of quantities of cannabis and cash.

When officers searched his car they found 80 deal bags of cannabis hidden under a seat and more cannabis in a bag on a seat. More cannabis was found when police searched his home address.

Glover was sentenced to a total of five years in prison after pleading guilty to four charges of possession with intent to supply cannabis and further charges of dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a driving licence

He was also banned from driving for four-and-a-half years when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday (2 June 2020).

Two drugs warrants cap successful month of action

Suspected class A drugs and cannabis have been seized after two warrants in Bestwood, topping off a successful month in the fight against illegal drugs.

The warrants were carried out in Eardley Road and Rosecroft Drive on 30th June as part of proactive work to disrupt the supply of drugs in the area.

A substance suspected to be amphetamine was found at a house in Eardley Drive, while cannabis was found after the door was cut down at a house in Rosecroft Drive. Mobile phones and tablet computers were also seized as part of the raids.

A man has been voluntarily interviewed following the warrants and the investigation is continuing.

Police Sergeant Oliver Vale, who led the operation, said: “Neighbourhood officers searched two properties today, with support from the Operation Reacher Team, Neighbourhood Support Unit and the Dog Section.“This is part of our ongoing work to tackle drugs in the area and show our commitment to reducing this type of crime, which we know can have a huge impact on our communities.“I would like to encourage local people to come forward with any information they may have about people growing or supplying drugs in their areas. By working together we can make a real difference.”

The warrants follow four others carried out in the City North area throughout June.

Warrants have been held in Ockerby Street and Latham Street in Bulwell, Bancroft Street in Bulwell Forest and Haydn Road in Sherwood.52 cannabis plants were recovered from Ockerby Street, while 91 were found in Latham Street. The warrant at Haydn Road uncovered cannabis grown over three floors of one building.

Our Community protection colleagues have issued 3 x fines of £300 to persons dumping rubbish in the local area, Belconnen road, Northall avenue and Bulwell Hall Park.

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