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Inspector Neil Bellamy's Blog: July 2020

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As we continue the apparently long road to recovery from the health emergency and the relaxation of the lockdown measures we have witnessed a continued rise in ASB, and no longer is it all about what the neighbours are doing, but there seems to have been a proliferation of illegal gatherings for parties as well as the usual post drinking night-time violence.

I worry that the majority will be adversely affected by the selfish minority, and that the health crisis will continue for longer than it needed to.

As I mentioned in my last update the incidence of off-road nuisance continues unabated and the team endeavour to patrol the areas identified as hot spots when they are able.

I continue my work with the Local Authority and Community Safety Team in terms of the continuing measures that remain in place; however we will always endeavour to Engage, Explain and Encourage compliance before we resort to Enforcement.

I have been out recently with the Police Licensing Officer for Bassetlaw and visited a couple of premises that have featured on some of my internal debriefs where they have experienced incidents. I have fed back any breaches of the social distancing legislation to the Local Authority who remains the lead agency via their Environmental Health Team.

You will see that my teams across Bassetlaw have once again been busy whether that is making sure violent offenders are remanded into custody or those that ply their trade in drugs or grow it themselves are dealt with appropriately.

We have also had success in the apprehension of drug drivers and there are a significant number now pending Court when they begin operating normally, and the backlog is eased.

Our communities continue to ask us to tackle speeding and bad driving as well as uninsured motor vehicles, and we will continue to focus on this as well as the many other priorities and requests made of the Neighbourhood Teams by our Communities.

So some updates from Bassetlaw:

From The North Team – Sergeant Simon Whitehouse

Due to concerns raised by the community regarding drug driving the NPT has responded by using drug wipes to test multiple drivers, these have resulted in positive results and arrests. Two prosecutions have been conducted for drivers failing to provide and three have also been investigated for other drugs possession offences. Numerous drink drivers have also been prosecuted.

The team had an excellent result with the arrest and successful conviction of James RAE who deliberately rammed the teams’ police vehicle back in March 2020 and had been at large until his arrest by the NPT. This resulted in him being convicted at Nottingham Crown Court to 14 months imprisonment.

Proactive work around the Sandy Lane area and in Manton with the NPT and Nottinghamshire Police Knife Crime Team has culminated in positive results for drugs possession and the disruption of drug supply in those areas and contributed significantly to the intelligence picture for the area.

Operation Rustproof continues to be enforced targeting uninsured vehicles, and a number of these have been seized.

PC LEIVERS, currently on attachment to the NPT, has had a successful stop of an uninsured vehicle; the occupant was also dealt with for drink drive offences and possession of a bladed article.

The NPT patrolled Oldcotes, Carlton in Lindrick & Langold, in response to issues regarding the nuisance Quad bikes and motorcycles. The impact on local residents is apparent through the reports that we are receiving and a plan is being worked upon to disrupt this behaviour through enforcement and education.

As a result of enquiries, a bike stolen from the area of Celtic Point was recovered back to an over the moon teenager after officers attended an address in Worksop and found the suspect asleep in bed with the stolen bike at the side of them. The bicycle was returned to its young owner, suspect interviewed and dealt with regarding this matter.

On the 23/07/2020 a, “cannabis grow” was located and dismantled in Shireoaks, the suspect traced and dealt with.Police are working to disrupt a suspected Modern Day Slavery establishment located on our area; this has been part of a concerted effort between council services and Police services.Speed enforcement & education has been carried out by PCSO John Dale in response to requests from covered areas, this will be continued as requests continue to come to our attention.

From The South Team – Sergeant Rob Holmes

The month started off on a high on the 1st July with large Cannabis grow find at Waverley place, Worksop, resulting in three Romanian males being arrested for production offences; one of which tried hiding under a caravan. Other arrests show our teams continued effort to arrest criminals until a custodial sentence is passed.

On the 2nd July three well known locals were detained by eagle eyed community support Officers and arrested in relation to a local robbery in Bridge Street and being investigated by CID. On the 6th July another local nominal Gavin Spooner was arrested yet again for breaching his court conditions. After a further arrest on the 30th July he was charged and placed before the court, receiving conditional bail prior to an impending trial.

On the 10th July another local - Ritchie Frost - was arrested and charged with seven offences relating to theft of Coffee. A subsequent 14 month prison sentence will hopefully allow him time to ‘Wake up and smell the coffee’ and realise crime doesn’t pay.

On the 16th July Jonathan Mcgrath was arrested and recalled to prison and on the 17th Joel Kemp was detained by the Town Centre team in Worksop stealing clothing and later reported for a further 7 shop thefts.

A local male was also arrested in the Town Centre for drink driving and is pending a court hearing.

In relation to public interaction we held our monthly surgery at Morrison’s on Tuesday 14th July allowing access to the general public.  This is planned for every 2nd Tuesday of the month, so it’ll be nice to see you there.

We also have continued patrols around Worksop in relation to Covid19, advising the public on current regulations and protocols.  In the coming months with the lock down easing, more emphasis will be placed on Public order and drink related offending.

And finally we have had a new constable join our team in PC Rob Oakey. Rob has transferred from Lincolnshire but was previously a Community Support officer with Nott’s so he knows the local area and will initially be working in the Manton area.

From The East Bassetlaw Team – Sergeant Sam Pearson

Incidents to the Police have certainly increased over the last month, especially in light of the lockdown restriction being eased.  The hot weather combined with the pubs reopening have all contributed to a lack of social distancing reports.

We are working with the council who are concerned regarding the lack of social distancing in some of the public houses within Retford and understand how frustrating this is for the public.  However we are continuing to educate these premises and the public regarding these concerns from the community.

We have been conducting proactive patrols in Harworth to provide some local reassurance.  This resulted in a couple of excellent arrests of two males who were subsequently charged with Attempt Burglary and Theft from Motor Vehicle and both were remanded in custody.

A couple of weeks later, we had a further success in Harworth when another male was remanded in custody having been charged with Burglary so hopefully this individual will receive a good custodial sentence.PCSO Airey and PCSO Ciacci have both been out in the local villages within East Bassetlaw area over the past week with the hand held speed detection device assisting community speed watch teams to help tackle and reduce speeding motor vehicles in the area. Attention was paid to the Goosemoor area of Retford due to concerns from the community after the fatal RTC that had occurred a couple of weeks ago.

My team have also been out patrolling in the East Bassetlaw area in response to reports of nuisance motorbikes, poaching and theft and damage.  As a result, several S.59 notices have been served, and vehicles seized; both at Retford and in the rural village areas.

Two males have been reported for driving whilst disqualified in Retford area.  Their vehicles have also been seized which no doubt has frustrated them and disrupted their criminal behaviour.

Another great arrest was that for a male wanted on recall to prison.  After several attempts, we finally detained him and he will now serve the rest of his sentence.

A further male from Retford, has now been charged with several drug supply offences and is due to appear in court in August.

We fully anticipate a busy August and look forward to disrupting those who fail to adhere to the rules!

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