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Inspector Walker's Blog November 2020

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Crime levels across the City South area remain really healthy when looking at the year date figures with reductions across most areas. We have seen an increase in hate and anti-social behaviour reports and these are largely attributable to reports of COVID breaches and neighbour disputes which have intensified during the periods of lockdown.As we have entered another period of lock down I am pleased to say that we had very few significant issues across the area as most of the community continue to adhere to the regulations.

On the run up to Bonfire night we had a number of incidents reported involving firework’s including an incident where a lit firework was posted through a letterbox in St Anns. This clearly caused us some concern and luckily no one was hurt. In response the Beat Team undertook a letter drop warning people of the dangers of fireworks in addition to visiting all those local retailers to give advice regarding the sale of fireworks to young people.

This month the local team supported a youth engagement day at the Brendan Lawrence Centre in St Anns that was organised by the Force in conjunction with the Majority Black Led Churches. The event was carefully orchestrated to comply with COVID restrictions and was attended by around 30 young people and was a real success. This engagement serves to strengthen the relationship between the police and our community and supports the Force’s commitment to be more representative of the community we serve. As part pf Operation Uplift 25% of the Force’s new intake were from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds with the overall figure rising from 3.8% to 6.5% of all Nottinghamshire officers now identifying as BAME.

This month we will again have the knife crime team in the area for a number of days following a successful bid in additional to additional patrols on overtime as part of Op Bion, COVID reassurance patrols and Op Scorpion, violence reduction respectively.

The strategic priorities for the area have been reviewed and remain the same as the previous quarter namely drugs, serious violence and acquisitive crime. It is important to note that these priorities do not replace any local issues or concerns which we are still committed to tackling.

Drugs

The Meadows team working alongside the Op Reacher team have set up Op Autograph to tackle drugs in the area. Op Autograph looks to target those involved in drug dealing and violence in the Meadows area. As part of the Operation the team were supported by officers from Clifton NPT on the 20th of October and a male, who is well known to us, was arrested after he attempted to discard a large knife after being stopped by officers who believed he was dealing drugs.

A warrant was executed on Middle Furlong Gardens on the 2nd of November. This was followed by pro-active patrols being undertaken on the 4th of November with two arrests being made, one for driving offences and the other for failing to appear at Court.

The City South Reacher team has been working alongside the Clifton Beat Team since their introduction in October. This has enabled further work to be done around the Wilford/Meadows drugs issues (Op Rainlily). As a result a Meadows drug dealer was arrested.

Lastly a cannabis grow was discovered by the St Anns team following a warrant that executed on the 23rd of October on Mansfield Road, an investigation is currently underway into this offence.

Serious Violence

Violence with injury is down 2.6% in the year to date figures which is good news and there have been no serious assaults in the area this period.Whilst not an assault per se I wanted to give an update regarding police action following the serious RTC on the 11th of October where an elderly gentleman was knocked over by an off road bike driving dangerously in the Clifton area. As a result we set Op Scribbler in an effort to tackle the issue of Off Road bikes in the Clifton and Meadows area. The Force Off Road Bike Team has been running Days of action on consecutive Sundays  as part of Op Scribbler. As a result an off road bike has been seized and the rider reported for traffic offences and 3 further males arrested for non-traffic matters. A further off road bike was seized earlier in the month by the NPT following information received.A male responsible for a series of assaults on the Clifton estate has been arrested, charged and remanded to prison and is currently awaiting trial.

Acquisitive Crime

There have been good reductions in burglary 23.1%, theft 12.7% and vehicle crime 29.4% which in total equates to 316 less victims of crime.Only robbery has seen a slight increase with 2 more offences of robbery of personal property and these offences are reviewed and investigated by the dedicated robbery team currently based at St Anns.