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Inspector Simon Riley's Blog: November 2020

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Hello, and welcome to November’s blog. As we all find ourselves back in a period of national lockdown to help combat the spread of Coronavirus and protect our community, I like to start this blog with a thank you to all those who are doing their part by following the rules and guidance set by the Government. I know it has not been an easy year, but I have seen some excellent examples of the community supporting each other. Be that shopping for neighbours who are isolating, or the brilliant coordination between essential services and the local council. As we transition into a tier system post lock down I urge you all to keep following the guidance and continue to look after each other.

Operation BION 

Operation BION patrols have continued in the district. First and foremost, these patrols are not about fining people for breaching COVID regulations. The patrols employ the tactic of Engage, Explain, Encourage, Enforce as approved by the NPCC and College of Policing. As you may be aware Broxtowe did have some problems with COVID breaches involving street drinkers and at the University. Working in partnership with our colleagues at the borough council, the BION patrols, along with dispersal orders, have had the desired effect of reducing the number of incidents of breaches and I can report that compliance with the COVID regulations by the student community has increased greatly.


It’s with great pleasure that I can inform you that the Op Reacher team are now fully staffed and already having a significant positive impact within the community. Sgt Liz Gaskin and her team provide me with a flexible resource to tackle any issues that affect the district. Over the past month the team have been responsible for 18 arrests, the seizure of 5 illegal vehicles, executed 12 magistrates’ warrants and taken dangerous weapons off the streets. These fantastic results make the community safer whilst sending the clear message that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in Broxtowe.

In the run up to Christmas you will see a lot more of the Reacher team as they continue to conduct high visibility patrols alongside our Neighbourhood Policing teams. They will endeavour to proactively target criminality and you can expect to see more warrants executed.

Operation LARKSPUR 

In Stapleford, Op LARKSPUR continues to make inroads in tackling ASB, youth violence and drugs related issues in the area. Op LARKSPUR showcases the collaboration between the Neighbourhood teams and Op Reacher to great effect. Since my last update the increase in police activity in the area has significantly disrupted the activities of some of the more persistent offenders. Several vehicles have been seized and targeted patrols have resulted in a marked decrease in incidents of ASB and violence being reported. Excellent work from our PCSO team and support from the community has enabled us to continue to build the intelligence picture and respond accordingly. Op LARKSPUR patrols continue to be a default tasking for our teams and will remain so for some time to come.

Operation PERISCOPE 

On 19th November there was a shooting incident in Stapleford, whereby a male victim received a gunshot wound to his arm. His condition is not life threatening or life changing and he has now been discharged from hospital. In response to the incident Beeston CID, supported by a team of detectives from across the county led by Detective Inspector Kim Binns launched an operation to identify and arrest those responsible. At the time of writing 4 suspects have been arrested and enquiries are continuing apace. There is a significant amount of hard work going on to bring those responsible for this serious crime to justice and is a real team effort across all of the Broxtowe teams. The shooting has been confirmed as an isolated incident and there is no wider threat to the community. CCTV images of the suspects are available through Nottinghamshire police social media pages. Should anyone have any information regarding the shooting please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or alternative Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Additional high visibility patrols have been tasked to the area to provide community reassurance.  

Drugs Arrests in Eastwood.  

Working with our partners at the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) the NPT and Op Reacher teams executed a series of drugs warrants targeting organised crime gangs (OCGs) in the Eastwood area. This action was designed to have a substantial effect on the supply of Class A drugs into the area and dismantle significant organised criminality. The Operation was meticulously planned resulting in the arrest of 2 men for conspiracy to supply a Class A drugs and the seizure of several thousands of pounds worth of assets, acquired through the proceeds of crime.  

Work to reduce the supply of drugs in Broxtowe continues and we encourage the community to talk to us regarding any concerns or suspicions they may have regarding drugs related criminality.  

Queens Head, Kimberley.  

Following on from having their licence suspended on the 25th Sept, a full licensing review hearing on was convened on 10th November to discuss the future of the licence of the Queens Head, Kimberley. Unfortunately there had been insufficient improvement and a lack of cooperation from the licensee. It was therefore decided that a full revocation of licence was required. I’d like to thank the council licencing team and Nottinghamshire Police Licencing team for their support throughout this case. I think the outcome sends a clear message that anti-social behaviour surrounding licence premises will not be tolerated and any failure to comply with the conditions of the licence will be taken extremely seriously.  

Christmas Drink/Drive Campaign 

December will bring the annual, national anti-drink drive campaign. My officers will play a key role in this. NPT and Op Reacher will be out conducting vehicle patrols targeting those who still don’t seem to have got the message that drink driving is both unacceptable and incredibly dangerous. My message on this is clear; Drink driving is completely unacceptable. If out socialising do not risk it. Pre book a taxi or have a designated driver. Once caught, drunk drivers will face prosecution and a lengthy ban. To coin an old advertising slogan from my youth – ‘Think, before you drink, before you drive….’

What matters to you? Have your say on policing priorities in your area

Nottinghamshire Police is encouraging local communities to help shape local policing in their area by taking part in its new neighbourhood policing priority survey.

The results of the survey will help neighbourhood policing teams to better understand 'what matters' most to the communities they serve, as well as enabling them to focus their efforts on designated neighbourhood priorities within each area.