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Inspector Walker's Blog - December 2020

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This week a large Christmas tree has been erected outside St Anns police station and whilst it has yet to be decorated it can only mean one thing – its nearly December and I cannot believe how quick the year seems to have gone.

Crime levels across the City South continue to be in a good position and our outstanding demand, incidents that we are yet to attend, is very low, in fact the lowest I have seen it.

This month we have had Op Sceptre which is the National Knife Crime week of action run from the 9th of November and saw the team conduct weapon sweeps, visit those at risk of knife crime and conduct targeted enforcement. The week was a success and across the Force 5 people were arrested on warrant for knife offences, 45 weapons sweeps were conducted with 6 knives recovered, 121 stop searches were conducted with 12 knives seized and 20 people arrested for knife crime offences.

We have benefitted from some additional funding on the City South this month courtesy of Operation Scorpion equating to an extra 180 hrs worth of police activity this is in addition to also having the knife crime team present in the area for a number of shifts.

Across the City South this month we have executed 4 warrants, arrested several burglary suspects and had some positive pro-active drugs arrests.

All in all, a really good month.

Acquisitive Crime

The Clifton team recognised that the same male was responsible for a series of shops thefts around the area, they gathered the evidence and actively sought the male who was arrested and charged with 24 offences and remanded to appear before the Court.The burglary team have made three fantastic arrests in relation to burglaries this month; the first relates to a male who befriended elderly and vulnerable people and has been linked to offences across the city including one in the Meadows and St Anns. The male was charged with 4 offences and remanded to prison by the Court. The second relates to a male who entered the home of an 88 year lady in Clifton and stole jewellery he is currently on bail whilst an investigation continues into this offence. The third concerns a male believed to be responsible for a number of breaks around the Clifton area whilst detectives continue to investigate these offences but since his arrest there have been no further similar offences.

Drugs

The Meadows team continue to focus on drugs and in conjunction with the Op Reacher team have been conducting pro-active patrols as part of Operation Autograph. As part of Op Autograph officers in a mix of plain clothes and uniform sighted a male on a bike on the 10th of November acting suspiciously on the Toll bridge. Upon seeing the uniformed officers he turned and cycled straight into the plain clothes officers who happily detained him! The 30 yr old male was wanted on a number of warrants and was in possession of around 30-40 wraps of Class A. He was arrested, charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine and remanded to Court.

On the 19th of November the knife crime team detained a male in an alleyway near Meredith Close, 15 wraps of Class A were recovered nearby and the male arrested. A search of his address resulted in around 100 wraps of Class A being recovered. A remand decision was sought but not supported by CPS and so further investigation is required. We believe that this male is responsible for dealing around the Bosworth Walk area.

Earlier in the month, on the 11th of November, the team had successfully stopped another male in possession of around 50 Class A deals he was not as lucky and was charged and remanded into custody.

As a result of information from the local community we have executed warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act on Little John Walk, Parkdale Road and Fleming Gardens and we continue to listen to residents’ concerns and where possible take action.

Serious Violence

The number of violence with injury offences remains below the same period last year.

Following incidents on the 13th of 14th of November in St Anns a 32 year man has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, affray criminal damage and breach of a restraining order. The male was remanded into custody. A further arrest has been made in relation to this incident with the male being charged with public order offences.