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Inspector Neil Bellamy's Blog: November 2020

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November has seen the on-going development of Operation Reacher, and the Team, based in Bassetlaw at Worksop Police Station, will soon be up to full strength and tackling issues on Bassetlaw.

I now have a monthly Local Operations Meeting with the Reacher Sergeant, the area Sergeants for West and East Bassetlaw, and the Local Intelligence Officer to set the focus for the following month.

We discuss the latest intelligence and develop targets for action based in the area priorities set by the public through the PCC, #whatmatters, the Local Authority and the Local Policing Priority Setting Meeting.

As I said last month the Team are essentially there to help me respond to emerging trends, back up the Neighbourhood Team with warrant execution and also be an engagement team as well as providing a Divisional search capability.

You will hopefully continue to see references to Operation Reacher as they assist with warrants and updating on the Facebook Pages for Bassetlaw and that will continue as the team develops.

So far they have seized nine illegal vehicles, executed seven magistrates’ warrants, conducted thirty-five stop searches, seized £7000 in illicit cash, conducted five pace searches, and made a number of drug seizures.

The Neighbourhood Team at Bassetlaw has been joined by PC Christina Stanford who is a former PCSO, and worked for Derbyshire Constabulary – we wish her well on the South Team at Worksop.

The North Team - Sergeant Simon Whitehouse

Over the past few weeks our new member of staff, PC Marcus Smallman has hit the ground running and been involved in many arrests.  These have included Drink / Drug drivers, Drug dealers and persons wanted on Warrant.  Whilst effecting these arrests he has been working with colleagues from Op Reacher and the Road Crime Unit.

In summary-Drug driver with no insurance arrested and had his car recovered.Drug driver linked to a stolen vehicle, the stolen vehicle was later found and recovered.Drink driver who had no insurance and no licence.Drink driver with no insurance who it turns out was also wanted for an offence of Threats to kill earlier in the night. Whilst present at a RTC one of the parties was wanted by Derbyshire for a Racially Aggravated Public Order offence.

The team have also been heavily involved in a local neighbour dispute where they are working hard with the local Council to establish a resolution.  This has been quite resource intensive with mobile patrols and foot patrols around the area.

PCSO Parker-Palmer located a stolen van within an hour of it being stolen from Newark and finding it in the Kilton area, enquiries continue to locate the offender. We have been targeting patrols in Carlton in Lindrick in response to vehicles being damaged,  and since patrolling  the area consistently the damage has ceased.  The latest lockdown continues to provide challenges to the Neighbourhood team with regular patrols and visits to those who are not abiding by the rules.  We will continue with our efforts around this.

Finally, PCSO Parker-Palmer took a short time out to pick up some lovely hand knitted baby items from some of the Gateford ladies knitting and crochet group which she then delivered them to Bassetlaw Special Care Baby Unit for the babies in their care. 

The South Team - Sergeant Rob Holmes

This month for my team, during lockdown has been all about being visible on their areas and encouraging the community to abide by the local restrictions.

On Sunday 8th Nov we assisted on the limited Remembrance Sunday commemorations, whilst also dealing with a serious road traffic collision on Canal Street in which the driver was lucky not to have been seriously injured. The Town Centre Beat Manager PC Glenn Turner has been busy catching local thieves, chasing and catching a recidivist running from Sainsbury’s. He was convicted and now serving a 4 ½ months prison sentence.

Glenn has submitted a file for another offender for 8 shop thefts.  A court date isn’t set but hopefully if he sees Santa at all this Christmas it’ll be from a prison cell.

A female was arrested for 5 theft offences and was remanded to court and another male was also reported to court for stealing gas heaters.

Our team now has a new student officer Christina Stanford who will help Glenn with catching and dealing with these thieves in the town.

Whilst maintaining our patrols, on the 24th PCSO’s recovered a stolen van found in Manton and another local was arrested for drug offences and PC Lane is actively investigating this.

On the 25th Nov Pc Scott Lane and Pc Karl Pettitt arrested a male for breaching his Court bail conditions, for which he was remanded.

We continue to actively discourage rough sleepers in the Town Centre as they beg and promote theft and drug dealing.  Conscious of inclement weather, we do identify housing which often surprisingly is rejected.

With the onset of Christmas and further Covid-19 sanctions under Tier 3 my team will continue to support the community, keep people safe and deal thieves and drug takers and dealers.

The East Team - Sergeant Sam Pearson

It has been another busy month for the East Bassetlaw NPT.  Several building sites have been the recent target of thefts in Harworth.

After officers acted on intelligence a male from Doncaster was subsequently arrested for theft of various building materials from Harworth and Bircotes.  We are continuing our efforts on the arrest of a further male we have also linked to these thefts.

Once again, several reports have been made by the public regarding the use of quad and off road bikes at Bircotes.

My team and the rural special constables have been actively patrolling the areas and have been issuing tickets to those who are causing anti-social behaviour within the community.

Several bikes and vehicles have been seized over the past month for no insurance or being used in crime at both Retford and Harworth.

Some of which were seized from several juveniles after they were being used around Bircotes area.  Enquiries revealed one of the bikes was stolen and enquires are underway to ascertain who the other persons involved were so they can also be dealt with.

The team have also been paying attention to speeding within the rural villages.

Several Parish Councils have had concerns regarding speeding motorists and we responded by issuing several fines to those who were travelling at excess speeds.  We will continue to carry out speed detection action around the villages and Retford area.

A concerning trend in both Retford and the rural area over the last month has been elderly persons falling victim to several frauds.

Our Fraud department are currently investigating several ‘scams’ involving persons obtaining money by pretending to be Police Officers.

These individuals will say they are from the Police, provide a bogus name and station and have managed to obtain cash exceeding several thousands of pounds in one case.

Media alerts have been published so the public, in particular those who have elderly relatives can be vigilant.

We have this month launched Operation PINBALL which targets drugs activity within Retford.   Together with our Operation REACHER colleagues we will develop and action intelligence we receive on the local drug supply, in particular looking at any drug supply coming in from other areas which resulted in a couple of addresses being ‘cuckooed’ by county lines dealers.

Since the arrest of these individuals involved we have had no further issues however we continue to monitor this situation and are regularly engaging with our community.

As a result of this operation, we arrested a male for possession with intent to supply drugs.  As a consequence of this, he was recalled by probation and now remains at her Majesty’s pleasure.  This was a fantastic result and has certainly disrupted the drug supply into Retford

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