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Inspectors Walker's Blog March 2021

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This will be my last blog as the Inspector for the area, at least for a while, as I am undertaking a secondment to the College of Policing. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working on the City South and will always feel a real connection to the area.

Insp Karl Thomas will be taking over from me and we are currently undertaking a handover period. Karl has been a police officer for nearly 19 years working in a variety of roles across both uniform and CID covering the City South area. Following promotion to Detective Sergeant he worked on an Acquisitive Crime team, as a Control Room Sergeant, Prisoner Handling and most recently Nottinghamshire Police’s dedicated Robbery Team.  He therefore brings wealth of experience to the Neighbourhood Inspector role.

As the weather gets better I am aware of an increase in the anti-social use of off road motorbikes and quad bikes, particularly around the Meadows and Clifton area’s and this is something we are committed to tackling and we are lucky as we have a couple of officers already trained to use the police off road bikes and have pencilled in some days of activity in response to the issue.

This month saw officers working jointly with the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue and the Ambulance Service to rescue two girls that had gotten into difficulty after walking on the ice on the River Trent near to St Mary’s Church, Holgate. Luckily both girls were unharmed and just very cold. Our officers have previously delivered inputs in school about the dangers of open water and this something we will continue post the pandemic.

We welcome Pc Mather to the team who lands on the 15th of March. Pc Mather will be based at St Anns and brings a range of experience and skills having previously worked as part of the knife crime team. The area has again benefitted from additional patrols funded by overtime allocated to tackle violence and we have received further funding for March.

City South Area Priorities

Drugs

We have executed 5 drugs warrants across the City South recovering crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis. In addition we have seized £6,000 in cash along with drug dealing ‘burner’ phones and other drug paraphernalia. As a result of the warrants 4 arrests were made with one male being charged and remanded and investigations remain ongoing with regard to the other three.Following all the pro-active police work we are seeing less drug activity in the Meadows area with some of this dispersed to outskirts of the Meadows and Wilford border. The Reacher Team were quick to respond to this change in dynamic and on the 25th February they arrested a female on Main Street in Wilford for possession of Class drugs with intent to supply. Earlier in the month on the 13th of February officers arrested a male on the Toll Bridge in possession of 50 wraps of Class A following a plain clothes operation, this male was subsequently charged and remanded.

Acquisitive Crime

Overall acquisitive crime is down on the previous year with reductions in burglary, robbery, vehicle crime and theft.

We have received a number of reports of a male seen trying car door handles in the Clifton area and we are currently investigating this. I would advise people to ensure that they do not leave valuables or tools on display and ensure that they leave their vehicles secure.

Shop theft is an area where we have seen a very slight increase of 2.4% and we tend to see a large number of offences committed by a small number of offenders. We therefore look to identify these serial offenders as early as possible and collate all the offences to strengthen to chance of a custodial sentence when they are arrested.

Serious Violence

Violence with injury offences are down by 11% compared to the same period last year which is really positive.

There has been one single incident this month where an injury was inflicted with a knife, the injury in this case was considered minor and an arrest has been made and this incident is currently under investigation by CID.

This month the team and I, have took part and given presentations in a number of virtual meetings organised by the violence reduction unit (VRU) which has received funding to look at how violence offences can be reduced. We continue to look at new ways of not only tackling violence but also understanding the reasons behind the violence.