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Inspector Amy English's blog - February 2021

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Hello and welcome to February’s blog.

It’s been a very busy month for the Neighbourhood Policing and Operation Reacher Team, with some really positive results for the area.

Our priorities for this quarter are tackling serious violent crime, acquisitive crime and antisocial behaviour, and we have made steady progress against all of those objectives.

On 17 February, more than 50 cannabis seedlings were recovered following a warrant at a house in Forest Fields. Not only was this successful in the sense that drugs have been taken out of the hands of criminals, but it also prevents subsequent criminal activity related to cannabis growing and drug dealing.

Some people may think that cannabis growing is a victimless crime but quite frankly, they’re wrong. The production and distribution of drugs has a detrimental impact on communities and ruins lives.

Not only is cannabis growing illegal but it can also be extremely dangerous due to the fire risk, especially if people are living in adjoining properties.

Alongside drug crime, we have also clamped down on antisocial behaviour in recent months, particularly in Hyson Green. I was really pleased to see positive coverage in the media around our efforts near to Asda.

We recognised that the area around the Asda store in Hyson Green had previously been a hotspot for antisocial behaviour and we know that this is something which really matters to the community.

The team is working in close partnership with both the supermarket and Nottingham City Council to tackle the issue and make the area safer for those who live there. This includes working to support vulnerable people but also using enforcement where people are causing harm to the community.

I’d encourage residents with any concerns in the area to report them to officers out on patrol or to call us on101. We will listen and we will take action. I feel that our work around the supermarket is a good example of how we work closely with partners and the local community to achieve a positive outcome.

Further to this, good police work led to the charge of 21-year-old Clay Swift fin connection with a reported burglary that happened in Seely Road in Lenton on 19 February.

One ask that I would have of residents is that people continue the Coronavirus legislation as we prepare for a relaxation of the measures.

We are very lucky to have green spaces in our area and obviously under ‘normal’ circumstances, people would congregate there and enjoy the impending nicer weather.

I cannot stress enough how vital it is that we follow the restrictions to the letter until they are relaxed. The roadmap published by the government is reliant on cases coming down and staying down. We need to keep up the good work to ensure that we do not find ourselves in a situation where restrictions are likely to be extended or reintroduced.

And finally, I would recommend that residents sign up to the Neighbourhood Alert system. When signed up, people will receive regular updates on police activity in the area through their chosen method of contact.

It’s a brilliant way to keep in touch with your local policing team. To find out more, head to https://www.nottinghamshirealert.co.uk/