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Inspector Amy English's blog: March 2021

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Hello and welcome to March’s blog.

It has been a busy month with proactive work across the area and we’ve seen some positive results.

Our neighbourhood priorities remain the same as we tackle serious violent crime, acquisitive crime and antisocial behaviour (ASB).

As I am sure you will have seen in the media, we saw an increase in ASB in the Arboretum and Lenton areas on Friday 19 March. In response to this, on Saturday 20 March I put in place a 48 hour dispersal order which gives officers the powers to direct people to leave areas if they are causing ASB in the community and those that refuse to comply can be arrested. The preventive action and increased number of fixed penalty notices issued to those who continue to gather illegally resulted in no increase in reports.

I’m pleased to say two new CCTV cameras have been installed on the Forest Recreation Ground. The Forest is a brilliant place for the community of Nottingham to enjoy and the addition of the extra CCTV cameras is a great step forward in tackling our priorities in this area and to keep people safe. 

Your Neighbourhood team have been working hard to reduce ASB in hot spot areas. You may have seen the officers doing extra patrols (sometimes you won’t spot them as they are plain clothed!) Our efforts saw the reduction of ASB reports around a hot spot area in Hyson Green go from nearly 50 reports in December to just 15 in March.

March saw the sentencing of Shantae Duporte who hid up to £2,000 worth of drugs in another woman’s purse. The purse was then left in a local supermarket and located by security. Duporte pleaded guilty and received 18 months in prison.

Operation Reacher and the knife crime team joined forces in order to execute a warrant on Gregory Boulevard during March where £200,000 worth of cannabis plants were recovered along with the electricity being bypassed which presents a fire risk.

The end of March saw the beginning of lockdown restrictions easing. We still have officers in place to engage, explain, encourage and as a last resort enforce on those who break the Covid restrictions but we know the vast majority of our community will comply with the rules in order to keep the rest of us safe whilst we come out of the national lockdown slowly.

As always, I want to hear from you. Please let me know if there’s any issues where you live.