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Inspector Simon Riley's Blog: August 2021

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Hello all and welcome to August’s blog.  It’s fair to say that August has been an extremely busy, challenging month for my teams at Broxtowe with increases in demand for our services brought about by the removal of all of the government restrictions around Covid19 competing with our ‘peak season’ for annual leave and the constant need for officers and staff to self-isolate after being notified by Test, Track and Trace that they needed to – the so-called ‘pingdemic!’  

Hopefully now though, as we enter the Autumn season, things are about to steady themselves. The recent removal of the need for dual-vaccinated people to self-isolate after contact will assist with that greatly.  I hope that this will be the case for all of you in your daily lives as well, as we continue on this journey towards the utopian state of 'Pre-Covid Normality!'

Operation GANDALF

This is the investigation which has been set up following an incident in Oak Close, Eastwood on 23rd August, where two men and a woman were arrested following a disturbance involving the use of bladed weapons and a firearm.  Although there were no reported injuries, this is nevertheless a complex investigation but one which has the full attention of the local CID team led by Detective Inspector Mike Ebbins and Detective Sergeant Charlotte Henson.

Jordan Bradshaw, 27, of Vickers Street, Warsop, has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in relation to this incident. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.  An 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and affray was released on conditional bail, whilst a 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of violent disorder was released with no further action.

If anyone has any information, please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 359 of 23 August 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

Operation HADAR

On 27th July a closure order was issued to us under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which enabled us to close premises at No.5 Scargill Walk, Eastwood.  This address, its occupants and frequenters had long been a thorn in the side of the local policing teams and a blight on the local community with constant complaints of drug dealing and anti-social behaviour being recorded against the address. This fantastic result was testament to some excellent collaborative partnership working between Notts Police and Broxtowe Borough Council.   To see it now closed is immensely pleasing and is complete vindication for putting Operation HADAR as one of our local policing priorities for the last 3 quarters.

Unfortunately, as often happens, drug dealing activity has been displaced into other locations and we are now working to identify any such locations and establish plans to close them down and bring offenders to justice.  These pieces of work are by their very nature never ‘quick fixes’ and do take time to evolve to the point of final enforcement.  Please bear with us is the message here – but if you have any information around the drug trade in Eastwood and surrounding areas, then please contact us and pass that information on to us.

Operation LARKSPUR

Activity also continues in Stapleford under Operation Larkspur.  Reacher and Neighbourhoods teams continue to target drugs and violence issues in the area and this month has seen another set of successes in terms of enforcement around drug supply.

On 2nd August, a warrant was enforced in Pasture Road, where 178 Cannabis plants were seized and the following day, on 3rd August, another 68 cannabis plants were seized during another warrant enforcement in Derby Road, Stapleford.  Two men were arrested and subsequently released under investigation in relation to that incident.

These 2 successful warrants mean that, yet again, somewhere in the region of £200,000 worth of Cannabis has been taken out of the hands of the dealers in Stapleford.  We will continue to target dealers through Operation Larkspur and will continue to engage the Stapleford community in other ways to maintain and improve your trust and confidence in us.

Engagement Events

On 31st July, it was good to see a cycle coding event well attended at Stapleford Scout Hut.  This was very well attended with 17 cycles coded.  My Neighbourhoods teams regularly hold cycle coding events and we would like to get as many cycles as possible coded on the borough to make it harder for thieves to steal your cycles. So keep an eye out for events being advertised in your neighbourhoods and bring your bikes along!  Coming up in September we have the following coding events already booked in;

 Thursday 2nd Sept:  4pm-6pm @ Decathlon, Giltbrook

 Saturday 4th Sept: 3pm – 5pm @ Brinsley Recreation Ground

 Thursday 16th Sept: 4pm- 6pm @ Awsworth Recreation Ground

 Sunday 26th Sept: (PM – tbc) @ The Canalside Heritage Centre, Beeston Rylands

On Tuesday 17th August a summer roadshow event was held on Hickings Lane Recreation Ground, which I attended along with members of the Broxtowe Reacher and Neighbourhood Policing Teams.  The day consisted of fun and informative activities run by the police and other partner organisations, namely Notts County FC, Nottinghamshire County Council Youth Service, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy and The Army.

About 65 young people enjoyed the activities despite the dull weather and it was good to see many smiling faces enjoying the police vehicles (my ears are still ringing!!) alongside the attractions and activities brought along by our partner agencies.  

To see so many young people come down to the event and get involved was tremendous - as was the support shown from the adults who either brought children to the event or just came to have a look at what was going on. 

Events like this are really important, as they bring young people and the community together. The benefits include young people being able to learn more about the police and other organisations such as fellow emergency services, the armed forces and youth and sport providers and also learn new skills for the future. They also help to break down barriers between young people and the police. Seeing a friendly face and being able to have a laugh and a joke makes them realise we’re not scary people in uniform, or just there to deal with the bad things in life and that they can come to us if ever they need our help.

My special thanks go to Romel Davis from our Citizens in Policing Department, who organised and ran the whole day and also to Sgt Liz Gaskin (Broxtowe Reacher) who arranged the local policing inputs to the day and drove support for it locally.  Top effort from both of you – thank you.  My thanks also for the support for the event from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry and the Mayor of Broxtowe, Mayor Richard McRae.

As always, stay safe until next time and please ensure that anything and everything that needs reporting to the police is done so by dialling 101.  That way, we are able to build up problem profiles and intelligence around local issues, which we are not always able to do from social media, as all 101 incidents are recorded against a unique number and are therefore easily searchable to us.