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Inspector Paul Ferguson's August Blog

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Hello and welcome to my August blog.

This is my first blog since landing as Neighbourhood Policing Inspector part way through August and I want to continue the excellent results that my predecessor Amy English achieved.

There have been a number of significant size cannabis grows in the area over recent weeks. The first was on Myrtle Avenue where 151 plants were recovered. This was followed by 400 plants being recovered from an address on Noel Street two weeks later. A number of individuals have been arrested as part of these investigations and enquiries are ongoing.

A male was swiftly detained by members of the public following a robbery on Radford Road. He had entered a shop with a knife and tried to steal cash before being challenged. Clearly very brave actions by the victim and member of public that are to be commended. The offender as subsequently charged with possession of a knife and robbery and remanded into custody pending a trial.

We have successfully extended the closure of an address on Thurman Street. The premises was originally closed in May 2021, but an application to close this premises further was heard in court on 9th August where the courts agreed to extend the order further until 13th November. This was following on from serious instances of ASB in the locality linked to the address.

The following are the current local policing priorities; 

  1. Serious Violent Crime
  2. ASB and drugs
  3. Acquisitive Crime

Below is an update on each of the areas 

(August 20 – August 21 crime data):

1. Serious violent crime

Victim based crime year to date is down 7% from the previous 12 months and down 19.3% from the same period before the pandemic. Violence with injury is

also down 7% but we have seen an increase of 9% of violence without injury offences.  

Robbery has reduced by 18.3%  in the last 12 months and remains 31.3% lower than the same period before the pandemic. 

2. Drugs/ASB

Simple possession of drugs offences are down 3.6%, however possession with intent to supply controlled drugs has increased by 8.5%. Although this is an increase, it is a positive result as drug offences are recorded when we have proactively recovered drugs so it shows the activity we are carrying out to tackle the issue which has resulted in a number of misuse of drugs acts warrants being executed over recent weeks and will continue to enforce on those who choose to use or supply drugs on the area.

ASB has seen an increase of 15.2%. Breaches of COVID restrictions are also recorded within ASB so will account for some of the increase over the last 12 months. A number of operations for ASB hotspots are in place to reduce the impact on the community in particular around ASDA in Hyson Green, which resulted in a significant reduction in complaints and calls for service.

In June 2021, the increase in ASB stood at 25.1, so although there is still an increase, the levels have reduced significantly in a relatively short period of time.

3. Acquisitive crime

Burglary year to date is down 33.2%, vehicle offences are down 34.43% and bicycle theft is down 27.9%. We have a number of police operations in place in order to see these crime reductions continue.