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Inspector Simon Riley's blog; October 2021

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Hello again and welcome to October’s blog.

I’ll start by giving an update on Policing Priority Updates for the last quarter;

Operation LARKSPUR

Drugs warrants have been enforced at 3 premises in Stapleford

250 Cannabis Plants were seized as a result

2 arrests made and have generated 2 ongoing investigations into large scale cultivation of cannabis

46.8% increase in Drugs offences

71.4% increase in Weapons Possession offences

These increases are pleasing to see, unlike increases in other crime types, as it means we have caught more people supplying drugs and more people carrying weapons, by targeting resources in the right areas and targeting the right people through an intelligence-led approach.

Community / Partner feedback around the effects felt locally by Op Larkspur is excellent.

Operation HADAR

Drugs warrants have been enforced at 4 premises

c.5k Class A & B drugs seized

c.£3k cash seized

A Premises Closure Order was granted at 5 Scargill Walk, Eastwood by Nottingham Magistrates Court (see August blog for full details)

Operation GANDALF:  This relates to a Firearms Discharge on Oak Drive, Eastwood.  Several arrests were made as a result of this. Jordan BRADSHAW (27) has been charged in relation to this incident and is currently on remand

Burglary of Peoples’ Homes

Burglary of peoples’ homes remains on the decrease in Broxtowe. 

In the year to date when compared with 2020

Burglaries of residential properties have reduced by 31.8%

Burglaries of Business and Community properties have reduced by 11.9%

In the year to date when compared with 2019 (pre-Covid);

Burglaries of residential properties have reduced by 50.2%

Burglaries of Business and Community properties have reduced by 66.1%

LOCAL POLICING PRIORITIES, OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2021

Broxtowe’s local policing priorities have been reviewed during October, following the established Local Policing Priority setting process:  Our policing priorities for October – December 2021 have once again been agreed as follows;

Operation LARKSPUR (Stapleford)

This operation has been in existence since August 2020 and was set-up to pro-actively target ASB, violence and criminality, including the local drug trade in Stapleford, following an increase in these types of incidents coming out of the first national Covid lockdown. 

Focussed on the town centre and the open spaces including Hickings Lane recreation Ground, Queen Elizabeth Park and Archer’s Field, the operation has seen additional patrols in place. This is, along with Operation HADAR, the priority tasking for the Broxtowe Reacher team. 

The operation has had some good success since its inception, however, the shooting on Hickings Lane Park in November 2020 and the tragic murder of 16 year old Joe Whitchurch on Boxing Day, mean that this operation is now very much in focus and raised in priority for us. Op Larkspur will entail high visibility patrols, covert activity and proactive, intelligence led targeting of key nominals, including the enforcement of search warrants wherever this is possible. We will work with and alongside internal and external partners to achieve our aims in this.  Additionally we will work with housing sector partners to pursue eviction and closure proceedings against problem premises.

Operation HADAR (Eastwood)

This is an operation set-up to pro-actively manage any vacuum created by the enforcement of Operation BOODLES in November 2020, which effectively dismantled an OCG operating out of Eastwood and controlling the lucrative local drugs trade. 

We have identified that there are now gaps in the local drug market which will undoubtedly be attractive for other dealers to try and fill. Op HADAR is designed to identify these gaps, identify rival suppliers and prevent them getting a foothold in Eastwood and thereby preventing associated violent and acquisitive crime.  This is, along with Operation LARKSPUR, the priority tasking for the Broxtowe Reacher team. 

Op HADAR entails high visibility patrols, covert activity and proactive, intelligence led targeting of key nominals, including the enforcement of search warrants wherever this is possible. We will work with and alongside internal and external partners to achieve our aims in this.  Additionally we will work with housing sector partners to pursue eviction and closure proceedings against problem premises.

Burglary of people’s homes

This will always be a policing priority for Broxtowe Neighbourhood Policing Area. The impact on victims drives this as a priority. We have made some good in roads in the past 2 years into burglary on the borough and CAP data is currently showing excellent, sustained reductions.  

It is acknowledged that the Coronavirus pandemic (and the ‘lockdown’ periods in particular) has had a significant impact on the levels of burglary reported to us. However, to maintain current downward trends, we will keep burglary at the forefront of our policing activity. I’m really pleased to see that even after society has opened up again and people are now beginning to become more mobile and away from their homes on a daily basis and during the evening, that burglary rates are still coming down. 

We will continue to work closely with our partners at Broxtowe Borough council to further prevent instances of burglary.  We also continue to work closely with internal partners in the County Burglary Team in targeting known and prolific offenders.

PCC ‘Have Your Say’ event

I recently had the pleasure of being involved in an online ‘Have Your Say’ event run by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) involving Commissioner Caroline Henry and Deputy Chair of Broxtowe’s Public Safety Committee, Cllr Richard MacRae.  This was an excellent opportunity for people to ask questions around the policing of Broxtowe and I thank everyone who contributed. 

Operation REACHER

October saw the first anniversary of the Reacher team in Broxtowe.  Over the past 12 months, Sgt Liz Gaskin and her team have had some notable successes and have been instrumental in the delivery of Operation LARKSPUR and Operation HADAR.  Some headlines from their first year include:

47 drugs warrants enforced, leading to 46 drugs seizures

119 arrests

£20,000 cash seized (£8,000 the largest single seizure

16 illegal cars seized 

Licensing Update

On Tuesday 2nd November a licensing review hearing was held by the Broxtowe licensing committee, with regards to a renewed licensed application for The Queens head public house at Kimberley.  You will recall that this time last year, the previous licence for the pub was revoked by the licensing committee following a catalogue of anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder.  The application was made by the same licensees as previously operated the pub.  I am pleased to announce that the committee voted unanimously not to grant a new license and the Queens head will not be re-opening under its current ownership.

Happy DIWALI!!

Finally, I’d like to wish a ‘Happy Diwali’ to everyone in our Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities.  I hope that you all have a wonderful time with family and friends celebrating the annual Festival of Lights.

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