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Inspector Charlotte Allardice's blog October 2021

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Welcome to my October Blog. It has been another busy period across Newark and Sherwood, with both pre-planned events and spontaneous incidents and demand.On Friday 1st October 2021 officers took park in a traffic operation alongside our Roads Policing Team, members of the Driving Vehicle Standards Authority and Newark and Sherwood District Council, targeting rogue traders, illegal waste carrying vehicles and road traffic offences. A total of 17 vehicles were stopped with two vehicles seized for driving licence offences, one vehicle seized for having no road tax and one vehicle seized after being abandoned. Two drivers were handed traffic offence reports due to issues with their vehicles and one person was arrested as they were wanted for failing to appear at court. Feedback from the public is always positive when conducting such operations and this was no exception.We have also been working with the NSDC ASB team and Community Protection officers to tackle ASB across the area. Particular spikes have been seen in Hawtonville, Balderton and Newark Town Centre, with officers reacting quickly in responding and either engagement and dispersal or utilising arrest powers when necessary. Due to a particular increase of ASB in the Hawtonville area, a dispersal order was authorised  under Section 34 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 on 27th October 2021, with officers out in force ensuring compliance. Operation SUNLIT, headed by the Hawtonville beat team, has also began specifically targeting ASB hot spots on Hawtonville. This involves identifying offenders and reducing ASB related behaviour by a multi-agency approach.Halloween saw a small rise in ASB across Newark as expected, with 3 youths being detained and returned home from the town centre. When a youth is returned home, our engagement with the child and family does not end and will lead to referrals to other agencies, including the Youth justice Service and the local authority. We have also began some preventative work in relation to ASB by writing to all primary schools within Newark and arranging education sessions with local officers. We will combine this with positive engagement, wildlife crime education and Operation Sceptre, which is our county knife crime operation. Knife incidents within Newark are extremely rare and this is something we will continue to work on and ensure a zero tolerance approach by proactive operations and, as in this case, education and awareness. October has also seen the launch of a Operation LEGACY, targeting drug dealers and users with the Newark area. This operation is somewhat different from previous operations in that it targets compliance and reduction of drug use as well as enforcement and is a joint operation between Newark NPT and the Integrated Offender Management Team. We will publish our results as the operation progresses.We have continued our work on the Safer Streets program with both enforcement and crime reduction, including a number of bike marking events. Officers on plain clothes Safer Streets patrol arrested a 17 year old male on a stolen bicycle. He did attempt to cycle from officers but found himself in the middle of PC Hope and PC Nelson – never a good place to be if you have committed an offence!Over on the Sherwood areas our work to tackle the issues of speeding also continues, and officers have been actively patrolling and policing those most affected areas. We continue to update our social media with our work and results. A total of 27 drivers have been issued tickets and reported for excess speed this month. This work is set to continue. On the 9th of October Sherwood and Newark Neighbourhoods Policing teams were out as part of Operation Jericho, an operation to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour and criminal damage caused by off road motor vehicles. We utilised the use of the Police 4x4 vehicle and the force quad bike and concentrated our efforts in the vicinity of Muskham and Trent villages following the recent reports of off road nuisance and quad bikes. An off road bike was seized in Newark, and further operations are planned in the near future.Update ref ASB- In August there was a spate of fires at Vicar Water Country Park. Some of the heath land was set alight causing destruction to the natural habit and dustbins set on fire. Following a Police investigation a 15 year old male was identified and together with Newark & Sherwood District Council he was dealt with by means of a Community Resolution. The 15 year old male attended Vicar Water Country Park and assisted the Park Ranger with a clean-up of the park, a litter pick was completed and they also cleared away some of the damaged heath to allow for its regrowth next year. An update on the fires at Rainworth Skate Park, again following an investigation an offender was identified and served with a community resolution which will involve education regarding fire setting. The use of community resolution allows the offenders to understand the impact of the crime and face up to the impact of their behaviour and to take responsibility for making good the harm caused. Stay safeCharlotte