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Insp Charlotte Allardice's December / January BLOG

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Happy New Year and welcome to my first BLOG of 2022.

As always Christmas has been a busy period for the staff at
Newark & Sherwood and some of you may have seen the reports in the news of
the numbers of officers being assaulted in the course of their duties over the Christmas
period.  I am sad to say that some of
those affected were Newark & Sherwood officers.  It never gets any easier hearing that a
colleague has been hurt, but I can reassure you that they are ok and being well
supported.

The team have been working hard to ensure that the
festivities went off without any issues, through additional foot patrols in
Newark Town Centre, a dedicated ASB car on the evenings of the weekends, and
through the policing of NYE.  I am
pleased to say that these periods passed without significant incident, other
than reports of a fight in the town centre on the evening of Christmas Eve.
Officers quickly and robustly responded to this incident and the matter was
swiftly resolved.

On Christmas Eve officers attended reports of the death of a
40 year old female at an address in the Sleaford Road area of Newark.  You may have seen police activity in the area
as a result.  The incident is not being
treated as suspicious, and I can reassure you that there are no wider concerns
for the community.  This was an
incredibly sad incident and officers are conducting enquiries on behalf of the
coroner. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family.

Moving on to some positive news I can report that Op Reacher
have been active in the Ollerton area, conducting numerous warrants and
enquiries relating to the storage and sale of stolen car parts.  Criminality of this kind not only affects
those who are the victims of the theft, but also tends to link into a wider
picture of offending which impacts significantly on the community.  Pc Poppy Macky is working hard to pursue all
avenues and keep up some momentum in disrupting the activities of those
involved.

Speeding and nuisance vehicles continue to be an issue of
concern across Newark & Sherwood. Officers from Newark NPT recently
conducted Op Mimical, which is a day dedicated to speed and traffic
enforcement.  We used Facebook to
interact with the community, and asked where you wanted us to be.  We then deployed to the requested locations
and updated the Facebook page with our locations and results.  This was hugely successful and attracted over
100 comments.  This operation will become
a regular feature both in Newark and over Sherwood side, so please watch out on
our social media pages and let us have your suggestions!

Moving into January, we are continuing with our Safer
Streets work.  We had an overwhelming
response to the advertised opportunity for receiving a cycle tracker.  The team are working through these
applications but it will take some time due to the volume!  Please bear with us if you have enquired.  Unfortunately due to the current COVID-19
situation a decision has been taken to delay some of the engagement
events.  Please see our social media
pages for details of upcoming events, as soon as we can resume these we will!

We have welcomed PCSO Behram Antia to the team, and he will
be working alongside Pc Dave Hodson on the Hawtonville beat.  Behram joins us from the Gedling team, and has
a wealth of experience as a PCSO and is looking forward to getting to know the
area and community.

I will be meeting with partners next week to set the next quarter’s
Local Policing Priorities so please look out for the update on this.

Thank you for reading and stay safe,  Charlotte