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Priorities - Bassetlaw: Worksop Town Centre ASB Reduction and Bassetlaw Wide Rural Community Issues

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Date: 
September 2019

The Bassetlaw District Priorities are set after consultation with our partners both in the Local Authority and with the communities affected.

We are currently exploring new methods of gathering
information from our communities to better inform the setting of priorities
across the area from the traditional community meetings through to pop up
surgeries and social media.

Current issues and concerns are raised and reviewed at the Community Safety Partnership Operations meeting and decisions taken as to the Police response.

The priorities set in June remain current.

Worksop Town Centre ASB Reduction

The Anti-Social Behaviour prevalent in the Town Centre of
Worksop involving the use of alcohol and psychoactive substances is not unique
to this town, but has raised concerns of the retail sector, visitors to the
town, and the Community Safety Partnership within the Local Authority, and as a
result has become a priority for the Police and the Partnership to find
solutions to tackle the issues. This has included the assigning of an Officer
specifically to the Town Centre to maintain a constant focus and a regular
presence to reduce incidences and reports in the area as well as to provide
close liaison with the Community Safety Team.

Much work has been undertaken by the Worksop Neighbourhood
Policing Team in close partnership with the Local Authority and there has
been positive public feedback with regard to a visible reduction in offending.
This work continues as a priority both for the Police and the Local Authority
who have recently launched a Worksop Town Commission. 

Updates
July-September 2019

A warrant has been executed at 75 Cheapside, Worksop following information
received that there was a cannabis grow at that location. After gaining entry a
grow was discovered and dismantled, enquiries are on-going with the occupants of the
address.

Jacob FORES was circulated as wanted for three thefts from shop and failing to appear
at court. FORES was located in a skip, arrested and remanded. He received 12
weeks imprisonment and a CBO.

Leon WHITEHEAD did not attend court but he was found guilty in his absence and a CBO
issued.

Kerry HALL was arrested and charged with 7 x shop thefts, 7 x breach of CBO and a
robbery. She has been remanded in custody and is due in crown court on 17th
July.

Op Scorpion is progressing well, there has been a lot of disruption with local drug
supply so far and there have been 11 arrests and 7 people reported for summons to
attend court as a result.

On the evening of Friday 14th June Officers from the Worksop Beat team and their
colleagues from the Neighbourhood Support Unit executed a drugs warrant at an
address on Sandhill Street in Worksop.

Officers seized a large quantity of cash, drugs and drugs paraphernalia leading to the
arrest of one female and three males on suspicion of Possession with Intent to
Supply a Class A drug. A further male was arrested outside the address for
failing to appear at Court.

At the end of July the Bassetlaw Playday was staged at the Canch and was
attended by PCSO 9558 Ruth Dixon and PC 3750 Scott Lane in order to engage with the residents and visitors to the area.

Also in mid-August Darren Stocken pleaded guilty to threatening another with an
article with a blade or point & Damaging Property. The incident occurred in March where the male had threatened another with a Stanley knife in
the middle of the town centre.  Following concerted investigation efforts
by the Town Centre Beat Team the male was sentenced to 22 months in Prison.

On the 21st August Desmond Harris was arrested on suspicion of Possession
with intent to supply Drugs by PC Adam Turner  after a quantity of drugs
were found in the Memorial Park  during a recent increase of foot patrols
in the area.

In mid-September Daniel Wilson was arrested by PC Glenn Turner for breaching
his Community Behaviour Order on three occasions, again during increased foot
patrols in the Memorial Park Area.

Also in mid-September the Fire Station had an open day being attended by PCSO 9558
Dixon and 8154 Susan Shaw to develop partnership working and presence.

And finally on the 15th September Shane Hulls was arrested by PC Adam
Turner for breaching his Community Behaviour Order whilst officers were
conducting foot patrols near priory road during a Church Service.

District Wide Rural Community Issues

The extensive rural areas of North Nottinghamshire from The Dukeries adjacent to Worksop to the flood plains beyond Gringley on the Hill
and toward the borders with Humberside and South Yorkshire provide large open
expanses for the commission of crime, and our partners within those rural
communities from the National Farmers Union, the landowners and estate managers
through to wildlife officers and the National Trust all regularly contribute
information and intelligence to provide focus in this area.

The Bassetlaw Neighbourhood Policing Team have all continued their focus on rural community issues, and there have been warrants executed on
addresses associated with poaching in East Bassetlaw, and offenders availed of
the Court process. West Bassetlaw Teams have concentrated on the estates where
the incursion of off road vehicles has continued. There remains much to be done
to provide a quality service to our rural communities and for that reason this
remains a priority for Bassetlaw.

Updates
July-September 2019

On Tuesday the 18th of June and the 19th of June, PC Fellows attended Tuxford
primary school accompanied by the fire service and 3 HGV’s. This was part of
road safety education and allowed the children to have a look inside the
involved vehicles and have an understanding of what road users can see out of
their windscreen. PC FELLOWS gave a talk to the students about the role of the
Police and encouraged questions some of which I understand were quite
far-reaching considering the age of the involved children!

On that same day PCSO Airey completed community speed watch work in the North
Leverton area as part of our continuing local engagement and work in relation
to speed in the rural area. On that same day PC Martin assisted in the arrest
of a male in Harworth and seized a vehicle from Serlby Park Drive for having no
tax which was recovered to the Police depot.

On the 20th of June whilst on patrol PC Fellows responded to a report of a stolen
vehicle on the A1 heading Northbound. PC Fellows followed the vehicle through
South Yorkshire whilst liaising with their traffic department. This followed
into West Yorkshire where on the M62 PC Fellows assisted in the stop of the
stolen vehicle from a dwelling burglary in Cambridgeshire. As a result two
males were arrested and the vehicle was recovered undamaged.

On the 21st of June PS Greg Saxelby and PC Martin attended a community event being
held and Avondale House in Bircotes along with members of local community
including the local vicar, members of the ASB team, drugs workers, the
community development officer, housing officer and town council
representatives. During this event along with residents of Avondale House a
community litter pick was conducted in Snipe Park and the Woods. This was
followed by several speeches including one made by PC Martin following which
officers engaged with residents at the house and staff. This was a well
prescribed event and seemed well received by those who attended.

On the 23rd of June PC Martin arrested a male wanted on x2 FTA warrants in
Bircotes who originates from the Harworth and Bircotes area. Assisted by PS
Saxelby the male was kept in custody overnight and placed before magistrates in
Nottingham the following morning.

PS Saxelby, PCSO Airey, PC Fellows and PC Martin attended the Harworth Gala during
the extremely hot weather conditions. This provided opportunity for the local
community to see the force quad bike, a Police vehicle, Police van and several
pieces of our equipment. The quad bike proved popular particularly with our
younger residents one of which refused to give up his space when the time came!
The team enjoyed talking with local residents and discussing local
issues. 

On the 7th of July PS Saxelby, PC Hagland, PC Thomas and PCSO Ciacci
attended the rave off Red Hill Lane, Bothamsall which was scaled down
considerable on their morning visit. During which a passing member of the
public was attacked by a loose dog from Elkesley village, they intervened on the
dog attack and seized the dog taking it off the streets.

Officers from the East Bassetlaw Neighbourhood Policing Team together with colleagues
from Lincolnshire Rural Wildlife Crime Unit and the RSPCA have today executed a
warrant under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in relation to persons dog whilst
disqualified in Ragnall, Nottinghamshire.

Four dogs have been seized by officers, along with a quantity of Cannabis and
prescription drugs.

Enquiries are on-going at this time

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