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City South Priorities January - March 2021

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February 2021

The City South comprises of the St Ann’s, Mapperley, Clifton, Meadows and Sneinton and Dales areas. Whilst each area is very different a number of overarching strategic priorities have been identified through analysis of crime, consultation with partners, the PCC crime survey and feedback from our community.

These priorities do not replace those local priorities raised at community meetings. The priorities are updated monthly and reviewed quarterly. The City South areas have such different demogrpahics each area has its own issues and problems therefore in order to capture all the elements raised the priorities are deliberately non specific to ensure they remain relevant to all.

The priorities for this quarter remain the same as the previous quarter namely serious violence, acquisitive crime and drugs. It is important to note that these priorities do not replace any local issues or concerns which we are still committed to tackling.

Serious Violence

The knife crime team has doubled in size, with another team being established and based at Mansfield which will mean we will be seeing more of the knife crime team in the City South area.On the afternoon of the 22nd of January officers were quickly on the scene and arrested a 15 year old boy on suspicion of possessing a knife following a report of youths chasing one another on Windmill Lane. An investigation into this matter is currently ongoing,CID are investigating a robbery in Clifton where a male was punched in the face and stabbed in the leg whilst in his car. Incidents such as this are rare in the area and we devote significant resources to the investigation to identify and apprehend those responsible.

March

Violence with injury offences are down by 11% compared to the same period last year which is really positive.

There has been one incident this month where an injury was inflicted with a knife, the injury in this case was considered minor and an arrest has been made and this incident is currently under investigation by CID.

This month the team and I, have took part and given presentations in a number of virtual meetings organised by the violence reduction unit (VRU) which has received funding to look at how violence offences can be reduced.

Drugs

As mentioned previously we have executed 8 drugs warrants across the area, drugs continues to be a priority as it is intrinsically linked with many other crimes and taking a strong approach to drugs impacts on other areas.On the 21st January, the St Anns neighbourhood Policing team, along with the Operation Reacher team executed a drugs warrant at an address on  Botany Avenue. During the search a converted firearm was recovered along with some drugs. The male occupant was arrested and has been charged and is currently on remand awaiting trial.Another warrant was conducted in the High Cross Leys complex following concerns from residents after a quantity of controlled drugs had been found secreted in a communal area. Following a search a small quantity of drugs were recovered and the investigation continues.Two warrants have been executed in Wilford in relation to drug dealing around the Toll bridge and Ferry Inn as part of Op Rainlily. At one address on Main Road a large amount of growing cannabis plants was discovered.

March

We have executed 5 drugs warrants across the City South recovering crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis. In addition we have seized £6,000 in cash along with drug dealing ‘burner’ phones and other drug paraphernalia. As a result of the warrants 4 arrests were made with one male being charged and remanded and investigations remain ongoing with regard to the other three.

Following all the pro-active police work we are seeing less drug activity in the Meadows area with some of this dispersed to outskirts of the Meadows and Wilford border. The Reacher Team were quick to respond to this change in dynamic and on the 25th February they arrested a female on Main Street in Wilford for possession of Class drugs with intent to supply.

Earlier in the month on the 13th of February officers arrested a male on the Toll Bridge in possession of 50 wraps of Class A following a plain clothes operation, this male was subsequently charged and remanded.

Acquisitive Crime

A prolific shop lifter who was given a deferred sentence in November 2020 continued his crime spree and received 26 weeks in custody. In total he had committed 41 offences in 2020.In the last two weeks both burglaries and robberies have remained at low levels and we continually review all incidents reported to identify any crimes spikes or trends in an effort to tackle them in the early stages.

March

Overall acquisitive crime is down on the previous year with reductions in burglary, robbery, vehicle crime and theft.

We have received a number of reports of a male seen trying car door handles in the Clifton area and we are currently investigating this. I would advise people to ensure that they do not leave valuables or tools on display and ensure that they leave their vehicles secure.

Shop theft is an area where we have seen a very slight increase of 2.4% and we tend to see a large number of offences committed by a small number of offenders. We therefore look to identify these serial offenders as early as possible and collate all the offences to strengthen to chance of a custodial sentence when they are arrested.