Inspector Simon Riley’s Blog: October 2020

Hello again and welcome to October’s blog.

Policing Priority Updates

Local policing priorities were reviewed on 13th October at the quarterly local Policing Priority Setting meeting (LPPSM), chaired by myself. Broxtowe priorities for October – December were agreed as follows;

1. 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.

Residential burglary is currently showing a 26% reduction across the borough, whilst burglaries at business and community properties has reduced by 61% in the year to date (April – October). It is acknowledged that the Coronavirus pandemic (and the initial ‘lockdown’ period 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.

There are currently no hotspots or trends, which would tend to negate the need for a specific problem solving plan. We will continue to target those offenders whom we know or suspect are responsible for this crime. 

2. Anti-social use of motor vehicles

The ‘What Matters’ survey data showed that this is a significant concern for our local communities and is supported by the number of calls from members of the public received by the police and our partners in the local authorities with regard to the anti-social and often unlawful use of motor vehicles, both on our roads and our open spaces. In particular we will focus on

 Off Road Motorcycles

 Car cruises in the Broxtowe North area

 Speeding

We currently have problem solving plans in place for the following areas;

 Off Road Motorcycling, Watnall

 Vehicle ASB Eastwood (Tinsley Road/Newmanleys Road area)

3. Targeting prolific shoplifters in our town centres.

Shop theft continues to be the largest volume acquisitive crime type across the borough. We have made a number of arrests of regular local shoplifters in the past few weeks. These offenders are driving a large increase in all acquisitive crime and from experience will be responsible not only for shop thefts but other areas of acquisitive crime, such as motor vehicle crime, cycle theft and burglary. By targeting known and prolific offenders in an environment where detection is often made simpler by familiarity and CCTV, it is intended we can drive reductions in other acquisitive crime types.

Aggravated Burglary Series

Following 2 aggravated burglaries in Watnall and Kimberley and a third in Beeston over the past 2 weeks, I am pleased to tell you that an offender was charged earlier this week with 2 of these offences and released under investigation for the third. he is now on remand awaiting his day at court. These offences were particularly nasty and traumatic for the victims and a huge amount of work has gone into identifying and locating the one of the offenders we believe to be responsible. My thanks go to everyone involved in the investigation, which remains ongoing.


Operation REACHER

I am pleased to announce that in line with the rest of the force, our new ‘Reacher’ team, a sergeant and 6 constables, landed on 5th October. Sgt Liz Gaskin and her team have already started making their mark around the borough, with a number of warrants executed in Eastwood in their first 2 weeks, one of which yielded between £20 and £30,000 worth of Class A drugs. One male arrested in connection with this seizure is currently released under investigation. 

The Reacher team have been getting out and about, introducing themselves to some of our more regular ‘customers’ and you can expect to see more of them, the more they become integrated on the borough.

The week before Reacher landed, the neighbourhood teams at Eastwood and Beeston teamed up to dismantle a cannabis grow worth in the region of £175,000 on Eastwood Road, Kimberley. Three men have been arrested in relation to this and an investigation is ongoing.

Further warrant enforcement activity around drug activity on the borough is planned for the coming weeks. The message then to all of our local dealers is ‘Watch your back…’


Operation LARKSPUR

Operation Larkspur in Stapleford has now been running for around a month. Instigated to tackle some of the ASB, drugs and youth violence issues in Stapleford, the Beeston NPT and Reacher teams have been proactive with additional patrols and some targeted activity. Drugs warrants were executed on Broad Oak Drive, Stapleford and 2 local males have been arrested for offences of weapons-related violence, for which they are currently on conditional bail. Larkspur will continue to be the default patrol tasking for officers on Broxtowe South for the next month.


Queens Head, Kimberley – ASB / Dispersal notices and COVID closure

On 25th September, following several weeks of late night alcohol-related ASB and disorder in Kimberley Town Centre, the Queens Head Hotel was closed for up to a month, by Nottinghamshire County Council under Coronavirus legislation. This was the culmination of weeks-worth of partnership working between my team at Eastwood, Notts Police licensing team the borough council and the county council. Other licensed premises in the town centre have received strong warnings as to their own engagement with Coronavirus legislation and the management of their customers. A review of the licence conditions of the Queens Head, led by the Police Licensing team has been applied for.


Pc Sarah Warren

As well as saying hello to Reacher, this month we have also said ‘farewell’ to Pc Sarah Warren. Sarah, as many of you know, is synonymous with policing in Stapleford and across Broxtowe South. After many years on the local teams, Sarah has taken on a training role in the new Neighbourhood Policing Hub for the county. Sarah’s years of experience in neighbourhood policing have built up a level of expertise which makes her the ideal candidate for this role and we can all expect to benefit form her knowledge as the role develops. It would be remiss of me not to place on record, my thanks for Sarah’s contribution to the policing of Broxtowe, in particular in Stapleford over the years and I wish her all the best for her new role.

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