Report on Policing Priorities: January – March 2021

Councillor Richard MacRae, Stapleford North Ward has circulated a report from Inspector Simon Riley who is the neighbourhood policing inspector for the Broxtowe Borough:

Inspector Simon Riley

Report on Policing Priorities: January – March 2021

Operation LARKSPUR (Stapleford)

This operation has been in existence since August 2020 and was set-up to pro-actively target ASB, violence and criminality, including the local drug trade in Stapleford, following an increase in these types of incidents coming out of the first national Covid lockdown.

Focussed on the town centre and the open spaces including Hickings Lane recreation Ground, Queen Elizabeth Park and Archer’s Field, the operation has seen additional patrols in place, some funded by overtime payments from Operation Scorpion (the national knife crime surge fund) and Operation Bion (Coronavirus funding). This has been the priority tasking for the Broxtowe Reacher team since they landed in October 2020.

The operation has had some good success since its inception, however, the shooting on Hickings Lane Park in November 2020 and the tragic murder of 16 year old Joe Whitchurch on Boxing Day, mean that this operation is now very much in focus and raised in priority for us. Op Larkspur will entail high visibility patrols, covert activity and proactive, intelligence led targeting of key nominals, including the enforcement of search warrants wherever this is possible. We will work with and alongside internal and external partners to achieve our aims in this.

Operation HADAR (Eastwood)

This is an operation set-up to pro-actively manage any vacuum created by the enforcement of Operation BOODLES in November 2020, which effectively dismantled an OCG operating out of Eastwood and controlling the lucrative local drugs trade.

We have identified that there are now gaps in the local drug market which will undoubtedly be attractive for other dealers to try and fill. Op HADAR is designed to identify these gaps, identify rival suppliers and prevent them getting a foothold in Eastwood and thereby preventing associated violent and acquisitive crime.

Op Hadar will entail high visibility patrols, covert activity and proactive, intelligence led targeting of key nominals, including the enforcement of search warrants wherever this is possible. We will work with and alongside internal and external partners to achieve our aims in this.

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 reduction of 25% across the borough, whilst burglaries at business and community properties has reduced by 45% in the year to date (April 20 – January 21), meaning that our overall burglary reduction currently sits at 30%

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.

A recent spate of distraction-style offences against elderly victims in Stapleford and Beeston is currently the focus of a CID investigation and is linked to similar investigations in the City and Derbyshire.

There are currently no other hotspots or trends. We will continue to target those offenders whom we know or suspect are responsible for this crime.

Inspector Simon Riley

My name is Inspector Simon Riley and I am the neighbourhood policing inspector for the Broxtowe Borough.

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