I wanted to provide an update regarding the firearms discharge which happened on Jessops Lane, Gedling on Wednesday, August 21.
Clearly incidents of this nature have no place in our local community and the investigation into this offence is very much ongoing.
A 25-year-old male arrested in relation to this incident has been charged with drugs supply offences and remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court. He has been bailed in relation to the firearms incident whilst further enquiries are completed.
Gedling officers have been spending time on patrol in the Jessops Lane area providing reassurance to the community and this will continue over the coming weeks. At the moment we believe that this is very much a targeted incident. On Thursday afternoon I met with Vernon Coaker MP where we discussed how we could best support the local community following this incident.
I would encourage anyone who saw the incident take place or anyone with Dashcam footage to contact us quoting incident 225 of 22/8/2019.
CID colleagues are also continuing to investigate the firearms discharge that happened on June 8 this year on Roundwood Road, Arnold. A 22-year-old male has now been arrested in the last week bringing a total of seven arrests so far. A 20-year-old male has been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and court proceedings are ongoing.
I also wanted to mention two robberies that took place on Front Street, Arnold on 13th August 13, 2019. I’m pleased to report that following an investigation into the offences a 17 year old male has been arrested and charged. He has now been remanded in custody. This was an excellent investigation and the Gedling Neighbourhood team supported CID colleagues by carrying out a number of enquiries in the local area.
Thankfully the number of robberies in the Gedling Borough remains low and I’m pleased that we have been able to take positive action around these reports.
Moving on you may remember a Public Order incident involving a number of males in the Calverton area which happened back in March this year. The case was heard at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday, August 27.
18-Year-old Ross Hedley and a 15 year old male have pleaded guilty to affray and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Another 17 year old male pleaded guilty to Affray. All of them will be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on September 26. I hope that this sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate violence of any kind in the Gedling Borough and we will continue to work together with partners to prevent these types of incidents from taking place.
Over the next month our priorities will continue to be burglary, autocrime, violence and anti-social behaviour.
I wanted to touch firstly on the subject of anti-social behaviour: I know that this has been of concern to the local community and we have been working together with colleagues at Gedling Borough Council to try and reduce reported incidents. In the last month we have seen a further slight reduction around Anti-social behaviour which is pleasing to see given that the warm weather and school holidays tends to increase reporting.
In terms of burglary we have seen a slight rise of two offences in the month of August. Hotspot areas have been identified as Gedling, Porchester, Netherfield and Arnold. The majority of offences have taken place overnight with windows and doors broken in order to gain entry.
In terms of autocrime we have seen a reduction this month with around 15 less offences. We are still seeing a number of vans attacked in the Borough with 10 attacked throughout August. The majority of these have been in the Arnold and Porchester areas with tools stolen.
A full guide on protecting vehicles can be found here: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/vehicle
August saw a very slight rise in recoded violence however across the year ‘Violence with Injury’ has continued to reduce with 49 less victims which is great to see.
August saw officers continue patrols around ‘Operation Scorpion’ which is a focus on knife crime and violent offending in the Gedling Borough. Officers have carried out high visibility patrols in some of our hotspot areas and I’m pleased that we are starting to see results from that ongoing work.
On Thursday, August 29 we were visited by Vernon Coaker MP who spent time with the Neighbourhood Policing team based at Jubilee House in Arnold. Mr Coaker joined Sgt Helen Walker and PCSO Kirsty Szeluk on patrol in the Gedling Borough after visiting the Neighbourhood Policing teams briefing in the afternoon. I also spent some time with Mr Coaker discussing reported issues in the Gedling Borough and how we might work together to reassure the community.
Finally, please look out for details of engagement events on our social media. The Gedling North and South teams will be holding a number of events over the coming weeks and months.