Inspector Chris Pearson is responsible for Gedling’s neighbourhood policing team. His officers help uphold the law across the entire borough. Here he provides an update on policing activities in the area…
This week we will be joined by PC 4009 Dan Whitham. Dan will be joining the Gedling North team at Jubilee House and will be covering the Arnold and Killisick areas whilst PC Allie Batty is on an attachment. Allie will return to the team in February 2020.
Meeting the public
November has been an extremely busy month for us. On Saturday, November 2 I visited the ‘Arnold Community Group’ with colleagues from Gedling Borough Council. I gave an update on policing in the Arnold area and answered questions from members of the public. It was great to have the opportunity to visit the group and I hope to attend again in the near future.
I also had the opportunity to visit the Lambley Parish Council to provide an update on policing in the area and this month I will be visiting the Calverton and Woodborough Parish Council meetings.
I wanted to provide a short update as to our priorities. These remain residential burglary, autocrime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) until at least January 2020.
With regards to burglary, we have seen a rise in offences particularly across Arnold, Calverton and Bestwood Village with offenders committing offences during the daytime. The majority of offences have been ‘snap lock’ whereby offenders damage door lock barrels in order to gain access. In other offences patio and rear doors have been forced. The Gedling Neighbourhood team and other colleagues have carried out a number of high-visibility and plain clothes patrols.
I’m pleased to report that two significant offenders have been sentenced in the last two weeks with Paul AVES (46 years) receiving two years’ imprisonment for a dwelling burglary on Porchester Road, Carlton on October 8.
Harley ASHURST (19 years) also received three years’ imprisonment in relation to a number of burglaries across the South of Nottinghamshire. One of these offences happened in Lowdham Road, Gedling on the night of 9th October 2019.
In the run up to Christmas we will be continuing to carry out a number of extra patrols across Gedling in order to reduce offences of burglary. In terms of crime prevention the following advice may be useful now that the longer, darker nights are with us.
– As the nights get darker earlier, leave a light on inside your house. Remember to choose low energy lamps (wherever possible)- Use a timer switch to operate the lights as it starts to get dark. Change the times that the lights come on to simulate an occupied home- Make sure your front door is well lit. Use dusk to dawn lighting that automatically comes on as it gets dark- Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all timesThere is also crime prevention advice available on the Nottinghamshire Police Website which covers a range of subjects and this can be found under: www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice
Autocrime has continued its downward trend this year with a 21% reduction across Gedling compared to this time last year. That equates to around 99 less victims of autocrime. Despite this, local officers are continuing to carry out proactive work around autocrime after a number of vans were broken into across Gedling during November with tools stolen.
Officers executed a warrant in Hucknall at the beginning of the month leading to the recovery of a stolen van from Besecar Avenue, Gedling. Two males have been interviewed by officers and enquiries are very much ongoing.
Reports of anti-social behaviour increased due to bonfire night. Our officers including Special Constables carried out hotspot patrols across Gedling and the Neighbourhood team did attend some events including the Pepperpots Firework display over in Carlton. Despite the challenges of bonfire night and Halloween, reports of ASB continue to be slightly lower than this time last year which is encouraging. I recently met with colleagues from Nottinghamshire County Council youth services to look at how we can continue to work together in order to reduce incidents of ASB across Gedling.
The Gedling Neighbourhood team have been investigating a number of shop theft offences in the Arnold area following a rise in reported offences. Lindsay GREGORY (34 years) received a suspended sentence at Nottingham Magistrates Court for a number of offences committed in Arnold town Centre. The team have carried out proactive patrols in order to deter this type of behaviour in the run up to Christmas and we are working closely with local businesses and our colleagues at Gedling Borough Council who operate a thorough and robust CCTV system in Arnold and the surrounding area.
Shaun Miller was also sentenced last week at Nottingham Crown Court following a violence assault back in April this year. Miller received a sentence of 13 and a half years for a violence assault that left a female with four broken ribs, other fractures and bruising.
Moving on to road safety the Gedling Neighbourhood team again worked alongside community volunteers this month. A Community Road Safety operation was completed in the Spring Lane area of Lambley Village following concerns from local residents about speeding in the area. We are aiming to repeat this work over the next few weeks and months and we will be visiting other locations across the Gedling Borough to address the issue of road safety.
We will also be supporting the Christmas drink-drive campaign which runs throughout December. Nights of action will be taking place in order to stop and deal with those driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Please don’t take the risk as it can and does cost lives.
Finally I attended the Nottinghamshire Police Force Awards on 21st November where I saw PC 3532 James Gill win the Police Officer of the Year Award. PC Gill is a Response officer based at Jubilee House in Arnold. This is a fantastic achievement and one that I believe is really well deserved.