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Inspector Chris Pearson: April update from Gedling’s neighbourhood policing teams

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 that took place during April…

Staffing

We have now been joined by PS 2638 Andy Clarke who has moved from the City Division. Andy will now lead the Neighbourhood Policing team at Carlton. PCSO Tom Packer also joins us following a career break and will be based at Jubilee House in Arnold. Tom will join PC 3484 Groves working in the Killisick and St Mary’s area.

Priority Updates

We are continuing to focus on burglary, autocrime, violent crime and anti-social behaviour.

In terms of burglary we have seen a slight increase of two offences in April with hotspot areas of Carlton, Porchester, Colwick and Gedling. We are continuing to carry out patrols with response and neighbourhood officers involved and I would ask that you remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.

As the lighter nights and slightly warmer weather are now with us, I’d also ask that you ensure that windows and doors are left closed and locked. We know that offenders are targeting properties that are insecure.

Unfortunately we had a report of an alleged burglary on April 1 in Castleton Avenue, Carlton whereby a vulnerable female was targeted. This is still under investigation and I’d like to thank everyone who shared our appeal.

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In terms of autocrime, we have seen slight reductions and two prolific autocrime offenders from the Gedling area are now in prison.

We had two BMW’s stolen from the Mapperley area where it appears
that a device has been used to compromise the ‘keyless entry’ system. I’d
encourage owners of cars with keyless entry to consider purchasing a faraday bag which will help to stop the signal of the keys when not in use.

We have seen some slight increases in anti-social behaviour particularly over the Easter holidays. We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and we will work together with our partners at Gedling Borough Council to deal with any identified individuals. I know that we are examining CCTV of some of the reported incidents and where appropriate further is being taken.

In terms of violent crime we have now charged three males with public order and weapons offences following an incident of disorder on Flatts Lane in Calverton at the end of March. This investigation is still ongoing and we are working with partner agencies to deal with those involved.

Unfortunately on April 10 a serious assault took place outside Ben’s Barbers
on Plains Road, Mapperley. A 51-year-old male out jogging was hit to the head before being stamped on and kicked whilst he was on the floor. We will simply not tolerate violence and I’d urge anyone with any information to contact us quoting incident 99 of 10th April or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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Knife Crime

I know that knife and violent crime continues to be a concern. This month I met with the Gedling Youth Council where we discussed the topic of knife crime. It was a really useful to get the feedback of young people and we are now looking at how this might help us across the area.

Op Sceptre in March was a great success in Gedling. We carried out plain clothes and high visibility patrols across the area and visited individuals at risk of carrying knives.  A knife test purchase operation was also carried out across the area as well as knife sweeps in some public spaces. We also carried out a number of stop searches following information from the public. We were assisted by partner agencies including the Gedling neighbourhood wardens.

I’ve also now taken delivery of two metal detecting arches and a number of metal detecting wands which will shortly be deployed in the community.

In other news…

I met with the Ravenshead Neighbourhood Watch at their AGM recently. PCSO Kirsty Szeluk gave an update on policing in the area and we discussed crime prevention advice. It is great to see so many members of the community involved and I’m looking forward to meeting other groups of the coming weeks.

I’ve also been looking at how we interact with the community across the Gedling borough. We are now finalising a refreshed plan of engagement in which I hope that the neighbourhood teams will increase the number of events held such as beat surgeries. Please look out for these advertised in the local media and on our social media pages.

I also met with colleagues from local authority housing last week where we discussed how we can work more closely together in order to effectively deal with anti-social behaviour. PS Helen Walker is also working with colleagues from the council regarding a detached youth work project. A pilot has already taken place in the Arnold area and we are very much looking to extend this work over the coming months.

Finally, in terms of road safety PCSO Szeluk joined volunteers in the Ravenshead area following complaints of speeding. We are looking to repeat this work over the coming weeks. We also spent time addressing speeding in Calverton following feedback from the community. Five motorists were dealt with for offences. I have also met with the Fire Service this week to discuss how we will jointly work together to deliver a message around road safety over the summer.

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