Inspector Chris Pearson leads the Gedling Neighbourhood Policing team which helps crack crime across the borough.
Here’s his latest update on progress his team made over September…
Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
ASB remains top priority for us across the Gedling Borough and we are working together with the council and our wider partners such as the youth services who carry out detached youth work to reduce ASB reports, with particular focus on our open spaces.
Over the weekend patrols were increased in Arnold town centre with both
Neighbourhood Policing and Operation Reacher colleagues working together to reduce ASB concerns. Officers carried out high-visibility patrols and were supported by officers in plain clothes. As a result we carried out a number of stop searches, seized controlled drugs and a vehicle. We also gathered information around the perpetrators of anti-social behaviour so that we can consider further action together with our partners.
ASB comes in many different forms and the anti-social use of our roads continues to be a concern to local residents. We have seen an increase in the use of off-road bikes recently and the forces off-road bike team will be joining us in combatting this issue.
We have recently carried out enforcement around the Fatal 4 under ‘Operation Highway’ and this will be repeated as we aim to make our roads safer and reduce ASB reports which are linked to the use of vehicles.
Over in Netherfield we have seen an increase in reports of graffiti with offenders targeting buildings, parks and road signs. We have received similar reports in Mapperley with bus stops damaged on Mapperley Plains. We are investigating the damage but if you have any information as to who is responsible then please let us know on 101 or anonymously through the Crimestoppers website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
We have recently carried out some work with Gedling Borough Council to issue a reminder that CCTV is in operation across key parts of the Gedling Borough. CCTV forms a significant part of our strategy to reduce Crime, Anti-social behaviour and to keep our communities safe
Residential burglary continues to be a priority for us at Gedling and this month our focus has been on the villages of Ravenshead and Calverton following an increase in reported dwelling burglaries.
A small number of offences have been committed whilst the occupants are away on holiday with jewellery and other small items stolen.
Whilst the force burglary team are investigating the reports, our Operation Reacher team have been carrying out patrols in the area to provide reasurrance and to prevent further offences from taking place.
On Friday (2nd October) I joined the team on a proactive operation in the Gedling North area where we carried out patrols in the rural villages using the team’s ANPR car. A number of vehicles were stopped and individuals
spoken to by the team. We will be continuing to patrol the villages overnight with support from other officers.
This year to date there has been a 14% reduction in residential burglary which is around 16 less offences compared to this time in 2020 and a 50% reduction compared to the number of offences recorded in 2019. Whilst
this is really positive news for Gedling as an area we know that there is more to be done and we will continue to focus on preventing crime and bringing those responsible to justice.
Drugs are completely unacceptable and cause significant harm in our communities given their links to serious violence and other crime.
In the last month there have been several seizures of drugs made in the Gedling Borough. Two of these stand out with the first being the arrest of a 34-year-old male following a short pursuit on the morning of 27th September. Officers found a large quantity of Class B drugs
(Cannabis) and cash resulting in the male being arrested on Pinewood Avenue in Arnold.
In the second case the Neighbourhood Policing team were continuing their crackdown on shoplifting offences which resulted in the arrest of a 44-year old female. Suspected Class A drugs were recovered and the female was arrested for other offences including Fraud and Theft.
Please keep your information coming to us either via the 101 system or through the Crimestoppers website as it is really helping us to make progress around this type of offending.
On Thursday 30th September I attended the Mapperley ‘Pub Watch’ meeting which is a forum for licensed premises to share information and work together to solve issues such as anti-social behaviour and alcohol related crime.
The meeting is attended by Gedling Borough Council and Nottinghamshire Police licensing officers. We talked about how we can work together in the run up to what will no doubt be a busy Christmas period for our venues.
A number of licensed premises have radios which enable them to have
direct contact with Gedling Borough CCTV operators which means that we are capturing better evidence of alcohol related disorder or ASB. The footage will help us to take robust action against those involved.
Over the last month Gedling officers have attended a number of Community Engagement events. It’s great to see officers being able to engage with our wider communities since the easing of the COVID19 restrictions.
Over in Burton Joyce PCSO Trevor Parkinson attended an evening event on the subject of ‘Dog Theft’ at the Lord Nelson public house. The event, hosted by Philip James, was well attended with practical advice given regarding keeping our dogs safe and I know that the event was well attended by members of the local community. I hope that
there will be more of these events across Gedling and I will share any details as soon as I have them.
PC Chris Whild has also visited Newstead Village Youth Club to engage with young people following the reopening of the club and carried out patch walk in Ravenshead with our partners to discuss issues affecting the local community.
PCSO Daz Scatcherd also went along to Pinewood Infant School in Arnold with one of our police vehicles. PCSO Scatcherd answered some questions from the children before giving a tour of our police vehicles and its equipment.
Finally I met with MP Tom Randall and Cllr Sam Smith to discuss issues affecting our communities. We talked about reports of Speeding and anti-social behaviour in the community and I provided an update as to how we are tackling these issues together with our partners at the council
Please remember that you can also report Crime and ASB online via our website at https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/do-it-online
Our website has the facility to report hate crime, fraud & cyber-crime and has a link to our advice centre where you can find crime prevention advice and guidance on a number of topics such as home or vehicle security.
The online reporting tool does not replace the 999 or 101 system but is there to enable you to report non-urgent incidents which can be passed to the neighbourhood policing team or our managed incident team for further investigation.