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 the past few weeks…
I’d like to welcome three new Police Community Support officers to the Gedling Borough who joined the team in December.
PCSOs Declan Towl, Rachael Bell and Ethan Bentley have finished their initial training and are now out on area working with their teams. They will shortly be posted to beat areas within Gedling and I wish them well in their new roles.
It’s always good to see new officers join the team and of course that means that we can continue to increase our efforts around dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour.
I met with colleagues from Gedling Borough Council this week in order to review the policing priorities for the Borough. We agreed that the focus for the next quarter would be on Drug Supply, Anti-social behaviour and Shop Theft.
We have unfortunately seen a real increase in shop theft particularly around the Gedling South area with thieves targeting Victoria Retail Park and Carlton Hill.
Sgt O’Connor and the team at Carlton have carried out specific days of action around this supported by the Operation Reacher team but we will now work closely with partners to tackle the issue over the next three months.
In terms of anti-social behaviour we agreed that we will focus on Arnold following an increase in alcohol related disorder and Netherfield which would include work around the anti-social use of vehicles following feedback from the local community.
During the last month we have continued our focus on anti-social behaviour.
Over the Christmas period officers carried out a number of visits to licensed premises across the Gedling Borough in order to deter any alcohol related disorder. I joined them on the evening of December 18th and I visited a number of premises together with a police licensing officer.
I’m pleased to report that there were only a small number of issues over the Christmas and New Year period and we are now following those up with our colleagues from Gedling Borough Council.
The last month has been particularly busy for Gedling borough teams and officers have been out and about carrying out a number of drugs warrants across the area.
We carried out Misuse of Drugs Act warrants on Bond Street, Arnold and Garnet Street, Netherfield with controlled drugs and mobile phones seized.
Following on from that we acted on concerns about a possible Cannabis grow on Digby Avenue, Mapperley. On Christmas Eve we recovered 167 plants from the address and arrested two males. Following a great team effort we secured charges around one of the males while the other remains under investigation.
Cannabis grows have a substantial impact on the community presenting a fire risk and they are often linked to serious violence and knife crime. We will simply not tolerate the supply of drugs in our communities and as we move into this year the team will be acting on other concerns around drug supply
In early December we saw an increase in burglary in our villages with properties targeted in Burton Joyce and Gedling Village.
We immediately increased patrols in the affected areas and officers spent time reviewing CCTV footage as part of the investigation. I’m pleased to report that a 46-year-old male has since been arrested and charged with one of the burglaries on Church Road in Burton Joyce. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Nottingham Crown Court. I’d just like to pass on my thanks to everyone involved in the investigation and this is a great result for the area.
Following on from this and in the run up to Christmas we carried out patrols in our villages in an attempt to deter offenders using both the Neighbourhood Policing and Operation Reacher teams.
This week we have received a report of a burglary in Gedling with a property targeted overnight on Bayliss Road, Gedling. We have also received a report of a suspicious male in a garden on Rutland Road, Gedling. We have increased patrols in the area overnight but please remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.
We have also received reports of a number of sheds being targeted on the Robin Hood Allotments, Cavendish Road, Carlton. The Neighbourhood policing team are investigating and are working with the owners to review CCTV footage.
A garage was also targeted on Mansfield Road, Woodthorpe at the end of December with cycles stolen.
I wanted to provide an update regarding the Op Reacher team who have now been a part of the Gedling Borough for the last two years.
It’s hard to believe that the team have been here for two years already and despite the challenges provided by the global pandemic they have secured a number of great results for the area.
A number of cases are now being finalised and I look forward to seeing the sentences that will be handed down at Court.
Sgt Sisson and the team have worked closely with Neighbourhood Policing colleagues to act on the concerns of the local community. Some of that work has been around the supply of controlled drugs but the team have also focused on Burglary, Knife Crime, Speeding and Road Safety. Along with this the team often lead the way in hunting for those who fail to appear at court.
Over the last two years the Reacher team have:
- Carried out 68 Magistrates Court Warrants
- Arrested or interviewed 304 suspects
- Seized 91 vehicles and issued 201 Traffic Offence Reports
- Made 183 drug seizures and seized 96 weapons
- Seized £279000 in suspected criminal money
Clearly a huge amount of work so I’d just like to pass on my thanks to the Op Reacher team and the Neighbourhood Policing team for the hard work that has gone in to achieve these results.
We continue to receive concerns about Speeding across Gedling borough.
Recently the Gedling South team carried out some speed enforcement work on Vale Road, Colwick the A612 Burton Joyce and Southdale Road, Carlton. During the afternoon 25 motorists were warned regarding their speed and a further 6 drivers were issued with a Traffic Offence Report for exceeding the speeding threshold.
The team will be carrying out more enforcement work as part of a Neighbourhood policing week of action which starts on Monday, January 17, 2022.
Finally this will be my last update as the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Gedling borough as I move to the City next week as a Temporary Chief Inspector.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in post at Gedling for 3 years now and it’s been a real pleasure to lead the Neighbourhood policing and Operation Reacher teams in Gedling borough.
I’d like to thank all of the Sergeants, PC’s and PCSO’s for their continued hard work and I’ll miss working with them.
I’ve also really enjoyed working with our partners at Gedling Borough Council, our Parish Councils and of course our local communities to tackle key issues such as Knife Crime and Violence.
I leave Gedling with all recorded Crime 10% lower than it was in 2019-2020 before the pandemic and victim based crime also 13% lower. I know that the global pandemic has had an impact on reported crime but this is also down to the hard work of all the officers and partners at Gedling.
Inspector Chris Jury will take the reigns at Gedling as of Monday, January 17 and I wish him well in his new role.
Thanks for reading my update over the last three years and take care.
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