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Inspector Chris Pearson provides neighbourhood policing update

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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 in August…

It’s been another busy month for the Gedling team and I’ve a few updates to share from the
Neighbourhood Policing team and Operation Reacher.

Pilkington Road, Mapperley

Firstly I wanted to mention the incident on Pilkington Road in Mapperley back on the
afternoon of August 5, when we attended to reports of a serious assault.

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This was a really difficult incident for all involved and I know this created a great deal of concern in the local community.

I wanted to pass on my thanks to those affected for their understanding and patience whilst we worked to fully understand the circumstances of the incident and to locate an outstanding suspect who was later arrested.

Joseph Chattaway has now been charged with Attempted Murder x 2 and has been remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court later this month.

In response to the incident officers from the Neighbourhood Policing team including our Special Constables carried out a number of foot patrols in the area in order to reassure residents and in order to answer any questions from the local community.

Pilkington Road Mapperley
PICTURED: Pilkington Road

Crime priority Updates

Next up I wanted to update you on the activity towards our policing priorities.

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Over the last month we have continued to focus on our priorities of Burglary, Drug Supply and Shop Theft.

In terms of drug supply the ‘Operation Reacher’ team have worked with the Neighbourhood Policing team and other force resources to carry out two further drugs warrants.

On August 3, officers executed a drugs warrant on Oakdale Road, Carlton resulting in the
arrest of three males for drugs supply offences. Cash and suspected Class A and B drugs
were recovered from the address. All three males have been bailed for further enquiries.

On August 6, I joined officers from Operation Reacher on Mapperley Plains, Arnold where
we executed a warrant in relation to a suspected cannabis grow. This was following
feedback from members of the local community. Officers entered the address and located
a large cannabis grow consisting of around 349 plants. We have estimated this to be worth
around £350,000. Two males were arrested and later charged with the production of
cannabis. They have since been remanded in custody and are awaiting sentencing. Following
the warrant I joined PCSO Kirsty Szeluk in visiting a number of members of the local community to update them regarding our policing activity in the area.

On Tuesday, August 11 officers from Operation Reacher and other force resources
carried out 4 x warrants across Gedling and the Nottingham City. This was in relation
to drugs being imported into Prisons. A total of 4 people were arrested in relation to
drugs supply offences and have since been bailed for further enquiries.

On August 21, officers also executed a drugs warrant on Worrell Avenue in Arnold
resulting in the further seizure of Class B drugs. A male has been interviewed in
relation to drugs and charged with the production of cannabis. More enforcement activity is planned.

Moving on we have also made progress around Burglary. On the evening August 18,
officers from Jubilee House attended to a report of a burglary in Calverton whereby
attempts had been made to gain entry to a property. Following quick response from
local officers two males (aged 14 and 15) were arrested on suspicion of Burglary and
enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

A female has also been arrested on suspicion of Burglary as we continue enquiries into
a car key burglary on Claygate, Carlton back on 1July 17. Detectives from the County
Burglary team have continued to investigate the circumstances of this incident. A male
has also been arrested in relation to this and has been released under investigation.

Over the bank holiday weekend Operation Reacher and Carlton Neighbourhood
officers had a focus on shop theft offences following a rise in reported incidents.
Following a weekend of activity two females were arrested on Saturday, August 29
following a theft from the Next store on the Victoria Retail Park. Eagle-eyed officers
located a car involved and recovered stolen property and later discovered a cannabis
grow as part of their enquiries. Both females were interviewed, charged and one of
them was remanded into custody.

Operation Reacher officers also located a local female on Sunday, August 30 in
relation to a further 5 x shop theft offences. The female was arrested and later
remanded in custody for a number of shop thefts across the Gedling South area.

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The team will continue to focus on this with particular attention being paid to the Victoria
Retail Park and Carlton Hill areas. In the Gedling North area; Arnold Town Centre
also remains a focus for the team.

Road safety

Moving on I wanted to touch on Road Safety. I know this a priority for many and
reports of speeding and nuisance vehicles have increased this year. In response the
Gedling Special Constables focused on this over the bank holiday weekend. The team
carried out speeding enforcement on Main Street, Calverton following concerns raised
by members of the public. During their tour of duty the team also seized 5 x illegal
vehicles in relation to Insurance offences. The team will be focusing their attention on
Speeding and road safety over the coming weeks and we have identified a number of key
areas following feedback from the local community.

Anti-social behaviour

Vandalised bench
PICTURED: One of the vandalised benches (IMAGE: Notts Police)

We have responded to increased reports of anti-social behaviour during the last month,
particularly linked to the relaxed government restrictions and the warmer weather.
Officers have worked together with the council to identify key areas for increased
patrols.

I was disappointed to see deliberate damage caused to park benches in the
Papplewick and Linby areas with three set on fire in the last month. This has its obvious
risk’s and we are working closely with the Parish Council to reduce this type of
behaviour and to fully investigate the offences. Full details can be found here and if you
have any information regarding the damage then please contact PC 2280 Chris Whild
quoting incident 275 of 12th August.

Witness appeals

We are investigating after a delivery driver was victim of a Robbery on Coronation Road,
Woodthorpe on the afternoon of Friday, August 28. The offence happened at around
16:35 whereby the delivery driver was assaulted before his van was taken. The van has
now been recovered and detectives are investigating the offence. We are appealing for
any witnesses or anyone with information to contact us quoting incident 472 of 28th
August. Full details of the incident can be found here.

Telephone Scams

Finally I wanted to touch on ‘scam’ phone calls due to a rise in reported Fraud offences
across the force area. We have received several reports of scam telephone calls since
the lockdown and I’m also aware of one particular scam in relation to ‘Council Tax’ in
Gedling whereby residents are being contacted by someone pretending to be from
Gedling Borough Council stating that they are due a council tax rebate before bank
details are requested. We have worked with the council who have produced an
information leaflet with the following advice:
What should I do if I get a scam call?
* Don’t reveal personal details. Never give out personal or financial information
(such as your bank account details or your PIN) over the phone, even if the caller
claims to be from your bank.
*Hang up.
*Ring the organisation. If you’re unsure whether the caller is genuine, you can
always ring the council on 0115 901 3901.
*Don’t be rushed. Scammers will try to rush you into providing your personal
details. They may say they have time-limited offer or claim your bank account is
at risk if you don’t give them the information they need right away.
How can I avoid phone scams and cold calls?
You can block or prevent some cold calls. Try these simple things:
*Register with the Telephone Preference Service
*Talk to your phone provider to see what other privacy services and call-blocking
services are available
*If you have a smartphone, you can use the settings on the phone to block
unwanted numbers.

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