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 April…
The policing priorities for the Gedling borough continue to be residential burglary, anti-social behaviour and drug supply.
Over the last month there has been a continued focus on disrupting those involved in the supply of controlled drugs in our communities. We are only too aware of the links between drugs use and other community issues such as anti-social behaviour and
Over the last four weeks the Operation Reacher team have continued to work alongside our local beat managers to carry out a number of warrants across the area and as a result there have been seizures of controlled drugs, cash and other drugs paraphernalia.
On the Gedling North area the team have carried out two drugs warrants with the first being on Roxburgh Close, Arnold where drugs including Cannabis and Mamba were seized. Officers then carried out a further warrant on Weaverthorpe Road, Woodthorpe where the team seized cash, mobile phones and financial records as part of an ongoing drugs supply investigation. A 47-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A controlled drugs and has since been released under investigation.
Over in the south of Gedling officers seized cannabis plants from an address on Pearson Street, Netherfield on and a further warrant was carried out at a property on Manvers Street. Both are linked to ‘Operation Thistle’ which is an ongoing investigation into drug supply in the Gedling South area. I was pleased to hear that the first sentence as a result of Op Thistle activity has now been handed down with a female from Deabill Street, Netherfield receiving a 10-month suspended prison sentence for her role in
the supply of Class B drugs. We will clearly not tolerate drug dealing in our communities and will always take action where appropriate.
I would continue to encourage the reporting of information to us either on 101 or via the Crimestoppers website at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
Throughout April recorded burglary fell by 31% when compared to March this year which is encouraging and represents a reduction of 9 offences.
We have seen a slight increase in Shed/Garage burglary with a garage broken into in Burton Joyce and a shed broken into in both Woodthorpe and Papplewick village. Our teams at Gedling are carrying out targeted patrols into the evenings and overnight. Alongside this, our Special Constables also provide support across the area with high-vis patrols.
On April 19, a male was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment following a burglary in Netherfield back in November 2020. David Carey (37 years) appeared at Nottingham Crown Court following the offence whereby a handbag, cash and bank cards were
stolen from the property on Deabill Street. I hope that this provides reassurance that we will take robust action against those involved in burglary. It has a huge effect on its victims and we are working closely with our partners at the council to target harden our communities and to identify those responsible.
Moving on I wanted to touch on anti-social behaviour which we have made a priority following feedback from the local community and to coincide with the relaxation of the COVID19 regulations.
In the Gedling North area the neighbourhood policing team have been focusing some of their attention in our more rural areas following concerns about anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Ravenshead, Newstead Abbey and the surrounding villages. Sadly, large groups of young people have been involved in lighting fires, smashing glass and causing damage around our villages which is completely unacceptable. We have been working with local community members and the council to increase patrols in the area. Alongside this officers have viewed CCTV footage to identify offenders and are now taking further action around those involved. Going forward we will be continuing our patrols which will be supported by the Neighbourhood Wardens and our Special Constables.
Over in the Gedling South area the team have also focused their attention on reported ASB in some of our open spaces. The team have spent time patrolling around Conway Road Park following an increase in reports of ASB.
Alongside this we have also received reports of off-road bikes, quad bikes and other vehicles being driven in anti-social manner in some parts of Gedling. Our Specials managed to stop and seize a quad bike in the Porchester Road area following a number of complaints about the anti-social use of the vehicle.
The neighbourhood policing team also coordinated a night of action around the antisocial use of vehicles in Netherfield & Colwick back on April 9 with a number of warning letters issued to drivers.
Positively ASB reports fell by 13% during the month of April which compared to March this year is a reduction of 38 reports.
Speeding has remained on the agenda in the last month with our Op Reacher team involved in a number of operations. The team visited Hucknall Road in Newstead Village where five drivers were reported for driving in excess of the speed limit. Alongside this, a
visit was made to Southdale Road, Carlton with seven drivers reported for speeding offences. The highest recorded speed was 38mph in a 20 mph zone.
Speed checks have also been carried out on Valley Road, Carlton and Marshall Hill Drive. There will be more checks scheduled for the next month.
We were recently involved in the national knife crime week of action known as ‘Operation Sceptre’. This runs twice a year and is aimed at disrupting those believed to be carrying knives whilst also providing education as to the dangers of carrying and
using knives in our communities. I have always been very clear that this will be high on the agenda of the police and partners in Gedling.
Knives cost lives and we will continue to focus our attention on those who are believed to be carrying knives in order to bring them to justice.
During the week of action officers carried out searches in a number of our open spaces along with the neighbourhood wardens resulting in the seizure of a kitchen knife found hidden on Jubilee Park in Gedling. Alongside this, a member of the public located knives hidden in the brick yard estate and handed these in to officers for destruction.
A number of visits were made to those believed to be involved in knife crime and officers also delivered a knife crime input to around 130 young people who go to school within the Gedling Borough. Alongside this, two males were stop searched and a male
was also arrested on suspicion of being in possession of an offensive weapon following the discovery of a metal baseball bat hidden within a vehicle.
On Saturday, April 24, two males were arrested in the Carnavon Grove area of Carlton after we received reports of insecure vehicles having been targeted overnight in the area with property stolen.
Officers arresting the two males found stolen property from the vehicles which has been recovered and will be returned to the owners.
After gathering all of the evidence two males (aged 39 and 42) were charged with theft from motor vehicle x 3 and possession of an offensive weapon.
They have been bailed to appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court.
We are continuing to work closely with our partners at the Council in order to police the COVID19 regulations.
Officers have been working with licensing colleagues resulting in a number of premises being visited as part of the pubs reopening.
There have been some reports of parties taking place in Gedling and on April 23 officers were called to a party taking place at a residential property on St Emmanuel View, Arnold with around 50 people in attendance. This resulted in a large fine being issued to the organiser.
Whilst the restrictions are gradually easing COVID19 is still a risk to our communities. As ever we are working to the 4E’s approach but will not hesitate to take enforcement action around serious breaches of the regulations.
We are clearly making progress in beating COVID but i’d ask for your continued support as the restrictions ease.