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 May…
The policing priorities for the Gedling Borough continue to be residential burglary, anti-social behaviour and drug supply. Our local policing priorities are due to be refreshed at the end of June therefore I would encourage you to complete our Whatmatters Survey in order to help us in identifying our priorities. The Survey can be found on our website at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/whatmatters
It’s been another busy month with further activity around our priority of Drug Supply.
On 6th May the Operation Reacher team carried out a Warrant on Nether Pasture in Netherfield. The team seized quantities of Class A & B drugs along with designer clothing which is suspected to be counterfeit. We are now investigating with the assistance of colleagues from Trading Standards. The team worked together with another Operation Reacher team from the City who attended a second address with further drugs seizures made. As a result of the activity a 29 year old male and 31 year old female were arrested and enquiries are ongoing.
Over in Arnold in the Gedling North area a Warrant was carried out at a property on High Street, Arnold on the afternoon of 3rd June. The team recovered wraps of suspected class A drugs, mobile phones and cash as part of the investigation. Four arrests were made with three males and a female being arrested on suspicion of drug supply offences. They have now been released under investigation and further enquiries are ongoing.
So far the Operation Reacher team have carried out over 50 warrants across Gedling and the team have now seized over £260k in suspected criminal money. Alongside this 123 drugs seizures have been made and 210 people have been arrested or interviewed
as a result of an ongoing police investigation. As ever please let us know if you have any concerns around drug use or dealing as we will always look to take enforcement action where possible.
In the last month there have been some great arrests in relation to burglary offences across Gedling.
Response officers from Jubilee House responded to a report of a burglary at a Hair Salon on Carlton Hill on the morning of Thursday 13th May. Two males attempted to smash their way into the premises before being stopped in a vehicle nearby. The males (aged 41 and 46) were arrested on suspicion of burglary and the investigation is very much ongoing. I know how difficult the last 12 months have been for all including small businesses so I’m pleased that we were able to make arrests in relation to this offence.
Alongside this detectives from the County burglary team investigated a Burglary on Furlong Street, Arnold on 15th May. An elderly lady disturbed the offender who pushed her out of the way before making off with a television and other items. Following a detailed investigation a 32-year-old male was charged with burglary and remanded in custody.
I also wanted to mention a burglary on Coppice Road, Arnold on 25th May when a French bulldog and her eight puppies were stolen from their home during the day. The offenders forced entry to the property before taking the puppies and their mother from the address. This is clearly unacceptable and we are doing all we can to find the puppies and to identify the offenders. I can only imagine how distressing this has been to the victims and their family.
To date the puppies and mother have not been found and I’d encourage anyone with information to contact us quoting Incident 348 of 25th May.
Dog theft has increased nationally and as a force we are supporting the ‘Protect your pooch’ campaign which offers useful advice around keeping pets safe, particularly when out in gardens. Further information can be found online at www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch
Over in the Gedling South area two properties have been targeted by offenders with houses entered on Marshall Hill Drive and St Michaels Avenue, Gedling. On both occasions it appears that the offenders have found insecure doors or windows. With the
warmer weather now with us I’d encourage you to ensure that doors and windows are left locked and secure especially when out in gardens and overnight.
ASB continues to be a priority for Gedling teams and over the last four weeks we have continued to work closely with partners to tackle ASB issues across the Gedling Borough.
The Neighbourhood policing team have been carrying out joint patrols of hotspots with the Gedling Wardens and we are working together with housing providers to reduce ASB in residential dwellings.
The warmer weather has increased reported ASB in some open spaces such as local parks and shopping precincts. In the last few
weeks the Gedling Special Constables have carried out foot patrols on a Friday evening in some of our villages including Ravenshead and Calverton.
Alongside this the Specials have focused on reports of off-road bikes and other antisocial use of our roads. On 27th May a quad bike was seized by the team after it had been seen riding on pavements over in Carlton. The rider has been reported for
summons for a number of Road Traffic offences. This is clearly extremely dangerous and we will not hesitate to take further action where needed to prevent injury to a member of the public or the rider.
Fatal 5 operation
The Operation Reacher team were involved in the national week of action around Road Safety. On 17th May the team carried out a number of speed checks across Gedling and focused their activity on Southdale Road, Carlton where 6 x drivers were issued with
Traffic Offence Reports for excessive speed.
The team also visited Linby village where a further 4 x drivers were reported for Speeding offences on Wighay Road.
The team also seized a van which had no insurance and our Special Constables seized a further three vehicles which were being driven without the relevant insurance or tax to top off a successful operation.
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.
We have been investigating a series of Autocrime offences following a number of vehicles being targeted in the Arnold area.
On May 9 & 10 we received reports of 4 x vehicles being targeted in the area which included offences on;
Roxburgh Close, Arnold
Stuart Close, Arnold
Middlebeck Drive, Arnold
Meeks Road, Arnold
The offenders targeted insecure vehicles and stole bank cards, cash and tools. The neighbourhood policing team at Arnold started an investigation into the offences which included reviewing CCTV footage from the area. As a result of the enquiries carried out we were able to make two arrests in relation to the offences. Two males (aged 37 and 48 years) have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle and Fraud offences. They remain on police bail.
Over in Colwick we also received a report of a van having been broken into with tools stolen. The neighbourhood policing team at Carlton started an investigation following the offence which happened overnight between 31st May and 1st June. Following our
investigation two males were detained in on 4th June. Both males (aged 37 and 48) were charged with receiving stolen goods and remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Friday 5th June.