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 August…
We have received lots of feedback in relation to speeding and the anti-social use of the roads. This is heavily linked to our local priorities and this month we carried out a day of action known as ‘Operation Highway’.
Neighbourhood officers from Arnold were joined by Operation Reacher, Roads Policing and the Driver and Vehicle Standards
Agency. Throughout the day the team targeted the ‘Fatal 4’ offences and operated two check points on the Gedling North area.
In the morning the team focused their attention on Arnold and the A60 Mansfield Road at Redhill before moving to Mapperley, Calverton and Woodborough in the afternoon.
During the day 20 drivers were issued traffic offence reports for a number of offences. The DVSA also prohibited 5 vehicles due to defects being identified.
Over in Gedling South the team have also carried out recent speed enforcement work in the village of Burton Joyce.
Sgt O’Connor and the team issued one driver with a traffic offence report and the driver will be dealt with in due course.
I know that speeding is a concern for a number of residents across the Gedling Borough and we will act on feedback from the community.
A number of vans have been targeted across Gedling during the last month with a number of offences reported in the Woodthorpe area. In some cases the vehicles have been taken whilst in others tools have been targeted by thieves. The Operation Reacher team have carried out some increased patrols in the area and this is being supported by neighbourhood policing officers.
Over on Bestwood Lodge Drive we received a report of a lorry having been targeted with machinery stolen. The tools were later advertised for sale on the internet and I was pleased to join the Arnold team on an operation to retrieve the stolen property. We arrested a 32-year-old male who remains under investigation. It was a pleasure to return the property to the victims and I want to be very clear that we will investigate all reports of Autocrime
As with any vehicle offences I would encourage the removal of tools from vans overnight or whilst working at a site.
Throughout August we recorded an increase in Commercial Burglary with numerous premises in Arnold town centre targeted by offenders overnight.
We launched ‘Operation Neonfire’ to investigate and target the individuals involved in the offences.
I know what a difficult time it has been for all including the retail sector who cannot afford the financial loss of being targeted by thieves who damaged doors, windows and stole several thousand pounds worth of stock.
Officers were involved in a number of lengthy enquiries to review CCTV footage in the area. We worked with the victims to
target harden their premises and finally in the early hours of 25th August following the deployment of plain clothes officers we made 4 arrests at a property on West Street, Arnold. Stolen property was recovered from the address along with a crowbar. The following
day our CID colleagues continued the investigation resulting in two males (aged 25 and 45) being charged with Burglary offences and remanded to court. I want to pass on my thanks to all of the officers involved in this investigation. They put in a lengthy shift
and carried out numerous enquiries to try and identify those involved.
A really good result for us at Arnold and once again a clear message that we will simply not tolerate burglary offences in our Borough.
The supply of controlled drugs remains very much in focus at Gedling.
Last month the team over at Gedling South carried out a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant on Cavendish Road, Carlton. The team recovered some controlled drugs for personal use and acted on concerns raised about the supply of controlled drugs in the community.
Over in Arnold I was pleased to hear that an argument in the street resulted in the seizure of Class A & B drugs, cash and mobile phones. Officers attended Nursery Road, Arnold at around 01:20 on August 16 before making the discovery. Two males were
arrested aged 36 and 39. Both remain under investigation for drug supply offences.
Now that the Coronavirus regulations have eased we are getting back into our Community engagement schedule for the remainder of the year.
The Op Reacher team have been the first to get this up and running and they were recently invited to the open day at Arnold fire station. The team arrived with their ANPR car and a number of
goodies to give away to members of the local community. It was great to read such positive feedback and over the next few weeks we will be increasing our engagement events across the area.
Community engagement is a really important part of our work so
that we can break down barriers with our communities, understand concerns and make sure that members of the public know where to come for help.
Keep an eye on our social media for details of our future engagement events.
The Operation Reacher team continue to go from strength to strength.
The team have now carried out 56 Magistrates Court warrants across the Gedling Borough.
Alongside this the team have arrested or interviewed 250 suspects, made 147 individual drug seizures and seized 75 vehicles (5 of which were stolen).
The team has also dealt with 182 road traffic offences and have seized over £275k in suspected criminal money.
The team have generated a large amount of intelligence to
help in our fight against crime and ASB across Gedling.
If you have any concerns or information for the Reacher team, particularly around the supply of drugs then please email [email protected] or this can reported via the Crimestoppers website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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.