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 November…
First up is an update around the work we are doing towards our three policing priorities of burglary, drug supply and anti-social behaviour. The priorities are due to be refreshed in our partnership priority setting meeting at the end of December.
I am really keen to hear your views about the issues that we should focus on as we move into 2022.
There is a short survey available through the Nottinghamshire Police website at https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/neighbourhoods/what-matters
‘Operation Interlude’ has continued to be our focus in Arnold town centre.
The neighbourhood policing team and Op Reacher officers have been carrying out regular patrols during the evenings following reports of youths throwing items from the roof of buildings. As ever we have been working together with Gedling CCTV and the neighbourhood wardens. As a result of the ongoing work we have identified a small number of young people involved and we are now working with the Council’s ASB officer to issue ‘Acceptable Behaviour Contracts’ to those involved.
We also working with wider partners such as the Youth Justice Service to look at diversion opportunities. As we move towards Christmas there will be an increased number of officers present in Arnold, carrying out both high-visibility and plain clothes patrols as we continue to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and violence.
In the last month reported antisocial behaviour in Arnold town centre has fallen by 25% which is encouraging. There is clearly more to be done and that will remain our priority going forward.
We have received a small number of reports of youths kicking the doors of houses in both Daybrook and Calverton. I just want to be very clear that this is unacceptable behaviour and my colleagues are reviewing CCTV footage which I hope will take us forwards in that investigation. Clearly we will be looking to take positive action against those involved and I know that some damage has been caused in at least one case.
Over in Carlton the Neighbourhood team have been focused on some reported ASB around Carlton Forum leisure centre. Following enquiries we have identified a small number of people involved and they are now being invited for a meeting with the Beat Manager PC Catherine Flint and the councils ASB officer where they will also be issued with an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC).
This is clearly the starting point in trying to prevent ASB but we will look at alternatives if the issues continue.
We are continuing to work on our priority of drug supply.
Earlier this week neighbourhood policing officers on patrol in Arnold stopped a male who was found in possession of deal bags containing white power and cannabis. They also found a large quantity of cash and arrested the male for drug supply offences. He has since been released while further enquiries are carried out into the offences. An excellent stop by the team and a clear message that we are carrying out patrols and will stop/search individuals who are suspected of being involved in Crime.
Alongside this officers have made 14 individual drug seizures as part of their daily patrols in the last month.
The Op Reacher team have also made two further arrests where drivers have failed a
road side drug wipe test indicating that they are driving while under the influence of
Burglary remains a priority at Gedling, especially in the run up to the Christmas period.
We have continued to deploy officers into hotspot areas of the Gedling Borough which
includes our rural areas such as Ravenshead and Gedling Village after three homes
were broken into by intruders in the last week. Two offences have been reported on
Regina Crescent, Ravenshead where offenders have forced entry to residential
properties by damaging doors and windows. Over on Wood Lane in Gedling offenders
also forced open a window at a rural property before stealing Jewellery and cash.
Recorded residential burglary continues to be 17% lower than last year so far this
year and 46% lower than in 2019 which is encouraging but as always there is more to
During November we supported the national Knife crime week of action known as
‘Operation Sceptre’. The week of action involved officers from across the force and
our partners at the council who were involved in some of our activity. During the week of action we completed the following:
- 6 x open space searches for concealed weapons with none found
- 7 x Stop/Searches following patrols in Arnold and Netherfield
- 2 x arrests made for individuals stopped who had failed to appear at court
- 2 x vehicles seized
- Knife crime input given by PCSO Mark Careless to approximately 250 young people spread over 5 local schools.
- 2 x premises visited as part of a test purchase operation to check compliance around the sale of knives
- 9 x visits completed to a number of people suspected to have been involved in knife crime.
Overall it was a busy week for us at Gedling and as you know we are determined to continue the crack down on knife possession across the force area.
Recently the law changed in relation to the possession of some weapons in private and the week of action was a good opportunity to send out a clear reminder about the changes. If you are unsure or need any advice then please contact the neighbourhood policing team who will be happy to provide advice.
We are aware of a slight increase in autocrime in Gedling Village with a number of
vehicles targeted earlier this week. CCTV footage shows offenders trying a number of
car doors in the area. Unfortunately some vehicles were insecure and property was
stolen including laptops, handbags and wallets. We have increased patrols in the area
and officers have been out talking to members of the local community to encourage the removal of belongings from vehicles. A letter drop has also been completed in some of the affected streets.
We have seen a similar trend across Gedling Borough with a couple of offences also reported in Redhill.
The key message is to ensure that vehicles are locked, with valuables removed at all times. Vehicle keys should be kept well away from doors and windows where they could potentially be reached by offenders.
We have also had a small number of vans stolen across Gedling and the wider Nottinghamshire force area. I was pleased to hear that three suspects had been arrested
travelling through Papplewick Village on the evening of November 30. As a result of
police enquiries a stolen van was recovered and we have also seized a number of engines and vehicle parts suspected to be stolen. This is very much an ongoing investigation but a good result for those who I know have been affected after their work vans have been stolen.
Finally, Shoplifting is very much on our agenda in the run up to Christmas.
Sgt O’Connor and the Carlton team are planning an operation in Netherfield and at the Victoria Retail Park as we are experiencing a high number of recorded offences. In some cases store staff have been threatened when challenging offenders which is of course unacceptable.
We will shortly be launching a ‘Shop Watch’ scheme in Netherfield and then Arnold which will give us the opportunity to share images of potential offenders with local stores to prevent offending so I am looking forward to seeing that come together over the next few weeks.
That’s all for this month and I look forward to meeting some of you as I will be out and about on patrol in the run up to Christmas.