Inspector Simon Riley’s Blog: May 2021

Lockdown easing

Welcome to my monthly blog for May.

It’s astonishing to think that we are already knocking on the door of the summer! With the government’s route map out of lockdown still on track, we have welcomed back the pleasure of being able to eat and drink inside in our various pubs and restaurants and it’s really good to see them up and operating again, if not back in ‘full swing’ just yet! I am pleased to report that the opening up of the hospitality industry since 12th April (outdoors) and 17th May (indoors) hasn’t had as negative an impact on policing in Broxtowe as it might have done and across the board, generally speaking, the easing of lockdown is passing without major incident, which obviously I am pleased about.

As we go into June, we are obviously hearing on a daily basis of the impact of the so-called ‘Indian variant’ of Covid19 and we are still unclear if the full ‘unlock’ will be happening as planned on 21st June. With the European Football Championships due to kick off on June 18th there is obviously a huge amount of planning going on at the minute for what could prove to be a very busy couple of weeks for my teams and I in Broxtowe, but I am confident that the plans we have in place will be more than sufficient to be able to deal with what is to come in June.

Engagement

Now that restrictions are lifting and we are heading ever closer to a return to normality, my teams and I will be revisiting and implementing our engagement plans. We will be looking to get out more and more and engage in different areas and situations throughout the summer weeks. The purpose of our engagement in the communities we serve is as follows:

 To support the delivery of policing

 To increase trust and confidence in the police

 To reduce the fear of crime

 To engage to recruit under-represented groups.

If any of you have any ideas of where you would like us to be engaging, or any events where you feel the presence of your local policing team would be of benefit and can support any of the engagement priorities above, then please get in touch with a member of your local beat team – details of whom can be found on the relevant internet page at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk

Operation Larkspur / Operation Hadar

Our proactive operations in Stapleford (Larkspur) and Eastwood (Hadar) remain in full swing and are focussed firmly on preventing and detecting offences of violence, particularly where knives are involved. This month, I managed to secure another 80 hours-worth of additional funding from the Operation Scorpion knife crime surge fund to pay for some additional patrols across both areas and also secured the services of the County knife crime team on a number of days as well.

These additional patrols really pay dividends in terms of visibility and productivity, with a number of proactive arrests and stop searches made in both areas and at least one knife taken off the streets. I have once again bid for more Scorpion funding for June and more visits from the knife crime team, so hopefully the additional work on top of the hours and hours of hard work being put into both operations by the neighbourhood policing teams at Beeston & Eastwood and the Reacher team will continue to reap their just rewards.

On Thursday 27th May, I attended the Borough Council’s Public Safety Committee, where I give a report on crime and policing every quarter. The feedback from the elected members on the committee was overwhelming in its support for these operations and also in the feedback they have received from members of the communities in these areas, who have commented on the increased visibility and presence of officers in both areas.

Burglary

Burglary numbers fell again during May and we have continued with the ‘Lighter Nights’ work across the borough in conjunction with partners. If anyone feels that their shed or garage would benefit from some of the proactive security measures we can deploy to make them more secure, then please contact a member of your local beat team, again, details of whom can be found on the website on the relevant website page for your neighbourhood.

Cannabis Seizure

Beeston Response officers investigating reports of a burglary were called to Lower Road in Beeston after a group of men were seen entering the house and leaving with large bags before loading them onto a white van in the early hours of Sunday 30 May 2021.

When they arrived, they searched the house and a substantial cannabis grow was found inside.

Approximately 120 plants were found across three rooms and electricity had been bypassed in order to power the growing equipment.

Police are now working to establish the circumstances of the grow and are appealing for any information that could aid them in their investigation.

This was a great piece of work by officers attending the incident who followed their intuition to find a sophisticated cannabis grow. There is a perception amongst many that Cannabis growing and consumption is a victimless crime but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Growing and dealing drugs has a detrimental impact on our communities and as a police force, we will not tolerate this kind of activity.

Through our proactive operations like LARKSPUR and HADAR, we will continue to clamp down on drug dealing and it is always a very good result to stop this activity at source and prevent drugs from being sold on the streets. The actual growing of Cannabis can also be incredibly dangerous and pose a significant fire risk. Elsewhere in Notts this month, we have seen a Cannabis grow set fire at a three-story building in Meadow Lane, causing significant damage to the building an nearby properties.

I anyone has any information about this grow that you think could help us in our investigation, please come forward by calling 101 and quoting incident number 144 of 30 May 2021.”

Police and Crime Commissioner

May saw the election of a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire. Caroline Henry was elected to take over the role occupied by Paddy Tipping since 2012. I would like to extend my congratulations to Caroline, who is the wife of Broxtowe MP, Darren Henry and I look forward to being able to speak to her at some point about policing in Broxtowe, the challenges we face and the excellent work done by all of my teams at Beeston and Eastwood.

It would also be remiss of me not to say ‘thank you’ to the outgoing commissioner, Paddy Tipping and his deputy, Emma Foody. Paddy and Emma were hugely supportive of me and my teams, particularly with the work we have been trying to do in Stapleford in the last year. I wish them both well in whatever ventures they are now going to be following.

Staff

And finally, this month we have welcomed Pc Natasha YAQUB onto the Neighbourhood policing Team at Beeston. Natasha joins us from South Yorkshire Police, where she was deployed as part of the Neighbourhood policing team at Rotherham. Her experience in community policing and partnerships will be of great benefit to us in Broxtowe and I am extremely pleased to welcome her to the team. Natasha will now work alongside Pc Barry Winter and PCSO Paula Hipkiss on the Beeston beat team.

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