A dedicated operation to combat a rise in antisocial behaviour has resulted in police seizing drugs and vehicles and arresting a man within the first 48 hours of its launch.
The Gedling neighbourhood policing team joined forces with special constables and CCTV operators at Gedling Borough Council to combat criminal activity in Arnold town centre in response to concerns raised by the local community and businesses.
The ongoing proactive operation, which will be running all the way up to Christmas, was launched on Friday and Saturday and involved officers carrying out a mix of high-visibility and plain clothes patrols.
Dispersal powers were also used to deal with people causing issues, enabling police to order those people to leave the area and not return for up to 24 hours.
The operation resulted in the following action being taken:
- One man arrested and subsequently charged with failing to leave as directed and criminal damage.
- Five people being directed by police to leave the area.
- Three people being stopped and searched by officers – with Class B drugs being recovered on one of these occasions.
- Two vehicles seized by police after being driven in an antisocial manner around the town.
Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Pearson, of Nottinghamshire Police, was among those taking part in the crime-fighting action on Friday night.
He said: “This dedicated operation shows how we are listening to concerns raised by our local residents and businesses and taking robust action to tackle antisocial behaviour which causes so much misery to people’s lives.
“It is in response to a rise in antisocial behaviour and alcohol-related violence in Arnold which has included reports received of youths causing issues such as throwing items from a supermarket roof.
“We’re sending a strong message that if you are coming into Arnold town centre to commit a crime you are not welcome and you will be swiftly caught and dealt with.
“I want to reassure law-abiding people our officers are fully committed to preventing crime and keeping them safe and we will continue to relentlessly target those suspected of wrongdoing.
“This ongoing joint operation, which is also being bolstered by the force’s dedicated Operation Reacher team, demonstrates this commitment and our determination to make Arnold a hostile place for criminals.
“The Gedling Operation Reacher team also carried out an afternoon of engagement in Arnold on Friday where they gave advice and listened to the concerns of local residents and businesses.
“I hope our positive action shows people how seriously we treat antisocial behaviour and violence in our communities. We understand how these sort of crimes can have a lasting impact on neighbourhoods and communities and we remain determined to preventing this kind of disorder before it happens.
“We will continue to act on feedback and intelligence we receive from members of the community as well as working closely with our partners during this operation to reduce criminality even further.
“Regular policing patrols will carry on in the Arnold town centre are in the run up to Christmas as we work together to crack down even harder on antisocial behaviour and ensure people are kept safe.”
Gedling Borough Council wardens have also recently installed new high-visibility CCTV in operation signs in Arnold, as well as in other shopping areas in Gedling, as an added deterrent to criminals as well as providing additional reassurance to local residents and businesses.
Councillor John Clarke, leader of Gedling Borough Council, said: “I would like to thank Nottinghamshire Police for their ongoing work to reduce antisocial behaviour in our town centres and this operation has already been very successful and will reassure our residents that we are doing everything we can to make our streets safer.
We have invested in CCTV cameras, increased neighbourhood warden patrols and we will continue to work with our partners at the police on these operations to do everything we can to bring about a reduction in crime and promote safer communities.”
Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, added: “Preventing crime is one of my three main priorities and I am doing exactly that in Gedling.
“By funding the CCTV signs, I am working with both Gedling Borough Council and neighbourhood inspector Chris Pearson so together we can design out crime and deter criminals.”