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Hucknall: Community chosen by police in move to disrupt crime from Nottingham and Bulwell

Police have thanked residents in Hucknall for their support and cooperation after seeing a significant rise in local intelligence reports.

Officers recently launched a three-step crack-down on drug dealers and other organised criminals operating in the Broomhill Road area of Hucknall.

The Clear, Hold, Build initiative has been designed not only to reduce crime and disorder, but also to improve residents’ confidence in reporting to the police.

Early indications show a significant increase in intelligence reports made in person, online and over the phone – with more than 100 submissions made so far in the first two weeks.

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Inspector Chris Boylin, district commander for Ashfield, said:

“Over the last two weeks we have had a very visible presence in the local community as we have diverted a large number of additional resources to the area.

“From what we have seen so far that presence has had a very significant impact. Visible criminal activity and antisocial behaviour has dropped considerably, and intelligence reports from members of the public have increased a lot.

“Whilst I was certainly not surprised by the drop in criminal reports, it has been hugely gratifying to see the very significant uptick in reports from the public – about drug dealing, anti-social behaviour  and other activities that cause such concern to our local residents.

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“I would like to thank every single person who has reached out to us in the last couple of weeks and want to reassure them that the information we have received is all being processed and will be actioned if possible.”

Two warrants have been executed so far and four people arrested as a result on suspicion of drugs offences. One person was recalled to prison as a result.

Three other people have also been arrested on suspicion of theft offences as part of the initiative and two of those people have since been charged.

Further enforcement activity is planned as high visibility patrols continue in the area.

A problem property in Broomhill Road has also been closed by officers working in partnership with Ashfield District Council.

The closure order, issued by Magistrates, reflected concerns that the property had been cuckooed – a practice where criminals effectively take over an address in order to use it as a local base.

The Clear, Hold, Build initiative – replicated with great success by police forces across the country – first seeks to clear criminals and their associates from the area.

The area will then be held and stabilised through high-visibility police patrols, assistance from partner agencies, and community support.

With support from key stakeholders, residents will then be equipped and empowered to build a strong and resilient community, free from crime and exploitation.

The Broomhill Road area has been chosen to address residents’ concerns about drug-related crime and antisocial behaviour, to disrupt cross-border criminal activity from Nottingham and Bulwell, and to bring additional resources to the area.

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