Inspector Craig Berry, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Rushcliffe writes his monthly blog.
Inspector Berry writes:
The restrictions of the pandemic are now being gradually lifted and each week we get back to policing as it was before the lockdowns.
Our daily briefings provide information and guidance on the areas that we need to look at.
Throughout the pandemic I have worked closely with our partners to ensure the safety of our residents on Rushcliffe.
I am pleased with the way that our officers have worked around the guidance provided by the Chief
I will be reviewing our Local Police priorities at the LPPS meeting in the middle of July and hope that we will be able to look at non Covid-19 issues to address for the next 3 months
I am pleased to report that Rushcliffe Borough Council reacted quickly on Monday the 29th of June around some members of the travelling community that arrived on land near Greythorn Primary school.
Our thanks go to the RBC legal team who were able to serve notice on the travellers to leave the
location, with plans to evict them on Tuesday morning. The travellers had left the land by Tuesday morning, unfortunately they have moved to another location nearby.
The relaxing of restrictions on pubs and restaurants will be a new challenge for us, but I am confident we deal professionally with any issues we face.
We have been carrying out regular ASB patrols in many areas of West Bridgford, such as Bridgford Park, Sharphill woods, Holme Pierrepont, Boundary Road Park, Gresham Park, The Hook, West Park and Compton Acres.
Our partnership work with Rushcliffe Borough Council has been paramount in relation to the issues on Bridgford Park. We have been working with RBC environmental health and licensing colleagues around park closing times, single point of entry to the park, enforcement officers to target ASB and urinating in the park.
A dispersal order under Anti-social Behaviour legislation has been authorised following numerous incidents reported in the Lady Bay area of alcohol related ASB. A Large numbers of teenagers and young adults have been congregating into the evening and night, setting fires, exploding gas canisters
& playing loud music. This behaviour is both dangerous and distressing to local residents.
During the evening of Friday and Saturday 25th-26th of June, the West Bridgford beat team conducted further Operation Alaska, we were supported by local response officers and our Roads Policing colleagues. This produced some good results around drugs with a 26-year-old male and a 24-year-old female detained in relation to drugs supply offences, our investigations continue around those people.
A 19-year-old male was also issued with a cannabis warning. During the same operation a motorcyclist has been charged with driving offences, riding without due care, failing to stop for Police and drugs possession. We also seized a uninsured vehicle with the driver being reported for summons in relation to document offences.
On Friday the 19th of June 2020 after some excellent work by our Local Intelligence Officer, we executed a search warrant at a rural location near to Costock. Once again we utilised the force drone to assist officers on the ground. Three persons were arrested and interviewed about cannabis
production offences and have been released under investigation whilst we conduct further investigation.
There have been issues around ‘off-road’ motorcycles being used in and around Cotgrave. The local beat team have plans to deal with this situation; I am hopeful that will be able to report some positive results in the coming weeks.
We are now starting to see some new officers coming into the local beat team. These officers have had their basic training and have already worked on response teams and other specialist departments; they are now coming to work with us to experience the work of beat officers.
I see these new colleagues as a great asset to the work we are doing in Rushcliffe and
welcome them to the team.
Inspector Craig Berry – Rushcliffe Neighbourhood Policing Inspector.