Southwell’s new police manager is looking to target anti-social behaviour and burglaries.
Southwell's new beat manager, Pc Gary Sipson. (140113JT2-2)
Pc Gary Sipson has taken over as the town’s beat manager from Pc Tony Hayes who retired last month.
Pc Sipson also covers the Farnsfield, Lowdham and Bilsthorpe beat, which he has covered for the last two years, but will gradually move towards having the Southwell area as his sole responsibility.
He said he was looking forward to tackling the challenges facing the town.
Pc Sipson said: “I am looking forward to getting out and about a bit more.
“The area had appeal for me because there is a mix of things going on such as burglaries and anti-social behaviour issues, so there are plenty of issues to tackle.
“People don’t think you get problems in Southwell but when it does get targeted for burglaries it is a major incident because of the high value of property.
“We are looking at doing patrols in the evening and late night shifts to target that.”
Pc Sipson plans to continue working with The Minster School to tackle problems caused by teenagers drinking in large numbers on War Memorial Recreation Ground.
He said: “It got to the stage where there were 500 or 600 teenagers on the park and the worrying thing is some of them were as young as 14 so that will remain a priority.”
Pc Sipson said it was important Southwell had retained its police station and hoped to encourage more special constables and rapid response teams to use it as a base.
He said: “I think there is lots of potential.
“I have had quite a positive response from people since coming here and there has been a lot of positive feeling, which doesn’t happen in a lot of areas.
“The way Tony Hayes policed was quite proactive and he dealt with a lot of things almost before they became an issue. It is important people are willing to approach you and give information so you can deal with issues before they become really serious.”
Pc Sipson lives in a village near Mansfield with his wife and two-year-old daughter.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his daughter and the family’s animals including horses and dogs, and photography.