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Disorder will not be tolerated, writes Inspector Heather Sutton, district commander of Newark Police

I hope you are all staying safe and looking after one another in what is turning out to be a very odd year, writes Inspector Heather Sutton, district commander of Newark Police.

I continue to provide a dedicated team to the Newark town centre every Saturday night since the re-opening of the pubs, clubs and restaurants, and have recently been supported with additional officers when the local beat team isn’t available.

It is my intention to continue with this level of policing support over the coming months. There are still too many alcohol-fuelled violent incidents taking place.

Anyone acting in a disorderly manner can expect to be challenged, and subsequently arrested if they are unable to behave appropriately.

It is also my duty to object to licensing applications I feel will have a detrimental impact on crime and disorder. Any objections are based on evidence of disorder and after careful consideration for the needs of the local economy.

The Police and Crime Commissioner has secured £550,000 funding from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund. After months of planning, elements of the project are now under way.

As part of the project, there will be a bike marking event every month, which will be advertised on our Facebook pages.

This helps prevent bikes being stolen in the first place, but also helps us detect offences if we are able to recover a stolen bike and trace it back to the original owner.

The fund has also appointed to burglary reduction officer, who will do assessments of properties and offer security packages.

For more information on how to keep your home safe in the darker months, check out the crime prevention guides page on Nottinghamshire Police website.

Anti-social behaviour continues to be an issue in many of our areas and each beat manager is working with Newark and Sherwood District Council to reprimand those responsible.

Recently, a 15-year-old boy was arrested for failing to provide his details to officers after they suspected he was involved in anti-social behaviour. The boy’s parents were supportive in educating their son when he was returned home.

Please do keep reporting incidents at the time they are happening via 101 or 999 in an emergency, to ensure we are in the right place at the right time.

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