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District commander for Newark and Sherwood Inspector Heather Sutton on anti-social behaviour

Thank you, and well done to every single person who played their part in taking the necessary covid-19 precautions, which has resulted in the rate of coronavirus infections falling and the district being removed from the government watchlist of area of concern.

Together, you prevented us from entering a local lockdown, which could have been very difficult for our local businesses.

Please do remain vigilant to prevent a future increase.

Inspector Heather Sutton. (6799710)
Inspector Heather Sutton. (6799710)

I know some people can find the change in the government guidelines confusing, to refresh yourself, head over to the gov.uk website and click on the ‘Read more about what you can and cannot do.’

Of particular note, holding or being involved in the holding of an illegal gathering of more than 30 people is an offence, and police may issue fines of £10,000 to those responsible. Please ensure we do not have to issue such fines in Newark and Sherwood.

The district has suffered anti-social behaviour in many of our beauty spots. Initially exasperated by the coronavirus restrictions, this eased as more public places opened, however I am awareresidents at Farndon continue to suffer ASB.

Unfortunately the parish council has had to take the decision to close the play area due to people removing signs put up to ensure the safety of users, the presence of broken glass, littering and evidence of substance miss-use.

Our young people deserve to have access to their play parks, and this is important for youth mental health.

We have been working with the parish council, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Water Safety Team to patrol the area, take enforcement action on individuals and also engage with Youth Services.

We will continue with this work, but we encourage residents to report ASB to the police, on 101, as it is happening. We can then direct the right resources to the right place, at the right times.

Quite often we receive these reports third party with little information, or many days after the event. We need to be informed at the time it is happening enabling us to take swift action.

This also strengthens our evidence to invoke other powers within the Anti-social Behaviour Act.

Without this evidence, I cannot increase the powers available to officers.

We have made this plea before, however, we are still finding incidents are not being reported, and therefore we are unable to respond appropriately.

The police will do everything in our power to resolve this matter, but we need the support of the residents to help us, help them.

Following the report of the possible police station relocation to Castle house, I have noted a few concerns regarding the position of the railway crossing.

By way of reassurance, officers do not deploy from the police station to each incident. Our officers are out on area, covering the 250sq miles of our district, they can deploy to an incident from any location and therefore the crossing should have minimal impact. We will get to you when you need us.

Stay safe.

Inspector Heather Sutton, District Commander Newark and Sherwood Police

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