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Newark and Sherwood priorities highlighted in Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner's four-year crime plan

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The Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner has launched her four-year plan to target criminals and reduce offending – which includes setting up a new taskforce to target anti-social behaviour.

Caroline Henry has set out her objectives for the next four years in her Police and Crime Plan, which will undergo scrutiny before being approved.

The 18-page plan will be unveiled at Nottinghamshire County Council’s Police and Crime Panel on Monday, November 15.

Caroline Henry at Newark Police Station.
Caroline Henry at Newark Police Station.

In Newark and Sherwood, Mrs Henry wants to focus on concerns over illegal encampments, the need for local custody facilities, speeding and the illegal and anti-social use of motorcycles and e-scooters.

She added she intends to create a hostile environment for those who attempt to break the law and run organised criminal gangs in Nottinghamshire.

Around £400,000 will be pumped into late-night policing, which includes the city-based Operation Guardian, targeting those peddling drugs such as cocaine and cannabis to people on nights out.

Inspector Charlotte Allardice, Commissioner Caroline Henry and PCSO Eleanor Smalley in Newark.
Inspector Charlotte Allardice, Commissioner Caroline Henry and PCSO Eleanor Smalley in Newark.

The money will also be invested in projects aimed at keeping women and girls safe after a number of spiking by needle reports.

She will also launch a £100,000 crime prevention fund for initiatives to increase neighbourhood safety and feelings of safety in vulnerable and hotspot locations across the county.

There will also be an annual £250,000 Make Notts Safe Fund for community-led third sector organisations to take action to address the community safety issues.

She will also invest £1.5m to direct young people out of the court system by addressing the underlying causes of early onset offending.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry in Newark.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry in Newark.

More than £2.6m of her budget will also go into local drug treatment services for offenders across Nottinghamshire.

Mrs Henry will also establish an anti-social behaviour taskforce to help increase public confidence in the response to ASB.

She will also continue to invest in the police’s serious organised crime units and the road policing team, with the aim of expanding the number of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.

There will be a heavier focus on rural crime as part of her plan, as she feels some parts of the county such as Bassetlaw had missed out in the past.

This includes improving the recording and reporting of specific rural crimes such as farm machinery theft, fuel theft, fly-tipping, poaching, livestock offences and equine crime.

She said: “It is an ambitious plan that is unapologetically tough on crime and has the needs of victims and communities at its heart.

“It is my vision that by the end of my term in office there will be fewer victims, greater trust and confidence in the police and a stronger and more resilient network of services supporting victims to cope and recover from harm.

“My plan centres on three simple objectives — preventing crime and protecting people from harm, responding efficiently and effectively to community needs and supporting victims, survivors and communities.”

Mrs Henry said she visited each part of the county before putting her plan together and has cited the crime problems facing each one of them.

In Ashfield, residents wanted to see an increase visible police presence, and targeting of the illegal use of e-scooters, motorcycle-related ASB and illegal encampments.

In Rushcliffe, speeding, reckless driving and noise nuisance, motorcycle related ASB, bicycle theft, and establishing a community speedwatch scheme in the area.

In Nottingham, the illegal and anti-social use of e-scooters, burglary prevention, building positive relationships between the police and minority ethnic communities and tackling hate crime, violence and illicit drug use in the night-time economy.

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