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Newark police targeting risk-takers on and off the road

Happy new year everyone, writes Nottinghamshire Police’s district commander for Newark and Sherwood, Inspector Heather Sutton.

Under the new local priority of speeding and road safety, nearly all of the response teams have completed their speed gun training, giving us 24/7 coverage of a speed enforcement capability, and when officers have any down time they are undertaking this activity.

Since the start of the priority, over 400 vehicles have been checked, with advice or tickets issued where appropriate. This work will continue, until the priority is reviewed again in February.

Inspector Heather Sutton.
Inspector Heather Sutton.

In December we commenced Operation Jingle (do you see what we did there??) supported by Newark and Sherwood District Council in which we task officers with high visibility patrols to tackle shop theft and anti-social behaviour within Newark town centre during the run-up to Christmas.

This provided us with a great opportunity with engaging and supporting local businesses during what is a very challenging time and also gives us the chance to engage with the public, something which we miss and have been limited to do due to the current climate.

Anti-social behaviour continues to blight many of our communities, we have been working closely with the Youth Worker Interventions Team to ensure we are all in the right places at the right time, offering a balance of positive youth engagement, and education and enforcement where needed.

Having completed an analytical review we have identified the hot spot times and locations, and dedicated officers to anti-social behaviour patrols during this time, which means those officers will be undertaking proactive patrols and dealing with any incidents as they occur, and will not be deployed elsewhere. There are response officers on duty at the same time to respond to other calls for service.

This deployment has been done in the years gone by and is seen as effective, we are trialling this for an initial three months and will review its effectiveness at that point. Please do continue to report in your anti-social behaviour issues so we can include your locations in our patrol plans.

On Sunday, December 6, the Sherwood Neighbourhoods Policing team were out as part of Operation Jericho, an operation to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminal damage caused by off-road motor vehicles.

Officers joined forces with Mansfield’s Neighbourhood team to tackle the problem areas from both sides.

There appears to be a significant increase in reports of this nature, which is affecting landowners and farmers.

We utilised the use of two police 4x4 vehicles, the force quad bike, the off-road bike team and the police drone.

We concentrated on areas in and around the A614, Dear Dale Lane and fields and farms in the locality that border Mansfield and the ‘desert’.

Several bikers and 4x4 drivers were stopped and dealt with.

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