July Police Update

When people ask me how the team is getting on I always say 'very busy' and this month is no exception!  I am always amazed when I look back each month at the wide range of work we do to protect the local community.

The two significant terrorist incidents in London, over the past month, have again been central to our work.  We have continued to provide extra patrols, some of which have been by armed officers, to give additional reassurance to you. 

Another key role this month was the policing of the general election.  On June 8th a number of our local officers were deployed to visit local polling stations to help ensure the democratic process was free and fair.

While some of the team were in polling stations I was at a rock festival! Our teams also provide additional support at the annual Download festival at Donnington Park and I was part of the team for one day.  It certainly was a change of scenery to day-to-day life on the beat!

As well as all this, we continue our day-to-day pursuit of criminals.  We supported Operation Cabriolet which was a two-day operation across the force area leading to the arrest of 22 violent offenders and burglars.  This included a 26 year old man from Ashleigh Road who was charged with assault and threats to commit criminal damage and a 28 year old woman from New Parks who was charged with assault.

Road RageWe are appealing for people who can identify a man in connection with a road rage incident on Blackbird Road.  The incident happened around 1.15pm on Wednesday 31 May.  A driver of a black BMW got out of his car and assaulted the driver of a red Renault Clio, who luckily was not seriously injured. if you recognise the suspect then call 101, quoting incident number 17*230657.

With the summer period I imagine you are thinking about where your summer holiday will be.  I know I certainly am!  So when you are planning, please also think about how you will maintain your home security when you are away.  Can a friend or neighbour check your house to remove obvious signs that you are away? Can you put lighting on timer switches? Also check your social media security settings so burglars can't see that you are away for two weeks on holiday.  That way the only thing you have to worry about when you get home is finding the energy to go back to work!

Mark Brennan