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    • nottspolice It was the year that Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer married, MTV first aired, the average house price was £24,188 and crime in Nottinghamshire was under 89,000 offences. Now validated statistics for the last financial year show that Nottinghamshire Police has recorded its lowest crime figures since 1981. The force has achieved another 14.2 per cent reduction in crime, compared to the previous year, down 13,990 crimes. While in 1981, the force recorded 88,927 offences, this year there has been 84,329 offences. Offences of burglary, robbery, criminal damage, vehicle crime, and violence have also dropped dramatically throughout 2010/11. A 26.2 per cent reduction in burglary means 2,065 fewer people have been victims. While there has been 2,463 fewer vehicle crimes (- 23.1 per cent), 4,377 fewer offences of criminal damage (- 21.9 per cent), a reduction of 473 robbery offences (-24.5 per cent) and reductions of 235 most serious violence offences (- 27.7 per cent) and 3,142 fewer victims of assault with less serious injury (- 29.4 per cent). In addition to crime reductions, the force has also seen an increase in the number of crimes detected, which means more criminals are being arrested and put before the court. Since 1 April, the force has gone from four to two divisions. However, all four divisional areas saw crime fall. Mansfield and Ashfield (A division) saw a drop of 4,152 offences, down 19.6 per cent; Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood (B division) reduced crime by 19.3 per cent (14,093), the city’s crime fell by 3,954 offences (9.8 per cent) and South Notts (D division) recorded a 12.9 per cent reduction – 2,512 fewer crimes. Here, ACC Paul Broadbent says thank you to the people of Nottinghamshire who have helped to bring about such significant crime reductions. For more news from Nottinghamshire Police visit Become a fan on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter at See our story on YouTube at
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    • nottspolice Police in Worksop today launched a campaign encouraging local people to pass on information about drug dealing and criminals operating in the area. The 'Rat on a Rat' campaign asks for information about criminals and their activities to be phoned into crime fighting charity Crimestoppers. Officers intend to use intelligence passed on to them anonymously from the community through Crimestoppers to target drug dealers and users and prevent them from committing offences, particularly car crime and burglaries. Leaflets were handed out in Worksop town centre and the Manton area by Police Community Support Officers and Community Safety Volunteers. They were supported by Divisional Commander Chief Supt Dave Wakelin, Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, chair of Crimestoppers in Nottinghamshire, and Coun Mike Quigley, leader of Bassetlaw District Council, who are both members of Nottinghamshire Police Authority. Here, they explain what they hope to achieve with this campaign. To Rat on a Rat, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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    • nottspolice A Special Constable with more than 40 years service for Nottinghamshire Police has been honoured with a Chief Constable’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Ambulance paramedic Alan Marwood became a volunteer officer in August 1970. Two years later he won the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for bravery for helping arrest armed robbers who fired shots at him and a colleague. In a career stretching over four decades Alan has been personally responsible for saving the lives of six people including a two-year-old boy. And despite his stressful day job, he has patrolled on average 50 hours a month as a Special. He was nominated for the award by Sgt Phil Anelay, who said: “Alan’s professional skills and motivation have inspired both junior and senior officers alike. He has tutored other Special Constables and has imparted his invaluable experience to other young officers in service. “Alan’s determination and commitment are displayed in an arrest record comparable to that of a regular officer and the impeccable standard of his written work. “He is an outstanding Special Constable with the skills, attributes and positive attitude reflected in his invaluable service to Nottinghamshire Police. He has inspired many other officers to remain in the service and take advantage of all that the organisation has to offer.” Chief Constable Julia Hodson said: “Alan’s dedication and service to policing is nothing short of astonishing. Our job would be made a lot harder without the unswerving commitment from Special Officers. Alan Marwood is a terrific example of that and he should act as an inspiration to both Specials and regular officers alike.”
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    • nottspolice A project to ‘design out’ crime was officially launched in a Nottinghamshire village on Friday (March 11). East Stoke is believed to be the first community in the country to have had security in all its homes upgraded and CCTV installed to cover the entire village. The project began two years ago and has now resulted in the community being awared Secured By Design status by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Secured by Design is a police initiative to encourage the building industry to adopt crime prevention measures in the design of developments to assist in reducing the opportunity for crime and the fear of crime, creating a safer and more secure environment. The project involved ensuring that doors and windows has effective locks, and that garden and shed security measures are also taken. Installation of security lighting and intruder alarms has also been included. The village’s CCTV and street lighting coverage have also been extended. Nottinghamshire Police has teamed up with the county council and the village’s Neighbourhood Watch group, led by resident Sid Davies, to develop the initiative, which also received National Lottery Funding. Assistant Chief Constable Ian Ackerley, who came up with the proposal for achieving SBD status, said: "We all like to feel our communities are becoming increasingly safer, and across Nottinghamshire crime is reducing at a faster rate than anywhere else in England and Wales. "Those reductions have been achieved by employing a plethora of different approaches which are appropriate to each of our communities. "What is happening in East Stoke is truly innovative, resulting from police and partner organisations listening to the community here and responding with a solution that has been talked about in Nottinghamshire for some time. "I’m delighted to say that this project is now complete, thanks in part to funding from Nottinghamshire County Council and the National Lottery, and that East Stoke is ready to become a trailblazer for improving community safety and, consequently, its residents’ quality of life. "I’d like to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of the residents of East Stoke, and in particular Sid Davies, who has been the driving force to develop this initiative. Their input has been inspirational and every bit as important as the work of the partner agencies involved. "For that alone, they deserve the greater peace of mind that this project will hopefully bring them." Listen to this boo to find out from Neighbourhood Watch chair Sid Davies, ACC Ian Ackerley and Architectural Liaison Officer Kevin Brown, how the project has developed. For more information about policing in Nottinghamshire visit