Crime forced down to record low in Hucknall

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HUCKNALL can claim an outstanding new record in the fight against crime, the town’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, has revealed.

He says that so far this month, officers have had just ONE burglary in the whole of Hucknall to deal with.

Insp Butler told Hucknall Partnership Group: “Up to the present time this year, we are 23% down on crime, compared with the same point last year.”

He said burglaries and vehicle crime were ‘areas of concern’ in February and March. “But we put together what we call Operation Divot, pooling the best ideas from around the country,” he added.

Insp Butler said this initiative had entailed creating a ‘ring of steel’ around Hucknall after it was found that more than eight out of ten burglaries were committed by offenders travelling from Nottingham — often using stolen cars.

“Hucknall is quite an enclosed community and lends itself to deployment of offic ers around the town,” he told the group.

“We have been paying close attention to the routes into Hucknall from Hucknall Lane, Bulwell, and from Moor Road through Bestwood Village and Papplewick.”

He said two young men arrested for breaking into a car in Hucknall were likely to have been largely responsible for the rise in vehicle crime.

Insp Butler went on to stress the importance of motorists not leaving items on view in their cars. “Only this week a very expensive computer was left on the back seat of an unlocked vehicle,” he added.

He said community protection officers of Ashfield District Council had checked the area around Hucknall tram stop and found more than 50 parked vehicles with items which included laptops, bags, tools, coats and handbags left on display inside.

Insp Butler congratulated Hucknall’s Street Pastors team — a group of Christian volunteers who patrol the town centre on Friday nights — on being named winners of the ‘community group of the year’ accolade in the Ashfield District Council Civic Awards.