New ‘ring of steel’ wards off burglars

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POLICE are trying to create a ‘ring of steel’ around Hucknall in a bid to ward off burglars who target the town.

Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, disclosed the new strategy as his officers try to combat a recent increase in break-ins.

Insp Butler says criminals are coming into the town from Nottingham, along routes including Hucknall Lane in Bulwell and Moor Road through Bestwood Village and Papplewick.

In a bid to combat the influx, several operations have been launched with specialist officers. Traffic cops have also been drafted in to help

Automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) cameras have been used too. These instantly alert officers to vehicles that are being used illegally or are registered to suspects.

High-visibility and undercover patrols have also been increased.

Several burglary suspects have been arrested as part of the operation, including four who were picked up on Tuesday morning in raids.

Insp Butler said: “We are using all the resources that the force has available.

“We have upped our patrols in hotspots and have now had a bid for extra funding to continue the initiative given the green light.

“The whole idea is to make Hucknall as unattractive to burglars as possible. That means protecting our boundaries and working closely with our partners.”

Speaking at a meeting of Hucknall Partnership Group this week, newly-recruited neighbourhood policing officer, Sgt Simon Scales said: “We want to disrupt criminals and work with and for the benefit of communities.”