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Police say Motorbike crime down in Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire from last year

Operation Yellowfin is our high profile initiative to tackle motorbike crime all across the force area.

You may have seen many of our online updates and social media posts regarding Op Yellowfin throughout this year, and seen the successes we’ve achieved on both the north and south banks.

It’s all thanks to the hard work done by all our officers, the intelligence they have picked up, as well as information passed on to us by the public.

In terms of motorbike thefts across the whole of North East Lincolnshire during the period covering July to September there was a decrease of 21.9%. (There were 32 thefts in 2018, and 25 in 2019,)

Over the two years combined the Sidney Sussex ward saw the highest number of thefts with 12. Waltham saw the lowest with 1.

In Grimsby where we have had a lot of reports of motorbike related antisocial behaviour there was a 29.9% overall reduction in ASB in 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. (2018 there were 134 incidents. In 2019 there were 95.)

Grimsby East saw the biggest reduction in ASB of 54.2% (48 in 2018, 22 in 2019) with Grimsby West seeing a 15.2% reduction (86 in 2018, 73 in 2019).

The East Marsh ward saw a 66.6% drop (12 in 2018, 4 in 2019) and Park ward saw a reduction of 54.55% (22 in 2018, 10 in 2019).

Some of the work that has been done has included:

  • Visiting local garages to speak to staff and display posters about restricting petrol sales to suspicious riders and bikes. 
  • Tracing and recovering stolen vehicles and tracing offenders to take relevant action.
  • Dealing with road traffic offences and issuing warnings when needed.
  • Checking alleys and rear gardens of suspected offenders and associates.
  • Seized motorbikes being ridden illegally.   
  • Applied for funding for DNA spray.  
  • Gave reassurance that action was being taken, and encouraged people to let us know where bikes were being stored.
  • Used social media and My Community Alerts to report seizures of bikes and success stories. In turn we used information from Humber Talking and from our communities directly to help in our work.

Between July-Sept 2019 there were five people dealt with for road traffic offences, one person dealt with for possession of a controlled substance, two recoveries and three warnings for causing alarm, distress or annoyance, four stolen vehicles recovered, one recovery for no insurance, and a warrant carried out on the Nunsthorpe estate to search for stolen motorbikes.

We also had help from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and used a drone on Bradley Pitches to identify nuisance riders.

South Bank Operations Chief Inspector Paul French said: “Our work to tackle motorbike crime will carry on. We know that when motorbikes are ridden in an antisocial manner they can be a real nuisance and pose a real danger in all our communities.

“By working together we can make sure that that does not get any worse.

“Over the last year we have visited hundreds of residents across North East Lincolnshire as part of #HumberTalking and to ask people about the issues effecting their communities.

“The antisocial use of motorcycles has been a common theme raised across the south bank. From speaking with residents and businesses, we understand the negative impact this type of behaviour can have. This is not acceptable.

“Our proactive approach to tackling the antisocial use of motorcycles as part of Op Yellowfin is a great example of ‘You said, we did’ – and we are not going to stop.

“Our message to those intent on riding motorcycles in this way is simple, our teams will be relentless in their approach to seize your bikes, to bring you to justice and to improve the quality of life in our local communities.

“Many of these results as part of Op Yellowfin are only achievable due of the ongoing support of our local communities, and we would like to thank those who have and who continue to support this proactive approach.

“I would appeal to anyone who has any information about those riding motorcycles in this way, or where they are being stored to please get in touch either by calling 101 or alternatively using Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous.

“When you contact us always quote ‘Op Yellowfin’.”

#OpYellowfin​

Humberside police say a man has died on Roberts Street this afternoon.

The mans death is not believed to be suspicious.

Humberside Police confirm man has died and is being treated as unexplained at this time.

A spokesman said: “Officers are in attendance at Roberts Street after the death of a man.

We were called by the ambulance service at 1.30pm today after the man was confirmed dead.

At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious but is being treated as unexplained.” Officers leading the investigation appealed for anyone with information to contact Humberside Police non-emergency number 101 quoting incident number 281 of today.

Another Attempted Robbery At Todays Local Grimsby Rd Cleethorpes

Its believed to have happened around 8.00pm At the store on the junction of Bennett Rd.

Police on scene looking for evidence and doing door to door enquiries. : Video :© Cleethorpes News 24

Its believed that the Todays Local convenience was targeted around 8pm last night.

Police inside of the store : Picture : © Cleethorpes News 24

Police could be seen inside the store interviewing the female shop assistant and manager.

Police could be seen searching the surrounding area of the shop.

CSI were also at the store to collect evidence

CSI Investigator arrives at the scene : Picture © Cleethorpes News 24

Police were also seen knocking on neighbouring properties to see if anyone had seen anything.

Police search the surrounding area following the attempted robbery : Picture : © Cleethorpes News 24.

Humberside police reported that a teenage boy entered the shop, allegedly carrying a knife, and spoke to a member of staff. The staff member challenged him and he left immediately, walking in the direction of Isaacs Hill.

“Nobody was injured in the incident and nothing was taken from the shop.”

She added: “The boy is described as being around 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build and was wearing a black ski type mask over the bottom of his face, a black hoody with the hood pulled up and black joggers.

“Officers are in the area today, carrying out enquiries and we would encourage anyone with any concerns to speak to them.”

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery can call the Humberside Police non-emergency 101 line quoting log 533 of 10/12/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cleethorpes house subject to closure order

NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE

Following reports of antisocial and criminal behaviour at a property in Cleethorpes, a closure order has been granted by the courts to prevent people from going into it for a period of time.

The order for the property on Lovett Street is in place for three months and will last until midnight on Wednesday 4 March 2020. 

An application was granted last week by Grimsby Magistrates Court under section 80 of the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. 

It will restrict individuals from going into the property apart from the tenants and their child, and the landlord, his employees, agents or subcontractors, or individuals authorised by him. Also emergency services and the council will be allowed to enter if required. 

The order has been granted because of reports of disorderly and criminal behaviour there, and that its use has resulted in a serious nuisance to members of the public. 

Grimsby East and Cleethorpes North Neighbourhoods Inspector Dave Stephenson said: “This order is off the back off information we have had from the community and through work done by our Community Beat Manager PC Gary Cooksey. 

“The closure order was deemed necessary and proportionate on this occasion to prevent further nuisance and disorder in the wider community, and to safeguard members of the public.

“It reduces the opportunity for people connected to the address who maybe be vulnerable to be exploited. 

“If the terms of the order are breached and, if an individual is convicted, they could potentially face a jail sentence.

“By listening to residents’ concerns and by working together we can tackle antisocial and criminal behaviour in all our communities across North East Lincolnshire.”

Serious assault on man in tent

Can you help with any information following serious assault on man in tent in Garden Street 

A man was taken to hospital for treatment after he was allegedly assaulted by two men in Grimsby.

It happened around 8.30pm on Monday 9 December off Garden Street behind the Iceland supermarket. 

It’s thought the suspects assaulted the victim, who lives in a tent, with a blunt instrument. 

It left him with injuries to his head, arms, and back. The man was treated in hospital and has since been discharged. 

We are looking for any witnesses or anyone who might have any information to contact us. 

Please quote log 545 of 9/12/19. 

Knuckle Knife and class A drugs seized by police

Knuckle knife seized by police Picture : Humberside police

A four-inch long ‘knuckle knife’ and class A drugs have been seized after a suspected drugs deal was spotted by patrol officers in Grimsby.

A member of the public approached officers who were on foot patrol yesterday afternoon Monday 9 December to report an incident of suspicious behaviour near Rutland Street.

A woman and a man both aged 47 were stopped by officers and searched. The knife and drugs thought to be heroin and cocaine were found and seized. The drugs are believed to be worth around £40-£50.

Both were arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug. The man was also arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Neighbourhoods Sergeant Dan Healey said: “I’m glad this knife has now been taken off the streets as well as the illegal drugs.

“I want to thank the member of the public who passed on the information, which led us to making the two arrests and seizing the items.

“By working together in this way, it really does help us all tackle criminality in our communities.”

A Homeless man is in a coma after being attacked last night

It’s believed to have happened around 8pm last night in a area were homeless sleep.

Police, Detectives and CSI gathering evidence from the area of the attack : Video © Cleethorpes News 24

A homeless man is in a coma after being attacked and possibly stabbed in Grimsby town centre.

Humberside Police were called to Garden Street at  around 8pm last night after receiving calls that a man had been attacked by two masked men with what is believed to have been knives.

The incident is understood to have taken place in small area opposite Abbeygate car park were homeless people often stay.

Detectives at the scene of the alleged attack. : Picture © Cleethorpes News 24

The two attackers are reported to have been wearing balaclavas during the attack.

Following the attack, the injured man is believed to have made his way to McDonald’s in Victoria Street with the help of others, where the police and Paramedics and Ambulance services were called.

CSI at the scene last night : Picture : © Cleethorpes News 24

The victim was treated by paramedics at the restaurant before being taken to Hull Royal Infirmary.

Police and detectives in the area of the attack. : Picture © Cleethorpes News 24

It is understood that he has been placed in an induced coma due to the severity of his injuries.

The victim is believed to be a homeless man living in Grimsby town centre.

If anyone has any information they are being asked to call Humberside Police on non-emergency number 101 quoting log number 545

Man appears in court after fatal hit and run

A 31yr old man appeared in court in tears after being accused of killing Mark Batty by Dangerous and other charges.

Anton Watson appeared in tears as he was accused of causing the death by dangerous driving. Picture : Facebook

Anton Watson has appeared at Grimsby Magistrates were he is charged with being the suspected driver of the Red Ford Focus which hit Mark Batty and left him to die in the middle of the road.

The court heard police officers had found Mark unresponsive in the middle of Scartho Road after a collision with a car which failed to stop at the scene.

Mark was pronounced dead at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital a short time later.

Anton Watson appeared in court. : Facebook pic.

Watson, 31, of Worcester Avenue, was arrested at a relatives’ house on  the same night after police traced the Focus after its number plate was left at the scene.

Prosecutor, Kate Fairbun said Watson faced six charges; causing the death of Mark Batty by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision; failing to report a collision and failing to provide a specimen for analysis and driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Ms Fairburn said all the offences were linked to the discovery of Mr Batty in the middle of the road with serious injuries.

Grimsby Magistrates Court heard Anton Watson was the suspected driver of the Red Ford Focus which struck Mark.

The court heard police officers had found Mark unresponsive in the middle of Scartho Road after a collision with a car which failed to stop at the scene.

Mark was pronounced dead at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital a short time later.

Watson, 31, of Worcester Avenue, was arrested at a relatives’ house on the night after police found the number plate to the car.

Prosecutor, Kate Fairbun said Watson faced six charges; causing the death of Mark Batty by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision; failing to report a collision and failing to provide a specimen for analysis and driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Ms Fairburn said all the offences were linked to the discovery of Mr Batty in the middle of the road with serious injuries.

Mark Batty who was fatally injured when he was struck by a car on Sunday.

Representing Anton Watson, barrister, Ernie Lidster, said his client, a welder-fabricator, works full time for a local firm. He added he is father to two young children, was in a stable relationship and is supported by his family.

An application for bail was denied by District Judge Daniel Curtis who committed the case to crown court on January 6 and remanded Mr Watson in custody.

As he was led from the court he said “I love you” to relatives in the public gallery who responded by blowing kisses.

A relative of Mr Batty was also in court to hear the details.

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