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’.”
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.
Its believed to have happened around 8.00pm At the store on the junction of Bennett Rd.
Its believed that the Todays Local convenience was targeted around 8pm last night.
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
Police were also seen knocking on neighbouring properties to see if anyone had seen anything.
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.
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.”