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New weapon in fight against crime and antisocial behaviour

Fighting antisocial behaviour

Grimsby

14 Jun 2019

A new weapon in the fight against shop lifting and antisocial behaviour could soon be coming to Grimsby town centre – and businesses have been invited to come and see it for themselves.

Humberside Police, Freshney Place and North East Lincolnshire Council have teamed up to set up Grimsby Retailers in Partnership (GRIP) – and together they’re offering retailers the chance to sign up to a new scheme which could help dramatically reduce crime.

PC Thomas Crosfill, the Community Beat Manager for the town centre said: “We’ve been doing a lot of work with the retailers and other businesses in the town centre to look at how we can deal with issues around shop theft and antisocial behaviour.

“My team and I spend a lot of time in the town centre, both out on patrol and speaking to the retailers about any concerns they have and what we’re doing to address them.

“One thing that kept coming up was that they wanted a secure system where they could share information with each other.

“They wanted to be able to send out alerts to each other when prolific offenders are seen in the area, so they can take steps to stop them coming into their premises and stop shop thefts before they can happen.

“The businesses also wanted to be able to share information about those who are believed to be responsible for shop lifting and antisocial behaviour, so they can help each other identify the people committing crime in the area and pass on that information to us.”

After exploring a number of options, the team has found a system it believes could provide the solution at the touch of a button.

It works through a simple app, which can be downloaded to any smartphone or tablet and can then be accessed by specified representatives from each member firm.

To get the scheme off the ground, Humberside Police, Freshney Place and North East Lincolnshire have pledged a total of £5,000, allowing them to offer companies an annual subscription for £90.

The system’s administration will be supported by Freshney Place and GRIP will be chaired by owner of the franchise of the Victoria Street branch of McDonalds, Ayolt Kloosterboer (pictured above, centre, with Freshney Place Centre Director Amanda Austin and PC Thomas Crosfill).

Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL) is also actively involved and will fill the roles of company treasurer and secretary.

Grimsby town centre businesses and retailers are now invited to come along to a live demonstration of the system to see it for themselves and ask any questions they may have about how GRIP will work on Monday, June 17.

Freshney Place Centre Director Amanda Austin said: “We want to do all we can to support the retailers and other town centre businesses to enhance the experience for our customers visiting the shopping centre and Grimsby.

“I believe this is a really exciting opportunity, which could have a huge impact on crime and antisocial behaviour in the town centre and I want to encourage as many firms as possible to get behind the scheme.

“By working together we can make a real difference and enhance the customer experience within the town centre and make the most of Grimsby’s offer.”

Mr Kloosterboer added: “I have been really impressed with the potential of what GRIP could achieve in the town centre if businesses come together and support the initiative.

“This system will allow us all to get up to date information about the people who are most likely to cause harm to our businesses and how we can prevent that from happening.

“What I have found most powerful is that this scheme has already been adopted by more than 400 towns and cities in the UK and it’s proved to be a really effective tool in protecting their businesses, customers and staff, as well as in the fight against shoplifting and other retail crimes such as fraud.

“I want to urge as many businesses as possible to come along on Monday and find out more. There’s no obligation to sign up but I think you will be impressed at what you see.”

The event will take place at 10.30am on Monday, June 17, at Freshney Place’s Community Hub (close to the information point). All town centre businesses are welcome.

Police car hit by object thrown from bridge

North East Lincolnshire

7 Jun 2019

A police car has been damaged after it was hit by an object thought to have been thrown from a bridge over the Peaks Parkway in Grimsby this morning Friday 7 June. 

The unknown object was thrown from a footbridge near to Pasture Street around 10am.

The officer driving had the vehicle’s blue lights on while on his way to support another officer who had stopped a disqualified driver.

The windscreen of the car was badly cracked. The officer pulled over the police car when it was safe to do so. Thankfully, neither he nor any other road users were hurt.

We are currently reviewing video footage taken from the police car and more widely to find out whoever was responsible. 

Chief Superintendent Christine Wilson, Head of Special Operations, said: “I do not and will not accept such reckless and frankly dangerous attacks like this on my officers. 

“Not only was it extremely dangerous to my officer but also to other road users as well. It is only good luck that there was little traffic on the road at the time and fortunately no-one was hurt.

“Furthermore, that vehicle will now be off the road for a period of time while it is fixed which means we have one less vehicle available to keep our communities road network safe. 

“If you have any information in connection with this, please contact us quoting reference 16/66671/19.”

Nine charged with commercial burglaries

North East Lincolnshire 

31 May 2019

Nine men who targeted shops, venues and businesses in North East Lincolnshire have been charged with burglary offences  – and two of them are already behind bars.

Shaun Parker (pictured right), 30, of St Peter’s Avenue, Cleethorpes, was jailed for 36 weeks and order to pay a £115 Victim’s Surcharge after admitting breaking into a St Peter’s Avenue food store on April 19 with intent to steal, breaking into a DIY store off Peaks Parkway and stealing drills on November 30 and December 1, as well as four counts of shop theft.

Michael Winchester (pictured centre), 33, of no fixed abode, was jailed for eight weeks and ordered to pay a £115 Victim’s Surcharge after admitting stealing perfume from a store in Freshney Place on February 19, along with six further counts of shop theft.

Mark Gibson (pictured left), 37, of Tivoli Gardens, was given a six month community rehabilitation order with a drug rehabilitation order and ordered to pay £400 compensation after admitting to stealing a TV from a community building in Freeman Street.

Detective Sergeant Tom Kelly said: “We have arrested a total of 13 people after a number of firms across the borough were broken into.

“Of those, we have charged nine, two have been jailed, one has been given a community order and the remaining six are due before court in the coming weeks.

“However, we don’t plan to stop there. We know that owners and staff invest a great deal of time, money and energy into businesses in our area, so it has a huge impact when someone breaks in and steals or causes damage and that’s why it’s important to us to find these people and put them before the courts.”

The others charged are:

Christian Willoughby, 37, of Salacon Way, Grimsby, admitted one count of burglary, three counts of theft, two counts of fraud and one of stealing a car on May 12. He will be sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court on June 21.
Dean Bellamy, 33, of Rutland Street, Grimsby, is charged with breaking into a Victoria Street furniture store and stealing lamps on April 14 and breaking into a DIY store off Peaks Parkway with intent to steal on May 29. He was due to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday, May 30).
Shane Edwards, 30, of Grafton Street, Grimsby, is charged with breaking into a social club on Responso Avenue on March 24. He was bailed to first appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court on May 28.
Liam James, 26, of Duncombe Street, Grimsby, is charged with breaking into a reception area of a hostel with intent to steal and criminal damage on April 23. He was due to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court on April 24.
Sean Bunce, 38, of Elsenham Road, Grimsby, is charged with breaking into a Grimsby pub and stealing cash. He is due to appear at Grimsby Magistrates Court on July 5.
Benjamin Tuck, of Kings Street, Market Rasen, is charged with breaking into a store in west St Mary’s Gate during the night of April 28. He is bailed to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court on August 1.

DS Kelly added: “We often find that a small number of people are responsible for the majority of these break-ins, so we’re hopeful that these arrests will make a big impact and reduce the number of reports we receive.

“Of course, that’s not all we’re doing to tackle the issue. We also work with health services, the council and others to help deal with the root cause of people’s offending.

“The majority of people who commit these kind of offences are doing it to try and fund an addiction, so by working together to help them get the treatment they need we can make a long-term difference.

“The other side of our work is around prevention. While burglars can be cunning and make it their business to try and get in, we make it our business to help you keep them out.

“Our officers have been visiting businesses across the area to offer help and advice on how to avoid falling prey to burglars.

“And while we can’t get to everyone personally, we want to spread the word to as many firms as possible to help prevent others being targeted.”

External Security Measures

  • Make sure any service doors are always locked and secure when they’re not in use.
  • Invest in a monitored alarm and use it. For advice and approved suppliers of alarms and CCTV, visit National Security Inspectorate 
  • Invest in CCTV to cover any vulnerable areas. Digital 24-hour CCTV is highly recommended, as it provides good quality images. You can get advice on buying surveillance equipment from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner
  • Make sure that there is good lighting all around the premises.
  • Keep any bins and other materials secure and stored away from the premises, so they can’t be climbed on to gain access.
  • Maintain any nearby trees or bushes, so they can’t be used to provide cover for anyone trying to hide from view.
  • Look around for any weak points a burglar may target if they wanted to break in and explore how you can make them less vulnerable.
  • Doors and windows are particularly vulnerable but there are products available which can deter break-ins. Visit Secured By Design for more information
  • Consider investing in external shutters – but bear in mind you may require planning permission to have them installed.
  • Strengthen windows by using attack-resistant laminated glass in sturdy frames wherever possible. Alternatively, film can be applied to the glass to make it more resilient.
  • External bollards can be used to protect frontages from ram raiders but again, you’re likely to need planning permission.

Internal Security Measures

  • Move high value items away from windows at night.
  • Try not to keep cash on the premises – including charity boxes – and always use a bolted-down safe with a time lock and anti-tamper sensors that trigger the alarm.
  • Keep stock out of sight wherever possible and keep your stock room locked.
  • Smoke-generating devices that go off on unauthorised entry create a smokescreen and help prevent burglary without damaging your stock.
  • Don’t leave keys on the premises and make sure that only designated staff have copies. Keep a list of keyholders who can be contacted in case of emergency.

Online Security Measures

Modern thieves don’t have to break in to steal from your business – so make sure your digital assets are as well protected as your physical ones.

And this is equally as important if you’re a small business with everything on a laptop as a large chain with multiple devices.

Two Charged With County Lines Drugs Offences

Charged And Due To Appear In Court.

Two charged in large-scale drugs operation

Grimsby, Liverpool and Warrington

24 Mar 2019

A man and woman have been charged with conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin following a joint operation led by Humberside Police.

Andrew Vassou, 29, of Queens Drive, Liverpool and Leslie Aytoun, 48, of Lochinvar Street, Liverpool, were arrested by as part of an operation which saw teams from Humberside, Merseyside, Cheshire, the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) and the National Crime Agency (NCA)carry out strikes in Grimsby, Liverpool and Warrington.

Vassou and Aytoun and are due to appear before Grimsby Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday, March 25).

A 47-year-old man and 24-year-old woman arrested in connection with the investigation have been released under investigation. A 26-year-old has been released on bail to a date in May.

#KeepingYouSafe.

17yr Old Appears In Court.

17yr Appeared In Court.

A 17-year-old boy has been remanded into custody after being charged with possession of a knife.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested in the Ellis Way area of Grimsby in the early hours of Friday, March 15.

He was subsequently charged with being in possession of a knife and breach of bail.

He appeared before Grimsby Magistrates Court on Saturday, where he was remanded into custody pending a further hearing.

#NoMoreKnives

Two Youths Arrested

Two youths arrested for possession of knives

Grimsby

15 Mar 2019

Two boys are in custody this morning following reports of youths threatening a man with a knife in the car park of a Grimsby supermarket.

We were called to the Ellis Way area of Grimsby at 1.45am today (Friday, March 15) and quickly arrested two boys aged 17 and 15 on suspicion of being in possession of a blade in public.

No one was injured as a result of the incident and two kitchen knives have been recovered by our officers.

Detective Inspector Kerry Bull said: “While, thankfully, we don’t have a serious problem with knife crime in our area, the alleged incident in Grimsby this morning shows that there are those in our community who think it’s acceptable to carry knives.

“What I want to make clear is that it’s not acceptable. Too many people have been seriously injured or lost their lives as a result of people carrying knives and we want to act now to stop this from happening to anyone else.”

Like all forces across the country, we have seen a rise in the number of people carrying weapons and are taking steps to stop this.

What’s most challenging is how readily available knives are, which is why we do all we can to get people talking about the issue by hosting events, supporting campaigns and through education sessions in schools.

DI Bull added: “We all have a role to play in taking these weapons off our streets.

“Throughout this week we have been supporting the national Operation Sceptre campaign, which aims to reduce the amount of people carrying weapons and give people an opportunity to surrender them to us anonymously. 

“However, one of the most important things you can do is to let us know if you know someone is walking around carrying a knife.

“By giving us this information, you provide us with the authority we need to stop and search those suspected of carrying weapons and prosecute those who are.”

You can let us know by calling us on our non-emergency 101 line, calling into your local police station or, if you would rather remain anonymous, calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

If someone’s in immediate danger, always call 999

Time to hand in knives.

Humberside Police along with other forces are again next week supporting Operation Sceptre – a national knife crime campaign which aims to reduce the number of people, especially young people, carrying a weapon.

Knife bins are located in local police stations from the 11th -17th March.

Superintendent Joanne Roe is once again leading Op Sceptre in Humberside Police: “No one needs to be reminded of the dangers of knife crime after the most recent deaths of teenagers in London and Manchester. We want to do everything we can to remove knifes from the streets of the Humberside Police Force area.

“We are pleased to give our support to this national initiative once again and it give everyone an opportunity to get rid of knives and weapons that could potential cause injury or worse to someone in our area.

“Bins will be at Clough Road and Osborne Street, Hull, Hessle, Bridlington, Goole and Beverley in the East Riding and at Grimsby and Scunthorpe police stations. Anyone can hand over knives safely and anonymously and in turn remove these weapons from our streets.

“In addition to supporting the weapons surrender, our officers will be conducting weapons sweeps, attending local schools as part of the #NoMoreKnives campaign and doing proactive patrols across our area.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it doesn’t protect you and in fact it makes you more vulnerable and places you in danger of serious harm.

“We want to reassure the public that we do not have an escalating knife problem in our area however it is important that we raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knifes and to prevent anyone else suffering from knife crime.

“We have only last week said goodbye to the Knife Angel in Hull, each knife on the sculpture was handed in in previous surrenders. The message the angel carries reminds us of the dangers of carrying knives – dozens of names of knife crime victims are engraved on the sculpture, a stark reminder to us all of why we want to rid our streets of knives.”

Knives and weapons, including other items made or adapted for the sole purpose of causing injury to someone, can be handed in safely, bins are located at police stations from 11–17 March 2019.

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