With Ruddington’s reported crime rate more than doubling during April*, this week village residents had the opportunity to meet up and discuss the issue of policing our village with Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards and representatives from Nottinghamshire Police.
It follows the distribution of a ‘Ruddington Crime Survey’ to all households here last September asking villagers to give our views on crime and policing in our community. Ruth invited everyone who responded to the survey to meet her and police representatives in the Ruddington Arms this week, to discuss issues raised. Before the meeting, Ruth spent some time with Ruddington Beat Manager PC Cai Kemish, who took her on a foot patrol around Ruddington (above).
Ruth explains: “After having some residents write to me about crime concerns, I decided to send out a crime survey to understand more about how residents in Rushcliffe felt about crime in their local area and what I can do to help address their concerns. Parliament has just passed the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act which equips the police with the powers and tools they need to protect the public, toughens sentencing laws to keep serious offenders behind bars for longer, and places greater emphasis on rehabilitation to better help offenders turn their lives around and prevent further crimes.”
PC Kemish says: “This was a good opportunity to engage with respondents of the survey and address a range of issues which were brought up with myself, as Ruddington Beat Manager, and local PCSO 8133 Sampson, along with Inspector Rob Lawton and MP Ruth Edwards who held the meeting. A range of issues were addressed and a number of ways in which to contact police were also clarified with residents of Ruddington”.
Many at the meeting raised speeding and traffic offences as their number one concern in our village. They then discussed potential actions that they would like to see the police take to tackle this. In response, Inspector Lawton told the residents about a scheme he has set up where his team will organise speed trap operations, based on feedback from the community about where and when they will be the most helpful. There was also a discussion about how to report suspicious activity to the local policing team with worries about where to send the information if residents are worried about drug dealing or burglary in a specific location, but do not actually witness a crime.
Inspector Rob Lawton says: “It was great to get out and meet the residents who responded to Ruth’s Ruddington crime survey and hear their concerns. It was also a good chance to discuss my team’s strategic aims for Rushcliffe and how we and the community can work together in the future.”
Ruth adds: “I want to thank everyone in Ruddington who took part in the survey. I’d also like to thank Rushcliffe’s Neighbourhood team and Inspector Rob Lawton for coming to meet with us in Ruddington, and for all of their hard work day in day out to keep us safe.”
*Following Ruth’s meeting, the monthly Ruddington Crime Statistics collated by PCSO Sherrylee Sampson for April were made available to RUDDINGTON.info.
These reveal a total of 21 offences were reported in our village last month – up from only EIGHT recorded the month before! Mostly this sharp rise in incidents was due to a spate of vehicle crime in April but also involved more mindless vandalism to several train carriages at Ruddington’s volunteer-run Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre (below).
Ruddington Crimes reported online and via 101 – 1st to 30th April 2022
1x Attempt theft of Motor bike – Moor Lane 03/04/2022
1 x Attempt theft of Motor bike – Sellars Avenue 04/04/2022
1 x Theft From Motor Vehicle– Churchill Drive 03/04/2022
1 x Theft of Motor Vehcile – Lace Gardens 17/04/2022
1 x Theft From Motor Vehicle – Lace Gardens 17/04/2022
2 x Theft From Motor Vehicle – Cooper Gardens 19/04/2022
2 x Theft From Motor Vehicle – Wibberley Drive 19/04/2022
1 x Theft From Motor Vehicle – Tongue Way 19/04/2022
2 X Theft From Motor Vehicle – Davidson Gardens 19/04/2022
1 X Theft From Motor Vehicle – Jewitt Way 23/04/2022
2 X Theft From Motor Vehicle – Old Station Drive 27/04/2022
2 x Co-op 03/04/2022 & 25/04/2022
1 x Burglary from business – 07/04/2022 The High Street
1 x Burglary (Car Key) with TOMV 19/04/2022
1 x At the Heritage Centre – 12/04/2022
1 X Camera ripped off wall – Manor Park
If you have information about any of the above incidents, or may have captured CCTV or dashcam footage that can help, you’re asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police online >>HERE<<. Otherwise you may call officers on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Remember, you should dial 999 only in an emergency – if you see a crime actually taking place.