Reported Village Crime Increases Post-Lockdown

Crime statistics for Ruddington, just released by Rushcliffe Police for April 2021, show a significant rise in reported offences when compared with the first three months of this year.

The end of the strictest ‘lockdown’ measures here is thought to be a contributory factor – with more people now out and about and more village premises now open for business. Car crimes also increased during last month.

Happy Garden was targeted

Sadly, further graffiti vandalism was reported at Great Central Railway Nottingham – after a similar incident in January – whilst drive-offs without paying for fuel increased again at Loughborough Road Filling Station.

The Happy Garden Chinese Takeaway on Church Street also fell victim to an attempted theft of its till – with other village businesses since being approached to ask for their CCTV footage, in a bid to identify who was responsible.

Altogether eleven incidents were recorded by officers here in April – up from just seven in March, four in February and four in January.

The Ruddington crimes reported via 101 for the past month – from 1st to 30th April 2021 – were:

1st.    As we’ve previously reported, several vehicles had damaged caused to them when an unknown person made scratches, on Elms Park, Harvey Close and Stevenson Gardens.

2nd    An unknown suspect entered a car on Churchill Drive and stole sunglasses.

6th    Overnight an unknown suspect broke into a car parked on Loughborough Road and stole the stereo and digital dash.

7th    An unknown suspect caused damage to a train by graffiti.

15th   A vehicle filled up with fuel at Loughborough Road and made off without making payment.

17th   A vehicle using stolen plates filled up with fuel as above and made off without making payment.

20th   A vehicle filled up with £100 of fuel at Loughborough Road and made off without making payment.

24th    Unknown suspect attempted to steal a till from a shop on Church Street.

27th    Number plates stolen from two separate vehicles on Loughborough Road and Charles Street.

28th    A mini digger was stolen from a property on Loughborough Road. The suspects were disturbed by the victim. As previously reported, the suspects have since been arrested and charged with the offence.

However, generally speaking, Inspector Craig Berry of Rushcliffe Police says the easing of lockdown restrictions has gone well since the April 12th: “From the feedback, patrols and conversations we have had with colleagues at Rushcliffe Borough Council I can see that licensed premises are managing their premises very well and customers are behaving responsibly. The next key date is Monday 17th May when the hospitality industry opens again indoors but with restrictions.”

Meantime, if you have further information about any of the crimes listed above, or may have captured CCTV or dashcam footage which could help, you’re asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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