Thurrock Community Policing Team: August Report
By PCSO Jo-Jo Mitchell
TO combat crimininalty and anti-social behaviour in the area of Grays town Centre, Thurrock Community Policing Team (CPT) have created Operation Culture. The whole team were on this Operation in Grays town Centre on July 1 alongside partnership members from Thurrock Council.
We achieved some great results with 11 stop and searches conducted,14 containers of alcohol were removed from persons believed to be consuming alcohol with intent to cause anti-social behaviour, 14 licensing checks conducted, with one of these checks resulting in the closure of a premises for 7 days, 8 verbal warnings were issued to people using a pedal cycle on the pavements, and one male who was found to be acting in an anti-social manner was given a section 27 notice to leave the area and was removed to a place of safety. Well done to the team and to our partnership agents, Warren Venables from the Thurrock Council anti-social behaviour team and Liz Cox from the Thurrock Council licensing department. We have since had further patrols in relation to this, with two arrests being made, and numerous stops and alcohol seizures.
On July 3 PC Martin Hatfield & PC Rob Watts seized a vehicle in Lakeside retail park, West Thurrock under section 165 for no insurance, leading to another uninsured driver being off of the road.
Thurrock CPT were joined on July 6 by our proactive Chief Inspector Leigh Norris, Special Inspector James Willis & Special Constable Claire Fox on Operation Fillet, a drug warrant in the area of Purfleet. A small quantity of drugs were seized from the address.
PC Martin Hatfield and PC Natalie Malone stopped a vehicle on July 13 which was believed to be on stolen index plates. Checks on the chassis proved that the vehicle had been stolen in an earlier burglary. The vehicle was seized and the male driver was interviewed.
PC Adam Colbear and PC Paul Armstrong located and seized an imitation firearm July 20 in Corringham. It was a realistic imitation which transpired to be a BB gun, but is believed it was being used to commit offences.
On July 22 PCSO’s Dilloway and Oval assisted Addaction, a Grays based drug, alcohol and mental health treatment charity and the Thurrock Council partnership engaging with some street-drinkers and drug users around the Grays town area, offering support services and treatment.
PCSO Roberts attended the Chadwell St Mary Fun-Day at Orsett Heath on July 22 to engage with the community and promote our Active citizen and Essex Community messaging services. There was a great atmosphere and it was an enjoyable day for everyone.
PCSO Dilloway and PCSO Ovel were out engaging with the local community on July 23 at the Community fun day, St Stephens Church in Purfleet. They were letting children try on our uniform and demonstrating our riot shields, and PCSO Ovel enjoyed showing her moves and having a dance-off.
We have been continuing with our nuisance vehicle operation, Op Sacrifice, and have seen a significant reduction of calls regarding off road bikes. On July 24 PCSO Woolford and PCSO Williams issued 59 warnings after locating offenders in Butts lane in Linford.