'We're still policing'
Norfolk Constabulary continue to target criminals from across the county whilst also managing the demands of Covid-19 during such unprecedented circumstances.
Officers from across each district have seen a new approach to business as usual, which continues to evolve. Whilst we continue to deliver on our commitment to engage, explain, encourage and enforce the government's measures, our focus remains firmly on front-line policing and those crimes which cause the most harm.
Deputy Chief Constable Paul Sanford said: “The public recognise the challenges of policing the coronavirus outbreak, however, it’s important to know that our day-to-day business continues. In contrast to the many proactive arrests in the past week, our officers have rarely used the new powers relating to coronavirus legislation. With the support of the public we hope that this can continue.
“As a force, we continue to adapt to the ever-evolving legislation and the challenges we face in response to coronavirus and while there’s been a huge amount of change, we are still committed to frontline policing and protecting our communities from the crimes that matter the most.”
The following demonstrate the proactive work officers have conducted in each district in Norfolk over the past two weeks:
Kings Lynn, West Norfolk and Breckland:
- Officers arrested a man at an address in Glebe Close, Thetford on 26 March following enquiries into an aggravated burglary. A search was conducted at the address and a number of bladed articles were found. The man has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
- Following an extensive investigation into a knife point robbery that happened in Leiston, officers attended an address in Thetford on 27 March. Five people were arrested at the address.
- Officers were called to White Hart Lane, Thetford on 24 March following an altercation involving four men. One man was arrested at the scene and has since been bailed until 31 October.
- In the past two weeks, four men and two women have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs from Wisbech into Kings Lynn. Officers stopped a total of three vehicles after conducting proactive stops along the A47 at Tilney.
- One woman was also arrested for possessing an offensive weapon after an address was searched in connection with these incidents. She has since been charged with the offence.
Chief Inspector Amie Abbs for King’s Lynn and Breckland said, “Dereham Safer Neighbourhood Team have been particularly proactive in the last week by maintaining high visibility in the town centre of Dereham. We have received supportive comments from the public who have been pleased to see local police out and about in the community. Normal policing has continued, with the investigation into an arson at the Northgate High School drawing to a conclusion with a number of suspects identified. The response teams have been patrolling those areas of the district that are most vulnerable in our continued efforts to keep people and property safe.”
- On 26 March officers from the Norwich Neighbourhood Policing Team were deployed proactively to Norwich Railway Station to target County Lines activity. As a result of proactive work in partnership with British Transport Police and Greater Anglia, a 17-year-old female from London was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. She has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
- Officers attended an address in Music House Lane, Norwich on 25 March completing enquiries into a reported missing person. On attendance officers located a large amount of Class A drugs and mobile phones. Two boys aged 16 and 17, along with a 62-year-old man from Norwich were arrested on suspicion of Class A drugs supply offences. They have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
- Officers arrested a man for a number of offences after his vehicle failed to stop for police on Oak Street, Norwich on 28 March. The 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, obstructing a police officer, possession of Class B drugs, drug driving, possession of a bladed article and dangerous driving. He has since been bailed.
- Officers undertaking an operation at Norwich Railway Station on 26 March, stopped and searched a man, who was found to be in possession of thousands of liquitabs. He was subsequently arrested for handling stolen goods.
- On 31 March officers from the Norwich Neighbourhood Policing Team were called to an address in Heathgate, Norwich following reports of drug dealing in the area. Following enquiries, officers arrested four people located at an address in Pockthorpe Gate on Suspicion of Class A drugs offences. Officers discovered a large amount of Class A drugs, cash and mobile phones. Two men, both aged 24 from the London area, a 38-year-old man from the Norwich area, and a 39-year-old woman from the Norwich area; were all arrested. They have all been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
- Following a burglary of a business premise In Norwich in which £3,500 worth of items were stolen, officers conducting routine enquiries identified and arrested a man. Enquiries are ongoing.
Great Yarmouth and North Norfolk:
- On 26 March, officers conducting enquiries into a burglary, attended an address in Cromer. They subsequently located and arrested a man in connection with the burglary. Stephen Hill, 41, of no fixed abode, was charged with burglary, criminal damage and two counts of abstracting electricity. He appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court on 28 March and was subsequently sentenced to 20 weeks in prison.
- On 31 March officers attended an address in Great Yarmouth following concerns for the safety of an individual at the address. A 17-year-old male from the London area ran from the address and was later arrested following the support of the police dog unit. The male was searched and found to be in possession of Class A drugs. He has since been charged with two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and resisting arrest. He is due to appear at Norwich Crown Court at a later date.
- Officers arrested two people on 18 March after a Ford Focus failed to stop for police on Alderson Road, Great Yarmouth. A woman in her 20s and from Soham, Cambridge was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. She was released under investigation. Kane Saunders, 26 from Soham, Cambridge has since been charged with the following offences: possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, possession of a bladed article, breach of a restraining order, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.
- On 30 March officers stopped a car travelling along the A11. The vehicle and occupants were stopped and searched, and an amount of Class A drugs recovered along with mobile phones. A 48-year-old man and 19-year-old man from the Great Yarmouth area were arrested on Suspicion of Class A drugs supply offences. They have both been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
- More than 500 cannabis plants were discovered at an address in Wellesley Road, Great Yarmouth on Sunday 29 March. Tomorr Capaj, 52 of Great Yarmouth was arrested at the scene. He has since been charged with production of cannabis and abstracting electricity.
- On 28 March, Officers conducting routine enquiries into drug activity within the area of Great Yarmouth attended an address and seized an amount of cannabis. Martin Baker, 31 and of Mariners Road, Great Yarmouth was consequently arrested and has since been charged with three counts of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Inspector Paul McCarthy for the Great Yarmouth Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Whilst we are actively engaging with communities and retail premises to support the Coronavirus legislation and protect the NHS, our proactive teams remain in place to target drug activity. If you have any information about illegal activity please call 101”
South Norfolk and Broadland:
- Officers attended an address in Nelson Road, Norwich after carrying out enquiries into a burglary of a business premise in Red Lion Street, Aylsham. After officers were unable to locate anyone at the address, they managed to identify a car nearby believed to be owned by the occupant of the address. Officers stopped the vehicle and subsequently arrested a woman and two men on suspicion of burglary. Tania Chapma, 45, of Nelson Close, Norwich, Neil Brewster,37, of Trafalgar Street, Norwich and Charlie Jennings, 31, of no fixed abode have all been charged with burglary in connection with the incident.
- A property in the High Street, Wicklewood was broken into on Monday 30 March when an empty money pot and several jars of homemade jam were stolen. A 15-year-old boy from Wymondham was arrested shortly afterwards in the area on suspicion of burglary and going equipped. He has since been questioned and released on police bail. Another 15-year-old boy from Wymondham was arrested later the same day in Wymondham on suspicion of burglary and possession of cannabis. He was also questioned and released on police bail.
- Officers arrested two men on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs following a proactive stop in Costessey on Friday 27 March. A quantity of drugs and cash were recovered. They have both been released under investigation pending further enquiries.