Added on: 8th June, 2020 by O1
Written by Acting Sergeant Richard Philips for The Orpington 1st Magazine Summer 2020.
"I hope everyone is keeping well during this difficult time.
I have taken over from Stuart Baker who has become Acting Inspector for Bromley Neighbourhoods. I have been a police officer for just under 6 years and I have spent the last 3 years in neighbourhoods in one role or another. My last role was the Acting Sergeant for Bickley, Chislehurst and Mottingham. I am fully aware of the issues faced across Cray Valley and Orpington having been briefed by Stuart and my teams.
Some updates of work we are doing are as follows:
• Despite PC O’Keeffe obtaining a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) banning Mr Nigel Spicer from Orpington High Street, Priory Gardens and the Walnuts Shopping Centre, he has been arrested in the last few weeks for breaching this by being in priory gardens. In the same caught on CCTV indulging in some very antisocial behaviour opposite Lloyds Bank in the Walnuts centre. Mr Spicer has now been charged with a further breach of his CBO and also with criminal damage. He is due to go to court in June for all of these matters to be dealt with.
• SN Borough Command Unit now run a scheme called OP Retail where business owners can contact police re a shoplifter. Once this initial call has been placed, the retailer will receive a pack in the post which contains all the necessary documents to report the matter saving time for police and retailers alike. Obviously with so many businesses’ being closed at the moment, due to government restrictions, shoplifting incidents have declined hugely. There are still some incidents taking place and we are working to target the offenders.
Weapon sweeps conducted at Waltham Close and Lamberhurst Close in Ramsden Orpington. Thankfully no sharp objects found.
• The Cray teams and Orpington Teams have engaged in COVID patrols enforcing the governments lockdown. We have been getting a high number of calls to people sunbathing and socialising in parks and also having visitors to their homes. We have visited all parks and open spaces across the wards on our patrols and have engaged with anyone we felt were breaching the guidance. I am happy to report that everyone we spoke with were compliant with our requests to go home and as such we haven’t had to issue any fines or make any arrests for Coronavirus offences.
Looking forwards we hope that the lockdown will end sooner rather than later, and everyone can get back to a sense of normality. I look forward to meeting business owners and residents when this is all over."
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