The On the Beat column with Inspector Jon Powell: A new neighbourhood police officer for Market Weighton

It’s been a tough, uncertain year for many, and while my colleagues and I have had to adapt to the many challenges that lockdown has brought, we’ve maintained a constant presence in the communities we serve.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 9:45 am
Inspector Jon Powell is pictured outside Goole police station.

It’s been a tough, uncertain year for many, and while my colleagues and I have had to adapt to the many challenges that lockdown has brought, we’ve maintained a constant presence in the communities we serve.

My role as Neighbourhood Policing Inspector covers a number of different locations in East Yorkshire – from overseeing farming communities in Pocklington to ensuring safer streets in Goole town centre.

It’s certainly a role with plenty of variety.

As coronavirus restrictions start to ease, we’re ready to take on fresh challenges, tackling crime and ensuring that residents’ concerns are addressed.

Our Rural Task Force

Humberside Police recently launched a new Rural Task Force, dedicated to tackling rural, wildlife and heritage crime that affects our farming communities – such as hare coursing and poaching, marine wildlife disturbance, raptor persecution and hunting, as well as plant and agricultural theft.

The Task Force has already attended dozens of rural crime reports, including a recent incident where officers were able to stop a farm burglary involving significant plant theft while it was still underway, and made a number of arrests.

Keep your vehicle safe

We’ve recently dealt with a particular issue of thefts of catalytic convertors in the Pocklington area. Although incidents of this type have now fallen, motorists should continue to be vigilant.

There are a number of steps you can take to help increase vehicle safety, including having suitable locks/guards fitted, getting your convertor security marked, and parking facing walls or other vehicles, to make access harder for criminals. If you’re the victim of theft, or see any suspicious behaviour, please contact us on 101 or via our website.

Talk to us!

Effective communication between us and local residents is absolutely essential, helping us to ensure we are doing all we can to make neighbourhoods safer.

Residents around the Broadmanor estate raised some concerns to us about the play park, where groups of young people gathered and caused problems. Our team liaised with residents and the council, and we increased our patrols of the area – this has led to a significant reduction in the number of calls we’re now receiving about the issues. We went back to residents to reassess the situation and they said they feel very reassured.

It is vitally important that anyone suffering as a result of criminal or anti-social behaviour contacts us as soon as they can.

Working together with our partners

Our work at Broadmanor play park is typical of our multi-agency approach, where we work closely with our partners to find the right solutions to issues.

We all have a role to play in making our communities safe, and we continue to work closely with local councillors, our local authority, businesses, charities and residents in doing so.

A new officer for Market Weighton

I’m very pleased to say that Market Weighton will soon be getting its own dedicated neighbourhood officer.

This is brilliant news for the area – for the last 15 years, the town has been covered by the team at Pocklington.

While the new officer will still be based at Pocklington, they will be wholly focused on the crime and community issues of Market Weighton and surrounding villages. We’ll update on this appointment over the coming weeks.