Weekly column: Eastwood Sgt Andy Browning

It’s my favourite time of the year - September, with its bright blue skies and falling autumn leaves.

For many it signalled the start of the school year but in Eastwood we’re already teaching offenders their ABCs.

In the last two weeks we’ve issued 12 Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs).

These contracts are drawn up and agreed upon by the police and the local authority and impose both negative and positive conditions, detailing respectively what behaviour the individual will cease to partake in and what activities the individual will pursue to change their behaviour.

As well as these contracts we make sure we follow up on the Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) that have already been put in place.

One 21-year-old found this out the hard way.

He was arrested earlier this month and then charged with breaching his ASBO. Now he will have to go before the courts.

Four serial shoplifters will also feel the force of our war against anti-social behaviour. 
Following work with several different shops in the local area we have been able to report persistent offenders for summons and this will see them having a criminal ASBO attached to the prosecution they will receive through the courts.

We’ve also had a great result after the arrest a 43-year-old man who has received an eight-week prison sentence for the attempted theft of a car.

The other news I’d like to draw your attention to is the £10,000 reward Crimestoppers is offering following the robbery which took place in Nuthall in July 2013.

The robbery took place at about 8pm when two men assaulted a couple who were in the garden of their home in Nottingham Road.

One of the victims said: “This attack terrified the life out of my wife and me.

“Since it happened she has not wanted to be alone in the house or sit in the garden, which she used to enjoy.

“It all happened very quickly but she kept shouting at the men not to hurt me.

“We don’t like to talk about it and I worry that it has affected her deeply.”

An image of the diamond ring, along with a £10,000 reward, has been released in the hope that it might generate more information about the robbery.

Anyone with any information about the robbery or the offenders is asked to contact DC Aram on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 25-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident remains on bail.