Reason for Authority (Brief Summary
Coventry is currently
a Force Mission and has a ‘Gold Group’ via Op Torcular in support due to the
increased levels of serious violence occurring within the City. It is well
documented that we have seen an increase in the tensions between rival gangs;
these tensions have culminated in increased number of firearms
discharges/violent offences, and have included persons being stabbed and
injured. There have also been a number
of firearms discharges and although there has been an increase in visible
police resources/operational activity, serious violence has continued and
local community tensions remain a concern.
Local Media continues to focus on reporting violence and as recently
as yesterday (08/08/19) via CovLive.
Girl, 16, found carrying a knife in Coventry city
centreKnife crime in Coventry is a ‘force priority’, say
As an NPU we
have held numerous CMMs and have proactively undertaken a number of 5 x
firearms warrants in the last 2 weeks, 3 of which have been in Wood End area,
although we have not recovered any firearms we have recovered substantial amounts
of drugs and other weapons (knives) and a number of people have been arrested
(Charged & Bailed).
concerned of the continued gang activity within Wood End and more recently
Holbrooks area of the City and the continued use of serious violence to
settle their disputes. We remain unsure of the motivations for the increased
use of serious violence but believe drug disputes and subsequent retributions
are strong factors.
Details of OIC (for contact or
After the Authorised Period
Number of Stop/Searches Carried Out
Under the Authority
X 8 Stop
Checks (low footfall in designated areas due to adverse weather)
Outcomes of those Stop/Searches
and or offences disclosed.
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