Before we get into the latest on the North-East beat, we’d first like to acknowledge the tragic events in the town centre at the weekend.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Glen Kitchens at this very difficult time. We understand local residents have been shocked by this death in our town and are concerned about the safety of our streets. While a death of this kind is a rare occurrence in Bassetlaw, we realise this can make it all the more unnerving.
In response to heightened concerns and in addition to the existing patrol plan in place across West Bassetlaw, we have stepped up patrols in the town centre to provide reassurance.
A 16-year-old boy is now charged with manslaughter in this case.
Spreading rumours and making speculative comments is not helpful to Glen’s family or the investigation. This includes posting on social media.
Arrests and charges in an investigation means criminal proceedings are active and if you make any comments that could be deemed prejudicial to the case you could find yourself in trouble with the law.
We urge people to respect the work of the experienced investigation team and allow justice to run its course.
It’s understandable that a major event like this death can skew perceptions of safety and crime. In the North-East, we’d like to reassure you that we are currently experiencing a 14% reduction in all crime compared to this time last year.