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Meet Driffield’s new police inspector Andrew Beadman

Driffield’s new inspector Andrew Beadman is encouraging residents to report their concerns and issues about crime to ensure the town receives the resource it needs to tackle criminal activity.

Insp Beadman joined the East Riding of Yorkshire North Neighbourhood Policing Team, which covers Driffield and large areas of the Wolds, in November.

Having joined Humberside Police 21 years ago, Insp Beadman has spent 19 of those years serving the people of the East Riding.

He said he is delighted to be based at Driffield Police Station working with the neighbourhood policing teams and hopes their positive approach will have a positive impact on the community.

“Neighbourhood policing requires stability, consistency and time to build up relationships and I plan to be here to make that happen.”

Insp Andrew Beadman

“I am originally from Peterborough and moved up to the East Riding 26 years ago and lived in Nafferton for a short time, so I know some of the area,” he said.

“I joined the police force 21 years ago and for 19 of those years I have worked in the East Riding and I have spent the last two years as a DI in Hull.

“I started out working in Goole and then moved to Beverley working in CID as a sergeant and in the community before moving to Hull as a DI two years ago.

“At the first opportunity, I moved back to the East Riding into neighbourhood policing which I realised is what I love.

“Working in CID is very reactive, whereas neighbourhood policing is about being proactive to try to stop issues happening.

“I also enjoy working with partner agencies and making a difference by working together as a team.”

He said: “Issues in Driffield include anti-social behaviour, which generally speaking is the younger generation congregating and causing issues. We are running operations to deal with this and make it better for everyone concerned.

Driffield Police inspector – Inp Andrew Beadman

“In the new year, we are also looking at trying to get all the youth organisations together and looking at a more joined up approach to engage young people.

“There is a small drugs issue in Driffield, and recently we had the drugs dog in the town and as a result a number of people were dealt with for drugs offences.

“This has been viewed very positively and we will be repeating this going forward.

“Rural crime, especially hare coursing, is still a big issue in this area and we have the Rural Task Force which is having a positive impact and we have seen the problem dwindle because of their input prosecuting and taking dogs and vehicles from people.

“All that said, ultimately, this is a really nice area to live.”

He added that a huge push for the neighbourhood policing teams continues to be Humber Talking, which is aimed at giving people a chance to meet their officers and have the opportunity to tell them about the problems they face, so that officers can target the issues that matter most to their communities.

Insp Beadman stressed that his biggest message to the people of Driffield and the Wolds is to make sure they report crime to give the police the information they need to be able to tackle crime in their communities.

He said: “I would urge people who have a problem with anti-social behaviour, or any other problem, to ring us and tell us.

“If people don’t tell us, we don’t know there is a problem and therefore I can’t argue for more resource if I don’t have any reports of a problem.

“I would rather 10 people ring in for the same incident than nobody ring at all.

“People should ring 101 to report an issue or 999 if it is an emergency or a crime is in progress.

“I am aware that a couple of years ago people had issues with the 101 system, however we now have one of the best records in the country for answering the phones after revamping the 101 call handling system.

“People can also report crime online through the website:”

Earlier this year, Driffield lost two of its PCSOs who were redeployed to other areas within the force.

Driffield Police inspector – Inp Andrew Beadman

Insp Beadman said there are no plans to recruit any further PCSOs to Driffield, however he added that Driffield is still better resourced now thanks to the addition of the Rural Task Force, with a sergeant and four officers based from the town.

The festive period is one of the busiest times of year for the police with drink driving one of the major issues as people enjoy more socialising.

Inspector Beadman has one clear message to anyone thinking of getting behind the wheel after having a drink and that is “Don’t take that gamble. If we don’t catch you, you are putting yourself and the lives of others at massive risk.”

Having spent his first few weeks getting to know the area and the people, Insp Beadman said he is looking forward to making a positive impact.

He added: “I couldn’t be happier to be here and my aim is to be here as long as I can.

“Neighbourhood policing requires stability, consistency and time to build up relationships and I plan to be here to make that happen.

“Ultimately, I want to do my part to make the East Riding a nicer place for everyone to live.”

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