Venue: Spencer room
Contact: Susie Blood
Declarations of Interest
any declarations of interest.
no Declarations of Interest received at this point in the meeting.
The minutes of the Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel held on xxxx were submitted and approved as a correct record.
Off road bikes- further information
Chief Inspector Wendy and Chief
Inspector Jon Hagen, Cleveland Police will be in attendance to provide further
information to the panel regarding off- road bikes.
The Chair welcomed Chief Inspector Wendy Tinkler and Chief Inspector Jon Hagen, Cleveland Police to the
meeting to provide further information in relation to off road bikes and
Following on from the last meeting, the Chief Inspector
made reference to the incident on Sunday 7th August, when it was estimated over 100
persons gathered across various locations in Middlesbrough on off and on road
bikes, cars and quads. The Chief inspector advised that there has been criticism towards the police, but
wanted to reassure work is ongoing to identify and arrest those involved.
Of those identified, 20 arrests had been made ,
19 bikes seized, 8 suspects who were further identified from the press appeal
and they are looking at undertaking a day of action.
Following on from the incident on 7 August,
there was intelligence that a further incident was planned in 2 weeks’
time. Due to this intelligence
significant work was completed between the Police and other partners (including
Middlesbrough Council) to prepare. This
included several press releases to deter offenders and the event didn’t come to
In terms of the status of the investigation:
the incidence was made known to Cleveland Police, there had been no
intelligence to suggest this would occur which hampered opportunity to
prepare. At the time of the event the
incident was risk assessed, weighing up factors against current demand,
potential harm and risk to members of the public, Cleveland Police and Staff
and the offenders themselves.
sheer number of people in attendance hampered any opportunity to consider
pursuit tactics, as this would have increased the risk posed to members of the
deployment of stingers was an available tactic (spikes that can be laid across
the road to burst tyres) however due to the quantity
of bikes, this was neither suitable nor appropriate.
police requested assistance from air support, however as there was no
significant threat to life this was not appropriate.
risk assessing the situation the Silver Command decided that evidence gathering
would be undertaken by officers on the ground, and management of the event to
ensure safety and minimize disruption to the community.
were deployed with CCTV capabilities and also our town cctv
evidence gathered from the event has been reviewed.
investigation is extensive involving the backtracking of CCTV footage in order
to identify those riders who were wearing helmets and face coverings. This enabled the identification of some due
to cctv footage being obtained where riders had their
face coverings/helmets removed.
who have not been identified have been forward tracked, where officers have
reviewed cctv and press coverage appealing for
information e.g types of bikes/ quads and from 20
face recognition, there were 2 responses.
were positive comments on social media, as the public felt the incident was
being dealt with.
- After the incident, and under the Preventative arm with partners, the ... view the full minutes text for item 22/17
Andy Shippey, Community Safety Officer PREVENT/reducing Reoffending and Marion Walker, Head of Stronger Communities and CHANNEL Chair will be in attendance to provide the panel with an update.
The Chair welcomed Andy Shippey, Community Safety
Officer PREVENT/reducing Reoffending and Marion Walker, Head of Stronger
Communities and CHANNEL Chair to the meeting.
The Community Safety officer provided the
Prevent is part
of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST and is designed to
safeguard vulnerable people and communities from the threat of radicalisation
and being drawn into terrorism. There are different types of terrorism and
Prevent deals with all of them. The most common types of terrorism in the UK
are Islamist terrorism and extreme right-wing terrorism.
PREVENT and the
safeguarding component CHANNEL is voluntary and only works with consent of the
vulnerable person at risk and takes a person centred approach in helping the
individual address vulnerabilities and increase their resilience against the
hateful extremist influence.
Middlesbrough Operational Prevent group work together with partnership agencies
to stop people becoming involved in or supporting terrorist activity. Under the
Prevent Duty all public sector agencies have a responsibility to ensure their
staff and volunteers have a good understanding of Prevent and their
responsibilities towards individuals, groups, or families they are working
The Operational Prevent group prepares Action
plans designed to reduce the risk by increasing communities' resilience and
awareness, Training and awareness raising and Promotion of the safeguarding
nature of PREVENT.
In addition to Scrutiny, the work and actions of PREVENT are also overseen by the
CQC, Ofsted, Office of the Policing and Crime Commissioner and Community safety
The Community Safety
Officer provided the Panel with information on recent action carried out within
the community, these included for example:
Working with a
Local College around community cohesion conversations and work using the Lets
Discuss campaign material
Promotion of the
Act early campaign in different languages
media campaign to promote prevent and online resilience with Newcastle Council
to national campaign Real Stories
The Community Safety Officer
provided further information on contributions to the Cleveland Police approach
and further examples of training and support and awareness sharing.
The Head of Stronger
Communities and Channel Chair provided the Panel with some information on Channel
advising of the following:
Cleveland is bespoke as our regional figures are low in comparison to other
The CHANNEL panel
is a safeguarding meeting of multi disciplinary
professionals whom all work towards assisting the vulnerable young person or
adult build their resilience againstthe extremist
narrative whilst addressing any vulnerabilities they may have
on a consensual basis and consent must be sought from the individual
The type of
support available through CHANNLE is wide-ranging, and can include help with
education or careers advice, dealing with mental or emotional health issues, or
digital safety training for parents; it all depends on the individual’s needs.
The panel were very complimentary of the work undertaken by Prevent/ Channel and acknowledge the modules which are on the council’s elearning. A panel member queried how employees who do not have access to a computer receive information and ... view the full minutes text for item 22/18
Museums- work plan
Services officer will present the work plan for the panel’s investigation on museums.
Democratic Services officer provided an update on the work plan in relation to
the panel’s upcoming topic on museums.
plan had been circulated to members’ details some draft terms of reference for
the topic as well as key questions for officers.
were made aware that the initial meeting for the topic would take place on 15
position be noted.
Chair's OSB Update
will provide a verbal update from the Overview and Scrutiny meeting held on 25
provided a verbal update on the discussions at the Overview and Scrutiny Board
on 25 October 2022.
update be noted.
Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered.
school of Art- Tour
reminded the panel that a tour of the Northern school of Arts had been arranged
for 24 November 2022 commencing 1.30pm.
wishing to join the tour should meet u the reception area.