Suspicious caller – Warning

On Wednesday 28th January a man called at a house in Spinney Rise saying that he was from ‘National Grid’.  The occupier was not expecting a caller, so ask the man for identity and told him to wait while she check with National Grid.  The company did not recognise the identity and did not know of any local incidents requiring a visit.  When the occupier returned to the door, the man had left.  The police were been informed.

This resident did exactly the right thing and checked out the identity of an unexpected caller.  This incident should serve as a warning to all members to be on their guard when approached by unexpected callers at the doorstep.

(Information from a Watch member)

Thefts from Motor Vehicles

There have been 16 incidents of thefts from motor vehicles in the last month within the Birstall and Wanlip beat area and have affected all parts of the villages.  Some incidents have involved works vans where tools have been targeted and others have been cars where they have been searched and small items taken.

Residents are reminded to remove all items of any value and also not leave any items at all on show when leaving their vehicle.  This action would make it pointless and not worth attempting to break into a vehicle, running the risk of being caught.

(Information from local beat officers)

Attempted Burglary Ambergate Drive

Between 5.15pm and 5.30pm on Friday 23rd January there was an attempted burglary at a property in Ambergate Drive (between Greengate Lane and Kingsgate Avenue).  Two males tried to smash the rear patio doors with a stone which alerted the neighbours and the two males made off by climbing over the garage roof and ran off along Ambergate drive towards Harrowgate Drive.  The outer pane of the double glazed unit was smashed but no access gained.

Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious, particularly the two males either before or running away after the incident ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

Crime ref:-  LC/00358/15-6

(Information from local beat officers)

Bicycles Stolen

In the early hours of Monday 19th January a house in Curzon Avenue, close to the junction with School Lane, was burgled. Entry was gained to the garage from where three very expensive bicycles were stolen.
Crime ref: LC/00278/15-7.
If you were in the area at this time and saw anything suspicious, please tell the Police by dialling 101.

More Burglaries

Between Noon on Thursday 15th and 1 p.m. on Sunday 18th January a house on Park Road was burgled and television sets and other property stolen.
Crime ref: LC/00258/15-9

Between 1 p.m. on Wednesday 14th and 12.45 p.m. on Sunday 18th January a house on Harrowgate Drive was burgled and jewellery stolen.
Crime ref: LC/00254/15-7

On both occasions, entry was gained by breaking the glass in rear patio doors.

If you were in these areas at these times and saw anything suspicious, please tell the Police by dialling 101.

Burglary – Newton Drive

Between 8.00am on Monday 12th January and 2.40pm on Friday 16th January, a property in Newton Drive was broken into.  Access was gained by breaking the glass in a rear patio door.  It is believed that jewellery was taken.

Were you in this area during these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

Crime ref:-  LC/00220/15-3

(Information from local beat officer)

Burglary – Loughborough Road

Loughborough Road (between Hermitage Road and East Road – opposite the allotments).  Between 1.00pm on Friday December 26th (Boxing Day) and midday on Saturday 27th December, a house was broken into.  Entry was gained by forcing the upper part of a ground floor rear window.  It is believed at present that the only item taken was a food hamper.

Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Two Recent Burglaries

Loughborough Road (close to the junction with Elmfield Avenue),  Between 8.00am and 2.40pm on Monday 22nd December.  Entry was gained by smashing the glass in a rear door and then using a key that was left in the lock to unlock the door.  Not sure at present exactly what was taken.

Westgate Avenue (close to the junction with Woodgate Drive).  At approximately 2.40am this morning, 23rd December, whilst the occupant was in bed.  Entry was by using the key from out of the Key Safe (suspect must have known the number of this somehow ? ).  The suspect fled when confronted by the occupant.  Cash and a bank card were taken.

Were you in either of these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by diall 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Boiler Scam Warning.

The following warning has been received from the Leicestershire Police:-


North West Leicestershire District Council is warning its council tenants to be aware of bogus callers working in the area.   One council tenant has this week been scammed out of £199, after receiving a call from someone who said they were from a company called Quick Fix Heating and claimed to be acting on behalf of the council.


The caller requested bank details, which the tenant passed on. The fraudsters later took £199 from the tenant’s account.

To help avoid this happening to more tenants, the council has this advice:

•             Council contractors will never ask for payment

•             Council tenants will never be asked to pay for anything, other than a repair they have requested themselves

•             If in doubt, don’t provide any information and contact the council.

This could also be applicable to owner-occupiers, be aware of such scams.

(Information from local beat officer)

Did you witness travel shop robbery?

Issued on 13/12/14 at 1:23 p.m.

Crime number: LC/05197/14-4

Detectives are investigating following a robbery at a travel shop in Birstall yesterday (Friday 12 December).  Two men targeted Co-op Travel, in Sibson Road, at about 4.20pm where they threatened staff and stole a large quantity of money, including travellers cheques and foreign currency.

No one was injured in the incident but staff have been left incredibly shaken by the ordeal.

Both suspects are described as being black, about 6ft tall and of slim build. They were both wearing dark coloured clothing and balaclavas.  They are believed to have run off in the direction of Wanlip Avenue.

Detective Constable 2129 Luke Brookes, who is investigating the robbery, said: “The area would have been busy at the time with lots of traffic passing through. If that’s your usual route home, or you were in the area around the time of the robbery, you may have seen what happened or saw the suspects before the incident.  “Think back to last night, did you see two men acting suspiciously? If you did, call us immediately.  “Equally, if you have been offered any large amounts of foreign currency or travellers cheques for sale, or know someone who has, we want to hear from you.”

Anyone with information in relation to any appeals featured on this site is asked to contact the relevant officer on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for the officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile ‘phones and land lines. Please note some mobile ‘phone service providers may charge for calls to Crimestoppers.

(Information taken from the Leicestershire Police website)