Recent Incidents

Attempted burglary.

Ambergate Drive (close to Castlegate Avenue).  Between Friday 5th and Monday 8th June an attempt was made to force the side door of a property.  No entry gained and no property stolen.

Burglary.

Loughborough Road (between Bentley Road and the school field).  Between 10.30am and 11.45am on Tuesday 9th June.  Entry was gained by smashing a front ground floor window then cash and jewellery was stolen.

Were you in either of these areas 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)

Telephone Scam – Warning

We know of at least two incidents of scam telephone calls in this area in the last few days, there may be others.

The calls are purported to be from a police officer and refer to an investigation of a fraud.  They advise you to transfer money to a new bank account.  They will suggest that you ring 999 and ask for them to prove that the call is genuine.

IT IS A SCAM.

When you end the call to them, they will keep the line open so that regardless of the number you dial it will be them who answer.  When making a call like this, always make sure that you can hear the dialling tone before you dial a number.

We know of one elderly victim who has had a very large amount of money stolen in this way.

If you receive a call of this nature, report it immediately to the police.  Do not transfer any money.

(information from local beat officers)

Charity Bag Collections – Identity

We have received a number of reports about donation bags being left out for collection by a charity and being pick up by other non-identified collectors.

Genuine charity collectors will always carry identity with them and will be happy to show it if challenged and very often use marked vehicles.  Anyone who leaves a bag out for collection is entitled to challenge a collector if they are in any way suspicious.

Unauthorised collection of Charity Bags, apart from depriving the charity of their income, is actually theft.

Burglary – Wanlip

Rectory Road (Birstall end).  Between 5.40pm and 6.20pm on Sunday 24th May a house was broken into.  Entry was gained by climbing onto a roof and forcing a first floor rear window and property was stolen.  Exit was via the kitchen door.

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

(Information from local beat officer)

House Break-in

Park Road.  Between midnight and 4.00am on Sunday 17th May, a house on Park Road (close to the junctions with Fielding Road/Walker Road) was broken into.  Entry was gained via a flat roof and an insecure rear first floor window.  It is believed that no property was stolen.

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

(Information from local beat officer)

Recent Burglaries

Loughborough Road (opposite Tempest Road).  Between Saturday 25th April and Monday 4th May a house was broken into.  Entry was by forcing a rear patio door and then clothing and an expensive watch were stolen.

Hill Rise (close to The Wayne Way).  Between 7.00pm on Friday 1st May and just after midnight on Saturday 2nd May a house was broken into.  Entry was by forcing the front door and then jewellery was stolen.

Were you in either of these areas 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)

Warning about a Courier Scam

The following warning has been received from Leicestershire Police:-

Leicestershire Police is issuing a warning to the public to be on their guard over a courier fraud scam.

Officers have received eleven reports since January 2015 where victims have received a telephone call from someone claiming to be a police officer or somone from their bank claiming that the victim’s bank account has been fraudulently accessed and that someone has been arrested for the offence.
There are many variations of the courier scam, but it usually follows this method:
  • A fraudster will cold call you on a landline, claiming to be from your bank or the police. They state their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.
  • In order to reassure you that they are genuine, they suggest that you hang up and ring the bank/police back straight away. However, they don’t disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you are actually still speaking to the fraudster.
  • They then ask you to read out your PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They may ask for details of other accounts you hold with the bank or financial service provider.
  • Finally, they send a courier or taxi to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have then obtained your name, address, full bank details, card and PIN.
These fraudsters sound very plausible and are skilled at tricking people into handing over their cards.
Please let any elderly or vulnerable family members, friends, or neighbours know about the scam.  Remember, your bank will never attend your home; and neither the bank nor the police will ever collect your bank card or ask for your PIN.
If you have been a victim or have any information in relation to this scam, call Leicestershire Police on 101. Victims can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 for more information.

Appeal to trace occupants of van after firearms incident in Birstall.

The following appeal was issued by the police at 2.50pm on 23rd April:-

Crime number: NL/02255/15-4

Officers carrying out further enquiries into a firearms incident in Birstall on Tuesday (21 April) are appealing for the occupants of a van seen in the area to come forward.

Police were called to Barn Meadow Road in Birstall at about 7.26am on Tuesday 21 April following a report of a man being seen, with what was believed to be a firearm, chasing another man.

In the interests of officers and public safety the armed response team were deployed to the incident.

The victim was subsequently traced and had sustained minor injuries, which didn’t require medical treatment.

Detective 4269 Kim Potter is investigating the incident, she said: “This was an isolated incident and we believe that the victim was specifically targeted. From enquiries we’ve conducted locally we believe there was a van parked close to where the assault took place and the vehicle drove off during the incident.

“We would like to trace the occupants of that van as they may be able to assist us with our enquiries. If this was you then please get in touch. We would also like to speak to anyone else who may have witnessed the incident or have heard rumours locally about who may be responsible.”

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 and when prompted, key in the officer’s identification number.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details will be taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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.

Car Break-ins – Arrests

Following further incidents of cars being broken into, two males were arrested in the early hours of Tuesday 24th March.  They have been charged in relation to a number of thefts from motor vehicles.

Residents are again reminded to remove all items of value from vehicles when leaving it parked and being extra careful about making sure that windows are closed and the vehicle is locked.  Please be particularly careful about locking vehicles that have a ‘keyless’ electronic system and making sure that the ‘keys’ are kept away from the vehicle when locked.

Please report any suspicious activity around parked vehicles by dialling 101.

(Information from local beat officer)

Thefts from Motor Vehicles

There has been eleven incidents of theft from motor vehicles in the last few days, mostly during Thursday night/Friday morning of last week.  These have taken place in all parts of the village:-

Hallam Fields Road  (2)

Wanlip Lane (1)

Fielding Road (2)

Curzon Avenue (3)

Greengate Lane (1)

Kilby Avenue (1)

Holt Road (1)

Two of the incidents involved ‘soft top’ cars where the roof had been cut.

All residents are reminded to remove all items of value from vehicles when parked and make sure that the vehicle is left secure.

(Information from local beat officer)