Beat Surgery 19th May

The Beat Team has advised us that because of operational requirements, there will be no Police Officer present at our Advice Shop on Saturday 19th May.

The next Beat Surgery will, therefore, be on Wednesday, 30th May between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Coop on Wanlip Lane.

The Advice Shop will be open as usual next Saturday.

Burglary on Loughborough Road

A house-burglary in Birstall was reported to the Police on 8th May.

It occurred on Loughborough Road (opposite the School Lane junction) probably overnight from the previous day. Two suspicious men were seen hanging around near the house and the break-in was discovered next morning.

The thieves got in by smashing the glass in the back door. It is not clear at this time what was stolen.

If you were in the area around this time and saw anything suspicious, however trivial it may seem to you, please tell the Police to help them build the bigger picture.

Please report any information by dialling 101 –  the police non-emergency number.

Recent Scam – Warning

We have received the following message from the local Beat Team and been asked to circulate the information:-

On 19 April, at least two elderly Charnwood residents were contacted by criminals who claimed to be police officers and asked them to withdraw large amounts of money from their bank accounts. In one of these cases the victim followed the instructions and handed over a large amount of money to the criminals.

We would urge local residents to be wary of such scams. The police and other agencies will never telephone and ask you to withdraw or transfer money from your bank. If you receive an unsolicited call from the police, gas board, bank or any other agency then take their name and contact details then telephone their organisation or company. Please be wary though, these criminals can make it sound as if you have disconnected the call and phoned a different number when in fact you are still on the line to them. Use a different phone (mobile phone or neighbour’s) and ring their main switchboard (from Yellow Pages or a utility bill), not the number that the person ringing gives you. If in doubt, telephone the police.

For any residents with elderly relatives or neighbours, please be aware of this scam and keep an eye on your relatives or neighbours – these criminals are very convincing.

Burglary – Woodgate Drive

Between Saturday 31st March and Monday 9th April, a house on Woodgate Drive (close to the junction with Queensgate Drive) was broken into.  Entry was by smashing the glass in a side door and items of jewellery were stolen.

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.

(Information from local beat officer)

Burglary and Attempted Burglary

On Sunday 1st April a house on Curzon Avenue ( high numbers close to junction with Roman Road), was broken into between midnight and 3.00am.  Entry was via an insecure door and a bike and a games console were taken.

Overnight on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd April, at a house on Rectory Road, Wanlip an attempt was made to force open a rear ground floor window.  No entry was gained and nothing 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)

March Beat News

The March Beat News is now available to read on our website.

Unfortunately, because of a change in policy countywide, the Police are no longer including the detailed Crime Figures that we have received in the past.

Please follow this link:

www.villagewatch.co.uk/?page_id=2305

or Copy and Paste it into your browser.

Birstall Burglary

Between 7.00pm on Friday 23rd March and 9.00am on Saturday 24th, a house on Park Road ( in the low numbers section just before the junction with Walker Road) was broken into.  Entry was by forcing a rear ground floor window.  It is not known at present what property was taken.

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)

Birstall Burglaries (2)

On Friday 23rd March a house on Whiles Lane (facing the canal) was burgled.  At 11.30am two males were seen leaving the property by a neighbour walking her dog and they called the police.  The suspects made off on bikes along the towpath onto Watermead Park in the direction of Meadow Lane.  Entry was by smashing the glass in a side door, it is believed that jewellery was stolen.

Also on Friday 23rd between 8.00am and 4.15pm, a house on Stonehill Avenue (close to Hannah Parade) was burgled.  Entry was by forcing rear patio doors and jewellery and small electrical items were stolen.

Were you in either of these areas (or maybe walking in Watermead Park) around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from beat officer)

Attempted Burglary

Between Friday 9th and Friday 16th March an attempt was made to break into a house in Kent Avenue, Birstall by forcing a front ground floor window.  No entry was gained.

If you were in this area and saw anything suspicious, please report it by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)