Bogus ‘Green Deal’ Cold Caller Alert

We have received the following message via Leicestershire NHW and Trading Standards.  This appears to be a ‘new one’ to us and we would like our members to be aware:-

We have been alerted to a report of a company who have cold called a Mansfield resident at the door and told him he is entitled to a free boiler replacement under the government Green Deal initiative.  The resident was then asked to pay £299 for an energy assessment survey and told they would get this money back.
The resident became suspicious after not being able to get through to the company and reported the matter to Trading Standards.
You can find out if a trader you are dealing with is Green Deal approved by calling the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 or visiting their website at:  
More information on Green Deal can be found on the Government website at:  
If you have been affected this way or have any concerns about a trader please report the matter to the Citizens Advice consumer service – 03454 040506.
Remember that if a trader is in your house you have the right to ask them to leave, if they don’t immediately do so they are committing an offence.
Trading standards always advises residents not to purchase goods or services from cold callers.
Please stay vigilant and watch out for the more vulnerable neighbours in your area.

Control of Dogs.

We are hearing of an increasing number of reports concerning incidents where dogs are not being kept under proper control in public places.

 One recent incident on 23rd June resulted in a teenage girl being attacked and suffering quite serious injuries which needed hospital treatment.  This incident took place on a public park in the village and has been report to, and is being dealt with by the police.

 All dog owners are reminded that it is their responsibility to keep their animals under control at all times whilst in public areas.  All dogs, of any size or breed, are capable of inflicting serious injury especially to children.

 On parks owned and run by the Parish Council, dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

 (This item has been published in response to reports received from our members).

Recent Burglaries.

Sandpit Drive (Hallam Fields), between 5.00am on Thursday 19th June and 6.00am on Monday 23rd June.  Entry was gained by smashing a rear patio door and then jewellery and a laptop were taken.

Saltersgate Drive, between 4.00pm on Monday 23rd June and 5.00pm on Wednesday 25th June.  Entry was gained by forcing a rear door using a screwdriver and jewellery was taken.

Were you in 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 officers).

Flower Basket Thefts

A number of hanging flower baskets have been stolen from outside houses in Allington Drive and Blenheim Road.

If you saw anything suspicious in the area or know of anybody offering such items for sale please advise the Police by dialling 101, their non-emergency number.

If you have baskets outside your house you can make them more difficult to steal by securing them to their brackets with plastic zip-ties.

Burglary – Worcester Avenue.

On Thursday 5th June, between 9.00am and 5.30pm, a house on Worcester Avenue (close to Ashmead Crescent) was broken into.  Access was gained by breaking a rear patio door.  It is believed that the culprits entered the property from the direction of Watermead Park.

There are many people who walk/dog-walk in Watermead Park every day, 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)

Garage break-ins.

Overnight yesterday/today, Wednesday 21st – Thursday 22nd May, several garages in the area around Park Road/Fielding Road have been broken into, as well as a shed in Nine Leys Square.

Few details are available at present but it would seem that 4 or 5 lads were involved and that they were possibly using a motorcycle (no registration obtained).  It is thought that they were after cycles and power tools etc.  A male has been arrested but it is not sure at present if he is linked to these incidents.

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

Residents are also asked to check sheds and garages and report any break-ins that may not have already been recorded.

(Information from local beat officer)

Recent Burglaries.

There have been two house burglaries in the last few days:-

Loughborough Road (close to Bentley Road), between 7.30am and 1.45pm on Tuesday 13th May.  Entry was gained by breaking the glass in a rear patio door, possibly with a screwdriver or similar implement.

Birstall Road (between School Lane and Sibson Road), at approximately 3.55am on Wednesday 14th May.  Entry was gained through insecure patio doors and a male was chased from the house by one of the occupants.  He is described has being in his late teens / early twenties, 5′ 8 – 5′ 11 tall and of slim to medium build.

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).

Incident of indecent exposure in Birstall

The following appeal has been copied from the Leicestershire Police website:-

Issued on 12/5/14 at 4:16 p.m.

Crime number: LC/01828/14-4

Police are appealing for information following an incident of indecent exposure in Birstall.

The incident happened sometime between 8.10am and 8.20am on Thursday May 1, 2014 on Saltersgate Drive.

An 11-year-old girl was walking to school when she noticed a car parked in the street. As she passed the vehicle, she noticed the man inside indecently exposing himself.

The vehicle then drove off.

The man is described as white, in his mid-forties and of medium build. He was a t-shirt and jeans.

The car is described as green or blue, old looking, square in shape and dirty. It had a circular sign on back above the number plate.

PC 2029 Ed Stephenson, the investigating officer, said: “This incident was obviously quite upsetting for the girl.

“I am appealing for the public’s help to find this man. I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and may have seen this man.

“If you have any information which could assist with our enquiries please get in touch.”

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.

Suspicious Man Seen In Gardens.

Around 12.30pm (lunchtime) today, Friday 9th May, a man was seen climbing over garden fences between Sycamore Road and Loughborough Road.  He was of ‘Asian’ appearance and after climbing over several fences, he made his way out onto Loughborough Road ( between Bentley Road and the school playing fields).

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

(Information from NHW member).

Graffiti – Hallam Fields area.

The local police are aware that some graffiti has appeared in the Hallam Fields area over the weekend.  The words ‘YOU’  ‘HUGO’  and   ‘TPK’  written in marker pen.  They will be making enquiries regarding this graffiti, but if anyone has any information please let the local beat team know by dialling 101 and leaving a message.

(Information by local beat officer)