Attempted Break-in by cutting window.

An attempted break-in occurred on Friday at a house on Loughborough Road.  The method of entry was by trying to cut a large hole ( about 18 inches diameter ) in a rear double glazed window, presumably with a glass cutter.  Fortunately the attempt failed. 

This is not a common method used to gain entry and the police would be very keen to know if there has been any other incidents of this type.  As no entry was gained, it would be easy to assume that ( for instance ) a bird had flown into the window causing it to break and therefore not reporting it as an attempted break-in.

If you know of any similar incidents that have not yet been reported, please do so by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officers)

Burglary – Wanlip Lane.

A house on Wanlip Lane (close to Riverside School) has been burgled.  The incident occurred sometime during the last two weeks as the occupants were away on holiday and was discovered on their return yesterday, Tuesday 19th August.  Entry was by breaking a rear patio door.

This is a very busy area of the village, at all times of the day and night.  Do you remember hearing or seeing anything suspicious in this area during this time ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officers)

Recent Burglaries

Unfortunately we have been hit with a number of burglaries recently:-

Castlegate Avenue.  Overnight Tuesday 5th – Wednesday 6th August, entry by breaking a ground floor window.

Roman Road.  Saturday 9th August at approximately 8.30pm, a resident was disturbed by a male asking to use the phone.  They refused but later found that their garage had been entered and a car broken into.  The suspect is described as white, about 20 years old, 6 feet tall with short brown hair.

Beechfield Avenue.  Morning of Monday 11th August.  Entry was via an insecure door whilst the occupant was in the house.  The suspect is decribed as very similar to the one above and is thought to be the same person.  He was seen to ride off on a bue mountain bike.

Castlegate Avenue.  Overnight Wednesday 13th – Thursday 14th August.  Entry was by breaking a rear patio door.

Were you in any 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 officers)

Rogue Trader Warning

We have had a recent report of cold callers offering to do drive and roofing work. They provide glossy leaflets and have a van with a company name painted on it.

However, residents who have employed them report shoddy work and demands for payment far in excess of the price quoted initially. When challenged, they have become very intimidating and threatening, forcing people to pay up despite their better judgement.

Our advice is never to engage workers who contact you unannounced. Experience shows that the work is rarely value for money and, because you cannot contact them, you have little redress.

If you want work done, get several quotes from reputable tradesmen whom you have chosen yourself.

Incident on Sibson Road – 31/7/14

The following message has been received from beat officer, PC Dave Jaeckels:-

Just wanted to bring you up to speed in relation to the incident in Sibson Road yesterday as I am sure that if they haven’t done so already, people will be contacting you asking what it was all about!

It started as a pursuit in the City following a house being broken into and a car being stolen. The stolen vehicle was then driven towards Birstall where it was subsequently stopped following a collision in the Sibson Road area. Traffic Officers and a Police dog were deployed and the driver was arrested for burglary and driving offences. At the time of writing he is still in custody being dealt with by our Serious Crime Team.

I know that a few people took to spotted Birstall to make some comments and from what I have seen most of them were quite positive about the fact the car had been stopped and the suspect detained before any serious injury was caused to anyone.

Any damage that was caused / vehicles that were damaged as a result of the incident will be dealt with as part of the enquiry, however if anyone does have any concerns or information to add, please ask them to contact us on 101.

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)