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)

Burglary – Riversdale Close.

Between 1.30pm on Saturday 3rd May and 8.00am on Monday 5th May, a house on Riversdale Close was broken into.  Entry was gained by smashing a rear patio door and property from the house was later found on the canal towpath close to Watermead Way.

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)

Recent Burglaries.

East Road.  On Saturday 26th April between 4.00pm – 4.30pm, a rear door panel was forced.   Crime No.  LC/01712/14-5

Hermitage Road.  Between 10.30am on Friday 25th April and 4.00pm on Sunday 27th April, a front window was forced.  (Neighbours heard a noise around 4.00pm on Saturday, so could be linked to the incident above.)  Crime No.  LC/01738/14-1

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)

Credit Card Scam Warning.

We have received the following warning today via the Leicestershire County NHW :-

Don’t fall for a credit card scam in which Nottinghamshire residents have already been targeted.
One person in Hucknall was duped into handing over their bank details and card today (Tuesday 29 April 2014) while others in Mansfield, Ashfield and Nottingham have also reported being targeted.
In all incidents, a call was made to the victim by a man claiming to be a police officer.
The bogus officer said he was investigating credit card fraud and asked for verification of the person’s account number before arranging for a courier to collect the credit card.
Mansfield Inspector Carl Holland said: “One person has already fallen victim to this scam and we don’t want the same thing to happen to anyone else.
“No matter how plausible a person sounds on the end of the phone, a police force would never send a courier to collect your bank card, even if we were investigating an incident of fraud.
“Be protective of your bank details, don’t read them out before verifying a person’s credentials and if you have even the slightest concern, hang up and call police immediately.”
If you think you have been targeted by this man call your local Police on 101.

Damage to Motor Vehicles

There has recently been a number of incidents of damage to motor vehicles in the village ( 7 in total ).  In three of these incidents, tyres were punctured by a sharp object of some kind.  The incidents have occurred overnight and have happened in Wanlip Lane, Harrowgate Drive and Acacia Avenue.

The police advice is to park vehicles off the road / in a garage if at all possible.  It is suspected that a certain individual is responsible as opposed to these being ‘random’ attacks.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously late at night, please report it by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number or 999 if a crime is being committed.

(Information from local beat officer)

ATM at Barclays Bank in Birstall attacked by burglars

Issued on 15/4/14 at 4:37 p.m.

Crime number: LC/01539/14-0

Officers investigating a burglary at a bank during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday April 15) are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The incident took place just after 4am this morning at a branch of Barclays Bank in Sibson Road when a glass window was smashed and the ATM was forced open. A large quantity of cash was stolen from the machine.

Two men were seen leaving the premises in a Vauxhall Vectra which was later found abandoned in Rectory Road, Wanlip.

Detective Constable 4174 Clare Moore is investigating the incident, she said: “If you heard or witnessed anything suspicious this morning on Sibson Road please contact us.

“The car was found abandoned a few hours later and has since been recovered for forensic analysis, if you saw someone leaving the vehicle in Rectory Road, Wanlip sometime during the early hours of this morning then 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.

(Copied from the Leicestershire Police website)

Block Paving Cleaning

We have been informed about a gang of men in the area who are Cold Calling and doing block paving cleaning.  They seem to target elderly residents and can be very intimidating.  People have ended up having extra work done and have been charged a lot more than they thought it would be.

If you are approached by any Cold Callers and feel intimidated or under pressure to have work done, be firm with them and call the police by dialling 101.  The police will be only to pleased to check these people out and know who is in the area.

(Information from local beat officers)

Charnwood LPU Commander Year End Update

Issued on 7/4/14 at 12:08 p.m.

The past 12 months have been challenging for us, due to the changes to the policing model for the Response and Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

As with any change, we have had to adapt and revise the way in which we work in order ensure that our resources are used more efficiently than in the past. This is to prepare us for the challenges that we will have to face from further cuts of £20million by 2016.

Evidence based policing, using new and innovative approaches to intelligence and tasking, has helped to make us more efficient.

Crime Results (year-on-year comparison)

I am pleased to announce that we have been able to reduce residential Burglaries by 14%.

We have also been able to reduce overall crime for the second year running and we have achieved a further reduction of a 2% in all recorded crime. This is a total of 11% reduction in two years.

We have reduced theft from vehicles by 4%.

Burglary and vehicle crime account for a third of all the reported crime in Charnwood, therefore reducing both of these will continue to be a priority for me in the new financial year.

Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

Although I expect to see a slight increase in reported incidents this year compared to last, over the last five years we have seen a reduction in reported ASB by 49% from 3,177 incidents in 2008/09 to around 1,621 for this year. Part of this success has been the improvements to case management of ASB, a formal tiered approach to tackling ASB offenders and working closely with partners who have issued over 900 formal interventions to people who have been involved in ASB.

This year we will be focusing on improving the confidence of ASB victims in the service they receive, which currently stands at 78% of victims satisfied with the service. We aim to achieve a satisfaction rate of 85%.

Improving officer time on the beat

I am very pleased to announce that our PCSO team are some of the most visible in the Force and spend 70% of their time working in the heart of the community. This enables warranted officers to spend more time using their powers to investigate crime, arrest and bring offenders to justice. Officers on my Safer Neighbourhood Teams are still able to spend 50% of their time out of the station patrolling the beat.

This year I would like to retain this excellent record and improve visibility in my officers to 55% and retain 70% visibility for my PCSO’s.

Under my leadership your Safer Neighbourhood Team will continue to:

  • Tackle those that cause the most harm in communities,
  • Support victims and witnesses,
  • Make the community safer,
  • Protect the vulnerable.

Inspector Paul Harrison Temporary LPU Commander for Charnwood Local Policing Unit

Burglary – Ashmead Crescent

Between 9.25 on Thursday 20th March and 13.15 on Monday 24th March, a house in Ashmead Crescent (close to the junction with Worcester Avenue) was broken into.  Access was gained by breaking a panel in the kitchen door.  It is not known what items were taken.

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

Crime ref:-   LC/01203/14-9

(Information from local beat officers)

Man convicted for drug and burglary offences.

Issued on 24/3/14 at 2:12 p.m.

Man convicted following drug and burglary offences

Steven Alan Teal (33) of Elizabeth Court, Wigston, was sentenced on Wednesday March 19, at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

He was convicted for possession of mephadrone (MCAT); a quantity of the drug was forfeited under Section 27 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and destroyed, and two burglaries which took place at a newsagent and a card shop on Sibson Road, Birstall, on Tuesday March 18.

The total sentence handed to Teal was 44 weeks imprisonment.

Also taken into consideration by the court were a further four burglaries that took place at premises in Wigston. Two of the incidents took place on February 22 and 23, on Leicester Road, Wigston. The other two occurred on March 15 and 16, on Blaby Road, Wigston.

(Copied from Leicestershire Police website)