Suspicious Males – Ambergate Drive.

On Friday 18th January at between 11.30am and 12.00noon, two suspicious males visited a house on Ambergate Drive in Birstall.  Both were white aged 20-30years wearing jeans and tops.  One had brown hair and the other black curly hair.  They called on an elderly couple claiming to be tree surgeons and wanted to quote for cutting trees down in the back garden.  They were let into the garden via a side gate and then commenced the ‘hard sell’ that it must be done today etc.  When the couple’s son appeared and requested some details they made a hasty exit.  The men were travelling in a large plain grey coloured van.

It is suspected that these men were targeting elderly residents and that there is a potential risk of distraction burglaries.  The area was searched but no trace of the men was found.  If you saw ( or see ) these men in the area and have any suspicions, please report it by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

Incident No   241/17/01/2014

(Information from local beat officers)

Doorstep Sales of Mattresses.

The following message has been received today from Leicestershire Neighbourhood Watch:-
Leicestershire Trading Standards is currently investigating a number of complaints relating to doorstep sales of mattresses.
We have received complaints from vulnerable consumers in Narborough, Burbage and Thurlaston. Some of the consumers were cold called by telephone first, or were cold called at home by a sales rep and pressurised into buying mattresses for between £200 – £400.  Payment appears to be always be cheque/card rather than cash.
We have a number of concerns about the way in which these mattresses are described and being sold. We will also be getting one tested to check for the safety requirements.
Trading Standards always advises residents not to purchase good from ‘cold callers’. If you receive any reports of similar activity please contact Trading Standards on 0845 404 05 06 or use

Theft / Attempted Theft of Lead.

Over the last nine days there has been three incidents of theft/attempted theft of lead from porch roofs in the village.

Roman Road   7th January.

Curzon Avenue  13th January.

Goscote Hall Road  15th January.

All the incidents happened between 4.30am and 5.30am and all involved the lead from roofs above front doors/porches.  It is believed that a small ‘Fiesta’ sized vehicle may be involved.

Were you in these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dailling 101, the Leicestershire Police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officers)

As crime prevention measures in these situations, the use of SmartWater to identify stolen metals is suggested and the use of non drying ‘anti-climb’ paint in appropriate areas.

Cycle stolen from outhouse.

Between Monday 23rd December and Friday 27th December the outhouse of a property on Birstall Road (close to the Co-op Sports Ground) was broken into.  A mans Red Dawes mountain bike was stolen.

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.

Crime No:-   LC/05509/13-1

Recent Burglaries.

Wanlip Lane (close to Lambourne Road) – Wednesday 18th December between 13.45pm and 17.10pm.  Entry through rear door, bottom of door kicked -in.

Crime No.  LC/05421/13-8

Roman Road (close to East Road) – Thursday 19th December between 11.00am and 17.00pm.  Entry through insecure window.

Crime No.  LC/05408/13-1

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 officers)

Missing Syston Woman.

Inge Lenga (Syston)

News imageInge Lenga

Issued on 10/12/13 at 7:54 p.m.

Leicestershire Police is concerned for the safety of an 80-year-old woman.

Inge Lenga from Syston lives alone, and the last time we know someone saw her was more than a week ago. Since then, she may have visited Leicester city centre. She has a bus pass and frequently uses local bus services.

Inge is white, around 5 ft 6 inches tall, of medium build, and has grey/blonde hair.

She has lived in Syston for the last two years. She previously lived in the Melton Mowbray area. She has never previously been reported missing to Leicestershire Police.

Anyone who has information that could help the search for her should phone Leicestershire Police on 101, and ask for the Counties Missing From Home team. Alternatively, call the Missing Person’s Helpline on 116 000.

Suspicious Motorcycle.

The police would very much like to speak to the rider of a Black Motorcycle seen recently around the village.

The motorcycle has a ‘loud’ exhaust and has a very indistinct or no rear numberplate.  It was seen around 8.15am on Sunday 8th December in the Wanlip Lane area and involved in an incident on the Car Park in the centre of the village on the evening of Monday 9th December.  On both occasions neither the rider or pillion passenger were wearing helmets and both were wearing dark hooded tops.

If you see this motorcycle, or you know anything about the riders, please report the information by dialling 101 the Leicestershire police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officers)

Appeal for witnesses following indecent exposure incidents.

Crime number: LC/05186/13-6

Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a man indecently exposed himself on three separate occasions.

All of the incidents took place on Thursday December, 5.

The first incident happened at approximately 8am near the junction of Gadesby Lane in Rearsby and the A607. The victim was driving along the road when they were alerted by their passenger that a man had just exposed himself.

The second incident took place on Melton Road in Queniborough between 8.20am and 8.30am where a man matching the same description exposed himself to two children on their way to school.

The third incident took place at approximately 8.40am, between the Wanlip Island and Hobby Horse Island on the A46. The victim was driving along the A46 when she saw the suspect walking along the grass verge towards the Hobby Horse Island with his jacket open and indecently exposing himself.

The man is described to be around 6ft tall, between 30 – 40 years old, clean shaven, wearing a long black jacket with a fur hood, black tights and flat black ladies shoes.

Police are urging anyone who was in the area around this time who may have seen this man to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 2217 Danielle Mistretta on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 2217. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

(Information supplied by Leicestershire police)

Six arrested following attacks on ATM machines.

Six men have been arrested on conspiracy to commit burglary and cause explosions following an operation in Merseyside and the Midlands this morning (Tuesday, 10 December 2013).

It follows a multi-force investigation into 33 attacks on ATMs across central England and in the North West. Seven of the alleged offences were carried out in Groby, Loughborough or Birstall.

Warrants have been executed at five addresses in Coventry and Huyton and Norris Green on Merseyside, and a search was carried out at an address in Newton-le-Willows.

Six men, aged between 27 and 39 years, have subsequently been arrested.

For more details, follow this link:

(copied from Leicestershire Police website)

Keys – Lost and Found.

At the Birstall Christmas lights event on friday 6th Decmber, the following keys were lost/found:-

Lost – ‘A key card fob’ for a car.

Found – A car key.

Found – A bunch of house keys.

If either of these are yours or you can help, please contact the Birstall Police Office or the Neighbourhood Watch on  (0116) 2676397.