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.

Birstall Police Webchat.

The police in Birstall are inviting residents to take part in an online webchat.

PC Dave Jaeckels, beacon officer for the Birstall Safer Neighbourhood team will be available online on Thursday December 12, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm to take part in discussions about local issues and to answer any questions you may have about policing in the area.  It is intended that a member of the Birstall Neighbourhood Watch will also be available to answer your questions

To take part in the webchat log on to: and a member of the panel will be happy to answer any of your questions.

PC Jaeckels said: “If you live or work in Birstall please join in and chat directly to your local officer.”

When is it?

December 12th, 2013 18:30 – 19:30

Where is it?

Police in Charnwood take part in operation to combat burglaries.

Police in Charnwood are currently taking part in Operation Entertain in order to target burglars in the area.
Operation Entertain is a multi-agency crime reduction and enforcement operation aimed at targeting burglars in the Syston, Thurmaston and Birstall areas.
As part of the operation police will be using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to apprehend suspected burglars when using the roads as well as undertaking covert and overt patrols at targeted times.
Sgt Paul Harrison, Deputy LPU Commander at Charnwood Local Policing Unit said: “We are hoping that this operation will deter anyone thinking of committing burglary to think twice before doing so.  We are committed to catching as many criminals as possible both whilst we are involved in this operation but also in the long term.”
Anyone with information about crime and anti-social behaviour in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland is urged to call Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous on 0800 555 111.

Burglary – Orchard Road

Overnight last night, Wednesday 27th / Thursday 28th November, between 11.00pm and 6.00am a house in Orchard Road was broken into.  Entry was gained by forcing the rear door.  It is not known whether access to the property was from the front or the rear (Watermead Park area).  Items taken included a laptop computer.

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

(Information from local beat officers)

Recent Burglaries.

Birstall has suffered a spate of seven burglaries in the last seven days:-

Freehold Road – early hours of Monday 18th November – insecure rear door.

Birstall Road – early hours of Monday 18th November – insecure window.

Curzon Avenue – early hours of Monday 18th November – insecure window.

Monarch Close – early hours of Monday 18th November – insecure patio door.

Greengate Lane – afternoon of Wednesday 20th November – window forced.

Johnson Road – overnight 20th/21st November – plastic panel removed on conservatory.

Loughborough Road – afternoon of Saturday 23rd November – patio door forced.

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

As you can see above, many of these incidents involve insecure windows and doors.  Please be carefull about ensuring windows and doors are locked securely at night and when leaving the property during the day.

(Information and message from local beat officer)


Shed Break-ins.

There has been an increase recently in the number of sheds and other outbuildings being broken into.  Our beat team have requested that we remind our members to check the security of all their sheds, garages and other outbuildings and make sure that they are locked.

During the winter months, garden sheds are used less often.  You are advised to regularly check all outbuildings and report any break-ins immediately to the police.

Online Shopping Tips

With Christmas approaching, using the Internet to purchase goods or services saves considerable time and effort – and also presents you with the widest choice. There are, however, risks associated with online shopping and you need to take care with what you are buying, from whom, and how you pay for your purchases.

The Risks

  • Fraud resulting from making payments over unsecured web pages.
  • Bogus online stores/shops – fake websites and email offers for goods and services that do not exist.
  • Buying fake goods intentionally or unintentionally – finding they are of inferior quality and also possibly funding more serious crimes in the process.
  • Receiving goods or services which do not match the advertiser’s description.
  • Being offered tailored prices based on information gathered by the retailer about your online shopping habits and websites visited.

Safe Shopping

  • Choose reputable shopping sites.
  • Ensure the website is secure before entering payment details.
  • Ensure that any online retailer unfamiliar to you is reputable by researching them. Establish a physical address and telephone contact details. Remember that the best way to find a reputable retailer is via recommendation from a trusted source.
  • Remember that paying by credit card offers greater protection than with other methods in terms of fraud, guarantees and non-delivery.
  • Double check all details of your purchase before confirming payment.
  • Do not reply to unsolicited emails from companies you don’t recognise.
  • Before entering payment card details on a website, ensure that the link is secure, in three ways:
  1. There should be a padlock symbol in the browser window frame, which appears when you attempt to log in or register. Be sure that the padlock is not on the page itself … this will probably indicate a fraudulent site.
  2. The web address should begin with ‘https://’. The ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’.
  3. If using the latest version of your browser, the address bar or the name of the site owner will turn green.
  • Some websites will redirect you to a third-party payment service (such as WorldPay). Ensure that these sites are secure before you make your payment.
  • Safeguard and remember the password you have chosen for the extra verification services used on some websites, such as Verified by Visa.
  • When making a payment to an individual, never transfer the money directly into their bank account but use a secure payment site such as PayPal, where money is transferred between two electronic accounts.
  • Check sellers’ privacy policy and returns policy.
  • Always log out of sites into which you have logged in or registered details. Simply closing your browser is not enough to ensure privacy.
  • Keep receipts.
  • Check credit card and bank statements carefully after shopping to ensure that the correct amount has been debited, and also that no fraud has taken place as a result of the transaction.
  • Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you go online.
  • Where possible, check that the price listed by the retailer on your browser is the same as that quoted on other people’s browsers, to ensure you are not being monitored and overcharged.

Article Courtesy of Get Safe Online, via Leicestershire Neighbourhood Watch