Can you help trace these stolen war medals?


News imageWar medals stolen during a burglary in Birstall – can you help locate them?

Issued on 4/11/13 at 2:53 p.m.

Crime number: LC/04637/13-8

War medals were amongst items stolen from a house in Birstall and police are appealing to the public to help locate them.

The incident took place between 4.45pm on Monday October 28 and 7.50am on Tuesday October 29 in Paget Avenue, Birstall, the back door of the property was broken into and a number of items were stolen.

Other items stolen included a silver Pandora bracelet which had 11 charms on it including Statue of Liberty, gingerbread man and a baby’s pram, an Omega Seamaster gent’s watch, various items of jewellery and a white Samsung 10” tablet.

DC Anna Burton is investigating the incident, she said: “The war medals belonged to the victim’s late father, they’re of great sentimental value to him and he’s very keen to get them back.

“If you recognise the medals and have been approached by someone selling them or any of the other items stolen during the incident please contact us.

“If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Paget Avenue area between last Monday evening or early hours of Tuesday morning we would like to speak to you, any information you can provide may prove useful to the investigation.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4450 Anna Burton on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 4450. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and landlines. Please note some mobile ‘phone service providers may charge for this call.

(Copied from Leicestershire Police Website)

Burglary – Johnson Road

On Sunday evening 3rd November between 5.30pm and 9.30pm, a house on Johnson Road (close to Loughborough Road) was burgled.  Entry was attempted through a rear ground floor window and then gained through a first floor window over a roof.

Crime ref:-  LC/04716/13-4

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

(Information from local beat officers)

Recent House Burglaries.

Paget Avenue (middle part).  Overnight on 28th/29th October, the property was entered by forcing a rear door/window.

Crime ref:-  LC/04637/13-8

Saltersgate Drive (close to Harrowgate Drive).  Between 23rd and 28th October, the property was entered by frocing a rear window.  Amongst other items, a laptop computer was taken.

Crime ref:-  LC/04716/13-4

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

(Information from local beat officers)

Top 5 tips to make your home more secure during the winter months

Many burglaries occur at night as opportunistic thieves prefer to operate under the cover of darkness. So perhaps it’s no surprise to learn that when nights last longer, as they do during the autumn and winter months, the fear of crime increases. According to insurance claims data, the average cost of a claim for a winter burglary was £1,746 per incident in 2012 – up 14% compared to the average cost of a summer burglary claim.

When the clocks go back, it is perceived that  crime goes up. Your home is where you feel most secure, yet only one in five of us takes extra security measures when the nights draw in. By checking that all your doors and windows are locked, and making your home appear occupied when it’s not, we can begin to reduce the number of burglaries – in particular the rise that occurs between Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Top 5 tips to make your home more secure during the winter months

1. Burglars are less likely to target a home that looks occupied. Use a timer to switch lights on when you’re away.

2. Close your curtains and blinds so burglars can’t see your valuables through your windows.

3. Lock your sheds and outbuildings – and an outside light can blow the cover of darkness for a would-be thief.

4. Install a burglar alarm – the box on the front of your house will act as a visible deterrent, but you should also set the alarm for when you’re away, sleeping upstairs or even out in your back garden on Bonfire Night.

5. Carry out a general security check. It takes no more than two minutes to lock your windows and doors.

Further safety advice can be found on the NHWN website at:

Telephone Sales – Damp Proofing.

Members have reported getting cold telephone calls from  a company in Nottingham, despite being on the Telephone Preference Service. The company is selling damp-proofing of walls and arranging for salespeople to call.  They give the impression that they know that your home is affected.
Professional advice is that damp-proofing is only needed where a problem with damp has been identified and not needed in the majority of houses.
You should to be very cautious and get separate advice if a cold caller of this type tells you that you are one of those affected. In any case, you should always seek several quotations from reputable firms with whom YOU have initiated contact.
NEVER be pressurised into signing up on the spot and remember that you have a cooling-off period during which you can change your mind if the agreement was signed in your home.

Burglary – Orchard Road

During the early hours of Saturday 26th October, between midnight and 7.00am, a house on Orchard Road ( high numbers, close to the junction with Bramley Road ) was burgled.  Among the items taken was a large screen television.

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

( Information from local beat officers ).

Fatal4 event held on 23rd September in Birstall.

Monday 23rd September 2013 Birstall Police ran a Fatal4 Clinic in the village.

 This was as a result of the community consultations conducted over the past 6 months.

Fatal4 ran for 4 hours targeting driving offences that are known to cause the most deaths on the road.

During these few hours over 45 vehicles were stopped and 38 offences dealt with.



Birstall 23.09.13
29 seat belts offences
9 mobile phone offences
1 no insurance   ( vehicle seized )
1 Number plate that failed to conform
1 obscured number plate


I hope this sent out the right message to drivers that choose to flaunt traffic laws and that the people of Birstall feel reassured that we are trying to make the roads safer. Pcso 6611 Mark Butler is currently looking to set up a community speed watch within the village that the Neighbourhood Watch will take on and run.

 ( Message from Pc Des Hearnshaw, Beacon Officer, L05 – Birstall Office )

Recent Arson Attacks to Motor Vehicle.

The following message has been received today from the local police:-

Birstall Police can confirm we are investigating two arson attacks to a motor vehicle on Newton Drive that occurred over the last 2 weeks.

We are also aware that other motor vehicles from the surrounding streets have been previously targeted over the past 7 years.

As this is a serious offence, it maybe noticed there is an increased Police presence in the area, this is to help re-assure the community and to assist with preventing another similar incident.

At this time we urge people living in the area to remain calm but vigilant.

We would encourage anyone with information to come forward either directly by calling 101 or anonymously by ringing crime stoppers 0800 555 111.

Parents invited to seminars regarding online child sexual exploitation.

Parents and carers are being offered help and advice to keep their children safe online from sexual exploitation.

Leicestershire Police in conjunction with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) are holding three seminars in October and November.

The seminars, which are entitled ‘Keeping Your Family Safe Online from Sexual Exploitation’, are suitable for parents, carers or professionals whose work involves child safeguarding. They will cover what child sexual exploitation is; what the signs are; and what parents/carers can do to protect their children.

Inspector Rich Hiom from Leicestershire Police said: “There have been some high profile court cases in the media in recent months, both nationally and locally, which relate to child sexual exploitation.

“This type of abuse is rare in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and can be difficult to detect because often the victim is unaware that they have been sexually exploited. In many cases the adult abuser will befriend the child online. It is important that parents, carers and those who work with children are aware of the signs and know what help is available.

“These seminars are free to attend although places are limited, so I urge anyone interested to please contact me to secure their place.”

The seminars are being held between 6pm and 8pm at Police Headquarters in Enderby on the following dates:

Tuesday October 1 Monday October 14 Monday November 11

Places are limited and are subject to prior confirmation of attendance. Refreshments will also be provided.

To book a place at this FREE event please email

(Message received from Leicestershire Constabulary)

Car Fire – Newton Drive

On Sunday 22nd September between 11.00pm and 11.30pm a vehicle was set on fire in Newton Drive.

Were you in this area (Worcester Avenue/Newton Drive/Dalby Avenue) around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information, however minor, by dialling 101, the Leicestershire Constabulary non-emergency number.

Crime ref:- LC/04094/13-1

(Information from local beat officers)