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)

Email subscription now fixed

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Cycle stolen

Overnight, 18th – 19th September, a cycle was stolen from the rear of a house on Greengate Lane ( opposite the cemetery ).

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.

(Information from local NHW co-ordinator)

Burglars arrested

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

Link to Twitter:  or see our twitter page.

 A Break-in in progress was called in to us on Hallam Fields 16th over night into 17th Sept – HX55 attended as did our dog mobiles – who between them and with a little help from all other ground units detained and arrested several people for burglary. Stolen items were recovered and they are still being dealt with in custody.

Another good result & Another team of burglars behind bars.

What does the Police Helicopter do ?

At our next Open Meeting, on Thursday 26th September, our guest speaker will be Andy Smith who is a member of the crew of HX55 the Police Air Support Helicopter.

Andy will be giving an illustrated talk about his work in the unit and explaining the technology and equipment available for use within this remarkable police vehicle.  You will be invited to ask as many questions as you wish.

 Make a note of the date and don’t miss what is bound to be a very interesting evening:-

 7.45pm on Thursday 26th September

The Methodist Concert Hall, Wanlip Lane, Birstall.

 Everyone welcome.

Property recovered in Beaumont Leys

Is this your property?

On Monday August 5, officers from Leicestershire Police executed a warrant on the Beaumont Leys Estate under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Two men, aged 26 and 54 were arrested in connection with the operation and are currently on bail.

Officers have released images of several items that were recovered from the property in the hope of reuniting them with the rightful owners.

The property is described as a Mac Allister petrol powered commercial carpet cleaner with Rug Doctor parts attached, a Honda petrol powered electric generator and a Honda GX 100 Whacker Plate.

PCSO Joe Postlethwaite from the Beaumont Leys Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are asking the public to take a look at the images and if you believe any of these items belong to you and you can provide proof of ownership to contact us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PCSO 2136 Joe Postlethwaite on101, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 2136. 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 land lines

** Please note some mobile ‘phone service providers may charge for this call.

Three men sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for their part in two attempted robberies

Three men have been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after two attempted robberies in Birstall and Ratby.

Jermaine Jesse Johnson (25) of Montreal Road, Leicester, Rizwan Ramzan (20) of Welford Road, Leicester and Hamza Pandor (18) of Bakewell Road, Loughborough pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted robbery at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday August 6.

They were all sentenced on Friday August 30. Johnson was sentenced to four years, Ramzan and Pandor were each sentenced to three years and four months.

The first incident happened at around 12.20pm on Thursday, May 9, 2013 on Loughborough Road, Birstall to a report of an attempted robbery at the Santander bank.

The defendants entered the building with hammers and knives threatening those inside. The quick thinking staff activated the emergency cashier screen leaving the men to flee empty handed. They were spotted by a member of the public getting into a vehicle nearby and he managed to get part of the registration number before they sped off.

Just 30 minutes later, at 12.50pm, police received a call about another attempted robbery at the Post Office in Main Street, Ratby.

The men entered the premises with hammers and knives but were again unsuccessful in stealing any cash and made off empty handed. The postmaster and a customer gave chase and managed to take down the registration number of the vehicle before it drove off ramming another vehicle in its path.

Observations were put out to all officers in the area and a police car picked up the vehicle on the A46 travelling onto Anstey Lane. The vehicle failed to stop for police and was pursued before it was abandoned on Somerset Drive. Johnson and Pandor ran off while Ramzan was arrested in the vehicle.

Pandor was witnessed dumping a bag with the weapons in and was arrested by police nearby after he was detained by a member of the public who he had asked for help. Johnson was arrested a short time later by officers in the local area.

Detective Constable Rob Buckley, the investigating officer, said: “A large amount of credit must go to those members of the public who helped us in response to these incidents. If it wasn’t for their quick thinking and bravery in helping us apprehend these men we may well have not arrested them so quickly.

“They acted with violence and disregard for the staff and customers involved including other motorists when they reached speeds of 70mph in residential area when failing to stop for police. This is a great result and I think it shows that the fact that they pleaded guilty is a reflection of the weight of evidence against them.”

News update from our beat officer – PC Des Hearnshaw

When I took over the beat at the beginning of this year I immediately found that Birstall was being targeted by neighbouring criminals as they saw the village as a soft touch.

 I have worked hard developing good relations with our Police Neighbours at Beaumont Leys and as such Burglaries have reduced massively. Birstall used to suffer from 9-12 domestic burglaries every month but now we average 3-4 per month and these are now often attempts, where no entry has been gained.

 Much of this is down to several arrests we made at the beginning of the year. One particular arrest was of a male in April who had been targeting Birstall for 4 years, he is now spending the same number of years in prison. This had the largest impact on reducing burglaries in Birstall for a long time.

 I have built up a good intelligence picture of drug dealing activities around the village and, again, by working with other Police Stations I have co-ordinated search warrants and made arrests. This will continue and always will be an ongoing priority for us.

 Reports of Anti-social Behaviour within Birstall increased when I took over the beat, this I believe was due to me asking you, the public, to speak out and trust in me, my team and my Police Partners to actively take on and deal with your long term issues, with the hope of reducing your anxiety around this very personal issue.

 My team and I have dealt with 57 separate cases of ASB to date this year, that is the same number as for the whole of 2012! We have concentrated our efforts on the long-term issues that have had the greatest affect on people’s quality of life. We have used our powers under criminal law and by working with our partners to solve your ongoing issues. We have put into place Anti-social contracts, issuing warning letters and tried to empower you, the community to stand up against those that are causing you the most harm.

 I am confident that the people we have managed to help will go on to enjoy a peaceful time and I hope this will encourage more of you to come forward and report problems you feel we maybe able to help you with. Of course we cannot solve every issue raised but I am sure, as some of you will now testify, we do not give up at the first hurdle and will support and enforce not just today but during the course of any problem raised.

 I identified that our shops were being targeted and that shop thefts reports were quite high here, about 8-9 per month. I did a lot of work when I arrived in making the whole process of identifying those responsible and making them answer for their crimes a quicker process. When I took over I worked with the shop managers to address this issue as a result we made several arrests which resulted in the main offenders being given prison sentences. For months we have only suffered with 1-2 theft stores.

 I returned from paternity leave 2 weeks ago and found that shop thefts had increased dramatically to 7-8 per month. As such I have again looked at the criminals and this week several good arrests were made.

 On Tuesday 13th August a male from Beaumont Leys was arrested for stealing from the Coop Store over the past couple of months. I charged him with these offences and made sure he was given bail conditions not to enter any part Birstall village, so we may arrest him if he takes one step in our village.

 On Thursday 15th another male from Beaumont Leys was arrested for stealing from the Birstall Co-Op Store. This male had been on the front page of the Leicester Mercury earlier in the week as other officers had been looking for him in relation to shop thefts within the city.

He was charged with several thefts including the ones in Birstall.

 On Saturday 17th the Co-Op store staff spotted another male attempting to steal from their shop. Their new protocol was activated and all the staff surrounded the male who had no choice but to drop the items then leave the store. I arrested him a short time later carrying other stole items from the Tesco’s store. This male had also been on the front page of the Mercury wanted for other thefts in the city. As such he was later charged with several thefts from the Birstall shops and remanded in Police cells all weekend to appear at Court Monday morning. We have asked should he be released on bail for him to also have conditions preventing him from entering BirstallVillage.

 As you can see there has been lots of good work going on over the past 7-8 months and this will continue. Birstall Police will do all we can to target, enforce and prevent crime from occurring but it is the community that really stops it. The staff in the shops are now being more vigilant and will work together with us to make sure the thieves find it almost impossible to come here and offend. The same can be said for burglaries and ASB, with the community working together and having more confidence in us – we are putting the criminals on their back foot.

 I hope this pro-active behaviour from the people of Birstall continues.

 Pc 688 Des Hearnshaw

Beacon Officer

L05 – Birstall Office

Leicestershire Police

Tel: 0116 267 7355 OR 101

Twitter: @birstallpolice

Be aware of fraudulent telephone callers impersonating police officers


Police in Leicestershire are raising awareness of a national telephone scam currently in operation across the Force area.

The scam involves a bogus telephone caller impersonating a police officer and asking the victim to provide their bank details in order to put a stop to fraudulent activity on their account. As part of the scam, the callers request the victims allow the collection of their bank cards via taxi for ‘safe keeping’.

Police have been made aware of recent victims in both Market Harborough and Loughborough. The false names Detective Constable John Asper and Detective Constable Rachel Gates were given to victims.

Inspector Paul McKinder, Commander of Market Harborough Local Policing Unit, said: “This is a nationwide problem. It is important to note that a police officer will at no time ask you for your bank details over the phone, and will not arrange to collect your bank cards as part of an investigation.”

The matter is currently under investigation and we would urge anyone who is contacted by, or has any information about the suspects, to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Issued on 21/8/13 at 2:58 p.m.

Crime number: LA/2484/13-7

(copied from Leicestershire Constabulary website)