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)

Burglary – Loughborough Road

On Monday 19th August between 10.00am and 1.00pm (lunchtime), a house on Loughborough Road (between Elmfield Avenue and Johnson Road) was broken into.  Entry was gained by smashing a rear patio door and it is believed that cash and jewellery was taken.

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

(Information from local beat officers)

Shop Thieves Arrested.

During the last week, three males have been arrested for stealing from shops in Birstall.

 On Tuesday, a male was arrested for stealing from a shop over a period of two months.  He was charged and given a bail condition not to enter Birstall.

 On Thursday, a second male was arrested for stealing from a shop in Birstall.  He was also wanted in connection with thefts in Leicester and has now been charged.

 On Saturday, a third male was seen attempting to steal from a shop in the village.  He was later arrested while carrying items stolen from another shop.  He was also wanted in connection with thefts in the city and has been charged, detained over the weekend and is due to appear in court on Monday.

 (Information from local beat officer)

Free anti-theft number plate screws

Police   have teamed up with a garage to offer motorists the opportunity to have number plate screws replaced with anti-theft screws   free of charge. Inspector Tim McCabe, commander of Charnwood police, said number plate theft was on the increase.Parkers Motor Services, in Thurmaston, will   offer the service on Wednesday, August 28, between 1.30pm and 3pm.

Business burglary campaign

Leicestershire Police is launching a campaign to help businesses protect themselves from burglary.

5 top tips:

1. Install a suitable CCTV system;
2. Minimise the amount of cash kept on the premises, especially at times when the premises are empty;
3. If you do need to keep cash on site, get a safe, bolt it to the wall or floor, and restrict access to the keys;
4. Keep cash and valuable stock where they cannot be seen, especially when your building is unoccupied;
5. Keep an eye on people who may be viewing your property – if necessary challenge anyone acting suspiciously, and make a note of car registration numbers and report them to the police.

For more information visit:

Watermead Park – Algae Warning.

The following warning has been copied from the Leicestershire County Council website and applies to Watermead Country Park:-

Blue Green Algae Warning

Recent water testing has identified an amount of blue green algae in our lakes. Algae produce toxins which can be harmful to people and dogs. We therefore advise all visitors to avoid contact with the water and to keep dogs on dry ground.

Birstall Beat Webchat – Cancelled

The live Webchat scheduled to take place on 31st July involving our local Beat officer PC Des Hearnshaw and a representative of the Birstall NHW has unfortunately had to be cancelled.

It is intended to re-schedule it to take place in the next few weeks.

Sexual assault on bus in Birstall.

Sexual assault on bus in Birstall

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Issued on 18/7/13 at 10:21 a.m.       Crime number: LC/01854/13-3

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a sexual assault on a bus.

The incident happened at around 5.55pm on Wednesday May 8, 2013 on the number 126/127 Arriva bus which was travelling from Coalville and through Birstall on Loughborough Road at the time of the offence.

The 14-year-old victim was sitting on the upper deck when he was approached by another passenger who is had been on the bus from at least 5.30pm.

The passenger made an inappropriate comment to the victim and touched him indecently.

The victim then got of the bus and reported the incident to his parent when he got home.

He has been described by the victim as around 5’9” tall, of a stocky build and around 16-years-old. He had blonde hair, spoke with a local accent and was wearing a black hooded top and blue baggy low slung jeans.

Detective Constable Alka Mistry, who is investigating the incident, said: “We would like to appeal to anyone who may recognise this man or knows his identity to please contact us.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact DC 4223 Alka Mistry on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer and when prompted key in his identification number 4223. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Please note, some mobile phone providers may charge for the call to Crimestoppers. Calls to 101 cost 15p for the call.

(Copied from Leicestershire Constabulary website)