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)

Fielding Road Burglary

Burglary in Birstall

Issued on 11/7/13 at 4:14 p.m

Officers are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Birstall.

The incident took place at around 2.30am on Saturday July 6, at a house in the Fielding Road area of Birstall.

The occupants of the house were in bed asleep when they awoke to find a man in the room who promptly fled.

The victims soon discovered that property had been taken including an 18ct gold Raymond Weil watch with black roman numerals set on a white face with inset clear stones.

Also taken was an antique gold ring set with a diamond cluster. The ring has immense sentimental value, having belonged to the victim’s late mother.

Detective Constable Anna Burton, the investigating officer, said: “The occupants of the house have been left shocked by the incident and saddened by the loss of their belongings.

“We are appealing to anyone who may have been offered for sale items matching these descriptions to contact us.

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

Crime reference number LC/02815/13-6

Free Cash! Not a scam!

The Big Lottery Fund is joining forces with eight local newspapers across England to award £250,000 cash to community projects in each area.
The Local Paper initiative, which is being delivered by UK Community Foundation, is aimed at encouraging communities to think about how funding could benefit their area and bring real improvements to the lives of local people. Best of all, readers of the local papers will vote to help decide which projects will get the cash.
If your community has a great idea for how to spend a Lottery grant of between £10,000 and £30,000, Local Papers could be for you!
To apply for a grant you will need to be a community group, not for profit group, parish or town council, health body or school. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply. Groups must have a bank account that requires at least two people to sign each cheque or withdrawal and you must be in a position to use the grant within one year. Your project needs to be operating within the readership area of the local paper. The newspapers in question are:
Eastern Daily Press
Leicester Mercury
Grimsby Telegraph
Sunderland Echo
Lancashire Telegraph
Torquay Herald Express
The deadline for applications is 14th July. (Apologies for the short notice but we have only just been made aware of this opportunity today.) For more information about the funding and how to apply, visit

Proposed Wanlip Bypass.

The following is the text of a letter that the Watch has sent to Charnwood Borough Council regarding the proposed ‘Wanlip Bypass and New Link Road’ :-


Plans, Policies and Place-Making                                         20th June 2013
Charnwood Borough Council
Southfields Road
LE11 2TN

 Dear Charnwood Borough Council,

Charnwood Local Plan 2006 to 2028 – Policy CS 20

Proposal for a new link road from the new roundabout on the A6 to the Wanlip junction to the south east and a Wanlip bypass to Rectory Road

I am writing on behalf of the Birstall and Wanlip Neighbourhood Watch to formally register our opposition to the proposal for a new road that is clearly designed to divert traffic from the A6 on to a new route under the A46 past Wanlip.

The route from that point can only be through Birstall via Wanlip Lane to the Birstall Triangle and then on to Birstall Road or Sibson Road. Both of these routes take the traffic back on to the A6.

Wanlip Lane is a residential road that passes two schools, a day nursery and a zebra crossing that is controlled by a patrol twice each school day. There are already congestion problems with parents parking to deliver and collect children, even with the current traffic-flow.

The Birstall Triangle is a busy pedestrian and shopping area and close to the primary school.

Birstall Road is residential and has a sharp bend that has seen a number of serious accidents in the past, mainly due to speeding traffic.

Wanlip Lane and Birstall Road are subject to a 7.5t weight restriction and traffic-calming measures installed by the County Council, that include pinch-points and ramps to impede speed and traffic flow. Sibson Road is also subject to this weight limit.

These measures have been designed to deter traffic from using this route through the villages of Birstall and Wanlip as a ‘rat-run’ alternative to the main A6 Loughborough Road.

This proposal is completely contrary to this established thinking and is designed to encourage the use of this route as an alternative to the A6.

It would increase traffic-flow through the village by a considerable amount and put pedestrians at additional risk, especially children on their way to and from school.

The traffic would be diverted for only a few miles but would then re-join its original route into Leicester.

Some traffic might join the ring road at Red Hill Circle but most would use the faster routes both east and west provided by the A46 north of the villages.

We wish to formally register our opposition to this proposal:

  • that goes completely against the established traffic-calming principles;
  • that would increase the risk of accidents in residential and school areas;
  • and that would, in any case, do little to reduce congestion on the route to and from Leicester.

We request that the Council removes this ill-thought-out proposal from the Local Plan.

Yours sincerely,


Ed Chambers

Committee Secretary

Watermead Park – Dogs.

Our local Birstall and Wanlip beat team are concerned about the behaviour and control of some dogs being exercised in Watermead Park.

If you are affected by any incidents involving dogs, please report it by dialling 101 the Leicestershire Police non-emergency number.

(message from the local police beat team)

Trading Standards Alert.

Leicestershire Trading Standards has received a report of a Melton resident being telephoned by a person claiming to be from the Police and asking about their home security. Leicestershire Police have confirmed that this was not one of their officers or representatives.

Trading Standards always advise residents to never give or confirm personal details over the telephone, and not to agree to appointments from cold callers.

If you receive any reports of similar activity or callers please contact Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 or use
(Information from Leicestershire Neighbourhood Watch)