Thefts of Cycles.

There have been a number of thefts/attempted thefts of cycles in the last few days:-

1) Two cycles taken in Johnson Road on Monday 20th May. A ‘white van with writing on the side’ was involved in the theft.

2) An attempted theft of a cycle early today, Friday 24th May, in Kilby Avenue. The thieves were challenged and returned the cycle before driving off. A ‘white van with writng on the side’ was involved.

3) Two cycles stolen overnight Thursday/Friday 23rd/24th May, from a shed at the bottom of Harrowgate Drive. Another cycle stolen overnight from a different address in the village.

If you have seen any suspicious activity which could be connected with these incidents, please report it by dialling 101 the Leicestershire Police non-emergency number.

(Information received from members)

Men charged following robbery attempts.

:- Issued on 10/5/13 at 10:42 p.m.

Three men have been charged in connection with two attempted robberies yesterday (Thursday May 9) and another robbery which happened last month.

Police were called to Loughborough Road in Birstall at 12:21pm yesterday afternoon after a report of an attempted robbery. A second incident was reoprted at in Ratby shortly afterwards.

The third charge relates to a robbery at a bank on Evington Road in Leicester on April 22.

The men, aged 17, 20 and 25 will appear at Leicester Magistrates Court tomorrow (Saturday) morning

(Copied from Leicestershire Police Website)

Live Webchat.

This Thursday, May 9th, between 6.00pm and 7.00pm there will be a Live Webchat with the Birstall Police Beat Team and the Birstall & Wanlip Neighbourhood Watch.

Go to for more information.

Police issue warning following telephone scam.

 Leicestershire Police has received reports of residents receiving a telephone call from British Telecom (BT) informing them that they were being disconnected because of an unpaid bill.

The caller who is reported to have an ‘African’ accent, demands a payment immediately or it would increase at a later date to reconnect your telephone.

 One resident told the caller her line rental was with another company, at which point the man offered to demonstrate that he was from BT. 

 He went on to apparently ‘disconnect’ the resident’s telephone to prevent her making another call. For operational reasons the process of how this effect is achieved will not be disclosed. The Police would like to reassure the public that bogus callers are not able to disconnect phones.

 The man stated he wanted payment by credit card, there and then, but the resident refused to pay as she didn’t believe his name or that he worked for BT.

 The resident dialled 1471 which showed that the number the male had called from was withheld and the number the male gave as BT was incorrect.

 This scam is all about getting credit card details which include the security number, to be used for future larger purchases.

 Police and Trading Standards always advises residents never to confirm personal details over the telephone, even if the caller seems to have some knowledge of them or their personal circumstances.

 If you receive any reports of similar activity or callers please contact, Trading Standards on 08454 040506 or

 We would ask for your help in passing this information out in the community, especially to the elderly and vulnerable.

(Message received today from Leicestershire Neighbourhood Watch Association)

Good News – Burglar Arrested.

The following message was received from our local beat officer PC Des Hearnshaw today:-

I have some great news for you all.

The male I arrested last month for burglary on Beechfield Avenue in Birstall was arrested again this week.

This time we were able to charge him for a burglary in Birstall that recently occurred on Oakfield Avenue.

We remanded him to Court and they also deemed him a threat and so remanded him into custody until the case is ready to be heard at Crown Court.

Birstall can now sleep safer at night.

 This is great news as I believe this male was responsible for several further burglaries in Birstall and the surrounding areas.

This is one of my main targets down, so onto the next!

 Many thanks to all those that helped us catch this “suspected” prolific burglar.

Birstall cycle hub proves to be a great hit

Officers from the Birstall Safer Neighbourhood team together with the Leicestershire Police Road Safety team held a bike hub event in Birstall on Saturday 20th April 2013.

The event was a great success with over 60 people attending with their bikes. A large number of free high visibility backpacks were given away, and 35 bikes engraved with their post-code. There was also an opportunity to purchase bike lights and d-locks. During the event a City and Guilds qualified mechanic carried out free cycle safety checks. Members of Birstall Neighbourhood Watch were also at the event providing crime prevention advice.

Watermead Park – Dog walker.

The local police would like to speak to a ‘slim blond lady’ who regularly walks her dogs in Watermead Park most evenings.  She has three dogs, two of which are English Bull Terriers.  The officers are concerned about the control of the dogs and believe that there is a real risk of them attacking a young person.

If you are, or you know who this person is, please diall 101 (Leicestershire Constabulary non-emergency number) and leave a message for the Birstall Beat Team.

(Information from local beat officers)

Recent Burglaries

Park Road, Wednesday 10th April at 6.45pm.  Window glass broken at rear of property, burglars disturbed and nothing taken.

Crime No:-  LC/01466/13-5

Loughborough Road (close to Oakfield Avenue), Thursday 11th April between 12.15pm – 12.35pm.  Rear door glass broken, alarm sounded and nothing taken.

Crime No:-  LC/01473/13-0

Firfield Avenue (close to Sibson Road), Sunday 14th April.  Rear doors broken and nothing taken.  Thought that they may have been looking for keys to vehicle on the drive.

Crime No:-  LC/01526/13-6

Were you in these areas around these times, 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).