Tell the Police what they should be dealing with

The Police are in the process of setting the priorities for Birstall. Part of this involves asking local people what issues local police should be dealing with. Please take a few moments to follow this link and complete their on-line questionnaire. It only takes four minutes and will greatly assist them. http://www.leics.police.uk/media/uploads/library/file/consultation-survey_3.html Thank you for your time,

Birstall Safer Neighbourhood Team

More information about your local team can be found by following this link http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/birstall

Trading Standards Warning Re Bogus Cold Callers across the County

Leicestershire Trading Standards has received reports from across the County that elderly and vulnerable residents have received cold-calls on their doorstep from traders offering to jet wash paving, repair fences, cut down trees and lay new driveways.

Large sums are charged for relatively little work and once the resident agrees to have the work carried out and the traders gain access to the property, such as rear garden areas, pressure is applied to the resident to persuade them to have other jobs done.

No cancellation rights or paperwork are given and the traders start work straight away, which they should only do if the customer specifically agrees to this in writing. Professional looking leaflets showing an ‘0800’ number is the only information the customer receives.

Trading Standards always advise residents to never agree to work on the doorstep and if the caller refuses to leave call the Police on 999 and then Trading Standards.

If you know of similar activity or callers please contact Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 or use telltradingstandards@leics.gov.uk

Calls from firm falsely claiming to be Swift Solicitors

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has been informed that unsolicited telephone calls are being made to members of the general public, with the caller falsely claiming to be telephoning from the firm Swift Solicitors.

We understand that the calls invite the recipient to provide details regarding a personal injury or road traffic accident that they may have been involved in. If the recipient refuses to provide the requested information, the caller can become threatening and intimidating. We are also advised that the calls can also become frequent and a nuisance.

Any unsolicited telephone calls purportedly from Swift Solicitors regarding a personal injury or road traffic accident, particularly if it involves the payment of money should be reported to the police. Affected members of the public can also report the matter to the SRA via fraud@sra.org.uk. Solicitors should report the matter to the SRA red alert line on 0845 8500999 or redalert@sra.org.uk.

Swift Lawyers Limited

There is a genuine firm called Swift Lawyers Limited which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The firm’s office is at 123 Market Street, Atherton, Manchester M46 0DF. The firm’s legitimate telephone number is 01942 886825.

Nuisance/Scam telephone calls.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA )has been informed that unsolicited telephone calls are being made to members of the general public, with the caller falsely claiming to be telephoning from the firm Swift Solicitors.

We understand that the calls invite the recipient to provide details regarding a personal injury or road traffic accident that they may have been involved in. If the recipient refuses to provide the requested information, the caller can become threatening and intimidating. We are also advised that the calls can also become frequent and a nuisance.

Any unsolicited telephone calls purportedly from Swift Solicitors regarding a personal injury or road traffic accident, particularly if it involves the payment of money should be reported to the police. Affected members of the public can also report the matter to the SRA via fraud@sra.org.uk. Solicitors should report the matter to the SRA red alert line on 0845 8500999 or redalert@sra.org.uk.

Swift Lawyers Limited

There is a genuine firm called Swift Lawyers Limited which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The firm’s office is at 123 Market Street, Atherton, Manchester M46 0DF. The firm’s legitimate telephone number is 01942 886825.

(Information received from Leicestershire NHW on behalf of Leicestershire Police)

Recent Burglaries.

1)  On Sunday March 10th between 1.45pm and 9.45pm, a house on Elmfield Avenue (close to Cliffwood Avenue) was broken into.  Access was gained by forcing a rear door.

Crime ref:- LC/01028/13-7

2)  Between 9.00pm on Tuesday 12th and 11.00am on Wednesday 13th March, a house on Beechfield Avenue (middle part) was broken into.  Access was gained by forcing a rear patio door.

Crime ref:- LC/01058/13-9

Were you in the areas of these incidents, 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)

Burglary – Walker Road.

Between 6.45am on Wednesday 27th February and 6.15pm on Thursday 28th February, a house in Walker Road (close to Fielding Road) was burgled.  Entry was gained by breaking a rear door.  Amongst other items, keys to a vehicle were stolen.

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.

Crime ref:-  LC/00876/13-1

(Information from local beat officers)

Man charged with Burglaries

A 31-year-old man has been charged with three counts of burglaries, which all involve business premises.

They were at:

  • Thurcaston Road, Leicester, on January 23, when three laptop computers were stolen;
  • Belgrave Gate, Leicester, on January 26, when £140 cash, bank cards and personal documents were taken;
  • Sibson Road, Birstall, also on January 26, when £10 in cash, bank cards and personal documents were taken.

The accused has also been charged with stealing from another shop on Sibson Road. Birstall, on January 20.

He is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on March 25.

Crime number: CB/00429/13-9, CN/00383/13-4; LC/00388/13-6; LC/00309/13-7

(Information from Leicestershire Constabulary)

Burglary – Elmfield Avenue

On the evening of Thursday 14th February, between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, a house at the upper end of Elmfield Avenue was burgled.  Entry was gained from the rear of the property.

Were you in the area of Elmfield Avenue/Fielding Road around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 (Leicestershire police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officers)