Claim a free back pack at cycle hub

The police mobile cycle hub is coming to Birstall! Free cycle check by a qualified mechanic plus discounted locks and lights.

The first 50 cyclists get a free backpack.

In conjunction with the NHW advice shop where you can get your bike post coded free of charge.

Saturday 20th April, 10-12, Sibson Road car park.


Keys Found.

A bunch of keys have been found on Wanlip Lane.  They include both house and car keys and are on a distinctive keyring.

If you think that these may be yours, please contact the Watch on (0116) 2676397.

Recent Burglaries.

Walker Road (close to Fielding Road), believed to have taken place around 9.00pm on Friday 5th April.

Crime ref:- LC/01393/13-1

Oakfield Avenue (close to Lodgewood Avenue), between 7.00pm and midnight on Saturday 6th April.

Crime ref:- LC/01398/13-6

In both incidents, entry was gained by breaking the glass in a rear door and jewellery and cash taken.

Were you in these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 (Leicestershire Constabulary non-emergency number).

(Information from local beat officers)

Suspicious doorstep callers.

The following message has been received today from local PCSO Charlotte White:-

There was a report made today relating to 2 x white males approaching a resident just off Wanlip Lane. The caller states that the males were claiming they were from National Grid and were asking if they could enter her property to check the gas meter. The caller asked the males for ID in which they stated that they “didn’t have any” on them. The caller thankfully refused them entry and subsequently phoned the Police to notify us.


There wasn’t much of a description of the males, but they were in their 30-40s, brown hair, wearing dark coloured clothing – one had a brown gilet on. They were not in any kind of work/company uniform.

There was no vehicle sighted by the caller, but this doesn’t mean it wasn’t parked on another street.


I do know that the National Grid have posted leaflets in the area regarding some work they are doing in a week or so, and this is what the male’s stated they were here for… National Grid have been notified of this incident and they assured the caller that ID would’ve been shown if it was one of their employee’s. 

I just wanted you to be aware of this, in case anything similar happens.  

Facebook scam warning

Facebook scam guide and a link to making sure you have the security and privacy options set to protect your account.

Police & Crime Commissioner Survey 2013

In November 2012, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected by the public to help cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service across force areas in England and Wales.

As part of their roles, PCCs are expected to engage with the public and ensure that community needs are met as effectively as possible, improve local relationships and increase police accountability.

In order to gather the initial views, opinions and experiences across the Neighbourhood & Home Watch movement, you are invited to participate in our PCC survey. The survey shouldn’t take more than five minutes to complete, and you won’t need any specialist information or knowledge.

Please note that the closing date for this survey is Tuesday 30th April 2013.

To take part in the survey, please click here.

The full link for the survey is:

Recent Burglaries

Overnight on Sunday 24th March, a house on Went Road was broken into.  The suspects are believed to have approached the property through the rear gardens of houses on Loughborough Road, neighbours heard a noise around 1.00am.  A Toyota Yaris car was taken.

Also during the same night, a house on Hill Rise was burgled.  A Ford Fiesta was taken.  This car has since been recovered following an accident with one occupant still in the vehicle.

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)

Birstall mum distraught after thieves steal machine which allowed disabled daughter to talk

A mother is distraught after thieves stole the machine which is the only way her disabled daughter can talk.
Louise Wood branded the intruders who broke into her Birstall home “toe rags”.

Her 31-year-old daughter Natalie, who has cerebral palsy and is unable to talk, walk or feed herself, uses a Liberator machine to talk to people.
The theft left Natalie unable to communicate.

Mrs Wood, 57, said: “I haven’t the words to describe how we all feel.
“I am devastated at what these toe rags have done. My daughter cries every night thinking they are going to come back.
“I can’t understand why they took Natalie’s machine. It won’t be of any use to them – it is pre-programmed for Natalie – but it is the only way she can communicate with people.
“It was everything for her. It spoke for her, it had a camera and Facebook and her music.”
The burglary happened between 3pm and 7pm on Friday, while Mrs Woods was visiting her mother in Glenfield Hospital, with Natalie.
Mrs Wood said: “My daughter’s room had been trashed.
“In Natalie’s room the Liberator, which looks like a computer screen and is about the size of a laptop computer, was missing.”
Mrs Wood believes the thieves, who also took a handful of euros and a Nintendo DS console, will dump the Liberator, which cost between £8,000 and £10,000.
The Liberator was bought for Natalie by the local authority and is insured. It should eventually be replaced.
Mrs Wood said: “We had to make a special application for this machine.
“I think she is the only person in Leicestershire to have one and one of the reasons was because she is a communications advocate for disabled people and teaches at Loughborough College.”
Leicestershire Police said they were investigating.

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. Thank you for your time,

Birstall Safer Neighbourhood Team

More information about your local team can be found by following this link

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