The following burglaries have recently occurred in the village:-

Curzon Avenue (close to Kilby Avenue) – overnight Wednesday/Thursday, 28th/29th November. Electrical items taken. A vehicle was also taken and later recovered.

Kilby Avenue – overnight Wednesday/Thursday, 28th/29th November. Two cycles taken from garage, one later recovered.

Loughborough Road (close to Johnson Road) – overnight Wednesday/Thursday, 28th/29th November. Shed broken into. Burglars disturbed and nothing taken.

Were you in any of these areas 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)

House Burglary – Copeland Road.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary in Birstall.
The incident happened between Monday, November 5 (Bonfire Night) and Saturday, November 10 when a house in Copeland Road, Birstall was broken into and property worth an estimated £6,500 was taken.
This included a Rolex watch with a chrome strap and a round oyster purple face, an Apple phone and various items of jewellery.
Detective Constable Jo Ranson, who is investigating the incident said: “I would appeal to anyone who has seen any of these items to get in touch. If you work in the second hand jewellery trade and have been offered any of these items please get in touch with police.
“I would also like to hear from anyone who knows of someone who has recently acquired items like this.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 4378 Jo Ranson on 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted key in her identification number 4378. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Crime reference number: LC/04980/12-7
Issued on 3/12/12 at 12:17

(Copied from Leicestershire Constabulary website)

Assault and robbery in Birstall

Police are appealing for public help following an assault and robbery in Birstall.
The incident happened at around 9pm on Friday October 5, 2012 when the two victims aged 14 and 15 were walking along Wanlip Lane.  They noticed a group of youths walk from Lambourne Road onto Wanlip Lane towards them.  The group of youths, who are described as white and aged around 16 to 17-years-old, approached them and one of the group punched the 15-year-old victim in the face.  He was then kicked before the group made off with a Blackberry Curve mobile phone and black BMW bike back onto Lambourne Road.
Detective Constable Phil Lilley, the investigating officer, said: “Thankfully the assaulted boy was not seriously injured but they are both obviously keen for the return of their property.  “We are trying to locate a group of people who had been passing and came to their aid. They may have information about the assault or who was responsible so we would urge them to get on touch.  “I would also like to talk to anyone who saw what happened or knows someone who has recently acquired this property.”
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact DC 1551 Phil Lilley on 101*, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 1551. 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
Issued on 25/10/12 at 11:55
Crime reference number: LC/04459/12-7

(copied from Leicestershire Constabulary website)

Crime prevention road shows touring Charnwood

Crime prevention and fire safety road shows are being held in Charnwood in a bid to reduce burglaries and anti-social behaviour during a busy couple of months.
With Halloween, Diwali, bonfire night and Christmas on the horizon, the police are aware that there is a potential for crime to increase during such a busy time. Officers are working with the Charnwood Community Safety Partnership and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service to deliver fire safety and crime prevention advice sessions in Syston, Thurmaston, Birstall and Barrow between October 24th and 26th.
Representatives from all three organisations will be in the villages to offer advice, give out useful information and answer any queries people may have. They’ll be reminding people to be careful with candles around Diwali and Christmas; to lock up when they are out celebrating and not to leave anything of value in their vehicles while they are shopping. A large advertising van will be dropping in to remind people to report suspicious activity to the police.
Officers will also be encouraging everyone to register with Immobilise – the free national property register – and record all their identifiable items. They will be using a Hermes scanner, a hand held device which can be used to accurately and quickly register property onto immobilise. People can register things like their phones straight away and when they go home log on to the system and add other items. Registering with Immobilise helps the police to return property to its rightful owner should it be lost or stolen anywhere in the country.
The road shows are part of Operation Dynamo, the Force wide anti- burglary campaign.

Birstall – Co-op Car Park.
Wednesday 24th October 11.00am – 1.00pm.
Thursday 25th October 11.00am – 1.00pm.

(Information copied from police website)

Police and Crime Commissioners are Coming

On 15 November 2012, for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales (excluding London) will be able to head to the polls to elect a police and crime commissioner who will be accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force areas.
PCCs will not be expected to run their local police, nor will they replace the Chief Constable who will still be responsible for operational policing. The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.

You can find out more about PCCs on the Home Office website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/police-crime-commissioners/, by contacting Leicestershire Police Authority on 0116 229 8980 or visiting www.leics-pcc.org

Leicestershire Neighbourhoood Watch will be hosting two husting events where you will be able to question the PCC candidates who are standing for election on:

Monday 22 October, 7pm at De Montfort UniversityTuesday 23 October, 7pm at The Museum, Oakham

Telephone Scam – Insurance

One of our members has reported the following scam:-
A telephone call to inform you that the insurance on your Sky/Virgin equipment is about to run out.  “If you have your bank card handy, I can renew it straightaway for you.”  Our member replied that they did not pay insurance on the equipment and the line immediately went dead.  When the call was checked, it reported ‘number witheld’.
Be very wary of every caller who asks for any bank details, regardless of the subject.
If you need to pay anything on the telephone, YOU SHOULD CALL THEM using a number from the directory or from a bill/account.

Burglary – Whiles Lane.

Today, Monday 3rd September, a house on Whiles Lane was burgled.  The burglary took place between 7.00am and 5.30pm, entry was gained by forcing a rear conservatory door and items taken.
Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious?  Please report any information by dialing 101, Leicestershire Constabulary non-emergency number, as soon as possible.

(Information from local beat officer)

Curzon Avenue – Burglary.

On Thursday 16th August between 2.40pm and 3.20pm, a house on Curzon Avenue (close to School Lane) was burgled.  Entry was gained by forcing a window.  It is believed that nothing was taken.
Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious?  Please report any information by ringing 101, Leicestershire Constabulary non emergency number.

Information from local beat officer.

Stonehill Avenue – Burglary.

Overnight on August 10th-11th, a house on Stonehill Avenue (close to Northfield Avenue) was burgled.  Keys to a vehicle were taken.
Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious?  Please report any information by ringing 101, Leicestershire Constabulary non emergency number.

Information from local beat officer.


Our local beat officers would like to say a big thank you to two local residents for their quick thinking and actions.
The first for calling the police when seeing two males acting suspiciously in Loughborough Road, and the second who approached our local beat officers in Sibson Road with additional information.
Well done, your actions resulted in the arrest and charging of a male for attempted burglary.
It is hoped that more information about this incident will be available after it has been dealt with by the courts.

(Information from local beat officers)