NW Leics LPU – April Update

April marks the start of the performance year for North West Leicestershire Local Policing Unit, and is an opportunity to reflect on how we have performed in the twelve months from April 2013 to March 2014.

This time last year we were celebrating a good year with a 12% drop in all categories of crime. This year we have seen a slight increase of 6%, although our overall reported crime is still below the reported figures for 2011-12.

I am disappointed that the number of house burglaries has risen by 21 (9.4%), although the level of house burglaries is still lower than in 2011-12, we will continue to focus our efforts to reduce this type of crime. Vehicle crime, which includes theft of and theft from vehicles has seen a significant drop with 73 (15%) fewer offences reported. It is good to see more people taking simple steps to prevent themselves becoming a victim of vehicle crime.

Levels of satisfaction by people reporting crime has increased and now stands at 87% of people who report crime to us as being satisfied with the service they receive. This has increased since last year from 78%, and as much as we want to drive our crime figures down I want to see our satisfaction figures move in the opposite direction.

Operation Tiger
op tiger

Operation Tiger is a County wide operation focussing on tackling anti social behaviour and reducing crime. The operation was launched in October 2013 and across Leicestershire almost 500 people have been arrested and over 300 warrants have been enforced. In North West Leicestershire we are involved in the operation. Over the last few weeks we have;

Executed a search warrant and arrested two people in connection with a fraud offence
Executed a search warrant and arrested three people in connection with drugs offences, and seized £500 in cash.
Undertook a proactive community engagement event at Donington Park.
Ran a four day anti-social behaviour operation with a dedicated car responding to calls and incidents.

Operation Tiger has been a great opportunity for us as it has allowed us access to resources from outside of our local policing area. Although the operation has finished we will continue to work hard to ensure we get the maximum benefit from it.

Off Road Motor cycles.

This is a problem not just within North West Leicestershire but across the county as a whole. I am aware in Ellistown at the Pitbanks, Measham and Thringstone of the nuisance and noise problems caused by off road motor cycles, and that it is a particular concern to many local people.

We have worked hard with our partner agencies as well as the landowners and local businesses to tackle this issue.

In two key locations at Pitbanks and Measham we have put in place signage which serves as a warning to off-road motorcyclists. We are also working with Bardon Aggregates to put in place large rocks which will make access to the site at Pitbanks very difficult for off road motor cyclists.

Warning Sign

Warning Sign

Over the course of the summer months we will high visibility and plain clothes patrols in all of the affected locations to carry our enforcement as well as gather intelligence.

Final note

As I started with a look to 2013, it would be remiss of me not to say thank you to all of the staff of North West Leicestershire police for their hard work and dedication to making North West Leicestershire safer. Policing is a difficult job and sometimes it can be easy to take for granted what the team here does. Nobody sets out to do a bad job, and I accept that at times we get it wrong, not because we are corrupt, but because we are human.

So the next time you come across a member of my staff and you are pleased with the job they have done for you, take time to tell them, it makes a huge difference.

I look forward to speaking more with you next month,

Helena Bhakta

Have you got any questions about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here;

http://www.leics.police.uk/contact-us/faq

We are also active on social media, please visit this link for more information http://kimtag.com/nwleics

Saying thank you

A number of National stories such as Hillsborough and Plebgate to name just two have appeared over recent weeks in the National Press that put the police service in a poor light. These are news worthy and quite rightly need addressing but they are not reflective of the wider police service. It sometimes feels that these stories make all police out to be corrupt –they are not. Men and women who join the police service which includes a number of civilians and uniform staff are drawn from the communities we all live in. As they reflect society inevitably some of these people will bring the police service into disrepute but it is not reflective of the vast majority of the rank and file.

Staff have to deal with some awful stuff:- telling family that a loved one has been killed in a road accident, going to suicides, dealing with victims of abuse both child and adult, having to deal with the drunk who wants to knock their heads off. Then there is the family impact of the job:- they don’t always make it home on time and often have to tell partners that they will be late off again and that they won’t be able to make that family function or planned night out. They can’t talk about some of what they have dealt with but still have to process it.

Police staff don’t set out to do a deliberately bad job quite the opposite but at times will get it wrong –not because they are corrupt but because they are human. Good news does not appear to be newsworthy but every day officers and staff do a fantastic job and make a difference to the communities they serve, in sometimes very difficult circumstances. This week I have received 3 thank you cards from people who have experienced this. I have added them to a thank you board we have to remind staff that they are making the difference they all signed up to make. I want to thank everyone who takes the time out to say thank you to staff.-it may seem quite a small gesture to send a card or letter but it makes a huge difference to those receiving them. This week we had a work experience student with us and she got to see that human side and quickly learned police officers do struggle at times but also their commitment to Melton to help make it a safe place to live. Satisfaction amongst people who use our service in Melton is high with 87% for crime and 93% for Anti Social Behaviour. Of course some are dissatisfied and it is my job to try to address this but the majority are very pleased with what my staff provide.

So next time you come across my staff and you do feel that you are pleased with what they do then it makes a huge difference if you tell them.

Inspector John Gray

Melton Police Commander

 

Beaumont Leys blog for March 2014

Can I start by congratulating the team here at Beaumont Leys for their continued support and hard work in trying to make the streets of Beaumont Leys and New Parks a safer place to live and work? Our performance continues to be of the highest standard as we continue to tackle those individuals who see committing crime as a vocation and a way to earn extra income.

During the passed 12 months we have been faced with a number of challenging incidents including serious assaults, serious domestic violence offences, and murder with the high degree of complexity that comes with each and every one of them. We have risen to this challenge tackle these issues head on. We have also tackled the less publicised offences such as theft, burglary and public order which are no less important, especially if you have been a victim. 

I would also like to congratulate a number of my staff who were recognised by the Chief Constable for their outstanding service to Leicestershire Police. They include Susan Marlow who received an award for volunteer of the year. She has been instrumental in organising planning and running a number of crime prevention events. These events have certainly promoted the crime prevention message across the local policing area.   

Overall crime is up over the passed 12 months by 7.9% which means that there have been 366 more offences/victims compared to this time last year. Vehicle crime has been and is our Achilles heel with increases in both theft of and theft form motor vehicles which have accounted for a total of 148 crimes. I still urge you all to lock your vehicles and remove any valuables from within your cars. 

We continue our drive against drugs and the targeting of those individuals on the Beaumont Leys and New Parks who think it is acceptable to produce and sell drugs to others. We will shut down as many of these drug dealing houses as we can but we cannot do it alone, we need your help by providing us with the information to act. We will seize any cash and associated items that have been purchased with drug money and apply to the courts to have those items confiscated. If you deal drugs from a council property we will work with our partners to get you evicted. We have a number of warrants which we will be executing over the coming days and months. 

There are a number of operations planned for the coming months including our contribution to Operation Tiger which commences again in a couple of weeks. We will also be conducting an ANPR initiative in the future, please watch this space. 

Our Joint Action Team meetings, working with other key partners go from strength to strength. This year we were able to support a number of key community events such as Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Cadets, Mowmacre playground half term youth activities, Ur Choice March, 13 to 17s Football Project, and ARC (Anti Racism Crew) Project. Good luck to all the events that are taking place and I hope that they are well attended. As I look forward to the future their may be an issue around funding so we may not be able to do as much as we have done in the passed, sadly this is the way of the world currently. However, we will continue to meet because I think coming together to thrash out issues and problems and coming up with workable solutions is certainly the way forward. 

I can assure you that my team and I will continue to go that extra mile to ensure that we hunt down and lock those people who continue to commit crime as a lifestyle and cause untold misery to others. 

As always thanks for reading.

Inspector Kev Morris

NW Leics LPU – March Update

Welcome to the latest edition of my monthly update with a round-up of what has been happening in and around North West Leicestershire over the past month or so.
I am particularly delighted to bring you news of two cases that were recently heard at Leicester Crown Court and relate to offences that have had a significant impact on the local community.

 

Drug dealer sent to prison
On the 7th February 2014 Brendan John Evans (24) of Swadlincote, Derbyshire was sentenced at Leicester Crown court. He was sentenced in relation to Possession of MCAT with intent to supply (a class B controlled drug) in Measham on the 23rd July 2013 and a breach of a community rehabilitation order by committing this offence.
In sentencing, Judge Simon Hammond said;
“Although classified as a class B drug MCAT is a terrible drug, and supplying it to others in our communities is a very serious matter.”
Evans was sentenced to 16 months in custody, with a minimum of 8 months to be served and the remainder of the sentence to be suspended for two years. Evans was also issued with a five year Crime Related Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) preventing him from being in Measham in the company of more than one person and banning him from being under the influence of drink or drugs in the village.
This is an excellent result for the Forest safer neighbourhood team, in particular Beacon Officer, PC Steve Harrison, and team members PCs Sean Lockley and Colin Gardner.

Heating Oil thieves sent to prison
During the latter part of 2012 and early 2013 we suffered a large number of thefts of heating oil. On the 19th February four men were sentenced at Leicester Crown Court for more than 20 offences across North West Leicestershire and Derbyshire.
Winston John Cook (44) of St Matthews Avenue, Worthington, Leicestershire, Gary James Clifford (30) of Siskin Close, Measham, Gareth Christian Evans (36) of Checkland Road, Thurmaston and Matthew John Smith (33) of Greenacres Drive, South Normanton, Derbyshire pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to steal heating oil.
Cook was sentenced to 18 months, Smith and Clifford both received 13 months each and Evans was sentenced to 10 months.
The excellent result in this case has come about as a result of a lot of hard work by our colleagues in CID, as well as Police Community Support Officers on our Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
It would be timely to remind owners of heating oil tanks to take some simple steps which could help prevent becoming a victim of crime;
• Check the oil level on your tank on a regular basis.
• Fit an electronic oil gauge/tank alarm which will alert you if the oil level drops.
• Use fencing or shrubs to hide your tank from view.
• Consider installing CCTV cameras.
• Fit a strong lock to the tank.
• If your tank is in an outbuilding keep the building locked.
• Install dusk to dawn security lighting.
• Turn off switches that control the supply of oil when not in use.
• Make a note of the registration number of suspicious vehicles especially tankers or large vehicles close to your property.
• Keep an eye on your neighbour’s tank as well.
• Join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

Download
As many of you can appreciate, particularly if you live in an around Castle Donington, the Download festival is a significant event not only for the local community but also the police. Our planning for this year’s event started as soon as last year’s event finished and at North West Leicestershire we are heavily involved in planning for the festival.
We meet regularly with Live Nation who are the event promoters, as well as North West Leicestershire District Council, and we are working hard to deliver a safe event that causes the least amount of adverse impact on the local community.
This year will also mark the last event for one of our police commanders, Chief Superintendent Geoff Feavyou,r who some of you may know from his time as Commander of the North Area. He retires in early 2015, and as an avid rock fan, and I know he is looking forward to his last Download festival.

Crime Prevention
Whilst we have had some success as I have outlined above, we can never be complacent and as such we have available a number of products to help prevent you becoming a victim of crime.
• Catalytic Convertor marking kits
o PCSO Tony Gallagher and police volunteer Bob Bancroft have visited all Coalville Garages dealing in vans to offer CAT security marking kits at significantly reduced cost. The kits include a CAT marking kit & a window sticker to target harden & deter criminals.
• Bike Locks
o We have a supply of D-locks which are available from Coalville police station for £6.00
• Light timers
o We have a limited supply of light timers which are available for free from Coalville police station.

Have you got any questions about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here;

http://www.leics.police.uk/contact-us/faq

We are also active on social media, please visit this link for more information http://kimtag.com/nwleics

I look forward to speaking more with you next month,

Helena Bhakta

Loughborough Police March Update

Welcome to the latest monthly update, with news about policing in and around Loughborough over the past few weeks.

Hello and Goodbye
We have had a busy time with a new Beacon Officer joining our Loughborough East Safer Neighbourhood Team. PC Gary Bailey joins us from the Keyham Lane where he was a successful neighbourhood officer and has a lot of experience. Judging by the impact Gary has made in the few weeks since his arrival, it is clear he will be a great asset for us and the community. Make sure you say hello to Gary when you see him out and about in Loughborough.

PC Gary Bailey

PC Gary Bailey

At the same time as Gary arrived, we also said goodbye to two of our Police Community Support Officers. Lauren De Wet and John Bulloch have left Loughborough and are now undergoing training to become police officers. They have had a tremendous impact during their time with us and I am sure they will be very successful as police officers.

PCSO John Bulloch

PCSO John Bulloch

PCSO Lauren De Wet

PCSO Lauren De Wet

  I would like to thank them for their hard work and wish them well in their new roles.

Drugs – knocking on the door
We have had a busy time over the past four weeks and have executed four warrants in relation to the misuse of drugs. These have resulted in a number of people being detained, with one person cautioned for possession of a Class A drug (heroin), and three people under investigation for offences in relation to possession and possession with intent to supply drugs, and handling stolen goods.

I am aware that use and supply of illegal drugs is concern to the community and I wish to reiterate that we take these concerns seriously. Information from local people is essential in helping us to obtain search warrants and also prosecute offenders.
If you have any information about illegal drug activity you can ring 101 or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Lock it or lose it!
We have been receiving reports of thefts from cars and vans where they have been left insecure. At the end of January we held a day of education in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council, Outwoods Edge Primary School, Haddon Way Residents Group, and Street Watch.

multi agency pic

This was a great event and was an opportunity for local people to receive crime prevention advice. It is too early to say if the message has got home, but in the mean-time, LOCK IT OR LOSE IT!

Have you got any questions about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here;

http://www.leics.police.uk/contact-us/faq

For more information about how you can help prevent yourself becoming a victim of crime please visit this link;

http://www.leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/crime-prevention

If you want to receive regular policing updates and information about the Loughborough area please sign up to our community messaging system, Neighbourhood Link.

https://www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk/

You can also follow me on twitter

https://Twitter.com/loughboroughlpu

Until next month, keep safe,

Nathan Kirk

Loughborough LPU Commander

Beaumont Leys February Blog

Crime at Beaumont Leys local policing unit continues to climb we are currently 7.6% up on this time last year, this equates to 321 more offences. My team continue to work hard in an effort to reduce this deficit but we do need your help. I know I keep harping on about this in my pervious blogs but there are a few simple steps that you can take to avoid becoming a victim of burglary. Lock all your doors and windows when you leave your house, remove or secure any climbing aids such as ladders and do not leave any tools that may assist a burglar to gain access to your property. If you can afford it, consider fitting a burglar alarm this is an effective deterrent to a would be burglar. Lock your side gates and ensure your fencing is in a good state of repair to prevent access to the rear of your dwelling. Last but not least mark all of your valuables with a U.V. pen this will enable us to reunite you with your property should it be stolen. By taking these simple and practical steps it could prevent you becoming a victim of crime, and avoid all the inconvenience that goes with it.

During February we had a murder on Somerfield Walk on the Beaumont Leys where the body of Christopher Penman was found inside the address by police officers. During the initial days following the discovery of his body their was a lot of police activity in the local area which you would expect with such a serious crime. A 25 year old male has been charged with murder and  he has been remanded by Leicester Magistrates pending further hearings. This is an isolated occurrence and I do not envisage that there will be any wider impact on you, the local community. If you have any information about this incident you can contact us at Beaumont Leys police station in confidence or via 101. My sympathies and condolences go out to the family of Christopher during this difficult time. 

On a lighter note we arrested four people from a property on Gresley Close Beaumont Leys following execution of a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant. We seized a quantity of class A drugs, all four persons have been bailed pending analysis of the substances seized. I suspect that charges will follow when they answer their bail. This was only possible through the intelligence that you the local community provided. We do act on all intelligence we receive so I would urge you to contact us with any information you have about individuals in your local community who are involved in crime or drug dealing. 

As a result of covert observations on the Beaumont Leys we recently managed to detain a teenager riding a stolen a motorcycle from Birstall. He was seen riding the bike on the pavement and he was not wearing a helmet.He stood out like a sore thumb. He was arrested and will receive the required the sanction. 

Hopefully March will not be as busy as February but if it is,we will rise to the challenge as always.

Thanks for reading.

Take care.

Inspector Kev Morris

Beaumont Leys January 2014 Blog

Welcome to my first blog of 2014, it’s nice to see it beginning to get lighter in the evenings which will have a knock on effect on crime. Criminals tend to use the cover of darkness to do their work, so any help we can get from Mother Nature is greatly welcome. With that in mind I would still encourage you all to lock and secure the windows and doors to your homes, even when you’re at present to stop those opportunists’ criminals who entry your homes when your present.

Through some excellent work by my neighbourhood team we have finally managed to locate and arrest the two individuals who were working independently targeting insecure properties in and around the Abbey beat. These two people were taking small items such as keys, wallets, watches and mobile telephones to fund their drug habit. Both will be facing trial in the future and i`m hoping for custodial sentences for both. Since we locked up these two, burglaries have dropped off significantly, targeted policing does get results, long may it continue.

Our Christmas drink driving campaign finished on 3rd January 2014 and 108 people were caught on our roads putting other people’s lives at risk. This is up on last years figures. It just isn’t worth it; you could kill someone and at the very least lose your driving licence or job. Please use a sober driver, take a taxi or walk, its safer in the long run.

Another significant seizure of drugs was made by my safer neighbourhood team this month. We went to a local hotel to arrest a male for an assault, sadly he was not there but their was another male present who was in the process of cutting and blending heroin and crack cocaine. Needless to say he was arrested and spent most of the day with us helping us unravel the events leading up to his arrest. We have taken over £3,000 pounds worth of drugs off the street with this one arrest.The suspect has been bailed pending analysis of the substances seized. I have no doubt that he will be charged when he answers his bail next month.

Another emerging problem at Beaumont Leys is theft from unattended motor vehicles. This crime is popular with criminals because it is relatively quick to commit especially if you leave valuable items on show such as sat nav`s, cash and mobiles. People who commit this type of crime are in and out of vehicles in under 30 seconds so please either take them with you when you leave your vehicle or lock them in the boot of your motor. Placing items in the glove box has little effect because they will check it when they are searching your vehicle. I would ask you to be aware of where you park your vehicles,paying a bit extra in a local car park could save you a lot of money in repair bills. 

Tiger 2 started on 27th January 2014 which is a forcewide operation to target criminals across Leicestershire. Early results have been encouraging and we are certainly seeing a reduction in crime at Beaumont because of all the extra activity. I have no doubt that we will be targeting and locking up those people who are intent on making others lives a misery. 

On a lighter note two of my CID colleagues disturbed two males trying to steal pedal cycles outside a local leisure centre. They were not best pleased because they were on their way to a local superstore to get their lunch. I informed them that these criminals had done them a favour by helping their waistlines, which went down like a lead balloon.In all seriousness it was a cracking job which took two prolific theft of cycle merchants off the streets, so my congratulations go to them and I have promised to pay for their lunch in the future. 

I would just like to finish by asking you to forward us any intelligence you have about people who are committing crime in your local community. As always we will treat any information in the strictest of confidence because without your help we cannot target those people in our communities who are causing us most harm. There are a variety of ways you can contact us either directly on 101 or via our website,by letter or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

As always thanks for reading  

Inspector Kev Morris