Traffic Matters

Traffic issues are always a topic that everyone has a view on which is evident whenever I put anything on this subject out on Twitter or Facebook as it generates the most responses. Last week I was tweeting from my phone and managed to say we were deploying speed camera cans -what one letter can do to change the meaning of the sentence but it did make for some amusing comments.

Last month in the Melton Times there was a letter on the danger of using mobile phones when driving. The letter asked how many drivers had received a ticket in Melton and the number surprised me as being less than 20 in the last 8 months so staff at Melton will be on the lookout for offending drivers.

The seriousness of mobile phone use behind the wheel was very evident in a recent trial in Cambridgeshire where a woman was sentenced to six years after texting on two phones before a fatal crash. Judge Enright was very forthright in his summing up stating “Mobile phone use while driving is a plague on our society.” If you are involved in a serious accident police will look at your mobile so just don’t use it.

Using a mobile phone whilst driving may cost you your liberty and someone’s life but at the very least will cost you £100 and 3 points on your licence or there is an option to avoid the points by attending an education course designed to change driver behaviour.

The other big 3 factors in fatal or serious accidents are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and drink drive; Leicester Police run regular clinics to target these and is termed the ‘fatal 4’. It still amazes me how many people do not wear a seat belt –over 30 in just 4 hours last time in Melton.

I often hear comments that tackling traffic offences is a revenue generator but this is a myth as the police do not get the revenue –it goes to the treasury. Some of the money is returned to us but only for promoting road safety so that is not the reason we deal with this –the reason is the majority of the public ask us and if you have ever lost a loved one on the roads then you will understand why.

I often get asked by the public if the speed camera vans can be parked on their street but these are deployed on the whole to main arteriole routes where there is either an accident black spot, community concern or where the data collected by the grey monitoring boxes show the problem of speeding to be serious in terms of numbers and the amount drivers are over the speed limit. If you want to get involved at a more local level i.e. to street then please engage with your beat team. Currently speeding is a priority on both rural beats as this is what the majority of people consulted have asked for. You can find a consultation form on the Force website at the bottom titled ‘Have Your Say’

If you take a look under the priorities for Melton Rural North in Local Policing you will see an update on the work so far tackling speeding –over 100 drivers found speeding in one village alone.

Clearly enforcement is one way to tackle this problem but the main weapon is you to impress on drivers you travel with not to use a mobile, not to put their foot down, belt up and don’t drink and drive.

NW Leics Police – August update

Welcome to my August update.

We will remember them

On Monday 4th August officers from the Ashby Safer Neighbourhood team visited the BUPA Care Home in Ashby to share their memories and experiences from previous conflicts. Here is a photo of Arthur ‘Jack’ Faulkes who was a Spitfire pilot during the Second World War together with members of the local police team.

Former Spitfire pilot Arthur 'Jack' Faulkes with members of the Ashby police team

Former Spitfire pilot Arthur ‘Jack’ Faulkes with members of the Ashby police team

Just prior to leaving for my summer break I took part in a Dedication Ceremony at Coalville’s War Memorial to remember local service personnel who have died serving their country since World War Two. It was a moving and fitting tribute to four men who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.


Coalville memorial

Coalville memorial

Crime figures heading in the right direction

July saw the World Cup, and whilst the exploits of the England team were disappointing I was delighted with the local response in tackling any potential problems arising out of licensing and alcohol consumption.

In partnership with North West Leicestershire District Council we gave inputs to the Pubwatch schemes in Coalville and Ashby, visited all licensed premises, undertook test purchase operations and deployed extra patrols during key matches.

Compared to 2013 we saw a 16% drop in violent crime which meant ten fewer victims. Although it could be argued that the demise of England’s fortunes had a part to play in this, I would say that the concerted effort of ourselves and the team at North West Leicestershire District Council have played a significant part, particularly at a time when we would have expected to see a rise in reports irrespective of the success of the national team.

I am particularly grateful to Cath Ridgeway from the Night Time Economy team at NWLDC, and Sgt Mark Watson who is the lead for licensing at NW LPU.

Keeping with the crime theme, our performance in this area continues to head in the right direction. A particular headline I would like to refer to is our house burglary figures. Since the start of the performance year which commences in April, we have seen a 35% drop in reports of house burglary. This equates to 25 fewer victims. I am aware that concern about becoming a victim of burglary is very high on many people’s lists, and we will work hard at NW Leics police to drive those numbers down even further.

Download results

On a final note in relation to crime. I have now had the final figures in relation to Download at Donington Park. I am delighted that this year saw massive reductions in reported crime, with a 70% drop from 391 reported offences in 2013 to 91 this year. We normally have a problem with thefts from tents, however this year we received 53 reports as compared to 192 in 2013.

Lock it lose it!

The number of reports we have received about thefts from vehicles has remained stable, however about 15% of them relate to vehicles that have been left insecure. It would help us enormously if you could remove all valuable items and lock your car when you leave it.

We also regularly recover stolen property but often find it difficult to identify it. Help us by registering with the national police property database, Immobilise. Please visit this link for more information

For mobile devices, make sure you activate the find my iphone or ipad app, or the equivalent if you are a windows or android user.

Another award for North West Leicestershire Police

In previous updates I have referred to members of the team here who have won awards, with Police Volunteer Bob Bancroft, PCSO Rob Inman and PC James Broomfield recently receiving awards for their contribution to the police and community in North West Leicestershire.

I am delighted to inform you that PC Mark Arjoo, Beacon Officer for the Ashby Safer Neighbourhood Team was Highly Commended in the recent Leicestershire Police Community Officer of the Year awards.

Mark has been a police officer for 20 years and a local beat bobby for the last ten. In addition to traditional police duties Mark has made an impact far and wide in the local community.

Ashby Beacon Officer PC Mark Arjoo

Ashby Beacon Officer PC Mark Arjoo

Mark has played a key role with Ashby Street Pastors, and was the only local officer to be invited to the Street Pastor national conference. He is also involved with a local youth football project, Ashby Pubwatch and Shopwatch, the Ashby Statute, and will often work in his own time make sure events and meetings are covered.

If you see Mark out and about be sure to stop him and congratulate him on his achievement.

Drugs Warrant update

In the last update I mentioned that we had executed a drugs warrant. Since then a local man has been charged in connection with drugs offences and is due to appear in court in September. Watch this space for further information.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Helena Bhakta

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8 positives in summer drink drive campaign, recent Fatal 4 traffic operation saw 39 vehicles stopped, 29 for no seat belt, 12 for excess speed, 3 on their mobile phone, and remainder for other offences.

Beaumont Leys LPU Commanders July 2014 Blog

                                 Beaumont Leys July 2014 Blog

It’s been a busy month for Beaumont Leys officers. The main topic of conversation at the moment is the impending review of policing within Leicestershire. Due to the requirement to save money as part of the government austerity programme we are going to have a smaller neighbourhood team here at Beaumont Leys. However, the team will be more problem focused and free to do local policing work,as a consequence they will not be investigating crime, but concentrating on solving local problems like anti social behaviour and offender management. Reorganisation is generally seen as a negative trait but I firmly believe that this review is a great opportunity to do policing in a different but better way. Exciting times ahead but whatever happens when this review is implemented,we will still continue to provide the usual first class policing response that we have always provided. 

Our initiative against local drug dealers continues and some of those individuals who were arrested a few months ago are starting to return to answer their bail. All are going to be charged with offences linked to dealing controlled substances. Keep updated by following me on twitter, @beaumontleyslpu if your not a social media buff, there will be regular updates in the local press. 

On the drug dealing theme a local dealer called Sean Downs pleaded guilty at court to supplying class “A” drugs, and received a three year sentence. He thought that he was untouchable because he was a medium level dealer. No one is untouchable when it comes to drug dealing and we will remorselessly hunt them down. We are now in the process of ensuring that Mr Down’s assets will be forfeited and we are currently busy collating what he possesses. We have recovered cash; vehicles and clothing which hopefully the court will agree are proceeds of crime and order there forfeiture.

Our initiative hasn’t finished yet because there is still plenty of work to be done to target those people who continue to deal/use drugs within our community. We still have a number of warrants which we intend to execute over the coming weeks, watch this space. I must thank the local community who have supplied us with all the intelligence to enable us to concentrate on particular individuals. My message is, “we are coming for you!” 

On a lighter note we did another crime prevention day in conjunction with Beaumont Leys shopping centre and Leicester City Council. We fitted anti tamper number plate screws free of charge to shoppers who visited the centre. It was another busy day with plenty of vehicles visiting our stand. Hopefully this initiative will lessen the chances of those people becoming a victim of car crime.If you want any free anti tamper number plate screws then please visit us at the station and we will supply you with the relevant screws applicable to your make of vehicle.Sadly we are unable to fit them.

We also supplied staff to assist with the charitable walk for Syria which took place in Abbey Park at the beginning of the month. It was a fun day with plenty of people joining in the walk and I believe a substantial amount of money was raised for this charity. 

We are also holding a community fun day on Sunday 3rd August 2014 on Beaumont Park. The main event will be a charity football tournament consisting of numerous teams from the local community. They will be competing for the Beaumont Community Challenge trophy. There will be a car boot sale, bouncy castles, live music and dancing as well as a fun fair. Food will be available all day including alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. Our local beat team will be there to offer advice and discuss any problems or issues you may have. If you’re in the area please come along it starts at 11am, see you there. 

During the hot weather please be aware of your surroundings, if you wear expensive jewellery then ensure that it is covered as much as possible because people are snatching items by cycling passed and grabbing chains. It’s all over in a matter of seconds,so take care. Windows and doors are another vulnerable spot because people leave them open to aid ventilation. The opportunist thief will be in and out in seconds before you realise and usually steal portable items such as cash, phones and jewellery which are easy to transport. All I would say is take care in this weather and keep your wits about you.  

As always stay safe and report anything suspicious either in person or via the telephone. We would rather be contacted and it turns out to be nothing than not be contacted and it turns out to be something. There are various ways that you can get in touch with us either visit the station, ring 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Tackling Burglary and cross border crime in Melton Mowbray

The front page about the rise in burglaries a couple of weeks ago was not one I want to see but sadly for many victims this has been a reality here in Melton. If you watched the local news on Thursday night you will have seen the Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister talking about the rise in burglaries over Nottingham, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

My staff have been working hard to tackle these and we are slowly getting some success and I will be reporting on individuals who have been charged and remanded into custody to await trail once I am able which is after conviction.

At the start of April the Safer Melton Partnership which consists of a number of different agencies set about an ambitious project centred around burglary. The project is Communities Against Crime led by Paul Appleby who can be followed on twitter and face book @Melton_CCC and this is the same on Facebook. This will see police staff, volunteers, council staff and Neighbourhood Watch working together to visit as many people as possible on a street or a village that has suffered a burglary. We are looking to provide advice around a number of crime prevention strands and will be helping secure sheds, fit tamper proof number plate screws to cars, offer discounted items such as locks etc and provide an enhanced crime prevention input around the house; we are looking to help you register your valuables in the National Property register and look to raise the profile of the Neighbourhood Watch to list some of the aims.

This will hopefully lead to crime reductions but more importantly in a reduction in the number of victims of these crimes. One good example of a recent success is where a neighbour had the foresight to spot some males acting suspiciously and photographed their car registration. Their hunch was right as a break in followed but their foresight enabled us to make arrests of people from Leicester City.

I would still appeal to the public to secure their property, not leave downstairs windows open and to be vigilant about people operating in their neighbourhood and give us a call if you think people are engaged in crime on 101 or if happening at the time 999. Any community intelligence can be shared with local staff but if you are worried about doing this then please phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111


On a separate but slightly related note we continue to tackle rural crime and target those criminals who travel from other areas to commit crime in Melton Borough. On Thursday 17th July we joined forces with Nottingham Police, British Transport Police, HMRC, Environment agency, Rushcliffe Council , Smartwater and VOSA in a day of action centred around metal theft. This saw everyone working together to achieve the best outcomes where a total of 17 vehicles were stopped and checked. One was seized for using red diesel and an expired vehicle excise licence. One had an immediate prohibition notice served as un-roadworthy and was collected via lorry and taken from the site for repairs. One male was reported for scrap collecting without the correct permits. Numerous vehicles were issued rectification notices for repairs and we gained some valuable intelligence on travelling criminals

Cross border Op






Rutland LPU – July Update

Welcome to the latest update from Rutland.

Volunteers on horseback

Since my update in April we received national television coverage about our volunteers on horseback initiative. BBC Crimewatch Roadshow came to do some filming with us in May and the piece went out at the beginning of June.

Filming with BBC Crimewatch Roadshow

Filming with BBC Crimewatch Roadshow

The number of volunteers continues to grow and I regularly receive feedback they are being seen all around Rutland.

We recently had a group of volunteers in at Oakham where they were given training in first aid, including CPR and heartstart.

If you would like to find out more about this initiative my contact details are at the end of this update.

Old fashioned policing

Thankfully burglaries are relatively rare in Rutland, however I was pleased to see some old fashioned policing prevent a burglary in Cottesmore in early June.

PC Laurie Appleton and PC Pete Icke were on patrol in Cottesmore when they saw two men near to a house they knew had been the subject of a burglary earlier in the year. Something did not appear to be right so the officers stopped to speak to the men

PC 1742 Laurie Appleton

PC 1742 Laurie Appleton


PC 2113 Peter Icke

PC 2113 Peter Icke

One man was detained and the second one ran off, however he was also detained a short while later.

Further investigation indicated that an attempt had been made to enter a house and both men were arrested.

The men were subsequently charged with attempted burglary on the house in Cottesmore, as well as a burglary in Grantham, and one of the men was charged with a burglary in Melton. Following on from their appearance at Leicester Magistrates’ Court, the men have been remanded to prison.

I am delighted with this result and is an example of local knowledge combined with a well-honed police officer’s ‘nose’ has brought about a great result.

I will inform you of the outcome in my next update.

Church Watch

rutland church watch

I mentioned Church Watch in the last update. Since then PC Paul Le Pla and his team of PCSOs have worked hard and visited all 54 churches in Rutland. Each church has been risk assessed from a crime prevention perspective and in particular to lead theft. Only one church has been identified as being at high risk whereas nine were classed at high risk when we launched Church Watch over two years ago.

During that time we have had only one lead theft.   Crime against churches is very rare, but that does not mean we are complacent as we understand the impact that crime against churches can have in local communities.

If you would like more information about church watch you can email Paul from this link.

Sale of Oakham Police station

In recent weeks many of my conversations have been dominated by the sale of Oakham police station. If you have passed by the station recently, you will have seen the ‘for sale’ sign outside.

The police station has been put up for sale now that planning permission has been granted to build a smaller police office on the car park at the rear of the building. The building which is being sold on the open market, will not close until the new one is ready. The new building will be smaller and therefore cost less to run.

Ultimately what this means is that there will still be local police officers based in Oakham.

High Sherriff visit

Recently I had a lovely meeting with the High Sherriff of Rutland, Air Commodore Miles Williamson-Noble.

Meeting the High Sherriff of Rutland

Meeting the High Sherriff of Rutland

He was keen to hear about the future of policing in Rutland and I was able to update him about the challenges we face in policing a largely rural community. One aspect the High Sherriff wanted to hear more about was our approach to illegal ‘rave’ parties. With such a large area to cover we work hard to build our intelligence picture about possible illegal raves. When they do happen we have to strike a balance between the resources we have available as well as dealing with the situation at hand and any offences that have occurred.

If you have any information about a proposed rave then please ring us on 101, or alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers which is free and anonymous on 0800 555 111.

We are always keen to find out what your concerns are, and I would ask that you take a few moments to complete this short survey, which can be found by visiting this link. 

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Until next time

Inspector Lou Cordiner

Rutland Local Policing Unit

Beaumont Leys blog for June

Hi everyone and welcome to the Beaumont Leys blog for June. It has been another busy month for me and my staff. Our proactive operation to target local drug dealing continues to yield results. We have so far arrested over thirty people and seized substantial amounts of Cannabis, Heroin and Cocaine. We have number of people awaiting trial and I’m sure substantial sentences will follow. If you do deal drugs we will seize all assets including your designer gear such as watches, clothing, cash, cars and houses. We are not going to let up on this initiative and more warrants will be executed next month. This is excellent news for our local communities because it reduces the numbers of ASB incidents linked to drug misuse and it also means that crime is beginning to show a downward path.

It was pleasing to see that the courts jailed a local man, David Atkinson for 16 months after he brandished a machete at a local nursery school in Beaumont Leys. That was a really fool hardy thing to do and the consequences could have been a whole lot worse. Well done to my team who responded quickly and detained Mr Atkinson and offered the correct amount of reassurance to the children and patents involved.

We deal with a myriad of incidents on a daily basis trying to keep people safe on the three beats we cover. As well as trying to tackle drug misuse we have dealt with numerous offences including individuals who have set fire to their flat, people stealing from shops, persons breaking into cars and people assaulting one another. Unfortunately the hot weather does not help because people drink a little more than usual and tend to become involved in petty arguments which subsequently result in assaults. 

The hot weather also means an increase in off road motorcycles using open/common land. We currently have a planned operation to specifically target this issue. Please be aware that we will seize your motorcycle if you’re caught riding on open land. You will not get it back either because we will apply to the courts to get them crushed.

We recently assisted our colleagues from T.V. Licensing to enforce a number of warrants across the LPU against people who they had identified as using a television without a licence. Until the government decide otherwise we will always assist our partner agencies to target those individuals who believe that they can get away with it because they believe that the law doesn’t apply to them.

We also recently arrested a juvenile male who had been going door to door pretending to be collecting for a national charity. Once the door had been opened he would take the opportunity to steal money from within addresses. On interview he admitted three offences of burglary and is currently on bail pending a disposal decision. Please be aware of unknown persons purporting to be from local or national charities asking for monies. All bone fide charity collectors will have identification and will not mind you asking to see it. If you are still unsure you can always contact the charity direct.

In August we are running a football tournament for the local people to try and raise funds for a local community football team and the remainder will be going to a local charity. Stay turned for further information next month. 

If you have any information about criminality in my area you can contact us in a number of ways. You can either contact us by telephone on 101, email us via our force website, write to us or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 

If you want to keep up to date with what’s happening on my local policing unit you can follow me on twitter @beaumontleyslpu 

As always thanks for reading.

Inspector K.S.Morris

Beaumont Leys

Local Policing Commander


Hinckley and Bosworth LPU Commander – June 2014

I am writing this article on a sunny Saturday afternoon as I prepare for a shift ahead in the city centre, looking after the Kasabian concert.  Looks like it is going to be a warm one too!  On days like this, most people will have windows and doors open to let some fresh air in.  Just make sure that you keep an eye on all points of access to your homes – opportunist burglars love this weather too!!

Burglaries levels are down on last year but we are not complacent.  Last Thursday we arrested three men suspected of being involved in a series of burglaries in the Hinckley area.  The ringleader has now been remanded in custody for other linked offences.  Thanks to DC Matt Wiggins and the CID team at Hinckley for working some very long hours over the weekend to bring this case to a positive conclusion.

We say goodbye to PC Sean Hannigan in a couple of weeks.  He is taking a five year career break to study a Master’s degree in Germany.  He will be replaced by PC Phil Hale, who is a very experienced officer and will do a fine job of filling Sean’s shoes.  Phil will be working from the Market Bosworth office.  Meanwhile, we all wish Sean the very best with his studies and look forward to seeing him again in a few years.

For up to date information on policing in our area, please follow me on twitter @HinckleyLPU.  I’m getting close to the 900 followers mark and every little helps!!  Thanks for reading.

Inspector Jonny Starbuck – Hinckley and Bosworth Police Commander

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