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Rutland Police – October update

Welcome to my update for October.

We have had a busy few months since the last blog was published.

West Midlands woman sent to prison following offences committed in Rutland.

Just after the last blog was published in July we received news of a conviction of a woman following a walk in theft at a Rutland care home.

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Toni Ann Templeton, from Willenhall near Coventry, was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to three years and three months imprisonment for offences of fraud and theft in Rutland.

She pleaded guilty to one offence of conspiracy to steal and one offence of conspiracy to commit fraud. The offences relate to a care home in Rutland where three members of staff reported thefts from their purses and bags, and subsequently reported fraudulent activity on their bank cards.

The thefts and fraudulent activity took place in December 2013.

Farmwatch launched

In August we launched Rutland Farm Watch which is being coordinated by PCSO 6127 Steve Houghton.

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The Farm Watch initiative has been set up to provide a line of communication between local farmers, contractors, landowners and the police, in order to gather information that may be useful in catching criminals. Two-way communication is essential and members are asked to report all crimes, incidents and anything suspicious, so that intelligence can be gathered and information can be acted upon quickly.

The scheme uses a Fast Text system where the police are able to share information with registered users with a single text message. For example, if a suspicious vehicle is reported to the police the details can be sent out by text to members, and if the vehicle is then seen its location can be reported by ringing 101 and reporting it to the police.

So far we have had 80 people sign up to Farm Watch in Rutland and I would like to expand the scheme to as many farms as possible. It is free, and all you need is a mobile phone capable of receiving text messages. If you are interested in becoming part of the scheme please get in touch with PCSO Houghton by ringing 101 and when prompted key in his identification number 6127.

2000 followers for Oakham police on twitter

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I am keen that all of the officers at Rutland LPU provide a visible, on the ground policing presence, and I am sure that you are aware that policing a largely rural community brings its own challenges.

This is supplemented by our presence on facebook and twitter where you can find up to date information about what is happening in Rutland. PC 1312 Joe Lloyd is the Beacon Officer for Oakham and Barleythorpe and runs the @OakhamPolice twitter account. Joe recently achieved his 2000th follower making it one of the most popular accounts run by Leicestershire Police.

When Joe took over the account two years ago there were just over 500 followers and he was set a challenge to achieve 750. Joe said that if he managed to achieve the target before Christmas he would dress up as Santa, which PCSO (now PC) Jay Cooper as his elf. Joe achieved the target and did as promised and became Santa at a local school for less able children, which now does every Christmas.

We have one facebook account, and four twitter accounts for Rutland LPU, you can find out more information by visiting these links.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rutlandpolice

Inspector Lou Cordiner: www.twitter.com/rutlandlpu

Oakham and Barleythorpe Police: www.twitter.com/OakhamPolice

Rutland Police (including Rutland North and Rutland South): www.twitter.com/RutlandPolice

Uppingham Police : www.twitter.com/UppinghamPolice

Burglary

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Over the course of the last few months we have suffered an increase in burglaries to sheds, garages and outbuildings. We have worked hard to provide targeted patrols and crime prevention advice together with initiatives such as our volunteers on horseback and Farmwatch.

In August the total was 26 of which only one was a house burglary. In September we received 14 reports of burglary of which three were house burglaries. The early results in October indicate that the figures are continuing to go in the right direction.

As a reminder there are a few simple steps that can be taken to help prevent you becoming a victim of a burglary.

  1. In early evenings when your house is unoccupied leave a light on. Better still, use a light timer. We have some for sale at Oakham police station.
  2. Ensure all doors and windows are locked, even if you are only leaving the house unoccupied for a short time.
  3. Store all keys out of sight – Ensure valuables are not on view from outside.
  4. Remove, or secure, any climbing aids or tools that may be used to break-in to your home, e.g. ladders, wheelie bins, gardening tools etc.
  5. Use good quality locks and padlocks to secure sheds, garages and outbuildings.

Until next time,

 

Lou Cordiner

Inspector

Rutland Local Policing Unit

Hinckley and Bosworth LPU Commander – September 2014

We are currently in the middle of a busy couple of weeks here at Hinckley.  The force launched the fourth phase of Operation Tiger activity on Monday 15th October and local officers have been carrying out extra patrols to target crime and antisocial behaviour across the borough.  We’ve been tackling crime and ASB in other ways too.  By working closely with local second hand shops to help them spot stolen property, we are cutting off a potential disposal route to criminals.  And by seizing vehicles which are used antisocially or without insurance, we are reducing the misery caused by irresponsible motoring.

On 6th October, I will be moving on to pastures new and handing over the reins to Inspector Mike Cawley.  Mike has got lots of experience, most recently as an Operational Command Inspector, looking after critical incidents across the whole county.  He has also previously held a senior position at Blaby LPU, our nearest neighbour with whom we already ready work closely.  Mike is looking forward to taking over the team of dedicated officers here at Hinckley, and you can look forward to his updates over the coming months.

One final parting plea – Although the number of houses and flats being burgled keeps coming down, these offences still happen far too often.  And in so many cases, the burglars simply walk or climb in through unlocked doors and windows.  Please keep your homes secure, particularly as the darker nights roll in as the clocks go back.  By taking a few extra precautions, you can massively reduce the chances of a break in at your home.

Inspector Jonny Starbuck

Hinckley and Bosworth Police

A significant element of our work at Hinckley is to tackle the issues that are important to the community. We regularly engage and consult with large part of the community as well as statutory and voluntary partners. I would therefore be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete our on-line questionnaire and tell us about issues that you feel need tackling. It can be found by visiting this link.

http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/consultation-survey

We use the results from this survey to assist us with setting our neighbourhood priorities.

If you want to receive regular policing updates and information about the Hinckley 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/HinckleyLPU

Beware of the booze

This last week has been the ACPO alcohol awareness week where nationally each of the police forces concentrates on initiatives to tackle alcohol related crime and to raise awareness around the consequences of excessive drinking. Not only is there an implication around crime but also excessive drinking adds to health problems and is a ticking time bomb that may go off in years to come. When you are young you think of yourself as invincible and looking ahead to the effects in later life is not on people’s radars. The statistics are quite shocking with 50% of all violent crime being linked to alcohol; whilst not the sole cause it is very often a contributory factor. When I was a custody sergeant I remember on a regular basis detainees waking up and not being able to remember how they ended up on the receiving end of our hospitality. The most amusing story (although not at the time for the victims) involved a call from a family to report they’d found a drunken man asleep in their garage. Officers attended and moved him on to then receive a second call to say he had returned, had got into the house and had gone to sleep in one of their bedrooms. When police tried to help him out of the door he became violent and was arrested. The next morning it transpired he had got so drunk he had gone back to his old house rather than his current address leaving him very embarrassed Stories like this are funny to relate looking back but very often there are more serious consequences which play out on our televisions.

This week my staff have been into schools speaking to young people about the dangers of alcohol misuse. On Monday night staff conducted a test purchase operation targeting supermarkets and it was pleasing to see them all pass. The last 2 operations targeted smaller off licensed premises and also pubs and again we had no fails. This is the first time we have seen this across the board which is very encouraging and these operations will continue. I noted a comment on our Facebook page asking us why we are not concentrating on catching real criminals. I do understand this comment especially if you have had your house burgled but these operations to prevent crime are important as we have to respond to assaults and antisocial behaviour so if we can reduce the numbers of these and the damage done to victims who are assaulted both domestically and whilst out for a night then it will free us up to spend more time on other things.

Other activities will be using the alcoblow which is like a wand that indicates if what appears like a can of coke contains any additional ingredients to tackle youth drinking on parks as well as confiscating alcohol. Breathalysers are being trialled at some of the pubs to try to discourage pre-loading and to support the door staff in some of their discussions with customers. If this is successful then I would like to see the scheme broadened. The strength of Melton is that we enjoy a close relationship with Pubwatch who are all committed to making Melton a good night out.

Next month sees the start of Octsober which is a chance to raise money for charity by abstaining for a month. This is great for your health and for a good cause so why not sign up or sponsor someone who has.

Hinckley and Bosworth LPU Commander – August 2014

Over the last month, the station has been visited by Chief Constable Simon Cole and our Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Clive Loader.  Mr Cole was pleased to see the hard work going on in relation to tackling anti-social behaviour and targeting criminals.  There are a few areas of focus around the borough at the moment, two in particular being the community centre in Markfield and the Northern Perimeter Road in Hinckley.  Both of these areas are subject to extra policing activity, so it was good to see the work recognised by a senior figure.

Sir Clive met some of the staff from the multiagency antisocial behaviour team and later went out on foot patrol with PC Julia Brown.

As the nights begin to draw in, we are heading closer to the clocks going back.  Over the years, we often see an increase in house burglaries around this time so I want to reiterate a few really important messages to make sure you don’t suffer a break in.  Use lights on timers, keep your doors and windows secure, even when you are in, and report any suspicious activity in your area to the police.  Dial 101 to pass us any general concerns, but always use 999 if you think a crime may be about to happen.

Inspector Jonny Starbuck

Hinckley and Bosworth Police

A significant element of our work at Hinckley is to tackle the issues that are important to the community. We regularly engage and consult with large part of the community as well as statutory and voluntary partners. I would therefore be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete our on-line questionnaire and tell us about issues that you feel need tackling. It can be found by visiting this link.

http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/consultation-survey

We use the results from this survey to assist us with setting our neighbourhood priorities.

If you want to receive regular policing updates and information about the Hinckley 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/HinckleyLPU

 

Hinckley and Bosworth LPU Commander – July 2014

So far this year we have seen a reduction of just over 10% in terms of the crime and incidents recorded in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same time last year.  We will continue to work with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to capitalise on this success as the year goes on.

I’m also pleased to report that the new beat office in Market Bosworth has now been completed.  The office in on the same site as the old police station and the same beat team is still working from the new office as was based there previously.  These new arrangements are helping with the force’s savings agenda, which in turn helps to contribute towards keeping as many officers involved in front line policing as possible.

Local officers at the station have been making good use of new legislation too.  New powers now exist, allowing the police to apply for Domestic Violence Protection Orders, even in cases where the victim won’t support a prosecution. The orders are requested by the investigating officer, authorised by a Superintendent and ultimately ratified by the court.  We have used these powers twice now in the borough, securing extra protection for some of our most vulnerable victims of violent crime.

Inspector Jonny Starbuck

Hinckley LPU Commander

A significant element of our work at Hinckley is to tackle the issues that are important to the community. We regularly engage and consult with large part of the community as well as statutory and voluntary partners. I would therefore be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete our on-line questionnaire and tell us about issues that you feel need tackling. It can be found by visiting this link.

http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/consultation-survey

We use the results from this survey to assist us with setting our neighbourhood priorities.

If you want to receive regular policing updates and information about the Hinckley 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/HinckleyLPU

 

Beaumont Leys Local Policing Unit August 2014 Blog

Hi everyone,

I want to start off this month’s blog with a really good bit of news. At the end of August we executed two warrants in the Beaumanor area of the Abbey beat and discovered between £14,000 & £33,000 worth of class “A” drugs believed to be Cocaine.Some had already been cut up ready for distribution whilst the remainder was still in its pure form. Four people were arrested on the night and are currently on police bail, I expect charges to follow. We will continue and maintain our purge against local drug dealers.We have arrested a total of 33 people since March who have been connected or concerned in the possession,supply or production of controlled substances on the LPU. We have a number of operations planned for the coming months to target people who have slip the net thus far. Be warned if you’re dealing drugs on the Abbey, Beaumont and New Parks wards we will arrest you and you can expect a custodial sentences. This is slowly but surely having an effect on serious acquisitive crime, we have reduced burglary of people homes significantly since this operation started and crime overall is beginning to fall along with the amount of anti-social behaviour being reported. Good news all around.

I was also pleased that Rajbir Sangha pleaded guilty this month to conning elderly victims out of thousands of pounds. This was a particularly heinous crime because of the ages of the victims involved who could ill afford to spend vast sums of money on products they did not need. She was selling disability products at grossly inflated prices to these vulnerable victims and pocketing the difference. She has made thousands of pounds out of this scam and we will be going after he assets to try and recompense the people she conned. She had been convicted of a similar offence in 2012. Rajbir Sangha was jailed for two years, six months at Leicester Crown Court. The judge said, “this was calculated dishonesty” and I agree with his comments. I must congratulate the Safer Neighbourhood team at Beaumont Leys for the sterling work they did in this case. I highlight the work of the investigating officer P.C.Finney for special praise,he worked relentlessly on this investigation despite some real problems due to the ages of the victims involved.

Recently we arrested seven people at the end of August who were involved in a neighbour dispute which got badly out of hand. The persons involved used sticks and coshes to make their point which can never be justified. We had no option but to arrest all seven, which was a challenge but we managed it. All seven are on police bail for Affray.

Another satisfying outcome relates to a local man who pleaded guilty this month at Leicester Crown Court to three courier frauds and five other unconnected frauds. His modus operandi was to ring up people purporting to be from the police and state that their credit cards had been compromised. He would then question the victim over the telephone and obtain their personal details including PIN numbers. He would then arrange a taxi to visit the victims address and pick up the victims cards. He would then go on a spending spree. He is due to be sentenced on 5th September 2014 and we expect a custodial sentence.

To conclude, despite the government’s austerity measures we continue to tackle those individuals who cause us most harm. We currently detect 30% of all crimes that are reported to us because we put crime detection and victim satisfaction at the top of our list. We don`t get it right all of the time but where we fall short i ensure that we learn from our mistakes because after all we are only human.My expectation is that if you report a crime then you should expect us to try our hardest to trace and prosecute the person responsible.

Finally, if you have any intelligence about people who have committed any type of criminal offence then let us know. It only via your information that we are able to concentrate on those individuals who cause you and us most harm. I can reassure you that we do act on every bit of intelligence we receive.

As always thanks for reading

Inspector Kev Morris

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.