April 2016 update for North West Leicestershire Police

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In March I attended the Police and Crime Commissioners’ launch of the Campaign to Eradicate the Abuse and Exploitation of children (CEASE). It brought key agencies together to share learning and best practise. CEASE is a major, multi-agency campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We would like the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to play their part too, by coming together to make a very public commitment that the abuse and exploitation of children will not be tolerated and help to ‘spot the signs’ to prevent young people coming to harm.

You can support this and give your online pledge by visiting this link CEASE   or text CEASE to 87007 from your mobile phone.


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I was very proud to attend a recent award ceremony hosted by the Chief Constable at our Force Headquarters where PCSO Kev Bradley was Highly Commended in the PCSO of the Year awards. I would also like to thank PC Underwood and Castle Donington Parish Council for nominating Kev for his contribution to the local community. Kev and the Parish Council have undertaken some excellent initiatives.

We have a proud history of our staff being recognised  for their work in our communities, and PC Steve Harrison the Dedicated Neighbourhood Officer for our Forest Neighbourhood covering Measham, Moira and surrounding areas, was also rewarded with a Chief Constable’s  Commendation for Outstanding work in recognition for the great work he has carried out on his neighbourhood.

Nominations are now open for the Leicestershire Police Beat Bobby of the Year. If you would like to nominate your local officer you can do so by visiting this link. BEAT BOBBY

If you would like to know who your local officer is please visit this link LOCAL OFFICER

In my last newsletter I informed you of the multi-agency work being undertaken to ensure the communities of North West Leicestershire Celebrated Safely over the Christmas and New Year. We were particularly grateful to the support from local licensees and Hermitage FM to promote our campaign. Again our fantastic street pastors were out on all the key nights.  Our crime prevention giveaways of purse bells, bottle stops and mobile phone bunjees were well received.

Although the number of incidents associated with the night time economy increased by only 10 reports was marginally the overall seriousness of incidents was reduced. The Community Safety Partnership Funded ambulance, treated 18 people under the influence of drink. This ensured people were well looked after and that the emergency services were able to attend to priority cases.

We are looking to build on this work as we prepare for the summer and in particular Euro 2016 in June and July. England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all qualified with England and Wales in the same group. Although I must confess I do not know a lot about football, I know enough to say that there will be a lot of interest in the England v Wales result.

Along with North West Leicestershire District Council we have well established plans for policing licensed premises in the area and will be working hard to ensure that everybody has a safe and enjoyable time.

Two of England’s three group games are in the week, and I would advise you to take great care and avoid the ‘after the night before’ effect when driving to work the following day, and ensure that you have plenty of time from your last drink and when you set off.

On 27th November 2015 Thomas Neilson (32 years) and Brendon Evans (26 years), were arrested following the execution of a search warrant at an address in Measham. Both men have been jointly charged with possession with intent to supply class B drugs. Neilson was further charged with allowing his premises to be used in the supply of drugs. They are bailed to court until 27th May 2016 at Leicester Magistrates Court.

The National Forestry Commission (Conkers) continues to part fund a local youth diversionary project. You may recall they secured funding from Asda. Each course accommodates 15 students and is one day a week for 10 weeks. Referrals are made through the Joint Action Group with the police and youth services providing staff. The focus is on addressing behaviour, its effect and understanding its impact on others. Informal & educational inputs are provided. Last year we rantwo courses with  24 people out of 29 who started, completing the course. In the 3 months prior to the course these young people were known to have committed 45 incidents of anti-social behaviour. In the three months during and after the course, six incidents were committed by four of the original participants. This is a significant decrease in offending; 25 youths stopped offending.

A big thankyou to Michael Ballentyne and his team at Conkers that have made this work possible.

Fresh off the press. We have recently conducted a multi-agency ANPR operation in Ibstock.

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A total of 55 vehicles were stopped. 8 tickets were issued for offences of no seat belt, mobile phone and no insurance. One vehicle was seized, and a total of 55 vehicles were stopped and advice was given to a number of drivers regarding minor defects. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs tested 20 of the vehicles for red diesel. The Environment Agency dealt with 9 drivers for not have the necessary waste permit for materials being carried.  The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) issue a prohibition in relation to a vehicle defect and advised on a number of other matters.

North West Leicestershire police officers clock up the miles delivering cycle safety presentations.

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Police officers and Police Community Support Officers from North West Leicestershire cycled over 480 miles in a cycle challenge which took place in the two weeks leading up to the Easter holidays.

The cycle challenge involved 13 officers cycling to primary schools in North West Leicestershire and delivering cycle safety and crime prevention presentations. 11 schools were visited and over 1600 children received the presentation.

PCSO  Jenny May from North West Leicestershire Police, who was the coordinator for the initiative, thought it would be a good idea to see if officerscould clock up 180 miles, in recognition of the 180th anniversary of Leicestershire Police.

It quickly developed beyond that to cycling to schools to deliver the presentations as well as seeing who of our officers could amass the most miles. The presentations were focussed on, road safety, being visible and cycle safety and maintenance. We also covered cycle crime prevention.

PCSO Pat McDonald from the Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team managed to cycle 128 miles during the challenge, more than 20 miles more than any other officer. We will also be holding other cycle related events.

You will be seeing some beat team changes in the next couple of months. Valley neighbourhood team welcomes PC Lou Gravenall, a very experienced officer formerly working Coalville Town.

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PCSO Julie Ryan from the Bardon neighbourhood team, has made a difficult decision to leave us for pastures new. She is a well-known local character she will be sorely missed by us all. We wish her well.

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I still can’t believe Spring has arrived. The Download planning meetings remind me it is short stride to Summer. We have launched our Spring campaign to combat thefts from sheds and out-buildings. It is worth reviewing your security and investing in a padlock or even a shed alarm. For crime prevention and security advice please visit this link Garden crime prevention

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Helena Bhakta

North West Leicestershire Police

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Chief’s Week – w/c 24 August 2015

On call

Last week was my turn for ‘on call’ chief officer duties. That meant starting my day with a call from the Control Room outlining the overnight incidents, and looking back at the previous 24 hours, and forward to the day ahead. In the course of the week it never fails to astonish me how broad the demand on us is. We dealt with some real tragedies, including a very difficult and upsetting incident where a young girl was killed, faced very real threats, and supported various public events. My week reflected the College of Policing’s demand analysis that just short of 80% of what we do isn’t directly crime related. Thanks to all who contributed to the week; I felt privileged to be part of a team with broad skills working together for the good of others.


The links between our work and that of health were writ large last week with a very successful national Street Triage Expo. The expo saw practitioners from all over the country joined by the Home Office and health practitioners to look at how the triage system works, and how it fits into the Liaison and Diversion services available from our cells. I also joined colleagues in CMC and firearms, and Supt Adam Streets, in hosting Healthwatch leaders from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We showed them our demand video, and arranged visits to the control room and the firearms range. It was good to see their interest in what we do, and how health can help us to deliver better for local people.

The links with health were further cemented as I was interviewed by Hospital Radio, chatting and choosing five records, and also helped to judge the Leicester Hospitals’ ‘Caring at its’ Best’ Awards. Some of the citations were fantastic, showing a dedication to service that we would all recognise. It was as hard to judge as our awards.

Recruiting was going strong in 1985. How do I know? Because a number of police colleagues are retiring after 30 years’ service. Those thirty years are, of course, defined by the pension scheme of the day. Last week I saw DC Steve Gamble, who has worked tirelessly on Special Branch, DC Sean Lynch, detective, Family Liaison Officer and golfer, CI Sally Chivers, who served in three forces and at HMIC in her career, and Inspector Amrik Basra, who has retired from policing just as his campaign to find blood donors hits a new peak with #PassItOnLeicester. Between them they have helped to keep people safe for 120 years. It was great to be able to thank them for their efforts.


Passiton#PassItOnLeicester started this week and we had the flag first. Those at headquarters had the chance to see the fearsome Cole, Kay, Streets, Haward ‘It’s a Knockout’ team in action on Tuesday. What could possibly go wrong? It is fantastic to support Anthony Nolan, Rik Basra and so many people in need of donors. Please get involved if you can.

EdisonThe Force was buzzing over my on call week, with some serious incidents requiring our involvement, whilst the Skyride saw thousands cycling around traffic free streets. Victoria Park saw the Flavours of Rugby Festival which I was involved in with the team that I coach. With the World Cup heading to Leicester I couldn’t help but notice that the Italian team seem to be very persuaded of our change programme!

Take a look at this photo gallery of events throughout the day

Matt Spradbury

Despite the splendid summer bank holiday weather it was good to see so many of you joining Matt Spradbury at his Fun Day. It was also great to see the family of Stew Sparling there, and the Treble One Trust made a very touching donation to Matt and his family. Motor Neurone Disease is a tough illness. The support for Matt is very important, and those who worked tirelessly to make the event a success should be proud of what was achieved. Thank you.

Positive feedback

With the intranet allowing comments on articles, including this one, we might remember that Rate Your Local Police still allows us public feedback. Typical of the positive comments received is this about PC Joe Lloyd, from Oakham.

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Pass It On Leicester

Chief’s Week – w/c 17 August 2015

As I sit to write this blog my holiday feels like it was some time ago, although I have only been back a week.

Regional collaboration

My week ended with a meeting with our PCC, and the Chiefs and PCCs of Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire, and our wider senior teams too. We spent time looking at how we currently work together and how we can work together into the future. That future includes the expectation that our budget will be further reduced, with our Government Grant (which accounts for over 60% of our income) likely to fall by between 25-40%. That is being considered in the spending review, and we will find out the exact detail in November.

Building on the discussions that our own Executive Group and our Strategic Chief Officer Group meetings have already begun, we agreed to develop our existing work together as we seek to maximise how we spend every penny that we get to best effect on behalf of the public. That means working with Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire in a Strategic Alliance looking at how best we can collaboratively approach the challenge of reducing budgets whilst enhancing service delivery to protect the public.

That said, we are at a very early stage in our considerations. There is an enormous amount of detailed work that now needs to be undertaken before any final decision is taken.


During the rest of the week I did media and academic interviews on a very varied set of topics. That included facial identification technology, the role and future of police leadership, how I became a Chief, and the Tigers prospects for the new season. Hospital Radio also let me choose five records too; I shan’t spoil the surprise prior to broadcast across Bank holiday weekend.

Home Office

Elsewhere I spent a morning in London at the Home Office, where I chaired a group looking at 101.That discussion included other options to phoning us; face to face, online offer and accessibility all featured. I also met with staff who deal with the contracts to allow us to purchase uniform on a consistent and national basis. I then hot footed, well slow trained it back from ‘the Smoke’ to join the St Matthews neighbourhood team with the Contact Project in some community cricket. We must make sure that we are focussing such diversionary work in the right places. Our presence needs to be evidence based and proportionate too.Chief Constable with Laura Nutt and Steffi Barber

International Association of Women in Policing

I concluded my week by seeing off PCs Laura Nutt and Steffi Barber to represent the Force in Cardiff at the International Association of Women in Policing event. Both were going from very interesting operational weeks into a conference environment. It was good to see two excellent representatives heading west on our behalf.

Chief’s Week – w/c 10 August 2015

It is always good to get away from it all completely for a couple of weeks, I hope that, like me, you have managed to get some time with your family and friends over the summer period. I can recommend the Massif Central, the volcanic heart of France, and the West Coast, where I continued my struggle with the waves; they always seem to win! I also found myself climbing a fantastic extinct volcano by the Puy de Dome, and doing a 1.6 kilometre long zip wire that went off the top of the mountain at Super Besse, before heading across a lake at over 100 kmh! It made Exec Group seem a doddle!

Pegasus Bridge Zip Line in France

I was very touched to visit Pegasus Bridge, scene of an audacious airborne assault the night before D Day on 5th June 1944, which was incredibly evocative and made me reflect on the sacrifice made by previous generations that allow us to police a democracy. It was also striking just how young the men that fought were, while their battle hardened ‘veteran’ Commander, who had previously fought across France in WWI, was the same age as me! He took a tin of marmalade with him on the raid; it had been presented to him by his team so that he could breakfast properly as D Day dawned!

Operation Milestone

While I was away I was delighted to get calls about the result of the Hinckley ‘Operation Milestone’ murder trial. This has been a long and challenging investigation that rightly drew the highest of praise from the trial Judge. I have visited the family during the long months where there was much that we knew that we couldn’t share with them.

While the result will not bring back Hayley, the brilliance, determination and resilience of the investigative will at least allow them to know what actually happened that night.

I attended one of the first briefings after the murder took place; to see the evidence brought together over the intervening months and years has shown a team doing their duty to local people.

I am very proud of everyone who has contributed to an investigation that has been tested to the full, but not been found wanting.

Lord Janner

While I was away the court case involving Lord Janner began. The team have followed the evidence without fear or favour. It is now for a Court to decide what justice is in this case after the appearance in court of the defendant on Friday.

Week ahead 

A busy week looms, with the challenge of catching up on operational incidents and correspondence of all sorts. I also have meetings on collaboration, developing 101 nationally, and a variety of radio interviews on all sorts of topics.

The worrying thing is that, while I was away, I missed all that sort of thing!