The terrorist attack last week in Tunisia showed us, not for the first time, how we need to be constantly alert and vigilant. We encourage local people to use the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321. A text phone service is available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted).
We have supported the national operation through our East Midlands regional approach to counter terrorism. Sadly the operation of repatriation of those murdered will include a number of families in the East Midlands. Our thoughts must be with them.
You will also have seen that the decision not to prosecute Lord Janner for alleged child sexual abuse offences has been reversed after a Victims Right to Review process. With a Court Case now pending it is best for us to allow the process of justice to take place. However, I would want to acknowledge the hard work of the Operation Enamel team who have continued to investigate, as they should, without fear or favour. It is perhaps time to reflect on the use of the Victims Right to Review. This is a relatively recently created opportunity for victims to seek reviews of CPS decisions on prosecutions. It reinforces the increasing victim focus of the justice system.
Leicestershire was front and centre for its work on mental health issues again this week. I was proud to represent Leicestershire Police at the House of Lords at the #rethinkyourmind awards, where I presented copies of their yellow book to artists who had contributed. Lord Patel hosted the event and I was joined by the Chief Executives of both East Midlands Ambulance Service and the local health partnership trust as we celebrated partnership working. Visit the rethinkyourmind website so that you can see what they are trying to achieve. It was an inspiring event.
Neighbourhood policing event
I also spoke on Neighbourhood Policing at an event for Police Leaders in London. Much of our work was of great interest to the audience. I covered Download festival, facial ID, Edison, partnership working and austerity. I was also able to listen to the National Crime Agency and Europol talking about digital investigation and cyber-crime. Fascinating and important work.
Treble One Trust
On Wednesday a fund raising event took place at Force HQ for the Treble One Trust. Between 10:30am and 2:00pm volunteers cycled for 11 minutes and 1 second with the intention of completing a static 111 mile event. A special thanks to all colleagues who worked tirelessly throughout the event to time people, offer support and actively seek volunteers to take part:
One colleague cycled for an amazing 3 hours and 45 minutes during the event, supporting everybody else, clocking up approximately 60 miles. A superb effort by all, thank you.
And for those of you wondering, the helicopter landing at HQ last Monday morning contained Prince Edward, on his way to visit Leicester. Having greeted him I set off for a meeting in Rutland. On the way I came across a motorcyclist who had finished up in a ditch near to South Croxton. Fortunately he wasn’t hurt, although his bike was not looking very good. I did traffic control whilst two members of the public helped recover the bike. Within an hour I went from shaking hands with Royalty to clearing accident debris! Such is the joy of policing!
Sir Clive Loader
Finally, we send our best wishes to our PCC, Sir Clive Loader, who will be taking some time out to get his back fixed. In the meantime his office will ensure that normal business continues.