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Update from Inspector Lou Cordiner Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Police Commander – May 2015

Welcome to my May’s blog update for the Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Police Area.

This is a “light touch” catch up with what we have been doing to make our communities safer. The last couple of months have been very busy for all of us on the Eastern Counties.

Ask Me Anything’ Public Meeting

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Inspector Cordiner chairing the ‘Ask Me Anything’ event

April saw the first of my ‘Ask Me Anything’ public meetings, which was held at Waltham Village Hall on Wednesday April 8. These meetings are chance for members of the community to ask me any question and raise any issue directly with me.

PCSO Oli Webb demonstrating the speed monitoring equipment

The meeting was well attended, with many issues raised. The main concerns for residents were speeding in villages, breaching of HGV weight restrictions and generally traffic related matters. We have already started working on all of the issues raised and are making real progress. I will update you in my next blog. We are already planning our next meeting for the Melton Rural South beat which will be held at Somerby Memorial Hall on Tuesday 26th May at 6.30pm. I plan to complete similar events on all of the beats on the Eastern Counties over the coming months.

Off Road Bikes

After receiving a number of complaints from members of the public regarding the use of ‘off road’ bikes, officers from Harborough Station have recently been out with Northamptonshire’s ‘off road’ bike crew to areas in Harborough that have been experiencing the problem. Officers visited Brampton Valley Way, Canal Town Path near Green acres caravan site, Robert Smyth School/Burnmill Road, Great Glen, Covert Lane in Scraptoft and Harborough Town Centre.

Using ‘off road’ bikes makes it much easier to reach the locations effected by this problem, so that we can speak to the offenders and young people in the area, to educate them on this type of vehicles off road capabilities and how to use them legally. We hope to repeat this initiative again in the future.

 Our Neighbourhood Priority Team

The Neighbourhood Priority team have made a number of significant arrests over the last couple of months for drugs, burglary, harassment and fraud, and shop theft. The team are committed to catching the offenders in our communities that cause the most harm and will continue to do so over the coming months. Sgt Thorley is doing an excellent job with his team focusing on the issues that our communities report to us.

Fatal 4 Operations

We have been completing a number of Fatal 4 Operations across the Neighbourhood Policing Area. Fatal 4 Operations consist of us stopping drivers who are spotted committing one of the four most common offences that result in death. The Fatal Four are driving whilst on a mobile phone, not wearing a seat belt, speeding and drink driving.

We held the first of these operations in Melton on March 10, in partnership with HM Customs and Excise. During the operation Traffic Offence reports were issues as follows; eighteen for driving without a seatbelt; one for defects on the vehicle ; one for unfit load; one for no MOT; and one for use of a mobile phone whilst driving. Vehicles were also stopped for using red diesel; having no insurance; and possession of drugs. In total we stopped 67 vehicles during the operation.

On April 27, we held a Fatal 4 Operation on Burton Street in Melton Mowbray. During the operation 22 drivers were stopped for not wearing a seat belt; five for driving whilst on a mobile phone; and two others for miscellaneous offences.

We also conducted another operation in Oakham on the 4 May, where x7 traffic offences were prosecuted using a mobile phone; four for driving without a seat belt; and one for not having valid tax. A Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme notice was issued for a cracked windscreen.

Further events are planned over the coming months.

Tackling drug use in schools

In May, officers from our local Neighbourhood Priority Team assisted Rutland based officer PC Joe Lloyd with a drugs and contraband search at a school in Oakham, on request of the school themselves. The school were delighted with the turnout of officers, and it’s hoped that this sends a clear message that drug use will not be tolerated.

Community Volunteers on Horseback Scheme

The police community volunteers on horseback scheme continues to go from strength to strength. The volunteers have put in a huge amount of time in patrolling the lanes and villages of Rutland. Between October 2014 and March 2015, my volunteers completed 8200 hours of patrol and I would publically like to thank each of them for their continued commitment to this innovative scheme which through their high visibility patrol has helped to prevent crime, reduce speeding in rural locations and has increased community confidence.

Neighbourhood Watch

We also have an excellent number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes across the Eastern Counties which provides vital feedback and communication with local communities. Officers across the area have recently completed their annual catch up with every Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. Can I take a moment to thank all the co-ordinators across the area for all they have done over the last year.

That is it for now… and I shall speak to you all again in July 2015.

Insp Lou Cordiner

Inspector Lou Cordiner

NPA Commander for the Eastern Counties

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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

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

 

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

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 – May 2014

It’s been a busy but productive few months and we are continuing to build on the excellent teamwork we have with our Emergency Service colleagues. One notable example of this was earlier this month, when an elderly man went missing for several hours. As the weather worsened, a co-ordinated search between Emergency Services was mounted.

Due to the vigilance and determination of PC Mike Francis-Lang, the gentleman was found, in a steep ditch, not visible from the road, where he had been for several hours. I am pleased to say that with the help of the County Fire and Rescue Service, the gentleman was rescued from the ditch, and taken to hospital where he made a full recovery.

A number of high profile events have taken place in the Borough with great success, including the Women’s National Cycle Tour. There’s also the Football World Cup being televised in many venues over the summer.  This will make for some great entertainment so enjoy the tournament, but please drink responsibly.

And finally, with the warmer weather around the corner (hopefully!), please deter opportunist criminals, by remembering to lock your vehicles and remove valuables when visiting the Borough’s beauty spots.

Inspector Jonny Starbuck – Hinckley and Bosworth Police 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

 

Hinckley and Bosworth LPU Commander Update – April 2014

The last few weeks saw a new trophy come to Hinckley Police Station.  The Saville Shield Team award was presented to Hinckley’s Special Constables.  Over the last year they have worked tirelessly, and all in their spare time, helping to keep Hinckley and the borough safe.  In particular, they have organised and delivered several road crime operations, targeting travelling criminals and road safety issues at key locations around Hinckley and Bosworth.  The shield has pride of place in the LPU and is a fitting reminder of the great work that our volunteer police officers carry out.

Two new sergeants have also joined the team.  Steve Burge has already taken over the Greater Hinckley team, looking after the parts of the town that sit outside of the town centre.  Steve has a wealth of experience in managing offenders and proactively tackling crime, and comes to us after a year with the Force’s Operation Tiger team.  Steve has hit the ground running and we look forward to benefitting from his skills.  Graeme Thomson has also joined us to head up the Town Centre team.  Graeme has recent experience as a Tempory Inspector providing cover around the whole force at major incidents.  Again, his skills and experience will be very welcome at the station.

Inspector Jonny Starbuck

Hinckley and Bosworth Police Commander