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East Leicester Police update – January 2017

I don’t think it is too late to wish everybody a safe and happy New Year. One of my resolutions for 2017 was to write a regular update about policing in East Leicester, and to keep it, I have prepared this.

In the months since I have arrived I have been impressed by the hard work and dedication of the officers and staff who police East Leicester. I must also stress that we are supported by the community at large and in particular many agencies who do their best to ensure that the communities in East Leicester are safe and well.

BEM for Reg Varney

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In my time as a police officer I have worked with many different people, some remain in the memory for only a short time, and others remain indelibly printed on your brain. It would be fair to say that PC Reg (Brian) Varney is in the latter category, and it would not be overstating the case to say that he is a ‘legend’, not only on the St Matthews Estate, but right across Leicestershire Police.

When I received the news that Reg was to be honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list with a British Empire Medal (BEM) I was absolutely delighted.  This is as a result of his service to the community of St Matthews who regard him as one of their own. To many he is simply known as ‘Ali Dhiri’ (I hope I have spelt that right), I understand in English that means the ‘tall one’. He certainly is tall, taller than me that is.

Day in and day out Reg embodies what being a police officer is all about, and he is never less than enthusiastic about what ever task he has been given. Reg was interviewed about the award and he was very quick to pay tribute to the team at East Leicester, his family, but most importantly the community.

From the many comments I have already had from many sections of the communities in East Leicester, there are a lot of people who are delighted for Reg, and we are very proud that one of our own has been honoured in this way.

I shall be writing to Buckingham Palace to make sure the Queen knows what to expect when Reg attends his investiture!

Tackling neighbourhood issues in Belgrave 
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In the run up to Christmas, the Belgrave policing team undertook an operation to tackle vehicle related issues in and around Doncaster Road. The DVLA  and Leicster City Council were also involved. During the course of the day 14 cars were clamped for not having valid road tax, with a further four removed by the DVLA’s national wheel clamping partner, NSL, who clamp or impound any untaxed vehicles seen on the road.

Leicester City Council Civil Enforcement Officers issued fixed penalty notices to 13 vehicles that were parked illegally and ten drivers were warned for illegal parking. A total of 14 fly tipping incidents were reported and investigated by Leicester City Council City Wardens, which included eight fixed penalty notices that were issued in relation to bird-feeding and littering.

Police officers seized two vehicles for having no valid insurance, and issued five fixed penalty notices for causing an unnecessary obstruction.

This operation was undertaken as a result of a number of complaints by local people in the Belgrave area and will be repeated regularly. It was organised by PC Anil Mehta who is one of the neighbourhood officers and he told me that the feedback from people in the area had been overwhelmingly positive.

At the time of writing this update the team are undertaking another enforcement day, and I will give you an update in the next edition.

Staff moves
At the beginning of the year we said good bye to PC Lesley Marriott who has moved from our Stoneygate team to the policing team at Loughborough. Lesley had been here for 14 years and we were very sorry to see her go. Lesley, like Reg, had done some much for local people and is a ‘can do’ person who got the job done. She will be sadly missed here and will undoubtedly be a great asset to the team at Loughborough. I am sure you would want to join me in wishing her all the very best as she begins a new phase in her career.

Kayleigh’s love story
Many of you will be familiar with the tragic story of Kayleigh Haywood, a teenage girl from Measham in North West Leicestershire, who was raped and murdered in 2015 after being groomed online. Leicestershire Police has made a hard hitting film about Kayleigh. It was launched last year and has been shown to over 35,000 school children in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The full film is now available.

We have also had versions in different languages made, which can be found by visiting these links

GUJARATI
HINDI
PUNJABI
URDU

The film is part of our CEASE campaign, the Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of children and young people. Since we launched this campaign in February this year over 21,000 people have signed a pledge to look out for the signs that a child or young person may be in danger of abuse and exploitation.

Find out more information about CEASE.

I hope you have found this blog interesting and enjoyable. The next one will be published at the beginning of April.

In the mean-time you can follow me on Twitter @EastLeicsNPA

All the best,

Steff Shellard
Inspector East Leicester NPA

 

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Keyham Lane August Blog

With the summer well and truly with us crime is remaining at a low level but crimes are still occurring and Anti Social Behaviour is still affecting some of our local residents.

Some areas are affected more than others but please don’t ‘suffer in silence’. The more we are told about the issues in your area the more we can do about trying to reduce the problems. There is an online consultation where you can tell us about your issues at :

http://www.leics.police.uk/media/uploads/library/file/consultation_2.html

Over the last few months there have been anti social dispersal orders in place on the Belgrave, Latimer and Charnwood wards. These have helped us address the concerns of local residents around larger groups causing anti social behaviour by giving us certain powers to keep those people causing the most problems out of the area. Reports have reduced but we need to be told of any problems people are still having.

There have been significant arrests over the last couple of months of people who have been involved in Robberies, Burglaries, Drug dealing  and anti social behaviour and we continue to target those individuals that cause our communities most harm. If you know of someone near you involved or benefitting from crime please let us know on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

As the weather starts to turn to rain from the lovely sun we need to remind every one of some safety messages as there are some crimes that are happening at the moment which could be avoided !

Most crime is opportunist and if your property, car, valuables stand out and look more insecure than those around you then you have a higher chance of getting targeted.

Some basic awareness will help reduce your chances of being a victim of crime. Advice can be sought on our website at the following link http://www.leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/crime-prevention

Some basics are:

For your home

  •  Keep doors and widows secure
  • Use light timers when out
  • Use exterior lighting
  • Dont leave valuable items on display
  • Security mark your property
  • Register property of value on https://www.immobilise.com/index.php

For your car

  •  Dont leave valuables on display
  • Make sure it is locked when you are not with it

For you

  •  Be aware of your surroundings particularly when using phones etc in public
  • If you are wearing high value jewellery try to keep it covered in public areas

If you see something suspicious please report it to us. That includes not just suspicious vehicles or suspicious people ‘hanging around’ but also people who may be selling or accepting items that may be stolen or dealing drugs. We can be called directly on 101 or 999 if an emergency but information can also be passed completely anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Happy New Year from Keyham Lane Local Policing Unit

Happy New Year from Insp Ed McBryde-Wilding and all at Keyham Lane Local Policing Unit who cover the council wards of Charnwood, Humberstone and Hamilton, Rushey Mead, Belgrave and Latimer.  Council Ward Maps

What a year for everyone with the Olympics and the Jubilee, and a busy one for all our officers with many of them policing, not just Keyham Lane, but events around the county, London and the rest of the country.

There were changes in the Police with the introduction of the Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) in November, our local PCC being Sir Clive Loader. His responsibility is to represent all of Leicestershire’s communities on Policing matters and hold the Police to account. Full details can be found at http://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Home.aspx .

From the 7th January there is a change to our local Safer Neighbourhood Team that will make the individual beat teams bigger and the officers will be working different shifts to give you the best coverage. This will mean that when you report a crime you are more likely to see a local officer, with them working through to 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. There will always be our response officers who respond to all our urgent calls who are 24/7 many of which have specific responsibility for the Keyham Lane area.

This year has seen a reduction in crime across Keyham Lane LPU and this is, in no small part, due to the hard work of your local officers.

Overall crime is down by 18% on 2011 – 928 less victims !!

One of the most pleasing areas for a reduction is house burglaries that are down over 25% compared to 2011.

If you want to see more about the crime in your area, what has happened with them or who your local teams are then the http://www.police.uk/ website has up to date details and you just put in your postcode and it will show what crime has taken place in your local area. Please remember if you want any advice on crime prevention or assistance you can always speak to us or visit, http://www.leics.police.uk/advice-and-information

Of course the website that has all the details of your local officers and the latest news is the Leicestershire Police website http://www.leics.police.uk/

We have worked hard in the last year to try to reduce many of the local problems from crime to anti-social behaviour and have had some really good results at reducing those problems and holding offenders to account. The very nature of Policing means that we have dealt with some very sad incidents and incidents that dramatically affect individuals, so we must not forget that for some people, 2012 was not a good year. I would just like to reassure you all that we will continue to work our hardest to protect as many people as possible from the harmful actions of others and continue to hold offenders to account.

However, we can’t do this alone and we need your help to let us know what the problems are, where they are happening, when they are happening, who is involved and any other information that may help us identify and target issues in your area. Please don’t think it is not worth reporting anything because the more reports we have the better picture we can build.

There is a consultation web page that allows you to put in your local concerns. It only takes a few minutes and you don’t need to have any further involvement if you choose not to. In addition you can request us to contact you if you want to know what is happening, http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/consultation-survey .

To receive up to date information that provides news and information about policing activity or initiatives, crime prevention advice as well as major incidents affecting your area then you can register for Neighbourhood link at https://www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk/sign-up

If you do have information that would help us target crime and those people that cause the most harm to our communities, but you are worried about getting involved or being identified then Crimestoppers is completely anonymous but ensures that the information is passed through to us. Tel 0800 555111 or https://secure.crimestoppers-uk.org/ams.form.anonymous.asp

I would like to thank all of the officers at Keyham Lane and the invaluable help of our Special Police Constables and Volunteers and our first group of Police Cadets from Hamilton Community college. If you would like to find out more about becoming involved with Leicestershire Police please visit our website.

I wish you all a safe and happy New Year

Inspector Ed McBryde-Wilding