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North West Leicestershire Police – Summer update

Welcome to my latest update, it has been a busy few months since my update in April.

Kayleigh Haywood
At the beginning of July, two local men were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment following the grooming, false imprisonment, rape and murder of Measham teenager Kayleigh Haywood.

Kayleigh was groomed online by Luke Harlow, before she was killed by his next door neighbour, Stephen Beadman, in the early hours of Sunday 15 November 2015.
At Nottingham Crown Court on the 1st July, Beadman, was given a life sentence, to serve a minimum of 35 years, after pleading guilty to murder and rape and being found guilty of false imprisonment.

Harlow, of George Avenue, Ibstock, was sentenced to a total of 12 years after being found guilty of false imprisonment and having pleaded guilty to meeting Kayleigh following sexual grooming, two counts of sexual activity with her, and two counts of attempting to meet two other girls following sexual grooming.

My thoughts as always, are with Kayleigh’s family and friends and I know this case has had a powerful impact across North West Leicestershire. Leicestershire Police have made a film about Kayleigh’s story which was shown extensively in Measham, Ibstock, and Coalville in early July.

In September, when the schools return all children aged 11 years and older in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will be given the opportunity to see the film.
It is a powerful film and we are grateful to Kayleigh’s family for allowing us to tell her story and I am sure it will make a difference.

The film has attracted a lot of interest and all police forces have been given the opportunity to use it in their work with young people. I understand that once the programme for showing the film to schools has been completed then it will be released publicly.

Download Festival
In June we had the 2016 European Football Championships, and locally at the same time the Download Festival took place. I have to confess that I am not a massive fan of football, but I do know enough that England did not do very well, and the Welsh team did a lot better than expected.
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For the police, the Download Festival was a massive success, despite the efforts of the weather to ruin it. This year only 42 crimes were reported to us, compared to 60 the previous year which we thought we would not be able to improve on after the excellent results from last year. Crime has now fallen, year-on-year, for three years and figures are at an all-time low.

2011 – 159
2012 – 195
2013 – 301
2014 – 92
2015 – 60
2016 – 42

I would like to pay tribute to the work of all of our neighbourhood officers to ensure that not only do we deal with 80,000 people visiting our area for the five days of the festival, but also carry on with normal day to day policing.

Rural Watch

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In February this year Leicestershire Police set up Rural Watch, to create a network of villagers, farmers, churches and businesses that can work together to address local policing issues, share information and combat crime affecting parts of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Rural Watch brings together several existing schemes, including Horse Watch, Church Watch and Farm Watch, which have been operating across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, to create a bigger network and to help ensure everyone has access to advice and information.

Rural Watch is open to anyone who lives, works or visits rural locations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. For more information about the scheme, and to find crime prevention advice on a range of topics, visit RURAL WATCH
If you are interested in joining the scheme please email your details to rural.watch@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

You can also follow Rural Watch on twitter @Leicsruralwatch or on Facebook/leicsruralwatch

Volunteers
In North West Leicestershire we are lucky to have a great set of volunteers who give up so much of their time to support policing and the local community. At Download each year we rely on our volunteers to help provide crime prevention advice, and we have an active group of Special Constables and Police Cadets.

In June Special Sergeant Lee Bennett won the Outstanding Leader award at the Leicestershire Police Volunteers in Policing award ceremony. I must congratulate Lee on his well deserved award. More recently our specials have not only been assisting on day to day work but also when we have executed search warrants.

Our Police Cadets are a great bunch of young people who are learning about policing as well as undertaking initiatives in the community. On the 1st July Leicestershire Police held a memorial service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first day of the battle of the Somme. Emily Monk, who is a cadet from North West Leicestershire, along with several cadets from around Leicestershire attended the service. Emily volunteered to give one of the readings at a ceremony that proved to be very moving.

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If you would like to know more about volunteering, please visit this link VOLUNTEERING

For what remains of it I hope you have a safe and happy summer,

Helena Bhakta

North West Leicestershire Police

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April 2016 update for North West Leicestershire Police

cease logo

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.

AWARDS for NORTH WEST LEICESTERSHIRE STAFF

kev bradley award

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

OUT and ABOUT
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.

DRUGS ARREST
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.

ASB PROJECT
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.

TEAM CHANGES
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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Until next time!

Helena Bhakta

Commander
North West Leicestershire Police

NW Leics Police Update May 2015

Welcome to my latest update.

I am conscious that it has been a few months since my last update. As many of you will be aware, we have been through some significant organisational changes within Leicestershire Police over the past few months which has resulted in a very busy time. However the end result of all of the changes is that I am still here as the police commander for North West Leicestershire!

PC Tom LongdenPolice Constable Tom Longden who is one of the Dedicated Neighbourhood Officers working from Castle Donington, was recognised for his hard work when he was Highly Commended in the Leicestershire Police Investigator of the Year category at an awards event held at our headquarters in Enderby recently.

Nominees and winners of this award are usually dominated by detectives, and to the best of my knowledge Tom is the first non-detective to win an award in this category.

In a twelve month period Tom took on and investigated 88 crimes, and on a number of occasions he received praise from the Crown Prosecution Service for the quality of his work. Some of the investigations Tom has been involved in related to dogs, and Tom has developed his knowledge and expertise in this area and has successfully applied for five dog control orders. I am delighted that Tom has been recognised for his hard work as he is an asset to the local police team in particular and the community in general.

North West Leicestershire SpecialsAt the same award ceremony our Special Constables received the Saville Cup as the Leicestershire Police Special Constable Team of the Year. During the year 2014-15 the North West Leicestershire Special Constables contributed over 5,700 hours of duty time, equating to a public saving that runs into six figures. They were involved in 47 arrests, and ran several operations including Operation Headley which targeted crime at major events and other operations targeting cross-border criminality. We are lucky to have a dedicated and enthusiastic group of officers who provide police support and assistance across North West Leicestershire.

Special Constables are volunteer police officers and work in their own time helping to make their local communities safer. I am delighted that our team has received the Saville Cup in recognition for their hard work.

An important part of the work we do in North West Leicestershire involves partner agencies.

Joint Agency operationIn April together with Her Majesties Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), the Environment Agency and Trading Standards, we carried out an intelligence led operation which targeted offences related to the use of commercial vehicles. This included defective vehicles, unregistered waste carriers and the illegal use of red (duty free) diesel. During the course of the operation we stopped over 70 vehicles, and a number of offences were discovered including vehicle defects, using a mobile phone whilst driving and VOSA also dealt with two vehicles that also had defects.

As well as multi-agency operations like this we also regularly run local operations to target community concerns for example anti-social behaviour, speeding and parking particularly in and around schools.

We regularly consult with local people to help us understand concerns and identify our priorities. You can take part by visiting this link. Consultation survey

On a sad note, last month a member of our Front Desk team, George Hailstones passed away following a short illness. George had come to us last year having worked as a Police Community Support Officer in the Roads Policing Team and before that as a Traffic Warden.

He was a quiet unassuming man, and a proud Scot, he would no doubt have enjoyed the success of the Scottish National Party in the recent general election.

I together with a number of colleagues from different teams within Leicestershire Police attended George’s funeral which was a fitting and moving tribute.

That is all for this month

Helena Bhakta

Inspector

North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Commander

You can find out more about local policing including details of our Dedicated Neighbourhood Teams by visiting this link. Local policing

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NW Leics Police – August update

Welcome to my August update.

We will remember them

On Monday 4th August officers from the Ashby Safer Neighbourhood team visited the BUPA Care Home in Ashby to share their memories and experiences from previous conflicts. Here is a photo of Arthur ‘Jack’ Faulkes who was a Spitfire pilot during the Second World War together with members of the local police team.

Former Spitfire pilot Arthur 'Jack' Faulkes with members of the Ashby police team

Former Spitfire pilot Arthur ‘Jack’ Faulkes with members of the Ashby police team

Just prior to leaving for my summer break I took part in a Dedication Ceremony at Coalville’s War Memorial to remember local service personnel who have died serving their country since World War Two. It was a moving and fitting tribute to four men who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.

 

Coalville memorial

Coalville memorial

Crime figures heading in the right direction

July saw the World Cup, and whilst the exploits of the England team were disappointing I was delighted with the local response in tackling any potential problems arising out of licensing and alcohol consumption.

In partnership with North West Leicestershire District Council we gave inputs to the Pubwatch schemes in Coalville and Ashby, visited all licensed premises, undertook test purchase operations and deployed extra patrols during key matches.

Compared to 2013 we saw a 16% drop in violent crime which meant ten fewer victims. Although it could be argued that the demise of England’s fortunes had a part to play in this, I would say that the concerted effort of ourselves and the team at North West Leicestershire District Council have played a significant part, particularly at a time when we would have expected to see a rise in reports irrespective of the success of the national team.

I am particularly grateful to Cath Ridgeway from the Night Time Economy team at NWLDC, and Sgt Mark Watson who is the lead for licensing at NW LPU.

Keeping with the crime theme, our performance in this area continues to head in the right direction. A particular headline I would like to refer to is our house burglary figures. Since the start of the performance year which commences in April, we have seen a 35% drop in reports of house burglary. This equates to 25 fewer victims. I am aware that concern about becoming a victim of burglary is very high on many people’s lists, and we will work hard at NW Leics police to drive those numbers down even further.

Download results

On a final note in relation to crime. I have now had the final figures in relation to Download at Donington Park. I am delighted that this year saw massive reductions in reported crime, with a 70% drop from 391 reported offences in 2013 to 91 this year. We normally have a problem with thefts from tents, however this year we received 53 reports as compared to 192 in 2013.

Lock it lose it!

The number of reports we have received about thefts from vehicles has remained stable, however about 15% of them relate to vehicles that have been left insecure. It would help us enormously if you could remove all valuable items and lock your car when you leave it.

We also regularly recover stolen property but often find it difficult to identify it. Help us by registering with the national police property database, Immobilise. Please visit this link for more information www.immobilise.com

For mobile devices, make sure you activate the find my iphone or ipad app, or the equivalent if you are a windows or android user.

Another award for North West Leicestershire Police

In previous updates I have referred to members of the team here who have won awards, with Police Volunteer Bob Bancroft, PCSO Rob Inman and PC James Broomfield recently receiving awards for their contribution to the police and community in North West Leicestershire.

I am delighted to inform you that PC Mark Arjoo, Beacon Officer for the Ashby Safer Neighbourhood Team was Highly Commended in the recent Leicestershire Police Community Officer of the Year awards.

Mark has been a police officer for 20 years and a local beat bobby for the last ten. In addition to traditional police duties Mark has made an impact far and wide in the local community.

Ashby Beacon Officer PC Mark Arjoo

Ashby Beacon Officer PC Mark Arjoo

Mark has played a key role with Ashby Street Pastors, and was the only local officer to be invited to the Street Pastor national conference. He is also involved with a local youth football project, Ashby Pubwatch and Shopwatch, the Ashby Statute, and will often work in his own time make sure events and meetings are covered.

If you see Mark out and about be sure to stop him and congratulate him on his achievement.

Drugs Warrant update

In the last update I mentioned that we had executed a drugs warrant. Since then a local man has been charged in connection with drugs offences and is due to appear in court in September. Watch this space for further information.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Helena Bhakta

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STOP PRESS

8 positives in summer drink drive campaign, recent Fatal 4 traffic operation saw 39 vehicles stopped, 29 for no seat belt, 12 for excess speed, 3 on their mobile phone, and remainder for other offences.

NW Leics LPU – June Update

Welcome to my latest update.

Download

As I write we are in full flow with our preparations for Download which starts on Wednesday the 11th June through to Sunday 15th June. I have to confess that I am not the biggest fan of heavy metal, however I am proud to say that I know at least one of the bands, which is Aerosmith, and they are on the main stage for Sunday evening.

For many residents across North West Leicestershire, major events at Donington Park are a regular aspect of life, however our policing plan is as much about delivering a safe event for participants and fans, as it is for local people being able to carry out their day to day lives without too much disruption. In any case if you are planning to travel in and around Donington Park and East Midlands Airport during the week of Download, please plan your journey and allow extra time to get to your destination.

If you use Twitter follow @downloadcops for the latest information relating to Download and Donington Park.

Quality of Service

As a public facing organisation we deal with a wide variety of situations and work hard to keep local communities safe. Very often that is recognised when a member of the public writes in to thank our officers, and I am always delighted to receive such a letter. I also believe it is important that internally, we recognise our staff who go the ‘extra mile’ and deliver consistently exceptional service.

PC 2925 James Broomfield is the Beacon Officer for the Bardon Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team.

PC Broomfield at Pitbanks, Ellistown

PC Broomfield at Pitbanks, Ellistown

During the course of the last year James has dealt with a high profile and long running case of anti-social behaviour which resulted in the offender being sent to prison. The case attracted national attention and has been featured on Channel 5. More recently James has been working on the problem of off-road motor cycles in the Pitbanks area of Ellistown which I mentioned last month.

However I was delighted that James has won the Leicestershire Police ‘Your Values at Work’ award for April 2014. This is an internal award and recipients are nominated by their colleagues. James was nominated by 15 of his colleagues and the nominations reflect the values James not only demonstrates in his day to day dealings with the public, but are regularly reflected in his support to his fellow officers at North West Leicestershire.

Easter Impact Sports Sessions

Over the course of the recent Easter holidays and in partnership with the Impact team from Leicestershire County Council, our local police teams were involved in the delivery of sport sessions for young people across the area. The aim of the session was two-fold. In the first instance the provision of a variety of sports, and secondly diversionary activity designed to show the young people in attendance the causes and effects of anti-social behaviour. Over 50 young people attended ranging in age from 8 to 20 years old. The feedback we have received has been excellent with an overwhelming plea from the young people for more sessions, which we are hoping to do over the summer months.

World Cup

At the time of writing the World Cup is only a few weeks away. In one of our webchats recently we had a bit of fun with an online poll which asked about England’s chances. 75% of those who answered thought England would get out of the group but would not progress much further than that!

However, we are aware that many people will be visiting their pub to watch the England games, and we have already been working with many of the licensees across the area to support them, particularly for the first game which will be late at night, and also coincides with Download. We have been in close liaison with the Pubwatch schemes in both Ashby and Coalville, and we have drawn up a patrol plan which is linked to the premises that will be opening late or showing matches.

How far do you think England will get?

 

STOP PRESS

News hot off the press.

As this update was about to be published we have executed a warrant In Ibstock, and seized a quantity of what we believe to be cannabis. A local man has been interviewed in connection with drugs offences.

Our enquiries are still ongoing at the moment and I will provide an update next month.

Until next time,

Inspector Helena Bhakta

Have you got any questions about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here;
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NW Leics LPU – March Update

Welcome to the latest edition of my monthly update with a round-up of what has been happening in and around North West Leicestershire over the past month or so.
I am particularly delighted to bring you news of two cases that were recently heard at Leicester Crown Court and relate to offences that have had a significant impact on the local community.

 

Drug dealer sent to prison
On the 7th February 2014 Brendan John Evans (24) of Swadlincote, Derbyshire was sentenced at Leicester Crown court. He was sentenced in relation to Possession of MCAT with intent to supply (a class B controlled drug) in Measham on the 23rd July 2013 and a breach of a community rehabilitation order by committing this offence.
In sentencing, Judge Simon Hammond said;
“Although classified as a class B drug MCAT is a terrible drug, and supplying it to others in our communities is a very serious matter.”
Evans was sentenced to 16 months in custody, with a minimum of 8 months to be served and the remainder of the sentence to be suspended for two years. Evans was also issued with a five year Crime Related Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) preventing him from being in Measham in the company of more than one person and banning him from being under the influence of drink or drugs in the village.
This is an excellent result for the Forest safer neighbourhood team, in particular Beacon Officer, PC Steve Harrison, and team members PCs Sean Lockley and Colin Gardner.

Heating Oil thieves sent to prison
During the latter part of 2012 and early 2013 we suffered a large number of thefts of heating oil. On the 19th February four men were sentenced at Leicester Crown Court for more than 20 offences across North West Leicestershire and Derbyshire.
Winston John Cook (44) of St Matthews Avenue, Worthington, Leicestershire, Gary James Clifford (30) of Siskin Close, Measham, Gareth Christian Evans (36) of Checkland Road, Thurmaston and Matthew John Smith (33) of Greenacres Drive, South Normanton, Derbyshire pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to steal heating oil.
Cook was sentenced to 18 months, Smith and Clifford both received 13 months each and Evans was sentenced to 10 months.
The excellent result in this case has come about as a result of a lot of hard work by our colleagues in CID, as well as Police Community Support Officers on our Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
It would be timely to remind owners of heating oil tanks to take some simple steps which could help prevent becoming a victim of crime;
• Check the oil level on your tank on a regular basis.
• Fit an electronic oil gauge/tank alarm which will alert you if the oil level drops.
• Use fencing or shrubs to hide your tank from view.
• Consider installing CCTV cameras.
• Fit a strong lock to the tank.
• If your tank is in an outbuilding keep the building locked.
• Install dusk to dawn security lighting.
• Turn off switches that control the supply of oil when not in use.
• Make a note of the registration number of suspicious vehicles especially tankers or large vehicles close to your property.
• Keep an eye on your neighbour’s tank as well.
• Join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

Download
As many of you can appreciate, particularly if you live in an around Castle Donington, the Download festival is a significant event not only for the local community but also the police. Our planning for this year’s event started as soon as last year’s event finished and at North West Leicestershire we are heavily involved in planning for the festival.
We meet regularly with Live Nation who are the event promoters, as well as North West Leicestershire District Council, and we are working hard to deliver a safe event that causes the least amount of adverse impact on the local community.
This year will also mark the last event for one of our police commanders, Chief Superintendent Geoff Feavyou,r who some of you may know from his time as Commander of the North Area. He retires in early 2015, and as an avid rock fan, and I know he is looking forward to his last Download festival.

Crime Prevention
Whilst we have had some success as I have outlined above, we can never be complacent and as such we have available a number of products to help prevent you becoming a victim of crime.
• Catalytic Convertor marking kits
o PCSO Tony Gallagher and police volunteer Bob Bancroft have visited all Coalville Garages dealing in vans to offer CAT security marking kits at significantly reduced cost. The kits include a CAT marking kit & a window sticker to target harden & deter criminals.
• Bike Locks
o We have a supply of D-locks which are available from Coalville police station for £6.00
• Light timers
o We have a limited supply of light timers which are available for free from Coalville police station.

Have you got any questions about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here;
http://www.leics.police.uk/contact-us/faq

We are also active on social media, please visit this link for more information http://kimtag.com/nwleics

I look forward to speaking more with you next month,

Helena Bhakta

NW Leics LPU – Update January 2014

For my first blog of the year I thought I would reflect on a couple of things, firstly what we have been doing to  police  the night time economy in North West Leicestershire, and secondly to highlight the work of some people who have made a significant contribution to what we do here.

Policing the night time economy.

Across North West Leicester, and in particular Coalville, Ashby, Whitwick, and Measham, our work to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder is a fundamental part of policing the night time economy. The focus for much of this work relates to Friday and Saturday nights and to a lesser extent Thursday evenings and the other days of the week.

In December 2013 leading up to the Christmas period we launched our SAFE campaign. We placed our Rural beat van in AshbyTown centre to act as a SAFE point. Police officers together with street pastors were available at the vehicle to take reports of crime and provide support to people who had become distressed.

Nw Leics LPU SAFE bus

Nw Leics LPU SAFE bus

In addition to the vehicle, police officers and staff from North West Leicestershire District Council carried out a series of licensing checks across the area. It is pleasing to note that most of the premises visited were compliant with licensing requirements. Where we have identified issues we are working with the licensees to remedy matters.

During December we have also been strongly supported by the Special Constabulary.

We have been running Operation Headley which has been staffed by Special Constables and not only assisted our work in relation to the night time economy, but also in tackling anti-social behaviour.

I am both fortunate and grateful to have a superb group of Special Constables who give so much of their free time to assist our response and neighbourhood teams across the LPU.

If you are interested in becoming a Special Constable, please visit this link for more information.

Leicestershire Police – Volunteer of the year 2013

As I have mentioned last month we have an active group of volunteers at NW Leics. At the forefront of this is Bob Bancroft. Bob was nominated for the Leicestershire police volunteer of the year award, and although he did not win the main award, he was ‘Highly Commended’.

Police Volunteer - Bob Bancroft

Police Volunteer – Bob Bancroft

Bob was a Special Constable for 14 years before returning his uniform and becoming a police volunteer. Volunteering must be in his blood! During 2013 our group of volunteers had slowly dwindled until Bob was in effect the only active volunteer. However with Bob’s hard work that number has grown, and you can see from my previous blog that we now have an outstanding and hardworking group of volunteers.

Bob himself gave over 2100 hours of time in 2013. Between June and December he assisted us at 18 events, which is an outstanding commitment.

I am delighted that Bob has been highly commended and would like to publicly thank him for all that he does to help us deliver a first rate policing service to North West Leicestershire.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) of the Year 2013.

If it were needed, further evidence of the quality of the people who work at NW LPU is demonstrated by PCSO Rob Inman who was nominated for the Leicestershire Police PCSO of the year award and was ‘Highly Commended’.

PCSO Rob Inman

PCSO Rob Inman

 Rob joined Leicestershire Police as a PCSO in October 2012 and on completion of his training joined the Bardon Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team. Rob has worked hard to get to know the communities on his neighbourhood in particular in Greenhill and Agar Nook.

During last summer Rob organised a football tournament for young people from Greenhill and Agar Nook and it was a tremendous success. The winners played a team from North West Leics Police, and although it resulted in a few sore shins, the result was Greenhill 2 – Police 2.

Outside of his work with young people, Rob has also done a tremendous amount of work tackling anti-social behaviour. I have received a number of letters from members of the public and partner agencies thanking Rob for his hard work and enthusiasm.

Rob’s award is in recognition of his hard work and commitment to providing a first class service.

At North West Leicestershire LPU we hold regular webchats. These are an opportunity to go online and ask questions of our local officers. Our next webchat takes place on Thursday 30th January 2014 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Please visit this link for more information and also to view previous webchats. Webchats

We are also active on social media, please visit this link for more information; Social Media

I look forward to speaking more with you next month,

Helena Bhakta

North West Leicestershire Local Policing Unit Commander