One of my New Year’s resolutions was to write a regular blog about policing in Charnwood and here is my first one.
As I write we are investigating a series of crimes where a number of vehicles were damaged across the city and county. We received more than 60 reports of vehicles having their tyres slashed and rear windows smashed overnight on Sunday 1 January and Monday 2 January.
Reports have been received from a number of areas including Glenfield, Thurmaston, East Goscote, Rearsby, Frisby on the Wreake, Saxelby, Waltham on the Wolds.
Nothing was stolen during the incidents and at this stage we’re keeping an open mind as to whether all the reports are linked. We have undertaken extensive enquiries including house to house visits and a check for CCTV. We are taking these incidents very seriously and we have increased patrols in the areas affected by the incidents.
A number of men have been arrested in connection with this series of offences and they are currently on bail whilst we complete some further enquiries.
Tackling anti-social behaviour in Charnwood.
Just prior to Christmas, Charnwood Borough Council were successful in obtaining injunctions against six people who had been causing anti-social behaviour in Loughborough.
This followed a series of incidents in and around Loughborough town centre and included drug taking, begging, and using stairwells of a car park as a toilet.
Injunctions were granted against six people: Brett Bott (also known as Brett Tooby), Jamie Orchard, Adam Hill, Terry Spencer, David Fisher and Lisa Hutchinson. All are of no fixed abode.
As well as being banned from Beehive Lane car park, the injunctions forbid them from engaging in any drug-related activity, begging, littering and sleeping in public areas in Loughborough town centre; Queen’s Park; Steeple Row, Loughborough, and Beehive Lane car park. The injunctions last for two years and breaching the conditions means they could be arrested.
This situation was very much a last resort and came about after various agencies have tried to engage with the people concerned and offer support which was not taken advantage of.
We will continue to work hard with Charnwood Borough Council and our other partners to tackle anti-social behaviour in Charnwood.
Operation Lexical is our on-going crime and anti-social behaviour which is running in Charnwood and in particular Loughborough. In the run up to Christmas we focussed on house burglary and in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council and Loughborough University, we targeted insecure doors and windows. In previous years we have had a problem with house burglaries where properties have been left insecure. I am delighted to say that when we carried out our patrols the overwhelming majority of houses we visited were secure with very few doors and windows left open. Hopefully this will translate into lower numbers burglaries that we have reported to us. I should have more information about that in my next blog.
In the mean-time our key crime prevention message in relation to burglary is:
- lock all windows and doors
- leave a light on or use a light timer to give the appearance your home is occupied
- register your belongings on www.immobilise.com
Kayleigh’s love story
Many of you will be familiar with the tragic story of Kayleigh Haywood a teenage girl from Measham who was raped and murdered in 2015 after being groomed online. Leicestershire Police has made a hard hitting film about Kayleigh. It was launched earlier this year and has been shown to over 35,000 school children in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The full film has now been made available and has been viewed an astonishing 6 million times!
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 last 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. Please visit this link to sign our online pledge.
I hope you have found this blog interesting and enjoyable. The next one will be published at the beginning of April.
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