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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.
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

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

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.

somme 100 collage

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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Chief’s Week – w/c 8th June 2015

Five years on and Download 2015

Thank you to so many colleagues for their hard work over the last week. Download has been a great success even if very wet.

MudfestIt is five years ago this week that I arrived as Chief here in Leicestershire. I celebrated my arrChief at Downloadival then by heading to Loughborough and going out on patrol to look at the campus, which was then being assessed as a potential Olympic base for Team GB. I decided to mark the anniversary by going out on foot at Download. Our policing of Download now reflected lots of work led by PC Kev Walker that followed on from his ‘Go Make A Difference’ project. Kev has gone international as a consequence, presenting in Europe on his work. It is a great example of making a positive difference to what we do.

We talk a lot about local policing, and how to link in at neighbourhood level. Download is a special neighbourhood. It emerges in a matter of days, and becomes the temporary, tented home for 80,000 people. The community is supported by an infrastructure familiar to us from more permanent communities. It was good to see familiar faces from the ambulance service, local councils and the Local Resilience Forum (LLR Prepared). It was also great to see the Sophie Lancaster Foundation on site working hard to spread their message on hate crime. We also work closely with private security, as we do in many other locations across the Force.

The community at Download is very diverse and comes from all over the world. Our social media @Downloadcops is key to communicating with that crowd. They had clearly heard about phone bungees as I was stopped every five minutes and asked for one! We ran out rather Officers at Downloadquickly, which is good. I was hugely proud of the team effort that I saw ongoing with colleagues from every part of the Force pulling together to identify offenders, and prevent crime.

Festivals offer a mixture of offending opportunities including vehicle crime, ticket scams, violence and drug dealing. In fact drug deaths have been a problem at some Festivals. It was good to see at first-hand how we worked to get upstream of these issues. I was also struck by how far some people had travelled to try and take criminal opportunities; one person that we intercepted had just flown into Luton airport before heading to Download. Officers at Download 2

The reaction of the Festival goers to our efforts was remarkable. Foot patrol was an absolute joy and, whilst we did help people and deal with lost property and people, ‎my memory will be of selfies and hat swaps, of phone bungees and endless high fives. Fantastic! Neighbourhood Policing at its best.

Facial identification software at Download

During the Festival we have worked at how to make the Festival goers as safe as we can by using facial identification software. This has caused much interest and a lively discussion about human rights. That is an important debate. Private companies are looking very dynamically at how they can use such technology and there is a risk at the moment that law enforcement communities get left out of that work. We have developed a database that holds images of people that attend events such as Download intent in causing harm to others. These are organised crime groups that commit offences such as theft, fraud and drug dealing.

As it is a condition of entry, imposed by the organisers of the event to be photographed cameras have scanned the faces of the crowd on entry. Facial mapping technology assesses if that facial map matches any of the individuals on the database. That match can be passed to security staff who can than speak to the person and decide if they should or shouldn’t be admitted. It can also identify people who are wanted by us for offences. This all seems to be a sensible and proportionate approach to keeping attendees safe at the event.

My own face is one of the images on the database. I am struck that when I have (off duty) attended events in recent weeks at the Ricoh Stadium and Wembley I will have been on CCTV within the ground, having gone through a physical search at the entry gate. At the Ricoh I also featured in the TV coverage of the game on BT Sport. I felt that any intrusion into my human rights was something that I was prepared to tolerate as it made me, my family and friends safer at the stadiums.

NW Leics LPU – June Update

Welcome to my latest update.


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?



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

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