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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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Rutland Police – October update

Welcome to my update for October.

We have had a busy few months since the last blog was published.

West Midlands woman sent to prison following offences committed in Rutland.

Just after the last blog was published in July we received news of a conviction of a woman following a walk in theft at a Rutland care home.

Templeton

Toni Ann Templeton, from Willenhall near Coventry, was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to three years and three months imprisonment for offences of fraud and theft in Rutland.

She pleaded guilty to one offence of conspiracy to steal and one offence of conspiracy to commit fraud. The offences relate to a care home in Rutland where three members of staff reported thefts from their purses and bags, and subsequently reported fraudulent activity on their bank cards.

The thefts and fraudulent activity took place in December 2013.

Farmwatch launched

In August we launched Rutland Farm Watch which is being coordinated by PCSO 6127 Steve Houghton.

farm watch

The Farm Watch initiative has been set up to provide a line of communication between local farmers, contractors, landowners and the police, in order to gather information that may be useful in catching criminals. Two-way communication is essential and members are asked to report all crimes, incidents and anything suspicious, so that intelligence can be gathered and information can be acted upon quickly.

The scheme uses a Fast Text system where the police are able to share information with registered users with a single text message. For example, if a suspicious vehicle is reported to the police the details can be sent out by text to members, and if the vehicle is then seen its location can be reported by ringing 101 and reporting it to the police.

So far we have had 80 people sign up to Farm Watch in Rutland and I would like to expand the scheme to as many farms as possible. It is free, and all you need is a mobile phone capable of receiving text messages. If you are interested in becoming part of the scheme please get in touch with PCSO Houghton by ringing 101 and when prompted key in his identification number 6127.

2000 followers for Oakham police on twitter

joe lloyd

I am keen that all of the officers at Rutland LPU provide a visible, on the ground policing presence, and I am sure that you are aware that policing a largely rural community brings its own challenges.

This is supplemented by our presence on facebook and twitter where you can find up to date information about what is happening in Rutland. PC 1312 Joe Lloyd is the Beacon Officer for Oakham and Barleythorpe and runs the @OakhamPolice twitter account. Joe recently achieved his 2000th follower making it one of the most popular accounts run by Leicestershire Police.

When Joe took over the account two years ago there were just over 500 followers and he was set a challenge to achieve 750. Joe said that if he managed to achieve the target before Christmas he would dress up as Santa, which PCSO (now PC) Jay Cooper as his elf. Joe achieved the target and did as promised and became Santa at a local school for less able children, which now does every Christmas.

We have one facebook account, and four twitter accounts for Rutland LPU, you can find out more information by visiting these links.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rutlandpolice

Inspector Lou Cordiner: www.twitter.com/rutlandlpu

Oakham and Barleythorpe Police: www.twitter.com/OakhamPolice

Rutland Police (including Rutland North and Rutland South): www.twitter.com/RutlandPolice

Uppingham Police : www.twitter.com/UppinghamPolice

Burglary

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Over the course of the last few months we have suffered an increase in burglaries to sheds, garages and outbuildings. We have worked hard to provide targeted patrols and crime prevention advice together with initiatives such as our volunteers on horseback and Farmwatch.

In August the total was 26 of which only one was a house burglary. In September we received 14 reports of burglary of which three were house burglaries. The early results in October indicate that the figures are continuing to go in the right direction.

As a reminder there are a few simple steps that can be taken to help prevent you becoming a victim of a burglary.

  1. In early evenings when your house is unoccupied leave a light on. Better still, use a light timer. We have some for sale at Oakham police station.
  2. Ensure all doors and windows are locked, even if you are only leaving the house unoccupied for a short time.
  3. Store all keys out of sight – Ensure valuables are not on view from outside.
  4. Remove, or secure, any climbing aids or tools that may be used to break-in to your home, e.g. ladders, wheelie bins, gardening tools etc.
  5. Use good quality locks and padlocks to secure sheds, garages and outbuildings.

Until next time,

 

Lou Cordiner

Inspector

Rutland Local Policing Unit

Rutland LPU – July Update

Welcome to the latest update from Rutland.

Volunteers on horseback

Since my update in April we received national television coverage about our volunteers on horseback initiative. BBC Crimewatch Roadshow came to do some filming with us in May and the piece went out at the beginning of June.

Filming with BBC Crimewatch Roadshow

Filming with BBC Crimewatch Roadshow

The number of volunteers continues to grow and I regularly receive feedback they are being seen all around Rutland.

We recently had a group of volunteers in at Oakham where they were given training in first aid, including CPR and heartstart.

If you would like to find out more about this initiative my contact details are at the end of this update.

Old fashioned policing

Thankfully burglaries are relatively rare in Rutland, however I was pleased to see some old fashioned policing prevent a burglary in Cottesmore in early June.

PC Laurie Appleton and PC Pete Icke were on patrol in Cottesmore when they saw two men near to a house they knew had been the subject of a burglary earlier in the year. Something did not appear to be right so the officers stopped to speak to the men

PC 1742 Laurie Appleton

PC 1742 Laurie Appleton

 

PC 2113 Peter Icke

PC 2113 Peter Icke

One man was detained and the second one ran off, however he was also detained a short while later.

Further investigation indicated that an attempt had been made to enter a house and both men were arrested.

The men were subsequently charged with attempted burglary on the house in Cottesmore, as well as a burglary in Grantham, and one of the men was charged with a burglary in Melton. Following on from their appearance at Leicester Magistrates’ Court, the men have been remanded to prison.

I am delighted with this result and is an example of local knowledge combined with a well-honed police officer’s ‘nose’ has brought about a great result.

I will inform you of the outcome in my next update.

Church Watch

rutland church watch

I mentioned Church Watch in the last update. Since then PC Paul Le Pla and his team of PCSOs have worked hard and visited all 54 churches in Rutland. Each church has been risk assessed from a crime prevention perspective and in particular to lead theft. Only one church has been identified as being at high risk whereas nine were classed at high risk when we launched Church Watch over two years ago.

During that time we have had only one lead theft.   Crime against churches is very rare, but that does not mean we are complacent as we understand the impact that crime against churches can have in local communities.

If you would like more information about church watch you can email Paul from this link. mailto:paul.lepla@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

Sale of Oakham Police station

In recent weeks many of my conversations have been dominated by the sale of Oakham police station. If you have passed by the station recently, you will have seen the ‘for sale’ sign outside.

The police station has been put up for sale now that planning permission has been granted to build a smaller police office on the car park at the rear of the building. The building which is being sold on the open market, will not close until the new one is ready. The new building will be smaller and therefore cost less to run.

Ultimately what this means is that there will still be local police officers based in Oakham.

High Sherriff visit

Recently I had a lovely meeting with the High Sherriff of Rutland, Air Commodore Miles Williamson-Noble.

Meeting the High Sherriff of Rutland

Meeting the High Sherriff of Rutland

He was keen to hear about the future of policing in Rutland and I was able to update him about the challenges we face in policing a largely rural community. One aspect the High Sherriff wanted to hear more about was our approach to illegal ‘rave’ parties. With such a large area to cover we work hard to build our intelligence picture about possible illegal raves. When they do happen we have to strike a balance between the resources we have available as well as dealing with the situation at hand and any offences that have occurred.

If you have any information about a proposed rave then please ring us on 101, or alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers which is free and anonymous on 0800 555 111.

We are always keen to find out what your concerns are, and I would ask that you take a few moments to complete this short survey, which can be found by visiting this link.
http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/consultation-survey 

You can also follow me on twitter http://www.twitter.com/rutlandlpu

Until next time

Inspector Lou Cordiner

Rutland Local Policing Unit

Rutland Police April Update

Welcome to the first edition of what will be a regular update from myself about policing in Rutland.

I have now been the police commander here for nearly a year and am both proud and privileged to work here. Thankfully Rutland is a very safe place to live and crime is low. That does not mean we are complacent, and me and my team will continue to work hard to tackle the issues that matter to you.

Church Watch

In 2011 Rutland Church Watch was launched PC Paul Le Pla, who is the Beacon Officer for the Rutland South Safer Neighbourhood Team. This had followed a spate of lead thefts across Rutland and Leicestershire, and in November 2013 we celebrated two years without an incident of lead theft from a church in Rutland.

 rutland church watch

Unfortunately our ‘duck’ was broken so to speak with the report of a lead theft from St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Church Lane, Preston, at the end of March. We are disappointed with this incident and will continue to work hard to prevent further thefts

Pc Le Pla is keen to recruit new members to Churchwatch and to take part is very simple. We are asking everyone living near or within sight of a church to be our eyes and ears and call the police with information. You can ring 101 or 999 in an emergency

We would also like people to sign up to our community messaging service, Neighbourhood Link. Through this you can receive information and advice by email.www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk

Volunteers

We are fortunate to have excellent support from volunteers who do a great deal to support the police team at Rutland and make the county a safer place to live and work in. I am aware that speeding is a major concern for many people who live in Rutland, and in October 2013 we launched Community Speedwatch with the support of volunteers.

rutland speedwatch

Volunteers have been trained to use a hand-held radar gun so they can record the speed of passing vehicles. As an alternative to the radar gun, Mobile Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) can be positioned at the roadside to warn motorists if they are travelling at an excessive speed.

Being recorded by one of the devices does not lead to prosecution – drivers receive a warning letter from the police instead – and the scheme helps towards underlining the community’s commitment to getting drivers to behave responsibly towards others and to reduce their speed.

Over the course of the summer months the Community Speedwatch volunteers will be visiting many parts of the county. Do your bit by driving safely and keeping to the speed limit.

We formally launched Police Community Volunteers on Horseback on the 10th December 2013. We now have 49 recruits who have completed nearly 1000 hours of volunteering whilst exercising their horses, keeping their eyes and ears peeled. This has been an outstanding success. The support has been overwhelming.

We enjoyed some excellent publicity – have a look at us on YouTube. We already have interest from eight other forces about this scheme.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Rutland Police you can contact me by ringing 101, and when prompted key in my identification number 4004 and leave me a message.

Hands across the border

Cross border criminality continues to be the focus of our attention in reducing crime in Rutland. We work closely with our colleagues in adjoining counties and over the summer months we will be embarking on an operation with Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire

We have recently positioned two very large LED matrix on the A1 advising the public of a “Police Operation Rutland”. This operation has been a huge success and has been very well received, with many Rutlanders contacting me saying that they find this very re-assuring that their local police are on the “front foot”.

 rutland matrix

On a personal note I have had the pleasure of attending the Rutland Young Peoples’Awards Ceremony on the 13 March 2014 which was held at Oakham Castle. It was a privilege to have been asked and this event celebrated the excellence of the young people within Rutland.

We are always keen to find out what your concerns are, and I would ask that you take a few moments to complete this short survey, which can be found by visiting this link.
http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/consultation-survey 

Thank you

Inspector Lou Cordiner