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North West Leicestershire Police Autumn/Winter update

Welcome to the latest North West Leicestershire Police update

Now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, it would be an ideal time to remind everybody to take a few simple steps to prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

  • make sure your home looks occupied by using automatic timer switches to turn on a light when it goes dark, even if you are just out for a couple of hours
  • keep doors and windows locked at all times – even if you pop outside to the garden or go upstairs
  • always lock doors behind you and remove the key from the lock
  • keep valuables, bags, cash and keys out of sight and keep them in a safe place
  • don’t leave packaging from expensive items outside your house – take it to be recycled or put them in the bin
  • install a visible alarm system and security lighting to act as a deterrent
  • prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home with locked gates or fencing
  • if you’re going away, don’t advertise it on social media

It’s that time again, Christmas is coming!
On Tuesday 8 November together with North West Leicestershire District Council we held our third licensee workshop.

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This is an opportunity for the police, North West Leicestershire District Council and local licensees to meet and discuss our plans for the festive period and help achieve our aim of ensuring that everybody can go out and have a great night and be safe.

The workshop marks the start of our planned activities throughout November and December. We are fortunate to have a close working relationship not only with North West Leicestershire District Council, but also the pubwatch schemes in Ashby and Coalville.

Among the topics covered during the workshop were, child sexual exploitation, drugs awareness and drug seizure.

We also took the opportunity to show ‘Kayleigh’s love story’, which was made by Leicestershire Police and highlights the dangers or online grooming. The story of Kayleigh Haywood is well known to many local people and it is hard to believe that we are approaching  twelve months since she was murdered.
The film has been shown to over 10,000 children in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland and CEASE (Campaign for the Eradication of Abuse and Sexual Exploitation) has now received over 10,000 pledges. Kayleigh was a local girl and we will continue to do all we can to ensure that the children and young people of North West Leicester are safe. The film will be available publicly in January 2017.

On Saturday 3rd December 2016 at the Coalville & Ashby Light Switch-on, we will be launching our Christmas Celebrate Safely Campaign. We have support from Turning Point Drugs & Alcohol rehabilitation project,  North West Leicestershire District Council, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service, the Road Safety Partnership and our Street Pastors.

Our key messages are:

  • Personal Safety
    • Look after yourself
    • Enjoy alcohol sensibly and know your limits,
    • Drugs are illegal – don’t put licensees in a position where they have to refuse you entry.
      Plan ahead
    • After a night out, how are you getting home?
    • Who are you going home with?
    • Book a cab at the start of the night
    • Property
    • Vehicles
    • Don’t leave valuables on display
    •  Homes
    • If you are using candles ensure you put them out or use an electric candle
    • Invest in a light timer.

During the festive period we will be visiting licensed premises and we will be on the streets to educate local people, giving them the opportunity to take a non-evidential breath test which will indicate the amount of alcohol they have drunk. This will be accompanied with advice about calorie intake, safe limits, the ability to drive and to ask them to consider safe ways to get home having consumed alcohol.

To move or not to move?
Some time ago we announced our intention to move from the current police station on London Road.  The intention was that we would build an extension to the Fire Station in  Coalville and move into there.

I am delighted to say that construction of the new building at the Fire Station will start in the New Year. I do not have any dates for likely completion, I will keep you updated with progress.

North West Leicestershire volunteer cadets
At a recent ceremony held at Leicestershire Police headquarters,  our volunteer police cadet team won the Saville Shield. This is an award for teams who volunteer for Leicestershire Police and this group of young people are an important part of the team at North West Leicestershire and are a credit to themselves.

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Prince’s Trust attachment
PCSO Jason Harriman from the Ashby neighbourhood team recently returned from a twelve week attachment to the Prince’s Trust. This gave Jason an opportunity to share his skills as a neighbourhood PCSO and learn more about engagement with young people. Jason has a highly successful attachment and we have seen the benefit of this since his return.

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Leavers and Joiners
We have had a number of changes to our staff.
Sergeant Audrey King who was the team leader for the Ashby and Forest Neighbourhood teams, has moved to Braunstone as a team leader on the Patrol and Resolution team. I would like to thank Audrey for her hard work and enthusiasm particularly her work on licensing.

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Audrey’s replacement is Sergeant Colin Gardner who will be well known to many of you having worked at Coalville previously as a neighbourhood PC and Sgt.

PCSO Suzie Hunt from the Bardon Hill neighbourhood team has recently moved to Hinckley and Blaby Neighbourhood Policing Area where she will be part of the team policing Bosworth.

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PCSO Jennie May from the Forest neighbourhood team has left Leicestershire police and is moving to Cheshire where she will become a police officer. Both Jennie and Suzie have been tremendous assets to the team here at North West Leicester police, and everybody here wishes them every success for the future.

As replacements for Jennie and Suzie I am delighted to welcome PCSOs Bekki Hales and Elena Chambers. If you see them out and about please take the time to stop them and say hello. I am sure they will be great assets to the team.

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That is all for the time being, I am now in my fourth year as the police commander for North West Leicestershire and I continue to be proud of the work your police team do on your behalf to keep you safe.
If you see any members of my team whilst they are out and about, take the time to stop and say hello, I am sure they will appreciate it.

Wishing you all an early Happy Christmas and safe and prosperous New Year.

Helena Bhakta
Commander – North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Area

You can follow me on twitter NW Leics twitter

We also have a facebook page NW Leics facebook

 

 

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

You can follow we on twitter @NWLeicsNPA
We also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NorthWestLeicsPolice/

helena.bhakta@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

Loughborough Police June Update

Welcome to my latest update.

Crime

Our performance in terms of crime is closely monitored and is always of interest to local people. Our recording year starts in April, much like the tax year, and we examine crime trends on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. We also use data from previous years which we combine to identify emerging trends and take proactive as well as reactive action, to not only drive crime down but also identify and deal with offenders.

Since the start of April we have seen a 4.2% decrease in the total amount of crime we have had reported to us when compared to 2012-13. This amounts to 40 or so less reports. Whilst it is still very early to break out the champagne, we will continue to work hard and keep the numbers going in the right direction.

We have seen an increase in thefts from gardens, sheds and allotments of 21% which is 12 more offences. A number of the offences reported to us relate to where property has been left insecure.

Fitting a good quality lock to your garage or shed and not leaving tools out will help prevent you becoming a victim of crime.

As I was reviewing the crime figures, I noticed that theft of cycles had reduced by 15% with 9 fewer victims. Together with the Crime Safety Partnership we have undertaken a great deal of work in this area, with bike hub events, bike marking, and offering for sale good quality D-locks. Perhaps you have seen the ‘yellow’ bike in Loughborough Town centre. Hopefully the reduction in thefts is a sign that the hard work is starting to pay off.

Look out for the yellow bikes in Loughborough

Look out for the yellow bikes in Loughborough

 

Operation Umbel

Operation Umbel is our ongoing operation designed to target and reduce anti-social behaviour in and around Loughborough Town centre. We work closely with Charnwood Borough Council and Loughborough University with a range of activities.

We recently ran a ‘mock bar’ event at Loughborough Students Union. This included a quiz on the units of alcohol in popular drinks. We linked this to a reaction machine kindly provided by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service. Each participant was allowed two attempts on the reaction machine. On the second attempt they were given ‘beer goggles’ to wear which mimic the effects of alcohol consumption, in particular reduced peripheral vision and hand-eye coordination.

Without beer goggles

Without beer goggles

With beer goggles

With beer goggles

If you get the chance to try the ‘beer goggle’ experience please do so, and you will get a better understanding of why you should not drink and drive.

Safer Neighbourhood Teams

Through this period of austerity, Leicestershire Police have undergone a massive amount of change during the course of which we have seen a number of our police stations sold. Despite that we still remain committed to local policing and during my time here I will work hard to ensure that we have a local policing presence across Loughborough, Shepshed and Hathern.

With that in mind I am going to use this update to highlight our local police teams.

The Shepshed and Loughborough West team, are still based in Shepshed in the Police and Fire Station on Charnwood Road.

PC Phil Martindale

Pc 1799 Phil Martindale is the Beacon Officer for the team and is ably supported by :

Sergeant Martin Owen, Pc Nick Reeve, Pc Rich Neville, PC Tom Brenton, Pc Linda Stephens, PCSO Kelly Davis, PCSO Liesel Wilkins, PCSO Hannah Timlock.

The team cover Shepshed and the west side of Loughborough and they hold regular engagement events.

The next one is on the 21st and 22nd July between 9am and 10pm each day in Hallcroft, Shepshed. This is an opportunity to meet the team and receive crime prevention advice, and have property post coded.

Please visit this link to find out more information about the team

http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/shepshed-loughborough-west

You can also follow the team on twitter @LBoroPolice

 

Enjoy the World Cup, until next time

 

Nathan Kirk

Inspector

Loughborough Police

Loughborough Police May Update

Welcome to my latest update about policing in Loughborough and Shepshed.

As many of you will be aware we are building a new police station at the rear of our current one on Southfields Road. The builders have worked extremely hard and we will be moving in ahead of schedule during the week commencing the 2nd June. Shortly after we move in work will begin to demolish the old building which will then be turned into our car park. I have had a look around inside and the new building will provide a first class policing base in Loughborough.

Here are some pictures of the new building.

Front of new police station

Front of new police station

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Our new building does not have a front enquiry office, and we have now moved that facility to the offices of Charnwood Borough Council on Southfield Road where we will now share enquiry services.

This service will be open between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursdays, and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays. This service commenced on Tuesday 6th May, so if you were thinking of visiting the police station, please don’t, we are no longer in a position to receive the general public.

You can still contact us by phone, on 101 for non-emergencies and 999 for emergencies, and if you want information about your local policing team, that can be found by visiting this link.

http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing

We have also launched ‘Ask the Police’ a frequently asked question page on our web-site, as we often find that members of the public ring us with requests for information and advice. Have a look at the site as you might find the information you are looking for without the need to call or visit us.

To see the many topics on Ask the Police please visit this link

http://www.leics.police.uk/contact-us/faq

An important part of what we do at Loughborough is our work with local people, and I was delighted to hear that PC Gary Bailey, and PC Lisa Charles two of our officers from the Loughborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, visited The Carpenter’s Arms, which is a Christian run project to help men with drug and alcohol problems.

Whilst there Gary and Lisa cooked a meal for staff and residents, which I understand was an outstanding success. The feedback we have received about the visit has been excellent and has enabled us to engage with people who may not have had the most positive experience of working with the police.

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Pc Gary Bailey and Pc Lisa Charles cooking up a treat

I mentioned in a previous update that Gary was an experienced officer who had transferred to us from Keyham Lane police station in the City. In a very short space of time Gary has managed to make a strong impression on the local community and I am sure you will be seeing more of him over the next few months. 

A significant element of our work at Loughborough is to tackle the issues that are important to the community. We regularly engage and consult with large part of the community as well as statutory and voluntary partners. I would therefore be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete our on-line questionnaire and tell us about issues that you feel need tackling. It can be found by visiting this link.

http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/consultation-survey

We use the results from this survey to assist us with setting our neighbourhood priorities.

If you want to receive regular policing updates and information about the Loughborough area please sign up to our community messaging system, Neighbourhood Link.

 https://www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk/

 You can also follow me on twitter

 https://Twitter.com/loughboroughlpu

I would appreciate your thoughts and comments about this update, please add a comment at the bottom,

Thanks,

Insp Nathan Kirk

Loughborough Police Commander

Loughborough Police March Update

Welcome to the latest monthly update, with news about policing in and around Loughborough over the past few weeks.

Hello and Goodbye
We have had a busy time with a new Beacon Officer joining our Loughborough East Safer Neighbourhood Team. PC Gary Bailey joins us from the Keyham Lane where he was a successful neighbourhood officer and has a lot of experience. Judging by the impact Gary has made in the few weeks since his arrival, it is clear he will be a great asset for us and the community. Make sure you say hello to Gary when you see him out and about in Loughborough.

PC Gary Bailey

PC Gary Bailey

At the same time as Gary arrived, we also said goodbye to two of our Police Community Support Officers. Lauren De Wet and John Bulloch have left Loughborough and are now undergoing training to become police officers. They have had a tremendous impact during their time with us and I am sure they will be very successful as police officers.

PCSO John Bulloch

PCSO John Bulloch

PCSO Lauren De Wet

PCSO Lauren De Wet

  I would like to thank them for their hard work and wish them well in their new roles.

Drugs – knocking on the door
We have had a busy time over the past four weeks and have executed four warrants in relation to the misuse of drugs. These have resulted in a number of people being detained, with one person cautioned for possession of a Class A drug (heroin), and three people under investigation for offences in relation to possession and possession with intent to supply drugs, and handling stolen goods.

I am aware that use and supply of illegal drugs is concern to the community and I wish to reiterate that we take these concerns seriously. Information from local people is essential in helping us to obtain search warrants and also prosecute offenders.
If you have any information about illegal drug activity you can ring 101 or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Lock it or lose it!
We have been receiving reports of thefts from cars and vans where they have been left insecure. At the end of January we held a day of education in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council, Outwoods Edge Primary School, Haddon Way Residents Group, and Street Watch.

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This was a great event and was an opportunity for local people to receive crime prevention advice. It is too early to say if the message has got home, but in the mean-time, LOCK IT OR LOSE IT!

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

For more information about how you can help prevent yourself becoming a victim of crime please visit this link;
http://www.leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/crime-prevention
If you want to receive regular policing updates and information about the Loughborough area please sign up to our community messaging system, Neighbourhood Link.
https://www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk/
You can also follow me on twitter
https://Twitter.com/loughboroughlpu

Until next month, keep safe,

Nathan Kirk

Loughborough LPU Commander

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

NW Leics LPU Commander – December update

I have now been here as the Local Policing Unit commander for North West Leicestershire for seven months, and I am thoroughly enjoying my time here.

I am fortunate to be part of a superb team, and day in, day out I continue to be impressed by the hard work, drive and ambition of all of the staff and volunteers at this LPU.

On Wednesday 4th December I hosted an evening to thank the many volunteers and Special Constables who in addition to their day to day work, do so much to assist our work in local communities. During 2013 our volunteers have helped us at 26 different events, including, Download festival at Castle Donington, Snibston Miners Gala, and the Ashby Remembrance Parade. In total they have given us 450 hours of their time which is a staggering amount and to both them and our Special Constable colleagues I would like to publicly thank them for all that they do, for us the police and you the community. I will be talking more about the work of the Specials in my next blog.

Volunteers Frankie Micheleto and Bob Bancroft with Pc Craig Turner at the Stephensons College SAFE event

Volunteers Frankie Micheleto and Bob Bancroft with Pc Craig Turner at the Stephensons College SAFE event

Retail crime in particular shoplifting continues to be a priority for us, and in October and in the run up to Christmas we are running retail crime initiatives in Coalville and Ashby which are designed to combat this type of crime. This will include high visibility patrols, promotion of the retail radio scheme and crime prevention advice.

During October and November we took part in a number of force wide initiatives designed to tackle alcohol harm, and I was particularly delighted with the results of a test purchasing operation we carried out across the area. Nine off-licences were visited by a plain clothed officer and a young person. The young person attempted to purchase alcohol at each off-licence, and all nine refused to serve the young person.

This shows that our message about selling to under age people is getting through. However we are not complacent and we will continue to work closely with our partners and local licensed premises to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder.

Linked to this is our Keep Safe initiative which will be running throughout December. We will have the mobile beat bus available in Ashby on Friday and Saturday nights. This will act as a place of safety  for anybody who has a problem in and around AshbyTown centre. It will be staffed by our volunteers, including Special Constables, and Street Pastors and Swanswell Drug and Alcohol Advisory Service.   Look out for it, and be sure to say hello if you are passing.

As in many communities illegal drugs continue to be a concern. Acting on local intelligence and information, we executed a number of warrants under the misuse of drugs act. In Castle Donington we found a cannabis factory and seized around £50,000 worth of cannabis plants. Two local men were arrested in connection with this offence.

In Coalville we executed two further warrants and seized cannabis and cannabis growing equipment. One local person was interviewed in connection with the offence of possessing cannabis. Have a look at this video we made during the course of executing the two warrants

Cannabis plants seized from a premises in Castle Donington

Cannabis plants seized from a premises in Castle Donington

Over recent months we have worked hard to tackle crime, in particular the theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles. Since the beginning of the financial year in April we have had a 24% reduction in vehicle crime, which represents 101 fewer victims. However we still receive reports of vehicle crime where it has been made a lot easier for the criminal. As a reminder, when you leave your vehicle always remove all valuables, and lock the vehicle. If you leave it on show expect it to go.

If you are defrosting your vehicle, please do not leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running. By taking these simple measures you greatly reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime.

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On a final note, on behalf of everybody at North West  I would like to wish you a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Inspector Helena Bhakta

NW Leics LPU Commander

You can follow me on twitter please visit this link: @NWLeicsLPU