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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

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

helena.bhakta@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

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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

You can also follow me on twitter @NWLeicsNPA

We also have a facebook page North West Leics Police facebook