Autumn/winter update for North West Leicestershire

Issued on 17/10/17 at 4:08 p.m.

Welcome to my autumn update with a round-up of what has been happening in and around North West Leicestershire since my last blog and what exciting things we have coming up.

Tackling vehicle crime

Travelling criminals have been targeting vans to steal tools. North West Leicestershire Community Safety Partnership has supported the purchase of PIR’s (mini alarms). Our PCSO’s have been handing these out as part of vehicle crime prevention packs to our Trades people. We have also offered a tool marking service. We are grateful to Harlow’s, Taylors & Wickes Builder Merchants that have hosted us.

We are promoting were possible take tools into the house, if not park doors tightly against a wall or another vehicle, to make it harder for thieves.

We understand how distressing and inconvenient vehicle crime can be. The more security you put in to your vehicle the less attractive it will be. Protect your vehicle with recommended products.

For more help and advice visit our website at

You can report suspicious incidents on 101, if you know who is stealing or selling stolen property call us. Or you can report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at:

Denying criminals use of our roads

On Monday 2/10/17 & Tues 3/10/17 we ran Operation Humous to deny criminals the use our roads. Our Neighbourhood officers worked with other agencies at several locations across Leicestershire, including North West Leicestershire.

We arrested 7 people, for burglary offences, theft of motorbike, thefts and damage. We also seized a further 7 vehicles with either no insurance or tax.

Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

On the Evening of Sunday 8/10/17 and overnight Our Special Constables ran Operation Urge. This paid attention to reported anti-social behaviour due to ‘car cruisers’ around the Castle Donington area and also young people gathering in cars at Ashby. A few young people were advised about the community concerns, requested to be considerate, albeit on this occasion those we spoke to did not appear to be involved in ASB.

This summer we have issued 48 ASB advice and/or warning letters to young person’s causing a disturbance near to the Bath Grounds in Ashby.

We continue to discourage the purchase and use of off road bikes. Often it is young people ‘trespassing’ on land and committing traffic violations by riding on paths and roads. NWLDC kindly included an article in their tenancy magazine and with the help of our volunteer we have been delivering leaflets in areas affected, where we believe some riders are locals. We have given Section 59 notices (seizure of vehicles used in manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance) to 4 offenders

Traffic matters

The Traffic Management Department lead on Community speeding concerns. On occasions they ask for support at some locations where it is assessed not requiring enforcement vans. Our Specials have been providing further support to address community concern over speeding. They have completed checks in High Street/ Hill Top Castle Donington (B6540), Rawdon Road, Moira, Ryecroft Road, Hemington, B5324 Belton, Bosworth Road Measham, Atherstone Road/ Burton Road Measham, Ibstock Road Ellistown, Spring Lane Swannington, B586 Measham Road Moira, Pisca Lane Heather, Mill Lane Heather and Leicester Road Ashby.

Speeding concerns can be report at [email protected]

Screening for Drug Driving

Driving under the influence of drugs is regrettably a growing national problem. We are currently training our officers in use of the new roadside testing kits.

Public Safety:

On 7/9/17 the Police, NWLDC licensing department and the Driver Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) ran checks on taxi and public service drivers near to East Midlands Airport. A total of 138 licensed vehicles were inspected.

One vehicle was seized as the driver was uninsured. Four vehicles received prohibition notices. Two drivers were reported for no road tax and another was issues with a fixed penalty notice for a tyre significantly below the legal limit. Notifications were also issued regarding minor defects.


It’s GetSafeOnline week from 23rd to 27th October. To support the week and help raise cyber awareness and online safety, we are holding awareness sessions at Hermitage FM in Coalville on Thursday 26th October that will include:

How to spot phishing emails Advice on Passwords Spotting Fraud & Scams Protecting your identity

These sessions are not technical, and would be ideally suited to those who are not confident in using the internet and email. Sessions will run at 0930 and 1100, and will last approximately 1hr.

Places are limited so we would ask that if you wish to attend, you drop in to Hermitage Café or email [email protected] to reserve your place.

If you use twitter, why not follow @LeicsCyberAware for daily advice and information!

Domestic Abuse

Tackling Domestic Abuse is a national priority for the Home Office, Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers.

Neighbourhood Watch is working with Crimestoppers to raise awareness about domestic abuse and what our supporters and volunteers can do to help prevent and report it.

We would be grateful if you could spend just 3 minutes completing this survey, the results of which will help us to signpost people to the right place to report their concerns. Your responses are completely anonymous.

You can complete the survey by clicking on the link below.

Halloween, Trick or treat

Halloween can be a lot of fun. We do ask our young people and parents to respect that not everyone wants to take part. Some people can also find it frightening, particularly the elderly.

We know we can count on the support of our shops not to sell eggs and flour to young people planning to use it for the wrong purpose. Many will be displaying posters to this effect.

If you don’t want trick or treaters at your house you can collect a sign for your window from NWLDC police desk or down load & print one off from our website.

Educating North West Leicestershire

Stephenson College, Youth Service Impact Team, the police and North West Leicestershire Community funded and provided workers to run a 10 week Girls Project. It introduced attendees to work related education whilst offering education on risky behaviours.

Those that successfully completed the course culminated in an awards ceremony and a parade of their artistry in the use the ‘make-up’ techniques they had learnt. I had the honour of presenting certificates to ‘Stars’ that could have been cast from West end show. Their commitment was rewarded with some professional beauty products.

Importantly all of the girls that attended and applied for a course successfully secured a place that includes work placements. Research shows that those involved in apprenticeships are less likely to become involved in crime.

The staff that arranged and ran this course were nominated for the Police & Crime Commissioners Neighbourhood team of the year award and were highly commended runners up. Well done Janet Pallett (King Edward), Helen McNulty (Impact), Matt Suffolk, Elena Chambers & Luke Broughton (Police) and Jane Harwood Stephenson College.

Thank you to Storey Arms public house, Osgathorpe who hosted a beat consultation and engagement event. PC Jason Underwood was very pleased with the support from local councillors and residents. He provided crime prevention information to 25 people and gave information on how to join Neighbourhood Watch

Coalville Police Station

The new extension being added to LFRS building to accommodate Police Officers is progressing well.
New officers:

I am pleased to welcome some new police community support officers to the team: - PCSO Tiffany Lloyd - PCSO Samuel Carter - PCSO Lynette Rose - PCSO Dale Collington - PCSO Robin Benson

They are undergoing their training and you will see them about in company with our experienced staff. Why not visit our local Policing page and find out who your dedicated Neighbourhood officer is and how to contact them. That’s all for now, whatever your plans have fun but don’t to forget

‘Celebrate Safely’

Helena Bhakta

Commander – North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Area

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