December blog update for North West Leicestershire

Issued on 21/11/17 at 9:51 a.m.

Welcome to my final blog for 2017, it’s been a busy time since my last edition; here is a roundup of what’s been happening in your community.

Get Safe On line Event

We are very grateful to Hermitage FM who hosted a Get safe on-line event. Sam Hancock, Leicestershire Police Cybercrime prevention officer, gave an informative and practical input, along with a representative from Action for Fraud who provided useful information to prevent becoming a victim. Unfortunately it was disappointing that we had such a low turnout. Statistically you are more likely to become a victim of cybercrime. Make sure you update your anti-virus regularly and use strong passwords, a mix of uppercase, numbers and punctuation.

Further advice on online safety.

Darker Nights Campaign

Now the clocks have gone back and the nights draw in, officers are reminding people to ‘Lock up and light up’ this winter. The ‘Darker Nights’ campaign aims to prevent an increase in burglaries over the winter months by reminding residents to lock their homes and encouraging them to leave a light on to make it look like someone is home.
Our Front desk at North West Leicestershire District Council have a limited number of crime prevention packs to hand to local residents, if you are passing why not pop in and collect one.

Vehicle Crime – theft of tools

North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood officers continue to warn tradespeople to adopt extra security measures to prevent theft of tools from their vans. This month we have a tried a social media campaign to reach these busy members of our community. To encourage viewing there is a prize draw for a van security pack worth £300. The video recorded by Sergeant Ian Weston has so far reached 53,500 people, been viewed 28, 083 times and has been liked/shared/commented on – 882 times. The competition closes on the 6th December so there is still plenty of time to enter, learn about prevention techniques and win some van safety equipment. Find out more on our Facebook page.

Stop and search operation - Measham 27/10/2017

PC Harrison and members of our team have been out with officers from Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the environment agency stopping vehicles during a traffic operation on Tamworth Road, Measham. A total of 55 vehicles were stopped with one being seized for having no tax, 3 were found to have no insurance, 3 prohibition notices were issued by VOSA and 19 checks were carried out by the environment agency with 3 unregistered waste carriers detected (3x£154 in license fees). HMRC also carried out checks on vehicles for red diesel and we are pleased to report there were no positive results. Traffic operations like this help us to keep the roads safe for all road users.

Drug Warrant

North West Leicestershire Officers executed a Drugs warrant at an address in Thringstone. We recovered a large amount of cash and drugs that are believed to be cannabis.

We are pleased to report the following successful convictions of note:

Multi-agency Safe Event

On 14th and 15th November Leicestershire police joined Leicestershire Fire and Rescue and other partners to host a safe event. The event was aimed to demonstrate the importance of safety to young persons, attempting to demonstrate the dangers they can find themselves in, in different situations and contexts, of everyday life. The following activities were available: - Live, Road traffic collision extrication demonstration - Fire bike - BATAK machine and fire safety/RTC information table - Virtual Reality Goggles x 12 - VF4 simulator car, including classroom education sessions

We continue to seek to educate to reduce road casualties.

Ashby Take-away license suspended following opening beyond hours

Favourite Chicken and Pizza (otherwise known as Express Chicken and Pizza) in Market Street, Ashby has had its late night refreshment license suspended after repeatedly failing to close on time. It can no longer serve food into the early hours for three months after a number of license breaches, and must close at 11pm. The suspension of its license comes after Leicestershire Police submitted evidence that customers were consistently allowed into the premises after 2.15am in breach of the license conditions.
Leicestershire Police always seeks to work co-operatively with license holders and we are disappointed that it became necessary for a hearing. Licensing conditions are in place to ensure public safety and to prevent: crime, disorder and public nuisance. We will act to address any breaches to ensure Ashby remains a safe and vibrant place to visit while ensuring local residents concerns are considered.

Operation Spectre #LivesNotKnives 29/10/17– 5/11/17

North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood staff Supported with patrols in Coalville, Loughborough, Hinckley and East Leicester. 17 weapons were recovered and 7 persons arrested, including 4 for knife offences. I hope you will support us with the lives not knifes campaign #livesnotknives

Licensing Workshop and Celebrate Safely

I had the privilege of opening our fourth annual Licensee’s workshop today at the St Helen’s Heritage Centre. What a great facility. NWLDC licensing, police and met with 15 local DPS’s because we recognise the worth of working together to ensure North West District is safe place to enjoy the Night Time Economy. Andy Cooper and Sgt Dave Wadsworth did a great job hosting. Guest speakers included: - Dave Gill and Louise Arnold – Licensing - Cat Ridgeway – Ashby Purple Flag - Michael Kheng- National Pub Watch Scheme - DC Matt Rowlett – Operation Noxious and recognising new types of synthetic illegal drugs

A worthwhile networking and educational event.

Well done to Ashby Retail Radio and face watch members

A special mention must go to local Ashby business owners Phil and Dean. Phil declined to buy a computer hard-drive, Phil recognised the seller as a known criminal. They shared the information with other stores, which led to local officers recovering the items. CCTTV footage was recovered. Phil was also able to assist us with information that led to us identifying the owners of the stolen property. The suspect has been arrested for burglary. Absolutely fantastic work from members of the Ashby retail radio and face-watch scheme.

Remembrance Sunday

It was a privilege for North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Officers to represent Leicestershire Police at Coalville and Ashby Remembrance Day parades. Our armed services have and continue to ensure our safety.

Follow #RemembranceDay2017 #Lestweforget

Celebrate Safely

North West Leicestershire Community Safety Partnership, once again, are promoting ‘Celebrate Safely’ Campaign this Christmas. The Police, North West Leicestershire District Council and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue have come together to work with our local businesses and communities to make our towns and villages a safer and more secure place to be.

Hermitage FM is also assisting us to send out some important messages. We are asking our communities to think about their Personal Safety.

Look after yourself
Plan ahead
Come and see us at:

-Coalville and Ashby Light Switch on 2/12/17. Come and say hello to our officers who will be handing out personal and home security packs that we are promoting.
- Ashby Hood Park Leisure Centre on 5th December and Whitwick, Hermitage Leisure Centre on 6th December where we will be asking if you know your measures. I hope you fair better than me as although I know my units so I won’t drink and drive, I certainly didn’t know the calories in a glass of wine which may explain my expanding waist-line

Well that’s all from me for the time being, except to wish you all a Very Merry and safe Christmas

Helena Bhakta North West Leicestershire NPA Commander.

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