Issued on 13/8/18 at 4:06 p.m.
I hope you are enjoying your summer and the fantastic weather we have been having.
The team here at North West Leicestershire have been very busy dealing with reports of anti-social behaviour, domestic incidents, vehicles crime, the policing of HGV weight restriction areas, burglary and drug offences to name but a few…
At the end of June, Conkers kindly hosted the North West Leicestershire development day. Development days are organised by senior management and are an opportunity for the entire team to refresh their policing knowledge and gain new skills. They are vital to maintaining a positive working environment, enabling the team to get creative with solutions to ongoing problems and discuss the most effective ways to police the 108 square miles our Local Policing Unit (LPU) covers. Several specialist units from the force also came along to do presentations and to share their knowledge with the whole team.
Also in June, I had the pleasure of attending the North West Leicestershire Police Cadets’ award ceremony and was pleased that I was able to personally award a number of certificates to our cadets, recognising their dedication to the force and their achievements.
Our cadet teams are thriving, but they would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteer leaders giving up their own time to make a difference.
The cadet scheme invites young people aged 13 to 17 years to gain an unrivalled insight into policing and learn new skills and knowledge, all while helping their local community. This year’s intake will start their journeys in September 2018 and the scheme will continue to run weekly alongside the academic year, with further exciting opportunities to volunteer in the evenings and weekends.
If you have any queries about become a cadet or cadet leader please email email@example.com to contact our team.
North West Leicestershire District Council held a Parish Liaison meeting on the 6th June, where I had the opportunity to update your Parish Councillors for our area. Current policing and partner issues were highlighted and an update on current police resources for the area.
Changes to North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood team
I would like to congratulate PS 1036 Ian Weston on his promotion to Acting Inspector in the Custody Department. Ian has been the Deputy Commander for North West Leicestershire based at Coalville for 5 years.
PS 755 Garry Johnson has now taken on the roll after 16 months as Sergeant for the Bardon Hill beat team. This previous experience means he is familiar with the community and is ready to take on the mantle as North West Leicestershire’s Deputy Commander.
The North West Leicestershire neighbourhood team and officers from across the force area were heavily involved in football policing during the world cup thanks to our lively revenues showing the matches throughout the area. Thankfully, the large majority of football fans enjoyed the matches in a positive way, working with our officers, however, some arrests including arrests for public order, assault, criminal damage and drug offenses.
Despite the issues caused by a few, the World Cup fever enabled some excellent partnership working between the Police, North West Leicestershire District council (NWLDC), local businesses and licensees. I was impressed with how individuals cooperated with each other to ensure events were easier to manage, both for organisers and the police. I would also like to thank the retail premises in Ashby for their assistance during this period. Finally, our police officers worked long hours with rest days and leave days being cancelled at last minute and so I’d like to offer my personal thanks to them for their hard-work and resilience.
EMA Aero park Open day and Spittal Park,Music in the Park
Officers from the Valley beat team were at both the East Midlands Airport (EMA) Aero park open day on the Sunday 24 June and also attended the Music in the Park event at Castle Donington. The teams were at the events to offer the community the chance to speak to their local beat team, handing out crime prevention goodies and be on hand for any advice or guidance. The weather was glorious and the feedback we received was very positive. Thank you to everyone who came and spoke to us.
Jim’s Tractor Run, Sunday 29 July and the Ashby Show, Cattows Farm, Heather Sunday 15 July.
PCSO’s Rose and Gallagher, along with Police Volunteers and Cadets, attended The Ashby Show. The event was an opportunity for our team to engage with members of the public. Crime prevention packs which had been funded by North West Leicestershire Community Safety Partnership (NWLCSP), were given out to members of the community. Rural Watch information was popular with attendees and lots of people signed up to the successful scheme.
On Sunday 29 July, our team also attended Jim’s Tractor Run in Ashby.
Car key protectors were handed out at the event following a rise of in the number of thefts of keyless cars. These were funded by the Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership.
A number of officers from North West Leicestershire were extracted to help police the Caribbean Carnival on Saturday 4 August. The first Leicester Caribbean carnival was held in 1985 and since then, it has grown into one of the biggest events of its kind in the UK. An estimated 100,000 people lined the route to experience the carnival with its mix of cultures and diversity. The colourful costumes, tropical music and brilliant entertainment made for a fantastic day.
Bardon Beat Team
You have told us in recent months that HGV’s have been contravening weight restrictions and cutting through Ellistown, causing problems for other road users and local residents. In response to these concerns, the Bardon beat team closed roads around the Bardon Industrial Estate in July to perform a number of road checks. In addition, they issued tickets to drivers using the village as a shortcut. They also stopped and seized a number of vehicles without insurance, tax or MOT.
Four individuals from Birmingham have been charged with burglary and vehicle offences after two cars were stolen from a house in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
The incident happened overnight between Sunday 8 and Monday 9 July 2018 in Trinity Close. Keys to two cars were stolen from the house, along with a charity money box. Both vehicles were taken from the property and were stopped by police around 6am on Monday 9 July in the West Midlands.
Shane Miller, 19, of Washwood Heath, Birmingham, has been charged with burglary, theft, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. A 15-year-old girl has been charged with the same offences, as well as aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.
A 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have also been charged with burglary, theft, aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving in relation to this incident.
Coalville Drug dealing
Our proactive team continue to hunt drug dealers in the area, with local offenders and criminals from London and Leicester being arrested since the last inspector update.
A house in Coalville which has been causing problems for local residents with persistent anti-social behaviour (ASB) has been closed by police. Over the past six months residents have reported continual problems with ASB and drug dealing at an address in Peldar Place, Coalville. On Tuesday 7 August, Leicester Magistrates' Court granted a full closure order, evicting the occupants from the property for three months. A copy of the closure order is displayed outside. Inspector Jackson from the North West Leicestershire neighbourhood Policing unit said: “We have taken necessary action to bring the unacceptable behaviour to an end. We owe it to people living nearby to take steps which will allow them to live in safety and peace without having to tolerate this.” Anyone breaching the order can be arrested and, if found guilty, could face a punishment of up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine.
Beat Surgeries - If you would like to speak to one of our Police Community Support Officers about any local issues you may have then pop along to one of their beat surgeries:
- 20th, 15:00 - 16:00 - Fuel Cafe, Ashby Bakery Court, 7 Market Street, Ashby
- 22nd, 12:00 - 14:00 - Hermitage Leisure Centre, Silver Street, Whitwick
- 24th 18:00-19:00 Co-op, Shortheath Road, Moira
- 11th, 16:00 - 18:30 - Bus service 15 from Marlborough Square Coalville - Ibstock
- 22nd, 12:00 - 13:00 - Pets At Home, Dents Road, Ashby
- 28th 16:00-17:00 Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre
- 29th 16:00-18:00 Greenhill Beat surgery, Co-op Meadow Lane, Coalville
- 30th, 2018 13:00 - 15:00 - Main Street, Osgathorpe
The surgeries and detail of the beats can be found https://leics.police.uk/local-policing