Tackling antisocial behaviour in Countesthorpe
Leicestershire Police and Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Bach, recently hosted a community consultation event in Countesthorpe, following a number of reports of antisocial behaviour (ASB) being received over recent months.
Anti-social behaviour is a broad term used to describe the day-to-day incidents of nuisance and disorder and these types of behaviour are not criminal offences, meaning that the police are unable able to arrest people unless they are committing a crime as well.
So, the police are looking at other ways to resolve this issue and making sure that they are taking the appropriate actions to ensure the fullest extent of the powers are applied. Working closely with partners, including Blaby District Council, a number of actions have been put in place to help tackle ASB, following the meeting on 8 June 2016.
The force has two neighbourhood officers, PC Mark Hall and PCSO Laura Hobbs dedicated to covering Countesthorpe. Led by Sergeant Phil Hurst, who also oversees the two neighbouring beats, these officers are working closely with the community, responding to local concerns and helping to resolve ASB.
In addition, Leicestershire Police has so far:
- allocated additional officers to locations where ASB is taking place, targeting those creating problems within the local community.
- been working with Blaby District Council to issue those that are committing ASB with formal warnings, which can result in ASB injunctions being granted.
- have made its contact centre aware of the ASB issues in the area so that officer responding to incidents are fully informed
- been carrying out working with the schools in the area, alongside Blaby District Council, to educate students on the risks of using drugs and psychoactive substances (previously known as legal highs).
Blaby District Council has also:
- applied for a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). If granted this is another power that can be used to stop young people gathering in large groups in the village.
- arranged for youth services to come into Countesthorpe. These groups aim to get young people involved in activities and educate them on how ASB affects local residents, and the consequences of their action.
- been working with local housing associations whose tenants are involved in ASB. In extreme cases, taking part in ASB could result in their tenancy agreement being withdrawn, making themselves and their family homeless.
PCSO Laura Hobbs has been working with Blaby District Council to help apply for the PSPO. When asked how this will benefit Countesthorpe she said: “I work closely with all victims of ASB and related crime and ensure that these incidents are shared with partners to assist with identifying perpetrators and making them accountable for their behaviour.
“I believe that the Public Space Protection Order will offer reassurance to the communities of Countesthorpe while also assisting the police and partners with tackling isolated incidents of ASB”.
It was fantastic to hear at the community consultation event that some of you would like to volunteer with us. If you are interested please contact us via our website https://leics.police.uk/local-policing/countesthorpe-foston-and-kilby.
We have also been made aware that there is a common misconception about cannabis that we would like to clarify. Possession of cannabis is a criminal offence and if you witness someone smoking it then we would urge you to report it. Depending on what incidents our officers are dealing with we might not be able to respond straight away, however it helps us build our intelligence and plan where our officers need to patrol, meaning that we can disrupt this kind of activity in the future.
We hope from this update that you have a better idea of the ongoing work we are doing. Thank you for your support and we appreciate how residents are coming together as a community to work with us to tackle ASB.
The more information we have as to what is happening in the area, the better equipped we are to deal with these issues.
If you are a victim or witness of ASB in your area please call 101, the non-emergency number, or 999 in an emergency.
Passive drugs dogs used in city centre for first time
Police patrolled Leicester City Centre with two sniffer dogs on Saturday night (25 June) in a bid to disrupt the well documented connection between drug use and violence.
For the first time city police officers worked with two passive drugs dogs from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) which provides regional specialist dog support to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.
National research shows that violent crime peaks in city centres between 1am and 5am due to the effects of alcohol and drugs taken earlier in the evening. Local statistics reflect this, with a larger number of assaults reported to the police in Leicester between those hours than at any other time, particularly on a Friday and Saturday night
Police Dogs Leo and Ross were with their handlers, PC Tony Chambers from EMOpSS, and PC Nick Dachtler from Derbyshire Police. They patrolled Belvoir Street, Market Place, Market Street, High Street, Humberstone Gate, Granby Street, the Lanes, Hotel Street, Horsefair Street and Dolphin Square from 9pm with a team of twelve officers. Both are specialist dogs trained to smell both Class A and B drugs. The dogs will sit next to a person if they smell drugs indicating that they believe that person has taken drugs or is in possession of drugs. Officers will then speak to them and, if there are sufficient grounds, conduct a stop search.
Twenty eight people were stopped and searched in total. Three men were arrested and three people were found in possession of a small quantity of class ‘C’ drugs and given words of advice. 18 people admitted having taken drugs earlier that evening. There were two assaults in the city centre on Saturday night but no one was arrested for being drunk and disorderly nor were there any arrests for public order offences.
Sergeant 4665 Liz Perry, from the City Centre Neighbourhood team, has organised the operation. She said; “This Operation has been running successfully in Nottingham City Centre for several years and over the last twelve months has reduced their night time economy violent offending by 23%.
“We are always keen to try new initiatives to keep our city safe at night so we decided to use the passive drugs dogs as well. Last night there were some occasions when people saw the dogs and ran off in the opposite direction, or crossed the road to avoid being sniffed at. One man crossed the road and tried to hide from officers. He was detained for the purpose of a search and found to be in possession of a lock-knife. Another man tried to avoid officers and was found in possession of several packets of the now illegal Black Mamba.
“If we can remove drug use from the city in the early evening it is proven to reduce offences later in the night. Out of 28 searches conducted last night, 18 people admitted having taken drugs or been around people using drugs. All of the searches were recorded using officer’s personal issue body worn video in line with current force policy.
Officers are working in partnership with Leicester City Council who have prepared information leaflets to give to people with advice about where they can go to get help and support.
Sergeant Perry continued; “We had some very positive comments from door staff and businesses in the city centre about the drugs dogs. This is the first time we’ve used them but have plans to bring Ross and Leo back into the city centre soon.”
Did you see a non-stop collision on Abbey Park Road?
Officers are appealing for witnesses after a non-stop collision in Abbey Park Road, Leicester on Saturday (25 June).
We were called at 5.06pm to a report of a man lying injured in the road.
He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment and his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The vehicle left the scene and was later found on Savanake Road, off Anstey Lane, and has been recovered.
Enquiries are in their early stages and officers need your help in piecing together what happened. No arrests have been made in connection with this incident.
Did you see the collision? Did you see a silver Mercedes driving near to Abbey Park Road immediately before the collision? You may be able to help us.
Call DS Dave Speight on 101, quoting incident number *166657 with information.
Fatal collision in Grimston, Leicestershire
Did you see a collision at the Six Hills Lane junction with Ostler Lane, on Sunday (26 June)?
A silver Nissan Micra was travelling on Ostler Lane, towards Six Hills Lane, when it was in collision with a white Ford mini bus.
The mini bus was driving on Six Hills Lane, towards its junction with Ostler Lane. Both vehicles left the road.
A passenger in the Nissan was fatally injured in the collision. Two others – the driver and a second passenger - are currently at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious injuries.
The driver received minor injuries and was checked over at the QMC before being discharged. The two passengers were not injured.
If you saw either vehicle prior to the collision, or saw the collision itself, please contact us.
Call 101, quoting incident number 16000167546.
Man charged following altercation in Rupert Street
A man has been charged following an incident in Rupert Street, Leicester.
Peter McPartland, 46, of Ashleigh Road, Leicester, has been charged with GBH following an altercation in the early hours of Saturday morning (25 June).
A 25-year-old man was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, for treatment to his injuries where he remains in a stable condition.
Did you see the incident? Did you see what happened? you may be able to help us with our enquiries.
Call 101 quoting incident number 143 of 25 June.
Fatal collision on M1 motorway - woman convicted
A Nottinghamshire woman has been convicted after her inattention while driving caused a fatal collision on the M1 motorway in November 2014.
Christy George, 38, of Lime Tree Road, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, was found guilty today (Friday 24 June) of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice after a trial at Leicester Crown Court.
The court heard George was travelling to work during the evening of Tuesday 25 November along the southbound carriageway of the M1. During her journey she made calls to a friend and her husband using her mobile telephone.
George was driving her Skoda along the motorway. Eye witnesses described the Skoda swerving towards the central reservation and then suddenly applying harsh steering to the left, coming back on to the motorway when her vehicle collided with a HGV.
The impact of the collision resulted in the HGV losing control and crossing over the central reservation where it struck a BMW, travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the BMW, Murray Simpson, 48, of London, sustained fatal injuries.
A number of other vehicles were damaged during the incident, three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries and the driver of one of the cars sustained serious injuries for which she is still receiving ongoing medical care.
The southbound carriageway of the M1 was closed for 18 hours while emergency services dealt with the aftermath.
Detective Constable 1761 Pete Davies was the investigating officer, he said: “This case clearly demonstrates the dangers of using your mobile phone while driving. George’s actions that evening caused a serious collision which resulted in the death of an innocent road user, injuries to others including one who will take some time to recover. Allied with this is the amount of time that the motorway had to be closed to enable the police, other emergency services and the Highways Agency to deal with this incident causing long delays to other road users.
“We’re pleased that the jury has found Christy George guilty and we hope it acts as a deterrent to other road users. Murray Simpson’s partner and family have lost a loved one and while no amount of punishment will help them move on with their lives we hope the fact that someone has been prosecuted for their actions will show them that justice has been done.”
She was remanded for sentencing on July 15.
Arrests made during summer drink, drugs and drive campaign
Nineteen people have been arrested across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland during this summer's drink and drug drive campaign.
This is four more than the 15 motorists who were detained at the same point during June 2015 drink drive campaign. So far none of these arrests have been for drivers who have been unfit through drugs.
This year’s enforcement campaign is running for an extra week, from Monday 6 June to Sunday 10 July, to coincide with the European Football Championships. While this is an exciting time for fans the message remains the same, plan ahead, choose a designated sober driver or use taxis and public transport. Already our highest road side reading has been 139, four times over the alcohol limit, this particular driver was detained at 5.30pm following a road traffic collision on a flooded rural road!
Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, who is heading up the regional Drink Drug Drive campaign of the East Midlands Operaional Support Service (EMOpSS) said; “Too many people are still risking both their lives, and those of innocent people, by getting behind the wheel while unfit to drive. It is just not worth the risk, if you choose to drink and drug drive our round the clock patrols will catch you whether you are in the city, our towns or villages.”
Necklace stolen from elderly woman
Can you help us identify this man after an elderly woman was robbed in the Belgrave area of Leicester?
A 73-year-old woman was walking along Burfield Street around 9pm on Sunday 5 June, as she approached the junction with Catherine Street, a man rode past her on a bike and grabbed her gold necklace.
He then rode off towards Allington Road. The suspect used such force to grab the chain that the victim fell to the ground and sustained bruising.
We’d like to speak to anyone who can identify the man in the image, even if you’re not 100% sure please get in touch as we can quickly eliminate people from our enquiries.
Were you in the area, did you witness the incident or see someone acting suspiciously? If you can help with our enquiries please contact us.
We would also like to remind people to remain vigilant and think about their personal safety, keep valuables out of sight, keep handbags closed, cover up jewellery with a scarf or clothing and be aware of your surroundings.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 228 Raj Pahal on 101, quoting crime number 16*147195.
Victim of serious collision on A607 dies
A woman who was involved in a collision on the A607 in Leicestershire has died in hospital.
The collision occurred at 6.50pm on Tuesday 31 May and involved a silver Renault Clio, silver Mercedes C220 and a blue Audi A6.
The driver of the Renault was taken to hospital with serious injuries and subsequently died on Thursday 16 June.
The driver of the Mercedes wasn’t injured and the driver of the Audi sustained a minor facial injury.
The Renault was travelling along the A607 towards Croxton Kerrial and the two other vehicles were travelling in the opposite direction when the collision occurred.
If you witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles beforehand we would like to speak to you. Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1837 George Dodson on 101, quoting incident 580 of 31 May.
Can you identify this man?
Police have released the image of a man who they’d like to speak to in connection with a robbery on Belgrave Boulevard.
At around 10pm on Friday 3 June, a man entered a premises and threatened staff with what was described as a small axe before leaving with a till containing a quantity of cash.
No one was injured, but staff were left shaken by their ordeal.
Do you recognise the man in the image? Were you in the area, did you see what happened?
Contact 101 and quote incident number 16000141044 if you can help.