Four people charged with more than 50 offences
Four people have been charged with more than 50 offences after a series of thefts from motor vehicles.
Billy Clifton, 18, of Perkyn Road, Leicester, has been charged with 11 counts of theft, seven counts of fraud, one count of driving without insurance and one count of driving without a licence.
Miles Leader, 22, of Stonehurst Road, Braunstone, Leicester, has been charged with five counts of theft and five counts of fraud.
Jacob Wesley, 23, of Perkyn Road, Leicester, has been charged with six counts of theft and five counts of fraud.
A 16-year-old youth has been charged with eleven counts of theft and four counts of fraud.
They are all appearing before Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday 12 December.
The majority of charges relate to thefts from vehicles between September and December in Leicester, Leicestershire and Warwickshire. They also relate to bank cards taken during the incidents which were then used fraudulently.
Fatal collision in Ravenstone
A woman has died after a collision in Ravenstone, Leicestershire, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 7 December).
Emergency services were called to the A447 Wash Lane at about 3.20pm following reports of a collision involving a grey Ford Fiesta and a silver coloured transit van.
An 89-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the Fiesta, was taken to hospital and has subsequently died.
If you witnesses the collision and haven’t yet spoken to the police, please call 101, quoting incident number 378 of 7 December.
Twelve arrests for curtain sided lorry thefts
Twelve people have been arrested during a week-long operation to tackle theft from curtain sided lorries.
Officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOPSS), which is a collaboration of officers from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, took part in Operation Barric between Monday 21 November and Friday 25 November.
Officers patrolled the M1 and the main roads through the East Midlands, stretching as far as South Yorkshire and Bedfordshire, targeting lorry thieves. West and South Yorkshire Police also helped with one of the vehicle stops.
'Operation Barric’ was set up in response to an increase in lorries being attack at lorry parks and laybys across the East Midlands. EMOpSS Officers from Road Crime Teams, Automatic Number Plate Recognition experts, Tactical Roads Policing Teams, dog units and force control rooms worked together to share information and intelligence, link crimes to vehicles and suspects using the roads of the East Midlands region. As a result;
22 November 2016
Three people from Leeds were arrested on the M1 in Northamptonshire. They were arrested in connection with lorry thefts. A van was recovered in Derbyshire which is believed to be stolen. They were all released on bail pending further enquiries.
A 44 year old man from Essex was arrested on suspicion of theft from motor vehicle and released on bail.
Three other people from Leeds were arrested on the M1 in Northamptonshire on suspicion of theft from motor vehicles and released on police bail.
29 November 2016
Five men from Leeds were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal. Two vehicles were also recovered that police believe were being driven with stolen number plates. They were released on police bail.
Sergeant Jon Hoddle from the Tactical Roads Policing Team (TRPT) said; “We’ve arrested a significant number of people from outside the East Midlands who we believe are traveling into our area to commit crime. Operation Barric is an ongoing operation designed to stop and arrest people who use our road network to commit crime thinking they won’t be caught. It doesn’t matter where you are from, if you are committing crime in our area we will make every effort to catch you and put you before the courts.”
Celebrate Safely in North West Leicestershire
On Saturday 3 December at the Christmas in Coalville event, North West Leicestershire Police and North West Leicestershire District Council launched their Celebrate Safely campaign which will run throughout the festive season and includes three elements.
Look after yourself, enjoy alcohol sensibly and know your limits.
Look after your stuff, when out for the evening keep your phone and valuables with you.
Plan ahead, after a night out, how are you getting home? Who are you going home with? Book a cab at the start of the night.
Throughout December, officers and staff will be visiting licensed premises in the North West area and giving people the opportunity to take a non-evidential breath test which will indicate the amount of alcohol they have drunk. This will be accompanied with advice about crime prevention, calorie intake, safe limits and the ability to drive.
A number of activities have already taken place in November in readiness for the festivities to start in earnest. This has included a workshop for licensees in North West Leicestershire, test purchase operations and taxi checks. Officers and volunteers from North West Leicestershire police have also been out and about offering crime prevention advice to shoppers and drivers.
Inspector Helena Bhakta from North West Leicestershire Police said: “We have a good record in North West Leicestershire for our work ensuring that the area is a great place to enjoy the festivities. We want people to be able to go out, have fun and be safe.
“We are supported by partner agencies and also the Pubwatch schemes in Ashby and Coalville.
“We are asking people to take a minute to think about their personal safety and of their belongings whilst they enjoy some Christmas.”
Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Chairman of the Community Safety Partnership, said: “This is the time of year when we all like to see friends and family, eat and drink and be together. We want this to remain a happy time of year for all of you so please, look after yourself, look after your belongings and plan ahead – celebrate safely.”
‘Good’ result for force in latest HMIC inspection
Leicestershire Police is good at treating people with fairness and respect – that’s the verdict in the latest inspection report.
Today (Thursday 8 December) Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) published the results of its PEEL legitimacy inspections of all forces.
The overall judgement was ‘good’ and the HMIC highlighted the work done to seek feedback from communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and how the force has a “clear focus” on the wellbeing of its officers and staff.
The latest PEEL leadership assessment was also published today and recognises the work done to develop diverse leadership teams.
Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach said he welcomed both reports. “HMIC’s findings are reassuring for the public,” he added. “Once again, Leicestershire Police has been awarded an overall judgement of ‘good’ and many areas of good practice, including its approach to diversity, have been highlighted.
“I will of course discuss both reports with the Chief Constable, but I am pleased to see that some areas for improvement have also been identified. I know that work is already underway to address these points and it’s important to me, and the public, that I support the force in its progress.”
Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “It is vital that the public has trust and confidence in the officers, staff and volunteers they come into contact with.
“Our organisational values clearly set out how we intend to protect our communities and form the foundations of everything we do. These values are reinforced in many different ways across the force as we strive to ensure we treat the communities we serve with respect, and on occasions when this doesn’t happen, hold officers and staff to account.
“The HMIC has outlined areas for improvement and work is ongoing to address these. Consultation and engagement activity is undertaken regularly across the force to field the views of our community, help inform policing priorities, and improve public confidence and satisfaction.”
Have a #SafeXmas
Leicestershire Police is giving advice this Christmas and New Year to ensure that the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland stay safe.
In the run up to Christmas and into the New Year Leicestershire Police will be publishing social media messages on a different theme each day to help prevent crime during the festive period.
Messages will focus on five key areas to help protect you, your property and your possessions. These topics are online safety, burglary, personal safety, vehicle crime and antisocial and nuisance behaviour.
Superintendent Kerry Smith, said:
Christmas is a time to celebrate and have fun, but it can provide an opportunity for people to commit crime. December can be a very busy time for everyone with large amounts of people in towns and cities doing their Christmas shopping and partying, it is important that we take steps at home and while out to keep us safe.
Making sure that we keep our valuables out of sight, planning how we are getting home after a night out, and using de-icer or an ice scraper to defrost our cars are just some simple steps we can all take.
Locking up our homes and leaving a light on in the evening to give the appearance our homes are occupied, keeping presents out of sight and not advertising our gifts by leaving packaging by bins can also help to keep us safe from crime this Christmas.
Don’t forget to register gifts on the Immobilise website and download a bike passport from our website, to help police trace your belongings in the unfortunate event they are stolen.
On behalf of Leicestershire Police, I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.”
Leicestershire Police is giving the following festive advice:
- use de-icer or an ice scraper to defrost your car instead of leaving it unattended with the engine running
- avoid leaving presents under the tree or in view of the window
- lock all windows and doors
- leave a light on or use a light timer to give the appearance your home is occupied
- recycle or take cardboard boxes to the tip. Leaving them near bins advertises what expensive gifts you may have in your home
- register your belongings on www.immobilise.com
- got a bike for Christmas? Download a Bike passport to record all your bike details
Out and about
- put shopping in the boot of the car and remember to lock your vehicle
- park in well-lit areas
- keep bags, mobile phones, and valuables out of sight
- enjoy your Christmas party and book a taxi to get home
- going for a drink? Have fun and drink sensibly
- coming back late? Think of your neighbours
- use strong passwords including uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols
- update your software and anti-virus as soon as a new version becomes available
- be suspicious of offers and deals. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is
- always log in to websites directly rather than through a link in an email
Officers will also be giving out brightly coloured Christmas crime prevention leaflets with key safety messages on, at events and beat surgeries throughout December.
You can follow all the action on Leicestershire Police’s Facebook page or Twitter @Leicspolice using #SafeXmas.
For more information visit our Christmas Safety page.
Three arrests made after disorder in city street
Three people have been arrested for public order offences following disorder in two streets in the city.
Officers were called at 8.55pm last night (4 December) to a report of a large number of men gathered in Bridge Road, Leicester.
We also received subsequent reports of disorder in St Barnabas Road.
Three men, aged 20, 21 and 23, from Leicester, were all arrested on suspicion of public order offences. They have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Did you see what happened? Can you help us with our enquiries? Please contact us.
Call 101, quoting incident number *399198
What matters to you? - Twycross Zoo
Leicestershire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner want to hear about what matters to you.
On Tuesday 13 December, members of the public and residents of Hinckley and Bosworth are invited to join Chief Constable Simon Cole and Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach at Twycross Zoo for the next ‘What matter to you event?’
This is an excellent opportunity for you to speak to two of the key figures within Leicestershire Police about policing and community issues that matter to you in an informal setting.
The session will run on between 11am-1pm.
The event is taking place where it is free for members of the public to attend, along with being accessible to visitors of the zoo.
Address: Twycross Zoo, Burton Road, CV9 3PX
Putting the brakes on hate crime in Leicestershire
Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach launched a new information card scheme on Friday (2 Dec) alerting public transport workers to vulnerable passengers who need extra help in a bid to tackle hate crime.
More than 20,000 Better Journey Cards are set to be distributed to police stations, councils and at community events across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to let drivers know that a person might need a little more assistance when using public transport.
The innovative scheme, which was unveiled by partners at a Social Media Café at West End Centre in the city, is part of a package of measures funded by the PCC to provide more help to potential victims of hate crime and send out a powerful message that intolerance and hatred has no place in society.
There are currently 22,730 people living in Leicestershire who are registered as disabled – 9,939 of whom live in Leicester city alone.
Public transport is vital to enabling disabled people to get out and about, attend college, work or socialise and maintain their independence. However, research shows that it is also a high-risk area for hate incidents to occur. If vulnerable people lose confidence when travelling and fear public transport, the impact on their lives and independence could be significant.
The Better Journey Cards, which have been developed by First Travel, are aimed at letting a driver know when a passenger needs extra help and offering them a safer journey.
Willy Bach said: “It is our duty to pull out all the stops to offer greater protection for vulnerable members of our community who face the indignity of physical or verbal abuse simply because of perceived differences.
“Leicestershire is a vibrant county and home to a multitude of diverse people, cultures and traditions. It’s simply shocking that intolerance, distrust and prejudice continue to permeate our communities and I urge local people to stand together against all forms of hate.
“Public transport is a lifeline for so many disabled people living within Leicestershire and I’m determined that we offer them the very best support and protection to be able to continue their daily lives with confidence and self-esteem.
“The primary aim of the new Safer Journey Cards is to reassure all vulnerable passengers that frontline transport staff are committed to putting their needs and safety first and that if they need help, it will be there.”
Nigel Eggleton, Managing Director of First Leicester said: “Our Safe Journey Cards and Better Journey Cards offer customers a way of discreetly communicating with our drivers. Quite often people want to ask for assistance, but they’re unsure how best to do it.
“While customers can, of course, just ask for any help they need, not everyone finds this easy, or is able to speak clearly. In these instances, these cards give people a way of asking for assistance in a simple, easy and discreet way.
“The feedback we’ve received in Leicestershire from those using them has been really positive. We want to remind customers of their availability, so if a passenger chooses to use them they can travel by bus with more confidence.”
The PCC has been concerned at a reported rise in hate crime incidents and offences across parts of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland following the EU Referendum. He has been keen to demonstrate his support for the continuing efforts by Leicestershire Police and other strategic partners in tackling the issue, pledging funding to Leicester University and Leicestershire Police to develop a new programme for hate crime offenders.
The approach will explore a range of different restorative justice strategies which will look at the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.
The PCC has also commissioned more literature aimed at raising awareness of hate crime and a project to bring the county’s major sporting clubs on board in the fight against it.
The Safer Journey Cards provide passengers with a host of different messages to use depending on their individual needs or disability. One card asks for drivers to alert passengers to their bus stop while another asks them for help taking a seat.
There are also blank message cards enabling passengers to communicate more specifically by writing their own message.
The project complements the existing work of the Keep Safe Group across Leicestershire which has developed Keep Safe Cards containing a vulnerable person’s emergency contact details, medication information and anything else they would like to communicate to public workers.
A 'special' night to mark 185 years
Sixty specials from Leicestershire Police took the lead on policing a busy night shift across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, to celebrate 185 years of the Special Constabulary.
Last night (Saturday 3 December) the specials patrolled all over the county, making a total of 17 arrests and dealing with numerous incidents including a sexual assault, several public order offences and an assault against a police officer.
Inspector Manjit Atwal supervised the night, and said:
“The time flew by, which was purely down to the efficiency of the specials reacting to the large number of jobs coming in. It was a busy night and they should be proud of themselves, especially considering the range of situations they dealt with. It was brilliant to see the special and regular officers supporting each other so well, and I certainly look forward to us working closely in the future.”
Leicestershire Police are proud to have almost 300 specials who regularly volunteer their time to policing. Specials hold the same powers as regular police officers, and this year they’ve already dedicated over 70,000 hours helping the force keep our communities safer.
Special Chief Inspector Phil Smith said:
“The specials did a sterling job last night, with many staying on much later than we had initially anticipated. I am honoured to lead such a remarkable group of officers, and it was an excellent way for us all to celebrate the anniversary of the Special Constabulary. It gave us a chance to really show our capabilities in policing, and demonstrate just how far we’ve come in 185 years.”
On Saturday 15 October 1831, an Act was passed where special constables were granted all the same “powers, authorities, advantages and immunities” as regular officers. A second Act was passed in 1835, which redefined the Special Constabulary as a voluntary organisation, as it has remained ever since.
The following February saw the appointment of Frederick Goodyer as the first Head Constable of Leicester Borough Police, and a couple of years later the force introduced its very own Special Constabulary.
Sergeant Jamie Osborne, Lead for Specials, said:
“The work that specials carry out is hugely appreciated force wide, and last night provided a unique and fascinating insight into their lives and work. It’s a rewarding role and yesterday they proved that you really can make a difference to your community. I’d like to extend my gratitude to everyone involved, and I hope that they enjoyed the night as much as I did.”
If you missed it, we broadcasted live updates on our Facebook and twitter accounts throughout the night, so please follow us and search for posts with #SpecialNight185.
If you're interested in becoming a special, please come to our next information seminar on Thursday 15 December, at Leicestershire Police Headquarters. The seminar is your chance to find out everything from the initial application process to the duties you’d be working, and serving specials will be present to answer any questions you may have.
To register your interest, simply email your contact details to email@example.com.