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Leicester & Leicestershire



Charity No. 1072275

Issue 26/2017

The City & County Neighbourhood Watch is here to represent the concerns of members and their families. We operate entirely outside the police chain of command, so we can always promise an independent and confidential service


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Kayleigh’s Love Story wins another four national awards

Issued on 23/6/17 at 7:55 p.m.

A short film produced by Leicestershire Police about the dangers of online grooming has tonight (Friday 23 June) won another four national awards.

Kayleigh’s Love Story beat 57 other films shortlisted for the prestigious EVCOM Platinum Award for the Best Film in all categories, announced at BAFTA’s Headquarters in Piccadilly, London.

The film also won Gold in the Social Media category, Silver in the Laurus Award category and Bronze in the Charity and Not for Profit category.

Made by the Force’s Communications and Engagement Directorate in association with Affixxius Films of Loughborough, Kayleigh’s Love Story tells the story of the last two weeks in the life of Measham schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood.

Kayleigh was groomed online by Luke Harlow, a 27-year-old man she had never previously met, over a period of 13 days in November 2015 before she finally agreed to meet him at his Ibstock home. Two days later, she was raped and murdered by Harlow’s next-door neighbour, 28-year-old Stephen Beadman, and her body dumped in a nearby field.

Kayleigh’s Love story was made last year, and initially it was screened to some 55,000 schoolchildren aged 11 and above at schools throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and in Rutland.

On January 3rd this year it was launched online, and to date has been viewed by an estimated 35 million people worldwide.

The film, which is available in numerous versions including signed, audio described, Polish, Hindi, Guajarati, Urdu, Punjabi, Welsh, French and German, has already won three other awards including Gold awards from The Royal Television Society and from DRUM, and has most recently been praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in a recent report of Child Protection.

Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “The reaction to the film has been truly astonishing, and to have won this latest, and hugely coveted, national award is a remarkable achievement for a police force and all those who were involved in its production and distribution.

“As I have said several times before, winning awards and recognition for ones work is always very pleasing. But the whole point of making this film was to warn children and adults alike about the dangers of online activity, and without doubt this film has already saved lives.”

Tim Cabrelii, Senior Partner at Affixxius Films, said: “We’re delighted to win this award and continue to get the important messages around ‘Kayleigh’s Love Story’ out in the public domain further. This is our first ever EVCOM award and we couldn’t be prouder that it’s for such an impactful piece of work and useful tool for Leicestershire Police and other child protection organisations.”


Unsolved crimes featured on BBC Crimewatch Roadshow

Issued on 23/6/17 at 12:00 a.m.

Unsolved crimes are to be featured on the BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow programme today (Friday).

The Crimewatch Roadshow runs from Monday 12 June to Friday 7 July and is shown at 9.15am each weekday on BBC1. The programme focuses on unsolved crimes from different regions of the country and follows a similar format to the evening Crimewatch programme in terms of an appeal for new information.

Over the past month, we have been working with the BBC to help them recreate reconstructions of the incidents and provide them with interviews with the investigating officers as well as investigative material such as police body worn video footage and CCTV images.

The cases they are featuring are a non-stop road traffic collision in Thurmaston leaving a pedestrian seriously injured and a knife point robbery in the city centre.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Baker, the senior investigating officer for the Thurmaston incident, said: “We are grateful to the BBC for featuring these cases on their programme.

“The show has a good success rate in bringing new information in about crimes and I hope that anyone who watches the programme and thinks they can help us with these ongoing investigations will contact us.”

You can watch the programme featuring Leicestershire cases today (23 June) on BBC1 at 9.15am.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 and quote incident 202 of 22 June or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police hold event to support Women’s Inclusive Network

Highlights from the 'Your journey' Women's Inclusive Network event

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Issued on 22/6/17 at 4:18 p.m.

Nearly 200 officers and staff from Leicestershire Police, surrounding forces and other blue light services attended an event to promote the force’s Women’s Inclusive Network (WIN), today (Thursday 22 June 2017).

The all-day event, called ‘Your Journey’, was held at De Montfort University and was open to everyone within the force, and key partners who wanted to learn more about the network.

Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith, Chair of Leicestershire Polices’ Women’s Inclusive Network, said: “Today has been an opportunity for networking and to hear the ‘journeys’ of inspirational women and colleagues.

“It has been a real inspiration and I am so proud and pleased to have been part of the event. We have heard the amazing journeys of some inspiring and determined individuals and I hope that the day has been both supportive and informative for those in attendance.”

The day began with a welcome from Chief Constable Simon Cole and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Kirk Master, followed by talks from a number of inspirational speakers from a variety of backgrounds who shared their stories about their personal and professional experiences. These included;

  • Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith – Chair of Women’s Inclusive Network

  • Tiff Lynch – first female Chair of Leicestershire Police Federation
  • Amy Morgan – mother of murdered Tyler Thompson, who spoke about the impact that her son's death has had on her and why she's supporting the #LivesNotKnives campaign

  • Jo Ashworth OBE – Head of Forensic Services at East Midlands Special Operations Unit

  • Ellah Kandi – a De Montfort University student

  • Rev Julie Nicolson – on losing her daughter Jenny in the London 7/7 bombings

  • Leicestershire Police Federation Trusts

  • Women’s Health Practitioner from Spire Healthcare

  • two new in service officers sharing their experiences

As part of the event, the winner of the force’s Woman of the Year award was announced. The award is for an officer, staff member, special constable, volunteer or police cadet who has demonstrated their determination and commitment to policing while inspiring others. Barbara O’Donoghue, who is a retired CSI (Crime Scene Investigator) from Leicestershire Police was presented with the award by Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith and Helen King from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

On receiving her award for Woman of the Year, Barbara said: “When I started in 1994, I became a CSI for Leicestershire Police, little did I know that I would be up here on stage receiving this award today, a few months after retiring, so thank you very much."

A Special Recognition Award, was also presented to Police Staff member, Sarah Simms, from the force’s Corporate Services department for demonstrating tenacity, determination and resilience.

During the afternoon Chief Constable Simon Cole joined Paul Griffiths, Vice President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, in his Leicestershire leg of a charity cycle ride. Paul is using his annual leave and rest days to cycle more than 2,000 miles between the 46 police headquarters in England and Wales that are part of the Association, to raise money for National Police Memorial Day Trust. Chief Constable Simon Cole and Paul, cycled into the venue and were greeted with cheers and support from people at the event.

The day included a buffet lunch and a raffle, with donations of £354 going to the Mia Moo Foundation. WIN has collectively raised £3,734 for the foundation.

The WIN provides informal support and advice about issues that in the main, but not exclusively affect female members of staff, such as discrimination, recruitment, retention, specialist roles, uniform, flexible working, and work life balance.

For more information about the Women’s Inclusive Network please visit .


#LivesNotKnives takes to the road

Officers in Hinckley Market Place raising awareness of knife crime

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Issued on 22/6/17 at 4:00 p.m.

Leicestershire Police officers visited towns across the county yesterday (Wednesday 21 June) to raise awareness of force's #LivesNotKnives campaign.

Neighbourhood officers set up stalls in Market Place in Hinckley, Belvoir Centre in Coalville and Loughborough town centre near to McDonalds, and spoke to members of the public about the dangers of carrying a knife.

Passers-by were given the opportunity to walk through a mobile knife arch, similar to those found in airports, to demonstrate how they can act as a deterrent to carrying knives when it is used in pubs and clubs or at large public gatherings.

They were also given information leaflets and red wristbands inscribed with “#LivesNotKnives – make the right choice” and embossed on the inside with the Crimestoppers phone number, which can be used for confidential reporting. The wrist bands proved particularly popular with young people, who are a key target group for the campaign.

Sergeant Glen Iceton, the force’s lead on knife crime, who organised the events, said: “Despite the heat, we spoke to a large number of people and we were extremely well received by the local communities and nearby businesses. I would particularly like to thank the lady in Coalville who bought us bottles of water to help us out in the hot weather.”

The pop-up events were part of the force’s ongoing #LivesNotKnives campaign which aims to highlight the dangers of carrying a knife and the potential four year prison sentence if caught.

Shane O’Neill, Superintendent of Local Policing, said “Operations like this discourage knife carrying and go some way to reducing the number of potential victims of knife crime.

"Carrying a knife is a serious crime. The force is committed to reducing knife crime and we hope that, through education and engagement, we can raise awareness of the dangers this can bring with those carrying knives and their friends, families and peers.”

Glen White, senior IMPACT worker at Leicestershire County Council, said: “It was great to see officers from Leicestershire Police out and about raising awareness on the hugely important issue of knife crime.

“The council’s youth offending service work with young people at risk of carrying weapons and knives. We offer education programmes to try and lead them away from this path.

“It is vital that on a local level we work in partnership with police and other agencies to try and prevent young people carrying and using knives.”


Lottery scam - warning issued

Leaflets and posters to be distributed across Leicester

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Issued on 22/6/17 at 2:40 p.m.

Posters and leaflets alerting the public to a high value fraud will be distributed across Leicester after several people were scammed out of nearly £200,000.

Since April last year we have had more than 25 reports of victims being approached in the street by individuals claiming they had won the lottery and because they were illegal immigrants, without a passport or valid identification, they were unable to claim the winnings.

The victims would then be asked for money in return for the winning lottery ticket. In some cases the victims were elderly or vulnerable and as much as £50,000 in cash and jewellery has been handed over to the suspects.

Recent reports suggest that the suspects, who could be men or women, have also driven victims to banks to withdraw the cash.

In the majority of incidents elderly Asian people, whose first language may not be English, have been targeted. Therefore posters and leaflets in Punjabi and Gujarati warning people of the scam will be distributed in East Leicester, West Leicester and the city centre area.

The posters will be displayed in key community buildings including religious establishments and community centres.

DC Catherine Thompson has been investigating the majority of incidents, she said: “Despite the previous appeals and warnings we’ve issued, people are still falling victim to this scam. Our enquiries have identified that the vast majority of victims are elderly people, who may not speak or read English.

“As a result we will be distributing leaflets and posters, which have been translated into Punjabi and Gujarati, in the hope that the warning will reach those who could be approached in similar circumstances.

“We would also encourage the public to pass the warning on to relatives or friends who may not necessarily see the messages.

“If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Large amounts of money have been handed over to complete strangers and we need to stop these offenders. We can only do that with your assistance, if you or someone you know has been approached in similar circumstances please report it, you may be able to provide vital details which could lead us to those responsible.”

In March this year we issued a photograph of a man we wished to trace in connection with a number of the incidents. Herito Marquez, 39, is believed to be involved in scams in Leicester and the West Midlands. Despite the appeal we were unable to locate him.

If you have any information about his whereabouts or if you can have been approached by someone of a similar appearance we urge you to get in touch.

Anyone with any information about the incidents or Herito Marquez is asked to contact DC 4626 Catherine Thompson on 101, quoting crime reference number 16*220722.


Next stage of Safe Pass campaign starts

Issued on 22/6/17 at 1:33 p.m.

Leicestershire Police officers are preparing to start enforcing the force’s Safe Pass campaign, by undergoing training this week.

The campaign was launched in mid-May and particularly targets motorists by urging them to leave a safe distance when overtaking cyclists on the roads in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

For two weeks, starting Monday 10 July, the force will carry out spot checks, filming motorists as they pass and, if they are too close, flagging the drivers down for a discussion about the possible danger they put the cyclist in. Filming will be done by a plain-clothes officer riding the bike and using a body-worn camera.

Inspector Paul Crewe said:

We will be out on rural and urban roads but won’t be announcing the locations beforehand.

“The officers involved are undertaking an advanced cycling qualification to ensure they are safe and will also be trained in using the cameras so that filming is consistent and fair when it comes to any decisions about enforcement. The best outcome will be that we don’t have to stop anybody because the motorists have left enough space – recommended at one and a half metres.”

Motorists will be filmed as they overtaken and if it’s not possible to speak to them at the location, the officers will be able to make follow-up enquiries.

The force launched the Safe Pass campaign with a video demonstrating safe and unsafe overtaking and emphasising the vulnerability of cyclists, whatever their age and ability. It is endorsed by racing and Olympic gold medal cyclist Chris Boardman MBE.

Motorists who are proven to persistently overtake too closely, or who cause injury or death could face prosecution for dangerous driving. The maximum penalties are:

  • causing death by dangerous driving, custodial sentence of up to 14 years

  • causing death by careless driving, custodial sentence of up to five years

The force is currently considering the most effective way that members of the public can report incidents of dangerous driving or unsafe overtaking.



ASB & Nuisance Behaviour

It's not just young people that commit nuisance behaviour. Behaving antisocially can have serious consequences no matter how old you are - getting fined, arrested, tagged or even sent to prison could affect your relationship, your career and your social life.

We often see an increase in antisocial behaviour during the summer holidays which can include excessive noise, graffiti, the use of off-road vehicles, racing on public roads, and minor criminal damage.

Many of these issues are committed in the spur of the moment, without considering the consequences or the effect they might have on other people.

We want everyone to enjoy their summer. Think about your actions while being respectful and tolerant of others.





Oadby is an affluent residential area with a busy town centre. The main A6 road runs through the middle of the beat and includes a number of schools and colleges in the area.

The neighbourhood boasts several popular pubs and restaurants, Leicester Race Course towards the north of the beat, one golf course, a nature centre at Brocks Hill Park and several Leicester University properties including the Botanical Gardens.

Each dedicated neighbourhood team is supported by the Special Constabulary.

Your dedicated neighbourhood team

Sgt Lindsey Booth

Collar number: 4300

I have been with Leicestershire Police for over 20 years and during that time I have worked at Syston, Melton Road, Oakham and Melton. I have worked in the Domestic Abuse Unit based at Loughborough and more recently as the Beacon Officer in Melton. I am now looking forward to the new challenge of working alongside the existing Neighbourhood Team in Wigston.

I have spent the majority of my career as a neighbourhood officer helping to reduce crime and reduce reports of anti-social behaviour. A large percentage of this work was achieved by close partnership working and this is something I aim to continue in Wigston. I am also looking forward to working with the residents groups and other members of the community on this Neighbourhood.

  • Send an email to your neighbourhood team

  • Leave a voicemail for Sgt Lindsey Booth by calling 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted, key in the identification number 4300.

PC Sue Burns

Collar number: 1653

I am a Police Officer covering the Oadby area.

I have a good knowledge of the local area and I am pleased to be part of the Oadby Dedicated Neighbourhood Team.

I look forward to meeting with local residents and building relationships whilst I am out and about on my beat which will enable me to tackle any issues and concerns within the Oadby area.

  • Send an email to your neighbourhood team

  • Leave a voicemail for PC Sue Burns by calling 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted, key in the identification number 1653.

PC Annette Dowey

Collar number: 4344

My name is PC Annette Dowey and I have been a Police Officer since 1999. I spent the first years of my service as a Beat Officer on the Braunstone and New Parks areas. I joined Wigston in 2008 and spent two years working alongside Glen Parva YOI.

I am looking forward to being part of the Oadby Safer Neighbourhood team and the new challenges it will bring.

  • Send an email to your neighbourhood team

  • Leave a voicemail for PC Annette Dowey by calling 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted, key in the identification number 4344.

PCSO Jack Darby

Collar number: 6009

I have recently become a Police Community Support Officer and am pleased to be part of the Oadby Safer Neighbourhood Team.

I am looking forward to developing relationships within the community, combating anti-social behaviour and helping to solve any issues and concerns you may have.

  • Send an email to your neighbourhood team
  • Leave a voicemail for PCSO Jack Darby by calling 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted, key in the identification number 6009.

PCSO Nad Ikram

Collar number: 6518

Nad has been working for Leicestershire Police since March 2003. Nad firmly believes that people in the community can make a difference by working in partnership with others. He is keen to engage with all members of the public and multi agency partners.

Nad has positive relationships with schools and colleges, where in the past he has been involved in organising various local initiatives. In addition he has close links with the places of worship within Oadby and is committed to working with all faith groups.

  • Send an email to your neighbourhood team

  • Leave a voicemail for PCSO Nad Ikram by calling 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted, key in the identification number 6518.

PCSO Leonard Browne

Collar number: 6097

My name is Leonard Browne and I have recently become a Police Community Support officer (PCSO) after spending 35 years in industry.

I have a good knowledge of the local area and am pleased to be part of the Oadby neighbourhood team.

I look forward to meeting residents and building relationships whilst I am out and about in the community, and being proactive in dealing with their concerns and aspirations in creating a safe and peaceful environment in which to live and work.

  • Send an email to your neighbourhood team
  • Leave a voicemail for PCSO Leonard Browne by calling 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted, key in the identification number 6097.

PCSO Karim Baladi

Collar number: 6154

I am a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) based at Wigston Police Station.

I have a good knowledge of the local area and I am pleased to be part of the Oadby Dedicated Neighbourhood Team.

I look forward to meeting with local residents and building relationships whilst I am out and about on my beat which will enable me to tackle any issues and concerns within the Oadby area.

  • Send an email to your neighbourhood team

  • Leave a voicemail for PCSO Karim Baladi by calling 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted, key in the identification number 6154.

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