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April 2012

Your monthly newsletter from Birstall and Wanlip Neighbourhood Watch. Tel: 267 6397 Join our group or like our page on Facebook Follow us on Twitter @birstallwatch For the latest news on crimes in Birstall and Wanlip and crime prevention information, visit our local website:

Burglaries - Good News A burglar was arrested following a stop check on one of the car parks off Meadow Lane in early March. Officers were patrolling after the beat team highlighted an issue with littering. The occupants were spoken to and a smell of Cannabis emanated from the car. Checks on the occupants lead to an arrest of the males for being wanted for burglary. Charges were sought for no insurance, no MOT, no driving licence, possession of a class B controlled drug and burglary. The car was seized. Covert burglary patrols by PC Carruthers and PCSO Venables on the same night may have disrupted potential burglaries in the area. One vigilant member of the community even rang the police to report them as suspicious males! Potential burglaries were thwarted the previous evening when two known burglars were challenged in Birstall by undercover officers. They were legally harassed until they left the area and were clocked returning home empty handed. The law doesn't allow the police to arrest without any offences.

Jequirity Bean Bracelets - Warning We have received the following warning from the Leicestershire County NHW Association: Potentially deadly bracelets made from highly toxic Jequirity beans have been found in various locations throughout the country. We are not aware of any being found in Leicestershire, but residents are being urged to be cautious. They may have brought back from popular UK tourist attractions. The ladybird-like red and black seeds which make up the bracelets can be fatal if chewed or swallowed. If you have any concerns contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

Man Arrested on Suspicion of a Commercial Burglary on Sibson Road Detectives are questioning a man from Leicester this morning after he was arrested by Charnwood night shift officers on suspicion of a commercial burglary. During the early hours several men were seen acting suspiciously in Sibson Road in the village. Police cordoned off the area and with the assistance of a police dog, a man was found underneath a hedge.

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 26th April - 7.45pm Methodist Church Hall, Wanlip Lane, Birstall. All co-ordinators and members are encouraged to attend.

Member Renewals Start Strong Only six weeks after the member donations envelopes for 2012 went out, we already have 2189 members. Thank you to all those who have returned their envelopes and a gentle reminder to anyone who hasn’t yet—please return it to your co-ordinator so they can get your new membership card.

Gypsy and Traveller Site Consultation Extended The consultation period for the proposed gypsy and traveller sites around Birstall has been extended to July 13th. Whether you are for or against these sites, it is important to have your say in the consultation as well as by writing to the people who can influence the decision. The consultation is online at There are also consultation forms in shops around the village. The people to write to are: Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Scrutiny Commission: Councillor Sue Waddington Tel: 0116 212 4030 The City Mayor, Peter Soulsby: Email: Tel: 0116 252 8313 Write to: The City Mayor, Leicester City Council, 7th Floor, Block B, New Walk Centre, Welford Place, Leicester LE1 6ZG. Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell - MP for Charnwood Tel: 0207 219 4472 Email: Write to: Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA Rt Hon Liz Kendall - MP for Leicester West Tel: 0116 204 4980 Email: Write to: Liz Kendall, 42 Narborough Road, Leicester, LE3 0BQ

'101' Non- Emergency Number This is now established both locally and nationally. The 101 number gives you one easy way to contact Leicestershire Police to report less urgent crime and disorder or to speak to your local officers. It was introduced as part of the Government's wider work to improve access to the police, ease pressure on 999 and help the police efficiently and effectively tackle crime and disorder. The new 101 number relates to police non-emergency issues and replaces the 01162 222 222 number. The benefits are:  An easy to-remember number to contact every police force in England and Wales (which will by default put you through to your local Police).  There is a single flat rate charge (15p from landlines and mobiles for the WHOLE call as opposed to 10p a minute with the old system - Note: most calls exceed 1 minute in duration thus effectively making it cheaper).  The cost of the call is transparent, and in many cases cheaper than current non-emergency numbers.  101 can potentially reduce pressure on the 999 system. All 43 Chief Constables have agreed to adopt 101 making it a truly National system whilst maintaining the local accountability and contact for the public.

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Chairman's Report

Treasurer’s Report

During the last twelve months, several new co-ordinators have volunteered their services, thus increasing our membership. I should like to thank all our coordinators, without whom our local NHW could not operate.

Yet again I can report that membership stands at record numbers of households within the two villages. During the year we have again increased the number of members in the new Hallam Fields development and been successful in ‘filling in some of the gaps’ throughout the village. The committee is very appreciative of this support and the confidence it gives us to pursue our aims.

During the year, our Secretary, Shreekant Raivadera, resigned from that post, but is still a member of the committee and continues to make a valuable contribution. The new Secretary is Ed Chambers. Ellen Spurr left the committee earlier this year. We wish you well, Ellen. I took over as Chairman from Ed Marshall, who resigned in the Autumn. My thanks go to Ed for his years on the committee and, indeed, to all the committee members for their dedication. We are delighted to have the services of Ryan Patel, a local student, who helps to produce the monthly Newsletter. We are lucky in Birstall to have the services of two excellent members of the police force on a dedicated beat team. PC Richard Carruthers and PCSO Mark Butler have been at the forefront of tackling issues of anti-social behaviour and the various spates of crimes that have blighted us over the year. Overall, there are fewer crimes nowadays than in previous years, which is good news and not something we hear often enough. Thanks are also due to Birstall Parish Council for their continued support. Just over a year ago, Karen Moon, a committee member, set up a Business Watch in Birstall. This encouraged businesses to use a phone link to alert one another to suspicious characters who may be a threat. Karen received a Commendation from the police for this valuable service. This year our local NHW received media recognition on Radio Leicester and on BBC TV in Gloria Honeyford's series Doorstep Crimes. The latter highlighted the No Cold Calling Zones as an effective initiative. Evelyn Holden Chairman

Throughout the year we have again continued the campaign focusing on cycle theft by giving away cycle locks when cycles have been coded. The items we continue to sell on a no-profit basis remain popular with members and additional items are regularly added.

Crime Summary 14/02-12/03 2012 BURGLARY


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Burglaries have dropped dramatically as have assaults and criminal damage. There We are continuing to make contributions remains a marked reduction in anti-social to the running costs of the Police Room at behaviour in the villages. the Sibson Road building, and are very happy to be involved in helping to provide Year on year change: Total Crime: -22% this important facility in the village. We Total Burglary: -27.6% also purchased two sets of CCTV Total Vehicle Crime: -16.9% equipment and made them available for our beat officers to use. PC 2139 Rich Carruthers PSCO 6611 Mark Butler My thanks as always go to all our local co- Birstall, Wanlip, and Watermead Local ordinators/contacts for their help in Neighbourhood Policing Team collecting the membership subscriptions. Charnwood Local Policing Unit Telephone 101 Without your efforts the Watch would simply not exist. My thanks also go to the Co-ordinators Needed Birstall Parish Council and their staff for Schemes in Tempest Road and their continued support and Harrowgate Drive (half way up the hill) encouragement, and to those local need new co-ordinators. Please contact businesses that sponsor our activities. 267 6397 if you can help. Please mention the Watch to them whenever possible. Copies of the audited balance sheet will be available at the AGM, and I will be pleased to answer any questions about the accounts. Allan Kinton Treasurer

Every 3rd Saturday of the month

Saturday Advice Shop 21st April 10am to 12 noon 10 Sibson Road Opposite the garden centre

Product Highlight: Movement Detector Alarm

Ideal for caravans, garages and when you’re travelling. The alarm is activated by a 4 digit code and runs on batteries, so can be put in any vulnerable place. When triggered, the siren is a deafening 130dB loud. While not intended to replace a full house alarm, these alarms require no wiring and are easy to use and install. A mains adaptor is available separately and the alarm has a socket for an extension siren. Available for £15 to members from our Saturday Advice Shops.

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Leicestershire North Neighbourhood Watch Association to be held at Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road, Anstey, LE7 7AY at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23rd May 2012. Thank you to Birstall Parish Council for continuing to support the Watch. This newsletter is sponsored by these local businesses, so please support them and tell them you saw their ad in the Neighbourhood Watch newsletter.

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April 2012  

Birstall & Wanlip Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter April 2012

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