Shearsby Parish Council

Protecting, Connecting, Involving and Representing Shearsby

Shearsby Flag

Clerk: Lynn Cosgrove
White Gates, The Bank
Shearsby, Leics LE17 6PF

Tel: 07850 378367

Shearsby Neighbourhood Watch

NHW Coordinators

We have a team of coordinators placed through the village. The members are Joanna Quick, Kevin Gill, Man Lan Adams, Andy Sharpe and Peter Cosgrove. A Councillor will attend each meeting and the group will have a voice at Council meetings.

Jo Quick will continue to be the main coordinator from December 2017 onward.

Bulletins will be added to this website via Chairman Cllr Martin Reynolds or Cllr Lynn Cosgrove.

Police

Beat Surgeries

PC Steve Adams will be carrying out Beat Surgeries on the following dates and times plus locations. This will involve him being at the location in a marked police vehicle available to talk.

Sunday May 20th

15:00 – 16:00 Outside Arnesby Village Hall

16:30 – 17:30 outside The Plough Bruntingthorpe

18:00 - 19:00 Outside Willoughby Waterley's village hall

Ask The Police

A link to an App called "Ask the Police" that provides some really useful self-service links and answers to questions that commonly come through to the police.

Contacts for Reporting Crime

The Police on Twitter

Follow the Community Safety Partnership and your local police teams on Twitter for regular news on incidents and campaign work.

@HarbCSP

@LPHarborough

@LPLutterworth

Links To The Police

Stay informed of policing news in your area and sign up to www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk

Been subject to a crime? Or want to prevent one from happening? Go to www.leics.police.uk/support

Leicestershire Police is keen to hear your views about policing in your area. Please take a moment to visit www.leics.police.uk/haveyoursay and complete our on-line survey.

In order to tackle local concerns and tell the police what matters in the area you live and work complete this short questionnaire - found in documents under C, crime prevention, police form. uploads/police-form.pdf

Crime Reports

Arson at Husbands Bosworth

Incident number: Inc 17 of 30 August

Police are investigating three reports of arson in Husbands Bosworth – and believe that the incidents are linked.

The first report, which relates to a waste bin being set on fire outside premises in Bell Lane, was made shortly after 11pm yesterday (Wednesday).

A further report was then made stating that two vehicles and a number of wheelie bins had been set alight in Mowsley Road either late last night or in the early hours of this morning (Thursday). The blaze also affected a nearby property, but no-one was injured.

A short time later it was then reported that a van had been set alight in Church Street.

Detective Constable Chantel Booth, the investigating officer, said: "We believe that these incidents are linked to one another and our enquiries are continuing.

"I'm particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in either Bell Lane, Mowsley Road or Church Street either last night or in the early hours of this morning and who saw or heard anyone acting in a suspicious manner.

"Whether you saw something yourself, or you have CCTV or dashcam footage that has picked anything up, I'd like to speak to you."

A 35-year-old man from Gloucestershire has today (Thursday) been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody.

Anyone with information should call DC 4637 Booth on 101, quoting incident 17 of 30 August.

Courier Fraud

A Fraud MO is being conducted against elderly vulnerable people involving a male caller, described by various victims as having an Indian or foreign accent, contacting the vulnerable person knowing their name, address and bank in order to try to get them to withdraw money from the bank.

Offences have continued across the force with a potential further 14 incidents being called into the Police over the last few weeks. This is likely to be higher in number due to some incidents being reported directly to Action Fraud and others being unreported.

A couple of variations to the method have been observed, these being the victim being persuaded to transfer their money into the suspects bank account and also where the scam initially began as a BT/Talk Talk representative rather then from the Police/bank.

This is to ensure that people are aware of the scam and that they a) don't become a victim and b)They report the offence to the police.

The police can be contacted on 101 at any time or 999 if prompt attendance is required to catch suspects in the act of committing a crime, or have just committed the crime and are in the vicinity.

Church burglaries - Message from Inspector Gavin Drummond

Dear Parish Chairs and Clerks,

Over the past few days we have seen an increase in rural churches being targeted whereby their lead roofs have been stripped and stolen.

Specifically, we have seen offences across areas such as Ashby Magna, Theddingworth, Arnesby and Peatling Parva.

I am well aware that other Churches have also been targeted in the past.

We are focusing efforts in order to try and identify those that are committing these offences but we need your help in doing so.

Please can I ask that you share this message with your local communities.

We need to ask our local communities to be vigilant towards suspicious behaviour in and around Churches.

We know that those wishing to steal the church metal will often have one of more vehicles with them as a way of transporting it away from the scene.

If you see persons or vehicles activing suspiciously please call 101 and report it to the Police so that we can record and act on the information.

We are particularly interested in:

  • Makes and models of vehicles
  • Vehicle registration numbers
  • Numbers of people
  • Physical descriptions of those people acting suspiciously
  • Any noticeable accents from those acting suspiciously.
  • Direction of travel

If you witness the lead being stolen, then you must ring 999 so that we can respond as quickly as possible.

Please be our eyes and ears in your community so that we can bring this atrocious crime to a stop.

Should you wish to speak to your local officers about this, then you can find their details here:

https://leics.police.uk/local-policing

For more information on preventing church metal theft, please see here:

https://www.ecclesiastical.com/churchmatters/churchguidance/churchsecurity/theftofmetal/index.aspx

Thank you for your help

Regards

Inspector Gavin Drummond

Red Telephone Kiosks

Thieves looking very official are touring this area trying to steal red telephone kiosks. If you have one, please try to monitor it and get close neighbours involved. They should call police 999 if anyone is 'working' on it. The vans that have been seen in this vicinity are white and the two numbers seen so far are:

PK 60 FVL on a small VW van with rear opaque windows – no tax or MOT - Seen parked up.

PK 60 YVN on a Ford transit – no MOT but taxed – seen with men at work.

The transit people wear high-vis and the rear of the van is painted with red and white stripes, like Highway maintenance vehicles. They work with a pneumatic drill and excavate it from its surroundings. They have asked a passer by 'if there were any more red hone boxes in the area' so are clearly bold and ambitious.

Theft from and damage to cars

On Saturday 27th May 2017 a car was broken into and valuables stolen. Two further cars were also damaged.

The incidents are believed to have occurred around 3am or 4am on Sunday. Police have been notified.

Vehicle damage, The Bank

A car was badly damaged on The Bank on Good Friday 14th April at around 6pm to 7pm.The rear window was smashed in.

Police have been informed. If you saw anything please give them a call.

Two reported incidents in Shearsby on Monday 27th March.

1. Joyriders in a car and on a quadbike caused damage to a vehicle in Church Lane. Police were involved.

2. Property was stolen from stables on the Old Road.

I do not have full information so I will say these are "alleged" incidents, but keep your stuff safe and your eyes peeled!

Break In on Saddington Road Industrial Units

A break in has occurred on Saddington Road Industrial Units overnight, Wednesday 18th / Thursday 19th January 2017.

Thieves entered K9 Heaven and Begley's Windows.

If you know of anything that may help please notify the local police.

Play equipment targeted in park

People are being urged to be vigilant after some play equipment was vandalised in a park in the Harborough district.

A swing was tampered with in August in the play area at Manor Field, Thurnby. It is suspected the incident may have been an attempted metal theft although this has not been confirmed.

The damaged swing was reported to the council by a parent whose child received minor injuries after playing on it.

Harborough District Council has carried out a full assessment – in addition to its weekly inspections – of all play equipment, under its remit, in the district.

No other issues were found in the district.

The council is urging park users, parish councils and neighbouring local authorities to be vigilant when it comes to play equipment, and is asking the public to report it immediately if they see anyone tampering with play equipment or find any damaged play equipment.

Shearsby's play equipment is inspected weekly, but please be on the lookout for anything untoward.

Survey

The National Rural Crime Survey aims to determine the true personal, social and economic cost of rural crime and anti-social behaviour across the country.

The last survey took place in 2015, when 13,000 people responded to give their impressions of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The results revealed the cost of rural crime to the country was significant – around £800m every year.

Questions in the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey cover a range of issues – from whether people report crimes to the impact anti-social behaviour has on rural life.

The survey also asks whether respondents believe enough is done to catch offenders.

The National Rural Crime Network brings together Police and Crime Commissioners, police forces and organisations that play a key role in rural communities.

Network chairman Julia Mulligan said: "I hope that everyone living or working in a rural community will spare a few minutes to complete our survey.

"It will provide a clear picture of what has improved, what challenges remain and what more government, police forces and other organisations can do to support the most isolated areas of our county.

The survey is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June and will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Please find the survey at http://www.rsnonline.org.uk/major-survey-seeks-views-on-rural-crime

Posters / Newsletters

Community Safety Partnership newsletters

Woody Nickit - yes he would!

Burglary Poster

Garden Crime

Garden crime poster from Leicestershire Police.

Victim First Newsletter, November 2017

Neighbourhood Watch Leicester

Watch Word

Please view our Crime Prevention Watch Word Newsletters.

Our Watch

  • NHW, Our News, 2017 August (PDF, 2.7 Mb)

    Our News, the Neighbourhood Watch newsletter from HDC Community Safety team, for 2017 August.

Set up for NHW

There are some big changes as to how NHW is being developed. Work behind the scenes with Leicestershire Police is developing the new modern NHW as follows:

1. Redesign of the NHW logo currently in progress

2. NHW is now run locally in Leicestershire and police are involved

3. There is a website which co-ordinators must become members of. This then puts you on the map. http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

4. Local officers will be assisting you with any issues.

5. Signage is now sourced by Chris Woodward who is the police liaison for NHW

6. There is a new County NHW committee which, as it stands, is:

Chair – Richard Clarke, Vice Chair – Ruthven Horne (Chair of Rutland NHW), Secretary – Susan Marlow, Treasurer – Declan Chapman.

Meetings / Minutes / Agendas

  • NHW, Minutes, 2017 11 23 (PDF, 11 Kb)

    Minutes of the NHW meeting held on 23rd November 2017 at 7.30pm, White Gates, The Bank.

  • NHW, Minutes, 2017 06 15 (PDF, 351 Kb)

    Minutes of the meeting to form a Neighbourhood Watch, NHW, held on 15th June 2017 at 7.30pm in the village hall.

  • Poster, NHW meeting 2017 06 15 (PDF, 333 Kb)

    Poster for the NHW meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 15th June.

Neighbourhood Watch, Meeting, Thursday 15th June 2017.

In light of recent incidents in Shearsby it is proposed to re-form the Neighbourhood Watch.

A meeting is called for Thursday 15th June at 7.30pm in the village hall. A good turn out from villagers is requested. The local police have been invited as have Neighbourhood Watch Leicester.