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Leicester & Leicestershire



Charity No. 1072275

Issue 41/2017

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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Force supports Hate Crime Awareness Week

Issued on 16/10/17 at 6:00 a.m.

Leicestershire Police is encouraging communities to ‘say no to hate’ and report incidents during National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The force is working with partners to spread the message to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through a series of events during the week, which runs from 14-21 October 2017.

The force has launched a new film funded by PCC Lord Willy Bach. It features local sports teams driving home a powerful message that hate is unacceptable in Leicestershire’s diverse communities. The film features players from the Dolly Rockit Rollers, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Leicester City Women's Football Club, and Leicester Riders Basketball.

The police and local authority partners across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will be raising awareness throughout Hate Crime Awareness Week about how and where victims and witnesses can report hate incidents and crimes.

Leicestershire’s Hate Crime Officer, Darren Goddard, said; “We are really pleased that were able to support this new video which has been funded by Lord Bach and his office. Telling someone that you are being targeted because of who you are is the first step in tackling hate incidents and hate crimes, if we don’t know about it we cannot work together as a team with our partners to support the victim and hold those responsible to account for their actions.

“Working as a team, just as they do in sport, we can make a huge difference, this week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week and communities are standing together to send a clear message that there this no place for hate incidents and hate crimes in our society."

Leicestershire County Council has also released two short videos Councillor Ivan Ould, cabinet member for safer communities, said: “There is no place for hate in a vibrant, diverse county like Leicestershire.

“However, for victims that experience and suffer these types of incidents we want the people of Leicestershire to understand help is available.

“Sadly, hate incidents often go unreported but our new videos outline the importance and benefits of reporting. They make it clear how and where reports can be made and what action and help is available including support from specialist services such as Victim First.”

You can report a hate incident or hate crime to Leicestershire Police on 101 or in emergency please call 999. You can also report to your local council or anonymously via the Stamp It Out website:

You can follow the week long events on Twitter using hashtag #NHCAW or follow @hatecrimeleics


Leicestershire detective recognised at national awards

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Issued on 13/10/17 at 3:42 p.m.

Leicestershire Police’s Detective Constable Emma Kunne took home the New Trainee Detective of the Year Award at the annual Detective Awards last night (Thursday 12 October).

Officers from across the country flocked to Northampton for the annual ceremony, hosted by the Police Federation’s National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF), which saw awards presented for categories including; Detective Investigation of the Year; Services to Detectives; the technology-based Smarter Detective; and the New Trainee Detective of the Year.

Emma has been with the force for four years with the last two years spent training and working as a detective constable. She was chosen from a number of nominees from across the country for the impact she has made in her early career.

Emma was also recognised for her actions following a murder which led to high tensions within a community. Acting as the family liaison for the deceased’s family, Emma worked long hours to ensure the family was fully supported. She also assisted in the completion of the associated paperwork and worked tirelessly to ensure an efficient handover to the murder investigation team.

On receiving the award, Emma said: “It was an honour to be nominated and I was really surprised when I heard my name called out.

"I’m proud of how far I have come at the force and love my job, every day is different. My team have been so supportive throughout the training process and I am excited to see where my journey takes me next.”

Emma was nominated for the award by Detective Inspector Gareth Goddard, who said: “Emma always works extremely hard on any enquiry and is able to make sense of complex situations quickly.

“I have 26 years’ service with the police and, while I have had the pleasure to know many skilled and professional officers, I don’t think I have witnessed an officer with the competence and skill of Emma at her stage in service.”


Parents and carers - help protect your children by attending a free performance of Chelsea’s Choice

Issued on 11/10/17 at 3:58 p.m.

This term, thousands of children across the county will see a powerful theatre production about child sexual exploitation (CSE), a form of child sex abuse.

AlterEgo’s Chelsea’s Choice is currently being shown in secondary schools across Leicester city, Leicestershire and Rutland. The play was created to raise awareness of CSE and the devastating impact it can have on a young person’s life, while educating young people about how they can keep themselves safe.

To coincide with this and to ensure parents can support efforts to protect their children, a free performance of the 50-minute play is being offered to parents and carers at the Sue Townsend Theatre in Upper Brown Street, Leicester, on Monday, 30 October at 7.30pm.

There are 250 places available and tickets can be booked through Eventbrite:

At the performance, parents will learn how to identify the warning signs of grooming and CSE and how to prevent it happening to their child. The play also covers:

  • Awareness raising of the journey victims of CSE may have been on which has resulted in them being exploited.

  • How victims of CSE may fight against intervention as they may not see themselves as victims.

  • What makes a healthy relationship

  • What makes an unhealthy relationship

  • Safe Internet Use/Sexting

  • What consent is

  • The grooming process and the differing models and methods

  • Where to go for help & advice

Donna Smalley is Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Service Manager for the Multi-agency Child Sexual Exploitation (MA-CSE) team. She said: “I am urging parents and carers to come and see the performance their children are experiencing at school this term in order to gain a greater understanding of the risks they may be exposed to as they grow up.

“We work relentlessly to protect children but cannot do this alone. It is really important that parents and carers are aware of the signs of grooming or sexual exploitation and Chelsea’s Choice is an excellent vehicle for this. It is only by working together that we can keep our children safe.”

Ivan Ould is Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for children and families. He said: “CSE is an abhorrent crime and we work closely with the police, NHS, schools and others to tackle it.

“Chelsea’s Choice is a hard-hitting performance which we know effectively engages young people. But it’s equally important that parents know how to spot the tell-tale signs and I’d encourage them to attend the free performance.”

Sean McGrath, Creative Director, AlterEgo Creative Solutions Ltd, added: "'Chelsea's Choice has now been seen by well over 800,000 young people and thousands of adults throughout the UK and recently showcased in New York City to city, state and federal professionals. Raising awareness of what CSE is, what the warning signs are and who people can turn to for help and advice is vital if we are to help protect our children from this heinous crime."


Pioneering police lab speeding up the crime fighting process
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Issued on 9/10/17 at 10:00 a.m.

For the first time, forensic professionals from the police and private sector will undertake DNA analysis from the same site to form a more efficient and effective crime fighting team.

Police staff from the Forensic Services arm of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (known as EMSOU-FS) will be the first in the country to share laboratory bench space with staff from outside of policing in order to more quickly identify criminals.

The ground breaking partnership with Cellmark Forensic Services, one of the UK’s leading forensic companies, will see a number of their staff working alongside the EMSOU-FS team, with three scientists based out of a new DNA laboratory at the Arrow Centre in Nottinghamshire.

And the laboratory has now been recommended for accreditation by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS). This is the first time for a collaboration of this kind and will lead to valuable time being saved on investigations.

The need to transport samples to Cellmark’s laboratories in Oxfordshire and Lancashire will be significantly reduced. This will not only cut the unit’s carbon footprint, but will make it possible to profile urgent cases from the five East Midlands forces of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire within a matter of hours.

The new arrangement will also have a positive impact on other aspects of the forensic process. For example, the fingerprint team will be able to access exhibits for analysis and recovery as soon as the DNA team has finished, also potentially enabling them to turn around results within the same day.

Ultimately, the contract will allow detectives to identify and prosecute suspects, in a range of cases from burglaries to murders, much more quickly.

Regional Deputy Chief Constable Martyn Bates said: “DNA profiling is one of the most significant advancements in modern day policing, and it was developed right here in the East Midlands.

“It is not only helping to identify offenders committing today’s crimes, but you may have also heard in the news of cases in which criminals have been convicted years after some of the most serious and violent offences were committed.

“This contract, then, is an innovation in itself. Not only does it mean our DNA samples can be processed more quickly, consistently and to the highest of standards, but it will also bring the scientist and investigator closer together, enabling them to work in the very best interests of each case. In short, it’s going to refine and speed up the investigative process.

“These changes also mean we will be saving money, gaining a great deal from working so closely with a global market leader with a wealth of experience and skills to impart, and allowing for other opportunities to integrate and streamline our procedures.

“All this can only be of benefit to policing and, ultimately, the safety of people in the East Midlands.”

David Hartshorne, Cellmark's Managing Director, said: “This is a very exciting development which is allowing us to bring our forensic expertise closer to police investigators to deliver an extremely rapid and responsive DNA service. Our forensic partnership with EMSOU-FS is an innovative way of working and we are delighted that UKAS has recommended our laboratory for accreditation.”



Vehicle Crime


Many of us will be travelling off in our caravans at some point in the year, and just like any other holiday, it is important to ensure you take all the necessary precautions.

  • similar to how you would do at home, ensuring windows and doors are closed and locked when you leave the vehicle will make it extra difficult for thieves.

  • while they are stationary caravans can be tempting to thieves, so by attaching a wheel lock or clamp to it will add extra security and give you peace of mind on your holiday. Intruder alarms are advised and if you already have one installed, remember to set it.

  • security lighting is also a good idea as it can come on automatically when it gets dark and gives the impression someone is inside. This, in turn, deters criminals and will give you peace of mind.

If the caravan you have bought is not already registered with the Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme (CRiS), you should seriously think of registering your vehicle and having it electronically tagged. This will help the police to identify and return your caravan if it is stolen.





This neighbourhood beat covers the large village of Anstey.

The beat is primarily residential but also encompasses a thriving shopping centre, four public houses and three schools. There are also several new housing developments in the village.

Each dedicated neighbourhood team is supported by the Special Constabulary.

Your dedicated neighbourhood team

Sgt Rod Smart

Collar number: 2992

I joined Leicestershire Police in April 2009 as a Response Sergeant at Beaumont Leys, having spent nine years in the Nottinghamshire Constabulary and three years in the New Zealand Police.

Having been a Neighbourhood Sergeant at Hinckley Road for four years, I moved over to Loughborough in February 2015 to take over responsibility for this neighbourhood team. I work with a dedicated team of officers who are committed to supporting the residents and visitors to the ward by reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

  • Send an email to your neighbourhood team

  • Leave a voicemail for Sgt Rod Smart by calling 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted, key in the identification number 2992.

PCSO Alistair Cochrane

Collar number: 6556

I am new to the role of a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Anstey will be my first beat and I am really looking forward listening to the views of the community.

I am keen to be a visible as possible in Anstey, so if you see me please come and speak to me and share your concerns.

  • Send an email to your neighbourhood team

  • Leave a voicemail for PCSO Alistair Cochrane by calling 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted, key in the identification number 6556.

PCSO Philip Wright

Collar number: 6662

I have been the Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for the village of Anstey since May 2007, having spent the previous 12 months working as PCSO for the community of Measham, just outside Ashby.

I have brought to Anstey not only valuable experience but also the same commitment and determination to ensure that the neighbourhood of Anstey is seen as a safe place to live and work.

I am committed to tackling any issues that affect the quality of life for residents and visitors to the community of Anstey.

  • Send an email to your neighbourhood team

  • Leave a voicemail for PCSO Philip Wright by calling 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer. When prompted, key in the identification number 6662.

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