Measham Parish Council

Serving the people of Measham

Clerk: Dawn Roach
c/o Measham Leisure Centre
off High Street, Measham
Derbyshire DE12 7HR

Tel: 01530 589583

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Posted: Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:46 by Dawn Roache

Inspector Bhaktas latest blog

February 2018

Welcome to the first blog of 2018. I'm sure you may have noticed we have relocated to our new premises alongside our colleagues from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

Even though we have been on the move we haven't taken our eye off the ball, here's a roundup of the many things we have been working on:

Christmas Celebrate Safely

Our Christmas 'Celebrate Safely' Campaign was a lot of hard work but well received. The police, North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service worked together with Pubwatch; local businesses and communities to make our towns and villages a safer and more secure place to be. Hermitage FM also helped us by sending out some key safety messages.

There was also a joint operation between NWLDC licensing and the police to check on taxis and private hire vehicles. In total 19 vehicles were referred to the testing station for examination by mechanics. Their findings were:

  • ·11 were found with defects
  • ·One plate was removed and suspended
  • ·10 required re-inspection at the depot
  • ·All drivers were in possession of their badges

Andy Cooper NWLDC Licensing lead said; "This was the busiest operation we have ever run".

Retailers were visited to promote the use of the retail radio scheme, Facewatch (an on-line crime reporting platform) and we re-emphasised some security regimes that prevent criminality. We handed out 100 retail crime prevention packs.

The North West Community Safety Partnership funded a safe medical vehicle in Ashby on three of the busiest nights of the year. Officers found this service really useful. A colleague reported to me; "The medical vehicle came in very handy when we found an unresponsive male in an alleyway in Ashby. Medical staff were there in seconds, it helped free up the officers for other incidents, who without it would have had to wait with the man for an ambulance to arrive."

For anyone who follows you would have seen myself and Sergeant Ian Weston appealing for our residents to nominate a vulnerable person to receive a crime prevention pack, the response was amazing and between this appeal and the events we attended managed to hand out at events over 500 personal safety, vehicle crime and burglary prevention packs.

We are grateful to NWLDC Community Safety Team who part funded the packs and the police volunteers that packed a lot of bags.

Know your measures & Drink Drive Campaign.

We always seek to educate people on the dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Unfortunately an increase in violence is often associated with this.

Our 'know your measures' sessions at The Hermitage Leisure Centre and Hood Park Leisure Centre went down well with local running celebrity Gemma Steel who spoke to staff and tweeted her support.

Did you know the two unit rule was brought in in 1968 when wine was 8.5% proof and glasses 125ml. Today most wine is now 13% proof and 170ml glasses, so you can no longer have two glasses and expect to be under the legal limit. I still advocate abstinence if driving, as it isn't worth the risks or loss of livelihood.

North West Special Police Constables led on the National Drink Drive Campaign. On the launch date 1/2/17 they administered four road tests in Ashby. Three people had alcohol in their system having had a drink after work but were below the police limit. One male was arrested and later charged. It was disappointing to learn he had a previous conviction for drinking and driving.

On 2/12/17 the specials undertook a morning after initiative. No breath tests were administered however one male was arrested for driving whilst under the influence of drugs. Officers are now equipped with road-side drug testing kits.

Across the force area we arrested a total 99 people for being unfit behind the wheel during December including 21 for drug driving:

  • 35 of these arrests were made following a road traffic collision
  • 33 of the arrested drivers were aged 25 or under
  • Over a third of the arrests were made in Leicester (37) along with significant numbers in Charnwood (21), North West Leicestershire (12) and Hinckley & Bosworth (9)
  • The highest road side breath tests was 141, over four times the legal limit

Jonathan Clarkson, spokesperson for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership said, "The number of arrests is significantly up on December 2016, when we saw 50 people arrested, including 46 drink and 4 drug. What is particularly alarming is number of younger drivers, thirty three in total, who chose to put themselves at risk, that's a third of the overall arrests, equally concerning is the increase in the number of drug drivers being detained, over twenty in this case."

Although our seasonal campaign has come to an end, officers will continue patrolling across the force area in order to make our roads safer, including our towns, villages and rural areas.

Coalville Town Crime Initiative: 'Operation Gas' and 'Operation Gismo- Glyph' involved uniform and plain clothed operations in Coalville Town Centre on five days and two evenings during November and December 2017. The purpose was to tackle anticipated increases in seasonal crime and to address some concerns from local businesses and residents in relation to drug use around the town. Seven people were arrested, three further people stopped and searched and four warrants were executed and a quantity of drugs were recovered.

Recent arrests, summonses and charges

George Ellul, 49 years old of Hermitage Court Whitwick appeared in Court on 21/11/17 where he was sentenced to 13 weeks imprisonment for possession of Class 'A' drugs, burglary and breach of his suspended sentence order.

41 year old William Ritchie of Price Street Coalville appeared in Leicester Crown Court on the 19th January and was sentenced to a total of 4 years for two burglaries.

Three people have been charged and remanded in custody in connection with a series of ATM attacks across the East Midlands and neighbouring counties last year:

  • ·Heathan Hall, 27, of Copt Oak, Markfield,
  • ·Wayne Smith, 35, of Manor Road, Barlestone,
  • ·Swaly Price, of no fixed address

Neighbourhood Priority Team

Since 4th January, North West Neighbourhood Priority Team officers have been conducting both high visibility and plain clothed patrols around Measham and the Bardon area. So far they have arrested two people for burglaries, one of which has been charged and the other is still under investigation. Other arrests included: two for theft from motor vehicles, one for drink drive and five people were stopped and search after being found in an abandoned building.

It was a little disappointing that despite all this activity in North West Leicestershire, crime for December 2017 rose slightly by 6.9%. However we performed much better than the force overall which is up 17%. That made us feel it was worth the long hours.

Nationally crime is up 22 % and regrettably Leicestershire Police is following that trend. We are however mindful that changes to our crime reporting methods coupled with encouraging people to report hate crime, sexual offices, child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and domestic violence will increase the figures.


Neighbourhood Watch is proud to be supporting Take Five To Stop Fraud Week.

Take Five To Stop Fraud Week is part of the

national campaign from Financial Fraud Action UK

and the Government, backed by the banking

industry coming together to tackle fraud.

The advice being issued this week is really simple but it can stop you becoming a victim of fraud.

  1. A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
  2. Don't be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
  3. Always question uninvited approaches in case it's a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

To read more about the campaign go to

From 23rd January a new campaign is being launched across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to encourage people to keep vital personal and medical information in a bottle in their fridge.

Each bottle comes with two stickers which should be stuck on the inside of the front door and on the fridge door which should alert you to the fact that there is a bottle in the fridge with information in it.

Finding that information will save a lot of time and give you quick useful information about the person if they have gone missing or something has happened – in fact it could help us save a life. You can pick up bottle from the Front Enquiry Desk at North West Leicestershire District Council.

Over the coming months we will be holding beat surgeries across the area, why not pop along and meet your local officer, perhaps raise any concerns you may have.

Meet your local PCSO:

Parish Council Building Market Place WhitwickFeb 9th

Beat Surgery Aldi Ashby - Feb 18th

Ibstock Beat Surgery - Feb 11th

Greenhill Beat Surgery - Mar 2nd

Speak at the Spar - Feb 20th

Beat Surgery Measham Library - Feb 16th

Beat Surgery Telecottage - Mar 3rd

Castle Donington College Engagement Event - Feb 8th

Details of further surgeries can be found at

I hope you have found my blog interesting reading.

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Helena Bhakta

North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Area

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