Sept Police Update

Police in West Leicester spent a day in August disrupting criminality in a special targeted campaign.

The operation, overseen by Sgt Andy Parkinson, saw a number of resources including the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) team positioned on key routes into New Parks, Beaumont Leys, Braunstone, Rowley Fields, Western Park and Westcotes stopping vehicles believed to be involved in criminal activity.

Fifteen vehicles were stopped, four cars were seized, three people were given traffic offence reports (TORs), an amount of cannabis was confiscated and two people were arrested.

Inspector Rob Randell is the West Leicester neighbourhood policing area commander and was in charge of the operation. He said: 'We know from information received and from local officers' interaction with the community that there are individuals who continue to commit crime in the area and may not necessarily live locally.

'The aim of the operation was to target those travelling criminals who commit offences and cause the most harm in the local area.

'We will continue to carry out operations of this nature and reassure the local community that their concerns are not going unheard. If anyone has any concerns about crime in the local area we could encourage them to call 101 or speak to local officers.'

A local man who was arrested after homophobic comments were made at the recent Leicester City v Brighton football match has been charged with chanting indecently under Section 3 of the Football Offences Act.

The 44 year old from Mossgate will appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court later this month.

A second 21 year old man who was arrested on suspicion of making obscene gestures, was given a conditional caution.

If you drive a works van you're asked to think about its security after an unprecedented run of thefts from vans during the last three months.

Since the beginning of the year, police have received more than 800 reports of commercial vehicles broken into where tens of thousands of pounds worth of tools have been stolen.

Police executed warrants at addresses in Golf Course Lane off Hinckley Road and in the city, recovering more than 300 power tools in the process. Officers are currently trying to reunite the items with their rightful owners.

Eight people were arrested on suspicion of theft and officers are hunting others involved in such crimes.