Page added on January 25, 2013
From Chief Superintendent Rob Nixon, Leicester City BCU Commander:
Thank you for taking the time to read my weekly round up of policing activity in Leicester city. I hope you find it of interest. Snow has continued to fall in Leicester over the last 24 hours after significant downfalls over the weekend. I would like remind road users to take extra caution and take a few moments to read the advice from the BBC website about how to drive safe in snow and icy conditions. I am led to believe that we have experienced the worse and that conditions are due to improve, but do remember that roads and paths will remain icy.
You will no doubt be aware that this week we have charged five people in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. You may also be aware, that in a separate investigation, seven men have been charged in connection with an incident of disorder at a restaurant on East Park Road.The fact that charges have been brought, and people have appeared at the Magistrates’ Court, means that we are now governed by very strict rules about what we can and can’t say publicly. These rules, under the Contempt of Court Act, mean that anything that is written, appears in an email, in print or on social media networks that could jeopardise either trial could result in a police investigation, and possibly a prosecution. While we would like to share all the information we know, because this would stop rumour and speculation, in order for justice to be done we must all be very careful not to say anything that could harm the case. We are sure that you all share our view that it is important for all the victims in these cases to see the alleged perpetrators put before the courts. We will of course continue to update you on developments when they happen such as further arrests, court dates and other details that can be shared in public while a case is in progress. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who have supported my officers over the last week in sharing messages with the community. Please visit the Leicestershire Police website for updates or if you use twitter, feel free to follow @leicspolice or @robnixoncity to receive the latest information.
Officers continue to work hard to protect the communities of Leicester and over the last seven days they dealt with 2,153 calls for assistance. Officers are as always supported by specialist colleagues who work together to identify, locate and bring to justice those responsible for committing crime. Here are just a few of those charges made this week:
A 20-year-old man has been charged with aggravated burglary following an incident at a house in Aysgarth Road in Beaumont Leys on the night of Thursday January 10.
A 17-year-old youth has been charged with burgling a building in Burgess Street, Leicester city centre, on January 1 and also charged with causing £950 of criminal damage to a bicycle located in the building.
A man aged 20 and a 17-year-old youth have been charged with burgling a domestic garage and a shed belonging to the same property in Northendene Road in Knighton which is believed to have occurred on Thursday January 17.
A 20-year-old has also been charged with criminal damage to a wall at a property in Northendene Road in Knighton and criminal damage to the wall at a neighbouring property.
We work very closely with Leicester City Council and the City Centre Management Team to ensure that businesses and retailers receive the information, support and level of service which they expect from the police. Therefore it was great to hear the results last week following the independent research work conducted on behalf of Leicestershire Police. 75% of respondents from businesses operating in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland feel that the police are doing a good job and 89% of respondents consider the area to be safe as a location in which to run a business. This is great news not only for us, but also for shoppers, residents and visitors to the city. Other findings from the report can be found here. I would like to remind you that if you want to have your say to highlight your concerns surrounding local policing in your area, then do spare a few minutes to complete our short consultation survey. Alternatively you could visit the Leicestershire Police website to find out details of your safer neighbourhood team and when consultation events are being held locally.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read my weekly round up of policing activity in Leicester and do feel free to share it with other people who might be interested. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I’d be really interested to hear what you think of my round up of activity. Is what I’m sharing of interest to you? Is there anything that you would like to see included in here which isn’t? I’d love to hear from you.
Chief Superintendent Rob Nixon, Leicester City BCU Commander