|Inspector Pual McKinder's Update - November 2011|
Hello and welcome to those who follow my updates as the LPU Commander for Market Harborough and Lutterworth and a warm welcome to those that are reading it for the first time. Thank you from me and my team for taking time to read these updates.
In my first update I set out a clear commitment that we at Market Harborough and Lutterworth will work closely with our communities and partners to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. I am very pleased to say that collaboration with our partners and are local community has gone from strength to strength and continues with a strong momentum. I have met with several Neighbourhood Watch groups and attended a Lutterworth Council forum, this has helped me to gain a clear understanding of what matters to our community.
The 'Harborough District Neighbourhood Management Meeting' (which I chair) takes place each month with both the police and our partners. It is at this multi-agency forum that we focus on anti-social behaviour and related crime and disorder and any threats to our communities and local people through a collaborative problem solving approach.
Those areas of increased anti-social behaviour during October were identified as Great Glen and Fleckney. We have responded swiftly to these increases by implementing Operation 'Yewtree' a planned response by Special Constabulary officers providing an increased high visibility presence and targeted patrols, this response was supported by the local neighbourhood officers for these beats and in addition the IMPACT Team (Leicestershire Youth Offending Service) have worked with youths in both locations recently. This co-ordinated multi-agency response has seen a significant reduction of anti-social incidents in both locations.
In collaboration with Great Glen Parish Council the local beat team officers Pc 4697 Emily Dickens and PCSO 6664 Anil Mehta have opened a beat office, those officers now work from this location which puts them in the heart of their community and increases their response times to incidents.
Metal thefts in the Lutterworth area experienced an increase in early October, Sergeant 2908 Steve Bunn and Pc 1088 Paul Hardwicke planned a successful joint operation with Warwickshire police for three days. The operation resulted in four arrests for commercial burglary and three arrests for metal thefts with the recovery of a large quantity of copper cabling.
Road safety remains a priority at both Market Harborough and Lutterworth, in late September and mid-October two combined traffic operations were undertaken with officers from both the 'Roads Policing Unit' and Market Harborough and Lutterworth stations. The first operation focused on excessive speed on the A6 Kibworth and those villages in The Langton's area. The second operation was undertaken within the Market Harborough and Lutterworth area to prevent and educate motorists from using their mobile phones whilst driving.
Halloween and Bonfire Night experienced a reduced number of reported anti-social behaviour incidents compared to previous years across Market Harborough and Lutterworth this was due to the planned policing response across the area which incorporated the 'No to Trick or Treat' campaign.
On Sunday 13th November I was given the honor of laying the wreath at the Lutterworth Remembrance Parade. It was a fantastic turnout and very poignant and a real privilege.
I am now a confirmed 'Tweeter' having 'Tweeted' for the first time and I look forward to reading your comments, you can follow me at @HarboroughLPU
If you have any problems in your Community not requiring a 999 response please contact your local officer whose details can be found on the Leicestershire Constabulary's website http://www.leics.police.uk or call 101 the none emergency number.
Please remember, 'the more you tell us, the greater impact we can have...'
Inspector Paul Mckinder