Dog theft awareness campaign launched

Dog outside shop

A campaign launched by the Dogs Trust to make owners aware of an increase in dog thefts is being supported by Blaby District Council.

Residents are being reminded to ensure they remain vigilant at all times with their dogs.

Thefts commonly take place outside shops, with owners reminded not to leave their dog unattended in any public areas.

The Dogs Trust is urging residents to follow three steps to reduce the risk of theft and offer the best possible chance of being reunited with their dog if it goes missing:

SAFE – Secure your property and garden.

SPOTTABLE – Keep them in sight and trained to return.

SEARCHABLE – Know what steps to take if they go missing.

Popular breeds to take from owners include Spaniels, due to breeding; Lurchers, known to be used as working dogs, and any popular pedigree or designer breeds.

If a dog is stolen, residents are strongly advised to report the theft to both the Council and to the company holding the dog’s microchip details.

Reporting it to the microchip database will ensure details cannot be changed by anyone other than the registered keeper.

As a dog is deemed ‘property’ the theft should also be reported to the police.

Michelle Ikin, Senior Animal Services Officer at Blaby District Council, said:

“We are in full support of the Dogs Trust campaign to make people are aware of the growing issue of dog thefts. It’s also just one of the reasons why we are so keen to see every dog in the district microchipped to comply with the law.

“It is vital that you do not leave your dog tied up to go into a shop to make it easy for thieves. Any dog is at risk of being stolen, regardless of its age or breed. If a dog is taken, telling the right people as soon as possible is the best course of action.”

Celine Di Crocco, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Loughborough, said:

“It is a sad day when we have to issue these types of warnings, but with instances of dog theft becoming more prevalent, we want to ensure that dog owners are aware of the dangers so that they can keep their beloved pets safe.

“Theft of any item is distressing, but when a dog is stolen, who many consider a part of the family; the experience can be even more distressing.

We’re grateful to Blaby District Council in helping us raise awareness of dog theft to their residences and helping to keep the Family Pawtrait complete.”

Any stolen dogs can be reported to the Council by emailing or call 0116 275 7555. Information on dog thefts from the Dogs Trust can be found on

[Source and photo: Blaby District Council Communications]

Heroes assemble for village ‘Spring Clean’ blitz

A number of local residents, of varying ages, came together to tidy up Enderby village in  an organised event billed as “Enderby Coop Great British Spring Clean”.

Those taking part were asked to bring along their old Coop bags to use for collecting litter and a pair of gloves.

The group took to the village area between 2.30 and 3.30pm on Sunday 4th March and during that time managed to amass several sacks full of litter. The sacks were deposited outside the store at 19 Cross Street, Enderby for collection.

Litter sacks outside co-op

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It’s a busy couple of weeks in store (forgive the pun) for the Co-op and local causes:

Monday 5th March Applications open for the next round of Local Cause funding.

Wednesday 7th March visit to Honey Bees preschool to talk to the children about Fairtrade and handout free bananas.

Friday 9th March 5.15pm-6.15pm Fairtrade wine tasting in Enderby Co-op.

Wednesday 14th March Fairtrade coffee afternoon at Enderby Library with the over 60’s games club.

More photos from the Enderby Coop Great British Spring Clean

The team on Mill Lane Park
The team on Mill Lane Park
young litter pickers walking through Enderby village
Young litter pickers walking through Enderby village
litter picking collage
Canisters of butane found on Mill Lane Park and even old abandoned garden planters.

[Source / All photos: Coop Member Pioneer for Enderby]

#GreatBritishSpringClean  #TheCoopWay

Force seeks to recruit 150 teenage cadets across county

Police Cadets
Photo: Leicestershire Constabulary

The search is on for 150 young people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to join Leicestershire Police’s Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) programme.

The programme invites young people aged 13 to 17 years to gain an unrivalled insight into policing and learn new skills, while helping their community and discovering their spirit of adventure.

Recruits will be trained by police officers, staff and cadet leaders, and will be given the opportunity to get involved with policing across the whole county, while following the national Volunteer Police Cadet programme.

Superintendent Shane O’Neill, the lead for Volunteers in Policing, said:

“Joining our cadet programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to make a positive and valued contribution to policing in their local community.

“Cadets can gain a great deal from their involvement, from building personal confidence to making new friends and gaining experience for a future career in the police.

“Last year the cadets volunteered more than 10,000 hours to the force, which is tremendous. In this time they’ve developed their policing skills and knowledge, supported the force operationally and at community and partner events, completed recognised qualifications and had a lot of fun along the way.”

Leicestershire Police currently has almost 300 cadets enrolled on the programme. They attend weekly sessions during the academic year and are asked to volunteer three hours per month in their communities.

VPC Tarang Jethwa, 15, joined the cadet programme last year and said:

“I love going to events with officers and taking part in teambuilding activities in our unit sessions. Cadets is a great place to socialise with people and I’ve learned a lot too. Recently my unit has been learning about traffic signs and roads policing, and we’ve also been taught about the powers of arrest.

“My confidence has improved a lot since joining as a cadet, and it’s been really interesting to learn about our different communities and the diversity within them.”

Police cadets are also given the opportunity to complete formal qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh, take part in national competitions and tournaments and gain certificates in St John Ambulance first aid training.

VPC Kayla Simmonds, 17, has been a member of the Melton Cadet Unit for two years and is in the process of joining the Royal Air Force Police. She said:

“Since joining the cadets I’ve met lots of new people, and not only has my confidence improved, but also my ability to communicate effectively with people I don’t know.

“There’s something for everyone in the cadets, whether you’d like a future career in the force or not. It’s not just about police skills, it’s about life skills.”

The aims of the VPC programme are to promote a practical understanding of policing among young people, as well as to support local policing priorities through volunteering and giving young people a chance to be heard.

Anyone who would like to join them as a Volunteer Police Cadet, please visit Leicestershire Police’s website: and apply online today.

On the website there is a recruitment pack which will provide applicants with information around the application process, cadet unit locations and frequently asked questions.

Superintendent O’Neill said:

“I look forward to welcoming the new recruits in September, where they will enjoy an exciting and growing programme that is making a real difference to the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”

The force will be accepting applications until Saturday 31 March, and applicants must be due to turn 13 by Friday 31 August 2018.

Police Ethics Committee to review latest stop and search data

Police 'wand' search

Stop and search police powers will be under scrutiny when members of Leicestershire’s independent ethics panel meet in Police HQ Enderby, later this week.

Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach’s Ethics, Integrity and Complaints Committee will meet on Friday (2 March) to review the data on stop and searches carried out in the past few months and the impact they’ve had on detecting crime.

A new report shows the Force’s positive outcome rates have increased month on month from around 20% to 32% in December 2017.

This means the number of arrests, cautions and penalty notices issued following a stop and search is rising which indicates greater legitimacy of the tactics.

It goes on to show how use of stop and searches have fallen considerably during the past three years, with 50 to 100 fewer searches per month.

Members will discuss whether increased national and local scrutiny rightly placed on stop and search is a reason for the decline and will also consider the impact of a reduced frontline on use of the powers.

Also on the agenda for the meeting will be a series of ethical scenarios requiring discussion and views by the panel including Leicestershire Police’s plans to explore ways of delivering some services online.

Such a move could see the Force directing demand to the most appropriate agency where it falls outside the scope of their services and thus releasing valuable resources to frontline threats including cybercrime.

The Ethics, Integrity and Complaints Committee was set up to provide greater accountability to the public of policing processes including the complaints system and hold the Force to account for its decisions.

Meetings are held in public and residents are able to attend and observe proceedings. Minutes are also available on the PCC’s website at:

The meeting will take place at 10.30am on Friday 2 March in the Olympic Room at Force HQ in Enderby.

Please note that due to the capacity of the room and for health and safety requirements all potential attendees are requested to notify Nisha Pabari of the Police and Crime Commissioners Office (email

Keep an eye out for cheeky thieves

Red Phone Box

A message from Woodhouse Parish Council has ben circulated to Parish councils in Leicestershire and Rutland warning them to be aware of suspicious activity involving ‘official looking’ thieves.

The message says the thieves are touring this area trying to steal red telephone kiosks. If you have one, please try to monitor it and get close neighbours involved.

They should call police 999 if anyone is ‘working’ on it.

The vans that have been seen in this vicinity are white and the two numbers seen so far are:

on a small VW van with rear opaque windows – no tax or MOT – Seen parked up and
on a Ford transit – no MOT but taxed – seen with men at work.

Those in the transit were wearing high-vis and the rear of the van is painted with red and white stripes, like Highway maintenance vehicles.

This morning, they were working with a pneumatic drill and were trying excavate [a phone box] from its surroundings.

They asked a passer by ‘if there were any more red hone boxes in the area’ so are clearly bold and ambitious.

Fortunately, the passer-by told a neighbour (who is former cllr) and knew that our box is Grade II Listed and can’t be removed legitimately.

It is on a C class road that is a through road to the M1 and pretty busy.  But only the passer-by thought it might not be legit.

Police have been informed and the two crime numbers for 14 Feb and 22 Feb are 599 and 255 with Leicestershire Police.

[Source: Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils]