PCC toasts the fruits of community-based crime prevention

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach today hailed the success of grassroots community work which is transforming the lives of vulnerable people and those at risk of committing crime.

Since March, the PCC has invested more than £130,000 from his Prevention Fund into local projects which help victims recover from their experiences, address societal problems and rehabilitate offenders – with some £120,000 of the fund still available.

The PCC has promised to plough £250,000 into community work in 2017-18 which helps keep Leicestershire safe and delivers lasting positive changes on vulnerable people.

So far, grants have been invested in a wide range of areas and include those that support families affected by substance misuse, projects which provide “drop in” centres for vulnerable people and others that support domestic violence survivors to prevent re-exploitation.

A major part of this community work has also focused on tackling hate crime with projects aimed at encouraging victims to report crime, services to deliver advice and schools-based help intervention for asylum seekers and refugees.

This month, the PCC visited project leaders behind the Drop the Knife and Live Your Life initiative.

The project, being delivered by Beaumont Leys training provider E2, was recently awarded £12,500 from the Fund for 2017-18 followed by £12,499.80 in 2018-19 to deliver youth consultation and research, analysis and educational intervention to tackle knife crime among young people in Leicestershire.

With cash still available, organisations which require funding to support their crime prevention work are being reminded to apply as soon as possible.

Willy Bach said:

Lord Willy Bach

Lord Willy Bach: We need to think outside the box

“Our partners on the ground are really making a difference to people’s lives, supporting them through trauma, hardship and life’s problems to close the door on a life of crime or victimisation.

“Helping people tackle their problems is the most effective way of reducing crime and harm from our streets in the long-term and reinforces everything the police do to protect people.

“We need to think outside the box to have a meaningful impact on public safety and I really like that this fund champions innovation and enables new approaches to get off the ground.

“There are so many ways of approaching a problem because there never is one single cause and I’m incredibly grateful to our partners in the community who give us the breadth of expertise and resources to solve them, individually, and get people back on the right road to recovery.”

The Prevention Fund is designed to help voluntary and third sector groups support the public safety goals in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan as well as confront pressing community issues.

Among those celebrating in the first round of the grants scheme was Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Centre which received £9,945 for its LGBT and Hate Crime Ambassador project.

The initiative will address the issue of under-reporting of LGBT and hate incidents through the recruitment of volunteer ambassadors.

Another recipient included the Shama Women’s Centre for its ESCAPE project which empowers and supports women and girls from the BME community in their recovery from domestic violence, hate crime and mental health issues.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available in 2017-18 for organisations whose projects successfully address the PCC’s crime priority areas which include hate crime, domestic violence and abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), drug and alcohol-related problems, sexual violence and mental health.

The funding is available all year and there is no deadline for applications. For more details and to apply, visit www.leics.pcc.police.uk/funding-2017-18.

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Love Blaby Lottery open to local good causes

Registration is now open for local community groups to benefit from a new lottery coming to the District of Blaby in 2018.

Love Blaby Lottery is the weekly online lottery with a jackpot of £25,000, helping local organisations and clubs to raise much needed funds. 60p from each £1 ticket goes towards the supporting good causes.

Each organisation will receive 50p in every pound for tickets bought through their webpage.

10p will go into the general Blaby District Community Fund which will be distributed through the Council’s Community Grants Scheme.

Organisations are being encouraged to register early and benefit from extra publicity leading up to the official launch and first draw early next year.

Sapcote Community Library, Menphys and Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme are among those organisations who have already signed up to benefit from extra funding.

Joining the Love Blaby Lottery is absolutely FREE for good causes.

As well as 50p from each ticket sale, organisations will receive help to promote their cause to players, along with access to a dedicated helpline for queries.

Community Champion, Councillor Les Phillimore, said:


Cllr.Phillimore: Everyone can help raise funds

“These are exciting times for Blaby District Council and our local communities and it is great to see a wide range of non-profit organisations coming forward already and signing up to be part of a lottery for the community.

“We would encourage all our community groups and our local businesses to get involved and help support the Blaby Lottery.

“There are a wide variety of groups already, including sport clubs, help for the elderly and animal welfare, meaning everyone can help raise funds for their favourite cause.”

Community groups can register by visiting www.blabylottery.co.uk or call 0116 380 0775. Terms and Conditions are also available on the website.

The official launch of the Blaby Lottery is scheduled to take place at Fosse Park Food Hall on Saturday 27th January 2018.

Players will be able to register soon with updates available via www.blaby.gov.uk and the Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Drama as woman threatens to jump from Osiers Bridge

A number of people, described in local media as ‘Good Samaritans’, intervened in an attempt to prevent a woman jumping from the Osiers Bridge which spans the A5460 between M1 J21 and the Fosse Park roundabout.

The incident, which happened around 7pm on Sunday evening, caused police to close the roads for a short time, when police tweeted “19:50 Road closures in place from Which Way Island to the Fosse Park Roundaboutand part of the A563 across Osiers Bridge. This is due to a police incident…….” At 8.10pm they tweeted “Roads are now open, thank you all for your patience. Also, thank you to the members of public who stopped to assist.”

Eyewitnesses are reported as saying they saw a guy walking slowly towards the woman on the bridge, another guy came up from behind and got hold of her, she struggled to try and get away, the other guy grabbed hold of her.

Within minutes, the police were on the scene and despite the woman continuing to struggle, she was eventually persuaded to return to safety on the bridge.




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Armed officers arrest man in Enderby

POLICE reflective vestArmed police and officers with dogs helped arrest a man in Old Church Road, Enderby in the early hours of Saturday 16th December.

Local media reported a resident of the road as saying they were woken up just before 6am to witness armed police and dog handlers arresting a man.

The resident said they heard dogs barking and on looking out of the window they could see unmarked police cars and at least three officers armed with weapons.

The officers appeared to be shouting something towards a house close by, eventually bringing out a male and placing him in one of the police cars.

Police also brought out a woman though the eyewitness stated it “…didn’t seem as though she was arrested”.

The police are said to have been at the scene for around an hour, during which time they appeared to make a search of the rear of the property using flashlights.

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman told the Leicester Mercury:

“Officers executed a warrant at an address in Old Church Road, Enderby.

“A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and has since been released under investigation.

“In the interests of officer and public safety, armed officers were deployed to assist.”


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Family hampers to be delivered across the district

Xmas HampersOver fifty Christmas hampers donated by Blaby District Council employees and Councillors are being distributed to those most in need at Christmas.

Each hamper has been decorated with Christmas wrapping and contains many items for families to use, from toiletries and household items to tinned meats and Christmas puddings.

The Council is working with Supporting Leicestershire Families, Lightbulb and its Community Services team to give all hampers to families in the district.

Cat Hartley, Group Manager for Planning, Economic Development and Partnerships, who helped to organise the Council’s internal appeal, said:

“The response has been fantastic and we are all extremely proud of what colleagues have come together to achieve.

“All hampers include some of the most basic items, such as sanitary towels and baby wipes, that we might take for granted but some families are desperate for…and most of them also have a festive twist!

“We wanted to ensure as many residents in the district have the best Christmas possible, and this is just one small way we can try to make this happen.”

Those who need emergency support, including foodbanks can visit the Council’s Narborough Offices or call 0116 275 0555.

What’s in a hamper?

List of the most common items within each hamper:

  • Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand wipes
  • Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
  • Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
  • Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food
  • Tinned meat, vegetables, beans, soup and other canned goods
  • Pasta, rice, pasta sauce
  • Tinned fruit, puddings, custard
  • Biscuits, crisps, sweets, chocolates including Christmas puddings!
  • Tea & Coffee
[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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