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PCC and Home Office Minister visit pioneering blue light partnership

A soup-er day in Braunstone

team_photo_1940s.jpeg.340x340_q85An innovative new project to help keep people in Braunstone healthy, safe and secure has been launched at a 1940s tea party.

Braunstone Blues is a team of people that has been set up to help reduce demand and repeat calls to emergency services in Braunstone.

The team of five were officially introduced to the community at a 1940s tea party on Thursday 26th November.

The tea party, held at the Oak Centre, Bendbow Rise, with the theme of how to stay warm this winter for the over 55’s and attracted 115 local residents.

The event started in style as residents were welcomed by 1940s singing and dancing in a room decorated with bunting and props from the era. Guests were later served soup and a roll by members of the team, who wore 1940s emergency services uniform.

Braunstone Blues is a small team of staff from blue light services Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service aimed at reducing the demand placed on emergency services in Braunstone.

Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay said:

“This was a great way to introduce this new innovative team. We need to work with community groups and partners to find better ways to protect communities from harm and to help to reduce demands placed on the emergency services. I can already see that this team has made a real impact on the residents and visitors to the Braunstone estate. In working together we are able to find solutions to problems that, in former times, would never have gone away.”

Braunstone Blues was set up earlier this year following research showing that Braunstone Park and Rowley Fields Ward generated the highest amount of emergency calls for all three of the blue light services for Leicestershire.

Their aim is to create a healthy, safe and secure community by educating and directing residents to appropriate services, by making sure homes are safer using a free home visit service and delivering appropriate campaigns and to reduce the number of emergency calls they receive.

The tea party was about getting the community together in a fun way to educate them on key health and home safety messages that affect older people particularly during the winter.

Andrew Brodie, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, who officially opened the event said:

“This is a fantastic and exciting new initiative. The fire service has been tremendously successful in reducing demand, and fire deaths and injuries. This has largely been due to 15 years of work to educate members of the public and businesses of how to prevent fires and other incidents. We can share this experience with our partners and together work more effectively than ever, to make people of Braunstone and beyond healthier, safer and more secure.”

During the tea party guests were encouraged to speak with members of the Braunstone Blues team. The team also promoted their home visit scheme and encouraged residents to book a free 30 minute visit where they will give advice and information on home and vehicle security, safety in the home, fire and child safety and health and wellbeing.

Hot water bottles with tips on how to keep warm this winter were given out to those that booked a home visit. Braunstone Blues are advising older residents of the following winter warmer tips:

  • keep living rooms to 21°C (70°F) and the rest of the house heated to at least to 18°C (64°F)
  • don’t block up air vents as fires and heaters need ventilation
  • wear layers of clothing to keep warm and wear shoes with good grip to avoid slips and falls
  • draw curtains at dusk to keep the heat in
  • eat at least one hot meal every day and drink plenty of hot drinks
  • use a hot water bottle to keep you warm, but be careful when filling it up
  • make sure you get your flu jab free on the NHS
  • stay active with gentle exercise
  • visit your pharmacy early for advice about coughs and colds
  • stay in contact with friends and family and make sure they are warm and well

Tim Slater, EMAS Divisional General Manager and Paramedic added:

“We welcome the opportunity for us to be involved in this project aimed at keeping the community safe and well, building on our good track record of keeping people out of hospital where appropriate.”

Geoff Stagg, a Braunstone resident attended the 1940s tea party, he said:

“This has been an excellent tea party bringing the three services together. The officers dressed in traditional uniform brought some flare to the event and the singing and dancing has been wonderful. A lot of elderly people really appreciate events like these.”

Braunstone Blues would like to thank B-Connected and Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation for providing the funding and making the event possible.

For more information on Braunstone Blues visit www.leics.police.uk/braunstoneblues.

If you are a resident of Braunstone and would like to book a home visit, leave a voicemail on 07800709802 or email them at braunstone.blues@lfrs.org .

Twelve year sentence for Braunstone man convicted of sexual offences

bonface marovaA Braunstone man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual offences.

Bonface Marova, 48, of Woodcote Road, Braunstone, Leicester, was found guilty at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday 27 August of attempted rape and sexual touching.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the attempted rape and four years in prison for sexual touching, both sentences are to run concurrently. He will also be placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

The conviction relates to an incident in December 2014 when Marova befriended the victim and attempted to rape her and then touch her inappropriately. The victim was left extremely distressed by the incident and it took her a number of days to find the courage to report it.

Detective Sergeant 4125 Sarah Walker was the investigating officer, she said:

“The victim has shown immense courage throughout the investigation and subsequent legal proceedings, it’s not easy having to re-live the events of that day and we hope that this conviction can help her to re-build her life.

“Marova betrayed the victim’s trust in him and had no regard for the effect it would have on her. From enquiries we’ve conducted it’s believed that Marova may have committed similar offences and if you recognise his photograph and believe that you may have been a victim then please get in touch.

“We would like to reassure anyone who wishes to come forward that we will help, support and guide you through the process. We have specialist officers who can help you and also put you in touch with other support agencies. Anyone who wishes to speak to us is asked to contact DC 4125 Sarah Walker on 101.

Millfield LEAD Academy school store their memories in a ‘time capsule’

time capsule smallOn Thursday 21st May, staff and primary school children at Millfield LEAD Academy came together for the final event amongst several activities celebrating the school’s Golden Jubilee.

To mark the school’s 50th year, each class produced a mosaic tile which was fitted to the exterior of the time capsule container.

The children then all gathered around as various contemporary artifacts and documents were placed in the time capsule.

The plan is for the capsule to be opened in 25 years time by future generations of the school.

Following the ceremony the children had great fun having a picnic on the school field.

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Time Capsule Inscribed Plate

Photos: (top) The time capsule, showing the mosaics on the outside and (bottom) the inscribed plate fixed to the top of the capsule. (Photos courtesy of Heidi Geisler)

Braunstone police warn motorists not to leave items on show

Police CarPolice in Braunstone are urging motorists not to leave items on show after a number of thefts from motor vehicles in the area.

Recently, five vehicles have had damage caused to the lock barrels where someone has tried to break in to them.

On all five occasions it was Peugeot’s that were targeted.

Witnesses have reported seeing a man on a bike leaving the area at the time of the offences which have been happening overnight.

PC 4220 Leanne Aldridge, from the Braunstone and Thorpe Astley Dedicated Neighbourhood Team said:

“Although we urge all motorists to ensure they remove valuables from their cars, we would like to advise Peugeot drivers in particularly to be extra vigilant and not to leave anything of value in their car.

“We would also urge anyone who sees anything suspicious in the area to report it by calling 101.”