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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.”

Enderby motorcycle among motorbikes recovered as part of Operation Tiger

Police CarThree motorbikes have been recovered by officers in Braunstone during Operation Tiger’s intensive two weeks of action which launched last week (14 March).

Officers from West Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area have been cracking down on the illegal use of motorbikes, as it is a priority for the area following concerns raised by residents.

Two burnt out motorbikes were discovered whilst officers were on foot patrol in Braunstone and officers believe they may have been stolen.

One bike is believed to have been stolen from the Meridian Business Park in August 2014. The other is believed to have been taken from a property in Cowdall Road on March 7, 2015.

A further motorbike, believed to have been stolen from Enderby on 24 March, was recovered by officers on Braunstone Park, after receiving a call from a member of the public.

As part of the crackdown officers have visited local schools to educate pupils on the dangers of riding motorbikes illegally and the anti-social behaviour associated with it. Posters and information leaflets have also been distributed encouraging people to report nuisance or stolen motorbikes.

Sergeant Stephen Brown, from West Leicester NPA, said:

“Nuisance motorbikes can cause a great deal of distress to the community and by us cracking down on this type of anti-social behaviour shows that we are taking this seriously.

“I am really pleased that during this phase of Operation Tiger we have managed to recover three motorbikes. It is also reassuring to know that since the start of the operation we have seen a reduction in the number of motorbike related incidents being reported to us.

He added:

“The main focus for us during the operation was to tackle our ongoing priority of illegal use of motorbikes. Motorbike thefts and off-road bikes being ridden illegally in the area, particularly in Braunstone and New Parks, has been causing problems for our residents.

“We are still really interested in where stolen motorbikes are being stored and who is riding them, so if you know, please get in touch.”

Officers are encouraging anyone with any concerns about motorbikes causing a nuisance in the area to contact the police on 101 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Former eyesore given new lease of life

8385867-largeA previously boarded-up property in Braunstone Town that had once been a beacon for vandals, squatters and rats, has been brought back into use.

Blaby District Council sold 3 Narborough Road South to local developers Teresa and Nathan Evans.

The couple who own Brown and Green ltd have since refurbished the house and new tenants have moved in.

Teresa said:

“We tend to look for properties that are a bit different and unusual, that have history and offer a challenge. This house certainly ticked all those boxes. We were aware it had been derelict for a long time, and were surprised that despite this the property was in a relatively good condition from a structural point of view.

“We had to use a flashlight to look round it as the house had been boarded up, and there were some rooms that we were unable to go into. Lots of it was untouched with old furniture and 1950s wallpaper, and we’ve managed to salvage some of the original features such as three of the fireplaces.”

The house became the Council’s property through the use of a Compulsory Purchase Order in June this year.

Cllr Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“This former eyesore was simply standing empty and was having a detrimental effect on residents. It’s fantastic to see the property part of the community once again, and returned to a habitable condition.”

boarded-up property in Braunstone
Cllr. Jackson said the property was an ‘eyesore’

Blaby District Council has a pot of funding available to bring empty properties back into use.

The maximum amount of funding available per property is a grant or (0% interest) loan of up to £10,000 dependent on circumstances and subject to inspection by a council officer.

The funding is available to address disrepair issues and redecoration at the property, and bring the property up to a let-able standard.

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk/emptyhomes, email emptyhomes@blaby.gov.uk or call the grants and loans department on 0116 272 7536

Four arrested in armed robbery investigation

police carPolice say they raided five properties in Leicester yesterday (Sept 4th) as part of an investigation into armed robbery and money laundering.

Officers from Northamptonshire and Warwickshire joined Leicestershire Police for the operation.

Men aged 23 and 26 were arrested at two properties in nearby Braunstone.

Two other men, aged 31 and 35, were arrested when three properties in Beaumont Leys were searched.

The 35-year-old was charged with attempting to rob a cash-in-transit van at Bedworth, Warwickshire, on May 30 this year, and robbery of a cash-in-transit van at Rothwell, Northamptonshire, on June 3 this year.

He was due to appear at Northampton Magistrates’ Court  today (Thursday 5th Sept).

All the others were released on police bail while further enquiries are carried out.

Gym and dance sessions for toddlers

Little ones can start learning dance and gymnastic skills from an early age thanks to a new session at Braunstone Civic Centre.

The Bendy Bods session is for children aged 3-5 years old, and is a dance-gymnastic programme using physical games, stories and imagination to introduce early acro dance skills (rhythmic movements using ribbons, scarves and hoops).

Ellis Stretton, Early Years Physical Activity Officer, said:

“Bendy Bods is a fantastic opportunity for the children of Blaby district to get involved with a new expressive physical activity, which will help confidence, body balance and co-ordination.”

Starting on Tuesday July 9, Bendy Bods will run for ten weeks from 1.30pm – 2.15pm.

The sessions cost £2 each week and families will need to book on beforehand.

To book and to find out more information contact Ellis Stretton on 0116 272 7523 or email ellis.stretton@blaby.gov.uk

Alternatively visit www.sportblaby.org.uk/under-5s