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Blaby district resident receives criminal record for £10,000 benefit fraud

A Braunstone resident has received a criminal record after admitting over £10,000 in benefit fraud.

Hardev Kaur Basra, 58, of The Osiers, Braunstone, Leicester, claimed Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefit on the basis of being a single person.

An investigation by Blaby District Council and Jobcentre Plus found that between October 2010 and October 2011, Hardev’s husband had in fact been living with her.

This means she was not entitled to the money.

Her husband was working whilst she continued to claim benefits and they also travelled together to India.

Hardev was overpaid £4,959.71 in Housing Benefit, £1,229.67 in Council Tax and £4,624.10 in Income Support.

She denied the allegations throughout the investigation, but admitted all charges at Leicester Magistrates Court on Tuesday 22 January 2013.

Senior Magistrates said they were puzzled that she did not know where her money was coming from.

Hardev was sentenced to two years Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay £200 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge. All the overpaid monies are being recovered.

If a further offence is committed within the two years she may also be re-sentenced for this offence.

Councillor John Hudson, Finance and Efficiency portfolio holder at Blaby District Council, said:

“This sends a clear message that the Council takes fraud very seriously and people should know they run the risk of being prosecuted if they are not honest about their circumstances.

Benefit cheats in Blaby district can be reported online at www.blaby.gov.uk/fraud or by calling 0116 272 7733. All calls are confidential and callers can remain anonymous.


Thorpe Astley community group present cheque

At a children’s disco held on Saturday 19th May, the ‘Your Thorpe Astley’ team were delighted to present a £200 cheque to Mayor of Braunstone Town, Gary Sanders.

The money was in aid of LAMP, Gary’s chosen charity during his term as the Mayor. The funds were raised during YTA’s programme of events during the past year. LAMP is an independent voluntary organisation working to promote good mental health for everyone living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Saturday’s disco event was held in the Thorpe Astley Community Centre on Lakin Drive, Thorpe Astley.

Your Thorpe Astley team present cheque to LAMP
The 'Your Thorpe Astley' team presents a cheque for £200 to LAMP

Your Thorpe Astley is a voluntary community group dedicated to furthering the interests of all Thorpe Astley residents, and ensuring that the Community Centre facility meets the needs of everyone in the community.

They were formed in 2010 around the time of the opening of the new Community Centre in Thorpe Astley. Your Thorpe Astley took up the mantle of the former Thorpe Astley Community Association that had worked for nearly 10 years to ensure that Thorpe Astley received the community facility that it deserved, and finally got in October 2010.

They meet on a monthly basis at the Centre and hold numerous events throughout the year.

Although they are not part of Braunstone Town Council (who manage the Centre and the open spaces around Thorpe Astley), the team work closely with the council to represent local residents’ views and campaign on their behalf where they can.

Contact the ‘Your Thorpe Astley’ team through the contact page on their website here.

» Your Thorpe Astley website

» Your Thorpe Astley on Facebook

» LAMP Direct website


Business tips to boost online trade

Businesses in Blaby district who are looking to get more hits on their website can attend a free internet marketing and training event in Braunstone Town on 8 March 2012.

‘Getting Noticed Online’ will be held at the civic centre, Kingsway, from 9.30am until 12.30pm and is designed to help local small to medium businesses become more internet savvy to boost online trade.

The session has been organised by Blaby District Council in partnership with Internet Expert.

Councillor Ted Webster-Williams, portfolio holder for policy and partnerships said:

“Many smaller businesses face tough times ahead, with stiff competition in an often crowded online market place so it’s important they have the tools to compete and increase their internet trade.”

To book a place email economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk,   or
contact Carole Troake, economic development officer on 0116 272 7735.

New parish proposal is a non-starter

A proposal to form separate parish council areas for BraunstoneTown and Thorpe Astley will not be taken forward.

Blaby District Council sent 7,000 letters to all households in the BraunstoneTown parish area in August this year as part of an informal consultation to measure support for the proposal but only 754 people responded in favour.

Before the consultation began it was agreed that 10 per cent of all electors in BraunstoneTown (1,300 people) would need to show support for the idea if it was to progress.

A further 394 people said they opposed the suggestion.

Braunstone Town Council has said it recognises the need to review its council seats to properly reflect the population spread of the area and the district council has agreed to support them in this process and carry out a further consultation in spring this year.

For more information contact democratic services on 0116 272 7638 or email democratic@blaby.gov.uk.

Concern for missing Braunstone man – Joszef Pfeiffer

Joszef Pfeiffer

Jozsef Pfeiffer, of Frankson Avenue in Braunstone, was last seen by friends at his home sometime between 8am and 5pm on Thursday July 21.

He was reported missing the following day in the early hours of the morning.

Jozsef arrived in the UK approximately two weeks ago and police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare as his knowledge of Leicester is very limited and he only has a small number of contacts.

He also speaks very little, if any, English and does not have any money or a phone with him.

Jozsef is described as being white, approximately 5’5” tall, of slim build with short, dark brown hair.

When he left the house he was clean shaven and was wearing a green t-shirt and grey trousers.

Inspector Jon Brown, the LPU Commander for Blaby, said:

“We have been carrying out a number of enquiries since Jozsef went missing and will be issuing posters in the Braunstone and city areas in the hope that someone will recognise him and get in touch.

“I would like to appeal directly to Jozsef to make contact with us or his friends to let us know he is okay.”

If you have any information about the disappearance of Jozsef then please contact police on 0116 222 22 22 and refer to incident number LEP-220711-0004.