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Good Neighbour Scheme pilot to launch in Blaby District

friendsTwo Good Neighbour Schemes are launching in June to help improve the quality of life for the more vulnerable and isolated members of the community.

Working in partnership with the Rural Community Council Leicestershire & Rutland (RCC), Blaby District Council has funded two pilot schemes within the district, in Croft and Sharnford.

Sharnford’s scheme will launch at the Sharnford Jubilee Fete at Sharnford Youth & Community Centre on Sunday 14 June from 12-4pm.

Croft’s scheme will launch a week later, at the Croft Parish Council Fun Day on Winston Avenue Playing Fields, on Saturday 20 June from 1-5pm.

The scheme is a community initiative and will be organised and run by local volunteers who support residents with a range of tasks and activities.

This support could be as small as giving someone a lift to the local lunch club, to collect a prescription or something as simple as changing a lightbulb.

Edwina Grant, Chair Sharnford Good Neighbour Scheme said:

“Whilst there is already a strong network of informal help and support between neighbours in the village of Sharnford; this is about strengthening that network. We want to make sure this kind of support is available to all those in the community, who may from time to time need it.”

Councillor David Freer, Portfolio Holder for Partnerships and Corporate Services said:

“The concept of the schemes is simple and comes down to neighbourliness. The schemes will be a real lifeline to vulnerable members of our communities and will help to reduce isolation and loneliness, particularly in our more rural parishes.”

For more information on the two pilot schemes or to find out more about setting one up in a parish within Blaby District, call 0116 272 7566 or e-mail strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk.

Pensioners admit benefit fraud

justiceTwo Blaby District pensioners have been successfully prosecuted after they admitted to making fraudulent claims.

Sandra Harris, 65, of Sapcote Road, Stoney Stanton, initially listed for a trial, changed her plea to guilty at the last minute when appearing at Hinckley Magistrates Court on Tuesday 23 September 2014.

The court heard when Mrs Harris first made her claims for benefit, she was truthful about her circumstances, but she later failed to notify Blaby District Council when she returned to work.

Between September 2011 and May 2013 she was overpaid £3,796.24 in housing benefit, council tax and council tax reduction.

Sandra Harris was sentenced to twelve months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 towards court costs. She is also repaying Blaby District Council the falsely claimed benefits.

Maureen Wileman, 68, of Brookes Avenue, Croft, dishonestly claimed £10,209.71 in housing benefit, council tax benefit and council tax reduction between March 2010 and March 2014. Her claims were false from the outset, failing to declare she held over £20,000 in savings.

Mrs Wileman was fined £220, ordered to pay costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £22 at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 11 September 2014.

She was charged with making dishonest claims in March 2010 and December 2012. The overpayment has been repaid in full to Blaby District Council.

Councillor Terry Richardson, 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 that they run the risk of being prosecuted if they are not honest about their circumstances. The Council will not tolerate this type of criminal behaviour, at any level, and action will be taken again against those who are abusing the system.”

If you suspect anyone in Blaby District is committing benefit fraud, please call the Council’s confidential Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0116 272 7733 or complete the online form at www.blaby.gov.uk/fraud

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Benefit cheats fail to declare partners are living with them

Bank NotesTwo Blaby District residents have received twelve month community orders and a total of 260 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to benefit fraud.

Whetstone mum Donna Ward legitimately claimed housing and council tax benefits, and income support, when she split up with her husband Michael Chapman, but failed to notify the council when the pair got back together three months later.

Between June 2010 and January 2013, the 42 year old claimed a total of £13,331.61 that she was not entitled to. She received £6,327.20 housing benefit, £1,342.37 council tax benefit, and £5,662.04 income support.

Donna pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates Court on Monday 24 February, and received a twelve month community order with 180 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay £60 victim surcharge. She is also now repaying the £13,000 fraud.

Croft resident Emma Battle dishonestly claimed £5,775.61 between January and August 2013 after failing to declare her partner Mark Baxter was living with her.

The 19 year old was sentenced by Leicester Magistrates Court on Monday 20 January after pleading guilty to claiming income support, housing and council tax benefits, and will have to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work as part of a twelve month community order.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Finance and Efficiency portfolio holder at Blaby District Council, said:

“We will continue to work closely with our partner organisations to ensure the full level of any fraud is brought before the courts.

“The vast majority of people are law abiding council tax payers and claim benefit they are entitled to correctly. It is only fair that we take action when benefit is claimed fraudulently.”

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.

Local cyclists ‘targeted’ by BMW driver and passenger

Andy Limb, Colin Haynes and Martin Webster. The three cyclists said they were forced from their bikes by a silver BMW
(photo BBC Leicester)

Police are investigating three unusual incidents in which local cyclists have been pushed from their bikes.

The first incident happened at around 4.10pm on Monday July 1 on Dunton Road in Broughton Astley.

What has been described as a old style silver BMW went past the cyclist and the front seat passenger leaned out and pushed him from his bike.

The cyclist was treated at the scene by ambulance for minor injuries.

The second incident happened at around 3.30pm on Thursday July 4, 2013 on Thurlaston Lane in Earl Shilton.

What has been described as an old silver vehicle went past the cyclist and the front seat passenger leaned out and pushed him from his bike. The cyclist received minor injuries.

The third incident happened at around 2.15pm on Saturday July 6 on Stanton Lane in Croft.

What has been described as old style silver BMW crossed in front of the cyclist and braked sharply causing the cyclist to fall from his bike.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to a broken collar bone.

Officers believe these incidents could be linked due to the unusual nature of the offences and the similar description of the vehicle involved.

Investigations are continuing and police would ask anyone who may have witnessed what happened, or who knows anything about them, to get in touch.

Detective Sergeant Mark Tuttle said;

“These are very unusual incidents and we’ve had three similar events happen within 6 days. We are obviously keen to make sure it doesn’t happen again and would appeal to anyone who saw anything, or who knows anything about the vehicle, to get in touch immediately.”

News item sourced from
[Leicestershire Police]  and 
[BBC News Leicester] (photo)

Police arrests following burglary of commercial premises

police carThree teenagers have been charged with burgling commercial premises in Coventry Road, Croft.

They are alleged to have stolen keys and a fire extinguisher on May 26.

A 17-year-old and a 14-year-old are also jointly charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent on the same day. The 16-year-old has been charged with allowing himself to be carried in a vehicle that had been taken without the owner’s consent.

All three have further been charged with theft of £600-worth of diesel from a motor vehicle at the same premises on Sunday (June 2).

They are all due to appear at Leicester Youth Court on June 19.

Meanwhile a 22-year-old man has been charged with burgling business premises in The Exchange, Eyres Monsell Estate.

The offence is alleged to have taken place on March 23, and it is alleged £300 in cash was stolen.

The accused is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on July 3