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Residents urged to be vigilant – don’t answer door to strangers

Officers are urging residents to be vigilant after three distraction burglaries were reported in the same afternoon.

Three reports of distraction burglaries were made within three hours yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 18 July), all within two miles of each other.

The first report was made at 2.15pm, following a man knocking at the victim’s door in Dorothy Road, Glen Parva at around 2pm. He claimed to be collecting money for charity, asking the victim for money before requesting a glass of water.

He went into the kitchen and after he left, the victim, an 80-year-old woman for her purse was missing.

The purse was found shortly after, with the money gone, on nearby Leicester Road.

Another report was made to police at 5pm, telling us man went to an address on Pasley Road, Leicester at around 3.30pm. The suspect claimed to be from a charity and asked to use the toilet. He went upstairs and when he had left the property, the victim found some items of jewellery were missing.

Police were called just before 5.30pm about a similar incident in Asquith Boulevard, Leicester. A man knocked on the 89-year-old man’s door, asking for money for Children in Need, at about 3pm that afternoon. The victim said he had no money, but the suspect was insistent and entered the house, going into the bedroom and looking in the fridge.

In all cases, the suspect was described as white with a large black beard and moustache. The victim at Dorothy Road described that the man was six foot tall wearing shorts and a dark coloured t-shirt.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have been approached in the same way yesterday afternoon – or at any point in the last few weeks.

If anyone has any information that may help officers identify the person responsible for these burglaries, please contact 101. Did you see someone matching this description in the area? Can you help officers with their enquiries?

Call 101, asking to speak to DC 1428 Kat Maguire quoting incident number 351 of 18 July.

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Court hears how former Enderby man made neighbours life a misery with racial abuse

justiceA foul-mouthed man made his next-door neighbour’s life “a misery” with repeated racist abuse, a court heard.

James Richard Shaw, who also committed a string of other offences, was jailed for a total of fifteen-and-a-half months.

The victim of the verbal outbursts was described as being “disgusted, angry and saddened” by Shaw’s racist taunts – shouted at him from outside his home, in Shortridge Lane, Enderby, over a six month period.

Shaw was convicted after a trial by magistrates of racial harassment between May and November last year.

The neighbour was so fearful of Shaw he would not allow his children to visit his home for fear they would also be racially abused.

Shaw was committed by city magistrates for sentencing at Leicester Crown Court.

Recorder Graham Huston told him:

“Your behaviour amounts to sticking two fingers up to the court and it won’t be tolerated.
“You seem to think there’s one law for you and another law for everyone else – well there isn’t.
“You’ve a notion you can behave as you like without having to face the consequences.
“It’s time for you to grow up and you can start doing that now – from inside a prison cell.
“The racial abuse affected your neighbour’s life completely and made his life a misery.
“You’ve no remorse.”

Shaw, 23, who later moved to Bellamy Close, Glen Parva, was also convicted by magistrates of common assault upon his partner, by pushing her onto the bonnet of a car and dragging her, by her head, down the side of the vehicle, on June 10. His partner, who is now expecting their second child this summer, refused to make a complaint – but CCTV footage captured the incident.

He was further found guilty by magistrates of common assault upon a young man who was punched unconscious in Shortridge Lane, when attacked by Shaw and another man, on July 26.

The victim was waiting outside his cousin’s home for his father to pick him up.

Lynsey Knott, prosecuting, said the complainant suffered cuts and bruising after his attackers falsely accused him of “patrolling the area.”

Shaw admitted driving a car dangerously, whilst banned from driving, on August 19.

He was pursued by police at up to 40 mph in 30 mph a residential area of Enderby for one and a quarter miles, including travelling in the wrong direction on two one-way streets and going on the wrong side of the road before crashing into a metal gates and a shed, causing damage.

Shaw was found guilty by magistrates of driving when disqualified and without insurance, on both November 19 and 25, but pleaded guilty to the same driving offences, on November 23.

He admitted breaching two suspended jail sentences, one for eight weeks and one for four weeks, for driving when disqualified – which were both activated.

Recorder Huston said the two common assaults he was found guilty of represented “mindless, senseless violence.”

Banning Shaw from driving for two years, the recorder said he displayed “a shocking pattern” of motoring offences.

Alexander Davies, mitigating, said Shaw maintained his innocence regarding racially abusing his former neighbour, which he had always disputed.

He “panicked” and drove dangerously, knowing he was in breach of two suspended sentences, and was likely to be locked up.

Mr Davies said Shaw was a “car fanatic” who had done odd jobs fixing vehicles, which regrettably involved him being tempted to drive very short distances illegally.

He wanted to fulfil his dream of training to be a mechanic

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» Leicester Mercury 19/2/15

Local nature reserve named one of the best in Britain

Glen Parva Nature ReserveGlen Parva and Glen Hills Local Nature Reserve has been named one the best parks and green spaces in the country.

It is among a record-breaking 1,476 places to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The national award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the UK.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Located in Glen Parva, the site is home to a wide range of wildlife, providing a ‘green route’ into the city and a peaceful place for people to walk and keep fit.

The 12 hectare site contains a fantastic mosaic of wildlife habitats from ponds and meadows to woodland and hedges.

It is home to an array of wild flowers and animals such as green woodpecker, meadow pipit, dragonflies and bats.

With footpaths across the whole site it’s a real gem right on our doorstep and is there for everyone to explore.

The site, which is close to the Grand Union canal and near Dorothy Avenue Playing Field, is protected from development. The wildlife and natural features are therefore preserved.

It contains unimproved grassland habitat, which is part of what was once a country-wide network of hay meadows and unimproved pasture.

Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time at this site.

This award recognises and highlights that people in the Blaby District are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”

Jan Martin, Chair of Glen Parva Parish Council, said:

“This is a jointly owned site and we owe the Glen Parva team of volunteers a debt of gratitude.

The whole site has never looked better and I want to thank Andy Jackson and Sam Village of Stepping Stones for all their help and advice over the last few years, which has culminated in this fantastic achievement.”

The site benefits from the hard work of local volunteers.

The work of the volunteers includes traditional methods of managing woodland such as coppicing, tree planting, path maintenance and wildflower planting.


If you would like to become a volunteer please contact Glen Parva Parish Council on 0116 277 1450.

The nature reserve is owned by Glen Parva Parish Council, Leicester City Council, and Blaby District Council, who together have developed a joint management plan to help improve the site.

To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy and the Green Flag Awards visit www.keepbritaintidy.org

Download a file mapping and describing the Nature Reserve. [PDF, 1.7 Mb]

Nature Reserve Photos [Download from Glen Parva Parish Council website]

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Leicestershire governor receives national award for Inspiring Leadership.

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Jacquie Mutter, Chief Executive of OCN London, presents the Inspiring Leader Award to Ms Fazaeli.

Toni Fazaeli, chair of South Leicestershire College and former Chief Executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), was given the award by The Women’s Leadership Network.

Whilst Chief Executive of IfL, Ms Fazaeli successfully campaigned for a change in the law allowing further education teachers and trainers with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status to be recognised as qualified to teach in school settings.

Teachers with QTLS enjoy the same pay and conditions as qualified school teachers in schools, and the same professional status as schoolteachers with Qualified Teacher Status.

This gives career flexibility for further education teachers, and means that schools and colleges can readily work together on joint courses for pupils whether in the college setting or the school setting.

This is good news for young people in Leicestershire and opens up possibilities for new courses.

Toni Fazaeli said:

It is a great honour and privilege to receive this award. I am proud to be associated with the Women’s Leadership Network and its work encouraging career progression. It has helped to raise awareness of the need for equality of opportunity throughout a sector where nearly two-thirds of the teachers and trainers are women.

I am also very proud of IfL’s impact on the way the sector thinks about leadership of learning and recognises further education teachers and trainers as dual professionals who are expert and stay up to date in their subject or vocational area, as well as in teaching methods.

Marion Plant OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of South Leicestershire College said:

Toni is an inspiring leader who has made and continues to make a massive contribution to the development of both teachers and learners here and nationally. We are delighted that she has recently become Chair of Governors here at South Leicestershire College.

The Inspiring Leader Award for 2014 was sponsored by The Awarding Partnership, an amalgam of three regional Open College Network (OCN) organisations, and honors those that have inspired others to achieve or who have achieved great things themselves as a leader in the workplace.

The Women’s Leadership Network, established in 2007, supports aspiring leaders whilst raising awareness of women’s issues and promoting gender equality in the sector.

Drugs recovered and a man arrested during a warrant in Blaby

Police in Blaby have discovered a small cannabis factory during the execution of a warrant in Glen Parva.

Officers carried out the warrant under The Misuse of Drugs Act at a property on Westleigh Road on Friday 16th November 2012.

They recovered what they believe to be cut cannabis and approximately 40 mature cannabis plants and hydroponic equipment.

A 40 year old man has been arrested and released on police bail until 3rd January 2013.