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Have your say on changes to Recycling and Household Waste Sites

032-refuse-recycling-lorry-collectionA consultation has been launched by Leicestershire County Council for residents and organisations to have their say on proposed changes to RHWS (this includes Whetstone tip) and recycling credits paid to charities and other groups in Leicestershire.

The consultation document is available until 26th April 2015 on the following link –

www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurewastemanagement

Community policing at the heart of Force changes

bobbihoody (1)Neighbourhood policing teams will be more visible on the streets now that changes to the way Leicestershire Police delivers its service have come into effect.

Beat officers will be known as Dedicated Neighbourhood Officers to reflect a change in role that is solely focused on working with communities.

Officers working in this new role, along with Police Community Support Officers, will be patrolling streets and dealing with issues relating to public protection, community engagement and anti-social behaviour.

They will no longer routinely carry out duties such as crime investigation, planned arrests and attending incidents – these will now be dealt with by other specialist units.

Currently less than 25% of neighbourhood officers’ time is spent working on ‘core community’ activities, so by shifting these duties to other areas of the Force it will free up their time to work closer with local communities.

An investment in mobile technology will also allow officers to be more flexible, accessible and visible, without the need to be located in traditional police stations.

This shift is part of the Force’s on-going transformation to meet the change in public need and demand.

Significant savings

A reduction in budget also means that the force needs to make significant savings.

In the last four years £20 million has already been removed from the budget by reducing overall operating cost. This latest overhaul will see a further £10 million reduction.

As part of the changes the force’s 15 Local Policing Units have become eight Neighbourhood Policing Areas (NPA).

As well as Dedicated Neighbourhood Officers, each NPA will also have a team of Neighbourhood Priority Officers. They will help support local problem solving and planned operations.

Other changes include the introduction of a new dedicated Patrol and Resolution Team. This team will focus on patrolling streets and attending and resolving all emergency and urgent incidents.

Non-emergency calls that still require a police response will be dealt with by a new Managed Appointment Unit.

Through this unit, members of the public will be able to book an appointment to see an officer at a convenient time and location, usually on the same day that the incident has occurred.

A new Force Investigation Unit will conduct investigations, process prisoners and make planned arrests, and the Force Intelligence Bureau will action all intelligence reports and requests.

Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole said:

Simon Cole“[We see the Force changing] the way it delivers aspects of policing to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

“This transformation is the latest in a series of on-going changes in response to reducing budgets and changing public expectation and demand.

“This new way of working will allow the teams based in our communities to dedicate their time to working closely with neighbourhoods and partners to resolve issues at a local level.

“Protecting our communities still remains at the heart of everything we do and I hope that this shift shows our commitment and dedication to seeing this continue and improve.”

Woman charged in connection with Stoney Stanton child death

Police CarA woman has been charged in connection with the death of a child in 2013.

One-year-old Harry Aspley became unwell at his home address in Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, and was taken to hospital on March 26.

He died on April 1.

Following a lengthy and complex police investigation, a 43-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter and child neglect.

She appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 4 February where she was remanded and is next due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on Wednesday 18 February.

A 34-year old man has also been charged with child neglect and is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 February.

Aldi chocolate recalled in salmonella scare

aldiSupermarket Aldi has issued a product recall after salmonella was found in a batch of chocolate.

The store has recalled 200g (7oz) packs of Choceur Treasures with a best before date of 1 September 2015.

The shop said the batch was sold in the Midlands region only, in towns and cities including Leicester. Other towns affected are reported to be Birmingham, Worcester, Derby, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Grantham.

Anyone who bought the product is asked to return it to the store.

The Food Standards Agency is warning people not to eat the product.

It said no other Aldi products were known to be affected.

The F.S.A. issued a product information recall notice on January 2nd 2014.

The product being recalled is:

  • Product: Choceur Treasures – whole hazelnut wrapped in waffle and milk chocolate
  • Size: 200g
  • ‘Best before’ date: 1 September 2015

No other Choceur/Aldi products are known to be affected.

Aldi has recalled the above product and product recall notices are on display in the relevant stores.

These notices explain to customers why the product has been recalled and advise them of how to get a refund if they bought it.

If you have bought the above product, do not eat it. Instead, return the product to the nearest store.

Report cover

Sir Clive Loader launches refreshed policing vision

Report cover
The refreshed Police and Crime Plan from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner


Thursday October 31, 2013 marked the launch of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sir Clive Loader’s revised Police and Crime Plan for the period 2013 to 2017.

The Plan has been shaped by the views of the public. The front cover carries the strap-line “Putting you at the heart of policing, your voice in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Known as ‘The Plan’ by rank and file officers within Leicestershire Police, the 44-page document sets out Sir Clive’s expectations for local police and partners to achieve positive outcomes in 18 areas.

Targets include:
A reduction of 10 to 17-year-old young people entering the criminal justice system for the first time and a 5% reduction in total crime by March 2014.

Sir Clive said:

“The Plan lays out my vision for the future of policing, based on the views of the public and my findings during my first year in office.

This revised plan sets out how policing will be made more effective, more efficient, and better suited to meeting the needs of all.”

 

The previous plan’s six themes have become four.

The themes to Supporting victims and witnesses and to Protecting the vulnerable now incorporate the previous plan’s Reducing crime and Mental health themes respectively.

These changes reflect how the previous plan’s outcomes relating to the Reducing crime and Mental health themes have become integrated into everyday policing business.

The revised themes of the plan are:

• Reducing offending and re-offending;
• Supporting victims and witnesses;
• Making communities and neighbourhoods safer; and
• Protecting the vulnerable.

The targets within the Police and Crime Plan are set by Sir Clive Loader, who in turn holds the Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police to account for their delivery.

Sir Clive added:

“I fully recognise that the police in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland do a very good job of keeping our communities safe. However, it is important not to become complacent. In this plan, I have set clear priorities for the Chief Constable according to your expectations and demands.

“My plan is by no means final. There will be further revisions as the landscape changes in funding, crime patterns, and national policing obligations.”

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire has made the Police and Crime Plan available to the public on its website in original full text, executive summary, and Easy Read versions. The webpage also displays a video introduction [visit http://youtu.be/w3yfn_Qnt_Q] to the Plan complete with British Sign Language interpretation by Action Deafness. The video is also available to view here on Enderby EYE

To access the Plan, go tohttp://ow.ly/qld74 or visit www.leics.pcc.police.uk and seek the Police and Crime Plan tab.

Sir Clive concluded:

“During the election, I said I would be a PCC for all. I stand true to that statement. I will listen, decide, and then act in an open and even-handed manner. I welcome your contributions, many of which have already informed the content of this document.”

For more information about PCC Sir Clive Loader and the OPCC, or to become involved in shaping the vision for policing in your area, please visit the OPCC Website www.leics.pcc.police.uk

If you have any information about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area please contact your local police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.