A local resident who failed to prevent his dog from barking has been fined by Leicester Magistrates’ Court.
Eric Davies, 43, of Countesthorpe was living at Forest Road, Narborough, when a total of 18 residents made complaints to the Council about the barking of his dog last year. Blaby District Council served Mr Davies with a noise abatement notice in February 2017, with breaches of the notice witnessed by Environmental Health officers between 19 May and 17 August 2017.
He pleded guilty to five charges of failing to comply with the abatement notice in court and was given a £576 fine, with £620 costs and a £57 victim surcharge.
Speaking about the matter, Blaby District Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said:
“Our Environmental Health officers tried many times to ensure that Mr Davies’ dog was no longer posing a noise problem to residents.
“Unfortunately despite the work we were left with no alternative but to seek this course of action.
“We work hard to prevent unnecessary and nuisance noise for district residents and would encourage anyone experiencing a similar problem to report it to us so our team can investigate.”
Anyone with concerns about unwanted noise in their area can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/noise or call 0116 275 0555 for more information.
Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach has announced the appointment of Paul Hindson as his Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
A Confirmation Hearing, held by the Police and Crime Panel, took place on Tuesday Dec 5th when members were unanimous in their support of the appointment.
Mr Hindson has previously held leadership roles for regional probation services and offender management for the Ministry of Justice.
The recommendation to appoint him as Chief Executive of the OPCC followed a robust recruitment process which saw candidates interviewed by a community panel to assess their suitability for the role and their commitment to wider partnership work.
Willy Bach said:
“I’m delighted that the Panel has supported my decision to ask Paul Hindson to take up the role as my Chief Executive.
“Paul has a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained from a series of leadership roles within the criminal justice field. With his proven track record of transforming complex models into reality and inspiring partners to deliver challenging goals, I’m confident is the right person to take forward the delivery of my Police and Crime Plan.”
Paul Hindson said:
“I really look forward to working with the Commissioner to deliver his Police and Crime Plan.
“Throughout my career I have tried to deliver changes for the public benefit alongside value for money and this is an opportunity to do that in one of the key public services.
“A big part of that will be engaging with the public and partners to ensure that the service delivered meets their needs and expectations.”
Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Cllr Joe Orson, said:
“The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Panel held a Confirmation Hearing to review the proposed appointment of Mr Hindson as Chief Executive Officer.
“At the Hearing Mr Hindson was thoroughly questioned by the Panel on his suitability for the role and he answered the questions fully and competently.
“As a result the Panel has endorsed the appointment of Mr Hindson to the role.”
Mr Hindson, from Narborough, has vast criminal justice experience working with the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Probation Service.
Keen to support initiatives that drive transformation, develop innovation, improve quality and enhance community engagement he has been closely involved in the delivery of the Transforming Rehabilitation contract.
This is the name given to the government’s programme for how offenders are managed in England and Wales.
Prior to this he was managing director of Justice Working Links for two years in which he was responsible for the delivery of all justice services nationally and for the transformation of existing justice services in Community Rehabilitation Companies across Wales and the South West of England.
It has been created by the sister of Pitchfork’s first victim, Lynda Mann, after it was confirmed he is to be allowed to take unescorted days out from prison.
Colin Pitchfork, 22 at the time of the first murder, was married with two sons. He was a baker who grew up in rural Leicestershire and lived in Littlethorpe
In November 1983 he left his baby son sleeping in the back of his car and raped and strangled 15-year-old Lynda Mann with her own scarf in Narborough. He then drove home and put his son to bed
Three years later, less than a mile from where Lynda died, he raped and murdered Dawn Ashworth, also 15, of Enderby. The pathologist who examined her body described it as a “brutal sexual assault”
A police investigation initially led to the wrong man, Richard Buckland, a local 17-year-old who falsely confessed to one of the killings. After an unprecedented mass screening of 5,000 men using pioneering “DNA profiling” technology, Pitchfork was eventually caught. At first, Pitchfork had evaded justice by persuading a colleague to take the test for him
He pleaded guilty to both murders in September 1987 and was sentenced to life in January 1988. The judge said the killings were “particularly sadistic” and he doubted Pitchfork would ever be released
Police are appealing for information after a vehicle was amongst items stolen during an aggravated burglary in Narborough
The incident took place around 7.30pm on Tuesday 13 December in Forest Road, when three masked men entered the house and demanded the occupants opened the safe.
The suspects made off with property including a white Ford Transit 300 SWB van which was parked on the driveway.
The van was later found abandoned near Hardwicke Lodge Riding School on Forest Road.
A 65-year-old victim sustained minor injuries during the incident.
Extensive enquiries have been conducted into the incident since it was reported, including house-to-house visits and a trawl of local CCTV and police are now calling upon the public’s help to try and identify those responsible.
From the investigations carried out so far we believe this was an isolated incident and the victims were deliberately targeted.
If you saw people acting suspiciously in the Forest Road area during the evening of Tuesday 13 December please get in touch with police.
Also, anyone who saw a white van being left near the riding school, are asked to contact the police.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1097 Dan Thorpe on 101, quoting crime number 413802.
Reports are reaching the EYE concerning an increasing number of thefts from vehicles in the Enderby and Narborough areas.
It comes at that time of year when Leicestershire Police are urging vehicle owners to think about their vehicle security during the darker nights. It follows a sharp increase in thefts from cars and vans.
Detective Inspector Helen Nurse, the force lead for vehicle crime recently said:
“There has been an increase in all types of thefts from vehicles across the force area.
“Some of the vehicles have had their windows smashed or their locks forced but others have been left insecure.
“Thieves are trying car doors and stealing items such as laptops, wallets and sat navs which have been left on display.
“These offences typically take place overnight when owners have left their vehicles on a driveway or on the road. We are urging vehicle owners not to leave anything on display. Our message is clear ‘leave it on show, expect it to go’.”
However, at a time when local councils are operating street lights with lower luminance and even switching them off during the night, it seems like vehicle owners need to be extra vigilant and observe simple precautions such as not leaving property on show or leaving valuable equipment in commercial vehicles.
A concerning trend appears to be lack of damage or obvious forced entry.
Enderby resident Kelly Dobson told the EYE:
“There has been an influx of vehicles being broken into in the Enderby/Narborough area and tradesman’s equipment being stolen in the last few days.
My partner and another tradesman on our street have been victim to this also. We have spoken with the police and they have explained that this is rife at the moment.
Both vans were left with no apparent damage to the doors used to break in, and there is speculation from the police that they have a master key or a device that make access to the vehicles very easy and quiet!
I would hate for other tradesman to be robbed of their livelihoods in this way, as it is absolutely devastating for my partner, both financially and emotionally.”
To help protect your vehicle against thieves, Leicestershire Police are giving the following advice:
leave it on show expect it to go! Always remove valuables from your vehicle
remove sat navs including the support cradle and cables. Wipe away any suction pad marks
don’t leave tools in vans overnight
make sure that doors are locked, windows are closed and keys are removed when you leave the car, even if it’s only for a moment
on icy mornings, never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running
park your vehicle in a well-lit spot that is visible to others, or covered by CCTV
if you have a garage, use it. Always lock your vehicle and garage
consider fitting a metal cage to your catalytic convertor or have it etched
register any vehicle equipment such as CD players, in-car DVD players, and sat navs for free with immobilise.com