|Andy Wylie (Police, PCSO, Rutland)|
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have been notified of a Burglary Dwelling in Ryhall where cash was stolen. We have also had two vehicles reported stolen. A Land Rover Defender was taken from Empingham. This was discovered the next day in the Cottesmore area having been stripped for parts. The owner of the second vehicle has requested no publicity. We have also had a small yellow digger reported stolen from a building site in Uppingham over the Bank Holiday weekend. A donation box has also been report stolen from an open access church in Ashwell. Officers have also dealt with a number of theft from and damage to motor vehicles across the area.
Beat Surgery. Co-op Store, North St East, Uppingham, 7th May at 1400am.
Beat Surgery. Barrowden, Community Shop, 24th May at 1000am.
Beat Surgery. Rutland Show, Show Grounds, Oakham on 5th Jun at 0930am.
Beat Surgery. Baptist Church, MeltonRoad, Oakham on 18th Jun at 1000am.
Lead theft prevention seminar – Melton
Leicestershire Police held a lead theft prevention seminar on Thursday 28 April 2016 at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray, in a bid to raise awareness of the issue and stop offences taking place. A number of key organisations, including Crimewatch, Historic England, Ecclesiastical Insurance and the Diocese of Leicester also gave presentations on the steps that can be taken to prevent church lead theft.
Since March 2015, twenty churches in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have been targeted – ten of those offences have occurred since January 7 2016. The latest incident was on Tuesday 5 April when more than 75% of the lead was taken from the roof of St John the Baptist Church in Leicester Lane. The repair bill and cost of replacing the lead is estimated to be in excess of £100,000. The high value of scrap metal continues to drive up demand and leaves our churches and other buildings vulnerable to lead thieves.
Leicestershire Police is asking people who live near churches to be their eyes and ears and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to the police. They are also working with the Diocese of Leicester to deliver crime prevention leaflets to residents around every church in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.