Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe & Acresford Parish Council
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The next meeting of Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe & Acresford Parish Council is on Monday 20th August 2018 at 18:30 held at Oakthorpe Community Leisure Centre - All Welcome
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Cinema For All who are looking for people aged 16-30 based in Leicestershire who are determined to make a difference to their local community through creating their own cinema.
Supported by the BFI, BBFC and Octagon Films, Launchpad HotHouse is a programme to help groups of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds develop skills in film exhibition and become confident community film organisers.
Successful applicants will receive face to face training sessions, bursaries to cover the first few film licences as well as free equipment, Cinema For All membership and much more!
Applications must be made by 15 August 2018. To apply click below
They want to remove barriers, therefore written, verbal or filmed applications are all welcome.
Successful applicants will be notified by 20 August. Please note - all funded activity must take place by 31 Dec 2018.
I have been asked to respond to you concerning your recent email about rural crime and our lack of response or lack of attendance or even interest in rural crime.
The office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has identified that rural crime including heritage crime, metal and lead theft, high value farm machinery and vehicle theft, hare coursing and burglary are areas where we will focus our resources.
Leicestershire police has had to go through a number of changes in the way we deliver our service to the public of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Our focus has been to make sure we have sufficient resources to staff the response model we have within our force. Ultimately if you need the police in an emergency then you should be able to request them.
We have ensured that we have a response to neighbourhood policing which has serviced us so well over the years. Our neighbourhoods are staffed by Sergeants, constables and community support officers as well as special constables, volunteers and cadets.
These teams are able to respond to any emerging matters or look at on-going problems with a view of solving them through partnership work. The neighbourhood teams do hold crime prevention information and access to crime prevention products that have been funded by the community safety partnerships that can assist with resolving any shortcomings around peoples security, these products are available and can be purchased.
We have had to address the way we deal with some reports that come into our service reported to our service and how we best deal with them. Crimes that have taken place and there are no witnesses or lines of enquiry will have their investigations completed by our crime desk which is an internal unit who will create crime reports over the phone, email or online. They will make sure that victims of crime get the correct support. If a need is identified then neighbourhood teams can address them where they arises.
Leicestershire police have been put substantial investment into working with our communities and addressing the issues that have been reported to us. We continue to work with Warwickshire police around information sharing and good practice and cross border crime as well as initiatives. We have had a number of trailer stickers produced which are available for those with plant and trailers to encourage them to be stopped by the police if out at certain times overnight.
We have also put together policing operations stopping vehicles and checking the roadworthiness as well as those who may use our road network to commit crimes.
We are currently looking into the purchase of some 4 x 4 off road vehicles which would allow us greater flexibility to go to locations which we may not be able to get to in most of our vehicles.
We have run a hare coursing operation within our county last season which falls in line with the regional operation around enforcing days of action between September and April. This has empowered a large number landowners to get together and set up a WhatsApp group to monitor activity within those months around hare coursing. We are currently staffing next season operation, we would encourage you to put out the message to your communities around reporting incidents of hare coursing.
Leicestershire police have assisted in the production of a video which is an internal training tool for our officers around how to identify farm equipment, stolen vehicles and using organisations such as Datatag and Cesar. This video is available to all of our staff and has been rolled out within team briefings.
We regularly attend events such as the Ashby show, in the past the Shackerstone show and other events around the county to promote our neighbourhood watch scheme for rural locations which is called ‘rural watch’, this is free to join, members can get free text alerts and updates about what is taking place in their communities. I would ask that you encourage your parishes to assist us with promoting this scheme by getting your parish members to join.
We are in process of attempting to address some of the issues that exist around fly grazing and the illegal dumping of horses with our county and district councils. The reduction in finance and services for the councils is making this a difficult project to address.
We are proud to have four heritage watch volunteers who have a real passion to catalogue some of the sites around Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The group are currently working on the national increase we have seen around theft of lead from some of our iconic buildings and how we can best target harden these locations.
Leicestershire police have a Facebook page for rural watch members to check for updates and see what events are taking place in the local neighbourhood such as neighbourhood surgeries and opportunities to meet with our officers to discuss issues.
We have also put an investment into liaising with some of our younger communities, our child and young person’s officer has trained a number of our community support officers are trained to deliver inputs to the children whilst in the school environment to make sure we are liaising with the children wherever their school is.
We continue to work with our communities to drive down crime and reassure people that we are in their neighbourhoods. The Police service is being stretched by the financial constraints we have been put under, however, we are constantly looking at what we can do with the resources we have available. Recently this has involved the purchase of drones as well as mobile technology so that officers can do enquiries by the side of the road rather than having to come back to the station.
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