Sep 4, 2012

Bottesford NHW Alert: Police Message re Welby Burglary/Shooting


We have been asked to circulate this message from the Police:


"Melton Mowbray is currently in the media spotlight following the case in Welby in which it was reported that a shotgun was fired at alleged intruders on Sunday September 2. 


As arrests have been made the case is now classed as ‘active’ which means that legally we are limited in what we can say about the incident.  However what I can say is that an experienced team of detectives, led by a senior investigating officer, are carrying out a detailed and complex investigation. 


I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that aggravated burglary is a very rare offence and our records show that there have only been nine aggravated burglaries across the Borough of Melton Mowbray in the last 10 years. 


In fact all crime across Melton is currently showing a reduction of 9.3% with burglaries down 31.1% which is excellent news for people who live and work in the Borough.


We have a well established rural crime reduction strategy in Melton Mowbray known as ‘Operation Ball,’ which has led to the recovery of half a million pounds of stolen agricultural machinery. We have also set up both Church Watch and Farm Watch schemes and have recently launched a new text messaging service to enable rural workers to keep up to date with the latest information. 


Officers from across the Force patrol our most isolated locations during the day and night stopping vehicles late at night to check they are going about their lawful business.


We also have officers based in the Vale of Belvoir at an office in Belvoir High School who are working in the heart of the rural community and able to react quickly to local concerns


It is understandable that a serious crime such as the one in Welby should attract significant interest but it shouldn’t undermine the excellent work that is going on day and night throughout the Borough and the significant success, in terms of crime reductions, that work has delivered.


Inspector John Gray"


NHW understands that the four arrested in connection with the burglary are not local to Melton. This is likely to be a case which receives a lot of public interest and further information will be circulated as it becomes available.


Circulated by:


John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626


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