Oct 8, 2014

Bottesford NHW Alert: Fatal Collision on the A606, Between Oakham and Melton / Be Aware and Prepared This Winter

Two messages from Leics Police

Fatal Collision on the A606, Between Oakham and Melton

Issued on 7/10/14 at 11:58 a.m.

Crime number: LEP-061014-0243

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision on the A606 between Oakham and Melton Mowbray.

The collision happened just after 12pm on Monday October 6 and involved a red Mazda Premacy car and a Red Volvo lorry.

The red Mazda was travelling away from Oakham towards Melton Mowbray and the lorry was travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the red Mazda sustained fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene. Formal identification is yet to take place.

Detective Constable 1288 Paul Bingham, who is investigating the incident, said: “We are appealing for witnesses who saw the collision to please come forward. In particular, we would like to speak to anyone who attended the scene and have not yet given details to the police.

“We would also like to speak with anyone who saw either vehicle just before the collision.”

Anyone with information in relation to any appeals featured on this site is asked to contact the relevant officer on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for the officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Be aware and prepared this winter

Over thirty agencies are working together to encourage people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to prepare themselves properly for the winter.

“Aware and Prepared,” is the theme of a week long campaign to raise awareness among residents about how they can better protect themselves,  their neighbours and their businesses  against winter hazards such as flooding, illness and severe weather .  The demands on the emergency services at these times can be huge and it’s hoped that if people prepare in advance it could relieve the pressure on emergency responders. 

The campaign has been organised by Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Prepared, Local Resilience Forum (LRF) which was formed in 2005 in response to the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This act requires specific organisations across police areas to work together to prepare, respond and recover from different emergencies.  LLR Prepared is made up of members from 18 core responding agencies and a wide range of supporting agencies including the military, voluntary agencies and utility and transport companies.

The Chief Constable, Simon Cole, said; “This campaign is not about discouraging people from calling the emergency services, it is vital that people have the confidence to dial 999 in an emergency but it is about helping people to help themselves.  We want people to think about the things they might need in extreme weather, for example, and making sure those things are instantly accessible when needed.  We hope to build a community of responders who can help themselves and their neighbours to cope better in adverse conditions.”

The LRF is urging people to prepare a ‘grab bag’ of things that would be useful in an emergency such as a torch, matches, water, change of clothes, first aid kit and radio with spare batteries.

Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for resilience, said: “Our fleet of gritters and network of snow wardens are ready to roll but it’s important residents prepare too. Simple but essential steps such as sticking to gritted roads, checking on elderly or vulnerable friends and family, and having a flu jab can help communities deal with winter.”

Leicester’s city mayor Peter Soulsby, who leads on emergency planning for Leicester City Council, said: “As winter approaches, it’s a very good time to be reminding people of the need to be prepared for emergencies. The Aware and Prepared campaign will prompt people to plan for future risks, and help them to think about the sensible steps they can take to minimise those risks.”

Chief Fire Officer of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Dave Webb, said: “I echo the message from the Chief Constable Simon Cole and urge people to take extra care this winter when driving, cooking and celebrating. It’s important for all partnership agencies to work together, especially at this time of year.”

Matt Rockley, from the British Red Cross said; “‘The British Red Cross is ready to send out trained volunteers to support people in crisis throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The winter is a busy time for all of the emergency services, and whether you are in the car, on the bus or at home, we would encourage everyone to be prepared.”

To find out more about how to protect yourself logo onto the Local Resilience Forum at http://www.localresilienceforum.org.uk/help_yourself/

  • Know the risks in your area.  You can find them on the LRF website above.
  • Consider putting a grab bag together to keep at home and in the car, for example contacts, important documents, mobile phone charger
  • Make a list of emergency contacts you may need, for example school and work contact details, insurance, doctor, and keep them where you know you would find them
  • Consider creating a House Emergency Plan and a Fire Evacuation Plan. You can print one from the LRF website
  • Find out if your home is in a flood zone, if it is, sign up to the Environment Agency’s flood warning system and take preventative steps to prepare your home and household.
  • Know the location of your water, gas and electricity supplies to your home and find out how to turn them off
  • Ensure you have insurance and know where the documents are located
  • Book yourself on a first aid course so you are prepared for medical emergencies.  You can also download an app by the British Red Cross which gives excellent first aid advice.
  • If you are in an ‘at risk’ group make sure that you have your ‘flu jab.  A number of people are entitled to a free flu vaccination: pregnant women; children aged 2, 3 and 4; people over the age of 65 and people under the age of 65 with serious health conditions.
  • Use the online map to familiarise yourself with gritting routes using - www.leics.gov.uk/gritting , stick to these during cold weather and allow plenty of time for journeys.
  • Make sure your children know how dangerous frozen water is, the thickness of ice is unpredictable. Keep dogs away from the icy water too.
  • Whether your business is big or small, a good business continuity plan can make sure you’re up and running again quickly if something should happen to your premises, staff and partners/key suppliers or to your plant and equipment



John Shilton

Principal Co-ordinator

Bottesford Parish NHW


Tel: 07725636626




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