Support offered for Leicester’s young people

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Staff at a Leicester library are lending a helping hand to the local children and young people.

Westcotes Library, Narborough Road, holds a session from 3.30pm-6.30pm on Mondays during term time, for those between seven and 16, with trained staff and free access to all library resources available for study help.

Parents and toddlers are encouraged to attend weekly Wednesday meetings from 10am-12pm.

Ingrid Thompson, Senior Library Assistant, said: “The study support sessions are well attended and the ones who have moved onto secondary schools are asking for more opportunities.”

For more information about either session call 0116 2995510.

Conor Davies 

Leicestershire Police crackdown on Halloween anti-social behaviour

By Chris Harper

Last years sharp increase in anti-social behaviour around Halloween caused many concerns in Leicester communities.

Councils of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland have launched the campaign ‘Are you in? Are you out?’ this week and are working closely with police in order to prevent rise in calls.

Chief Inspector Sian Walls of Leicestershire Police said: “We always see an increase in calls relating to anti-social behaviour on Halloween and we want to encourage trick-or-treaters to respect peoples’ wishes and not to knock on doors where they are not welcome.

“It is also important to remember that there will be many young people knocking on doors in the spirit of Halloween and if done in the right manner, that isn’t anti-social behaviour it can be fun.”

In order to prevent anti-social behaviour, the campaign encourages people to use posters saying either ‘Trick-or-Treaters Welcome Here’ or ’No Thanks Trick-or-Treaters’.

Extra officers will be on call for Halloween night as well as special constables and youth offender teams to crack down on incidents that may occur this Friday.

Leicestershire Police last year received 134 non-urgent calls about anti-social behaviour last Halloween compared to the average the 68 calls a day.

Wayne Fisher, 44, of Elsdon Close, Whitwick, believed that there are no concerns over anti-social behaviour in his area on October 31.

“I don’t really see much of a problem on Halloween, not around here.”

“You get some older kids just begging for sweets but there’s nothing serious,” he added.

Leicestershire Police has sent out presentations for schools to in order to help children understand what anti-social behaviour is.

Leicestershire Police crackdown on Halloween anti-social behaviour

trick or treat

By Chris Harper

Last year’s sharp increase in anti-social behaviour around Halloween caused many concerns in Leicester communities.

Councils of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland have launched the campaign ‘Are you in? Are you out?’ this week and are working closely with police in order to prevent rise in calls.

Chief Inspector Sian Walls of Leicestershire Police said: “We always see an increase in calls relating to anti-social behaviour on Halloween and we want to encourage trick-or-treaters to respect peoples’ wishes and not to knock on doors where they are not welcome.

“It is also important to remember that there will be many young people knocking on doors in the spirit of Halloween and if done in the right manner, that isn’t anti-social behaviour it can be fun.”

In order to prevent anti-social behaviour, the campaign encourages people to use posters saying either ‘Trick-or-Treaters Welcome Here’ or ’No Thanks Trick-or-Treaters’.

Extra officers will be on call for Halloween night as well as special constables and youth offender teams to crack down on incidents that may occur this Friday.

Leicestershire Police last year received 134 non-urgent calls about anti-social behaviour last Halloween compared to the average the 68 calls a day.

Wayne Fisher, 44, of Elsdon Close, Whitwick, believed that there are no concerns over anti-social behaviour in his area on October 31.

“I don’t really see much of a problem on Halloween, not around here.”

“You get some older kids just begging for sweets but there’s nothing serious,” he added.

Leicestershire Police has sent out presentations for schools to in order to help children understand what anti-social behaviour is.

City centre graced with Premier League trophy

premier legue

The Barclays Premier League cup came to Leicester city centre for fans to see in a star-studded charity event.

Barclays Bank on Humberstone Gate was host to the Premier League trophy on Thursday October 23, for the public to see and take photos.

The fundraiser was in aid of the Leicester City Football Club Foxes Foundation, which raises money for ten charities including Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Head of Marketing for Leicester City Football Club Jamie Tabor said: “It’s been pretty busy, we’ve had a steady flow of people.

“Around 2,000 people come to this branch daily, so the regular punters as well as the fans have come to see the trophy.

“What’s great is that it’s on a local level. The mascot Filbert Fox is here, whom everyone loves. Parents and children all want to take photos with him.”

As part of the fundraising event, raffle tickets were on sale with the chance to win a season ticket or signed football shirt.

Fulks Rahman, 29, event organiser and floor manager of Barclays, Humberstone Gate, said: “It’s taken us around 3 months to organise this event. We wanted to see when would be best to do it, so we coincided it with Diwali.

“Local Indian restaurant Chutney Ivy is serving food, and there’s a henna tattoo stall.”

“All the money that’s raised, Barclays will match it. Once we raise the money, we’ll present a cheque during half time at the Leicester vs Liverpool game on Tuesday December 2,” he added.

Leicester football fan Lauren Cope, 23, said: “It’s brilliant to have the cup here after ten years. I’m a massive football fan, I’ve been to a couple of games, and went to the celebrity match last week.”

Ex-LCFC captain Steve Walsh and Club Ambassador Alan Birchenall MBE were there at the event to take photos and meet and greet fans.

Mr Walsh said: “It’s good to do things in the community, especially as an ex-player, raising money for charity.”

Danielle Lett

Charity dinner raises money and human trafficking awareness

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A charity dinner in which more than 80 people attended has raised £1142 for the Stop the Traffik charity and highlighted the issue of human trafficking.

The dinner, which took place at Chef and Spice on Andrewes Street, Leicester, featured a raffle to raise funds, a presentation that captivated the hearts of the attendees and finished in a standing ovation.

Stop the Traffik, was founded in 2006 by Steve Chalke, and employs thousands of people across the globe, bringing together communities with the common aim of fighting human trafficking.

Parminder Parmer, 47, the Senior Primary Mental Health Worker who created the event, said: “The idea is the more people you tell, you are more alert, you are more aware and you’re looking around thinking ‘ok what’s going on here’ and you’re not blind to the issues.

“It is the second biggest industry in the world, only second to the illegal drug trade.”

Human trafficking is still a prevalent problem in today’s society and there are currently more ‘slaves’ in UK than ever before.

There are a vast range of tricks to illegally capture people, in which the victims are of any age group, all of these Stop the Traffik work to raise awareness against.

The owner of Chef and Spice, Syed Rahman, has pledged to help charities nationwide with the aims of raising £100,000 with fundraising nights.

The restaurant can accommodate for up to 150 people and 60% of the £15 ticket price will go to charity.

For more information regarding Stop the Traffik or to donate, visit www.stopthetraffik.org or call 0207 921 4258.

Thomas Simpson