Neighbourhood Watch Details for Thurcaston & Cropston

Is there a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Thurcaston and Cropston? If so, Charnwood Beat Police would like contact details please. Please send details to and they can be forwarded on to the Dedicated Neighbourhood Officer.

If you are interested in setting up Neighbourhood Watch this link gives advice on setting up a NHW and who to speak to -


Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan Trust (RaksTrust) Update

2018 has been an important year for The Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan Trust (RaksTrust). The trust celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid by reaching a total of £18,000 donated to the East Midlands Air Ambulance Service following monies raised from last year’s Dambusters Challenge.

The trust also saw the completion of it’s 4th annual event – The Fan Dance (taking 70 people on the SAS training grounds in the Brecon Beacons) as well as the launch of a new project for the Trust raising £24,000 to fund a fully equipped off-road ambulance. This ambulance will be donated to a grass roots charity in Malawi called Love Support Unite (LSU) LSU was started by 2 sisters from Rothley, Leicestershire.

The trust will be running it’s fifth event in 2019 taking walkers up Helvellyn via Striding Edge in the Lake District. If you wish to support the trust then please use the link below.

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The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission Members have launched a Police and Crime Survey and want to hear from young people aged 11-25 about crime and policing in their area. The information provided by young people will help to shape the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan and feedback will help to improve policies and services. Link to complete the survey:


The consultation closes on 16 December 2018.


Please email if you would like a paper copy of the survey to be sent to you instead.






Charnwood Borough Council and National Forest giving away free trees to residents of Charnwood

2,000 free trees to giveaway

A scheme to give away 2,000 free trees to residents in Charnwood has been launched.

The borough council has teamed up with the National Forest and contractor idverde to run the free tree scheme and people have until November 16 to apply.

All they need to do is email the Council and each resident can request up to two trees.

Cllr Eric Vardy, lead member for the environment, said: “We’re delighted to launch the free tree scheme in Charnwood and I would encourage people to apply soon as I am sure the trees will be snapped up.

“Charnwood is part of the National Forest and we want to make our borough even greener and this is one way to help.”

Residents are eligible to choose two trees and there is a choice of three varieties; rowan, wild cherry, crab apple.

Trees will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and distributed during National Tree Week which runs from November 27 to December 1.

To apply, email 

idverde manages the borough’s parks and open spaces on behalf of the Council.

The National Forest is right in heart of the country, embracing 200 square miles of the Midlands. It spans across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire and aims to link the two ancient Forests of Charnwood and Needwood.

Speeding Operation - Station Road, Cropston

Charnwood Police ran a short speeding operation on Station Road in Cropston at lunchtime on 2nd October 2018. 88 vehicles went through site, 82 below 35mph, 3 given verbal warnings & 3 travelling above 40 issued with tickets, highest speed 45mph.

Unfortunately some roads do not have a suitable place to safely run a speeding operation with a hand held speed gun.  The Police need a location where they can pull miscreant motorists over, ideally into a side road or lay-by, or at least at a position where there is sufficient visibility.  The layout of some roads such as Cropston Road gives limited visibility so that if a car is pulled over, it becomes a hazard to other motorists.