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Leicestershire Police release statement after officer criticised for 'careless' burglaries comments

Leicestershire Police release statement after officer criticised for 'careless' burglaries comments Credit: PA

Leicestershire Police have released a statement after a senior police officer from the force was criticised for suggesting that some burglaries should not be investigated if doors and windows have been left open.

The force has reassured the public that they will 'of course' be investigating preventable burglaries:

We do, and will continue to, prioritise the investigation of all reports of domestic burglaries received from members of the public in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

There are no plans to change this whatsoever, a point made to the reporter from the Loughborough Echo in the original interview.

We recognise the impact that burglaries have on victims and will always relentlessly pursue those responsible for this type of crime, in order to bring them to justice.

In the original interview, Mr Kay was clear that he was posing a hypothetical question, to help generate a debate about how we should highlight the importance of crime prevention and how we ‘nudge’ people to take home security far more seriously and therefore help prevent them becoming a victim of crime.

– Leicestershire Police spokesperson


Leicestershire Police celebrates 180th anniversary

Leicestershire Police Credit: ITV News Central

A service is being held later today to mark 180 years to the day since the first police patrol set off in Leicester.

On February 11 1836, the first police officers from Leicester Borough Police set off on patrol from the Guildhall in Leicester.

At the time, the force employed just fifty officers. In the years that followed, two other forces were formed to police Leicestershire and Rutland before several mergers finally led to the formation of one force in 1967.

It was known as Leicestershire Constabulary until 2012 when it changed its name to Leicestershire Police.

A service will be held in Leicester Cathedral late today, followed by an event at the old police headquarters in the Guildhall.

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