Police officer in charge of Harborough says 'it’s business as usual' - despite the Covid-19 outbreak

“Our officers are continuing to investigate any reports we receive, whether it relates to antisocial behaviour, burglary or something else”

Monday, 20th April 2020, 10:17 am
Insp Siobhan Gorman

The police officer in charge of Harborough has declared – it’s business as usual despite the Covid-19 outbreak.

Insp Siobhan Gorman said her neighbourhood policing area (NPA) team is striving to keep local people safe and combat crime as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

Based at Market Harborough police station on Fairfield Road, Insp Gorman said: “Our officers are continuing to investigate any reports we receive, whether it relates to antisocial behaviour, burglary or something else.”

She stressed: “While we, like our colleagues across the force area, are continuing with proactive patrols, we’re also continuing to investigate reports of crime on our NPA and acting on any issues or concerns raised by our communities.”

Insp Gorman spoke as Leicestershire Police repeated its plea to people to “follow Government guidance and stay at home to save lives”.

“Our officers are continuing to follow the ‘engage, explain, encourage, enforce’ approach,” said the force.

“Meanwhile, our day-to-day duties are very much continuing and we are here to listen to any concerns you may have.”

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham said: “Policing is a 24/7 operation and, while the guidance remains in place, we are still here for you.

“I would like to assure our communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland that we will continue to serve and protect you during what is, without doubt, an unusual time in our lives.”

She added: “Our officers are continuing to police in neighbourhoods across both our counties and listen to any concerns or queries that you may have.

“If you are a victim of crime, you can make a report online, by visiting our force website.

“You can also continue to report things to us by calling 101.”

- You can report crime online. Further information about making a report online can be found by visiting https://www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

- You can also report crimes by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency

- Leicestershire Police is supporting a new website which can help people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland find support teams during the current pandemic.

The One Prepared site includes information and advice on helping to look after vulnerable people and help those suffering financial hardship. Further information can be found by visiting https://www.llrprepared.org.uk/one-prepared/