Archived Feature ~ Our New Village Policeman

At the end of last month our local Beat Policeman, Simon Claxton, made himself available in the village to anyone who wanted a chat.

Simon, who originally hails from Norfolk, joined the Leicestershire Constabulary in 1984 and has served in a variety of roles both in the city - being Beat Constable on the Saffron Lane Estate prepared him for anything he might meet in Lubenham! - and locally, where he has served for the past six years. As well as patrolling and manning the Instant Response Vehicle, he was part of the team that investigated the murder of Harborough taxi driver Damy Marlow.

Now his 'patch' consists of Lubenham, Theddingworth, Husbands Bosworth, North and South Kilworth, Foxton, Gumley, Laughton and Mowsley. His main role in this area will be to patrol and become known to villagers and villains alike: he does intend to get out of the car and walk through the village whenever possible. He also wants to meet the children at the school and become known to them and hopes to be invited to show his face at the activities of various village clubs and organisations.

He shares our concerns about motorists speeding through Lubenham and the other villages. We occasionally see his colleagues using a radar gun to trap offenders, and recently a trailer was set up which displays the speed of cars approaching it. There are other, less obvious, methods of deterring inconsiderate and dangerous drivers, and they may well soon see it in operation . . . but not until their speed has been accurately measured and registered. Once word gets around about this hidden weapon we may see a reduction in the number of vehicles that career along Main Street.

Our village bobby won't have a regular day or time each week in and around Lubenhain. Shift work, rolling days off and having to attend emergencies and visit witnesses to crimes and accidents will prevent that. But he would like to become a regular and recognised part of our village scene and hopes to get to know us on his strolls. It isn't possible to contact him direct when he is elsewhere, but he has a voicemail box on 0116 248 5675. To leave a message for him you will need to key in his collar number - 371 - at the prompt followed by the # key. He promises to call you back as soon as possible.

Simon has kindly agreed to write an occasional series of articles for the Newsletter, where he will give hints on how we can prevent crime or make it a lot more difficult, suggest ways to improve security and deal with other related matters.

Bill Johnston
September 2001


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