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Bid to stop persistent criminals

Criminals who repeatedly commit robberies and burglaries will be the target of a £122,000 operation in Leicestershire.

The Safer Leicester Partnership has been awarded government funding under Operation Vigilance, which aims to take "tough action" in problem areas.

Two people will be employed for six months to help criminals as they leave prison.

Officers will also offer more safety advice to previous burglary victims.

Daxa Pancholi, of the partnership, said most of the crime in Leicester is committed by a few known offenders.

'Additional boost'

She said: "Figures show 10% of ex-offenders commit 50% of all crime in the city.

"This money is brilliant, it gives the work we're already doing an additional boost and the work will not stop after the funding ends in March.

"We will work with the Probation Service to identify individuals that come out of prison for robberies and burglaries, look at their needs and try to signpost them to relevant projects or services."

About a quarter of the funding will be used for officers to visit the homes of people who have been burgled and put in safety measures, such as better locks.

It will also go towards alley gates in areas with a high level of crime, in a bid to stop potential burglars gaining access to the rear of houses.

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