New Year Messages from Leicester mayor Peter Soulsby, county council leader Nick Rushton, chief constable Simon Cole and police commissioner Clive Loader (courtesy of Leicester Mercury)
Chief Constable Simon Cole:
“This coming year will see us continuing to work with local people on the issues that concern them, including anti-social behaviour, honour based violence, child sexual exploitation, cyber crime and domestic violence.
“Crime is changing and whilst the desire to see a uniformed presence remains, one of the greatest risks to those you care about may be coming into your home via the web.”
“In 2015, the next stage of our change programme will be implemented as we seek to ensure public safety whilst balancing the books in the age of austerity.”
“Your views are important to us and we will continue to work with the public throughout the coming year on issues that matter to them as we remain dedicated to protecting the vulnerable by rigorously targeting those that harm local communities.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader:
“The last year has been somewhat challenging. Leicestershire Police have faced budget reductions, which resulted in force’s change programme being designed and now implemented.
“Despite these challenges, the Chief Constable and his team have continued to provide an excellent service to our communities – crime is coming down and that is something I wish to see continue into 2015 and thereafter.”
“Looking to next year, my main focus will be to continue playing my part in protecting the vulnerable, keeping communities safe, and preventing offending.”
Suleman Nagdi, of the Leicestershire Federation of Muslim Organisations:
“Despite the humanitarian crisis and tragedies seen, we have discovered that the human spirit can endure.
“We see this in the work of those who serve those in need.
“In the face of all the challenges that we face, for all the difficulties that we see around us we must never falter in our service of each other.
“Make the coming new year a year of giving and to serve others less fortunate than us.”
City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby
“This last year has been a very exciting one for Leicester.
“We have said farewell to the Belgrave Flyover which has for decades been a barrier between the city centre and the vibrant Golden Mile.
“The wider regeneration of the area will be completed in the New Year.
“We have also opened Leicester Market’s stunning new food hall and completed Jubilee Square – a major project that has greatly enhanced Leicester’s Old Town.
“I am confident 2015 will be even better. In March we re-inter the remains of Richard III at our historic cathedral then we host matches in the Rugby World Cup.
“It will also be a year for Leicester to make important democratic choices.
“In May we will have the election of a mayor, our city councillors and our MPs and I urge people to exercise to their right to vote and have a real say in the life of their city.”
Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton
“I’d like to wish you and your families a happy and peaceful 2015 – it’s certainly going to be eventful.
“The council will be taking some very difficult budget decisions in the New Year but we’ll continue to press for fairer funding.
“There is some good news. I hope to announce the first communities to run their local libraries, this spring; and our work continues to boost communities and jobs.
“In March, the eyes of the world will be focused here for the re-interment of King Richard III – let’s celebrate what we have to offer and promote our area.”