Leicestershire

Further arrests following non-stop collision in Eyres Monsell

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:02

Officers investigating a non-stop collision in Eyres Monsell, have made three more arrests.

Yesterday (21 November) a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

A further two men, 25 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They all remain in police custody where they will be questioned by detectives.

Police were called to the junction of Thurcroft Road and Hillsborough Road at 11.46am on Tuesday 7 November after a pedestrian was in a collision with a black BMW X5.

The pedestrian, a man in his 20s, was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The BMW was found abandoned in Glen Rise shortly after the collision and was recovered for forensic examination.

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder earlier this month was bailed pending further enquiries.

A woman, 21, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender was released from custody pending further investigation.

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Driver jailed after fatal collision in 2014

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:47

A driver who fled the country after a fatal collision has been jailed after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving while unfit through drink.

Young Noel Munyanyi, 33, was arrested and released on bail following the incident on Aikman Avenue, Leicester in the early hours of Sunday 4 May 2014.

His passenger, 30-year-old Kainos Mupungu, died as a result of his injuries.

Munyanyi was arrested at an address on Teignmouth Close, Leicester, on the morning of 4 May and provided a specimen of breath.

He was released on bail but left the country on 8 May 2014.

However he was arrested when he returned to the UK voluntarily on 23 October this year.

Both Munyanyi and Mr Mupungu, who were friends, had attended an event on the evening of Saturday 3 May. Other guests told police that Munyanyi appeared to be drunk during the course of the evening.

Shortly before midnight, Munyanyi drove away from the venue in the Mazda with Mr Mupungu in the passenger seat.

Leicestershire Police received reports that a red Mazda RX8 being driven by Munyanyi, of no fixed address, had crashed on Aikman Avenue shortly after midnight on 4 May.

A number of witnesses told officers that they saw Munyanyi fleeing the scene, leaving Mr Mupungu in the vehicle.

Munyanyi pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while unfit through drink at Leicester Crown Court.

A back calculation conducted by a forensic scientist based on the specimen that Munyanyi provided following his arrest on 4 May estimated that he would have been nearly four times the drink-drive limit at the time of the collision.

Munyanyi was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison and was disqualified from driving for eight years and four months.

He must also resit an extended driving test.

Detective Sergeant Ady Keeble said: “This was an incident where the driver probably knew that he was over the drink-drive limit but still chose to get behind the wheel of his vehicle. It was a tragic decision that resulted in another man losing his life.

“An incident like this should serve as a warning to people who think that it is acceptable to have a drink and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle, particularly in the run up to Christmas.

“It should also serve as a reminder that Leicestershire Police will continue to prosecute people who choose to drink and drive, even if they try to make an escape.”

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Man jailed after a stabbing in Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 15:11

A 41-year-old man has been jailed after stabbing a man in an unprovoked attack outside a Leicester pub.

Parmjit Chouhan, of Lydford Road, Leicester was jailed for 12 months after he admitted Section 20 wounding, possession of an offensive weapon and assault by beating at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 21 November).

On Friday 7 July this year, Chouhan launched an unprovoked attacked on a fellow drinker outside the Wyvern Arms Public House in Kerrysdale Avenue, Leicester.

During the assault, Chouhan produced a knife and stabbed the victim, a male in his thirties, at least three times leaving with him with puncture wounds to his head, chest and under arm.

The victim attended hospital for treatment to his injuries and was later discharged the same day.

The assault by beating charge relates to a separate incident which happened on Lydford Road earlier the same day.

Upon release from prison Chouhan will also be the subject of a five year restraining order prohibiting him from attending the Wyvern Arms Public House.

PC 21 Claire Skerritt, the investigating officer, said: “Chouhan didn’t give a second thought to carrying and using a knife. He chose to inflict these injuries on the victim and although he sustained puncture wounds to his head, he was very lucky that he wasn’t more seriously injured.”

The force’s efforts to tackle knife crime continue and the #LivesNotKnives campaign aims to reduce the number of knife-related offences in the city, to educate and inform young people of the dangers of carrying knives, and to bring offenders to justice.

For more information about knife crime, the law, and FAQs visit our website at www.leics.police.uk

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Witness appeal following collision between car and motorbike

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:55

Officers are asking for anyone who witnessed a collision between a car and a motorcycle in Leicestershire to get in touch.

The incident happened on the B591 Copt Oak Road, at the junction with Beacon Road at around 7.15am on Tuesday, 21 November.

The collision involved a silver Ford Mondeo and a blue Triumph Sprint motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, a 25-year-old man, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Any witnesses are asked to contact PC 1699 Simon Meadows on 101, quoting incident 80 of 21 November.

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Arrests over series of ATM attacks

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:02

Detectives investigating a series of ATM attacks across the East Midlands have made a number of arrests.

Two men, aged 36 and 31, were detained in Warwickshire this morning (Wednesday 22 November) by officers from East Midlands Special Operations Unit.

The men have both been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and are currently in custody in Leicestershire.

Officers have also executed two warrants at premises in Mere Lane, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, and searches are being carried out. Two women, aged 29 and 38, have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act. They are also in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Smalley, from East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “This is a significant development in our investigation into the series of ATM attacks that have happened across the East Midlands.

“There has been a dedicated team of detectives investigating the recent spate, and our work is still very much ongoing.

“We appreciate that every incident, regardless of where it has happened, has had an impact on businesses, communities and have caused concern among the wider public.

“Our message remains the same – please continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity as we remain committed to tackling these crimes.”

Detectives are also investigating a potentially linked incident which happened at Tesco Express, in London Road, Hinckley during the early hours of this morning.

Police were called to the shop at about 1.40am today following a report that a vehicle has been used in an attempt to remove the ATM from the front of the premises.

Anyone with information about the incident in Hinckley is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 26 of 22 November.

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Break-in at Co-op in Cosby

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:00

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a shop was broken into and cash was stolen from an ATM in Cosby.

Officers were called to the Co-op in Main Street at 1.12am today (Tuesday 21 November) after the premises was broken into and gas canisters were used to force open the ATM and steal cash.

Extensive damage was caused to the rear of the cash machine during the incident and the premises is cordoned off while officers carry out a full forensic examination of the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or heard anything during the early hours of this morning is asked to contact the police immediately.

Today and in the coming day’s detectives will be carrying out house to house enquiries and trawling through CCTV from the local area.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting crime reference number 17*505797.

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December blog update for North West Leicestershire

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:51

Welcome to my final blog for 2017, it’s been a busy time since my last edition; here is a roundup of what’s been happening in your community.

Get Safe On line Event

We are very grateful to Hermitage FM who hosted a Get safe on-line event. Sam Hancock, Leicestershire Police Cybercrime prevention officer, gave an informative and practical input, along with a representative from Action for Fraud who provided useful information to prevent becoming a victim. Unfortunately it was disappointing that we had such a low turnout. Statistically you are more likely to become a victim of cybercrime. Make sure you update your anti-virus regularly and use strong passwords, a mix of uppercase, numbers and punctuation.

Further advice on online safety.

Darker Nights Campaign

Now the clocks have gone back and the nights draw in, officers are reminding people to ‘Lock up and light up’ this winter. The ‘Darker Nights’ campaign aims to prevent an increase in burglaries over the winter months by reminding residents to lock their homes and encouraging them to leave a light on to make it look like someone is home.
Our Front desk at North West Leicestershire District Council have a limited number of crime prevention packs to hand to local residents, if you are passing why not pop in and collect one.

Vehicle Crime – theft of tools

North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood officers continue to warn tradespeople to adopt extra security measures to prevent theft of tools from their vans. This month we have a tried a social media campaign to reach these busy members of our community. To encourage viewing there is a prize draw for a van security pack worth £300. The video recorded by Sergeant Ian Weston has so far reached 53,500 people, been viewed 28, 083 times and has been liked/shared/commented on – 882 times. The competition closes on the 6th December so there is still plenty of time to enter, learn about prevention techniques and win some van safety equipment. Find out more on our Facebook page.

Stop and search operation - Measham 27/10/2017

PC Harrison and members of our team have been out with officers from Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the environment agency stopping vehicles during a traffic operation on Tamworth Road, Measham. A total of 55 vehicles were stopped with one being seized for having no tax, 3 were found to have no insurance, 3 prohibition notices were issued by VOSA and 19 checks were carried out by the environment agency with 3 unregistered waste carriers detected (3x£154 in license fees). HMRC also carried out checks on vehicles for red diesel and we are pleased to report there were no positive results. Traffic operations like this help us to keep the roads safe for all road users.

Drug Warrant

North West Leicestershire Officers executed a Drugs warrant at an address in Thringstone. We recovered a large amount of cash and drugs that are believed to be cannabis.

We are pleased to report the following successful convictions of note:

  • 26 year old Matthew Mills of Main Street, Osgathorpe has received ha a five month custody order for common assault along with a two year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim of his offence.

  • 54 year old Paul Jolland from Ashby Road, Ibstock has received a Suspended Sentence Order for Possession of Drugs with Intent supply.

Multi-agency Safe Event

On 14th and 15th November Leicestershire police joined Leicestershire Fire and Rescue and other partners to host a safe event. The event was aimed to demonstrate the importance of safety to young persons, attempting to demonstrate the dangers they can find themselves in, in different situations and contexts, of everyday life. The following activities were available: - Live, Road traffic collision extrication demonstration - Fire bike - BATAK machine and fire safety/RTC information table - Virtual Reality Goggles x 12 - VF4 simulator car, including classroom education sessions

We continue to seek to educate to reduce road casualties.

Ashby Take-away license suspended following opening beyond hours

Favourite Chicken and Pizza (otherwise known as Express Chicken and Pizza) in Market Street, Ashby has had its late night refreshment license suspended after repeatedly failing to close on time. It can no longer serve food into the early hours for three months after a number of license breaches, and must close at 11pm. The suspension of its license comes after Leicestershire Police submitted evidence that customers were consistently allowed into the premises after 2.15am in breach of the license conditions.
Leicestershire Police always seeks to work co-operatively with license holders and we are disappointed that it became necessary for a hearing. Licensing conditions are in place to ensure public safety and to prevent: crime, disorder and public nuisance. We will act to address any breaches to ensure Ashby remains a safe and vibrant place to visit while ensuring local residents concerns are considered.

Operation Spectre #LivesNotKnives 29/10/17– 5/11/17

North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood staff Supported with patrols in Coalville, Loughborough, Hinckley and East Leicester. 17 weapons were recovered and 7 persons arrested, including 4 for knife offences. I hope you will support us with the lives not knifes campaign #livesnotknives

Licensing Workshop and Celebrate Safely

I had the privilege of opening our fourth annual Licensee’s workshop today at the St Helen’s Heritage Centre. What a great facility. NWLDC licensing, police and met with 15 local DPS’s because we recognise the worth of working together to ensure North West District is safe place to enjoy the Night Time Economy. Andy Cooper and Sgt Dave Wadsworth did a great job hosting. Guest speakers included: - Dave Gill and Louise Arnold – Licensing - Cat Ridgeway – Ashby Purple Flag - Michael Kheng- National Pub Watch Scheme - DC Matt Rowlett – Operation Noxious and recognising new types of synthetic illegal drugs

A worthwhile networking and educational event.

Well done to Ashby Retail Radio and face watch members

A special mention must go to local Ashby business owners Phil and Dean. Phil declined to buy a computer hard-drive, Phil recognised the seller as a known criminal. They shared the information with other stores, which led to local officers recovering the items. CCTTV footage was recovered. Phil was also able to assist us with information that led to us identifying the owners of the stolen property. The suspect has been arrested for burglary. Absolutely fantastic work from members of the Ashby retail radio and face-watch scheme.

Remembrance Sunday

It was a privilege for North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Officers to represent Leicestershire Police at Coalville and Ashby Remembrance Day parades. Our armed services have and continue to ensure our safety.

Follow #RemembranceDay2017 #Lestweforget

Celebrate Safely

North West Leicestershire Community Safety Partnership, once again, are promoting ‘Celebrate Safely’ Campaign this Christmas. The Police, North West Leicestershire District Council and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue have come together to work with our local businesses and communities to make our towns and villages a safer and more secure place to be.

Hermitage FM is also assisting us to send out some important messages. We are asking our communities to think about their Personal Safety.

Look after yourself
  • Enjoy alcohol sensibly and know your limits, drugs are illegal - don’t put licensees in a position where they have to refuse you entry.
Plan ahead
  • After a night out, how are you getting home?
  • Who are you going home with?
  • Book a cab at the start of the night.
Come and see us at:

-Coalville and Ashby Light Switch on 2/12/17. Come and say hello to our officers who will be handing out personal and home security packs that we are promoting.
- Ashby Hood Park Leisure Centre on 5th December and Whitwick, Hermitage Leisure Centre on 6th December where we will be asking if you know your measures. I hope you fair better than me as although I know my units so I won’t drink and drive, I certainly didn’t know the calories in a glass of wine which may explain my expanding waist-line

Well that’s all from me for the time being, except to wish you all a Very Merry and safe Christmas

Helena Bhakta North West Leicestershire NPA Commander.

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Rare bank notes stolen in burglary

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:15

Detectives investigating a burglary in Queniborough are urging pawn brokers or antique dealers to contact them if they have been approached by someone trying to sell rare bank notes.

Seven 100 shilling notes were amongst items stolen during a burglary in Syston Road between 11.50am and 12.10pm on Thursday (16 November).

Two men entered the property and searched the house before stealing the rare notes, jewellery and cash.

They made off in a vehicle which was parked in Rearsby Road behind the house.

Detective Constable Richard Wilson, investigating the incident, said: “These African 100 shilling notes are extremely rare and we are sure the perpetrators will try and sell these notes on. If you have been approached by someone trying to sell them please get in touch immediately.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in Syston Road or Rearsby Road on Thursday. The suspects’ car may have been parked at the bus stop in Rearsby Road, if you saw it please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1682 Richard Wilson on 101, quoting crime number 17*498713.

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Results from first week of firearms surrender

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:32

More than fifty weapons and six hundred rounds of ammunition have been handed in to Leicestershire Police in the first week of the national firearms surrender.

Forces across the country are taking part in the surrender which is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm local communities. The surrender gives members of the public the chance to dispose of a firearm or ammunition by simply taking it to a local designated police station and handing it in.

Across Leicestershire, forty nine people have handed in fifty six weapons including five shotguns; three revolvers including a World War Two revolver; twenty two blank firers (ten of which could be converted into a viable weapon); pistols; flare guns air rifles; air pistols. Six hundred and six rounds of ammunition have also been handed in.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Nixon said; “We’ve had a really good response to the surrender so far with a wide range of firearms and ammunition being handed in at our police stations across the force area. Every weapon surrendered reduces the chances of it ending up in the hands of criminals and that is a good thing.

“During the campaign you can hand in any unwanted or illegal firearms without facing prosecution for the illegal possession and you can remain anonymous. That way you can be confident you have got rid of a firearm safely.”

The surrender is not however an amnesty. It does not mean that the police will not investigate any offences prior to its surrender and the public should be reassured that officers will continue to vigorously investigate offences linked to any firearm they receive.

Guns and ammunition can be surrendered at the following designated police stations across Leicestershire;

  • Mansfield House 8am – 10pm (10am - 8pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday)
  • Market Harborough 10am – 4pm (Monday to Friday)
  • Braunstone 10am – 4pm (Monday to Friday)
  • Hinckley 9am – 6.00pm (9 – 3pm Saturday, Sunday closed)
  • Wigston 9am – 6.00pm (10 – 4pm Saturday, Sunday closed)
  • Keyham Lane 8am – 8pm (8am – 6pm Saturday, Sunday closed)
  • Spinney Hill 10pm – 6pm (Monday to Friday)
  • Beaumont Leys 8am – 8pm (9am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm Sunday)
  • Melton Mowbray 9am – 7pm (9am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm Sunday)
  • Hinckley Road 10am – 4pm (Monday to Friday)

If you know of anyone involved with illegal firearms call police on 101 or Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111. If you are a licensed firearm holder who wants advice please contact your local force. For more information about NABIS visit www.nabis.police.uk or follow us on Twitter @NABIS_UK or @leicspolice

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Witness appeal following assault in Silver Street

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:39

Officers investigating an assault which left a man unconscious are appealing for witnesses to make contact.

Police were called by the ambulance service at 3.50am on Sunday reporting a man who had been found in Silver Street, Leicester, between Spencer’s Bar and Prezzo.

The 37-year-old man was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre with a head injury where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Detectives want to speak to anyone who was in the area of Silver Street during the early hours of Sunday morning as they may have information which could assist their enquiries.

DC Nick Robbins said: “We are continuing to carry out enquiries into this incident.

“We know the area was busy at the time of the incident. Were you on a night out in the area at the time? Were you on your way home from working a shift? Anybody who was in Silver Street during the early hours of Sunday morning is likely to have seen the incident or events leading up to the incident which could help us in our investigation.

“If you think you may have seen something or have any information which may help then please get in touch with us.”

Silver Street was closed between Spencer’s and Coral Bookmakers following the incident to allow for a forensic examination of the area.

Any witnesses are asked to call 101 and quote incident 138 of 19 November.

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Jewellery taken in Evington burglary

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 08:05

Detectives investigating a burglary in Evington are appealing for witnesses.

At around 7.30pm on Friday evening (16 November) two men forced their way into an address on Uppingham Road between the junctions of Downing Drive and Spencefield Lane.

Once inside the property they threatened the occupants with what was believed to be a screwdriver and demanded jewellery and money.

They fled the scene with several items of jewellery shortly afterwards exiting the house via a rear window.

It is thought they may have left the scene in a vehicle parked nearby.

The victims, both women and aged 79 and 56 described the suspects as white men of proportionate build and around 5ft 6ins tall. They were wearing dark coloured clothing and their faces were covered with black bandanas.

The women although they weren’t injured were left understandably shaken by their ordeal.

Officers would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and saw anything suspicious. They’d especially like to trace a dog-walker who stopped and spoke to a man outside the scene immediately after the incident took place.

If you have any information to assist with our enquiries you are urged to contact 101 quoting reference number 17*499373.

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Eighth award for Kayleigh's Love Story

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 07:53

Kayleigh’s Love Story (KLS) has won another national film industry award.

The short film, produced by the Force last year and viewed nearly 40 million times worldwide, won the 'External Film of the Year’ Award at the EVCOM Industry Awards, held last night (Friday 17 November) in London.

It beat off competition from scores of other films made for the public and private sector during the last year and was also judged against live and event industry material.

It brings the total number of awards won by KLS from the film industry to eight.

Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “Kayleigh’s Love Story is a ground-breaking initiative of which Leicestershire Police can be truly proud.

“That’s not because it’s received so many awards – although it is hugely satisfying that the film industry itself recognises the quality and power of the film and I’m delighted that we have won this latest award from EVCOM.

“Rather, it’s something to be proud of because of the impact it is having, in making children and adults aware of the terrible dangers that can lie in wait when your children decide to speak to, and meet, people they meet online.

“In my 30 years’ of service I struggle to think of anything the police service has produced, in terms of a film or a campaign, which has reached so many millions of people and helped encourage victims to come forward.

“Affixxius Films of Loughborough, who produced the film for us, have produced a film of which they should be exceptionally proud.

“Leicestershire Police’s Communications and Engagement Directorate, whose idea it was to make the film, who supervised the production, and who have masterminded the roll out and marketing of the film, also deserve enormous credit for their contribution to the safety of children worldwide.”

KLS has previously won the following seven awards:

  • ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY MIDLANDS: Gold Award, Best Promotional Programme, 2016

  • DRUM CREAM: Best Digital: Online Video/Film/Viral Advert or Campaign, 2016

  • EVCOM: Bronze, Social Screen category of the Clarion Awards, 2016

  • EVCOM: Platinum Award for best in awards film, 2017

  • EVCOM: Gold award in the Social Media category,2017

  • EVCOM: Silver award for Laures, 2017

  • EVCOM: Bronze award for Charity and Not for Profit category,2017

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Eight years in jail for attacks on Melton businesses

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:11

A prolific offender who threatened shop assistants with an axe in targeted attacks on Melton businesses has been jailed for eight years.

Neil Gordon, of New Street in Melton, was sentenced today (17 November) after pleading guilty at Leicester Crown Court in August, to one count of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, two counts of possession of a knife blade or sharp pointed article in a public place and one count of theft from a shop.

At around 5pm on Wednesday 1 March, Gordon entered the One Stop Store in Grange Drive, and brandished an axe at a cashier before knocking her to the floor and fleeing empty-handed.

Minutes later the 41-year-old walked into Premier Stores in nearby Craven Street, where he threatened a member of staff with the axe as he demanded money from the till.

Gordon struck the shop owner over the head with the axe causing an injury which required treatment at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. He fled from the scene with around £300 in cash.

Three days later on 4 March, he was arrested after police were called to a report of a theft from Mercury News on Sherrard Street. Gordon had entered the shop asking to buy a pouch of tobacco, but when the assistant put the tobacco on the counter he grabbed it and fled from the store.

Brave members of the public chased Gordon and held onto him until officers arrived at the scene and arrested him on suspicion of theft and aggravated bodily harm.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Nick Lant, from the force’s Complex Investigation Team, said: “An observant local PCSO tasked to look at the CCTV footage of the theft noticed a similarity between Gordon’s general appearance and that of the suspects in the Craven Street and Grange Drive offences.

“She thought his appearance looked similar in all three incidents and she took her observations to detectives who carried out further enquiries resulting in Gordon also being arrested for the incidents at both stores.

“Gordon was a prolific and dangerous offender and presented a threat to the town so today’s sentencing is great news for the local community.

“The impact these incidents had on the people of Melton was immense and I hope they will feel reassured that justice has been done.

“It should also act as a warning to anyone intent on committing crime in Melton that police will carry out a full and thorough investigation and bring those responsible to justice.”

A number of other offences were ordered to lie on file.

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City centre antisocial behaviour crackdown

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:55

Officers were joined by volunteers and special constables as part of a crackdown on antisocial behaviour in Leicester city centre.

Operation Instigate was launched following concerns of criminal activity that were raised by residents and businesses in the areas of New Walk and King Street.

In recent months, Leicestershire Police has received a number of reports of antisocial behaviour including drug taking and thefts.

There have also been reports of mopeds and scooters passing through the area.

During the operation, one person was cautioned for possession of cannabis and a car was also recovered under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act.

Sergeant Dave Adams said:

“We have received increased reports of antisocial behaviour incidents in and around New Walk, including the theft of copper piping, as well as drug taking.

“As part of the operation, we were able to speak to both business owners and people living in the area about their concerns and we will continue to monitor activity.”

Operation Instigate also saw the team talk to cyclists about existing by-laws that mean they are not allowed to ride their bikes on New Walk.

Of the 163 people that officers spoke to, 109 said that they were not aware of signage stating that cycling is not permitted on New Walk.

Cyclists were asked to complete a short questionnaire, which included questions on why they were cycling on New Walk and were made aware of the existing laws.

Sgt Adams added:

“Cyclists told us that they have been using New Walk because it is a safer option than using London Road and we have noted the feedback that they have provided.”

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Two sentenced for Isaac Williams murder

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:03

Two men convicted yesterday (15 November) for their involvement in the murder of 20-year-old Isaac Williams have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Reuben Stretton, 21, of no fixed address, was sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 19 years before he is eligible for parole.

Devan Garner, 20, of Octon Close, Leicester, was also sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 19 years before he is eligible for parole.

Both men were found guilty of murder following a trial at Leicester Crown Court lasting 18 days.

Stretton and Garner stopped Isaac as he was walking home in April this year forcing him into their car where he was stabbed.

Isaac died three days later in the Leicester Royal Infirmary as a result of multiple organ failure caused by blood loss from a single stab wound to his upper thigh.

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University students got a taste of life at Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:33

120 students from the University of Leicester, De Montfort University and Loughborough University attended Leicestershire Police headquarters yesterday (Wednesday 15 November) for a unique insight into life in the force.

The day aimed to raise awareness of the diverse career and volunteering opportunities offered by the force, and gave the students a chance to meet with departments such as the police dog unit, the Crime and Intelligence Directorate and Volunteers in Policing.

Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach and Chief Constable Simon Cole welcomed the undergraduates to force headquarters, who had come from a range of disciplines including criminology, psychology and law.

Lord Bach said: “It’s vital that we help and encourage young people to join the police and criminal justice family. They bring new ideas, fresh perspectives and huge enthusiasm to the challenges we face now and in the years to come.

“I was delighted to see so many students and I hope that the insight we gave them will help them to make the right career choice.”

The students were invited to attend after expressing an interest in working or volunteering for the force.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Yesterday provided a fantastic opportunity for our local students to come in and learn about the diverse range of roles undertaken by the force. I hope they enjoyed speaking with our teams, and having a behind-the-scenes look at some of the departments.

“When I was a student, I too attended a workshop about policing, and afterwards felt inspired to join up as a police officer. I hope that we inspired some of the students to pursue a career in policing, either as officers, staff, volunteers or special constables.”

Rhiannon Roberts, a Digital Media Officer for the force, delivered a presentation on the benefits of volunteering while studying. She volunteered for the force’s Communication and Engagement Directorate in her final year of studying, and after graduating secured a full-time role in the department.

She said: “When I initially applied for the volunteering role, I was at career crossroads. I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I went to a talk at my university to find out what was on offer, and decided to join as a police support volunteer.

“Once in the role I quickly developed skills and confidence in social media channel management, professional videography and photography. I volunteered once a week until I graduated, and when a vacancy came up in the department, I applied.

“Previously I had no experience in this field of work, but volunteering changed my whole outlook on the police. I felt like my work made a real difference to people’s lives.

“I’d definitely recommend volunteering to anyone aspiring towards a career in the police, or anyone who, like I was, is unsure about their future career. There are so many amazing things you can get involved with.”

If you’re interested in applying to be a special constable or a police support volunteer, please visit leics.police.uk/couldyou.

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Burglary at Ashby Indoor Market

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:47

Jewellery worth more than £40,000 has been stolen during a burglary at Ashby Indoor Market.

It happened sometime between 6.30pm on Saturday 11 November and 5.20am on Monday 13 November.

It is believed the offenders smashed a glass panel on the roof of the premises in Market Street in order to gain entry.

Jewellery was stolen from a stall before the suspects left the building.

A number of items were taken, including four Belcher 9ct gold chains with a combined value of £1,400.

The theft has had a significant impact on the victim, a 75-year-old woman, who said she is “devastated” by the incident.

She added that she has put her life savings into running the stall and is concerned that she may have to close down as a result of the burglary.

Members of the public are being asked if they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area over the weekend and are advised to be wary of anyone offering items of jewellery for sale in and around Ashby.

Nearby businesses that may have CCTV footage capturing the offenders gaining entry or leaving the market hall are asked to contact PC 916 Philip Brind-Surch on 101.

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Van owners urged to remove tools overnight

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 07:28

In the last six months more than nine hundred vans have been broken into across Leicestershire and Rutland and thousands of pounds worth of tools have been stolen.

Leicestershire Police has released these startling figures to warn van owners that they need to remove their tools from their van particularly when it’s parked at night.

Even if the vehicle is locked, some offenders are able to break in with no signs of forced entry – by using devices which override the locking system. Police have also received reports of windows being smashed and locks being forced.

The force is now encouraging tradespeople to store tools and other equipment in a safe and secure place overnight, and not to leave them inside their vehicle. It has also launched ‘Operation Pioneer’ in response to the increase and neighbourhood officers are working with specialist departments to find and arrest those responsible.

Inspector Simon Preston, the lead for vehicle crime, said: “We have seen a large number of vans being broken into since May and we do have an operation in place to target and arrest those who are committing these offences. There are many more self-employed people these days who park their vans on their drive at home over night which makes them an easy target for thieves.

“Some hotel car parks are also being targeted and we’re working with hotel managers to give tradespeople crime prevention advice when they book in. I would encourage van owners to take precautions, both at home and when staying overnight in hotels, to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime.

“The very best thing you can do to protect yourself is to remove your tools, equipment and other valuables every night. These tools are essential for people to carry out their jobs, and without them their livelihood can be affected. We are urging people to follow our advice to ensure they don’t fall victim to tool theft.”

  • Removing all tools from vehicles overnight
  • Purchasing a sign advising that no tools are left in your van overnight
  • Park your vehicle in a garage if you have one
  • Consider alarming the vehicle or fitting an internal security cage
  • If you park on a drive, install security lights
  • Visibly mark your machinery and tools
  • If possible, park your vehicle close to a wall so that the doors cannot be opened
  • Reporting any suspicious activity to us immediately on 101

If you would like more information on how to protect your vehicle and property from thieves please see our website: https://leics.police.uk/vehicle-crime

Since May 2017 939 vans have been broken into with 168 in October, 142 in September and 113 in August.

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Rape victim warns offenders – don’t think we are weak

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:30

A woman who was raped twice by her husband has today issued a stark warning to men who commit sexually offences against their partners.

In a film produced in support of the Force’s on-going All is not Lost rape campaign, the victim, who we are calling “Jennifer” described how she was raped twice by her husband.

She says she initially hesitated coming forward to the police for fear of the ramifications on her family, but she advises others in her position: “Please believe that there is a net. Somebody will be there to hold your hand and to help you.

And to perpetrators of sex crimes, she says: “If you’re a fella and you are doing these sorts of things to your wife, to your woman, to your loved one, please think about it. Because my now ex-husband thought that I hadn’t got the strength to make a report and follow it through.

“I made that report and I followed it through”.

She adds: “Please don’t think we are weak because we are not. We will do something and we will find the strength to do it”.

“Jennifer” is the fourth victim of rape to speak out in video form in support of the on-going campaign. To date, the two fictional films and the first three victim videos have been viewed more than 200,000 times online.

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Mother of Isaac Williams releases family statement

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:51

Isaac’s mother, Catherine Webbe, has released the following statement on behalf of the family after the guilty verdict was returned earlier this afternoon.

“As we contemplate the loss of Isaac, murdered in April this year, we would like to thank and remember the local community for their heartfelt support and prayers.

This has been a painful journey but we thank all the wider family and friends for their support in the many different ways this has been received.

We thank the criminal justice system for bringing the perpetrators of this crime to Justice.

This crime was related to street drugs and knives and we will join with others campaigning against these types of crimes whether it be drugs, knives, acid or guns.

We pray for a peaceful solution to rid our local community and wider community of these types of crime.

Isaac was taken from us at an untimely moment and will always be missed but we will remember him forever in our hearts.

Isaac, rest in peace.”

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