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Woman charged after police officers assaulted

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:46

A woman has been charged after police officers responding to an incident in Loughborough were assaulted.

Abbigale Milnthorpe, 18, of Victoria Street, Lougborough, has been charged with three counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker.

She was bailed to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on 6 December.

The charges relate to an incident which took place at an address in Victoria Street at around 11pm on Tuesday (13 November).

A 24-year-old man was issued with a police conditional caution for assault by beating of an emergency worker.

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Decoy vehicle leads to four arrests and tools being recovered

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:10

Tools fitted with a tracking device have led officers to arrest four people in Northamptonshire.

A ‘decoy’ vehicle containing tools was parked in an area where there had been previous concerns about thefts from vehicles.

The tools were fitted with a tracker device and as predicted the vehicle was broken into and tools were stolen. Officers were able to track the stolen items to an address in Northamptonshire.

Two men, aged 20 and 50, and two women, aged 37 and 47, were arrested during the operation and more than 80 tools were recovered from the property.

The four were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen property and have since been released pending further enquiries.

Officers are now in the process of identifying victims of tool thefts in a bid to reunite the items with their rightful owners.

Detective Inspector Simon Preston is the force lead on vehicle crime. He said: “Vehicle crime is a concern for the force and that’s why we have deployed vehicles with tracking devices fitted to the contents to deter criminals from committing such offences.

“The ‘bait’ vehicle is parked on driveways, public car parks and streets and we will continue to use it to stop thefts from vehicles and if they do we will trace them.

“We’d also ask the public to help us by removing tools, equipment and other valuables every night from their vehicles. 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.”

“We would also ask that people mark their tools and the contents of their vehicles with their postcode. This helps us greatly in reuniting owners with their items in the event they are stolen.

“If you would like more information on how to protect your vehicle and property from thieves please see our website here.”

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LRALC and NALC give scrutiny evidence on the County Council's unitary proposals

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 14:58

This morning Jake Atkinson (Chief Executive of LRALC) and Justin Griggs (Head of Policy for NALC) gave evidence at the Leicestershire County Council (LCC) scrutiny panel which was convened to discuss the current LCC unitary council proposal.

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Child has died following collision in Loughborough

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:38

A 12-year-old child has died following a road traffic collision in Loughborough yesterday evening.

Officers were called at around 7.10pm on Tuesday (13 November) to a report of a collision involving a pedestrian and a blue Ford Fiesta, on Meadow Lane close to its junction with Waterside Close.

The pedestrian, a 12-year-old boy, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious injuries where he later died.

The driver of the Fiesta was not injured.

Meadow Lane was closed until the early hours while emergency services were in attendance at the incident.

Detective Constable Seamus Burns is appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to get in touch.

He said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have seen the collision or the events leading up to it to please contact me. Alternatively motorists who may have dash cam footage which could assist our investigation, I would urge them to give me a call.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 601 of 13 November.

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Hundreds attend Leicestershire Police's intercultural evening

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 21:28

Leicestershire Police celebrated its 25th intercultural evening tonight (Tuesday 13 November).

More than 250 guests attended the annual event which took place at force headquarters and gives communities’ access to see what is going on operationally in policing locally across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Civic and faith leaders from a wide range of religious backgrounds joined many other guests at the event. They had the opportunity to talk to operational officers and staff, Special Constables, Police Cadets, Crimestoppers, our Faith support networks, members of the Diversity and Inclusion Unit and police officers trained in British Sign Language.

The event provided a great opportunity to showcase the specialist services that the force offers to the diverse communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, in addition to the role of day to day neighbourhood and response officers.

The event which launched in 1993 is highly regarded by the guests. Chief Constable, Simon Cole QPM, said: “It has been fantastic to have a wide range of communities represented here this evening. Events such as this present us with an important opportunity to speak to members of the public from all across the force area, and from a variety of backgrounds. It allows us to get a feel for what people think we are doing well, and where we can improve.

“These evenings are also brilliant for giving others a perspective of the diversity of the force. We are very lucky to be represented by such a wide variety of diverse communities, all of which help to keep the public in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland safe.”

Among those in attendance was Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, he said: “We are lucky to live in an area that embraces numerous diverse cultures and communities. This evening illustrated the inclusive approach to diversity across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and I welcomed the opportunity to speak to people from so many different backgrounds and hear their views on the policing service they receive and expect.

“The event was a huge success and, from the feedback I have received, very worthwhile from everyone’s point of view.”

Lynne Woodward, Head of Equality and Human Rights for Leicestershire Police, said: “This event goes from strength to strength every year. We’ve had yet another fantastic turnout, with more than 250 people coming along. It is a wonderful event which pulls together a number of different communities and allows us to hear various different thoughts and ideas.”

Kaiser Nabola from the African Network, said: “We work with local stakeholders to help them understand African values and culture. This enables stakeholders such as the police to better engage with African communities.”

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Jail for men involved in serious organised crime

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 16:52

Eight men involved in serious organised crime have been sentenced to a total of more than 55 years in jail following an intelligence-led police operation in Leicester.

The men, from Leicester and Coventry all pleaded guilty at previous hearings and appeared yesterday (Monday 12 November) at Leicester Crown Court where they were sentenced for crimes including robbery, firearms possession and drugs supply.

The defendants were sentenced as follows:

  • Mohammed Khan, 35, of Hornby Road, Leicester, was sentenced to a total of four years for one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of conspiracy to convert criminal property

  • James O’Neill, 28, of Nevanthon Road, Leicester, was sentenced to a total of four years for one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of conspiracy to convert criminal property

  • Leon Nelson, 33, of Hoefield Crescent, Nottingham, was sentenced to a total of four years for one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of conspiracy to convert criminal property

  • Kyle Ross, 26, of Winton Avenue, Leicester, was sentenced to a total of 12 years and six months for one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of transferring a prohibited weapon, one count of transferring an imitation firearm, one count of possession of ammunition while prohibited by conviction, one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and one count of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs

  • Freddy Manship, 25, of Rowanberry Avenue, Leicester, was sentenced to a total of 10 years and three months for one count of transferring a prohibited weapon, one count of transferring an imitation firearm, one count of possession of ammunition while prohibited by conviction, one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and one count of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs

  • Justin McCormack, 44, of Knightlowe Avenue, Coventry, was sentenced to a total of six years for one count of possession of a prohibited weapon and one count of possession of an imitation firearm

  • Callum Taylor, 27, of Epson Drive, Coventry, was sentenced to a total of six years for one count of possession of a prohibited weapon, one count of possession of an imitation firearm and one count of possession of ammunition while prohibited by conviction

  • Jahangir Ali, 28, of Warwick Road, Coventry, was sentenced to a total of nine years for conspiracy to transfer a firearm and one count of conspiracy to convert criminal property

  • A ninth man, Brian McGhee, 54, of Narborough Road, Leicester, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years for one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and one count of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs

  • A tenth man, will be sentenced at a later date for one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of Section 20 grievous bodily harm (GBH) and one count of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs

In April 2017, officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) launched an investigation into the activities of the group who were suspected of being involved in the possession and supply of drugs and firearms.

As a result of intelligence, officers stopped a Toyota Previa driven by Mohammed Khan on 25 April in Bede Street, Leicester. Also in the car were James O’Neill, Leon Nelson, Kyle Ross and the tenth defendant.

A search of the Previa revealed a bag containing cable ties, handcuffs and face masks.

A second car, linked to O’Neill, and parked nearby was also searched. Inside the vehicle were more cable ties and a dog lead. Officers believed the men intended to use the items in a plot to extort money and drugs from rival gang members.

The men were arrested and questioned by detectives before being released under investigation while enquiries continued.

Four further members of the group were arrested in June last year, after officers stopped a car on its way to Coventry and searched an address in Narborough Road, Leicester.

Inside the vehicle were McCormack and Taylor who had travelled from Coventry to Bitteswell in Leicestershire to buy firearms.

The men had met up with Ross, who was still under investigation, and Manship on the outskirts of the village who produced two shotguns from a rented container.

Money had changed hands before the visitors left with a pump action shotgun, and a semi-automatic shotgun and more than 30 rounds of ammunition.

Armed officers arrested McCormack and Taylor on their journey home, and found the firearms placed between the driver’s and passenger seat. One of the weapons was fully-loaded, with the safety catch off. Following closer scrutiny, the second shotgun, was found to be deactivated.

Manship and McGhee, were arrested later the same day at the property in Narborough Road, rented by McGhee. Inside the address, which was being used as a safe house, officers recovered around £2,600 in cash and a large quantity of Class A and B drugs.

On 1 September 2017, Jahangir Ali, who is believed to have orchestrated the dealings, was arrested by officers from a location in Coventry.

EMSOU Detective Inspector Lee Hunt, said: “As a result of this investigation, prolific criminals are behind bars for a very long time.

“From the information gathered during the course of our enquiries it became clear that this was a group of men involved in various forms of serious organised crime.

“They thought nothing of the harm their activity caused to others and openly boasted to each other about their criminal conduct.

“Their intention was to commit serious crime in our communities, but thanks to the diligence of the investigating team, and everyone else involved in the operation, lethal firearms and a large quantity of drugs have been taken off the streets.”

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CCTV sighting in search for missing man

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 13:13

Officers searching for missing Paresh Patel have released a CCTV image captured shortly after he was last seen.

Paresh left his home address, close to Melton Road, around 9pm on Saturday 10 November and has not returned.

Enquiries carried out so far have uncovered CCTV footage of Paresh walking along Belgrave Road, close to Abbey Park, at 9.20pm the same evening.

The image shows Paresh wearing the clothes he was last seen in – a navy blue coat, grey jumper, blue jeans, brown shoes and a brown flat cap. The same cap can also be seen in a new photo published by police.

He is described as having light brown skin, is around 5ft 5ins tall and medium build. He is bald and wears glasses. He also has a tattoo of a Hindu religious symbol on his arm.

Paresh was reported missing on Sunday (11 November) morning after he failed to return home. His family and officers are extremely concerned for his health and welfare, particularly as he has a condition which requires regular medication.

Since Sunday officers have been carrying out enquiries in the Belgrave area to try and locate him.

Today (Tuesday 13 November) trained volunteers from Leicestershire Search and Rescue are searching Abbey Park and specially trained officers are also in the area carrying out water searches in the park’s lake, as well as the surrounding canal and river.

Sergeant Louise Wills from the Missing Persons Team said: “It is totally out of character for Paresh to go missing. He has never been missing before and as he requires regular medication we urgently want to find him to make sure he is safe and well.

“If you were in the area of Belgrave Road on Saturday night and think you saw Paresh or have seen him since then please contact us. Any information you have could assist us in locating him.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 71 of 11 November.

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Man jailed for stabbing a teenager in Loughborough

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 08:05

A minor disagreement at a party which led to a teenager being stabbed in Loughborough has resulted in a man being jailed for more than three years.

During the early hours of Sunday 17 June this year, a number of people were attending a party where an argument took place between the defendant, Ashpak Chowdhury, and the 15-year-old victim.

Chowdhury, of Bridgeland Road, Loughborough, left the premises, and, a short while later approached the victim in Burder Street and stabbed him in the leg.

Chowdhury left the scene and police were called to the area by the ambulance service at 4.40am. The victim was taken to hospital suffering from a 10 to 15cm deep stab wound. He had lost a significant amount of blood.

Yesterday Monday 12 November) at Leicester Crown Court 24-year-old Chowdhury pleaded guilty to Section 20 Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and possession of a bladed article.

He was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for GBH and 10 months for possession of a bladed article. The sentence for the possession offence is to run concurrently with the sentence for the GBH.

Chowdhury was also issued with a 10-year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim, directly or indirectly, and from entering the road in which the victim resides.

Detective Constable James Collins was the investigating officer in the case. He said: “We know from enquiries we carried out at the time of the incident the defendant was at a party in Burder Street where he consumed drugs and alcohol.

“An argument took place in the property before he left the premises. He later returned to the area with a knife, which he intended to use and did. His actions could have had far worse consequences but luckily the victim has made a full recovery.

“There is no excuse for using a knife. Chowdhury now faces time behind bars for his actions.

“Knife crime is a priority for the force and the #LivesNotKnives campaign has been used to educate people on the dangers of carrying and using a bladed weapon.

“One injury caused by a knife is one too many. We, and our partners, are determined to educate people that the carrying of a knife in a public place is totally unacceptable.”

Further details on the campaign can be found here.

If anyone has any concerns about knife crime they should contact 101 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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Family heirlooms stolen in burglary

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 14:41

An elderly woman returned home following the death of her husband to find she had been burgled.

Among the items stolen were jewellery from her late husband, ruby rings which belonged to her late grandmother, a military medal and brooches belonging to her late father and grandfather and a digital camera which had her late husband’s final photographs taken on it.

Detectives are carrying out a full investigation into the incident, which happened in Spencefield Lane, Leicester, on Wednesday 7 November, and are urging anyone with any information to contact police.

The victim, who is in her 80s, had visited her husband in hospital on the day of the incident, where he sadly died.

Distraught, she had returned back to her home in Spencefield Lane later that evening to find her property had been broken into with the whole house being searched and the items taken.

The victim, who does not wish to be named, was not injured in the incident which is believed to have happened sometime between 10am and 10.50pm on that day.

The rings which were taken are both ruby rings. One of the rings has five stones in a rectangular cut with a gold band. The other ring has one large stone in a rectangular cut with pearls around the ring and a gold band.

A medal which was stolen, that had been awarded to the victim’s late father during his time serving in the Royal Navy, was inscribed with the name W.J.White and her late grandfather's army brooches were from the Gloucestershire Regiment.

Detective Constable Steve Wallage said: “These items are of huge sentimental value to the victim who is already going through an extremely traumatic time. She is devastated at what has happened and at what has been taken from her home.

“We urge anyone who has any information at all to contact us. Were you in the area at the time and did you see or hear anything which caused you concern? Do you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area which could hold some vital information? Have you seen or been offered any of the items described above?

“If you have any information at all which you think could help us in this investigation, then please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 18000538332.

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Man arrested in connection with Loughborough collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 10:33

A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal collision in Holt Drive, Loughborough.

Officers were called to the area at around 3.55am on Sunday (11 November) where a pedestrian, who is in his 60s, was found. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle involved in the collision had left the scene following the incident.

A 26-year-old man, of Loughborough, was arrested yesterday (Sunday) on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

He has since been released under investigation.

Enquiries are continuing into the incident.

Detective Constable Paul Bingham said: “We are continuing to appeal for any information in relation to this incident and urge anyone with any information us has not yet spoken to us to make contact.

“Were you in the area of Holt Drive during the early hours of Sunday morning or were you driving in the area? Did you see or hear anything at the time which caused you concern?

“Do you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from Holt Drive or the surrounding area? If so, we urge you to check this and get in touch with us if you have any information at all which you think could help.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 18000544292.

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Leicestershire Police supports anti-bullying week

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 09:45

Today marks the start of anti-bullying week, a national campaign aimed at reducing bullying amongst children both in person and online.

This years’ theme is choosing respect over bullying and the aim of the week is to teach children and those who work with them: the definition of respect, that bullying is a behaviour choice and that we can respectfully disagree with each other.

In support of the week long campaign, Leicestershire Police is delivering talks at five schools and sharing a range of information and statistics via their social media channels.

Katie Hudson, Children and Young Persons Officer at Leicestershire Police, said: “it is so important that we support anti-bullying week. If we can teach children about respecting one another and instil good values from a young age, it will hopefully stand them in good stead in their future years.

“The week is a fantastic opportunity to re-inforce positive messages about respecting each other and other traditional messages. In addition to this though, on Thursday 15 November and Friday 16 November we will share a number of messages around cyber bullying, messages that we will continue to re-enforce outside of anti-bullying week.”

A survey by Ditch the label asking over 9,000 children why they believed they were bullied showed that 57% of them felt that it was because of their appearance. By choosing the theme, respect, it is hoped the barriers causing such a large percentage of children to feel as though they are being bullied simply because the way they appear, will be broken down.

Martha Evans, National Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, said: “the feedback from children and teachers on the theme has been really encouraging and we are excited to announce the plans for this year’s campaign. They want to send the message loud and clear that bullying is a behaviour choice, and by choosing respect for others, even when we disagree with them, can create a positive atmosphere where we can all grow, play and learn.”

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Concern for 48-year-old man reported missing

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 21:53

Officers are appealing for help following concerns for a 48-year-old man who has been reported missing.

Paresh Patel was last seen near the Melton Road area of Leicester, at around 9pm on Saturday (10 November).

Paresh has not been reported missing before. He also has a medical condition which requires regular medication and his family and officers are extremely concerned for his health and welfare.

Paresh is described as having light brown skin, is around 5ft 5ins tall and of medium build. He is bald, clean shaven and wears glasses. He has a tattoo on his arm of a Hindu religious symbol.

He was last seen wearing a navy blue coat, blue jeans, brown shoes, and a brown flat cap.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Paresh, contact 101 quoting incident 71 of 11 November.

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Pedestrian dies following Loughborough collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 13:31

A man has died following a collision with a vehicle in Loughborough.

Officers were called to Holt Drive, at around 3.55am today (Sunday 11 November), where the pedestrian, who is in his 60s, was found. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle involved in the collision had left the scene following the incident.

Detectives are continuing to establish the full circumstances of the incident and are appealing to anyone with any information to come forward.

Detective Constable Paul Bingham said: “We are carrying out full enquiries and are appealing to anyone who has any information to come forward.

“Were you driving in the area of Holt Drive during the early hours of this morning? Did you see or hear anything which caused you concern? Do you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area which could hold vital information?

“We urge anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 18000544292.

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Leicestershire Police represent Midlands forces at the Cenotaph

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 06:00

Five award winning Leicestershire officers will represent all Midlands police forces at the Remembrance Day Cenotaph service and parade in Whitehall, London, tomorrow.

Chief Constable Simon Cole nominated the officers to attend, all of whom have awards for their hard work and dedication.

The officers, their awards and reasons for their nominations are:

PC Charlotte Dickins, winner of the Dedicated Neighbourhood Officer award

Charlotte adopts a flexible approach to her ever changing workload on one of the busiest university campuses in Europe (Loughborough). She has devised innovative ways of delivering crime prevention messages that directly appeal to students and builds confidence and satisfaction within the community.

PC Samantha Richardson, winner of Patrol and Resolution Team Officer of the Year

Sam maintains high levels of motivation during every single shift, she demonstrates great compassion, empathy, resilience and strength and is considered a role model for younger officers. She is well respected by her colleagues who themselves were keen for her efforts and problem solving abilities to be recognised.

DC Sarah Jones, winner of Investigator of the Year

Sarah is described as committed, compassionate, determined and unafraid to challenge. She was nominated for this award further to her tenacity in securing the prosecution over a suspicious death which she worked on for over 18 months. She gave up her own time (as she was on maternity leave) to attend the conviction and sentencing. This case was key in helping to maintain public confidence.

PC Gary Bailey, winner of community Police Office of the Year

Gary works hard to build and maintain engagement within his beat area of Loughborough. He works with difficult and hard to reach groups - with youths in particular, without shying away from the challenges this can present. He volunteers his free time with the Princes Trust and was involved in a project to get 14 previously unemployed young people into work.

PC Craig Porter, winner of the Patrol and Resolution Team Officer of the Year

Craig’s excellent work rate and dedication to his job mean he has already won several awards including one for saving a man’s life by performing CPR.

His passion for his role as a PRT officer, however, is phenomenal as is the respect he has from colleagues for all that he does. His drive and commitment has been described as “unwavering”.

Mr Cole said: “It is a great honour and privilege to be asked to represent the Midlands forces at Remembrance Day events, especially with 2018 having such specific significance because it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. It is important we honour the sacrifice the soldiers made in their service to our country.

“To see my esteemed colleagues at the same event as the Queen, politicians, the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London is an absolute privilege and a great way of being able to thank them for their invaluable service to policing.”

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Leicestershire Police honours fallen officers

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:30

Leicestershire officers were joined by the relatives of three policemen who lost their lives during the First World War for a special Remembrance event today.

PCs Colin Bramall 29, Ezra Maddock 25, and William Woodward 29, made the ultimate sacrifice and were honoured, along with others who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars during a two minute silence and wreath laying at force headquarters.

For the Woodward family, who travelled from Derbyshire, it was particularly poignant as it was 101 years to the very day that he died in Belgium.

They were traced thanks to the work of the force’s Benevolent Fund Treasurer, Dominique Allen, and a plea to find families which was published in the Leicester Mercury.

Grandson William Woodward, who was named after him, said: “He was part of a team that manned a howitzer gun and unfortunately died doing so. He is buried in Steenkerke Belgian Military Cemetery.”

He added: “It’s a unique day to be here honouring him. I feel proud.”

This sentiment was also reflected by the family of PC Colin Bramall who died in the Battle of Arras, France, when a bomb exploded near him killing him instantly.

He is honoured at St Mary’s Church, Wymeswold, where he served as a police constable and buried in St Nicolas British Cemetery in France.

PC Bramall’s great nephew, Gary Smith, was there to honour him and said: “We have always known about the sacrifice he made and so it was a wonderful privilege to come to police headquarters and pay our respects.”

PC Maddock was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field and has a road named after him in Narborough. He was killed in action during the Battle of Passchendale and is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium.

Great niece Pamela Ross, who lives in Narborough, said: “We are a family of keen historians and so it’s lovely to honour him in this way.”

Numerous police personnel joined the “War to end all Wars” and the Leicestershire forces – City, County and Rutland as they were then known, were no different.

The event marked 100 years since the end of the First World War and was the force’s way of expressing its gratitude and solidarity for their bravery and sacrifice.

Speaking at the Remembrance event, Chief Constable Simon Cole, said: “It’s really important that we remember those who went before us. They represent decency, integrity and democracy.

“It’s particularly special to be joined by the families of PCs Bramall, Maddock and Woodward."

He added: "What we do every day - we do because of what those men and women did during World War One and other conflicts.”

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Force fraud conference features Dragons Den entrepeneur

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:00

One of the most successful contestants from the BBC’s Dragons Den presented at Leicestershire Police’s fraud and cyber protection conference today (Friday 9 November).

More than 100 members of the public and local practitioners came to the conference at force headquarters which aimed to raise awareness around what cyber-crime and fraud are and gave advice on how to better protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.

Fraud is the most prevalent crime in the UK. Between October 2017 and March 2018 there were 4,754 reports of fraud in Leicestershire alone. The impact fraud can have on people’s life is massive with eight out of twenty victims reporting that the crime has had a severe or significant effect on them.

Among those who presented at the conference was Steve Smith who first came to prominence in 2009 when he received a significant amount of investment from Peter Jones for his company, True Call. True Call is a device which lets calls from your friends and family straight through to your phone, blocks unwelcome callers, and asks unrecognised callers to identify themselves before it puts the caller through.

Rachael Gill, Fraud Vulnerability Officer at Leicestershire Police, said: “Anyone can become a victim of cyber-crime or fraud at any moment. It is vitally important that we raise awareness around what both of these crimes are and how people can help to prevent themselves from becoming victims.

“Days like today are particularly helpful as we look to warn members of the public about the dangers out there. It has been a really successful day with fantastic presentations from our guest speakers. It has also been fantastic to have key partners on campus with stalls set up, offering key advice for different areas of cyber-crime and fraud."

Steve Smith, from True Call, said: “I was delighted to attend today’s conference. It is so important we hold events like this to help people avoid being scammed. It is more than just the people who are here today that will benefit from this event. A lot of the people in attendance work with various different communities, who they will be able to go away and share this information with.”

If you would like to find out more about how you can protect yourself from cyber-crime and fraud then go to the Leicestershire Police website, for any further information go to the action fraud website.

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Statement in response to Loughborough Fair

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:25

We are aware of concerns being circulated online and on social media about the safety of people attending Loughborough Fair this weekend.

Among these concerns are suggestions of there being reported stabbings since the fair opened on Wednesday evening.

We are also aware of people sharing messages stating that police have advised residents not to attend the event.

We are not telling people it is unsafe to attend.

To date there have been no reports of any violent incidents at the fair.

There have been some minor incidents of antisocial behaviour which has resulted in the force putting dispersal orders in place.

Powers under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act (ASB) allow officers to disperse people who are likely to commit crime or disorder or behave in an antisocial manner. The order will continue to be in place from 6pm this evening until the early hours of Sunday Morning in and around the fair.

People attending the event can expect to see local officers on patrol and engaging with visitors as they have done over previous years.

We know that the fair is an extremely popular annual event for the town with thousands of people attending and we will continue to work closely with Charnwood Borough Council and the fair’s organisers to support the event.

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Arrests made in Barkby Road robbery

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 09:26

Officers have made two arrests following an armed robbery which happened in Barkby Road, Leicester in August this year.

At around 7.20am on Thursday 30 August, a man went inside a premises and threatened two members of staff with what was believed to be a handgun.

The staff were assaulted but did not receive any injuries. No money was stolen during the robbery.

As part of their enquiries, officers have arrested two men, aged 26 and 27 and from Leicester, on suspicion of robbery. They have since been released under investigation.

Enquiries are continuing into the robbery and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 18*412659.

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Call handler fighting to spend more time with her son

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:55

Emma Shaw, who has worked in the force's Call Management Department (CMD) for more than 12 years, is trying to raise enough money to pay for immunotherapy in America to treat her triple negative stage 4 breast cancer.

Emma was diagnosed with this very serious form of breast cancer in March 2017 and has undergone a lot of aggressive treatment. At the time, she was on her own with her eight year old son, Theo, and found a lot of strength and determination from him. He has just been pre-signed by LCFC for their under 9s Academy. In November 2017 she was finally given the "all clear" and told to go and enjoy life.

In February 2018 Emma met her partner Darren and Emma, Darren and Theo went on their first holiday abroad together in August. Emma says she could not have been happier but that sadly ended when Emma was admitted to hospital for three weeks with pneumonia. Scans later confirmed that her triple negative breast cancer had spread to her liver meaning it is not curable.

Understandably Emma is desperate to spend as much time with her son as possible and after a lot of research on the internet she and Darren have decided that the best option for her is to receive treatment in America, however, this is going to cost £90,000.

The immunotherapy, which is only available in the states, won't be a cure but it will hopefully prolong Emma’s life to be able to make many more happy memories with her boys and her family and friends. Emma is determined to show Theo that she is doing everything she can to fight this awful disease.

Emma has started a just giving page and is trying to raise the £90,000 to get her to the states for treatment and is hoping people will be able to give as much or as little as they can for this she say she will be forever grateful.

Emma's Justgiving page

Categories: Leicestershire

Driver suffered serious injuries in collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:10

A driver suffered serious injuries following a two-car collision in Ryhall in Rutland, Leicestershire, yesterday (Tuesday).

The man, who is in his 30s, was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, by air ambulance, following the incident in Tolethorpe, near to the A6121 junction, at around 9am.

He currently remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

A second man, who is in his 40s and who was driving the second vehicle involved in the collision, was also taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. He currently remains in hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Detectives are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw either vehicle beforehand – a red Citreon DS3 and a black Mitsubishi Outlander – to make contact.

Detective Constable Pete Davies said: “We are continuing to establish the full circumstances and are asking anyone who was in the area and who has any information to contact us if you have not already done so.

“Did you see either of the vehicles in the area beforehand? Did you witness the incident? Do you have any dashcam from the area which could help?”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 18000536920.

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