Leicestershire

Man charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 19:58

A 23-year-old man from Leicester has been charged with attempted murder following a report of a firearm being discharged in the city centre.

Ahmed Hussain, of Chesterfield Road, is also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (Saturday).

The charges relate to an incident in York Street during the early hours of Sunday morning (8 July), when a report was received of a firearm having been discharged.

A 16-year-old boy from Leicester was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A 33–year-old man from Birmingham arrested yesterday (Thursday) on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released with no further action.

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NALC welcomes calls for local government reorganisation in Leicestershire

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:02

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes calls for local government reorganisation from Nicholas Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council who declared that the time had come to explore having new councils.

Responding to this announcement...

Enforcement activity following violent disorder

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:29

Officers have carried out enforcement activity this morning at an address off Hallfields Lane, Rothley, leading to the arrest of a 23-year-old man.

The man, from Leicester, was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder this morning (20 July) and remains in police custody.

The arrest relates to reports of affray and violent disorder on 12 July in Windley Road and Broomfield Road in Leicester. Officers were called at 5.50pm on 12 July to a report of two men running after a car with axes on Windley Road. Later on the same evening, at 6.30pm, police were called to reports of a group of men in the street with large knives.

Additional uniformed officers will be in the area of Saffron Lane as reassurance to members of the community.

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LRALC mourns the passing of Steve Lugg

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:14

LRALC is sad to hear the sad news of the death of Steve Lugg, on Friday 20 July 2018, at the age of 54.

Steve Lugg will be known to many of you as the friendly and knowledgeable Minute Taking and External Funding trainer who was always accompanied by his dog...

Three arrested after discharge of firearm in city

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 20:34

Detectives investigating the discharge of a firearm in the city centre a couple of weeks ago have made three arrests.

Earlier today (Thursday 19 July) a 23-year-old man from Leicester was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

A 33–year-old man from Birmingham was arrested this evening on suspicion of assisting an offender. He also remains in police custody.

The arrests relate to an incident in York Street after the force received a report suggesting that a firearm had been discharged in the area during the early hours of Sunday 8 July.

Initially police were called at around 2.15am to a report of a car being driven dangerously in the city centre and what was believed to be the sound of a firearm.

Investigations into the incident have been continuing and no one has been reported injured in relation to the incident.

A third person was arrested at the weekend. The 16-year-old boy from Leicester was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone who has heard any rumours about the incident or can help the investigation team with their enquiries is asked to contact 101, quoting crime number 18*320049.

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Residents urged to be vigilant – don’t answer door to strangers

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 15:32

Officers are urging residents in the city to be vigilant after three distraction burglaries were reported in the same afternoon.

Three reports of distraction burglaries were made within three hours yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 18 July), all within two miles of each other.

The first report was made at 2.15pm, following a man knocking at the victim’s door in Dorothy Road, Glen Parva at around 2pm. He claimed to be collecting money for charity, asking the victim for money before requesting a glass of water.

He went into the kitchen and after he left, the victim, an 80-year-old woman for her purse was missing.

The purse was found shortly after, with the money gone, on nearby Leicester Road.

Another report was made to police at 5pm, telling us man went to an address on Pasley Road, Leicester at around 3.30pm. The suspect claimed to be from a charity and asked to use the toilet. He went upstairs and when he had left the property, the victim found some items of jewellery were missing.

We were called just before 5.30pm about a similar incident in Asquith Boulevard, Leicester. A man knocked on the 89-year-old man’s door, asking for money for Children in Need, at about 3pm that afternoon. The victim said he had no money, but the suspect was insistent and entered the house, going into the bedroom and looking in the fridge.

In all cases, the suspect was described as white with a large black beard and moustache. The victim at Dorothy Road described that the man was six foot tall wearing shorts and a dark coloured t-shirt.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have been approached in the same way yesterday afternoon – or at any point in the last few weeks.

If anyone has any information that may help officers identify the person responsible for these burglaries, please contact us on 101. Did you see someone matching this description in the area? Can you help officers with their enquiries?

Call 101, asking to speak to DC 1428 Kat Maguire quoting incident number 351 of 18 July.

Find out more about keeping safe: https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/burglary/distraction-burglary

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Substantial jail sentences for four involved in murder of Loughborough man

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:12

Four people who were convicted for their part in the death of Mark Swinhoe have been jailed for a combined total of 59 years.

Mr Swinhoe, a 38-year-old amputee, was beaten over the head with his own prosthetic leg before being stabbed to death in a drugs deal that went wrong.

He had gone with a friend to Moira Street in Loughborough where he had arranged to meet someone to obtain drugs.

But shortly after arriving, he was attacked and killed by two men who then attacked his friend in a vicious and violent encounter.

Today (Thursday 19 July) at Leicester Crown Court, Harry Matthews, 22, of Brush Drive, Loughborough, was jailed for life after he was found guilty of Mr Swinhoe’s murder and assault on his friend. He will serve a minimum of 27 years before being considered for release on life licence.

The sentence also takes into account his guilty plea at an earlier hearing for supplying Class A drugs and possession of a knife.

Jamie Wileman, 24, of Elm Grove, Moira, Swadlincote was jailed for 12 years after he was found guilty of Mr Swinhoe’s manslaughter, but acquitted of murder. The sentence also takes into account his guilty plea for supplying Class A drugs.

The verdicts in relation to Mr Swinhoe’s death for Matthews and Wileman were majority verdicts.

Paul Anthony Williams, 38, of no fixed address, was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter but was found guilty of two counts of supplying Class A drugs. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The three were convicted after a four week trial at crown court which concluded on Tuesday 10 July.

A fourth man, Christopher Cunningham-Pithouse, 24, of Glebe Road, Queniborough, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to assisting an offender and supplying class A drugs and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Mr Swinhoe was killed in the early hours of Sunday 14 January in a garage block near Moira Street. The court heard that Mr Swinhoe had no intention to pay for the drugs and was going to rob the defendants.

A post-mortem examination found that while a stab wound to his back had caused his death, he had also been stamped and kicked around the head and witnesses describe him being hit with his own prosthetic leg.

His friend sustained bruising to her body and a cut to her face. Detective Chief Inspector Martin Smalley, who led the investigation, said: “Matthews came armed with a weapon and had no qualms in attacking Mr Swinhoe. This was a vicious attack by any definition.

“While I am pleased with the convictions nothing will bring Mark back and his family have been left distraught by his loss. The four defendants now face more than 59 years in prison between them, I hope this gives them a chance to reflect on their actions and their devastating consequences.

“Carrying a knife is an open opportunity for people to use it – the simple message is don’t carry a knife – it’s time that those who carry such weapons realised this.

“We continue to prioritise knife crime and are doing everything we can to dissuade people from thinking it is acceptable to carry them as weapons.

“We work closely with partner agencies to educate people, especially youngsters, on the devastation these incidents leave behind, the cost to them and the lives of others.

“Operations are carried out across the force area and those identified as being involved in knife crime or suspected of carrying weapons in public places are targeted.

“It is high time that people took note of the senseless death toll that is inexorably growing in this country and changed their behaviour.”

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Unmarked HGV patrols the M1 again

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:04

East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) police officers, supported by volunteer Special Constables from the recently formed Leicestershire Police Safer Roads Team, spotted thirty eight motoring offences earlier this week during a two day operation.

The Leicestershire section of the M1 motorway was patrolled by an unmarked HGV ‘tractor unit’ as part of the ongoing Fatal 4 campaign, which targets drink/drug driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

Officers in marked vehicles stayed in radio contact with the officers in the HGV and detained motorists who were seen from the height of the tractor unit committing one of the fatal four offences.

The following offences were detected: o Monday 16th July - 16 offences, including 7 seatbelts, 6 mobile phone along with one no license, one no insurance and one no tax o Tuesday 17th July - 22 offences, including 12 seatbelts, 8 mobile phone along with one not in proper control and one driving without due care PC Tony Bunker, a Tactical Roads Policing Team (TRPT) officer said; “'Compared to when we first started conducting these operations in 2012 compliance in wearing seat belts among HGV drivers has really improved, however, there remains a small minority who choose to ignore our road safety messages. Just because the driver is high up in a lorry cab does not mean they are safe and we want to encourage all lorry drivers to use their seatbelt every time they get in the cab.”

“We are also concerned that despite the increased mobile phone penalty, which was introduced in 2017, along with the fact that drivers face the prospect of being reported to the Traffic Commissioner who has the power to revoke their HGV license, there are still drivers willing to take the chance and make that call which puts themselves and other road users at serious risk.”

Jonathan Clarkson, Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Road Safety Partnership spokesperson, said, “The HGV tractor unit is owned by Highways England and is part of a small fleet used by police forces across the country and will be used again in the East Midlands in the future. The penalty for not wearing a seatbelt is a £100 fine and for driving while using a mobile phone it is a £200 fine and six points on the driving license.”

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Arrest made following social media posts - man released

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:08

Officers have arrested a 72-year-old man under the Communications Act 2003 in relation to a number of comments made on social media.

The comments, which were reported as being inappropriate in their nature, were reported to police on Monday (16 July).

The man, from Oakham, was released under investigation this afternoon (Wednesday).

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Arrest made following social media posts

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:08

Officers have arrested a 72-year-old man under the Communications Act 2003 in relation to a number of comments made on social media.

The comments, which were reported as being inappropriate in their nature, were reported to police on Monday (16 July).

The man, from Oakham, remains in custody and an investigation is ongoing.

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Man dies following Leicester collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:46

A 46-year-old man has died following a collision in London Road, Leicester. It happened at around 5am on Saturday (14 July), opposite the junction with Alexandra Road and involved a black Peugeot 206 and a white Audi A6.

The driver of the Peugeot, a 46-year-old man from Leicester, was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary with life-threatening injuries.

Detectives investigating the incident have today (Wednesday) confirmed that he has died as a result of his injuries.

The driver of the Audi, a 49-year-old man from Leicester, was also taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he was treated for minor injuries.

No-one has been arrested at this time, but officers investigating the collision are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Detective Constable Pete Davies, of the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Were you travelling along London Road early on Saturday morning? Maybe you were heading into the city or were travelling in the opposite direction?

“If you saw the collision take place, or saw either the Audi or Peugeot prior to it happening, then I would like to speak to you about what you witnessed.”

Call DC 1761 Davies on 101, quoting incident 123 of 14 July.

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Kurt Jackson found

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:55

A missing Oakham man has tonight (Wednesday) been found safe and well.

Kurt Jackson, 47, was reported missing on 15 July by a concerned friend.

Officers looking for Kurt would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal for information.

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Concern for welfare of Kurt Jackson

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:55

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Kurt Jackson who has been reported missing.

Kurt, 47, whose last known address is in the Oakham area, was reported missing on July 15 by a concerned friend.

There have been reported sightings of Kurt in the areas of North Luffenham, Braunston in Oakham, and Uppingham yesterday afternoon and evening (July 16).

He is described as white, around 5ft 10in, of a slim and athletic build with light brown hair.

Kurt was last seen wearing a black shirt and brown or grey checked trousers.

Anyone with any information regarding Kurt is asked to call 101 quoting incident 591 of July 15.

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Officers will give away free car key protectors

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:00

Officers have teamed up with North West Leicestershire District Council’s community safety team to hand out free car key protectors at Jim’s Tractor Run in Ashby.

The key protectors aim to prevent vehicle thefts following a rise in the number of thefts of keyless cars in recent months.

Officers and the safety partnership are keen to ensure vehicle owners protect their property by picking up one of the car key protectors from them.

The car key protectors prevent criminals from using a device to bounce a signal from the key to the vehicle in order to gain entry and steal it. In addition, the community safety team and officers will be offering other crime prevention advice to motorists and homeowners.

Sergeant Jon Sharpe, rural crime lead at North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Police Area, said: “We’re really looking forward to this annual event as it gives us another chance to get out into the community and talk to people about important matters like car, home and personal security. We’ll be there to answer any questions people might have and guide them over what steps they can take to ensure they stay safe as well as their belongings.”

Jim’s Tractor Run takes place on July 29 between 11am and 4pm and is a hugely popular annual family fun day at the Bath grounds in Ashby. In addition, it will feature a grand tractor display, other vehicles, archery, stalls, children’s rides, music, circus performances and a fun dog show.

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, chair of Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership said: “Whilst North West Leicestershire is a safe place to live, crime does occur and criminals are always looking for new ways to commit crime. We are working closely with Leicestershire Police and the public to ensure criminals don’t get a step ahead, especially when it comes to new technology. Come and speak to us at Jim’s Tractor Run to learn more about the preventative measures you could be taking.”

For more crime prevention advice visit www.leics.police.uk/safersummer

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Op Viceroy enforcement continues

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:43

Leicestershire Police have arrested nine people as part of a four-day enforcement campaign to tackle knife crime in Leicester.

‘Op Viceroy’ is an intelligence led operation to search for knives that may be discarded or hidden to be used later in crime. Officers carried out searches across four days from Friday 13 July to Monday 16 July at a number of locations around the city as part of a ‘knife sweep.’

Specialist search trained officers from the Tactical Support Team (TST) recovered three knives and a quantity of drugs. Officers also used their stop/search powers to search people known to be habitual knife carriers.

Nine people have been arrested for a range of offences including possession of a knife, possession of cannabis, shop lifting, domestic assault and theft of motor vehicle.

Sergeant Glen Iceton, knife crime coordinator and tactical lead for stop and search, said: “Op Viceroy will continue as our fight against knife crime and other associated crimes continue.

"We have managed to take three knives and a quantity of drugs off the streets and made a significant number of arrests and importantly been able to gather more intelligence to continue other important investigations.

"As well as our programme of going into schools to teach young people about the dangers of carrying a knife our enforcement operation will continue to keep the pressure on offenders all over the city and county.”

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Ninth member of same family joins ‘police family'.

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:47

Rhianna Summers has wanted to join the police since she was about eight years old. She remembers completing a ‘Millennium Notebook’ at primary school and not having to commit much thought when answering the question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’

She became the ninth member of her family to join the force back in 2016, following in the footsteps of both her parents, aunts, uncles and her cousin James Wells who is a sergeant, when she became a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).

Last week, after eighteen months as a PCSO, Rhianna was sworn in as a student officer and began the two year training course. She’s yet to decide which area of the force she wants to work within. She initially thought she would follow in her father’s footsteps and join the firearms division but is keeping an open mind about her area of specialism.

As a touching way of honouring their father’s careers, both Rhianna and James now wear the same collar numbers their father’s wore whilst they were serving officers. Rhianna has her father, Jeremy’s collar number: 1065 and James has his father, Lloyd’s collar number: 541

Inspector Manjit Atwal - Rhianna’s manager during her time as a PCSO, advised her to take every opportunity that comes her way which is advice she is certainly taking on board.

Rhianna says: “I’ve been a student officer for four weeks now and it’s just as good as I hoped; I’m learning so much and expanding my knowledge. I’m looking forward to getting involved with all of the other training opportunities available.

“I would advise anyone who is interested in joining the force to work as a PCSO first to get that level of commitment and understanding required. “I come from a large family where my mum, dad, grandad, aunts, uncles and cousins have all worked, and now I am part of another family – my police family.”

Rhianna spoke to all of the members of her family about the reasons why they joined the force and their responses were largely unanimous, they wanted to help people and to build the public’s confidence in the police.

Rhianna’s (police) family tree: Jeremy Summers (father) - joined in 1990. Became a firearms officer and retired in 2016. Collar number 1065.

Donna Summers (mother) - joined in 1996 and began working in the control room at headquarters in 2001.

David Williams (grandfather) - joined in the early 1970’s. Retired as a sergeant and served for 30 years. Collar number 209.

James Wells (cousin) – joined as a special officer and worked in Human Resources at headquarters in 2013 before training to become an officer in early 2014 and is now a sergeant.

Lloyd Wells (uncle) - joined as a cadet aged 17 and became a PC at 18. Retired as chief inspector after serving for 30 years in 2010. Collar number 541.

Lorraine Wells (aunt) - joined as a cadet aged 16 and became a PC at 18. Served for 30 years, retired in 2013. Collar number 4179.

Orlene Palmer (aunt) – joined as a special officer in 1991; served for a number of years.

Edward Luker (brother-in-law) - joined in 2013, with the initial intention of becoming an officer but enjoyed the environment of the control room and is now a team leader.

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Braunstone Blues project to leave legacy of partnership working

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:13

A successful project aimed to reduce demand on the emergency services in the Braunstone area, will leave a legacy of partnership working, as it reaches the end of its project term.

Braunstone Blues, a multiagency team, consisting of staff from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service, will finish later this year.

The team was established in May 2015, to facilitate a two-year project, to reduce the number of calls to the emergency services in Braunstone. They work with partners and residents to deliver a healthier, safer and more secure community, by educating and directing residents to appropriate services.

At the beginning of this year, the project was extended to September 2018, to continue their success and for further analytical work.

Braunstone Blues has been instrumental in providing a template for partnership and multiagency working, as well as trialling professionals from each of the emergency services to deliver each other’s key messages.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, and Fire and Rescue Service lead for the project, Andrew Brodie, said: “Braunstone Blues has demonstrated that the sum really is greater than the parts and we are all very proud of what has been achieved.

“Different organisations, each with something different to offer, have worked together to successfully manage demand for their services by helping local residents to prevent crime, increase safety and deter antisocial behaviour. Together they have delivered so much more than they would have done as individual agencies.”

To date the team have conducted 2,878 home visits, whereby discussions around the appropriate use of 999, social isolation, falls, fire safety, online and home security, are delivered to residents, as part of their ‘healthy, safe, and secure’ messages.

The team have also, trained more than 260 residents and Year 8 schoolchildren, in ‘Life Skills’, a free, three-hour session to highlight how emotions and social anxieties may directly affect the way they behave. Andrew Brodie added: “While the way Braunstone Blues is currently delivered may change, the work will continue and the project has also provided a blueprint for the delivery of similar partnership schemes in other areas of high demand.”

Other Braunstone Blues achievements include: - Over 198 window and shed alarms and over 740 smoke alarms fitted to residents homes

  • Conducted 882 health checks on residents

  • Attended 534 community events

  • Nominees for the Health Service Journal Awards 2016

  • Winners of the Emergency Services Partnership of the Year Award 2016

  • Winners of the High Sheriff of Leicestershire Award 2017 for Innovative Partnership Working

Braunstone Blues Manager, Edd Rodgers, added: “We are so proud of the achievements, but most importantly, we are proud of the relationships we have made with, not only our partners and the agencies we work with, but also with the residents of Braunstone.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity and would like to thank everyone who has been involved and supported us. We have achieved what we wanted to by reducing demand on the emergency services in Braunstone. “The legacy of our healthy, safe and secure messages will live on in Braunstone and beyond.”

The project will conclude at the end of September and existing staff will return to their original positions within their organisations.

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Summer drink drug drive results disappointing

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 08:32

At the end of the summer drink/drug driving campaign there have been 83 drink and 25 drug drive arrests.

Under half of the arrests have been in Leicester City (50) along with significant clusters across Leicestershire, including Charnwood (20), North West Leicestershire (12) and Harborough (8).

The figures include:

  • 30 between 6am and 6pm
  • 28 involving drivers aged 24 or under
  • 29 following an RTC
  • 16 female drivers
  • One of the highest roadside breath test readings has been 166, over 4.5 times the legal drink drive limit

Jonathan Clarkson, spokesperson for the Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Road Safety Partnership said, “I would urge drivers to take heed of our road safety messages, disappointingly well over a hundred people have chosen to ignore this and as a result have been arrested for drink or drug driving.”

“Although our campaign has ended this Sunday patrols will continue to operate around the clock across the Police force area to keep our roads safe, the message remains the same, if you choose to drink or drug drive you will get caught.”

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Riley Welsh Montford found safe and well

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 13:35

A missing 10-year-old boy has this afternoon been found safe and well.

Riley Welsh Montford was last seen at his home address in Oronsay Road, Leicester at 9.45am today.

Officers would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal to help fined Riley.

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Missing child: Riley Welsh-Montford

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 13:35

Police looking for 10-year-old Riley Welsh Montford are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare and are appealing for public help to find him.

Riley was last seen at his home address in Oronsay Road, Leicester, at around 9.45am today.

He does not own a mobile phone and has no way of contacting either family or officers.

Riley, who is 4ft 7ins tall, is of a slim build. He has short brown hair which is slightly longer on top. It is not known what he was wearing when he went missing.

He has been known to frequent Scalpay Close.

Officers are asking anyone who has been out and about today and thinks that they have seen Riley to call 101, quoting incident 230 of 15 July.

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