Leicestershire

Police investigating racially aggravated assault in Syston

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:21

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of racially aggravated assault in Syston.

It happened on Queniborough Road at around 7.30am on Friday 16 February. The victim, a man, was driving a Volkswagen Passat when the driver of a black Ford Focus Titanium overtook him, causing him to stop.

The victim wound his window down to speak to the driver of the Ford Focus and was racially abused before being repeatedly punched in the face.

The suspect is Asian and in his late 20s to early 30s. He is well-built and between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall. He has short black, receding hair with stubble and was wearing brown round glasses.

He speaks with a local accent and was wearing a black bomber jacket and black trousers.

Anyone with information is asked to call DC 4562 Steve Reed on 101, quoting crime number 111 of 16 February.

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Police investigating racially aggravated assault in Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:21

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of racially aggravated assault in Leicester.

It happened on Queniborough Road at around 10am on Friday 16 February. The victim, a man, was driving a Volkswagen Passat when the driver of a black Ford Focus Titanium overtook him, causing him to stop.

The victim wound his window down to speak to the driver of the Ford Focus and was racially abused before being repeatedly punched in the face.

The suspect is Asian and in his late 20s to early 30s. He is well-built and between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall. He has short black, receding hair with stubble and was wearing brown round glasses.

He speaks with a local accent and was wearing a black bomber jacket and black trousers.

Anyone with information is asked to call DC 4562 Steve Reed on 101, quoting crime number 111 of 16 February.

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Man released following assault on Avonside Drive

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:00

Police are continuing to make enquiries following an incident in Avonside Drive, Leicester, yesterday morning (Sunday).

Officers were called at around 9.20am, where they found a man in his twenties with slash wounds.

He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He has since been released from police custody pending further investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident 167 of 18 February.

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Appeal for witnesses following violent disorder in Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:37

Officers investigating a report of violent disorder in Leicester are appealing for witnesses.

Police were called at around 1.30am on Saturday 10 February after it was reported that a dark-coloured van mounted the pavement at Braunstone Gate. Three men were abusive to people stood outside a bar.

The van was then driven to an area outside another bar, where the men got out again, this time with weapons and were abusive towards staff and members of the public.

They left the scene in the van, which was then involved in a collision with another vehicle.

A 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of affray, attempting to cause GBH and racial abuse. Both have since been released under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 18*65567.

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Knives recovered and arrests made during Operation Sceptre

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:23

Arrests have been made and knives have been recovered following a week of activity to tackle knife crime across the force area.

Leicestershire Police have taken part in national operation – Operation Sceptre – which saw teams carry out a number of activities targeting people who carry and use knives and the supply and importation of these weapons.

It ran from Monday 12 February to Sunday 18 February and was the third year Leicestershire Police has taken part.

A number of weapons – including eight knives were seized, and a total of 23 arrests were made for a variety of offences including possession of a bladed article; some of which were habitual knife carriers known to police.

Superintendent Shane O’Neill for Leicestershire Police said: “We have used a range of tactics to make life difficult for those people who would carry a knife and are prepared to use it. We have also targeted areas where knives are being hidden.

“Operation Sceptre is not only essential for highlighting the great dangers of carrying a knife, but it also reassures our community that we are working with them to educate young people and proactively develop opportunities to tackle knife crime.”

As part of the week, officers from across the force carried out a number of patrols in key areas across Leicester and Loughborough as part of the ongoing work to address the issue of knife crime. These patrols included knife sweeps in three Loughborough parks, as well as areas across Leicester City Centre. Other operational activity included intelligence-led knife related arrests in the aim to target habitual knife carriers, as well as knife arches at Loughborough University’s Student Union.

To coincide with the weeklong operation, a number of knife surrender bins were located in three police stations across Leicestershire, following a number of requests from members of the public.

Officers were also joined by Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and Councillor Kirk Master, who showed their support for the operation.

Lord Willy Bach, Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This has been a really successful week and I was pleased to have the opportunity to take part in a knife sweep searching for discarded knives and other dangerous items.

“Over the last week, potentially lethal knives have been handed in to the police via one of the special knife bins. Knives, crowbars, needles and other objects have been removed from public spaces and a significant number of arrests have been made.

“It sends a clear message that Leicestershire Police are clamping down on knife crime. It is never acceptable. It’s worth reminding those who carry a knife that it’s a lethal habit that also carries a four-year custodial sentence.”

The surrender bins will still remain at the following locations for anyone who wishes to dispose of a knife safely and anonymously:

  • Wigston Police Station – Bull Head Street, LE18 1WX
  • Spinney Hill Police Station – Spinney Hill Park, East Park Road, LE5 5GY
  • Mansfield House Police Station – 74 Belgrave Gate, LE1 3GG
  • Falcon Support Services – Falcon Centre, Pinfold Gate, Loughborough

For important information and advice on knife crime, please visit: https://leics.police.uk/categories/_knife-crime

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Two arrested in St Peter's road non-stop collision – Update on arrest

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:49

Two people have been arrested in connection with a non-stop collision in St Peter’s Road.

At around 6.30pm on Thursday 8 February, the victim, 61, was walking across the zebra crossing at the junction with Wilne Street and Lonsdale Street when he was struck by a light-coloured five door hatchback.

The vehicle failed to stop at the scene and drove off in the direction of East Park Road leaving the victim lying injured in the road.

He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment where he is recovering.

A 32-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were arrested in connection with the incident. The man has been released without charge and the woman has been released from custody pending further investigation.

A vehicle believed to be connected to the incident has been recovered.

Officers have been conducting a number of enquiries since the incident including house to house enquiries, viewing CCTV footage and giving out leaflets and talking to members of the public.

Detective Inspector Tim Lindley from Keyham Lane Complex Crime team is leading the investigation, he said: “Our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing and we are still keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision but haven’t as yet contact police.”

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call 101 and quote incident 515 of 8 February.

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Ramniklal Jogiya murder investigation – woman released under investigation

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:40

A 24-year-old woman has been released under investigation after being arrested this morning (Monday 19 February) by detectives investigating the murder of Leicester jeweller Ramniklal Jogiya.

The woman was detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit kidnap and robbery and has been released this evening.

She was the 11th person to be arrested as part of the ongoing investigation which was launched after Mr Jogiya’s body was found in Gaulby Lane, Stoughton, on Thursday 25 January.

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Ramniklal Jogiya murder investigation – 11th arrest

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:40

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Leicester jeweller Ramniklal Jogiya.

The woman was detained this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit kidnap and robbery and is currently in custody being questioned by detectives.

She is the 11th person to be arrested as part of the ongoing investigation which was launched after Mr Jogiya’s body was found in Gaulby Lane, Stoughton, on Thursday 25 January.

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Roger and out

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:00

Leicestershire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable is to retire next month (March) after a 30-year career in policing.

Roger Bannister joined the force as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2013, taking on the responsibility for crime investigation and management.

He was promoted to the role of Deputy Chief Constable in 2015, a role that has seen him hold national and regional responsibilities for aspects of covert policing and counter-terrorism, as well as hostage crisis negotiation and the Prevent programme.

He has also assisted the College of Policing as a senior assessor in helping to select future chief officers across the UK.

His five years with the force have seen him manage some major and high profile issues and incidents, whilst engaging with local communities and the public, both while on duty and in a social capacity.

Looking back at his time in Leicestershire, Roger said that one of his most rewarding – and saddest - experiences was leading the force response and investigation into the tragic murder of Antoin Akpom and four members of the same family who were murdered in a house fire in Leicester in September 2013.

He said: “After only a few months in the force I saw at first hand just how committed and professional force colleagues were in coming together to investigate the case, and at the same time receive such strong support from communities in doing so.

“Everybody was absolutely determined to see justice for the victims and their families.”

Roger added: “As well as working alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner, councils, the probation service and other partners, I have found the local communities exceptionally engaging.

“I have been particularly grateful for the really warm welcome that my wife, Emma, and my young family have received.

“My twin boys, who are now 10, have visited so many events and occasions with me either on duty or socially, including the burial of King Richard III, the Rugby World Cup and of course Premier League football.

“We’ve absolutely loved it and I would like to thank local people for their support. I‘ve met some great people in and outside the force and probably made some lifelong friends. In retirement I have no doubt that my boys will keep me busy as we enjoy skiing, tennis, sailing and swimming.”

During his time with Leicestershire, Roger also played a prominent role in championing the force’s multiple award-winning film, “Kayleigh’s Love Story”.

Aimed at raising awareness of child sexual exploitation by telling the tragic story of schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood, the five-minute film has been viewed more than 40 million times worldwide. It has led to scores of children making disclosures, so enabling police forces to better safeguard children from harm.

Roger, who was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Gainsborough, began working in retail management in London before joining Lincolnshire Police in 1988, where he initially worked as a uniformed officer in Skegness.

He said: “My early ambition was to join the traffic department and drive a Vauxhall Senator but this aspiration didn’t get very far as a result of an unfortunate incident involving a very sandy beach and a patrol car.”

He went on to train as a detective in CID before spending much of his early career as a Detective Sergeant and Detective Inspector. He went on to qualify as a Senior Investigating Officer and led a number of investigations into murder, suspicious death and other types of major crime.

In 2011 he successfully qualified to attend the Strategic Command Course, graduating in 2012. He was then appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for Protective Services in Lincolnshire.

Outside policing, Roger is also an active school governor and enjoys mountaineering, an interest which has taken him to Scotland, the Alps, Dolomites and the Himalayas.

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Two arrested in St Peter's road non-stop collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 16:19

Two people have been arrested in connection with a non-stop collision in St Peter’s Road.

At around 6.30pm on Thursday 8 February, the victim, 61, was walking across the zebra crossing at the junction with Wilne Street and Lonsdale Street when he was struck by a light-coloured five door hatchback.

The vehicle failed to stop at the scene and drove off in the direction of East Park Road leaving the victim lying injured in the road.

He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment where he is recovering.

A 32-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in police custody.

A vehicle believed to be connected to the incident has been recovered.

Officers have been conducting a number of enquiries since the incident including house to house enquiries, viewing CCTV footage and giving out leaflets and talking to members of the public.

Detective Inspector Tim Lindley from Keyham Lane Complex Crime team is leading the investigation, he said: “Our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing and we are still keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision but haven’t as yet contact police.”

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call 101 and quote incident 515 of 8 February.

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Man assaulted in Evington area

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:48

Police were called by the ambulance service at around 9.20am this morning (18 February) following a report of a man being injured.

Officers attended the address in Avonside Drive, Leicester where they found a man in his twenties with slash wounds.

He has been taken to hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

A cordon remains in place at the property on Avonside Drive while officers carry out enquiries into the incident.

Investigations are in their early stages and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 167 of 18 February.

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Leicester man jailed for historical sex offences

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:51

A 54-year-old man has been jailed for a string of historical sexual offences.

Nigal Smith was found guilty of 29 offences following a trial at Leicester Crown Court last month.

Smith, of Southfields Drive, Leicester, was sentenced to 20 years at Leicester Crown Court today (16 February).

The offences committed by Smith between 1996 and 2007 included 15 counts of indecent assault, three counts of rape and a further 11 sexual offences involving two victims.

The court heard how Smith forced himself upon his victims, threatening them not to tell anyone and also offering them money in order to prevent incidents being reported to police.

Detective Constable Anna Blockley, the investigating officer, said: “The victims of these offences must be praised for coming forward and reliving in detail what were a series of horrifying ordeals.

“What happened to them is something that will live them forever but I hope that today’s sentence brings them some closure.”

There are a number of different agencies who are able to offer independent help and support to victims of sexual offences in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further information on these services and details on who to contact if you have been a victim of a sexual offence can be found by visiting http://leics.police.uk

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Youth sentenced for Victoria Park attack

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:47

A teenager who committed a brutal attack on a woman as she walked through a city park has been sentenced to life.

Charlie Pearce, 17, of West Avenue, Leicester, beat the young woman around the head before dragging her into secluded undergrowth in Victoria Park and raping her as she slipped into unconsciousness.

There was violence throughout the attack and the defendant intended to silence and kill her.

He then fled the scene and immediately set about disposing of his blood-soaked clothes as well as setting fire to her handbag which he’d stolen. By pure chance an hour later, the victim was found by another woman as she cycled through the park and emergency services were called.

She was rushed to hospital and despite suffering the most appalling injuries and spending days in a medically-induced coma, she survived.

In December last year after a four-day trial held at Leicester Crown Court Pearce was found guilty of attempted murder. He had previously admitted two counts of rape.

Today (Friday 16 February) he was sentenced at the Old Bailey in London to life detention to serve a minimum of 11 years.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Widdowson, who led the investigation, said: “The victim has shown immense courage and fortitude that has at times left me and the many officers who worked on this investigation speechless.

“A dangerous individual who is not yet an adult now faces many years in prison for what he did. I only hope that he will come to terms with the entirety of his actions that night and turn his life around.”

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Witnesses asked to come forward after man is attacked in Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:42

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen a black BMW being driven in a suspicious manner in Leicester to come forward.

Officers are investigating after a 38-year-old man was seriously assaulted on Luther Street shortly after 10pm yesterday (Thursday).

The victim was chased by the driver of the vehicle after telling him to slow down. He was then approached by another group of five or six other men who were all wearing black clothing. He was punched, kicked and attacked with a baseball bat.

He also sustained a stab wound to the back and was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. His injuries were not life threatening and he has since been discharged.

Police would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen a silver car, believed to be a Vauxhall, being damaged and a male being assaulted on Luther Street around the time the incident happened.

Anyone with information can call DC 2094 James Highton on 101, quoting crime number 18*74982.

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St Peter’s Road non-stop collision – one week on

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:21

A week has passed since a man was injured in a non-stop collision in St Peter’s Road.

At around 6.30pm last Thursday (8 February) the victim, 61, was walking across the zebra crossing at the junction with Wilne Street and Lonsdale Street when he was struck by a light-coloured five door hatchback.

The vehicle failed to stop at the scene and drove off in the direction of East Park Road leaving the victim lying injured in the road.

He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment where he is recovering.

Police have carried out house to house enquiries, viewed CCTV footage and issued several appeals for information since the incident happened.

This evening officers will be at the location of the collision giving out leaflets and talking to members of the public in the hope someone will offer up information about what happened or who was responsible.

Detective Inspector Simon Preston from Keyham Lane Neighbourhood Investigation Unit is leading the investigation, he said: “A week has passed since the collision took place and our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing.

“We still need to hear from anyone with even the slightest piece of information about what happened last Thursday evening.

“The front of the car could’ve been damaged in the collision. We need to find it.

“We want to hear from anyone who sees a vehicle fitting this description or knows someone who drives a similar car which has recently been damaged.

“If you have any information about the vehicle or who was responsible we want to hear from you.”

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call 101 and quote incident 515 of 8 February.

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Man pleads guilty to rape against elderly woman

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:04

A man has pleaded guilty to two counts of rape against an elderly woman after he forced his way into her home where he attacked her.

Shyhiem Frances-Myers, 21, of Wigston, knocked on the door of the woman’s home in Wigston on the morning of 13 January.

On answering the door, Frances-Myers then forced his way in and raped her before fleeing, taking her bank card with him.

After he left, the victim immediately called the force for help.

At Leicester Crown Court on Wednesday, Frances-Myers also pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of theft.

He is due to be sentenced on 9 April.

Detective Constable Chris Sherwin, the officer in the case, said: “Frances-Myers subjected an elderly vulnerable woman to a prolonged and horrific attack.

“She has shown bravery and courage throughout this horrendous ordeal and fully supported our investigation which has led to the offender being brought to justice.”

In October last year, Leicestershire Police launched its All Is Not Lost campaign. The campaign aims to raise greater awareness of rape as a crime, to encourage those who have been a victim to report early and to retain evidence and to dispel myths and preconceptions around victims and perpetrators.

DC Sherwin added: “We have specially trained officers to help victims of rape and sexual assault from the moment they make the report and throughout the whole court process.

“We are here to help and we urge victims of sexual offences to come forward knowing that they will be taken seriously and as much support as possible will be provided.”

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Conference to help close ‘digital doors’ on cyber criminals

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:00

Police and industry professionals in the East Midlands are joining forces to provide advice to business owners on how to best protect against cyber crime.

The first East Midlands regional cyber crime conference will take place at Pride Park Stadium in Derby next month.

The Essential Digital Protection for Business Conference is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses protect themselves from cyber attacks — and advise on what do to in the event that they are targeted.

The free event will bring together experts in the field and is hosted by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), which works on behalf of the region’s five police forces in tackling serious, organised and major crime, counter-terrorism and domestic extremism.

Derbyshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Peter Goodman, is the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for cyber crime. He said: “Digital crime is now the biggest single crime category faced by police.

“The majority of organisations have had some sort of digital security breach and businesses and industry need to work closely with the police to try to prevent and detect cyber attacks.

“For criminals, cyber crime is perceived to pose a lower risk than traditional crime, but the impact on individuals concerned can still be life changing.

“This conference is the perfect opportunity to learn how to protect your business and livelihood.”

Chief Constable Goodman will be delivering a key note speech outlining the main issues affecting businesses and will be followed by presentations on how to protect your business, the impact of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation and a panel discussion on the response to a cyber attack.

For those unable to attend the full day event, a breakfast session is being held covering the key points of the day from 8am until 9am. Those unable to make the trip to Derby can join the livestream of the event and feed their questions into the speakers.

EMSOU Detective Chief Inspector Ed McBryde-Wilding said: “If you own a home or business it goes without saying that you insure the building and what’s inside is protected. You invest in good locks and burglar alarms, you may even employ a security guard to patrol your grounds.

“Considering we conduct a large part of our living and working online these days (in fact, it’s hard to imagine a business, or individual for that matter, without some form of digital footprint) the same amount of investment is still not being made in our online security. And this is, for many, not through a lack of desire, but more a lack of understanding of what can be a complex and constantly evolving area.

“Many people still don’t know enough about the cyber world and as a consequence are inadvertently leaving digital doors open to criminals. And I’m not just talking about small, local business owners. These sorts of breaches are happening to large national corporations and even global leaders in the digital sector.

“We can all better understand our technical estate and better protect it from the unscrupulous few who are always on the lookout for ways of exploiting and profiting from others.

“So, just as we do our premises, let’s do all we can to protect our online assets from criminals. Learn how to defend against hackers and malware, back-up information and report any breaches.

“Attend our conference and learn how we can work together to keep online criminals out.”

The Essential Digital Protection for Business Conference takes place on Friday 9 March 2018. To book attendance at this event, or the condensed breakfast session, click here.

If you suspect your business has been targeted by cyber criminals report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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Murder detectives arrest 10th person

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:46

A 41-year-old man has become the 10th person to be arrested by detectives investigating the brutal murder of Leicester jeweller Ramniklal Jogiya.

The man was arrested from his home address in the Leicester area this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and kidnap. He is currently in custody being interviewed by detectives.

Of the nine other people who have been arrested, four have been charged with kidnap and robbery, three have been released from custody but remain under investigation, and two others have been released with no further action to be taken.

Mr Jogiya’s body was found on the morning of Thursday 25 January in Gaulby Lane, Stoughton, near Leicester Airfield, and a murder investigation was launched.

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Four-legged friend joins Leicestershire Police in memory of officer

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:33

The Tactical Dog and Firearms Unit at Leicestershire Police has welcomed a new four-legged recruit in memory of a long-serving officer.

Eight-week old German Shepherd, Cassie will start her training at Leicestershire Police thanks to money donated from the family of Detective Sergeant Sharon Pickering who suddenly passed away in September 2017, a day before her retirement.

Sharon started her policing career as a Special Constable in the North of England before joining Leicestershire Police in 1987 working in Braunstone before moving into CID (Criminal Investigation Department).

By way of remembering her, Sharon’s family have donated a sum of money to the dog unit to buy police puppy Cassie, who has been named after the Collie Cross Sharon was in the process of adopting ahead of her retirement last year.

Sharon’s sister, Marisa said: “Sharon loved dogs and was really looking forward to her retirement and spending time with her new dog. Being able to donate this money has given us something positive to focus on during what has been a difficult time.”

Detective Inspector Paul Kenyon who worked closely with Sharon, said: “Sharon was looking forward to her retirement and making plans for her new life together with Cassie.

“Sharon was a very well respected detective who had worked for many years at various locations around the county. Sharon had an infectious personality who touched the hearts of many she worked with; she will be sadly missed but never forgotten.”

As another tribute to Sharon, friends, family and colleagues recently joined together; on what would have been Sharon’s birthday, for an official unveiling of two memorial benches at Leicestershire Police Headquarters.

Sharon’s sister, Marisa Charlton and her husband Keith will be sent regular updates on Cassie’s journey to becoming a fully-trained police dog.

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Woman pleads guilty to Groby attempted murder

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 14:53

A 54-year-old woman who stabbed a man in Leicester has pleaded guilty to attempted murder at Leicester Crown Court today (Monday).

Teresa Lavin committed the offence at a property in Poplars Close, Groby on 30 November last year.

While inside, Lavin produced a large kitchen knife and stabbed a man in the head, face and body.

He sustained multiple injuries, including a puncture wound above his heart and required more than 120 stitches as a result of the attack. The man was able to call his friend and told her that he had been stabbed by Lavin.

When Lavin was found by police at her address in Poplars Close, she was wearing blood-stained clothing and in possession of a blood-stained knife.

Detective Constable Kevin Sharkey, the investigating officer, said: “This was a vicious and sustained attack on an elderly man, who was known to Lavin. It has come as a shock to members of the community in what is a peaceful village.

“The victim had pre-existing health conditions and due to the size of the knife, sustained significant injuries as a result. He is still suffering from flashbacks as a result of the attack and is fearful of being outside.

“He has been left incredibly shaken by the events and is being supported by agencies and members of the community.

“Thanks to the quick actions of officers, Lavin was arrested before anyone else was harmed. However we would stress that this was an isolated and unprovoked incident and there is no threat to the wider community.”

Lavin, of HMP Peterborough, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on 12 March.

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