Leicestershire

Insp Jackson's first update as area commander

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:06
I hope you are enjoying your summer and the fantastic weather we have been having. The team here at North West Leicestershire have been very busy dealing with reports of anti-social behaviour, domestic incidents, vehicles crime, the policing of HGV weight restriction areas, burglary and drug offences to name but a few… Development Day

At the end of June, Conkers kindly hosted the North West Leicestershire development day. Development days are organised by senior management and are an opportunity for the entire team to refresh their policing knowledge and gain new skills. They are vital to maintaining a positive working environment, enabling the team to get creative with solutions to ongoing problems and discuss the most effective ways to police the 108 square miles our Local Policing Unit (LPU) covers. Several specialist units from the force also came along to do presentations and to share their knowledge with the whole team.

Cadets

Also in June, I had the pleasure of attending the North West Leicestershire Police Cadets’ award ceremony and was pleased that I was able to personally award a number of certificates to our cadets, recognising their dedication to the force and their achievements.

Our cadet teams are thriving, but they would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteer leaders giving up their own time to make a difference.

The cadet scheme invites young people aged 13 to 17 years to gain an unrivalled insight into policing and learn new skills and knowledge, all while helping their local community. This year’s intake will start their journeys in September 2018 and the scheme will continue to run weekly alongside the academic year, with further exciting opportunities to volunteer in the evenings and weekends.

If you have any queries about become a cadet or cadet leader please email couldyou@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk to contact our team.

Parish Councillors

North West Leicestershire District Council held a Parish Liaison meeting on the 6th June, where I had the opportunity to update your Parish Councillors for our area. Current policing and partner issues were highlighted and an update on current police resources for the area.

Changes to North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood team

I would like to congratulate PS 1036 Ian Weston (left) on his promotion to Acting Inspector in the Custody Department. Ian has been the Deputy Commander for North West Leicestershire based at Coalville for 5 years.

PS 755 Garry Johnson (right) has now taken on the roll after 16 months as Sergeant for the Bardon Hill beat team. This previous experience means he is familiar with the community and is ready to take on the mantle as North West Leicestershire’s Deputy Commander.

Football Ashby

The North West Leicestershire neighbourhood team and officers from across the force area were heavily involved in football policing during the world cup thanks to our lively revenues showing the matches throughout the area. Thankfully, the large majority of football fans enjoyed the matches in a positive way, working with our officers, however, some arrests including arrests for public order, assault, criminal damage and drug offenses.

Despite the issues caused by a few, the World Cup fever enabled some excellent partnership working between the Police, North West Leicestershire District council (NWLDC), local businesses and licensees. I was impressed with how individuals cooperated with each other to ensure events were easier to manage, both for organisers and the police. I would also like to thank the retail premises in Ashby for their assistance during this period. Finally, our police officers worked long hours with rest days and leave days being cancelled at last minute and so I’d like to offer my personal thanks to them for their hard-work and resilience.

Castle Donington EMA Aero park Open day and Spittal Park,Music in the Park

Officers from the Valley beat team were at both the East Midlands Airport (EMA) Aero park open day on the Sunday 24 June and also attended the Music in the Park event at Castle Donington. The teams were at the events to offer the community the chance to speak to their local beat team, handing out crime prevention goodies and be on hand for any advice or guidance. The weather was glorious and the feedback we received was very positive. Thank you to everyone who came and spoke to us.

Jim’s Tractor Run, Sunday 29 July and the Ashby Show, Cattows Farm, Heather Sunday 15 July.

PCSO’s Rose and Gallagher (right), along with Police Volunteers and Cadets attended The Ashby Show. The event was an opportunity for our team to engage with members of the public. Crime prevention packs which had been funded by North West Leicestershire Community Safety Partnership (NWLCSP), were given out to members of the community. Rural Watch information was popular with attendees and lots of people signed up to the successful scheme.

On Sunday 29 July, our team also attended Jim’s Tractor Run in Ashby.
Car key protectors were handed out at the event following a rise of in the number of thefts of keyless cars. These were funded by the Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership.

A number of officers from North West Leicestershire were extracted to help police the Caribbean Carnival on Saturday 4 August. The first Leicester Caribbean carnival was held in 1985 and since then, it has grown into one of the biggest events of its kind in the UK. An estimated 100,000 people lined the route to experience the carnival with its mix of cultures and diversity. The colourful costumes, tropical music and brilliant entertainment made for a fantastic day.

Bardon Beat Team

You have told us in recent months that HGV’s have been contravening weight restrictions and cutting through Ellistown, causing problems for other road users and local residents. In response to these concerns, the Bardon beat team closed roads around the Bardon Industrial Estate in July to perform a number of road checks. In addition, they issued tickets to drivers using the village as a shortcut. They also stopped and seized a number of vehicles without insurance, tax or MOT.

Ashby Burglaries

Four individuals from Birmingham have been charged with burglary and vehicle offences after two cars were stolen from a house in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

The incident happened overnight between Sunday 8 and Monday 9 July 2018 in Trinity Close. Keys to two cars were stolen from the house, along with a charity money box. Both vehicles were taken from the property and were stopped by police around 6am on Monday 9 July in the West Midlands.

Shane Miller, 19, of Washwood Heath, Birmingham, has been charged with burglary, theft, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. A 15-year-old girl has been charged with the same offences, as well as aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.

A 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have also been charged with burglary, theft, aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving in relation to this incident.

Coalville Drug dealing

Our proactive team continue to hunt drug dealers in the area, with local offenders and criminals from London and Leicester being arrested since the last inspector update.

Closure Order

A house in Coalville which has been causing problems for local residents with persistent anti-social behaviour (ASB) has been closed by police. Over the past six months residents have reported continual problems with ASB and drug dealing at 8B Peldar Place, Coalville. On Tuesday 07 August Leicester Magistrates Court granted a full closure order, evicting the occupants from the property for three months. A copy of the closure order is displayed outside. Inspector Jackson from the North West Leicestershire neighbourhood Policing unit said “We have taken necessary action to bring the unacceptable behaviour to an end. We owe it to people living nearby to take steps which will allow them to live in safety and peace without having to tolerate this.” Anyone breaching the order can be arrested and, if found guilty, could face a punishment of up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine.

Beat Surgeries - If you would like to speak to one of our Police Community Support Officers about any local issues you may have then pop along to one of their beat surgeries:

August

  • 20th, 15:00 - 16:00 - Fuel Cafe, Ashby Bakery Court, 7 Market Street, Ashby
  • 22nd, 12:00 - 14:00 - Hermitage Leisure Centre, Silver Street, Whitwick
  • 24th 18:00-19:00 Co-op, Shortheath Road, Moira

September

  • 11th, 16:00 - 18:30 - Bus service 15 from Marlborough Square Coalville - Ibstock
  • 22nd, 12:00 - 13:00 - Pets At Home, Dents Road, Ashby
  • 28th 16:00-17:00 Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre
  • 29th 16:00-18:00 Greenhill Beat surgery, Co-op Meadow Lane, Coalville
  • 30th, 2018 13:00 - 15:00 - Main Street, Osgathorpe

The surgeries and detail of the beats can be found https://leics.police.uk/local-policing

Categories: Leicestershire

Officers investigating thefts from vehicles make arrest

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:51

Detectives investigating thefts from vehicles have today (Monday) arrested a 36-year-old man.

This morning police executed a warrant at an address close to Thurcaston Road under Section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, where the man was arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle.

Officers also executed a warrant at an address in Copt Oak Road, where no arrests were made.

The man remains in custody and enquiries are ongoing.

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Elderly man assaulted during burglary

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:08

An elderly man was assaulted during a burglary at a Leicestershire house.

Two men are reported to have entered the property in Groby Road, Ratby, at around 6.10pm on Saturday, August 4, making their way upstairs.

A man and a woman were in the house at the time and when the man, who is in his 80s, went upstairs, he saw the two suspects.

After making his way back downstairs, he was pushed to the floor by one of the suspects. The suspects then left the property.

The man suffered a minor injury. No-one else was reported to have been injured in the incident. Nothing was stolen in the incident.

The two suspects are described as white, in their mid 20s and were wearing dark clothing.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Constable Natasha Batstone said: “Nothing was taken in the incident but the man and woman have understandably been left very shaken. We are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking people to think back to where they were during the early evening of Saturday August 4.

"Were you in the area of Groby Road in Ratby? Did you see anything unusual or anything which caused you concern. Did you see two men matching the description?

“We would also ask anyone who has CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at that time to check this to see if they can help us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 18000368787.

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Man dies following single vehicle collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:44

A man has died following a single vehicle collision in Oadby, Leicestershire, yesterday evening (August 9).

The incident happened in Gartree Road, at around 11.40pm, near to the Spires Hospital, and involved a black Honda Civic car.

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old man, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he was later pronounced dead.

A passenger in the vehicle, a 20-year-old man, was taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. He currently remains in hospital.

Gartree Road remained closed earlier this morning while officers carried out their enquiries at the scene. It has since been reopened.

Officers are continuing to establish the full circumstances of the incident and are appealing for anyone with any information regarding the incident to contact police.

Detective Constable Alison Briance said: “This incident happened late in the evening but we are asking anyone who was in the area and who saw the incident, or the vehicle beforehand, to get in touch.

“If you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area then please check this to see if you have anything which could assist with our enquiries.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 18000378256.

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Measham victim’s family pay tribute

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:48

The family of a woman whose body was discovered inside a Leicestershire flat have described her as someone who was “always smiling” and had “a heart of gold”.

Tracey Evans, 52, was found inside the flat in High Street after officers were called to the property at around 1.50am on Monday morning (August 6). She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Today (August 10), her family have paid tribute to the “caring, thoughtful and kind mother, daughter, sister, auntie and friend.”

The family said: “Having grown up and spent her whole life in Measham, Tracey was a well-known and liked member of the community. She was always smiling and will be missed by so many.

“Tracey was extremely hard-working with a heart of gold, completely selfless and always putting others before herself.

“She was a caring, thoughtful and kind mother, daughter, sister, auntie and friend who will be so dearly missed.”

Due to proceedings being active in this case, the family has asked that people do not speculate and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time.

Jeremy Clarke, 54, of High Street, Measham, has been charged with murdering Tracey. He appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday morning where he was remanded into custody. A plea hearing is due to take place on September 10. A 39-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder was released from custody with no further action on Monday.

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Officers investigate disturbed burglary in Braunstone Town

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 15:27

Officers are investigating a disturbed burglary at a property in Braunstone Town.

At around 10.50pm on Wednesday 1 August, a resident returned home to her property in Holmfield Avenue East.

As she arrived home, two men made off from the property and ran off heading in the direction of Braunstone Lane.

The house had been broken into and a number of items were taken including silver cutlery and items of gold and silver jewellery.

One of the suspects is described as between 20 and 30-years-old, with light mousey hair which was curly on top. He was wearing a blue top, gloves and spoke with an Irish accent.

PC Gemma Stevens, the investigating officer, said: “Were you in the area at the time? Did you see these two people acting suspiciously around the time of the incident? Have you heard any rumours locally about who may have been responsible? If so please get in touch.

“I’d be keen to speak to anyone who may have any information regarding the burglary and the stolen property.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 18*364174.

Categories: Leicestershire

Cigarettes stolen in Ibstock break

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:21

Officers are appealing for public help after thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes were stolen from a shop in Ibstock.

The incident took place sometime between 12.35am and 1.40am yesterday (Wednesday) in Leicester Road near to the junction with Wellington Court.

The rear door to the shop was forced open and a large quantity of cigarettes were stolen during the incident. Also stolen was a quantity of cash and some alcohol.

PC Paul Bonsell is investigating the incident, he said: “We would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the Leicester Road area during the very early hours of today, did you hear any noises? Were you driving through Ibstock at the time and saw something suspicious? If so, we need to speak to you.”

If you have any information about the incident including the stolen cigarettes please come forward and contact us quoting 18*374457.

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Man identified after appeal

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:55

A man who was found dead in Braunstone Lane East last month has been identified following an appeal for public help.

The man was found at around 10.30pm on 11 July. His death is not suspicious. Despite exhaustive efforts, officers were unable to find out who he is.

However, the man has now been identified as a result of a public appeal, which included an artist’s impression of him, as well as a photograph of a distinctive tattoo.

Detective Constable Steve Winterton, the investigating officer, said: “We had a really good response from the public as a result of our appeal and I’d like to thank everyone who shared it.

“We had a number of calls, one of which provided us with the information that has allowed us to identify the man. A file has now been prepared for the coroner.”

Categories: Leicestershire

Woman in hospital following collision with car

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:06

A 76-year-old woman remains in hospital following a collision in a Leicester street yesterday afternoon (August 8).

The incident, which happened in Mansfield Street at 4.53pm, involved a black Volvo car and four pedestrians.

The four pedestrians were taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham following the collision. Three of the pedestrians were discharged from the hospital yesterday evening. The fourth pedestrian, the 76-year-old woman, remains in hospital. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

The driver and an occupant of the car were not injured.

Officers are appealing to anyone who saw the collision, or who has any information regarding the incident, to contact police.

Police Constable Chris Coe said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this collision. It happened at a busy time of day in the city centre area when people would have been walking and driving in the area. Anyone who saw the incident, or who has any information at all regarding it, is asked to contact us.

“We would also ask anyone who was driving in the area and who has a dashcam to check this to see if you have any footage which could assist our enquiries."

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 18000376176.

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CCTV images issued after three chain snatches in Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:09

Detectives investigating three chain snatches in Leicester have released CCTV images of two people they’d like to identify.

All three incidents occurred in the last week and are being linked due to the similarities between them.

The most recent incidents took place on Monday evening (6 August) in Doncaster Road and Jarrom Street.

Two men on a moped approached the 64-year-old victim in Doncaster Road, at the junction with Glendon Street, around 6.15pm. They tried to steal a necklace from around his neck but failed. As they were riding away the moped collided with a bollard and damage was caused to the vehicle.

The victim wasn’t injured but his glasses were broken during the incident.

The second incident took place shortly afterwards, around 6.40pm, in Jarrom Street, when two people on a moped approached a woman in her 40s and stole a necklace from her neck.

The 24 carat gold necklace was of sentimental value to the victim and had a number of pendants attached to it.

On Saturday (4 August) two men on a moped approached a 64-year-old woman in Canon Street and stole the pendant off her necklace. This incident took place around 1pm. The suspects then rode off the wrong way down a one-way street towards Harrison Road.

CCCTV images have been obtained from the Canon Street incident and officers would like to speak to anyone who recognises the moped or has any suspicions about the identity of the rider and pillion passenger.

Detective Constable Steve Wallage is investigating all the incidents. He said: “All the incidents have taken place in broad daylight in busy areas of the city and East Leicester.

“We know there were a number of people in the Jarrom Street and Doncaster Road area on Monday evening, and also on Canon Street on Saturday, who may have witnessed the incident and we’re keen to speak to them.

“If you have seen two people riding around on a moped similar to the one in these stills then we need to speak to you. They are wearing helmets but someone may recognise their clothing and build. If you have seen this bike being ridden around your local area or if you have any suspicions or information about their identity please get in touch.”

“We would also like to take this opportunity to ask people to remain vigilant and to think about their belongings when out and about. If possible, we advise you to cover any jewellery with a scarf or clothing.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1614 Steve Wallage on 101, quoting crime number 18*372247.

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The story of an investigation

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:39

A film showing how police caught the gang behind the kidnap, robbery and killing of an elderly Leicester jeweller has been produced by Leicestershire Police.

Illustrated with moving footage and photographs, the film highlights the role played by CCTV in catching the men who killed Ramniklal Jogiya. During the inquiry, codenamed Operation Degree, detectives watched thousands of hours of footage from cameras all over the city and elsewhere and found a number of vital images including:

  • A blue Ford Fiesta driving in convoy with the white transit van in the area of the jewellery shop prior before the kidnap

  • The transit van driving into Birstall and then towards Wanlip where Mr Jogiya’s mobile phone was found discarded on the roadside

  • A second blue Ford Fiesta vehicle driving out of Birstall around the same time

  • The “burka” man placing the shopping trolley into the boot of one of the two Ford Fiestas before getting into the car; and

  • The white transit van driving out of Wigston Lane and into Aylestone Lane in convoy with a person riding a motorcycle.

During the investigation police:

  • Followed more than 2,000 lines of enquiry

  • Took 600 statements

  • Conducted 34 interviews lasting more than 26 hours in total

  • Prepared 218 reports

  • Wrote 1,771 documents

  • Gathered 2,400 exhibits

  • Forensically examined nearly 200 exhibits

The investigation, led by DCI Swift-Rollinson, involved:

  • 185 police officers (30 of whom came from other police forces)

  • 65 police staff (5 from other forces)

  • Expertise from five different police regions in the UK

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Tribute to our “true gentleman” father

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

The family of Leicester jeweller Ramniklal Jogiya have this afternoon (Wednesday 8 August) released a statement in tribute to their father, following the conviction in court of three men of his killing.

They said: “Our father was a true gentleman. He was kind, friendly, loyal, unassuming, generous and well-respected in his community.

“He was a hardworking, patient and joyful man who was dedicated to his whole family including his wife and his three children and it was when he was surrounded by his family that he was at his happiest. You could see the light of joy in his eyes.

“Dad loved his music and his films and he was a craftsman - a karigar.

“He was affectionately known by our family as Mota Bhai - big brother - not just because he was the oldest but because he was big-hearted.

“Dad was taken from us before his time, but for him, we will always remember the happier times and he will forever live on in our memories and in our hearts.

“As a family, we would like to thank everybody for all of their thoughts and their prayers during what has been the most difficult and horrendous of times for us.”

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Three guilty of “horrific” killing of Leicester jeweller

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:20

Three men have today (Wednesday 8 August) been found guilty of the ruthless killing of a 74-year-old Leicester jeweller.

The gang had spent weeks planning to rob a safe at Ramniklal Jogiya’s jewellery shop in the city’s Belgrave Road.

On the evening of 24 January this year they kidnapped him as he walked home, having locked up his shop for the night. After bundling him into a stolen van, they launched an horrific attack forcing him to hand over the keys to his shop, and torturing him until he told them the shop’s alarm de-activation code and – critically – the combination code for a safe.

But despite their meticulous planning, they had not realised the safe was on a 12-hour delay, and they could not get into it.

The terrified jeweller was then dumped and left to die alone in the middle of the countryside.

The detective who led the investigation to catch them said their “horrific and brutal” crime “all but defied description”.

DCI David Swift-Rollinson said: “Rarely have I investigated a crime so wicked and ruthless. The depravity, inhumanity and utter contempt they showed for their victim has caused untold anguish for his family and stunned the whole community.

“The only possible comfort left for the family is that the people responsible for this terrible crime will now be locked up for a very long time.”

Following a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Thomas Jervis, 24, of Enderby Road, Whetstone, Leicester, and Charles Frances Mcauley, 20, of Gooding Avenue, Leicester, were both found guilty of murder. They had previously admitted kidnap and robbery.

Callan Reeve, 20, of Biddle Road, Leicester, was found guilty of manslaughter. He too had previously pleaded guilty to kidnap and robbery.

All three defendants were remanded into custody and will be sentenced on Monday 10 September.

A fourth defendant - Javon Roach, 30, of Norwich Road, Leicester - was acquitted of kidnap, robbery and murder.

At around 7.45pm on the evening of 24 January this year, 74-year-old Ramniklal Jogiya locked up his jewellers shop in Belgrave Road and, as he did every night, set off on his short walk home.

But he didn’t arrive, and by 8pm his family knew something terrible was wrong.

Having visited the shop, phoned his mobile phone, and made other enquiries, the family raised the alarm and a major investigation was launched.

Tragically, around 10am the following morning, the body of the loving husband and devoted father of three was found beside Leicester Airfield.

What had begun as a missing person inquiry immediately became a murder investigation.

Mr Jogiya had suffered a total of 27 injuries including broken ribs, wounds to his face, hands and arms, and had died from a major brain injury caused by a severe assault to his head. In short, he had been beaten to death.

During the six-month investigation, officers found CCTV images of Mr Jogiya locking up the jewellers and beginning his walk home on the evening of 24 January. Other images showed three men jumping out of a white Transit van which had been parked on Brandon Street and bundling the terrified shopkeeper into the vehicle.

Further images showed that, about 50 minutes later, a man dressed in a burka and pulling a shopping trolley entered Mr Jogiya’s shop. This person was seen to deactivate the shop alarm, go to the back of the shop where Mr Jogiya kept a safe, before emerging a little time later - seemingly empty-handed.

DCI Swift-Rollinson said: “These men had planned to kidnap and rob Mr Jogiya, but it went tragically wrong. They launched a sustained and ferocious attack on Mr Jogiya which ultimately killed him.

“Mr Jogiya’s safe was set with a 12-hour delay every night when he went home, and even with the right combination code no-one could have accessed it until 12 hours later. Realising they couldn’t get access to the Asian gold he kept in the safe, the gang drove away from the scene, empty-handed, throwing their victim’s phone out of the window in the countryside.

“At some point they decided to dump Mr Jogiya in the middle of the open countryside, knowing he was a long way from help.

“Although he was still alive at this point, the injuries he had suffered were so severe that he could not be saved.

“Mr Jogiya was a kind, gentle and devoted family man. I cannot begin to imagine the horror he must have felt as the events of that ghastly night unfolded.

“Jervis, Mcauley and Reeve were responsible for the savage beating of a defenceless, elderly man and they left him to die. It almost defies words what they did to him.

“My thoughts, first and foremost, remain with Mr Jogiya’s family. I thank them for their co-operation and patience with the investigation team, and I cannot praise more highly the dignity they have shown throughout this nightmare. I can only hope that the verdicts of the jury will bring them some, small, solace.

“In addition, I want to thank the many residents and business owners in the Belgrave Road area for their help and co-operation during this tragic time. What happened that night in January was truly shocking, and I know the awful impact it had on many sections of the community.

“There were many members of the wider public who assisted with our appeals and provided significant information in the case. They too deserve recognition and thanks.

“This was an extensive investigation to find the people responsible for Mr Jogiya’s death and a team of officers and staff from different forces worked tirelessly on it.

“During the past six months we have examined CCTV, analysed vehicle movements, carried out phone work, spoken to witnesses and appealed for information, among other work, and I want to thank all of those involved for their hard work which has led to the convictions today.”

Categories: Leicestershire

Community thanked after three men convicted of jeweller’s killing

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:15

The community of Leicester’s Belgrave Road has been praised by Leicestershire Police for their help and co-operation during the investigation into the kidnap and death of a city jeweller.

Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon praised residents and business owners in the area for the way they worked with officers during the six month investigation and for their “caring and dignified response” in the days after 74-year-old Ramniklal Jogiya died.

DCC Nixon also thanked partner agencies and the wider public who provided vital information during the case.

He said: “This was a horrific and brutal crime which understandably caused much concern to residents and to business owners in the Belgrave Road area.

“The co-operation with officers which was shown during the investigation, which included attending a public meeting, sharing our appeals for information and providing vital evidence, helped us massively in ensuring the people responsible for this horrendous attack were brought to justice.

“In the hours following the kidnap, there were many officers in the area carrying out enquires, searching for evidence and performing patrol duties. Whilst on one level this was intended to be reassuring, I can appreciate that was also upsetting and disruptive.

“It did not go unnoticed how caring, helpful and dignified the community was during this time, and on behalf of the force I sincerely thank you for that.

“We also want to thank our partner agencies, and the wider public, who worked with us, providing support and vital information and assisting the investigation where they could. What happened to Mr Jogiya caused shock and anguish, and I’m grateful for your work with us and your efforts to share appeals and provide information.

“We know providing evidence in this way could not have been easy for some, but please know how much it helped us in bringing this case to court.

“Today’s verdicts are the results of an extremely intensive investigation and although they do not bring Mr Jogiya back or make this terrible nightmare disappear, we do hope they bring some kind of solace and comfort to you in seeing that justice has been done.”

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Man jailed for indecent assault

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:17

A former teacher who sexually assaulted an eight-year-old girl more than 30 years ago has been jailed.

Fred Edwards, 69, was found guilty and sentenced to three years at Leicester Crown Court today (Wednesday 8 August). He had denied one count of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 14 but was found guilty following a trial.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

The offence occurred in 1984 when Edwards, of Priory Drive, Fiskerton, Lincolnshire, was a teacher at a Leicestershire school. His young victim was taking part in a camping trip when she was abused while away from her tent.

Detective Constable Anna Blockley, the investigating officer, said: “Edwards strongly denied that he had ever sexually abused his victim but thanks to her courage in coming forward, he is now facing three years in prison.

“There may be other victims of Edwards out there who have not yet come forward. If so, I would urge them to speak to police.”

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Man who pleads “sexsomnia” convicted of rape

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:15

A man who claimed he was fast asleep when he had sex with a woman after a night out has been found guilty of rape.

Karl Gammon, 24, from Albert Street, Loughborough, denied the charge, telling Leicester Crown Court that he suffered from a rare sleeping disorder known as “sexsomnia” or “sleep-related sexual behaviour.”

While he could remember parts of the evening, which he had spent drinking in Loughborough with the woman, and another female friend in March 2016, he told the court he had no recollection of assaulting her – once in the early hours, and again later that morning.

He accepted that DNA evidence proved he had had sex with the woman, but said he suffered from “sexsomnia” or “sleep-related sexual behaviour”, a form of non-insane automatism.

Following an eight-day trial the jury found Gammon guilty of rape and not guilty of one count of sexual assault. He will be sentenced on 31 August.

Detective Sergeant Tom Brenton, who led the investigation, said: “Gammon preyed on his victim when she was in a vulnerable state and then claimed to have no knowledge of the rape when he was questioned by police.”

“The victim has been living with the trauma of that night since the offence occurred more than two years ago and his refusal to accept what he has done caused her to relive the experience as she gave evidence against him.”

“I hope today’s guilty verdict will go some way to providing closure for her.”

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Bid to trace two men after woman is attacked

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:48

Detectives investigating a report of assault in Melton Mowbray are appealing for anyone who may have seen two men in the area to come forward.

The incident happened in a block of flats in Rutland Street just after 8.45pm on Monday (6 August) when the victim was returning to her property.

She was attacked by two men who knocked her to the ground and tried to pull down her shorts. However, they ran off when she kicked out at them.

One of the men was white and believed to be in his 30s. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing trousers made of a silky material and a white top. The other man was white and of a medium build.

Detective Sergeant Fraser Macintosh, the investigating officer, said: “As part of our investigation, I’m particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen either of these men either before or after the incident happened.

“Were you in Rutland Street or the surrounding area on Monday night? Did you see anyone acting suspiciously? If so, then I’d like to speak to you.”

DS Macintosh can be contacted on 101, quoting crime number 18*372260.

Categories: Leicestershire

Murder charge man appears in court

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:26

A 54-year-old man charged with the murder of Tracey Evans has appeared at magistrates’ court this morning.

Jeremy Clarke from High Street, Measham, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday).

Clarke was remanded into custody to appear to Leicester Crown Court via video link tomorrow (Thursday).

Tracey’s body was discovered inside a flat in High Street after officers were called to the property at around 1.50am on Monday morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 39-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder was released from custody with no further action on Monday.

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Enquiries made on canal towpath to find missing Michal

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:25

Officers searching for missing 25-year-old Michal Zygan have today (Wednesday) returned to a city canal towpath where he was last seen to hand out leaflets as part of the ongoing appeal for information.

This morning teams were stationed near Bede Park and in surrounding locations speaking to members of the public.

Michal was last seen walking along the canal towpath in Leicester at around 8.30am on Wednesday 25 July – exactly two weeks ago – and officers were keen to speak to people making a similar journey or commute today.

Flyers featuring a CCTV image of Michal were handed out to people passing through the area, with teams asking the public to cast their minds back to the day that he was last seen.

Sergeant Chris Day, who oversaw the operation, said: “We know that Michal was on the towpath near Richard III Road at around 8.34am but we urgently need to know where he went from there.

“Our CCTV footage shows that there were many other people in the area at the time.

“That’s why we returned to the area today, two weeks since he was last seen, to speak to the public and ask if they have any information that could assist our investigation.

“Officers handed out a number of leaflets to passers-by and the response from the public this morning has been positive.

“However, we would still urge anyone who may have seen Michal that morning, who may have spoken to him, or who may have seen him since, to get in touch.”

If anyone has seen Michal or who knows where he is, they need to contact the police immediately quoting incident 531 of 26 July.

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Coalville officers crackdown on illegal motoring

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:00

A crackdown on illegal motoring and anti-social behaviour caused by nuisance driving will be continued in Coalville following a successful partnership operation.

Officers from Coalville ran the initiative in conjunction with North West Leicestershire District Council – targeting those driving off road motorbikes in local hot spots, alongside other motorists driving illegally.

Operation Yorker also saw a bike seized for having no tax or MOT and a car seized for having no valid documentation. A man was also arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and has been released pending further inquiries.

In addition, a number of HGVs were also stopped as part of the operation and prevented from entering weight restriction zones in the town. Officers are continuing to follow up a number of other enquiries into drivers and their vehicles as part of the operation.

Operation Yorker was conducted by Coalville police officers with support from the Tactical Road Policing Team across three days earlier this month.

Sergeant Garry Johnson from Coalville’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Those using off road motorbikes illegally as well as those driving without relevant tax and insurance will not be tolerated. Officers will continue to target drivers using the road network illegally and causing a nuisance.”

The operation formed part of the beat team’s response to local neighbourhood issues raised by residents. This has seen new signage put up to warn motorists of their legal duties and entrances and exits strengthened to prevent access from motor vehicles. It also makes absolutely clear to off road bikers the locations where they are not allowed to ride and are running the risk of having their bikes confiscated.

Mini motos quad bikes and other off road vehicles cannot legally be ridden on the road, nor can they be used on pavements, footpaths on parkland, common land or wasteland. They can only be ridden legally on dedicated sites or private land, with the permission of the landowner.

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Chair of Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership said: “Many driving offences are reported to us as anti-social behaviour as they cause a nuisance or danger to the public, and we work with the police to combat these crimes.

“Funding from the Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership helps equip our police colleagues with some of the resources they need to prevent these types of crimes. Tackling the illegal use of off road motorbikes is a particular priority for us at the moment as we are fully aware of the nuisance this causes to people.

“We will continue to work with our partners and offer funding support where appropriate to ensure the issues our residents are facing are tackled efficiently and effectively.”

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