Loughborough stabbing – 2nd arrest

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 12:28

Detectives investigating the stabbing of a teenage boy in Loughborough during the early hours of this morning (Sunday 17 June) have arrested a second man.

Officers were called to Ratcliffe Road around 4.40am after a 15-year-old boy was discovered with a stab wound to his leg.

The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

An area of Burder Street remains cordoned off and scenes in Ratcliffe Road and Glebe Street have since been lifted.

Two Loughborough men, aged 24 and 29, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remain in police custody.

If anyone witnessed the incident or knows anything about the circumstances leading up to it they are asked to contact 101, quoting incident 105 of 17 June.

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Missing 10-year-old girl found safe and well

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 10:26

A 10-year-old Leicester girl who was reported missing has been found safe and well.

Savannah Leigh Easingwood was reported missing during the early hours of this morning (Sunday 17 June) from her home in the Saffron Lane area of Leicester.

She was found in The Fairway earlier this morning.

Officers thanked everyone who assisted with their enquiries and shared the appeal.

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Teenage boy stabbed in Loughborough

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 07:01

An investigation is underway after a teenage boy was assaulted in Loughborough during the early hours of this morning (Sunday 17 June).

Officers were called to Ratcliffe Road around 4.40am after a 15-year-old boy was discovered with a stab wound to his leg.

The victim has been taken to hospital. An area of Ratcliffe Road, Glebe Street and Burder Street has been cordoned off to allow officers to carry out an examination of the area.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

If anyone witnessed the incident or knows anything about the circumstances leading up to it they are asked to contact 101, quoting incident 105 of 17 June.

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Concern for missing 21-year-old Chloe Price

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 02:17

Officers investigating the disappearance of a Leicester woman are urging the public to get in touch if they have seen her.

Chloe Price was reported missing by her family during the early hours of yesterday (Saturday 16 June).

The 21-year-old from the Comet Close area of Leicester was last seen at home around 4pm on Friday (15 June).

Chloe is 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build, with red hair. She was last seen wearing a grey hooded top, blue jeans and a black leather jacket.

Officers and Chloe’s family are concerned for her welfare and urged her or anyone who may know where she is to get in touch immediately.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident number 8 of 16 June.

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Search for missing woman - body found

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 20:05

Officers searching for a missing Leicester woman have discovered a body in Leicester.

Formal identification is yet to take place but the body is believed to be that of Michaela Gilbert.

The 31-year-old was last seen on Wednesday (13 June) in the Outfields Drive area of Cropston, Leicestershire.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for HM Coroner.

Officers thanked everyone who had assisted with their enquiries and shared their appeal.

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Appeal for help tracing missing woman

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:59

Officers are appealing for help to find missing woman Michaela Gilbert.

The 31-year-old was last seen at 8.30pm on Wednesday (13 June) in the Outfields Drive area of Cropston, Leicestershire.

Michaela is white, 5ft 2ins tall, slim build with brown hair and blue eyes. She is believed to be wearing jeans and a baggy sweatshirt.

She is known to visit Bradgate Park and the surrounding areas.

Michaela lives in the Narborough Road area of the city so could have made her way back towards her home address.

If you think you have seen a woman matching her description or know where she might be please call 101.

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Jewellery stolen in burglary at Oadby house

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:46

A large amount of jewellery was stolen in a burglary at a Leicestershire house.

Detectives are appealing to anyone who was in the area of Forest Rise, Oadby, yesterday afternoon (Thursday 14 June) and who may have information regarding the incident to make contact.

The burglary happened at a property in the area between 2pm and 3pm with a window at the rear of the property being smashed. No-one was in the home at the time of the incident.

An amount of cash and some electrical equipment, including an iPad and laptop, were also stolen.

Enquiries are continuing.

Detective Constable Adrian Davies said: “The incident happened in the afternoon when we believe a number of people were in the area.

“If you were and you saw or heard anything which caused you concern or anything which you think could be related to this offence then please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 18000275215.

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Christmas Eve robber jailed for four years

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:13

A robber who attempted to steal cash from a shop in Evington on Christmas Eve last year has been jailed for four years.

During the evening of Sunday 24 December 18-year-old Ayoub Tarey entered Leo’s Supersaver in Main Street, Evington, Leicester, and threatened two members of staff with what they initially believed was a firearm.

Tarey forced one of the victims behind the counter where he took a quantity of cash, the victim gambled on the firearm being an imitation and bravely tackled Tarey. Using his martial arts skills the victim disarmed Tarey. After a struggle both victims managed to apprehend him until police arrived.

Last month Tarey of Linden Drive, Leicester, pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court to robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and assault.

Today (Friday 15 June) he was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Ten other offences which Tarey admitted to in interview were taken into consideration by the judge when he passed sentence.

These offences related to four robberies and an attempted robbery at various stores in the force area and five counts of possession of an imitation firearm.

Detective Constable Nick Lant was the investigating officer. He said, “Tarey is a prolific criminal, who at such a young age, has committed a series of serious crimes. He was detained at the scene of the last of those crimes and I would like to commend the bravery of the victims who detained him.

“Tarey was left with little option other than to plead guilty, but I would like to credit him for fully admitting the other offences and thereby bringing closure to those further victims and witnesses.

“Tarey now faces the consequences of his actions and I hope this sentence gives him time to reflect on his behaviour and mend his ways.

“Crimes such as this have a knock-on effect on the local community, who, I know were concerned about the nature of offending. We hope this conviction and sentence reassures them that we will leave no stone unturned to bring people to justice.”

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Plea for family members of WW1 serving officers to get in touch

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:15

We are appealing for help in finding surviving family members of serving Leicestershire police officers who lost their lives while on duty during the first and second world wars. We would like to invite them to a memorial event to mark Remembrance Day at Force Headquarters.

There are 20 officers from the city, county and Rutland that we are trying to trace. If you are related to one of the officers, or know someone that is, please contact Dominique Allen, Benevolent Fund Treasurer, via Dominique.Allen@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

City WW1
  • PC W.A BAILEY - Royal Horse Artillery
  • PC J BRIGGS – Mounted Military Police
  • PC J COBLEY – West Yorkshire Regiment
  • PC R HAZELWOOD – Grenadier Guards
  • PC F HUTSON - Royal Marine Artillery
  • PC E.M MADDOCK MM- Royal Horse Artillery
  • PC G.A MANTON – Coldstream Guards
  • PC A.W OSBORN – Leicestershire Regiment
  • PC T PERCIVAL – Leicestershire Regiment
  • PC A.E REEVES – Leicestershire Regiment
  • PC W WOODWARD - Royal Marine Artillery
  • PC A PREW - Rank Private - Number 29092 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • PC P SMITH – Rank Gunner - Number 29117 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • PC C BRAMMAL – Rank Sergeant - Number L/28853 served with A Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • PC J DRIVER – Rank Gunner - Number L/29804 served with D Battery 46th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • PC C SMITH – Rank Corporal - number L/29119 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • PC T GRAINGER – Rank Lance Corporal - Leicestershire Regiment
  • PC L HENSON - Rank Lance Corporal - Coldstream Guards
  • PC E WAKEFIELD - Rank Private - Leicestershire Regiment
  • PC J WALKER – Rank Gunner - Royal Garrison Artillery

Chief Constable Simon Cole, Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon, Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham, police officers and staff will also be in attendance to pay their respects.

Mr Cole comments: “It is important to the force to mark the centenary commemorations. We hold a gathering every year in our memorial garden to commemorate Remembrance Day but there is a different significance this year.

“We are extending the invitation to the families of those fallen officers to join us as a way of expressing our gratitude and solidarity for their bravery and sacrifice. We are pleased to have already been in contact with ten families who have said they would like to join us - making the event even more poignant.”

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Volunteers thanked for dedicating more than 107,000 hours

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:40

A special constable who dropped everything to help the force following the UK terror attacks last year, and a cadet who still finds time to volunteer despite caring for her younger brother were among those commended for their work at the fourth annual Volunteers in Policing Awards Night.

More than 500 volunteers and guests attended the event tonight (Thursday 14 June) to see 20 awards being given out and scores of people applauded for their time and commitment to the force.

Chief Constable Simon Cole closed the evening and said: “We hold the awards night every year to celebrate the hundreds of incredible people who volunteer for Leicestershire Police as specials, cadets, police support volunteers and chaplains.

“In the last year they volunteered more than 107,000 hours to helping us keep our communities safe, which is a fantastic achievement. I’m very proud to have been able to have joined the Lord Lieutenant, Police and Crime Commissioner, Sheriffs and sponsors to say ‘thank you’.”

The event was held at the King Power Stadium to recognise the effort of the hundreds of people who volunteer for Leicestershire Police as specials, cadets, chaplains and police support volunteers.

Special Constable Karolina Zalewska was among the award recipients and picked up the Special Constables Community Engagement award, sponsored by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach.

Following the UK terror attacks last year, Karolina recognised the increased pressure facing the police force, and the need to provide reassurance to our communities. As a result, she cancelled her plans, put on her uniform and went out on duty to support her regular colleagues.

Delighted with her award, Karolina said: “I am completely shocked and overwhelmed to have won this award! It really means a lot to me to be recognised in this way; I just love being a special. A lot of people ask me if I’m planning on joining the regulars, but I’m honestly not – I just like getting out there and helping people. It’s actually quite amazing that I get to do the role of a police officer, and still have my separate full-time job. I really enjoy volunteering my time and I plan to continue.”

Grace Burton was awarded as our Volunteer Police Cadet of the year, sponsored by the Leicester City Football Club Community Trust.

The 14-year-old is a member of our Loughborough cadet unit, and balances her school work with caring for her younger brother, who has autism, and still finds time to attend every single cadet unit meeting and volunteer in her community at the weekend.

After receiving her award, Grace said: “I’m really pleased I’ve won this award, I wasn’t expecting it at all! It really does mean a lot to me, and I do sometimes struggle with everything going on in my life. For me, being a police cadet is great because I get to learn new, interesting things and also have some fun with friends. I like helping out in the younger cadet’s session too, which is before mine. It’s really nice to have this achievement.”

Liz Cattell, a police support volunteer from Wigston, received the Diversity award, a new award generously sponsored by The St Philip’s Centre.

Liz coordinates monthly visits to the Leicester Centre for Integrated Living, and organises for police volunteers to attend and provide crime prevention advice at their café for ‘Empowering Disabled People’.

Thrilled with her award, Liz said: “I just want to say a huge thank you, and I love going down to the café each month. I really enjoy getting to know all of the people who attend, and they’re great company too. I’ve been going down for about two years now, and everyone’s made me feel so welcome. I just love that I’m able to help people, and I’m so grateful to have won this award.”

Lord Willy Bach, Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “The support provided by our small army of volunteers has never been more important. Demand on all areas of policing continues to increase and the skill-set required becomes ever more diverse. Volunteers bring wide-ranging experience and new skills to help keep our communities safe and feeling secure. These awards are a small acknowledgement of the contribution made by our volunteers in so many ways, as cadets, special constables, police service volunteers, independent custody visitors and so on. I would like to thank each and every one of them.”

The awards followed National Volunteers’ week (1 to 7 June), an annual celebration of volunteers across the country that takes pride in highlighting the excellent work they undertake and their contribution to communities.

The force are currently recruiting police support volunteers and specials. Please visit leics.police.uk/join-us to find out if you could join us and make a difference to your community.

The winners on the night were:

• No 1 Copperpot PSV Outstanding Leadership Award – Melanie Smith

• The Everard Foundation SPC Outstanding Leadership Award – Neil Deveney, with James Blackburn and Sam Watson as Highly Commended

• The Cooperative VPC Leader of the year Award – Martin Rawlings, with Wendy Garland and Ash Lorgat as Highly Commended

• Leicester Riders PSV Innovation Award – Jackie Saunt

• The Superintendents Association SPC Innovation Award – John Blagden

• The International Police Association Most Improved Volunteer Police Cadet – Ryan Sheppard, with Jennifer Simpson and Kurt Barnes as Highly Commended

• LPF Medical Scheme Trust PSV Special Recognition Award – Patrick Dunham, with Wendy Garland and Jay Gohel as Highly Commended

• The Leicestershire Police Federation SPC Special Recognition Award – Arvind Mistry

• The Royal Society of Saint George Community Service Award – Victoria Delahunt

• PCC PSV Community Engagement Award – Caitlin Penfold

• PCC SPC Community Engagement Award – Karolina Zalewska

• UNISON Volunteer Police Cadet Unit of the year Award – East Leicester Cadet Unit

• ASCCO SPC Outstanding Team Performance Award – Central Leicester Neighbourhood Team

• City Watch PSV Outstanding Team Performance Award – Biometrics Team, with the Coalville team and Heritage Crime Team as Highly Commended

• City Watch Outstanding PSV of the year Award – Sue Sellers, with Harbans Thiaray and Jackie Saunt as Highly Commended

• LCFC Community Trust Outstanding VPC Award – Lucy Thomson and Josh Stone, with Victoria Delahunt as Highly Commended

• PMAS Outstanding SPC of the year Award – Emily Morgan

• DMU Lifetime Achievement Award – Debbie Rawlinson

Professional photographs of all of our winners will be made available on Friday 15 June.

Thank-you to all of our event partners

• No.1 Copperpot
• The Everard Foundation
• Caterpillar
• Leicester Riders
• The Superintendents Association
• International Police Association
• LPF Medical Scheme
• The Leicestershire Police Federation
• The Royal Society of Saint George
• Unison
• City Watch
• Leicester City Football Club
• Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner
• St Philips Centre
• De Montfort University

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Father and son sentenced for assault in Leicestershire

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:50

A father and son who pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm have been sentenced today (Thursday 14 June) at Leicester Crown Court.

George Grant, 57, and 25-year-old Thomas Grant, both of Belvoir, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to charges of Section 20 grievous bodily harm, theft, criminal damage to property and assault causing actual bodily harm, during an earlier trial.

They were both sentenced to 13 months imprisonment suspended for two years, 12 months unpaid work equating to 200 hours and ordered to pay £500 each in compensation to the victim.

Two men, 59 and 46, were injured in the assault which took place on 12 March 2016, on land off Tofts Lane in Eaton, Leicestershire.

One of the victims required hospital treatment for serious injuries.

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“Just shows what you can do in fifty years.”

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:38

Chris Woodward is retiring from Leicestershire Police after an incredible fifty years’ service.

Chris joined the force just before his sixteenth Birthday in July 1968 as a cadet in the days when you spent a year as a junior, an intermediate then a senior cadet. Chris describes the recruiting Sergeant as a strict disciplinarian who put them through their drill and during early swimming lessons would make them jump off the top diving board whether they could swim or not! Then a keen rugby player and cross country runner, he recalls that his interview seemed to involve being asked if he was good at sport.

Chris became a police officer in 1971 and started in the city centre. He said; ”You had to arrive at Charles Street Police Station fifteen minutes before your shift, ready for inspection in the large parade room. You had to produce your ‘appointments’, which meant you had to be in full uniform with your truncheon, whistle and pocket book. You were given your allotted beat, sometimes a main city centre street, to patrol and in the early days were marched out of the station turning either left or right depending on which beat you were given. You weren’t allowed back in the station instead making hourly appointments to meet the Sergeant at an agreed location with your pocket book so that he could sign it. If you weren’t there without reasonable excuse or your pocket book wasn’t up to date you were in trouble.”

“It was a very macho culture in those days and I am glad I have seen that change over my career.”

Chris progressed on to the panda car and moved to the old Hinckley Road Police Station where one of his duties was to test the air raid siren once a week by winding it up. Returning to Charles Street some time later to cover the police vans and central area car duties. He recalls when once he applied to go into the drug squad, whilst he didn’t get the job, he was offered Special Branch duties instead based back at Charles Street and the airport where one of the responsibilities was the checking all the flights coming in and out of Ireland as it was at the height of IRA activity at the time. “I remember going to New Scotland Yard on courses where the commanders reminded you of characters out of James Bond!”

Moving onto CID duties, Chris eventually went to Wigston as an acting Sergeant, then to Welford Road, then Hinckley before being promoted and landing in Coalville in August 1980. “Coalville was of course a coal mining community and I remember on my first day it was chucking it down with rain and all this black grime was running down the streets from the coal lorries.”

Chris moved locations and roles several more times including the police mobile reserve being called to assist at murder scenes and worst of all the Kegworth air disaster. He later found his real niche ‘on the Belgrave’, working closely with the local Hindu, Sikh and Muslim communities. A place where he first started getting into partnership working and Chris was at the forefront of developing community and race relations which was to become his passion for the rest of his career. He made strong links with the Hindu community and was responsible for policing the Diwali celebrations before they got too big for his team, which included eleven officers and three traffic wardens, to manage alone.

After coming out on patrol with him, the then Assistant Chief Constable Erica Norton saw the close links Chris had forged in the community and she invited him to come to FHQ and help support up what was then known as the ‘Race Unit’. The then Chief Constable, Keith Povey, asked Chris to help him meet the community and that was the beginning of what has become the force Intercultural Evening.

Chris’s passion for community and race relations led to him building strong links with city centre based women’s groups and led the way in looking at the issue of domestic abuse becoming the first man to chair the Leicester Domestic Violence Forum which led to the setting up of the Leicester Domestic Violence Helpline which grew to gain charitable status and offer a 24/7 service. Additionally he developed a good working relationship with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Centre in the city and the various black and ethnic minority groups leading the force in its development of policies relevant to dealing with domestic abuse and hate crime. He developed innovative training methods raising greater awareness of cultural awareness involving key individuals from those communities across the City and county.

Chris retired from being a police officer in 2001, but that did not stop him giving another seventeen years’ service initially as a community coordinator and then a partnership manager continuing his work in building strong partnerships and securing funding before finally retiring in June 2018 – fifty years after first walking through the door.

Chris has three grown up children, six grandchildren and is moving to West Yorkshire with his wife Andi. Chris a keen gardener has volunteered for the National Trust for the last eight years and already has been promised a role volunteering at Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge.

Chris has also raised lots of money for charity through cycling and running, including being in the Police marathon team, and more recently has been instrumental in setting up a group of ‘Heritage Watch Volunteers’ who are successfully helping to tackle church related crime.

Chris said; “I am sad to go but I am particularly sad to leave the people it’s going to be a wrench. I will miss the camaraderie and support. I joined the police because I wanted a vocation not a job from a very early age. Being there to help people and finding my niche in raising community relations and helping people get through bad times is what I wanted to do and it just shows what you can do in fifty years.”

Chief Constable Simon Cole presented Chris with a certificate on his retirement. He said; “It is incredible that one person can give fifty, yes fifty, years’ service to one organisation and remain committed and enthusiastic until his very last day. Chris is a man who has made a huge difference who has had an amazing career of public service and I wish him very well in his new life in West Yorkshire.”

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Men threatened and cash stolen in Leicestershire street

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:52

A man who was in possession of a bladed article approached two men in a Leicestershire street – making threats before stealing a small amount of cash.

The two victims were walking in Scotland Road in Market Harborough, just before 7pm on Saturday 9 June when two men pulled up in a silver Audi car.

One of the men got out of the car and was seen to be in possession of a bladed article. The man demanded money from the two victims. The driver of the car also shouted threats to the victims.

One of the victims handed over a small amount of cash to the suspects.

The incident happened between the junctions of Bellfields Lane and Launde Park.

The man who got out of the car is described as white, 15 to 20 years old, around 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins tall and a slim build. He had short blonde hair which was shaven on the sides and was wearing a grey tracksuit.

The driver of the car is described as black, 18 to 22 years old, around 5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins tall and average build. He had short black hair which appeared shaven and was wearing a black t-shirt, black jacket and black jeans.

Enquiries are continuing.

Police Constable Alex Waters said: “We are continuing to establish the full circumstances of the incident. We are asking anyone who was in the area of Scotland Road on Saturday evening to think back as to whether you saw anything unusual or anything which caused you concern.

“Did you see anyone matching the descriptions above or were you approached by anyone in the area? Do you have any CCTV or dashcam footage which could help our enquiry? If you have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 18000266104.

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Leicester man found guilty of sexually abusing young girl

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:35

A 49-year-old man has today (Wednesday) been found guilty of raping a young girl just weeks before her 13th birthday.

Gary Smith (known as Tommy), denied abusing his young victim but was found guilty following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.

Smith, 49, of Imperial Avenue, Leicester, was found guilty of two counts of raping a child under 13.

Detective Constable Jim Muzzell, the investigating officer, said: “This was a horrific ordeal that took place when the victim was just 12 years old.

“Smith took advantage of her and manipulated situations where he knew they would be alone to try and ensure that he wouldn’t be caught.

“He also encouraged her to send indecent images and bought his victim presents in a bid to stop her from telling anyone about the abuse she’d been suffering.”

Smith will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on 4 July.

Leicestershire Police works alongside a number of partner agencies to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE).

If you think you are a victim of CSE, or know someone who may be a victim of CSE, advice and information on who to speak to can be found by visiting https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/child-sexual-exploitation

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Senior officer wins prestigious award for outstanding work

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:29

A Leicestershire Police officer has won a prestigious place at an international conference of women officers for her outstanding work.

Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith will officially receive the 2018 International Scholarship Recognition Award from the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) at a ceremony in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in August.

The award will be given to her at the IAWP’s annual 56th training conference which aims to increase international understanding and awareness of women in police roles and recognise their achievements.

Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith has 25 years policing service and has worked in a variety of roles including response, neighbourhoods, control room, intelligence and specialist operations.

She will share her experiences of law enforcement with female officers from across the globe, among them women from Australia, Ghana, Kosovo, and South Africa.

Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith, who was chosen out of applicants worldwide, said: “I feel extremely proud and overwhelmed to receive this award.

“I’m looking forward to hearing from others about their experiences of policing and learning from them. It’s an absolute privilege to attend this conference. I see it as a great opportunity to widen my own knowledge by learning from other women, but hopefully that my experience and knowledge may be of some benefit to them.”

Her attendance at the conference will be entirely paid for by the IAWP.

Congratulating her on the award, Cynthia Shain, chair of the IAWP committee said competition from experienced and professional applicants for the award was “keen” and this made it a “significant honour”.

Leicestershire Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “This is a great honour for Kerry and the force, particularly as Kerry is among only a select few from the UK to ever have been chosen for this award. She will be able to share much of what we are doing during the event in Canada.”

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Missing woman found safe and well

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 18:53

An 80-year-old woman from Market Harborough who was reported missing has been found safe and well.

Phyllis Edmeads had last seen leaving her home address in the town at around 10am today (Tuesday).

She was found safe and well in the Countesthorpe area this afternoon.

Officers would like to thank members of the public for their help in finding her.

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PCC and CC at city centre 'talk back' event

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:07

People enjoying the entertainment on offer during the night-time economy are being invited to share their thoughts on public safety and policing at a special city centre policing roadshow hosted by Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach and Chief Constable Simon Cole.

The PCC and Chief Constable are keen to hear what local people, including the thousands of pub and club frequenters in the city, think about crime and how safe they feel on a night out.

They will be joined by Neighbourhood Policing Commander Inspector Manjit Atwal, police volunteers and city-based Neighbourhood Policing Officers in the What Matters to You event on Friday 15 June where they will answer questions from residents about local problems and the community safety work underway to reduce harm.

The roadshow will run from 7.30pm until 10pm at the Clock Tower/Humberstone Gate area to capture the opinions of those enjoying a night out in the city centre.

"It's important everyone gets the chance to have their say about crime and policing which is why we're holding this special roadshow at night-time," explained Willy Bach.

"The city centre is a vibrant and bustling place and I'm determined that people continue to enjoy a night out without fear of crime, violence or antisocial behaviour. I'm keen to hear what people think."

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Confectionery trailer stolen from Loughborough recovered

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:28

A trailer stolen from a business in Loughborough has been located in the South Yorkshire area.

Earlier this month the force issued an appeal after £100,000 worth of confectionary was stolen from a compound overnight on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 May.

A number of people broke into the compound at Hancocks Confectioners in Hockey Close and stole two trailers and unloaded the contents of one trailer onto a separate vehicle before driving that away.

Following the appeal one of the trailers, which was white with a blue edge stripe, was found abandoned in a layby in the Lindrick Dale area of South Yorkshire last week.

The second trailer with the ‘Kingsway Confectionery’ motif on the side remains outstanding.

PC Michael Hinton, the investigating officer, said: “We know several people were involved in this crime and not only did they steal a substantial value of property they caused significant damage to the vehicles in doing so, adding to the inconvenience and cost to the business.

“The recovered trailer will now be the subject of forensic examination and enquiries will be carried out in South Yorkshire.

“However we are still keen to speak to anyone who has seen the Kingsway Confectionery trailer since it was stolen. We would urge the public to get in touch with us if they know of its current whereabouts or have any information about the incident itself.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 712 Michael Hinton on 101, quoting crime reference number 18*235243.

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Tackling car crime at roadshow event

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:18

Officers from Leicestershire Police recently teamed up with North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) to stage a vehicle crime prevention roadshow event.

The two-day weekend event held on Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 June at Tesco in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, provided motorists with valuable crime prevention advice about keeping car keys safe and out of sight at home.

A number of signal blockers – used to block the signal transmitted from a car key to the vehicle, were also given out to keyless car owners following the rise in modern motor thefts, particularly on keyless entry/start vehicles.

Those who commit these types of vehicle thefts use a device to bounce the signal from car keys (located in the house) to the car, which then enables them to enter the vehicle and steal it. The signal blockers act like a pouch that owners can place their keys in to as a way of blocking the signal.

Sergeant Jon Sharpe from Leicestershire Police said: “Our Beat Team received a very positive response from members of the public to the crime prevention advice given at the weekend roadshow event.

“Our close partnership with NWLDC enables us to focus on important issues relating to vehicle crime, as well as reducing Anti-social behaviour (ASB) related issues around the North West Leicestershire area.”

Paul Collett, Community Safety Lead at North West Leicestershire District Council, 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.

“By working in partnership with Leicestershire Police, we managed to deliver a successful event, with the use of new technology, to help keep our community safe.

“We hope to deliver more roadshow events like these in the future to tackle car crime.”

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Missing teenager, Ella-Rose Baldwin, found

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 08:21

A teenage girl who was reported missing has been found in the city centre.

Ella-Rose Baldwin from the Loughborough area was last seen on Friday (8 June).

Following an appeal for information on her whereabouts 16-year-old Ella-Rose was found in the city centre during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 12 June).

Officers thanked everyone who shared their appeal and assisted with enquiries.

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