Teen jailed following police officer assault

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:00

A teenager has been jailed after pleading guilty to assaulting a Leicestershire Police officer.

PC Becky Radford had gone to intervene in an altercation on Church Gate, Leicester on the morning of 22 October last year.

The officer had tried to apprehend the 17-year-old and had a clump of hair pulled from her head. The girl also banged PC Radford’s head on the ground, causing bruising to her eye.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to four months for assaulting a police constable in the execution of her duty at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday (19 January).

In 2016, the force, police federation and Unison committed to thoroughly investigating and recording all deliberate assaults on members.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “All too often, police officers and staff are subjected to assaults and threats. While the severity of such attacks change, the impact upon society does not. It is never acceptable to assume that assaults upon police officers and staff should be tolerated, they are not simply ‘part of the job’.

“While it is clear that the nature of policing requires members of the organisation to handle difficult and hostile situations, assaults upon them are serious and unacceptable.

“Not only do assaults on police staff and officers have a negative impact on the community but also internally to the organisation.”

Tiff Lynch, chair of the Leicestershire Police Federation, which represents the interests of the force’s constable, sergeants and inspecting ranks, said: “We have seen a growing number of assaults on police officers in recent years and all too often it has appeared that those guilty of these attacks have been given lenient sentences or, in some cases, have not even been prosecuted.

“We are pushing for all those who assault police officers to be brought before the courts.

“An attack on a police officer should be seen as an attack on society and should not be tolerated. In this incident, the officer concerned was on duty in the city, serving the public and helping keep our communities safe when they were subject to a vicious attack.

“The officer suffered one of the most horrific physical injuries that I have seen in the 22 years I have been a police officer.

“The physical and mental scarring from this assault will have an impact for many years to come, affecting them both at work and in their personal lives. It may be the case that those scars never fully heal.

“Assaults on our officers, or on police staff or any other emergency service personnel for that matter, should not be tolerated under any circumstances.

“There can be no excuse, justification or mitigating reasons for these attacks.

“The sentence handed down in this case should serve as a punishment to the offender but also act as a deterrent to others who may think it is okay to abuse and attack our officers and other emergency service workers.

“Leicestershire Police Federation has been an active supporter of the Police Federation’s nationwide Protect the Protectors campaign which is seeking better protection for the police and other emergency service workers through tougher sentencing and better protective equipment.”

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Driver dies in M1 collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:54

A driver has died in a road traffic collision on the M1 in Shepshed earlier today.

Police were called at 12.15pm today (20 January) following a report that a blue BMW 330 had left the northbound carriageway close to junction 22.

The driver, believed to be a man in his twenties, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The carriageway was closed between junctions 22 and 23 while emergency services responded to the incident. It was reopened shortly before 6pm.

Detective Constable 1761 Pete Davies from the serious collision investigation unit is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the vehicle travelling beforehand to please get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 278 of 20 January.

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Slavery victim condemns her depraved abusers

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:21

A woman in her 20s who was treated like a slave for a period of 17 months has today (Friday) condemned the people who abused her.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was abused physically, emotionally, financially and sexually.

Speaking following their sentencing, she said her experiences had all but destroyed her life.

She said: “They took complete control over all my finances, leaving me vulnerable and reliant on them in all aspects of my life. During the 17 months I was treated worse than an animal.

“By the end, I had nothing left. My spirit and fight had gone, and I was barely human.

“One day I could take no more, and fell apart. That led to police involvement, and the day I spoke to the police was the day I began to turn my life around.

“Looking back now, I can’t believe how degrading, brutal, and traumatising it had been, and how it had all but destroyed me.

“I want to thank the police with all my heart. Without them, I don’t believe I would or could have survived.

“The only crumb of comfort I have is that the people who treated me in such a depraved and inhumane fashion as their slave admitted their guilt.

“I owe the police everything. Thank you.”

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Two sentenced in “wicked” slavery case

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:20

A couple from Barwell who treated a vulnerable woman in her 20s as their slave for nearly a year and a half have been sentenced today (Friday).

Kevin Warren, 27, and his partner Donna Morris, 35, of Bradgate Road, pleaded guilty to a charge under the Modern Slavery Act at the start of their trial held at the end of last year.

Warren also admitted five counts of rape against the woman.

Today, Warren has been sentenced to serve 18 years in prison, and five years on licence following his release.

Morris has been ordered to serve a four year prison sentence.

The victim was subjected to 17 months of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, with the pair also controlling her finances.

Their appalling crimes first came to light shortly after the victim broke down and began to disclose the life she was being forced to lead.

Detective Inspector Mark Parish, who oversaw the investigation, said the crimes committed against the woman were “truly shocking in their wickedness, their wantonness, and their horror”.

He said: “I cannot begin to imagine the torment this young, vulnerable woman went through in those 17 months. It beggars belief that people can treat a fellow human being in such a grotesquely cruel fashion.

“The depths to which these offenders sank were matched only by our resolute determination to bring them to justice, and I would want to praise my colleague Detective Constable Tom Butler who has demonstrated total dedication and determination in his enquiries to achieve that.

“The fact that the two defendants pleaded guilty is a tribute to the victim’s remarkable courage in coming forward and telling us what had happened to her, and to Tom’s dogged perseverance and the thoroughness of his work as the officer in charge of this case.

“Let this terrible case send out the strongest possible warning to anyone who thinks it is appropriate to treat a fellow human being like this. You will be caught, and you will face justice.”

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Loughborough murder - two further men charged

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:10

Detectives investigating the murder of 38-year-old Mark Swinhoe have charged two further men in connection with his death.

Paul Anthony Williams, 38, of no fixed abode has been charged with conspiracy to murder.

Jamie Lloyd Wileman 24, of Elm Grove, Moira, Swadlincote has been charged with conspiracy to murder.

Both have been remanded to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Saturday 20 January).

The charge relates to an incident in Moira Street, Loughborough, on Sunday 14 January.

Two men previously charged this week have appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court. They are Christopher Cunningham-Pithouse, 23, of Glebe Road, Queniborough, charged with conspiracy to murder and Harry Matthews, 22, of Brush Drive, Loughborough, charged with conspiracy to murder, wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article.

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Jail for woman convicted of encouraging suicide

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:13

A 44-year-old woman who left a man to die after pulling out of a suicide pact has today been jailed for encouraging him to take his own life.

Natasha Gordon came into contact with Matthew Birkinshaw on an internet forum and within hours of the first message she had arranged to meet him the next day – claiming she would take her own life at the same time as him.

On 17 December 2015 the pair travelled together to Rutland Water where only 31-year-old Matthew, from Walsall, went ahead with the pact.

Gordon, of Paston Ridings, Paston, in Peterborough, was convicted of encouraging Matthew to commit suicide following a trial in December last year. She appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Friday 19 January) where she was sentenced to four years.

During the hearing Matthew’s mother and brother read out statements detailing the impact his death had had on the family.

In a statement, David Birkinshaw said: “Going through the actual trial itself has been a mix of emotions. It has been heart breaking to hear Matt’s last 24 hours in such detail. What was particularly tough was listening to the details of his final moments. Matt was not perfect but he was one of the kindest and friendliest people I knew, somebody whom people instantly warmed to and to hear that somebody could walk away from him in those moments is extremely hard to take.

“It was also hard to have no right of reply to how Matt was portrayed in court. My brother was a bright, funny, articulate man who was always ready to laugh and joke. He’d helped me move into my first house, held me up on my stag do, been an usher at my wedding and looked after my child. All these things, and many more, make up the Matt that I knew for 31 years.

“His death has left an enormous void in my life that can never be filled.”

During the trial the court hear how Gordon had sent her partner a message informing him of plans to end her life shortly after arriving to meet Matthew at Rutland Water. Her partner subsequently raised the alarm with police and officers were sent to locate her.

However, when officers arrived Gordon failed to tell them why she was there or that she had left Matthew to go through with the pact.

It was only after she was returned home to Peterborough that Gordon disclosed how she’d travelled to the area to commit suicide alongside another man and officers returned to Rutland where Matthew was found.

Detective Constable Michelle Preston, who helped lead the investigation, said: “This is an incredibly tragic case where a young man, who had his whole life ahead of him, was preyed upon by a woman who quickly gained his trust and exploited his vulnerability.

“During our investigation we found Gordon had previously tried to encourage others to take their own life. And we also found evidence that she’d attempted to engage two people in conversation about suicide shortly after being located by police in Rutland.

“It is her blatant disregard for Matthew’s welfare that day that makes this tragic case even more distressing for all involved.

“I know I speak as not only the investigating officer, but on behalf of the family, when I urge anyone who may be in crisis to reach out to someone – if that isn’t a friend or a family member, there are specialist organisations who can provide the support or counsel you might need at that moment in time.”

Support services are available through a number of organisations, including:

  • National charity Samaritans – by calling 116123 or visiting https://www.samaritans.org/
  • PAPYRUS – prevention of young suicide – by calling 0800 068 4141 or visiting https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
  • SOBS (Survivors of bereavement by suicide) – by visiting https://uksobs.org/
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Officers investigating a burglary would like to speak to these men

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:26

Officers investigating a burglary in Coalville, Leicestershire, would like to speak to these two men who may be able to help with enquiries.

Police were called to a burglary at Battleflat Drive which is believed to have happened sometime between 9am on 4 January and 3.40pm on 5 January.

A large amount of valuable items were stolen including jewellery as well as a contactless credit card.

The card has since been used to make purchases at stores in Leicestershire and Derbyshire. This includes at a store in Main Street, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester, on 4 January and at stores in Repton Road, Willington, Derby and Spondon, Derby on 5 January.

DC Martin Gallagher said: “We are continuing to investigate this incident and would like to speak to the two men pictured.

“Anyone else who has any other information regarding the burglary or use of the card is also asked to contact us.”

If you recognise the men pictured, or have any other information, contact 101 quoting incident number 18000007639 for the attention of DC 1118 Martin Gallagher.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Loughborough murder – second man charged and further arrest

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:15

Detectives investigating the murder of 38-year-old Mark Swinhoe have charged a second man in connection with his death.

Harry Matthews, 22, of Brush Drive, Loughborough, has been charged with conspiracy to murder, wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article.

He has been remanded to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Friday 19 January).

The charge relates to an incident in Moira Street, Loughborough, on Sunday 14 January.

A further arrest has also been made this evening in connection with the incident.

A 38-year-old man was detained on suspicion of murder and is in police custody where he will questioned by detectives. Officers have also been granted further time to question a 24-year-old man who was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder.

Christopher Cunningham-Pithouse, 23, of Glebe Road, Queniborough, Leicestershire, has previously been charged with conspiracy to murder and appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (18 January).

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Missing - Kyle Darlison

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:15

Can you help police find Kyle Darlison?

Kyle was last seen by a friend on 29 December and was reported missing on 5 January by his family following concern that he hadn’t been in contact.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for Kyle’s health due to uncertainty about whether he has access to daily medication which he requires.

The 25-year-old, who is of no fixed address, has links to the Newbold Verdon and Wigston areas.

Kyle is 6’3”, slim, has short brown hair and has a shamrock tattoo on the right side of his neck.

He was last seen wearing Adidas bottoms, a grey Adidas jumper, a Trespass Puffer style coat and grey gloves.

If you have seen Kyle or have any information regarding his whereabouts, contact police on 101 quoting incident 282 of 5 January 2018.

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Free performance of ‘In the Net’ for parents and carers

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:31

Free performances of an award-winning play which highlights the importance of internet safety to Key Stage 2 primary school children have been lined up to ensure parents and carers understand its key messages and can then reinforce them at home.

‘In the Net,’ by the AlterEgo Theatre Group, is due to be shown to eight and nine-year-old schoolchildren across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland this term. Two evening performances have been organised and will take place on Thursday, January 25 at the Retro Suite, Wigston and Tuesday, February 20 at Melton Theatre, Melton Mowbray.

Most children access the internet from a very early age. While it is a fantastic learning and social resource it does come with risks and it is essential children are given the tools they need to stay safe online from a very early age. ‘In the Net’ does just that, using an entertaining, interactive pantomime as its vehicle, introducing and exploring concepts such as:

  • Safe internet use
  • Keeping personal information safe
  • The effects of cyber-bullying on others
  • What to do if you are being cyber-bullied
  • What to do when you get that 'Uh-Oh!' feeling
  • What to do if you have questions or concerns

Further information about the play and about AlterEgo Theatre Group can be found at: http://www.alteregocreativesolutions.co.uk/inthenet/


Performances will be followed by a brief presentation by a local authority safeguarding lead.

  1. Retro Suite – Thursday, January 25, 2018
  2. Melton Theatre – Tuesday, February 20 2018

Agencies across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are working tirelessly to protect children from harm. This is one of a number of initiatives currently being rolled out across the county to help keep them safe online and tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

For further information about these projects please contact claire.tompkins@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

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Indecent exposure in Anstey Lane, Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:13

Did you witness a man indecently exposing himself in Anstey Lane on Tuesday 16 January?

We’ve received a report from a woman who was walking along the lane with her young baby in a pushchair around 6.15pm.

The victim saw a man jump out of the bushes, she carried on walking and the man followed her on to Great Meadow Road where he jumped in front of her and then ran off into an alleyway.

The suspect has been described as a white man, about 20-years-old, 5ft 9ins tall, of skinny build, with short dark hair and a beard. He was wearing a long black jacket.

He wasn’t wearing anything under the long jacket and exposed himself to the victim, she was left extremely shocked by the incident.

A number of people were travelling along Anstey Lane at the time of the incident and we’d like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed it or has any information about the suspect.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 4457 Gemma Stevens on 101, quoting crime number 18*25051.

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Loughborough murder - man charged

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:55

Detectives investigating the murder of 38-year-old Mark Swinhoe have charged a man in connection with his death.

Christopher Cunningham-Pithouse, 23, of Glebe Road, Queniborough, Leicestershire, has been charged with conspiracy to murder.

He is due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Thursday 18 January).

The charge relates to an incident in Moira Street, Loughborough, on Sunday 14 January.

Detectives have been granted further time to question a 22-year-old man who was arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder. A third man, aged 24, who was arrested earlier today on suspicion of murder also remains in custody.

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Missing teenager found safe and well

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:58

14-year-old Anesu Cheza, who was reported missing by family earlier this month, has been located safe and well in the Leicester area today (17 January).

Thanks to everyone who helped share our appeal to find her.

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Look Out Look Up! to reduce overhead power line incidents

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:33

In a bid to reduce the number of overhead power lines incidents that take place each year, the UK’s energy network operators have launched Look Out Look Up! The campaign encourages people to plan ahead to avoid contact with overhead power lines and to know what to do if contact is made.

Advice for the agricultural and other sectors, such as construction and road haulage, whose work may take place near overhead power lines includes:

  • Risk assess – know where overhead power lines are and mark them on a map. Find out the height and reach of your equipment and how this compares to the maximum working height under overhead power lines. Share this information with workers and contractors.
  • Control measures – don’t work near an overhead power line if you don’t have to. Speak to your electricity network operator for advice. Select suitable machinery and equipment and use it safely.
  • Know what’s safe, and what isn’t – certain work should be avoided within 10 metres of overhead power lines, such as stacking bales and potato boxes, operating telehandlers and moving irrigation pipes.
  • It is crucial that farmers, farm workers and contractors understand that when overhead power lines are damaged or fall to the ground, they should stay well away and contact their local network operator by telephoning 105.
  • Know what to do if you come into contact with an overhead power line - if contact is made when you’re in a vehicle, stay in the cab and try to drive clear. If that is not possible, jump clear of the machine, move away and don’t touch it once on the ground.
  • Call 105 – if an incident occurs, contact your network operator by calling the national 24 hour emergency number 105.
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Man charged following Leicester hospital assault

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:54

A 20-year-old man has been charged following an incident at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Yusuf Aka of Grovebury Walk, Leicester, was charged with Section 18 wounding with intent, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

He is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court this morning (17 January).

The charges relate to an incident outside the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday 16 January, when police were called to a report of a man having been stabbed.

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Missing 14-year-old Anesu - officers need public help

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:14

Officers need public help to find missing 14-year-old Anesu Cheza.

She was reported missing on Sunday 6 January from her home address in the Aylestone area of Leicester.

Anesu doesn’t have any access to money, and her family are concerned for her safety.

She is black, around 4ft 11ins tall and is known to change her hair style frequently.

When she was last seen she was wearing a black hoodie and black tracksuit bottoms, but she may now be wearing different clothes.

Anyone who has information on where Anesu might be, please call 101.

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Leicestershire officer appears in court

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:23

A Leicestershire Police Constable has appeared in court charged with sexual offences.

Majud Hussain, 40, from Nottinghamshire, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court this morning (Tuesday 16 January) charged with four counts of sexual assault. The offences are alleged to have happened in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, in July 2017.

He is next due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 13 February 2018.

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Police investigating attempted robbery in Billesdon

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:03

Leicestershire Police is appealing for members of the public who may have information relating to an attempted Armed robbery in Billesdon to come forward.

Two men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas went into the Post Office, on Church Street, at around 5.30pm yesterday (15 January) and demanded that a member of staff provided access to a safe.

One of the men was also carrying a weapon, which officers believe was an axe or hatchet.

The victim was not injured during the incident and it is believed at this stage nothing was stolen.

The two suspects then left the scene in a red five-door hatchback car, travelling in the direction of Market Place.

The vehicle was then found abandoned on a small dirt track off Coplow Road, near to the Parsons Nursery.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the vehicle in the Billesdon area around the time of the attempted robbery or shortly afterwards, when it was abandoned just off Coplow Lane.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 18*23624.

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Two further arrests in Loughborough murder investigation

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:12

Detectives investigating a murder in Loughborough have arrested two more people overnight.

A 23-year-old man and a 19-year old woman have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in police custody.

A 22-year-old man previously arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody where he is being questioned by detectives.

Officers were called to Moira Street in the early hours of Sunday morning (14 Jan) following a report of two injured people.

Mark Swinhoe, 38, of Long Eaton, was being treated by paramedics for a stab wound when he died at the scene.

A woman sustained minor injuries to her face and was treated at the scene.

Enquiries are continuing into the incident and officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or the events leading up to it to make contact.

A car park in Moira Street was cordoned off following the incident to allow for a full forensic examination to take place and officers remain in the area to reassure the local community.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Smalley, from East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime Team, said: “Our enquiries are very much ongoing as we continue to investigate the incident to fully establish the circumstances.

“We urge anyone witnessed the incident or the events leading up to it or who has any information and has not already made contact with us to get in touch. Your information could help us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident number 82 of 14 January.

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Witnesses asked to come forward following robbery in Market Harborough

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:06

Leicestershire Police is appealing for witnesses to come forward following a robbery at a shop in Market Harborough.

Police were called to premises on Coventry Road at around 9.30pm on Saturday 13 January, following reports that an unknown male had approached two members of staff and was in possession of a knife.

The man demanded money from the tills and left the scene with a quantity of cash. There were no customers in the shop at the time.

The man had his face covered with a scarf and was wearing gloves and tracksuit bottoms. He left the shop on foot and no vehicles were seen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 4331 Hitchin on 101, quoting crime number 18*20623.

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