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Officers investigating a fatal road traffic collision have released a picture of a witness they wish to speak to.
The woman in the image stopped to provide assistance at the collision on the A46 in August.
She left the scene before officers were able to take her details but police urgently want to speak to her as she could have information which may help with the investigation.
The collision happened on the northbound carriageway of the A46, between the slip road for the A6 and Wanlip, at 10.49pm on Saturday 18 August.
The incident involved a silver Citroen Picasso and a black Ford Fiesta. The occupants of the Picasso - a 50-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man - died at the scene.
A number of people stopped to provide assistance, including this woman who was captured on an officer’s bodycam. She has been described to officers as a “medical professional”.
Despite extensive enquiries and witness appeals, police have not been able to trace her and are issuing her photo to the public in the hope she will come forward or someone will recognise her.
Officers want to make it clear this woman was not involved in the collision but was at the scene shortly after it occurred.
Detective Constable (DC) Ali Briance, from the force’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “We have tried a number of ways to locate the woman in the image but so far have not been able to identify who she is.
“This woman had no involvement in the collision but provided assistance after it had occurred and she may have information helpful to the investigation.
“Unfortunately we are unsure if this woman lives in the area or if she was simply travelling through Leicestershire when the collision occurred. We are hoping that by releasing her image she, or someone who recognises her, will come forward.
“If this is you, or you know who the woman is, please call me.”
A 26-year-old man from Northampton has been arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol and causing death by dangerous driving and has been released under investigation.
You can contact DC Briance on 101, quoting incident number 781 of 18 August.
Police are currently investigating following the theft of an ATM in Earl Shilton.
An alarm was activated at a building society in The Hollow shortly before 4.15am this morning (Monday 17 December).
Officers attended and it was established the ATM had been removed from the wall using a telehandler which was left at the scene. It has since been recovered by police.
Two vehicles were seen leaving the area and following police enquires these vehicles, along with the ATM, were found nearby.
Enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible for the theft. No arrests have been made at this time.
All roads in the area have been reopened but a cordon remains in place at the building society.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 53 of 17 December.
A 22-year-old man has been injured following an incident in the city centre in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).
The man was found collapsed in Belvoir Street, Leicester, at 3.15am this morning, and was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
It appears he may have been assaulted and subsequent CCTV checks show a man, matching the victim’s description, involved in an argument with two men. A number of people are seen to be filming the scene on their mobile phones.
The victim is now in the Queen’s Medical Centre where he is receiving treatment for a head injury.
PC Rich Jackson is the officer in the case. He said: “I know there were lots of people in the area when this incident took place – and the CCTV I’ve seen shows a number of people filming it on their mobile phones.
“I’d like to speak to you. You may have vital information about what happened and help me find who was involved, and the circumstances surrounding this man becoming injured.
“We haven’t been able to speak to the victim yet, as he is unconscious in hospital.
“Did you see what happened? Can you shed any light on what caused any cross words and the subsequent incident? It’s very important I speak to you.”
Call 101, asking to speak to PC 2168 Rich Jackson, quoting incident number 105 of 16 December.
Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation unit are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Market Harborough.
The collision happened at around 5.50pm yesterday (13 December) on Doddridge Road at its junction with Kings Road.
It involved a pedestrian and a grey Audi A4 which was travelling towards Burnmill Road.
The pedestrian, a woman in her forties, was taken to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire with serious injuries.
The Audi driver was not injured.
Detective Constable Seamus Burns, the investigating officer, is appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to get touch.
He said: “I would like to ask anyone who witnessed the collision to please contact us. Alternatively anyone who may have captured the collision or the events leading up to it on their dashcam, I would also urge to get in contact.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 18*604700.
More than thirty officers, special constables and staff members were recognised this afternoon (Friday 14 December) for outstanding work over the past year.
The Local Policing Directorate (LPD) Chief Superintendent’s Awards Ceremony, which took place at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters, celebrated work that has led to a reduction in crime, tackled anti-social behaviour and in many cases demonstrated exceptional levels of bravery.
Awards were handed out in recognition of a wide range of outstanding work, which included; preventing and helping several members of the public who were intent on taking their own life; giving first aid treatment including CPR; arresting a suspected burglar who violently assaulted two police officers; running an exceptional team of cadets, setting up a Safer Roads Team run by special constables and gathering intelligence that was instrumental in securing a nine year jail term for a man who beat someone with a crowbar causing serious injury.
The awards were presented by the LPD Chief Superintendent, Andy Lee, who said: “Today was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate some of the amazing work that our officers and support staff across the Local Policing Directorate do.
“Some of the examples of work that we have heard today really are quite remarkable and demonstrates just some of the ways in which members of our team go above and beyond the call of duty in order to serve members of the public.
“It is so important that we take this opportunity to recognise and reward the work that is done by our officers and we should certainly celebrate how they operate as both individuals and also in their respective teams.”
PC Adam Commons was one of the officers who received an award. He was recognised for his exceptional work, when he talked a member of the public down from a bridge from which they were going to jump, he said: “I’m really honoured to have received this award, it was totally unexpected.
“When you are in the moment and carrying out the job, you certainly don’t think about accolades such as this, it is absolutely just a case of doing your job. Afterwards you reflect and think, it’s great to have been able to help that person, but you certainly don’t expect to be recognised in this type of manner.”
A man was seriously injured following an assault in the car park at Tesco Hamilton, Maidenwell Avenue, Leicester.
The victim was approached by two men in the car park, in the area near the library and surgery, at around 5.30pm last Friday (7 December).
The men, who are described as white, demanded the victim handed over his wallet, phone and keys.
When the victim refused, he was attacked leaving him with serious injuries. He attended hospital following the incident where he underwent treatment. He has since been discharged.
Enquiries are ongoing.
Detective Constable Michael White said: “This incident happened on a Friday afternoon when people would have been in the area. We believe this includes a person who shouted over to the suspects at the time of the incident.
“We urge anyone who was in the area at the time, including this person who shouted over, to make contact with us. If you have CCTV or dashcam footage from the area, please also check this as it could hold vital information.”
Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 18000594344.
A 31-year-old man has been charged with four counts of burglary in the Melton Mowbray area.
Mitchell Ailmore, of no fixed address, is charged with the offences which happened between 3 and 12 December.
Ailmore was remanded into custody to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (14 December).
An Oakham man has been given a six year custodial sentence after pleading guilty to a number of sexual offences against six young girls.
In October, Ryan Steadman, 20, of Stud Road, Barleythorpe, Oakham, pleaded guilty to 11 counts against six victims at Leicester Crown Court.
The pleas relate to five counts of causing a child aged 13 to 15 to watch a sexual act, four counts of inciting a child aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and two counts of sexual activity with a child, aged 13 to 14. The offences happened between 2015 and 2018.
Steadman was originally charged with 39 counts against 11 victims. The remaining counts will lie on file.
At Leicester Crown Court today (14 December), Steadman was given a six year custodial sentence, an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and ordered to be on the sex offenders register for life.
Steadman was arrested in February this year when officers received information from another police force that a 14-year-old girl had travelled to Leicestershire to meet with Steadman after chatting on social media. It was alleged that while in Oakham, Steadman had engaged in sexual activity with the girl.
Following initial questioning, he was released from custody but remained under investigation while specialist officers and staff from the force’s Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) team continued to investigate and subsequently established he had been in contact with other girls.
Detective Inspector Jenni Heggs, who is in charge of the force’s CSE team, said: “Steadman’s usual method of offending was to contact a number of children, usually girls aged 13 to 15-years-old, via Snapchat and try to engage them in conversation.
“CSE is a crime which sadly is on the rise especially given the ease of social media and its popularity with young people. We know that some victims find it difficult in coming forward and talking about the abuse they have suffered or don’t always realise the signs they are being groomed before it’s too late. We want to reassure any CSE victim that there is support available and specialist staff here to assist them through that process.
“Our team of representatives from the police, social care, health and other support workers will continue to work together to safeguard children and identify, prevent and disrupt CSE.
“I would like to add that I am extremely proud of all those who were involved on this investigation in particular the investigating officer DC Gareth Gimson, whose sheer dedication and commitment to seeking justice has been proven in this case.
DC Gimson added: “The victims have been particularly brave and I would like to pay tribute to them for their co-operation and support as we wouldn’t have secured this conviction without them.”
The following websites offer useful advice and help about the dangers of engaging with those on social media you don’t know and how you can help children stay safe online:
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Crimestoppers have offered a substantial reward on the third anniversary of the brutal murder of a Leicester woman.
Mumtaz Member’s body was discovered in her home in Holmfield Avenue at 9.30am on Saturday 12 December, 2015.
The 56-year-old wife, mother and grandmother, was found with severe injuries and a post-mortem examination revealed that she died as a result of head injuries.
The independent charity, Crimestoppers, is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Detective Inspector Tony Yarwood from East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime Team, said: “Someone in the community knows what happened to Mumtaz and we are hoping the reward will generate further information.
“This won’t go away. Mumtaz didn’t deserve to die the way she did and we are determined to get justice for her and find those responsible.
“We are now pursuing some new lines of enquiry but urge those who know what happened to Mumtaz to come forward.
“We know the answer to this lies within the community. As a result officers will be out and about in the Holmfield Avenue and Spinney Hill areas distributing leaflets which have been translated in to Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Hindi.
“We recognise that it’s not always easy to contact the police, especially if the information you may have is sensitive or you’re not sure if you have anything that may help. Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us.
“If you feel that you can’t contact us directly there are other ways you can pass information on to the police either via the force website or by contacting the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously.”
If you can help then please contact the police via any of the following ways:-
- 101, quoting incident number 274 of 10 December
- Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org
- Public portal via https://mipp.police.uk/
A 45-year-old Leicester man has been charged after a collision on the A6 in Quorn in November.
Barry Norris of Beaumanor Road, Leicester, has been charged with driving whilst disqualified, failing to provide a sample and assaulting a police officer.
He is due to appear before Leicester Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Friday 14 December).
The charge relates to a single-vehicle collision on the A6 in Quorn at 9.20pm on Monday 12 November.
Detectives are investigating an attempt to steal an ATM from a store in Coalville early this morning.
Officers were called at around 2am on Wednesday (12 December) to a report of a break in progress at the store in Whitwick Road.
On arrival at the scene, the suspects, three men dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered, were disturbed and made off empty handed in a red Ford Focus.
In the process of evading police, a police car was hit and damaged.
The Focus was later found abandoned nearby and it’s believed the suspects drove off in a black BMW.
Extensive damage was caused to the store.
The investigation is in its early stages and officers are in the process of reviewing CCTV and conducting initial enquiries at the scene.
Anyone who has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 18*600984.
New information into the brutal murder of a Leicester woman has now led detectives to issue an appeal on the third anniversary of the death.
Mumtaz Member’s body was found with severe injuries during the morning of Saturday 12 December, 2015. A post-mortem examination revealed that she died as a result of head injuries.
The 56-year-old mother of three was brutally killed in her home in Holmfield Avenue sometime between midnight and 9.30am, when she was discovered by a family member.
Detective Inspector Tony Yarwood from East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime Team, said: “Mumtaz was killed in a brutal way in her own home. The injuries she sustained were significant and she did not deserve to suffer like she did.
“We owe it to Mumtaz to find those responsible. It may be three years since her death but our investigation remains ongoing. We are now pursuing some new lines of enquiry but urge those who know what happened to Mumtaz to come forward.
“Someone in the community knows who was responsible for Mumtaz’s murder and we need you to come forward, you could help us solve this crime.
“We understand that it’s not always easy coming forward, especially if the information you may have is sensitive or you’re not sure if you have anything that may help. Please be assured that we have specialist officers who can assist.
“If you feel that you can’t contact the police directly, there are others way you can forward information on to us either via our website or by contacting Crimestoppers, anonymously.”
Two men and a woman were arrested at the time and subsequently charged with murder. However, the case against them was discontinued in 2016.
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Police are investigating after a woman died following a collision in Bottesford.
The collision took place at 7.05pm yesterday evening (Monday 10 December), on the A52 at the junction with Belvoir Road, and involved two vehicles, a gold Vauxhall Corsa and a white Volkswagen Golf.
The driver of the Corsa sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger sustained serious injuries and was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment.
The driver and passenger of the second vehicle sustained injuries and were relayed to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. The driver has since been discharged.
The A52 between the A46 and the location of the collision, was closed to allow for an investigation of the scene. It reopened at around 2am this morning (Tuesday).
Detective Constable Alison Briance from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, is appealing for information, she said: “We would like to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw either of the vehicles being driven beforehand or the collision itself.
“If you have any information about the incident and have not yet spoken to officers we would like to hear from you.
“Equally if you have Dashcam and captured what happened we urge you to make contact.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4484 Alison Briance on 101, quoting incident number 552 of 10 December.
Officers investigating a serious assault which left the victim with a broken jaw have released an image of a man they wish to speak to.
The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday 11 November outside of a nightclub in Church Gate, Leicester.
Police were called at 5.20am after a report of a fight outside of the venue. During the incident a man was hit in the face causing serious injury to his jaw.
The 21-year-old was taken to hospital and underwent surgery to have his jaw wired shut while it healed. He has since been discharged.
Officers are keen to speak to the man in the image as he could have information that could help their enquiries.
DC Kat Maguire said: “This incident left the victim with a horrific injury that required him to be in hospital for several days.
“If you are the man in the image or you know who he is please contact me. He could have information that could help with the investigation.”
If anyone can help identify the man please call 101, quoting incident 18*544137.
A body of a woman discovered near Groby Road in Glenfield on Thursday afternoon (6 December) has been formally identified as Glenda Poole.
65-year-old Glenda had been reported missing after she was last seen at her home address in the Somerset Drive area of Glenfield at around 4pm on Monday 3 December.
A post-mortem examination has been conducted to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner.
Officers would like to thank everyone who assisted with our enquiries and shared our appeals.
Around 200 people attended a Christmas Carol Concert last night held by Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.
The service at Leicester Cathedral was attended by serving officers, staff, volunteers and their families.
A collection from the service is set to be shared between two charities – The Rudolph Charity which collects funds for children related charities in Leicestershire and the National Police Memorial which honours the courage and sacrifice of officers who have laid down their lives to protect and serve the public.
Guests were welcomed by the Dean of Leicester Cathedral, The Very Reverend David Monteith, while Leicestershire’s Cadets held a Guard of Honour. The congregation joined a choir of 21 youngsters from St Patrick’s Primary, in Leicester, and Leicester Cathedral singing carols including Ding Dong! Merrily on High, Away in a Manger, and In the Bleak Midwinter, and enjoyed readings by Chief Constable Simon Cole and Rick Taylor, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer.
Mr Cole said: “It’s lovely to celebrate Christmas and to remember our colleagues past and present in this special way. Police and fire emergency services work 365 days a year and so it’s only fitting that we pay tribute to our colleagues who serve the public so diligently, day in day out.
“It’s also wonderful that two charities close to our hearts will benefit from the monies collected during the service.”
Mr Taylor added: “It was a privilege to attend last night’s service at the Cathedral. Having been to the Christmas Carol Concert before, this was my first service attending as Chief Fire and Rescue Officer. The coming together with our colleagues from Leicestershire Police, staff, past and present, and being joined by our friends and family to reflect and rejoice was totally in keeping with this festive period. The Christmas spirit was shared by many, in what was a poignant, yet uplifting service.”
Kathryn Birtwisle, a year five class teacher at St Patrick's Primary, said: "The children were thrilled to be part of the service. They were really excited and honoured because there was such a real sense of occasion."
Officers investigating a suspicious fire at a shop in Syston have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.
The fire was discovered during the early hours of Wednesday 21 November at the Mace store in Melton Road and significant damage was caused to the roof of the building during the incident.
A silver Mazda Demio 2002 model was seen in the area and this may be connected to the incident.
Anyone who recognises the man in the footage or has any suspicions about who he may be is asked to contact PC 1469 Hussain Hodgkinson on 101, quoting crime reference number 18*562605.
Officers are appealing to speak to the man pictured following a robbery which happened in a Leicester street.
A woman was walking in Weymouth Street on Monday, 12 November, when she was approached by a man on a bicycle who grabbed a gold chain from around her neck.
The incident happened near the junction with Catherine Street at around 3.30pm. The woman did not suffer serious injuries in the incident and no other items were stolen.
It is believed the suspect headed in the direction of Harrison Road following the incident.
Detective Constable Steve Wallage said: “Enquiries remain ongoing and we believe the man pictured will be able to help us with our investigation.
“If you are the man pictured, or know who the man is, then please get in touch.”
Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 18000546835.
A motorcyclist who was involved in a collision in Hugglescote last month has since died in hospital.
Police were called to Central Road around 8.30pm on Tuesday 27 November after a collision involving a white Citroen DS3 and a black Huoniao HN 125-8 motorbike.
The Citroen was travelling towards Ellistown and the motorcyclist was travelling in the opposite direction when the collision occurred, close to junction with Fairfield Road.
The 29-year-old rider was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he subsequently died.
The driver of the Citroen was not injured.
Detective Constable Pete Davies, the investigating officer, is appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to get touch.
He said: “I’d urge anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw the vehicles beforehand and not yet spoken to the police to do so. Alternatively anyone who may have captured the collision or the events leading up to it on their dashcam please get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 18*574981.