Leicestershire

Brothers left man with fractured jaw following robbery

Leicestershire Police News Feed - 3 hours 53 min ago

Two brothers who left a man with a fractured jaw after they robbed him in a Loughborough street have been jailed.

Paul Widdowson, 28, and Jonathan Widdowson, 24, attacked the 59-year-old victim during the early hours of 6 February in the area of Sparrow Hill.

The victim had to undergo hospital treatment, including surgery, following the assault during which his mobile phone, keys and a bank card were stolen.

Paul Widdowson, of Pinfold Gate, Loughborough, and Jonathan Widdowson, of Waterside Close, Loughborough, had both previously pleaded guilty to robbery and causing grievous bodily harm.

Today (21 March) at Leicester Crown Court, Paul Widdowson was sentenced to six years imprisonment for robbery and two years for causing grievous bodily harm. The sentences will run concurrently.

Jonathan Widdowson was sentenced to four years and six months for robbery and 18 months for causing grievous bodily harm. The sentences will run concurrently.

The victim had been walking in the area near Peel Drive, Loughborough, on Wednesday 6 February when he was approached by the two defendants who tried to talk to him. The victim walked away leading to the defendants disappearing but they then approached him again at around 3.10am near to Sparrow Hill. They became aggressive and started shouting at the victim.

The victim reported the defendants were then on top of him, assaulting him, before they stole the items from him.

The victim managed to make his way to his friend’s house and the police and ambulance service were called. He was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he underwent treatment before being discharged.

Following initial enquiries, including CCTV analysis, both defendants were arrested later the same day. The stolen bank card was found at the home address of Jonathan Widdowson following his arrest.

Officer in the case, Police Constable Stephen Henderson said: “This was a serious assault which left the victim needing surgery. I would like to thank him for his co-operation in this case which helped lead to this conviction.

“My thanks also go to the response team on the day of the incident which led to the quick arrests as well as to the investigating team for their hard work in the case.”

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LGRC/NALC LOCAL COUNCIL EXPO - Droitwich 21st June 2019

The Local Government Resource Center has agreed a partnership with NALC to stage the Local Council EXPO again this year, what they hope will be the largest single gathering for our sector.

Normally national sector events attract between 150 to 300 participants....

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Update from NALC on pre-election purdah guidance

In advance of the forthcoming local elections, NALC has updated and republished Legal Topic Note L01-19 on the code of recommended practice on local authority publicity which provides guidance on the pre-election (purdah) period. You can find this in the member's...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Appeal after stabbing in city centre

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 19:09

Officers are in attendance following a report of a stabbing in Humberstone Gate, Leicester.

Police were called at 5.50pm this afternoon. The injured man, a 19-year-old, has been taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment for a stab wound.

There are cordons in place in Humberstone Gate and in Charles Street. The incident happened in Charles Street, and the injured man then moved to Humberstone Gate.

No roads are closed.

Officers are in the area and are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident.

Patrol and Resolution Inspector Gaynor Turner is dealing with the incident. She said: “We know there were some cross words between the suspects and the injured man just before the incident from some witnesses we have already spoken to.

“But any information that can help us identify the person, or people responsible for causing this injury, is vital.”

Call 101, quoting incident number 518 of 20 March.

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Police staff member charged with computer misuse

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:35

A police staff member is to appear in court charged with one count of computer misuse.

Ruben Nakum, 49, of Leicestershire, is appearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (21 March).

The charge, of causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorised access to a program / data, relates to using a police system for a non-policing purpose between 1 January 2016 and 31 July 2018.

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Retired officer presents painting to the force

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:18

A retired police officer returned to Mansfield House Police Station, today (Wednesday 20 March 2019) to present a painting he crafted to remember his 31 years of service.

Nev Cotterill rose through the ranks up to Inspector, before hanging up his truncheon in May 1995.

Having started out in the County, Nev eventually moved and finished his time with Leicestershire Police in the city and spoke of the wonderful times he spent working for the force.

Nev said: “You remember a lot of the brilliant times you had and the fantastic people that you met. The painting brings back a lot of happy memories and it was a real pleasure to be able to give it to Manjit and her team.”

Nev handed the painting to Inspector, Manjit Atwal and posed for a picture outside Mansfield House Police Station, before joining PC Andy Jones, PCSO Jane Elton and special Jason Pemberton in the exact location shown in the painting.

Nev explained: “This picture really fell into my lap, I do a lot of transport painting having been taught by the Uncle of an officer I used to work with around the time of my retirement. It was a really enjoyable piece of work to craft. Since retiring I have spent a lot of time painting and I have also written a book.”

Inspector, Manjit Atwal, said: “It was a pleasure to be able to host Nev at Mansfield house this afternoon. It was terrific to be able to listen to his stories and we were delighted to be handed his wonderful painting.”

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Woman has died following collision with bus

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:59

A pedestrian has died following a collision with a bus in Humberstone village.

Police were called to the incident at 12.30pm on Tuesday 12 March at the junction of Abbotts Road North and Main Street.

The pedestrian, a woman in her 60s, sustained life-threatening injuries.

She was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she died on Friday (15 March).

No one else was injured in the incident.

Roads were closed at Hungarton Boulevard to Steins Lane and Vicarage Lane to Main Street to allow for an investigation of the scene.

Detective Constable John Borlase, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our enquiries into the circumstances leading up to this collision are ongoing.

“We would still like to speak to anyone who was driving in the area and saw the bus being driven beforehand or the collision itself.

“I would also ask for anyone who may have dashcam footage capturing the collision to get in touch.”

If you have any information about this incident and have not yet spoken to police, call 101 and quote incident 287 of 12 March.

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PKF Littlejohn guidance and online training session

We have received confirmation that the recording of PKF Littlejohn's training update for 2018/19 is now available on their website here and via YouTube. The slides, including speaker notes, are also available on the website.

PKF Littlejohn has confirmed that...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Cancellation of Councillor training 20th March 2019

Unfortunately, due to staff illness, the Councillor training planned for today (20th March 2019) is cancelled. The LRALC office is contacting booked delegates to inform them of the cancellation.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

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Man sustains serious injury after city assault

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:19

Detectives investigating a serious assault in the city centre are urging anyone who can help with their enquiries to come forward.

A 22-year-old man was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary after he was found at an address in London Road with a serious injury to his arm.

The report was received just after midnight on Saturday (16 March). The property was cordoned off while further enquiries were conducted over the weekend but that has since been lifted.

From enquiries conducted so far it’s believed the victim was assaulted and stabbed in the arm. He remains in hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Officers have been carrying out enquiries locally and looking at any possible CCTV footage from the area.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about the circumstances leading up to it is asked to contact DC 4176 Simon Roberts on 101, quoting crime reference number 19*133890.

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Fight in Upperton Road, Leicester - did you witness it?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:12

Officers investigating a fight in Upperton Road during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 19 March) are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A report was received at 1.49am relating to four people fighting in the street near to the junction with Browning Street.

No one has reported being injured and officers would like to speak to anyone who was in the area last night.

A number of motorists and members of the public were in Upperton Road and officers are urging anyone who witnessed the fight or has any information about the circumstances leading up to it to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 4607 Mari-Louise Hughes on 101, quoting crime number 19*138637.

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Officers engage with hundreds of people during week of knife crime action

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:54

Leicestershire officers have completed a week-long operation to target those carrying weapons and engaged with hundreds of people.

Operation Sceptre, which started on March 11, was part of national activity designed to deter and detect the carrying of knives and saw 20 arrests.

Officers carried out 24 stop and searches which, along with arrests, recovered 15 knives while surrender bins at Keyham Lane, Spinney Hill, Market Harborough and Mansfield House police stations saw nearly 50 knives handed in.

Officers conducted knife sweeps across the city and county, recovering two from Redwood Walk in Leicester.

Knife arches at various locations including Leicester and Loughborough train stations along with Bede Park in Spinney Hill and Aikman Avenue, New Parks, Leicester, saw hundreds of people pass through them.

In addition, officers visited 22 Habitual Knife Carriers (HKCs) over the week to talk to them about changing their behaviour and offer them diversion opportunities and information to parents. They also delivered a number of presentations to primary and secondary school children on top of those given by the Youth Services throughout the week.

Alongside this, officers also executed five warrants in South Leicester and one in West Leicester neighbourhood policing areas on Friday 15 March, which recovered some imitation firearms and drugs.

One 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of modern day slavery and public order offences as well as burglary. He has been released under investigation.

Sergeant Nick Woodrow, knife crime coordinator for Leicestershire Police, helped lead the operation.

He said: “Operation Sceptre forms just one part of our on-going work to detect and prevent knife crime and ultimately reduce the number of people choosing to carry a knife. Officers successfully recovered a number of weapons through their hard work.

“Our aim, as always, is to ensure our streets remain safe. This week of intensification is just one element of what we do along with our partners and I’m pleased that our visits to those we consider to be habitual knife carriers, has resulted in at least one referral to a local peer education scheme.”

Superintendent Shane O’Neill, who leads the force’s response to knife crime, said: “We believe that a partnership approach is the best way to reduce knife crime. We will continue to use our powers of arrest alongside educating people to stop carrying a knife as part of the force’s #LivesNotKnives campaign which is supported by many. Of the hundreds of people we engaged with throughout this operation, only a small proportion were found to be carrying a knife and we are dedicated to tackling those who do.

“It is vital that anyone who has concerns about an individual carrying a weapon knows that advice is available on our website and that there are trusted adults they can talk to.”

Lord Willy Bach added: “The work to tackle knife crime does not stop at the end of a week of action. Every day and using a multitude of approaches, the police and partners do everything they can to apprehend those carrying knives, to educate people that carrying a knife is not clever, or safe. They seek to arrest those who have used knives to cause harm and they provide support to those unfortunate enough to become victims of knife crime.

“Last week I revealed the projects who have been awarded money from my £100,000 knife crime fund. I have every confidence that they will make a real difference, just as Operation Sceptre has made a real difference. But there is more to be done. As this week has proved, the will is there but we need appropriate resources to support the many effective initiatives out there, which are suffering from the funding cuts of recent years.”

For information on knife crime visit our pages here

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Man injured following assault in nightclub

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 09:01

An 18-year-old man was injured following an assault in a Loughborough nightclub.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened in the Revolution nightclub, Baxter Gate, at around 1.10am on Sunday (17 March).

The victim received hospital treatment for injuries. He has since been discharged. No-one else was injured in the incident.

Three men, all aged 18 and from Loughborough, have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and a public order offence. They have all since been released on police bail.

Enquiries are continuing.

Police Constable Sarah Hogan said: “We are continuing to establish the full circumstances of the incident and know that they were a number of people in the nightclub at the time who witnessed the assault.

“If you saw the incident, we urge you to come forward no matter how insignificant your information may seem. We also understand there were a number of people who tried to help the victim afterwards. Again, if you were one of these people, we ask you to make contact with us. Your information could help our investigation.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 19000135448.

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Witnesses urged to come forward following collision in Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 16:36

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a collision in St Matthews Way this afternoon (Monday 18 March).

It happened near the junction with Wharf Street North shortly before 1.30pm. A silver hatchback was in collision with a woman using the pedestrian crossing. The vehicle then made off from the scene.

The woman, who is in her 50s, has been taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The road was closed following the incident but has since been reopened.

Anyone who saw the collision, or a silver hatchback in the area prior to the collision taking place, is asked to call 101, quoting incident 275 of 18 March.

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Cigarettes stolen following Loughborough shop burglary

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:10

A quantity of cigarettes was stolen following a burglary at a shop in Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough.

Officers are appealing for information following the incident which happened at around 3.40am on Sunday (17 March) at the premises in North Street, between the junctions of Beaumont Road and Thirlmere Road.

From initial enquiries, officers believe two people entered the shop by forcing open a shutter and smashing a glass panel of the door.

A large quantity of cigarettes was then stolen from the premises.

No-one was in the shop at the time and no-one was injured.

Detective Constable Clare Moore said: “The incident happened during the early hours of the morning but we know there are a number of business premises in the area.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time to think back. Did you see or hear anything which caused you concern?

“We also urge anyone with any CCTV from the area to make contact with us if you have not already done so. Anyone with any dashcam footage from the area is also urged to check this to see if you have any information which could help us.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 19000135564.

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Investigation into aggravated burglary at taxi office

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:27

Detectives are investigating a report of aggravated burglary in New Parks, Leicester – and are appealing for anyone who noticed a Volvo V70 being driven in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning (17 March) to come forward.

It happened at a taxi office in Dillon Road shortly after 1am.

Five people went into the front area of the office and assaulted one man with what was believed to be a crowbar. They then forced their way into a rear office and assaulted a female member of staff. The group then made off from the premises in a black Volvo V70, having taken money. Neither victim suffered life-threatening injuries.

When officers arrived, the Volvo was found abandoned in Stenson Road, having been involved in a collision.

Detective Sergeant David Speight, from Leicestershire Police’s Complex crime team, said: “I’m particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the black Volvo being driven around New Parks prior to this burglary taking place.

“I’d also like to speak to anyone who has not yet contacted police but who either saw the group making off from the premises in Dillon Road or leaving the vehicle following the collision in Stenson Road.”

No arrests have been made so far and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting crime number 19*135469.

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Force supports National CSE Awareness Day

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:00

The force’s CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) hub is supporting National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day to increase awareness around CSE and the dangers its poses to young people.

Today (Monday 18 March) is National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day which aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE across the country by encouraging people to ensure they think, spot and speak out against abuse.

In 2014, Leicestershire formed the Multi-agency CSE (MA-CSE) team to tackle the ongoing issue with CSE. It consists of representatives from police, social care, health and other support workers, all based together at Wigston Police Station.

The team is able to use their individual specialist expertise in identifying CSE and work jointly together by sharing information and resources to prevent and disrupt CSE, provide support to victims and advice on how to stay safe both on and off-line.

As part of National Awareness Day, team members are being encouraged to wear red for the day this year and once again, to write a personal pledge on their hands to show support for the ‘Helping Hands’ campaign and to share their photos through social media.

Detective Inspector Jenni Heggs, who leads the multi-agency CSE hub in Wigston, said: “Children are continuing to be groomed and exploited in many different ways and CSE sadly is a crime on the rise which is why we recognised the benefit of a multi-agency approach to tackle it. The team work extremely hard and constantly review their approach to best share the messages around CSE and ensure the public know how to report such incidents.”

Donna Smalley, the Children’s Social Care Service Manager at the team, said: “We have carried out a number of campaigns around CSE targeting the leisure industry , hotels and taxi’s and private hire cars across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to recognise the signs of child sexual exploitation and help keep children and young people safe.

“Work is constantly ongoing within schools, through workshops and through the creation of the short films Kayleigh’s Love Story and Breck’s Last Game to educate children around CSE and grow that awareness so that young people have more confidence to come forward to report incidents of this nature.

“However this is not something that we can eradicate alone, and there is so much the public can do to help by spotting the signs and supporting by speaking out to stop it.”

DI Heggs added: “CSE remains a priority for the force and we hope that events such as National Awareness Day keep CSE in the public domain and give a reminder that this is something that young people are still suffering from and that we remain committed to tackling it and bringing responsible to justice.”

Advice around CSE and what the signs are can be found at https://leics.police.uk/categories/child-sexual-exploitation-cse or http://www.stop-cse.org/national-child-exploitation-awareness-day/raise-awareness/

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Harborough fight - continued appeal for witnesses

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 09:27

Officers investigating a fight in Harborough continue to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

The incident took place at 2.30am yesterday morning (Saturday 16 March) outside two public houses, the King’s Head and Nag’s Head, on Church Street.

Four people, a woman and three men, sustained what is believed to be minor injuries in the incident.

East Midlands Ambulance Service attended the scene but hospital treatment was not required.

An 18-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of affray has since been released on bail.

The investigating officer, Detective Constable 1695 Steph Burnham, is appealing for witnesses, she said: “We know there was a large group of people in the area when this incident took place.

“We would urge anyone who was there and knows how the fight started, or has any information whatsoever about the incident, to come forward if they have not already spoken to us.

“What you know could help us to piece together the circumstances of the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 and quote crime reference 19*133935.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Your personal details won't be taken, information isn't traced or recorded and you will not be required to go to court.

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Missing woman Sukhwinder Mann found

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 20:56

A woman from Knighton who was reported missing yesterday evening (Friday 15 March) has been found.

Sukhwinder Mann, 40, was found safe and well this evening in Wigston.

Thank you to everyone who helped by sharing our appeal.

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Fight in Harborough – police appeal for witnesses

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 16:11

Officers investigating a fight in Harborough are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The incident took place at 2.30am this morning (Saturday 16 March) outside two public houses, the King’s Head and Nag’s Head, on Church Street.

Four people, a woman and three men, sustained what is believed to be minor injuries in a fight.

East Midlands Ambulance Service attended the scene but hospital treatment was not required.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of affray. He remains in police custody.

The investigating officer, Detective Constable 1695 Steph Burnham, is appealing for witnesses, she said: “We know there was a large group of people in the area when this incident took place.

“We would urge anyone who was there and knows how the fight started, or has any information whatsoever about the incident, to come forward.

“What you know could help us to piece together the circumstances of the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 and quote crime reference 19*133935.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Your personal details won't be taken, information isn't traced or recorded and you will not be required to go to court.

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