Three people charged after failing to comply with dispersal notices

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 19:23

Three people have been charged after protesters were dispersed from Jubilee Square yesterday evening (Friday 26 August).

James McLean, 38, of Waterloo Way, Leicester, Paul Freeman, 35, of Oronsay Road, Leicester, and Serena McKinnon, 32, of no fixed address, have been charged with failing to comply with a notice to disperse issued under powers from the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

They are all due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 15 September.

The charges relate to reports of antisocial behaviour in Jubilee Square.

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Protesters dispersed from Jubilee Square

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 19:23

Following a number of complaints about the behaviour of a group of protestors in the city, Leicestershire Police and Leicester City Council have been working in partnership to engage with the protesters in order to resolve their issues.

Members of the public have reported being harassed, alarmed and distressed by the group of men and women who are camping in Jubilee Square, saying they have been verbally abused, shouted at and intimidated by the behaviour of the group.

There have also been reports of street drinking, rubbish bins being tipped over and minor damaged being caused to a building.

Following unsuccessful attempts by a joint team to negotiate with the protesters, dispersal notices have been issued to a number of the group causing antisocial behaviour in the city.

At  5pm, officers attended Jubilee Square, Leicester and dispersed the group using Section 35 of the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Three men were arrested during the operation on suspicion of failing to disperse and are currently in police custody.

Some of the protestors have been at the location since last Friday (19 August).

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Second arrest in city assault

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 16:46

Officers investigating a serious assault in the city centre have made a further arrest.

The assault took place at the junction of Herbert Avenue and Wingfield Street, Leicester, on Thursday afternoon (25 August).

At around 4.30pm two men were in a stationary car when another car approached and a man got out, assaulting the victim, who was inside the stationary vehicle, with what has been described as a machete.

Our investigations are continuing but it’s believed the victim and offender are known to each other. From enquiries we’ve carried out so far we believe the occupants of a silver Toyota Prius may be able to assist with our enquiries.

The Toyota drove up Herbert Avenue while the incident was taking place and may have witnessed it as they had to stop their vehicle, if this was you please get in touch as you may be able to help us.

The victim is currently in hospital receiving treatment for a serious injury to his hand.

A 21-year-old man was arrested for grievous bodily harm with intent and a second man, aged 28, has since been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. Both men remain in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 4625 Angela Cartwright on 101.

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Assault in city street

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 16:46

Did you witness an assault at the junction of Herbert Avenue and Wingfield Street, Leicester, yesterday afternoon (25 August)?

At around 4.40pm a man was in a stationary car when another car approached and a man got out, assaulting the victim with what has been described as a machete. The victim made off on foot.

Enquiries are continuing in the Shaftsbury Avenue and Quemby Close area of the city. It is believed the victim and offender are known to each other.

The victim is currently in hospital receiving treatment for a serious injury to his hand.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested for grievous bodily harm with intent and remains in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 4625 Angela Cartwright on 101.

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Serious collison on London Road, Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 16:01

Were you near the Shell petrol station in London Road, Leicester, at around 3.40am this morning?

A black Ford Fiesta was in collision with a tree on the county bound carriageway.

The driver sustained life threatening injuries in the collision and is currently at the University Hospital of Coventry and Walsgrave.

Police were called to the scene at 7.15am when the collision was discovered by a member of the public.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who was in the London Road area between 3.30am and 3.40am and could have information which will help with the investigation. Maybe you saw the vehicle before the collision took place? Call us on 101 and quote incident 111 of August 26.

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Men sentenced for £60m Virgin Media scam

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 15:57

Six men have been sentenced for their part in a multi-million pound fraud which allowed thousands of people to watch Virgin Media’s pay-TV service free of charge.

The mastermind of the fraud was Mahesh Tailor, 51, of Hollies Way, Thurnby, Leicester. He was the director and owner of Tailor Made Circuits in Thurmaston, a printed circuit board manufacturer, who saw a way to get around the encryption surrounding cable TV channels supplied by Virgin Media.

He imported thousands of set-top boxes from the Far East and sold them for up to £180 each. He reached customers by contacting them on internet forums and even had his own website, purely linked to the sale of boxes. He also sold the boxes in bulk to other businesses around the country.

The court heard how Tailor organised people around the country to assist in the set-up of the network so the service was available nationwide. It was set up to communicate with servers overseas which then allowed owners of the set top boxes in England to receive channels via the internet, without paying a subscription to Virgin Media.

During the investigation Leicestershire Police recovered a container with 5,000 set-top boxes inside and it’s believed that Tailor had already sold multiple similar consignments.

Detective Constable Amrat Bhagwan investigated the case. He said: “Officers were deployed at various locations across the country and the network was taken down, rendering the boxes useless.

“When we raided Tailor’s home, we found £250,000 in cash in various rooms. There were similar amounts held in his business bank accounts.

“The boxes were imported from the Far East and documentation showed that Tailor claimed that they were satellite receivers and even paid importation tax on them. He did everything in his power to stop himself appearing on the radar.”

Virgin Media spokesperson said: “Fraud costs our customers, our business and the creative industries millions of pounds and we thank the Leicestershire Police for bringing this network of criminals to justice.”

The following defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud virgin media and were sentenced today (Friday 26 August)-

• Mahesh Tailor, 51, of Hollies Way, Thurnby, Leicester: Sentenced to six years imprisonment and disqualified from being a company director for eight years • Jagdish Vegad, 56, of Arbour Road, Leicester: Sentenced to 14 months imprisonment • Nicholas Beck, 46, of Bloomfield Road, Leicester: Sentenced to 13 months imprisonment • Jitesh Racicchandra, 44, Knowle Road, Bristol: Sentenced to 18 months imprisonment • Mark Weighill, 36, of Dunbar Road, Coalville: Sentenced to eight months suspended for two years and 150 hours unpaid work • Andrew Wren, 56, Hinckley Road, Coventry: Sentenced to ten months suspended for two yearsand 150 hours unpaid work

Two other men will be sentenced at a later date.

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Kayleigh’s Love Story shortlisted for national award

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 14:17

A five minute film produced by Leicestershire Police highlighting the dangers of online grooming has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Kayleigh’s Love Story is one of the finalists in the Social Screen category of the Clarion Awards run by EVCOM – the so-called Oscars for specialist videos produced by the corporate and charity sectors.

The film tells the story of aspects of the last two weeks in the life of Measham schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood who was groomed online over 13 days by Ibstock resident Luke Harlow.

She eventually agreed to spend the evening at his house, and two days later she was raped and murdered by his next door neighbour, Stephen Beadman.

The film has been made to raise greater awareness among children and parents of grooming and child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Controlled screenings of the film start at secondary schools next month and it is hoped that every child aged 11 and above in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will have seen the film by Christmas.

The film has also been released to every other police force in the UK, and it will posted online in 2017.

Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “The film was made with the support of Kayleigh’s parents and was done in consultation with experts in their field throughout the UK.

“The intention behind the film is to keep children safe and to prevent online grooming which, as Kayleigh’s story illustrates, can have tragic consequences.

“We are delighted that it has been recognised by EVCOM and shortlisted for an award”.

The film was made by Loughborough-based Affixxius Films, whose senior partner Tim Cabrelli said: "It is difficult to be ‘proud’ of a piece such as this due to its content and, although its technical and artistic execution is testament to the immense talent of the Affixxius Films team, we’re delighted with the shortlisting but hope that it is recognised for its message above all else."

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Man sentenced for drug offences

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 14:05

A man has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to drugs offences.

Jake McDonnell, 26, of Alexandra Road, Leicester, pleaded guilty of two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs on August 19.

Today, (Friday 26 August) at Leicester Crown Court he was sentenced to a 36-month sentence for each offence, to run concurrently.

He was arrested in January at Heathrow Airport. Enquiries led officers to search his home address where they found Class A drugs and cutting agents for cocaine.

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Cadets hit the road to Krefeld for a soapbox derby

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:39

This morning (26 August) eight cadets and leaders from Leicestershire Police will be swapping their bacon cobs to schnitzels as they travel to Krefeld, Germany, to take part in their annual soapbox derby.

The soapbox derby is on Sunday 28 August and is a key date in the Krefeld social calendar. The cadets are flying out today to ensure they have time to experience all that our twin-town has to offer, and to give them enough time to decorate their soapbox before Sunday.

During their trip the group will be meeting with the town’s Oberbürgermeister (the town Mayor) and the town’s police force, and are looking forward to learning some German and making new contacts.

PC Simon O’Connell, organiser of the trip, said: “It will be a really good insight into the German culture and policing for the cadets, and I hope that we can make our contact with Krefeld more frequent after the trip.”

The trip follows a challenge set in June 2015 by a visiting youth group from Krefeld, but has only been made possible this year by the City of Leicester European Twinning Association (CLETA) and the International Policing Association (IPA) kindly offering to fund it.

The cadets will be accompanied by cadet leaders Tracy Ward and Sergeant Graham (also Lead Co-ordinator of the Volunteer Police Cadet programme) and PC O’Connell. Representatives from CLETA and the Leicester branch of the IPA will also be attending the trip.

Clive Wood, Chairman of the Leicester branch of the IPA and retired Superintendent, said:

“I am extremely excited to be able to reignite the special connection that we hold with Krefeld, and our friends from their IPA branch. It is great to get the younger generations involved with one of our twin-towns, and I actually commenced my policing journey as a cadet, so I am really pleased to be a part of it.”

Krefeld is located about 16 miles (27km) northwest of Dusseldorf, and is known as ‘The City of Velvet and Silk’ due to its central role in the textile trade. The German town twinned with Leicester in 1969 as an effort to improve relations following World War II, and a relationship lasting over 40 years has followed.

Sergeant Graham said: “I think it will be a fantastic experience for the cadets, and I am very proud to be able to take them there. But if it wasn’t for cadet leaders we wouldn’t be able to run visits like this. We are currently recruiting for 20 more cadet leaders, so please do get in touch if you are interested”.

The cadets will be posting live updates on our Facebook (Leicestershire Police), twitter (@leicscadets) and snapchat account (leicspolice), so please follow them for more information.

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Where is absconded prisoner, Gavin Owens?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 15:57

Issued on behalf of Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded and may be in the Hinckley area.

Police were contacted around 8.40am on Monday 8 August, reporting Gavin Owens, 33, as missing. The last confirmed sighting of him at the prison was at 11pm on Sunday 7 August.

Owens was serving an indeterminate sentence for attempted murder, GBH and ABH.

Owens, also known as Gavin Burrell, is described as white, around 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, with green eyes and very short brown hair. He has several tattoos including a Celtic band on his right upper arm.

He has links to the Hinckley area of Leicestershire.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen him or anyone with information about where he is now to contact officers. You should not approach him or take any further action.

If you can help please contact 101, quoting incident number 149 of 8 August.

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Missing man Colin found safe and well

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:56

Colin has been found safe and well.

Colin Webster, 76, was reported missing this afternoon (Wednesday 24 August) from Grasmere Street in Leicester.

He was found in Narborough Road this evening.

Thank you to everyone who shared our appeal and assisted with our enquiries.

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Thousands commit to help stop child sexual abuse

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 09:23

More than 5,000 people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have backed a campaign to stop children being sexually abused and exploited.

Among those who have given their support are the parents of Measham teenager Kayleigh Haywood who was groomed online over 13 days before being raped and murdered last year.

The campaign is called CEASE, the Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of children and young people, and was launched in February by Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

It aims to raise greater public awareness of the crime and invites people to sign a pledge committing to do all they can to spot the signs children may be being abused or exploited and to report their concerns.

In the six months since its launch, a total of 5,285 children and adults have signed the pledge, including Stephanie Haywood and Martin Whitby.

Other signatories include former England football team captain and Leicester City legend Gary Lineker, Bend it Like Beckham actress Parminder Nagra, BBC Apprentice star Melody Houssaini and Leicester Tigers Players Tom Croft, Sam Harrison, Freddie Burns and Oli Bryant.

At the beginning of the campaign people pledged their support by completing an online form via the force’s website. Since then, four other ways have been introduced allowing the public to support the campaign, including the launch of a text service and hand-shaped cards which people can sign.

Stephanie Haywood said: “Our beautiful daughter was taken from us in the most horrific way as a result of being groomed online and we would not want any other family to suffer the heartbreak and pain that dominates our lives every single day.

“We would urge every adult and child to back this campaign. Society needs to be far more aware of the dangers of grooming, abuse and exploitation and the signs that this may be happening. Please sign the CEASE pledge and do what you can to stop this happening.”

There are five ways in which people can support CEASE:

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Public appeal following sexual assault in Market Harborough

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 16:06

Police investigating a reported serious sexual assault in Market Harborough are appealing for public help.

The incident is understood to have happened just after midnight (22 August), in a cut through off Green Lane. The victim, 17, had been walking along Green Lane when she was approached from behind by a man who pushed her to the ground.

The victim was left extremely distressed by the ordeal.

The suspect is described as white, medium build with dark or grey hair, wearing blue jeans and a coat. He had a mole between his thumb and index finger on his right hand.

Detective Inspector Tim Lindley, who is investigating the incident, said: “This was a serious assault and it is important that the offender is identified as quickly as possible.

“We want to hear from you if you were in the area at the time and saw the victim, a man matching the description or anything suspicious.”

Incidents such as these tend to be isolated, however, the public are reminded to take sensible personal safety precautions, keep to well-lit paths and to avoid shortcuts through remote areas.

Officers are conducting extensive enquiries with scenes of crime officers completing a detailed search of the area.

Anyone with information should contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 364 22/08/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Suspicious Caller Alert

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:43

We have recently received a report of a suspicious caller posing as being from both Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council, advising people that they are required to make an additional payment to their council tax.

The caller then went on to try to take the payment over the telephone.

Neither Leicester City Council or any of the district councils who collect Council Tax would ring you to try to take a payment over the telephone.

If you do receive a call from someone in relation to Council Tax, ask them to give you the Council Tax reference number and the balance outstanding, and check this against your bill.

Never give bank details or personal information to anyone that you don’t feel is 100% genuine. Any reputable company will be happy for you to check they are who they say they are before you give out personal information.

If you receive a call of this nature please be cautious and double check that the person calling is who they say they are.

If you live in the county your council tax is dealt with by the relevant District or Borough Council, not Leicestershire County Council.

We recommend asking the caller for their name and contact details so that you can call them back in order to check that they are legitimate. Official callers should have no problem providing you with this information as they will understand that you are cautious about giving out personal information over the phone. If the caller is not genuine they are likely to become defensive or flustered when questioned for this information.

If the caller provides you with their contact details, please check the number against the number of the relevant council tax department for your area. If the numbers do not match we recommend calling the number on the council’s website and asking to speak to the person who has called you.

Details of the numbers for the Borough/District councils can be found in the link below.


If you have a Council Tax query for the city council, call 0116 454 100.

If you believe you have been a victim of this type of call please report it to us by calling 101.

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Two charged after warrant executed in Barwell

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 14:18

Two people have been charged after a warrant was executed in Barwell on Friday (19 August).

Lee Biggs, 31, of Bardon Road, Barwell has been charged with failure to comply with a community protection notice, three counts of theft by finding, public order and possession of a class B controlled substance.

Taran Foster, 27, also of Bardon Road, Barwell has been charged with handling stolen goods.

They are both due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 2 September.

The charges relate to a warrant that was executed under Section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act regarding an ongoing investigation into the theft of items.

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Burglary at a house in Markfield

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 13:39

Do you know those responsible for a burglary at a house in Markfield?

The incident happened at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 10 August at a house in Copt Oak.

The two suspects left the property on foot with a sum of money, heading in the direction of Shepshed.

One of the men was described as white, about 40 years old, around 5ft 10ins and wearing jeans. The second man was white, thin and aged about 30. He was wearing a denim jacket and jeans.

Did you see anyone matching this description in the area? You may be able to help with our investigation.

Call 101, asking to speak to PC Dan Thorpe, quoting incident number 568 of 10 August.

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Force to broadcast live time reports of police incidents

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 14:37

The Force will be providing social media users with a unique insight into the world of policing – by reporting incidents and calls for help in real time.

On Tuesday, 23 August, the Force will be posting messages and images across a range of social media channels about incidents attended by teams of officers who are based in Loughborough but cover the whole of North West Leicestershire.

It’s hoped the nine hour initiative – from 7am to 4pm – will provide the public with a fascinating opportunity to follow police officers as they deal with a breadth of incidents and local issues.

Leicestershire Police has 324 officers employed in Patrol and Resolution Teams (PRTs) whose role is to respond to all manner of incidents (both non-emergency and 999 calls) from cows on the road to serious crime. The teams are based at four geographic hubs situated throughout the force area, one of which is at Loughborough.

Next Tuesday, the Loughborough PRT will be taking part in the “Takeover Day” initiative. They will be accompanied on shift by staff from the Force’s Communications and Engagement Directorate who will be posting messages throughout the shift about the incidents the officers are called to.

As well as sending out tweets (#PRTTakeover) and posting messages on Facebook, they will also be covering the shift on Instagram and Snapchat.

Other social media activities planned for the shift include Question and Answer sessions with the officers, live video streams and conducting polls surveying public opinion about a range of local community issues.

Sgt Jo Harland, who will be in charge of the PRT shift on duty during the Takeover Day, said:

“I really hope that lots of people get online next Tuesday to follow my officers as they go about protecting the public and keeping communities safe.

“Policing is unpredictable, in that we never know when we come on shift what type of issues and incidents we may be called to. On a typical shift, however, the team of eight officers will be called to between 30 and 40 incidents requiring our help.”

Whilst we will try to give quite a bit of detail about the range of incidents officers are dispatched to, the Force will not be publishing any personal details of any victim, potential offender or eye-witness during takeover day.

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Motor cross helmets and boots stolen

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:06

Motor cross equipment stolen from lorry at Leicester Forest East services

At 4.15am on Tuesday 9 August the lorry was targeted at the northbound service station and specialist motor cross clothing was taken.

There were 80 pairs of black and yellow limited edition racing boots and 55 pairs of black trial boots were taken.

A total of 65 helmets were taken – 48 white and 17 red.

Do you know who is responsible for taking these items? Have you been offered any items matching these descriptions? Call us, you may be able to help with our enquiries.

Call 101 asking to speak to PC 4539 Chris Perry, quoting incident number 16000227766.

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