New picture of missing teen

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 15:41

Officers are continuing to appeal for information about the whereabouts of missing Leicester teenager Malachi Quintyne-Bayliss.

Another picture of the 15-year-old has also been released in the hope someone recognises him.

The 15-year-old was reported missing on Sunday 24 January. There was a sighting of him on Friday 5 February in the Highfields area of Leicester at around 3pm.

Malachi is mixed race, 5ft 6ins tall, medium build, clean shaven, with short mousey brown hair and blue eyes. He is known to regularly visit Beaumont Leys.

We are working to find Malachi but are appealing for your help to help locate him.

If you think you know where he might be, contact the Missing Persons team on 101.

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Man charged with non-recent sexual offences

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 14:37

A Leicestershire Police officer has been charged with five offences following an allegation of non-recent sexual assault.

Ryan Freestone, 24, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault on a child under 13 by touching and two counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He is on conditional bail and will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on 13 April.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2006 and 2011.

He has been suspended from duties.

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Market Harborough assault

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 10:59

Did you witness an assault in Church Street, Market Harborough?

It happened between 2am and 2.30am on Saturday 6 February and started inside the Nags Head pub, before moving into the street outside.

The 18-year-old victim sustained injuries to his face and required hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as white, around 18-years-old of slim build and 6ft 1ins tall. He had brown messy hair, clean shaven and was wearing a t-shirt and dark trousers

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 142 Amy Rutland on 101

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Leicestershire Police hosts celebratory event for its 180th anniversary

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 06:00

Four hundred and fifty guests came together last night to celebrate 180 Years of policing in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland at a commemorative service held at Leicester Cathedral.

The service featured a number of hymns, prayers and readings. A roll of honour remembering fallen officers was read by members of the force's muslim, christian and sikh associations while Lord Lieutenant Gretton laid a wreath at the police plaque.

After the service 84 cadets performed a guard of honour from the Cathedral to the Guildhall, where Chief Constable Simon Cole and Police & Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader reflected on the history of policing, and how it has evolved throughout the years.

On display were hundreds of photos and items of police memorabilia that had been loaned to Leicestershire Police by staff, officers and members of the public following an appeal earlier in the year.

There were also a number of display boards showing the timeline of the force's 180 years along with photo boards with pictures of dogs, uniforms, transport and police stations throughout the ages. The boards will be available for public viewing in the Guildhall for the next three weeks, and will then be touring exhibition spaces, libraries and galleries around the county for the remainder of the year.

Chief Constable Cole said: "I have really enjoyed celebrating our fantastic history with so many people tonight and I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make it a success."

A celebratory booklet covering the force’s history was handed out to guests. You can view a copy here

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What Matters To You - Ibstock

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 14:53

Leicestershire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner want to hear about what matters to you.

On Wednesday 17 February, members of the public and residents of North West Leicestershire are invited to join Chief Constable Simon Cole, and Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader at Ibstock Cooperative Store, Ashby Road, Ibstock for the next ‘What matter to you event?’

This is an excellent opportunity for you to speak to two of the key figures within Leicestershire Police about policing and community issues that matter to you in an informal setting.

The session will run from 10.00am until 12 mid-day.

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Closure of Welford Road Police Station

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 14:00

Welford Road Police Station in Leicester is to close on Monday 14 March 2016.

In making this decision the force has taken into account the very low numbers of people using the front enquiry service; the fact that much of the building is now empty; the high maintenance costs and the fact that Wigston Police Station is less than three miles away and Euston Street is less than a mile away.

Leicestershire Police’s estate is under constant review to ensure its buildings remain fit for purpose and represents an efficient and effective use of taxpayers money.

Leicestershire Police is however committed to being based in the heart of communities and the closure does not mean there will be less officers in the area. The local policing presence will remain the same. Officers will continue to use the eight neighbourhood offices that are based in community centres across the area patrolling and working as they do now.

Police officers and PCSOs now have access to mobile technology, which allows them to be more flexible, accessible and visible in the community, without the need to be located in traditional police stations. Nowadays, members of the public can book an appointment to see their neighbourhood officer; they can email them; talk to them in the street or ring 101 and leave a message on their voicemail or engage with them on social media.

There are also a series of beat surgeries being held across the area for local people to drop in and talk to members of their beat team. To find out where and when they are, logon to the local policing pages of the website at www.leics.police.uk and type in your postcode. This will take you to your neighbourhood pages and the latest up to date beat surgery information.

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Volunteer police cadets fulfill pledge to double membership to 10,000 young people

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:22

The National Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) Programme has achieved its target to double its number of members four years ahead of target.

The programme pledged to support police forces across the country to increase the number of cadets to 10,000 by the year 2020. The pledge was made at Buckingham Palace in 2013 as part of the #IWill Campaign.

Leicestershire’s VPC Programme welcomed 185 recruits in October 2015, increasing its ranks from 35 young people following an external recruitment campaign in June 2015.

VPC Lead, Sergeant 173 Danny Graham, said: “The VPC programme works in Leicestershire as we have a committed figurehead, Superintendent Martyn Ball, who champions the worth of cadets and their integration in the force. We’re also lucky to have the support from the wider senior management team who are more than willing to get involved with the cadets and recognise them for going above and beyond what is expected of them.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the relationships we have built with schools and colleges as well as our good relationship with the national VPC programme and regional colleagues.”

The campaign aims to get more young people involved in social action, and with support of police forces and grants from the Youth United Foundation, the pledge has been achieved in just over two years.

The key aims of the VPC programme are to involve a diverse group of young people and equip them with the skills to lead positive lifestyles. Membership across the country stands at 32% of cadets from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Each cadet unit is also expected to have at least 25% of their members from crime-vulnerable backgrounds who have the support of peer role models.

A number of forces across the UK, including Leicestershire, have seen rapid expansion of their programmes in the last few years; Police Scotland, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and London.

Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall Police Shaun Sawyer, the National Police Chief Council Lead, said: “As we see this amazing growth in Volunteer Police Cadet numbers across the country, I am confident that for the first time, the UK police service has a recognised and consistent programme of volunteer police cadets.”

Ed Sherry, the National VPC Programme Director, said: “This expansion of cadet numbers has been overseen by a small dedicated national team supported by grants from the Youth United Foundation. We believe, that with the correct infrastructure, membership could increase to 28,000 cadets. As each cadet is expected to volunteer three hours every month, it would see the young people volunteering over one million hours every year in support of their communities.”

Recruitment for Leicestershire’s VPC programme will be opening in the Spring. For more information about the programme, visit the VPC section of our website.

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Celebrating 180 years of being part of your community

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:39

This year Leicestershire Police is celebrating 180 years of serving the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

During 2016 the force will be marking this historic occasion in a number of ways; including undertaking 180 charitable acts and displaying boards on the history of policing in Leicestershire to local communities.

The Chief Constable Simon Cole visited Welford Road Cemetery this morning (Thursday 11 February) to pay his respects at the grave side of the first ever ‘Head Constable’ for Leicester Borough Police, Frederick Goodyer. This evening a ceremony will be held at Leicester Cathedral to commemorate those who have died or been killed in service.

The force has grown significantly in size over three centuries. On 11 February 1836 the Head Constable Frederick Goodyer took command of five sergeants and 45 constables in the new police station in the Old Town Hall, now known as the Guildhall. Today, Leicestershire Police’s Chief Constable Simon Cole leads a force of 1860 police officers, 220 police community support officers, 1200 members of staff, 236 specials, 229 volunteers and 182 cadets.

As one would expect, a lot has changed throughout 180 years. The force has witnessed multiple milestones such as the introduction of rural police stations, the use of police vehicles, and women being allowed to police. It is unlikely that Frederick Goodyer and his force would recognise today’s police constable, his or her uniform, their equipment and the use of information technology. Although, despite these changes the ethos of policing has remained the same, and the current force strives to follow the same guidelines as the 1836 force.

Sir Robert Peel introduced the Metropolitan Police Improvement Bill in 1829, outlining that the police should;

‘Maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.’

It is impossible to imagine what policing will look like in a further 180 years but the force hopes that the ethos of policing won’t change even in 2196.

Post your memories about us on Facebook and Twitter and we will share your stories and facts about the last 180 years of policing in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. #LP180

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Joseph Brooks found safe and well

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:23

Joseph Brooks, who was reported missing on Tuesday evening, has been found safe and well.

The 56-year-old was found this morning in Leicester.

Thank you to everyone who shared our posts.

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Praise for force’s community engagement in latest PEEL assessments

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 00:01

The way the force engages with communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland has been praised by police watchdogs in the latest round of assessments.

Today (Thursday 11 February) Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary published the results of its PEEL legitimacy inspections of all forces.

The force was overall judged as ‘good’ and the HMIC praised the way officers and staff “create and maintain good relationships with their communities” and “have a good understanding of their needs and concerns”.

The report also highlighted the way the force: - Uses Taser fairly and appropriately - Has a consistent and fair approach when dealing with complaints and misconduct allegations - Has well established values that promote ethical behaviour

Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “The report reflects the wealth of good work that is being delivered by officers, staff and volunteers across the force.

“The communities we serve are at the very heart of what we do and I am proud to see that the HMIC has praised the way we engage with the public – from our neighbourhood teams on the frontline to our call handles and staff on front counters.

“The HMIC has also highlighted an area for improvement around our use of stop and search powers.

“Since 2010, the number of searches conducted by Leicestershire officers has steadily fallen from 28,000 a year to less than 3,000. Disproportionality rates have also reduced significantly and we are continuing to scrutinise our own performance to ensure our use of these powers is appropriate and proportionate.”

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Do you know who this woman is?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:03

Officers would like to speak to the woman in the CCTV image – do you know who she is?

We would like to speak to her in connection with a report of a missing dog.

The dog, called Gog, was inside a navy blue pushchair which was taken from outside Café Nero close to the entrance of the Haymarket Shopping Centre on Humberstone Gate, Leicester, at around 3pm on Friday 5 February.

Gog is a Yorkshire Terrier and is much loved by her owner who has been left distraught as a result.

Who is this woman? Do you know where the dog is now? Has anyone offered you a Yorkshire Terrier?

Contact police on 101 with any information.

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Officers donate bikes to students

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:46

A total of 31 unclaimed bikes from Leicestershire Police have been donated to students in Beaumont Leys to be used as part of their bike maintenance course.

Officers donated the bikes to Cooke Training Services, which is an alternative education provision for school-aged students.

Cooke Training Services, based in Beaumont Lodge, Leicester aims to help students get ready for progression into employment, or further learning. The course offers education, qualifications and practicle experience in catering, computer skills and bike maintenance.

PCSO 6070 Julie Poole, whose beat covers Beaumont Lodge, organised the donation of bikes to the project. She said:

“I am in regular contact with Cooke Training Services and have worked with them on a number of local project. When they approached me for help wih their bike maintenance project I thought this could be something I could get involved in.

“The bike maintence provision was desperate for bikes to fix up and repair so wondered if we had any unclaimed or damaged bikes that we could donate to the project. We regularly get lost or stolen bikes and many of which we are unable to return to their owners as they are not property marked and some are never claimed. This project seemed perfect way to put the unwanted bikes to good use."

The donated bikes will help students to learn the basics of bike maintenance and gain a level 1 award in Bicycle Maintenance as well as helping volunteers in the local community that don’t have transportation, by providing them with a bike once they have been repaired as part of the course.

Martin Buchanan, Education and Training Manager for Cooke Training Services said:

“We are extremely grateful for the donation of bicycles from Leicestershire Police as the young people we work with will benefit immensely by having plenty of cycles and parts to work with notwithstanding the benefit this will have for volunteers in the local community.”

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LRALC Office Opening Hours

A reminder that the LRALC's office weekday opening hours are 8am till 2pm, apart from Mondays and Thursdays when the office is open 8am till 1pm.

However, the office is often staffed outside of these times and we would therefore urge callers to leave a message on the answering ...

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Joe Brooks is missing - can you help find him?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:06

Joseph Brooks is missing and urgently needs diabetic medication - have you seen him?

The 56-year-old was last seen at around 9.30am yesterday morning (9 February) on Lansdowne Road, Leicester.

He was reported missing at 6.30pm last night after failing to return home. Joseph, known as Joe, is white, around 5ft 7ins tall and of stocky build. He has short brown hair, a beard and wears glasses. He is Leicester born but sometimes speaks in a Scottish accent.

He likes open spaces and often visits parks across the county. If you’re out and about in a park and see someone matching this description, please contact us.

He is a keen train spotter and may visit train stations in Leicestershire. Officers are extremely concerned for his welfare as he relies on medication on a daily basis.

If you see him, contact PC Tanya Lehane on 101.

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Do you recognise these items?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 08:32

We are trying to reunite these items with their rightful owners.

The gold Rotary watch has a stretchy, extendable strap and has an engraving on the back.

There is also a Pandora charm bracelet, a gold chain and two rings with semi-precious stones.

They were all seized in the Loughborough area when a suspect was arrested for burglary and handling stolen goods.

If you think any of these items may be yours, please contact PC 430 Emily Walsh on 101.

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CEASE: We need you to sign the pledge on Safer Internet Day!

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 09:19

Leicestershire Police is urging people to sign its CEASE pledge on Safer Internet Day 2016 (Tuesday 9 February).

Safer Internet Day is a perfect opportunity for organisations to engage with young people encouraging them to stay safe online and support Leicestershire’s CEASE campaign by signing the pledge. CEASE is a Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation, alongside the of children in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The campaign is running in parallel with the highly successful “spot the signs” campaign – run by the two local safeguarding boards. Lots of organisations and well-known celebrities signed the pledge at its launch on Friday 5 February.

Today, on Safer Internet Day, Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) will be talking to students at schools providing helpful advice on how to keep safe online. Young people will also have the opportunity to take part in a web chat where they will be able to ask any questions they may have and report any concerns.

The web chat is between 12pm and 2pm using the hashtag #SID2016. The web chat is aimed at young people but it is open to anyone who wishes to take part so please logon to www.leics.police.uk and join in.

Children and Young People Officer, Laura Hallam, said: “Safer Internet Day is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the key issues relating to young people using the internet in a safe manner. It’s also a great opportunity to promote our new campaign and get young people involved in CEASE. We want as many people as possible to sign the pledge so they can truly understand the importance of stay safe online.

Leicestershire County Council and Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Board lead for CSE, Victor Cook added: “We want to encourage young people to use the internet and benefit from the great opportunities it provides but at the same time we want people to monitor their privacy settings and be aware of who they are talking to and who could access their personal information.”

Within 72 hours of launching the CEASE pledge site, 400 people have already signed the pledge. Our target is 100,000. We need your help to eradicate child sexual exploitation.

Please take a couple of minutes to make a difference by signing the pledge.

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Maureen Knifton - found

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 08:39

Maureen Knifton, who was reported missing yesterday afternoon, has been found safe and well.

The 62-year-old was found this morning.

Thank you to everyone who shared our posts

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Have you seen Maureen Knifton?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 18:15

Have you seen Maureen Knifton?

Her family are incredibly concerned for her welfare. She was last seen at 12.50pm today (Monday 8 February) in Church Lane, Quorn, and has not been seen since.

Her disappearance is incredibly out of character. She is known to suffer from depression.

The 62-year old is described as slight build, 5ft tall with short dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a dark 3/4 length chequered ski jacket with a hood, navy tracksuit bottoms and white/ pink trainers.

It is believed she is in foot.

Anyone who has seen Maureen or has any information is asked to call 101.

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Victim in fatal fire in South Croxton named

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 14:29

A man who died in a house fire in South Croxton on Saturday (6 February) has been named.

Frederick Draycott, 91, was pronounced dead at the property at around 5am.

The fire is not being treated as suspicious. Investigations by the police and fire service into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

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Sighting of missing Malachi Quintyne-Bayliss

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:53

Missing 15-year-old seen in the city – do you know where he is?

Malachi Quintyne-Bayliss was reported missing to police on Sunday 24 January. The latest sighting of him was on Abbey Lane, Leicester, at around 10pm on Thursday 4 February.

Malachi is mixed race, 5ft 6ins tall, medium build, clean shaven, with short mousey brown hair and blue eyes. He is known to regularly visit Beaumont Leys.

Officers have been carrying out a number of enquiries since Malachi was reported missing and are now appealing for public assistance to locate him.

If you think you know where Malachi may be, contact 101.

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