Leicestershire

Man charged after commercial burglaries

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 15:18

A 30-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences after burglaries at commercial properties in East Leicester.

Yogesh Modhvadia, of Melton Road, Leicester, has been charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of attempted burglary.

He appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday 24 January) and was remanded to appear again at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday 30 January.

The charges relate to burglaries at four businesses in Evington Road and Uppingham Road between Wednesday 18 January and Monday 23 January.

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Aggravated burglary - can you help?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 13:20

Can you help us identify those responsible for an aggravated burglary in Leicester Forest East?

Between four and six men forced their way into a property in Swallow Close, Leicester Forest East, at around 6pm on Sunday 22 January.

Two elderly residents were in the house at the time. The woman was punched and had her mobile phone smashed when she attempted to call police. The man was pushed over.

Both received treatment by paramedics but did not need hospital treatment.

The house was searched and items of jewellery were taken along with a purse containing cash. Car keys to a silver Mercedes E250 were taken, and the offenders left in this vehicle.

Officer in the case, Detective Constable Ian Button, said: “This is a busy residential area and we want to hear from anyone who may have seen a group acting suspiciously or loitering in the area.

“It is likely that they travelled to the area in another vehicle not usually seen in the area. Did you see anything that raised your suspicions?”

If you have any information that may help the investigation, contact us. Call 101, asking to speak to DC Ian Button, quoting incident number 17*31275

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Have you seen these go karts?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:34

They were stolen from a van parked in Meteor Way, Whetstone, between 10.30pm on Wednesday 18 January and 1pm the following day.

Access was gained to the van and the go karts were taken along with numerous tools.

The go karts are described by the victim as being ‘rare’ and can only be used on a go kart track.

They had been given to him and his son as Christmas presents.

Do you know someone who has acquired a go kart like this? Have you been offered one to buy?

Any information about who may be responsible for the theft is asked to call 101 and speak to 7159 Rachel King, quoting 17000026633.

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Man sentenced for money laundering offences

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:52

Three men have been sentenced to more than seven years in jail after being found guilty for their part in an arrangement to launder more than half a million pounds.

Nirmal Tanna, Kevin Hollyoake and Mark Percival, who were convicted after a trial at Leicester Crown Court in September 2016, were sentenced today (Monday 23 January) :-

  • Nirmal Tanna, 39, from Switzerland (previously of Oadby, Leicester), was jailed for more than five years for money laundering, a Bail Act offence and the activation of a suspended sentence.

  • Kevin Hollyoake, 57, of Abbotts Bromley, Staffordshire, was jailed for 18 months for a money laundering offence.

  • Mark Percival, 51, of Kingsfield Road, Barwell, was given a 12 month suspended sentence for a money laundering offence.

The case relates to a change of payment details between two companies. A genuine company, SIS Ltd, received a fake letter from an individual purporting to be from an organisation who they had dealings with. This letter asked for payments to be made into a new bank account.

Relying that the information was legitimate, SIS Ltd made two payments in May and June 2012 totalling over £500,000.

This money was then forwarded to multiple fraudulent accounts, which included Tanna’s bogus account – called Tanna Land Investments – which received £175,500.

During the police investigation, it was found that Hollyoake used his business in an attempt to legitimise the transaction to Tanna as the product of a genuine business transaction. Percival, an employee of Hollyoake, was found guilty of his involvement in this deceit.

DC Matthew Swift from the force’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “This was a lengthy and complex investigation where individuals have tried to hide and legitimise the receipt of the Proceeds of Crime.

“While we have not been able to prove who committed the crime, we were in this case able to identify where the proceeds of this crime have ended up.

“I hope this sends out a clear message to those involved in criminality - specifically money laundering – that we can and will track down where possible criminal proceeds and those responsible.

“Other recipients of funds are still being sought and enquiries are ongoing to locate them although it is believed some are no longer in the UK.”

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Woman injured in Desford collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:32

A woman has been left seriously injured following a road traffic collision in Desford last week.

The collision happened at around 1.20pm on Friday 20 January 2017 on Hunts Lane around 250 metres from the junction with Kirkby Lane.

Involved were two vehicles, a white Fiat 500L and a white Mercedes 816 van.

The passenger in the Fiat sustained serious injuries and she remains at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire in a stable condition. The driver sustained minor injuries and he has since been discharged. The driver of the Mercedes was not injured.

Prior to the collision, the Fiat was travelling towards Desford and the Mercedes was travelling in the opposite direction.

We’re appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicles before the incident or witnessed the collision to please get in touch with us.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1504 Seamus Burns on 101, quoting incident 290 of 20 January, 2017.

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Did you witness a robbery in Ellistown?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:13

A van driver was approached in Kendal Road, Ellistown, around 11am on Wednesday (18 January). He was confronted by two men who demanded the keys to the white Volkswagen Transporter

When he initially refused, one of the men threatened him with a knife. The 30-year-old victim handed over the keys and the two men made off in the van in the direction of Ibstock Road.

The victim wasn’t injured in the incident. The van was found abandoned later the same day in Bakers Field Close, Ibstock.

The two suspects have been described as white, wearing dark clothing, one was wearing a blue jacket.

Both had their faces covered by scarves and hats. One of the men is believed to be about 6ft.

PC Kevin Sharkey said: “Were you in the area of Kendal Road at the time of the incident? Did you see a white van being driven or abandoned on Bakers Field Close?

“In particular we are keen to speak to the driver of a dark coloured saloon that left the scene of the incident shortly after the robbery, they may have important information that could help with our enquiries.

“Please call me on 101, quoting incident 17*24805 if you have any information.”

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Seven men sentenced for drugs offences

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:05

Five men who played a part in bringing 3.5 kilo grams of heroin into Leicester have been sent to jail.

The defendants all pleaded guilty to various drugs offences at earlier hearings and were sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Friday 20 January.

The East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) along with officers from Leicestershire Police, started their investigation in the summer of 2015 after they identified a man was bringing high purity heroin into the city and distributing it to lower level dealers.

In November 2015, after a five month policing operation, Yaqoob was stopped in his car on Asquith Way, Leicester, and officers recovered half a kilo of high purity heroin, and a further 350g of specially made cutting agents.

Officers then raided a “safe house” in Moorfields, Thurnby Lodge, Leicester, in December 2015 and recovered cutting agents, a drugs press and other drug paraphernalia.

The defendants pleaded guilty to the following offences at earlier hearings and were sentenced to:

• Robert Duguid, 48, of Moorfields, Leicester, was sentenced to an eight month suspended sentence for allowing premises to be used in the supply of Class A drugs

• Usman Patel, 27, of Oak Road, Leicester, was sentenced to seven years for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, and dangerous driving

• Habeeb Yaqoob, 21, of Barnsley Road, Sheffield, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

• Israel Clarke, 22, of Lynwood Court, Stoughton Road, Leicester, was sentenced to six years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of a knife

• Hamzah Aslam, 22, of Broadway, Leicester, was sentenced to six years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of a knife*

In August 2016, while Patel was on court bail awaiting sentencing, he met with two other men, Hawkins and Mahamed, to deal in drugs. They were arrested by officers in August 2016 and in total, 917 grams of heroin was recovered.

• Joshua Hawkins, 27, of Oak Street, Leicester, was sentenced to five years eight months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply

• Ehteshan Mahamed, 24, of Dale Street, Leicester, was sentenced to five years four months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply and supply cannabis at court and convey an article into prison

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Do you recognise any of these men?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:21

Do you recognise any of these men?

Officers would like to speak to them in connection with an assault in a nightclub in Belgrave Gate, Leicester.

It happened on Saturday 3 December at around 2.40am. During the incident the victim sustained injuries to his spleen, lungs and ribs which required hospital treatment.

PC Andrew Colton said: “The six men in these images could have information which will help with our enquires.

“Do you recognise them? Is it you? Please take a moment to have a look and see if you know them. Do you work with one of them? Do any of them live on your street?”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote 16*396945.

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Collision in Barwell – man bailed

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:39

A 22-year-old man has been bailed following a collision in Barwell.

Officers were called to Kirkby Road at about 10.30pm on Saturday 21 January.

A man sustained serious injuries in the collision and was taken to hospital.

He remains in hospital in a stable condition. Two cars were also damaged in the collision.

The vehicle, a silver coloured car, failed to stop at the scene but was later found burnt out several miles away in the same street.

The man was arrested on suspicion of GBH and drink driving and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident or saw the car being burnt out to call 101, quoting incident 17*30206.

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Nationwide 'distracted driving' campaign gets underway

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00

The four police forces of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) are supporting a national campaign to raise awareness about tough new penalties for driving while using a mobile phone.

From March 1 2017, drivers will receive six points on their driving licence and receive a £200 fine. These changes will have a significant impact on young drivers in particular as they risk having their driving licence revoked following a first offence. Motorists will no longer be offered the opportunity to go on a driver awareness course.

Police forces, including the four forces of EMopSS, are working with road safety partnerships and the government during a week long campaign (from Monday 23 January to Sunday 29 January) to increase awareness of the changes to the legislation – the focus of the campaign is mainly on education. A second campaign will run in March which will focus more heavily on enforcement.

It is illegal to use a mobile phone, held in the hand, whilst driving or while stopped with the engine on, it has been illegal since December 2003 but there has been a worrying shift in attitudes to mobile phone use behind the wheel. The RAC surveyed 1,714 motorists and 31% of them said they used a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with 8% in 2014.

EMOpSS provides roads policing and collision investigation to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. It also provides armed policing response, firearms training and specialist search skills and dog support.

EMOpSS has been running a hard hitting campaign to highlight the horrific consequences of driving on a mobile phone under the banner #itcanwait. Officers have made a film with Liese Bowers-Straw from Kirkby in Ashfield who was left with serious injuries following a collision on the M1 in November 2014. The collision was caused by a driver who was using her mobile phone while driving.

A Fatal4 clinic will be held in Leicestershire during the week and officers and Special Constables will be patrolling in unmarked cars to tackle drivers on their mobiles.

Chief Inspector Mark Garthwaite is the lead for roads policing within EMOpSS said; “We want to draw attention to the risks drivers are taking by using their mobile phone while driving. What is concerning is that drivers aren’t just making a phone call they are texting and using the internet as well when they should be concentrating on the road. This campaign is about increasing awareness of the tougher new penalties and we’ll be sending messages out on social media throughout the week but officers will also be ticketing motorists who are caught using their mobile phones throughout the EMOpSS region.”

Jonathan Clarkson, spokesperson for the Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Road Safety Partnership, said; “Despite our best efforts to educate motorists as to the dangers of being distracted by using a mobile phone while driving, Leicestershire Police recorded 2399 mobile phone offences in the three years from January 2014 to December 2016. We fully support this national campaign and hope that it helps reduce the numbers of those people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

You can follow the campaign on social media using the following hashtags: #eyesontheroad #mindsontheroad #itcanwait and #dontriskit.

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Man arrested after collision in Barwell

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 13:39

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man following a collision in Barwell which left one man injured and two cars damaged.

Officers were called to Kirkby Road at about 10.30pm yesterday (Saturday 21 January) where a pedestrian had sustained serious injuries in the collision which involved a silver coloured car. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The vehicle failed to stop at the scene but was later found burnt out several miles away in the same street.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH and drink driving. He remains in custody.

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Mountsorrel Post Office robbery - man charged

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 18:17

A 51-year-old man has been charged following a robbery at a Post Office in Mountsorrel.

The incident happened at the Leicester Road premises on Tuesday 17 January and a large amount of cash was stolen.

David Blood, of no fixed address, has been charged with robbery and is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court on Monday (23 January).

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Second arrest in Post Office robbery investigation

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 20:12

A second man has been arrested in connection with a robbery at Mountsorrel Post Office.

Police were called at around 5.30pm on Tuesday (17 January) to the premises in Leicester Road where a man had been injured and a large amount of cash stolen.

Officers have today (Friday 20 January) arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of robbery. He is currently in custody where he will be questioned by detectives.

A 39-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the same incident remains on bail pending further enquiries.

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Murder in city – appeal

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:39

Detectives investigating the murder of Kiran Daudia in Leicester are still keen to hear from anyone who may have important information but who have yet to come forward and speak to police.

The body of the 46-year-old woman was found in an alleyway in Cromer Street on Tuesday (17 January) morning.

Detectives are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area of Lyme Street and Cromer Street in Leicester on Monday 16 January during the late afternoon and early evening.

Mrs Daudia’s body was found in a suitcase, and detectives would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have seen someone with a suitcase in the area at the relevant times.

Detective Inspector Simon Shuttleworth said: “Lyme Street and Cromer Street and surrounding streets are busy areas of Spinney Hill, and there would have been lots of motorists and pedestrians in the area during the late afternoon and early evening on Monday.

"We urge anyone who may have seen something – particularly anything they thought seemed suspicious or unusual – to contact Police on 101 quoting incident 150 of 17 January."

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Officers searching for missing man recover a body

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:31

Officers searching for missing man David Noakes have recovered a body.

The body was found in water in Jubilee Park, Enderby, earlier this afternoon.

Formal identification has not yet taken but the body is believed to be that of Mr Noakes.

We would like to thank all those who have shared our appeal.

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Officers searching fo missing man recover a body

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:31

Officers searching for missing man David Noakes have recovered a body.

The body was found in water in Jubilee Park, Enderby, earlier this afternoon.

Formal identification has not yet taken but the body is believed to be that of Mr Noakes.

We would like to thank all those who have shared our appeal.

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Teenager robbed in Coalville

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:15

Were you in the Highfield Street area of Coalville last Wednesday evening (11 January)?

We’re investigating a robbery where a 15-year-old boy was approached and assaulted before his bag was stolen.

The victim sustained minor injuries, the bag was later discovered in Highfield Street and nothing had been stolen.

The suspect has been described as a white man, of slim build, in his late teens. He was wearing a grey or dark tracksuit with the hood pulled up over his head.

He made off along Highfield Street towards Coalville town centre and ran pass two women who were walking along the street and we’re keen to trace those people.

The robbery took place around 8.30pm, if you were in this area and recall either witnessing the incident or seeing a man fitting the suspect’s description running along Highfield Street then please get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 687 Joe Couchman on 101, quoting crime number 17*15406.

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What matters to you? - Highcross, Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:17

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

On Monday 23 January 2017, members of the public are invited to join Chief Constable Simon Cole and Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach at the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester 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 on between 4pm and 6pm. No appointment is necessary, please feel free to attend.

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Is this you?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:01

Officers would like to speak to the people in the images as they could have information about an assault.

It happened on Charles Street, near to Bistro Live, and the victim, a 45-year-old man, sustained serious injuries including a fractured skull.

Detective Constable Aimee Farmer said: “This was a nasty assault and the people featured in the images could have information which would help out enquiries as they were in the area at the time. We are keen to speak to them so we can find out if they saw anything.

“This incident happened on the weekend before Christmas and the area was busy with people walking to and from bars and restaurants.

“Please have a look and see if you recognise the people in these images. One is of two men. The other two are of the same two women.

“I appreciate they are not the best quality but I believe people will be able to identify themselves, or those close to them.

“Equally, if you are not in the images, but were in the area at the time and think you could have information, please get in touch as soon as possible.”

The assault happened between 1.30am and 1.40am on Saturday 17 December, anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote incident 16000419527.

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Man bailed following robbery at village post office

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:42

A man arrested in connection with a robbery at Mountsorrel Post Office in Leicester Road has been bailed.

Police were called at around 5.30pm on Tuesday (17 January) to the address by a member of the public.

A man sustained minor head injuries in the incident and was taken to hospital. He has since been discharged.

A large amount of cash was taken during the incident.

The 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The investigation is continuing, if you witnessed the incident or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area on Tuesday evening contact us.

If you can help call 101, quoting incident 17*23972.

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