Leicestershire

Three arrests made after disorder in city street

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 15:34

Three people have been arrested for public order offences following disorder in two streets in the city.

Officers were called at 8.55pm last night (4 December) to a report of a large number of men gathered in Bridge Road, Leicester.

We also received subsequent reports of disorder in St Barnabas Road.

Three men, aged 20, 21 and 23, from Leicester, were all arrested on suspicion of public order offences. They have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Did you see what happened? Can you help us with our enquiries? Please contact us.

Call 101, quoting incident number *399198

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IMPORTANT CONSULTATION: LRALC Draft Strategic Plan - Priorities and Actions

Dear Member Council (Clerks, please circulate to all Cllrs),

Please find attached a presentation which summarises the draft strategic priorities and actions discussed and provisionally/informally agreed by the LRALC Executive Committee at a planning session on Monday 14th November ...

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What matters to you? - Twycross Zoo

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:44

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

On Tuesday 13 December, members of the public and residents of Hinckley and Bosworth are invited to join Chief Constable Simon Cole and Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach at Twycross Zoo 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 11am-1pm.

The event is taking place where it is free for members of the public to attend, along with being accessible to visitors of the zoo. Address: Twycross Zoo, Burton Road, CV9 3PX

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Putting the brakes on hate crime in Leicestershire

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 09:20

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach launched a new information card scheme on Friday (2 Dec) alerting public transport workers to vulnerable passengers who need extra help in a bid to tackle hate crime.

More than 20,000 Better Journey Cards are set to be distributed to police stations, councils and at community events across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to let drivers know that a person might need a little more assistance when using public transport.

The innovative scheme, which was unveiled by partners at a Social Media Café at West End Centre in the city, is part of a package of measures funded by the PCC to provide more help to potential victims of hate crime and send out a powerful message that intolerance and hatred has no place in society.

There are currently 22,730 people living in Leicestershire who are registered as disabled – 9,939 of whom live in Leicester city alone.

Public transport is vital to enabling disabled people to get out and about, attend college, work or socialise and maintain their independence. However, research shows that it is also a high-risk area for hate incidents to occur. If vulnerable people lose confidence when travelling and fear public transport, the impact on their lives and independence could be significant.

The Better Journey Cards, which have been developed by First Travel, are aimed at letting a driver know when a passenger needs extra help and offering them a safer journey.

Willy Bach said: “It is our duty to pull out all the stops to offer greater protection for vulnerable members of our community who face the indignity of physical or verbal abuse simply because of perceived differences.

“Leicestershire is a vibrant county and home to a multitude of diverse people, cultures and traditions. It’s simply shocking that intolerance, distrust and prejudice continue to permeate our communities and I urge local people to stand together against all forms of hate.

“Public transport is a lifeline for so many disabled people living within Leicestershire and I’m determined that we offer them the very best support and protection to be able to continue their daily lives with confidence and self-esteem.

“The primary aim of the new Safer Journey Cards is to reassure all vulnerable passengers that frontline transport staff are committed to putting their needs and safety first and that if they need help, it will be there.”

Nigel Eggleton, Managing Director of First Leicester said: “Our Safe Journey Cards and Better Journey Cards offer customers a way of discreetly communicating with our drivers. Quite often people want to ask for assistance, but they’re unsure how best to do it.

“While customers can, of course, just ask for any help they need, not everyone finds this easy, or is able to speak clearly. In these instances, these cards give people a way of asking for assistance in a simple, easy and discreet way.

“The feedback we’ve received in Leicestershire from those using them has been really positive. We want to remind customers of their availability, so if a passenger chooses to use them they can travel by bus with more confidence.”

The PCC has been concerned at a reported rise in hate crime incidents and offences across parts of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland following the EU Referendum. He has been keen to demonstrate his support for the continuing efforts by Leicestershire Police and other strategic partners in tackling the issue, pledging funding to Leicester University and Leicestershire Police to develop a new programme for hate crime offenders.

The approach will explore a range of different restorative justice strategies which will look at the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.

The PCC has also commissioned more literature aimed at raising awareness of hate crime and a project to bring the county’s major sporting clubs on board in the fight against it.

The Safer Journey Cards provide passengers with a host of different messages to use depending on their individual needs or disability. One card asks for drivers to alert passengers to their bus stop while another asks them for help taking a seat.

There are also blank message cards enabling passengers to communicate more specifically by writing their own message.

The project complements the existing work of the Keep Safe Group across Leicestershire which has developed Keep Safe Cards containing a vulnerable person’s emergency contact details, medication information and anything else they would like to communicate to public workers.

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A 'special' night to mark 185 years

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 12/04/2016 - 18:33

60 specials from Leicestershire Police took the lead on policing a busy night shift across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, to celebrate 185 years of the Special Constabulary.

Last night (Saturday 3 December) the specials patrolled all over the county, making a total of 17 arrests and dealing with numerous incidents including a sexual assault, several public order offences and an assault against a police officer.

Inspector Manjit Atwal supervised the night, and said:

“The time flew by, which was purely down to the efficiency of the specials reacting to the large number of jobs coming in. It was a busy night and they should be proud of themselves, especially considering the range of situations they dealt with. It was brilliant to see the special and regular officers supporting each other so well, and I certainly look forward to us working closely in the future.”

Leicestershire Police are proud to have almost 300 specials who regularly volunteer their time to policing. Specials hold the same powers as regular police officers, and this year they’ve already dedicated over 70,000 hours helping the force keep our communities safer.

Special Chief Inspector Phil Smith said:

“The specials did a sterling job last night, with many staying on much later than we had initially anticipated. I am honoured to lead such a remarkable group of officers, and it was an excellent way for us all to celebrate the anniversary of the Special Constabulary. It gave us a chance to really show our capabilities in policing, and demonstrate just how far we’ve come in 185 years.”

On Saturday 15 October 1831, an Act was passed where special constables were granted all the same “powers, authorities, advantages and immunities” as regular officers. A second Act was passed in 1835, which redefined the Special Constabulary as a voluntary organisation, as it has remained ever since.

The following February saw the appointment of Frederick Goodyer as the first Head Constable of Leicester Borough Police, and a couple of years later the force introduced its very own Special Constabulary.

Sergeant Jamie Osborne, Lead for Specials, said:

“The work that specials carry out is hugely appreciated force wide, and last night provided a unique and fascinating insight into their lives and work. It’s a rewarding role and yesterday they proved that you really can make a difference to your community. I’d like to extend my gratitude to everyone involved, and I hope that they enjoyed the night as much as I did.”

If you missed it, we broadcasted live updates on our Facebook and twitter accounts throughout the night, so please follow us and search for posts with #SpecialNight185.

If you're interested in becoming a special, please come to our next information seminar on Thursday 15 December, at Leicestershire Police Headquarters. The seminar is your chance to find out everything from the initial application process to the duties you’d be working, and serving specials will be present to answer any questions you may have.

To register your interest, simply email your contact details to recruitment@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

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Investigation into light aircraft collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 12/04/2016 - 16:11

Enquiries are being conducted after a glider came down in fields in Leicestershire.

Emergency services were called out to an area off Laughton Road, in Lubenham, at about 1pm today (Sunday 4 December) following reports of a glider having landed in the field.

Officers from Leicestershire Police is conducting an investigation into the incident. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is also conducting an independent investigation to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident. From initial enquiries carried out at the scene, officers believe the glider had been in collision with a light aircraft prior to coming down in the fields. It has been confirmed that the light aircraft went on to land safely.

The man on board the glider has been pronounced dead at the scene.

Laughton Road was closed, from its junction with the A4304 to Bunkers Hill, and was opened overnight. The same stretch of road was closed again from 7am this morning (Monday 5 December) so further enquiries can be conducted.

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Joint investigation into light aircraft collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 12/04/2016 - 16:11

A joint investigation is being conducted after a glider came down in fields in Leicestershire.

Emergency services were called out to an area off Laughton Road, in Lubenham, at about 1pm today (Sunday 4 December) following reports of a glider having landed in the field.

Officers from Leicestershire Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are conducting an investigation to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident. From initial enquiries carried out at the scene, officers believe the glider had been in collision with a light aircraft prior to coming down in the fields. It has been confirmed that the light aircraft went on to land safely.

The man on board the glider has been pronounced dead at the scene.

Laughton Road is currently closed, from its junction with the A4304 to Bunkers Hill, and is expected to remain closed overnight. Diversions are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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Fatal collision in Cotesbach, Lutterworth

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 18:09

Did you witness a fatal collision on the A426 Rugby Road in Cotesbach, near Lutterworth?

The collision happened just after 2pm today (Saturday 3 December) when the blue Hyundai i10 was in collision with a tree. It was travelling from Lutterworth towards Rugby.

The 93-year-old man who was driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

Did you see the collision, or the car in the minutes prior to the collision?

You may be able to help with our investigation.

Call 101, quoting incident number 366 of 3 December.

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Former teacher sentenced after admitting indecent assault

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:00

A 90-year-old former schoolteacher from Leicester has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting four young boys between 1969 and 1981.

Peter Farrands committed most of his crimes at Folville Rise Junior School where he was employed as a teacher.

He pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault at two separate hearings at Leicester Crown Court this week.

Farrands is already in prison serving a seven year sentence, having been convicted in 2015 of similar offences against two other children.

For these latest offences, he was sentenced to a further two years in prison which will run consecutively to his current sentence, meaning Farrands will serve a total of nine years.

Detective Sergeant Hazel Sandall said: “Farrands utterly abused his position of a trust as a teacher over many years to indecently assault young boys in his care for his own sexual gratification.

“This case sends out two very important messages.

“Firstly, no matter how old the offender, and no matter how many years ago crimes took place, we will conduct a thorough examination of the evidence, and will not hesitate to seek charges being brought against perpetrators of crime where evidence is available to us.

“Secondly, the case demonstrates to victims of crimes that may have happened many, many years ago that, despite the passage of time, we will investigate and will support you.”

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Inmate sentenced for prison disorder

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:39

An inmate who was involved in widespread disorder at the Rutland prison has been sentenced for his part in the incident.

Five other men who were also involved in the disorder and are due to be sentenced at a later date.

Extensive damage was done to K-wing at HMP Stocken when the violence erupted on the afternoon of Sunday 14 June, 2015.

The disorder continued until the early hours of the next morning with prisoners systematically smashing lights, breaking CCTV equipment and setting fires while using furniture to barricade themselves inside.

Some of those involved also forced entry to a restricted area where cupboards were ransacked and medication was stolen.

Andrew Neale, 45, of HMP Peterborough, pleaded guilty to prison mutiny at an earlier hearing. He appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday(Thursday 1 December) where he was sentenced to three years four months on top of the sentence he’s already serving.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Ditcher, the senior investigating officer, said: “The investigation into this incident was long and complex.

“A dedicated team of officers worked tirelessly reviewing hours of CCTV footage and gathering statements. Specialist officers analysed forensic evidence in what was a robust and thorough policing operation in full cooperation with the prison service.

“Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused during the disorder and I hope that today’s sentencing will send a clear message that the police and the Prison Service will not tolerate crimes of this nature and those responsible will be brought to justice.”

Five other men involved in the disorder are due to be sentenced at a later date.

They are:

  • Brendan Carey, 39, of Paston, Peterborough, was found guilty of prison mutiny following a trial earlier this month

  • Bradley Whelan, 25, of Whalley Drive, Bletchley, pleaded guilty to violent disorder at an earlier hearing

  • Nathan Gordon, 24, of HMP Peterborough, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to violent disorder

  • Steven Antony Walker, 36, of HMP Lincoln, admitted violent disorder at an earlier hearing

  • Matthew Hutchinson, 40, of HMP Lincoln, also pleaded guilty to violent disorder at an earlier hearing

Four other men, who were involved in the incident, were sentenced at an earlier hearing. They are:

  • Jamie Hill, 25, of Brookfield Avenue, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing and on October 28 was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and 75 hours of unpaid work

  • Daniel Dobb, 30, of HMP Peterborough, pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing and on October 28 was sentenced to three months imprisonment

  • Wayne Eccles, 37, of HMP Lincoln, pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing and on October 28 was sentenced to three months imprisonment

  • Michael Sean Blackborow, 34, of HMP Nottingham, admitted burglary and was sentenced to five months to run concurrently with his original sentence

Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: "I am very clear that violence and disorder in our prisons will not be tolerated and offenders who do so should feel the full force of the law.

"I welcome this sentence, which shows that we will always push for the strongest possible punishment where incidents like this occur.

"But we want to go further and faster in our crackdown on violence and are working closely with the police and CPS to ensure that offenders face swift justice and that courts have full evidence of the harm caused.”

Naomi Daw, Deputy Governor of HMP Stocken, said: “The commitment and bravery of staff who’s actions despite the level of violence offered and damaged caused resulted in this incident being resolved in a timely and safe manner.

"HMP Stocken has a zero approach to violence and has developed a strong collaborative partnership with Leicestershire Police which has supported this successful conviction.”

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Missing girl Samanta found

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 20:20

Missing 13-year-old Samanta Jureviciute has been found safe and well.

She was found in the city centre this evening.

Thanks to everyone who shared our appeal.

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Men released on police bail after Belgrave stabbing

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:13

Three men arrested in connection with the stabbing of a 19-year-old man in Belgrave have been released on police bail.

The three - all aged 18 - were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the injured man was found in Shanti Margh at 2.30pm on Monday 28 November.

Enquiries established that the incident took place in Dysart Way, Leicester.

The injured man remains in hospital.

Did you see the incident? Did you see the man arrive in Shanti Margh? You may have information that can help our enquires.

Contact 101, quoting incident number 16000390193.

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"Exploring the Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits of Creating a Neighbourhood Plan" Tuesday January 24th 2017 - Uppingham

Exploring the Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits of Creating a Neighbourhood Plan Tuesday January 24th 2017

The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9PY - 10am to 4.30pm A DCLG/Locality Funded Invitation supported by Rutland County Council.

Please ...

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New police station for North West Leicestershire

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:51

Building work to construct a new police station in Coalville will start in March 2017.

Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service have agreed to share the fire station in Coalville.

This follows a period of consultation with the community and partners about the best options for the existing police station, as it needs millions of pounds worth of investment to refurbish it and currently costs £125,000 of public money every year to run.

It is estimated that the new police station will take seven months to complete the building work and that it will cost approximately £600,000. The annual running costs of the building will be shared with the fire service and be equivalent to the amount of building space the police will occupy.

Inspector Helena Bhakta, Commander of North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Area said;

“This new police station is a commitment by the force to maintain a base and presence in the town. We really welcome the chance to work from a modern and efficient office and it makes financial sense to co-locate with the fire service in a building that is already well known by members of the public.

“Our Dedicated Neighbourhood Teams will continue to be visible patrolling and working in your community. They will also be even more accessible to everyone in North West Leicestershire, by using technology such as mobile data terminals and mobile phones which will allow them to work where the public want to see them.”

Leicestershire Police presented its plans to councillors from North West Leicestershire District Council and to Parish Councillors during December 2015. The final planning application for the co-location was processed and approved shortly afterwards. Both the police and the fire and rescue service have now signed a lease agreement meaning that the construction of an extension that will accommodate the police station at the fire service building can now begin.

Police and Crime Commissioner Willy Bach said:

“This type of collaborative approach between services is just plain common sense and will serve people well. We will have two emergency services working side by side in a convenient location which is already familiar to the public, maintaining a visible presence from a modern station that will provide good value for money. It’s a sensible way forward.”

Steve Lunn, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“This is an extremely exciting project and could be the blueprint for the way we deliver future emergency services in a collaborative way. We are very much looking forward to working alongside our police colleagues and sharing the facilities here at Coalville Fire and Rescue Station for the benefit of the local communities.

There are still many ways members that a member of public can get in touch with their local officers, including emailing members of the Dedicated Neighbourhood Team or calling 101 and leaving a message or booking an appointment to see them. They can also visit the front enquiry office which remains located at the reception desk at North West Leicestershire District Council, in Whitwick Road, Coalville.

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Do you know where Samanta is?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 16:08

Have you see missing girl Samanta Jureviciute?

The 13-year-old was last seen on 26 November in the Erringtons Close area of Great Glen and we are becoming increasingly worried about her.

Samanta is 5ft 4ins tall, slim, with dark brown shoulder length hair. When she was last seen she was wearing a grey hooded top, light blue skinny jeans with black Nike trainers which have a hole over the right toe.

She also had a small Louis Vuitton handbag with her.

Samanta has recently moved to Leicestershire from Coventry, so she may have travelled back there.

If you have seen her, or know where she is, contact us on 101, quoting incident number 528 of 26 November.

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Press Release for ALL Member Councils: External Audit Appointments

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL COUNCILS

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Third arrest in connection with Belgrave stabbing

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:50

A third man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of a 19-year-old man on Monday 28 November.

Officers were called at 2.30pm to Shanti Margh, Belgrave. However, following enquiries we have established that the assault took place Dysart Way, Leicester.

Two other men, both aged 18, have also been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remain in police custody.

The injured man remains in hospital.

Did you see the incident? Did you see the man arrive in Shanti Margh? You may have information that can help our enquires.

Contact 101, quoting incident number 16000390193.

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Two arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Belgrave stabbing

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:50

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the stabbing of a 19-year-old man on Monday 28 November.

Officers were called at 2.30pm to Shanti Margh, Belgrave. However, following enquiries we have established that the assault took place Dysart Way, Leicester.

The men, both aged 18, remain in police custody and are being questioned by detectives.

The injured man remains in hospital.

Did you see the incident? Did you see the man arrive in Shanti Margh? You may have information that can help our enquires.

Contact 101, quoting incident number 16000390193.

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Man pleads guilty after fatal collision in Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 15:17

A Leicester man has pleaded guilty to a number of offences after two men died following a collision in Leicester in March.

Guy Tomlinson, 37, of Norfolk Way, Leicester, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing death by driving while uninsured and two counts of causing death by driving while unlicensed.

He is due to be sentenced on Monday 23 January, 2017.

The conviction relates to a collision on Wednesday 9 March in Fosse Road South, Leicester. Tomlinson was driving a Ford Transit van which collided with a Peugeot 206.

Two of the three occupants of the Peugeot, David Paul Anger, 24, and Christopher Mark Needham, 37, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detective Sergeant Mark Watling of the force’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “This was a horrific collision which resulted in the death of two men. Tomlinson took a massive risk that night when he disregarded the traffic lights and he will now be facing a considerable amount of time in prison.”

Prior to the collision the car was being followed by an unmarked police vehicle. As a result the matter was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and we are co-operating with their independent investigation.

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Victim in fatal collision on A607 Melton Road named

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:01

A motorcyclist who died after a collision on the A607 in Croxton Kerrial has been named by police.

Christopher Dover, 43, of Loughborough, was travelling on the A607 Melton Road at 2.20pm on Friday 25 November.

He was in collision with an Alpha Romeo car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone who saw the collision and who hasn’t yet spoken to officers is asked to contact us. Any information you have may be able to help the investigation.

Contact 101, asking to speak to DC Pete Davies, quoting incident number 427 of 25 November.

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