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London Marathon success for police runners

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 09:23

Four runners from Leicestershire Police are celebrating their success after completing the Virgin London Marathon 2016.

Congratulations go out to Detective Inspector Martin Smalley, Detective Inspector Paul McKinder, Catering Manager Phil Woods and Cyber-Crime Unit Technical Officer Hema Kotecha who ran an admirable 26 miles to conquer the 2016 marathon and raise money for charities close to their hearts, last Sunday (April 24 2016).

Detective Inspector Martin Smalley, 45, completed the marathon in 3 hours 57 minutes and 51 seconds and raised an £3,031.53 for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Martin arrived at Greenwich Park with his family feeling nervous but looking forward to the challenge ahead. Last year he sadly lost his mother to Lympoma, and both his father and wife are cancer survivors, making Martin and his family thankful to the charity.

Martin said “It’s an experience very difficult to describe unless you are actually in it. All was going well for me up until mile 22, when horrendous cramps took over and I couldn’t stand up at all, let alone run.

“I was lying in agony on the floor, I thought that was it, so I was really pleased that I could literally limp home and still finish in less than 4 hours”.

Detective Inspector Paul McKinder ran the 26 miles in 5 hours 24 minutes and 28 seconds, raising more than £3000 for The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS).

When Paul turned fifty last year he wanted to challenge himself physically and decided he would run the London Marathon. The Air Ambulance Service lies particularly close with Paul, both with his role in the police and with an experience where they saved the life of a close friend’s child.

Paul said; “Overall the run was an amazing experience; from the kind support of the spectators who handed out a constant supply of jelly babies, to looking at the London sights from car-free roads.

“I even managed to make some friends on the way round and when you speak to other runners, you realise that everyone has their own motivation for running, their own personal goals and drives, and it makes it quite special”.

His personal highlight was his wife and son, aged 4, cheering him on at the finish line, with who he spent Monday exploring London’s top attractions.

Catering Manager Phil Woods completed the Marathon in 3 hours and 21 minutes, and managed to raise approximately £1600 for HemiHelp, a charity which supports children and adults suffering from hemiplegia, a neurological disease.

HemiHelp lies particularly close to Phil’s heart as his son, George, has mild hemiplegia but refuses to let it limit him in anyway. His positive attitude inspires Phil to run the marathon each year, and this year was his eleventh.

As a lifelong Leicester City Football Club supporter, Phil was determined to return back to Leicester in time to see the Foxes play Swansea. After finishing the Marathon and meeting staff, supporters and patrons of HemiHelp, he drove himself straight back to Leicester, where his wife, Annette, dropped him off at the King Power Stadium.

Phil was thrilled to meet up with friends and his three sons before kick-off, and said “I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a pint of Singha Beer waiting for me after the day I had just experienced!”

Cyber-Crime Unit Technical Officer Hema Kotecha ran the 26 miles in 6 hours 35 minutes and 41 seconds, and raised money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Prior to her work with Cyber Crime, Hema worked in the Leicester High Tech Crime Unit for eight years, and has seen first-hand how the NSPCC can help children who feel alone, isolated and afraid.

Hema’s driving force for running the marathon was a desire to help make a difference to children who haven’t yet had a chance to shine. Before deciding to complete the marathon she admitted to being a complete novice at long-distance running, saying “it has always been a dream of mine to be chased by thousands of (crazy) people down some iconic streets”.

The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon public ballot entry system opens to all applicants on Monday 2 May 2016.

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Officers competitive spirit wins in the water

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:44

Leicestershire Police Force Swimming Team has continued its success after competing in several events at the Police Sport UK National Swimming and Water Polo Championships.

Competing in eight categories, Inspector Aimee Ramm won all of her swimming events and also retained some of her swimming titles for the tenth year running at the weekend (23 and 24 April 2016). Aimee took part in the 100m Freestyle (tenth year in a row), 50m Butterfly Masters (tenth year in a row), 50m Freestyle Masters, 100m Butterfly (tenth year in a row), 50m Backstroke Masters, 50m Breaststroke Masters, 50m Freestyle Open and the Skins Event, which is a knockout swimming competition where the top eight female swimmers repeatedly compete over a 25m race with the winner taking the title. Aimee’s success was recognised by Police Sport as she was selected for the tenth year to represent the British Police Swimming Team.

PCSO Andrea Kemp was also successful in winning in her age group, being placed first in the 50m Butterfly Masters and coming second in both the 50m Backstroke and Breaststroke swimming categories .

PC Vince Greenhill took second in his age group in the 50m Backstroke Masters and third in the 50m Freestyle. As well as swimming, Vince plays for the combined Midlands Water Polo Team where he scored 12 goals in the matches and was elected again for the British Police Water Polo Squad. The Water Polo Team took overall third place being pipped in the league by Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police teams.

The success continued with the Men’s Relay Team getting third place in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay Race for the 140+ Age Group, which Is a combination on the swimmers ages.

Leicestershire Police Swimming Team Manager, Dave Stevenson said: “In a hard fought competition the Leicestershire Police team competed well and we are all over joyed at our successes and training begins for 2017.”

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Victim named following Loughborough fatal collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:35

An elderly man who died when his mobility scooter was involved in a collision in Loughborough earlier this week has been named.

The collision occurred on Tuesday 26 April, just before 12 midday.

The scooter rider was crossing Sandringham Drive when it was in collision with a silver Ford Focus which was travelling along Sandringham Drive in the direction of Kinross Crescent.

Leslie Ivins, 94, from Loughborough, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he subsequently died.

The driver of the Ford Focus was not injured in the collision.

If you witnessed the incident or saw either vehicle beforehand then please contact DC 1761 Pete Davies on 101, quoting incident number 189 of 26 April.

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Victim of Earl Shilton fatal collision is named

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:49

A woman who died following a collision in Earl Shilton, Leicester, has been named.

Police were called to a builders’ merchant in Wood Street at around 10.25am on Tuesday 26 April after a collision involving a pedestrian and a white LGV lorry.

The pedestrian, Margaret Finney, 77, of Earl Shilton, Leicester, sustained serious injuries and was taken to University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust where she subsequently died yesterday afternoon.

The driver of the lorry was uninjured.

We’d like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision and hasn’t yet come forward, did you witness what happened or did you see the lorry or pedestrian beforehand?

If you can help contact Detective Constable 1504 Seamus Burns on 101 quoting incident 131 of April 26.

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58-year-old man assaulted in Hinckley

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:22

Were you in George Street, Hinckley, in the early hours of Sunday 3 April?

Did you witness an assault?

Between 4am and 4.20am a 58-year-old man was walking to a taxi rank in George Street when he was assaulted from behind and punched in the eye, causing him to fall to the floor. He required hospital treatment for an injury to his head.

We would like to speak to the two people in this image as we believe they may have information that will help us establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

We believe there were a number of people in the area at the time and would like to speak to anyone who thinks they could have information.

Anyone with information can speak to PC 763 Paul Hicks on 101.

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Science fair went off with a Big Bang

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 16:16

The Big Bang Science Fair which was hosted at Leicester Grammar School for the second consecutive year, certainly went off with a bang, on Saturday 23 April.

Leicestershire Police joined in the fun by running a fingerprinting workshop and allowing the visitors to become forensic detectives in a CSI ‘who dunnit’ exercise. The school children were also offered the chance to print their own unique fingerprint on to a key ring to take away with them.

This year’s free event was even bigger and better than last years, with around 50 exhibitors and an impressive crowd of flocking of approximately 1500 people through the gates to unleash their inner scientist.

The day was led by Leicester Grammar School as part of a national programme of EngineeringUK fairs running throughout the UK, and was a great day out for all of the family. Science and engineering came to life for the young people through a series of interactive workshops and fun-filled theatre shows.

The School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassadors and pupils organised and ran many of the interactive exhibits, along with demonstrations from Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, Go Motorsport, Exotic Zoo, Medical Mavericks and PepsiCo.

This year the visitors got actively involved in tasks such as fingerprinting, raft building and completing a pit stop challenge. Guests were also entertained by the spectacular chemical reactions of the Fire and Ice show, and learned to love monstrous animals in the comical Ugly Animal Roadshow.

Leicestershire Police also exhibited an electric bike decorated with police badges, and the visitors were encouraged to take it for a short ride to experience eco-friendly travel.

Sergeant John Weston ran the police exhibits and was delighted with its success, he said; “It was a fantastic day, everybody enjoyed themselves and it was a great opportunity for us to engage with the local community, whilst having some fun with science”.

Other activities enjoyed by the visitors included learning to take blood from a fake arm, making and playing with slime, and testing their kicking and throwing power in a speed cage.

Leicester Grammar School (LGS) Deputy Head, James Rich enthused; "It was an honour for LGS to host The Big Bang Fair for a second year in succession and we were delighted to have attracted more visitors and exhibitors than last year.

“Most of all, it was fantastic to witness several hundreds of young people from across the region engaging with and enjoying science, technology and maths activities. That so much of the day was organised and run by the staff and students of LGS made me especially proud."

Following this year’s success, we eagerly anticipate an even bigger Big Bang Science Fair next April.

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LGS’s Science Fair went off with a Big Bang

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 16:16

On Saturday 23 April, Leicester Grammar School hosted the Big Bang Science Fair for the second consecutive year, and it certainly did go off with a bang.

This year’s free event was even bigger and better than last years, with around 50 exhibitors and an impressive crowd of flocking of approximately 1500 people through the gates to unleash their inner scientist.

The day was led by Leicester Grammar School as part of a national programme of EngineeringUK fairs running throughout the UK, and was a great day out for all of the family. Science and engineering came to life for the young people through a series of interactive workshops and fun-filled theatre shows.

The School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassadors and pupils organised and ran many of the interactive exhibits, along with demonstrations from Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, Go Motorsport, Exotic Zoo, Medical Mavericks and PepsiCo.

This year the visitors got actively involved in tasks such as fingerprinting, raft building and completing a pit stop challenge. Guests were also entertained by the spectacular chemical reactions of the Fire and Ice show, and learned to love monstrous animals in the comical Ugly Animal Roadshow.

Leicestershire Police ran a fingerprinting workshop, allowing the visitors to become forensic detectives in a CSI ‘who dunnit’ exercise. Then the children were offered the chance to print their own unique fingerprint on to a key ring to take away with them.

The force also exhibited an electric bike decorated with police badges, and the visitors were encouraged to take it for a short ride to experience eco-friendly travel.

Sergeant John Weston ran the police exhibits and was delighted with its success, he said; “It was a fantastic day, everybody enjoyed themselves and it was a great opportunity for us to engage with the local community, whilst having some fun with science”.

Other activities enjoyed by the visitors included learning to take blood from a fake arm, making and playing with slime, and testing their kicking and throwing power in a speed cage.

LGS Deputy Head, James Rich enthused; "It was an honour for LGS to host The Big Bang Fair for a second year in succession and we were delighted to have attracted more visitors and exhibitors than last year.

“Most of all, it was fantastic to witness several hundreds of youngsters from across the region engaging with and enjoying science, technology and maths activities. That so much of the day was organised and run by the staff and students of LGS made me especially proud."

Following this year’s success, we eagerly anticipate an even bigger Big Bang Science Fair next April.

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Lead theft prevention seminar - Melton

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 14:31

Leicestershire Police is holding a lead theft prevention seminar in a bid to raise awareness of the issue and stop offences taking place.

The seminar is open to anyone who has an interest in stopping lead theft from churches and is being held tomorrow (Thursday 28 April 2016) at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray between 1pm and 4pm.

A number of key organisations, including Crimewatch, Historic England, Ecclesiastical Insurance, the Diocese of Leicester and the police will be giving presentations on the steps that can be taken to prevent church lead theft.

Since March 2015, twenty churches in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have been targeted – ten of those offences have occurred since January 7 2016. The latest incident was on Tuesday 5 April when more than 75% of the lead was taken from the roof of St John the Baptist Church in Leicester Lane. The repair bill and cost of replacing the lead is estimated to be in excess of £100,000.

The Lead Theft Seminar has been organised by the counties Crime Reduction Coordinator, Mick Kaiser. He said; “Lead theft is a crime that strikes at the heart of our communities especially when it’s taken from the roofs of churches. Often the lead itself is worth several thousand pounds but the cost to repair the damage to the building and replace the lead can be four or five times the value of the lead that is taken. It is very sad when thieves target our places of worship.

“The high value of scrap metal continues to drive up demand and leaves our churches and other buildings vulnerable to lead thieves.”

Leicestershire Police is asking people who live near churches to be their eyes and ears and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to the police. They are also working with the Diocese of Leicester to deliver crime prevention leaflets to residents around every church in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The Archdeacon of Leicester, the Venerable Tim Stratford, said; “The increasing instances of lead theft from both rural and urban churches is financially crippling for many congregations. The high cost of material stolen and damage to our historic churches is not reimbursed by insurers and the church members and local communities are left to foot the bill. We need the help of neighbours and the police to help prevent the crime, and to ensure churches do not have to close due to insufficient funding for repairs.”

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Elderly pedestrian dies after collision in Earl Shilton

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:49

A pedestrian involved in a collision in Earl Shilton yesterday (Tuesday 26 April) has died.

The collision took place around 10.25am outside a builders merchant in Wood Street, Earl Shilton and involved a white LGV lorry and a 77-year-old woman.

The pedestrian was taken to University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust where she subsequently died this afternoon. The driver of the lorry was uninjured.

We’d like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision and hasn’t yet come forward, did you witness what happened or did you see the lorry or pedestrian beforehand?

If you can help contact Detective Constable 1504 Seamus Burns on 101 quoting incident 131 of April 26.

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Robberies in city restaurant - have you been a victim?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:04

Have you been a victim of a robbery in a fast food restaurant in Eastgates, Leicester?

A number of teenagers have come forward and told police they were approached by a man in the fast food restaurant and asked if they smoked cannabis or wanted to buy any.

The suspect then engages them in conversation and claims to know one of their friends before threatening them with a knife and taking their property, such as cash and phones.

Three of the incidents took place on 12 and 19 April and a 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Officers believe there could be more victims who have not yet come forward and spoken to the police. If you have been a victim please call DC 782 Karl Burden on 101 quoting incident number 16000090436.

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Elderly man dies after collision in Loughborough

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 16:33

An elderly man on a mobility scooter has died after he was involved in a collision in Loughborough earlier today (Tuesday 26 April).

The collision occurred just before 12 midday on Sandringham Drive and involved a mobility scooter and a silver Ford Focus.

The scooter rider was crossing Sandringham Drive when it was in collision with the Ford Focus which was travelling along Sandringham Drive in the direction of Kinross Crescent.

The mobility scooter rider, a man in his 90s, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he subsequently died this afternoon.

The road was closed whilst officers carried out enquiries at the scene but it has since been re-opened.

If you witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle beforehand then please contact DC 1761 Pete Davies on 101, quoting incident number 189 of 26 April.

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Serving officer charged with burglary

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:08

A serving police officer has today been charged with burglary.

PC Neville Thompson, of Syston, will appear at Leicester Magistrates Court on Monday 6 June.

He has been suspended from duties.

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Megan Marchant's family statement

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:50

Megan's parents, Scott and Vicki Marchant, released the following statement after Anastasia James was sentenced to two years in prison today (Tuesday 26 April):-

“Megan was the most beautiful, caring and thoughtful daughter you could have ever wished for who was always happy and content with the simple things in life.

“Megan had a natural gift to light up any room she entered. She was beautiful both inside and out. Megan appreciated everything in her short life.

“To think we will never get to see her or hear her voice again gives us great sadness and pain. A pain that is indescribable.

“Megan’s sisters have had to experience loss at such a young age and face the future growing up without their sister.

“We have been given a life sentence of grief, torture and longing for our Megan to be home with us. Not a moment passes by where Megan is not thought of.

“Megan will be forever in our hearts and her memory will live on through all of us. We all love and miss her dearly.”

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Driver jailed for two years for drug driving

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:49

A driver whose actions caused the death of two teenage girls has been jailed for two years.

Anastasia James, 37, of Thornton Close, Braunstone, Leicester was sentenced today (Tuesday 26 April) at Leicester Crown Court.

She was found guilty last month of two counts of causing death by careless driving whilst impaired through drugs. James has been sentenced to two years in prison for each count which is to be served concurrently.

She was also disqualified from driving for two years, this will come into effect upon release from prison.

The collision occurred on Saturday 4 January, 2014 on the M1 motorway in the parish of Shawell. James was driving her Vauxhall Astra convertible along the motorway around 7.15pm when her vehicle left the carriageway and hit a tree on the embankment.

Two of the three passengers in the vehicle, Destiny James-Keeling (14) and Megan Marchant (18), sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The third passenger, a teenage boy, sustained serious injuries and was treated in hospital.

Detective Sergeant Mark Partridge of East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “James’ actions that fateful day resulted in the death of two teenage girls, one of which was her daughter.

“The deaths and now the subsequent conviction has devastated the families of all those involved.

“This case shows the shocking effects of driving whilst under the influence of drugs, you not only risk your own life but the lives of other road users.”

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Stop Search conference prompts lively debate

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:07

Leicestershire Police has held a Stop Search conference to discuss complex issues such as fairness and disproportionality to make sure public confidence in the police is maintained.

More than eighty delegates, including many sergeants and inspectors, members of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Ethics Committee, attended the day-long event yesterday (Monday 25 April) to hear presentations from senior officers, members of the Youth Commission and external keynote speakers including academics and the Stop Search Policy Advisor to the Deputy Mayor of London, Duwayne Brooks OBE.

There was lots of lively debate and discussion about issues such as how stop searches are recorded; what constitutes reasonable grounds for a stop search; how effective stop searches are in tackling crime and what impact they have on people who are stop searched.

The presentations gave sergeants and inspectors the time to reflect on what they do, how they do it and what they can do differently. Assistant Chief Constable, Phil Kay, opened and closed the conference. He said; “We are absolutely committed at Leicestershire Police to using our stop search powers in a way that targets those involved in criminality and who cause the most harm, whilst maintaining positive relationships with all our communities.

“It is vital that people are stop searched for legitimate reasons, known as reasonable grounds, and it is also vital that people who are stopped know why they have been stopped and are treated with respect and dignity. This is so important because, if it isn’t done properly, it can have a very negative impact on how people feel about the police and undermines trust and confidence in the police service.”

Leicestershire Police has adopted national best practice by establishing an internal scrutiny panel which assesses the way stop searches are carried out. The force has also set up an independent Reasonable Grounds Panel (RPG). The RGP is an external scrutiny panel made up of five members of the public and local police officers who look at randomly chosen stop search examples to ensure officers have carried out the stop search correctly.

Since 2010, the number of searches conducted by Leicestershire officer has steadily fallen from 28,000 a year to less than 3,000. Disproportionality rates have also reduced significantly and yesterday’s conference was held as part of the force’s commitment to scrutinise its performance; keep front line supervisors informed and ensure officer use the powers appropriately and proportionately.

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Meridian Leisure Park received Park Mark Safer Parking Award

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 14:06

A leisure facility in Leicestershire has been awarded the Park Mark Safer Parking Award from the British Parking Association.

The presentation was made on Tuesday 19 March, at Meridian Leisure Park. Police Constable Stuart Clough from the Thorpe Astley and Braunstone Town Dedicated Neighbourhood Team was asked to present the award.

On presenting the award, PC Clough said; “We enjoy a close working relationship with the security team at Meridian Leisure Park and are only too pleased to have been involved with the presentation of this award.

“The award reflects their continued high standards and excellent work in making a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for their customers.”

Michael Gardner, British Parking Association Area Manager, said: “The Meridian Leisure Park has deservedly achieved the Park Mark Award yet again and this should be congratulated.

“This is testament to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes and a real sense of pride in maintaining the standards required. The 24/7 Security presence and quality of the staff are no doubt a very positive factor in maintaining standards for the benefit of their customers”.

Park Mark is awarded to parking facilities that pass a rigorous assessment conducted by the police and the British Parking Association. The assessments include management and maintenance of the facility, ensuring that there are appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness.

This criteria is known to reduce the opportunity for crime and create a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle. Park Mark and the Safer Parking Scheme are initiatives of the National Police Chiefs’ Council on behalf of the police service and are managed by the British Parking Association.

For more information please visit the BPA website www.parkmark.co.uk

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Success for the Foxes and for CEASE

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 18:43

Today (24 April) saw another victory for the Foxes and for a campaign to stop the sexual exploitation of children.

Before Leicester City’s 4-0 win against Swansea more than 850 fans pledged their support for the CEASE – Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation – campaign by signing a CEASE hand or texting CEASE to 87007.

It brings the total number of pledges so far to 2577.

By backing the campaign, Foxes fans join hundreds of people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland that have already pledged to do what they can to end child sexual exploitation (CSE) by knowing the signs that could indicate a child is being abused. This includes Leicester City goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and legend Gary Lineker.

Have you pledged your support? There are many ways to do so - text CEASE to 87007, sign a CEASE hand, add a Twibbon to your social media profile or sign up online.

Texts to support CEASE will be charged at the rate of a standard text message.

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Sir Clive Loader bids farewell to the Youth Commission

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 13:23

Tomorrow (Saturday 23 April) will mark the last Youth Commission gathering with Sir Clive Loader.

Youth Commission members will be meeting to present what they have achieved since being part of Sir Clive’s initiative and wishing him the very best for the future.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire and Rutland, Sir Clive Loader, introduced the Youth Commission in 2013 and said: “Gathering the views of young people is important to help shape the service the police deliver. The Youth Commission make sure the voices of young people in Leicestershire are heard.

“I am extremely proud of everything the Youth Commission has achieved and I am sad to leave behind something that I am so very passionate about”

The Youth Commission is made up of a diverse group of 25 young people aged between 14 and 25 years, from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Members give up their time to make a difference through having ‘Big Conversations’ gathering the views of young people.

The aim of the ‘Big Conversation’ events is to gather views about the six priorities which are most important to young people:

• new psychoactive substances (NPS)

• relationship with the police

• knife crime

• hate crime and radicalisation

• child sexual exploitation (CSE)

• domestic abuse

Since the ‘Big Conversations’ began in March this year, members have already got the views of nearly 250 young people in person and on social-media.

A series of ‘Big Conversation’ events are taking place with young people at schools, colleges, universities and with hard-to-reach groups throughout the rest of the year. Young people will have the opportunity to express their views through interactive activities and through completing a youth survey.

Youth Commission lead, Suzanne Houlihan added: “Sir Clive's support and commitment ‎to the Leicestershire Youth Commission during his time in office has been appreciated so much by the Youth Commission members and young people across LLR who have had their voice heard because of it.

“Policing Policy has changed based on recommendations made by Sir Clive's Youth Commission and without his courage and commitment to the project this wouldn't have happened.”

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Back the Blues and CEASE too

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:20

As thousands of Foxes fans flock to the King Power Stadium this weekend to support the club in their battle to win the Premier League, they will also be asked to help stop child sexual abuse.

At this Sunday’s (24 April) crucial game against Swansea the police are hoping to gain support in the fight against child sexual exploitation(CSE) by inviting fans to back the CEASE - Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation – campaign.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), staff and volunteers from the force will be at the ground to help raise awareness of CSE and how to ‘spot the signs’ to prevent young people coming to harm.

People will be able to pledge their support for the campaign by signing a CEASE hand, which will be distributed before the game or by texting CEASE to 87007.

Since the campaign’s launch earlier this year, football legend Gary Lineker and Leicester City goalkeeper Mark Schwarzar have been among the 1700 people to pledge their support.

Other sports stars backing the campaign include Leicester Riders players Harrison Gamble, Anthony Rowe and Levie Noel and Leicester Tigers players Tom Croft, Sam Harrison, Freddie Burns and Oli Bryant.

This month PCSOs and police staff have already attended a Leicester Riders’ game and an NHS sexual health event in a bid to raise awareness of CEASE.

The CEASE campaign hopes to raise greater public awareness of CSE, the signs it may be happening and increase the reporting of offences and the prosecution of offenders.

Anyone who has concerns about a child is urged not to keep any worries to themselves. They should contact the police on 101 for non-emergencies or 999 if they are concerned a child is in immediate danger.

Texts to support CEASE will be charged at the rate of a standard text message.

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Fab four running for marathon glory

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:39

Four members of Leicestershire Police are running the London Marathon this Sunday (April 24) for charities that are close to their hearts.

Detective Inspector Paul McKinder, Detective Inspector Martin Smalley, Catering Manager Phil Woods and Hema Kotecha, a technical officer in the regional Cyber-Crime Unit, are raising money for four fantastic charities.

Phil Woods is running the marathon for the eleventh consecutive year to raise money for HemiHelp, a charity which supports children and adults suffering from hemiplegia, a neurological disease. The charity is particularly close to his heart as his son has mild hemiplegia but it is his positive attitude towards life which is Phil’s inspiration for running the marathon each year.

If you would like to donate to Phil’s Virgin Money page please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilWoods

Hema Kotecha, a Technical Officer working in the field of cyber-crime, is running for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC ).

After working in Leicester’s High Tech Crime Unit for eight years before joining the East Midlands Special Operations Unit’s Cyber Crime Unit she has seen first-hand how the NSPCC have helped children who felt alone, isolated and afraid.

She admits to being a complete novice at marathon running but is determined to cross the finish line and successfully reach her target of raising £2,200 for the NSPCC.

If you would like to support Hema, please visit her Just Giving page
www.justgiving.com/Hema-Kotecha

Detective Inspector Paul McKinder, decided that he needed to do something to mark his fiftieth year but instead of deciding to take it easy he decided it was time to run the London Marathon.

He is running for The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS), who work tirelessly to save lives and help adults and children in their time of greatest need, something Paul knows all too well.

He said, “I have personal experience of the fantastic work of the air ambulance through some friends who were involved in a road traffic collision and the exceptional speed, standard of care and professionalism of the air ambulance service saved their child’s life. I have also seen what amazing things they do through my work as a police officer. They don’t receive any government funding so they have to raise every penny themselves to keep flying.”

Paul held a charity fundraising event at the King Power Stadium last month and wants to raise an admirable £2000 for the Air Ambulance Service. If you would like to sponsor Paul, please visit his Virgin Money page www.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulMckinder

Detective Inspector Martin Smalley is running the London Marathon to raise money for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Four years ago Martin tragically lost his mother to Lymphoma, his father is a survivor of bowel cancer and recently Martin’s wife was told that she was free from breast cancer.

Every year 50,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer and Martin has pledged to raise £2000 which he kick-started with a ‘wax off’ in The Old Horse pub in Leicester, creating some very unique chest designs and raising a sum of £429.

He has also promised to run the marathon in either pink knee length running socks, a pink tutu and fishnet gloves, a pink bra (worn over his running vest), or all of them.

If you would like to vote for his outfit, or pledge your support to Martin, please visit his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MartinSmalley1156

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