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Officers are concerned for the welfare of a 60-year-old man reported missing from home.
David Crookes of North Kilworth, was last seen leaving his home address in the Station Road area at 9.45am yesterday afternoon (Friday) and was captured on CCTV heading towards Lutterworth Road minutes later.
He has not been seen since.
David is white, 5ft 9ins tall and slim build. He has short grey hair and wears glasses. When he left home he was wearing a dark coloured jacket, dark trousers, shoes or boots and carrying a khaki coloured military style rucksack.
David is described as a private man who likes to walk and regularly uses public transport to visit the city centre, Lutterworth and Market Harborough.
It is completely out of character for David to be missing and to stay out overnight and as the hours pass by his family are becoming increasingly worried about him.
If you know of David’s whereabouts or think you have seen a man matching his description you are urged to contact us.
Call 101 if you can help.
A rapist who posed as a good samaritan has been jailed for life to serve a minimum of eight years.
Wayne Hobell, 45, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty in October to two counts of rape and was sentenced today (Friday) at Leicester Crown Court.
The conviction relates to an incident during the early hours of Sunday 20 November last year when Hobell approached the victim in the city centre and offered to give her a lift to her car.
He then drove the victim out of the city along the A6 and stopped his car in a layby in Oadby where he raped her.
Detective Inspector Michelle Keen who led the investigation, said: “This was an horrendous attack on a young vulnerable woman who put her trust into Hobell. He posed as a good samaritan but his intention now appears clear from the outset.
“The victim has been extremely brave and supportive of the police investigation throughout the process; this was in no way easy for her and whilst the impact of this horrendous ordeal will remain with her forever. I am hopeful that this outcome may now provide a degree of closure and allow her to move forward from the events of last November.
“We would like to take this opportunity to reassure anyone who may have been a victim of sexual offences that their report will be taken seriously and we have specialist officers who can guide you through the whole process and also put you in touch with support agencies.”
In October the force launched the All Is Not Lost campaign which is aimed at increasing successful rape prosecutions. The campaign began with the broadcast of the first of a two-part film about a fictional rape case.
The first film highlights the importance of evidence in helping to secure convictions and the second film picks up the story and shows the events leading up to the fictional rape of film one, but seen from a different perspective, and concludes with a jury’s verdict.
An online open evening is being held on Monday (18 December) at 7pm for anyone interested in joining the ranks of Leicestershire Police – could you be one of them?
The live event will be hosted on the force’s Facebook page, and will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in applying to join the force to ask any questions about what it's like to be a police officer, what the fitness test entails, eligibility, and anything else related to the recruitment process.
Attending the online event will be the Central Leicester Commander, Inspector Manjit Atwal, who has been an officer with Leicestershire Police for over 20 years.
PC Ben Hill will also be on hand to answer any questions having recently completed his student training and will be able to officer first hand insight into life as a new recruit.
Michelle Hodson and Sarah Brown from HR will be there to answer any queries relating to the application process.
Karolina Zalewska, the force’s Positive Action Officer, is also attending the event, and said: “Facebook Live is a great way for us to reach those who may be interested in joining the police at a convenient time, in the comfort of their own home. Viewers can personally interact with the panel during the session and we will do our best to answer all the questions asked.”
Recruitment is open until January 31 2018 and the force welcomes applicants aged 18-57 from all backgrounds.
Those interested in applying to become a police officer are encouraged to visit www.leics.police.uk/join-us/police-officer
- It may not be possible to answer all questions put to the panel in the time available
The latest phase of action targeting burglars and violent offenders across the force area has taken place this week.
Officers assigned to Operation Cabriolet executed warrants at a number of locations over the two-day enforcement, targeting those who were suspected of crime in live, unsolved investigations, who were the subject of prison recalls or wanted on warrant.
More than 40 addresses were visited and 15 people were arrested during the operation, which began on Tuesday (12 December), targeting those responsible for theft from stores and burglary.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul McKinder who led the operational activity, said: “Phase four of Operation Cabriolet has yet again been successful, with officers making 15 arrests and charging six people.
“Our aim was to go out into the community, targeting those who are causing the most harm at this time of year.”
Of the 15 arrests made, four have been released under investigation, two have been released with no further action, one person has been given a conditional caution, one has been dealt with by a community caution and one has been recalled to prison.
This is the fourth time this year that the Operation Cabriolet team have taken to the streets of the force area and over four two-day periods we have arrested almost 60 people from the 180 addresses visited.
Those charged are:
Christopher Matthews, 34, of Nether Field Way, Braunstone, has been charged with three counts of theft from store in October and November from a store in Leicester city centre
Joe Cheeseborough, 22, of East Street, Leicester, has been charged with two counts of theft from store between October and November from a store in Wigston
Rachel Herald, 31, of Beaumanor Road, Leicester, has been charged with seven counts of theft from store in October and November from stores in the city
Martin Green, 47, of Stretton Road, Leicester, has been charged with four counts of theft from store in July and August in Leicester, October in Wigston and November in Leicester
Tarren Clark, 32, of Loughborough Road, Leicester, has been charged with one count of burglary dwelling from an address in Loughborough in October and two counts of fraud in October
Jamie Lee Sanderson, 37, of no fixed address, has been charged with two counts of theft from store, on in July in Leicester and one in September in Melton, and one count of theft, when he took a pedal cycle market in Market Harborough in October
DCI McKinder said: “The concentrated days of action have been a great success with a number of people now off the street who were targeting vulnerable people and businesses across the force area.
“We will continue to do all we can to bring those who commit offences in our communities to justice.
“This has been a successful operation but we still need the help of the public going forward.
“If you have information about criminal activity in your area we want to hear from you.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact 101.
Police are appealing to speak to a woman who is believed to have helped protect a victim during an assault.
A 27-year-old man was assaulted on Market Street, Leicester, at around 5.30am on 13 December.
The man was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries he sustained in the incident. He has since been discharged.
An unknown woman is believed to have intervened to try and help stop the assault.
Two men, both aged 20, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in relation to the incident. They have been released under investigation.
DC Frank Fraser said: “We would like to speak to this woman as we think she may be able to help with the investigation and also to pass on thanks to her from the victim in this case.”
If you are the woman, or think you know who the woman is, please contact 101 quoting incident 17000542348.
Anyone with any other information regarding the incident is also asked to contact police.
A driver has been left with serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Lutterworth yesterday.
Police were called at around 2.15pm on Thursday (14 December)to the A426 Rugby Road close to the junction with Shawell Road following a collision involving a Vauxhall Mokka and a white cement tanker.
The driver of the Mokka was taken to the University Hospital in Coventry where he remains in a serious condition.
The driver of the tanker was not injured.
At the time of the collision the Vauxhall was travelling towards Rugby while the tanker was travelling in the opposite direction towards Lutterworth.
PC John Borlase, the investigating officer, is appealing for witnesses to the collision. He said: “I would be keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw either vehicle beforehand to please contact us quoting incident 379 of 14 December."
The multi award-winning short film Kayleigh’s Love Story is to be preserved in the national film archive.
The eight-times award winning film is to be preserved by the national film and television archive at the British Film Industry as part of the UK’s rich heritage of film.
The short film about the rape and murder of 15-year-old Measham schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood was made by Leicestershire Police last year to highlight the dangers to children of online grooming. It has been screened to hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in the UK and overseas, and has been viewed online by an estimated 36 million people.
Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said he was delighted that the importance of the film and its message was being recognised by the film industry.
He said: “We made the film to raise greater awareness of the dangers posed to children by predators operating online and the most important statistic is that it led directly to 50 children in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland coming forward and making disclosures to us.
“Those disclosures enabled us to safeguard those children – something that may not have happened without this film.
“To win awards for our work is of course extremely rewarding – enormous care and effort went into the making of the film and the decision about how we should show it to children in small, supervised screenings in school.
“To learn that the BFI now intend to preserve the film in the national archive is hugely satisfying, and helps create a permanent legacy for an inspirational piece of work that was born from the bleakest and most tragic of circumstances. I hope Kayleigh’s family can feel some consolation that their daughter’s legacy will help keep children throughout the world safe for generations to come.”
Tim Cabrelli, Senior Partner at Affixxius Films, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to see one of the most impactful pieces of work we’ve ever produced be entered into the BFI archive for prosperity.
“It’s an accolade that is rarely achieved within our sector and reserved more for the Hollywood blockbusters, so it’s great to see it getting further recognition and being preserved for future reference and generations to come.”
Kayleigh’s Love Story was a Gold Winner at the EVCOM awards this year, and this success qualifies the film to be entered into the BFI Archive.
A dangerous driver whose actions resulted in the death of an innocent road user has been convicted at Leicester Crown Court.
On Tuesday 3 May last year the victim, Kerry Pemberton, 55, of Birmingham, had broken down on the M69, between junctions 1 and 2, and was waiting for a recovery vehicle on the hard-shoulder.
Felix Gillon, 56, of Johnson Road, Bedworth was travelling along the M69 in his HGV when he collided with Kerry’s truck.
Kerry sustained serious injuries and subsequently died in hospital later on the same day.
Today (Thursday 14 December) Gillon was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison and banned from driving for four years. The ban will come into effect upon release from prison.
The court heard how an off-duty police officer stopped at the scene of the collision and witnessed Gillon throwing a mobile telephone out of the vehicle into fields off the hard-shoulder. He had taken the SIM card out and discarded it separately but an examination of the scene also located the card.
An analysis of the SIM revealed Gillon was watching pornographic material on his handheld mobile telephone and was also sending and receiving text messages while he was driving.
Detective Constable Seamus Burns was the investigating officer, he said: “Not only did Gillon blatantly disregard the law he attempted to cover his tracks by getting rid of evidence. His actions that day, no doubt, resulted in the death of an innocent man.
“I am pleased he has been found guilty of the offences and I hope this case highlight the dangers road users are putting themselves and others in when they ignore the law which is there to ensure the safety of all.
“Our commitment to tackling the main causes of deaths and serious injury on the roads is something we take extremely seriously. The Fatal4 campaign is a multi-agency approach to educating road users on the four main causes of collisions; drink driving, using a mobile ‘phone while driving, speeding and the use of seatbelts.
“We hold Fatal4 events on a regular basis across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland along with the road safety partnership, local authority and other emergency services.”
Allington Drive in Birstall has been re-opened after significant damage was caused to a number of homes on Monday morning (11 December).
Further investigations will be conducted by other agencies over the coming days.
The scene was lifted this afternoon, however officers will remain in Allington Drive overnight and into tomorrow to reassure local residents whose properties have been affected by the incident.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 7.33am on Monday after a report of a loud bang and house being damaged.
Three people were taken to hospital. A woman subsequently died and a file is being prepared for HM Coroner. Identification of the deceased is a matter for HM Coroner.
A second injured person was discharged after treatment and the third remains in hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
Officers thanked local residents for their patience and understanding while enquiries were being conducted at the scene.
A Leicestershire man has been jailed after he pleaded guilty to child sex offences.
David Sachetti, 41, admitted two counts of sexually touching young girls and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (12 December).
Sachetti, of Twyford Close, Coalville, has also been registered as a sex offender for an indefinite period and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for an indefinite period upon his release.
The first offence occurred between September 2006 and September 2007 when his victim was just 11 years old.
The second offence, when he touched a 15-year-old girl, happened between March and May 2016.
Detective Inspector Helen Schofield, of Leicestershire Police’s Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Persons Team, said: “David Sachetti targeted two young girls who he knew were under 16 years old.
“The two victims must be praised for coming forward and reliving their ordeals in order to help bring him to justice.
“We would urge anyone who has been a victim offences similar to those committed by David Sachetti to also come forward.”
If you are a victim of child sexual exploitation or suspect that someone you know is a victim of child sexual exploitation, contact Leicestershire Police on 101.
Further information on child sexual exploitation can be found by visiting https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/child-sexual-exploitation
A woman has died after a house collapsed in Allington Drive, Birstall, yesterday morning (Monday 11 December).
Police, along with the fire and ambulance service, attended the scene just after 7.33am after a report of a load bang and house being damaged.
Two men and a woman were admitted to hospital. The woman died during the early hours of this morning. A second person remains in hospital where he is undergoing treatment and the third person was discharged after treatment.
Investigations into the cause of the damage continue today (Tuesday 12 December) and Allington Drive remains closed at the scene but access to the rest of the street is possible from either end.
A number of houses in the street were evacuated as a precaution, and those affected were allowed to return home yesterday evening.
A number of houses were also damaged as a result of the incident and there will be ongoing investigation work at the scene. A police presence was maintained overnight at the scene and will continue until examinations at the scene have concluded.
Those directly affected are aware of the disruption and immediate family of those injured have been informed.
Anyone with concerns about family members is asked to contact police on 101 and quote incident 64 of 11 December.
Nearly three hundred people made it through the snow last night (Monday 11 December) to attend the Christmas Carol Concert held by Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.
The service at Leicester Cathedral was attended by members of the public as well as serving and retired officers, staff and their families. The collection from the service will be shared between two charities – Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre and Cardiac Risk in the Young which was chosen by the family of PC Austin Jackson who sadly died on duty in March.
PC Austin’s wife and four children were at the service along with the Lord Lieutenant Lady Gretton, the Chief Constable Simon Cole QPM, the Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, Steve Lunn, the High Sheriffs of Rutland and Leicester, Tiff Lynch from Leicestershire’s Police Federation and the Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach.
Guests were welcomed by The Very Revd. David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, and Leicestershire’s Cadets held a Guard of Honour. The congregation joined the choir in singing carols and enjoyed readings by the Chief Constable Simon Cole, PC Reg Varney who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours, DC Tony Gale from the Christian Police Association, Steve Lunn, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer and Rick Taylor, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer.
Simon Cole, Chief Constable for Leicestershire Police said: “Last night’s service was particularly poignant as we had been working very closely all day with our colleagues from the fire service at a major incident in Birstall which caused significant damage to a house and neighbouring properties. I was also touched that we were joined by Austin Jackson’s wife, Simone, and their four children and that we were able to raise money for a charity that is important to them. It was a moving and uplifting service followed by hot drinks and mince pies, it was a really lovely evening.”
Adding to the poignancy of the occasion it was the Chief Fire Officer’s penultimate day at work before retiring. Steve Lunn, said: “It was a great honour to once again be part of last night’s carol service at Leicester Cathedral alongside Leicestershire Police. I was touched by the sheer number of people who did their utmost to attend in the adverse weather so I would like to thank everyone who managed to attend. It was a moving evening, and we hope everyone enjoyed it.”
Do you recognise this woman? Officers investigating a burglary would like to speak to her as she may have information which could assist their enquiries.
The burglary occurred at a property in Chaucer Street, Leicester, sometime between 6pm on 4 November and 8am on 5 November.
A debit card was stolen during the incident and has been used at various locations in Leicester since to make contactless transactions.
Anyone who recognises the woman pictured or who has any information regarding the burglary is asked to contact PC Syeed Ahmed on 101 quoting incident 17*479411.
A short film about a teenage boy who was groomed and murdered is being produced to help raise awareness among boys of the dangers of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
The film about Surrey teenager Breck Bednar is being made in an innovative collaboration between four UK police forces.
Surrey, Essex and Northamptonshire Police forces have combined in the project which is being managed by Leicestershire Police which made the award-winning film Kayleigh’s Love Story,
The film is being made with the active support of Breck’s mother Lorin LaFave, who will appear as herself in the film and who set up the Breck Foundation shortly after her son’s tragic death in 2014.
It is being funded by Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach with additional contributions from Surrey Police.
The film comes two years after Leicestershire Police produced Kayleigh’s Love Story, a film about the grooming, rape and murder of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood, which has led directly to 50 children in Leicestershire coming forward and disclosing that they were being groomed by predators.
The film has been viewed by an estimated 36.6m people worldwide and has won eight national industry awards.
Breck’s mother Lorin said: “When I first learned about Kayleigh’s tragic story of grooming online, and saw the amazing short film Kayleigh’s Love Story, I knew I wanted similar exposure for Breck’s tragedy as I believe only through education of grooming and exploitation can we strive to empower our young people to keep safer online.
“Because the characteristics of grooming are similar, with the control, manipulation, befriending, compliments, gifts, building a relationship through shared interests and laughs, I felt that a boy’s version with gaming and computing was a natural follow on to Kayleigh’s version of a girl being groomed through social media for a relationship.
“I am so thankful to Leicestershire Police and the other Police forces for enabling this film to happen and I look forward to working together to create a safer online for our children."
Matt Tapp, Director of Strategic Communications at Leicestershire Police, said he hoped this film, to be called “Breck’s Last Game” would be equally successful in raising awareness of CSE.
He said: “During screenings of Kayleigh’s Love Story to parents in Leicestershire, a number talked about Breck’s case.
“Following an initial meeting with Lorin earlier this year, and detailed talks with Surrey, with Essex, and with Northamptonshire with whom we have a joint CSE Communications Strategy, we all decided that we should make a film about what happened to Breck.
“Each of the four forces will decide how best it wishes to disseminate the film, but certainly in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire we hope that, in liaison with schools, we can show it to schoolchildren in controlled screenings as we did with Kayleigh’s Love Story.
“At some point late next year we intend to post the film online, with suitable warnings about its content.”
Following a procurement process, the contract to make Breck’s Last Game has been awarded to Affixxius Films of Loughborough, who also produced Kayleigh’s Love Story.
Casting sessions will be held in January and it is anticipated that the film will be completed by mid-March.
Leicestershire’s Assistant Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “Kayleigh’s Love Story has been extremely successful in warning children of the dangers of online grooming. But we recognise that boys are far less willing to report CSE than girls, and we felt the need to develop a campaign that would help resonate with boys.
“I believe Breck’s Last Game, shown to a suitable and age-appropriate audience and with the right support wrapped around screenings, will do just that”.
PCC Willy Bach said he was proud to support this film, adding: “We all have a responsibility to provide children and young people with the knowledge to protect themselves, whether that is in the street or on-line. It is important that we make this information easy to access and easy to understand, which is why a film is so much more effective.
“It is not just girls who fall victim to this evil, but for too long male victims have been overlooked. It’s hard to believe, but sadly many boys and young male victims actually suffer in silence rather than speak out. This means they don’t receive the appropriate support service to help them recover and, unfortunately, the perpetrator is not brought to justice because no-one knows about the crime.
“It’s time that we shone the spotlight on this type of criminality and encourage victims to speak out, knowing that they will be treated with sensitivity and understanding.”
Leicestershire Police makes fair decisions and treats people with respect.
That’s the headline finding of an inspection of the force conducted by Government Police watchdogs.
The Inspectors focused on three specific questions when they carried out their visit to examine the force earlier this year:
- To what extent does the force treat all of the people it serves with fairness and respect?
- How well does the force ensure that its workforce behaves ethically and lawfully?
- And to what extent does the force treat its workforce with fairness and respect?
The conclusion reached by her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) was that the Force was “good” in all three areas. Judgement grades given by HMICFRS when they carry out such inspections are either ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’.
Leicestershire’s Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister welcomed the HMICFRS’s findings, contained in a report published today (11 December) entitled “PEEL: Police legitimacy (including leadership) 2017”.
He said: “Policing with legitimacy is the bedrock of policing in the UK. Police officers have powers unlike any other non-military organisation. We can use force, and we can detain people. And it is critical that the public believe and trust us to use those powers appropriately and fairly.
“But there are other, important reasons why we must at all times behave fairly, honestly, and legitimately. Behaving in that way will instil the public’s confidence and trust in us, and the more the public support and believe in us, the more likely they are to lead lawful lives, and work with us to keep communities safe from harm.
“It’s very satisfying, therefore, that HMICFRS have given us across-the-board good grades for the three areas that they examined in detail during their visit.”
Lord Willy Bach, the Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Quite simply this report is good news for Leicestershire Police and good news for the public of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It recognises the good practice embedded throughout the force which has a really positive impact on both public confidence and workforce morale.
“I’m particularly pleased to see that the Inspectors have acknowledged the progress made in areas where improvements had been recommended in the last inspection and the focus, from leaders across the force, on treating people with fairness and respect.
“Stop and search has always been a sensitive subject and it is important that people are treated appropriately during any such encounters. The inspectors note the external scrutiny accorded to Stop and Search, including the involvement of my office on the stop and search reference group, which I hope reassures people that that way in which the force conducts stop and search is closely monitored.
“However, there is never room for complacency and having discussed the findings of the report with the Chief Constable I will continue to push for further progress in the coming months and years.”
In detail, the inspectors found that:
- “Leaders at all levels within Leicestershire Police demonstrate a strong commitment to treating people with fairness and respect”
- The Force “seeks scrutiny of its services to improve its treatment of people” and is “progressive” in seeking public feedback about the use of stop search powers
- Leaders in the force “understand their responsibility to act as role models and this culture is set by senior leaders of the force”
- The force is making “good progress” towards ensuring that it is fully compliant with national vetting standards
In its analysis of how the force deals with discrimination, HMICFRS found that there is a culture of intolerance towards such matters in Leicestershire Police, and that “senior officers work with staff representative groups to identify trends that might suggest discrimination in the treatment of people or the workforce”.
Inspectors reserve particular praise for the way in which the Force supports and cares for its officers and staff. The report describes the “excellent provision of services to support physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing” and notes that the “breadth of services continues to grow, specifically in terms of understanding, de-stigmatising and dealing with emotional and mental health issues”.
Leicestershire Police has launched its Christmas film, ‘Daddy Stole Christmas’, to remind people to keep themselves and their belongings safe during the festive period.
The film is narrated by a young girl and shows a father out shopping for Christmas presents. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that things are not quite as they appear to be.
Local Policing Superintendent Shane O’Neill said: “Christmas is a time for celebration and fun, and we want everyone in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to be able to enjoy the festivities.
“However, December is a busy time and people may be a little more absent-minded because of the amount of things they have to do. This can lead to people taking more risks than normal, leaving their presents on display, or forgetting to lock their doors or vehicles.
“Taking a few extra minutes to check you’ve locked up and not left purchases on show in your car or house can help you and your family enjoy Christmas.
“Businesses are also advised to take some extra precautions this Christmas.
“We received more than 440 reports of theft from shops in the four weeks from 12 December 2016. Some criminals view shoplifting as a victimless crime but that is certainly not the case.
“Each time something is stolen from a store the retailer loses money and, as a result, may be forced to increase prices or, even worse, close their store due to the losses.
“If you're in a shop and see someone behaving suspiciously, let security or shop staff know immediately.
“On behalf of Leicestershire Police, I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.”
The Christmas Safety page (link) on the Leicestershire Police website has useful information on how to stay safe this Christmas, including advice on online safety, burglary, personal safety, vehicle crime and antisocial and nuisance behaviour. Local officers will also be giving out crime prevention leaflets at events and beat surgeries throughout December.
You can follow all the action on Leicestershire Police’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #DaddyStoleXmas
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Police were called at around 5.20pm on Friday (8 December) to a report of collision on the A46 dual carriageway southbound close to the Anstey and Beaumont Leys junction.
A pedestrian, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had been in collision with a silver Renault Master van towing a caravan.
He has not as yet been formally identified.
The road was closed for several hours while emergency services responded to the incident.
Detective Constable Paul Bingham, the investigating officer, said: “We are keen to speak to an Asian woman who stopped at the scene and spoke to witnesses. We haven’t spoken to her and she may have valuable information about the incident which could assist with our enquiries.
“We would urge anyone who hasn’t contacted us and may have seen the collision or saw the vehicle or pedestrian beforehand to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 457 of 8 December.
Officers are at an address in Allington Drive, Birstall, at 7.33am this morning (Monday) following reports of a loud bang and house being damaged.
Police, along with the fire and ambulance service, are at the scene.
Investigations in to the cause of the damage are in their very early stages.
Allington Drive is currently closed and is likely to remain so for a number of hours while enquiries are carried out.
Two people are injured and have been taken to hospital where they are being treated.
A number of houses in the street have been evacuated as a precaution, and those effected have been taken to the Village Hall in Birstall Road.
More to follow.
87-year-old Roland Linnett who was reported missing earlier today (Saturday 9 December) has returned to his home address safe and well a short time ago.
Thanks to everyone who helped share our appeal to find him.
65-year-old Gurmit Kaur who went missing earlier today (Friday 8 December) in Leicester city centre has returned home safe and well this evening.
Thanks to everyone who helped shared our appeal to help find her.