Leicestershire

Appeal for witnesses after assault in Belgrave Road

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 09/25/2016 - 12:29

Officers are appealing for witnesses to an assault in the carpark of the B & M store in Belgrave Road, Leicester, last night (24 September).

We were called at in the early hours of the morning to a report of a disturbance at the location. A 33-year-old was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary and has since been discharged.

A 25-year-old has been taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with life-threatening injuries. He remains there in a stable condition.

Did you see what happened? Do you have any information that can help officers piece together what happened in the incident?

Call 101, quoting incident number 46 of 25 September.

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Body found in canal identified

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 09/25/2016 - 11:47

A body found in the water at Freemans Common Lock yesterday (24 September) has been identified.

Wojciech Wojciechowski, 45, was discovered in the lock, off Eastern Boulevard, at around 10am.

A post-mortem examination was carried out and his death is being treated as unexplained.

The investigation into how he died is continuing and officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen Wojciechowski in the 48 hours before he was discovered to come forward.

He was white with dark hair tied in a ponytail and a full beard, about one to two inches long. He was wearing blue jeans, a green rugby style top with ‘Ireland’ written on the chest with a blue jumper over it and a blue, fleece-lined jacket. He had black and blue Nike trainers on.

Detective Inspector Tim Lindley said: “We need to speak to anyone in the city who knew Wojciech. Do you know him? Did you see anyone matching his description in the days leading up to his body being discovered?

“Any information may be helpful to our investigation.”

Call 101 with any information, quoting incident number 16000292816.

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The facts about the “Burkah police uniform” debate

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 09/25/2016 - 11:07

There are no plans to consider allowing Muslim female officers to wear a Burkah whilst on duty for Leicestershire Police.

Some weeks ago, a story appeared in the media that suggested another Police Force in the country was considering the move.

As a result of that story, a local journalist from Leicester contacted the force and asked us what our view was.

In response, we provided the journalist with the following statement:

“We have been made aware of discussions in other police forces regarding incorporating burkahs into police uniform. It is not something that Leicestershire Police has been asked to consider by an officer or by a police recruit. If such a request was made, it would be considered in line with the requirements of policing and the need to ensure officers have uniforms that are fit for purpose”.

That is our position, and we are disappointed that some sections of the national media have chosen to interpret that statement in a way that is inaccurate and misleading.

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Two sentenced to 15 years for their part in pub attack

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 18:20

Two men have been sentenced after they hit a man on the head with a metal object and stabbed him in his back, leaving him with serious injuries.

The incident happened on Friday 18 March outside the Paget Arms pub, in Oxford Street, Loughborough.

Yesterday (22 September), Connor Dennis Franklin, 25, of HMP Leicester, was found guilty of section 18 grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article. He was today sentenced to 10 years.

Joseph Lloyd Stephens, 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to section 20 grievous bodily harm at the start of the trial. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a motor vehicle in November 2015 and was sentenced to a total of five years in prison.

The 35-year-old victim was involved in a row with the offenders in the car park of the pub before Stephens hit him on the head with a metal object. Franklin then stabbed him in the back with a knife, causing injuries so severe he needed emergency surgery for injuries to his liver and diaphragm. He remained in hospital for two weeks.

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Building fire in Long Street, Wigston

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:20

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a building fire in Long Street, Wigston.

We were called to the scene at 2.45am this morning (23 September) to a report of a fire.

Investigations have established that the fire was started deliberately and officers would like to speak to anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area throughout the evening.

Long Street remains closed to traffic while the building is made safe and investigations are carried out.

Contact us on 101, quoting incident number 52 of 23 September.

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Can you help us identify these two men?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 14:44

We want to speak to them as they may have information about two break-ins at commercial premises in Gee Road, Coalville, where cash was taken.

The first happened at Hormann UK on 29 February at around 6.15pm. The second was at a neighbouring business on 16 September between 5.30pm and 6.15pm.

Investigating officers believe the two men will be able to help with the enquiry.

Do you know who they are? Is it you in one of the images?

Contact PC Mick Hinton on 101, quoting incident number 16000040351

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Loughborough police and partners join forces for new academic year

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 14:35

Monday 3 October 2016 marks the start of another academic year at Loughborough University and Leicestershire Police will be continuing to work with Charnwood Borough Council and the University to help new and returning students have a safe and crime free time during their studies. All three agencies will be working together to deliver three key messages;

  • Look after yourself
  • Look after your stuff
  • Think of the neighbours

New students will start to arrive from Tuesday 28 September and members of the Loughborough University police team together with University security staff will be delivering crime prevention and personal safety talks at all of the halls of residence.

They will also be present at the Loughborough Students’ Union Bazaar to give crime prevention advice focussing on cycle theft and burglary. With the assistance of Loughborough Students Union, brightly designed student safety cards will also be given to all new students.

This year all three agencies will be taking part in Operation Lexical which runs in several phases across the academic year. Starting with freshers, the operation will concentrate on the prevention and detection of crime and community reassurance.

In October a comprehensive door knocking campaign involving all agencies will begin in areas of the town with a high student population encouraging students to think about the security of their property and being good and respectful neighbours.

The police team will also be posting crime prevention advice on their Facebook page; Loughborough University Police; and @LboroUniPolice on Twitter - offering help and support to new and returning students. The Student Street Support Scheme will once more be in operation to provide reassurance to both students and residents.

Inspector Dwight Barker, Commander for Loughborough Police said: “We have strong links with our partners and I am delighted to continue the work of my predecessors as we start the new academic year with our new operation. I am confident that with the plans we have in place we will be able to reduce crime and help students understand how they can prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime.”

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Charnwood Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Cohesion, said: “We want students to enjoy their time at Loughborough and be a part of the community. Working with our partners on this campaign, we are offering some friendly advice to students about how to look after yourself, your belongings and be a good neighbour. “We all have a role to play in making Loughborough a great place to live, learn, work and visit.”

Head of Security at Loughborough University, Geoff Feavyour said : “Recent reports have highlighted that Loughborough is a safe place for students and this is good news. Nevertheless it is important that we take steps in the early part of term to provide appropriate advice and guidance to both our new and returning students about the simple steps they can take to ensure they stay safe and how they can protect their property.”

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Have you fallen victim to lottery winnings scam?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:29

The public are being warned to remain vigilant after a number of people have been coerced into handing over thousands of pounds in return for a winning lottery ticket.

The reports relate to victims being approached in the street by one or two people who claim that they have won the lottery but are unable to claim the winnings as they require a passport of another form of identification.

The victims are then asked for money in return for the winning lottery ticket. In some cases the victims are elderly or vulnerable and as much as £50,000 in cash and jewellery has been handed over to the suspects.

So far seven incidents have occurred at various locations in Leicester including Trevino Drive, Melton Road, Windsor Avenue, Narborough Road, Belgrave Road, Totland Road and Edward Avenue in the last six months.

We are also investigating reports of victims being approached by people asking for directions and while they are distracted bank cards and other items have been stolen.

We believe from enquiries we’ve conducted so far that others may have been approached in similar circumstances but may not have agreed to help the suspects.

We would like to speak to anyone who has information about these incidents or may have been approached by someone either claiming to have won the lottery or looking for directions.

Detective Constable Catherine Thompson is investigating the incidents, she said:

These callous criminals have preyed on vulnerable people. From the reports we’ve received so far we estimate more than £100,000 in cash has been coerced from the victims.

We would urge the public to remain vigilant, if you have been a victim of similar fraud and haven’t yet spoken with the police please come forward and report the incident to us, you may be able to provide vital information which could take our enquiries forward.

Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to contact DC 4626 Catherine Thompson on 101, quoting crime number 220722.

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Man charged following assault in Beaumont Leys

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:52

A 35-year-old man has been charged after a man was found seriously injured in Beaumont Leys.

Darren Eason of Butterwick Drive, Leicester has been charged with Section 18 wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article in a public place. He is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (Friday 23 September).

The charge relates to an assault outside the Keeper’s Lodge pub on Friday 16 September where a man was found with an injury to his abdomen. The victim remains in hospital in a stable condition.

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Elderly man assaulted in city – who was responsible?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:08

Were you near Greggs Bakery in Market Place at around midday yesterday (Wednesday 21 September) and saw an elderly man assaulted?

Officers are carrying out enquiries after the 90-year-old victim was approached by a man who pushed him causing the victim to fall backwards hitting his head on a bench.

The victim sustained an injury to his head and was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment. He has since been discharged and is recovering at home.

The suspect is described as white, about 5ft 8” tall, of slim or athletic build and in his 20s. He is clean shaven and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a pale blue hooded jacket which he wore with the hood up and baggy black tracksuit bottoms. He carried an Adidas backpack which had a white leaf emblem.

PC 4539 Christine Perry is investigating the incident, she said: “This was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable elderly man and he has been left shaken by his ordeal.

“It happened in an area of Market Place that would have been very busy at midday.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was in area and saw the incident or someone matching this description.”

Call 101 if you can help quoting incident number 16000288617.

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Man injured outside city pub – detectives make an arrest

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:51

Detectives investigating an incident where a man was found seriously injured outside a pub in Leicester have made an arrest.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently in custody.

Emergency services were called to Fletcher Mall, at around 12.30am on Friday 16 September where the victim, 24, had sustained a stab wound to his abdomen.

It is believed he sustained his injuries in an incident which happened outside the Keeper’s Lodge Pub in Beaumont Leys. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Detective Inspector Chris Baker, who is leading the investigation, said: “Despite a man being arrested, we still want to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or who was in the area around the time of the incident.

“If you haven’t already spoken to police, we’d like to hear from you.”

Anyone with information can contact Leicestershire Police on 101 quote incident 9 of 16/09/16. Alternatively, information can be given confidentially to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Project EDWARD - officers patrolling high casualty roads in Leicestershire

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 13:40

Roads policing officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) are patrolling the ‘red routes’ across Leicestershire (Wednesday 21 September) as part of ProjectEDWARD.

Project EDWARD stands for European Day without a Road Death. It is an initiative designed by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) to draw attention to the 70 deaths occurring every day on the roads of Europe.

EDWARD will encourage all road users, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, to reflect on their behaviour and attitude. Officers want road users to think about the risks they face, the risks they may pose to others and how they can go about reducing those risks. They are encouraging everyone to sign a pledge to reduce risk and improve safety not just today but every day!

You can sign the pledge on the pledge site.

EMOpSS provides roads policing and traffic collision investigation to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. In support of #project EDWARD roads policing officers from all four forces are patrolling 'red routes' - those roads across the east midlands that have high casualty rates.

Leicestershire

  • A444 A42 – A5
  • A6003 Rutland
  • B6047 Melton to Market Harborough
  • A6006 A46-Asfordby
  • A607 Rearsby-Melton

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers is the lead for roads policing within EMOpSS, said; “We work all year round to promote road safety through enforcement, education, training and publicity, however, we all have a responsibility to be vigilant and share the road space responsibly, acting within the law and behaving in a co-operative manner.

"We’d like all road users to take time to reflect on their behaviour and sign the pledge to make a long-term commitment to making our roads safer not just today.”

EMOpss has just released a new film showing the tragic consequences of driving while using a mobile phone which caused the death of one man and left a woman with serious and life changing injuries.

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Two people charged with theft

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:41

Two people have been charged after a high-value ring was stolen from a jewellers in Leicester.

John James Cunningham, 48, and Trina Fulford, 35, both of Alpine Court, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, have been charged with theft.

They are due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 27 October.

The charges relate to an incident at Lane’s Jewellers in Loseby Lane on Thursday 19 May.

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Cyclist injured in Kibworth collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 09:20

The collision happened at around 8.30am on Sunday (18 September) on Fleckney Road, Kibworth, at the junction with Warwick Road.

A red Ford Fiesta was in collision with a 32-year-old riding an Apollo mountain bike. He was taken to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire..

Did you see the collision? Did you see either of the vehicles before the collision? You may have information that can help our investigation.

Contact DC 1504 Seamus Burns on 101 quoting incident number 204 of 18 September.

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Did you see a collision on the B4114?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 15:44

A red Nissan Quashqai was in collision with a white tipper truck at 11.30am on Friday (16 September) on the B4114, Coventry Road in Sapcote.

The Nissan was travelling northbound, towards Narborough, with the truck travelling in the opposite direction.

The 51-year-old woman, who was driving the Nissan was seriously injured and was airlifted to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

Did you see either of the vehicles prior to the collision? Can you help us with our enquiries into the incident?

Call 101, asking to speak to DC 1504 Seamus Burns, quoting incident number 225 of 16 September.

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Harborough sexual assault - CCTV image re-issued

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 14:06

Four weeks have passed since a girl was attacked in Market Harborough.

Detectives still want to trace a man captured on CCTV in the area around the time of the attack. They believe he could have important information.

The 17-year-old victim, was walking in the street shortly after midnight on Monday 22 August when she was grabbed by a man who dragged her onto a nearby footpath before subjecting her to what detectives have described as a ‘serious sexual assault’.

Detective Chief Inspector Jonny Starbuck, who is leading the investigation, said: “We need to speak to this man captured on CCTV. He might have information that could move this enquiry on.

“Take a look at the image, do you recognise him? Could it be you?

“This was a serious assault on a child and we are determined to catch the man responsible. With your help we could crack this case.”

Since the incident was reported to police, officers have been carrying out a number of lines of enquiry, speaking to local residents, looking at forensic opportunities, examining CCTV and leafleting houses and businesses.

A computer generated image of the suspect was revealed yesterday evening (Monday 19 September) at a public meeting held at Welland Park Academy. Local residents attended and heard DCI Jonny Starbuck provide an update on the investigation and appeal for anyone who knows someone resembling the man in the computer generated image to contact police.

Click on the link to see the computer generated image of the suspect on our website https://leics.police.uk/news-appeals/news/2016/09/19/harborough-sexual-assault-computer-generated-image-released

If you have information that could help detectives call 101 quoting incident 364 of 22 August, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Property in Loughborough granted a closure order

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:45

A second property in Loughborough has been closed by police after reports of persistent anti-social behaviour.

Over the last year we have received a number of complaints from local residents about drugs misuse and abusive behaviour by the occupants of a house in Russell Street.

On Tuesday 13 September Leicester Magistrates Court granted a full closure order, evicting the occupants from the property for three months. A copy of the closure order is displayed outside.

Sergeant Ryan Ludlam of Charnwood Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) said: “This is the second closure order that’s been granted by magistrates in the last month.

“We received numerous complaints from local residents about activity at this address. It is completely unacceptable and has seriously affected the lives and wellbeing of residents living nearby.

“In August a closure order was granted for a flat in King Street after complaints from local residents of anti-social behaviour, we will continue to take necessary action to bring this unacceptable behaviour to an end. We owe it to the local community to take steps which will allow them to live in safety and peace without having to tolerate this.

“We’d like to thank our partners and everyone in the community who came forward with information that enabled us to obtain the closure order.”

Anyone breaching the order can be arrested and, if found guilty, could face a punishment of up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine.

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The tragic consequences of distracted driving - hear my story

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 07:08

The East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) is launching a hard hitting video to warn motorists of the dangers of driving while using a mobile phone.

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

On the evening of Tuesday 25 November 2014, a 38 year old woman was making calls on her mobile phone when she lost control of her car as she was driving southbound on the M1 in Leicestershire. Her vehicle collided with an HGV which lost control and crossed over the central reservation where it struck a BMW, travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the BMW died.

Eight vehicles were caught up in the collision, three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries and the driver of one of the cars, Liese Bowers-Straw from Kirkby in Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, sustained serious injuries for which she is still receiving ongoing medical care.

A 38 year old woman was sentenced to five years in prison in July 2016 after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice. According to BRAKE, the road safety charity, more than two in five crashes are thought to be caused, at least in part, by driver distraction. If you talk on a phone at the wheel – hands-free or hand-held – your risk of causing an injury or death is four times higher. Use a phone to text, email or browse the internet and the risk is even higher still.

On the night of Tuesday 25 November 2014 Liese Bowers-Straw was driving north on the M1 on her way back from work. Her car was hit head on in the collision and she broke her neck in two places, tore the muscles across her hips and stomach, lost her teeth, suffered a brain injury and suffered psychological trauma so severe she has been unable to leave her home in twenty months. She cannot look at or get in a car and has to close the curtains if she goes into a room at the front of her house because she cannot look at the road. She is a prisoner in her own home.

She’s agreed to take part in a video warning motorists of the dangers of driving while using a mobile phone. She said; “If I can stop just one other person suffering what I have suffered then it will be worthwhile. I remember seeing the headlights coming towards me where headlights shouldn’t be and I remember thinking that’s it, I’m a goner, I’m dead and then I don’t remember anything until the following day.

“The collision has completely changed my way of life. I have gone from having a career I loved, having a job that I loved, doing a lot of work, to being a prisoner in my own home doing absolutely nothing.

“Just think before you pick that mobile phone up. Is that text or call that important? Is that text or call worth a life? I don’t think so.”

Detective Constable 1761 Pete Davies was the investigating officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU). He said; “This was the largest collision site I have ever been to and it was a shock to see. It involved eight vehicles and the collision scene stretched for miles. As police officers we are constantly warning people about the dangers of distracted driving but I hope when people hear Liese’s story they will finally take notice.

“Texting, accessing the internet are all things that should not be done while driving. The roads are so busy now that I think people should concentrate on the road not on their phone nothing is that important that it cannot wait.

“Someone died in this collision and Liese has been left with the most appalling injuries as a result of someone who was too selfish to wait to make a call. When you have to knock on a door and tell someone that their loved one is not coming home then you realise just how damaging using a mobile phone can be.”

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Harborough sexual assault – computer generated image released

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 19:36

Detectives have revealed a computer generated image of a man they want to identify and trace in connection with a serious sexual assault in Market Harborough.

The image, which was created by working with the victim, was shown at a public meeting held at Welland Park Academy earlier this evening (Monday 19 September).

Local residents attended the meeting to hear Detective Chief Inspector Jonny Starbuck provide an update on the investigation and an appeal for anyone who knows someone resembling the man in the image to come forward.

It follows an attack which happened in the early hours of Monday 22 August, in a cut through off Green Lane.

The victim, a 17-year-old girl, was walking in the street shortly after midnight when she was grabbed by a man who dragged her onto a nearby footpath before subjecting her to what detectives have described as ‘a very serious sexual assault’.

She has described the man as white, of medium build, and between 20 and 40-years-old, with dark or grey hair. At the time of the attack she said he was wearing blue jeans and a coat.

What made the man particularly distinctive is a mark between his thumb and index finger on his right hand. This could be a mole.

Detective Chief Inspector Jonny Starbuck, who is leading the investigation and was present at this evening’s meeting, said: “It is possible that this man may live in the local area and if this is the case, not only will he know the area well, but the local community will know him.

“We have held the meeting to continue to speak to people in the local area because we think they may have vital information or recognise the man in the image.

“I would urge anyone who knows someone matching this description to come forward.”

Since the incident was reported to police, officers have been carrying out a number of lines of enquiry, speaking to local residents, looking at forensic opportunities, examining CCTV and leafleting houses and businesses.

A man who was arrested last week was subsequently released from police custody with no further action.

Anyone with information should contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 364 of 22 August.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Man charged with wounding after Granby Street incident

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 16:19

A 24-year-old has been charged with wounding following an incident in Granby Street, Leicester.

Kye Gayle, of no fixed address, has been charged after a 22-year-old was stabbed on Sunday 11 September in the city.

He appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court this morning (19 September) and has been remanded into custody.

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