Fatal collision on M1 motorway - woman convicted

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 14:35

A Nottinghamshire woman has been convicted after her inattention while driving caused a fatal collision on the M1 motorway in November 2014.

Christy George, 38, of Lime Tree Road, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, was found guilty today (Friday 24 June) of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice after a trial at Leicester Crown Court.

The court heard George was travelling to work during the evening of Tuesday 25 November along the southbound carriageway of the M1. During her journey she made calls to a friend and her husband using her mobile telephone.

George was driving her Skoda along the motorway. Eye witnesses described the Skoda swerving towards the central reservation and then suddenly applying harsh steering to the left, coming back on to the motorway when her vehicle collided with a HGV.

The impact of the collision resulted in the HGV losing control and crossing over the central reservation where it struck a BMW, travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the BMW, Murray Simpson, 48, of London, sustained fatal injuries.

A number of other vehicles were damaged during the incident, three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries and the driver of one of the cars sustained serious injuries for which she is still receiving ongoing medical care.

The southbound carriageway of the M1 was closed for 18 hours while emergency services dealt with the aftermath.

Detective Constable 1761 Pete Davies was the investigating officer, he said: “This case clearly demonstrates the dangers of using your mobile phone while driving. George’s actions that evening caused a serious collision which resulted in the death of an innocent road user, injuries to others including one who will take some time to recover. Allied with this is the amount of time that the motorway had to be closed to enable the police, other emergency services and the Highways Agency to deal with this incident causing long delays to other road users.

“We’re pleased that the jury has found Christy George guilty and we hope it acts as a deterrent to other road users. Murray Simpson’s partner and family have lost a loved one and while no amount of punishment will help them move on with their lives we hope the fact that someone has been prosecuted for their actions will show them that justice has been done.”

She was remanded for sentencing on July 15.

Categories: Leicestershire

Arrests made during summer drink, drugs and drive campaign

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00

Nineteen people have been arrested across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland during this summer's drink and drug drive campaign.

This is four more than the 15 motorists who were detained at the same point during June 2015 drink drive campaign. So far none of these arrests have been for drivers who have been unfit through drugs.

This year’s enforcement campaign is running for an extra week, from Monday 6 June to Sunday 10 July, to coincide with the European Football Championships. While this is an exciting time for fans the message remains the same, plan ahead, choose a designated sober driver or use taxis and public transport. Already our highest road side reading has been 139, four times over the alcohol limit, this particular driver was detained at 5.30pm following a road traffic collision on a flooded rural road!

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, who is heading up the regional Drink Drug Drive campaign of the East Midlands Operaional Support Service (EMOpSS) said; “Too many people are still risking both their lives, and those of innocent people, by getting behind the wheel while unfit to drive. It is just not worth the risk, if you choose to drink and drug drive our round the clock patrols will catch you whether you are in the city, our towns or villages.”

Categories: Leicestershire

What is being done about anti social behaviour in Countesthorpe?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 15:10

As many of you will be aware, the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Bach, recently held a Community Consultation event in Countesthorpe, in response to the increase in reports of anti social behaviour (ASB) we have received over recent months.

I would like to take this opportunity to let you know what your local police and our partners, such as Blaby District Council, are doing to tackle the problem.

We currently have two neighbourhood officers covering the Countesthorpe area, PC Mark Hall and PCSO Laura Hobbs, led by Sergeant Phil Hurst who also oversees the two neighbouring beats. These officers are there to work with the local community, to respond to local community concerns, and to help resolve ASB. We have other teams within the force that are responsible for investigating crime and responding to incidents, which means our dedicated neighbourhood officers have more time to respond to the needs of their local community.

It is important to understand that we aren’t able to arrest people for ASB, unless they are caught committing a crime as well. This means we have look at other ways to resolve this issue and are taking the appropriate action to ensure the fullest extent of our powers are applied.

Here is a summary of what we have put in place so far:

  • We have allocated additional officer to locations where ASB is taking place, targeting those creating problems within the local community.
  • We are working with Blaby District Council to issue those committing ASB with formal warnings, which can result in ASB injunctions being granted.
  • We have made our contact centre aware of the ASB issues in the area and have asked them to inform the officers responding to 999 and 101 calls of these.
  • We have also been working with the schools in the area, alongside Blaby District Council, to educate students on the risks of using drugs and New Psychoactive Substances (previously known as legal highs).

Blaby District Council has also:

  • Applied for a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). If granted this is another power that can be used to stop young people gathering in large groups in the village.
  • Arranged for youth services to come into Countesthorpe. These groups get young people involved in activities and educate them on how ASB affects local residents, and the consequences of their action.
  • They are also working with local housing associations whose tenants are involved in ASB. In extreme cases, taking part in ASB could result in their tenancy agreement being withdrawn, making themselves and their family homeless.

PCSO Laura Hobbs has been working with Blaby District Council to help apply for the PSPO. When asked how this will benefit Countesthorpe she said: “I work closely with all victims of ASB and related crime and ensure that these incidents are shared with partners to assist with identifying perpetrators and making them accountable for their behaviour.

“I believe that the PSPO will offer reassurance to the communities of Countesthorpe whilst also assisting Police and partners with tackling isolated incidents of ASB”.

It was fantastic to hear at the Community Consultation event that some of you would like to volunteer with us. If you are interested please contact us via our website https://leics.police.uk/local-policing/countesthorpe-foston-and-kilby.

I have also been made aware that there is a common misconception about cannabis that I would like to clarify. Possession of cannabis is a criminal offence and if you witness someone smoking it then we want you to report it. Depending on what incident our officers are dealing with we might not be able to respond straight away, however it helps us build our intelligence and plan where our officers need to patrol, meaning that we can disrupt this kind of activity in the future.

I hope from this update that you have a better idea of the ongoing work we are doing. Thank you for your support and we appreciate how residents are coming together as a community to work with us to tackle ASB.

The more information we have as to what is happening in the area, the better equipped we are to deal with these issues.

Please call us immediately if you are a victim or witness ASB in your area. For a non- emergency please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Categories: Leicestershire

Necklace stolen from elderly woman

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 14:54

Can you help us identify this man after an elderly woman was robbed in the Belgrave area of Leicester?

A 73-year-old woman was walking along Burfield Street around 9pm on Sunday 5 June, as she approached the junction with Catherine Street, a man rode past her on a bike and grabbed her gold necklace.

He then rode off towards Allington Road. The suspect used such force to grab the chain that the victim fell to the ground and sustained bruising.

We’d like to speak to anyone who can identify the man in the image, even if you’re not 100% sure please get in touch as we can quickly eliminate people from our enquiries.

Were you in the area, did you witness the incident or see someone acting suspiciously? If you can help with our enquiries please contact us.

We would also like to remind people to remain vigilant and think about their personal safety, keep valuables out of sight, keep handbags closed, cover up jewellery with a scarf or clothing and be aware of your surroundings.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 228 Raj Pahal on 101, quoting crime number 16*147195.

Categories: Leicestershire

Victim of serious collision on A607 dies

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 08:30

A woman who was involved in a collision on the A607 in Leicestershire has died in hospital.

The collision occurred at 6.50pm on Tuesday 31 May and involved a silver Renault Clio, silver Mercedes C220 and a blue Audi A6.

The driver of the Renault was taken to hospital with serious injuries and subsequently died on Thursday 16 June.

The driver of the Mercedes wasn’t injured and the driver of the Audi sustained a minor facial injury.

The Renault was travelling along the A607 towards Croxton Kerrial and the two other vehicles were travelling in the opposite direction when the collision occurred.

If you witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles beforehand we would like to speak to you. Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1837 George Dodson on 101, quoting incident 580 of 31 May.

Categories: Leicestershire

Only one week until smaller councils must publish their annual data - act now!

All local councils with a turnover of £25k or less are now only a week away from the deadline for publishing their annual data for 2015-16 on a public website.

The following must be published by 1st July:

  • ll items of income and expenditure above ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Can you identify this man?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 15:07

Police have released the image of a man who they’d like to speak to in connection with a robbery on Belgrave Boulevard.

At around 10pm on Friday 3 June, a man entered a premises and threatened staff with what was described as a small axe before leaving with a till containing a quantity of cash.

No one was injured, but staff were left shaken by their ordeal.

Do you recognise the man in the image? Were you in the area, did you see what happened?

Contact 101 and quote incident number 16000141011 if you can help.

Categories: Leicestershire

Young man charged with sex offences

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:19

An 18-year-old man has been charged with sex offences relating to four victims.

Dale Wycherley, of Westfields, Barlestone, has been charged with two counts of causing and inciting indecent images to be sent to him, two counts of grooming, one count of possession of indecent images, and two counts of sexual touching.

He appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court today (Tuesday 21 June) and has been remanded in to custody to appear at Leicester Crown Court next month.

Categories: Leicestershire

Cyclist who died after collision in Upperton Road named

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 15:00

A cyclist who died after a collision in Upperton Road, Leicester earlier this month has been named.

Victoria Gayle, 25, from Canada, was in collision with a red Toyota Yaris at the junction with the Toucan crossing for Great Central Way at 12.20am on Monday 6 June.

She was taken to the University Hospital of Coventry and Walsgrave where she died from her injuries two days later.

A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with the collision and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Did you see this collision? We’re you in the area around the time of the collision? Did you see the car or the cyclist beforehand?

Call DC 4484 Alison Ide on 101, quoting incident number 14 of 6 June.

Categories: Leicestershire

Burglary from store in High Street, Leicester

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:09

We would like to speak to him in connection with a burglary at a store in High Street, Leicester.

The incident took place at 12.15am on 14 June when the suspect pulled up outside the shop before entering and taking piles of clothes from inside.

Do you know who the man in the image is? Do you recognise the motorbike he is riding? You may be able to help us with our enquiries.

Contact PC 1333 Rich Callus on 101, quoting incident number *152198

Categories: Leicestershire

Leicestershire officer to be recognised at national bravery awards

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 08:35

An off-duty officer who put her life at risk to save an elderly man from a house fire has been nominated for a national police bravery award.

The awards honour and recognise officers who have performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty and Leicestershire Police officer Katy Burnham will be among those recognised at the 21st Police Bravery Awards.

On 19 August 2014, PC Burnham was off-duty and preparing to go to work when she heard an alarm sounding that was coming from a nearby road in Melton. She went into the street to investigate and found thick smoke coming out of the windows of a local property.

She immediately called the fire service but was aware that the person living at the address was a 90-year-old man who suffered from dementia. PC Burnham banged on the door to get the man’s attention who eventually opened the door but then went back into the kitchen which was well alight.

He then tried to put the fire out by throwing water on it but his attempts to extinguish the flames failed, putting him in serious danger.

PC Burnham then went into the property and physically helped him from the house due to his age, difficulty in walking and his mental wellbeing. Once outside, the man still wanted to return inside and PC Burnham had to use a combination of restraint and communication skills to make sure that he didn’t.

The awards are hosted by the Police Federation and are due to be held on 14 July.

Tiffany Lynch, Chair of Leicestershire Police Federation, said: “PC Burnham was acutely aware of the risks involved when entering this house. Had it not been for her bravery and self-motivation in these extremely difficult circumstances, then this could have resulted in a tragic fatality.”

PC Catherine Burnham also received a Chief Constables Commendation for Bravery, and was awarded with the Society for the Protection of Life from Fire in March 2016.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Katy was incredibly brave. She put herself at risk to save a life in a way that is typical of police officers everywhere. I was proud to be able to present her with my commendation, and her national recognition is completely appropriate.”

Categories: Leicestershire

Missing man Scott Greet found

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 15:36

Missing man, Scott Greet, 45, was found safe earlier this afternoon. (Saturday 18 June)

Thank you to all those who shared our appeal.

Categories: Leicestershire

Have you seen Scott Greet?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 18:57

Officers are concerned about a man from Leicester and are appealing to the public for information.

Scott Greet, 45, was last seen earlier today (Friday 17 June) walking towards Wakes Road roundabout in Wigston Magna, Leicester. He is known to frequent Aylestone Road, using the shops and garages in the area.

He’s believed to be without his medication which he needs to take regularly.

Scott is white, 6ft 4” tall with cropped brown hair, brown eyes and a stubbly beard. He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt and black trousers.

If you think you have seen Scott or know where he might be, call 101.

Categories: Leicestershire

Men jailed following vicious sexual assault

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 16:59

A man who subjected a woman to a vicious sexual assault before leaving her for dead has been sentenced for a series of offences.

At Stafford Crown Court today (Friday 17 June), Vijay Singh, 43, of Oxford Street, Leicester, was given an indeterminate life sentence and will remain on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

He was found guilty of attempted murder and sexual assault by penetration following an eight day trial in May.

He carried out the attack last year, at a premises in King Street, Leicester, leaving the victim with multiple injuries.

Singh fled the scene with Balbir Singh, 50, of Thurcaston Road, Leicester.

Balbir Singh was convicted of assisting an offender and sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Detective Sergeant 4125 Sarah Walker, the investigating officer, said: “The victim has shown immense bravery and courage throughout the investigation.

“It was an incredibly distressing experience for her and she has had to relive the attack in order to assist officers to piece together the events of that night and ultimately bring those responsible to justice.”

Categories: Leicestershire

Eight years for man found with £200,000 worth of cocaine

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 16:06

A 26-year-old has been jailed for eight years after being caught with 1kg of cocaine.

Sean Nolan, of Beaumont Leys, Leicester, was charged with possession with intent to supply Class A and pleaded guilty to the offence today (Friday 17 June) at Leicester Crown Court.

The cocaine was 69% purity and had a street value of £200,000.

Officer in the case, Vicky Stather, said: “Hopefully this eight year sentence will act as a deterrent to others who are considering bringing drugs into Leicestershire.”

Categories: Leicestershire

Do you recognise these men?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 14:00

Officers investigating three burglaries in Hinckley town centre would like to speak to two men who may be able to assist with their enquiries.

Between 1.15am and 7am on Friday 27 May, premises on Market Place, Station Road and Thornycroft Road were burgled and a large quantity of tobacco products and cash were taken.

Police are releasing the images of two men in the hope that they will come forward and help with the investigation or someone may know who they are and contact us.

If you can help, call Detective Constable 4121 Natasha Batstone on 101, quoting reference number 16000133403

Categories: Leicestershire

Did you see an assault in the Narboroguh Road area?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:30

Officers investigating a report of a robbery in Bede Park are asking any witnesses to come forward.

Did you see a man being threatened in the area at around 4am on Saturday 4 June? The 20-year-old victim was assaulted and has his mobile phone and wallet taken.

Around a similar time, a 24-year-old man was assaulted in Narborough Road, near the Hinckley Road junction.

Both victims needed surgery as a result of these incidents.

Detective Constable, James Collins, the officer leading these investigations, said: “We cannot rule out the possibility these incidents may be linked.

“I am appealing to anybody who was out in the area in the early hours of 4 June who may have seen what happened and could assist our investigation.

"Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you, could help with our enquiries."

Anyone with information, contact DC 2892 James Collins on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymous on 0800 555 111.

For information about staying safe while you’re out in the city, please visit: https://leics.police.uk/personal-safety

Categories: Leicestershire

Two Ibstock schools targeted by lead thieves

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 10:05

St Denys Infant School in Laud Close, and Ibstock Junior School in Melbourne Road, had lead taken from their buildings.

The lead was taken between 5pm on Friday 3 June and 7am on Monday 6 June when a suspect climbed existing scaffolding to gain access to the roof.

A school in Ashburton Road, Hugglescote, was also targeted, with lead being taken from the roof, between 6.15pm on Friday 10 June and 7am on Monday 13 June.

Do you know who is responsible for these incidents? Did you see anyone acting suspiciously over that weekend in the Ibstock area? Get in touch with us.

Call 101 with information.

For crime prevention advice, visit: leics.police.uk/ruralwatch

Categories: Leicestershire

Roadshow encouraging women to talk about honour-based violence and forced marriage

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 15:37

Today (Thursday 16 June 2016) Leicestershire Police and national charity Karma Nirvana held a roadshow to raise awareness of the issues surrounding forced marriage and honour-based violence.

The event, held at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, attracted 73 professionals and community members who saw survivors of honour-based abuse tell their stories and specialists talk about the work that is being done to help victims in Leicestershire.

The roadshow is one of ten events that Karma Nirvana is running nationally, targeting communities in order to provide a wider and more open discussion of the hidden abuse.

Karma Nirvana has more than 20 years’ experience of supporting victims and survivors of honour-based abuse and they receive 250 new reports each month.

Leicestershire Police works closely with the charity to train its officers to ensure they become specialists in this rare but very serious crime. Thirty two police officers, who already work in this field have been trained by Karma Nirvana to give them the skills to risk assess and investigate a very serious and complex area of crime.

Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “I was delighted to be asked once again to open this roadshow, which this year focuses on the empowerment of women.

“Today has given us a great opportunity to reflect on the progress made and to celebrate the positive contributions ordinary women play in their communities.

“Leicestershire Police works actively with local agencies and partners to raise awareness of forced marriage and honour-based violence, and to improve how we respond to these difficult issues.

“We continue to develop awareness among our own employees with training to help them to spot the signs of those trapped in abusive relationships.”

To find out more about Karma Nirvana, please visit their website www.karmanirvana.org.uk/

Categories: Leicestershire

Drug dealers plead guilty

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 14:22

Five men who played a part in bringing more than £450,000 worth of heroin to Leicester’s streets have all pleaded guilty at court.

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

Yesterday (Tuesday 14 June) at Leicester Crown Court, Usman Patel, 27, of Oak Road, Leicester, pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, and dangerous driving.

Robert Duguid, 48, of Moorfields, Leicester pleaded guilty to allowing premises to be used in the supply of Class A drugs.

Habeeb Yaqoob, Isreal Clarke and Hamazah Aslam pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at an earlier hearing.

In November 2015, after a five month policing operation, Yaqoob was stopped in his car on Asquith Way, Leicester, and officers recovered half a kilo of high purity heroin and a further 350g of specially made cutting agents. These had a street value of around £85,000.

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

Detective Inspector Greg Maides who led the investigation said: “Evidence showed Yaqoob made his first visit to Leicester in June, followed by a further eight drugs courier runs. The total street value of these runs is estimated at £450,000.

“Using a network of contacts, the heroin was delivered to the property in Moorfields, where it was cut and made ready to sell to wholesale dealers.

“The evidence gathered by a dedicated team of officers was so strong it left the defendants with no option but to plead guilty to their offences.”

Three men pleaded guilty to the following offences at a hearing on 4 March:

• Habeeb Yaqoob, 21, of Barnsley Road, Sheffield: conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

• Israel Clarke, 22, of Lynwood Court, Stoughton Road, Leicester: conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of a knife

• Hamzah Aslam, 22, of Broadway, Leicester: conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of a knife

Another man Omar Aslam was originally charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, but the case was dismissed.

Sentencing is due to take place on 8 July at Derby Crown Court.

Categories: Leicestershire