Leicestershire

Man who died in M69 collision has been named

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:09

Police have named a man who died following a collision on the M69 motorway.

The collision happened at about 10am on Tuesday 10 October on the northbound carriageway, between junctions 1 for the A5 at Hinckley and junction 2 for Sapcote. It involved three vehicles, a breakdown recovery truck, a black BMW 1 Series, and a white Transit van.

The driver of the recovery vehicle, 42-year-old Christopher Hadland, from Leicester, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the van sustained serious injuries and was taken to the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire where he remains in a stable condition.

The passenger in the recovery vehicle was taken to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire and has since been discharged.

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Bank card stolen - public help needed in identifying men

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:07

Officers would like to identify these men after a stolen bank card was used to purchase items in Leicester.

Sometime between 1am and 9.20am on Saturday 12 August a house in Western Road, Leicester, was broken into and a number of items were stolen including a bank card.

Enquiries have established that the card was used at five stores in the city centre.

Anyone who recognises the men in the images or has any suspicions about who they may be is asked to contact the police.

Anyone with any information, call 101, asking to speak to PC 1347 Fitz Frank, quoting crime number 17*344492.

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Michael Moore – found

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:55

A man who was reported to police as missing from home has been found.

Michael Moore, 47, was located safe and well in Leicester yesterday evening (18 October).

Thank you to everyone who helped by sharing our appeal.

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Man found guilty of criminal damage

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:41

A 52-year-old man has been found guilty of criminal damage after a van tyre was slashed in Leicestershire last year.

At around 2pm on 1 November, John Hadfield approached a silver Mercedes Vito van which was parked on the roadside of the A444 Atterton Road. He took a multi-tool from his pocket and pierced one of the tyres on the passenger side of the van before walking away.

Hadfield, of Burton Road, Twycross, appeared at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court today (18 October) where he was convicted after pleading not guilty at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced to 18 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £625 in costs, £64 in compensation to the victim and £20 victim surcharge.

Detective Inspector Paul Kenyon, the investigating officer, said: “This was an act of pointless vandalism which caused needless distress and expense to the owner.”

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Pedro Godinho murder conviction - family issue statement

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:00

Pedro’s cousin, Rafael Godinho, has released the following statement on behalf of the family after a guilty verdict was returned yesterday (Tuesday 17 October).

“Yesterday a degree of justice was done because the man responsible for brutally stabbing Pedro in a cowardly act of retaliation was convicted for his murder.

“Ezekiel Braithwaite shamelessly lied and denied guilt despite overwhelming facts that proved otherwise.

“Pedro should still be here with his family, his wife and children. He had his whole life ahead of him instead it was cruelly taken from him by a man who chose to carry a knife and use it.

“Our lives have been torn apart by what happened to Pedro and regardless of the sentence Braithwaite receives it will never be complete justice for Pedro.”

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Have you seen missing Michael Moore?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:23

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 47-year-old man who has been missing for 24 hours.

Michael Moore was last seen by his family yesterday morning (Tuesday 17 October) when he left his home in the Ayelstone Road area of Leicester in his green Ford Mondeo estate car.

He has not been in contact with his family since, and isn’t believed to have access to a phone or money.

Michael is about 5ft 5ins tall, of stocky build, has mousey brown hair, a brown short beard and an bar piercing on his left eyebrow. He may be wearing a green parker jacket, a pair of tanned coloured work trousers and white trainers. He also has a large black and red tribal tattoo on his left leg.

It is out of character for Michael to go missing. He has friends in the Devon and Cornwall are and it is possible he could have travelled to those areas.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen him or who has spotted his car which has a roof rack and a registration beginning with EO53.

If you have seen him, or his car, please call 101.

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Arrest for incident in Ratcliffe Culey - man released

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:40

A 44-year-old man who was arrested after an incident in Ratcliffe Culey, Leicestershire, at the weekend, has been released.

The force received a report at 12.31pm on Saturday 14 October in relation to man sustaining an injury as a result of being involved in a collision with a quad bike.

Today (Wednesday 18 October) officers arrested a man on suspicion of assault and he has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

If anyone witnessed the incident or has captured the assault on camera they are urged to contact PC 1682 Richard Wilson on 101, quoting crime reference number 17* 444928.

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Arrest made after incident in Ratcliffe Culey

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:40

A 44-year-old man has been arrested after an incident in Ratcliffe Culey, Leicestershire, at the weekend.

The force received a report at 12.31pm on Saturday 14 October in relation to man sustaining an injury as a result of being involved in a collision with a quad bike.

Today (Wednesday 18 October) officers arrested a man on suspicion of assault and he currently remains in police custody.

If anyone witnessed the incident or has captured the assault on camera they are urged to contact PC 1682 Richard Wilson on 101, quoting crime reference number 17* 444928.

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Operation at airport to mark Anti-Slavery Day

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:14

Today is Anti-Slavery Day and officers will be at East Midlands Airport to raise awareness of what are, and aren’t acceptable working conditions to people arriving in the UK, potentially for the first time.

As part of the activity, detectives will be speaking to people arriving on flights from Eastern European countries, giving help and advice about working conditions and the laws in place to protect them.

Detective Sergeant Scott Cairns leads the force’s Anti-Slavery Team. He said: “We want to speak to as many people as possible who are arriving in the UK for the first time. We’ll be talking to them about how to get a National Insurance number – and the fact that this is free – and where to go for help and advice about looking for work.

“It’s unfortunately a reality that some people want to take advantage of those who are new to the UK and we want to try to arm those who haven’t been here very long with as much information as we can to help keep them safe while they are here in the UK.

“The general advice we would give is – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

There’s a Modern Slavery Helpline number, available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week where people can report incidents of what they think is the exploitation of people, be this on a large scale, in a factory, or on a lower level with a person being subjected to forced labour inside a house.

DS Cairns said: “All reports of suspected slavery are taken seriously by the force and are investigated thoroughly and we would encourage anyone who suspects someone is a victim of slavery to report it – through the helpline or on 101 to the force directly.

As part of the work being done to raise awareness of slavery and how everyone can help tackle it, the team are pushing the need for businesses to pledge to the anti-slavery statement. Businesses with a turnover of more than £36m must publish a statement that they are dedicated to identifying and stopping slavery in their supply chains.

DS Cairns said: “Many big businesses have been subscribing to ethical trading for many years, but we want to push the need for businesses to be aware of their legal responsibilities under the Modern slavery Act and scrutinise whether their supply chains are free from exploitation.”

Call the anti-slavery helpline on: 08000 121 700

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Guilty conviction in Pedro Godinho murder case

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:33

A 20-year-old has been convicted of murder after stabbing a man in the chest in retaliation for a comment made at a party.

Ezekiel Braithwaite confronted Pedro Godinho in a city car park on the morning of Sunday 26 March after taking offence to something he believed had been said about a relative.

Following a trial at Leicester Crown Court, Braithwaite was today (Tuesday 17 October) found guilty of murder. He was found not guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm on a second man.

Braithwaite, of no fixed address, is due to be sentenced on Friday 20 October.

The court heard how police were called by the ambulance service at 6.20am to a small car park in Canonsleigh Road where Pedro had been found seriously injured. He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he died shortly afterwards.

Through the course of their enquiries, detectives found that Pedro had been at a party hours before which included Braithwaite and some of his family members. He then left the party and took a taxi which stopped in the Canonsleigh Road car park.

When he arrived Braithwaite was there waiting and confronted 22-year-old Pedro about a comment he believed he had made before stabbing him in the chest and fleeing the scene.

A post-mortem examination determined he died as a result of a single stab wound.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Smalley, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, led the investigation.

He said: “A murder investigation was launched with detectives working around the clock as they carried out extensive house-to-house enquiries and viewed hours of CCTV footage, piecing together the events leading up to Pedro’s death and tracked down Braithwaite.”

In the early hours of Monday 27 March, detectives were given a breakthrough when their enquiries led them to a hotel room in South Yorkshire where Braithwaite was arrested.

DCI Smalley added: “This was a senseless attack carried out because Braithwaite took offence to a passing comment.

“Pedro was a young man who had his whole life to lead.

“Tackling and preventing knife crime is a priority for Leicestershire Police. We any incident involving a weapon extremely seriously, and we continue to work to educate those who choose to carry a knife, to raise awareness of the serious implications that decision could have.

“Last year we launched the #LivesNotKnives campaign to drive home the message of the devastating consequences knife crime can have and what could happen if you are caught carrying a weapon.”

More information about the campaign can be found here: www.leics.police.uk/knifecrime

A 21-year-old woman, who had been charged with assisting an offender, was found not guilty of the offence following the same trial.

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Autumn/winter update for North West Leicestershire

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:08

Welcome to my autumn update with a round-up of what has been happening in and around North West Leicestershire since my last blog and what exciting things we have coming up.

Tackling vehicle crime

Travelling criminals have been targeting vans to steal tools. North West Leicestershire Community Safety Partnership has supported the purchase of PIR’s (mini alarms). Our PCSO’s have been handing these out as part of vehicle crime prevention packs to our Trades people. We have also offered a tool marking service. We are grateful to Harlow’s, Taylors & Wickes Builder Merchants that have hosted us.

We are promoting were possible take tools into the house, if not park doors tightly against a wall or another vehicle, to make it harder for thieves.

We understand how distressing and inconvenient vehicle crime can be. The more security you put in to your vehicle the less attractive it will be. Protect your vehicle with recommended products.

For more help and advice visit our website at https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/vehicle-crime

You can report suspicious incidents on 101, if you know who is stealing or selling stolen property call us. Or you can report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at:

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/?gclid=CNaVsKCL8tUCFYO77QodjCQLnw

Denying criminals use of our roads

On Monday 2/10/17 & Tues 3/10/17 we ran Operation Humous to deny criminals the use our roads. Our Neighbourhood officers worked with other agencies at several locations across Leicestershire, including North West Leicestershire.

We arrested 7 people, for burglary offences, theft of motorbike, thefts and damage. We also seized a further 7 vehicles with either no insurance or tax.

Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

On the Evening of Sunday 8/10/17 and overnight Our Special Constables ran Operation Urge. This paid attention to reported anti-social behaviour due to ‘car cruisers’ around the Castle Donington area and also young people gathering in cars at Ashby. A few young people were advised about the community concerns, requested to be considerate, albeit on this occasion those we spoke to did not appear to be involved in ASB.

This summer we have issued 48 ASB advice and/or warning letters to young person’s causing a disturbance near to the Bath Grounds in Ashby.

We continue to discourage the purchase and use of off road bikes. Often it is young people ‘trespassing’ on land and committing traffic violations by riding on paths and roads. NWLDC kindly included an article in their tenancy magazine and with the help of our volunteer we have been delivering leaflets in areas affected, where we believe some riders are locals. We have given Section 59 notices (seizure of vehicles used in manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance) to 4 offenders

Traffic matters

The Traffic Management Department lead on Community speeding concerns. On occasions they ask for support at some locations where it is assessed not requiring enforcement vans. Our Specials have been providing further support to address community concern over speeding. They have completed checks in High Street/ Hill Top Castle Donington (B6540), Rawdon Road, Moira, Ryecroft Road, Hemington, B5324 Belton, Bosworth Road Measham, Atherstone Road/ Burton Road Measham, Ibstock Road Ellistown, Spring Lane Swannington, B586 Measham Road Moira, Pisca Lane Heather, Mill Lane Heather and Leicester Road Ashby.

Speeding concerns can be report at speed@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

Screening for Drug Driving

Driving under the influence of drugs is regrettably a growing national problem. We are currently training our officers in use of the new roadside testing kits.

Public Safety:

On 7/9/17 the Police, NWLDC licensing department and the Driver Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) ran checks on taxi and public service drivers near to East Midlands Airport. A total of 138 licensed vehicles were inspected.

One vehicle was seized as the driver was uninsured. Four vehicles received prohibition notices. Two drivers were reported for no road tax and another was issues with a fixed penalty notice for a tyre significantly below the legal limit. Notifications were also issued regarding minor defects.

Cybercrime

It’s GetSafeOnline week from 23rd to 27th October. To support the week and help raise cyber awareness and online safety, we are holding awareness sessions at Hermitage FM in Coalville on Thursday 26th October that will include:

How to spot phishing emails Advice on Passwords Spotting Fraud & Scams Protecting your identity

These sessions are not technical, and would be ideally suited to those who are not confident in using the internet and email. Sessions will run at 0930 and 1100, and will last approximately 1hr.

Places are limited so we would ask that if you wish to attend, you drop in to Hermitage Café or email admin@hermitagefm.com to reserve your place.

If you use twitter, why not follow @LeicsCyberAware for daily advice and information!

Domestic Abuse

Tackling Domestic Abuse is a national priority for the Home Office, Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers.

Neighbourhood Watch is working with Crimestoppers to raise awareness about domestic abuse and what our supporters and volunteers can do to help prevent and report it.

We would be grateful if you could spend just 3 minutes completing this survey, the results of which will help us to signpost people to the right place to report their concerns. Your responses are completely anonymous.

You can complete the survey by clicking on the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NWN-DV-Survey

Halloween, Trick or treat

Halloween can be a lot of fun. We do ask our young people and parents to respect that not everyone wants to take part. Some people can also find it frightening, particularly the elderly.

We know we can count on the support of our shops not to sell eggs and flour to young people planning to use it for the wrong purpose. Many will be displaying posters to this effect.

If you don’t want trick or treaters at your house you can collect a sign for your window from NWLDC police desk or down load & print one off from our website.

https://leics.police.uk/information-and-advice/library/posters

Educating North West Leicestershire

Stephenson College, Youth Service Impact Team, the police and North West Leicestershire Community funded and provided workers to run a 10 week Girls Project. It introduced attendees to work related education whilst offering education on risky behaviours.

Those that successfully completed the course culminated in an awards ceremony and a parade of their artistry in the use the ‘make-up’ techniques they had learnt. I had the honour of presenting certificates to ‘Stars’ that could have been cast from West end show. Their commitment was rewarded with some professional beauty products.

Importantly all of the girls that attended and applied for a course successfully secured a place that includes work placements. Research shows that those involved in apprenticeships are less likely to become involved in crime.

The staff that arranged and ran this course were nominated for the Police & Crime Commissioners Neighbourhood team of the year award and were highly commended runners up. Well done Janet Pallett (King Edward), Helen McNulty (Impact), Matt Suffolk, Elena Chambers & Luke Broughton (Police) and Jane Harwood Stephenson College.

Thank you to Storey Arms public house, Osgathorpe who hosted a beat consultation and engagement event. PC Jason Underwood was very pleased with the support from local councillors and residents. He provided crime prevention information to 25 people and gave information on how to join Neighbourhood Watch

https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/neighbourhood-watch

Coalville Police Station

The new extension being added to LFRS building to accommodate Police Officers is progressing well.
New officers:

I am pleased to welcome some new police community support officers to the team: - PCSO Tiffany Lloyd - PCSO Samuel Carter - PCSO Lynette Rose - PCSO Dale Collington - PCSO Robin Benson

They are undergoing their training and you will see them about in company with our experienced staff. Why not visit our local Policing page and find out who your dedicated Neighbourhood officer is and how to contact them. https://leics.police.uk/local-policing That’s all for now, whatever your plans have fun but don’t to forget

‘Celebrate Safely’

Helena Bhakta

Commander – North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Area

You can follow me on twitter: www.twitter.com/nwleicsnpa or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NorthWestLeicsPolice/

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Attack in Hinckley nightclub

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:46

Officers are appealing for witnesses to an incident in a nightclub in Regent Street, Hinckley, in the early hours of Sunday morning (15 October).

A 29-year-old man is in hospital following as attack and is currently in an induced coma, in a serious but stable condition.

At this time, no arrests have been made.

DC Emma Kunne, investigating the attack, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who was in Gravity Nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“We know from the witnesses we have spoken to that there were lots of people who may have seen what happened and the circumstances leading up to the attack.

“You may have vital information about the incident and be able to help with the investigation.”

Call 101, quoting incident number 39 of 15 October.

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Aggravated burglary in Bushby

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:48

Detectives are investigating an aggravated burglary in Dalby Avenue, Bushby.

Officers were called at 7:39pm last night (16 October) to a report of three men entering a house and threatening the occupant, demanding valuable items from the address.

The three men were described as white and wearing all black. They entered the house through a rear door, and when they left the property, it's believed they got into a car.

An occupant of the house was in the property at the time of the incident and sustained minor injuries.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who was in the area last night around the time of the incident who may have seen a car driving erratically or aggressively.

Call 101, quoting incident number 654 of 16 October.

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Cancellation of Councillor Training - 17.10.17

Unfortunately, due to illness, the Councillor training planned for today (17th October 2017) is cancelled. The LRALC office is contacting booked delegates to inform them of the cancellation.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

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Driver involved in fatal collision in Whitwick named

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:37

A 35-year-old man who died following a collision on Sunday (15 October) in Leicester Road, Whitwick, has been named.

Officers were called at 7.20pm to a report of a collision involving three vehicles, a red Kia Cee’d, a grey Volkswagen Polo and a black BMW 118.

The driver of the Kia, David Gallagher of Whitwick, sustained fatal injuries. No one else was injured.

The Kia was travelling on Leicester Road, towards Whitwick, when it was in collision with the Volkswagen Polo, which was travelling in the opposite direction, towards Copt Oak.

The BMW was also traveling towards Copt Oak and collided with debris in the road.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who saw the vehicles immediately prior to the collision, or the collision itself.

Anyone with information, call 101, asking to speak to DC 1761 Pete Davies quoting incident number 642 of 15 October.

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Fatal collision in Belton - motorcyclist named

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:21

A motorcyclist who died after a collision in Belton, Leicestershire, at the weekend has been named.

The collision occurred at 11.08am on Saturday (14 October) on Rempstone Road (B5324) and involved a motorcycle and Lexus CT200 car.

The motorcycle rider, Simon Cartwright, 52, of Baddesley Ensor, Warwickshire, sustained fatal injuries. No one else was injured.

The motorcyclist was travelling from Belton towards the Shepshed turning and the car was travelling in the opposite direction.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or either vehicle beforehand is asked to contact DC 1761 Pete Davies on 101, quoting incident 236 of 14 October.

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Service of Hope and Remembrance for Hate Crime Awareness Week

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:00

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Leicestershire Police is holding a Service of Hope and Remembrance at Leicester Cathedral.

The special service, which is for people of faith or no faith, is being held on Thursday 19 October at 5.30pm. It will bring people together to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those who have been lost and support those who need on going help.

The fifth National Hate Crime Awareness Week is running from Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 October supported by Leicestershire Police. The congregation will hear six short written pieces from the victims of different communities affected by hate crime and then a large church candle will be lit in remembrance and everyone who comes along can light a smaller candle.

Leicestershire Police’s Hate Crime Officer, Darren Goddard, said: “This is the first time we have held a service of remembrance during National Hate Crime Awareness Week in Leicestershire. We want to challenge negative attitudes around race and religion, disability and sexuality and our message is one of tolerance and respect and standing together to say there is no place for hate crime in any of our communities.”

Reverend Canon Karen Rooms, the Canon Missioner, said: “We are privileged to be working with Leicestershire Police to host a Service of Hope and Remembrance in Hate Crime Awareness Week because we are serious about promoting dignity and justice for all. We are one of a number of church communities across the city and county who find themselves offering safety and sanctuary to many anxious and isolated individuals and groups who find themselves being excluded.

“It is important to remember the deep human costs of hate crime and the simple but courageous things we can do and say which make a real difference. I hope this service will go beyond an act of solidarity and provoke some change in us all.”

The service is open to every community and will offer moments of inspiration, challenge and remembrance.

Everyone is welcome to come along and refreshments will be served afterwards. To book a place please email Darren Goddard at Darren.goddard8196@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

The service starts at 5.30pm at Leicester Cathedral, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester LE1 5PZ on Thursday 19 October

You can follow the week long events on Twitter using hashtag #NHCAW or follow @hatecrimeleics

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Four years in jail for grievous bodily harm

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:49

A 19-year-old man has pleaded guilty to deliberately driving his car into a group of people in Leicester last year.

Wahid Rob, of Neston Road, Leicester appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Friday (13 October) where he pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of dangerous driving.

Rob was sentenced to a total of four years in prison.

A fourth charge of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent was ordered to remain on file.

On Tuesday 1 November, a group of four friends got onto a bus and travelled into the city centre.

When they got off the bus at 4.50pm on Humberstone Gate and were walking along the pavement, a black Hyundai mounted the kerb colliding with them. The car carried on along the pavement before stopping and the two occupants got out and ran off.

Enquiries by police later discovered Rob was the driver.

Detective Constable Damian Young, the investigating officer, said: “It’s astonishing that the victims only received bruising and severe discomfort as a result of the incident as their injuries could have been far worse.

“Rob deliberately drove at the group and give no regard for the injury he caused them and I hope the conviction and subsequent sentence will help reassure them that justice has been done.”

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Timothy Smith - family statement

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:12

Following today's guilty verdict (Monday 16 October), Timothy’s father, Derick Smith, has released the following statement on behalf of himself, Timothy’s brother David, sister Janet and brother in law Terry.

“I would like to thank the police, and the investigation team, in particular our family liaison officers Eleanor Johnson and Karen McNeelance, for their support and bringing this tragic crime before the courts. It’s been a long six months of not knowing the reasons why, if indeed we will ever know them.

“I would also like to thank the ambulance service and fire service and to thank Lorraine for her help and guidance she has given us and the continued support from her and the team at Victim Support over the last few months.

“Timothy, or Tim as he was known, will always be a great loss to myself, to his brother and sister, our wider family and his friends.

“He was always first to help others no matter what situation occurred, he had a good social life, he was never deterred by trying something new and enjoyed the outdoors.

“But sadly now he has gone, we will miss his sarcastic humour and his opinions on life.

“All of us are still feeling the loss from a pointless death and for all the good or bad things he did in his life, he didn’t deserve to have his life taken this way.

“He would probably still be a single person now and for the rest of his life, but by his life being cut short so suddenly, hopefully he will be reunited with his mother, who sadly died only a year before his death.

“It seems such a waste of life, which no family should have to suffer, on both sides of the crime.”

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Guilty verdict in murder trial

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:55

Two men have been convicted of the murder of Tim Smith who was killed in Shepshed earlier this year.

Mark Anthony Law, 20, of Sandringham Rise, Shepshed pleaded guilty to murder on Friday 8 September 2017 at Leicester Crown Court.

His co-accused Mason Casey, 18, of Ludlow Place, Shepshed stood trial at Leicester Crown Court and was found guilty of murder today (Monday 16 October).

They are due to be sentenced at a later date.

Police were called shortly before 9pm on Thursday 16 March by the ambulance service who had attended the report of a road traffic collision in Gelders Hall Road.

A vehicle had been found which had seemingly collided with a wall. The driver of the vehicle, 45-year-old Tim, was unresponsive and following examination he was found to be suffering from injuries which were not consistent with a collision.

Tim died at the scene and a post mortem examination later revealed he died of a stab wound to the heart.

Detectives managed to establish from examining Tim’s mobile phone and extensive CCTV work, he had pre-arranged to meet Law after chatting on a social network site and picked him near to his home address at around 8.30pm that evening. Casey also joined them in the car.

It was later discovered that Tim drove to the industrial estate and parked the car. It was while he was in the car with Law, he was stabbed.

Both men fled the scene on foot leaving Tim fatally injured. He managed to reverse the car and attempted to drive out of the car park, but collided with a wall at the entrance and collapsed.

He was found by a member of staff at one of the nearby premises who had come outside after he had heard the collision.

Detective Inspector Simon Shuttleworth, who led the investigation said: “Today’s result and Law’s guilty plea is testament to the dedication and commitment of the investigation team whose determination to bring these men to justice never faltered.

“Tim’s family have conducted themselves with the utmost dignity throughout the course of the investigation and subsequent trial and I hope today’s convictions help them find some closure following his tragic death.”

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