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Attempt to steal ATM in Coalville

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:57

Detectives are investigating an attempt to steal an ATM from a store in Coalville early this morning.

Officers were called at around 2am on Wednesday (12 December) to a report of a break in progress at the store in Whitwick Road.

On arrival at the scene, the suspects, three men dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered, were disturbed and made off empty handed in a red Ford Focus.

In the process of evading police, a police car was hit and damaged.

The Focus was later found abandoned nearby and it’s believed the suspects drove off in a black BMW.

Extensive damage was caused to the store.

The investigation is in its early stages and officers are in the process of reviewing CCTV and conducting initial enquiries at the scene.

Anyone who has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 18*600984.

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Do you know who killed Mumtaz Member?

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 06:00

New information into the brutal murder of a Leicester woman has now led detectives to issue an appeal on the third anniversary of the death.

Mumtaz Member’s body was found with severe injuries during the morning of Saturday 12 December, 2015. A post-mortem examination revealed that she died as a result of head injuries.

The 56-year-old mother of three was brutally killed in her home in Holmfield Avenue sometime between midnight and 9.30am, when she was discovered by a family member.

Detective Inspector Tony Yarwood from East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime Team, said: “Mumtaz was killed in a brutal way in her own home. The injuries she sustained were significant and she did not deserve to suffer like she did.

“We owe it to Mumtaz to find those responsible. It may be three years since her death but our investigation remains ongoing. We are now pursuing some new lines of enquiry but urge those who know what happened to Mumtaz to come forward.

“Someone in the community knows who was responsible for Mumtaz’s murder and we need you to come forward, you could help us solve this crime.

“We understand that it’s not always easy coming forward, especially if the information you may have is sensitive or you’re not sure if you have anything that may help. Please be assured that we have specialist officers who can assist.

“If you feel that you can’t contact the police directly, there are others way you can forward information on to us either via our website or by contacting Crimestoppers, anonymously.”

Two men and a woman were arrested at the time and subsequently charged with murder. However, the case against them was discontinued in 2016.

If you can help then please contact us via any of the following ways:-

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Woman dies following Bottesford collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 16:43

Police are investigating after a woman died following a collision in Bottesford.

The collision took place at 7.05pm yesterday evening (Monday 10 December), on the A52 at the junction with Belvoir Road, and involved two vehicles, a gold Vauxhall Corsa and a white Volkswagen Golf.

The driver of the Corsa sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger sustained serious injuries and was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment.

The driver and passenger of the second vehicle sustained injuries and were relayed to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. The driver has since been discharged.

The A52 between the A46 and the location of the collision, was closed to allow for an investigation of the scene. It reopened at around 2am this morning (Tuesday).

Detective Constable Alison Briance from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, is appealing for information, she said: “We would like to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw either of the vehicles being driven beforehand or the collision itself.

“If you have any information about the incident and have not yet spoken to officers we would like to hear from you.

“Equally if you have Dashcam and captured what happened we urge you to make contact.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4484 Alison Briance on 101, quoting incident number 552 of 10 December.

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Image released after assault in the city

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:33

Officers investigating a serious assault which left the victim with a broken jaw have released an image of a man they wish to speak to.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday 11 November outside of a nightclub in Church Gate, Leicester.

Police were called at 5.20am after a report of a fight outside of the venue. During the incident a man was hit in the face causing serious injury to his jaw.

The 21-year-old was taken to hospital and underwent surgery to have his jaw wired shut while it healed. He has since been discharged.

Officers are keen to speak to the man in the image as he could have information that could help their enquiries.

DC Kat Maguire said: “This incident left the victim with a horrific injury that required him to be in hospital for several days.

“If you are the man in the image or you know who he is please contact me. He could have information that could help with the investigation.”

If anyone can help identify the man please call 101, quoting incident 18*544137.

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Body found in Glenfield identified

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:12

A body of a woman discovered near Groby Road in Glenfield on Thursday afternoon (6 December) has been formally identified as Glenda Poole.

65-year-old Glenda had been reported missing after she was last seen at her home address in the Somerset Drive area of Glenfield at around 4pm on Monday 3 December.

A post-mortem examination has been conducted to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner.

Officers would like to thank everyone who assisted with our enquiries and shared our appeals.

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Christmas Carol Service at Leicester Cathedral attended by hundreds

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:06

Around 400 people attended a Christmas Carol Concert last night held by Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

The service at Leicester Cathedral was attended by serving and retired officers, staff, volunteers and their families.

A collection from the service is set to be shared between two charities – The Rudolph Charity which collects funds for children related charities in Leicestershire and the National Police Memorial which honours the courage and sacrifice of officers who have laid down their lives to protect and serve the public.

Guests were welcomed by the Dean of Leicester Cathedral, The Very Reverend David Monteith, while Leicestershire police and fire Cadets held a Guard of Honour.

There were readings by Sergeant Emma Matts and PC Matt Eld, Beat Bobby of the year, DC Tony Gale from the Christian Police Association, as well as Rick Taylor, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer and Richard Hall, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer.

The congregation joined a choir of 21 youngsters from St Patrick’s Primary School, in Leicester, and Leicester Cathedral Choir singing carols including Ding Dong! Merrily on High, Away in a Manger, and In the Bleak Midwinter.

Mr Cole said: “It’s lovely to celebrate Christmas and to remember our colleagues past and present in this special way. Police and fire emergency services work 365 days a year and so it’s only fitting that we pay tribute to our colleagues who serve the public so diligently, day in day out.

“It’s also wonderful that two charities close to our hearts will benefit from the monies collected during the service.”

Mr Taylor added: “It was a privilege to attend last night’s service at the Cathedral. Having been to the Christmas Carol Concert before, this was my first service attending as Chief Fire and Rescue Officer. The coming together with our colleagues from Leicestershire Police, staff, past and present, and being joined by our friends and family to reflect and rejoice was totally in keeping with this festive period. The Christmas spirit was shared by many, in what was a poignant, yet uplifting service.”

Kathryn Birtwisle, a year five class teacher at St Patrick's Primary School, said: "The children were thrilled to be part of the service. They were really excited and honoured because there was such a real sense of occasion."

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CCTV footage issued after suspicious fire in Syston

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:57

Officers investigating a suspicious fire at a shop in Syston have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

The fire was discovered during the early hours of Wednesday 21 November at the Mace store in Melton Road and significant damage was caused to the roof of the building during the incident.

A silver Mazda Demio 2002 model was seen in the area and this may be connected to the incident.

Anyone who recognises the man in the footage or has any suspicions about who he may be is asked to contact PC 1469 Hussain Hodgkinson on 101, quoting crime reference number 18*562605.

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Officers investigating robbery would like to speak to this man

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:01

Officers are appealing to speak to the man pictured following a robbery which happened in a Leicester street.

A woman was walking in Weymouth Street on Monday, 12 November, when she was approached by a man on a bicycle who grabbed a gold chain from around her neck.

The incident happened near the junction with Catherine Street at around 3.30pm. The woman did not suffer serious injuries in the incident and no other items were stolen.

It is believed the suspect headed in the direction of Harrison Road following the incident.

Detective Constable Steve Wallage said: “Enquiries remain ongoing and we believe the man pictured will be able to help us with our investigation.

“If you are the man pictured, or know who the man is, then please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 18000546835.

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Motorcyclist dies after collision in Hugglescote

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 14:29

A motorcyclist who was involved in a collision in Hugglescote last month has since died in hospital.

Police were called to Central Road around 8.30pm on Tuesday 27 November after a collision involving a white Citroen DS3 and a black Huoniao HN 125-8 motorbike.

The Citroen was travelling towards Ellistown and the motorcyclist was travelling in the opposite direction when the collision occurred, close to junction with Fairfield Road.

The 29-year-old rider was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he subsequently died.

The driver of the Citroen was not injured.

Detective Constable Pete Davies, the investigating officer, is appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to get touch.

He said: “I’d urge anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw the vehicles beforehand and not yet spoken to the police to do so. Alternatively anyone who may have captured the collision or the events leading up to it on their dashcam please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 18*574981.

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Missing man John Blurton found

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 21:52

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

75-year-old John Blurton from Brookside in Burbage was reported missing at 7.30pm this evening (Friday).

He was found safe and well at Leicester Forest East Services, shortly before 9.50pm.

Officers would like to thank all those who helped by sharing our appeal.

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Family’s tribute to couple who died in Rutland collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:41

The family of a couple who died following a collision in Rutland have paid tribute to them.

Mark Whitworth, 57, and Joyce Smith, 64, died following a two-vehicle collision on the A1 in Tinwell last Wednesday (21 November).

Today, the immediate family of the couple, who lived in Scotby, near Carlisle in Cumbria, said “all can take some comfort in the knowledge that the couple, who had spent the last 25 years together, died suddenly and side by side with little suffering.”

The family also thanked everyone for their “enormous and overwhelming support during this difficult time.”

Mr Whitworth, who had worked for Cumbria County and Carlisle City Councils for more than three decades, and Ms Smith, who was a former St Aidan’s school teacher and director of Redcrest Holidays, had been travelling south to visit family at the time of the collision.

The incident happened at around 5.10pm on the southbound carriageway of Great North Road (A1) about 300 metres south of the junction with the A6121, Leicestershire.

Mr Whitworth and Ms Smith, who were the driver and passenger in a white Citreon C3, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of a white Kia Sportage sustained minor injuries and was taken to Peterborough Hospital for treatment.

Officers are continuing to appeal to anyone who saw either vehicle beforehand or who witnessed the collision, and who has not yet contacted police, to make contact.

Detective Sergeant Gary Haines said: “We are continuing to carry out full enquiries into this tragic incident and urge anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to get in touch.

“Anyone who was in the area and has any dashcam footage is also urged to check this and to make contact if you have any information which could help.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 429 of 21 November.

*The family of Mr Whitworth and Ms Smith has asked for privacy at this time.

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Criminals claiming to be the police steal thousands

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:30

Leicestershire Police is warning members of the public about a telephone scam in which the offenders are pretending to be police officers and conning vulnerable people out of thousands of pounds.

The criminals are calling residents, some of whom are elderly and vulnerable, claiming to be police officers. They then say that a relative has been arrested and the victim needs to come and pay their bail. They will then attempt to get the victim to meet them at a cash machine to withdraw their bail money.

This year has seen 62 reported incidents within Leicestershire relating to the callers claiming to be from the police and attempting to pull off this type of scam. Nine of these attempts were successful which resulted in a total financial loss to the victims of more than £62,000.

The fraudster’s narrative can, however, change daily and as well as impersonating a police officer, other common organisations they imitate can include, a bank, HMRC and Action Fraud.

Paul Wenlock, Head of the Economic Crime Unit at Leicestershire Police, said: “This kind of crime preys on the best intentions of some of the most vulnerable people. We cannot emphasise enough that the police would never call you to come and pay someone’s bail. Neither would your bank ask for your bank details, nor would HMRC ring asking you for money.

“If you are unsure about the nature of a phone call, then ‘Take Five’. Call someone that you trust and ask them if they think the call sounds legitimate.

“We are also encouraging people to #tell2. Tell two people in your life about telephone fraud and how they can protect themselves. If they then pass this information on to another two people, we can begin to protect lots of people. An unbroken chain of 26 ‘tell2'ers’ would reach 67 million people, more than the total UK population.”

For further information on telephone fraud and how to help protect yourself, go to the, Police, Age UK or, Take Five website.

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Lincolnshire man given 12 year sentence for sexual offences

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:47

A Lincolnshire man who subjected three young girls to sexual abuse a number of years ago has been jailed for 12 years.

Gary Skinner, 45, of Simpson Court, Ingoldmells, Skegness, Lincolnshire, was found guilty on Friday 30 November at Leicester Crown Court of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 and five counts of assault by touching on a girl under the age of 13.

He was sentenced today (7 December) to a total of 12 years in prison.

The conviction follows an eight day trial where the court heard how Skinner sexually abused three young girls in Leicester between 1998 and 2009.

Detective Constable Charlotte Wright of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) investigated the case.

She said: “I would like to applaud the victims bravery in coming forward and reporting crimes which took place many years ago, their courage has now led to a man being convicted and facing a considerable amount of time in jail.

“I hope this result helps the victims move forward in their lives and put the events of those years behind them.

“We would always encourage anyone who has been a victim of such crimes to report it to us, no matter when the offences took place. Specialist officers in the CAIU team can help and support you through the initial stages through to the legal proceedings.”

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Body found in missing person enquiry

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:55

Officers carrying out enquiries into a woman reported missing from home have this afternoon (Thursday) found a body.

The body was discovered at around 2.30pm near Groby Road in Glenfield.

Although formal identification has not yet taken place, the body is believed to be that of Glenda Poole.

65-year-old Glenda was last seen at her home address in the Somerset Drive area of Glenfield at around 4pm on Monday 3 December. She was reported missing by a family member on Tuesday evening (4 December).

A post mortem examination will be carried out this evening to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death.

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Police force acts to protect workers with terminal illness

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:35

Both Leicestershire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have signed up to the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ Charter.

The move, which was initiated by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, and endorsed by Chief Constable, Simon Cole, pledges that the force will support officers and staff diagnosed with a terminal illness.

The voluntary charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign, it seeks greater security for terminally ill workers through a ‘protected period’ where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition. The campaign was launched following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a sales manager in Derbyshire who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

Willy Bach and Simon Cole were joined by the Midlands TUC Regional Secretary, Lee Barron, at a signing ceremony at Leicestershire Police HQ, last week with representatives of Unison, the GMB Trade Union and the Police Federation in attendance.

Simon Cole said; “It is compassionate to support colleagues through a terminal illness and the role the force plays is a responsibility we take incredibly seriously. I fully support the initiative and signing the pledge is our way of publicly committing to supporting employees and officers diagnosed with a terminal illness.”

Willy Bach said; “A terminal diagnosis is a devastating blow. Peace of mind around job and financial security brings huge comfort to employees and their families. I am proud to work alongside a police force that shows such consideration and support for its employees and officers.”

Lee Barron said; “We are really pleased that Leicestershire Police has agreed to sign the charter with the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner and local union branches to protect the employment rights of staff with a terminal illness. We want to ensure that employees and officers living under such difficult circumstances, have the freedom of choice on how they want to spend their final months, including remaining in employment, if they so wish.

The TUC Dying to Work voluntary charter states:

  • We recognise that terminal illness requires support and understanding and not additional and avoidable stress and worry.
  • Terminally ill workers will be secure in the knowledge that we will support them following their diagnosis and we recognise that safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and can be therapeutic in itself.
  • We will provide our employees with the security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families, which helps them through this challenging period with dignity and without undue financial loss.
  • We support the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign so that all employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection and have their death in service benefits protected for the loved ones they leave behind.

Leicestershire Police has produced new guidance to support line managers and heads of departments where team members have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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Woman seriously injured following Leicester collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:02

A woman has been seriously injured following a collision in Leicester.

Officers were called to the single-vehicle incident in Thurncourt Road, near the junction with Vale Close, just after 3.45am yesterday (Wednesday 5 December).

The collision involved a red Peugeot 206 car.

The 17-year-old woman was taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where she currently remains. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

An 18-year-old man, from Leicester, has been voluntarily interviewed in relation to the incident.

Police Constable Robert Rollings said: “There were multiple calls to the emergency services following the incident and a number of people were in the area. If you were one of these people, and you have not yet made contact with police, then please do so.

“Anyone else who has any information is also urged to get in touch. If you have any CCTV or dashcam footage, then please also check this to see if it holds any information which could help our enquiries.”

If you have any information call 101 quoting incident 18000587991.

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Police staff member pleads guilty to computer misuse offences

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:56

A Leicestershire Police staff member has pleaded guilty to three offences of computer misuse.

Jane Denmark, 56, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (6 December). Following the guilty pleas, she was sentenced to 40 hours community service, £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

Head of Professional Standards, Superintendent Martyn Ball, said: “We expect all officers and staff to uphold our high standards of professional behaviour at all times and an internal misconduct investigation is now underway.”

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Three charged with burglaries in Charnwood area

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:26

Three people have been charged with burglary following incidents in the Charnwood area.

Luke Holford, 27, of Forest Drive, Sileby, Loughborough; Liam Bradbury, 18, of Winforde Crescent, Leicester; and a 17-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have all been charged with two counts of burglary.

The charges relate to incidents which happened in the Thurcaston and Quorn areas on 6 November.

Holford has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 7 January.

Bradbury and the 17-year-old man have been released on conditional bail and are due to appear at Leicester Magistrate’s Court on 17 January.

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Officers get communities in the festive spirit on the run up to Christmas

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:44

A Police Community Support Officer from Beaumont Leys has delivered a hundred chocolate selection boxes to children at the Glenfield Hospital this Christmas.

PCSO Paige Martin visited the Glenfield Hospital at the beginning of the week (Monday 3 December) to give selection boxes to children on a number of wards including the Children’s Unit, Children’s Outpatient Unit and their Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Half of the boxes were kindly donated by Tesco in Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre and Paige paid for the other half herself. This is the second Christmas that Paige has delivered gifts and she also gives out Easter gifts to the same wards. The hospital is on her beat area in Beaumont Leys so she makes regular visits as part of her community duties.

Paige said, “It was a privilege to make an impact on children and families that may not be feeling so positive.

“I’m very grateful for the support of Tesco and the staff at Glenfield Hospital for allowing me to organise this event. I hope to carry this on for many more celebrations and look forward to next year.”

Carolyn Webster, from Ward 30 at Glenfield Hospital said: “This is such a thoughtful and kind thing to do for the children.

“We really appreciate PCSO Paige visiting us and donating these gifts to the children. It makes us all smile and most importantly makes the children feel really special - thank you!”

Paige is not the only PCSO from the West Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) to get into the Christmas spirit. PCSO Pete Smith has arranged for Father Christmas to visit the New Parks Christmas Extravaganza at the New Parks Leisure Centre on St Oswalds Road on Saturday 15 December. The event is being held from 11am to 2pm for children in the area who can visit Santa’s grotto, take part in arts and crafts and face painting and go for a free swim.

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PCC seeks views on possible precept increase

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:01

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, is seeking the public’s views on whether or not they would support an increase in the policing element of the Council Tax.

The budget for policing in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland during 2018-19 was set at £176.3m. Approximately two-thirds of that comes from Central Government with the remainder raised through the policing element of the Council Tax. In Leicestershire, since 2010, there has been around a 30% reduction in Government funding despite a significant increase in the population of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Between 2010 and 2018 the force has had to cut officer numbers by 541 - that is around 23%. In 2006 there was one police officer per 430 members of the public. In 2018 there is now one police officer per 602 members of the public. Nationally, police numbers have gone down by more than 20,000, their lowest level for 30 years.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, is responsible for the provision of an effective and efficient police service. He is keen to invest in the police and wants to ensure the force has the resources it needs to provide the type of police service the public expect and deserve.

In order to do that, Lord Bach says he has little option but to consider increasing the policing element of the Council Tax. This is in line with what the Government has said it expects PCCs across the country to do.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) wants to hear the views of the public and is urging them to fill in the short survey below:

OPCC budget consultation

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