Leicestershire Police are asking the public to give A ‘Gift for Courage’ this Christmas in support of the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust’s Christmas campaign which launched today (Monday 17 December), in partnership with Twitter UK. The campaign aims to honour and remember fallen police officers who will be commemorated on the new UK Police Memorial to be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
From today until Friday 4 January 2019, the Trust will be tweeting the names of officers who died on duty on each day as well as personal Christmas video messages from the families of the fallen. As part of the campaign people will be directed to the UK Police Memorial website to make an online donation or to text COURAGE to 70171 to make an immediate £5 gift.
The campaign is raising money for the Trust’s Memorial fund which aims to create a physical memory of 4,000 police officers and staff who have died on duty as well as creating a Living Memorial fund that will support their families. The Memorial will cost £4.5 million to establish and to date £3.7 million has been raised. The Trust aims to complete the project by 2020.
As well as making donations, Leicestershire Police are asking the public to get involved and show their support for those who have laid down their lives from our Police service by tweeting out messages of tribute and uploading their own video messages of thanks using the hashtag #gift4courage.
Both the force and the OPCC are very supportive of the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust as they seek to ensure a poignant memorial for fallen officers.
“The OPCC has donated £20,000 from the Police Property Fund and a share of the collection from the recent force carol service has also gone towards this.
“Having attended the Arboretum on a number of occasions, it’s important that policing is represented in the same way as other services are commemorated.
"Sadly, some of the names that will go onto the memorial will be people that we know and served with and will include colleagues from Leicestershire Police who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
"We would urge you to support this Christmas appeal.”
Sir Hugh Orde Chair of Trustees said: “This time of year is about families coming together to celebrate the festive season. For some there will be an empty seat at the table of those who went out to work to police our cities, towns and villages and sadly never came home. We owe them all a debt of gratitude and to remind them and their families that they will never be forgotten.”
For more information on The Memorial please visit the UK Police Memorial website.
Officers are continuing to appeal for information after a man was injured following an incident in Leicester city centre.
A 22-year-old man was found collapsed in Belvoir Street at around 3.15am on Sunday and was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
It is believed the man was assaulted and officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time.
They are particularly keen to speak to a small group of Asian men and women, who were seen in the street at the time of the incident.
They would also like to speak to a number of people who were seen filming the incident on their mobile phone.
The victim currently remains in the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, in a serious but stable condition and is no longer unconscious.
Police Constable Rich Jackson said: “Enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances of this incident including extensive CCTV checks.
“We are still keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, who has not yet contacted us, in particular the people mentioned above.
“Please think back to if you were in the area at the time in question and to any information which you may have, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
“If you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at the time, please also check this to see if it holds any vital information.”
Anyone with any information should contact PC 2168 Rich Jackson quoting incident 105 of 16 December.
A man and woman from Rutland have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the importation of up to £6 million-worth of ‘laughing gas’ for illegal human consumption.
The pair, both aged 55, were detained in the Ketton area on Monday 17 December 2018, and are to be questioned by officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) on suspicion of importing a psychoactive substance and money laundering.
Four other men and two women were also taken into custody during coordinated raids in north and south Yorkshire by Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit.
Nitrous oxide, also known as ‘laughing gas’, ‘balloons’, ‘NOS’ and ‘hippy crack’, is a gas commonly used in the medical and catering industry but is increasingly being used as a so-called ‘legal high’.
The consequences of taking the substance include dizziness and headaches, but can also be deadly, leading to suffocation.
EMSOU’s Detective Chief Inspector Ed McBryde-Wilding said: “In 2016, the government changed the law to ensure those involved in the unlawful supply of nitrous oxide could be prosecuted.
“Today, by working closely with other law enforcement partners, we have arrested a number of individuals suspected of being involved in the trafficking of this seemingly innocuous but potentially deadly substance.
“I hope today’s operation sends a strong message to those involved in this illicit trade that we will seek to prosecute wherever possible.”
A Leicestershire Police staff member appeared before magistrates on Thursday(13 December).
Laura Perridge, 30, of Leicestershire, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to six offences under the Data Protection Act 2018 for misusing force computer systems.
She was fined £300, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
An internal misconduct investigation is now underway.
A group of eight officers have been recognised for their outstanding work as part of an operation to tackle the supply of illegal drugs in North-West Leicestershire.
The officers were rewarded with a certificate for outstanding work, at the Chief Superintendent’s Award Ceremony, which took place at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters, on Friday 14 December.
The operation, which took place in September, saw a total of nine arrests and investigations in relation to possession of offensive weapons and the supply of class A and B drugs.
Officers also collaborated with a number of partners including, North-West Leicestershire District Council, which contributed significantly to securing seven closure orders for anti-social behaviour and drugs related offences.
In addition, three vehicles were also seized. The successful operation has seen the lives of local residents enhanced as a result of the eviction of their anti-social neighbours.
PC Graham Wells initiated the operation, he said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have picked up this award. We really did not expect it at all, however, there was outstanding work done by many individual officers within this operation and I am glad this has been recognised.
“The operation itself was a great success and shows just how effective we can be when we work collaboratively with local partners, such as North-West Leicester District Council. The action that we took really emphasised our zero tolerance stance towards this type of criminality. It has such a negative impact on the people who live in the local area and can cause major disruption and unrest to people’s lives. It is therefore important that we are proactive in dealing with these issues.”
Officers investigating a fatal road traffic collision have released a picture of a witness they wish to speak to.
The woman in the image stopped to provide assistance at the collision on the A46 in August.
She left the scene before officers were able to take her details but police urgently want to speak to her as she could have information which may help with the investigation.
The collision happened on the northbound carriageway of the A46, between the slip road for the A6 and Wanlip, at 10.49pm on Saturday 18 August.
The incident involved a silver Citroen Picasso and a black Ford Fiesta. The occupants of the Picasso - a 50-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man - died at the scene.
A number of people stopped to provide assistance, including this woman who was captured on an officer’s bodycam. She has been described to officers as a “medical professional”.
Despite extensive enquiries and witness appeals, police have not been able to trace her and are issuing her photo to the public in the hope she will come forward or someone will recognise her.
Officers want to make it clear this woman was not involved in the collision but was at the scene shortly after it occurred.
Detective Constable (DC) Ali Briance, from the force’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “We have tried a number of ways to locate the woman in the image but so far have not been able to identify who she is.
“This woman had no involvement in the collision but provided assistance after it had occurred and she may have information helpful to the investigation.
“Unfortunately we are unsure if this woman lives in the area or if she was simply travelling through Leicestershire when the collision occurred. We are hoping that by releasing her image she, or someone who recognises her, will come forward.
“If this is you, or you know who the woman is, please call me.”
A 26-year-old man from Northampton has been arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol and causing death by dangerous driving and has been released under investigation.
You can contact DC Briance on 101, quoting incident number 781 of 18 August.
Police are currently investigating following the theft of an ATM in Earl Shilton.
An alarm was activated at a building society in The Hollow shortly before 4.15am this morning (Monday 17 December).
Officers attended and it was established the ATM had been removed from the wall using a telehandler which was left at the scene. It has since been recovered by police.
Three vehicles were seen leaving the area and following police enquires these vehicles, along with the ATM, were found nearby.
Enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible for the theft. No arrests have been made at this time.
All roads in the area have been reopened but a cordon remains in place at the building society.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 53 of 17 December.
A 22-year-old man has been injured following an incident in the city centre in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).
The man was found collapsed in Belvoir Street, Leicester, at 3.15am this morning, and was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
It appears he may have been assaulted and subsequent CCTV checks show a man, matching the victim’s description, involved in an argument with two men. A number of people are seen to be filming the scene on their mobile phones.
The victim is now in the Queen’s Medical Centre where he is receiving treatment for a head injury.
PC Rich Jackson is the officer in the case. He said: “I know there were lots of people in the area when this incident took place – and the CCTV I’ve seen shows a number of people filming it on their mobile phones.
“I’d like to speak to you. You may have vital information about what happened and help me find who was involved, and the circumstances surrounding this man becoming injured.
“We haven’t been able to speak to the victim yet, as he is unconscious in hospital.
“Did you see what happened? Can you shed any light on what caused any cross words and the subsequent incident? It’s very important I speak to you.”
Call 101, asking to speak to PC 2168 Rich Jackson, quoting incident number 105 of 16 December.
Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation unit are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Market Harborough.
The collision happened at around 5.50pm yesterday (13 December) on Doddridge Road at its junction with Kings Road.
It involved a pedestrian and a grey Audi A4 which was travelling towards Burnmill Road.
The pedestrian, a woman in her forties, was taken to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire with serious injuries.
The Audi driver was not injured.
Detective Constable Seamus Burns, the investigating officer, is appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to get touch.
He said: “I would like to ask anyone who witnessed the collision to please contact us. Alternatively anyone who may have captured the collision or the events leading up to it on their dashcam, I would also urge to get in contact.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 18*604700.
More than thirty officers, special constables and staff members were recognised this afternoon (Friday 14 December) for outstanding work over the past year.
The Local Policing Directorate (LPD) Chief Superintendent’s Awards Ceremony, which took place at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters, celebrated work that has led to a reduction in crime, tackled anti-social behaviour and in many cases demonstrated exceptional levels of bravery.
Awards were handed out in recognition of a wide range of outstanding work, which included; preventing and helping several members of the public who were intent on taking their own life; giving first aid treatment including CPR; arresting a suspected a burglar who violently assaulted two police officers; running an exceptional team of cadets, setting up a Safer Roads Team run by special constables and securing intelligence that was instrumental in securing a nine year jail term for a man who beat someone with a crowbar causing serious injury.
The awards were presented by the LPD Chief Superintendent, Andy Lee, who said: “Today was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate some of the amazing work that our officers and support staff across the Local Policing Directorate do.
“Some of the examples of work that we have heard today really are quite remarkable and demonstrates just some of the ways in which members of our team go above and beyond the call of duty in order to serve members of the public.
“It is therefore so important that we take this opportunity to recognise and reward the work that is done by our officers and we should certainly celebrate how they operate as both individuals and also in their respective teams.”
PC Adam Commons was one of the officers who received an award. He was recognised for his exceptional work, when he talked a member of the public down from a bridge from which they were going to jump, he said: “I’m really honoured to have received this award, it was totally unexpected.
“When you are in the moment and carrying out the job, you certainly don’t think about accolades such as this, it is absolutely just a case of doing your job. Afterwards you reflect and think, it’s great to have been able to help that person, but you certainly don’t expect to be recognised in this type of manner.”
A man was seriously injured following an assault in the car park at Tesco Hamilton, Maidenwell Avenue, Leicester.
The victim was approached by two men in the car park, in the area near the library and surgery, at around 5.30pm last Friday (7 December).
The men, who are described as white, demanded the victim handed over his wallet, phone and keys.
When the victim refused, he was attacked leaving him with serious injuries. He attended hospital following the incident where he underwent treatment. He has since been discharged.
Enquiries are ongoing.
Detective Constable Michael White said: “This incident happened on a Friday afternoon when people would have been in the area. We believe this includes a person who shouted over to the suspects at the time of the incident.
“We urge anyone who was in the area at the time, including this person who shouted over, to make contact with us. If you have CCTV or dashcam footage from the area, please also check this as it could hold vital information.”
Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 18000594344.
A 31-year-old man has been charged with four counts of burglary in the Melton Mowbray area.
Mitchell Ailmore, of no fixed address, is charged with the offences which happened between 3 and 12 December.
Ailmore was remanded into custody to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (14 December).
An Oakham man has been given a six year custodial sentence after pleading guilty to a number of sexual offences against six young girls.
In October, Ryan Steadman, 20, of Stud Road, Barleythorpe, Oakham, pleaded guilty to 11 counts against six victims at Leicester Crown Court.
The pleas relate to five counts of causing a child aged 13 to 15 to watch a sexual act, four counts of inciting a child aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and two counts of sexual activity with a child, aged 13 to 14. The offences happened between 2015 and 2018.
Steadman was originally charged with 39 counts against 11 victims. The remaining counts will lie on file.
At Leicester Crown Court today (14 December), Steadman was given a six year custodial sentence, an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and ordered to be on the sex offenders register for life.
Steadman was arrested in February this year when officers received information from another police force that a 14-year-old girl had travelled to Leicestershire to meet with Steadman after chatting on social media. It was alleged that while in Oakham, Steadman had engaged in sexual activity with the girl.
Following initial questioning, he was released from custody but remained under investigation while specialist officers and staff from the force’s Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) team continued to investigate and subsequently established he had been in contact with other girls.
Detective Inspector Jenni Heggs, who is in charge of the force’s CSE team, said: “Steadman’s usual method of offending was to contact a number of children, usually girls aged 13 to 15-years-old, via Snapchat and try to engage them in conversation.
“CSE is a crime which sadly is on the rise especially given the ease of social media and its popularity with young people. We know that some victims find it difficult in coming forward and talking about the abuse they have suffered or don’t always realise the signs they are being groomed before it’s too late. We want to reassure any CSE victim that there is support available and specialist staff here to assist them through that process.
“Our team of representatives from the police, social care, health and other support workers will continue to work together to safeguard children and identify, prevent and disrupt CSE.
“I would like to add that I am extremely proud of all those who were involved on this investigation in particular the investigating officer DC Gareth Gimson, whose sheer dedication and commitment to seeking justice has been proven in this case.
DC Gimson added: “The victims have been particularly brave and I would like to pay tribute to them for their co-operation and support as we wouldn’t have secured this conviction without them.”
The following websites offer useful advice and help about the dangers of engaging with those on social media you don’t know and how you can help children stay safe online:
Crimestoppers have offered a substantial reward on the third anniversary of the brutal murder of a Leicester woman.
Mumtaz Member’s body was discovered in her home in Holmfield Avenue at 9.30am on Saturday 12 December, 2015.
The 56-year-old wife, mother and grandmother, was found with severe injuries and a post-mortem examination revealed that she died as a result of head injuries.
The independent charity, Crimestoppers, is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Detective Inspector Tony Yarwood from East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime Team, said: “Someone in the community knows what happened to Mumtaz and we are hoping the reward will generate further information.
“This won’t go away. Mumtaz didn’t deserve to die the way she did and we are determined to get justice for her and find those responsible.
“We are now pursuing some new lines of enquiry but urge those who know what happened to Mumtaz to come forward.
“We know the answer to this lies within the community. As a result officers will be out and about in the Holmfield Avenue and Spinney Hill areas distributing leaflets which have been translated in to Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Hindi.
“We recognise that it’s not always easy to contact the police, especially if the information you may have is sensitive or you’re not sure if you have anything that may help. Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us.
“If you feel that you can’t contact us directly there are other ways you can pass information on to the police either via the force website or by contacting the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously.”
If you can help then please contact the police via any of the following ways:-
- 101, quoting incident number 274 of 10 December
- Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org
- Public portal via https://mipp.police.uk/
A 45-year-old Leicester man has been charged after a collision on the A6 in Quorn in November.
Barry Norris of Beaumanor Road, Leicester, has been charged with driving whilst disqualified, failing to provide a sample and assaulting a police officer.
He is due to appear before Leicester Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Friday 14 December).
The charge relates to a single-vehicle collision on the A6 in Quorn at 9.20pm on Monday 12 November.
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.
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:-
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.
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.
A body of a woman discovered near Groby Road in Glenfield on Thursday afternoon (7 December) has been formally identified as Glenda Poole.
65-year-old Glenda Poole 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.