Nineteen drivers were stopped last week as part of a campaign aimed at tackling road traffic offences carried out by drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles.
Operation Tramline saw a section of the M1 motorway being patrolled by an unmarked HGV ‘tractor unit’ as part of the ongoing Fatal 4 campaign, which targets drink/drug driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
Officers in marked vehicles stayed in radio contact with the officers in the HGV and stopped motorists who were seen committing one of the fatal four offences during the operation on Thursday 11 October.
Twelve drivers were stopped and reported for seatbelt offences, three for using mobile phones, one for speeding, one for a defective tyre, one for the use of a stolen vehicle and a final vehicle was seized for being without tax.
PC Tony Bunker led the operation, he said: “Whilst it is extremely disappointing that we are not getting the compliance that we would expect from a number of HGV drivers in terms of driving behaviours, the operation has been successful and we hope this sends a strong message to other HGV drivers on the road.
“It is important that we continue to enforce road traffic law to keep the motoring public of Leicestershire and the East Midlands safe and go about their journeys unhindered.”
Leicestershire police will continue to work with Highways England to tackle the behaviour of motorists and the tractor unit will be returning again in the future.
Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision in Leicester city centre this morning (Sunday 14 October).
It happened on Churchgate at the junction with Gravel Street shortly after 6am, when a blue Volkswagen Golf was in collision with a pedestrian.
The pedestrian, a 19-year-old woman, was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment. Her injuries are not life-threatening or life-changing.
Three men, two aged 19 and a 20-year-old were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. They remain in custody.
Sergeant Michael Young, of Leicestershire Police, said: “I’d like to ask for anyone who saw what happened to contact police. We believe that there were a group of people who were in the area at the time and officers would like to speak to them.”
Anyone with information can call 101, quoting incident 161 of 14 October.
‘No Place for Hate’ is the theme of Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 (HCAW) which begins today (Saturday 13 October).
The police and local councils across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are working together to tackle hate crime and highlight how to report it.
A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against someone because of their disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference.
It doesn’t always include physical violence and can include someone using offensive language or harassing someone because of who they are. Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for safer communities, said: “I hope people take part in these awareness raising events and embrace the diverse cultures and communities of Leicestershire, or even consider holding an event of their own to celebrate diversity.
“Hate incidents are under-reported, but if we all stand together we can help support victims and let them know in Leicestershire there is no place for hate."
A number of awareness raising events will be taking place across the area during the week including a ‘cake not hate’ stand, workshops in schools and a hate awareness market stall.
E-training on hate awareness will also be promoted to council staff across the area.
Leicestershire Police has a dedicated Hate Crime Officer, Nicola Mannion, who provides advice and support to officers who deal with victims of hate crime and hate incidents in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Nicola said: “Hate crime can take many forms, it is important that people know how hate crimes are defined and how these crimes and incidents can be reported if they occur or are witnessed. Report it to us and we will investigate it.
“Hate incidents and hate crimes don’t just impact on the victim but the whole community so we’re pleased to be working with a range of other agencies to highlight these issues during Hate Crime Awareness Week.”
People can report hate incidents and crimes to the police by phoning 101, there is also the Stamp It Out website which has online reporting (this can be anonymous) or in an emergency always call 999.
You can also report hate incidents to your local authority:
County Hate Line on 0116 305 8263 (during office hours)
In Leicestershire county you can also visit your local council office or library, which are reporting centres for hate incidents. Reporting centres are alternative locations within the local community
You can follow the campaign locally on social media where partners will be using the hashtag #StampoutH8
Two men were injured following reports of a fight involving a number of people in a Leicester street.
Initial reports suggest the incident, which happened in Humberstone Road, Leicester, at around 9.45pm yesterday (Thurs) involved at least 10 people.
Officers attended the scene and the injured men, who were found in the area of Clyde Street and Erskine Street, were taken to hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.
A silver metal pole has been recovered from the scene of the incident.
A 22-year-old man, from Leicester, has been arrested on suspicion of affray and remains in police custody.
Enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances of the incident.
Sergeant Mark Boon said: “We are appealing to anyone who was in the areas of Humberstone Road, Clyde Street or Erskine Street yesterday evening to think back to anything you saw or heard which caused you concern.
“If you have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then please make contact. If you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area then please check this to see if holds any information which could help us.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 18000489645.
Officers concerned for the welfare of a man reported missing are appealing for public help to find him.
Ian Grice, 59, from the Temple Hill area of Whitwick, Coalville, left his place of work in Rugby, yesterday afternoon (Thursday 11 October) calling a family member at 2.50pm to say he was on his way home.
A family member contacted police when he failed to arrive.
Ian is white, 5ft 10ins tall with a bald head. He has tattoos on both arms. On his left arm is his name and a rose, on the right are the names Grace and Mandy. He wears purple framed glasses and a hearing aid in each ear and is described as walking with a stoop.
Ian drives a silver four door Kia Magentis which was spotted shortly after 6pm yesterday evening in Bicester.
PC Phil Porter, from the Missing from Home team, said: “As time goes on we are growing increasingly concerned for Ian's welfare.
“If anyone has any information about Ian’s whereabouts or thinks they have seen a man matching his description we’d like to hear from you.”
Call 101 if you can help.
Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Trading Standards have carried out a week long campaign aimed at disrupting and stopping rogue traders and aggressive doorstep sellers.
‘Operation Rogue Trader’ has been running across the whole country this week (Monday 8 October to Friday 12 October) to target those people who choose to exploit their customers, often the elderly and vulnerable, by doing low quality or dangerous work often charging inflated prices and bullying or threatening customers into agreeing to the work.
Leicestershire’s campaign centred around an operation in Market Harborough on Wednesday (10 October) where officers used their stop and search powers and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to pull over vehicles. The driver was then spoken to by an officer and a representative from trading standards and the Department of Vehicles Licensing Authority (DVLA) to establish if they were operating legally.
In total officers stopped 15 vehicles, one vehicle was seized for not having insurance/vehicle excise licence and the driver was reported for the offences, two further vehicles were issued with immediate prohibition notices, not to be driven on a public road for defective tyres. The tyres had to be replaced before the vehicles could continue their journey.
PC Tony Bunker, who ran the operation, said: “Rogue Trader is really important for us, it sends out a clear message that we have a zero tolerance policy towards rogue trading and the exploitation of vulnerable people.
“We were able to seize a transit van for having no tax or insurance as well as a number of other motoring offences including a faulty fuel cap and a bald tyre. Working closely with the DVLA meant we were able to get this dangerous vehicle off the road.”
“Councilor Nick Rushton, Leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: “The success of this operation reinforces how we are working closely with Leicestershire police to ensure that rogue traders are not operating across Leicestershire.
"We have been out speaking to members of the public and carrying out roadside checks across the county to raise awareness with both consumers and businesses. We encourage anyone that may have any information on rogue traders operating in their area to contact Citizen’s Advice on 03454 040506.”
There was also an educational side to this operation; Police Community Support Officers have been leaflet dropping in local areas, providing the public with advice about what to look out for to prevent themselves from becoming a victim of rogue trading.
The family of a Leicester woman who died after a collision in the city centre released the following statement today (Thursday 11 October) after the inquest into her death was opened and adjourned by HM Coroner.
Annette Booth was a pedestrian involved in the collision in Woodgate at 11.10pm on Saturday 29 September, when a blue Mercedes CLK was in collision with a bus stop.
Mrs Booth was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she was sadly pronounced deceased.
A family spokesperson, Steve, said:-
“A 57-year-old female, the mother of two handsome, beautiful sons, Luke and Clain, a sweet, beautiful, devoted, loving and loved wife to Stephen.
“Daughter to Ellen and Molton, sister to Derek, Micheal and Jason, Aunty to Callam, Lilly, Linford and Harly. Sister-in-law to Ann, Bill, John, Susan, Margret, Kathy, Shirley and Annette.
“To her cousins and her many countless friends she was kind, honest, loyal, caring, supportive and compassionate.
“Annette was in some ways a private and shy person, yet also fun loving with her little mischievous ways too! She had an infectious laugh and a smile to light up any room.
“In recent years she had battled with ill-health, which presented her with new daily/weekly struggles and challenges after a series of strokes.
“She was a fighter and did what needed to be done. She never gave up on herself or anyone else and news that our oldest Luke was due to be married in May 2019 and subsequent news on Easter Sunday that we were due to expect our granddaughter in October this year, she was feeling elated. This news together with planning our celebration of 19 years of marriage and 30 year anniversary of being together in August/September, 2019, gave her focus and strength towards the future.
“A truly beautiful woman tragically taken from us, all whom loved and knew her. Never to be forgotten, always full of life. A story to be told, now in eternal peace. Love you forever darling.”
Officers investigating the collision urged anyone who witnessed the collision or the circumstances leading up to it to contact them.
A 26-year-old man, from Leicester, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and being unfit to drive through drink or drugs. He has since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4484 Briance on 101, quoting incident number 756 of 29 September.
A teenage girl reported missing has been found safe and well.
Kristina Ginova, 14, had last been seen at an address in Knipton, Grantham, on Saturday evening (6 October).
Officers have thanked everyone who shared the appeal and provided information.
A project to bring about stronger relations between faith communities and Leicestershire Police saw Chief Constable Simon Cole sit down to share a meal with a Leicester family last night.
The meal, which comes in the run up to national Hate Crime Awareness Week which begins on 13 October, is one of several which will take place between families from various faith and cultural backgrounds and officers in the coming weeks.
It is part of an international funded project being led by Leicester charity, the St Philip’s Centre, to foster greater understanding and involvement between different faiths and cultures in diverse cities including Antwerp, in Belgium, and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
The unique project entitled “Cops, Communities, and Consent”, saw Mr Cole sit down to dinner with Muslim family, Ismail Jogi and Naadira Nurgat and their two sons aged 12 and 15 years, at their home in Humberstone, alongside Sergeant Kev Mistry, where they informally discussed topics including perspectives on policing, careers, aspirations and hopes for the future.
Other faiths hosting meals include Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Sikh families, among others.
Mr Cole said: “I was delighted to join Ismail and Naadira to share a meal.
“Having these conversations allows us to open doors further into other communities and helps foster mutual respect and collaboration.
“Leicester, as we know, is one of the country’s most multi-cultural cities but there is always more work to be done and that includes ensuring that our force is reflective of the people it serves. That’s why I hope we can break down some barriers to learn how best to encourage more people from a diverse range of faiths to join the force in roles that are rewarding, varied and bring with them a huge amount of respect and career opportunity.”
Ismail added: “We spoke about a great many topics, from Islamophobia to the perception of the police to community relations, police recruitment and budget pressures. It was a two way conversation and I feel there is now a greater understanding on both sides.”
The project is funded by the Open Society Foundation which works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies. It will see officers share and develop learning with European colleagues.
Faith leaders will also be invited to ‘shadow’ local officers in their roles in order to get a greater understanding of what this involves. In addition, an external ‘Forces Faith Forum’ has been created to rotate between different places of worship and assist in reviewing force policies and actions.
Riaz Ravat, deputy director of St Philip’s Centre said: “The meals provide an informal and open way for the police to hear from real families – people who ordinarily only encounter the police if there is a need to. They will take place in a spirit of hospitality and welcome. There is no set agenda and so I’m confident that a variety of topics will be discussed to aid mutual understanding. “I am particularly pleased that here in Leicestershire, we are working to bring people together using very simple but effective methods.”
A flat in Market Harborough which has been causing problems for local residents after incidents of drugs misuse and violence has been closed by police.
Since March this year residents have reported continual anti-social behaviour (ASB) problems at the property within Edwin Court in Kettering Road.
Yesterday (Wednesday 10 October) Leicester Magistrates Court granted a full closure order, evicting the occupants from the property for three months. A copy of the closure order is displayed outside.
Inspector Gavin Drummond of Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) said: “The volume of crimes, incidents, reports and ASB linked to the property has had a massive impact on police resources, partner agencies and the local community.
“We have received numerous complaints about activity at this address. It is completely unacceptable and has seriously affected the lives and wellbeing of residents living nearby.
“We have taken necessary action to bring the unacceptable behaviour to an end. We owe it to people living nearby to take steps which will allow them to live in safety and peace without having to tolerate this.”
Anyone breaching the order can be arrested and, if found guilty, could face a punishment of up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine.
The order prohibits anyone from remaining on or entering flat 9 Edwin Court at any time except emergency services or an agent/officer of Waterloo Housing.
A man is in hospital with serious injuries following an assault in a Leicester street.
Officers were called to the area of Moores Road, near Melton Road, at around 12.50am today (Thurs) following a report that the man had been attacked.
The man, who is in his 30s, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he currently remains. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.
A second man, who was also in his 30s, was also injured and was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary. He has since been discharged.
Initial reports suggest the man who suffered serious injuries was assaulted by a group of men. The men are described as Asian and aged between 18 and 21-years-old. Following the incident, they are believed to have left the scene running along Moores Road.
A scene preservation remains in place in the area of Moores Road and Melton Road this morning as enquiries continue.
Sergeant Lindsey Booth said: “We are continuing to establish the full circumstances of the incident and remain in the area this morning carrying out enquiries.
“Two men have been injured in this incident, one suffering serious injuries, and we urge anyone with any information to contact police.
“Were you in the area during the early hours of this morning and did you see or hear anything which caused you concern? Do you have any CCTV or dashcam footage which could hold vital information? If you have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then please get in touch.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 18000487856.
A Leicester man has today (Wednesday 10 October) been jailed for a string of non-recent sexual abuse.
Randolph Stott, known as Andy, was sentenced to six years when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Wednesday 10 October).
Stott, 71, began abusing his two victims when they were both aged between 10 and 11.
He started abusing his first victim in the mid 1990s, continuing until the end of the decade. Stott took advantage of her while they were alone together, buying her presents while also giving her money.
Stott, of Hesketh Avenue, Leicester, began abusing his second victim in the late 1990s, buying her presents and also taking her on trips.
Both victims reported the abuse to Leicestershire Police last year. Stott subsequently pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault at Leicester Crown Court on 21 September.
He is also subject to a lifetime sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders register for life.
Detective Constable Anna Blockley, the investigating officer, said: “Stott targeted and groomed his victims from a young age, buying them presents in the belief that they wouldn’t tell anyone about his actions.
“Although neither victim spoke to police at the time that the abuse was happening, they have both shown great courage in coming forward and giving providing detailed accounts that led to Stott’s conviction.
“His sentencing today is a stark reminder that all reports of non-recent sexual abuse in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will be subject to a thorough investigation and any offenders will be brought to justice.”
There are a number of different agencies who are able to offer independent help and support to victims of sexual offences in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Further information on these services and details on who to contact if you have been a victim of a sexual offence can be found by visiting http://leics.police.uk
A 22-year-old man from Leicester has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and aggravated burglary following an incident in Loughborough.
It happened shortly before 11pm on Sunday (7 October).
Connor Tooms, of Pavilion Close, Leicester, was charged with the offences yesterday (9 October) and appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today.
Tooms was remanded in custody and will appear at Leicester Crown Court on 12 November.
A 17-year-old from Leicester, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has been charged following an incident in Market Harborough.
He was charged with possession of a bladed article, criminal damage, public order, assaulting a police officer and racially aggravated public order.
The youth is due to appear at Youth Court on 26 October.
He was charged following an incident in Market Harborough on 9 July, when police received a report of a man in The Square with a knife.
A 34-year old man has admitted starting a spate of fires in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire.
A number of vehicles, as well as flat, were damaged during three separate incidents that happened late on the evening of 29 August into the early hours of 30 August.
Daniel Milburn, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to three counts of arson recklessly endangering life when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Monday (8 October).
Police were made aware of the incidents by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, with the first occurring in Mowsley Road on 29 August. Milburn had set several wheelie bins alight, causing a severe fire which spread to two vehicles parked in a nearby car port. The car port then caught fire, causing smoke damage to a nearby property. A total of 13 wheelie bins were damaged in the fire.
Milburn first set fire to a bin outside a care home in Bell Lane, also on 29 August. However, after doing so, he then approached staff and pulled the bin away from the building, stating he was a trained fireman.
Milburn also spoke to members of the fire service before leaving the scene but was later identified on CCTV footage. He then set fire to a camper van parked in Church Street in the early hours of 30 August, which was put out by the fire service.
He then went on to set several wheelie bins alight in Mowsley Court, causing a severe fire which spread to two vehicles parked in a nearby car port, causing damage to both. The fire then spread to a nearby flat, causing further damage.
A total of 13 wheelie bins were also damaged in the fire.
Detective Constable Chantel Booth, the investigating officer, said: “Milburn’s actions put multiple lives in danger and also caused thousands of pounds worth of damage. His decision to start multiple fires placed a significant increased demand on emergency services that was completely avoidable and unnecessary
“When interviewed, he told officers that he was drunk. This is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for the way he behaved and the public should take reassurance that he has been brought to justice.”
Milburn is next due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 6 November.
A teenage girl reported missing is believed to be in the Fairmead estate area of Melton Mowbray.
Police are continuing to appeal for the public’s help to find 14-year-old Kristina Ginova, who was last seen at an address in Knipton, Grantham, shortly before 9pm on Saturday (6 October).
Kristina has connections to the Melton Mowbray area. Following extensive enquiries it is believed the teenager is currently in the Melton Mowbray area – and is likely to be in the area of the Fairmead estate.
The enquiries, which include checking addresses in the area, continue and officers are appealing to anyone who has seen Kristina, or knows of her whereabouts, to contact police.
Kristina is described as slim, 5ft 5ins tall, with long straight brown hair and a tanned complexion.
She was last seen wearing khaki-coloured joggers, a white, grey and pink jumper and black slider shoes. She was also carrying a black bag.
Anyone with any information regarding Kristina should call 101, quoting incident 567 of 6 October.
Officers attended Highcross Shopping Centre’s student Lock In event last night to give out useful advice to young people.
The popular event, specifically for students, saw thousands from across the city and beyond, flock to the shopping centre to pick up exclusive discounts from 8.30pm until midnight when the doors finally shut.
PCSOs Joshua Shardlow and Elliot Godden gave out information and advice, ranging from how to stay safe online to not walking home alone and keeping windows and doors locked at all times.
PCSO Godden said: “The event was a huge amount of fun and enabled us to talk to students directly to give them some common sense advice about how to stay safe, and keep their belongings safe.
“The chances of them becoming a victim of crime are very low but there are steps they can take to make that even lower. We also reinforced the message that it’s important to respect neighbours as ultimately students are ambassadors for their universities and poor behaviour can have some serious consequences.”
Among those who spoke to officers was De Montfort University student Kaitlyn Glenn, 20, who said: “It’s good to come and get some useful information at events like this. It's definitely reinforced some common sense advice.”
Detectives investigating a fatal collision on the A46, in which a 33-year-old man died, have issued a fresh appeal for information.
It happened on the southbound carriageway, just north of the Hobby Horse roundabout, at around 11.40pm on Thursday 27 September. The two vehicles involved were a black Volkswagen Golf and a silver Toyota Yaris.
The driver of the Volkswagen subsequently died at the scene. Police can today (Wednesday 10 October) name him as John Lee, from Sileby, Leicestershire.
The driver of the Toyota suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment and was later discharged.
Detective Constable Pete Davies, of the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU), said: “Today I’m asking for anyone who was travelling on the A46 that night to cast their mind back.
“I’m particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw the collision take place, or who saw either vehicle prior to the collision occurring.
“I’d like to ask anyone who may have information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, and who has not yet come forward to contact me. Likewise, if you have dashcam footage that you think would assist with my investigation, then please give me a call.”
Anyone with information can contact DC 1761 Davies on 101, quoting incident 710 of 27 September.
Officers searching for a missing 51-year-old man can now confirm the body found in Groby is that of Hem Kumar Rai.
Mr Rai, a Nepalese national, was last seen in the Groby area on Friday 21 September, his body was found last Friday (5 October)
His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for HM Coroner.
Officers would like to thank everyone who assisted with their enquiries and shared appeals for information.
The public are being invited to a special emergency services day in Humberstone Gate this week when they will have the chance to throw a wet sponge at police officers.
The event, on Saturday 13 October, will feature demonstrations from riot police and officers from across Leicestershire will be available to chat to about the work they do, including Leicester City Centre Policing Team, British Transport Police, special constables, and police cadets.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be there with a fire engine for youngsters to look around. Officers will simulate an incident to showcase the equipment they use to help release trapped people from their vehicles and the conditions they often have to work in.
In addition, there will be a number of other military agencies at the event who will demonstrate some of their equipment. Local council services will be present for people to gain advice on issues ranging from littering to anti-social behaviour.
Face painting will be available for youngsters and it is hoped a climbing wall will be there for those daring enough to test out their skills.
PC Andy Gardner from Leicestershire Police has organised the day to help showcase the skills of the emergency services and guide the public on their correct use. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask any questions.
He said: “We hope as many people as possible, young and old will come and join us on the day to have a bit of fun but crucially, learn about what we all do and the roles we fulfil.
“If we can ensure the proper use of our services then it may be we can cut down on demand to these crucial resources when they may not be needed.”
The event will take place from 10am to 4pm on the day.