Leicestershire

Detectives investigating collision in Evington

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 12:40

Witnesses to a serious collision in which a motorcyclist was injured are being asked to contact police.

It happened in Wakerley Road, Evington, at the junction with Ethel Road, at around 3.50pm yesterday (Saturday 20 April).

A solver Honda CBR 600F motorcycle was in collision with a dark blue Mercedes C220d. The motorcycle was travelling from the direction of the General Hospital and the car was travelling in the opposite direction.

The motorcyclist, a man in his 30s, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. His condition is critical but stable.

Detective Constable Seamus Burns, from Leicestershire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU), said: “I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet contacted police.

“It was a clear afternoon and it’s likely there will have been a lot of cars on the road. Did you see the collision take place, or did you see either of these vehicles prior to it occurring?

“If you have a dashcam fitted, please check for any footage that may have been recorded. Any information you have could help with my investigation.”

Call 101, quoting incident 392 of 20 April.

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Family pay tribute to motorcyclist after fatal collision

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:59

A motorcyclist who died following a collision on Melton Road, Lowesby, has been named by police.

John Thorogood was taken to hospital following the collision on the B6047 at 9.43am on Sunday 31 March which involved a black BMW R9 motorcycle and a white VW Transporter campervan. He died later the same day.

Today, Mr Thorogood’s family paid tribute to him.

They said: “You will be sorely missed. Nature is full of patterns which repeat through scales - from the very big to the very small, from atoms, through planets, up to galaxies and beyond we see the largest influence in the centre, holding the structure together. Families are no different. You held us all together, despite all and everything our tempestuous natures threw your way - throughout all the wind, rain and sunshine you remained a solid and steadfast rock of sensibility and integrity.

“Things will never be the same without you, for so many people, as your personality and warmth spread to all those around you - professionally and personally - the echoes of your character and actions will ring out for years to come in the hearts and minds of all those you touched throughout your time here. The full scope of your unexpected, untimely and frankly unbelievable departure will take a long time to set in, as the feeling you'll be home soon persists for everyone here. You will remain forever in our hearts.”

Enquiries are continuing into the incident and officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision.

The motorcycle was travelling towards Twyford and the campervan was travelling in the opposite direction at the time of the incident.

Detective Constable Seamus Burns said: “We are continuing to appeal to speak to anyone who has any information in relation to the incident. Did you witness the collision? Did you see either of the vehicles prior to the collision?

“If you have any dashcam footage from the area at the time, we also urge you to check this and make contact as you could help with the investigation.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1504 Seamus Burns on 101, quoting incident 139 of 31 March.

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Operation Lionheart - update for Friday 19 April

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:10

Operation Lionheart results

Total warrants = 90

Total arrests = 55

Total people charged = 51

Operation Lionheart – update – Friday 19 April

Charges

Charles Wallis, 56, of Moira Street, Loughborough, has been charged with three counts of supplying a class A drug, on 4 June 2018, 1 September 2018 and 18 October 2018. He has also been charged with permitting the use of a premises for supplying class A drugs between 1 June 2018 and 13 November 2018.

Susan Moon, 49, of Moira Street, Loughborough, has been charged with one count of supplying a class A on 24 September 2018 and permitting the use of premises for supplying class A drugs between 1 June 2018 and 13 November 2018. She was also charged with failing to attend an initial assessment to establish whether she was dependent upon or misused a class A drug on 7 March 2019.

John Moon, 47, of Pinfold Gate, Loughborough, has been charged with one count of supplying a class A drug on 26 October 2018.

William Hamilton, 48, of Rutland Street, Loughborough, has been charged with two counts of supplying a class A drug on 27 November 2018.

Scott Smith, 37, of Marshalls Court, Loughborough, has been charged with four counts of supplying a class A drug on 2 September 2018, 5 September 2018, 12 November 2018 and 13 November 2018.

Abdul Kalique, 39, of Good Yards Close, Loughborough, has been charged with two counts of supplying a class A drug on 26 September 2018.

Lyndsey Partridge, 33, of Good Yards Close, Loughborough, has been charged with two counts of supplying a class A drug on 25 September 2018 and two counts of possession with intent to supply a class A drug on 25 September 2018.

Jordan Raybone, 22, of Victoria Street, Loughborough, has been charged with four counts of supplying a class A drug – two counts on 13 August 2018 and two counts on 15 August 2018. He has also been charged with one count of possession with intent to supply a class B drug on 17 April 2019.

Jason Barefoot, 42, of Victoria Street, Loughborough, has been charged with one count of supplying a class A drug on 19 July 2018.

A 17-year-old, from Loughborough, who can’t be named for legal reasons has been charged with two counts of supplying a class A drug on 17 August 2018, one count of possession with intent to supply a class A drug on 17 April 2019 and one count of possession with intent to supply a class B drug on 17 April 2019.

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Jail for Leicester gang who plotted armed robbery

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:53

Four members of a gang have been jailed for a total of 30 years after their plot to commit armed robbery was foiled by police.

Two of the would-be robbers, Faruk Suleman, 48, and 44-year-old Craig Whetstone were convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery after a trial at Leicester Crown Court in August.

The remaining two men, Paul Hayes, 42, and 61-year-old Steven Fullerton pleaded guilty at earlier hearings to the charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Today (Thursday 19 April) at Leicester Crown Court, they were sentenced to the following:

  • Suleman, of Uppingham Road, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and sentenced to a further 18 months for fraud and drugs offences.
  • Whetstone, of Stonesby Avenue, was sentenced to five years.
  • Hayes, of Hebden Drive, was sentenced to five years
  • Fullerton, of Tedworth Green, also pleaded guilty to possession of a Section 5 firearm (CS spray) and was sentenced to six years and four months.

A fifth man was found not guilty of conspiracy to robbery.

The gang had set off from the East Midlands during the late afternoon of 26 April this year heading south down the M1 in a Volkswagen Golf. They then took the M69 and the A46 before joining the M40 southbound. Shortly after 8pm they stopped briefly at the Welcome Break Service Station before continuing their journey.

Unbeknown to them, an intelligence-led operation was underway and their plans and movements on that day were being observed. And as they joined the A404 at the junction with the M4 motorway, armed officers made their move, intercepting the Golf and bringing it to a controlled stop.

All five men were arrested at the scene and a search of the vehicle was carried out.

Inside the Golf officers found balaclavas, gloves, cable ties, tape, a hammer, a baseball bat and a number of other weapons including two imitation firearms and a fully-functioning stun gun torch which, despite its insignia, was not a police-issued weapon.

Searches were subsequently carried out at the home addresses of all five men, and further items were seized including more firearms, a stab vest, and an incapacitant spray.

Investigator Emily Sharpe, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), said: “These men were determined to commit a very serious crime.

“Despite extensive enquiries, we have been unable to identify who their intended victim was. That said, I am confident that the diligent work carried out by the investigation team and the actions of the officers involved in the policing operation prevented someone somewhere from being the victim of a very serious attack.

“The outcome of this case should serve as a warning to anyone intent on committing similar crimes that you will be caught and you will be brought to justice.”

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Two weeks of activity – a note about Operation Lionheart

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:03

Following two weeks of activity, the force has been to 90 addresses to enforce warrants, arrested 55 people and secured charges against 41 of them.

Police officers have been working around the clock to carry out the enforcement activity across locations in the city and counties, tackling County Lines activity and associated wider criminality.

This targeted action follows a significant investment of time gathering information and evidence on people suspected of being involved and identifying those vulnerable people affected.

Gangs and organised crime groups involved in County Lines activity exploit vulnerable people to carry out illegal activities across our county and beyond.

They usually exploit children or vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and money and will use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and encourage the carriage and use of weapons.

Chief Superintendent Adam Streets, head of local policing, said: “This has been a targeted operation with a large number of policing resources involved, all working very long hours to make sure those suspected of being involved in this type of criminality are taken off the streets.

“We have been working very closely with our partners to make sure that we disrupt them using all available opportunities and safeguard those at risk. This type of criminality will be rooted out and this coupled with future activity is ultimately making the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland safer.”

Operation Lionheart results

Total warrants = 90

Total arrests = 55

Total people charged = 41

Operation Lionheart – update – Thursday 18 April

Charges

The below people were arrested on Tuesday (16 April) or the early hours of Wednesday (17 April).

Karim Saiyani, 47, of Dunton Street, Leicester, has been charged with one count of supplying a class A drug.

A 17-year-old boy, from Leicester, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has been charged with one count of supplying a class A drug.

Lee Clayton, 40, of no fixed address, has been charged with one count of possession with intent to supply class B and two counts of supplying class A drugs.

Malgorzata Radawoec, 36, of no fixed address, has been charged with seven counts of supplying class A drugs.

James Jones, 29, of Armadale Drive, Leicester, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class B drugs and one count of supplying a class B drug.

Jonathan Huckerby, 29, of Pevensey Road, Loughborough, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class B drugs and supplying a class B drug.

A 15-year-old boy, from Loughborough, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has been charged with offering to supply a class A drug.

A 62-year-old man, from Loughborough, arrested on suspicion of supplying a class A drug has been released with no further action to be taken.

Gordan Watson, 47, of Barnsdale Close, Loughborough, has been charged with three counts of supplying class A.

Brian Kelsey, 26, of Waterside Close, Loughborough, has been charged with supplying class A drugs.

Andrew Morgan, 33, of Rutland Street, Loughborough, has been charged with supplying class A drugs.

Arrests

These people below were arrested on Wednesday (17 April) or in the early hours of Thursday (18 April). They are all from the Loughborough area.

Seven men, all from Loughborough, have been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs. They are aged: 56, 48, 47, 39, 37, 33 and 26.

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

Two women, aged 33 and 49, from Loughborough, was arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and supplying class A drugs.

A 42-yer-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

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Appeal to trace bikes stolen from college

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:00

Detectives investigating the theft of bicycles are urging anyone who has seen or been offered one for sale to come forward.

The bikes, which belong to British Cycling, were stolen from an outbuilding at New College in Glenfield Road, Leicester overnight between 10 and 11 April.

Seven bikes were discarded nearby. It is believed the incident happened between 6pm and 8am.

The bikes were due to be used by students and four classes had to be cancelled as a result of them being stolen. They are:

  • Six Hoy disc brake bikes
  • Six Pinnacle MTB small bikes
  • Three Pinnacle MTB medium bikes – and one of which was still boxed
  • Two Hoy 24-inch V-brake bikes
  • Two Hoy Meadow Hills CX 24-inch bikes
  • Two Pinnacle CX bikes
  • One Pinnacle CX women’s bike
  • One Mini Rocker BMX
  • One Voodoo BMX

Four Hoy 24-inch V-brake bikes and one Pinnacle CX bike were recovered nearby.

Detective Constable Gina Baxter, the investigating officer, said: “If you recognise any of the bikes pictured, have seen or been offered them for sale or have seen one being used, then please get in touch. Many of the bikes are quite distinctive in their appearance.

“The fact they have been taken has had a significant impact on the college, who have had to cancel classes as a result.

“If you have any information that could help my investigation, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, then please contact me.”

Call 101, quoting crime number 19*183660.

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CCTV released in search for man reported missing

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:44

Officers searching for missing man Shaun Egan have released a CCTV image as they continue to appeal for the public’s help.

The image shows Shaun on Monday 15 April – the day he was last seen in the area of Southfield Road, Loughborough, at around midday.

The 56-year-old has not been seen since and officers are extremely concerned for his welfare.

The image released shows Shaun in the clothes he was last seen wearing - a red and white checked shirt, a blue denim jacket and a dark-coloured baseball cap. He was also carrying a rucksack.

He is described as having short grey hair and a grey beard and moustache.

Enquiries remain ongoing to find Shaun and police are continuing to appeal to the public for help.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Shaun, call 101 quoting incident 149 of 16 April.

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Two people assaulted following burglary

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:18

Officers are appealing for information in relation to a vehicle believed to have been used in a burglary in which two elderly people were assaulted.

The car, which is believed to be a silver Mercedes C class estate car, was seen leaving the area following the incident in Stancliff Road, Leicester, at around 8pm on Sunday 31 March.

Three people wearing balaclavas entered the property assaulting two victims who were inside the house.

The suspects took jewellery and cash before leaving the property and leaving in the vehicle.

The victims, who are both in their 80s, suffered injuries in the incident and have been treated at hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The items of jewellery stolen include a gold chain with a silver pendant, other necklaces and two gold watches. One of the watches is Seiko brand and the other is Pulsar brand.

Detective Constable Syeed Ahmed said: “We have been carrying out full enquiries in relation to this incident and I am appealing for public help, particularly in relation to the vehicle used.

“Please think back to if you were in the area at the time of the incident which was on the evening of Mother’s Day. Did you see a vehicle matching the description in the area which caused you concern? Did you see or hear anything in the area which could be related to this incident? Or do you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area which may contain information which could help us?

“If you have also been sold or offered any gold jewellery recently which matches the above descriptions, I also ask that you get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 19000163800.

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Theft of cigarettes from three locations being treated as linked

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:13

Detectives are investigating the theft of cigarettes from three shops in Leicestershire – and believe the incidents are linked.

The first happened at a shop in Hinckley Road, Burbage, at 12.34am on Tuesday (16 April). Initial investigations have established that two men broke into the shop and stole a large amount of cigarettes before leaving the scene in what is believed to be a black Mercedes.

The second incident happened at 1.39am on Tuesday. At least three men, wearing masks, forced open the electric doors of a shop in Sandhills Avenue, Hamilton and stole cigarettes before leaving the scene in a dark coloured estate car.

At around 2am on Tuesday, a group of men forced their way into a supermarket in Johns Court, Blaby, via a back door and threatened two members of night staff. They stole a large amount of cigarettes – believed to be worth thousands of pounds – and left the scene in a dark coloured car.

One of the men was wearing a ski mask with part of his face showing and was wearing black clothes. He had blue eyes and fair, curly hair. He is of a thin build and was carrying a crowbar.

Another man was also wearing a ski mask, again showing part of his face. He was wearing a navy coloured hooded top, black trousers and is of a slim build. He is believed to be around 18 years old. He was carrying a hammer and spoke with an Irish accent.

It is believed that other men entered the supermarket but were not seen by staff.

Detective Constable Angela Hearnshaw, from Leicestershire Police’s Complex crime team, is investigating the incidents.

She said: “From inquiries carried out so far, we believe the men involved in the incident in Burbage spoke with Irish accents, as did those involved in the Blaby break-in.

“We are therefore linking these incidents as it’s believed that the same group may be involved in each one.

“Although these incidents happened in the early hours of the morning, they were in areas where cars may have been passing through.

“I’d particularly like to hear from anyone who was driving past any of the premises where these incidents occurred between 1am and 2am on Tuesday. That includes taxi drivers, delivery drivers or anyone who might have been going to or from work.

“Did you see anyone acting in an unusual manner? Did you see a dark car being driven in a manner that aroused any suspicion? Any information you have could help my investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting crime number/incident number 19*192310.

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Man found guilty of killing father

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:01

An 18-year-old man has today (Wednesday 17 April) been found guilty of killing his father.

Kacey Clarke was convicted of manslaughter following a trial at Leicester Crown Court, but a jury found him not guilty of murdering Steve Clarke.

At around 10.15pm on 17 October last year, police were called to Kacey’s home address in Southfields Drive following a report that a fight had taken place. Officers went upstairs to a bedroom, where they found Steve’s body.

Meanwhile Kacey travelled to the Leicester Royal Infirmary of his own accord to receive treatment for three cuts to his arms and a small cut to his head that he suffered during the fight. Officers went to the hospital and Kacey was arrested.

During the trial, the jury heard that Steve had separated from Kacey’s mother but had been to visit the family home on the night of his death. However, while there, Steve became involved in an argument with Kacey, who then went upstairs.

The court was told that Steve – holding a knife he had taken from the kitchen – followed Kacey and went into a bedroom. A short time later, Kacey went back downstairs and immediately fled the house.

Detective Inspector Toby Fawcett-Greaves, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, is the Senior Investigating Officer. He said: “This was a domestic argument that, with the use of knives, only intensified. The result was that a young man killed his own father.

“It’s a tragic set of circumstances that has, unfortunately, resulted in a family being torn apart. Steve’s death has had a lifelong impact on them – both from the loss they’ve suffered and the fact that the trial has meant they have heard what happened on the night of his death in such great detail.

“My deepest condolences remain with them at this time.”

Kacey Clarke will be sentenced for this offence and other unrelated matters at Leicester Crown Court on 24 May.

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Home Office grants Leicestershire £1m to tackle rising tide of knife crime

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:50

Leicestershire Police has been granted an extra £1million to tackle serious violence and the country’s spiralling knife crime epidemic, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner revealed today.

Lord Willy Bach said the force was one of 18 across the country to be granted the Home Office funding boost, which will be immediately invested into “a surge of operational activity” beginning this Easter weekend.

Reacting to the news, Willy Bach said: “I’m relieved that our urgent calls for additional funding have been heard. This money is desperately needed and will increase our capacity to tackle knife crime and violence as early as this Easter weekend.

“The violence on our streets must end which is why I know that the Chief Constable will be taking a hard-line operational approach over the coming weeks and months maximising the use of all available resources. But alongside enforcement, we will be ensuring our young people continue to be supported to make better lifestyle choices and fully understand the consequences of carrying knives.

“I’ve already announced £100,000 this year into projects tackling knife crime on top of over £300,000 for community-based crime prevention. This £1million boost will certainly make a difference to that work but there is always more to be done. When it comes to knife crime, everything counts. This is just the beginning.”

Chief Constable Simon Cole welcomed the injection of funding. He said: “The extra money will allow additional operational activity on the streets across the city and counties, tackling the serious crime happening on our streets.

“We will be looking at what resources are available for over the coming weekend quick time, while also planning for the weeks and months ahead to make sure we are utilising this money in the most effective way.

“Tackling knife crime, and educating young people about the dangers of carrying a knife is something we are dedicated to, with our #LivesnotKnives campaign delivering workshops to young people about what consequences there may be if they were to be found with, or use, a knife.”

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has secured £100m to tackle serious violence and knife crime, including £80m of new funding from the Treasury this financial year.

A total of 18 forces are immediately benefitting from a share of £51m to tackle the recent surge in violence on Britain’s streets. The allocation reflects levels of serious violence in each force area using hospital admissions for sharp object assault data.

The announcement comes after senior police officers made representations to the Home Secretary’s roundtable meeting on March 6 highlighting the costs required to confront the rising demands of violence.

Last month Willy Bach, who has pledged to get to the core of the knife crime epidemic sweeping Britain’s streets, announced a series of funding grants for projects which work directly with young people with the aim of turning them away from violence and gang life.

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Detectives investigating robbery in Hinckley

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:41

Witnesses to a report of a robbery in Hinckley are being asked to contact police with any information.

It happened in Coventry Road, at the junction with Northfield Road, at around 5.15pm on Monday 8 April.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was walking along the road with his girlfriend when suspect has ran towards the victim and pushed him up against the fence demanding him to hand over his watch and jewellery.

A vehicle, believed to be a Silver Renault Clio, was parked on Coventry Road and the suspect ran towards it, got into the passenger side before the vehicle has driven off.

Detective Constable 263 Kerry Willden, the investigating officer, said: “This happened on a busy road in the early evening. Please cast your mind back. Did you notice anything unusual? Did you see a car parked at the side of the road?

“If you have a dashcam in your vehicle, please check the footage to see if it has recorded anything that has not yet been overwritten. Any information you have could help with my investigation.”

Call 101, quoting crime number 19*178935.

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Op Lionheart - Wednesday 17 April

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:51

Operation Lionheart results

Total warrants = 76

Total arrests = 43

Total charges = 31

Operation Lionheart – update – Wednesday 17 April

Charges

Gareth Clowes, 44, of Selbourne Road, Loughborough, arrested yesterday, has been charged with two counts of supplying a class A drug on 5 November 2018. He has also been charged with attempted burglary and possessing a bladed article in a public place on 16 April 2019.

Arrests

All of the below were arrested last night (Tuesday 17 April) or the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 18 April).

A 47-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, both from Leicester, have been arrested on suspicion of supplying a class A drug.

Three Loughborough men, aged 40, 47 and 62, have been arrested on suspicion of supplying a class A drug.

A 36-year-old woman, from Loughborough, has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Two 29-year-old men, from Leicester, have been arrested on suspicion of supplying a class B drug.

A 15-year-old boy, from Loughborough, has been arrested on suspicion of making an offer to supply class A drugs.

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Appeal to help find man reported missing

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 22:25

Officers are appealing for the public’s help to find a 56-year-old man who has been reported missing.

Shaun Egan was last seen in the area of Southfield Road, Loughborough, at around midday yesterday (15 April).

He has not been seen since and officers are concerned for his welfare.

Shaun is described as having short grey hair and a grey beard and moustache.

He was last seen wearing a red and white checked shirt, a blue denim jacket and a dark-coloured baseball cap. He was carrying a rucksack.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Shaun is asked to call 101 quoting incident 149 of 16 April.

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Op Lionheart - Tuesday 16 April

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 18:44

Operation Lionheart results

Total warrants = 58

Total arrests = 33

Total charges = 30

Operation Lionheart – update – Tuesday 16 April

Charges

These men were arrested on Sunday 14 April, and have subsequently been charged.

Tomas Esteves, 18, of Beaumont Leys Lane, Leicester, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs between 1 May 2018 and 1 April 2019.

Mason Cooper, 18, of Cross Hedge Close, Leicester, has been charged being concerned in the supply of class A drugs between 1 May 2018 and 1 April 2019.

Iakam Hassan, 18, of Billington Close, Leicester, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs between 1 May 2018 and 1 April 2019.

Malachi Quintyne-Bayliss, 18, of no fixed address, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs between 1 May 2018 and 1 April 2019.

Sebastian Garner, 19, of no fixed address, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs between 1 May 2018 and 1 April 2019. He has also been charged with two firearms offences.

The 17-year-old girl arrested on Sunday on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released with no further action to be taken.

The 19-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of the same offence has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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Former special constable has his sentence increased

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:19

A former Leicestershire Police special constable who was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court in February has had his sentence increased.

The original sentence handed to Shabib Asan – a 12 month suspended sentence – was appealed.

And today (Tuesday 16 April) he was handed a four year, nine month sentence at the London Court of Appeal.

Asan, 23, of Birstall, sent threatening and abusive texts to his victim between 15 and 16 August 2018.

He was also sentenced for criminal damage, two counts of intent to pervert the course of justice and harassment with threats of violence.

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Sign up to the force's rural crime prevention evening

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:00

Rural security will be the focus of a special event hosted by the Safer North West Partnership on Thursday 9 May.

The partnership, which brings together a number of agencies including Leicestershire Police and North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), aims to protect residents, businesses and visitors from crime.

Next month’s event at Whatton House, Hathern, will see speakers from the police drone team and force wildlife officers, as well as NWLDC community safety team attend. Doors open at 6pm with presentations beginning at 6.30pm.

The evening will also see a number of presentations throughout the evening from crime prevention companies.

There will be a special talk on Land Rover Defenders, with a focus on how to secure your vehicle using particular products and a demonstration of how to mark them correctly for security purposes. Opportunities to purchase the equipment will be available.

There will also be a raffle and the chance to win Land Rover Defender security equipment.

Police Community Support Officer, Tony Gallagher, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for members of our rural community to ask questions and gather crime prevention advice. The evening is open for all to attend, it would be fantastic to see lots of people on the evening.”

Online booking for the evening is now open, sign up today.

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Man jailed for sex offences against teenage girl

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 14:28

A Thurmaston man has been jailed after he pleaded guilty to committing sexual offences against a teenage girl.

Paul Stephen Phillips, 44, of Old Hall Close, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count sexual touching at Leicester Crown Court today (15 April).

He was given a two-year prison sentence and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

The charges relate to information police received last month that it was suspected Phillips was having a sexual relationship with the teenage victim. Officers immediately began an investigation and following enquiries carried out, Phillips was arrested.

He was subsequently charged with four offences.

Detective Constable Liz Ayres, who was the investigating officer, said: “Despite fully admitting to knowing the victim’s age, Phillips still took advantage of this young girl for his own sexual gratification.

“Thanks to this person reporting their concerns to police, we have been able to safeguard her against any further offending from Phillips. Specialist officers continue to work closely with our colleagues in social care to offer the right support to her and her family.”

If you think you are a victim of CSE, or know someone who may be a victim of CSE, advice and information on who to speak to can be found by visiting https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/child-sexual-exploitation

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Latest update for Operation Lionheart

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 14:01

Operation Lionheart results

Total warrants = 58

Total arrests = 33

Total people charged = 26

Operation Lionheart – update – Monday 15 April

Charges

Qmar Riley, 21, of Faversham Close, Leicester, arrested yesterday (Sunday 14 April), has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between February 2018 and March 2019.

Terry Greasley, 42, of Aikman Avenue, Leicester, arrested on Saturday 13 April, has been charged with two counts of supplying class A drugs and permitting the use of a premises for the supply of class A drugs.

Arrests

All of the below were arrested yesterday (Sunday 14 April)

Four men, aged 18, from Leicester, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A 19-year-old Leicester man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman, from Leicester, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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Officers appeal to speak to man following burglary

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:01

Officers would like to speak to this man following a burglary in Ashby in which a debit card taken was used to withdraw money.

Police received a report that a man had approached a property in the area of North Street on the afternoon of Sunday 3 March claiming to be selling cleaning products.

The victim, who is in her 60s, handed her card to the man who said he would need to take it outside to his van to take a small payment. No product was given to the victim.

The victim noticed later on in the day that hundreds of pounds had been taken from her bank account.

The man returned to the property the next day (4 March) with another man and asked for the victim’s card. The victim refused to hand the card over during this visit and the men left.

Enquiries are continuing.

Detective Constable James Turner said: “An investigation is ongoing and we believe the man pictured can help us. If this is you, or you recognise him, I urge you to get in touch.

“Similarly anyone who has any information in relation to the incident should also get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 19000112482.

*Always be cautious when answering to a cold caller. Always check for ID and only allow someone into you home if you are absolutely certain they are genuine. Never hand your bank card or large amounts of cash over. If the caller refuses to leave, you should contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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