New safety packs are being launched by Leicestershire Police to warn local vulnerable and elderly people about the risks of falling victim to fraudulent scams.
Over recent months, there has been an increase in victims receiving calls from people claiming to be the police. The callers say they are investigating possible fraudulent activity on the victim’s account or that they have money in their account that should not be there, and to withdraw it immediately. The fraudsters then state that they will send an officer to collect the cash from them.
A number of high street banks and building societies in Coalville and Ashby have also reported an increase in elderly account holders asking to withdraw large amounts of cash, often without an explanation as to why.
Police, banks and building societies would never ring someone and ask for personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers, or ask for money to be withdrawn.
The safety packs, put together by Leicestershire Police, aim to ensure the vulnerable and elderly recognise the signs of such scams and what to look out for. The packs include purse bells, card protectors and important information on fraud.
Ian Weston, Sergeant for North West Leicestershire, said: “The North West Leicestershire community has done some great work in the past and we’re asking for their help again.
“I would really encourage the younger generation to speak with their older relatives and vulnerable neighbours about the risks and how to avoid them.
The packs can be picked up from Coalville Market on Friday 29 June and Tesco car park, Resolution Road, in Ashby, on Saturday June 30 from 10am until 3pm on both days.
Packs will also be available for collection from the Police front enquiry office, North West Leicestershire Council offices, in Whitwick Road, and Hermitage FM, Memorial Square, in Coalville, and the Co-op, Borough Street, in Castle Donington.
If anybody suspects their relative or someone they know has fallen victim to a fraudulent scam, please contact the police or ring their bank or building society immediately.
For further information on personal safety and tips for elderly people, click here.
A third Leicester man has today (Friday 22 June) admitted that he took part in the kidnap and robbery of a city jeweller.
Charles Frances Mcauley, 20, of Gooding Avenue, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to the kidnap and robbery of Ramniklal Jogiya.
Mcauley is also charged with the murder/manslaughter of the 74-year-old man. He formally denied this charge.
Mr Jogiya was reported missing by his family when he failed to return home having locked up his shop in Belgrave Road on the evening of January 24.
His body was found the following morning in Gaulby Lane, Stoughton.
At court hearings on May 18 this year, Thomas Jervis, 24, of Enderby Road, Whetstone, Leicester, and Callan Reeve, 20, of Biddle Road, Leicester, both also entered guilty pleas to the charges of the kidnap and robbery of Mr Jogiya. They both denied the murder/manslaughter of Mr Jogiya.
Javon Roach, 30, of Norwich Road, Leicester, pleaded not guilty to murder/manslaughter and also denied the charges of kidnap and robbery.
All four defendants have been remanded in custody and are due to stand trial on July 2 at Birmingham Crown Court.
A defibrillator has been stolen from a Leicester service station – and officers are appealing for help to find it.
The orange AD-iPad defibrillator, which was in a case, was stolen from St Matthew’s service station in Humberstone Road.
It is believed to have been stolen sometime during the past seven days – between Thursday 14 June and Thursday 21 June.
Police Constable Nigel Smith said: “This is a potentially life-saving piece of equipment which has been stolen. We are asking anyone who has any information or anyone who comes across a defibrillator which they believe has been stolen to please make contact with us.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 18000287149.
A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Lubenham, Leicestershire.
The incident took place at around 7.45pm yesterday evening (Wednesday 20 June), on Laughton Road, and involved two vehicles, a silver and orange coloured KTM 1000 motorcycle and a silver Volvo V40 car.
The motorcycle was travelling along Laughton Road in the direction of Lubenham, and the Volvo was travelling in the opposite direction.
Police attended the location of the collision and the motorcyclist, a man, was pronounced deceased at the scene. No one else was injured in the incident.
Formal identification of the deceased has not yet taken place.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision itself or may have seen either of the vehicles being driven beforehand.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Constable 1395 Michael Woods on 101, quoting incident number 725 of 20 June.
A teenager who was reported missing has been found safe and well.
Sheyenne Robertson was last seen at her home address in Raven Road, Leicester, during the early hours of Tuesday 19 June.
The 16-year-old was found in Leicester this morning (Wednesday 20 June).
Officers thanked everyone who shared their appeal and assisted with enquiries.
Police are concerned for the welfare of a teenager who has been reported missing.
Sheyenne Robertson was last seen at her home address in Raven Road, Leicester, at 1am this morning (Tuesday 19 June).
The 16-year-old is believed to be in the city centre and officers would like to speak to anyone who may know where she is to get in touch.
Sheyenne is 5ft 6ins tall, she has freckles and long blonde/brown hair. She was wearing a sea green oversized cowl neck jumper, jeans and trainers. She was carrying a black shopper style bag which had furry bits on the top.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident number 56 of 19 June.
Leicestershire Police’s Women’s Basketball Team came fifth in the Police Service National Finals this weekend with one of their players named in the Women’s All Star 5.
Both Leicestershire’s men’s and women’s team made it to the PSUK finals in Newcastle between Friday 15 and Sunday 17 June 2018. The women played five games in total resulting in three wins, including beating The Met who have dominated women’s police basketball for many years. They finished a respectable fifth in the UK.
The Chairman of Leicestershire Police Basketball Club, PC Ian Bradshaw said; “Since the women’s team was formed in 2012 this was by far their best performance in terms of results, team camaraderie and coming together well as a unit. In the five weeks before the finals we weren’t able to get the whole team to train together because of everyone’s shifts so they’ve done incredibly well and I’m very proud of them.”
The men were drawn in a tough pool but made it to the quarter final. They were bumped out of the finals by the two teams who went on to win and come second. Ian said; “The men found themselves playing last year’s winners and runners up but did very well against two very strong teams and they did themselves proud.”
Throughout the finals, each team nominates the player they thought played the best from the opposing team. The votes are added up and the ‘all star’ five players of the tournament are named – this included Leicestershire’s Special Police Constable Cara Wilcock and Lincolnshire Police officer, James Rowe, who plays for Leicestershire.
During the finals £1,500 was raised for the Anaphylaxis Campaign – the chosen charity of Leicestershire Police Basketball and PSUK. The money will be divided between the Anaphylaxis Campaign and a local charity in Newcastle. Next year’s finals will be held in Scotland.
Two members of the same family have pleaded guilty to a number of offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
Sadiyya Dakri and her 20-year-old brother-in-law Sulaiman Peerally appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Tuesday 19 June).
The court heard that Dakri, 22, of Nansen Road, Leicester, who was an agency worker based in the force’s file preparation unit, was looking at systems on behalf of Peerally.
Dakri pleaded guilty to four counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between April and July 2016.
She accessed police systems without authorisation, photographing sensitive police documents relating to Peerally.
Peerally, of St Peter’s Road, Leicester, has pleaded guilty to two counts of intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence under Section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990, between May and June 2016.
Officer in the case, PC Brian Gardner, from the counter corruption unit, said: “This is a serious case, where the member of staff accessed force systems without authorisation to do to.
“We take such breaches incredibly seriously, and will take action against those responsible.”
The pair will be sentenced on Tuesday 10 July at Leicester Crown Court.
A 48-year-old man who was reported missing has been found safe and well this afternoon (Tuesday).
Simeon Dolan had last been seen leaving the Osborne Building of the Leicester Royal Infirmary yesterday.
Simeon, who is from Melton Mowbray, was located safe and well in Leicester city centre.
Officers investigating his disappearance would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal.
Officers searching for a missing Leicestershire man are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and are appealing for public help to locate him.
Simeon Dolan, 48, was last seen leaving the Osborne Building of the Leicester Royal Infirmary at around 4.30pm yesterday (Monday 18 June).
Simeon, who lives in Kestrel Road, Melton Mowbray, requires urgent medical attention.
He is white, approximately 5ft 6ins tall and of a slim/medium build. He is clean shaven and has short, dark hair which is described as being unkempt.
When he was last seen, Simeon was wearing light-coloured jeans, a blue-coloured hoody, black socks and light-coloured hospital slippers. He was also wearing a black baseball cap and was carrying a white carrier bag.
Anyone who has seen Simeon or has information of his whereabouts is asked to call 101, quoting incident 553 of 18 June.
Leicestershire Police have arrested nine people as part of a four-day enforcement campaign to tackle knife crime in Charnwood.
Op Viceroy ran from Friday 13 June to Sunday 16 June across Loughborough and the surrounding area as part of ongoing enforcement work.
Among those arrested was 21-year-old Jason Mumford of Mellerstain Walk in Leicester who was charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply. Officers discovered what’s believed to be heroin and cocaine in a vehicle following a stop and search in Mountsorrel.
He has been remanded into custody until Monday 16 July when he will appear at Leicester Crown Court.
A 56-year-old man, 17-year-old male, and 30 year-old woman were also arrested from an address in Knightthorpe Road, Loughborough, in connection with an earlier theft from a property in the town.
Officers also confiscated a large hunting knife at the same address.
All three have been released under investigation.
A further three were arrested for being wanted on warrant and have now been released. Another was arrested for store theft and one other for affray. They have also been released under investigation.
Sergeant Glen Iceton, knife crime coordinator and tactical lead for stop and search, said: “This was a successful campaign. Our aim is to tackle the use of knives and other associated crimes and led to nine arrests.
“We have managed to take a large quantity of drugs off the streets and are carrying out a number of other important investigations.”
Chief Constable Simon Cole added: “It’s great that Operation Viceroy is keeping up the pressure on offenders all over the county.”
A 21-year-old woman from Leicester who was reported missing has been found safe and well.
Chloe Price was reported missing in the early hours of Saturday (16 June) morning.
Officers would like to thank members of the public for sharing the appeal and coming forward with information.
Do you recognise this man?
Officers would like to speak to him in connection with the theft of a credit card which has since been used to withdraw cash.
A wallet was dropped in the area of Avon Road, Leicester, on Wednesday 25 April. A credit card which was in the wallet was then used to withdraw cash in London Road, Leicester, on the same day.
Police believe the man pictured may have information which could help with enquiries.
If you are the man, or recognise who he is, contact 101 quoting incident 18000198899.
A number of charity boxes, cigarettes and bottles of alcohol were stolen during a break in at an Oakham store.
Officers were called to the incident in Ashwell Road, between the junctions of Burley Road and Queen’s Road, at around 2.36am on Sunday (17 June).
The door of the shop had been forced open and items stolen. No-one was in the store at the time of the incident.
It is also believed an attempted break in had happened at another shop in the street on the same night due to damage at the property. No entry was gained to this store and no items were stolen.
Enquiries are ongoing.
Police Constable Hayley Stokes said: “This incident happened in the early hours of the morning but we believe there were a number of people in the area who may have seen or heard something.
“If you have any information at all in relation to the incident, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then please get in touch.
“We would also ask anyone who has any CCTV in the area, or anyone who was driving in the area and has dashcam footage, to check this as they may hold vital evidence.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 18000279055.
A 27-year-old man has been sentenced after he pleaded guilty following the death of a man in a collision on the M69 in October 2017.
Ashley Wilkes, of Springfield Road, Wolverhampton, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Monday 18 June), where he admitted charges of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He was given a two years prison sentence for the death by dangerous driving offence and one year prison sentence for the serious injury by dangerous driving offence, to run concurrently. He also received a six year driving disqualification and will need pass a re-test after his disqualification finishes.
The collision happened at around 10am on Tuesday 10 October, on the northbound carriageway of the M69, between junctions 1 for the A5 at Hinckley, and junction 2 for Sapcote.
Two vehicles were involved in the incident, a breakdown recovery truck and a Transit van.
The driver of the recovery vehicle, 42-year-old Christopher Hadland, of Leicester, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger in the recovery vehicle, a woman in her 20s, sustained significant injuries and was treated at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.
Wilkes, who had been driving the Transit van, was seriously injured in the collision and spent several weeks recovering in hospital.
Detective Constable Alison Briance, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was a horrific collision which resulted in the death of a man.
“Mr Hadland was carrying out his job as a recovery service engineer, as he would do on any other day, when the collision took place. This incident serves as a reminder to drivers that motorways are fast and dynamic roads that need drivers to remain vigilant when using them.
“I am pleased that Wilkes has pleaded guilty today and spared Christopher’s family and also the injured victim from hearing the details of the collision in court.”
Officers from Leicestershire Police are hoping to inspire youngsters to consider jobs in the emergency services.
A group of pupils aged between eight and 11 from Warren Hills Community Primary School in the town will be visiting officers at Coalville Police Station as part of a special day on June 27 designed to give them a glimpse into the world of work and show them the person behind the badge.
Officers will talk about the types of incidents they deal with, how they aim to keep people safe and build relationships with the community, as well as how they work with other emergency service teams.
Pupils will also visit Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service who share the same premises in Broad Street.
In addition, they will visit Conkers outdoor play area in the afternoon accompanied by a small number of officers to take part in a host of team building exercises to reflect how the emergency services often work hand in hand with one another.
Mark Burrows, a teacher at Warren Hills Primary, has helped organise the day.
He said: “We’re incredibly grateful to the police for helping us to raise the aspirations of pupils and give them an insight into how the emergency services work. Around 12 pupils will be taking part in this particular visit and I know they are really looking forward to it.
“At Warren Hills we aim to nurture pupils and part of that is ensuring they are part of the local community.”
Inspector Richard Jackson, from North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Area, said: “Days like this enable us to show young people just how hard we work alongside other emergency services and build important relationships with them for the future. It would be fantastic if we could inspire some of them to follow in our footsteps along the way.”
DNA left at the scene of a burglary has resulted in a Leicester man pleading guilty to two offences.
Jeffrey Allardyce, 46, of no fixed address, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Monday 18 June) and was convicted of burglary dwelling with intent to steal and burglary dwelling with theft.
He is due to be sentenced on Monday 25 June.
The first offence took place on Sunday 11 February when Allardyce attempted to break into a property in Clarendon Street, Leicester, while the occupant was asleep in bed.
DNA left at the scene on a metal rod led officers to identifying Allardyce as the offender.
The second incident took place on Friday 27 April, Allardyce was captured on CCTV climbing a ladder to a flat in Oxford Street and stealing two bottles of aftershave and cigarettes.
A CCTV image of the suspect was circulated within the force and a local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) was able to identify Allardyce as the offender.
DC Helen Roberts was the investigating officer for one of the offences. She said: “Allardyce is a prolific burglar and opportunist thief. The evidence against him was overwhelming and we are pleased that he has admitted to his part in the offences.
“The impact of burglary isn't just financial; it can also have a significant impact on your emotional well-being and sense of security. Even if nothing has been stolen, the thought of a stranger being in your home can be very distressing and feel like a violation of your security.
“We take these reports extremely seriously and will put those found to be involved in such crimes before the courts.”
Sixteen people were arrested and a further 15 were issued with dispersal orders as part of a crackdown on antisocial behaviour in Leicester city centre.
The operation, which was led by Leicestershire Police in partnership with a number of other agencies, also resulted in 17 people being referred to specialist homelessness and drug addiction services.
Operation Young saw teams engage with city centre communities and businesses before officers were deployed across the city centre to address antisocial behaviour and street lifestyle incidents over a four-day period.
Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are able to issue dispersal orders to anyone engaging in antisocial behaviour, crime and disorder. Dispersal orders can be issued not only when incidents have occurred or are occurring, but when they are likely to occur and in any locality.
Of the 16 arrests:
- Five were for recall to prison
- Five were for those wanted on warrant
- Two were for possession of drugs with intent to supply
- Two were for breach of Section 35 disposal orders
- One for obstructing a police officer
- One for going equipped for theft
Officers also issued 13 begging warnings and carried out seven stop and searches.
Alcohol was also seized from four people, while a knife was recovered and person who had been reported missing was found.
The teams also made one medical intervention for someone who had taken a drug overdose during Op Young, which ran from 6 to 10 June.
Inspector Manjit Atwal, NPA Commander for Central Leicester, said: “This was an operation that took place over a number of days and which not only saw our teams tackle antisocial behaviour, but provide those in need of support from other agencies with the help they need.
“I’d like to thank our partner agencies for their help and assistance during Operation Young.
“My team were assisted by partners from Leicester City Council’s community safety, housing and outreach teams as well as Mayfield House Hostel, Turning Point and British Transport Police.
“I’d also like to say a big thank you to the Central NPA team, PC Matt Rowlatt from our Drugs Intervention Programme, officers in our patrol and resolution teams, volunteers and special constables for their hard work in this operation.
“If you have any questions, concerns or just want to speak to officers then then you can do so at our Beat Bus, which is currently in the city centre.”
Chief Superintendent Andy Lee, the force’s Local Policing Directorate commander, added: “Thank you to all our officers, PCSOs, volunteers and partners from other agencies for their help in tackling antisocial behaviour in Leicester city centre and therefore making Op Young a success.”
A Loughborough man has been charged after a teenager was stabbed at the weekend.
Ashpak Hussain Chowdhury, 24, of Bridgeland Road, has been charged with Section 18 wounding (Grievous Bodily Harm), possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis.
He was remanded into custody to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (Monday 18 June).
The charge relates to a stabbing in Burder Street, Loughborough, during the early hours of Sunday morning (17 June). The 15-year-old victim remains in hospital in a stable condition.
A second man, aged 29, who was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm has been released pending further investigations.
Detectives investigating the stabbing of a teenage boy in Loughborough during the early hours of this morning (Sunday 17 June) have arrested a second man.
Officers were called to Ratcliffe Road around 4.40am after a 15-year-old boy was discovered with a stab wound to his leg.
The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
An area of Burder Street remains cordoned off and scenes in Ratcliffe Road and Glebe Street have since been lifted.
Two Loughborough men, aged 24 and 29, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remain in police custody.
If anyone witnessed the incident or knows anything about the circumstances leading up to it they are asked to contact 101, quoting incident 105 of 17 June.