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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Stolen motorbikes recovered as part of Operation Tiger

    Three motorbikes have been recovered by officers in Braunstone during Operation Tiger’s intensive two weeks of action which launched last week (14 March).

    Officers from West Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area have been cracking down on the illegal use of motorbikes, as it is a priority for the area following concerns raised by residents.

    Two burnt out motorbikes were discovered whilst officers were on foot patrol in Braunstone and officers believe they may have been stolen.

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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Man found dead in Wigston named by police

    Police have named the 42-year-old man who was found dead in a property in Leicester Road, Wigston, as Mark Cookson.

    Police were called at 8.17pm on Wednesday, March 25 after the body of Mr Cookson was discovered. A murder investigation has been launched.

    A post mortem examination has taken place and preliminary findings reveal the man died as result of a head injury. Officers are now trying to ascertain how this injury was caused.

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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Policing Commander holds 'Questions & Answers' Event

    Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander, Inspector Lou Cordiner wants to hear about what matters to you.

    On Wednesday 8 April, members of the public and residents of the Vale of Belvoir will have the opportunity to ask Inspector Cordiner questions about policing and community issues in the first of a series of public engagement events across the Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Policing Area.

    The event is taking place at Waltham Village Hall, 19 Goadby Road, Waltham on the Wolds, LE14 4AG.

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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: New police funding paves the way for advanced digital investigation technology

    Leicestershire Police is to benefit from almost £3m of funding to be invested into advanced technology to help fight crime, it has been revealed.

    The Force will receive financial support to fund a series of improved investigation facilities following a successful bid for a slice of the Home Office’s Innovation Fund for 2015-16.

    The funding will support new collaborative projects involving various forces in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and in one case Derbyshire.

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  • Leicestershire and Rutland Council: New law passed allowing prayers at Parish Council Meetings

    The Local Government Secretary welcomes passing of a new law to ensure councils have the right to hold prayers.

    The Local Government Secretary has welcomed the passing of a new law to ensure all councils have the right to hold prayers at the start of their meetings ...

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Officers from Hinckley and Blaby hold Crime Prevention Events as part of Operation Tiger

    Officers from Hinckley and Blaby Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) have been holding crime prevention events to help avoid becoming a victim of crime.

    Events took place on Saturday March 14, at the Britannia Centre in Hinckley Town Centre and at the Co-op in Enderby.

    Events were staffed by both Police Community Support Officers and police volunteers.

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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Members of the public, staff and officers are recognised for their outstanding work

    Bravery and exceptional work has been commended during a two day award ceremony at Leicestershire Police’s headquarters.

    The event that took place on Tuesday March 24 and Wednesday March 25 saw a number of people receiving recognition and awards from the Chief Constable Simon Cole.

    The ceremony had guests Mrs Sandra Burton presenting the Tim Burton Trophy for Investigator of the Year Award on Tuesday and Mr David Saville presented the Saville Cup and the Saville Shield on Wednesday.

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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Money launderer ordered to repay £366,000 or face four more years in jail

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    Money launderer ordered to repay £366,000 or face four more years in jail

    A convicted money launderer from Leicester must pay back more than £366,000 that he made from crime within six months or face four more years in prison.

    Charanjit Singh Virk was convicted in May 2013 and sentenced to 27 months in prison after police officers intercepted a cash transfer in Leicester.

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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Chief Constable and PCC attend Service of Reinterment

    The Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will be among the invited congregation at the Service of Reinterment of the Remains of King Richard III.

    Simon Cole and Sir Clive Loader have been invited to join a 600 strong congregation in the presence of the Most Right Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and senior clergy from both dioceses, and other Christian denominations alongside representatives of the World Faiths. The service is being held at 11.30am on Thursday 26 March 2015.

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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Non-stop collision in Glenfield

    A 12-year-old has been injured following a non-stop road traffic collision in Glenfield.

    The collision happened at around 5.20pm on Friday March 20 on Dominion Road near to its junctions with Musson Road and Charnor Road.

    It involved the boy, who was a pedestrian, and a black Peugeot 308 which failed to stop at the scene.

    The boy was treated at hospital for a broken leg and a head injury.

    PC 1249 Mark Davey, the investigating officer, said: “The Peugeot was travelling towards the direction of A563 at the time of the collision.

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  • Get prepared this Easter bank holiday weekend

    People across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being encouraged to get prepared for the Easter bank holiday and make sure they have sufficient stock of any prescription medicine they might need.

    As many GP surgeries will not be open from Good Friday (3 April) to bank holiday Monday (6 April), it is important that those who make use of repeat prescriptions check now to ensure that their supply will last until at least Tuesday 7 April.

  • Artwork vision of future Hinckley healthcare

    West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting the residents of Hinckley and the surrounding area to view artwork created to interpret the answer to the question “What needs to happen so that community services in Hinckley support people to keep well and recover as fully as possible?”

    Once they have viewed the artwork they will have the opportunity to add their feedback and let the CCG know if they agree with the answers.

  • Events to outline plans for healthcare in Ashby

    Residents of Ashby are invited to attend two drop-in events in March to give them an opportunity to meet commissioners and providers of health and social care. The events will be providing an insight into what local health services are available and how some of these will look in the future.

  • Ashby community health services - proposals outlined
    Subject to planning permission, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) is proposing to transfer LPT commissioned outpatient and clinical services, currently provided at Ashby and District Hospital, to the Hood Park Leisure Centre in Ashby. School nurses will transfer to Ibstock Community College and other local solutions are being investigated to accommodate office facilities.
  • Free advice and medication from your pharmacist

    With hospital A&E departments, GPs and urgent care centres under pressure, patients with minor ailments in West Leicestershire are being urged to make their local pharmacy their first port of call.

    The new Pharmacy First service has been launched by West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and pays for many of the area’s NHS services

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  • Stolen motorbikes recovered as part of Operation Tiger

    Three motorbikes have been recovered by officers in Braunstone during Operation Tiger’s intensive two weeks of action which launched last week (14 March).

    Officers from West Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area have been cracking down on the illegal use of motorbikes, as it is a priority for the area following concerns raised by residents.

    Two burnt out motorbikes were discovered whilst officers were on foot patrol in Braunstone and officers believe they may have been stolen.

    One bike is believed to have been stolen from the Meridian Business Park in August 2014. The other is believed to have been taken from a property in Cowdall Road on March 7, 2015.

    A further motorbike, believed to have been stolen from Enderby on 24 March, was recovered by officers on Braunstone Park, after receiving a call from a member of the public.

    As part of the crackdown officers have visited local schools to educate pupils on the dangers of riding motorbikes illegally and the anti-social behaviour associated with it. Posters and information leaflets have also been distributed encouraging people to report nuisance or stolen motorbikes.

    Sergeant Stephen Brown, from West Leicester NPA, said: “Nuisance motorbikes can cause a great deal of distress to the community and by us cracking down on this type of anti-social behaviour shows that we are taking this seriously.

    “I am really pleased that during this phase of Operation Tiger we have managed to recover three motorbikes. It is also reassuring to know that since the start of the operation we have seen a reduction in the number of motorbike related incidents being reported to us.

    He added: “The main focus for us during the operation was to tackle our ongoing priority of illegal use of motorbikes. Motorbike thefts and off-road bikes being ridden illegally in the area, particularly in Braunstone and New Parks, has been causing problems for our residents.

    “We are still really interested in where stolen motorbikes are being stored and who is riding them, so if you know, please get in touch.”

    Officers are encouraging anyone with any concerns about motorbikes causing a nuisance in the area to contact the police on 101 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  • Man found dead in Wigston named by police

    Police have named the 42-year-old man who was found dead in a property in Leicester Road, Wigston, as Mark Cookson.

    Police were called at 8.17pm on Wednesday, March 25 after the body of Mr Cookson was discovered. A murder investigation has been launched.

    A post mortem examination has taken place and preliminary findings reveal the man died as result of a head injury. Officers are now trying to ascertain how this injury was caused.

    Detective Inspector Shaun Orton, who is leading the investigation said: “While we believe the man died as a result of a head injury, we cannot say at the moment how this was sustained. While it could have been through a fall, we are also looking into the possibility that a third party may have been involved."

    No one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

  • Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Policing Commander holds 'Questions & Answers' Event

    Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander, Inspector Lou Cordiner wants to hear about what matters to you.

    On Wednesday 8 April, members of the public and residents of the Vale of Belvoir will have the opportunity to ask Inspector Cordiner questions about policing and community issues in the first of a series of public engagement events across the Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Policing Area.

    The event is taking place at Waltham Village Hall, 19 Goadby Road, Waltham on the Wolds, LE14 4AG.

    The session will run from 6.30pm until 8pm, with light refreshments and the opportunity to network at 6pm.

    The session will start with an introduction from Inspector Cordiner and will lead into a question and answer session for members of the public.

    Inspector Cordiner said of the event: “This is a great opportunity for residents of Melton to come along and ask me any questions they have about policing in their local area.

    “I aim to be as honest as possible when answering questions and would really like to get a good idea of the general feeling towards the police in the area and Leicestershire and Rutland in general.”

  • New police funding paves the way for advanced digital investigation technology

    Leicestershire Police is to benefit from almost £3m of funding to be invested into advanced technology to help fight crime, it has been revealed.

    The Force will receive financial support to fund a series of improved investigation facilities following a successful bid for a slice of the Home Office’s Innovation Fund for 2015-16.

    The funding will support new collaborative projects involving various forces in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and in one case Derbyshire.

    The bulk of the funding (£1.355m) will be used to develop the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) Mobile Working partnership agreement which has seen the Force merging resources allocated to Roads Policing, Armed Policing, Police Dogs and POLSA search teams into one unit to address the threats posed regionally.

    A new mobile ICT system is required to ensure officers within all four forces have access to real-time information to make critical decisions and can update systems at any time and from any location while out on operation. This would require remote access to email, video conferencing capabilities and information-sharing.

    The new ICT platform will increase the time police officers can spend on the frontline by reducing the need for frequent trips back to base as well as reducing duplication. It is anticipated that the new mobile working arrangements will enable officers to spend up to 20% more time in the field, significantly increasing visibility.

    The Home Office has awarded a further £1.267m to help fund a new integrated ICT system enabling the regional forces to record and share intelligence on non-crime incidents that cannot be recorded as offences but could be vitally important for intelligence purposes.

    The new technology will enhance the force’s public protection capabilities, and improve the way in which the region as a whole can proactively safeguard vulnerable children and adults and respond to those at risk. It is estimated detections could rise by up to 2% (the equivalent of 1,750 cases) through supportive evidence across the forces.

    Finally, the Home Office has awarded £100,000 to forces in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire towards the cost of a new Digital Lab within the East Midlands Special Operations Unit.

    The investment will enhance the unit’s e-forensic examination capabilities and ability to investigate offences in relation to cybercrime, online child sexual exploitation, serious and organised crime and terrorism. It is hoped the new technology will significantly improve evidence-gathering in sophisticated online crimes.

    The Police Innovation Fund is designed to incentivise collaboration, support improved digital working and enable Police and Crime Commissioners to invest in a range of innovative delivery approaches that have the potential to improve policing and deliver further efficiency.

    Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader said: “This funding will help us to implement ambitious projects designed to reduce our costs in the future and boost police visibility.

    “I’m pleased to see that the Home Office has recognised the innovation and efficiency detailed in our bids and has decided to support them. We suffer financially as a result of top-slicing money from the overall police budget into this Innovation Fund so I’m delighted to see some of it coming back to Leicestershire!”

    The Home Office has also allocated more than £94,000 to the EMOpSS for the procurement and implementation of Body-Worn Video for police officers. This funding was allocated last year and is simply being reassigned to the unit as a result of an unavoidable delay in delivery of the equipment.

    Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “With less money available through our central grants each year we all have to take advantage of the opportunity to bid for a share of the top spliced funding. One of the many things we have been good at doing over the past decade is collaborating in many different areas of policing, and collaboration was one of the key criteria for the Home Office in this process.”

    The Home Office has received 166 bids to the 2015/16 fund of which 71 have been successful amounting to £70m of funding.

  • Officers from Hinckley and Blaby hold Crime Prevention Events as part of Operation Tiger

    Officers from Hinckley and Blaby Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) have been holding crime prevention events to help avoid becoming a victim of crime.

    Events took place on Saturday March 14, at the Britannia Centre in Hinckley Town Centre and at the Co-op in Enderby.

    Events were staffed by both Police Community Support Officers and police volunteers.

    The events were held as part of Operation Tiger, which aims to protect communities whilst reducing crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland by working together as a team and pulling together all resources. The operation is in response to the Police and Crime Plan as set out by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Clive Loader. Whilst the aims of the initiative are always an integral part of Leicestershire Police’s duty, this phase will see an increase in officers out on the streets and activities that target the local criminals and threats to communities. PCSO 6500 Mike Walker, who coordinated the crime prevention events in Hinckley and Blaby said: “It is always nice to be able to get out into the local community to speak to local people and to be able to deal with any concerns they may have.

    “The aim of these events was to help educate members of the public on what precautions they can take to reduce their chances of being a victim of crime. We had various crime prevention materials available as well as being on hand to offer advice as necessary.

    “Over the coming months residents can expect to see more of these types of events in their local areas.”

  • Members of the public, staff and officers are recognised for their outstanding work

    Bravery and exceptional work has been commended during a two day award ceremony at Leicestershire Police’s headquarters.

    The event that took place on Tuesday March 24 and Wednesday March 25 saw a number of people receiving recognition and awards from the Chief Constable Simon Cole.

    The ceremony had guests Mrs Sandra Burton presenting the Tim Burton Trophy for Investigator of the Year Award on Tuesday and Mr David Saville presented the Saville Cup and the Saville Shield on Wednesday.

    Over 50 people from within the organisation and members of the public received Outstanding Work, Bravery, Crown Court and Coroners Commendations.

    Additional awards involved Police Community Support Officer of the Year, Investigator of the Year and Royal Humane Society. Eight people who have been working for nearly 200 years for Leicestershire Police received Long Service awards.

    In 2013 Siri Sat Guru Uday Singh’s life was put at risk during a religious ceremony. The Guru is worldwide leader of the Namdhari Sikh Faith, over from India for the first time on a highly publicised visit to the UK.

    Due to the quick thinking and fearless actions of his Secretary Baldev Singh, saved the life of His Holiness who received a broken arm and a cut to his nose.

    Baldev Singh who travelled from India to collect his Commendation for Bravery award, said: “I had a feeling that something wasn’t right but no one had any idea that something like this would happen within a religious ceremony.

    “If I hadn’t intervened the situation would have been very different and there would have been a lot of upset within the community. It was my natural instinct to save His Holiness Sri Sat Guru Uday Singh Ji

    “I feel very happy and appreciative about receiving this award. We would like to thank the Force for all the hard work that has been put into the case and subsequent legal proceedings.

    Chief Constable, Simon Cole, said: “It’s really important that we acknowledge the brilliant work that has been achieved from officers, staff and members of the public.

    “Over the two day period we have distributed awards for outstanding investigations to amazing stories where lives have been saved.

    "Hearing these cases where exceptional courage is demonstrated makes my role as Chief Constable within the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland even more fulfilling”

  • Money launderer ordered to repay £366,000 or face four more years in jail

    News release issued on behalf of East Midlands Special Operations Unit

    A convicted money launderer from Leicester must pay back more than £366,000 that he made from crime within six months or face four more years in prison.

    Charanjit Singh Virk was convicted in May 2013 and sentenced to 27 months in prison after police officers intercepted a cash transfer in Leicester.

    Virk, 48, of Coombe Rise, Oadby, appeared at Leicester Crown Court again this month for the outcome of a confiscation hearing brought by the East Midlands Regional Asset Recovery Team (EM RART).

    It was determined that Virk’s benefit from criminal activity stretching back over six years amounted to £366,402. A confiscation order for that sum was granted by the court.

    If Virk fails to pay that amount in full within six months he will be sent back to prison for another four years. Even if he serves the sentence the confiscation order remains, with interest being added on a daily basis, until it is fully discharged.

    Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Doug Ing explained: “As Virk was convicted of a lifestyle offence the assumptions under S.75 and schedule 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 come into effect.

    “In short, this means that we can go back six years in to his financial history and say that any unidentified wealth or cash deposits are criminal property and are the proceeds of crime.

    “The burden of proof lies with the defendant to prove it is not derived from criminality. Despite the two days he spent in the witness box, the order for £366,402 was made, taking into consideration an element of historic cash payments that were found during the confiscation investigation.”

    DS Ing added: “The confiscation process is a fantastic tool to take away a criminal’s assets and add further sanctions following a criminal conviction.

    “It is also a benefit to the region as under the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS), the East Midlands police forces, courts and the CPS will get back a share of 50% of what they recover, with the rest going to the Treasury.”

    RARTs are not eligible for incentive payments, but the share for forces and the CPS is divided up with 18.75% of the value of the recovered assets ring-fenced for investigation work and the same proportion for prosecution. A further 12.5% can be used to support the work of the courts.

  • Chief Constable and PCC attend Service of Reinterment

    The Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will be among the invited congregation at the Service of Reinterment of the Remains of King Richard III.

    Simon Cole and Sir Clive Loader have been invited to join a 600 strong congregation in the presence of the Most Right Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and senior clergy from both dioceses, and other Christian denominations alongside representatives of the World Faiths. The service is being held at 11.30am on Thursday 26 March 2015.

    Other invited guests include those involved in the discovery and identification of King Richards III’s remains the communities who live in the vicinity of the battle site and those known descendants.

    Two hundred seats, a third of the cathedral's capacity, were also made available to the public following an online ballot in February.

    On Friday 27 March, Mr Cole and Sir Clive will return to the cathedral, with ACC Phil Kay and Chief Inspector Steve Potter, to attend the Service of Reveal of the Tomb of King Richard III. It will be the first time the tomb will be seen by members of the public and invited guests. Once the service is over members of the public will then be welcome to visit the tomb in the afternoon and more than 8000 flames will be lit around Jubilee Square and Cathedral Gardens in the evening with a trail of fire sculptures.

    Chief Constable Simon Cole said; “I am really honoured to be asked to attend these two very historic occasions and I am really looking forward to them both. The discovery of King Richard’s remains under a car park in Leicester began an amazing journey for the city and county culminating in the arrival of thousands of visitors from around the world this week. I know they will be impressed by what they see.”

    Sir Clive Loader said; “What a privilege it is to be at the heart of some of the biggest celebrations our city and county will probably ever stage. These events will truly put Leicester and Leicestershire on the world stage and I am proud to play a small part in that. It promises to be two fascinating days.”