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  • Don’t turn your dog into a stray
    Christmas is a time for joy, family and giving, but before you buy the puppy you've always wanted, make sure it won’t end up as a stray in the New Year.
  • Stay safe, use licensed taxis
    It’s the time of year when the temperature drops and taxis become a quick and warm way to get home after the Christmas party. But how can revellers tell which taxis are licensed and which are not?
  • Farmers Market in time for Christmas
    The Farmers Market returns to Coalville Market in time for Christmas and it’s a perfect opportunity to get some delicious local produce and even pick up the odd present or two.
  • 400 jobs at new Sawley distribution centre
    Exciting plans for a major new distribution centre on land at Sawley Crossroads have been revealed by Aldi.
  • Boiler scam warning
    North West Leicestershire District Council is warning its council tenants to be aware of bogus callers working in the area.
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  • Make a new start and keep positive over Christmas

    The festive season is usually a time for enjoyment, socialising and having fun. But it can be difficult for people in Leicestershire who struggle to keep themselves feeling upbeat.

    So as part of their New Start, New You campaign West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to take steps to help themselves stay positive at this potentially lonely time.

  • ‘MAGIC’ question cards to give patients more control of their care

    Patients in West Leicestershire are being encouraged to ask clinicians more questions about their healthcare.

    They are being invited to enter into a discussion with their GP, consultant or other health professionals about the options available, and reach a decision together.

  • Improving urgent and emergency care

    The findings of an independent six-month review of local urgent and emergency care have been welcomed by NHS and social care organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) and actions are already underway to make improvements.

  • Feeling under the weather? Get on the Health Bus!

    As the Met Office forecasts more unsettled weather – including rain, frost and fog –  an NHS ‘Health Bus’ is on its way to help people tackle winter ailments.

    The NHS Health Bus is rolling into Leicester this week offering some timely mini check-ups and advice on winter wellbeing.

    The launch of the Health Bus is the latest idea in the NHS three-month ‘Feeling under the weather?’ campaign to tackle common conditions – especially among people most at risk.

  • NHS leaders back ‘Antibiotic Guardians’ campaign

    Leicestershire NHS leaders are backing a campaign against the unnecessary use of antibiotics and encouraging members of the public and healthcare workers to sign up to become ‘Antibiotic Guardians’.

    Dr David Jenkins, Consultant Medical Microbiologist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, is urging health professionals and patients to think twice before using antibiotics, when an alternative treatment would be more appropriate.

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  • Man assaulted in Leicester - Arrest update

    Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Leicester.

    Officers were called shortly before midnight this morning (Saturday December 20) to a report of a 29-year-old man found injured at the junction of Henley Road and Fosse Road North.

    He is currently at the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

    A 28 year old man arrested in connection with the incident has since been released with no further action.

    Detective Inspector David Swift-Rollinson is investigating the incident and is keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault or an altercation earlier in the evening at the Crows Nest Public House.

    Detective Inspector Swift-Rollinson said: "We believe the injured man was involved in an altercation in the Crows Nest at some point during Friday evening and they that this may be linked to this assault.

    "We believe that there may be a number of people who saw this altercation and assault and we are particularly keen to speak to these people.

    "Anyone with information is urged to contact police as whatever they may know could assist our enquiries."

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant 0683 Jim Hatton on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Man sentenced for manslaughter of his friend in Loughborough

    A 38-year-old man has today pleaded guilty to and sentenced for the manslaughter of his friend in Loughborough.

    Stephen Frewer, of Byron Street, Loughborough, pleaded guilty to gross negligence manslaughter of 41-year-old Lee Marston.

    He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment today (Friday December 19) at Leicester Crown Court.

    The incident happened at around 3am on Sunday, October 26. Frewer, who was a shotgun licence holder, was at his home address with Lee. The pair, who had been friends for several years, had been out drinking earlier in the evening and were intoxicated when they began fooling around with a shotgun.

    Unfortunately, Lee was killed, having received a fatal shotgun wound to the head.

    Detective Inspector Alex Hathaway, who investigated the incident, said: “This was a tragic incident which could so easily have been avoided.

    “Lee’s family will spend the rest of their lives living with the consequences of this preventable incident.

    “Frewer held shotgun licence and kept his shotgun in accordance with the terms of his licence. However, while influenced by alcohol he made an irresponsible decision to go and get his firearm and behave in a criminally reckless way.

    “While Frewer had no intention of killing his friend, this case is a valuable lesson about the devastating consequences of mixing alcohol and firearms. As I have already mentioned, Lee’s family have lost a loving son, while Frewer himself, along with his family, have got to come to terms with the consequences of his actions during the early hours of Sunday, October 26.

    “I am pleased that Frewer did the right thing and pleaded guilty to the offence, sparing Lee’s family the ordeal of a trial.”

  • More items found on display during latest police tweet-a-thon

    Recent tweet-a-thon highlights that motorists aren’t taking the risk of becoming a victim of vehicle crime seriously.

    On Thursday December 18, officers and police staff took part in a 2 hour ‘tweet-a-thon’ in three different locations to highlight the fact that people are putting themselves at risk of becoming a victim of car crime.

    On this occasion events took place in Hinckley, Beaumont Leys and Loughborough, with vehicles in car parks and residential streets being checked.

    Over the two hours, three cars were found to have been left unlocked and one was found with the windows open.

    A large amount of items were found on display, including;

    • 58 x Bags

    • 100 x Vehicles with shopping bags

    • 45 x Clothing

    • 1 x Hairdressing kit

    • 31 x Sat Nav Cradles

    • 17 x Sat Nav’s

    • 5 x Bottles of Alcohol

    • 6 x Christmas presents

    • 3 x Gloves

    • 5 x Sunglasses

    • 11 x Glassess

    • 11 x CD’s

    • 2 x Wheelchairs

    • 11 x Addressed letters

    • 2 x Stereo’s

    • 1 x iPod

    • 5 x Food items

    • 2 x Shopping trolleys

    • 2 x Digital Cameras

    • 1 x Bike

    • 1 x Steam Mop

    • 4 x Toys

    • 4 x Suitcases

    • 31 x Personal info/paperwork

    • 1 x Garage remote

    • 1 x Sat Nav in taxi

    • 2 x Laptop bags

    • 1 x Tent

    • 23 x iPod chargers

    • 1 x Large wooden mirror

    • 1 x Prescription drugs

    • 1 x Loose change

    • 3 x Security/ID Cards

    • 12 x Keys

    • 8 x Cigarettes/Tabaco

    • 1 x Airer

    • 1 x Climbing Equipment

    • 6 x Crutches/walking sticks

    • 1 x Golf clubs

    • 1 x TV

    • 2 x Jewellery

    • 11 x Boxes, some with addresses

    • 2 x Mobile phones

    • 1 x Microwave

    • 1 x Hoover

    • 2 x Wallets

    • 1 x Laptop

    Detective Inspector Johnny Monks, the Force’s lead for vehicle crime, said: “Yesterday’s event really highlights that the message isn’t getting through to motorists that leaving vehicles insecure or with items on show really does increase your chances of becoming a victim of vehicle crime. “The aim of these events is to educate people just how big of a problem this is. Although we acknowledge that people should be able to leave items on show in their cars, the reality is that by doing so they are leaving themselves vulnerable to thieves.

    “Yesterday we covered Hinckley, Loughborough and Beaumont Leys, and last month we did a similar event in Wigston, Oadby, Beaumont Leys and the City Centre, each time finding a large amount of items on show. We are hoping that this proves that this problem is force wide.

    “Our message is simple. Please, please, please take everything out of your vehicle and help us reduce car crime.”

  • Former teacher sentenced for child sex offences

    A former school teacher has been jailed for sexual offences dating back to the 1980’s.

    Ronald Eyre (72) of Manchester Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14 years of age on Friday October 31 at Leicester Crown Court.

    He was sentenced today (Friday December 19, 2014) to six years and six months imprisonment. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

    The conviction relates to offences committed by Eyre when he was a French teacher at Catmose College, Oakham in the 1980’s.

    Police were contacted in May 2014 by a man who reported he was sexually assaulted by Eyre at Eyre’s home address between 1987 and 1989 whilst aged between 12 and 14-years-old.

    Further enquiries resulted in a second victim coming forward a few months later also reporting he was sexually assaulted again at Eyre’s home address. At the time of the offences between 1986 and 1987 he was 14-years-old.

    Detective Constable 878 Jamie Carr, the investigating officer, said: “Eyre abused his position of trust and used his victims’ young ages and vulnerability to carry out his crimes. This abuse has had an overwhelming effect on them and is reflected in the statements they have released today.

    “Both victims showed tremendous courage in coming forward and reporting this man. Hopefully they and their families are able to start new chapters in their lives knowing that Eyre is finally held accountable for his actions.

    “I would also like to take this opportunity to ask the public to contact us if they believe that they may have been a victim of Eyre’s crimes or have any concerns please contact the police.

    “It can be very difficult for people to come forward and report abuse even more so when it happened so long ago. I would like to reassure anyone that does contact us that their report will be treated with the upmost sensitivity and specialist officers will be on hand to support and assist victims.”

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    The victim, who was aged between 12 and 14-years-old at the time of the offences between 1987 and 1989, has released the following statement:

    "Today marks the beginning of the end of an ordeal that has cast a dark shadow over my life for over 25 years.

    “Ronald Eyre posed as a trusted authority figure - a senior teacher - in Rutland for many years. But he grossly abused that trust in committing these abhorrent crimes in this case against me and another victim.

    "I am satisfied that the sentence passed today by the courts is appropriate.

    “Sexual abuse strips you of personal dignity and causes deep long term psychological suffering.

    “I urge anyone who has, or is now suffering abuse, to inform the police straightaway. Don't suffer in silence as I did for 25 years. It doesn't matter how long ago the abuse took place. Leicestershire Police’s handling of my case has been excellent, and it has taken only nine months to progress from my reporting the abuse to securing convictions at Crown Court.

    “I want to thank everyone so much who has helped me get through all of this; without them could not have begun to rebuild. I am now able to start a new life chapter with my family."

    The victim, who was 14 years old at the time of the offences between 1986 and 1987, has released the following statement:

    “I would like to thank Leicestershire Police for their initial contact with me regarding these non-recent matters and also thank the other victim for bringing to police attention the activities of Eyre.

    “Eyre actively targeted and groomed me for sexual exploitation due to my incumbent family difficulties and took advantage of a young adult further to his position of trust. This has led to a substantial confusion regarding my personal sexual orientation which was only subsequently assisted through personal contacts at my local ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association’ (LGBT), psychiatrists and person friends who helped and assisted me to ‘come-to-terms’ with what has transpired in my early childhood and teenage years.

    “The abuse I suffered from Eyre is a significant contributory factor to the long-term depression I have suffered culminating in stays in hospital and attempts to harm myself. I have also issues pertaining to trust of other adults and find it difficult to function in social events and trusting fellow adults – leading to a detrimental impact upon my career.

    “To me – he remains a high risk offender as he targeted vulnerable people and engaged in committing sexual offences over many years.

    “I would actively encourage any other victims to come forward and raise complaints to the Police. I would humbly encourage parents and other people in positions of trust to talk with family members regarding his activity.

    “I would wish to publically thank and acknowledge the assistance of DC Jamie Carr, Sammy McIlroy and other excellent members of Leicestershire Police in addition to the Crown Prosecution Service who have been of outstanding professional conduct during the course of this investigation.”

  • Update - Arrests over thefts involving diggers

    A 30-year-old man arrested in connection with a series of thefts in which a digger was used, between October and 16 December this year, remains in custody.

    A 40-year-old man arrested in connection with the same incidents - one in Whetstone, Leicestershire, two in Lincolnshire and one in Humberside, was released from custody in relation to these offences.

    However, he has been charged with other offences, namely theft of a motor vehicle, handling stolen goods, attempted burglary and burglary. In relation to these charges he appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court this morning where he was remanded into custody to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 2 January 2015.

  • Unison cancels planned industrial action

    Unison has announced that the industrial action set to take place on Monday (December 22nd) has been cancelled.

    The union will now see if talks with employers can achieve a negotiated settlement about the on-going pay dispute.

    The voluntary overtime ban, which was due to have started on 5 January 2014 for a month has also been withdrawn for the time being.

    Chris Hanrahan, Unison Branch Secretary in Leicestershire Police, said: “We will know very early in January whether a settlement can be reached. If the talks remain positive, and we reach such an offer, members will be consulted on whether they accept, or not.

    “If we can’t make progress in the talks, we will be setting another date for strike action before the end of January to be followed by action short of strike action. We are serious about getting a better deal for police staff this year.”

    Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay said: “Whilst we had detailed contingency plans in place to ensure we continued to provide an efficient and responsive service to the public on Monday, I am of course pleased that, for the time being, this month’s planned industrial action won't now take place.”

  • Fatal collision on the A447 in Leicestershire - man named

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision in Leicestershire yesterday (Wednesday December 17).

    It happened at around 4.35pm on the A447 Melbourne Road, between Ravenstone and Ibstock, near to the entrance to Berry Hill Farm, and involved a white Ford Transit van and a blue bicycle.

    The Transit van was travelling from Ravenstone towards Ibstock when the collision happened. The cycle was travelling in the same direction.

    The cyclist, Martin John Bancroft, 55, of Ibstock, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

    Detective Constable 1288 Paul Bingham, who is investigating the collision, said: “If you think you saw either the blue cycle or the van travelling along the A447 before the collision or you witnessed any part of the incident please contact us.

  • Do you know this man?

    CCTV images have been released of a man police would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Warren Hill, Newtown Linford.

    The incident happened between 2pm and 2.55pm on Monday November 11 where a laptop was taken.

    The man left the premises on a motorbike and police would like to speak to anyone who recognises him.

    DC 1340 Paul Burchell, who is investigating, said: “Whilst we realise the images are not very clear, and relate to an incident that happened a month ago, you may still be able to recognise the man we would like help in identifying.

    “He was riding a dark blue moped with ‘L’ plates attached and wearing a distinctive motor cycle jacket with green/yellow flashes on the arms and shoulders and, if you know who he is, we would like to speak to you.”