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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: National BikeSafe event this Saturday

    Police motorcyclists from the four forces of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) will be at the national BikeSafe event at Rockingham Speedway Circuit this Saturday (August 19).

    EMOpSS provides roads policing to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

    The National BikeSafe Show is an annual event with police riders from across the country coming together with other motorcyclists to improve their riding skills and make them safer.

    The one-day festival of biking will be held at Rockingham Circuit in Corby on Saturday 19 August – returning to Northamptonshire after a successful first show in 2016 which attracted around 4,000 visitors.

    There are practical workshops at the event so that bikers can understand their strengths and weaknesses and are then inspired to improve by progressing onto post-test training. The event is a showcase for BikeSafe and a celebration of motorcycling.

    Officers from the four forces of EMOpSS (Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire) also run Bikesafe Workshops throughout the year. Bikesafe is a police run motorcycle project which aims to stop bikers being hurt on the roads.

    Visitors to the event at the weekend will see a wide range of bike manufacturers with demo bikes available to test ride, be able to test their skills on mazes of cones, watch stunt shows and emergency services demonstrations, and enjoy lots of family fun for free.

    For £35 bikers can book to enjoy an observed road ride with the Police Advanced Motorcyclists. This elite team will advise you on road riding techniques, before returning to the circuit for a briefing and the chance to ride the circuit on your own bike, under instruction from the prestigious California Superbike School.

    PC 348 Darren Blaylock, is an EMOpSS BikeSafe Coordinator, he said; “Whilst this is a great day for the whole family, it also contains a very serious objective of promoting motorcycle safety. Riding a motorbike can be a fantastic experience however there are still too many people out there that do not ride safely and put themselves and others in danger.

    "This unique opportunity to ride with the Police Advanced Motorcyclists is a great chance to finesse your skills and become a safer and more competent rider in future."

    Places are limited, and going fast, but you can book a place on the National BikeSafe Event and the police-observed ride at www.bikesafe.co.uk

    If you can’t go to the event but would like to book yourself on a one day Bikesafe course which costs £45 and includes lunch. All BikeSafe courses have to be booked through www.bikesafe.co.uk

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: What matters to you? - Wigston

    Leicestershire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner want to hear about what matters to you.

    On Friday 18th August, members of the public are invited to join Chief Constable Simon Cole and Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach outside Sainsburys on Bell Street, Wigston, for the next ‘What matters to you event?’

    This is an excellent opportunity for you to speak to two of the key figures within Leicestershire Police about policing and community issues that matter to you in an informal setting.

    The session will run on between 1pm and 3pm. No appointment is necessary, please feel free to attend.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Man assaulted in Markfield

    Officers investigating a serious assault on a petrol station forecourt have released CCTV images of a man they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

    On Thursday 10 August a verbal argument took place between two men in Shaw Lane, Markfield. The argument then ended up with one of the men sustaining a serious leg injury after a vehicle struck him.

    The 39-year-old victim was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and was discharged following surgery to his leg.

    DC Mike Steer is investigating the incident, he said: “The incident took place around 1.30pm last Thursday (10 August) and there were a number of people in the area at the time. We’d like to identify the man in the images as he may be able to assist with our enquires.

    “If you know who he is or have any suspicions about his identity please contact us.”

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1917 Mike Steer on 101, quoting crime reference number 17*341813.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Local youths in Desert Rat Challenge

    Officers from Leicestershire Police took a group of young people to Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham on Saturday (12 August), where they took part in a Desert Rat Challenge with other young people from across the East Midlands.

    During the day they took part in a number of exercises that included an assault course, leadership tasks and a vehicle crash simulator.

    Each team was marked on their performance by regular and reserve staff from across 7th Infantry Brigade and ranked at the end of the day, which saw the team from Leicestershire Police named as the overall winners.

    Keenan Bailey-Mann, who took part in the challenge, said: “‎I enjoyed the assault course the most but it's all been really good. I've done an interview with a newspaper and I've learnt how to work as part of a team and communicate better.”

    Inspector Paul Crewe, who has been working with 7th Infantry Brigade to support the event, said: “We’re very grateful to 7th Infantry Brigade for inviting us to the event. It’s been a great opportunity for the young people we brought with us to build their confidence and develop themselves. It’s also been good for us to build on our existing relationship with the army.

    “I’m very proud of our team for achieving first place. The consistent feedback from the army staff at each exercise, along with their mentors for the day from the Royal Anglian Regiment, was that they have all given 110%. It’s been an excellent day and we look forward to the next event”.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Cadet Leaders needed… Could you?

    Leicestershire Police is searching for 25 enthusiastic people to join the force as cadet leaders.

    Next month more than 300 young people will be enrolled on the Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) programme - the largest number of cadets that Leicestershire Police has on record.

    Cadets are aged between 13 and 17 years, have a keen interest in policing, and volunteer to spend their free time helping out in their communities.

    Superintendent Shane O’Neill, the force’s strategic lead for Volunteers in Policing, said: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming so many new faces to our cadet programme, and I am proud of how far the programme has come in recent years. With growing numbers of cadets, we require more cadet leaders to allow us to offer our cadets greater opportunities and experiences during their time with us.

    “At the end of this month two cadet leaders will be accompanying a group of cadets on a trip to Krefeld, our German twin-town, and a team of cadets have recently been to compete in ‘Youth United’ at RAF Cosford. Trips such as these would not be possible without the help of our cadet leaders, and I would encourage anyone with a little spare time to join us in leading our excellent VPC team.”

    Cadet leaders are asked to regularly attend cadet unit meetings, which are held weekly during the academic year, and also to support and supervise the cadets volunteering in the community.

    Cadet unit meetings are held in eight locations across the county:

    • Central Leicester
    • South Leicester
    • Coalville
    • Hinckley
    • Market Harborough
    • Melton Mowbray
    • East Leicester
    • Loughborough

    Sergeant Danny Graham, lead coordinator of the VPC programme for Leicestershire Police, said: “As a leader you will be valued and supported, and you will be given the unique opportunity to develop yourself while providing inspiration and knowledge to many young people from our communities.

    “Volunteering with the cadets may seem like a challenge, but the benefits are enormous and you really can help to change the lives of young people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    “Cadet leaders don’t need any specific skills or qualifications. We are looking people who are enthusiastic and passionate about working with young people to share their skills, knowledge and experience with our cadets.”

    If you think you could be a cadet leader, or if you would like more information on the role, please visit our website: leics.police.uk/join-us/police-support-volunteers or email couldyou@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Suspect vehicle collides with car in Markfield – update on arrests

    Five youths arrested yesterday afternoon (Saturday 12 August) after the car they were in collided with another vehicle have been released from police custody pending further investigation.

    The incident took place just after 2pm on Launde Road, when a Silver Mondeo collided with a blue Hyundai i10.

    The 69-year-old driver of the Hyundai was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment. He remains in hospital where his condition is described as stable. A man and a woman sustained minor injuries and were taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Another passenger in the car was uninjured.

    The occupants of the Mondeo fled from the car but were detained nearby after a brief foot chase by officers.

    Three 16-year-old youths and two boys, 14, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle theft.

    The diversion put in place to allow for an investigation of the scene around Launde Road at the junction of Countryman Way and Ratby Lane has since been removed.

    In the early hours of Saturday 12 August the Mondeo was seen at a petrol station in London Road in Coalville, where an incident of non-payment of fuel was reported to police. Hours later a member of the public reported the occupants of a Silver Mondeo acting suspiciously in the Main Street area of Peckleton.

    Police responding to a further sighting of the Mondeo yesterday afternoon, spotted the vehicle in Ratby Lane and successfully deployed a tyre deflation device. They continued to follow the vehicle as they attempted to bring it to a safe stop.

    The car continued for a short distance before it collided with the Hyundai.

    Officers are still appealing to anyone who saw the Silver Mondeo being driven beforehand or the collision itself.

    If you have any information that could assist officers with their investigation of this incident you are urged to call 101 and quote incident 379 of August 12.

    In line with standard procedures a referral was made to the IPCC following the incident.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Suspects flee empty-handed from attempted ATM theft

    Detectives are investigating after thieves tried to steal an ATM in Castle Donington.

    The attempted theft took place at around 12.20am today (13 August) at the Moto Services at junction 23A of the M1, when several men described as being masked were seen trying to gain entry to the location by forcing open a fire exit.

    Once inside they attempted to remove a free-standing ATM before fleeing the scene empty-handed shortly afterwards.

    Witnesses have described three vehicles as possibly being used by the suspects. A light-coloured Audi, a white flat-bed or pick-up style truck and a white van.

    Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant 4450 Anna Burton, said: “Our investigation is in the very early stages.

    “Scenes of crimes officers will be at the scene today to carry out a forensic search of the area and we will be speaking to witnesses as we piece together the exact circumstances of the incident.

    “If you have any information that you think could assist us with our enquiries we would like to hear from you.”

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Leicestershire Police on 101 and quote incident number 21 of 13 August.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Three injured after suspect vehicle collides with car

    Three people have been taken to hospital after a road traffic collision in Markfield.

    The incident took place just after 2pm today (Saturday 12 August) on Launde Road, when a Silver Mondeo collided with a blue Hyundai i10.

    The elderly driver of the Hyundai has been taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment where his condition is not believed to be serious. His two passengers sustained minor injuries and were taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

    The occupants of the Mondeo fled from the car but were detained nearby after a brief foot chase by officers.

    Five men have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle theft and remain in police custody.

    Launde Road has been closed at the junction of Countryman Way and Ratby Lane to allow for officers to carry out an investigation of the scene and a diversion has been put in place.

    In the early hours of today the Mondeo was seen at a petrol station in London Road in Coalville, where an incident of bilking was reported to police. Hours later a member of the public reported the occupants of a Silver Mondeo acting suspiciously in the Main Street area of Peckleton.

    Police responding to a further sighting of the Mondeo this afternoon, spotted the vehicle in Ratby Lane and tactics were authorised and officers successfully deployed a tyre deflation device. They continued to follow the vehicle as they attempted to bring it to a safe stop.

    The car continued for a short distance before it collided with the Hyundai.

    Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw the Silver Mondeo being driven beforehand or the collision itself.

    If you have any information that could assist officers with their investigation of this incident you are urged to call 101 and quote incident 379 of August 12.

    In line with standard procedures a mandatory referral was made to the IPCC following the incident.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Two men sentenced for drugs offences

    Two men, who tried to evade police by dumping a kilogram of high purity cocaine into the River Soar, have been sentenced.

    Shannon Riley and Ezra Sterling were arrested after an investigation was carried out by officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU).

    In January this year, both men were seen to have been within a silver Ford Focus parked in Leicester where an exchange of drugs took place. When police descended, the pair drove off.

    Travelling on a bridge over the River Soar, Riley then threw a plastic ‘bag for life’ into the water below.

    The bag was subsequently recovered by officers and found to contain just over a kilogram of high purity cocaine, valued at around £45,000 and, once cut with an adulterant, attracting a street value worth many times this amount.

    Both men were arrested the following month and recovered from Sterling’s home address was a quantity of dealer bags.

    At an earlier hearing, Shannon Riley, 26, of Faversham Close in Leicester, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and Ezra Sterling, 25, of Blairmore Road in Leicester, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and assisting an offender.

    Both were sentenced today (11 August). Riley was handed a five year, eight month prison sentence. Sterling was given a 12 month suspended sentence and 100 hours unpaid work.

    EMSOU Detective Sergeant Lindsay O’Nion said: “The quick actions by attending officers, with help from a local canoeist, to retrieve the jettisoned drugs from the river secured vital evidence and ultimately prevented a significant amount of drugs from reaching the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    “The evidence gathered by a dedicated team of officers, from EMSOU, Leicestershire Police and the East Midlands Operational Support Service, was so strong, it left the defendants with no option but to plead guilty to their offences.

    “Whether it be low level dealing, or highly organised trafficking and distribution, we are committed to tackling all drug offences and putting those responsible before the courts.”

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Detectives produce image of man they want to trace

    A computer generated image has been produced by police who are investigating an alleged serious sexual assault on a woman in Melton.

    The incident is reported to have happened during the early hours of Sunday 14 May in Scalford Road, Melton.

    We want to hear from you if you think you know who it could be.

    She was walking past Catherine Dalley House between 1am and 2am when she was approached by two men who sexually assaulted her.

    The man in the image may have information about the assault and police want to trace him.

    Detective Constable Felicity James said: “We appreciate some time has passed since this offence is said to have taken place. However I would like to reassure people that we have been carrying out enquiries throughout this period and have only just completed the image with the woman concerned.

    “Our enquiries have included a CCTV trawl and extensive house to house enquires. We have remained in regular contact with the victim throughout the investigation and it is only very recently she has felt able to provide us with a full statement and the image. If you know who this could be please come forward.

    “We would ask people to remain vigilant when out in the early hours of the morning, and report any suspicious behaviour to the police. We believe this to be an isolated incident and the enquiry is continuing into the exact circumstances.”

    Call 101 quoting crime number 17*202650.

NHS West Leicestershire
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  • Public invited to join health leaders at Conference and AGM

    Members of the public have been invited to attend West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Conference, Annual General Meeting (AGM), and Exhibition, which takes place on Monday, 11 September at Hollywell Court.

    The event, which runs from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, is an opportunity for local people to come and hear about the work that has gone on to deliver and improve local health care services, and will focus on how the CCG are integrating services to improve care for patients in West Leicestershire.

  • Over the counter medicines consultation–extended

    The CCG has extended its consultation on the whether certain medicines should be available on prescription. The consultation covers treatments for minor ailments, such as hay fever, athlete’s foot and mild eczema which are available without a prescription from a pharmacist. It also includes Vitamin D supplements in some cases.

    Views are also being sought on whether specialised infant formula which can be prescribed for babies with reflux or lactose intolerance should be available on prescription.

  • West Leicestershire commissioners officially ruled “outstanding”

    Health commissioners responsible for buying NHS services for the people of West Leicestershire have officially been recognised as “outstanding”.

    NHS England, the national regulator, has published annual assurance ratings for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country. West Leicestershire CCG is one of a minority of CCGs in the country to have received the highest possible rating.

  • CCGs across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland awarded £800,000 to support delivery of diabetes services

    Patients are set to benefit from an £800,000 cash injection awarded by NHS England to the three local CCGs to help standardise, improve and expand diabetes prevention and education services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    The funding, which is part of the NHS England Transformation Fund, is to be used on supporting GP practices to monitor patients with diabetes in the community, help diabetes patients staying in hospital, and provide more structured diabetes education sessions for high risk patients.

  • Medicines available over the counter

    NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to understand how people would be affected if they had to buy certain over the counter medicines, instead of requesting a prescription for some minor conditions.

    Minor ailments, such as hay fever, athlete’s foot and mild eczema are treatable with medicines which can be purchased without prescription from a pharmacist. Local pharmacists or chemists are highly knowledgeable about a wide range of minor conditions and can offer patients advice about the best course of treatment.

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  • Brexit is a Mess. Lets get some imagination.

    It is still in the slow lane-Nothing is really happening.-It is too confusing to reconfigure
    If we are leaving The EU. We need to initially set up a carbon copy of the EU Departments to take over our affairs in each specialised area. Not a UK Government Dept
    This means we will have to set up say A financial and Medical Associations say that is going to be responsible for that specific subject.
    Plus all the other Associations that will be needed such as trade. These could be set up as a private businesses or other UK Associations.

    The Government does not seem to do this.That is why it is going round in circles because of its lack of knowledge in specialised areas.

    Ireland is also a big problem and really could be JOINED TOGETHER. It then needs to consider as a whole. Not as half whether it follows the UK new system or EU

    The UK new system proposed should be initially based on EU Departments/Associations.This needs to be set up and controlled by The UK Associations..The UK Associations also Needs to look at other countries and add them into the system like a EU block. Ours will be a New UK Block and could incorporate Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland, America and any EU Countries that have a problem with the EU system.

    There is no imagination of how to set up something when its controlled by a Government.

    How wonderful it would be to have these countries or existing bodies as a member of THE UNITED KINGDOM TRADE ASSOCIATION
    or THE UNITED KINGDOM MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, or THE UNITED KINGDOM FINANCE ASSOCIATION.or THE UNITED KINGDOM LAW ASSOCIATION.
    or THE UNITED KINGDOM TRADE ASSOCIATION ETC ETC

    Get the idea and not controlled like The EU as a single entity or a common currency-Lets Just Protect individual Sovereign identity and be part of various associations.

    Can we do it please

  • Lets have a second referendum on Brexit

    Now we have been educated with the problems of Brexit. We now realise its a big mistake to get out of Europe.Even The EU realises that.
    Why do not we go for a second referendum and test the water again.Parliament keeps telling us they are working for the will of the people.I hate to tell them THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE HAS CHANGED-YOU ARE OUT OF DATE AGAIN. ANOTHER POLITICAL BLUNDER COMING UP.
    Some members of Parliament consider that they will have more personal power by getting out of Europe. That is why
    the economy is sinking just on the thought of Brexit.
    Why do we keep heading towards the cliff. There is no green grass at the bottom of this cliff.

  • Disaster is on its way for the UK economy

    Over the last 40 years we became involved with many activities linked to the EU.
    These will now have to be moved to a EU Country. This will mean loss of jobs for the UK and a disaster for the economy

    Trade needs to be linked to the EU. There is not enough for us outside the EU. UK Business needs the EU for trade and staff

    The EU Countries are taking their own control over immigration. We can do that and still retain our EU rights. We only need the right type of immigrants.

    GO FOR A SECOND REFERENDUM AND REVERSE THIS DOOM or Stay linked to the EU (As Norway) and strengthen our economy.

  • Second Referendum is our only hope

    The Election failed to show us any way forward.We are now in a worse situation.
    We have to reconsider our situation and ask the public to reconsider their situation NOW before we negotiate with the EU

    We need to have another referendum.

    We need to state on the voting document

    If we vote out it will make us poorer.

    If we vote in our economy will be better

  • Government needs an Action List

    Now The Government is on the back seat mainly because of their own demise.

    The only answer now is a soft or weaker Brexit.

    But is it worth going through the pain considering a soft or weaker weaker Brexit.

    Why not save the turmoil and have another referendum. Maybe the younger voters will now realise they have to vote and brexit will be forgotten

  • Brexit and an Election WHAT NEXT ?

    Having an election before Brexit. This appears to gives the Government a chance to impose more ways of getting our money. ie rewrite the Manifesto.
    WHOSE THE PENSIONER VOTING CONSERVATIVE

    The country has also had to accept for years that dementia is not an illness and we have to pay for it. Really?

    Now The Government are kidding us that 100 K is the way forward and we should be content with the government allowing us to keep 100 K of our inheritance. By the way you pay everything else over when your dead.

    The election is unfortunately a diversion. We should be thinking more about Brexit and dealing with it.

    We have unfortunately managed to get ourselves into voting for Brexit because Cameron could not work with the European Union. There is a need for The European Union to change attitude and work more for the countries they represent.

    That does not mean we stop immigrants. Control it maybe if you can.

    We need immigrants from Europe to work with us and for us. So why don't we go with Europe policy for now and wait for them modify their immigration policy. There is nothing stopping us monitoring the immigration without restriction unless they are criminal etc.

    Trading-do we want to trade outside The European Union . Europe are are neighbours and our friends. We should trade with them first. They are on our doorstep.

    Are the conservatives going in the right way to improve living and trading conditions. I think not.

  • THE POWER OF THE EU

    Leaving The EU is much more complicated than we all thought. Do we continue in it and change the rules.

    Employment- We still need to allow employers employ Euro Nationals. We have do not have enough trained educated candidates in the UK. Extreme control over stopping immigration will be harmful and disaster for us.

    Trade- its good that we could get trading with who we want. There is still a strong need to continual trading with Europe.running the two systems would be better for all EU Members

    European Law. Needs modifying. We can never get rid of it but somethings need sorting to make it more practical.EU Member should be able to use local laws and not be dominated by EU Power to control

    The EU is like all large block of power. Difficult to deal with and power crazy.

    It needs to have a different structure and attitude towards EU Members. EU Members must still be able to work at being small, individual and independent and use a the larger group network to improve things such a crime prevention and trading. Not allow the network ie EU take control and power over each European Country.

    If the EU was able to change its attitude towards its members it might be able to survive. If it does not and we are not in it.We can never save it.

  • Election is a bit of a gamble

    Half the country never wanted to get out of Europe. They still do not.
    They will not vote Labour because it would be a wasted vote.
    They could vote Lib Dem hoping that a power shift away from The Conservatives will dilute a Hard Brexit.

  • Brexit again it will not go away

    We had the vote because the politicians could not decide whether we stayed in The EU.
    Just over half of the country agreed to leave.
    We are really still in a position where half the country wants to stay in.
    How can we find a solution to sort this.
    The only answer is we have to go forward in the interest of the country. NOT THE INDIVIDUAL.

    So take immigration.
    We are desperate for people to work in our businesses.
    We have to accept that immigration is acceptable.
    We can control it by insisting a person has to have a job.
    We can control benefits accordingly.

    The laws
    We accept all European Laws to date. We will have to modify some to line up with our new policies.

    Defence.
    We stick with NATO

    Trade
    We trade exactly the same with Europe. Except. We negotiate our own new agreements outside Europe

    Research Farming etc.
    If we are not paying into Europe we have to finance things ourselves or set up and pay for partnerships.

    HOW SIMPLE IS THAT

  • Brexit is still not looking well

    The government seem to be doing what governments are good at. Do every thing the population do not want.

    Most people probably voted out because the EU would not listen and would not put some control over immigration. I say control I do not mean preventing or creating state registers.

    I agree Human rights also made it difficult for governments to have some control ie to prevent the wrong people getting into a country. How far do we want to control. We will never be able to control everyone and why would we want to.

    The government now sees its opportunity to take total control and it will probably be worse than the EU control.

    The governments blind spot to focus on total control of immigration will also kill the economy.

    Maybe parliament needs to vote and decide how the Brexit vote should be handled.

    Its such a difficult subject to resolve. If the government created some sort of immigration policy.
    Then put this to the EU to get their agreement.

    We could then continue to be in the EU and not have this headache.So simple.

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North West Leicestershire Council
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  • Nominate your sporting stars for North West Leicestershire awards

    Sports awards 2016

    Nominations are now open for North West Leicestershire’s annual celebration of sporting excellence and dedication.

    The North West Leicestershire Local Sports Alliance Sports Awards return on Thursday 23 November, to Hermitage Leisure Centre in Whitwick.

    The night provides a fantastic opportunity for the community to recognise and reward local athletes, coaches, volunteers, sports clubs and schools within North West Leicestershire whose achievements and leadership inspire and motivate others.

    Nominations can be made in 16 categories for athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools who have achieved in the world of sport between September 2016 and September 2017. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 29 September.

    The categories are: 

    • Senior Sportsperson of the Year
    • Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
    • Senior Team of the Year
    • Club of the Year
    • Senior Volunteer of the Year
    • Senior Coach of the Year
    • Junior Volunteer of the Year
    • Junior Sportsman of the Year
    • Junior Sportswoman of the Year
    • Junior Team of the Year
    • School Team of the Year
    • Primary School of the Year
    • Secondary (High & Upper) School of the Year
    • Active Lifestyle Award
    • Community Award
    • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Physical Activity  

    Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “The annual Sports Awards give us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the hard work of both sports people and volunteers in our communities.

    “I know we have some hugely talented and devoted sports people in this district and if you know someone who is deserving of recognition I would encourage you to nominate them.”

    Everyone who puts in a nomination will be entered into a prize draw to win a three-month gym membership at Hermitage, Hood Park and Measham Leisure Centres. 

    For full details on how to nominate and the award categories, visit www.northwestleicslsa.org.uk/sports-awards

  • Grants make all the difference for North West Leicestershire community groups

    Funding from North West Leicestershire District Council grant schemes has boosted three community groups.

    Each has taken advantage of just some of the grants the council has available for communities to access.

    The Moira Village Hall committee has been awarded a £500 Green Grant after applying for support in replacing the lighting in the venue.

    The committee also received a further £246 from the Small Grant Scheme towards new tables for use by the various community groups accessing the hall.Diseworth

    Also benefitting from a Small Grant is Diseworth Heritage Trust which has received £468 for four pull up banners depicting the history of the Methodist and Baptist churches in Long Whatton and Diseworth. Their aim is to preserve the historical, architectural and constructional heritage of Diseworth and the surrounding villages.

    Coalville’s Ebenezer Baptist Church has received a grant of £250 from the Coalville Special Expenses Community Chest towards a new carpet and the decoration of the church lounge.  The improvements will particularly benefit the Friday Club which meets in the lounge and attracts a range of local people.  Having the newly refurbished room will allow them to continue the community activity into the future and creates a much more welcoming environment.

    Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “It is great to see people taking advantage of our grants and using the money to provide better facilities and activities for young and old.

     “We recognise the invaluable role community groups play in our town and villages, and we very deliberately look to support their efforts through these grants.

     “If your North West Leicestershire community group is in need of some financial support head on to our website and see if you qualify for a grant.”

     The council’s Community Focus team works with parish and town councils, community groups, organisations and other district council services, to improve communities and services in North West Leicestershire.

    Information on all of the council’s grant schemes and how to apply can be found at www.nwleics.gov.uk/community_focus or by emailing grants@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

    Ebenezer

  • Disused Coalville building makes way for new family homes

    Construction

    A former sheltered housing block in Coalville has been demolished to make way for new family homes, as part of North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) affordable home building programme.

    Construction company, Robert Woodhead Ltd, began work on the Council’s first council house building programme in a generation earlier this year. To guarantee the development was delivered efficiently, offered social value and was sourced at the best cost, Woodhead was taken on through procurement consortium, EEM Ltd, of which NWLDC is a member.

    The site in Coalville is one of three developments in the programme, which will see 24 new houses and bungalows built on council-owned land. The site on Verdon Crescent in Coalville will include ten houses and one bungalow, providing much-needed homes for local families.

    Woodhead has worked with demolition specialist, Down to Earth Demolition, which has taken charge of the six week programme to safely demolish the building and clear the site, ready for construction to begin.

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    Councillor Roger Bayliss, Portfolio Holder for Housing at NWLDC said, ‘We are really pleased that clearance of the sites has now been completed, and we are ready to start building in earnest. These new council houses will go some way towards meeting the housing needs of the 700 households on our waiting list.’

    As part of Woodhead and EEM Ltd’s commitment to delivering social value on all its sites, the team has been working with a number of full time construction course students from Stephenson College to help give them hands on experience of a building site, as well as the benefit of the site team’s experience, as they continue to work through their training. The group visited during the demolition to find out more about that side of the construction industry.

    Andrew Cassels, Project Manager for Robert Woodhead Ltd said, “We’re really pleased with the progress on the site so far, and have been delighted to share the varying stages with young people from Stephenson college.

    We pride ourselves on building excellent quality homes and ensuring we have an impact on the local community while doing so. We always try to provide opportunities to young people living close to a site, whether that be through an apprenticeship scheme, or providing work placements.”

    Pete Smith, Chief Executive of EEM Ltd, said: “We want our members, such as North West Leicestershire District Council, to have access to fantastic frameworks, getting the best cost and social value for the programmes they are working on.

    “I’m delighted to see the progress already made on the sites in Coalville and Ashby De La Zouch. I look forward to seeing the homes going up, and meeting with the people working on them.”

  • Sci-fi and fantasy convention brings on-screen stars to North West Leicestershire

    Em-con 15

    Stars of some of our favourite TV programmes and films – including Darth Vader himself - are heading to North West Leicestershire for its first ever EM-Con.

    The Comic-Con style event at Hermitage Leisure Centre in Whitwick will welcome actors and actresses from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and Star Wars, including Dave Prowse (pictured right), who played Darth Vader in the original trilogy.Em-con 1

    Fans of all things sci-fi and fantasy will be able to meet their idols while also enjoying stalls from specialised traders, artists and even a zombie enclosure.

    There will also be the chance to have photo with the TARDIS, a Dalek, Han Solo frozen in carbonite, and a portrait of Vigo from Ghostbusters II.

    EM-Con will be at North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) Hermitage Leisure Centre from 10am on Saturday 2 September.

    Other media guests on the day include:

    • Doctor Who quartet Katy Manning, Jon Davey, Dan Starkey and Sarah Louise Madison
    • Dominic Carter who portrayed Janos Slynt in Game of Thrones
    • Mike Edmonds who played Logray the head shaman of the Ewoks in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

    Doctor Who artist Lee Sullivan and cosplayer Tabitha Lyons will also be in attendance sharing their talents with fans.

    Attendees are welcome to wear tasteful fancy dress and cosplay outfits at the event.

    EM-Con has already enjoyed lots of success hosting similar events across the Midlands including a well-attended event in Burton-upon-Trent last year, and an annual convention in Nottingham.

    Event organiser Lee Wallis said: “We're delighted to be bringing EM-Con to Leicestershire - we've been working especially hard to make sure our first show here is our best yet and we're sure people are going to love it!

    “We're lucky to have found the perfect venue for putting on a show that will please everyone from families looking for a fun day out to pop culture obsessives who want to geek out.

    “EM-Con gets a great reception around the country so we can't wait to get to Whitwick and bring our special guests with us"Em-con 14

    Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “It is great news that this new and exciting event is coming to the district and we’re confident it will be a huge success.

    “Hermitage Leisure Centre has already hosted the very successful Larp-Con this year and it’s great to have another convention coming to town.

    “We have seen that EM-Con events have proven popular in other parts of the Midlands and we’re delighted that they have chosen to come to Whitwick next month.”

    Tickets cost £10 or £5 for children under eight, and people are advised to book in advance by visiting www.emcon-leicester.com/tickets

    Additional charges are in place for pictures and autographs with media guests. 

  • Council goes contactless to make car parks more convenient

    It will soon be easier than ever before to use town centre car parks in North West Leicestershire thanks to new upgraded machines.

    North West Leicestershire District Council will be installing new state-of-the-art payment points at council car parks in Ashby and Coalville from Tuesday 8 August.

    This will see motorists able to pay for parking by credit or debit card – including contactless payments – bringing an end to the scramble to find loose change after parking.

    The new machines will have no impact on the cost of parking in council car parks, with prices remaining frozen until 2020.

    Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “We gained a lot of feedback from the car parking consultation we held last year, and making payment easier was something that was brought to our attention.

    “These new machines will make things simpler for everyone, and brings us into the modern contactless era.

    “We firmly believe that this will also encourage more people to visit both Ashby and Coalville, therefore supporting our local businesses.”

    Car parking machines in Coalville will also now offer drivers the chance to buy monthly or weekly parking tickets. Quarterly, six-monthly and annual season tickets remain available through the council’s website.

    The changes form part of the council’s car parking strategy which also saw parking in Coalville become ‘Free After Three’ in January of this year.

    For more information about car parking in North West Leicestershire, visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/parking 

  • Results of North West Leicestershire District Council Planning Committee – Tuesday 1 August

    At the meeting of Planning Committee held on Tuesday 1 August, five planning applications were permitted and one was rejected. Please see the table below for more detail.

    An application for up to 270 homes and associated works on land at Thornborough Road, Coalville, was refused by the committee.

    The application also proposed the creation of public open space, access points from both Thornborough Road and Spring Lane, and a new car park for New Swannington Primary School.

    Speaking about the decision, Chairman of Planning Committee, Councillor David Stevenson said: “Members are taking regard of the submitted Local Plan, which is gaining real traction as it progresses closer towards adoption.

    “This is giving the committee confidence to make bold decisions, such as the refusal of this application, which falls outside the development limits in both the current and submitted Local Plan.”

    Six further applications were heard by the planning committee.

    Committee members approved the appearance, layout, scale and access of three homes on land in Loughborough Road, Coleorton. This application already had outline approval, which had established the principle of building three homes on the land, from a previous meeting of the committee.

    An application to add a takeaway and home delivery service to a former restaurant in Borough Street, Castle Donington was also approved by the committee.

    Planning reference

    Description

    Location

    Decision

    16/01407/OUTM

    Building of 270 homes and associated works including car park for New Swannington Primary School

    Land at Thornborough Road, Coalville.


    REFUSED

    17/00427/REM

    Reserved matters application for three new homes.

    Land west of 67, Loughborough Road, Coleorton. LE67 8HJ


    PERMITTED

    17/00475/FUL

    To change the use of a shed to operate a new dog grooming business from.

    17, Briton Lodge Close, Moira. DE12 6DD

    PERMITTED

    17/00585/FUL

    Building of a two-storey extension front extension

    Oakfield House, Tamworth Road, Ashby de la Zouch. LE65 2PR

    PERMITTED

    17/00204/FUL

    Conversion of sun room to a plant room, and erection of a vertical flagpole.

    Oakfield House, Tamworth Road, Ashby de la Zouch. LE65 2PR

    PERMITTED

    16/00902/FUL

    Change of use to a restaurant with hot food takeaway sales.

    2, Borough Street, Castle Donington. DE74 2LA

    PERMITTED

    17/00635/3FD

    Change of use of flat to a North West Leicestershire District Council housing department hub office for staff.

    4, Hood Court, North Street, Ashby de la Zouch. LE65 1HY

    DEFERRED

    Agendas, papers and minutes for Planning Committee can be found at www.nwleics.gov.uk/meetings.

    Planning Committee meets every month and is a public meeting – members of the public are welcome to attend. Any member of the public wishing to address Planning Committee must register to do so before midday on the Friday before the committee meeting. 

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    It is now nervous that a country has dared to take control of themselves.

    It will not be easy to deal with them because they want us to fail.
    We will not fail and maybe others will split away.That is their biggest fear.

    Northern Ireland now needs to be used as a trade Area to negotiate with Europeans direct.Taking advantage of its doorstep location with Southern Ireland. The UK needs to lower corporation rates to be the same as Ireland.This will be an advantage for all business.

    We need to create a small coordinating and marketing organisation and use CBI and Group Trading organisations to promote Great Britain.The commonwealth needs to be a bigger part of our trade. Our main objective must be to trade globally.
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  • CCTV footage issued after serious assault in city

    Detectives investigating a stabbing in the city centre have released CCTV footage of three men they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

    The 51 year old victim was assaulted in Jarvis Street, he fled from the suspects towards Sanvey Gate and Soar Lane where two members of the public flagged down a police vehicle and the victim was taken to hospital for treatment to a stab wound.

    He was discharged from hospital five days after the incident which took place during the early hours of Wednesday 31 May.

    Detective Constable Xanthe Fisher is investigating the assault, she said: “Despite the appeals we issued at the time we still need to trace those responsible and any potential witnesses.

    “We hope the release of the footage will assist in identifying the three men who were seen in the area around the time of the assault, they are believed to be aged between 17-25. If you know who they are or if this was you please contact us.

    “The victim sustained a significant injury during the assault and although he has been released from hospital the events of that night are still very much in his thoughts.

    “This was a serious attack and we need to catch those responsible. If you have any information which may assist get in touch. If you would prefer not to contact the police directly then please contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4160 Xanthe Fisher on 101, quoting incident number 17* 226653.

  • National BikeSafe event this Saturday

    Police motorcyclists from the four forces of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) will be at the national BikeSafe event at Rockingham Speedway Circuit this Saturday (August 19).

    EMOpSS provides roads policing to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

    The National BikeSafe Show is an annual event with police riders from across the country coming together with other motorcyclists to improve their riding skills and make them safer.

    The one-day festival of biking will be held at Rockingham Circuit in Corby on Saturday 19 August – returning to Northamptonshire after a successful first show in 2016 which attracted around 4,000 visitors.

    There are practical workshops at the event so that bikers can understand their strengths and weaknesses and are then inspired to improve by progressing onto post-test training. The event is a showcase for BikeSafe and a celebration of motorcycling.

    Officers from the four forces of EMOpSS (Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire) also run Bikesafe Workshops throughout the year. Bikesafe is a police run motorcycle project which aims to stop bikers being hurt on the roads.

    Visitors to the event at the weekend will see a wide range of bike manufacturers with demo bikes available to test ride, be able to test their skills on mazes of cones, watch stunt shows and emergency services demonstrations, and enjoy lots of family fun for free.

    For £35 bikers can book to enjoy an observed road ride with the Police Advanced Motorcyclists. This elite team will advise you on road riding techniques, before returning to the circuit for a briefing and the chance to ride the circuit on your own bike, under instruction from the prestigious California Superbike School.

    PC 348 Darren Blaylock, is an EMOpSS BikeSafe Coordinator, he said; “Whilst this is a great day for the whole family, it also contains a very serious objective of promoting motorcycle safety. Riding a motorbike can be a fantastic experience however there are still too many people out there that do not ride safely and put themselves and others in danger.

    "This unique opportunity to ride with the Police Advanced Motorcyclists is a great chance to finesse your skills and become a safer and more competent rider in future."

    Places are limited, and going fast, but you can book a place on the National BikeSafe Event and the police-observed ride at www.bikesafe.co.uk

    If you can’t go to the event but would like to book yourself on a one day Bikesafe course which costs £45 and includes lunch. All BikeSafe courses have to be booked through www.bikesafe.co.uk

  • What matters to you? - Wigston

    Leicestershire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner want to hear about what matters to you.

    On Friday 18th August, members of the public are invited to join Chief Constable Simon Cole and Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach outside Sainsburys on Bell Street, Wigston, for the next ‘What matters to you event?’

    This is an excellent opportunity for you to speak to two of the key figures within Leicestershire Police about policing and community issues that matter to you in an informal setting.

    The session will run on between 1pm and 3pm. No appointment is necessary, please feel free to attend.

  • Man assaulted in Markfield

    Officers investigating a serious assault on a petrol station forecourt have released CCTV images of a man they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

    On Thursday 10 August a verbal argument took place between two men in Shaw Lane, Markfield. The argument then ended up with one of the men sustaining a serious leg injury after a vehicle struck him.

    The 39-year-old victim was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and was discharged following surgery to his leg.

    DC Mike Steer is investigating the incident, he said: “The incident took place around 1.30pm last Thursday (10 August) and there were a number of people in the area at the time. We’d like to identify the man in the images as he may be able to assist with our enquires.

    “If you know who he is or have any suspicions about his identity please contact us.”

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1917 Mike Steer on 101, quoting crime reference number 17*341813.

  • Local youths in Desert Rat Challenge

    Officers from Leicestershire Police took a group of young people to Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham on Saturday (12 August), where they took part in a Desert Rat Challenge with other young people from across the East Midlands.

    During the day they took part in a number of exercises that included an assault course, leadership tasks and a vehicle crash simulator.

    Each team was marked on their performance by regular and reserve staff from across 7th Infantry Brigade and ranked at the end of the day, which saw the team from Leicestershire Police named as the overall winners.

    Keenan Bailey-Mann, who took part in the challenge, said: “‎I enjoyed the assault course the most but it's all been really good. I've done an interview with a newspaper and I've learnt how to work as part of a team and communicate better.”

    Inspector Paul Crewe, who has been working with 7th Infantry Brigade to support the event, said: “We’re very grateful to 7th Infantry Brigade for inviting us to the event. It’s been a great opportunity for the young people we brought with us to build their confidence and develop themselves. It’s also been good for us to build on our existing relationship with the army.

    “I’m very proud of our team for achieving first place. The consistent feedback from the army staff at each exercise, along with their mentors for the day from the Royal Anglian Regiment, was that they have all given 110%. It’s been an excellent day and we look forward to the next event”.

  • Cadet Leaders needed… Could you?

    Leicestershire Police is searching for 25 enthusiastic people to join the force as cadet leaders.

    Next month more than 300 young people will be enrolled on the Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) programme - the largest number of cadets that Leicestershire Police has on record.

    Cadets are aged between 13 and 17 years, have a keen interest in policing, and volunteer to spend their free time helping out in their communities.

    Superintendent Shane O’Neill, the force’s strategic lead for Volunteers in Policing, said: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming so many new faces to our cadet programme, and I am proud of how far the programme has come in recent years. With growing numbers of cadets, we require more cadet leaders to allow us to offer our cadets greater opportunities and experiences during their time with us.

    “At the end of this month two cadet leaders will be accompanying a group of cadets on a trip to Krefeld, our German twin-town, and a team of cadets have recently been to compete in ‘Youth United’ at RAF Cosford. Trips such as these would not be possible without the help of our cadet leaders, and I would encourage anyone with a little spare time to join us in leading our excellent VPC team.”

    Cadet leaders are asked to regularly attend cadet unit meetings, which are held weekly during the academic year, and also to support and supervise the cadets volunteering in the community.

    Cadet unit meetings are held in eight locations across the county:

    • Central Leicester
    • South Leicester
    • Coalville
    • Hinckley
    • Market Harborough
    • Melton Mowbray
    • East Leicester
    • Loughborough

    Sergeant Danny Graham, lead coordinator of the VPC programme for Leicestershire Police, said: “As a leader you will be valued and supported, and you will be given the unique opportunity to develop yourself while providing inspiration and knowledge to many young people from our communities.

    “Volunteering with the cadets may seem like a challenge, but the benefits are enormous and you really can help to change the lives of young people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    “Cadet leaders don’t need any specific skills or qualifications. We are looking people who are enthusiastic and passionate about working with young people to share their skills, knowledge and experience with our cadets.”

    If you think you could be a cadet leader, or if you would like more information on the role, please visit our website: leics.police.uk/join-us/police-support-volunteers or email couldyou@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk.

  • Suspect vehicle collides with car in Markfield – update on arrests

    Five youths arrested yesterday afternoon (Saturday 12 August) after the car they were in collided with another vehicle have been released from police custody pending further investigation.

    The incident took place just after 2pm on Launde Road, when a Silver Mondeo collided with a blue Hyundai i10.

    The 69-year-old driver of the Hyundai was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment. He remains in hospital where his condition is described as stable. A man and a woman sustained minor injuries and were taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Another passenger in the car was uninjured.

    The occupants of the Mondeo fled from the car but were detained nearby after a brief foot chase by officers.

    Three 16-year-old youths and two boys, 14, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle theft.

    The diversion put in place to allow for an investigation of the scene around Launde Road at the junction of Countryman Way and Ratby Lane has since been removed.

    In the early hours of Saturday 12 August the Mondeo was seen at a petrol station in London Road in Coalville, where an incident of non-payment of fuel was reported to police. Hours later a member of the public reported the occupants of a Silver Mondeo acting suspiciously in the Main Street area of Peckleton.

    Police responding to a further sighting of the Mondeo yesterday afternoon, spotted the vehicle in Ratby Lane and successfully deployed a tyre deflation device. They continued to follow the vehicle as they attempted to bring it to a safe stop.

    The car continued for a short distance before it collided with the Hyundai.

    Officers are still appealing to anyone who saw the Silver Mondeo being driven beforehand or the collision itself.

    If you have any information that could assist officers with their investigation of this incident you are urged to call 101 and quote incident 379 of August 12.

    In line with standard procedures a referral was made to the IPCC following the incident.

  • Suspects flee empty-handed from attempted ATM theft

    Detectives are investigating after thieves tried to steal an ATM in Castle Donington.

    The attempted theft took place at around 12.20am today (13 August) at the Moto Services at junction 23A of the M1, when several men described as being masked were seen trying to gain entry to the location by forcing open a fire exit.

    Once inside they attempted to remove a free-standing ATM before fleeing the scene empty-handed shortly afterwards.

    Witnesses have described three vehicles as possibly being used by the suspects. A light-coloured Audi, a white flat-bed or pick-up style truck and a white van.

    Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant 4450 Anna Burton, said: “Our investigation is in the very early stages.

    “Scenes of crimes officers will be at the scene today to carry out a forensic search of the area and we will be speaking to witnesses as we piece together the exact circumstances of the incident.

    “If you have any information that you think could assist us with our enquiries we would like to hear from you.”

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Leicestershire Police on 101 and quote incident number 21 of 13 August.