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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Two sentenced to 15 years for their part in pub attack

    Two men have been sentenced after they hit a man on the head with a metal object and stabbed him in his back, leaving him with serious injuries.

    The incident happened on Friday 18 March outside the Paget Arms pub, in Oxford Street, Loughborough.

    Yesterday (22 September), Connor Dennis Franklin, 25, of HMP Leicester, was found guilty of section 18 grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article. He was today sentenced to 10 years.

    Joseph Lloyd Stephens, 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to section 20 grievous bodily harm at the start of the trial. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a motor vehicle in November 2015 and was sentenced to a total of five years in prison.

    The 35-year-old victim was involved in a row with the offenders in the car park of the pub before Stephens hit him on the head with a metal object. Franklin then stabbed him in the back with a knife, causing injuries so severe he needed emergency surgery for injuries to his liver and diaphragm. He remained in hospital for two weeks.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Building fire in Long Street, Wigston

    Officers are appealing for witnesses after a building fire in Long Street, Wigston.

    We were called to the scene at 2.45am this morning (23 September) to a report of a fire.

    Investigations have established that the fire was started deliberately and officers would like to speak to anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area throughout the evening.

    Long Street remains closed to traffic while the building is made safe and investigations are carried out.

    Contact us on 101, quoting incident number 52 of 23 September.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Can you help us identify these two men?

    We want to speak to them as they may have information about two break-ins at commercial premises in Gee Road, Coalville, where cash was taken.

    The first happened at Hormann UK on 29 February at around 6.15pm. The second was at a neighbouring business on 16 September between 5.30pm and 6.15pm.

    Investigating officers believe the two men will be able to help with the enquiry.

    Do you know who they are? Is it you in one of the images?

    Contact PC Mick Hinton on 101, quoting incident number 16000040351

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Loughborough police and partners join forces for new academic year

    Monday 3 October 2016 marks the start of another academic year at Loughborough University and Leicestershire Police will be continuing to work with Charnwood Borough Council and the University to help new and returning students have a safe and crime free time during their studies. All three agencies will be working together to deliver three key messages;

    • Look after yourself
    • Look after your stuff
    • Think of the neighbours

    New students will start to arrive from Tuesday 28 September and members of the Loughborough University police team together with University security staff will be delivering crime prevention and personal safety talks at all of the halls of residence.

    They will also be present at the Loughborough Students’ Union Bazaar to give crime prevention advice focussing on cycle theft and burglary. With the assistance of Loughborough Students Union, brightly designed student safety cards will also be given to all new students.

    This year all three agencies will be taking part in Operation Lexical which runs in several phases across the academic year. Starting with freshers, the operation will concentrate on the prevention and detection of crime and community reassurance.

    In October a comprehensive door knocking campaign involving all agencies will begin in areas of the town with a high student population encouraging students to think about the security of their property and being good and respectful neighbours.

    The police team will also be posting crime prevention advice on their Facebook page; Loughborough University Police; and @LboroUniPolice on Twitter - offering help and support to new and returning students. The Student Street Support Scheme will once more be in operation to provide reassurance to both students and residents.

    Inspector Dwight Barker, Commander for Loughborough Police said: “We have strong links with our partners and I am delighted to continue the work of my predecessors as we start the new academic year with our new operation. I am confident that with the plans we have in place we will be able to reduce crime and help students understand how they can prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime.”

    Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Charnwood Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Cohesion, said: “We want students to enjoy their time at Loughborough and be a part of the community. Working with our partners on this campaign, we are offering some friendly advice to students about how to look after yourself, your belongings and be a good neighbour. “We all have a role to play in making Loughborough a great place to live, learn, work and visit.”

    Head of Security at Loughborough University, Geoff Feavyour said : “Recent reports have highlighted that Loughborough is a safe place for students and this is good news. Nevertheless it is important that we take steps in the early part of term to provide appropriate advice and guidance to both our new and returning students about the simple steps they can take to ensure they stay safe and how they can protect their property.”

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Have you fallen victim to lottery winnings scam?

    The public are being warned to remain vigilant after a number of people have been coerced into handing over thousands of pounds in return for a winning lottery ticket.

    The reports relate to victims being approached in the street by one or two people who claim that they have won the lottery but are unable to claim the winnings as they require a passport of another form of identification.

    The victims are then asked for money in return for the winning lottery ticket. In some cases the victims are elderly or vulnerable and as much as £50,000 in cash and jewellery has been handed over to the suspects.

    So far seven incidents have occurred at various locations in Leicester including Trevino Drive, Melton Road, Windsor Avenue, Narborough Road, Belgrave Road, Totland Road and Edward Avenue in the last six months.

    We are also investigating reports of victims being approached by people asking for directions and while they are distracted bank cards and other items have been stolen.

    We believe from enquiries we’ve conducted so far that others may have been approached in similar circumstances but may not have agreed to help the suspects.

    We would like to speak to anyone who has information about these incidents or may have been approached by someone either claiming to have won the lottery or looking for directions.

    Detective Constable Catherine Thompson is investigating the incidents, she said:

    These callous criminals have preyed on vulnerable people. From the reports we’ve received so far we estimate more than £100,000 in cash has been coerced from the victims.

    We would urge the public to remain vigilant, if you have been a victim of similar fraud and haven’t yet spoken with the police please come forward and report the incident to us, you may be able to provide vital information which could take our enquiries forward.

    Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to contact DC 4626 Catherine Thompson on 101, quoting crime number 220722.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Man charged following assault in Beaumont Leys

    A 35-year-old man has been charged after a man was found seriously injured in Beaumont Leys.

    Darren Eason of Butterwick Drive, Leicester has been charged with Section 18 wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article in a public place. He is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (Friday 23 September).

    The charge relates to an assault outside the Keeper’s Lodge pub on Friday 16 September where a man was found with an injury to his abdomen. The victim remains in hospital in a stable condition.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Elderly man assaulted in city – who was responsible?

    Were you near Greggs Bakery in Market Place at around midday yesterday (Wednesday 21 September) and saw an elderly man assaulted?

    Officers are carrying out enquiries after the 90-year-old victim was approached by a man who pushed him causing the victim to fall backwards hitting his head on a bench.

    The victim sustained an injury to his head and was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment. He has since been discharged and is recovering at home.

    The suspect is described as white, about 5ft 8” tall, of slim or athletic build and in his 20s. He is clean shaven and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a pale blue hooded jacket which he wore with the hood up and baggy black tracksuit bottoms. He carried an Adidas backpack which had a white leaf emblem.

    PC 4539 Christine Perry is investigating the incident, she said: “This was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable elderly man and he has been left shaken by his ordeal.

    “It happened in an area of Market Place that would have been very busy at midday.

    “We would like to hear from anyone who was in area and saw the incident or someone matching this description.”

    Call 101 if you can help quoting incident number 16000288617.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Man injured outside city pub – detectives make an arrest

    Detectives investigating an incident where a man was found seriously injured outside a pub in Leicester have made an arrest.

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently in custody.

    Emergency services were called to Fletcher Mall, at around 12.30am on Friday 16 September where the victim, 24, had sustained a stab wound to his abdomen.

    It is believed he sustained his injuries in an incident which happened outside the Keeper’s Lodge Pub in Beaumont Leys. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

    Detective Inspector Chris Baker, who is leading the investigation, said: “Despite a man being arrested, we still want to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or who was in the area around the time of the incident.

    “If you haven’t already spoken to police, we’d like to hear from you.”

    Anyone with information can contact Leicestershire Police on 101 quote incident 9 of 16/09/16. Alternatively, information can be given confidentially to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Project EDWARD - officers patrolling high casualty roads in Leicestershire

    Roads policing officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) are patrolling the ‘red routes’ across Leicestershire (Wednesday 21 September) as part of ProjectEDWARD.

    Project EDWARD stands for European Day without a Road Death. It is an initiative designed by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) to draw attention to the 70 deaths occurring every day on the roads of Europe.

    EDWARD will encourage all road users, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, to reflect on their behaviour and attitude. Officers want road users to think about the risks they face, the risks they may pose to others and how they can go about reducing those risks. They are encouraging everyone to sign a pledge to reduce risk and improve safety not just today but every day!

    You can sign the pledge on the pledge site.

    EMOpSS provides roads policing and traffic collision investigation to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. In support of #project EDWARD roads policing officers from all four forces are patrolling 'red routes' - those roads across the east midlands that have high casualty rates.

    Leicestershire

    • A444 A42 – A5
    • A6003 Rutland
    • B6047 Melton to Market Harborough
    • A6006 A46-Asfordby
    • A607 Rearsby-Melton

    Chief Inspector Phil Vickers is the lead for roads policing within EMOpSS, said; “We work all year round to promote road safety through enforcement, education, training and publicity, however, we all have a responsibility to be vigilant and share the road space responsibly, acting within the law and behaving in a co-operative manner.

    "We’d like all road users to take time to reflect on their behaviour and sign the pledge to make a long-term commitment to making our roads safer not just today.”

    EMOpss has just released a new film showing the tragic consequences of driving while using a mobile phone which caused the death of one man and left a woman with serious and life changing injuries.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Two people charged with theft

    Two people have been charged after a high-value ring was stolen from a jewellers in Leicester.

    John James Cunningham, 48, and Trina Fulford, 35, both of Alpine Court, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, have been charged with theft.

    They are due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 27 October.

    The charges relate to an incident at Lane’s Jewellers in Loseby Lane on Thursday 19 May.

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  • Don’t let the warmer weather take your breath away

    Doctors from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to understand how to manage their symptoms as the weather heats up.


    Over 900,000 people in the UK are currently living with COPD, and it can make summer a struggle rather than a pleasure. Heat, humidity and sudden changes in weather can make it harder to breathe and trigger symptoms, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.


  • Patients invited to share their views about repeat prescription ordering

    The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are reviewing the process for repeat prescriptions and are inviting people to share their views. A repeat prescription is for medication that a doctor has authorised on a patient’s file which can be supplied for a certain period of time, and on a regular basis without having to see the doctor each time.

  • New ways of working for our urgent and emergency care services

    In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we are working to provide urgent care which is patient centred, supporting them to navigate a seamless journey through health and social care, and making sure they get the right care, first time.

    As part of this work we are currently looking at a pilot scheme which will enhance the services offered by NHS 111, offering access to health and care specialists for appropriate patients over the phone and streamlining the navigation through health and social care services for patients who need it.

  • Care Home improvements workshop success

    Over the course of the last few months we have been visiting care homes across the West Leicestershire area to talk to staff, residents and their families about what matters most to them, and listening to their experiences of care and caring.

    This is part of our work to look at the current care home provision and services in the area, how services are being delivered and if there are improvements that can be made in order to make sure that people living in care homes in the area live and die well.

  • Patients reminded to seek help from NHS 111 for non-life threatening emergencies

    Clinicians in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people to remember to call 111 for medical advice, unless it is a serious of life threatening emergency. The recent hot weather can cause dehydration and overheating, aggravating symptoms for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing, or are susceptible to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

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  • The facts about the “Burkah police uniform” debate

    There are no plans to consider allowing Muslim female officers to wear a Burkah whilst on duty for Leicestershire Police.

    Some weeks ago, a story appeared in the media that suggested another Police Force in the country was considering the move.

    As a result of that story, a local journalist from Leicester contacted the force and asked us what our view was.

    In response, we provided the journalist with the following statement:

    “We have been made aware of discussions in other police forces regarding incorporating burkahs into police uniform. It is not something that Leicestershire Police has been asked to consider by an officer or by a police recruit. If such a request was made, it would be considered in line with the requirements of policing and the need to ensure officers have uniforms that are fit for purpose”.

    That is our position, and we are disappointed that some sections of the national media have chosen to interpret that statement in a way that is inaccurate and misleading.

  • Two sentenced to 15 years for their part in pub attack

    Two men have been sentenced after they hit a man on the head with a metal object and stabbed him in his back, leaving him with serious injuries.

    The incident happened on Friday 18 March outside the Paget Arms pub, in Oxford Street, Loughborough.

    Yesterday (22 September), Connor Dennis Franklin, 25, of HMP Leicester, was found guilty of section 18 grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article. He was today sentenced to 10 years.

    Joseph Lloyd Stephens, 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to section 20 grievous bodily harm at the start of the trial. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a motor vehicle in November 2015 and was sentenced to a total of five years in prison.

    The 35-year-old victim was involved in a row with the offenders in the car park of the pub before Stephens hit him on the head with a metal object. Franklin then stabbed him in the back with a knife, causing injuries so severe he needed emergency surgery for injuries to his liver and diaphragm. He remained in hospital for two weeks.

  • Building fire in Long Street, Wigston

    Officers are appealing for witnesses after a building fire in Long Street, Wigston.

    We were called to the scene at 2.45am this morning (23 September) to a report of a fire.

    Investigations have established that the fire was started deliberately and officers would like to speak to anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area throughout the evening.

    Long Street remains closed to traffic while the building is made safe and investigations are carried out.

    Contact us on 101, quoting incident number 52 of 23 September.

  • Can you help us identify these two men?

    We want to speak to them as they may have information about two break-ins at commercial premises in Gee Road, Coalville, where cash was taken.

    The first happened at Hormann UK on 29 February at around 6.15pm. The second was at a neighbouring business on 16 September between 5.30pm and 6.15pm.

    Investigating officers believe the two men will be able to help with the enquiry.

    Do you know who they are? Is it you in one of the images?

    Contact PC Mick Hinton on 101, quoting incident number 16000040351

  • Loughborough police and partners join forces for new academic year

    Monday 3 October 2016 marks the start of another academic year at Loughborough University and Leicestershire Police will be continuing to work with Charnwood Borough Council and the University to help new and returning students have a safe and crime free time during their studies. All three agencies will be working together to deliver three key messages;

    • Look after yourself
    • Look after your stuff
    • Think of the neighbours

    New students will start to arrive from Tuesday 28 September and members of the Loughborough University police team together with University security staff will be delivering crime prevention and personal safety talks at all of the halls of residence.

    They will also be present at the Loughborough Students’ Union Bazaar to give crime prevention advice focussing on cycle theft and burglary. With the assistance of Loughborough Students Union, brightly designed student safety cards will also be given to all new students.

    This year all three agencies will be taking part in Operation Lexical which runs in several phases across the academic year. Starting with freshers, the operation will concentrate on the prevention and detection of crime and community reassurance.

    In October a comprehensive door knocking campaign involving all agencies will begin in areas of the town with a high student population encouraging students to think about the security of their property and being good and respectful neighbours.

    The police team will also be posting crime prevention advice on their Facebook page; Loughborough University Police; and @LboroUniPolice on Twitter - offering help and support to new and returning students. The Student Street Support Scheme will once more be in operation to provide reassurance to both students and residents.

    Inspector Dwight Barker, Commander for Loughborough Police said: “We have strong links with our partners and I am delighted to continue the work of my predecessors as we start the new academic year with our new operation. I am confident that with the plans we have in place we will be able to reduce crime and help students understand how they can prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime.”

    Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Charnwood Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Cohesion, said: “We want students to enjoy their time at Loughborough and be a part of the community. Working with our partners on this campaign, we are offering some friendly advice to students about how to look after yourself, your belongings and be a good neighbour. “We all have a role to play in making Loughborough a great place to live, learn, work and visit.”

    Head of Security at Loughborough University, Geoff Feavyour said : “Recent reports have highlighted that Loughborough is a safe place for students and this is good news. Nevertheless it is important that we take steps in the early part of term to provide appropriate advice and guidance to both our new and returning students about the simple steps they can take to ensure they stay safe and how they can protect their property.”

  • Have you fallen victim to lottery winnings scam?

    The public are being warned to remain vigilant after a number of people have been coerced into handing over thousands of pounds in return for a winning lottery ticket.

    The reports relate to victims being approached in the street by one or two people who claim that they have won the lottery but are unable to claim the winnings as they require a passport of another form of identification.

    The victims are then asked for money in return for the winning lottery ticket. In some cases the victims are elderly or vulnerable and as much as £50,000 in cash and jewellery has been handed over to the suspects.

    So far seven incidents have occurred at various locations in Leicester including Trevino Drive, Melton Road, Windsor Avenue, Narborough Road, Belgrave Road, Totland Road and Edward Avenue in the last six months.

    We are also investigating reports of victims being approached by people asking for directions and while they are distracted bank cards and other items have been stolen.

    We believe from enquiries we’ve conducted so far that others may have been approached in similar circumstances but may not have agreed to help the suspects.

    We would like to speak to anyone who has information about these incidents or may have been approached by someone either claiming to have won the lottery or looking for directions.

    Detective Constable Catherine Thompson is investigating the incidents, she said:

    These callous criminals have preyed on vulnerable people. From the reports we’ve received so far we estimate more than £100,000 in cash has been coerced from the victims.

    We would urge the public to remain vigilant, if you have been a victim of similar fraud and haven’t yet spoken with the police please come forward and report the incident to us, you may be able to provide vital information which could take our enquiries forward.

    Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to contact DC 4626 Catherine Thompson on 101, quoting crime number 220722.

  • Man charged following assault in Beaumont Leys

    A 35-year-old man has been charged after a man was found seriously injured in Beaumont Leys.

    Darren Eason of Butterwick Drive, Leicester has been charged with Section 18 wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article in a public place. He is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (Friday 23 September).

    The charge relates to an assault outside the Keeper’s Lodge pub on Friday 16 September where a man was found with an injury to his abdomen. The victim remains in hospital in a stable condition.

  • Elderly man assaulted in city – who was responsible?

    Were you near Greggs Bakery in Market Place at around midday yesterday (Wednesday 21 September) and saw an elderly man assaulted?

    Officers are carrying out enquiries after the 90-year-old victim was approached by a man who pushed him causing the victim to fall backwards hitting his head on a bench.

    The victim sustained an injury to his head and was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment. He has since been discharged and is recovering at home.

    The suspect is described as white, about 5ft 8” tall, of slim or athletic build and in his 20s. He is clean shaven and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a pale blue hooded jacket which he wore with the hood up and baggy black tracksuit bottoms. He carried an Adidas backpack which had a white leaf emblem.

    PC 4539 Christine Perry is investigating the incident, she said: “This was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable elderly man and he has been left shaken by his ordeal.

    “It happened in an area of Market Place that would have been very busy at midday.

    “We would like to hear from anyone who was in area and saw the incident or someone matching this description.”

    Call 101 if you can help quoting incident number 16000288617.