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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Police to cycle 180 miles in remembrance of fallen colleagues

    Leicestershire Police is to take part in the UK Police Unity Tour (UK PUT) national cycle ride to honour the service and sacrifice of fallen UK police officers.

    More than 30 police officers and staff from the force who form the East Midlands Chapter of the Tour, will cycle 180 miles in remembrance of those Leicestershire colleagues who tragically lost their lives while serving the force.

    Chief Constable Simon Cole, and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay are among the team of riders who will embark on the 180 mile route to acknowledge the 180th anniversary of Leicestershire Police.

    Having already raised £10,000 the team is hoping to raise in excess of £12,000 for the charity Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

    COPS is a charity that supports the families of officers who have died in the line of duty. They ensure that survivors have all the help they need to cope with such tragedies and they remain as part of the police family.

    The team will start their ride at Force Headquarters, in Enderby on Friday 29 July, and cycle to a memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, on Sunday 31 July.

    Each rider will be wearing a blue metal wrist band with the name of a fallen colleague they will be cycling in honour of. At the memorial service riders will meet with the deceased officers’ families and give them the wrist bands.

    Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Colleagues and I are riding for COPS because it is important to remember those who have lost their lives serving their communities. This is a charity that sadly, in Leicestershire, has had to do their work supporting families of our colleagues lost in the line of duty. The East Midland Chapter of the Unity Tour has already raised over £10,000 and is a massive commitment by them.”

    Last month, the force issued an appeal to trace relatives of ten fallen officers who died while on duty, so they could be part of the memorial service. So far relatives for three officers have been traced, including the relative of Temporary Sergeant Cyril Thoroughgood, who Chief Constable Simon Cole is riding in Honour of.

    Mr Cole added: “I will be riding for Cyril who was a local officer working in Syston. He was only 29 years old when he was murdered by terrorists in Cyprus on 28 September 1956, while on a policing detachment out there. Cyril was buried in Wayne’s Keep Military Cemetery in Cyprus.”

    Iris Wickett was delighted when she was contacted by officers after being traced as the sister of the late Cyril Thoroughgood. She said: “I was surprised to hear about this bike ride and I would like to thank Chief Constable Simon Cole for riding in honour of my brother. I wish him the best of luck and I hope he has good weather.”

    The force are still trying to trace relatives of seven officers. If you are a relative of any of the below officers, contact Dominique Allen on 101:

    • Sergeant Thomas Biggins, Leicester Borough Police, died 9 June 1879, aged 51. Collapsed in the street and died of heart failure during a police funeral.
    • Police Constable William Henry Wells, Leicester Borough Police, died 21 November 1906, aged 31. Found drowned in a canal on night duty in suspicious circumstances.
    • Detective Sergeant Leonard Thomas Norman, Leicester City Police, died 20 November 1940, aged 34. Directly hit and killed by a bomb on his incident post during an air raid.
    • Detective Constable Edwin George Trump, Leicester City Police, died 20 November 1940, aged 26. Directly hit and killed by a bomb on his incident post during an air raid.
    • Police Constable John Percy Newell, Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary, died 27 January 1956, aged 28. Fatally injured in a motorcycle accident while returning home from duty.
    • Police Constable Thomas George Barrett, Leicestershire Constabulary, died 15 August 1886, aged 36. Beaten to death by a man he spoke to about nonpayment of a fine.
    • Police Constable Nicolas Edward M. Archer, Leicestershire Constabulary, died 22 April 1984, aged 28. Killed when struck by a car while escorting a large crowd at night.

    For the complete list of fallen officers from Leicestershire Constabulary and the former constituent forces of Leicester Borough Police, Leicester City Police and Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary click here.

    You can follow @PoliceTour for updates during the trip.

    If you would like to donate you can do through the Just Giving page.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Burglary in Markfield

    An elderly man has been the victim of a burglary in Markfield and we need your help to identify those responsible.

    On Tuesday (19 July) six men entered a property in Copt Oak Road around 11pm and threatened the 84-year-old victim with a hammer and pen knife before demanding cash.

    The victim wasn’t hurt and the suspects made off with a quantity of cash.

    The suspects have been described as speaking with Eastern European accents, one of them was about 6’ tall and the others were shorter, they were all wearing dark clothing.

    From enquiries we’ve conducted so far it’s believed that the suspects may have parked their vehicle on Copt Oak Road and due to roadworks on the A50 this road is currently being used by motorists as a diversion.

    There were motorists travelling along this road around 10.30pm who may have had to negotiate around the suspects’ vehicle. If you recall seeing a vehicle parked in Copt Oak Road or if you saw a number of men entering or leaving a property then please get in touch.

    You may not think the information you can supply is significant but it could help us move this investigation on.

    The victim has been left extremely distressed by what’s happened. Help us to find the people responsible - if you’ve heard rumours about who may be involved get in touch.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact DS 1540 Rich Matlock on 101, quoting crime number 200423.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Distraction burglaries: we need your help

    We need your help to find those responsible for a number of distraction burglaries in the Stocking farm and Mowacre hill area of Leicester?

    We have had reports of six incidents in in the last 10 days where elderly people have been targeted by men pretending to be from the ‘water board’.

    When let into the properties, they have said they need to check radiators, taps or the water pressure in other rooms and have taken cash and purses from their victims.

    The incidents happened between 8 July and 18 July.

    In an incident on 14 July, one man was described as Asian, of slim build with short dark hair. He was in his 20s and wearing a suit and tie. He was with a white male, who was also wearing a suit.

    In all of the other cases, the men are described as white, around 6ft tall and with dark hair and dark eyes.

    The offenders in all three of the incident on 18 July were wearing hi-vis jackets and dark coloured trousers or jeans.

    We are keeping an open mind as to whether these burglaries are connected and have been carried out by the same people.

    Have you been approached by anyone in the same area matching this description? Did have you had anyone knock on your door asking to come in?

    We need you to come forward to help us with our enquiries.

    Contact DC 415 Chris Sherwin on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

    Visit https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/crime-prevention/burglary/distraction-burglary for crime prevention advice

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Prolific burglar jailed for three years

    A prolific offender has been jailed for three years after he was arrested at the scene of a burglary.

    Victor Clelland, 42, of Hextall Road, Leicester, was sentenced on Monday (18 July) after pleading guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing.

    Police were called to a report of a man acting suspiciously in Featherby Drive, Glen Parva during the early hours of Sunday 19 June.

    An officer from the force’s dog unit single-handedly detained the suspect until other officers arrived and Clelland was arrested in the property.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Distraction burglary in Birstall

    We need your help to identify these people after a distraction burglary in Birstall.

    On Tuesday 3 May the victim used an ATM in Loughborough Road when she noticed a man standing closely behind her.

    The victim returned home after carrying out some shopping and answered the door to a man and woman who asked for directions.

    The couple entered the house so the victim could show them on a map before leaving.

    Later the victim noticed that her bank cards were missing and they had been used to purchase items fraudulently.

    We would like to identify the people in the image and if you can help please get in touch.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 180 Matt Smith on 101, quoting crime number 133255.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Looking for something to do this summer?

    Police in Beaumont Leys are inviting local young people to attend a BMX event on Tuesday 26 July, as part of Leicestershire Police's Safer Summer campaign.

    The campaign gives advice on how people can enjoy their summer safely was launched earlier this month and concentrates on five key areas, based on crimes that normally peak during the summer months: online safety, burglary, antisocial and nuisance behaviour, personal safety and vehicle crime.

    The BMX event will utilise local facilities as a way for police to engage with young people and to divert them from taking part in antisocial behaviour during the summer holidays.

    PC Adam Woolman, neighbourhood officer for the Beaumont Leys ward, said: “The summer holidays can be a boring time for some and many families run out of activities for their children to do. When boredom sets in the risk of young people getting involved in antisocial behaviour increases. To avoid this we wanted to do something where we could engage with our local young people and their families in a positive way.”

    All school aged children from Beaumont Leys and surrounding areas are invited to attend the event at the BMX track on Beaumont Park in Beaumont Leys, between 11am and 2pm.

    There will be BMX demonstrations from local BMX Club, the Leicester Huncote Hornets, who will be encouraging children to take part in relays on the track.

    Children will also be able to get a free bicycle health check which is being run by Cooke E-Learning Foundation, a local alternative education provision for school-aged students. They will also be carrying out minor repairs to bikes of local children.

    PC Woolman added: “We are asking children to bring their own bike and safety gear with them and join us at the BMX track for a fun filled day. There will be lots going on and plenty of things to get involved in. We will be giving out bike security and safety advice including goodie bags for those taking part.

    “We look forward to seeing you there.”

    As part of this event officers will also be reinforcing the force’s bike crime prevention messages and encouraging cyclists to fill out a new bike passport. Bike passports are a record of your bike details that you keep safe and hand to the police in the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen.

    You can follow all the Safer Summer advice and community events throughout July and August on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, snapchat #safersummer.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: CCTV images issued after reported sexual assault

    We’re investigating a report of a sexual assault in the Western Road area of Leicester and would like your help.

    A woman reported that she was the victim of an assault sometime between 3am and 1pm on Saturday 9 July.

    We would like to speak to the men in this image and would urge them to come forward, as you may be able to assist with our enquiries.

    If you can help please contact Dc Gemma Partridge on 101, quoting crime number 186442.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Missing woman Danielle has been found

    Danielle Sanderson, 20, who went missing last week, has been found safe and well.

    Thank you to all who shared our appeal.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Murder in Braunstone Gate - two charged

    A 20-year-old man has been charged following the death of Adam Bent in Braunstone Gate, Leicester.

    Cameron Fields of Gresley Close, Leicester has been charged with murder and is due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Wednesday 20 July).

    A 16-year-old youth has been charged with assisting an offender and is due to appear at Leicester Youth Court tomorrow.

    A man and teenage girl, who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

    The charges relate to an incident in Braunstone Gate during the early hours of Saturday 16 July which resulted in the death of 31-year-old Adam.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Three arrested for burglaries bailed

    Three men who were arrested after two burglaries in Markfield and Groby on Monday 18 July have been bailed.

    The arrests were made after police officers carried out a controlled pursuit of a vehicle which was seen close to the scene of a burglary in Leicester Road, Markfield.

    The burglary took place at about 3.15pm and a number of electrical items were stolen. The incident is being linked to an attempted burglary that took place about 2.45pm yesterday in Grey Crescent, Groby

    The vehicle was stopped in Letchworth Road, Leicester and the men, aged 23, 25 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, they have all since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

    If you have any information which could assist with our investigations then please get in touch. Did you see anyone acting suspiciously or did you disturb anyone loitering around your property?

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting crime number 198428.

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  • 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.

  • Have your say on possible changes to availability of paracetamol and gluten-free foods on prescription

    The three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR), who plan and pay for local healthcare services in the area, are investigating ways they can reduce the amount they spend on prescribing items which are also freely available to buy in supermarkets and community pharmacies.

  • Help us design Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services
    Clinical Commissioning Groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, who are the people who plan and buy local NHS services, are working together to design what non-emergency patient transport should look like in the future.

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  • Police to cycle 180 miles in remembrance of fallen colleagues

    Leicestershire Police is to take part in the UK Police Unity Tour (UK PUT) national cycle ride to honour the service and sacrifice of fallen UK police officers.

    More than 30 police officers and staff from the force who form the East Midlands Chapter of the Tour, will cycle 180 miles in remembrance of those Leicestershire colleagues who tragically lost their lives while serving the force.

    Chief Constable Simon Cole, and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay are among the team of riders who will embark on the 180 mile route to acknowledge the 180th anniversary of Leicestershire Police.

    Having already raised £10,000 the team is hoping to raise in excess of £12,000 for the charity Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

    COPS is a charity that supports the families of officers who have died in the line of duty. They ensure that survivors have all the help they need to cope with such tragedies and they remain as part of the police family.

    The team will start their ride at Force Headquarters, in Enderby on Friday 29 July, and cycle to a memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, on Sunday 31 July.

    Each rider will be wearing a blue metal wrist band with the name of a fallen colleague they will be cycling in honour of. At the memorial service riders will meet with the deceased officers’ families and give them the wrist bands.

    Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Colleagues and I are riding for COPS because it is important to remember those who have lost their lives serving their communities. This is a charity that sadly, in Leicestershire, has had to do their work supporting families of our colleagues lost in the line of duty. The East Midland Chapter of the Unity Tour has already raised over £10,000 and is a massive commitment by them.”

    Last month, the force issued an appeal to trace relatives of ten fallen officers who died while on duty, so they could be part of the memorial service. So far relatives for three officers have been traced, including the relative of Temporary Sergeant Cyril Thoroughgood, who Chief Constable Simon Cole is riding in Honour of.

    Mr Cole added: “I will be riding for Cyril who was a local officer working in Syston. He was only 29 years old when he was murdered by terrorists in Cyprus on 28 September 1956, while on a policing detachment out there. Cyril was buried in Wayne’s Keep Military Cemetery in Cyprus.”

    Iris Wickett was delighted when she was contacted by officers after being traced as the sister of the late Cyril Thoroughgood. She said: “I was surprised to hear about this bike ride and I would like to thank Chief Constable Simon Cole for riding in honour of my brother. I wish him the best of luck and I hope he has good weather.”

    The force are still trying to trace relatives of seven officers. If you are a relative of any of the below officers, contact Dominique Allen on 101:

    • Sergeant Thomas Biggins, Leicester Borough Police, died 9 June 1879, aged 51. Collapsed in the street and died of heart failure during a police funeral.
    • Police Constable William Henry Wells, Leicester Borough Police, died 21 November 1906, aged 31. Found drowned in a canal on night duty in suspicious circumstances.
    • Detective Sergeant Leonard Thomas Norman, Leicester City Police, died 20 November 1940, aged 34. Directly hit and killed by a bomb on his incident post during an air raid.
    • Detective Constable Edwin George Trump, Leicester City Police, died 20 November 1940, aged 26. Directly hit and killed by a bomb on his incident post during an air raid.
    • Police Constable John Percy Newell, Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary, died 27 January 1956, aged 28. Fatally injured in a motorcycle accident while returning home from duty.
    • Police Constable Thomas George Barrett, Leicestershire Constabulary, died 15 August 1886, aged 36. Beaten to death by a man he spoke to about nonpayment of a fine.
    • Police Constable Nicolas Edward M. Archer, Leicestershire Constabulary, died 22 April 1984, aged 28. Killed when struck by a car while escorting a large crowd at night.

    For the complete list of fallen officers from Leicestershire Constabulary and the former constituent forces of Leicester Borough Police, Leicester City Police and Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary click here.

    You can follow @PoliceTour for updates during the trip.

    If you would like to donate you can do through the Just Giving page.

  • Burglary in Markfield

    An elderly man has been the victim of a burglary in Markfield and we need your help to identify those responsible.

    On Tuesday (19 July) six men entered a property in Copt Oak Road around 11pm and threatened the 84-year-old victim with a hammer and pen knife before demanding cash.

    The victim wasn’t hurt and the suspects made off with a quantity of cash.

    The suspects have been described as speaking with Eastern European accents, one of them was about 6’ tall and the others were shorter, they were all wearing dark clothing.

    From enquiries we’ve conducted so far it’s believed that the suspects may have parked their vehicle on Copt Oak Road and due to roadworks on the A50 this road is currently being used by motorists as a diversion.

    There were motorists travelling along this road around 10.30pm who may have had to negotiate around the suspects’ vehicle. If you recall seeing a vehicle parked in Copt Oak Road or if you saw a number of men entering or leaving a property then please get in touch.

    You may not think the information you can supply is significant but it could help us move this investigation on.

    The victim has been left extremely distressed by what’s happened. Help us to find the people responsible - if you’ve heard rumours about who may be involved get in touch.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact DS 1540 Rich Matlock on 101, quoting crime number 200423.

  • Distraction burglaries: we need your help

    We need your help to find those responsible for a number of distraction burglaries in the Stocking farm and Mowacre hill area of Leicester.

    We have had reports of six incidents in the last 10 days where elderly people have been targeted by men pretending to be from the ‘water board’.

    When let into the properties, they have said they need to check radiators, taps or the water pressure in other rooms and have taken cash and purses from their victims.

    The incidents happened between 8 July and 18 July.

    In an incident on 14 July, one man was described as Asian, of slim build with short dark hair. He was in his 20s and wearing a suit and tie. He was with a white male, who was also wearing a suit.

    In all of the other cases, the men are described as white, around 6ft tall and with dark hair and dark eyes.

    The offenders in all three of the incidents on 18 July were wearing hi-vis jackets and dark coloured trousers or jeans.

    We are keeping an open mind as to whether these burglaries are connected and have been carried out by the same people.

    Have you been approached by anyone in the same area matching this description? Did have you had anyone knock on your door asking to come in?

    We need you to come forward to help us with our enquiries.

    Contact DC 415 Chris Sherwin on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

    Visit https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/crime-prevention/burglary/distraction-burglary for crime prevention advice

  • Prolific burglar jailed for three years

    A prolific offender has been jailed for three years after he was arrested at the scene of a burglary.

    Victor Clelland, 42, of Hextall Road, Leicester, was sentenced on Monday (18 July) after pleading guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing.

    Police were called to a report of a man acting suspiciously in Featherby Drive, Glen Parva during the early hours of Sunday 19 June.

    An officer from the force’s dog unit single-handedly detained the suspect until other officers arrived and Clelland was arrested in the property.

  • Distraction burglary in Birstall

    We need your help to identify these people after a distraction burglary in Birstall.

    On Tuesday 3 May the victim used an ATM in Loughborough Road when she noticed a man standing closely behind her.

    The victim returned home after carrying out some shopping and answered the door to a man and woman who asked for directions.

    The couple entered the house so the victim could show them on a map before leaving.

    Later the victim noticed that her bank cards were missing and they had been used to purchase items fraudulently.

    We would like to identify the people in the image and if you can help please get in touch.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 180 Matt Smith on 101, quoting crime number 133255.

  • Looking for something to do this summer?

    Police in Beaumont Leys are inviting local young people to attend a BMX event on Tuesday 26 July, as part of Leicestershire Police's Safer Summer campaign.

    The campaign gives advice on how people can enjoy their summer safely was launched earlier this month and concentrates on five key areas, based on crimes that normally peak during the summer months: online safety, burglary, antisocial and nuisance behaviour, personal safety and vehicle crime.

    The BMX event will utilise local facilities as a way for police to engage with young people and to divert them from taking part in antisocial behaviour during the summer holidays.

    PC Adam Woolman, neighbourhood officer for the Beaumont Leys ward, said: “The summer holidays can be a boring time for some and many families run out of activities for their children to do. When boredom sets in the risk of young people getting involved in antisocial behaviour increases. To avoid this we wanted to do something where we could engage with our local young people and their families in a positive way.”

    All school aged children from Beaumont Leys and surrounding areas are invited to attend the event at the BMX track on Beaumont Park in Beaumont Leys, between 11am and 2pm.

    There will be BMX demonstrations from local BMX Club, the Leicester Huncote Hornets, who will be encouraging children to take part in relays on the track.

    Children will also be able to get a free bicycle health check which is being run by Cooke E-Learning Foundation, a local alternative education provision for school-aged students. They will also be carrying out minor repairs to bikes of local children.

    PC Woolman added: “We are asking children to bring their own bike and safety gear with them and join us at the BMX track for a fun filled day. There will be lots going on and plenty of things to get involved in. We will be giving out bike security and safety advice including goodie bags for those taking part.

    “We look forward to seeing you there.”

    As part of this event officers will also be reinforcing the force’s bike crime prevention messages and encouraging cyclists to fill out a new bike passport. Bike passports are a record of your bike details that you keep safe and hand to the police in the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen.

    You can follow all the Safer Summer advice and community events throughout July and August on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, snapchat #safersummer.

  • CCTV images issued after reported sexual assault

    We’re investigating a report of a sexual assault in the Western Road area of Leicester and would like your help.

    A woman reported that she was the victim of an assault sometime between 3am and 1pm on Saturday 9 July.

    We would like to speak to the men in this image and would urge them to come forward, as you may be able to assist with our enquiries.

    If you can help please contact Dc Gemma Partridge on 101, quoting crime number 186442.

  • Missing woman Danielle has been found

    Danielle Sanderson, 20, who went missing last week, has been found safe and well.

    Thank you to all who shared our appeal.