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Missing man John Blurton found

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 21:52

A man who was reported as missing to police has been found.

75-year-old John Blurton from Brookside in Burbage was reported missing at 7.30pm this evening (Friday).

He was found safe and well at Leicester Forest East Services, shortly before 9.50pm.

Officers would like to thank all those who helped by sharing our appeal.

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Family’s tribute to couple who died in Rutland collision

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:41

The family of a couple who died following a collision in Rutland have paid tribute to them.

Mark Whitworth, 57, and Joyce Smith, 64, died following a two-vehicle collision on the A1 in Tinwell last Wednesday (21 November).

Today, the immediate family of the couple, who lived in Scotby, near Carlisle in Cumbria, said “all can take some comfort in the knowledge that the couple, who had spent the last 25 years together, died suddenly and side by side with little suffering.”

The family also thanked everyone for their “enormous and overwhelming support during this difficult time.”

Mr Whitworth, who had worked for Cumbria County and Carlisle City Councils for more than three decades, and Ms Smith, who was a former St Aidan’s school teacher and director of Redcrest Holidays, had been travelling south to visit family at the time of the collision.

The incident happened at around 5.10pm on the southbound carriageway of Great North Road (A1) about 300 metres south of the junction with the A6121, Leicestershire.

Mr Whitworth and Ms Smith, who were the driver and passenger in a white Citreon C3, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of a white Kia Sportage sustained minor injuries and was taken to Peterborough Hospital for treatment.

Officers are continuing to appeal to anyone who saw either vehicle beforehand or who witnessed the collision, and who has not yet contacted police, to make contact.

Detective Sergeant Gary Haines said: “We are continuing to carry out full enquiries into this tragic incident and urge anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to get in touch.

“Anyone who was in the area and has any dashcam footage is also urged to check this and to make contact if you have any information which could help.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 429 of 21 November.

*The family of Mr Whitworth and Ms Smith has asked for privacy at this time.

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Criminals claiming to be the police steal thousands

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:30

Leicestershire Police is warning members of the public about a telephone scam in which the offenders are pretending to be police officers and conning vulnerable people out of thousands of pounds.

The criminals are calling residents, some of whom are elderly and vulnerable, claiming to be police officers. They then say that a relative has been arrested and the victim needs to come and pay their bail. They will then attempt to get the victim to meet them at a cash machine to withdraw their bail money.

This year has seen 62 reported incidents within Leicestershire relating to the callers claiming to be from the police and attempting to pull off this type of scam. Nine of these attempts were successful which resulted in a total financial loss to the victims of more than £62,000.

The fraudster’s narrative can, however, change daily and as well as impersonating a police officer, other common organisations they imitate can include, a bank, HMRC and Action Fraud.

Paul Wenlock, Head of the Economic Crime Unit at Leicestershire Police, said: “This kind of crime preys on the best intentions of some of the most vulnerable people. We cannot emphasise enough that the police would never call you to come and pay someone’s bail. Neither would your bank ask for your bank details, nor would HMRC ring asking you for money.

“If you are unsure about the nature of a phone call, then ‘Take Five’. Call someone that you trust and ask them if they think the call sounds legitimate.

“We are also encouraging people to #tell2. Tell two people in your life about telephone fraud and how they can protect themselves. If they then pass this information on to another two people, we can begin to protect lots of people. An unbroken chain of 26 ‘tell2'ers’ would reach 67 million people, more than the total UK population.”

For further information on telephone fraud and how to help protect yourself, go to the, Police, Age UK or, Take Five website.

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Lincolnshire man given 12 year sentence for sexual offences

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:47

A Lincolnshire man who subjected three young girls to sexual abuse a number of years ago has been jailed for 12 years.

Gary Skinner, 45, of Simpson Court, Ingoldmells, Skegness, Lincolnshire, was found guilty on Friday 30 November at Leicester Crown Court of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 and five counts of assault by touching on a girl under the age of 13.

He was sentenced today (7 December) to a total of 12 years in prison.

The conviction follows an eight day trial where the court heard how Skinner sexually abused three young girls in Leicester between 1998 and 2009.

Detective Constable Charlotte Wright of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) investigated the case.

She said: “I would like to applaud the victims bravery in coming forward and reporting crimes which took place many years ago, their courage has now led to a man being convicted and facing a considerable amount of time in jail.

“I hope this result helps the victims move forward in their lives and put the events of those years behind them.

“We would always encourage anyone who has been a victim of such crimes to report it to us, no matter when the offences took place. Specialist officers in the CAIU team can help and support you through the initial stages through to the legal proceedings.”

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Body found in missing person enquiry

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:55

Officers carrying out enquiries into a woman reported missing from home have this afternoon (Thursday) found a body.

The body was discovered at around 2.30pm near Groby Road in Glenfield.

Although formal identification has not yet taken place, the body is believed to be that of Glenda Poole.

65-year-old Glenda was last seen at her home address in the Somerset Drive area of Glenfield at around 4pm on Monday 3 December. She was reported missing by a family member on Tuesday evening (4 December).

A post mortem examination will be carried out this evening to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death.

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Police force acts to protect workers with terminal illness

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:35

Both Leicestershire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have signed up to the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ Charter.

The move, which was initiated by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, and endorsed by Chief Constable, Simon Cole, pledges that the force will support officers and staff diagnosed with a terminal illness.

The voluntary charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign, it seeks greater security for terminally ill workers through a ‘protected period’ where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition. The campaign was launched following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a sales manager in Derbyshire who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

Willy Bach and Simon Cole were joined by the Midlands TUC Regional Secretary, Lee Barron, at a signing ceremony at Leicestershire Police HQ, last week with representatives of Unison, the GMB Trade Union and the Police Federation in attendance.

Simon Cole said; “It is compassionate to support colleagues through a terminal illness and the role the force plays is a responsibility we take incredibly seriously. I fully support the initiative and signing the pledge is our way of publicly committing to supporting employees and officers diagnosed with a terminal illness.”

Willy Bach said; “A terminal diagnosis is a devastating blow. Peace of mind around job and financial security brings huge comfort to employees and their families. I am proud to work alongside a police force that shows such consideration and support for its employees and officers.”

Lee Barron said; “We are really pleased that Leicestershire Police has agreed to sign the charter with the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner and local union branches to protect the employment rights of staff with a terminal illness. We want to ensure that employees and officers living under such difficult circumstances, have the freedom of choice on how they want to spend their final months, including remaining in employment, if they so wish.

The TUC Dying to Work voluntary charter states:

  • We recognise that terminal illness requires support and understanding and not additional and avoidable stress and worry.
  • Terminally ill workers will be secure in the knowledge that we will support them following their diagnosis and we recognise that safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and can be therapeutic in itself.
  • We will provide our employees with the security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families, which helps them through this challenging period with dignity and without undue financial loss.
  • We support the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign so that all employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection and have their death in service benefits protected for the loved ones they leave behind.

Leicestershire Police has produced new guidance to support line managers and heads of departments where team members have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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Woman seriously injured following Leicester collision

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:02

A woman has been seriously injured following a collision in Leicester.

Officers were called to the single-vehicle incident in Thurncourt Road, near the junction with Vale Close, just after 3.45am yesterday (Wednesday 5 December).

The collision involved a red Peugeot 206 car.

The 17-year-old woman was taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where she currently remains. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

An 18-year-old man, from Leicester, has been voluntarily interviewed in relation to the incident.

Police Constable Robert Rollings said: “There were multiple calls to the emergency services following the incident and a number of people were in the area. If you were one of these people, and you have not yet made contact with police, then please do so.

“Anyone else who has any information is also urged to get in touch. If you have any CCTV or dashcam footage, then please also check this to see if it holds any information which could help our enquiries.”

If you have any information call 101 quoting incident 18000587991.

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Police staff member pleads guilty to computer misuse offences

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:56

A Leicestershire Police staff member has pleaded guilty to three offences of computer misuse.

Jane Denmark, 56, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (6 December). Following the guilty pleas, she was sentenced to 40 hours community service, £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

Head of Professional Standards, Superintendent Martyn Ball, said: “We expect all officers and staff to uphold our high standards of professional behaviour at all times and an internal misconduct investigation is now underway.”

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Three charged with burglaries in Charnwood area

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:26

Three people have been charged with burglary following incidents in the Charnwood area.

Luke Holford, 27, of Forest Drive, Sileby, Loughborough; Liam Bradbury, 18, of Winforde Crescent, Leicester; and a 17-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have all been charged with two counts of burglary.

The charges relate to incidents which happened in the Thurcaston and Quorn areas on 6 November.

Holford has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 7 January.

Bradbury and the 17-year-old man have been released on conditional bail and are due to appear at Leicester Magistrate’s Court on 17 January.

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Officers get communities in the festive spirit on the run up to Christmas

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:44

A Police Community Support Officer from Beaumont Leys has delivered a hundred chocolate selection boxes to children at the Glenfield Hospital this Christmas.

PCSO Paige Martin visited the Glenfield Hospital at the beginning of the week (Monday 3 December) to give selection boxes to children on a number of wards including the Children’s Unit, Children’s Outpatient Unit and their Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Half of the boxes were kindly donated by Tesco in Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre and Paige paid for the other half herself. This is the second Christmas that Paige has delivered gifts and she also gives out Easter gifts to the same wards. The hospital is on her beat area in Beaumont Leys so she makes regular visits as part of her community duties.

Paige said, “It was a privilege to make an impact on children and families that may not be feeling so positive.

“I’m very grateful for the support of Tesco and the staff at Glenfield Hospital for allowing me to organise this event. I hope to carry this on for many more celebrations and look forward to next year.”

Carolyn Webster, from Ward 30 at Glenfield Hospital said: “This is such a thoughtful and kind thing to do for the children.

“We really appreciate PCSO Paige visiting us and donating these gifts to the children. It makes us all smile and most importantly makes the children feel really special - thank you!”

Paige is not the only PCSO from the West Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) to get into the Christmas spirit. PCSO Pete Smith has arranged for Father Christmas to visit the New Parks Christmas Extravaganza at the New Parks Leisure Centre on St Oswalds Road on Saturday 15 December. The event is being held from 11am to 2pm for children in the area who can visit Santa’s grotto, take part in arts and crafts and face painting and go for a free swim.

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PCC seeks views on possible precept increase

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:01

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, is seeking the public’s views on whether or not they would support an increase in the policing element of the Council Tax.

The budget for policing in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland during 2018-19 was set at £176.3m. Approximately two-thirds of that comes from Central Government with the remainder raised through the policing element of the Council Tax. In Leicestershire, since 2010, there has been around a 30% reduction in Government funding despite a significant increase in the population of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Between 2010 and 2018 the force has had to cut officer numbers by 541 - that is around 23%. In 2006 there was one police officer per 430 members of the public. In 2018 there is now one police officer per 602 members of the public. Nationally, police numbers have gone down by more than 20,000, their lowest level for 30 years.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, is responsible for the provision of an effective and efficient police service. He is keen to invest in the police and wants to ensure the force has the resources it needs to provide the type of police service the public expect and deserve.

In order to do that, Lord Bach says he has little option but to consider increasing the policing element of the Council Tax. This is in line with what the Government has said it expects PCCs across the country to do.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) wants to hear the views of the public and is urging them to fill in the short survey below:

OPCC budget consultation

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Man and woman who died in collision named

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:49

Two people who died in a collision in Soar Valley Way, Leicester, have been named.

Kye Cunningham, 30, and Laura Cramp, 25, were both involved in the incident which happened close to Fosse Park at around 11.45pm on Friday 23 November.

The collision involved a BMW X5 which collided with the central reservation.

Both Mr Cunningham and Miss Cramp were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other people who were involved in the collision were taken to hospital with serious injuries. One of the men remains in hospital in a serious condition, the second man has now been discharged.

A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and released pending further enquiries.

Detective Constable Paul Bingham said: “We are continuing to carry out enquiries to establish the full circumstances of the collision and urge anyone with any information to contact police if you have not already done so.

“If you saw the vehicle beforehand, or witnessed the collision, please get in touch. If you have any dashcam footage from the area at the time, please also check this as you may have vital information which could help our enquiries.

“Thank you to everyone who has contacted us so far and assisted us with the investigation.”

Anyone with any information should contact DC 1288 Bingham on 101, quoting incident number 759 of 23 November.

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Missing man found safe and well

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 02:06

A Leicester man reported missing by his family yesterday has been found safe and well.

44-year-old Lloyd Nelson was reported missing from an address in the Rowlatts Hill area yesterday (Wednesday 5 December).

He was found safe and well a short time ago (6 December) in the Upperton Road area of Leicester.

Officers would like to thank those who helped share our appeal to find Lloyd.

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Missing - Lloyd Nelson

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 23:48

Police are concerned for the welfare of a Leicester man reported missing earlier today.

Lloyd Nelson, 44, was last seen at an address in the Ambassador Road area of Rowlatts Hill at around 8am this morning (Wednesday 5 December).

His family reported him missing after he failed to return home later today.

Lloyd has never been missing before and this is totally out of character for him.

Lloyd is of dual heritage appearance, 5ft 9ins tall, of athletic build with short black hair and facial stubble. He has a scorpion tattoo on his upper right arm and is possibly wearing a red or a green jacket.

Officers and his family are concerned for his welfare and would ask anyone who may have seen Lloyd or knows where he is to please get in touch with police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 514 of 5 December.

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Enquiries continue to find missing woman - Glenda Poole

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:13

Police continue to carry out enquires to find a woman reported missing from her address in Glenfield.

65-year-old Glenda Poole was last seen at her home address in the Somerset Drive area of Glenfield at around 4pm on Monday 3 December. She was reported missing by a family member yesterday evening (4 December).

Leicestershire Search and Rescue volunteers are searching an area of Braunstone Frith Golf Club, off Scudamore Road, as part of the enquiries into Glenda’s disappearance.

Glenda is described as white, around 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build and has short light brown hair. She is believed to be wearing a black and white chequered jumper, black trousers, a hip-length black coat with an embroidered stand-up collar and patent black ballerina style shoes. She may be wearing glasses and carrying a large black handbag.

It is out of character for Glenda to be missing, and as time passes, officers and her family are growing extremely concerned for her welfare.

If anyone thinks they have seen a woman matching this description or knows where Glenda might be you are urged to contact police on 101 quoting incident 456 of 4 December.

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Man admits Equity Road firearms offences

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:29

A 24-year-old man who shot himself in the leg during an incident in Leicester has pleaded guilty to firearms offences.

Keanu Denzil Spencer, of no fixed address, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (5 December) where he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

He also admitted to handling stolen goods and two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Spencer will be sentenced on 19 December.

At around 10.50pm on 22 October, officers acting on information received, attended premises in Equity Road with the intention to locate Spencer who was believed to be in possession of a firearm at the location.

When Spencer saw police arrive at the address he ran towards a white VW Golf parked in Equity Road which had been stolen from an address in Coventry on 19 October.

As he tried to get into the car he discharged his firearm injuring himself in the leg. Officers attempted to detain him but he broke free running off towards Beaconsfield Road where police caught up with him and he was arrested.

A search of the vehicle recovered a quantity of Class A drugs.

He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment by the ambulance service who had been contacted by police to attend the scene.

Detective Constable Steve Winterton, the investigating officer, said: “Carrying a firearm in a public place is a very serious offence, and the events of that night could have been catastrophic.

“Spencer openly carried a firearm in a residential area without caring about the potential danger his actions could cause to others.

“I am pleased he admitted the offences today and I hope that the outcome serves as a stark warning to anyone intent on committing a similar offence that firearms offences will be investigated thoroughly and those responsible will be dealt with robustly by the justice system.”

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Police staff member to appear before magistrates

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:48

A Leicestershire Police staff member has been charged with computer misuse.

Jane Denmark, 56, of Leicestershire, has been charged with three counts of misusing police systems.

She will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (6 December).

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Successful operation tackles robberies in Leicester city centre

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:34

An operation to tackle an increase in robberies within Leicester city centre has been hailed a success.

Fourteen suspects were arrested for a variety of offences including robbery, possession of drugs and a recall to prison throughout the month-long operation which started on Thursday 1 November. In addition, officers seized nine knives and a quantity of what’s believed to be Class A and Class B drugs.

Officers also carried out high visibility patrols and were assisted by a drugs dog in a bid to deter and disrupt further criminal activity. Reports of robberies during the operation have gone from a peak of 10 offences a week at the beginning, to none.

Sergeant David Adams from the city centre dedicated neighbourhood team said: “Of those arrested as part of the operation, 10 remain under investigation for offences and three have had no further action taken against them. One has been returned to prison.

“As well as enforcement, the operation also focused on providing safeguarding advice to those living and working in the city centre, and liaising with partners to ensure that advice reached as wide an audience as possible. This included working with De Montfort University security teams, CityWatch and Leicester City Council.

“Crime prevention work with universities has also been conducted to raise awareness of safer routes and general advice for students.

“Officers will continue their patrols and efforts and the message to criminals is simple - offending will not be tolerated.”

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Missing - Glenda Poole

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 00:08

Police are urgently trying to trace a woman has been reported missing from her address in Glenfield.

65-year-old Glenda Poole was last seen at her home address in the Somerset Drive area of Glenfield at around 4pm on Monday 3 December. She was reported missing by a family member yesterday evening (4 December).

Glenda is described as white, around 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build and has short light brown hair. She is believed to be wearing a black and white jumper and black trousers. She may be wearing glasses and carrying a large black handbag.

Glenda has never been missing before and officers and her family are extremely concerned for her welfare.

Officers are carrying out a number of enquiries to find Glenda and would ask anyone who believes they may have seen her or knows where she may be contact police on 101 quoting incident 456 of 4 December.

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Missing woman found

Leicestershire Police RSS News Feed - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 22:42

A woman reported missing from Oadby earlier this evening has been found.

68-year-old Maureen Thurman was reported missing from the Oadby area earlier today (Tuesday 4 December).

She was found a short time ago in Leicester city centre.

Officers would like to thank the public who helped shared our appeal to find Maureen.

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