Appeal after aggravated burglary in Dunton Bassett
Detectives investigating a burglary in a Leicestershire village are working to trace a vehicle stolen in the incident.
Three men were reported to have forced their way into a property in Bennetts Hill, Dunton Bassett, between 4am and 5am this morning (Sunday 23 April) where they stole keys to a grey Audi TT.
It is believed the three suspects left the scene in the Audi and officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a similar vehicle being driven in the area around the time of the incident.
Detective Constable Xanthe Fisher said: “Our investigation into this incident is continuing today, with house-to-house enquiries having been completed in the area and CCTV being trawled.
“I appreciate it happened during the early hours, but I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the village at around 5am, or driving through it, to consider if they saw anyone acting suspiciously or if they saw a grey Audi TT.
“No matter how insignificant you might think the information is, call officers on 101.”
All three men are described as wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered. One is described as being of large build and another of skinny build.
Anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting incident number 117 of 23 April.
Witness reports a man assaulted - do you know who was responsible?
A 20-year-old man remains in a critical condition after being assaulted in Leicester.
Police were called to Cropthorne Avenue at around 12.50pm on Friday afternoon (21 April) by a member of the public reporting that a man had been assaulted.
Officers attended and the man was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment to an injury believed to have been caused by a bladed weapon.
We are actively pursuing several lines of enquiry and we would encourage anyone who was in the vicinity of Cropthorne Avenue, Broad Avenue and St Saviour’s Road around the time of the incident and saw anything suspicious to get in touch.
An area surrounding a car park in Cropthorne Avenue was cordoned off while scenes of crime officers carry out an investigation. The cordon has now been removed.
A medium sized, dark coloured car was seen in the area at the time the man was assaulted. Two men were also said to have been seen with the victim.
Did you see what happened? Do you know who was responsible? Did you see anything suspicious?
If you have any information that you think might help us with our enquiries please contact us on 101, quoting incident 17*166088 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be passed on anonymously.
Two men appear in court over Eastgates incident
Two men have appeared at court charged with offences in relation to an assault near the Clock Tower, Leicester, in December 2016.
Sulaiman Sillah, 20, of Bateman Road, Leicester, appeared at Leicester Crown Court this afternoon (21 April) charged with wounding. The offence is alleged to have taken place on 14 December in Eastgates, Leicester.
Jason Danquah, 19, of Tudor Road, Leicester, also appeared, charged with violent disorder in relation to the same incident.
Both men also appeared in relation to the murder of 22-year-old Lauric Lebato, who was killed in Albion Street on Saturday 11 February.
Sillah is charged with murder, as well as violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon relating to Saturday 11 February and possession of an offensive weapon relating to Tuesday 14 February.
Danquah has been charged with violent disorder in relation to the Albion Street incident.
These two men have been remanded into custody.
A third man, Sheriff Adekunle Oluwa, 20, of Upperton Road, Leicester, also appeared, charged with violent disorder and possession of a bladed article in relation to the Albion Street incident. He has been released on court bail.
All defendants entered pleas of not guilty. The case was adjourned until 14 June.
Man arrested after drugs warrant in city
Officers have arrested a 29-year-old man after executing a warrant at an address in London Road, Leicester.
The man, from Leicester, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and remains in police custody.
Drugs, an amount of cash and drugs paraphernalia were found at the address.
Sgt Dave Adams, who works in the city, said: “This morning we executed a warrant which was generated by information from the local community.
“We are always here to listen and would encourage people with concerns over the possible use of drugs in their area to contact us.”
Enquiries are continuing.
Police and Fire Service clamp down on inconsiderate parking in Belgrave
Officers from the Belgrave Safer Neighbourhood Team together with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service carried out an operation to tackle inconsiderate parking in the Belgrave area.
The joint operation took place last week, in response to concerns raised by local residents. It follows a number of action days carried out by the Belgrave police team to tackle parking and other vehicle related offences in the area.
PC Anil Mehta, a neighbourhood officer from Belgrave said: “This operation was targeted towards people who leave their vehicles too close to junctions or in a position where it restricts access to emergency vehicles, particularly ambulances and fire engines.
“In the space of three hours we came across 18 vehicles that were causing a problem. We issued three fixed penalty notices for causing an obstruction and 15 advice notices were also given out.
“Many of the problems are caused because people want to park near to where they live or work, as opposed to thinking about the consequences of bad parking. We will continue to work with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service as well as Leicester City Council to tackle this issue and highlight the problems caused by bad parking.”
Did you witness an assault in Melton Mowbray?
We are appealing for public help after a man was injured in Nottingham Street, Melton Mowbray, at the weekend.
At around 2.30am on Sunday (16 April) the 19-year-old victim was standing next to a cash machine near the King’s Head public house when he was punched in the face.
The victim lost two of his teeth and suffered damage to a third in the assault.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and released from police custody pending further investigation.
Investigating officer, PC 684 Claire Cobain would like to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw the incident take place.
If you have information to assist with our enquiries call 101 and quote incident 17*157950.
Magnificent seven to clock up nearly 1,000 marathon miles
Seven officers and staff from Leicestershire Police will have competed in 36 marathons between them when they slip on their running shoes for this Sunday’s London Marathon (23 April).
Ranging from running veterans to marathon first timers - Detective Chief Inspector Paul Mckinder, Inspector Ian Parker, PC Carl Sutherley, DC Jim Willoughby, PCSO Chris Thornton, catering manager Phil Woods and Amy Coombe from the Professional Standards department will have ran a combined total of 943.2 marathon miles when they cross the finish line on The Mall.
DCI Paul McKinder is running the marathon for the second time, hoping this year to beat his previous time of five hours. He is raising money for Children with Cancer UK, having previously raised thousands for The Air Ambulance Service.
Inspector Ian Parker, will be running his sixth marathon, closely followed by his seventh, having also signed up to compete in the Edinburgh Marathon next month.
Running as part of his own running club Beaumont RC, this year he will also be joined for the first time by his wife who is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
This isn’t the first time Inspector Parker has taken on two physical demanding challenges in a short time – having not only completing the 2016 London Marathon but also the ‘Ride24’ challenge, a 24-hour, 317 mile bike ride in August of last year in aid of the same charity.
Marathon first timer Amy Coombe was determined to take on the 26 mile challenge despite having to juggle training around caring for her 2-year-old daughter.
Having previously taken part in several half marathons, Amy was determined to complete a full marathon before turning 30 later this year.
She is running for Leicester charity The Laura Centre which offers bereavement counselling for parents and children.
Part of the Wigston neighbourhood team, PC Carl Sutherley is competing in his fourth marathon and PSCO Chris Thornton is running his second.
Both are raising money for local charity Menphys which helps care for children and young people with disabilities.
For DC Jim Willoughby this Sunday’s run with his club the Hermitage Harriers will be his ninth marathon and his second time round the London course – having finished last year in a staggering two hours, 43 minutes.
Clocking up the most marathon miles is Phil Woods who will be competing in his 12th consecutive London Marathon to raise money for HemiHelp, a charity which supports children and young adults affected by hemiplegia, a neurological disease. The charity is particularly close to his heart as his son was diagnosed with the condition in 2002, aged two.
Anyone wishing to donate to any of the causes the officers and staff are running for, visit their online donation pages:
Phil Woods: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilWoods
Amy Coombe: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/amycoombe1
Chris Thornton: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=ChrisThornton3
Carl Sutherley: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Carl-Sutherley4
Donate to Ian Parker’s wife’s fund here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Julia-Parker5?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Julia-Parker5&utm_campaign=pfp-email
Four plead guilty to drugs offences
Four men have pleaded guilty to their part in a large-scale drugs operation in Leicester and Lincolnshire.
Giles Smith and Neil Tolley admitted their involvement at earlier hearings, with Ian Tolley and Keith Garner pleading guilty yesterday (19 April) on the first day of their trial.
Smith, Ian Tolley and Neil Tolley were arrested on 27 October 2016 after an investigation was carried out by officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU).
Garner met Smith in the car park of a fast food restaurant in Newark, Nottinghamshire, to carry out an exchange.
Garner left the scene. Smith stayed, and was met by Neil and Ian Tolley.
The three left, travelling to another fast food restaurant. Smith took a bag from the boot of his car and handed it to Neil Tolley.
The three defendants left the restaurant in convoy, before being tactically stopped by police officers. Neil Tolley tried to evade arrest, driving his Ford Focus onto the pavement and attempting to make off from officers.
The bag recovered from the car was found, after forensic analysis, to be 1/4 kg of heroin at 61% purity, with an estimated street value of £37,500.
Garner was arrested on 3 November after being stopped by officers in Aylestone Road, Leicester, and was found to have £35,000 in cash with him.
When Ian Tolley’s home was searched, 230g of heroin was found.
Investigator Matt Ridley, who led the investigation, said: “This was a thorough investigation leading up to the arrest of the defendants.
“With so much evidence against them, I’m pleased the outcome is a positive one."
Those who pleaded guilty are:
Keith Garner, 41, of Richmond Avenue, Leicester, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and possession of criminal property
Neil Tolley, 44, from Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and dangerous driving at earlier hearings
Ian Tolley, 38, from Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of heroin with intent to supply
Giles Smith, 42, from Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply
All four will be sentenced on Thursday 18 May at Leicester Crown Court.
Man injured in Melton assault
Enquiries are continuing after a man was injured during an incident in Melton.
Police were called to a report of an assault in Drummond Walk at around 4.40pm yesterday (Wednesday 19 April).
A man, in his twenties, was found injured at the scene and was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries caused by a bladed weapon. He remains there in a stable condition.
A part of Drummond Walk was cordoned off while initial enquiries were conducted at the scene.
Our investigation continues and we are actively pursuing a number of lines of enquiry.
However, we know there were a number of people in the area at the time of the incident who will have seen what happened or who have information that could help us. We want to hear from them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101 quoting 17*163213 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be passed on anonymously.
Man charged following Bottesford fatal collision
A man has been charged with driving offences after a fatal collision in Bottesford last year.
Garry Allen, 33, of Cressing Road, Braintree, Essex has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
He will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Friday 21 April 2017).
The charge relates to a fatal on the A52 in Bottesford on Wednesday 25 May 2016 which resulted in the death of motorcycle rider Christopher Williams.