Leicester City Council
  • Meeting considers Gypsy sites
    ARRANGEMENTS have been announced for a planning meeting this week at which proposals for two gypsy sites in Leicester are due to be considered.
  • Freedom of city for hockey club
    A LOCAL hockey club with a long history of sporting success has been put forward for the freedom of the city of Leicester.
  • Ramblers lead spooky walk
    PEOPLE can take part in a creepy guided walk around Leicester city centre on Wednesday (Oct 30).
  • Blaze of glory for pallets
    UNWANTED wooden pallets could get a starring role in this year's Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display thanks to an appeal being launched by Leicester City Council.
  • Community centre partnership
    Members of a local group for disabled people are set to take over the day-to-day running of a neighbourhood centre.
  • Have say on spitting fines
    LEICESTER City Council is hoping to introduce new fines to tackle the anti-social habit of spitting in public.
  • Closing date for school places
    THE deadline is fast approaching for parents to get their applications in for secondary school places in the city.
  • Final push for admissions
    PARENTS who have not yet applied for secondary school places for their children are being sent reminders ahead of the deadline for applications later this week.
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  • ATP – Curated by Jeff Mangum

    ATP – Curated by Jeff Mangum

    Wednesday 25th of January 2012

    News Item

    A limited amount of tickets are still available for the upcoming ATP March festival headlined by Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel). The event takes place at Butlins Minehead from March 9th 2012 to March 11th 2012.

    The December event was postponed last year after some very heartfelt apologies from Barry Hogan and everyone at ATP Concerts. The good news is that the up line is still as special as it was in December and is as follows:

    Curated by Jeff Mangum

    • Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel)
    • The Magnetic Fields
    • Joanna Newsom
    • Boredoms
    • Sebadoh
    • Thurston Moore
    • Low
    • Yann Tiersen
    • Scratch Acid
    • Versus
    • The Olivia Tremor Control
    • The Magic Band
    • Robyn Hitchcock - Performing I Often
    • Dream Of Trains
    • Half Japanese
    • Young Marble Giants
    • A Hawk And A Hacksaw - Performing a new and original soundtrack to 'Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors'
    • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion!
    • Mike Watt & George Hurley perform the songs of the Minutemen
    • The Fall
    • The Raincoats
    • Tall Firs
    • The Apples in stereo
    • The Music Tapes
    • Group Doueh
    • Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise
    • Lost In The Trees
    • Mount Eerie
    • Roscoe Mitchell (Art Ensemble Of Chicago)
    • Matana Roberts
    • American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) - Performing Gavin Bryars' Jesus'
    • Blood Never Failed Me Yet
    • Rafael Toral
    • Yamantaka / Sonic Titan

    Chosen by ATP

    • Earth
    • Demdike Stare
    • Blanck Mass

    This is a truly stunning line up not to be missed and follows up from what was a mesmerising ATP curated by Battles/Caribou/Les Savy Fav. There are many artists on this line up that you should see at least once in your life, to have so many in one place at one time is something that should not be missed.

    Sometimes the best things come to those who wait!

    For full information and to buy tickets please visit the ATP website.

    A photo review of the Battles/Caribou/Les Savy Fav ATP is below:

  • ATP Concerts Announce Their Annual December UK Holiday Camp Festival

    ATP Concerts Announce Their Annual December UK Holiday Camp Festival

    Wednesday 25th of January 2012

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    ATP have announced that their December 2012 UK festival will be headlined by THE NATIONAL. The event takes place at Butlins Minehead from December 7th 2012 to December 9th 2012.

    The event will be curated by The National and will feature many of their favourite artists.

    Already added to the line up:

    • The National
    • Kronos Quartet
    • The Antlers
    • Owen Pallett
    • Boris
    • Tim Hecker
    • Sharon Van Etten
    • My Brightest Diamond
    • Wye Oak
    • Lower Dens
    • Megafun
    • Sunns
    • Dark Dark Dark
    • Buke and Gase

    The line up will added to throughout the year and we'll keep you up to date as it happens.

    ATP has to be one of the best festival experiences and should not be missed.

    View full information and to buy tickets on the ATP website

    A limited amount of tickets are also available for the upcoming ATP March festival headlined by Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel), this is also at Butlins Minehead and runs from March 9th 2012 to March 11th 2012.

    For more information please visit the ATP website

  • No News Is Good News

    No News Is Good News

    Tuesday 30th of August 2011

    News Item

    Just in case you've noticed that we haven't been updating our news section for a while we just wanted to let you know that we are still here!

    We will be discontinuing the news section shortly to concentrate on doing all those reviews you have been requesting and we will re-jig the site the give more space to the reviews on the front page.

    So don't take our lack of news to mean anything other than a subtle change in focus - it was taking us ages to sort out all of the news stories, because nobody was following the submission guidelines, so we are going to use all the time we spent on news to listen to your records instead.

  • Music For Youth

    Music For Youth

    Thursday 30th of June 2011

    News Item

    Music for Youth is a 3-day national festival taking place at the HMV Institute in Birmingham on the 5th-7th July. Osborne School in Winchester are the only special needs school performing at the show. Rubik's Cube is a rock and pop ensemble, formed by drummer and pupil Michael Matthews in 2010. The band have developed and performed many shows, all in the name of fun!

    When Michael was 15 he was having difficulties controlling his anger and frustration. He found that he could channel his emotions and energy into drumming and music. He asked staff and pupils to join him, forming the now tightly-knit band. The band have since played shows in Southampton, Eastleigh and Winchester, and next - Birmingham!

    "It is an amazing experience for us" says Kelly-Ann Fagan, the lead female vocalist. "Rubik's Cube has been such a big part of my life, I never want to leave!".

    "I think Rubik's Cube is amazing" says Shayla Chinyou, another singer "I'm getting better at singing and I'm loving learning the drums. I want to get as good as the other drummers".

    The band promotes music as a fun and social experience - it has allowed the pupils to grow friendships, build important communication abilities and nurture their musical skills.

    "I get to meet new friends" says Lucy Norris, another band member "I like to try my hardest and it's changed everything about my life".

    Chloe Faulkner from 'Music for Youth' commented that "We're thrilled Rubik's Cube are playing. The event is showcasing the most interesting and high quality young bands performing in the UK. It is a really diverse and eclectic mix of music styles, the fact we've got people coming from across the UK will showcase the talent on offer in different counties".

    "The future is colourful for the band" says the bands musical director, Ben Dlugokecki. "We plan to take the band on tour - playing to schools across the county. If anyone would like us to come and play at your school or event, get in touch!".

    Tickets are available from the Music For Youth website.

  • Music Aid For Joplin Auction

    Music Aid For Joplin Auction

    Friday 24th of June 2011

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    Orange Amplifiers, alongside fellow musicians and other people in the music industry, were so very saddened to hear the news about the worst tornado season in more than fifty years in the USA and would like to offer their support. 153 people have been killed in Joplin, Missouri - home of the Glory Days Music Store - and half the town was destroyed including Glory Days itself and the owner's home.

    Orange Amps have decided after hearing the news to set up a fund-raising 'Music Aid for Joplin' auction of very special musical equipment from Orange and a number of other manufacturers. CEO Cliff Cooper will be working with Ted Owen, the auction house Fame Bureau's Managing Director, who is recognised as one of the world's leading experts in music equipment and memorabilia.

    Orange Amps will donate a rare and valuable (last one of only twenty made) Union Jack half-stack worth at least $6000! Orange have also helped to coordinate support from other musical instrument manufacturers/suppliers and the auction will include a number of very desirable items which are being added to on a daily basis. The list currently includes:

    • Sabian Cymbals money-can't-buy 14" Paragon Crash personally signed by RUSH's Neil Peart with the Steampunk logo, personalized with the winner's name
    • Sabian leather jacket
    • Orange CR50BXT bass amp, signed by RUSH's Geddy Lee, personalized with the winner's name
    • Yamaha Gigmaker 5pc drum set with hardware and Paiste 101 cymbals
    • Yamaha New A Series Acoustic/Electric Guitar
    • Sierra Guitars Sierra Sunrise Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
    • Shure Microphones Super 55
    • Guitar World 12-Month Subscription

    David Peterson, owner of Glory Days Music Store, commenting on the auction said, "On hearing about Orange's plans to raise proceeds through an auction, I was just floored. I didn't think for one minute that someone would do something like that for me without asking for it. It's an incredible gesture".

    "We have seen the heartbreaking tragedy that has taken place in the USA, particularly in Joplin Missouri," said Cooper, "and we felt that we would like to do something in the spirit of that special relationship that exists between the USA and the UK. The money raised will help the re-establishment of the Glory Days Music Store".

    The American Red Cross in Joplin is providing emergency assistance at five separate locations. This includes first aid and emergency health services, mental health services, distribution of bulk items such as recovery kits, toiletries and items needed for the clean-up such as gloves, rakes, masks, and vital water supplies and snacks.

    To assist Orange Amps and its fellow manufacturers to help and support the Joplin community please go to Fame Bureau's website and bid on one of the many items available. The auction begins Monday, July 18 at Fame Bureau. The Auction ends Wednesday, August 24th.

  • Releases Announced Today

    Releases Announced Today

    Friday 24th of June 2011

    News Item

    Here's today's list of tracks hot off the press and waiting for release.

    Dretonio feat Iain Mussett - 'Captain' - Out Now

    Mojo Fury - 'We Should Just Run Away' - Due for release 10th July 2011

    Marc Carroll - 'Always' - Due for release 11th July 2011

  • The Sky Arts Ignition Bursary

    The Sky Arts Ignition Bursary

    Friday 24th of June 2011

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    IdeasTap, the online arts and funding organisation for young creatives, have teamed up with Sky Arts to launch a new bursary for young artists.

    The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund will offer five young artists £30,000 each to fund their work for a full year. The fund is open to artists aged 18-30 living in the UK and Ireland, and is designed to bridge the gap between formal education and becoming a working artist.

    The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is open to individual artists working in visual art, theatre, performance art, film, music, dance or literature.

    The scheme will provide each artist with a mentor from Sky, who will help develop their skills and knowledge in the arts and commercial sector. The artists will also have the opportunity to showcase theirwork on Sky Arts - be it on TV, online or on demand.

    The deadline for applicants is 19th September 2011. Two winners will be selected during this round of funding. The next round will open in early 2012 from which three further winners will be chosen.

    For more information, and to apply for the Sky Arts Ignition: FuturesFund head over to the IdeasTap website.

  • Learn To Play Thin Lizzy

    Learn To Play Thin Lizzy

    Friday 24th of June 2011

    News Item

    Lick Library one of world leading suppliers of guitar tuition DVD's, has just released Learn to Play Thin Lizzy The Solos, giving you the opportunity to explore this explosive Celtic rock band's intensely powerful twin guitar harmonies.

    Renowned guitarist and tutor, as well as co founder of Lick Library, Stuart Bull takes you through note for note five classic Thin Lizzy guitar solos. Stuart has literally taught thousands of people to play the guitar throughout the world with his award winning Total Accuracy that guitar series. Using the trade mark Lick Library split screen so you can see what both of Stuarts hands are doing at the same time you can match what Stuart is saying to what he does.

    Stuart looks at what is widely regarded at Thin Lizzy's greatest and most romantic ballad Still In Love With You, which includes the long Brian Robertson solo full of subtle tremolo picking making it almost ethereal in the emotions it conveys. Next up is Don't Believe A Word, featuring the awesome guitar work of Gary Moore in a slower yet equally fantastic solo. This is followed by Dancing In The Moonlight, in which Scott Gorham's solo is crisp and light especially with its descending octave lick. Further solos are featured from Whiskey In The Jar, arguably their best known song and last but not least is Waiting For An Alibi where the guitars and bass take turns in coming to the front.

    Accompanying the DVD is a CD with jam tracks for each solo. Each jam track comes at three different speeds, slow, medium and full tempo, allowing you to practice each solos at your own pace, steadily building up to full speed.

    You can find out more on Learn To Play Thin Lizzy The Solos (RRP £23.99) from the Lick Library website where you will also find details of wealth of tuition DVDs, CDs and books related to Thin Lizzy, and the incredible guitarist that have played a part in creating their distinctive sound.

  • ATP Announce Fundraiser Event

    ATP Announce Fundraiser Event

    Wednesday 22nd of June 2011

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    ATP have announced a Fundraiser Event for Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatreon June 23rd.

    ATP are hosting two events at Alexandra Palace in July, with FlamingLips performing.

    The Soft Bulletin and the Portishead curated I'll Be Your Mirror withGrinderman and PJ Harvey

    On July 1st, 2011, Flaming Lips will perform their classic album'The Soft Bulletin' in its entirety as part of ATP's groundbreaking 'Don't Look Back' series. Dinosaur Jr and Deerhoof will also be joining the line-up performing their ownrespective classic albums - 'Bug' and 'Milk Man'. On the weekend of 23rd and 24th July 2011 ATP present the first UK I'll BeYour Mirror event curated by ATP and Portishead (who headline bothnights) and features acts such as Grinderman and PJ Harvey.

    Alexandra Palace was chosen as the venue for both events because its grandeur and history has always held a special place for ATP founder Barry Hogan. Growing up locally, Barry developed a strong affinity with the venue, its Great Hall playing host to a history of special acts and performances, among them Led Zeppelin in 1972, New Order, The Stone Roses, The White Stripes, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Pixies, The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd at the epic 1967kaleidoscopic rave 'The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream'.

    What many people may not know, is that Alexandra Palace has a beautiful old Victorian Theatre within the grounds, next to the ice skating rink. Built in 1875 and originally designed by John Johnson,the theatre is placed on the English Heritage 'Buildings at Risk'register and also stands as a Grade II listed building, thoughapplications have been made to raise this status. The Victoriantheatre is now in the hands of the 'Friends of the Alexandra PalaceTheatre' who are campaigning to raise money to restore it, first toa working capacity and eventually back to its original splendour. Formore info on the Theatre clcik here.

    In the lead-up to the two events ATP is doing at the Palace, nextThursday 23rd June ATP will hold a special fundraiser event at the Music Palace, Crouch End (N8 9BT)from 6pm-12am at which all profits will go to the Friends Of Alexandra Palace Theatre.

    Details Of The Fundraiser:

    Entry to the event is free, but a mandatory purchase of at least one�2 raffle ticket will be required upon entry. All raffle ticketdonations go to the Friends Of Alexandra Palace Theatre and prizesinclude ATP goodies including tickets to both events and ATP chaletsand donations from local businesses including Haberdashery (a meal andwine for two), Flashback (donating Vinyl, CDs and DVDs and celebratingtheir 5th anniversary at the store the next day) and Jealous Gallerywho have donated a framed Eddie King (artist for The Clash which you can view here. For a list of prizes (that is constantly been updated)please visit the ATP Festival website.

    The night will also feature Lord Sinclair's ATP and Haringey Pub Quizin which the famed ATP quizmaster will present challenging questionson music, the local area and Alexandra Palace as well DJs Andrew Hungand Benjamin John Power (F**k Buttons), Declan Allen, Barry Hogan (ATP)and The Local DJs.

    LocALE tasting

    ATP are also putting a call out to all the serious ale drinkers out there to come and test some real ales from the Redemption and Sambrook's breweries and to vote on the ones served at I'll Be Your Mirror this year. Partial profits from each pint sold will go to Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre.

    GETTING TO THE MUSIC PALACEFull address: 159a Tottenham Lane London, UK N8 9BT

    The 91 and the 41 bus comes along every 5 to 10 minutes until wellafter midnight and pulls up right outside the venue and are replacedby Night buses afterwards. You can catch a 91 bus from TrafalgarSquare, Aldwych, Euston, King's Cross or Holloway or a 41 fromArchway, Turnpike Lane, Wood Green, West Green or Tottenham Hale.

  • New Protection Racket Cases

    New Protection Racket Cases

    Wednesday 22nd of June 2011

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    For Ben Thompson of Two Door Cinema Club, White is definitely the new black when it comes to his new Protection Racket Drum Cases.

    The exuberant Two Door Cinema Club are riding a tidal wave of success through this summers biggest and best festivals in the UK, Europe and USA with White being the theme of this years tour. Their music was voted best by college students making them winners of the 2011 MTVU Breaking Woodie Award (previous winners include Kings of Leon) and they are set to appear at the Isle of White, Glastonbury and Leeds / Reading festivals to name just a few.

    Protection Racket - with all the authority of the White House when it comes to making soft drum cases - have used all their usual wizardry to produce this spellbinding set of cases. Ben is entrusting his precious drums to the milky white soft fleecy lining of these lightweight, maximum protection cases. Crafted in white with contrasting zips and fasteners capable of surviving the choppiest of journeys and come with practical carry handles.

    With all the festivals coming up dressing up your drums in dazzling snowy white cases may seem a little bit of a white elephant, but they sure will shine out in the crowd. Ben is going to see how bright he can keep the white and Protection Racket will be holding the cases up to the light after the festival season to see how much of a shine they have retained.

    Wherever the gig, Protection Racket case are built to last, light, tough, road tested, clean and simple and come in a range of colours, Black, Aero Brown, Funky Green and Steel Grey.

    To find out more about Protection Racket cases head over to the Protection Racket website.

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  • Front desk at Wigston Station closed - Wednesday 31 August

    Tomorrow (Wednesday 31 August) the front desk at Wigston Police Station will be closed to all staff and public due to building work.

    It will re-open as usual on Thursday (1 September).

    If you require assistance during this time please call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

    Alternatively your nearest Front Enquiry Offices are:

    Mansfield House Police Station, 74 Belgrave Gate, Leicester, LE1 3GG Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 10pm

    Braunstone Police Station, Hallam Crescent East, Braunstone, LE3 1FF Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

    Market Harborough Police Station, Fairfield Road, Market Harborough, LE16 9QJ

    We apologies for any inconvenience.

  • Three people charged after failing to comply with dispersal notices

    Three people have been charged after protesters were dispersed from Jubilee Square yesterday evening (Friday 26 August).

    James McLean, 38, of Waterloo Way, Leicester, Paul Freeman, 35, of Oronsay Road, Leicester, and Serena McKinnon, 32, of no fixed address, have been charged with failing to comply with a notice to disperse issued under powers from the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

    They are all due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 15 September.

    The charges relate to reports of antisocial behaviour in Jubilee Square.

  • Two men charged after city assault

    Two men have been charged after a serious assault in Leicester on Thursday (25 August).

    Oliver Williams, 21, of Wheeldale Close, Leicester, has been charged with Section 18 Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

    Shane Birch, 28, also of Wheeldale Close, Leicester, has been charged with Section 18 GBH with intent.

    Both men are due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday (29 August).

    The charges relate to an assault during the afternoon of Thursday 25 August at the junction of Herbert Avenue and Wingfield Street, Leicester. The victim remains in hospital undergoing treatment.

  • Serious collison on London Road, Leicester

    Were you near the Shell petrol station in London Road, Leicester, at around 3.40am this morning?

    A black Ford Fiesta was in collision with a tree on the county bound carriageway.

    The driver sustained life threatening injuries in the collision and is currently at the University Hospital of Coventry and Walsgrave.

    Police were called to the scene at 7.15am when the collision was discovered by a member of the public.

    Officers would like to hear from anyone who was in the London Road area between 3.30am and 3.40am and could have information which will help with the investigation. Maybe you saw the vehicle before the collision took place? Call us on 101 and quote incident 111 of August 26.

  • Men sentenced for £60m Virgin Media scam

    Six men have been sentenced for their part in a multi-million pound fraud which allowed thousands of people to watch Virgin Media’s pay-TV service free of charge.

    The mastermind of the fraud was Mahesh Tailor, 51, of Hollies Way, Thurnby, Leicester. He was the director and owner of Tailor Made Circuits in Thurmaston, a printed circuit board manufacturer, who saw a way to get around the encryption surrounding cable TV channels supplied by Virgin Media.

    He imported thousands of set-top boxes from the Far East and sold them for up to £180 each. He reached customers by contacting them on internet forums and even had his own website, purely linked to the sale of boxes. He also sold the boxes in bulk to other businesses around the country.

    The court heard how Tailor organised people around the country to assist in the set-up of the network so the service was available nationwide. It was set up to communicate with servers overseas which then allowed owners of the set top boxes in England to receive channels via the internet, without paying a subscription to Virgin Media.

    During the investigation Leicestershire Police recovered a container with 5,000 set-top boxes inside and it’s believed that Tailor had already sold multiple similar consignments.

    Detective Constable Amrat Bhagwan investigated the case. He said: “Officers were deployed at various locations across the country and the network was taken down, rendering the boxes useless.

    “When we raided Tailor’s home, we found £250,000 in cash in various rooms. There were similar amounts held in his business bank accounts.

    “The boxes were imported from the Far East and documentation showed that Tailor claimed that they were satellite receivers and even paid importation tax on them. He did everything in his power to stop himself appearing on the radar.”

    Virgin Media spokesperson said: “Fraud costs our customers, our business and the creative industries millions of pounds and we thank the Leicestershire Police for bringing this network of criminals to justice.”

    The following defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud virgin media and were sentenced on Friday 26 August -

    • Mahesh Tailor, 51, of Hollies Way, Thurnby, Leicester: Sentenced to six years imprisonment and disqualified from being a company director for eight years • Jagdish Vegad, 56, of Arbour Road, Leicester: Sentenced to 14 months imprisonment • Nicholas Beck, 46, of Bloomfield Road, Leicester: Sentenced to 13 months imprisonment • Jitesh Racicchandra, 44, Knowle Road, Bristol: Sentenced to 18 months imprisonment • Mark Weighill, 36, of Dunbar Road, Coalville: Sentenced to eight months suspended for two years and 150 hours unpaid work • Andrew Wren, 56, Hinckley Road, Coventry: Sentenced to ten months suspended for two yearsand 150 hours unpaid work

    Two other men will be sentenced at a later date.

  • Kayleigh’s Love Story shortlisted for national award

    A five minute film produced by Leicestershire Police highlighting the dangers of online grooming has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

    Kayleigh’s Love Story is one of the finalists in the Social Screen category of the Clarion Awards run by EVCOM – the so-called Oscars for specialist videos produced by the corporate and charity sectors.

    The film tells the story of aspects of the last two weeks in the life of Measham schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood who was groomed online over 13 days by Ibstock resident Luke Harlow.

    She eventually agreed to spend the evening at his house, and two days later she was raped and murdered by his next door neighbour, Stephen Beadman.

    The film has been made to raise greater awareness among children and parents of grooming and child sexual abuse and exploitation.

    Controlled screenings of the film start at secondary schools next month and it is hoped that every child aged 11 and above in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will have seen the film by Christmas.

    The film has also been released to every other police force in the UK, and it will posted online in 2017.

    Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “The film was made with the support of Kayleigh’s parents and was done in consultation with experts in their field throughout the UK.

    “The intention behind the film is to keep children safe and to prevent online grooming which, as Kayleigh’s story illustrates, can have tragic consequences.

    “We are delighted that it has been recognised by EVCOM and shortlisted for an award”.

    The film was made by Loughborough-based Affixxius Films, whose senior partner Tim Cabrelli said: "It is difficult to be ‘proud’ of a piece such as this due to its content and, although its technical and artistic execution is testament to the immense talent of the Affixxius Films team, we’re delighted with the shortlisting but hope that it is recognised for its message above all else."

  • Man sentenced for drug offences

    A man has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to drugs offences.

    Jake McDonnell, 26, of Alexandra Road, Leicester, pleaded guilty of two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs on August 19.

    Today, (Friday 26 August) at Leicester Crown Court he was sentenced to a 36-month sentence for each offence, to run concurrently.

    He was arrested in January at Heathrow Airport. Enquiries led officers to search his home address where they found Class A drugs and cutting agents for cocaine.

  • Cadets hit the road to Krefeld for a soapbox derby

    This morning (26 August) eight cadets and leaders from Leicestershire Police will be swapping their bacon cobs to schnitzels as they travel to Krefeld, Germany, to take part in their annual soapbox derby.

    The soapbox derby is on Sunday 28 August and is a key date in the Krefeld social calendar. The cadets are flying out today to ensure they have time to experience all that our twin-town has to offer, and to give them enough time to decorate their soapbox before Sunday.

    During their trip the group will be meeting with the town’s Oberbürgermeister (the town Mayor) and the town’s police force, and are looking forward to learning some German and making new contacts.

    PC Simon O’Connell, organiser of the trip, said: “It will be a really good insight into the German culture and policing for the cadets, and I hope that we can make our contact with Krefeld more frequent after the trip.”

    The trip follows a challenge set in June 2015 by a visiting youth group from Krefeld, but has only been made possible this year by the City of Leicester European Twinning Association (CLETA) and the International Policing Association (IPA) kindly offering to fund it.

    The cadets will be accompanied by cadet leaders Tracy Ward and Sergeant Graham (also Lead Co-ordinator of the Volunteer Police Cadet programme) and PC O’Connell. Representatives from CLETA and the Leicester branch of the IPA will also be attending the trip.

    Clive Wood, Chairman of the Leicester branch of the IPA and retired Superintendent, said:

    “I am extremely excited to be able to reignite the special connection that we hold with Krefeld, and our friends from their IPA branch. It is great to get the younger generations involved with one of our twin-towns, and I actually commenced my policing journey as a cadet, so I am really pleased to be a part of it.”

    Krefeld is located about 16 miles (27km) northwest of Dusseldorf, and is known as ‘The City of Velvet and Silk’ due to its central role in the textile trade. The German town twinned with Leicester in 1969 as an effort to improve relations following World War II, and a relationship lasting over 40 years has followed.

    Sergeant Graham said: “I think it will be a fantastic experience for the cadets, and I am very proud to be able to take them there. But if it wasn’t for cadet leaders we wouldn’t be able to run visits like this. We are currently recruiting for 20 more cadet leaders, so please do get in touch if you are interested”.

    The cadets will be posting live updates on our Facebook, Twitter and snapchat account (leicspolice), so please follow them for more information.

  • Where is absconded prisoner, Gavin Owens?

    Issued on behalf of Suffolk Police

    Suffolk Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded and may be in the Hinckley area.

    Police were contacted around 8.40am on Monday 8 August, reporting Gavin Owens, 33, as missing. The last confirmed sighting of him at the prison was at 11pm on Sunday 7 August.

    Owens was serving an indeterminate sentence for attempted murder, GBH and ABH.

    Owens, also known as Gavin Burrell, is described as white, around 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, with green eyes and very short brown hair. He has several tattoos including a Celtic band on his right upper arm.

    He has links to the Hinckley area of Leicestershire.

    Police are asking anyone who may have seen him or anyone with information about where he is now to contact officers. You should not approach him or take any further action.

    If you can help please contact 101, quoting incident number 149 of 8 August.

  • Missing man Colin found safe and well

    Colin has been found safe and well.

    Colin Webster, 76, was reported missing this afternoon (Wednesday 24 August) from Grasmere Street in Leicester.

    He was found in Narborough Road this evening.

    Thank you to everyone who shared our appeal and assisted with our enquiries.

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  • So we are on way way out of The European Union

    The option to Vote has now driven us out of The Union.

    We now have to take the advantage and not carry on blaming ourselves or others.It was a shock the way it went BUT GET OVER IT.

    The European Union is an organisation that tries to represent Europe.
    It is now nervous that a country has dared to take control of themselves.

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

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

    We need to create a small coordinating and marketing organisation and use CBI and Group Trading organisations to promote Great Britain.The commonwealth needs to be a bigger part of our trade. Our main objective must be to trade globally.
    The social legislation and general laws need to be rewritten and but back into British Law. Maybe a 5 year project.There is going to be lots to sort. In the meantime we can still use Modified European Law and call it that.

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