Have a #SafeXmas
Leicestershire Police is giving advice this Christmas and New Year to ensure that the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland stay safe.
In the run up to Christmas and into the New Year Leicestershire Police will be publishing social media messages on a different theme each day to help prevent crime during the festive period.
Messages will focus on five key areas to help protect you, your property and your possessions. These topics are online safety, burglary, personal safety, vehicle crime and antisocial and nuisance behaviour.
Superintendent Kerry Smith, said:
Christmas is a time to celebrate and have fun, but it can provide an opportunity for people to commit crime. December can be a very busy time for everyone with large amounts of people in towns and cities doing their Christmas shopping and partying, it is important that we take steps at home and while out to keep us safe.
Making sure that we keep our valuables out of sight, planning how we are getting home after a night out, and using de-icer or an ice scraper to defrost our cars are just some simple steps we can all take.
Locking up our homes and leaving a light on in the evening to give the appearance our homes are occupied, keeping presents out of sight and not advertising our gifts by leaving packaging by bins can also help to keep us safe from crime this Christmas.
Don’t forget to register gifts on the Immobilise website and download a bike passport from our website, to help police trace your belongings in the unfortunate event they are stolen.
On behalf of Leicestershire Police, I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.”
Leicestershire Police is giving the following festive advice:
- use de-icer or an ice scraper to defrost your car instead of leaving it unattended with the engine running
- avoid leaving presents under the tree or in view of the window
- lock all windows and doors
- leave a light on or use a light timer to give the appearance your home is occupied
- recycle or take cardboard boxes to the tip. Leaving them near bins advertises what expensive gifts you may have in your home
- register your belongings on www.immobilise.com
- got a bike for Christmas? Download a Bike passport to record all your bike details
Out and about
- put shopping in the boot of the car and remember to lock your vehicle
- park in well-lit areas
- keep bags, mobile phones, and valuables out of sight
- enjoy your Christmas party and book a taxi to get home
- going for a drink? Have fun and drink sensibly
- coming back late? Think of your neighbours
- use strong passwords including uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols
- update your software and anti-virus as soon as a new version becomes available
- be suspicious of offers and deals. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is
- always log in to websites directly rather than through a link in an email
Officers will also be giving out brightly coloured Christmas crime prevention leaflets with key safety messages on, at events and beat surgeries throughout December.
You can follow all the action on Leicestershire Police’s Facebook page or Twitter @Leicspolice using #SafeXmas.
For more information visit our Christmas Safety page.
Three arrests made after disorder in city street
Three people have been arrested for public order offences following disorder in two streets in the city.
Officers were called at 8.55pm last night (4 December) to a report of a large number of men gathered in Bridge Road, Leicester.
We also received subsequent reports of disorder in St Barnabas Road.
Three men, aged 20, 21 and 23, from Leicester, were all arrested on suspicion of public order offences. They have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Did you see what happened? Can you help us with our enquiries? Please contact us.
Call 101, quoting incident number *399198
What matters to you? - Twycross Zoo
Leicestershire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner want to hear about what matters to you.
On Tuesday 13 December, members of the public and residents of Hinckley and Bosworth are invited to join Chief Constable Simon Cole and Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach at Twycross Zoo for the next ‘What matter to you event?’
This is an excellent opportunity for you to speak to two of the key figures within Leicestershire Police about policing and community issues that matter to you in an informal setting.
The session will run on between 11am-1pm.
The event is taking place where it is free for members of the public to attend, along with being accessible to visitors of the zoo.
Address: Twycross Zoo, Burton Road, CV9 3PX
Putting the brakes on hate crime in Leicestershire
Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach launched a new information card scheme on Friday (2 Dec) alerting public transport workers to vulnerable passengers who need extra help in a bid to tackle hate crime.
More than 20,000 Better Journey Cards are set to be distributed to police stations, councils and at community events across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to let drivers know that a person might need a little more assistance when using public transport.
The innovative scheme, which was unveiled by partners at a Social Media Café at West End Centre in the city, is part of a package of measures funded by the PCC to provide more help to potential victims of hate crime and send out a powerful message that intolerance and hatred has no place in society.
There are currently 22,730 people living in Leicestershire who are registered as disabled – 9,939 of whom live in Leicester city alone.
Public transport is vital to enabling disabled people to get out and about, attend college, work or socialise and maintain their independence. However, research shows that it is also a high-risk area for hate incidents to occur. If vulnerable people lose confidence when travelling and fear public transport, the impact on their lives and independence could be significant.
The Better Journey Cards, which have been developed by First Travel, are aimed at letting a driver know when a passenger needs extra help and offering them a safer journey.
Willy Bach said: “It is our duty to pull out all the stops to offer greater protection for vulnerable members of our community who face the indignity of physical or verbal abuse simply because of perceived differences.
“Leicestershire is a vibrant county and home to a multitude of diverse people, cultures and traditions. It’s simply shocking that intolerance, distrust and prejudice continue to permeate our communities and I urge local people to stand together against all forms of hate.
“Public transport is a lifeline for so many disabled people living within Leicestershire and I’m determined that we offer them the very best support and protection to be able to continue their daily lives with confidence and self-esteem.
“The primary aim of the new Safer Journey Cards is to reassure all vulnerable passengers that frontline transport staff are committed to putting their needs and safety first and that if they need help, it will be there.”
Nigel Eggleton, Managing Director of First Leicester said: “Our Safe Journey Cards and Better Journey Cards offer customers a way of discreetly communicating with our drivers. Quite often people want to ask for assistance, but they’re unsure how best to do it.
“While customers can, of course, just ask for any help they need, not everyone finds this easy, or is able to speak clearly. In these instances, these cards give people a way of asking for assistance in a simple, easy and discreet way.
“The feedback we’ve received in Leicestershire from those using them has been really positive. We want to remind customers of their availability, so if a passenger chooses to use them they can travel by bus with more confidence.”
The PCC has been concerned at a reported rise in hate crime incidents and offences across parts of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland following the EU Referendum. He has been keen to demonstrate his support for the continuing efforts by Leicestershire Police and other strategic partners in tackling the issue, pledging funding to Leicester University and Leicestershire Police to develop a new programme for hate crime offenders.
The approach will explore a range of different restorative justice strategies which will look at the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.
The PCC has also commissioned more literature aimed at raising awareness of hate crime and a project to bring the county’s major sporting clubs on board in the fight against it.
The Safer Journey Cards provide passengers with a host of different messages to use depending on their individual needs or disability. One card asks for drivers to alert passengers to their bus stop while another asks them for help taking a seat.
There are also blank message cards enabling passengers to communicate more specifically by writing their own message.
The project complements the existing work of the Keep Safe Group across Leicestershire which has developed Keep Safe Cards containing a vulnerable person’s emergency contact details, medication information and anything else they would like to communicate to public workers.
A 'special' night to mark 185 years
Sixty specials from Leicestershire Police took the lead on policing a busy night shift across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, to celebrate 185 years of the Special Constabulary.
Last night (Saturday 3 December) the specials patrolled all over the county, making a total of 17 arrests and dealing with numerous incidents including a sexual assault, several public order offences and an assault against a police officer.
Inspector Manjit Atwal supervised the night, and said:
“The time flew by, which was purely down to the efficiency of the specials reacting to the large number of jobs coming in. It was a busy night and they should be proud of themselves, especially considering the range of situations they dealt with. It was brilliant to see the special and regular officers supporting each other so well, and I certainly look forward to us working closely in the future.”
Leicestershire Police are proud to have almost 300 specials who regularly volunteer their time to policing. Specials hold the same powers as regular police officers, and this year they’ve already dedicated over 70,000 hours helping the force keep our communities safer.
Special Chief Inspector Phil Smith said:
“The specials did a sterling job last night, with many staying on much later than we had initially anticipated. I am honoured to lead such a remarkable group of officers, and it was an excellent way for us all to celebrate the anniversary of the Special Constabulary. It gave us a chance to really show our capabilities in policing, and demonstrate just how far we’ve come in 185 years.”
On Saturday 15 October 1831, an Act was passed where special constables were granted all the same “powers, authorities, advantages and immunities” as regular officers. A second Act was passed in 1835, which redefined the Special Constabulary as a voluntary organisation, as it has remained ever since.
The following February saw the appointment of Frederick Goodyer as the first Head Constable of Leicester Borough Police, and a couple of years later the force introduced its very own Special Constabulary.
Sergeant Jamie Osborne, Lead for Specials, said:
“The work that specials carry out is hugely appreciated force wide, and last night provided a unique and fascinating insight into their lives and work. It’s a rewarding role and yesterday they proved that you really can make a difference to your community. I’d like to extend my gratitude to everyone involved, and I hope that they enjoyed the night as much as I did.”
If you missed it, we broadcasted live updates on our Facebook and twitter accounts throughout the night, so please follow us and search for posts with #SpecialNight185.
If you're interested in becoming a special, please come to our next information seminar on Thursday 15 December, at Leicestershire Police Headquarters. The seminar is your chance to find out everything from the initial application process to the duties you’d be working, and serving specials will be present to answer any questions you may have.
To register your interest, simply email your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police enquiries completed at scene of light aircraft collision
Police enquiries in Lubenham have been completed after a glider came down in some fields on Sunday (4 December).
Emergency services were called out to an area off Laughton Road, in Lubenham, at about 1pm following reports of a glider having landed in the field.
Our enquiries at the scene have been completed and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are conducting an independent investigation to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.
The man on board the glider was pronounced dead at the scene. Identification of the deceased will be a matter for HM Coroner.
Laughton Road was closed, from its junction with the A4304 to Bunkers Hill, and re-opened yesterday evening (Monday 5 December).
Fatal collision in Cotesbach, Lutterworth
Did you witness a fatal collision on the A426 Rugby Road in Cotesbach, near Lutterworth?
The collision happened just after 2pm today (Saturday 3 December) when the blue Hyundai i10 was in collision with a tree. It was travelling from Lutterworth towards Rugby.
The 93-year-old man who was driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene.
Did you see the collision, or the car in the minutes prior to the collision?
You may be able to help with our investigation.
Call 101, quoting incident number 366 of 3 December.
Former teacher sentenced after admitting indecent assault
A 90-year-old former schoolteacher from Leicester has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting four young boys between 1969 and 1981.
Peter Farrands committed most of his crimes at Folville Rise Junior School where he was employed as a teacher.
He pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault at two separate hearings at Leicester Crown Court this week.
Farrands is already in prison serving a seven year sentence, having been convicted in 2015 of similar offences against two other children.
For these latest offences, he was sentenced to a further two years in prison which will run consecutively to his current sentence, meaning Farrands will serve a total of nine years.
Detective Sergeant Hazel Sandall said: “Farrands utterly abused his position of a trust as a teacher over many years to indecently assault young boys in his care for his own sexual gratification.
“This case sends out two very important messages.
“Firstly, no matter how old the offender, and no matter how many years ago crimes took place, we will conduct a thorough examination of the evidence, and will not hesitate to seek charges being brought against perpetrators of crime where evidence is available to us.
“Secondly, the case demonstrates to victims of crimes that may have happened many, many years ago that, despite the passage of time, we will investigate and will support you.”
Inmate sentenced for prison disorder
An inmate who was involved in widespread disorder at the Rutland prison has been sentenced for his part in the incident.
Five other men who were also involved in the disorder and are due to be sentenced at a later date.
Extensive damage was done to K-wing at HMP Stocken when the violence erupted on the afternoon of Sunday 14 June, 2015.
The disorder continued until the early hours of the next morning with prisoners systematically smashing lights, breaking CCTV equipment and setting fires while using furniture to barricade themselves inside.
Some of those involved also forced entry to a restricted area where cupboards were ransacked and medication was stolen.
Andrew Neale, 45, of HMP Peterborough, pleaded guilty to prison mutiny at an earlier hearing. He appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday(Thursday 1 December) where he was sentenced to three years four months on top of the sentence he’s already serving.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Ditcher, the senior investigating officer, said: “The investigation into this incident was long and complex.
“A dedicated team of officers worked tirelessly reviewing hours of CCTV footage and gathering statements. Specialist officers analysed forensic evidence in what was a robust and thorough policing operation in full cooperation with the prison service.
“Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused during the disorder and I hope that today’s sentencing will send a clear message that the police and the Prison Service will not tolerate crimes of this nature and those responsible will be brought to justice.”
Five other men involved in the disorder are due to be sentenced at a later date.
Brendan Carey, 39, of Paston, Peterborough, was found guilty of prison mutiny following a trial earlier this month
Bradley Whelan, 25, of Whalley Drive, Bletchley, pleaded guilty to violent disorder at an earlier hearing
Nathan Gordon, 24, of HMP Peterborough, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to violent disorder
Steven Antony Walker, 36, of HMP Lincoln, admitted violent disorder at an earlier hearing
Matthew Hutchinson, 40, of HMP Lincoln, also pleaded guilty to violent disorder at an earlier hearing
Four other men, who were involved in the incident, were sentenced at an earlier hearing. They are:
Jamie Hill, 25, of Brookfield Avenue, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing and on October 28 was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and 75 hours of unpaid work
Daniel Dobb, 30, of HMP Peterborough, pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing and on October 28 was sentenced to three months imprisonment
Wayne Eccles, 37, of HMP Lincoln, pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing and on October 28 was sentenced to three months imprisonment
Michael Sean Blackborow, 34, of HMP Nottingham, admitted burglary and was sentenced to five months to run concurrently with his original sentence
Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: "I am very clear that violence and disorder in our prisons will not be tolerated and offenders who do so should feel the full force of the law.
"I welcome this sentence, which shows that we will always push for the strongest possible punishment where incidents like this occur.
"But we want to go further and faster in our crackdown on violence and are working closely with the police and CPS to ensure that offenders face swift justice and that courts have full evidence of the harm caused.”
Naomi Daw, Deputy Governor of HMP Stocken, said: “The commitment and bravery of staff who’s actions despite the level of violence offered and damaged caused resulted in this incident being resolved in a timely and safe manner.
"HMP Stocken has a zero approach to violence and has developed a strong collaborative partnership with Leicestershire Police which has supported this successful conviction.”
Men released on police bail after Belgrave stabbing
Three men arrested in connection with the stabbing of a 19-year-old man in Belgrave have been released on police bail.
The three - all aged 18 - were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the injured man was found in Shanti Margh at 2.30pm on Monday 28 November.
Enquiries established that the incident took place in Dysart Way, Leicester.
The injured man remains in hospital.
Did you see the incident? Did you see the man arrive in Shanti Margh? You may have information that can help our enquires.
Contact 101, quoting incident number 16000390193.