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  • 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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  • Re-appeal for wanted man Sean Cawthray

    Police searching for wanted man Sean Cawthray have issued a re-appeal for information in a bid to trace his current whereabouts.

    Cawthray, 46, recently changed his name to Perry and also uses the surname Goldthorpe. He was last seen at his probation-approved address in Leicester city centre at 2pm on Monday 19 June. He failed to return later that day, and as a result is in breach of his prison licence.

    He is white, about 6ft tall, of slim build with short cropped dark hair and blue eyes. When last seen in Leicester he was wearing grey-coloured shorts and a grey short sleeve T-shirt emblazoned with a large ‘23’ motif in white on the front. He was also wearing black trainers and was carrying a grey and black backpack.

    Detective Inspector Nicole Main from the force’s offender management unit, said: “We believe Sean could still be in the Leicestershire area.

    “We issued an appeal in June for sightings and subsequently placed posters up across the city. We’d like to thank everyone who has, so far, shared our appeals and reported possible sightings.

    “Despite the appeals we’ve issued our search for Perry continues and we would ask people to look at his photograph and contact us if they have seen him since 19 June.

    “Extensive enquiries are continuing to locate Cawthray and anyone who sees him should not approach him but call the police immediately. His appearance may have changed and he may be using alias names.

    “Even if you’re not 100% sure about any sightings we would ask that you still contact us as we can quickly eliminate any possible leads from our enquiries.”

    Anyone who has seen Cawthray or someone who matches this description, or may know where he could be, is asked to call 101, quoting Leicestershire’s incident number 95 of 29 June.

  • CCTV footage issued after serious assault in city

    Detectives investigating a stabbing in the city centre have released CCTV footage of three men they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

    The 51 year old victim was assaulted in Jarvis Street, he fled from the suspects towards Sanvey Gate and Soar Lane where two members of the public flagged down a police vehicle and the victim was taken to hospital for treatment to a stab wound.

    He was discharged from hospital five days after the incident which took place during the early hours of Wednesday 31 May.

    Detective Constable Xanthe Fisher is investigating the assault, she said: “Despite the appeals we issued at the time we still need to trace those responsible and any potential witnesses.

    “We hope the release of the footage will assist in identifying the three men who were seen in the area around the time of the assault, they are believed to be aged between 17-25. If you know who they are or if this was you please contact us.

    “The victim sustained a significant injury during the assault and although he has been released from hospital the events of that night are still very much in his thoughts.

    “This was a serious attack and we need to catch those responsible. If you have any information which may assist get in touch. If you would prefer not to contact the police directly then please contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4160 Xanthe Fisher on 101, quoting incident number 17* 226653.

  • National BikeSafe event this Saturday

    Police motorcyclists from the four forces of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) will be at the national BikeSafe event at Rockingham Speedway Circuit this Saturday (August 19).

    EMOpSS provides roads policing to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

    The National BikeSafe Show is an annual event with police riders from across the country coming together with other motorcyclists to improve their riding skills and make them safer.

    The one-day festival of biking will be held at Rockingham Circuit in Corby on Saturday 19 August – returning to Northamptonshire after a successful first show in 2016 which attracted around 4,000 visitors.

    There are practical workshops at the event so that bikers can understand their strengths and weaknesses and are then inspired to improve by progressing onto post-test training. The event is a showcase for BikeSafe and a celebration of motorcycling.

    Officers from the four forces of EMOpSS (Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire) also run Bikesafe Workshops throughout the year. Bikesafe is a police run motorcycle project which aims to stop bikers being hurt on the roads.

    Visitors to the event at the weekend will see a wide range of bike manufacturers with demo bikes available to test ride, be able to test their skills on mazes of cones, watch stunt shows and emergency services demonstrations, and enjoy lots of family fun for free.

    For £35 bikers can book to enjoy an observed road ride with the Police Advanced Motorcyclists. This elite team will advise you on road riding techniques, before returning to the circuit for a briefing and the chance to ride the circuit on your own bike, under instruction from the prestigious California Superbike School.

    PC 348 Darren Blaylock, is an EMOpSS BikeSafe Coordinator, he said; “Whilst this is a great day for the whole family, it also contains a very serious objective of promoting motorcycle safety. Riding a motorbike can be a fantastic experience however there are still too many people out there that do not ride safely and put themselves and others in danger.

    "This unique opportunity to ride with the Police Advanced Motorcyclists is a great chance to finesse your skills and become a safer and more competent rider in future."

    Places are limited, and going fast, but you can book a place on the National BikeSafe Event and the police-observed ride at www.bikesafe.co.uk

    If you can’t go to the event but would like to book yourself on a one day Bikesafe course which costs £45 and includes lunch. All BikeSafe courses have to be booked through www.bikesafe.co.uk

  • What matters to you? - Wigston

    Leicestershire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner want to hear about what matters to you.

    On Friday 18th August, members of the public are invited to join Chief Constable Simon Cole and Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach outside Sainsburys on Bell Street, Wigston, for the next ‘What matters 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 1pm and 3pm. No appointment is necessary, please feel free to attend.

  • Man assaulted in Markfield

    Officers investigating a serious assault on a petrol station forecourt have released CCTV images of a man they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

    On Thursday 10 August a verbal argument took place between two men in Shaw Lane, Markfield. The argument then ended up with one of the men sustaining a serious leg injury after a vehicle struck him.

    The 39-year-old victim was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and was discharged following surgery to his leg.

    DC Mike Steer is investigating the incident, he said: “The incident took place around 1.30pm last Thursday (10 August) and there were a number of people in the area at the time. We’d like to identify the man in the images as he may be able to assist with our enquires.

    “If you know who he is or have any suspicions about his identity please contact us.”

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1917 Mike Steer on 101, quoting crime reference number 17*341813.

  • Local youths in Desert Rat Challenge

    Officers from Leicestershire Police took a group of young people to Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham on Saturday (12 August), where they took part in a Desert Rat Challenge with other young people from across the East Midlands.

    During the day they took part in a number of exercises that included an assault course, leadership tasks and a vehicle crash simulator.

    Each team was marked on their performance by regular and reserve staff from across 7th Infantry Brigade and ranked at the end of the day, which saw the team from Leicestershire Police named as the overall winners.

    Keenan Bailey-Mann, who took part in the challenge, said: “‎I enjoyed the assault course the most but it's all been really good. I've done an interview with a newspaper and I've learnt how to work as part of a team and communicate better.”

    Inspector Paul Crewe, who has been working with 7th Infantry Brigade to support the event, said: “We’re very grateful to 7th Infantry Brigade for inviting us to the event. It’s been a great opportunity for the young people we brought with us to build their confidence and develop themselves. It’s also been good for us to build on our existing relationship with the army.

    “I’m very proud of our team for achieving first place. The consistent feedback from the army staff at each exercise, along with their mentors for the day from the Royal Anglian Regiment, was that they have all given 110%. It’s been an excellent day and we look forward to the next event”.

  • Cadet Leaders needed… Could you?

    Leicestershire Police is searching for 25 enthusiastic people to join the force as cadet leaders.

    Next month more than 300 young people will be enrolled on the Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) programme - the largest number of cadets that Leicestershire Police has on record.

    Cadets are aged between 13 and 17 years, have a keen interest in policing, and volunteer to spend their free time helping out in their communities.

    Superintendent Shane O’Neill, the force’s strategic lead for Volunteers in Policing, said: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming so many new faces to our cadet programme, and I am proud of how far the programme has come in recent years. With growing numbers of cadets, we require more cadet leaders to allow us to offer our cadets greater opportunities and experiences during their time with us.

    “At the end of this month two cadet leaders will be accompanying a group of cadets on a trip to Krefeld, our German twin-town, and a team of cadets have recently been to compete in ‘Youth United’ at RAF Cosford. Trips such as these would not be possible without the help of our cadet leaders, and I would encourage anyone with a little spare time to join us in leading our excellent VPC team.”

    Cadet leaders are asked to regularly attend cadet unit meetings, which are held weekly during the academic year, and also to support and supervise the cadets volunteering in the community.

    Cadet unit meetings are held in eight locations across the county:

    • Central Leicester
    • South Leicester
    • Coalville
    • Hinckley
    • Market Harborough
    • Melton Mowbray
    • East Leicester
    • Loughborough

    Sergeant Danny Graham, lead coordinator of the VPC programme for Leicestershire Police, said: “As a leader you will be valued and supported, and you will be given the unique opportunity to develop yourself while providing inspiration and knowledge to many young people from our communities.

    “Volunteering with the cadets may seem like a challenge, but the benefits are enormous and you really can help to change the lives of young people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    “Cadet leaders don’t need any specific skills or qualifications. We are looking people who are enthusiastic and passionate about working with young people to share their skills, knowledge and experience with our cadets.”

    If you think you could be a cadet leader, or if you would like more information on the role, please visit our website: leics.police.uk/join-us/police-support-volunteers or email couldyou@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk.

  • Suspect vehicle collides with car in Markfield – update on arrests

    Five youths arrested yesterday afternoon (Saturday 12 August) after the car they were in collided with another vehicle have been released from police custody pending further investigation.

    The incident took place just after 2pm on Launde Road, when a Silver Mondeo collided with a blue Hyundai i10.

    The 69-year-old driver of the Hyundai was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment. He remains in hospital where his condition is described as stable. A man and a woman sustained minor injuries and were taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Another passenger in the car was uninjured.

    The occupants of the Mondeo fled from the car but were detained nearby after a brief foot chase by officers.

    Three 16-year-old youths and two boys, 14, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle theft.

    The diversion put in place to allow for an investigation of the scene around Launde Road at the junction of Countryman Way and Ratby Lane has since been removed.

    In the early hours of Saturday 12 August the Mondeo was seen at a petrol station in London Road in Coalville, where an incident of non-payment of fuel was reported to police. Hours later a member of the public reported the occupants of a Silver Mondeo acting suspiciously in the Main Street area of Peckleton.

    Police responding to a further sighting of the Mondeo yesterday afternoon, spotted the vehicle in Ratby Lane and successfully deployed a tyre deflation device. They continued to follow the vehicle as they attempted to bring it to a safe stop.

    The car continued for a short distance before it collided with the Hyundai.

    Officers are still appealing to anyone who saw the Silver Mondeo being driven beforehand or the collision itself.

    If you have any information that could assist officers with their investigation of this incident you are urged to call 101 and quote incident 379 of August 12.

    In line with standard procedures a referral was made to the IPCC following the incident.

  • Suspects flee empty-handed from attempted ATM theft

    Detectives are investigating after thieves tried to steal an ATM in Castle Donington.

    The attempted theft took place at around 12.20am today (13 August) at the Moto Services at junction 23A of the M1, when several men described as being masked were seen trying to gain entry to the location by forcing open a fire exit.

    Once inside they attempted to remove a free-standing ATM before fleeing the scene empty-handed shortly afterwards.

    Witnesses have described three vehicles as possibly being used by the suspects. A light-coloured Audi, a white flat-bed or pick-up style truck and a white van.

    Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant 4450 Anna Burton, said: “Our investigation is in the very early stages.

    “Scenes of crimes officers will be at the scene today to carry out a forensic search of the area and we will be speaking to witnesses as we piece together the exact circumstances of the incident.

    “If you have any information that you think could assist us with our enquiries we would like to hear from you.”

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Leicestershire Police on 101 and quote incident number 21 of 13 August.

  • Two men sentenced for drugs offences

    Two men, who tried to evade police by dumping a kilogram of high purity cocaine into the River Soar, have been sentenced.

    Shannon Riley and Ezra Sterling were arrested after an investigation was carried out by officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU).

    In January this year, both men were seen to have been within a silver Ford Focus parked in Leicester where an exchange of drugs took place. When police descended, the pair drove off.

    Travelling on a bridge over the River Soar, Riley then threw a plastic ‘bag for life’ into the water below.

    The bag was subsequently recovered by officers and found to contain just over a kilogram of high purity cocaine, valued at around £45,000 and, once cut with an adulterant, attracting a street value worth many times this amount.

    Both men were arrested the following month and recovered from Sterling’s home address was a quantity of dealer bags.

    At an earlier hearing, Shannon Riley, 26, of Faversham Close in Leicester, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and Ezra Sterling, 25, of Blairmore Road in Leicester, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and assisting an offender.

    Both were sentenced today (11 August). Riley was handed a five year, eight month prison sentence. Sterling was given a 12 month suspended sentence and 100 hours unpaid work.

    EMSOU Detective Sergeant Lindsay O’Nion said: “The quick actions by attending officers, with help from a local canoeist, to retrieve the jettisoned drugs from the river secured vital evidence and ultimately prevented a significant amount of drugs from reaching the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    “The evidence gathered by a dedicated team of officers, from EMSOU, Leicestershire Police and the East Midlands Operational Support Service, was so strong, it left the defendants with no option but to plead guilty to their offences.

    “Whether it be low level dealing, or highly organised trafficking and distribution, we are committed to tackling all drug offences and putting those responsible before the courts.”

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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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    Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
    Headquarters: City of Brussels, Belgium
    Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
    Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
    Largest city: London
    Founders: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Germany

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