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.