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    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.
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  • 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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  • Investigations continue into firearms discharge

    Detectives are continuing their investigations into the report of a firearm discharge earlier this week.

    Officers were called to Tolton Road, Leicester, at about 10.25pm on Sunday 21 May following reports of a small group of males in the street and gunshots being heard.

    No one was found injured at the scene and we received no reports of anyone attending hospital with injuries caused by a firearm being discharged.

    To date, a total of four people have been arrested on suspicion of firearm offences and released from police custody pending further investigation. They are a 22-year-old man and three youths aged 16.

    Detective Chief Inspector Rob Widdowson is still appealing for information surrounding the incident and would ask anyone who can help to contact us.

    DCI Widdowson added: “Since the incident, we have been carrying out a number of enquiries such as house to house visits, forensic tests and looking at possible CCTV.

    “Our investigation is very much ongoing and it’s still important that anyone who knows anything about what happened gets in touch with police.

    “We believe there are people who have information about this incident but are unwilling to come forward. If you are concerned about contacting police, you can contact Crimestoppers in confidence without having to leave any personal details.”

  • Increased police presence continues into weekend

    An increased number of armed and unarmed police officers will remain on frontline duties across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland throughout the Bank Holiday and into half-term to maintain public safety.

    And as the terrorist threat level continues to be assessed as “critical”, officers will be out and about attending public event and patrolling crowded places and entertainment venues, as we anticipate families will be visiting local attractions and enjoying the sunny weather.

    Our regional teams are now being supported by officers from the strategic policing reserves who will be deployed to key locations across the East Midlands, including our force area. These additional firearms officers provide additional resilience and are on patrol to offer further reassurance to our communities.

    Assistant Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “The terrible events that took place in Manchester on Monday night continue to reverberate throughout the UK, and we are all working hard to remain vigilant to protect you and your loved ones at this extremely difficult and challenging time.

    “You are likely to see greater numbers of police officers, and some of these will be armed. These extra officers will now include additional firearms officers from the strategic policing reserve who are providing further support to local teams who have been working tirelessly since the attack in Manchester this week.

    “Don’t be worried or frightened by the presence of these teams – they are there to keep you safe. We don’t want you to be unduly alarmed about your personal safety, but it is important that you take sensible steps to protect yourself and your loved ones in the current climate.”

    Residents are being urged to remain alert and aware of their surroundings. We want to hear from you if you see anything suspicious, be it a vehicle, package or person. You should rely on your instincts about whether something is suspicious – we would always prefer you to ring us if you are in any doubt.

    With the sunshine expected to continue, it is also timely to remind you to ensure your windows and doors are locked, even if you are just in your back garden.

    ACC Nixon added: “We want you to enjoy the sunshine and make the most of this weather but not at the expenses of becoming the victim of an opportunist criminal.

    “Burglars like the hot weather, and they look out for windows left open by householders who may be in the back garden enjoying the sunshine. By following a few simple steps, and taking sensible precautions, you can help keep yourself safe.”

    If you are heading out and about to an event, festival or public space, or just sitting in the back garden, make sure you: - ensure all doors and windows are locked, even if you are only leaving the house unoccupied for a short time - ensure all front doors and windows are locked if you are enjoying the sunshine in your back garden - while out and about keep valuables out of sight including mobile phones, tablets and laptops - keep handbags closed. Wear over the shoulder bags, having clasps facing inwards works best - cover up jewellery with clothing.

    People can report any suspicious activity by calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline - 0800 789 321. It is staffed around the clock by specialist counter-terrorism police officers and staff.

    A text phone service is also available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted).

  • Special Constable to appear in court

    A Special Police Constable is due to appear in court.

    SPC Shahib Asan, of Leicester, has been charged with criminal damage, harassment, two counts of intent to pervert the course of justice and possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious gas.

    The offences are alleged to have happened between August 2016 and April 2017.

    The 21-year-old is due to appear at Leicester Crown Court today (26 May 2017).

  • Increased patrols in the light of revised terrorist threat

    Despite the increase in the threat level of further terrorist attacks in the UK, there are no immediate plans to deploy military personnel onto the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland.

    That decision was taken by senior officers in Leicestershire Police earlier this morning (Wednesday 24 May) following a thorough assessment of the local situation throughout the night.

    However, the public will see an increase in patrols of armed and unarmed officers at key locations in the force area in the coming hours and days.

    Detailed discussions will also be taking place with the managers of key sporting and entertainment venues and with the organisers of public events due to be held in the coming weeks, to ensure proportionate security arrangements are in place to protect the public.

    The threat level of further terrorist attacks in the UK was increased last night to “critical” – meaning a further attack somewhere in the UK is assessed to be imminent.

    As a result, a national operation called “Temperer” was invoked, allowing for military personnel to be deployed alongside Police Officers to reassure the public and to deter, disrupt and prevent terrorist activity.

    But following a meeting of senior police personnel in Leicestershire this morning, there are no immediate plans to seek military assistance on the streets locally.

    Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “We have conducted a thorough assessment of the threat in Leicestershire and our well-established plans to respond to such an increased threat.

    “Whilst we will be increasing patrols in key places and constantly reviewing the local and national picture, we have no immediate plans to seek the deployment of the military onto our streets.”

    He added: “Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong and positive relationship between ourselves and our many diverse communities. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.

    “What happened on Monday evening in Manchester was truly horrific and our thoughts are very much with those who lost their lives and were injured.

    “This is a time for us all to stay calm, to work closely together, and to unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or to cause fear.”

    Find out how you can help us to help you.

  • Mobility scooter stolen from Melton

    Can you help us locate this mobility scooter after it was stolen from Melton at the weekend?

    The dark blue Leo Intercare electric scooter was stolen from an address in Greenslade sometime between 8pm on Saturday (20 May) and 8.45am on Sunday (21 May).

    The scooter belongs to a disabled woman who has now been left without any means to leave her home.

    If you have seen the scooter since the weekend or you have any information about who may be responsible please contact us.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting crime number 17*211674.

  • Leicestershire’s Chief calls for public vigilance

    The Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, Simon Cole, has urged the public to be vigilant following last night’s (Monday 22 May) suspected terrorist attack at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

    At least 22 died and more than 50 others were injured – including children - when an explosion shook the foyer area of the Arena shortly after 10.30pm just minutes after the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

    The cause of the explosion is being investigated, but it is being treated by the authorities as a terrorist attack.

    Simon Cole said: “Our thoughts are with the families of those who died and were injured in last night’s appalling and shocking incident.

    “We are also thinking of our colleagues in Greater Manchester Police who, together with the other emergency services, ran towards danger to help the public.

    “It is important that we are all alert and aware of our surroundings - together we can fight terrorism and make our communities safer.

    “We want to hear from anyone who sees anything suspicious, be it a vehicle, package or person. Rely on your instinct about whether something is suspicious – we would always prefer you to call us if you are in any doubt.

    “You can also call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline - 0800 789 321. It is staffed around the clock by specialist counter-terrorism police officers and staff.“

    A text phone service is also available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted).

    Any information passed to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence and is thoroughly analysed and researched before, and if, any police action is taken.

    For further help and information, visit our website.

  • Man identified following non-suspicious death

    Officers have identified a man who died in a non-suspicious incident in the grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary on Wednesday (17 May) morning.

    Extensive enquiries by officers at the end of last week had failed to identify the man – so a social media appeal was issued by the force to ask for your help.

    As a result, we have now been able to identify him and his family has been informed.

    His death is not being treated as suspicious and we are preparing a file for the coroner.

    Identification of the deceased is a matter for the coroner.

  • Woman robbed in city centre

    Did you witness a robbery in St Nicholas Circle during the early hours of Wednesday (17 May)?

    A woman was approached as she sat on a bench outside Subway around 1.38am. The victim was on her mobile ‘phone when one of the men grabbed her handbag from her shoulder.

    The suspects ran off towards the university and the Peacock Lane area. The victim’s handbag was recovered a short while later at the back of a building in Peacock Lane but her grey purse was not found.

    One of the suspects was wearing a red hooded top. Did you witness the incident or see two men running away from the area?

    The 19-year-old victim sustained minor injuries during the incident and was left upset and shaken.

    If you have any information about the robbery contact 101, quoting crime number 17*207575 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

  • Burglar who targeted elderly jailed

    A prolific offender who burgled the homes of two elderly people has been jailed for five years.

    Patrick Nolan, 35, of Pickwell Close, Leicester, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (17 May) at Leicester Crown Court to two counts of burglary.

    He was sentenced to five years in prison for each count, sentences to run concurrently. The judge also issued a five year Serious Crime Prevention Order, this will prohibit him from entering any dwellings without permission. The order will come into effect upon release from prison.

    The offences occurred in October 2016 in Leicester and Anstey. During the first incident the 87-year-old victim came across Nolan in her kitchen, she challenged him and he claimed that he was looking for his cat. He left the house after stealing two purses.

    During the second incident the 96-year-old victim answered the door to Nolan who claimed he was collecting scrap metal for a neighbour and needed to access the rear of the property. The victim later discovered that her purse containing cash and bank cards had been stolen.

    PC Lee Cannings from the force’s burglary targeting team, said: “Both victims were left extremely distressed by the incidents, Nolan had no regard for the impact his actions would have on the elderly victims.

    “We are pleased that he has pleaded guilty to the offences and he now faces a lengthy term in prison for his callous crimes.

    ”We would like to take this opportunity to remind people to always check the identity of visitors, if they are not able to produce identification, don’t let them in. If they’re a genuine caller they won’t mind you verifying their identity with the organisation they are claiming to represent. Ensure you always keep your doors and windows locked, even if you’re at home. If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your street contact 101 and report your concerns.”

  • Flooding technology highly commended at awards

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    — Loughborough Uni (@lborouniversity) May 18, 2017

    A real-time flood project to support emergency responders was a finalist at Loughborough University’s Enterprise Awards last night (Wednesday 17 May, 2017).

    The project, which was nominated for the category of ‘developing innovative technologies to meet global challenges’, was highly commended for devising techniques for high-resolution urban flood nowcasting - a technology for predicting floods up to 48 hours away.

    The system funded by Natural Environment Research Council, uses live visualisation tools for emergency services to plan routes that avoid flooded areas, or to strategically place their equipment.

    Partners including Leicester City Council and Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Prepared – the Local Resilience Forum, as well as Atkins Global; Cabinet Office; Department for Communities and Local Government; Environment Agency; the Met Office; and Transport Scotland, have tested the systems effectiveness.

    Leicestershire Police’s Chief Constable, Simon Cole, Chair of LLR Prepared, said: “For Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland flooding is a key risk and it is really important that we have systems and technologies in place to deal with this risk.

    “It has been a pleasure to work with Loughborough University on this project. For me the ultimate test is that the system has been proven by those who deal with flooding and they thought the system was useful. We can now put this into practice to help decision making for real time flooding.

    “I am really proud the project has been highly commended at the Enterprise Awards and would like to thank everyone involved.”

    The awards form part of the week-long business continuity awareness campaign to encourage businesses to maximise their cyber resilience, which is being driven by LLR Prepared alongside Nottinghamshire’s Local Resilience Forum, Derbyshire Prepared and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. To find out more visit www.llrprepared.org.uk .

    You can find out more about the flood risk project and the Enterprise Awards by visiting http://www.lboro.ac.uk/enterprise/enterprise-awards/one-to-watch/flood-risks/ .

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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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