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.
Leicester University News
  • 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

    News Item

    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

    News Item

    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

    News Item

    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

    News Item

    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

    News Item

    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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  • Have you seen Kira-Louise Short?

    Have you seen Kira-Louise Short?

    The 16-year-old was last seen at around 10pm on 2 May in Ross Walk, Leicester. No one has heard from her since.

    Her disappearance is out of character and we would ask anyone who has seen her or knows where she may be to get in touch.

    Kira-Louise is described as white, around 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build with long brown hair and green eyes. When last seen she was wearing dark blue jeans, Adidas white superstar trainers and an Ellesse jacket in navy blue, which is burgundy on the reverse. She also has her belly button, lip and tongue pierced.

    If you think you have information call Leicestershire Police on 101 and quote incident 673 of 3 May.

  • Man dies in Melton collision

    A 23-year-old man has died following a collision in Melton.

    The incident took place at around 11.30pm last night (Tuesday 3 May) on the B676, about 700 metres from the A606 roundabout towards Six Hills.

    It involved a Vespa scooter and a Mazda 3.

    From enquiries conducted so far it is believed that the rider of the scooter had collided with an animal which caused him to come off his vehicle before he was struck by the car.

    He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

    The driver of the car was arrested in connection with the incident and has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

    Detective Sergeant 1522 Mark Watling is appealing to anyone who saw the collision or either of the vehicles being driven beforehand.

    If you have any information and have not already spoken to police we would like to hear from you.

    Contact 101, quoting incident number 847 of 3 May.

  • Fatal collision on M69

    A driver has died after a collision on the M69 motorway yesterday (Tuesday 3 May) afternoon.

    The collision happened at 3.15pm when a HGV collided with a white Iveco panel van parked on the hard shoulder of the carriageway between junctions 1 and 2 in Leicestershire.

    The driver of the van, a 55-year-old man, was taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire where he died from his injuries.

    A man, 54, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Were you travelling on the motorway at the time of the collision? Did you see what happened? We want to hear from you.

    Contact DC 1504 Seamus Burns on 101, quoting incident number 424 of 3 May.

  • Non-stop fatal collision - enquiries continue

    Detectives are continuing their investigations into a non-stop collision which resulted in the death of a teenage boy.

    Samuel Garner, 17, of Hamilton, Leicester was crossing Welford Road, outside HMP Leicester, with a group of friends when a dark coloured BMW 5 Series collided with him.

    Samuel sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. A teenage girl sustained minor injuries.

    The collision occurred just after 11pm on Sunday (1 May), the vehicle failed to stop at the scene and was last seen driving off towards Aylestone Road, near to the old British Gas building.

    The BMW had been stolen from the Blaby area on Friday 29 April, it was subsequently found burnt-out in College Road, Whetstone around 3.45am on Monday (2 May).

    Detective Sergeant Mark Partridge from East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We’ve had a number of calls from the public in response to our appeals and would like to thank those who have contacted us.

    “Our enquiries are very much ongoing and we would continue to urge people to contact us if they can help with any aspect of the investigation.

    “We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the black BMW between 11pm on Sunday (1 May) and 3.45am on Monday (May 2), when it was found burnt-out in Whetstone. It was being driven on false plates with the registration number YW08 LLV.

    “We know that immediately before the collision the BMW was being driven along Humberstone Gate, past Sainsbury’s, then along Charles Street, Rutland Street and Belvoir Street.

    “Were you in this area on Sunday evening, either on foot or travelling in a vehicle? Did you see the BMW? If you were travelling in the area and have a Dashcam in your vehicle then please have a look at the footage and contact us if you captured anything that may assist with our investigation.

    “Someone in the community must know who is responsible for this incident, a family has been left devastated by the loss of their teenage son, please search your conscience and come forward.

    If you’ve heard any rumours about who the driver or the occupants are then we need to speak to you. Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us find those responsible.”

    If you can help please contact 101, quoting incident 727 of 1 May.

    Yesterday (Tuesday 3 May) Samuel’s parents Scott and Tracie Garner, made an appeal to the public urging them to help find those responsible for the death of their son.

    They said: “Samuel was the perfect son, grandson and friend. He was thoughtful, loving and had a great sense of humour. He would have been turning 18 and we were due to fly out to Prague to celebrate.

    “He loved watching wrestling and had achieved his second degree black belt in Taekwondo. He spent Sunday afternoon with his family watching the Leicester City match before heading into the city centre, wearing his white LCFC football shirt, with some friends to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

    “He was looking forward to going to a nightclub for the first time and was a typical teenager who loved all sorts of music. His paternal grandparents, Glenn and Paula, had bought him tickets to see Kasabian at the King Power Stadium for his 18th birthday and he was due to start an apprenticeship next week.

    “He was our world and will always be in our hearts. Help the police find who was responsible. If you’ve heard any rumours about who the driver was please come forward.”

  • Appeal after report of sexual assault

    Police are appealing for information from the public following a report of a sexual assault on a girl in Leicester.

    The teenager has told officers that she was attacked by a man at an address in the Hinckley Road, Fosse Road South and Shaftesbury Road area of the city around 8.15pm on Monday (25 April 2016).

    The man is described as being light skinned and of mixed race, aged in his 40s with short, dark hair. He was wearing a knee-length dark coat and grey shoes.

    Detective Chief Inspector Simon Cure said: “I am keen to hear from anyone who may have seen someone matching the man’s description, particularly in the Hinckley Road, Shaftesbury Road and Fosse Road South area of the city on Monday evening.

    “Did you see someone acting suspiciously? Have you heard something about what happened? If you have any information, please get in contact.”

    Officers have spent the last four days conducting a number of enquiries to clarify the precise nature of the incident, including forensic searches, trawling CCTV and making house-to-house enquiries with people living in the area. They are now making more widespread public appeals for information.

    Additional patrols are being conducted in the area this weekend to provide reassurance and residents are reminded to take sensible safety precautions and to report any suspicious behaviour by calling the police.

    A 40-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

    Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 607 of 25 April, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  • London Marathon success for police runners

    Four runners from Leicestershire Police are celebrating their success after completing the Virgin London Marathon 2016.

    Congratulations go out to Detective Inspector Martin Smalley, Detective Inspector Paul McKinder, Catering Manager Phil Woods and Cyber-Crime Unit Technical Officer Hema Kotecha who ran an admirable 26 miles to conquer the 2016 marathon and raise money for charities close to their hearts, last Sunday (April 24 2016).

    Detective Inspector Martin Smalley, 45, completed the marathon in 3 hours 57 minutes and 51 seconds and raised an £3,031.53 for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

    Martin arrived at Greenwich Park with his family feeling nervous but looking forward to the challenge ahead. Last year he sadly lost his mother to Lympoma, and both his father and wife are cancer survivors, making Martin and his family thankful to the charity.

    Martin said “It’s an experience very difficult to describe unless you are actually in it. All was going well for me up until mile 22, when horrendous cramps took over and I couldn’t stand up at all, let alone run.

    “I was lying in agony on the floor, I thought that was it, so I was really pleased that I could literally limp home and still finish in less than 4 hours”.

    Detective Inspector Paul McKinder ran the 26 miles in 5 hours 24 minutes and 28 seconds, raising more than £3000 for The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS).

    When Paul turned fifty last year he wanted to challenge himself physically and decided he would run the London Marathon. The Air Ambulance Service lies particularly close with Paul, both with his role in the police and with an experience where they saved the life of a close friend’s child.

    Paul said; “Overall the run was an amazing experience; from the kind support of the spectators who handed out a constant supply of jelly babies, to looking at the London sights from car-free roads.

    “I even managed to make some friends on the way round and when you speak to other runners, you realise that everyone has their own motivation for running, their own personal goals and drives, and it makes it quite special”.

    His personal highlight was his wife and son, aged 4, cheering him on at the finish line, with who he spent Monday exploring London’s top attractions.

    Catering Manager Phil Woods completed the Marathon in 3 hours and 21 minutes, and managed to raise approximately £1600 for HemiHelp, a charity which supports children and adults suffering from hemiplegia, a neurological disease.

    HemiHelp lies particularly close to Phil’s heart as his son, George, has mild hemiplegia but refuses to let it limit him in anyway. His positive attitude inspires Phil to run the marathon each year, and this year was his eleventh.

    As a lifelong Leicester City Football Club supporter, Phil was determined to return back to Leicester in time to see the Foxes play Swansea. After finishing the Marathon and meeting staff, supporters and patrons of HemiHelp, he drove himself straight back to Leicester, where his wife, Annette, dropped him off at the King Power Stadium.

    Phil was thrilled to meet up with friends and his three sons before kick-off, and said “I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a pint of Singha Beer waiting for me after the day I had just experienced!”

    Cyber-Crime Unit Technical Officer Hema Kotecha ran the 26 miles in 6 hours 35 minutes and 41 seconds, and raised money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Prior to her work with Cyber Crime, Hema worked in the Leicester High Tech Crime Unit for eight years, and has seen first-hand how the NSPCC can help children who feel alone, isolated and afraid.

    Hema’s driving force for running the marathon was a desire to help make a difference to children who haven’t yet had a chance to shine. Before deciding to complete the marathon she admitted to being a complete novice at long-distance running, saying “it has always been a dream of mine to be chased by thousands of (crazy) people down some iconic streets”.

    The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon public ballot entry system opens to all applicants on Monday 2 May 2016.

  • Officers competitive spirit wins in the water

    Leicestershire Police Force Swimming Team has continued its success after competing in several events at the Police Sport UK National Swimming and Water Polo Championships.

    Competing in eight categories, Inspector Aimee Ramm won all of her swimming events and also retained some of her swimming titles for the tenth year running at the weekend (23 and 24 April 2016). Aimee took part in the 100m Freestyle (tenth year in a row), 50m Butterfly Masters (tenth year in a row), 50m Freestyle Masters, 100m Butterfly (tenth year in a row), 50m Backstroke Masters, 50m Breaststroke Masters, 50m Freestyle Open and the Skins Event, which is a knockout swimming competition where the top eight female swimmers repeatedly compete over a 25m race with the winner taking the title. Aimee’s success was recognised by Police Sport as she was selected for the tenth year to represent the British Police Swimming Team.

    PCSO Andrea Kemp was also successful in winning in her age group, being placed first in the 50m Butterfly Masters and coming second in both the 50m Backstroke and Breaststroke swimming categories .

    PC Vince Greenhill took second in his age group in the 50m Backstroke Masters and third in the 50m Freestyle. As well as swimming, Vince plays for the combined Midlands Water Polo Team where he scored 12 goals in the matches and was elected again for the British Police Water Polo Squad. The Water Polo Team took overall third place being pipped in the league by Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police teams.

    The success continued with the Men’s Relay Team getting third place in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay Race for the 140+ Age Group, which Is a combination on the swimmers ages.

    Leicestershire Police Swimming Team Manager, Dave Stevenson said: “In a hard fought competition the Leicestershire Police team competed well and we are all over joyed at our successes and training begins for 2017.”

  • Victim named following Loughborough fatal collision

    An elderly man who died when his mobility scooter was involved in a collision in Loughborough earlier this week has been named.

    The collision occurred on Tuesday 26 April, just before 12 midday.

    The scooter rider was crossing Sandringham Drive when it was in collision with a silver Ford Focus which was travelling along Sandringham Drive in the direction of Kinross Crescent.

    Leslie Ivins, 94, from Loughborough, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he subsequently died.

    The driver of the Ford Focus was not injured in the collision.

    If you witnessed the incident or saw either vehicle beforehand then please contact DC 1761 Pete Davies on 101, quoting incident number 189 of 26 April.

  • Victim of Earl Shilton fatal collision is named

    A woman who died following a collision in Earl Shilton, Leicester, has been named.

    Police were called to a builders’ merchant in Wood Street at around 10.25am on Tuesday 26 April after a collision involving a pedestrian and a white LGV lorry.

    The pedestrian, Margaret Finney, 77, of Earl Shilton, Leicester, sustained serious injuries and was taken to University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust where she subsequently died yesterday afternoon.

    The driver of the lorry was uninjured.

    We’d like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision and hasn’t yet come forward, did you witness what happened or did you see the lorry or pedestrian beforehand?

    If you can help contact Detective Constable 1504 Seamus Burns on 101 quoting incident 131 of April 26.

  • 58-year-old man assaulted in Hinckley

    Were you in George Street, Hinckley, in the early hours of Sunday 3 April?

    Did you witness an assault?

    Between 4am and 4.20am a 58-year-old man was walking to a taxi rank in George Street when he was assaulted from behind and punched in the eye, causing him to fall to the floor. He required hospital treatment for an injury to his head.

    We would like to speak to the two people in this image as we believe they may have information that will help us establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

    We believe there were a number of people in the area at the time and would like to speak to anyone who thinks they could have information.

    Anyone with information can speak to PC 763 Paul Hicks on 101.

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