Enquiries into death of man found in canal continue
Officers are continuing enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found in a canal.
Wojciech Wojciechowski, 45, was discovered in Freemans Common Lock, off Eastern Boulevard, at around 10am on Saturday 24 September.
A post-mortem examination has been carried out.
Officers are appealing for anyone who knows Wojciechowski to contact them as they have limited information about his life and are trying to build up a picture of him and his movements. Do you know him? Did you see anyone matching his description in the days leading up to his body being discovered?
He was white with dark hair tied in a ponytail and a full beard, about one to two inches long. He was wearing blue jeans, a green rugby style top with ‘Ireland’ written on the chest with a blue jumper over it and a blue, fleece-lined jacket. He had black and blue Nike trainers on.
Call 101 with any information, quoting incident number 16000292816.
Police welcome students to Leicestershire with new safety campaign
Enjoy your time at university and 'Stay Safe' is the advice Leicestershire Police is giving to students.
With thousands of students starting their studies in Leicestershire this week, the force is launching its 'Stay Safe' campaign. Aimed at new students arriving at Loughborough, Leicester and De Montfort Universities, during Freshers Week, the campaign encourages students to look after themselves, look after their stuff and think of their neighbours.
More than 15,000 'Stay Safe' leaflets will be given to students in their university welcome packs and at Freshers Fairs across the three campuses.
Inspector Dwight Barker, Commander of Charnwood Neighbourhood Policing Area which covers Loughborough University, said:
"We want to advise all students to take care of themselves as well as their possessions. Although the risk of becoming a victim of crime while studying in Leicestershire is very small, it is recognised that students are more likely to be targeted by opportunist thieves.
"By working with our universities and encouraging students to take sensible precautions we hope that they will enjoy their time at university and reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime."
The force is reminding students of three things:
Look after yourself
- enjoy alcohol sensibly
- what goes online stays online
- travelling? Consider a cab
Look after your stuff
- register your valuables with www.immobilise.com
- got a bike? Use a D-lock to secure it
- leaving a room? Lock your doors and windows
Think of your neighbours
- on the way home, keep the noise down
- Shopping trollies are not chariots!
- remember you are a representative of the university
The 'Stay Safe' information will be given out at a wide range of events during the first few weeks of term to encourage students to think about their personal safety and think of their neighbours, who may or may not be students themselves. Officers will also be giving talks in Halls of Residence to first year students and using social media to engage with students.
Inspector Simon Preston, Central Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander, added:
"It’s essential that we get in to the universities and talk to the new students in our areas. We work very closely with the universities to deliver our safety messages.
"Students are at the beginning of their studies, coping with pressures and freedom of being away from home, learning about university life and becoming involved in organised social activities which take place in bars and clubs throughout the city. It’s important that we not only welcome the students but also encourage them to 'Stay Safe' so that they can enjoy their time at university."
Officers will be at the following Freshers Week events:
For further information on student safety and details of local officers and events visit www.leics.police.uk/students.
You can keep up to date by following officers on social media:
De Montfort University
University of Leicester
Appeal for witnesses after assault in Belgrave Road
Officers are appealing for witnesses to an assault in the carpark of the B & M store in Belgrave Road, Leicester, last night (24 September).
We were called at in the early hours of the morning to a report of a disturbance at the location. A 33-year-old was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary and has since been discharged.
A 25-year-old has been taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with life-threatening injuries. He remains there in a stable condition.
Did you see what happened? Do you have any information that can help officers piece together what happened in the incident?
Call 101, quoting incident number 46 of 25 September.
The facts about the “Burkah police uniform” debate
There are no plans to consider allowing Muslim female officers to wear a Burkah whilst on duty for Leicestershire Police.
Some weeks ago, a story appeared in the media that suggested another Police Force in the country was considering the move.
As a result of that story, a local journalist from Leicester contacted the force and asked us what our view was.
In response, we provided the journalist with the following statement:
“We have been made aware of discussions in other police forces regarding incorporating burkahs into police uniform. It is not something that Leicestershire Police has been asked to consider by an officer or by a police recruit. If such a request was made, it would be considered in line with the requirements of policing and the need to ensure officers have uniforms that are fit for purpose”.
That is our position, and we are disappointed that some sections of the national media have chosen to interpret that statement in a way that is inaccurate and misleading.
Two sentenced to 15 years for their part in pub attack
Two men have been sentenced after they hit a man on the head with a metal object and stabbed him in his back, leaving him with serious injuries.
The incident happened on Friday 18 March outside the Paget Arms pub, in Oxford Street, Loughborough.
Yesterday (22 September), Connor Dennis Franklin, 25, of HMP Leicester, was found guilty of section 18 grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article. He was today sentenced to 10 years.
Joseph Lloyd Stephens, 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to section 20 grievous bodily harm at the start of the trial. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a motor vehicle in November 2015 and was sentenced to a total of five years in prison.
The 35-year-old victim was involved in a row with the offenders in the car park of the pub before Stephens hit him on the head with a metal object. Franklin then stabbed him in the back with a knife, causing injuries so severe he needed emergency surgery for injuries to his liver and diaphragm. He remained in hospital for two weeks.
Enquiries continue into Wigston fire
Officers are continuing their enquiries into a building fire in Wigston on Friday (23 September).
The fire was reported in Long Street at 2.45am and resulted in significant damage being caused to the disused building.
The fire is being treated as suspicious and we’d still like to speak to anyone who may have any information which could lead us to those responsible.
The police cordon on Long Street was lifted over the weekend however local authority closures remain in place while the building is made safe.
Contact us on 101, quoting incident number 52 of 23 September.
Can you help us identify these two men?
We want to speak to them as they may have information about two break-ins at commercial premises in Gee Road, Coalville, where cash was taken.
The first happened at Hormann UK on 29 February at around 6.15pm. The second was at a neighbouring business on 16 September between 5.30pm and 6.15pm.
Investigating officers believe the two men will be able to help with the enquiry.
Do you know who they are? Is it you in one of the images?
Contact PC Mick Hinton on 101, quoting incident number 16000040351
Loughborough police and partners join forces for new academic year
Monday 3 October 2016 marks the start of another academic year at Loughborough University and Leicestershire Police will be continuing to work with Charnwood Borough Council and the University to help new and returning students have a safe and crime free time during their studies.
All three agencies will be working together to deliver three key messages;
- Look after yourself
- Look after your stuff
- Think of the neighbours
New students will start to arrive from Tuesday 28 September and members of the Loughborough University police team together with University security staff will be delivering crime prevention and personal safety talks at all of the halls of residence.
They will also be present at the Loughborough Students’ Union Bazaar to give crime prevention advice focussing on cycle theft and burglary. With the assistance of Loughborough Students Union, brightly designed student safety cards will also be given to all new students.
This year all three agencies will be taking part in Operation Lexical which runs in several phases across the academic year. Starting with freshers, the operation will concentrate on the prevention and detection of crime and community reassurance.
In October a comprehensive door knocking campaign involving all agencies will begin in areas of the town with a high student population encouraging students to think about the security of their property and being good and respectful neighbours.
The police team will also be posting crime prevention advice on their Facebook page; Loughborough University Police; and @LboroUniPolice on Twitter - offering help and support to new and returning students.
The Student Street Support Scheme will once more be in operation to provide reassurance to both students and residents.
Inspector Dwight Barker, Commander for Loughborough Police said: “We have strong links with our partners and I am delighted to continue the work of my predecessors as we start the new academic year with our new operation. I am confident that with the plans we have in place we will be able to reduce crime and help students understand how they can prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime.”
Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Charnwood Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Cohesion, said: “We want students to enjoy their time at Loughborough and be a part of the community. Working with our partners on this campaign, we are offering some friendly advice to students about how to look after yourself, your belongings and be a good neighbour.
“We all have a role to play in making Loughborough a great place to live, learn, work and visit.”
Head of Security at Loughborough University, Geoff Feavyour said : “Recent reports have highlighted that Loughborough is a safe place for students and this is good news. Nevertheless it is important that we take steps in the early part of term to provide appropriate advice and guidance to both our new and returning students about the simple steps they can take to ensure they stay safe and how they can protect their property.”
Have you fallen victim to lottery winnings scam?
The public are being warned to remain vigilant after a number of people have been coerced into handing over thousands of pounds in return for a winning lottery ticket.
The reports relate to victims being approached in the street by one or two people who claim that they have won the lottery but are unable to claim the winnings as they require a passport of another form of identification.
The victims are then asked for money in return for the winning lottery ticket. In some cases the victims are elderly or vulnerable and as much as £50,000 in cash and jewellery has been handed over to the suspects.
So far seven incidents have occurred at various locations in Leicester including Trevino Drive, Melton Road, Windsor Avenue, Narborough Road, Belgrave Road, Totland Road and Edward Avenue in the last six months.
We are also investigating reports of victims being approached by people asking for directions and while they are distracted bank cards and other items have been stolen.
We believe from enquiries we’ve conducted so far that others may have been approached in similar circumstances but may not have agreed to help the suspects.
We would like to speak to anyone who has information about these incidents or may have been approached by someone either claiming to have won the lottery or looking for directions.
Detective Constable Catherine Thompson is investigating the incidents, she said:
These callous criminals have preyed on vulnerable people. From the reports we’ve received so far we estimate more than £100,000 in cash has been coerced from the victims.
We would urge the public to remain vigilant, if you have been a victim of similar fraud and haven’t yet spoken with the police please come forward and report the incident to us, you may be able to provide vital information which could take our enquiries forward.
Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to contact DC 4626 Catherine Thompson on 101, quoting crime number 220722.
Man charged following assault in Beaumont Leys
A 35-year-old man has been charged after a man was found seriously injured in Beaumont Leys.
Darren Eason of Butterwick Drive, Leicester has been charged with Section 18 wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article in a public place. He is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (Friday 23 September).
The charge relates to an assault outside the Keeper’s Lodge pub on Friday 16 September where a man was found with an injury to his abdomen. The victim remains in hospital in a stable condition.