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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.
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    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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    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.
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    Members of a local group for disabled people are set to take over the day-to-day running of a neighbourhood centre.
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    LEICESTER City Council is hoping to introduce new fines to tackle the anti-social habit of spitting in public.
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    THE deadline is fast approaching for parents to get their applications in for secondary school places in the city.
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  • 'Safer Streets' hits South Leicester

    The beat team in South Leicester held its first ‘Safer Streets’ initiative today (Monday 21 August), with a number of other agencies, to offer help and advice to elderly residents on a range of issues.

    Local officers were on Montrose Road South today with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and ‘Get Healthy Leicester,’ supported by police volunteers and cadets. They were knocking on doors of local residents offering advice on crime prevention, home security, fire safety and healthy living. PCSO Vinnie Preston also did some CPR training with residents and local children and their parents.

    It’s the first time this initiative has been run in South Leicester and the multi-agency team plans to hold more in the future.

    PC Michael Thomas, a Beat Officer on the Freeman neighbourhood, said; “Today has been a great success, we’ve spoken to lots of people who were really pleased to see us and grateful for the help we could give them. We are hoping to do this every month if we can in different locations. Today was all about helping elderly residents with any issues they have now and giving them information about which agency to call should they need help in the future. We visited nearly a hundred houses and have arranged to go back to some houses in the near future. It’s been a great success.”

    Andrew Brodie, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, said: “Working on a joint initiative like this with our partners allows us to effectively protect our local communities.”

    “The Safer Streets project aims to reduce the demand placed on 999 services and local authorities, by engaging with our local communities, offering fire safety, home security, health and anti-social behaviour advice.”

    “The people we met will have hopefully benefit from these “healthy, safe, secure” visits and understand when it is and isn’t appropriate to call 999.”

  • Father’s heartfelt film

    The father of murder victim Lauric Lebato has explained in a short film how his life has been destroyed by death of his 22-year-old son.

    Tagbeu Lebato made the film with Leicestershire Police to highlight the appalling damage knives can have on families and communities.

    In the film, he describes how he left his home in the Ivory Coast to give his son a better future in England.

    The film shows the moment CCTV cameras capture Lauric being fatally stabbed and comes with a health warning that viewers will find the footage shocking.

    Tagbeu said: “You have just watched my son Lauric being stabbed to death.

    “I told you it would be shocking.

    “But how do you feel? How do you feel about that knife that took our lives?

    “I do not ask you to pity my life. I have no need of your pity. Instead, I ask you to think about that knife that took the life of my beautiful little boy.

    “Now, think about another knife that may one day take your life or the life of someone close to you.

    “My name is Tagbeu Lebato.

    “Think lives not knives”.

  • Man found guilty of knife murder

    A 20-year-old Leicester man has today (Monday 21 August) been found guilty of stabbing a man to death in the city.

    Sulaiman Sillah, of Bateman Road, Leicester, was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court of murdering Lauric Lebato during a disturbance in Albion Street.

    On the evening of Saturday 11 February, 22-year-old Lauric had travelled from his home in Finsbury Park, London, to attend a party at a flat in Albion Street.

    An argument broke out and a number of people spilled out of the flat and into the street. CCTV footage, which was shown to the jury, showed Lauric attempt to defend himself and others with a fire extinguisher. As Lauric then turned to leave the scene, he was fatally stabbed by Sillah.

    Sheriff Adekunle Oluwa, 20, of Upperton Road, Leicester, was also found guilty by the jury of violent disorder in relation to the events of 11 February.

    Sillah was also found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon in relation to a separate, unconnected incident in the city in December 2016.

    Sillah has been sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 24 years, with Oluwa to serve 30 months for his involvement.

    Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit’s Major Crime team, said: “This was a violent and senseless attack. Sillah knew that his actions would cause serious harm but that didn’t stop him from using a knife.

    “Lauric’s family, girlfriend and friends have been left devastated by Lauric’s death. For them, no sentence the judge can impose will bring him back, but I hope the jury’s verdicts will help them to put the events of that day behind them.

    “I pay tribute to their quiet fortitude and dignified behaviour throughout the last few months since this terrible crime and my thoughts are very much with them today.

    “Tackling and preventing knife crime is priority for the force. We take extremely seriously any incident where a weapon has been used to cause harm, and we continue to do all we can to educate those who choose to carry knives of the inherent dangers of such decisions.

    “To those who make that lifestyle choice to arm themselves with knives, I say this: ‘we will catch you, and we will bring you to justice’.

    “In October last year we launched the #LivesNotKnives campaign to drive home the message of the devastating consequences knife crime can have and what could happen if you are caught carrying a weapon.

    “Lauric’s death is a tragic reminder of why that campaign is so important.”

  • Man charged after homophobic comments

    A man who was arrested after homophobic comments were made at the Leicester City v Brighton football match at the weekend has been charged.

    Jason Holmes, 44, of Mossgate, Leicester, has been charged with chanting indecently under Section 3 of the Football Offences Act. He will be appearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 14 September.

    A second man, aged 21, who was arrested on suspicion of making obscene gestures was given a conditional caution.

    Three people were ejected from the ground for disorderly behaviour. Two were Brighton fans and one was a Leicester City fan. Their details will be passed on to the respective clubs for them to consider their attendance at future matches.

  • Wanted man Sean Cawthray arrested

    Wanted man Sean Cawthray has been arrested by police this afternoon (18 August).

    Cawthray, who recently changed his name to Perry, failed to return to his probation-approved address on 19 June.

    He was arrested in Leicestershire this afternoon for being unlawfully at large.

  • Remembering Matt and Austin

    Two Leicestershire police officers have had rooms named in their memory at special ceremonies this month.

    DC Matt Spradbury lost his fight against Motor Neurone Disease in 2016 aged 49, having spent the last few months of his life raising funds and awareness of the illness. Although he retired as a police officer when he was diagnosed, he returned to Leicestershire Police as a member of staff working within major crime.

    The Major Crime Conference Room at Beaumont Leys police station was named in Matt’s memory at an event on Friday 11 August, for staff and Matt’s family and friends.

    At a similar event today (Friday 18 August), at Leicestershire Polices’ headquarters in Enderby, a new meeting room for Operations Planning was named in honour of PC Austin Jackson. Austin died after being taken ill suddenly while on duty earlier this year. He had been a neighbourhood officer at Spinney Hill and, like Matt, was popular with colleagues and within the community.

    Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “We have sought to remember colleagues that we have lost by naming rooms after them. We are honoured to have served with these two officers, and that their families will be with us for the ceremonies to make sure their names live on in force history.

    “DC Spradbury and PC Jackson were well-liked and respected, not only by the people they worked with but also the people they worked for and it is fitting that we should mark the esteem in which they were held.”

    Simone, wife of PC Jackson added: “The children and I are so proud of all that Austin has achieved in his police career. The children all look up to Austin as a role model, as he was the most dedicated husband, father and police officer.

    “To have a room named after him is just amazing and the support from the police family is incredible, we can't thank you enough.”

    Verene, wife of DC Spradbury added: “From the onset of Matt’s illness we, as a family, have received overwhelming support from friends and colleagues within Leicestershire Police. We feel very proud to have this room dedicated in his memory.

    "Matt loved working in Major Crime and continued until he was physically unable. It is so lovely to know that Matt was so well respected to be bestowed this honour. Thank you so much to all of those involved.”

  • Lord Ferrers Awards launched - nominate Leicestershire volunteers

    The countdown to the Home Office's Lord Ferrers Awards has begun today (Friday 18 August), and the public are invited to recognise the outstanding contribution of police volunteers by nominating them for an award.

    Last year, more than 800 police volunteers from Leicestershire Police dedicated over 114,000 hours to helping keep the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland safe.

    Superintendent Shane O’Neill, the force’s lead for Volunteers in Policing, said: “The Lord Ferrers Awards provide a brilliant opportunity to thank the volunteers who have made a real difference to your community, and you personally.

    “Has a special constable gone above and beyond in a time of crisis? Maybe a police support volunteer has helped you secure your home to prevent burglary? Or perhaps the volunteer police cadets have stood out at a community event?

    “If your answer is yes, please help us to celebrate the remarkable work of our police volunteers by nominating them for an award.”

    Anyone can nominate a special constable, police support volunteer or volunteer police cadet for an individual or team award, and nominations are open until midnight on Sunday 17 September.

    Nominations are submitted via an online form, which you can access from the Home Office’s website: gov.uk/government/publications/lord-ferrers-awards-2017

    This year, the award categories are:

    • Ferrers Special Constabulary – Individual Award: Celebrating Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities

    • Ferrers Special Constabulary – Team Award (Sponsored by Police Mutual): Recognising teams of Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities

    • Police Support Volunteer – Individual Award: Celebrating Police Support Volunteers who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities

    • Police Support Volunteer - Team Award: Recognising teams who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities

    • Volunteer Police Cadet – Individual Award: Celebrating individual Volunteer Police Cadets who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities

    • Volunteer Police Cadet – Team Award: Open to teams who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities

    • Employer Supported Policing Award: Open to individuals and teams of employees who support their local police force through volunteering. The award recognises the contribution of both volunteers and their employers and will now be open to those accredited under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme

    • Leadership Award (Sponsored by ASCCO): Open to individual Special Constables who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to leadership

    • A new category for Technical Innovation Award this year – Team or Individual: Open to Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers or Volunteer Police Cadets. The award recognises the contribution volunteers can bring to using IT and technology to support policing, to encourage recognition of ‘cyber specials’ and those volunteers using technology creatively

    Policing and Fire Minister, Nick Hurd, said: “Policing has a long and proud history of volunteers and the Lord Ferrers Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their achievements.

    “Every day special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets make a selfless contribution to tackling crime and supporting police forces.

    “I urge police officers and members of the public to nominate police volunteers who they think have made an outstanding contribution to their communities for an award.”

    Last year 296 almost 300 nominations were submitted by police forces across England and Wales, and for the first time, members of the public could also recommend volunteers for their service, 43 exceptional candidates were shortlisted.

    The award ceremony, sponsored by Police Mutual, will take place in Central London in November 2017. Winners will be presented with their awards by Home Officer Ministers, senior officials and Chief Police Officers.

  • Operation Cabriolet – full speed ahead for phase two

    The latest phase of action targeting violent offenders and burglars across the force area has taken place this week.

    Officers assigned to Operation Cabriolet executed warrants at a number of locations over the two-day enforcement, targeting those who have either failed to appear in court, were suspected of crime in live unsolved investigations, were the subject of prison recalls or wanted on warrant.

    Over 40 addresses were visited and 13 people were arrested during the second phase of the operation which began on Tuesday (15 August).

    Types of offences dealt with under phase two of Operation Cabriolet ranged from arson with intent to endanger life, burglary, cannabis cultivation, shop theft and common assault.

    Detective Chief Inspector Paul McKinder who led the operational activity, said: “Phase two of Operation Cabriolet has not disappointed.

    “During the last two days of action we have arrested 13 people. From this we have remanded two men and charged two.

    “Six people have been released from police custody pending further investigation. Three have been released with no further action.

    “The aim behind this operation was to arrest people who cause harm in our communities, making sure that those who live within the area feel safe.”

    In June, the Operation Cabriolet team took to the streets of the force area and over a two-day period arrested 22 people from the 47 addresses visited. Of those arrested, eight people were charged, 11 were released under investigation and three faced no further action.

    He said: “We will continue to do all we can to bring those who commit offences in our communities to justice. “This has been a successful operation but we still need the help of the public going forward.

    “If you have information about criminal activity in your area we want to hear from you.

    Anyone with information is encouraged to contact 101.

    Those charged with offences or remanded in custody following the recent two-day operation:-

    • Ismael Jerome Henry, 37, of Mayfield Road, Leicester, has been charged with shop theft. He will be appearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 15 September. The charge relates to a theft from stores on Narborough Road, Leicester, on 15 April.

    • Patrick Redmond, 24, of Clayton Drive, Leicester, has been charged with receiving stolen goods. He is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 1 September. The charge relates to an incident on 5 July in Bridge Street, Lougborough.

    • Glenn Richards, 46, of Selkirk Road, Leicester, was remanded in custody and appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 16 August on a fail to appear warrant.

    • Thomas Swepson, 22, of Vestry House, Leicester, was recalled to prison.

  • Barcelona: “another bleak day for humanity”

    Leicestershire’s Chief Constable Simon Cole has described the terrorist attacks in Spain as “another bleak day for humanity”.

    He said the attacks, which left 13 dead and many scores of people injured, was tragic and that his thoughts were with the victims and their families.

    One of the injured is reported to be a police officer.

    He said: “The use of vehicles by terrorists to attack innocent people is becoming all too familiar a pattern.

    “Similar tactics have been used twice in London this year alone, and followed the use of a lorry to attack people in Berlin.

    “News of the events in Spain will have left us all shocked and saddened, and represent another bleak day for humanity.”

    Five suspects wearing what are thought to be explosive suicide belts were shot dead by police in a coastal town 60 miles south or Barcelona in the early hours of this morning, as a vehicle in which the group were travelling overturned.

    Yesterday afternoon, a van had been driven into pedestrians in the centre of Barcelona, killing 13 people and leaving more than 100 injured.

    Chief Constable Cole said: “I can only repeat what I have, sadly, found myself saying several times in recent months – communities can and will defeat terrorism if we all work together.

    “Combatting terrorism is a priority, not just for the police forces in the UK and elsewhere in the world, but for every person.

    “In these worrying times, we must all remain vigilant, and act on anything we may see or hear that gives rise to concern or suspicion.

    “But equally we must not allow ourselves to be intimidated and make significant changes to the way we lead our lives. That is what these terrorists want.

    “The communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are strong and inclusive, and we must ensure that these qualities continue to shine as we wake up today and go about our daily business.”

    If you have information about possible terrorist activity, call the police anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321.

    You can also call Leicestershire Police on 101 to report anything that you consider suspicious or connected with terrorism.

  • 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.

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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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    Founders: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Germany

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