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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • 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

    Loughborough University

  • 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.

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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.

    For Info
    The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states. It has an area of 4,324,782 km², and an estimated population of over 508 million, and operates through a hybrid system of supranational ... Wikipedia
    Area: 4.325 million km²
    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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