Investiture celebrates officers’ dedication
Long service medals have been presented to 37 officers including two Special Constables who, between them, have more than 760 years’ service with Leicestershire Police.
They were presented with their awards by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton at a ceremony on Monday 27 February at force headquarters in Enderby.
Among the officers to receive an award at the Lord Lieutenants Investiture ceremony, was Inspector Nicholas White, who recalls his first day as being exciting, nerve-racking and totally different to anything he had ever done in previous employment.
Inspector White’s memories include policing the G8 summit in Wales which was attended by former US President Barack Obama. He was a police motorcyclist and, working with officers from other forces, accompanied the President to Stonehenge in Wiltshire.
“The security operation was staggering and it’s just something I never imagined I’d ever end up having the opportunity to do,” he said.
Colleague PC Garry Rayns remembers that he was worried he wouldn’t be able to remember the amount of information and knowledge passed on during training. He advised anybody thinking of joining to consider being a Special Constable first.
“Join the specials first, to get an idea about what we do and how the service works. If you still like what you see and you are accepted, join with an open mind and find the positive in all that you get involved in. Above all else…..enjoy your work,” he said.
Events like policing royal visits, the Olympic Torch Relay, Download and the LCFC victory parade are among Chief Superintendent Adam Street’s memories but what stuck most in his mind was getting a lift from force headquarters to a military base with the SAS to take part in a two-day multi-agency training exercise.
Chief Superintendent Streets said:
“My advice to anybody joining the police is to go into it with your eyes wide open about the emotional and personal impact the job can have on you and the limitations it will place on you, your family and your personal life. If you can live with that then, in return, you have access to a career that will bring variety and excitement and be fulfilling and rewarding.”
The ceremony was attended by the Chief Constable Simon Cole. He said:
“Seeing these officers step up to receive their long-service medals was a proud moment for me and for the force.
“Their experiences and the contributions they have made, from the day they joined until today, show their commitment and dedication to protecting our communities. Whether they joined as a Special Constable, made a career change or came straight to the force, they and their colleagues continue to demonstrate the bravery, brilliance and humour that make me proud to serve with them.”
Also attending the ceremony were Professor Robert Allison from Loughborough University, Professor Paul Boyle from the University of Leicester and Mike Kapur Deputy Lord Lieutenant.
Woman jailed after death of seven-month-old baby
A 31-year-old woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for the manslaughter of a seven-month-old baby.
Chuanfang Zheng, of Mortlock Close, Southwark, London, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Monday 27 February) for sentencing having been found guilty of the offence following a trial last month.
The incident happened on 22 March 2015, in Lutterworth, resulting in the death of the girl, Phoebe Guo, three days later.
The court heard how Phoebe, who was in the care of Zheng at the time of the incident, became pale and struggled to breath.
It was discovered that the baby suffered non-accidental brain damage, most likely to be caused by being shaken.
Detective Chief Inspector Natalee Wignall led the investigation. She said: “This has been a long investigation to find out what happened to this little girl and the circumstances which led to her death and today’s result is testament to the investigation team’s hard work and determination.”
Murder defendant jailed for 23 years
A man convicted of murdering Adam Bent in the city centre has been jailed for 23 years.
On Saturday 16 July, 31-year-old Adam was with friends in Sumo Bar, Braunstone Gate when he left briefly to go to a nearby cash point.
Cameron Fields, 21, of Gresley Close, Leicester, was also in the bar and left at the same time. Both men walked along the street before Fields stabbed Adam in an unprovoked attack.
Adam ran into a local taxi firm and raised the alarm. While members of the public gave first aid to Adam, Fields fled the scene. Adam was taken to hospital where he died as a result of a single stab wound to his chest.
Fields pleaded guilty to murder at a hearing in October 2016 and today (Monday 27 February) he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
A 16-year-old youth who pleaded guilty to assisting an offender at an earlier hearing, was given a 24 month detention and training order.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Smalley from East Midlands Special Operations major crime team, said: “A young man’s life was taken away from him in a moment. Fields chose to carry a knife and he chose to use it that night as a result he will now face a considerable time behind bars.
“His actions have devastated Adam’s family, they now face a lifetime without a loved one who was taken away from them in such shocking circumstances.
“There is no excuse for carrying a knife. We take knife crime extremely seriously and in October last year the force launched a major campaign entitled #LivesNotKnives to combat knife crime in the city.”
The campaign aimed to:
- Reduce the number of knife-related offences within the city
- Educate and inform young people regarding the dangers of carrying knives; and
- Target young people who are believed to be carrying knives and to bring them to justice.
For further information about the campaign please visit https://leics.police.uk/news-appeals/news/2016/10/17/livesnotknives-major-campaign-launched
Copper stolen from church roof in Kirby Bellars
Copper sheeting has been stolen from a church roof in Kirby Bellars and we need your help to find those responsible.
More than 100 metres of copper was ripped from the roof of St Peters Church in Main Street sometime between 11pm on Friday (24 February) and 10am on Saturday (25 February).
The theft has caused extensive damage to the building and it’s estimated that it would cost thousands of pounds to repair it.
The suspects would have needed a vehicle to take the copper away from the area so we’d like to speak to anyone who may have heard or seen any suspicious activity, did you see a vehicle not usually seen in the area?
Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us find the perpetrators.
We would also urge scrap dealers to remain vigilant and contact us if they see or hear anything about someone trying to sell copper.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sergeant 2241 Mark Williams on 101, quoting crime number 17*82552.
Do you recognise these two men?
Detectives are trying to trace the two men in these pictures after a large quantity of alcohol, retailing at nearly £250k, was taken from a warehouse in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
The incident happened during the early hours of Friday 9 December when a lorry, believed to have been using a false number plate, arrived at the warehouse in Magna Park to collect 26 pallets of alcohol.
After loading the shipment, the vehicle left the warehouse at around 5.00am and headed along the A5 towards Rugby.
DC Matt Garside who is leading the investigation said: “I am trying to trace the two men in these photos as they could have information that could help with police enquires.
“There is a possibility that the men could be from the Walsall or Wolverhampton area but if anyone recognises either of them please call me.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and speak to DC Matt Garside, quoting crime number 16*406833.
A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a theft offence and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Police praise support of search and rescue volunteers
Police officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) have praised the dedication and commitment of the volunteers who provide invaluable search and rescue skills to the police service.
EMOpSS has ten Tactical Support Teams (TST) providing specialist search and method of entry skills to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. They work very closely with the Lowland Rescue Teams in each of the four force areas particularly when looking for vulnerable people who have gone missing in challenging areas such as flood plains, forests, fields, country parks, rivers and lakes.
Leicestershire Search and Rescue (LeicSAR) formed in November 2011. The team is formed entirely of professional volunteers from all walks of life. Within the team they have serving and retired fire fighters, police officers and paramedics, but most of their members are retirees, IT consultants, wedding planners, mechanics, lorry drivers, construction workers, office workers and teachers to name a few. Ordinary people who do amazing things 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The team became fully operational in late 2013 and since then have deployed to more than 140 callouts to help the police. In 2016 the 42 members of LeicSAR responded to 58 incidents, which combined adds up to over 1700 hours working alongside the police to locate missing people.
1700 hours equates to around a £25k - £28k saving to Leicestershire Police in 2016, which means all that money can be put back into protecting the community. Added to that is the time LeicSar team spend fundraising, training and maintaining their equipment. In 2016 this added up to over 4,400 hours given by our volunteers.
Over the past few years they have been heavily involved in some high profile incidents, including the recent search for 78 year old David Noakes, who had gone missing and left a note suggesting he was going to a nearby river. Sadly his body was found after three days of extensive searching. They were also involved in the search for 15 year old Kayleigh Haywood from Measham who was murdered 15 days after being groomed online by a man she'd never met, and they searched for 81 year old Ashton Baines who went missing from a residential home in Oakham.
During the search for Mr Baines the team where deployed for three consecutive days. On day three Mr Baines was located by one of the foot teams searching a field of rapeseed. The team members gave medical treatment to Mr Baines and then carried him to a waiting ambulance. Without the efforts of the search and rescue volunteers and their professional training, it is highly likely that Mr Baines would have sadly perished by the following day.
Andy Spry, the Vice Chairman of Leicestershire Search & Rescue (LeicSAR) said; “As the founder of Leicestershire Search and Rescue I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. Our members show truly humbling dedication and passion for everything they do. At a moment’s notice they drop whatever they are doing to come to the aid of a person they have never met. Last year we had callouts on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but without a second thought our members left their families and deployed alongside Leicestershire Police. Our volunteers do remarkable things, and I am proud to say I work alongside such passionate and professional people.
“We feel very proud to be supporting Leicestershire Police, and the relationship between us goes from strength to strength. Leicestershire Police have given us fantastic support and backing since our creation, we can’t thank them enough for all they have done.
Inspector Chris Haines from EMOpSS said; “I cannot praise the search and rescue volunteers enough. They always rise to the challenge when we call on them to help us and are incredibly professional and highly skilled. The police teams and volunteer teams work very well together and we run joint training exercises when we can. They provide an invaluable service and it is great that we can call on their specialist skills when we need them, often at short notice.”
Man charged for Cosby murder
A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Cosby, Leicestershire.
Peter Bunyan, of Brooklands Road, Cosby, has been charged with the murder of Brian Robson, who died in hospital after a serious assault yesterday (Thursday 23 February).
He will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Saturday 25 February).
Police name victim of Cosby death
A man who died following a serious assault in Cosby yesterday (Thursday 23 February) has been named by police.
Brian Robson, 84, from Cosby, Leicestershire, was found injured at an address in Brooklands Road.
He was taken to hospital where he subsequently died.
A post-mortem examination has taken place and provisional cause of death shows Brian died as a result of a head injury.
A 53-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, is still in police custody.
Brooklands Road, between Manor Road and Andrew Avenue, remains closed while officers continue with their investigation.
North West Leicestershire Police - Winter/Spring update
Police Commander for the North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Area, Inspector Helena Bhakta has published her latest update on policing in the area.
Please visit this link to view it UPDATE
Man charged following collision in Earl Shilton
A man has been charged following the death of a woman after a collision in Earl Shilton last year.
William McTaff, 57, from Orchard Road, Lutterworth, has been charged with death by dangerous driving and is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday (27 February).
The police were called to the scene in Wood Street just after 10.25am on Tuesday 26 April after the collision involving a pedestrian and a white LGV lorry.
The pedestrian, Margaret Finney, 77, from Earl Shilton, sustained serious injuries and died in hospital the following day.