Boy who died at water park is named
A five-year-old boy who died at Bosworth Water Park on Saturday has been named as Charlie Robert Dunn.
Police were called to Bosworth Water Park, Market Bosworth, at 3.50pm on Saturday 23 July after Charlie was taken to hospital.
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death are ongoing.
The two people arrested in connection with the incident and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
We would continue to ask people not to speculate about the incident and the circumstances surrounding the death and leave the authorities to carry out their investigations.
If anyone witnessed the incident or has any information that could assist with our enquiries please contact us. Equally if you recorded any video footage at the park on Saturday (23 July) around the blue lagoon beach we’d like to speak to you.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident 440 of 23 July.
Arrests over distraction burglaries
Four men have been arrested in connection with a number of distraction burglaries in Beaumont Leys.
The men, aged 41, 25, 23 and 18, were all arrested on suspicion of burglary and remain in police custody.
Inspector Rob Randell, the NPA commander for Beaumont Leys, said: “We are pleased with these arrests and investigation is ongoing.
“We want to urge people to be cautious of people who are coming to their door unannounced, and to always ask for identification – if they are visiting from a legitimate company, they won’t mind showing their ID.”
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Two year sentence for 31-year-old burglar
A 31-year-old man has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to a burglary in Leicester.
Michael James, of no fixed address, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today, charged with one count of burglary.
James gained entry to the house in Durban Road, Leicester, in the early hours of 3 January this year. He took a handbag and car key, while the occupant was asleep upstairs.
He was in custody in relation to another matter when the tread from his trainers was run through the regional forensic footwear database – and it returned a match for a print found at the scene of this burglary.
Investigating officer, PC Stephanie Burnham from the Burglary Team, said: “James is a prolific offender and I hope his conviction will reassure the local community that he is now facing a spell in jail, and act as a deterrent to other would-be burglars.”
Police to cycle 180 miles in remembrance of fallen colleagues
Leicestershire Police is to take part in the UK Police Unity Tour (UK PUT) national cycle ride to honour the service and sacrifice of fallen UK police officers.
More than 30 police officers and staff from the force who form the East Midlands Chapter of the Tour, will cycle 180 miles in remembrance of those Leicestershire colleagues who tragically lost their lives while serving the force.
Chief Constable Simon Cole, and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay are among the team of riders who will embark on the 180 mile route to acknowledge the 180th anniversary of Leicestershire Police.
Having already raised £10,000 the team is hoping to raise in excess of £12,000 for the charity Care of Police Survivors (COPS).
COPS is a charity that supports the families of officers who have died in the line of duty. They ensure that survivors have all the help they need to cope with such tragedies and they remain as part of the police family.
The team will start their ride at Force Headquarters, in Enderby on Friday 29 July, and cycle to a memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, on Sunday 31 July.
Each rider will be wearing a blue metal wrist band with the name of a fallen colleague they will be cycling in honour of. At the memorial service riders will meet with the deceased officers’ families and give them the wrist bands.
Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Colleagues and I are riding for COPS because it is important to remember those who have lost their lives serving their communities. This is a charity that sadly, in Leicestershire, has had to do their work supporting families of our colleagues lost in the line of duty. The East Midland Chapter of the Unity Tour has already raised over £10,000 and is a massive commitment by them.”
Last month, the force issued an appeal to trace relatives of ten fallen officers who died while on duty, so they could be part of the memorial service. So far relatives for three officers have been traced, including the relative of Temporary Sergeant Cyril Thoroughgood, who Chief Constable Simon Cole is riding in Honour of.
Mr Cole added: “I will be riding for Cyril who was a local officer working in Syston. He was only 29 years old when he was murdered by terrorists in Cyprus on 28 September 1956, while on a policing detachment out there. Cyril was buried in Wayne’s Keep Military Cemetery in Cyprus.”
Iris Wickett was delighted when she was contacted by officers after being traced as the sister of the late Cyril Thoroughgood. She said: “I was surprised to hear about this bike ride and I would like to thank Chief Constable Simon Cole for riding in honour of my brother. I wish him the best of luck and I hope he has good weather.”
The force are still trying to trace relatives of seven officers. If you are a relative of any of the below officers, contact Dominique Allen on 101:
- Sergeant Thomas Biggins, Leicester Borough Police, died 9 June 1879, aged 51. Collapsed in the street and died of heart failure during a police funeral.
- Police Constable William Henry Wells, Leicester Borough Police, died 21 November 1906, aged 31. Found drowned in a canal on night duty in suspicious circumstances.
- Detective Sergeant Leonard Thomas Norman, Leicester City Police, died 20 November 1940, aged 34. Directly hit and killed by a bomb on his incident post during an air raid.
- Detective Constable Edwin George Trump, Leicester City Police, died 20 November 1940, aged 26. Directly hit and killed by a bomb on his incident post during an air raid.
- Police Constable John Percy Newell, Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary, died 27 January 1956, aged 28. Fatally injured in a motorcycle accident while returning home from duty.
- Police Constable Thomas George Barrett, Leicestershire Constabulary, died 15 August 1886, aged 36. Beaten to death by a man he spoke to about nonpayment of a fine.
- Police Constable Nicolas Edward M. Archer, Leicestershire Constabulary, died 22 April 1984, aged 28. Killed when struck by a car while escorting a large crowd at night.
For the complete list of fallen officers from Leicestershire Constabulary and the former constituent forces of Leicester Borough Police, Leicester City Police and Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary click here.
You can follow @PoliceTour for updates during the trip.
If you would like to donate you can do through the Just Giving page.
Burglary in Markfield
An elderly man has been the victim of a burglary in Markfield and we need your help to identify those responsible.
On Tuesday (19 July) six men entered a property in Copt Oak Road around 11pm and threatened the 84-year-old victim with a hammer and pen knife before demanding cash.
The victim wasn’t hurt and the suspects made off with a quantity of cash.
The suspects have been described as speaking with Eastern European accents, one of them was about 6’ tall and the others were shorter, they were all wearing dark clothing.
From enquiries we’ve conducted so far it’s believed that the suspects may have parked their vehicle on Copt Oak Road and due to roadworks on the A50 this road is currently being used by motorists as a diversion.
There were motorists travelling along this road around 10.30pm who may have had to negotiate around the suspects’ vehicle. If you recall seeing a vehicle parked in Copt Oak Road or if you saw a number of men entering or leaving a property then please get in touch.
You may not think the information you can supply is significant but it could help us move this investigation on.
The victim has been left extremely distressed by what’s happened. Help us to find the people responsible - if you’ve heard rumours about who may be involved get in touch.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DS 1540 Rich Matlock on 101, quoting crime number 200423.
Prolific burglar jailed for three years
A prolific offender has been jailed for three years after he was arrested at the scene of a burglary.
Victor Clelland, 42, of Hextall Road, Leicester, was sentenced on Monday (18 July) after pleading guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing.
Police were called to a report of a man acting suspiciously in Featherby Drive, Glen Parva during the early hours of Sunday 19 June.
An officer from the force’s dog unit single-handedly detained the suspect until other officers arrived and Clelland was arrested in the property.
Distraction burglary in Birstall
We need your help to identify these people after a distraction burglary in Birstall.
On Tuesday 3 May the victim used an ATM in Loughborough Road when she noticed a man standing closely behind her.
The victim returned home after carrying out some shopping and answered the door to a man and woman who asked for directions.
The couple entered the house so the victim could show them on a map before leaving.
Later the victim noticed that her bank cards were missing and they had been used to purchase items fraudulently.
We would like to identify the people in the image and if you can help please get in touch.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 180 Matt Smith on 101, quoting crime number 133255.
Looking for something to do this summer?
Police in Beaumont Leys are inviting local young people to attend a BMX event on Tuesday 26 July, as part of Leicestershire Police's Safer Summer campaign.
The campaign gives advice on how people can enjoy their summer safely was launched earlier this month and concentrates on five key areas, based on crimes that normally peak during the summer months: online safety, burglary, antisocial and nuisance behaviour, personal safety and vehicle crime.
The BMX event will utilise local facilities as a way for police to engage with young people and to divert them from taking part in antisocial behaviour during the summer holidays.
PC Adam Woolman, neighbourhood officer for the Beaumont Leys ward, said: “The summer holidays can be a boring time for some and many families run out of activities for their children to do. When boredom sets in the risk of young people getting involved in antisocial behaviour increases. To avoid this we wanted to do something where we could engage with our local young people and their families in a positive way.”
All school aged children from Beaumont Leys and surrounding areas are invited to attend the event at the BMX track on Beaumont Park in Beaumont Leys, between 11am and 2pm.
There will be BMX demonstrations from local BMX Club, the Leicester Huncote Hornets, who will be encouraging children to take part in relays on the track.
Children will also be able to get a free bicycle health check which is being run by Cooke E-Learning Foundation, a local alternative education provision for school-aged students. They will also be carrying out minor repairs to bikes of local children.
PC Woolman added: “We are asking children to bring their own bike and safety gear with them and join us at the BMX track for a fun filled day. There will be lots going on and plenty of things to get involved in. We will be giving out bike security and safety advice including goodie bags for those taking part.
“We look forward to seeing you there.”
As part of this event officers will also be reinforcing the force’s bike crime prevention messages and encouraging cyclists to fill out a new bike passport. Bike passports are a record of your bike details that you keep safe and hand to the police in the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen.
You can follow all the Safer Summer advice and community events throughout July and August on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, snapchat #safersummer.
CCTV images issued after reported sexual assault
We’re investigating a report of a sexual assault in the Western Road area of Leicester and would like your help.
A woman reported that she was the victim of an assault sometime between 3am and 1pm on Saturday 9 July.
We would like to speak to the men in this image and would urge them to come forward, as you may be able to assist with our enquiries.
If you can help please contact Dc Gemma Partridge on 101, quoting crime number 186442.
Missing woman Danielle has been found
Danielle Sanderson, 20, who went missing last week, has been found safe and well.
Thank you to all who shared our appeal.