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

    News Item

    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

    News Item

    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

    News Item

    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

    News Item

    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

    News Item

    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

    News Item

    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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  • Tackling antisocial behaviour in Countesthorpe

    Leicestershire Police and Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Bach, recently hosted a community consultation event in Countesthorpe, following a number of reports of antisocial behaviour (ASB) being received over recent months.

    Anti-social behaviour is a broad term used to describe the day-to-day incidents of nuisance and disorder and these types of behaviour are not criminal offences, meaning that the police are unable able to arrest people unless they are committing a crime as well.

    So, the police are looking at other ways to resolve this issue and making sure that they are taking the appropriate actions to ensure the fullest extent of the powers are applied. Working closely with partners, including Blaby District Council, a number of actions have been put in place to help tackle ASB, following the meeting on 8 June 2016.

    The force has two neighbourhood officers, PC Mark Hall and PCSO Laura Hobbs dedicated to covering Countesthorpe. Led by Sergeant Phil Hurst, who also oversees the two neighbouring beats, these officers are working closely with the community, responding to local concerns and helping to resolve ASB.

    In addition, Leicestershire Police has so far:

    • allocated additional officers to locations where ASB is taking place, targeting those creating problems within the local community.
    • been working with Blaby District Council to issue those that are committing ASB with formal warnings, which can result in ASB injunctions being granted.
    • have made its contact centre aware of the ASB issues in the area so that officer responding to incidents are fully informed
    • been carrying out working with the schools in the area, alongside Blaby District Council, to educate students on the risks of using drugs and psychoactive substances (previously known as legal highs).

    Blaby District Council has also:

    • applied for a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). If granted this is another power that can be used to stop young people gathering in large groups in the village.
    • arranged for youth services to come into Countesthorpe. These groups aim to get young people involved in activities and educate them on how ASB affects local residents, and the consequences of their action.
    • been working with local housing associations whose tenants are involved in ASB. In extreme cases, taking part in ASB could result in their tenancy agreement being withdrawn, making themselves and their family homeless.

    PCSO Laura Hobbs has been working with Blaby District Council to help apply for the PSPO. When asked how this will benefit Countesthorpe she said: “I work closely with all victims of ASB and related crime and ensure that these incidents are shared with partners to assist with identifying perpetrators and making them accountable for their behaviour.

    “I believe that the Public Space Protection Order will offer reassurance to the communities of Countesthorpe while also assisting the police and partners with tackling isolated incidents of ASB”.

    It was fantastic to hear at the community consultation event that some of you would like to volunteer with us. If you are interested please contact us via our website https://leics.police.uk/local-policing/countesthorpe-foston-and-kilby.

    We have also been made aware that there is a common misconception about cannabis that we would like to clarify. Possession of cannabis is a criminal offence and if you witness someone smoking it then we would urge you to report it. Depending on what incidents our officers are dealing with we might not be able to respond straight away, however it helps us build our intelligence and plan where our officers need to patrol, meaning that we can disrupt this kind of activity in the future.

    We hope from this update that you have a better idea of the ongoing work we are doing. Thank you for your support and we appreciate how residents are coming together as a community to work with us to tackle ASB.

    The more information we have as to what is happening in the area, the better equipped we are to deal with these issues.

    If you are a victim or witness of ASB in your area please call 101, the non-emergency number, or 999 in an emergency.

  • Passive drugs dogs used in city centre for first time

    Police patrolled Leicester City Centre with two sniffer dogs on Saturday night (25 June) in a bid to disrupt the well documented connection between drug use and violence.

    For the first time city police officers worked with two passive drugs dogs from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) which provides regional specialist dog support to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

    National research shows that violent crime peaks in city centres between 1am and 5am due to the effects of alcohol and drugs taken earlier in the evening. Local statistics reflect this, with a larger number of assaults reported to the police in Leicester between those hours than at any other time, particularly on a Friday and Saturday night

    Police Dogs Leo and Ross were with their handlers, PC Tony Chambers from EMOpSS, and PC Nick Dachtler from Derbyshire Police. They patrolled Belvoir Street, Market Place, Market Street, High Street, Humberstone Gate, Granby Street, the Lanes, Hotel Street, Horsefair Street and Dolphin Square from 9pm with a team of twelve officers. Both are specialist dogs trained to smell both Class A and B drugs. The dogs will sit next to a person if they smell drugs indicating that they believe that person has taken drugs or is in possession of drugs. Officers will then speak to them and, if there are sufficient grounds, conduct a stop search.

    Twenty eight people were stopped and searched in total. Three men were arrested and three people were found in possession of a small quantity of class ‘C’ drugs and given words of advice. 18 people admitted having taken drugs earlier that evening. There were two assaults in the city centre on Saturday night but no one was arrested for being drunk and disorderly nor were there any arrests for public order offences.

    Sergeant 4665 Liz Perry, from the City Centre Neighbourhood team, has organised the operation. She said; “This Operation has been running successfully in Nottingham City Centre for several years and over the last twelve months has reduced their night time economy violent offending by 23%.

    “We are always keen to try new initiatives to keep our city safe at night so we decided to use the passive drugs dogs as well. Last night there were some occasions when people saw the dogs and ran off in the opposite direction, or crossed the road to avoid being sniffed at. One man crossed the road and tried to hide from officers. He was detained for the purpose of a search and found to be in possession of a lock-knife. Another man tried to avoid officers and was found in possession of several packets of the now illegal Black Mamba.

    “If we can remove drug use from the city in the early evening it is proven to reduce offences later in the night. Out of 28 searches conducted last night, 18 people admitted having taken drugs or been around people using drugs. All of the searches were recorded using officer’s personal issue body worn video in line with current force policy.

    Officers are working in partnership with Leicester City Council who have prepared information leaflets to give to people with advice about where they can go to get help and support.

    Sergeant Perry continued; “We had some very positive comments from door staff and businesses in the city centre about the drugs dogs. This is the first time we’ve used them but have plans to bring Ross and Leo back into the city centre soon.”

  • Did you see a non-stop collision on Abbey Park Road?

    Officers are appealing for witnesses after a non-stop collision in Abbey Park Road, Leicester on Saturday (25 June).

    We were called at 5.06pm to a report of a man lying injured in the road.

    He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment and his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

    The vehicle left the scene and was later found on Savanake Road, off Anstey Lane, and has been recovered.

    Enquiries are in their early stages and officers need your help in piecing together what happened. No arrests have been made in connection with this incident.

    Did you see the collision? Did you see a silver Mercedes driving near to Abbey Park Road immediately before the collision? You may be able to help us.

    Call DS Dave Speight on 101, quoting incident number *166657 with information.

  • Fatal collision in Grimston, Leicestershire

    Did you see a collision at the Six Hills Lane junction with Ostler Lane, on Sunday (26 June)?

    A silver Nissan Micra was travelling on Ostler Lane, towards Six Hills Lane, when it was in collision with a white Ford mini bus.

    The mini bus was driving on Six Hills Lane, towards its junction with Ostler Lane. Both vehicles left the road.

    A passenger in the Nissan was fatally injured in the collision. Two others – the driver and a second passenger - are currently at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious injuries.

    The driver received minor injuries and was checked over at the QMC before being discharged. The two passengers were not injured.

    If you saw either vehicle prior to the collision, or saw the collision itself, please contact us.

    Call 101, quoting incident number 16000167546.

  • Man charged following altercation in Rupert Street

    A man has been charged following an incident in Rupert Street, Leicester.

    Peter McPartland, 46, of Ashleigh Road, Leicester, has been charged with GBH following an altercation in the early hours of Saturday morning (25 June).

    A 25-year-old man was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, for treatment to his injuries where he remains in a stable condition.

    Did you see the incident? Did you see what happened? you may be able to help us with our enquiries.

    Call 101 quoting incident number 143 of 25 June.

  • Fatal collision on M1 motorway - woman convicted

    A Nottinghamshire woman has been convicted after her inattention while driving caused a fatal collision on the M1 motorway in November 2014.

    Christy George, 38, of Lime Tree Road, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, was found guilty today (Friday 24 June) of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice after a trial at Leicester Crown Court.

    The court heard George was travelling to work during the evening of Tuesday 25 November along the southbound carriageway of the M1. During her journey she made calls to a friend and her husband using her mobile telephone.

    George was driving her Skoda along the motorway. Eye witnesses described the Skoda swerving towards the central reservation and then suddenly applying harsh steering to the left, coming back on to the motorway when her vehicle collided with a HGV.

    The impact of the collision resulted in the HGV losing control and crossing over the central reservation where it struck a BMW, travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the BMW, Murray Simpson, 48, of London, sustained fatal injuries.

    A number of other vehicles were damaged during the incident, three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries and the driver of one of the cars sustained serious injuries for which she is still receiving ongoing medical care.

    The southbound carriageway of the M1 was closed for 18 hours while emergency services dealt with the aftermath.

    Detective Constable 1761 Pete Davies was the investigating officer, he said: “This case clearly demonstrates the dangers of using your mobile phone while driving. George’s actions that evening caused a serious collision which resulted in the death of an innocent road user, injuries to others including one who will take some time to recover. Allied with this is the amount of time that the motorway had to be closed to enable the police, other emergency services and the Highways Agency to deal with this incident causing long delays to other road users.

    “We’re pleased that the jury has found Christy George guilty and we hope it acts as a deterrent to other road users. Murray Simpson’s partner and family have lost a loved one and while no amount of punishment will help them move on with their lives we hope the fact that someone has been prosecuted for their actions will show them that justice has been done.”

    She was remanded for sentencing on July 15.

  • Arrests made during summer drink, drugs and drive campaign

    Nineteen people have been arrested across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland during this summer's drink and drug drive campaign.

    This is four more than the 15 motorists who were detained at the same point during June 2015 drink drive campaign. So far none of these arrests have been for drivers who have been unfit through drugs.

    This year’s enforcement campaign is running for an extra week, from Monday 6 June to Sunday 10 July, to coincide with the European Football Championships. While this is an exciting time for fans the message remains the same, plan ahead, choose a designated sober driver or use taxis and public transport. Already our highest road side reading has been 139, four times over the alcohol limit, this particular driver was detained at 5.30pm following a road traffic collision on a flooded rural road!

    Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, who is heading up the regional Drink Drug Drive campaign of the East Midlands Operaional Support Service (EMOpSS) said; “Too many people are still risking both their lives, and those of innocent people, by getting behind the wheel while unfit to drive. It is just not worth the risk, if you choose to drink and drug drive our round the clock patrols will catch you whether you are in the city, our towns or villages.”

  • Necklace stolen from elderly woman

    Can you help us identify this man after an elderly woman was robbed in the Belgrave area of Leicester?

    A 73-year-old woman was walking along Burfield Street around 9pm on Sunday 5 June, as she approached the junction with Catherine Street, a man rode past her on a bike and grabbed her gold necklace.

    He then rode off towards Allington Road. The suspect used such force to grab the chain that the victim fell to the ground and sustained bruising.

    We’d like to speak to anyone who can identify the man in the image, even if you’re not 100% sure please get in touch as we can quickly eliminate people from our enquiries.

    Were you in the area, did you witness the incident or see someone acting suspiciously? If you can help with our enquiries please contact us.

    We would also like to remind people to remain vigilant and think about their personal safety, keep valuables out of sight, keep handbags closed, cover up jewellery with a scarf or clothing and be aware of your surroundings.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 228 Raj Pahal on 101, quoting crime number 16*147195.

  • Victim of serious collision on A607 dies

    A woman who was involved in a collision on the A607 in Leicestershire has died in hospital.

    The collision occurred at 6.50pm on Tuesday 31 May and involved a silver Renault Clio, silver Mercedes C220 and a blue Audi A6.

    The driver of the Renault was taken to hospital with serious injuries and subsequently died on Thursday 16 June.

    The driver of the Mercedes wasn’t injured and the driver of the Audi sustained a minor facial injury.

    The Renault was travelling along the A607 towards Croxton Kerrial and the two other vehicles were travelling in the opposite direction when the collision occurred.

    If you witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles beforehand we would like to speak to you. Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1837 George Dodson on 101, quoting incident 580 of 31 May.

  • Can you identify this man?

    Police have released the image of a man who they’d like to speak to in connection with a robbery on Belgrave Boulevard.

    At around 10pm on Friday 3 June, a man entered a premises and threatened staff with what was described as a small axe before leaving with a till containing a quantity of cash.

    No one was injured, but staff were left shaken by their ordeal.

    Do you recognise the man in the image? Were you in the area, did you see what happened?

    Contact 101 and quote incident number 16000141044 if you can help.

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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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    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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