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Officers are continuing to search a property in Leicester as part of an ongoing investigation.
Two men remain in custody being questioned by detectives while a further six people have since been released under investigation.
An investigation was launched after the force received a report of a serious assault which happened during the early hours of Wednesday morning (20 September) in Daneshill Road, Leicester.
As part our enquiries into that incident a search of the property in Daneshill Road was carried out and items were found which caused some concern.
In the interests of public and officer safety, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service attended to assess the items discovered and further searches of that house have been continuing today (Friday 22 September_.
A second address was also identified during the initial enquiries and searches have also been conducted at that property.
A number of people have been arrested as part of the investigation and two remain in custody. They are:
- A 51-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and on suspicion of manufacturing explosives under suspicious circumstances under Section 4 of the Explosive Substance Act of 1883
- A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of manufacturing explosives under suspicious circumstances under Section 4 of the Explosive Substance Act of 1883.
Six other people were also arrested on suspicion of manufacturing explosives under suspicious circumstances under Section 4 of the Explosive Substance Act of 1883. They have all been released under investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Baker is leading the investigation, he said: “Our enquiries into the initial assault and the subsequent find are continuing and there is still a large police presence in parts of Leicester to enable a full examination of the scenes to be completed.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank residents living near the scenes for their patience and understanding during this investigation.”
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Eight people have been arrested at two addresses in Leicester this morning (Thursday 21 September).
The force received a report of a serious assault during the early hours of Wednesday morning (20 September) in Daneshill Road, Leicester.
The 55-year-old victim is being treated in hospital for an injury to his arm. A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.
While officers were conducting a subsequent search of the property in Daneshill Road they discovered items which caused some concern.
In the interests of public and officer safety Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the property to assess the items discovered and deemed that there was no wider risk to the public. Searches of that property continue today.
As part of the investigation a second property was also identified and enquiries are ongoing at that address.
Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing explosives under suspicious circumstances under Section 4 of the Explosive Substance Act of 1883. The 51-year-old initially detained in relation to the serious assault has also been re-arrested on suspicion of this offence. All those arrested remain in custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Baker is leading the investigation, he said: “Our enquiries into the initial assault and the subsequent find are very much ongoing and there will be a continued police presence in those areas, while full examination of those addresses are completed.
“We appreciate that such police activity during the early hours of this morning would cause concern within the local community but I want to reassure you that we have a number of resources involved in the investigation and searches and we are in the process of examining the items.”
A man has been charged following two road traffic collisions yesterday in Leicester.
Paul Moore, 21, of Letchworth Road, Leicester has been charged with attempted murder, attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, dangerous driving and driving with alcohol above the limit.
He has been remanded to appear at Leicester Magistrates Court’ today (Thursday 21 September).
The attempted murder charge relates to an incident yesterday (Wednesday 20 September) when a vehicle collided with a pedestrian, a woman in her forties, on Acer Close at the junction with Butterwick Drive. She remains in hospital in a serious condition.
The GBH charge relates to a separate collision which happened in Butterwick Drive when a vehicle collided with a pedestrian, a 12-year-old girl. She didn’t receive any visual injuries.
A 26-year-old man has been charged following an incident in Uppingham Road.
Kalib Qualeb of Duxbury Road, Leicester, was charged with attempted murder.
He will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court this morning (21 September).
The charge relates to an incident outside a bookmakers in Uppingham Road on 30 October 2015, when police were called to a report that a man had been stabbed.
Police were called at around 8.25am this morning (Wednesday 20 September) to a report of a pedestrian in collision with a vehicle in Butterwick Drive, Leicester.
The pedestrian, a woman in her forties, has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The vehicle did not stop and left the scene. A vehicle believed to have been involved to the incident has since been recovered.
A cordon is in place at Butterwick Drive, at its junction with Acer Close, while enquiries are being carried out at the scene.
A 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in police custody.
Our investigation remains in the early stages and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 126 of 20 September.
Two men have been charged under Section 1 of The Modern Slavery Act and appeared in court yesterday (Tuesday 19 September).
Kane Anderson, 22, of Cranmer Street, Leicester, and Kenneth Brown, 23, of Warwick Court, Loughborough, were charged in relation to holding a person in slavery and servitude.
They appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court yesterday and will be appearing at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday 17 October.
The charge relates to incidents which have occurred between May – September this year at an address in Leicester.
A man has sentenced today after killing his 84-year-old neighbour at an address in Cosby this year.
Peter Bunyan, 53, of Brooklands Road, Cosby pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at a hearing at Derby Crown Court on Friday 4 August.
He was sentenced today (Wednesday 20 September) at Leicester Crown Court and given an indefinite hospital order under the Mental Health Act.
Police were called on the morning of Thursday 23 February to a report from a neighbour who was witnessing Bunyan kicking down Brian Robson’s front door.
Officers arrived at the address to find Brian seriously injured in the hall. Attempts were made to revive him but he died at the scene.
Bunyan had returned to his house next door and was arrested from that address.
A post mortem examination later confirmed that Brian had died from head injuries.
Mr Robson’s children have paid tribute to their “wonderful, popular, kind and generous” father.
Kevin Robson and Pauline Robson released a joint statement following the sentencing.
They said: “Our father was born in 1932 in Newcastle and worked in the Merchant Navy before training as a draughtsman and starting to work in the ship yards in the North East. In 1961 he got a job as an Electrical Draughtsman at GEC in Whetstone and decided to move his family to Leicester. During the early years the family travelled back to Newcastle a couple of times a year to visit relatives.
“Our father was a keen gardener and his favourite pastime was watching football and supported his favourite team being Newcastle United. During the past years he enjoyed his holidays travelling to many different countries.
“Our father was a wonderful, popular, kind and generous man.
“Last year he suffered poor health and had a long stay in hospital but with great strength and determination he pulled through and returned home.
“Losing him has left us devastated and feeling a deep sense of loss and grief. We will miss him forever.”
A property viewing event at the weekend saw owners of stolen tools being reunited with their items.
More than 60 people attended the event at force headquarters on Saturday and Sunday (16-17 September) and four people were reunited with their tools.
Eighteen people identified items but were not able to confirm ownership, enquiries are ongoing to resolve the issue.
More than 300 stolen power tools were recovered from addresses in the Golf Course Lane and Evelyn Drive area of Leicester on Thursday 6 July.
Power drills, bolt croppers, generators and jet washers were amongst some of the items recovered.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Baker from the neighbourhood investigations team, said: “We had a great response to the property viewing event and the album of photographs we published on our force Facebook page.
“We still have large amount of tools which need to be reunited with their rightful owners. We would encourage people to look through the images online and contact us if they have been a victim of tool theft and believe we may have their items.
“In the last four months we have seen an increase in the number of thefts from van incidents reported to us, tools have been stolen costing victims thousands of pounds to replace. These incidents have a knock-on effect on people’s livelihoods and we take these crimes extremely seriously.
“We currently have an operation ongoing to educate people on how they can reduce their chances of being a victim, locate those responsible for such crimes and to ensure people report if they have been a victim.
“In July we arrested eight people on suspicion of theft offences, they were released from custody pending further investigation.
“We would ask people think about the security of their valuables and ensure their vehicles are locked and parked in a way which would make access for potential thieves difficult.
“We’d like to stress the importance of keeping vehicles and contents secure, whether you park them at home or in a public place, we’re running a number of initiatives to reduce vehicle crime, including additional officers patrolling hotspots and posting leaflets in public areas, such as local hotels.”
Anyone who wishes to get in touch to claim their stolen items is asked to call 101, quoting 417 of 7 September.
Three teenage boys have been charged with murder after the death of a Leicester man following an incident in the city centre.
Two 14-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear before Leicester Youth Court, sitting at Leicester Magistrates’ Court, tomorrow (Tuesday 19 September).
The charges relate to the death of 64-year-old John Donovan who was found injured in King Street, Leicester, on Saturday 2 September and subsequently died in hospital on Friday (15 September).
A third 14-year-old boy, also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released with no further action.
Police are appealing for help to locate a missing man who they are concerned about.
Nathan Jones, from Melton Mowbray, was reported missing to police by a family member on Friday (15 September).
The 32-year-old hasn’t been in contact with his family recently although police are making enquiries into reports he may have been in Leicester and Blackpool over the past week.
Police along with his family, are growing increasingly worried about his welfare.
Nathan is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of medium build and with short dark brown hair. He has a tattoo of skulls on his forearm and is missing one of two front teeth.
If you have seen Nathan, or know where he is, please call 101, quoting incident number 655 of 15 September.
The national threat level has this evening (Sunday 17 September) been reduced from critical to severe, which means an attack is highly likely.
The public should continue to be vigilant and the increased patrols that had been put in place across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will continue over the weekend to provide further reassurance.
Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham said: “We have reviewed our current operational plans in light of the threat level being reduced and the greater numbers of armed and unarmed police officers that you will have seen on patrol will continue for the weekend.
“While the national threat level has been reduced, it is important that we all continue to be vigilant and we want to hear from you if you see anything suspicious, be it a vehicle, package or person. You should rely on your instincts and call us if you are in any doubt.”
People can report any suspicious activity by calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline - 0800 789 321. It is staffed around the clock by specialist counter-terrorism police officers and staff.
A text phone service is also available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted).
Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the victim of an incident in the city centre died.
The victim, a man in his 60s, was taken to hospital by the ambulance service on Saturday 2 September after he was involved in an incident in King Street, Leicester.
The incident was reported to the force on Tuesday 12 September and an investigation began. The victim subsequently died during the early hours of Friday morning (15 September).
A post mortem examination has been carried out and enquiries are continuing into the cause of death.
Today (Sunday 17 September) three 14-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They are currently in police custody.
Detective Inspector Michelle Keen from East Midlands Special Operations Unit major crime team is. the senior investigating officer in the case. She said: “Following the victim’s death we launched a murder investigation and are carrying out enquiries into the circumstances leading to the death.
The victim was found injured around 10pm on 2 September, we know the King Street area would have been busy, with many people in and around the area, if you witnessed the incident please get in touch.
“We would urge anyone who may have been travelling in a vehicle or on foot around the time of the offence to come forward as you may be able to provide information which could assist our investigation.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident 652 of 12 September.
Yesterday (Friday 15 September) 29 people were injured after an explosion on an underground train at Parsons Green in London.
The incident was declared a terrorist attack and the threat level in the UK was increased to ‘critical’ – meaning a further attack somewhere in the UK is assessed to be imminent.
As a result, a national operation called ‘Temperer’ was invoked, allowing for military personnel to be deployed alongside Police Officers to reassure the public and to deter, disrupt and prevent terrorist activity.
Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham said: “We have conducted a thorough assessment of the threat in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and our well-established plans to respond to such an increased threat.
“We will be increasing patrols in key places and constantly reviewing the local and national picture, and assessing the potential to deploy military personnel, alongside our officers, on our streets.
“Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong and positive relationship between ourselves and our many diverse communities. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.
“Our thoughts are with all those who have been injured or affected with the events in London yesterday morning.
“This is a time for us all to work closely together, and to unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or to cause fear.”
Members of the public are asked to report any suspicious activity or concerns to the police – by calling 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321.
Detectives investigating a robbery at a shop in Evington, Leicester, are appealing for information about who was responsible.
Police were called at around 11.30am yesterday morning (14 September) to the Co-op in Main Street following a report of an armed robbery.
A man entered the premises and threatened members of staff with what has been described as a firearm.
No one was injured in the incident.
The suspect fled empty-handed making off on foot towards Evington Park.
Detective Constable 1308 Nick Robbins, is the investigating officer, he said: “The description of the suspect is a black or Asian man, tall and of slim build and dressed in dark bottoms and a dark coloured hooded top with white drawstrings. His face was partially covered and his hood was up.
“We would like to speak to anyone who might have seen a man matching this description hanging around the village prior to the incident taking place.
“If you remember seeing a man acting suspiciously in the area of saw something out of the ordinary we would like to hear from you.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101 quoting crime reference number 17000394660.
Eleven officers who between them have more than 220 years’ service with Leicestershire Police were awarded a long service medal at an Investiture Ceremony.
The Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, presented the officers with their awards, marking at least 20 years’ service, at a ceremony at Force Headquarters in Enderby earlier today (Friday 15 September).
Among the officers to receive an award at the Lord Lieutenants Investiture Ceremony, was Detective Sergeant Shael Marshall, who works in the Major Crime team, as part of the East Midlands Special Operation Unit.
Reflecting on his career he recalls that one of the most memorable times was when he worked within the Child Investigation Unit. He said: “I feel I made a real difference to people’s lives. Knowing that you are making a difference to a young person’s life, giving closure to victims and bringing abusers to justice gave me an extremely satisfying feeling when leaving work.”
Also receiving an award was Inspector Yakub Ismail, who works on the Response Team at Braunstone. He said: “My Passion and goal in life is to help and serve others. It is an honour for me to receive this award with Leicestershire Police.”
Chief Constable Simon Cole attended the ceremony. He said: “It is always a proud moment for me to see officers reach this poignant moment in their careers. Their dedication, commitment and contributions they have made to the force and to protecting our communities has been superb and I am extremely proud to work with them.”
An armed robber who threated a shop assistant has been jailed for four years after admitting the offence.
Daniel Clarke, 34, of Farndale Walk, Manchester, was charged with robbery and threatening a person with an offensive weapon after he stole cash from the Nisa store in Walnut Road, Loughborough, in January last year.
Today (Thursday 14 September) Clarke was sentenced to four years in prison at Leicester Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing.
Detective Constable Yassin Desai was the investigating officer, he said: “We are pleased Clarke has pleaded guilty to the offence and spared the victim the trauma of going through the events of that evening again.
“Clarke was armed with a knife and made threats towards the victim, he had no qualms in carrying a weapon in this way. We hope this conviction sends a message to others who choose to carry a knife and threaten innocent members of the public, we and the courts take these offences very seriously and will leave no stone unturned to bring people to justice.
“In October last year the force launched the Lives not Knives campaign which was aimed at educating people on the dangers of carrying a knife in public and the consequences of their actions.”
A 21-year-old man has appeared in court today (Thursday 14 September) charged with sexual and indecency offences.
Henri Michael Pinney of Wynfield Road, Leicester appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court charged with three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four counts relating to sexual communications with a child and twelve counts of making indecent images of children.
The charges relate to 12 victims between July 2013 to August 2017.
He was been remanded to appear at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday 12 October 2017.
A man who was wanted on warrant after failing to appear in court has been charged.
Jamie Day, 29, of Gwendoline Avenue, Hinckley, has been charged with Grievous Bodily Harm with intent, arson, stalking (harassment), burglary, wanted on warrant and two counts of criminal damage.
He will be appearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday 14 September).
An offender who preyed on a vulnerable person has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to robbery.
Nor Uddin, 31, of no fixed address, was due to stand trial on Tuesday 12 September at Leicester Crown Court but pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to six years.
Uddin forced the 56-year-old victim to withdraw money from his bank account a number of times, which was then used to fund the defendant’s drug habit.
Detective Constable Lisa Wood investigated the case, she said: “Uddin preyed on a vulnerable person over a period of time and took him to the bank to withdraw cash, in some instances more than once a day.
“The victim felt he had no choice and was scared of the repercussions if he refused, he never benefited from the money and it was predominately used by Uddin to purchase drugs.
“We are pleased Uddin has admitted to the robbery offences and we hope this will now allow the victim to move on with his life and put those events behind him.”