Jewellery taken in Evington burglary

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 08:05

Detectives investigating a burglary in Evington are appealing for witnesses.

At around 7.30pm on Friday evening (16 November) two men forced their way into an address on Uppingham Road between the junctions of Downing Drive and Spencefield Lane.

Once inside the property they threatened the occupants with what was believed to be a screwdriver and demanded jewellery and money.

They fled the scene with several items of jewellery shortly afterwards exiting the house via a rear window.

It is thought they may have left the scene in a vehicle parked nearby.

The victims, both women and aged 79 and 56 described the suspects as white men of proportionate build and around 5ft 6ins tall. They were wearing dark coloured clothing and their faces were covered with black bandanas.

The women although they weren’t injured were left understandably shaken by their ordeal.

Officers would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and saw anything suspicious. They’d especially like to trace a dog-walker who stopped and spoke to a man outside the scene immediately after the incident took place.

If you have any information to assist with our enquiries you are urged to contact 101 quoting reference number 17*499373.

Categories: Leicestershire

Eighth award for Kayleigh's Love Story

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 07:53

Kayleigh’s Love Story (KLS) has won another national film industry award.

The short film, produced by the Force last year and viewed nearly 40 million times worldwide, won the 'External Film of the Year’ Award at the EVCOM Industry Awards, held last night (Friday 17 November) in London.

It beat off competition from scores of other films made for the public and private sector during the last year and was also judged against live and event industry material.

It brings the total number of awards won by KLS from the film industry to eight.

Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “Kayleigh’s Love Story is a ground-breaking initiative of which Leicestershire Police can be truly proud.

“That’s not because it’s received so many awards – although it is hugely satisfying that the film industry itself recognises the quality and power of the film and I’m delighted that we have won this latest award from EVCOM.

“Rather, it’s something to be proud of because of the impact it is having, in making children and adults aware of the terrible dangers that can lie in wait when your children decide to speak to, and meet, people they meet online.

“In my 30 years’ of service I struggle to think of anything the police service has produced, in terms of a film or a campaign, which has reached so many millions of people and helped encourage victims to come forward.

“Affixxius Films of Loughborough, who produced the film for us, have produced a film of which they should be exceptionally proud.

“Leicestershire Police’s Communications and Engagement Directorate, whose idea it was to make the film, who supervised the production, and who have masterminded the roll out and marketing of the film, also deserve enormous credit for their contribution to the safety of children worldwide.”

KLS has previously won the following seven awards:

  • ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY MIDLANDS: Gold Award, Best Promotional Programme, 2016

  • DRUM CREAM: Best Digital: Online Video/Film/Viral Advert or Campaign, 2016

  • EVCOM: Bronze, Social Screen category of the Clarion Awards, 2016

  • EVCOM: Platinum Award for best in awards film, 2017

  • EVCOM: Gold award in the Social Media category,2017

  • EVCOM: Silver award for Laures, 2017

  • EVCOM: Bronze award for Charity and Not for Profit category,2017

Categories: Leicestershire

Eight years in jail for attacks on Melton businesses

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:11

A prolific offender who threatened shop assistants with an axe in targeted attacks on Melton businesses has been jailed for eight years.

Neil Gordon, of New Street in Melton, was sentenced today (17 November) after pleading guilty at Leicester Crown Court in August, to one count of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, two counts of possession of a knife blade or sharp pointed article in a public place and one count of theft from a shop.

At around 5pm on Wednesday 1 March, Gordon entered the One Stop Store in Grange Drive, and brandished an axe at a cashier before knocking her to the floor and fleeing empty-handed.

Minutes later the 41-year-old walked into Premier Stores in nearby Craven Street, where he threatened a member of staff with the axe as he demanded money from the till.

Gordon struck the shop owner over the head with the axe causing an injury which required treatment at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. He fled from the scene with around £300 in cash.

Three days later on 4 March, he was arrested after police were called to a report of a theft from Mercury News on Sherrard Street. Gordon had entered the shop asking to buy a pouch of tobacco, but when the assistant put the tobacco on the counter he grabbed it and fled from the store.

Brave members of the public chased Gordon and held onto him until officers arrived at the scene and arrested him on suspicion of theft and aggravated bodily harm.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Nick Lant, from the force’s Complex Investigation Team, said: “An observant local PCSO tasked to look at the CCTV footage of the theft noticed a similarity between Gordon’s general appearance and that of the suspects in the Craven Street and Grange Drive offences.

“She thought his appearance looked similar in all three incidents and she took her observations to detectives who carried out further enquiries resulting in Gordon also being arrested for the incidents at both stores.

“Gordon was a prolific and dangerous offender and presented a threat to the town so today’s sentencing is great news for the local community.

“The impact these incidents had on the people of Melton was immense and I hope they will feel reassured that justice has been done.

“It should also act as a warning to anyone intent on committing crime in Melton that police will carry out a full and thorough investigation and bring those responsible to justice.”

A number of other offences were ordered to lie on file.

Categories: Leicestershire

City centre antisocial behaviour crackdown

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:55

Officers were joined by volunteers and special constables as part of a crackdown on antisocial behaviour in Leicester city centre.

Operation Instigate was launched following concerns of criminal activity that were raised by residents and businesses in the areas of New Walk and King Street.

In recent months, Leicestershire Police has received a number of reports of antisocial behaviour including drug taking and thefts.

There have also been reports of mopeds and scooters passing through the area.

During the operation, one person was cautioned for possession of cannabis and a car was also recovered under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act.

Sergeant Dave Adams said:

“We have received increased reports of antisocial behaviour incidents in and around New Walk, including the theft of copper piping, as well as drug taking.

“As part of the operation, we were able to speak to both business owners and people living in the area about their concerns and we will continue to monitor activity.”

Operation Instigate also saw the team talk to cyclists about existing by-laws that mean they are not allowed to ride their bikes on New Walk.

Of the 163 people that officers spoke to, 109 said that they were not aware of signage stating that cycling is not permitted on New Walk.

Cyclists were asked to complete a short questionnaire, which included questions on why they were cycling on New Walk and were made aware of the existing laws.

Sgt Adams added:

“Cyclists told us that they have been using New Walk because it is a safer option than using London Road and we have noted the feedback that they have provided.”

Categories: Leicestershire

Two sentenced for Isaac Williams murder

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:03

Two men convicted yesterday (15 November) for their involvement in the murder of 20-year-old Isaac Williams have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Reuben Stretton, 21, of no fixed address, was sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 19 years before he is eligible for parole.

Devan Garner, 20, of Octon Close, Leicester, was also sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 19 years before he is eligible for parole.

Both men were found guilty of murder following a trial at Leicester Crown Court lasting 18 days.

Stretton and Garner stopped Isaac as he was walking home in April this year forcing him into their car where he was stabbed.

Isaac died three days later in the Leicester Royal Infirmary as a result of multiple organ failure caused by blood loss from a single stab wound to his upper thigh.

Categories: Leicestershire

University students got a taste of life at Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:33

120 students from the University of Leicester, De Montfort University and Loughborough University attended Leicestershire Police headquarters yesterday (Wednesday 15 November) for a unique insight into life in the force.

The day aimed to raise awareness of the diverse career and volunteering opportunities offered by the force, and gave the students a chance to meet with departments such as the police dog unit, the Crime and Intelligence Directorate and Volunteers in Policing.

Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach and Chief Constable Simon Cole welcomed the undergraduates to force headquarters, who had come from a range of disciplines including criminology, psychology and law.

Lord Bach said: “It’s vital that we help and encourage young people to join the police and criminal justice family. They bring new ideas, fresh perspectives and huge enthusiasm to the challenges we face now and in the years to come.

“I was delighted to see so many students and I hope that the insight we gave them will help them to make the right career choice.”

The students were invited to attend after expressing an interest in working or volunteering for the force.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Yesterday provided a fantastic opportunity for our local students to come in and learn about the diverse range of roles undertaken by the force. I hope they enjoyed speaking with our teams, and having a behind-the-scenes look at some of the departments.

“When I was a student, I too attended a workshop about policing, and afterwards felt inspired to join up as a police officer. I hope that we inspired some of the students to pursue a career in policing, either as officers, staff, volunteers or special constables.”

Rhiannon Roberts, a Digital Media Officer for the force, delivered a presentation on the benefits of volunteering while studying. She volunteered for the force’s Communication and Engagement Directorate in her final year of studying, and after graduating secured a full-time role in the department.

She said: “When I initially applied for the volunteering role, I was at career crossroads. I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I went to a talk at my university to find out what was on offer, and decided to join as a police support volunteer.

“Once in the role I quickly developed skills and confidence in social media channel management, professional videography and photography. I volunteered once a week until I graduated, and when a vacancy came up in the department, I applied.

“Previously I had no experience in this field of work, but volunteering changed my whole outlook on the police. I felt like my work made a real difference to people’s lives.

“I’d definitely recommend volunteering to anyone aspiring towards a career in the police, or anyone who, like I was, is unsure about their future career. There are so many amazing things you can get involved with.”

If you’re interested in applying to be a special constable or a police support volunteer, please visit leics.police.uk/couldyou.

Categories: Leicestershire

Burglary at Ashby Indoor Market

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:47

Jewellery worth more than £40,000 has been stolen during a burglary at Ashby Indoor Market.

It happened sometime between 6.30pm on Saturday 11 November and 5.20am on Monday 13 November.

It is believed the offenders smashed a glass panel on the roof of the premises in Market Street in order to gain entry.

Jewellery was stolen from a stall before the suspects left the building.

A number of items were taken, including four Belcher 9ct gold chains with a combined value of £1,400.

The theft has had a significant impact on the victim, a 75-year-old woman, who said she is “devastated” by the incident.

She added that she has put her life savings into running the stall and is concerned that she may have to close down as a result of the burglary.

Members of the public are being asked if they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area over the weekend and are advised to be wary of anyone offering items of jewellery for sale in and around Ashby.

Nearby businesses that may have CCTV footage capturing the offenders gaining entry or leaving the market hall are asked to contact PC 916 Philip Brind-Surch on 101.

Categories: Leicestershire

Van owners urged to remove tools overnight

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 07:28

In the last six months more than nine hundred vans have been broken into across Leicestershire and Rutland and thousands of pounds worth of tools have been stolen.

Leicestershire Police has released these startling figures to warn van owners that they need to remove their tools from their van particularly when it’s parked at night.

Even if the vehicle is locked, some offenders are able to break in with no signs of forced entry – by using devices which override the locking system. Police have also received reports of windows being smashed and locks being forced.

The force is now encouraging tradespeople to store tools and other equipment in a safe and secure place overnight, and not to leave them inside their vehicle. It has also launched ‘Operation Pioneer’ in response to the increase and neighbourhood officers are working with specialist departments to find and arrest those responsible.

Inspector Simon Preston, the lead for vehicle crime, said: “We have seen a large number of vans being broken into since May and we do have an operation in place to target and arrest those who are committing these offences. There are many more self-employed people these days who park their vans on their drive at home over night which makes them an easy target for thieves.

“Some hotel car parks are also being targeted and we’re working with hotel managers to give tradespeople crime prevention advice when they book in. I would encourage van owners to take precautions, both at home and when staying overnight in hotels, to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime.

“The very best thing you can do to protect yourself is to remove your tools, equipment and other valuables every night. These tools are essential for people to carry out their jobs, and without them their livelihood can be affected. We are urging people to follow our advice to ensure they don’t fall victim to tool theft.”

  • Removing all tools from vehicles overnight
  • Purchasing a sign advising that no tools are left in your van overnight
  • Park your vehicle in a garage if you have one
  • Consider alarming the vehicle or fitting an internal security cage
  • If you park on a drive, install security lights
  • Visibly mark your machinery and tools
  • If possible, park your vehicle close to a wall so that the doors cannot be opened
  • Reporting any suspicious activity to us immediately on 101

If you would like more information on how to protect your vehicle and property from thieves please see our website: https://leics.police.uk/vehicle-crime

Since May 2017 939 vans have been broken into with 168 in October, 142 in September and 113 in August.

Categories: Leicestershire

Rape victim warns offenders – don’t think we are weak

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:30

A woman who was raped twice by her husband has today issued a stark warning to men who commit sexually offences against their partners.

In a film produced in support of the Force’s on-going All is not Lost rape campaign, the victim, who we are calling “Jennifer” described how she was raped twice by her husband.

She says she initially hesitated coming forward to the police for fear of the ramifications on her family, but she advises others in her position: “Please believe that there is a net. Somebody will be there to hold your hand and to help you.

And to perpetrators of sex crimes, she says: “If you’re a fella and you are doing these sorts of things to your wife, to your woman, to your loved one, please think about it. Because my now ex-husband thought that I hadn’t got the strength to make a report and follow it through.

“I made that report and I followed it through”.

She adds: “Please don’t think we are weak because we are not. We will do something and we will find the strength to do it”.

“Jennifer” is the fourth victim of rape to speak out in video form in support of the on-going campaign. To date, the two fictional films and the first three victim videos have been viewed more than 200,000 times online.

Categories: Leicestershire

Mother of Isaac Williams releases family statement

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:51

Isaac’s mother, Catherine Webbe, has released the following statement on behalf of the family after the guilty verdict was returned earlier this afternoon.

“As we contemplate the loss of Isaac, murdered in April this year, we would like to thank and remember the local community for their heartfelt support and prayers.

This has been a painful journey but we thank all the wider family and friends for their support in the many different ways this has been received.

We thank the criminal justice system for bringing the perpetrators of this crime to Justice.

This crime was related to street drugs and knives and we will join with others campaigning against these types of crimes whether it be drugs, knives, acid or guns.

We pray for a peaceful solution to rid our local community and wider community of these types of crime.

Isaac was taken from us at an untimely moment and will always be missed but we will remember him forever in our hearts.

Isaac, rest in peace.”

Categories: Leicestershire

Two guilty of Isaac Williams murder

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:40

Two men involved in the stabbing of a 20-year-old in broad daylight have been convicted of murder.

On 21 April last year, Reuben Stretton and Devan Garner stopped victim Isaac Williams in Main Street, Humberstone, and forced him into their car.

When he was inside he was stabbed by Stretton who then drove the car towards Cropthorne Avenue.

Following a trial at Leicester Crown Court, 21-year-old Stretton and Garner, 20, were today (15 November) found guilty of murder.

They will be sentenced tomorrow (16 November).

The court heard how Isaac was returning after visiting a friend in Tennis Court Drive and was only minutes from home when Stretton and Garner bundled him into their car before leaving him in Cropthorne Avenue.

Emergency services were alerted by a member of the public who raised the alarm after she heard a scream and saw a man lying on the pavement and two others getting into a car before driving away.

Despite bleeding heavily, Isaac also managed to call for an ambulance who attended the scene along with the police. He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he died three days later.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of multiple organ failure caused by blood loss from a single stab wound to his upper left thigh.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Smalley from East Midlands Special Operations Unit said: “Over the course of the investigation information came to light which led us to believe Isaac was stabbed in an act of retribution for a previous incident.

“The team worked tirelessly carrying out extensive enquiries as they tried to work out the circumstances leading up to Isaac being fatally wounded.

“As part of those enquiries detectives trawled through hours of CCTV footage and spoke to people living close to the scene.

“We were determined to find who was responsible.”

After Isaac’s death was made public the blue Peugeot used by the defendants was found burnt-out in a field in the village of Billesdon.

Garner of Octon Close, Leicester, was arrested on 25 April. Stretton, of no fixed address, who fled to Belgium after the incident was arrested the next day (26 April) by British Transport Police at St Pancras station in London.

DCI Smalley continued: “Isaac had his life cruelly taken from him by a man who chose to carry a knife and use it.

“This case demonstrates the tragic consequences when a decision is taken to settle a score with a knife.

“One life has been lost, a family is in mourning and two men face lengthy prison sentences.

“Leicestershire Police is committed to tackling and preventing knife crime and we will continue to educate those who choose to carry a knife of the serious implications that decision could have.”

In 2016 the force launched the #LivesNotKnives campaign to drive home the message of the devastating consequences knife crime can have and what might happen if you’re caught carrying a weapon.

Earlier this week we launched two new films showing the horrific impact of knife crime. Their release follows a week-long policing operation of warrants and searches in the force area which resulted in seven people being arrested and 17 knives recovered.

Categories: Leicestershire

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Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Teenager sentenced for knife murder

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:58

A teenager has been jailed after he was found guilty of murder at Leicester Crown Court.

On Monday 15 May, Mucaad Ali Farah was involved in an argument with 22-year-old Abdirahman Adam, in St Matthews Way, Leicester. Abdirahman sustained a single stab wound to his chest and later died in hospital.

Farah, 18, of Bishopdale Road, Leicester, was sentenced today (Tuesday 14 November) to serve a minimum of 14 years.

Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, of East Midlands Special Operations unit major crime team, said: “Today a teenager begins a significant jail sentence for murdering a man on the streets of the city.

“A single stab wound resulted in the death of a young man and a family have been left distraught by their loss.

“Farah chose to carry a knife that day and he intended to cause harm. He has shown no remorse for his actions.

“Two families now have been left without their loved ones, following a seemingly insignificant argument that had such devastating consequences.

“Throughout the legal proceedings both families have acted in a very respectful and dignified manner, and I’d like to praise them for that. The two families have acted as one community throughout.

“Knife crime is a priority for the force and we are working closely with partner agencies to address the underlying issues, carrying a bladed weapon in a public place is an offence, and we aim to educate the young and old about the serious consequences of their actions.”

Today the force has launched two new films showing the horrific impact of knife crime. Their release follows a week-long policing operation of warrants and searches in the force area which resulted in seven people being arrested and 17 knives recovered.

In 2015, two murders happened in Leicestershire involving the use of a knife. To date this year, eight such homicides have happened.

Categories: Leicestershire

New films highlight the viciousness and real costs of knife crime

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 08:36

Two new films showing the horrific impact of knife crime have been released today (Tuesday 14 November) by Leicestershire Police.

Their release follows a week-long policing operation of warrants and searches in the force area which resulted in seven people being arrested and 17 knives recovered.

Both short films relate to the murder in Albion Street, Leicester, earlier this year of Lauric Lebato, and are being released as part of the Force’s on-going #livesnotknives campaign aimed at combating knife crime.

The first film is called “Lauric’s Final Minutes” and is a compilation of extensive CCTV evidence that shows the events leading up to the moment he is fatally stabbed. It is distressing to watch and carries a warning at the start.

The second film, a knife crime infographic video called “One Knife”, shows the statistical impact his murder had on two families, on two communities, and on the many different agencies involved in the investigation following his death.

Both films, produced with the support of Lauric’s father Tagbeu, are currently being made available as part of a wider package of educational materials to schools in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, for head teachers to screen at their discretion

Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, who led the investigation into Lauric’s murder, said he hoped the films would help deter young people from carrying knives and also help to educate parents, carers, teachers and our communities about the dangers of carrying a knife.

He said:

“Lauric’s murder was not the first knife-related homicide I have investigated, and unless people are brave enough to radically change their behaviour, I fear it will not be the last.

“Sometimes words alone are not enough to change people’s behaviour; that’s why I hope these two latest films may have more of an impact on some people who still feel it necessary or wise to carry a knife.

“I have witnessed first-hand, and too many times, the savage brutality that a knife can inflict on another human being.

“I have, all too frequently, seen the enormous and long-term impact a few seconds of thoughtlessness can have, not just on immediate families but on whole communities and countless others who get affected, often for the rest of their lives, by the tragic devastation.

“Earlier this year we broadcast a short film called “A father’s Story” in which Lauric’s father spoke about the life-changing consequences of his son’s death. To date this has been seen more than 60,000 times. I only hope that people will watch these two new films, as well as re-watch “A Father’s story”, and consider changing their behaviour before it is too late for another individual, another family and another community”.

As a result of the week of action, staged by the force between 29 October and 5 November:

  • 17 knives and weapons were seized, including two swords and a zombie knife
  • Seven arrests were made, including four for knife offences
  • Knife “sweeps” and search warrants were executed in Hinckley and Blaby
  • Mobile plainclothes patrols were conducted in East Leicester, Coalville and Loughborough; and
  • A series of talks were given in schools and colleges.

DCI Rollinson said:

“There is only so much the Police and other partner agencies can do to stop people carrying – and using – knives.

“We need young people to realise the utter devastation knives can cause, and that they are in fact increasing their chances of being injured or killed if they choose to carry knives. Only the young people can change the culture of knife carrying – it is in their gift to make a conscious decision not to carry a knife. It’s a decision they need to reach – and it’s a message we need their parents, teachers and peers to be reinforcing.”

Sulaiman Sillah, 20, was sentenced to life imprisonment having been convicted at Birmingham Crown Court in August of the murder of Lauric lebato. He will serve a minimum of 24 years. Sheriff Oluwa, also 20, was found guilty at the same court of violent disorder and was sentenced to serve 30 months.

Categories: Leicestershire

Identity sought for man police want to speak to

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:39

Do you recognise this man?

Officers would like to speak to him in connection with an assault on a taxi driver in Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicester.

The incident happened near the Railway Arms pub, Station Street, on 11 August, at around 9.45pm.

The victim suffered facial injuries following the attack.

DC Rob Pountney said: “We appreciate a long time has passed but are continuing to investigate and are keen to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident.”

If you recognise the man pictured, contact police on 101 quoting incident 17*344019.

Categories: Leicestershire

Appeal following assault on taxi driver

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:39

Do you recognise this man?

Officers would like to speak to him in connection with an assault on a taxi driver in Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicester.

The incident happened near the Railway Arms pub, Station Street, on 11 August, at around 9.45pm.

The victim suffered facial injuries following the attack.

DC Rob Pountney said: “We appreciate a long time has passed but are continuing to investigate and are keen to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident.”

If you recognise the man pictured, contact police on 101 quoting incident 17*344019.

Categories: Leicestershire

Drugs warrant executed in Melton

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:12

Officers from Melton local policing team executed a drugs warrant in Melton Mowbray last week acting on community intelligence.

A Misuse of Drugs Act warrant was executed at the property in Bentley Street on Friday evening (10 November).

Two men aged 25 and 52 were arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and have been released from police custody pending further investigation.

A quantity of what is suspected to be Class A drugs, cash and counterfeit currency were recovered from the property and are being forensically tested.

Sergeant Iain Wakelam from Melton police said: “The community provided us with valuable information to allow this work to go ahead so I would like to thank those that came forward with information.

“Drugs misuse can cause local communities a huge amount of harm and we will continue to tackle this problem and disrupt those who deal drugs.”

Anyone with information about drugs activity in their community is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Categories: Leicestershire

Leicestershire Police supports national firearms surrender

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:56

Leicestershire Police is taking part in a two week national surrender of firearms and ammunition from Monday 13 November 2017.

It has been three years since the last national firearms surrender and five years since Leicestershire held its own surrender when 148 weapons were handed in. Forces across the country are appealing to people to hand over any unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to prevent them from getting into criminal hands.

The surrender initiative is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm local communities. The surrender gives members of the public the chance to dispose of a firearm or ammunition by simply taking it to a local designated police station and handing it in.

The surrender is not an amnesty. It does not mean that the police will not investigate any offences prior to its surrender and the public should be reassured that officers will continue to vigorously investigate offences linked to any firearm they receive.

National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Criminal Use of Firearms, Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan, said: “I am urging anyone with an unwanted firearm to hand it over to police. You don’t have to give your name or address; we just want more guns out of harm’s way. “Each firearm we retrieve has the potential to save a life so do the right thing and surrender your weapon.”

The surrender initiative is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). The surrender will run for two weeks from Monday 13 November to Sunday 26 November 2017.

Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton, Head of NABIS, added: “Surrendering unwanted or illegal firearms avoids the risk of them becoming involved in crime and means that members of the community can dispose of them in a safe place.

“Perhaps you have a gun that has been handed down through the family or you have found a firearm in your loft or shed which has been gathering dust and you had forgotten about. During the campaign this November you can hand in any unwanted or illegal firearms. This way you can be confident you have got rid of a firearm safely.”

During that period, those handing over firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possessions, at the point of surrender, and can remain anonymous.

Guns and ammunition can be surrendered at the following designated police stations across Leicestershire;

  • Mansfield House 8am – 10pm (7 days a week)
  • Market Harborough 10am – 4pm (Monday to Friday)
  • Braunstone 10am – 4pm (Monday to Friday)
  • Hinckley 9am – 6.30pm (9 – 3pm Saturday and Sunday)
  • Wigston 9am – 6.30pm (10 – 6pm Saturday and Sunday)
  • Keyham Lane 8am – 8pm (8am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday)
  • Spinney Hill 10pm – 6pm (Monday to Friday)
  • Beaumont Leys 8am – 8pm (9am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm Sunday)
  • Melton Mowbray 9am – 7pm (9am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm Sunday)
  • Hinckley Road 10am – 4pm (Monday to Friday)

Latest crime figures issued on 19 October 2017 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that crime involving firearms in England & Wales has increased by 27% (to 6,696). This is for year ending June 2017 compared with the previous year (5,269 offences).

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Nixon, who’s leading the surrender in Leicestershire, said; “In Leicestershire we take a robust approach to dealing with gun crime and proactively take steps to reduce the number of guns on our streets working with specialist officers. We are happy to support this national surrender because every weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities.

“This year we have had several significant court cases which have led to long jail sentences for a number of people and the recovery of weapons including in one instance a machine pistol capable of firing 800 rounds a minute; three handguns and nearly 65 rounds of ammunition.

“We use various tactics to locate weapons which have fallen into the wrong hands – but we need your help. If you know where a weapon is being kept illegally, now is your chance to give it up, or tell us anonymously where it is. You could save a life.”

Illegal possession of a firearm can mean five years behind bars and if you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply that can lead to a life sentence.

If you know of anyone involved with illegal firearms call police on 101 or Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111. If you are a licensed firearm holder who wants advice please contact your local force. For more information about NABIS visit www.nabis.police.uk or follow us on Twitter @NABIS_UK or @leicspolice

Categories: Leicestershire

Hungarian man sentenced for slavery offences

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:11

A Hungarian national who subjected two men to months of forced labour and poor living conditions has been jailed for five years and eight months.

Kazmer Kolompar, 43, of HMP Birmingham, pleaded guilty to holding a person in servitude and an additional charge of requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

He was sentenced today (Friday 10 November) at Birmingham Crown Court. He has also been given a 10 year slavery and trafficking prevention order.

The victims were both living in Hungary when they were made aware of an opportunity to earn a living in the UK. They were offered living accommodation and a regular salary for manual work.

One of the victims arrived in the UK about six years ago and initially settled in Sheffield but he was told of a work opportunity in Leicester so decided to move to the area.

Quickly life changed for him; he worked long hours and wasn’t paid. If he refused to go to work he was assaulted and wasn’t allowed out of the property.

In 2015 Kolompar contacted the second victim in Hungary and told him he could earn four times as much in the UK and could come and live with him.

Again, for the first few weeks life was fine for the victim but then it changed. He worked and wasn’t paid, given very little food and whenever he asked for his salary he was assaulted.

Detective Constable Jo Turnbull is from the force’s modern day slavery team. She said: “The sentence passed today will hopefully help the victims move on with their lives and put the events of those months behind them.

“This was an extremely difficult case to investigate. The victims were both very traumatised by what they were subjected to. They never ever thought that they would be living in such conditions or made to work for little or no money.

“The Modern Slavery Act has only been in existence for the last two years and this is the first prosecution in our force area under this legislation.

“The individuals who commit such offences prey on people’s vulnerabilities and offer them a life they could only dream of. In reality this isn’t the case and many victims are left distraught.

“We will continue to work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice and would encourage anyone who has any suspicions about a friend or neighbour who may be a victim of such crime to contact us.”

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Family statement from parents of murder victim Abdirahman

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:12

Abdirahman’s parents issued the following statement after the conviction of Mucaad Ali Farah today:

“Abdirahman was our son. He was also a dearly loved brother and will be missed by the family and all that knew him.

“Abdirahman was only 22 years old. He has lost his life in such tragic circumstances. He had his whole life ahead of him. As a family, we are trying to be strong and support one another with the support of the wider community.

“At this extremely difficult and harrowing time, we would ask that our family is left to grieve for the loss of Abdirahman in peace.”

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