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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Deceased named after fatal collision on M1

    A man who died after an incident on the M1 motorway has been named.

    Emergency services were called to the northbound stretch of the M1 motorway at about 5.20am on Friday 9 September.

    Terry Larkin, 77, of Loughborough was pronounced dead at the scene after being in collision with a HGV.

    It followed a report made just minutes earlier of a collision on the roundabout above junction 23 of the M1, Ashby Road, involving a grey Renault Clio.

    We are continuing are enquiries to establish the exact circumstances of the two incidents and the links between them.

    Were you travelling along the A512 (Ashby Road) out of Loughborough, around 5am on Friday 9 September, did you see a grey Renault Clio travelling along that road? If you can help please get in touch.

    If you witnessed either incidents and haven’t yet spoken with us then contact DC 4484 Alison Ide on 101, quoting incident 84 of 9 September.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Enquiries into death of man found in canal continue

    Officers are continuing enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found in a canal.

    Wojciech Wojciechowski, 45, was discovered in Freemans Common Lock, off Eastern Boulevard, at around 10am on Saturday 24 September.

    A post-mortem examination has been carried out.

    Officers are appealing for anyone who knows Wojciechowski to contact them as they have limited information about his life and are trying to build up a picture of him and his movements. Do you know him? Did you see anyone matching his description in the days leading up to his body being discovered?

    He was white with dark hair tied in a ponytail and a full beard, about one to two inches long. He was wearing blue jeans, a green rugby style top with ‘Ireland’ written on the chest with a blue jumper over it and a blue, fleece-lined jacket. He had black and blue Nike trainers on.

    Call 101 with any information, quoting incident number 16000292816.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Police welcome students to Leicestershire with new safety campaign

    Enjoy your time at university and 'Stay Safe' is the advice Leicestershire Police is giving to students.

    With thousands of students starting their studies in Leicestershire this week, the force is launching its 'Stay Safe' campaign. Aimed at new students arriving at Loughborough, Leicester and De Montfort Universities, during Freshers Week, the campaign encourages students to look after themselves, look after their stuff and think of their neighbours.

    More than 15,000 'Stay Safe' leaflets will be given to students in their university welcome packs and at Freshers Fairs across the three campuses.

    Inspector Dwight Barker, Commander of Charnwood Neighbourhood Policing Area which covers Loughborough University, said:

    "We want to advise all students to take care of themselves as well as their possessions. Although the risk of becoming a victim of crime while studying in Leicestershire is very small, it is recognised that students are more likely to be targeted by opportunist thieves.

    "By working with our universities and encouraging students to take sensible precautions we hope that they will enjoy their time at university and reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime."

    The force is reminding students of three things:

    Look after yourself

    • enjoy alcohol sensibly
    • what goes online stays online
    • travelling? Consider a cab

    Look after your stuff

    • register your valuables with www.immobilise.com
    • got a bike? Use a D-lock to secure it
    • leaving a room? Lock your doors and windows

    Think of your neighbours

    • on the way home, keep the noise down
    • Shopping trollies are not chariots!
    • remember you are a representative of the university

    The 'Stay Safe' information will be given out at a wide range of events during the first few weeks of term to encourage students to think about their personal safety and think of their neighbours, who may or may not be students themselves. Officers will also be giving talks in Halls of Residence to first year students and using social media to engage with students.

    Inspector Simon Preston, Central Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander, added:

    "It’s essential that we get in to the universities and talk to the new students in our areas. We work very closely with the universities to deliver our safety messages.

    "Students are at the beginning of their studies, coping with pressures and freedom of being away from home, learning about university life and becoming involved in organised social activities which take place in bars and clubs throughout the city. It’s important that we not only welcome the students but also encourage them to 'Stay Safe' so that they can enjoy their time at university."

    Officers will be at the following Freshers Week events:

    For further information on student safety and details of local officers and events visit www.leics.police.uk/students.

    You can keep up to date by following officers on social media:

    De Montfort University

    University of Leicester

    Loughborough University

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Appeal for witnesses after assault in Belgrave Road

    Officers are appealing for witnesses to an assault in the carpark of the B & M store in Belgrave Road, Leicester, last night (24 September).

    We were called at in the early hours of the morning to a report of a disturbance at the location. A 33-year-old was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary and has since been discharged.

    A 25-year-old has been taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with life-threatening injuries. He remains there in a stable condition.

    Did you see what happened? Do you have any information that can help officers piece together what happened in the incident?

    Call 101, quoting incident number 46 of 25 September.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Body found in canal identified

    A body found in the water at Freemans Common Lock yesterday (24 September) has been identified.

    Wojciech Wojciechowski, 45, was discovered in the lock, off Eastern Boulevard, at around 10am.

    A post-mortem examination was carried out and his death is being treated as unexplained.

    The investigation into how he died is continuing and officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen Wojciechowski in the 48 hours before he was discovered to come forward.

    He was white with dark hair tied in a ponytail and a full beard, about one to two inches long. He was wearing blue jeans, a green rugby style top with ‘Ireland’ written on the chest with a blue jumper over it and a blue, fleece-lined jacket. He had black and blue Nike trainers on.

    Detective Inspector Tim Lindley said: “We need to speak to anyone in the city who knew Wojciech. Do you know him? Did you see anyone matching his description in the days leading up to his body being discovered?

    “Any information may be helpful to our investigation.”

    Call 101 with any information, quoting incident number 16000292816.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: The facts about the “Burkah police uniform” debate

    There are no plans to consider allowing Muslim female officers to wear a Burkah whilst on duty for Leicestershire Police.

    Some weeks ago, a story appeared in the media that suggested another Police Force in the country was considering the move.

    As a result of that story, a local journalist from Leicester contacted the force and asked us what our view was.

    In response, we provided the journalist with the following statement:

    “We have been made aware of discussions in other police forces regarding incorporating burkahs into police uniform. It is not something that Leicestershire Police has been asked to consider by an officer or by a police recruit. If such a request was made, it would be considered in line with the requirements of policing and the need to ensure officers have uniforms that are fit for purpose”.

    That is our position, and we are disappointed that some sections of the national media have chosen to interpret that statement in a way that is inaccurate and misleading.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Two sentenced to 15 years for their part in pub attack

    Two men have been sentenced after they hit a man on the head with a metal object and stabbed him in his back, leaving him with serious injuries.

    The incident happened on Friday 18 March outside the Paget Arms pub, in Oxford Street, Loughborough.

    Yesterday (22 September), Connor Dennis Franklin, 25, of HMP Leicester, was found guilty of section 18 grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article. He was today sentenced to 10 years.

    Joseph Lloyd Stephens, 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to section 20 grievous bodily harm at the start of the trial. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a motor vehicle in November 2015 and was sentenced to a total of five years in prison.

    The 35-year-old victim was involved in a row with the offenders in the car park of the pub before Stephens hit him on the head with a metal object. Franklin then stabbed him in the back with a knife, causing injuries so severe he needed emergency surgery for injuries to his liver and diaphragm. He remained in hospital for two weeks.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Building fire in Long Street, Wigston

    Officers are appealing for witnesses after a building fire in Long Street, Wigston.

    We were called to the scene at 2.45am this morning (23 September) to a report of a fire.

    Investigations have established that the fire was started deliberately and officers would like to speak to anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area throughout the evening.

    Long Street remains closed to traffic while the building is made safe and investigations are carried out.

    Contact us on 101, quoting incident number 52 of 23 September.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Enquiries continue into Wigston fire

    Officers are continuing their enquiries into a building fire in Wigston on Friday (23 September).

    The fire was reported in Long Street at 2.45am and resulted in significant damage being caused to the disused building.

    The fire is being treated as suspicious and we’d still like to speak to anyone who may have any information which could lead us to those responsible.

    The police cordon on Long Street was lifted over the weekend however local authority closures remain in place while the building is made safe.

    Contact us on 101, quoting incident number 52 of 23 September.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Can you help us identify these two men?

    We want to speak to them as they may have information about two break-ins at commercial premises in Gee Road, Coalville, where cash was taken.

    The first happened at Hormann UK on 29 February at around 6.15pm. The second was at a neighbouring business on 16 September between 5.30pm and 6.15pm.

    Investigating officers believe the two men will be able to help with the enquiry.

    Do you know who they are? Is it you in one of the images?

    Contact PC Mick Hinton on 101, quoting incident number 16000040351

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  • Don’t let the warmer weather take your breath away

    Doctors from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to understand how to manage their symptoms as the weather heats up.


    Over 900,000 people in the UK are currently living with COPD, and it can make summer a struggle rather than a pleasure. Heat, humidity and sudden changes in weather can make it harder to breathe and trigger symptoms, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.


  • Patients invited to share their views about repeat prescription ordering

    The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are reviewing the process for repeat prescriptions and are inviting people to share their views. A repeat prescription is for medication that a doctor has authorised on a patient’s file which can be supplied for a certain period of time, and on a regular basis without having to see the doctor each time.

  • New ways of working for our urgent and emergency care services

    In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we are working to provide urgent care which is patient centred, supporting them to navigate a seamless journey through health and social care, and making sure they get the right care, first time.

    As part of this work we are currently looking at a pilot scheme which will enhance the services offered by NHS 111, offering access to health and care specialists for appropriate patients over the phone and streamlining the navigation through health and social care services for patients who need it.

  • Care Home improvements workshop success

    Over the course of the last few months we have been visiting care homes across the West Leicestershire area to talk to staff, residents and their families about what matters most to them, and listening to their experiences of care and caring.

    This is part of our work to look at the current care home provision and services in the area, how services are being delivered and if there are improvements that can be made in order to make sure that people living in care homes in the area live and die well.

  • Patients reminded to seek help from NHS 111 for non-life threatening emergencies

    Clinicians in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people to remember to call 111 for medical advice, unless it is a serious of life threatening emergency. The recent hot weather can cause dehydration and overheating, aggravating symptoms for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing, or are susceptible to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

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  • Missing girl found safe and well

    Missing 14-year-old Aaisha Ravat has been found.

    The teenager was found this evening in the city.

    Thank you to all who shared our appeal.

  • Arrests in Belgrave Road assault

    Five people have been arrested in connection with an assault in Belgrave Road, Leicester, over the weekend.

    Officers were called in the early hours of the morning (25 September) to a report of a disturbance in the B & M Store car park.

    Two men, aged 33 and 25, were taken to hospital. The 33-year-old has been discharged and the 25-year-old remains in the Queen’s Medical Centre in a stable condition.

    It has since come to our attention that a third man, a 19-year-old, was injured in the incident. He was taken to the LRI and has since been discharged.

    The arrested men - a 33-year-old, a 19-year-old, a 17-year-old and two 20-year-olds - have been bailed pending further enquiries.

    If you saw what happened in the incident, contact us. We need your help with our investigation.

    Call 101, quoting incident number 16000293468.

  • Warning issued after distraction burglary in Glenfield

    The public are being warned to remain vigilant after an elderly woman in Glenfield was the victim of a distraction burglary.

    The incident took place in a property Groby Road around 9am on Sunday (25 September) when two women knocked on the door of the house and claimed they knew the occupant.

    The suspects entered the house and one of them asked to use the toilet, whilst the victim was distracted by the other suspect a number of items including cash, jewellery and bank cards were stolen.

    The suspects are described as being of Eastern European appearance and about 5ft 6ins tall, they were both wearing dark clothing. One of the suspects was in her 20s and the other was in her 40s.

    Were you visited in similar circumstances or did you see anyone matching the descriptions of the suspects in the area at the weekend?

    If you have any information then please contact DC 628 Robert Taylor on 101, quoting crime number 293945.

    We’d like to take this opportunity to remind people to never let any visitors into their homes if they are unsure of their identity, use a door chain and if possible check their identity with the company they are claiming to represent, if any doubt don’t let them in.

  • Deceased named after fatal collision on M1

    A man who died after an incident on the M1 motorway has been named.

    Emergency services were called to the northbound stretch of the M1 motorway at about 5.20am on Friday 9 September.

    Terry Larkin, 77, of Loughborough was pronounced dead at the scene after being in collision with a HGV.

    It followed a report made just minutes earlier of a collision on the roundabout above junction 23 of the M1, Ashby Road, involving a grey Renault Clio.

    We are continuing are enquiries to establish the exact circumstances of the two incidents and the links between them.

    Were you travelling along the A512 (Ashby Road) out of Loughborough, around 5am on Friday 9 September, did you see a grey Renault Clio travelling along that road? If you can help please get in touch.

    If you witnessed either incidents and haven’t yet spoken with us then contact DC 4484 Alison Ide on 101, quoting incident 84 of 9 September.

  • Enquiries into death of man found in canal continue

    Officers are continuing enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found in a canal.

    Wojciech Wojciechowski, 45, was discovered in Freemans Common Lock, off Eastern Boulevard, at around 10am on Saturday 24 September.

    A post-mortem examination has been carried out.

    Officers are appealing for anyone who knows Wojciechowski to contact them as they have limited information about his life and are trying to build up a picture of him and his movements. Do you know him? Did you see anyone matching his description in the days leading up to his body being discovered?

    He was white with dark hair tied in a ponytail and a full beard, about one to two inches long. He was wearing blue jeans, a green rugby style top with ‘Ireland’ written on the chest with a blue jumper over it and a blue, fleece-lined jacket. He had black and blue Nike trainers on.

    Call 101 with any information, quoting incident number 16000292816.

  • Police welcome students to Leicestershire with new safety campaign

    Enjoy your time at university and 'Stay Safe' is the advice Leicestershire Police is giving to students.

    With thousands of students starting their studies in Leicestershire this week, the force is launching its 'Stay Safe' campaign. Aimed at new students arriving at Loughborough, Leicester and De Montfort Universities, during Freshers Week, the campaign encourages students to look after themselves, look after their stuff and think of their neighbours.

    More than 15,000 'Stay Safe' leaflets will be given to students in their university welcome packs and at Freshers Fairs across the three campuses.

    Inspector Dwight Barker, Commander of Charnwood Neighbourhood Policing Area which covers Loughborough University, said:

    "We want to advise all students to take care of themselves as well as their possessions. Although the risk of becoming a victim of crime while studying in Leicestershire is very small, it is recognised that students are more likely to be targeted by opportunist thieves.

    "By working with our universities and encouraging students to take sensible precautions we hope that they will enjoy their time at university and reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime."

    The force is reminding students of three things:

    Look after yourself

    • enjoy alcohol sensibly
    • what goes online stays online
    • travelling? Consider a cab

    Look after your stuff

    • register your valuables with www.immobilise.com
    • got a bike? Use a D-lock to secure it
    • leaving a room? Lock your doors and windows

    Think of your neighbours

    • on the way home, keep the noise down
    • Shopping trollies are not chariots!
    • remember you are a representative of the university

    The 'Stay Safe' information will be given out at a wide range of events during the first few weeks of term to encourage students to think about their personal safety and think of their neighbours, who may or may not be students themselves. Officers will also be giving talks in Halls of Residence to first year students and using social media to engage with students.

    Inspector Simon Preston, Central Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander, added:

    "It’s essential that we get in to the universities and talk to the new students in our areas. We work very closely with the universities to deliver our safety messages.

    "Students are at the beginning of their studies, coping with pressures and freedom of being away from home, learning about university life and becoming involved in organised social activities which take place in bars and clubs throughout the city. It’s important that we not only welcome the students but also encourage them to 'Stay Safe' so that they can enjoy their time at university."

    Officers will be at the following Freshers Week events:

    For further information on student safety and details of local officers and events visit www.leics.police.uk/students.

    You can keep up to date by following officers on social media:

    De Montfort University

    University of Leicester

    Loughborough University

  • The facts about the “Burkah police uniform” debate

    There are no plans to consider allowing Muslim female officers to wear a Burkah whilst on duty for Leicestershire Police.

    Some weeks ago, a story appeared in the media that suggested another Police Force in the country was considering the move.

    As a result of that story, a local journalist from Leicester contacted the force and asked us what our view was.

    In response, we provided the journalist with the following statement:

    “We have been made aware of discussions in other police forces regarding incorporating burkahs into police uniform. It is not something that Leicestershire Police has been asked to consider by an officer or by a police recruit. If such a request was made, it would be considered in line with the requirements of policing and the need to ensure officers have uniforms that are fit for purpose”.

    That is our position, and we are disappointed that some sections of the national media have chosen to interpret that statement in a way that is inaccurate and misleading.

  • Two sentenced to 15 years for their part in pub attack

    Two men have been sentenced after they hit a man on the head with a metal object and stabbed him in his back, leaving him with serious injuries.

    The incident happened on Friday 18 March outside the Paget Arms pub, in Oxford Street, Loughborough.

    Yesterday (22 September), Connor Dennis Franklin, 25, of HMP Leicester, was found guilty of section 18 grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article. He was today sentenced to 10 years.

    Joseph Lloyd Stephens, 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to section 20 grievous bodily harm at the start of the trial. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a motor vehicle in November 2015 and was sentenced to a total of five years in prison.

    The 35-year-old victim was involved in a row with the offenders in the car park of the pub before Stephens hit him on the head with a metal object. Franklin then stabbed him in the back with a knife, causing injuries so severe he needed emergency surgery for injuries to his liver and diaphragm. He remained in hospital for two weeks.