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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner encourage reporting of hate crimes

    Chief Constable Simon Cole and Leicestershire Police & Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach have urged the public to report all incidents of hate crime to Leicestershire Police in a joint interview with Radio Leicester this morning (Thursday 30 June).

    On a typical day Leicestershire Police receives between two and three reports of hate crime, around 900 reports per year. This trend has continued in recent days but there has been anecdotal information that members of various local communities have been experiencing harassment and verbal abuse.

    Chief Constable Simon Cole added: “We take allegations of hate crime very seriously. The way that we investigate these reports is monitored by an independent hate crime scrutiny panel. As part of the Stamp it Out campaign, partners across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland have committed to working together to ensure local communities are as safe as they can be.

    “Hate crime can have a really significant impact on victims and we believe that it is something that is under reported."

    Lord Bach said: “We are watching the situation closely. There are a variety of reporting routes available and I would encourage both victims and witnesses to use them. Hate crime will absolutely not be tolerated in our community.”

    You can report a hate crime either by phoning 101, going along to your local station, or via the True Vision website www.report-it.org.uk.

    For further information on hate crime visit https://leics.police.uk/hate-crime

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Kayleigh – Film made to warn children of online grooming

    Schoolchildren throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are to be a shown a film about aspects of the last two weeks of the life of murdered teenager Kayleigh Haywood.

    The film, produced by Leicestershire Police, is intended to provide children and parents with a stark warning of the dangers of online grooming.

    The film was launched today (Thursday, 30 June) at a Media Conference held at the Force’s Headquarters by Kayleigh’s parents, by her former head teacher and by the Force’s Deputy Chief Constable.

    Kayleigh was groomed online by 28-year-old Luke Harlow, a man she had never met. Over the course of 13 days, he sent the 15-year-old more than 100 messages a day before she finally agreed to his requests to spend the night of Friday, 13 November, at his house.

    She ended up spending the whole of the following day with him, and in the early hours of Sunday 15 November, having been held against her will by Harlow and his neighbour, 29-year-old Stephen Beadman, Kayleigh was raped and murdered by Beadman.

    Following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court, both men were found guilty of false imprisonment. At previous hearings, Harlow had pleaded guilty to meeting Kayleigh following sexual grooming and to two counts of sexual activity with her. He had also admitted offences in relation to two other girls. Beadman had pleaded guilty, also at previous hearings, to raping and murdering Kayleigh.

    Both men will be sentenced tomorrow, Friday 1 July.

    The film, called Kayleigh’s Love Story, lasts just over five minutes. It was shot on location in Leicestershire in February this year and involved a professional cast.

    It will be rolled out at a series of screenings in the coming days, in Ibstock, Coalville and Measham in North West Leicestershire, where Kayleigh lived.

    Then, from September onwards, the film will be screened to all school children aged 11 upwards in the force area.

    The film will also be released to all police forces in the UK for use in schools in their own areas, and will be posted on Leicestershire Police’s Facebook site.

    A trailer of the film is available to view, but carries a warning that, if it were to be screened at a cinema, it would carry a 15 certificate.

    Speaking at the launch of the film today, Kayleigh’s mother, Stephanie, said: “We will never again see our beautiful daughter Kayleigh. We won’t be able to cuddle her, to care for her, or be able to protect her. “My heart aches every minute of every day. So does Martin’s and Kyle’s, the hearts of our other children and of all those who knew and loved Kayleigh.

    “Our world changed forever the day that Kayleigh received that Facebook message.

    “But we are determined that Kayleigh lives on, and not just in our hearts.

    “We want her to help protect children – today and in the future.

    “When the police asked us, last December, if they could make a film about Kayleigh, we didn’t hesitate to give them our total support.

    “We wanted this film made.

    “It serves as a warning - to children and to parents – of the very real dangers of online grooming.

    “We want every child aged 11 and upwards to see this film, both in this country and abroad.

    “Because this film is our beautiful daughter’s tragic legacy”.

    Eddie Green, Headteacher at Ashby School where Kayleigh was a pupil, said: “The tragic events of last November have had a profound impact on our school and wider community. There are still staff and students struggling to deal with the enormity of this tragedy and we will continue to support all of those affected by these events.

    “Across the county and indeed across the country schools are talking to students about e-safety and the need to be careful and vigilant about who you meet and communicate with on line. There are some very good, high quality materials available, but despite the best efforts of many schools, too many young people are still in communication with and meeting up with people they don’t know.

    “The consequences for Kayleigh were extreme and sadly she paid the ultimate price, but it provides a very important message for all our young people that it can happen to you. Kayleigh was one of our students; she was a girl from the North West Leicestershire, a girl in our county in the East Midlands.

    “What is different about this film is that it is powerful, it is emotional, it is hard-hitting, but above all it is true. It tells the story of a Leicestershire girl and the sequence of events leading up to her tragic murder.

    “I would encourage all schools in our county, in our region and indeed across the country to show this if they have secondary age students. “It is real and it can happen to you. However, I would extend that invitation to parents in order that they too can be aware of the dangers and signs to look for and play their part in helping keep our young people safe.”

    Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “We must all do what we can to protect children. One way of achieving that is to ensure that as many people as possible know what happened to Kayleigh, that they understand the signs that a child may be in danger and is being groomed, and that we take appropriate steps to safeguard children..

    “I hope this film will enable Kayleigh to live on and to help protect children from being groomed. This is Kayleigh’s legacy”.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: First case in East Midlands prosecuted under Modern Slavery Act

    Two people have been made the subject of a risk order following a civil trial under the new slavery legislation.

    Sidney and Sally Smith, of Nevada Park, Melton Mowbray, have been handed the order – which means that restrictions and requirements are placed on the treatment of their employees and prevents offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

    It is as a result of the discovery they were keeping a man as a slave, making him live in poor conditions and forcing him to work long hours for little or no pay at their mobile home park in Melton.

    Witness evidence indicated that the victim appeared malnourished and gaunt “like an image of someone in a concentration camp”, and was always seen wearing dirty clothes.

    The victim was kept as a slave for around 10 years and was ‘rescued’ in June 2015. When his caravan, which was next to the defendants’ bungalow at the site, was visited by officers, it was deemed not fit for an animal to live in.

    DC Jo Ranson, who led this investigation, said: “Thanks to the efforts of a number of agencies – including the probation service, Melton Borough Council and voluntary agencies – it allowed this civil case to come to court.

    “We have been able to challenge this behaviour and safeguard future workers at Nevada Park, ensuring no further offences are committed in the future.

    "This case is the first case to be prosecuted in the East Midlands under this new legislation and it serves as a message to others that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”

    If you think someone is being exploited and needs our help, contact us on 101.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Loughborough officers lend a helping to hand to create a special garden at care home

    Charnwood Lodge Care Home at Woodhouse Lane, Nanpantan, provides residential care for adults with autism, learning disabilities and mental health needs.

    On Tuesday 21 June 2016, officers from Loughborough Police decided to get some mud under their fingernails when they helped Charnwood Lodge to turn an overgrown patch of land into a new garden, to provide an area of contemplation and reflection.

    Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Dave Gilbody from Loughborough Police said; “Myself and the team have worked hard to develop a strong and positive relationship with the residents and staff at Charnwood Lodge.

    “I am delighted to be involved in this new project which has taken an area that was previously overgrown and unused, and has turned it into something special that enhances the work at Charnwood Lodge.”

    Ann Marie Hinchcliffe, Team Leader at Charnwood Lodge said; “It has been a pleasure to work alongside the PCSO’s on our garden project – they have provided us with a space where our residents are able to relax and enjoy the area. We would not have been able to have completed this without the support from the PCSO’s and Jody the Tesco Extra Community Champion.

    “Everyone here has a great relationship with the PCSO’s and look forward to the events we do together. I Would also like to thank Jewson tool hire and Harlow's timber ‎for their support .”

    Jody Branston, Community Champion from Tesco Extra Loughborough said; “We were happy to be asked to help with this brilliant project. We have a great relationship with both the Loughborough Police and the residents and staff from Charnwood Lodge Care Home and have collaborated on projects together before.

    “We have donated goods and labour to help to bring this garden together, and will continue to help whenever and wherever possible. It is a wonderful place where it is very obvious the residents are well loved and cared for. We hope the addition of this garden will help to continue the great work done here”

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Fatal collision victim named

    A woman who died after a collision on Six Hills Lane in Grimston, Leicestershire, has been named.

    Dorothy Ecob, 76, was a passenger in a Nissan Micra travelling on Ostler Lane, towards Six Hills Lane, when it was in collision with a white Ford mini bus at around 9am on Sunday 26 June.

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

    Two others in the Micra – the driver and a second passenger - are currently at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious injuries.

    The driver of the mini bus 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.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Police to show how communications data is being used to snare criminals

    Police forces are shining a light on how they use communications data to locate criminals and solve crimes.

    Leicestershire Police is one of four forces that is taking part in a 24-hour ‘Tweet-a-thon’ on Thursday (30 June) to demonstrate how they are using technology to bring offenders to justice.

    Under the current Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, forces can complete telecommunications checks for volume crime, such as frauds, harassments, burglaries, robberies and thefts.

    Communications data is the ‘who’, ‘when’, and ‘where’ of a communication, not what is written or said. It is details of the communication – not the content.

    Police forces use it at the early stages of investigations to prove or disprove where a person was, or determine who they were with or who they spoke to. This information is invaluable in proving guilt as well as innocence.

    Leicestershire is joining Durham Police, Lincolnshire Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary for the 'Tweet-a-thon'.

    National Policing Lead for Communications Data, ACC Richard Berry, said: “The argument is often made that we can have privacy and freedom or security. In the police service, we believe we can have privacy, freedom and security.

    “That is a guiding principle under which we act and we work hard to get the balance right.”

    In the UK more than 80% of adults go online. And among that 80% are criminals, fraudsters, rapists and child molesters.

    While communications data is used to trace the most serious of offences, it is also a vital tool in tackling volume crime. Examples of where is has been used include to place suspect at the scene of an arson, linking possible suspects with malicious calls and placing people at scenes of crime.

    It has also been harnessed to tackle social media harassment which, without early intervention, could lead to more serious crime and even murder.

    ACC Berry added: “Communications data is one of the most valuable tools we have to investigate crime today and is vital if we are to keep pace in today’s digitalised world.”

    The ability to acquire communications data is governed by law and strict codes of practice with built in safeguards, which take full account of the important principles of necessity, proportionality and collateral intrusion.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: PCC and Chief Constable speak out on hate crime

    Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and its Chief Constable have spoken out to reassure our communities following reports elsewhere in the country of incidents of post-referendum hate crimes being committed.

    Police forces in other parts of the country are investigating reports of hate crimes which may be directly related to the vote to leave the EU.

    Both Lord Willy Bach and Simon Cole have today said that all hate crime, whatever its motivation, will not be tolerated and reports of any such crimes in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are treated extremely seriously.

    The Force regularly monitors any fluctuations in hate crime (as we do in all crime types) in order to identify any emerging spikes and any particular areas which require additional focus and operational attention. To date, there has been no increase in such crimes being reported to us in the force area when we compare figures for the last few days with previous weeks.

    Lord Bach said: “I recognise that the result of the referendum has caused some anxiety and uncertainty about the future. At such a time, the Chief Constable and I are keen to do all we can to reassure all sections of our diverse communities.

    “On Monday morning the Chief briefed me on the potential for hate crimes and incidents following the referendum vote. I take such issues extremely seriously and I urge our local communities to support each other and to report any instances to either the police on 101 or to True Vision, regardless of what may have motivated such crimes.

    Chief Constable Cole said: “The communities in both the city of Leicester and in the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland have richly deserved reputations for being happy, harmonious and cohesive, and we must all work together to ensure that continues to be the case.

    Anyone who witnesses, or is a victim, of a hate crime should contact the Police on 101 or via True Vision http://www.report-it.org.uk/home

    You may also find useful information at http://www.stamp-it-out.co.uk/, which reflects our partnership approach across LLR.

    The Force has a specific section on this website about hate crime and incidents - https://leics.police.uk/categories/hate-crime

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Statement from Kayleigh’s parents Martin and Stephanie

    The parents of Kayleigh Haywood have today released the following statement.

    We cannot begin to find the words to describe how we feel or how we continue to get through each minute of every day.

    We lost our beautiful, precious little girl Kayleigh who we will never see again. We miss Kayleigh every minute of every day, as do her brothers and sister.

    We are all heartbroken and devastated, our hearts have been torn apart. We ask ourselves every day, why? Why Kayleigh? Why did this happen to our beautiful daughter?

    Today we have got justice for our beautiful daughter. But that doesn’t change anything for us. We have to live with this heartache forever. The public have been and continue to be a great support and comfort to us, and we want to thank each and every one of you. Thank you.

    We would like to say thank you to the Crown Prosecution Service and prosecution counsel for all the endless hours of work they have put in by bringing these two people to justice. Without them there would be no justice or punishment for the two people who so heartlessly took away our beautiful daughter Kayleigh. Thank you.

    But our biggest thank you has to go to the Leicestershire Police force. Without them we would never have got through this.

    They worked so hard and tirelessly day after day, night after night to find our daughter, a task we know no officer relished, and they were with us every step of the way, giving us the strength and support that we so desperately needed at the saddest time in our lives. Just saying thank you to them all will never seem enough.

    But thank you each and every one of you. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Kayleigh Haywood trial: Men convicted of false imprisonment

    Two men have been found guilty of the false imprisonment of 15-year-old schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood, who was groomed, raped and murdered in Leicestershire last November.

    Kayleigh, from Measham, North West Leicestershire, was groomed online by Luke Harlow, 28, before she was killed by his next door neighbour, Stephen Beadman, 29, in the early hours of Sunday 15 November.

    Following a two week trial at Nottingham Crown Court, the jury concluded that Kayleigh had been held against her will by both men before being raped and murdered as she tried to flee the house. Beadman was unanimously convicted yesterday (Monday 27 June); Harlow was convicted by a majority verdict at lunchtime today.

    Prior to the trial, Harlow, of George Avenue, Ibstock, had pleaded guilty to meeting Kayleigh following sexual grooming and to two counts of sexual activity with her. He had also admitted attempting to meet another 15-year-old girl following sexual grooming between March and July 2015 and to attempting to meet a third child following sexual grooming between March 2013 and March 2014.

    Beadman, of George Avenue, Ibstock, had also previously pleaded guilty to raping and murdering Kayleigh.

    Both men will be sentenced for all these offences on 1 July.

    Detective Supt Kate Meynell, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), led the investigation, She said: “All murders are shocking, but what happened to Kayleigh Haywood is particularly harrowing.

    “Kayleigh was just a teenager with her whole life ahead of her but having been groomed online over the course of two weeks, her life was cut short in the most brutal way. Her family have lost a much cherished daughter and sister, and their hopes of seeing her grow up and have her own family have been taken away from them.

    “Harlow was fully aware that Kayleigh was only 15, yet he persisted in contacting her, luring her closer with his messages of bogus affection until she eventually succumbed to his attention and agreed to spend an evening at his house.

    “We may never fully know what happened that weekend and in the hours leading up to her death, but it ended with Kayleigh being held against her will before being raped and murdered by her groomer’s neighbour, and her body left abandoned in a field.

    “Throughout the initial investigation and in the weeks and months since, Kayleigh’s family have shown immense dignity. Their courage has never wavered.

    “I can’t begin to imagine what the past nine months have been like for them but I hope that now the judicial process is drawing to a close they can begin to gain strength and take comfort from the fact Beadman and Harlow will be behind bars and not be able to cause harm to another family.”

    The chain of events began at 1.10pm on Saturday 31 October 2015 when Kayleigh received a Facebook message from Harlow, a man she had never met or spoken to before. He asked her how she was.

    Kayleigh replied, and over the next 13 days Harlow sent her hundreds of messages. Despite knowing her age, he slowly ensnared her with messages of affection.

    Finally, she agreed to spend an evening at his house, and on Friday 13 November, at around 6pm, Kayleigh was dropped off at Ibstock Community College having told her family she was spending the evening with a school friend.

    Instead, she met up with Harlow and spent the next two days at his house, where, at some point, she was introduced to Beadman who lived next door. Kayleigh was reported missing to Leicestershire Police on Sunday 15 November by her parents. Extensive enquiries were carried out and quickly identified Harlow and Beadman as being the last people to see Kayleigh alive.

    At the height of the investigation more than 300 officers and a considerable number of support staff and volunteers were involved in the search for Kayleigh. Officers from across the region searched Sence Valley Park and volunteers and cadets distributed leaflets in the local community seeking the public’s help.

    Footage from CCTV in the area was examined, house-to-house enquiries were completed and the offenders’ mobile phones were examined. These enquiries resulted in a number of scenes being identified, evidence gathered, and a picture of Kayleigh’s last known movements began to emerge.

    Detective Chief Superintendent David Sandall, Head of Crime at Leicestershire Police, said: “Kayleigh’s story demonstrates, in the most harrowing fashion, the ultimate potential consequences of children talking to strangers on the internet and the very real threat of online grooming. “I can only hope that we all, as parents, take note of what happened to Kayleigh. We need to understand that there are people within our communities who are using social and digital media to beguile, to lure, and to entrap children. They are in a very tiny minority. But sadly they do exist.

    “The support received from the people of Leicestershire, especially the communities of Measham and Ibstock, has been astonishing, from helping us to search for Kayleigh to the love and on-going support they have shown towards Kayleigh’s family.

    “The judicial process may now be over but the family, along with these communities, still need time to come to terms with what has happened. Please continue to support each other.”

    Leicestershire Police has launched a campaign asking people to make a commitment to fight child sexual exploitation. CEASE – Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation – is a major, multi-agency initiative in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and asks people to make a very public commitment that such abuse and exploitation of children will not be tolerated. We want members of the public to help ‘spot the signs’ to prevent young people coming to harm.

    You can sign the online pledge here or can support the campaign by texting CEASE to 87007.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Man charged after double fatal collision

    A 40-year-old man has been charged with two counts of death by dangerous driving.

    Rashminder Gill, 40, of Bradgate Hill, was driving on the A50 Groby Road at around 9pm on Friday 29 January when he was involved in a collision.

    He was also charged with one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

    Gill will appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court on August 1.

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  • 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. Those at most risk from hot weather are the elderly, babies and young children.
  • Have your say on possible changes to availability of paracetamol and gluten-free foods on prescription
    The three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR), who plan and pay for local healthcare services in the area, are investigating ways they can reduce the amount they spend on prescribing items which are also freely available to buy in supermarkets and community pharmacies.
  • Help us design Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services
    Clinical Commissioning Groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, who are the people who plan and buy local NHS services, are working together to design what non-emergency patient transport should look like in the future.
  • New NHSCC report shows the impact that CCG nurses are making locally

    NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) have today released a new report highlighting how the role of nurses on a CCG’s governing body has changed over time, empowering them to make more of a difference for their local patients and populations.

    It reveals how many CCGs are now employing full time chief or executive nurses with responsibility for the day-to-day running of an element of the organisation, usually quality, going far beyond the legal requirement for a registered nurse to sit on their governing body.

  • West Leicestershire patients urged to sign up to their GP practice PPG and help to make a difference
    Patients in West Leicestershire are being encouraged to sign up to their local Patient Participation Group (PPG) and work in partnership with their GP surgery to help improve healthcare. PPG Awareness Week (6-11 June) is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P) to raise awareness of the importance of PPGs and the opportunity for people to get involved. In West Leicestershire there are 48 GP practices and they would all welcome new PPG members to help support with their activities.

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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.

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  • James Ward known as Mark James T/A as Car Care Automotive Great Yarmouth Guilty of Handling Stolen Car Parts

    James Ward known as Mark James was found guilty last week for handling stolen car parts from his business called Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd Great Yarmouth.. Phone number 01493 717767
    A Subaru Impreza was stolen from High Wycombe, an area where Ward lived at the time of the theft. The car was broken up for parts by Ward. He has also set up a new business that deals with Subaru’s. The business is in Great Yarmouth, Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd. Phone number 01493 717767.
    Thames Valley Police raided Car Care Automotive on the 24/2/15 and found a few parts left from the stolen Subaru. Ward was bailed until April. On the 20/4/15 Thames Valley Police charged Ward with handling and selling stolen goods. Ward has even put parts from the stolen car onto other cars.
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  • Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner encourage reporting of hate crimes

    Chief Constable Simon Cole and Leicestershire Police & Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach have urged the public to report all incidents of hate crime to Leicestershire Police in a joint interview with Radio Leicester this morning (Thursday 30 June).

    On a typical day Leicestershire Police receives between two and three reports of hate crime, around 900 reports per year. This trend has continued in recent days but there has been anecdotal information that members of various local communities have been experiencing harassment and verbal abuse.

    Chief Constable Simon Cole added: “We take allegations of hate crime very seriously. The way that we investigate these reports is monitored by an independent hate crime scrutiny panel. As part of the Stamp it Out campaign, partners across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland have committed to working together to ensure local communities are as safe as they can be.

    “Hate crime can have a really significant impact on victims and we believe that it is something that is under reported."

    Lord Bach said: “We are watching the situation closely. There are a variety of reporting routes available and I would encourage both victims and witnesses to use them. Hate crime will absolutely not be tolerated in our community.”

    You can report a hate crime either by phoning 101, going along to your local station, or via the True Vision website www.report-it.org.uk.

    For further information on hate crime visit https://leics.police.uk/hate-crime

  • Kayleigh – Film made to warn children of online grooming

    Schoolchildren throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are to be a shown a film about aspects of the last two weeks of the life of murdered teenager Kayleigh Haywood.

    The film, produced by Leicestershire Police, is intended to provide children and parents with a stark warning of the dangers of online grooming.

    The film was launched today (Thursday, 30 June) at a Media Conference held at the Force’s Headquarters by Kayleigh’s parents, by her former head teacher and by the Force’s Deputy Chief Constable.

    Kayleigh was groomed online by 28-year-old Luke Harlow, a man she had never met. Over the course of 13 days, he sent the 15-year-old more than 100 messages a day before she finally agreed to his requests to spend the night of Friday, 13 November, at his house.

    She ended up spending the whole of the following day with him, and in the early hours of Sunday 15 November, having been held against her will by Harlow and his neighbour, 29-year-old Stephen Beadman, Kayleigh was raped and murdered by Beadman.

    Following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court, both men were found guilty of false imprisonment. At previous hearings, Harlow had pleaded guilty to meeting Kayleigh following sexual grooming and to two counts of sexual activity with her. He had also admitted offences in relation to two other girls. Beadman had pleaded guilty, also at previous hearings, to raping and murdering Kayleigh.

    Both men will be sentenced tomorrow, Friday 1 July.

    The film, called Kayleigh’s Love Story, lasts just over five minutes. It was shot on location in Leicestershire in February this year and involved a professional cast.

    It will be rolled out at a series of screenings in the coming days, in Ibstock, Coalville and Measham in North West Leicestershire, where Kayleigh lived.

    Then, from September onwards, the film will be screened to all school children aged 11 upwards in the force area.

    The film will also be released to all police forces in the UK for use in schools in their own areas, and will be posted on Leicestershire Police’s Facebook site.

    A trailer of the film is available to view, but carries a warning that, if it were to be screened at a cinema, it would carry a 15 certificate.

    Speaking at the launch of the film today, Kayleigh’s mother, Stephanie, said: “We will never again see our beautiful daughter Kayleigh. We won’t be able to cuddle her, to care for her, or be able to protect her. “My heart aches every minute of every day. So does Martin’s and Kyle’s, the hearts of our other children and of all those who knew and loved Kayleigh.

    “Our world changed forever the day that Kayleigh received that Facebook message.

    “But we are determined that Kayleigh lives on, and not just in our hearts.

    “We want her to help protect children – today and in the future.

    “When the police asked us, last December, if they could make a film about Kayleigh, we didn’t hesitate to give them our total support.

    “We wanted this film made.

    “It serves as a warning - to children and to parents – of the very real dangers of online grooming.

    “We want every child aged 11 and upwards to see this film, both in this country and abroad.

    “Because this film is our beautiful daughter’s tragic legacy”.

    Eddie Green, Headteacher at Ashby School where Kayleigh was a pupil, said: “The tragic events of last November have had a profound impact on our school and wider community. There are still staff and students struggling to deal with the enormity of this tragedy and we will continue to support all of those affected by these events.

    “Across the county and indeed across the country schools are talking to students about e-safety and the need to be careful and vigilant about who you meet and communicate with on line. There are some very good, high quality materials available, but despite the best efforts of many schools, too many young people are still in communication with and meeting up with people they don’t know.

    “The consequences for Kayleigh were extreme and sadly she paid the ultimate price, but it provides a very important message for all our young people that it can happen to you. Kayleigh was one of our students; she was a girl from the North West Leicestershire, a girl in our county in the East Midlands.

    “What is different about this film is that it is powerful, it is emotional, it is hard-hitting, but above all it is true. It tells the story of a Leicestershire girl and the sequence of events leading up to her tragic murder.

    “I would encourage all schools in our county, in our region and indeed across the country to show this if they have secondary age students. “It is real and it can happen to you. However, I would extend that invitation to parents in order that they too can be aware of the dangers and signs to look for and play their part in helping keep our young people safe.”

    Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “We must all do what we can to protect children. One way of achieving that is to ensure that as many people as possible know what happened to Kayleigh, that they understand the signs that a child may be in danger and is being groomed, and that we take appropriate steps to safeguard children..

    “I hope this film will enable Kayleigh to live on and to help protect children from being groomed. This is Kayleigh’s legacy”.

  • First case in East Midlands prosecuted under Modern Slavery Act

    Two people have been made the subject of a risk order following a civil trial under the new slavery legislation.

    Sidney and Sally Smith, of Nevada Park, Melton Mowbray, have been handed the order – which means that restrictions and requirements are placed on the treatment of their employees and prevents offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

    It is as a result of the discovery they were keeping a man as a slave, making him live in poor conditions and forcing him to work long hours for little or no pay at their mobile home park in Melton.

    Witness evidence indicated that the victim appeared malnourished and gaunt “like an image of someone in a concentration camp”, and was always seen wearing dirty clothes.

    The victim was kept as a slave for around 10 years and was ‘rescued’ in June 2015. When his caravan, which was next to the defendants’ bungalow at the site, was visited by officers, it was deemed not fit for an animal to live in.

    DC Jo Ranson, who led this investigation, said: “Thanks to the efforts of a number of agencies – including the probation service, Melton Borough Council and voluntary agencies – it allowed this civil case to come to court.

    “We have been able to challenge this behaviour and safeguard future workers at Nevada Park, ensuring no further offences are committed in the future.

    "This case is the first case to be prosecuted in the East Midlands under this new legislation and it serves as a message to others that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”

    If you think someone is being exploited and needs our help, contact us on 101.

  • Loughborough officers lend a helping to hand to create a special garden at care home

    Charnwood Lodge Care Home at Woodhouse Lane, Nanpantan, provides residential care for adults with autism, learning disabilities and mental health needs.

    On Tuesday 21 June 2016, officers from Loughborough Police decided to get some mud under their fingernails when they helped Charnwood Lodge to turn an overgrown patch of land into a new garden, to provide an area of contemplation and reflection.

    Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Dave Gilbody from Loughborough Police said; “Myself and the team have worked hard to develop a strong and positive relationship with the residents and staff at Charnwood Lodge.

    “I am delighted to be involved in this new project which has taken an area that was previously overgrown and unused, and has turned it into something special that enhances the work at Charnwood Lodge.”

    Ann Marie Hinchcliffe, Team Leader at Charnwood Lodge said; “It has been a pleasure to work alongside the PCSO’s on our garden project – they have provided us with a space where our residents are able to relax and enjoy the area. We would not have been able to have completed this without the support from the PCSO’s and Jody the Tesco Extra Community Champion.

    “Everyone here has a great relationship with the PCSO’s and look forward to the events we do together. I Would also like to thank Jewson tool hire and Harlow's timber ‎for their support .”

    Jody Branston, Community Champion from Tesco Extra Loughborough said; “We were happy to be asked to help with this brilliant project. We have a great relationship with both the Loughborough Police and the residents and staff from Charnwood Lodge Care Home and have collaborated on projects together before.

    “We have donated goods and labour to help to bring this garden together, and will continue to help whenever and wherever possible. It is a wonderful place where it is very obvious the residents are well loved and cared for. We hope the addition of this garden will help to continue the great work done here”

  • Fatal collision victim named

    A woman who died after a collision on Six Hills Lane in Grimston, Leicestershire, has been named.

    Dorothy Ecob, 76, was a passenger in a Nissan Micra travelling on Ostler Lane, towards Six Hills Lane, when it was in collision with a white Ford mini bus at around 9am on Sunday 26 June.

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

    Two others in the Micra – the driver and a second passenger - are currently at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious injuries.

    The driver of the mini bus 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.

  • Police to show how communications data is being used to snare criminals

    Police forces are shining a light on how they use communications data to locate criminals and solve crimes.

    Leicestershire Police is one of four forces that is taking part in a 24-hour ‘Tweet-a-thon’ on Thursday (30 June) to demonstrate how they are using technology to bring offenders to justice.

    Under the current Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, forces can complete telecommunications checks for volume crime, such as frauds, harassments, burglaries, robberies and thefts.

    Communications data is the ‘who’, ‘when’, and ‘where’ of a communication, not what is written or said. It is details of the communication – not the content.

    Police forces use it at the early stages of investigations to prove or disprove where a person was, or determine who they were with or who they spoke to. This information is invaluable in proving guilt as well as innocence.

    Leicestershire is joining Durham Police, Lincolnshire Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary for the 'Tweet-a-thon'.

    National Policing Lead for Communications Data, ACC Richard Berry, said: “The argument is often made that we can have privacy and freedom or security. In the police service, we believe we can have privacy, freedom and security.

    “That is a guiding principle under which we act and we work hard to get the balance right.”

    In the UK more than 80% of adults go online. And among that 80% are criminals, fraudsters, rapists and child molesters.

    While communications data is used to trace the most serious of offences, it is also a vital tool in tackling volume crime. Examples of where is has been used include to place suspect at the scene of an arson, linking possible suspects with malicious calls and placing people at scenes of crime.

    It has also been harnessed to tackle social media harassment which, without early intervention, could lead to more serious crime and even murder.

    ACC Berry added: “Communications data is one of the most valuable tools we have to investigate crime today and is vital if we are to keep pace in today’s digitalised world.”

    The ability to acquire communications data is governed by law and strict codes of practice with built in safeguards, which take full account of the important principles of necessity, proportionality and collateral intrusion.

  • PCC and Chief Constable speak out on hate crime

    Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and its Chief Constable have spoken out to reassure our communities following reports elsewhere in the country of incidents of post-referendum hate crimes being committed.

    Police forces in other parts of the country are investigating reports of hate crimes which may be directly related to the vote to leave the EU.

    Both Lord Willy Bach and Simon Cole have today said that all hate crime, whatever its motivation, will not be tolerated and reports of any such crimes in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are treated extremely seriously.

    The Force regularly monitors any fluctuations in hate crime (as we do in all crime types) in order to identify any emerging spikes and any particular areas which require additional focus and operational attention. To date, there has been no increase in such crimes being reported to us in the force area when we compare figures for the last few days with previous weeks.

    Lord Bach said: “I recognise that the result of the referendum has caused some anxiety and uncertainty about the future. At such a time, the Chief Constable and I are keen to do all we can to reassure all sections of our diverse communities.

    “On Monday morning the Chief briefed me on the potential for hate crimes and incidents following the referendum vote. I take such issues extremely seriously and I urge our local communities to support each other and to report any instances to either the police on 101 or to True Vision, regardless of what may have motivated such crimes.

    Chief Constable Cole said: “The communities in both the city of Leicester and in the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland have richly deserved reputations for being happy, harmonious and cohesive, and we must all work together to ensure that continues to be the case.

    Anyone who witnesses, or is a victim, of a hate crime should contact the Police on 101 or via True Vision http://www.report-it.org.uk/home

    You may also find useful information at http://www.stamp-it-out.co.uk/, which reflects our partnership approach across LLR.

    The Force has a specific section on this website about hate crime and incidents - https://leics.police.uk/categories/hate-crime

  • Statement from Kayleigh’s parents Martin and Stephanie

    The parents of Kayleigh Haywood have today released the following statement.

    We cannot begin to find the words to describe how we feel or how we continue to get through each minute of every day.

    We lost our beautiful, precious little girl Kayleigh who we will never see again. We miss Kayleigh every minute of every day, as do her brothers and sister.

    We are all heartbroken and devastated, our hearts have been torn apart. We ask ourselves every day, why? Why Kayleigh? Why did this happen to our beautiful daughter?

    Today we have got justice for our beautiful daughter. But that doesn’t change anything for us. We have to live with this heartache forever. The public have been and continue to be a great support and comfort to us, and we want to thank each and every one of you. Thank you.

    We would like to say thank you to the Crown Prosecution Service and prosecution counsel for all the endless hours of work they have put in by bringing these two people to justice. Without them there would be no justice or punishment for the two people who so heartlessly took away our beautiful daughter Kayleigh. Thank you.

    But our biggest thank you has to go to the Leicestershire Police force. Without them we would never have got through this.

    They worked so hard and tirelessly day after day, night after night to find our daughter, a task we know no officer relished, and they were with us every step of the way, giving us the strength and support that we so desperately needed at the saddest time in our lives. Just saying thank you to them all will never seem enough.

    But thank you each and every one of you. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you.