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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Appeal after report of sexual assault

    Police are appealing for information from the public following a report of a sexual assault on a girl in Leicester.

    The teenager has told officers that she was attacked by a man at an address in the Hinckley Road, Fosse Road South and Shaftesbury Road area of the city around 8.15pm on Monday (25 April 2016).

    The man is described as being light skinned and of mixed race, aged in his 40s with short, dark hair. He was wearing a knee-length dark coat and grey shoes.

    Detective Chief Inspector Simon Cure said: “I am keen to hear from anyone who may have seen someone matching the man’s description, particularly in the Hinckley Road, Shaftesbury Road and Fosse Road South area of the city on Monday evening.

    “Did you see someone acting suspiciously? Have you heard something about what happened? If you have any information, please get in contact.”

    Officers have spent the last four days conducting a number of enquiries to clarify the precise nature of the incident, including forensic searches, trawling CCTV and making house-to-house enquiries with people living in the area. They are now making more widespread public appeals for information.

    Additional patrols are being conducted in the area this weekend to provide reassurance and residents are reminded to take sensible safety precautions and to report any suspicious behaviour by calling the police.

    A 40-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

    Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 607 of 25 April, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: London Marathon success for police runners

    Four runners from Leicestershire Police are celebrating their success after completing the Virgin London Marathon 2016.

    Congratulations go out to Detective Inspector Martin Smalley, Detective Inspector Paul McKinder, Catering Manager Phil Woods and Cyber-Crime Unit Technical Officer Hema Kotecha who ran an admirable 26 miles to conquer the 2016 marathon and raise money for charities close to their hearts, last Sunday (April 24 2016).

    Detective Inspector Martin Smalley, 45, completed the marathon in 3 hours 57 minutes and 51 seconds and raised an £3,031.53 for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

    Martin arrived at Greenwich Park with his family feeling nervous but looking forward to the challenge ahead. Last year he sadly lost his mother to Lympoma, and both his father and wife are cancer survivors, making Martin and his family thankful to the charity.

    Martin said “It’s an experience very difficult to describe unless you are actually in it. All was going well for me up until mile 22, when horrendous cramps took over and I couldn’t stand up at all, let alone run.

    “I was lying in agony on the floor, I thought that was it, so I was really pleased that I could literally limp home and still finish in less than 4 hours”.

    Detective Inspector Paul McKinder ran the 26 miles in 5 hours 24 minutes and 28 seconds, raising more than £3000 for The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS).

    When Paul turned fifty last year he wanted to challenge himself physically and decided he would run the London Marathon. The Air Ambulance Service lies particularly close with Paul, both with his role in the police and with an experience where they saved the life of a close friend’s child.

    Paul said; “Overall the run was an amazing experience; from the kind support of the spectators who handed out a constant supply of jelly babies, to looking at the London sights from car-free roads.

    “I even managed to make some friends on the way round and when you speak to other runners, you realise that everyone has their own motivation for running, their own personal goals and drives, and it makes it quite special”.

    His personal highlight was his wife and son, aged 4, cheering him on at the finish line, with who he spent Monday exploring London’s top attractions.

    Catering Manager Phil Woods completed the Marathon in 3 hours and 21 minutes, and managed to raise approximately £1600 for HemiHelp, a charity which supports children and adults suffering from hemiplegia, a neurological disease.

    HemiHelp lies particularly close to Phil’s heart as his son, George, has mild hemiplegia but refuses to let it limit him in anyway. His positive attitude inspires Phil to run the marathon each year, and this year was his eleventh.

    As a lifelong Leicester City Football Club supporter, Phil was determined to return back to Leicester in time to see the Foxes play Swansea. After finishing the Marathon and meeting staff, supporters and patrons of HemiHelp, he drove himself straight back to Leicester, where his wife, Annette, dropped him off at the King Power Stadium.

    Phil was thrilled to meet up with friends and his three sons before kick-off, and said “I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a pint of Singha Beer waiting for me after the day I had just experienced!”

    Cyber-Crime Unit Technical Officer Hema Kotecha ran the 26 miles in 6 hours 35 minutes and 41 seconds, and raised money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Prior to her work with Cyber Crime, Hema worked in the Leicester High Tech Crime Unit for eight years, and has seen first-hand how the NSPCC can help children who feel alone, isolated and afraid.

    Hema’s driving force for running the marathon was a desire to help make a difference to children who haven’t yet had a chance to shine. Before deciding to complete the marathon she admitted to being a complete novice at long-distance running, saying “it has always been a dream of mine to be chased by thousands of (crazy) people down some iconic streets”.

    The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon public ballot entry system opens to all applicants on Monday 2 May 2016.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Officers competitive spirit wins in the water

    Leicestershire Police Force Swimming Team has continued its success after competing in several events at the Police Sport UK National Swimming and Water Polo Championships.

    Competing in eight categories, Inspector Aimee Ramm won all of her swimming events and also retained some of her swimming titles for the tenth year running at the weekend (23 and 24 April 2016). Aimee took part in the 100m Freestyle (tenth year in a row), 50m Butterfly Masters (tenth year in a row), 50m Freestyle Masters, 100m Butterfly (tenth year in a row), 50m Backstroke Masters, 50m Breaststroke Masters, 50m Freestyle Open and the Skins Event, which is a knockout swimming competition where the top eight female swimmers repeatedly compete over a 25m race with the winner taking the title. Aimee’s success was recognised by Police Sport as she was selected for the tenth year to represent the British Police Swimming Team.

    PCSO Andrea Kemp was also successful in winning in her age group, being placed first in the 50m Butterfly Masters and coming second in both the 50m Backstroke and Breaststroke swimming categories .

    PC Vince Greenhill took second in his age group in the 50m Backstroke Masters and third in the 50m Freestyle. As well as swimming, Vince plays for the combined Midlands Water Polo Team where he scored 12 goals in the matches and was elected again for the British Police Water Polo Squad. The Water Polo Team took overall third place being pipped in the league by Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police teams.

    The success continued with the Men’s Relay Team getting third place in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay Race for the 140+ Age Group, which Is a combination on the swimmers ages.

    Leicestershire Police Swimming Team Manager, Dave Stevenson said: “In a hard fought competition the Leicestershire Police team competed well and we are all over joyed at our successes and training begins for 2017.”

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Victim named following Loughborough fatal collision

    An elderly man who died when his mobility scooter was involved in a collision in Loughborough earlier this week has been named.

    The collision occurred on Tuesday 26 April, just before 12 midday.

    The scooter rider was crossing Sandringham Drive when it was in collision with a silver Ford Focus which was travelling along Sandringham Drive in the direction of Kinross Crescent.

    Leslie Ivins, 94, from Loughborough, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he subsequently died.

    The driver of the Ford Focus was not injured in the collision.

    If you witnessed the incident or saw either vehicle beforehand then please contact DC 1761 Pete Davies on 101, quoting incident number 189 of 26 April.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Victim of Earl Shilton fatal collision is named

    A woman who died following a collision in Earl Shilton, Leicester, has been named.

    Police were called to a builders’ merchant in Wood Street at around 10.25am on Tuesday 26 April after a collision involving a pedestrian and a white LGV lorry.

    The pedestrian, Margaret Finney, 77, of Earl Shilton, Leicester, sustained serious injuries and was taken to University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust where she subsequently died yesterday afternoon.

    The driver of the lorry was uninjured.

    We’d like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision and hasn’t yet come forward, did you witness what happened or did you see the lorry or pedestrian beforehand?

    If you can help contact Detective Constable 1504 Seamus Burns on 101 quoting incident 131 of April 26.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: 58-year-old man assaulted in Hinckley

    Were you in George Street, Hinckley, in the early hours of Sunday 3 April?

    Did you witness an assault?

    Between 4am and 4.20am a 58-year-old man was walking to a taxi rank in George Street when he was assaulted from behind and punched in the eye, causing him to fall to the floor. He required hospital treatment for an injury to his head.

    We would like to speak to the two people in this image as we believe they may have information that will help us establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

    We believe there were a number of people in the area at the time and would like to speak to anyone who thinks they could have information.

    Anyone with information can speak to PC 763 Paul Hicks on 101.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Science fair went off with a Big Bang

    The Big Bang Science Fair which was hosted at Leicester Grammar School for the second consecutive year, certainly went off with a bang, on Saturday 23 April.

    Leicestershire Police joined in the fun by running a fingerprinting workshop and allowing the visitors to become forensic detectives in a CSI ‘who dunnit’ exercise. The school children were also offered the chance to print their own unique fingerprint on to a key ring to take away with them.

    This year’s free event was even bigger and better than last years, with around 50 exhibitors and an impressive crowd of flocking of approximately 1500 people through the gates to unleash their inner scientist.

    The day was led by Leicester Grammar School as part of a national programme of EngineeringUK fairs running throughout the UK, and was a great day out for all of the family. Science and engineering came to life for the young people through a series of interactive workshops and fun-filled theatre shows.

    The School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassadors and pupils organised and ran many of the interactive exhibits, along with demonstrations from Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, Go Motorsport, Exotic Zoo, Medical Mavericks and PepsiCo.

    This year the visitors got actively involved in tasks such as fingerprinting, raft building and completing a pit stop challenge. Guests were also entertained by the spectacular chemical reactions of the Fire and Ice show, and learned to love monstrous animals in the comical Ugly Animal Roadshow.

    Leicestershire Police also exhibited an electric bike decorated with police badges, and the visitors were encouraged to take it for a short ride to experience eco-friendly travel.

    Sergeant John Weston ran the police exhibits and was delighted with its success, he said; “It was a fantastic day, everybody enjoyed themselves and it was a great opportunity for us to engage with the local community, whilst having some fun with science”.

    Other activities enjoyed by the visitors included learning to take blood from a fake arm, making and playing with slime, and testing their kicking and throwing power in a speed cage.

    Leicester Grammar School (LGS) Deputy Head, James Rich enthused; "It was an honour for LGS to host The Big Bang Fair for a second year in succession and we were delighted to have attracted more visitors and exhibitors than last year.

    “Most of all, it was fantastic to witness several hundreds of young people from across the region engaging with and enjoying science, technology and maths activities. That so much of the day was organised and run by the staff and students of LGS made me especially proud."

    Following this year’s success, we eagerly anticipate an even bigger Big Bang Science Fair next April.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: LGS’s Science Fair went off with a Big Bang

    On Saturday 23 April, Leicester Grammar School hosted the Big Bang Science Fair for the second consecutive year, and it certainly did go off with a bang.

    This year’s free event was even bigger and better than last years, with around 50 exhibitors and an impressive crowd of flocking of approximately 1500 people through the gates to unleash their inner scientist.

    The day was led by Leicester Grammar School as part of a national programme of EngineeringUK fairs running throughout the UK, and was a great day out for all of the family. Science and engineering came to life for the young people through a series of interactive workshops and fun-filled theatre shows.

    The School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassadors and pupils organised and ran many of the interactive exhibits, along with demonstrations from Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, Go Motorsport, Exotic Zoo, Medical Mavericks and PepsiCo.

    This year the visitors got actively involved in tasks such as fingerprinting, raft building and completing a pit stop challenge. Guests were also entertained by the spectacular chemical reactions of the Fire and Ice show, and learned to love monstrous animals in the comical Ugly Animal Roadshow.

    Leicestershire Police ran a fingerprinting workshop, allowing the visitors to become forensic detectives in a CSI ‘who dunnit’ exercise. Then the children were offered the chance to print their own unique fingerprint on to a key ring to take away with them.

    The force also exhibited an electric bike decorated with police badges, and the visitors were encouraged to take it for a short ride to experience eco-friendly travel.

    Sergeant John Weston ran the police exhibits and was delighted with its success, he said; “It was a fantastic day, everybody enjoyed themselves and it was a great opportunity for us to engage with the local community, whilst having some fun with science”.

    Other activities enjoyed by the visitors included learning to take blood from a fake arm, making and playing with slime, and testing their kicking and throwing power in a speed cage.

    LGS Deputy Head, James Rich enthused; "It was an honour for LGS to host The Big Bang Fair for a second year in succession and we were delighted to have attracted more visitors and exhibitors than last year.

    “Most of all, it was fantastic to witness several hundreds of youngsters from across the region engaging with and enjoying science, technology and maths activities. That so much of the day was organised and run by the staff and students of LGS made me especially proud."

    Following this year’s success, we eagerly anticipate an even bigger Big Bang Science Fair next April.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Lead theft prevention seminar - Melton

    Leicestershire Police is holding a lead theft prevention seminar in a bid to raise awareness of the issue and stop offences taking place.

    The seminar is open to anyone who has an interest in stopping lead theft from churches and is being held tomorrow (Thursday 28 April 2016) at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray between 1pm and 4pm.

    A number of key organisations, including Crimewatch, Historic England, Ecclesiastical Insurance, the Diocese of Leicester and the police will be giving presentations on the steps that can be taken to prevent church lead theft.

    Since March 2015, twenty churches in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have been targeted – ten of those offences have occurred since January 7 2016. The latest incident was on Tuesday 5 April when more than 75% of the lead was taken from the roof of St John the Baptist Church in Leicester Lane. The repair bill and cost of replacing the lead is estimated to be in excess of £100,000.

    The Lead Theft Seminar has been organised by the counties Crime Reduction Coordinator, Mick Kaiser. He said; “Lead theft is a crime that strikes at the heart of our communities especially when it’s taken from the roofs of churches. Often the lead itself is worth several thousand pounds but the cost to repair the damage to the building and replace the lead can be four or five times the value of the lead that is taken. It is very sad when thieves target our places of worship.

    “The high value of scrap metal continues to drive up demand and leaves our churches and other buildings vulnerable to lead thieves.”

    Leicestershire Police is asking people who live near churches to be their eyes and ears and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to the police. They are also working with the Diocese of Leicester to deliver crime prevention leaflets to residents around every church in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    The Archdeacon of Leicester, the Venerable Tim Stratford, said; “The increasing instances of lead theft from both rural and urban churches is financially crippling for many congregations. The high cost of material stolen and damage to our historic churches is not reimbursed by insurers and the church members and local communities are left to foot the bill. We need the help of neighbours and the police to help prevent the crime, and to ensure churches do not have to close due to insufficient funding for repairs.”

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Elderly pedestrian dies after collision in Earl Shilton

    A pedestrian involved in a collision in Earl Shilton yesterday (Tuesday 26 April) has died.

    The collision took place around 10.25am outside a builders merchant in Wood Street, Earl Shilton and involved a white LGV lorry and a 77-year-old woman.

    The pedestrian was taken to University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust where she subsequently died this afternoon. The driver of the lorry was uninjured.

    We’d like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision and hasn’t yet come forward, did you witness what happened or did you see the lorry or pedestrian beforehand?

    If you can help contact Detective Constable 1504 Seamus Burns on 101 quoting incident 131 of April 26.

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  • The clock tolls blue in anticipation of a truly remarkable achievement
    North West Leicestershire District Council is joining the ‘Backing the Blues’ campaign as it lights the iconic clock tower blue in Memorial Square, Coalville on Friday 29 April.
  • Roadside litter amounts to the weight of a whale costing £20,000 to clear
    Litter amounting to the same weight as a large blue whale: that’s the amount picked up from the side of the A42 in North West Leicestershire, as inconsiderate drivers continue to throw rubbish from their cars.
  • Local Plan Advisory Committee meeting – Monday 18 April
    The latest meeting of North West Leicestershire District Council’s Local Plan Advisory Committee (LPAC) will take place on Monday 18 April.
  • Hermitage FM receive a High Sheriff Award

    The local radio station and coffee lounge Hermitage FM in Coalville's Memorial Sqaure was recently awarded a High Hermitage FM High Sheriff Award 2016Sheriff Award for its work with communities and young people. 

    Jon and Jan Sketchley were invited to attend the High Sheriff Handover and Declaration ceremony at The Town Hall in Leicester on Friday 8 April 2016  where, on behalf of Hermitage FM, they were delighted to receive a High Sheriff's Award from the outgoing High Sheriff, Gordon Arthur.

    Hermitage FM Community Radio Station is well-established in Memorial Square in Coalville Town Centre and is recognised for the support and encouragement that is given to communities in its broadcasting on 99.2FM to North West Leicestershire. It also provides training in broadcasting and journalism. The Hermitage FM Community Coffee Lounge is also recognised for providing young people and adults with catering training, work experience and voluntary placements. It is a vibrant hub for social activity involving many other groups right across the region.

  • The candidates are in – Police and Crime Commissioner elections
    The official candidates for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire have been announced.
  • Would you build your own home?
    A local council is gauging interest in how many residents would like to take control and build their own new homes in the district.
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  • Social Seeding project awards grants to improve health of marginalised groups

    NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has awarded over £220,000 in grants to voluntary groups who work with the most vulnerable groups in society, supporting them to access health care and support.

    This is the first round of funding from the CCG’s innovative “Social Seeding” project, a £360,000 scheme run in partnership with Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, which aims to target those groups who can be marginalised from mainstream society and may struggle to access health care. The grants have been awarded to projects starting in 2016.

  • Additional appointments added across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

    Clinical Commissioning Groups across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have put new schemes in place to provide additional appointments for those who need them across the winter period.

    They are also reminding people to prepare for the Christmas Holidays and make sure they know how they can access healthcare over the festive period, particularly when GP surgeries are closed.

  • Loughborough Urgent Care Centre goes from strength to strength
    Dr. Peter Cannon

    Loughborough Urgent Care Centre has further developed its services and extended the hours in which patients can access doctors with a special interest in emergency medicine.

    There are now doctors with a special interest in emergency medicine on duty from 9am to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 10pm at weekends. These doctors will also be on duty during Bank Holiday periods, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. This is in addition to the emergency care practitioners and emergency nurse practitioners who are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

  • Local team attend Downing Street reception

    Health and care staff and patients from the System Resilience Group for Leicester Leicestershire & Rutland attended a special reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street on Monday (23 November 2015).

    Toby Sanders, Managing Director of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Philip Parkinson, a local patient champion, joined more than 100 other NHS and care staff at the event. They were also joined by patients and patient representatives.

  • Patients urged to become Antibiotic Guardians to protect vital medicines

    People in West Leicestershire are being urged to sign up to become an Antibiotic Guardians by health leaders at NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) ahead of European Antibiotics Awareness Day on 18 November.

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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.
    On the 6/5/15 Ward pleaded guilty to breaking the Subaru, knowing it was stolen and selling it for parts.
    Anyone with a Subaru are advised to be careful dealing with the business known as Car Care Automotive at Great Yarmouth. The Court Order was made against James Mark Ward at High Wycombe Court. The Case number is 431500197216/1 6th May 2015. This article is printed in good faith from verified data and is in the interest of public awareness.The business Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth
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  • Appeal after report of sexual assault

    Police are appealing for information from the public following a report of a sexual assault on a girl in Leicester.

    The teenager has told officers that she was attacked by a man at an address in the Hinckley Road, Fosse Road South and Shaftesbury Road area of the city around 8.15pm on Monday (25 April 2016).

    The man is described as being light skinned and of mixed race, aged in his 40s with short, dark hair. He was wearing a knee-length dark coat and grey shoes.

    Detective Chief Inspector Simon Cure said: “I am keen to hear from anyone who may have seen someone matching the man’s description, particularly in the Hinckley Road, Shaftesbury Road and Fosse Road South area of the city on Monday evening.

    “Did you see someone acting suspiciously? Have you heard something about what happened? If you have any information, please get in contact.”

    Officers have spent the last four days conducting a number of enquiries to clarify the precise nature of the incident, including forensic searches, trawling CCTV and making house-to-house enquiries with people living in the area. They are now making more widespread public appeals for information.

    Additional patrols are being conducted in the area this weekend to provide reassurance and residents are reminded to take sensible safety precautions and to report any suspicious behaviour by calling the police.

    A 40-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

    Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 607 of 25 April, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  • London Marathon success for police runners

    Four runners from Leicestershire Police are celebrating their success after completing the Virgin London Marathon 2016.

    Congratulations go out to Detective Inspector Martin Smalley, Detective Inspector Paul McKinder, Catering Manager Phil Woods and Cyber-Crime Unit Technical Officer Hema Kotecha who ran an admirable 26 miles to conquer the 2016 marathon and raise money for charities close to their hearts, last Sunday (April 24 2016).

    Detective Inspector Martin Smalley, 45, completed the marathon in 3 hours 57 minutes and 51 seconds and raised an £3,031.53 for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

    Martin arrived at Greenwich Park with his family feeling nervous but looking forward to the challenge ahead. Last year he sadly lost his mother to Lympoma, and both his father and wife are cancer survivors, making Martin and his family thankful to the charity.

    Martin said “It’s an experience very difficult to describe unless you are actually in it. All was going well for me up until mile 22, when horrendous cramps took over and I couldn’t stand up at all, let alone run.

    “I was lying in agony on the floor, I thought that was it, so I was really pleased that I could literally limp home and still finish in less than 4 hours”.

    Detective Inspector Paul McKinder ran the 26 miles in 5 hours 24 minutes and 28 seconds, raising more than £3000 for The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS).

    When Paul turned fifty last year he wanted to challenge himself physically and decided he would run the London Marathon. The Air Ambulance Service lies particularly close with Paul, both with his role in the police and with an experience where they saved the life of a close friend’s child.

    Paul said; “Overall the run was an amazing experience; from the kind support of the spectators who handed out a constant supply of jelly babies, to looking at the London sights from car-free roads.

    “I even managed to make some friends on the way round and when you speak to other runners, you realise that everyone has their own motivation for running, their own personal goals and drives, and it makes it quite special”.

    His personal highlight was his wife and son, aged 4, cheering him on at the finish line, with who he spent Monday exploring London’s top attractions.

    Catering Manager Phil Woods completed the Marathon in 3 hours and 21 minutes, and managed to raise approximately £1600 for HemiHelp, a charity which supports children and adults suffering from hemiplegia, a neurological disease.

    HemiHelp lies particularly close to Phil’s heart as his son, George, has mild hemiplegia but refuses to let it limit him in anyway. His positive attitude inspires Phil to run the marathon each year, and this year was his eleventh.

    As a lifelong Leicester City Football Club supporter, Phil was determined to return back to Leicester in time to see the Foxes play Swansea. After finishing the Marathon and meeting staff, supporters and patrons of HemiHelp, he drove himself straight back to Leicester, where his wife, Annette, dropped him off at the King Power Stadium.

    Phil was thrilled to meet up with friends and his three sons before kick-off, and said “I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a pint of Singha Beer waiting for me after the day I had just experienced!”

    Cyber-Crime Unit Technical Officer Hema Kotecha ran the 26 miles in 6 hours 35 minutes and 41 seconds, and raised money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Prior to her work with Cyber Crime, Hema worked in the Leicester High Tech Crime Unit for eight years, and has seen first-hand how the NSPCC can help children who feel alone, isolated and afraid.

    Hema’s driving force for running the marathon was a desire to help make a difference to children who haven’t yet had a chance to shine. Before deciding to complete the marathon she admitted to being a complete novice at long-distance running, saying “it has always been a dream of mine to be chased by thousands of (crazy) people down some iconic streets”.

    The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon public ballot entry system opens to all applicants on Monday 2 May 2016.

  • Officers competitive spirit wins in the water

    Leicestershire Police Force Swimming Team has continued its success after competing in several events at the Police Sport UK National Swimming and Water Polo Championships.

    Competing in eight categories, Inspector Aimee Ramm won all of her swimming events and also retained some of her swimming titles for the tenth year running at the weekend (23 and 24 April 2016). Aimee took part in the 100m Freestyle (tenth year in a row), 50m Butterfly Masters (tenth year in a row), 50m Freestyle Masters, 100m Butterfly (tenth year in a row), 50m Backstroke Masters, 50m Breaststroke Masters, 50m Freestyle Open and the Skins Event, which is a knockout swimming competition where the top eight female swimmers repeatedly compete over a 25m race with the winner taking the title. Aimee’s success was recognised by Police Sport as she was selected for the tenth year to represent the British Police Swimming Team.

    PCSO Andrea Kemp was also successful in winning in her age group, being placed first in the 50m Butterfly Masters and coming second in both the 50m Backstroke and Breaststroke swimming categories .

    PC Vince Greenhill took second in his age group in the 50m Backstroke Masters and third in the 50m Freestyle. As well as swimming, Vince plays for the combined Midlands Water Polo Team where he scored 12 goals in the matches and was elected again for the British Police Water Polo Squad. The Water Polo Team took overall third place being pipped in the league by Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police teams.

    The success continued with the Men’s Relay Team getting third place in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay Race for the 140+ Age Group, which Is a combination on the swimmers ages.

    Leicestershire Police Swimming Team Manager, Dave Stevenson said: “In a hard fought competition the Leicestershire Police team competed well and we are all over joyed at our successes and training begins for 2017.”

  • Victim named following Loughborough fatal collision

    An elderly man who died when his mobility scooter was involved in a collision in Loughborough earlier this week has been named.

    The collision occurred on Tuesday 26 April, just before 12 midday.

    The scooter rider was crossing Sandringham Drive when it was in collision with a silver Ford Focus which was travelling along Sandringham Drive in the direction of Kinross Crescent.

    Leslie Ivins, 94, from Loughborough, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he subsequently died.

    The driver of the Ford Focus was not injured in the collision.

    If you witnessed the incident or saw either vehicle beforehand then please contact DC 1761 Pete Davies on 101, quoting incident number 189 of 26 April.

  • Victim of Earl Shilton fatal collision is named

    A woman who died following a collision in Earl Shilton, Leicester, has been named.

    Police were called to a builders’ merchant in Wood Street at around 10.25am on Tuesday 26 April after a collision involving a pedestrian and a white LGV lorry.

    The pedestrian, Margaret Finney, 77, of Earl Shilton, Leicester, sustained serious injuries and was taken to University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust where she subsequently died yesterday afternoon.

    The driver of the lorry was uninjured.

    We’d like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision and hasn’t yet come forward, did you witness what happened or did you see the lorry or pedestrian beforehand?

    If you can help contact Detective Constable 1504 Seamus Burns on 101 quoting incident 131 of April 26.

  • 58-year-old man assaulted in Hinckley

    Were you in George Street, Hinckley, in the early hours of Sunday 3 April?

    Did you witness an assault?

    Between 4am and 4.20am a 58-year-old man was walking to a taxi rank in George Street when he was assaulted from behind and punched in the eye, causing him to fall to the floor. He required hospital treatment for an injury to his head.

    We would like to speak to the two people in this image as we believe they may have information that will help us establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

    We believe there were a number of people in the area at the time and would like to speak to anyone who thinks they could have information.

    Anyone with information can speak to PC 763 Paul Hicks on 101.

  • Science fair went off with a Big Bang

    The Big Bang Science Fair which was hosted at Leicester Grammar School for the second consecutive year, certainly went off with a bang, on Saturday 23 April.

    Leicestershire Police joined in the fun by running a fingerprinting workshop and allowing the visitors to become forensic detectives in a CSI ‘who dunnit’ exercise. The school children were also offered the chance to print their own unique fingerprint on to a key ring to take away with them.

    This year’s free event was even bigger and better than last years, with around 50 exhibitors and an impressive crowd of flocking of approximately 1500 people through the gates to unleash their inner scientist.

    The day was led by Leicester Grammar School as part of a national programme of EngineeringUK fairs running throughout the UK, and was a great day out for all of the family. Science and engineering came to life for the young people through a series of interactive workshops and fun-filled theatre shows.

    The School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassadors and pupils organised and ran many of the interactive exhibits, along with demonstrations from Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, Go Motorsport, Exotic Zoo, Medical Mavericks and PepsiCo.

    This year the visitors got actively involved in tasks such as fingerprinting, raft building and completing a pit stop challenge. Guests were also entertained by the spectacular chemical reactions of the Fire and Ice show, and learned to love monstrous animals in the comical Ugly Animal Roadshow.

    Leicestershire Police also exhibited an electric bike decorated with police badges, and the visitors were encouraged to take it for a short ride to experience eco-friendly travel.

    Sergeant John Weston ran the police exhibits and was delighted with its success, he said; “It was a fantastic day, everybody enjoyed themselves and it was a great opportunity for us to engage with the local community, whilst having some fun with science”.

    Other activities enjoyed by the visitors included learning to take blood from a fake arm, making and playing with slime, and testing their kicking and throwing power in a speed cage.

    Leicester Grammar School (LGS) Deputy Head, James Rich enthused; "It was an honour for LGS to host The Big Bang Fair for a second year in succession and we were delighted to have attracted more visitors and exhibitors than last year.

    “Most of all, it was fantastic to witness several hundreds of young people from across the region engaging with and enjoying science, technology and maths activities. That so much of the day was organised and run by the staff and students of LGS made me especially proud."

    Following this year’s success, we eagerly anticipate an even bigger Big Bang Science Fair next April.

  • Lead theft prevention seminar - Melton

    Leicestershire Police is holding a lead theft prevention seminar in a bid to raise awareness of the issue and stop offences taking place.

    The seminar is open to anyone who has an interest in stopping lead theft from churches and is being held tomorrow (Thursday 28 April 2016) at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray between 1pm and 4pm.

    A number of key organisations, including Crimewatch, Historic England, Ecclesiastical Insurance, the Diocese of Leicester and the police will be giving presentations on the steps that can be taken to prevent church lead theft.

    Since March 2015, twenty churches in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have been targeted – ten of those offences have occurred since January 7 2016. The latest incident was on Tuesday 5 April when more than 75% of the lead was taken from the roof of St John the Baptist Church in Leicester Lane. The repair bill and cost of replacing the lead is estimated to be in excess of £100,000.

    The Lead Theft Seminar has been organised by the counties Crime Reduction Coordinator, Mick Kaiser. He said; “Lead theft is a crime that strikes at the heart of our communities especially when it’s taken from the roofs of churches. Often the lead itself is worth several thousand pounds but the cost to repair the damage to the building and replace the lead can be four or five times the value of the lead that is taken. It is very sad when thieves target our places of worship.

    “The high value of scrap metal continues to drive up demand and leaves our churches and other buildings vulnerable to lead thieves.”

    Leicestershire Police is asking people who live near churches to be their eyes and ears and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to the police. They are also working with the Diocese of Leicester to deliver crime prevention leaflets to residents around every church in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    The Archdeacon of Leicester, the Venerable Tim Stratford, said; “The increasing instances of lead theft from both rural and urban churches is financially crippling for many congregations. The high cost of material stolen and damage to our historic churches is not reimbursed by insurers and the church members and local communities are left to foot the bill. We need the help of neighbours and the police to help prevent the crime, and to ensure churches do not have to close due to insufficient funding for repairs.”