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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Specials recognised for saving a life

    Three specials from Leicestershire Police have been formally recognised by Chief Constable Simon Cole for saving a man’s life.

    On Friday 24 February 2017, Special Sergeant Jack Challinor and Special Constables Sam Taylor and Ben Barr responded to a 999 call from a man in a car with severe breathing difficulties.

    The man was 47-year-old Gerard Lowe from Leicester, who made it his mission to find out exactly who the officers were, so he could thank them face-to-face.

    Gerard said: “If it wasn’t for the quick actions of these three officers, I am certain that I wouldn’t be here today. They went above and beyond their call of duty to save my life, and I will never forget them.”

    At the time, Gerard was making his way to Leicester Royal Infirmary because he was unable to breathe properly and has a history of heart attacks. On Aylestone Road, his condition quickly deteriorated and he feared that with the rush hour traffic, he wouldn’t make it to hospital in time.

    Special Sergeant Jack Challinor recalled: “Sam, Ben and I were on patrol when we noticed the job come in on the system. We acted fast to locate Gerard, and we got him in the back of the police car within a matter of minutes.”

    Jack took the wheel, while Ben and Sam did their best to retain Gerard’s consciousness, although he blacked out for the majority of the journey.

    Special Constable Sam Taylor said: “We didn’t truly feel the weight of the situation until he became unconscious, that’s when the adrenaline really kicked in and we knew we were dealing with a life or death situation.”

    Upon arrival to the hospital, Gerard was rushed through to resuscitation before being transferred to Leicester General hospital for a weeklong stay.

    The day he was discharged, he walked into his local police station to try and find out who the three officers were that saved his life.

    Upon discovering that the three officers were in fact specials, Gerard said: “I’m absolutely amazed that they do the job voluntarily, I can’t put into words how proud I am of them. I’ll always remember Jack, Sam and Ben; I owe them my life.

    “I emailed Chief Constable Simon Cole and asked him if there was anything I could do to formally thank the men. He arranged for me to come and meet them all again, and for them to be presented with a Quality of Service certificate for saving my life.”

    Jack, 21, works in the control room for West Midlands Police and joined Leicestershire Police’s Special Constabulary over three years ago. Sam, 20, and Ben, 22, are both students at De Montfort University. Ben is training to be an accountant and Sam hopes to join the regulars when he finishes his degree.

    Reflecting on the day, Sam said: “It’s really nice to have some recognition for a situation which we see as a part of the job. It was our absolute pleasure to be able to help Gerard that day, and even nicer to meet him again now.”

    Ben added: “It’s seeing positive results that really drives home the work we do, I love being a special and I am thrilled to see that Gerard is on the road to recovery.”

    If you’d like to know more about the specials, or are interested in joining the Special Constabulary, please visit our webpage.

    The force also runs monthly information seminars to give people the opportunity to come and find out about the role, the training and how to apply. The next seminar will be held on Thursday 6 April from 6-8pm at Police Headquarters in Enderby, please register your interest online.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Chief Constable statement following incident in London

    Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Our thoughts this evening are with colleagues in London and all those affected by the incident in Parliament Square.

    “In light of today’s events, it is important we all continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. We are proud of our strong, diverse and cohesive communities here in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and must stand together wake of such events.

    “Public safety is our priority and we will continue review the deployment of our own officers, in liaison with our partners. However, it is important to stress there is no specific intelligence at this stage to suggest any imminent threat to our force area."

    Report any suspicious activity by calling the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

    The latest information regarding today’s incident in London can be found on the Met’s website or by following @MetPoliceUk on Twitter.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Chief Constable's statement following incident in London

    Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Our thoughts this evening are with colleagues in London and all those affected by the incident in Parliament Square.

    “In light of today’s events, it is important we all continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. We are proud of our strong, diverse and cohesive communities here in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and must stand together in the wake of such events.

    “Public safety is our priority and we will continue to review the deployment of our own officers, in liaison with our partners. However, it is important to stress there is no specific intelligence at this stage to suggest any imminent threat to our force area."

    Report any suspicious activity by calling the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

    The latest information regarding today’s incident in London can be found on the Met’s website or by following @MetPoliceUk on Twitter.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Wigston front office closed on 8 April

    The front office at Wigston will be closed on Saturday 8 April for one day due to essential works.

    Your nearest police station during this time will be Mansfield House, 74 Belgrave Gate, Leicester, LE1 3GG which will be open between 10am and 8pm.

    Please report any non-emergency incidents to us by calling 101

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Bogus faith healer pleads guilty

    A man claiming he could rid a family of mental illness has pleaded guilty to fraud after conning them out of £30,000.

    Karamba Tunkara, 35, of Colindale Road, Birmingham, was convicted yesterday (Tuesday 21 March) after a hearing at Leicester Crown Court.

    He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, for fraud by false representation.

    Tunkara was initially reported to Leicestershire Trading Standards after a family responded to one of his business cards offering spiritual healing.

    The court heard Tunkara preyed on a vulnerable family and made false promises that he could cure them of mental illness. Over a period of 16 months he was given a substantial amount of money to rid a family member of schizophrenia.

    The matter was referred to Leicestershire Police and a joint investigation was conducted with trading standards.

    PC Adam Makepeace the investigating officer, said: “Tunkara advertised his services under the name of Sheikh Saleem and frightened his victims in to thinking if they didn’t make the payments it would have a negative effect on their health and prospects.

    “He had no regard for the effect his actions would have on the family and he preyed on vulnerable people for his own financial gain.

    “We are pleased that Tunkara has pleaded guilty, this conviction will hopefully reassure the local community that we take these matters extremely seriously. This was a complex investigation and extensive enquiries were carried out to bring this man to justice.

    The victims released the following statement after yesterday’s conviction, they said: “During this very long and painful time, today we, as a family, can breathe more easily. Due to what we have gone through for the last five years or so, it has been a very long and difficult process, however we as a family would like to say please, please do not trust anyone who claims to be a spiritual healer and can help with black magic, if they say they can help you in any other way with your problems don’t do it, stay well clear from those kind of people.

    “We don’t want anyone to go through what we have experienced. If you get a card through the letterbox with international spiritual healer with 100% guarantee that it will work it’s not, it’s definitely a scam.”

    PC Makepeace, added: “In 2015, following the successful conviction of a bogus faith healer, the force launched an awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of enlisting such services.

    “The practise of spiritual healers is one that goes back many years and is mainly associated to the Asian Sub-continent and Africa.

    “These individuals are known to advertise their services within those communities and in some cases families and friends of people who have visited the spiritual healers have recommended them.

    “The aim of the campaign was to educate communities and raise awareness that these people can’t perform miracles and no one should contact them or recommend their services.

    “These people are committing fraud and we would encourage anyone approached in these circumstances to contact the authorities.”

    If anyone feels that they need to speak to someone we would encourage you to seek advice from a trained professional such as your GP. If you have been the victim of a similar crime please contact 101.

    Leaflets were produced in various languages and we continue to distribute them in areas where these services have been advertised.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Measham armed robbery - Three arrested

    Three men have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in High Street, Measham.

    The incident happened shortly after 6.20am yesterday (Tuesday 21 March) when cash was being delivered to a store. Three men approached the two victims and threatened them with a weapons before making off with a quantity of money.

    The victims sustained minor injuries and did not require medical treatment. The offenders ran off in the direction of Tamworth Road. A vehicle believed to have been used in the incident has been recovered.

    The men aged 38, 36 and 35 have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and remain in police custody.

    Detective Sergeant Mark Beniston, who is investigating the incident said: “I am still keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of High Street and Tamworth Road between 6am and 6.30am yesterday morning.

    “If you were in the Tamworth Road area and you have any information about this incident please get in touch. What you know may not seem significant to you but it could prove incredibly useful to our investigation.”

    Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote incident 64 of 21 March.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Do you know this man?

    A bus driver was spat at during a disagreement and we’d like your help to identify this man?

    The incident took place around 7pm on Friday 24 February on the number 58 Arriva bus which was travelling along Havencrest Drive, Leicester.

    A passenger on the bus was verbally abusive towards the driver and when the driver challenged him he was spat at.

    We’d like to identify the man in the image, if you recognise him or have any suspicions about who it may be then please get in touch.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 344 Jon Shaw on 101, quoting crime number 17*84482.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Jean Fuller has been found safe and well in Loughborough

    Jean Fuller, who is 68 and has been missing since yesterday morning, (Monday 20 March) has been found safe and well.

    Jean was found in Loughborough this evening (Tuesday 21 March) and has been reunited with her family.

    Thanks to everyone who shared our appeal to find her.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Missing man, Patrick Hehir, found in London

    47-year-old Patrick Hehir who has been missing since the end of January has been found safe and well in London.

    Patrick was last seen on Fosse Road in Leicester but has been found today (Tuesday 21 March) in Lambeth in London.

    Thank you to everyone who shared our appeal to find him.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Life sentence for woman found guilty of attempt murder acid attack

    A woman found guilty of trying to kill her lover by dousing him in sulphuric acid while he slept has been sentenced to life in prison.

    Katie Leong, 52, had formed a relationship with 31-year-old Daniel Rotariu who lived in the same shared house in Turner Road, Leicester.

    The court heard how on the evening of 27 July 2016 Leong and Daniel had argued resulting in him going to bed early.

    At 2am the following morning, while Daniel slept in his downstairs bedroom, he was violently assaulted when sulphuric acid was poured over him.

    He suffered horrific injuries including burns to 32% of his body and the loss of sight in both eyes. He spent 26 weeks in hospital undergoing life-saving treatment and will continue to require medical help for many years to come.

    Leong was arrested and later charged with attempting to murder Daniel.

    A jury at Leicester Crown Court today (Tuesday 21 March) found her guilty of attempted murder and she was sentenced to a 34 year life sentence, to serve a minimum of 17 years.

    A co-accused, Mark Cummings, 48, was found not guilty of the same offence.

    Detective Chief Inspector Rich Ward, who led the investigation, said: “The attack on Daniel was utterly wicked and it is quite astonishing that he survived.

    “It is hard to adequately describe the horror and brutality of what was done to him. It is equally hard to accept the chilling lack of concern for him since then.

    “Leong has not shown any remorse – let alone humanity – for what she did to Daniel.

    “Daniel, however, is a quite remarkable man. The strength and resilience he has shown, both in his fight for life in hospital, and in his ability to give evidence in this trial, is truly humbling.

    “I praise and offer my thanks to all those involved in this investigation, the CPS lawyers and our prosecution team in court. Their tenacity, skill, professionalism and determination has been of the highest possible standard.

    “But most of all I thank Daniel, without whose courage, determination to live, and will to achieve justice, we may not have been able to achieve today’s verdict.”

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  • NHS Events to discuss the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plans

    West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, the organisation which plans and pays for NHS services in Hinckley and Bosworth, Charnwood and North West Leicestershire, today announced two more events, as part of the roadshow to allow people to find out more about the future of health services in the area.

    The events will take place on the following dates

    Monday, 27 March - Hinckley Golf Club, Leicester Road, Hinckley, LE10 3DR
    Thursday, 30 March - The Lyric Rooms, Lower Church Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1AB

  • New provider of urgent care services announced to support patients

    NHS organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have announced their preferred bidders for a new integrated urgent and primary care service and home visiting service.

    DHU 4Fed Urgent Care (West Leicestershire) CIC (a joint venture between DHU Health Care CIC and all four West Leicestershire GP Federations) is the preferred bidder to provide a new model of urgent care for the population in West Leicestershire that will enable patients with an urgent care need to have quicker access to a service that can assess their condition and diagnose and treat it.

  • Market Engagement Event for a Promoting Resilience Programme for Children and Young People service for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR)

    NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (AG CSU), on behalf of the Commissioners, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG and Leicester City CCG, would like to invite potential providers to attend a market engagement event in relation to the CCGs' plans to procure a programme to Promote Resilience in all schools and Further Education of LLR.

  • West Leicestershire CCG appoints External Auditor

    The West Leicestershire CCG Governing Body has appointed Grant Thornton LLP to be the CCG’s external auditor with effect from 1 April 2017 following a recommendation by the CCG’s Auditor Panel.

    The appointment is in accordance with the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

    The appointment is for a period of three years, with the option to extend the contract at the end of the period for a further two years.

  • NHS calls for views on fairer and sustainable Continuing Healthcare

    Members of the public and local patients receiving Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding are being invited to take part in a public consultation on changes to a policy which aims to make CHC funding fairer and sustainable for all eligible patients across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

    The local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) responsible for LLR - East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, Leicester City CCG and West Leicestershire CCG are proposing changes to the current ‘Settings of Care’ policy.

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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.

    The European Union is an organisation that tries to represent Europe.
    It is now nervous that a country has dared to take control of themselves.

    It will not be easy to deal with them because they want us to fail.
    We will not fail and maybe others will split away.That is their biggest fear.

    Northern Ireland now needs to be used as a trade Area to negotiate with Europeans direct.Taking advantage of its doorstep location with Southern Ireland. The UK needs to lower corporation rates to be the same as Ireland.This will be an advantage for all business.

    We need to create a small coordinating and marketing organisation and use CBI and Group Trading organisations to promote Great Britain.The commonwealth needs to be a bigger part of our trade. Our main objective must be to trade globally.
    The social legislation and general laws need to be rewritten and but back into British Law. Maybe a 5 year project.There is going to be lots to sort. In the meantime we can still use Modified European Law and call it that.

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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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  • Specials recognised for saving a life

    Three specials from Leicestershire Police have been formally recognised by Chief Constable Simon Cole for saving a man’s life.

    On Friday 24 February 2017, Special Sergeant Jack Challinor and Special Constables Sam Taylor and Ben Barr responded to a 999 call from a man in a car with severe breathing difficulties.

    The man was 47-year-old Gerard Lowe from Leicester, who made it his mission to find out exactly who the officers were, so he could thank them face-to-face.

    Gerard said: “If it wasn’t for the quick actions of these three officers, I am certain that I wouldn’t be here today. They went above and beyond their call of duty to save my life, and I will never forget them.”

    At the time, Gerard was making his way to Leicester Royal Infirmary because he was unable to breathe properly and has a history of heart attacks. On Aylestone Road, his condition quickly deteriorated and he feared that with the rush hour traffic, he wouldn’t make it to hospital in time.

    Special Sergeant Jack Challinor recalled: “Sam, Ben and I were on patrol when we noticed the job come in on the system. We acted fast to locate Gerard, and we got him in the back of the police car within a matter of minutes.”

    Jack took the wheel, while Ben and Sam did their best to retain Gerard’s consciousness, although he blacked out for the majority of the journey.

    Special Constable Sam Taylor said: “We didn’t truly feel the weight of the situation until he became unconscious, that’s when the adrenaline really kicked in and we knew we were dealing with a life or death situation.”

    Upon arrival to the hospital, Gerard was rushed through to resuscitation before being transferred to Leicester General hospital for a weeklong stay.

    The day he was discharged, he walked into his local police station to try and find out who the three officers were that saved his life.

    Upon discovering that the three officers were in fact specials, Gerard said: “I’m absolutely amazed that they do the job voluntarily, I can’t put into words how proud I am of them. I’ll always remember Jack, Sam and Ben; I owe them my life.

    “I emailed Chief Constable Simon Cole and asked him if there was anything I could do to formally thank the men. He arranged for me to come and meet them all again, and for them to be presented with a Quality of Service certificate for saving my life.”

    Jack, 21, works in the control room for West Midlands Police and joined Leicestershire Police’s Special Constabulary over three years ago. Sam, 20, and Ben, 22, are both students at De Montfort University. Ben is training to be an accountant and Sam hopes to join the regulars when he finishes his degree.

    Reflecting on the day, Sam said: “It’s really nice to have some recognition for a situation which we see as a part of the job. It was our absolute pleasure to be able to help Gerard that day, and even nicer to meet him again now.”

    Ben added: “It’s seeing positive results that really drives home the work we do, I love being a special and I am thrilled to see that Gerard is on the road to recovery.”

    If you’d like to know more about the specials, or are interested in joining the Special Constabulary, please visit our webpage.

    The force also runs monthly information seminars to give people the opportunity to come and find out about the role, the training and how to apply. The next seminar will be held on Thursday 6 April from 6-8pm at Police Headquarters in Enderby, please register your interest online.

  • Chief Constable's statement following incident in London

    Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Our thoughts today continue to be with colleagues in London and all those affected by the incident in Parliament Square.

    “The news that a number of people have died in the incident, including a police officer who was protecting Parliament, is tragic and today we think of them as we work twice as hard to protect the communities we serve.

    “In the wake of such events it is vital we all stand together, be proud of our diverse and cohesive communities and be united against terrorism.

    “Public safety is our priority and we will continue to review the deployment of our own officers, in liaison with our partners. There will be additional high visibility patrols conducted by local neighbourhood teams to provide reassurance and not in response to any specific intelligence that suggests any imminent threat to our force area.

    “We will continue to maximise the deployment of our firearms officers within existing resource and do not, at this stage, plan to have firearms officers conducting foot patrols as residents will have seen before Christmas.

    “It is vital we all continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity by calling the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.”

    The latest information regarding the incident in London can be found on the Metropolitan Police website or by following @MetPoliceUk on Twitter.

    Anyone who was in London yesterday and captured video footage of the incident, please ensure this is sent directly to the Metropolitan Police via www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk

  • Wigston front office closed on 8 April

    The front office at Wigston will be closed on Saturday 8 April for one day due to essential works.

    Your nearest police station during this time will be Mansfield House, 74 Belgrave Gate, Leicester, LE1 3GG which will be open between 10am and 8pm.

    Please report any non-emergency incidents to us by calling 101

  • Bogus faith healer pleads guilty

    A man claiming he could rid a family of mental illness has pleaded guilty to fraud after conning them out of £30,000.

    Karamba Tunkara, 35, of Colindale Road, Birmingham, was convicted yesterday (Tuesday 21 March) after a hearing at Leicester Crown Court.

    He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, for fraud by false representation.

    Tunkara was initially reported to Leicester City Trading Standards after a family responded to one of his business cards offering spiritual healing.

    The court heard Tunkara preyed on a vulnerable family and made false promises that he could cure them of mental illness. Over a period of 16 months he was given a substantial amount of money to rid a family member of schizophrenia.

    The matter was referred to Leicestershire Police and a joint investigation was conducted with trading standards.

    PC Adam Makepeace the investigating officer, said: “Tunkara advertised his services under the name of Sheikh Saleem and frightened his victims in to thinking if they didn’t make the payments it would have a negative effect on their health and prospects.

    “He had no regard for the effect his actions would have on the family and he preyed on vulnerable people for his own financial gain.

    “We are pleased that Tunkara has pleaded guilty, this conviction will hopefully reassure the local community that we take these matters extremely seriously. This was a complex investigation and extensive enquiries were carried out to bring this man to justice.

    The victims released the following statement after yesterday’s conviction, they said: “During this very long and painful time, today we, as a family, can breathe more easily. Due to what we have gone through for the last five years or so, it has been a very long and difficult process, however we as a family would like to say please, please do not trust anyone who claims to be a spiritual healer and can help with black magic, if they say they can help you in any other way with your problems don’t do it, stay well clear from those kind of people.

    “We don’t want anyone to go through what we have experienced. If you get a card through the letterbox with international spiritual healer with 100% guarantee that it will work it’s not, it’s definitely a scam.”

    PC Makepeace, added: “In 2015, following the successful conviction of a bogus faith healer, the force launched an awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of enlisting such services.

    “The practise of spiritual healers is one that goes back many years and is mainly associated to the Asian Sub-continent and Africa.

    “These individuals are known to advertise their services within those communities and in some cases families and friends of people who have visited the spiritual healers have recommended them.

    “The aim of the campaign was to educate communities and raise awareness that these people can’t perform miracles and no one should contact them or recommend their services.

    “These people are committing fraud and we would encourage anyone approached in these circumstances to contact the authorities.”

    If anyone feels that they need to speak to someone we would encourage you to seek advice from a trained professional such as your GP. If you have been the victim of a similar crime please contact 101.

    Leaflets were produced in various languages and we continue to distribute them in areas where these services have been advertised.

  • Measham armed robbery - Three arrested

    Three men have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in High Street, Measham.

    The incident happened shortly after 6.20am yesterday (Tuesday 21 March) when cash was being delivered to a store. Three men approached the two victims and threatened them with a weapons before making off with a quantity of money.

    The victims sustained minor injuries and did not require medical treatment. The offenders ran off in the direction of Tamworth Road. A vehicle believed to have been used in the incident has been recovered.

    The men aged 38, 36 and 35 have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and remain in police custody.

    Detective Sergeant Mark Beniston, who is investigating the incident said: “I am still keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of High Street and Tamworth Road between 6am and 6.30am yesterday morning.

    “If you were in the Tamworth Road area and you have any information about this incident please get in touch. What you know may not seem significant to you but it could prove incredibly useful to our investigation.”

    Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote incident 64 of 21 March.

  • Do you know this man?

    A bus driver was spat at during a disagreement and we’d like your help to identify this man?

    The incident took place around 7pm on Friday 24 February on the number 58 Arriva bus which was travelling along Havencrest Drive, Leicester.

    A passenger on the bus was verbally abusive towards the driver and when the driver challenged him he was spat at.

    We’d like to identify the man in the image, if you recognise him or have any suspicions about who it may be then please get in touch.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 344 Jon Shaw on 101, quoting crime number 17*84482.

  • Life sentence for woman found guilty of attempt murder acid attack

    A woman found guilty of trying to kill her lover by dousing him in sulphuric acid while he slept has been sentenced to life in prison.

    Katie Leong, 52, had formed a relationship with 31-year-old Daniel Rotariu who lived in the same shared house in Turner Road, Leicester.

    The court heard how on the evening of 27 July 2016 Leong and Daniel had argued resulting in him going to bed early.

    At 2am the following morning, while Daniel slept in his downstairs bedroom, he was violently assaulted when sulphuric acid was poured over him.

    He suffered horrific injuries including burns to 32% of his body and the loss of sight in both eyes. He spent 26 weeks in hospital undergoing life-saving treatment and will continue to require medical help for many years to come.

    Leong was arrested and later charged with attempting to murder Daniel.

    A jury at Leicester Crown Court today (Tuesday 21 March) found her guilty of attempted murder and she was sentenced to a 34 year life sentence, to serve a minimum of 17 years.

    A co-accused, Mark Cummings, 48, was found not guilty of the same offence.

    Detective Chief Inspector Rich Ward, who led the investigation, said: “The attack on Daniel was utterly wicked and it is quite astonishing that he survived.

    “It is hard to adequately describe the horror and brutality of what was done to him. It is equally hard to accept the chilling lack of concern for him since then.

    “Leong has not shown any remorse – let alone humanity – for what she did to Daniel.

    “Daniel, however, is a quite remarkable man. The strength and resilience he has shown, both in his fight for life in hospital, and in his ability to give evidence in this trial, is truly humbling.

    “I praise and offer my thanks to all those involved in this investigation, the CPS lawyers and our prosecution team in court. Their tenacity, skill, professionalism and determination has been of the highest possible standard.

    “But most of all I thank Daniel, without whose courage, determination to live, and will to achieve justice, we may not have been able to achieve today’s verdict.”

  • Fifteen convicted of drugs offences

    Fifteen people are due to be sentenced for their part in supplying over £1 million worth of Class A drugs across the country.

    Twelve of the 15 defendants pleaded guilty to their charges, and three have been on trial at Leicester Crown Court for the last five weeks.

    Yesterday (20 March), Jamie Potter and Craig Cockram, were found guilty by a majority verdict.

    And this morning (21 March) the last defendant, Ebony Asante, was found guilty, also by a majority verdict.

    It brings to an end a nine month investigation by officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), who Class A drugs cocaine and crack cocaine which took them to Leicestershire, Northampton, London and Gloucestershire.

    Throughout the investigation over £1,000,000 worth of wholesale powder cocaine, £72,000 worth of wholesale weights crack cocaine and £52,000 worth of wholesale weights of herbal cannabis were seized. The street value of this would be considerably more.

    Those convicted:

    • Craig Cockram, 26, of HMP Leicester, has been found guilty of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (cocaine) between 1 June 2015 and 22 March 2016

    • Jamie Potter, 35, of Nuns Road, Cambridge, has been found guilty of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (cocaine) between 1 June 2015 and 22 March 2016

    • Ebony Asante, 34, of Scalpay Close, Leicester, has been found guilty of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (cocaine) between 1 June 2015 and 22 March, producing Class B drug cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply

    The below pleaded guilty:

    • Sarfraz Roshanali, 30, of HMP Leicester, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (crack cocaine) between 1 May 2015 and 22 March 2016; and, conspiracy to supply a Class B drug (cannabis cocaine) between 2 December and 22 March 2016

    • Ben Burrows, 30, of HMP Leicester, admitted possession with intent to supply Class A drugs (cocaine) on 29 January 2016 and to conspiracy to supply a Class B drug (cannabis) between 2 December and 22 March 2016; conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (cocaine) between 1 June 2015 and 22 March 2016; and conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (crack cocaine) between 1 May 2015 and 22 March 2016

    • Harinder Singh, 45, of Smethwick, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (cocaine) between 1 June 2015 and 22 March 2016; and was found guilty of possessing criminal property (cash) on 10 November 2015

    • Kyle Denton, 28, of Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class B drug (cannabis) between 2 December and 22 March 2016 at an earlier hearing

    • Rajinder Dutt, 40, of HMP Leicester has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (cocaine) between 1 June 2015 and 22 March 2016; conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (crack cocaine) between 1 May 2015 and 22 March 2016; and, conspiracy to supply a Class B drug (cannabis) between 2 December and 22 March 2016

    • Arkadius Sadowski, 32, of HMP Leicester, admitted conspiracy to supply a Class B drug (cannabis) between 2 December and 22 March 2016

    • Daniel Johnson, 43, of Walsall; Jaswinder Johal, 43, of Smethwick; Gurdip Singh Dosanjh, 42, of Wolverhampton; and Uzair Kadodia, 30, of Gloucester, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (cocaine) between 1 June 2015 and 22 March 2016

    • Martin Fowler, 35, of Church Road, Wanlip, and Sammy Gunn, 36, of HMP Leicester, admitted conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (crack cocaine) between 1 May 2015 and 22 March 2016

    In March 2016, officers executed warrants at address across the country following a phase of covert work.

    They had identified that Rajinder Dutt was acting as the link between sellers and buyers and the man responsible for directing operations on delivery dates. Dutt was assisted throughout his dealings by Sarfraz Roshanali.

    The pair sourced high purity wholesale amounts drugs from Jaswinder Johal based in Birmingham, and another man, from Nigeria, who was supplying crack cocaine, who fled the UK before the warrants were executed.

    Receiving the drugs were a number of people across Leicestershire, Northampton, Cambridgeshire, London and Gloucestershire.

    While Dutt and Roshanali were running the operation in Leicester, they were also supplying a group in Manchester with wholesale amounts of cannabis.

    Ben Burrows, 30, was arrested for his part in the conspiracies. When arrested he had 1kg of cocaine at his home address, and a further 2kg of cannabis.

    Another, Harinder Singh, was driving to Leicester to deliver 1kg of cocaine when he was arrested on 10 November 2015. When his house was searched a further 1.5kg of cocaine – worth £75,000 – was found, along with £2,600 cash. Searches later found £104,000 cash in a deposit box in Birmingham.

    Daniel Johnson was another Birmingham-based courier used by Dutt. He was arrested as he drove towards Leicester to deliver 1kg of cocaine worth £50,000 and 1/4kg of crack cocaine worth £72,000.

    Senior Investigating Officer, DI Rich Bull, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “This was a large scale operation, involving officers from many different parts of the force working to gather the evidence to bring these criminals to justice.

    “Over £1 million worth of drugs were taken off the streets once these people were arrested, making the streets of Leicestershire – and beyond – safer.”

    All the defendants will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Wednesday 31 May, Thursday 1 June and Friday 2 June.