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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Mobility scooter stolen from Melton

    Can you help us locate this mobility scooter after it was stolen from Melton at the weekend?

    The dark blue Leo Intercare electric scooter was stolen from an address in Greenslade sometime between 8pm on Saturday (20 May) and 8.45am on Sunday (21 May).

    The scooter belongs to a disabled woman who has now been left without any means to leave her home.

    If you have seen the scooter since the weekend or you have any information about who may be responsible please contact us.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting crime number 17*211674.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Leicestershire’s Chief calls for public vigilance

    The Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, Simon Cole, has urged the public to be vigilant following last night’s (Monday 22 May) suspected terrorist attack at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

    At least 22 died and more than 50 others were injured – including children - when an explosion shook the foyer area of the Arena shortly after 10.30pm just minutes after the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

    The cause of the explosion is being investigated, but it is being treated by the authorities as a terrorist attack.

    Simon Cole said: “Our thoughts are with the families of those who died and were injured in last night’s appalling and shocking incident.

    “We are also thinking of our colleagues in Greater Manchester Police who, together with the other emergency services, ran towards danger to help the public.

    “Although there is no specific threat to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, it is important that we are all alert and aware of their surroundings. Together we can fight terrorism and make our communities safer.

    “We want to hear from anyone who sees anything suspicious, be it a vehicle, package or person. Rely on your instinct about whether something is suspicious – we would always prefer you to call us if you are in any doubt.

    “You can also call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline - 0800 789 321. It is staffed around the clock by specialist counter-terrorism police officers and staff.“

    A text phone service is also available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted).

    Any information passed to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence and is thoroughly analysed and researched before, and if, any police action is taken.

    For further help and information, visit our website.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Man identified following non-suspicious death

    Officers have identified a man who died in a non-suspicious incident in the grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary on Wednesday (17 May) morning.

    Extensive enquiries by officers at the end of last week had failed to identify the man – so a social media appeal was issued by the force to ask for your help.

    As a result, we have now been able to identify him and his family has been informed.

    His death is not being treated as suspicious and we are preparing a file for the coroner.

    Identification of the deceased is a matter for the coroner.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Tolton Road - reopened

    Detectives are investigating reports of firearms being discharged in the Beaumont Leys area of the city.

    Officers were called to Tolton Road, Leicester, at about 10.25pm yesterday (Sunday 21 May) following reports of a small group of men in the street and gunshots being heard.

    No one was found injured at the scene and there have been no reports of anyone attending hospital with injuries caused by a firearm being discharged.

    Tolton Road was closed for a few hours this morning for forensic examinations to be carried out, but I has since reopened.

    If anyone has information about what happened, call 101, asking to speak to DC Preston, quoting incident 767 of the 21/5/27.

    Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report any information anonymously.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Megan Brownlow - safe and well

    Missing teenager, Megan Brownlow, has been found safe and well.

    The 16-year-old was reported missing on Thursday 18 May after she failed to return home.

    She was found in Leicester city centre early this morning (Saturday 20 May).

    Thank you to everyone who shared our appeal and assisted with our enquiries.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Do you know where Megan Brownlow is?

    Please help us find missing teenager Megan Brownlow.

    The 16-year-old was last seen at around 3pm yesterday (Thursday 18 May) in the Ravenstone Road area of Ibstock.

    She is 5ft 7ins tall, is of medium build and has long red hair.

    When she was last seen she was wearing a cream jacket and skinny blue jeans. She has a piercing through her nose and tongue

    Have you seen Megan? We need your help to find her as we are worried about her welfare and we would urge anyone who can help us find her to please contact us.

    Contact us on 101, quoting incident number 690 of 18 May.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Can you help us identify this man?

    Extensive enquiries by officers have so far failed to identify a man who died in a non-suspicious incident on Wednesday morning.

    Despite exhaustive efforts over the past 48 hours, which have included liaising with colleagues both regionally and nationally, as well as with partner agencies, we have not been able to find out the name of the deceased.

    He was found injured in the grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary at around 6.40am (Wednesday 18 May) and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    His death is not being treated as suspicious and officers are preparing a file for the coroner.

    He is described as being a light skinned mixed race man, 6ft 2ins tall of slim build and in his 20s.

    He had black dreadlocks with black facial hair and he was wearing a predominately blue bandana, with a black woollen hooded zip-up jacket with the emblem SER55 on the left chest and upper right arm and grey tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe running down the side of the leg. He had Nike khaki trainers.

    From the enquiries conducted a man wearing the same clothing was last seen at around 5.20am near to the entrance of accident and emergency department on 17 May.

    Detective Sergeant Mark Beniston, said: “We have carried out extensive enquiries to try and identify this man, but so far, have not been successful.

    “We appreciate that this is not the best way to potentially find out about the death of a loved one or friend, and we are sorry for any undue distress it may cause.

    “But, we now need your help. If you recognise the above description, or have not seen or heard from a friend or relative that you are concerned about and think this could be them, please call us on 101 and quote incident 80 of 17 May.”

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Woman robbed in city centre

    Did you witness a robbery in St Nicholas Circle during the early hours of Wednesday (17 May)?

    A woman was approached as she sat on a bench outside Subway around 1.38am. The victim was on her mobile ‘phone when one of the men grabbed her handbag from her shoulder.

    The suspects ran off towards the university and the Peacock Lane area. The victim’s handbag was recovered a short while later at the back of a building in Peacock Lane but her grey purse was not found.

    One of the suspects was wearing a red hooded top. Did you witness the incident or see two men running away from the area?

    The 19-year-old victim sustained minor injuries during the incident and was left upset and shaken.

    If you have any information about the robbery contact 101, quoting crime number 17*207575 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Burglar who targeted elderly jailed

    A prolific offender who burgled the homes of two elderly people has been jailed for five years.

    Patrick Nolan, 35, of Pickwell Close, Leicester, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (17 May) at Leicester Crown Court to two counts of burglary.

    He was sentenced to five years in prison for each count, sentences to run concurrently. The judge also issued a five year Serious Crime Prevention Order, this will prohibit him from entering any dwellings without permission. The order will come into effect upon release from prison.

    The offences occurred in October 2016 in Leicester and Anstey. During the first incident the 87-year-old victim came across Nolan in her kitchen, she challenged him and he claimed that he was looking for his cat. He left the house after stealing two purses.

    During the second incident the 96-year-old victim answered the door to Nolan who claimed he was collecting scrap metal for a neighbour and needed to access the rear of the property. The victim later discovered that her purse containing cash and bank cards had been stolen.

    PC Lee Cannings from the force’s burglary targeting team, said: “Both victims were left extremely distressed by the incidents, Nolan had no regard for the impact his actions would have on the elderly victims.

    “We are pleased that he has pleaded guilty to the offences and he now faces a lengthy term in prison for his callous crimes.

    ”We would like to take this opportunity to remind people to always check the identity of visitors, if they are not able to produce identification, don’t let them in. If they’re a genuine caller they won’t mind you verifying their identity with the organisation they are claiming to represent. Ensure you always keep your doors and windows locked, even if you’re at home. If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your street contact 101 and report your concerns.”

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Flooding technology highly commended at awards

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    A real-time flood project to support emergency responders was a finalist at Loughborough University’s Enterprise Awards last night (Wednesday 17 May, 2017).

    The project, which was nominated for the category of ‘developing innovative technologies to meet global challenges’, was highly commended for devising techniques for high-resolution urban flood nowcasting - a technology for predicting floods up to 48 hours away.

    The system funded by Natural Environment Research Council, uses live visualisation tools for emergency services to plan routes that avoid flooded areas, or to strategically place their equipment.

    Partners including Leicester City Council and Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Prepared – the Local Resilience Forum, as well as Atkins Global; Cabinet Office; Department for Communities and Local Government; Environment Agency; the Met Office; and Transport Scotland, have tested the systems effectiveness.

    Leicestershire Police’s Chief Constable, Simon Cole, Chair of LLR Prepared, said: “For Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland flooding is a key risk and it is really important that we have systems and technologies in place to deal with this risk.

    “It has been a pleasure to work with Loughborough University on this project. For me the ultimate test is that the system has been proven by those who deal with flooding and they thought the system was useful. We can now put this into practice to help decision making for real time flooding.

    “I am really proud the project has been highly commended at the Enterprise Awards and would like to thank everyone involved.”

    The awards form part of the week-long business continuity awareness campaign to encourage businesses to maximise their cyber resilience, which is being driven by LLR Prepared alongside Nottinghamshire’s Local Resilience Forum, Derbyshire Prepared and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. To find out more visit www.llrprepared.org.uk .

    You can find out more about the flood risk project and the Enterprise Awards by visiting http://www.lboro.ac.uk/enterprise/enterprise-awards/one-to-watch/flood-risks/ .

NHS West Leicestershire
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  • Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs support call for more awareness of dementia

    Health bosses at Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are calling for more awareness of dementia to help those affected by the condition.

    The call comes as part of Dementia Awareness Week, a week of national campaigning on the illness, which affects one in three people over 65.

    Latest figures show just over 3000 people have been diagnosed with dementia in East Leicestershire and Rutland. Health experts anticipate this figure will rise by as much as 70 per cent in the coming years, with an ageing population in the region.

  • Advice for patients - Ransomware attack

    A number of NHS organisations have been affected by a ransomware attack (an attack on the IT systems which support NHS services). This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS but it has had an impact on NHS services.

    The NHS is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected. Below is guidance for those accessing the NHS over the coming days.

    Planned treatment and outpatient appointments

  • Dying Matters for the residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

    Health leaders at in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are encouraging people in West Leicestershire to make arrangements for what happens at the end of their life and make sure their wishes are known.

    As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week[1], which runs from May 8-14, people are being urged to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement and to consider how they would like to be cared for.

  • Plan ahead for the early May Bank Holiday to make sure you keep well over the long weekend

    Next weekend - Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May - is early May Bank Holiday weekend, so here are some top tips to help make sure you and your families stay well.

  • Need immediate medical attention over Easter? There is only one number to call

    NHS organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are reminding patients that NHS 111 is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week over the holiday period to offer help to anyone with an immediate medical need.

    This year many GP surgeries across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will close for four days from Good Friday (April 14) through Easter Monday (April 17), before re-opening on Tuesday 18 April.

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  • Brexit and an Election WHAT NEXT ?

    Having an election before Brexit. This appears to gives the Government a chance to impose more ways of getting our money. ie rewrite the Manifesto.
    WHOSE THE PENSIONER VOTING CONSERVATIVE

    The country has also had to accept for years that dementia is not an illness and we have to pay for it. Really?

    Now The Government are kidding us that 100 K is the way forward and we should be content with the government allowing us to keep 100 K of our inheritance. By the way you pay everything else over when your dead.

    The election is unfortunately a diversion. We should be thinking more about Brexit and dealing with it.

    We have unfortunately managed to get ourselves into voting for Brexit because Cameron could not work with the European Union. There is a need for The European Union to change attitude and work more for the countries they represent.

    That does not mean we stop immigrants. Control it maybe if you can.

    We need immigrants from Europe to work with us and for us. So why don't we go with Europe policy for now and wait for them modify their immigration policy. There is nothing stopping us monitoring the immigration without restriction unless they are criminal etc.

    Trading-do we want to trade outside The European Union . Europe are are neighbours and our friends. We should trade with them first. They are on our doorstep.

    Are the conservatives going in the right way to improve living and trading conditions. I think not.

  • THE POWER OF THE EU

    Leaving The EU is much more complicated than we all thought. Do we continue in it and change the rules.

    Employment- We still need to allow employers employ Euro Nationals. We have do not have enough trained educated candidates in the UK. Extreme control over stopping immigration will be harmful and disaster for us.

    Trade- its good that we could get trading with who we want. There is still a strong need to continual trading with Europe.running the two systems would be better for all EU Members

    European Law. Needs modifying. We can never get rid of it but somethings need sorting to make it more practical.EU Member should be able to use local laws and not be dominated by EU Power to control

    The EU is like all large block of power. Difficult to deal with and power crazy.

    It needs to have a different structure and attitude towards EU Members. EU Members must still be able to work at being small, individual and independent and use a the larger group network to improve things such a crime prevention and trading. Not allow the network ie EU take control and power over each European Country.

    If the EU was able to change its attitude towards its members it might be able to survive. If it does not and we are not in it.We can never save it.

  • Election is a bit of a gamble

    Half the country never wanted to get out of Europe. They still do not.
    They will not vote Labour because it would be a wasted vote.
    They could vote Lib Dem hoping that a power shift away from The Conservatives will dilute a Hard Brexit.

  • Brexit again it will not go away

    We had the vote because the politicians could not decide whether we stayed in The EU.
    Just over half of the country agreed to leave.
    We are really still in a position where half the country wants to stay in.
    How can we find a solution to sort this.
    The only answer is we have to go forward in the interest of the country. NOT THE INDIVIDUAL.

    So take immigration.
    We are desperate for people to work in our businesses.
    We have to accept that immigration is acceptable.
    We can control it by insisting a person has to have a job.
    We can control benefits accordingly.

    The laws
    We accept all European Laws to date. We will have to modify some to line up with our new policies.

    Defence.
    We stick with NATO

    Trade
    We trade exactly the same with Europe. Except. We negotiate our own new agreements outside Europe

    Research Farming etc.
    If we are not paying into Europe we have to finance things ourselves or set up and pay for partnerships.

    HOW SIMPLE IS THAT

  • Brexit is still not looking well

    The government seem to be doing what governments are good at. Do every thing the population do not want.

    Most people probably voted out because the EU would not listen and would not put some control over immigration. I say control I do not mean preventing or creating state registers.

    I agree Human rights also made it difficult for governments to have some control ie to prevent the wrong people getting into a country. How far do we want to control. We will never be able to control everyone and why would we want to.

    The government now sees its opportunity to take total control and it will probably be worse than the EU control.

    The governments blind spot to focus on total control of immigration will also kill the economy.

    Maybe parliament needs to vote and decide how the Brexit vote should be handled.

    Its such a difficult subject to resolve. If the government created some sort of immigration policy.
    Then put this to the EU to get their agreement.

    We could then continue to be in the EU and not have this headache.So simple.

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  • SECURITY ISSUES

    Most of the cameras installed in UK government sites appear to be made in China.
    Its time the orders were given to a company that is UK based.

    Hinkley Point Power Station the other issue- Will it ever get built maybe The Government takes that view.
    We will see how we get on with the high powered batteries concept that is built into houses to store wind and solar energy.

    Americans do not seem to have very good security systems in there country. Why do they tell the world and try and get a young chap extradited from the UK. Are they
    looking for help or vengeance.

  • The UK Now

    Our main focus should be to deal with Brexit

    The panic is over and we appear to have calmed down. Everything is geared to EU finance or put it another way our finance that goes to the EU.

    We need to re structure all this so it works for us.

    We appear to be floating on air and need some solid policies to show we are taking the break with EU.

    The meeting of the Mayor of Paris and The Mayor of London was a good start.Most countries have Mayors and it needs to be used to link in with these countries.

    We need more bonding meetings with other countries and the publicity to promote it..

    Property prices in the UK have improved so have investment funds.

    The holiday season will soon be out of the way and some work needs to be done.

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  • Need some ACTION

    We are slowing the momentum of Brexit and its creating uncertain times for us and Europe.

    We now need to restore the economy before it dives.

    Reduce VAT to 15%

    Scrap NEW Stamp Duty Increases and Buy to Let extra Stamp Duty Charges.

    Start a National Council House Building Project.

    Offer building and development grants to industry and business.

    Offer EXPORT Incentives and enable Private or Public Companies to promote their products through Embassy networks

    Reduce Capital Gains Tax to 10%

    Start New trade agreements NOW that start when we leave Europe

    Deal with Article 50 Now and give us all some direction with Europe.

  • Are things looking good

    Sounds like property prices are moving up again after Brexit and Osborne's war on Buy to Lets.,

    We might be able to keep the Chinese out of our Nuclear Power stations ie with the failure in France similar production the American Problem and the Australian Problem.

    Brexit seems to be going into the slow lane.Not good if we want to develop our overseas trade. We need that overseas trade now. Why wait to develop trade contracts we are leaving anyway.

    Do it now. Brexit can stay in the slow lane until we have established ourselves and France and Germany establish their future elections.We are the naughty boys now anyway.

  • No to lower interest rates

    Lowering interest rates does not help us. We need the pound to get stronger. No a lot but just enough to stop companies in Europe surcharging us for their loss on selling
    to us with a lower pound.

    The Companies in Europe really need to get round this by selling their products in euros not pounds.However it appears they can make more money this way.

    Therefore lowering the interest rate seems to lower the pound and can boost exports and increase costs of imports. Plus It does not stimulate us to spend more or borrow more.

    What will boost the economy is to lower VAT. It can be changed say from 20 to 10 percent.

    The Government need to get onto this now.

    The Government needs to reverse its stamp duty war on Buy to Let Investors.

    Plus give Councils money for specific building projects- Hospitals-Schools-Help Centres

North West Leicestershire Council
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  • Shape future support by letting us know how your home is holding up

    Residents in North West Leicestershire are being asked to share information about the condition of their privately owned or rented properties. 

    By completing a simple survey – which could land participants a £50 shopping voucher – residents will be telling North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) where support should be targeted. This could be anything from local insulation schemes to developing advice and handyman schemes.  

    Glyn Jones, Director of Housing at NWLDC, said: “It is easy to assume that we are only interested in our council homes and supporting those that rent from us – but this is far from the case.

    “We look to support private residents who require assistance and seek to secure funding that can be used to make improvements, where needed, to homes across the district.

    “We need residents to tell us the type of support that would most benefit them so that together we can decide on the best solutions for them.

    “It is quick and easy to complete the survey and prizes are up for grabs as an added incentive to take part.”

    One lucky entrant will receive a £50 shopping voucher. The winner will be chosen at random.

    To take part in the Private Stock Condition Survey, visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/housingsurvey or text SURVEY to 82023 to be sent a link. If using the text option you will be charged your standard network rate to send the text message. You will not be charged for the message you receive.

  • Free health checks, advice, and more at council District Days

    District Days

    Visitors to events in North West Leicestershire this summer will be able to find out about a whole host of vital council services as the district council goes on tour.

    From health and leisure to recycling and housing, North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) does a lot to support, help and entertain people living in the district.

    Three upcoming summer District Days will give residents the chance to approach friendly representatives at the NWLDC trailer to find out more about council services and what to do in the district over the summer holidays.

    There will even be a chance to receive a free health check – testing people’s posture, cholesterol and blood pressure.

    Members of the council’s health, leisure and environment teams will be on hand to explain their services, and how to access them.

    This summer’s designated District Days are as follows – just look out for the NWLDC flags at each event:

    • Picnic in the Park at Coalville Park – Sunday 25 June
    • Music in the Park at Spital Park, Castle Donington – Sunday 2 July
    • Jim’s Tractor Run and Family Fun Day at Ashby Bath Grounds – Sunday 30 July

    For more information about District Days, contact Julie Summerton on 01530 454541.

  • New equipment worth £600 helps Measham be prepared for crisis

    Measham equipment store

    The village of Measham is now well equipped for a crisis after taking advantage of a new scheme that encourages communities to prepare for unexpected emergencies.

    Measham Parish Council has selected equipment worth £600, which will be stored for use in emergencies such as flooding and winter storms.
    They were particularly eager to sign up for the scheme following flooding in North West Leicestershire last June.

    The funding for the equipment has come from LLR Prepared, Leicestershire’s resilience forum which brings together councils, the emergency services and other partners.

    Items that now fill the Measham emergency store include first aid kits, high-vis jackets, flashlights, sandbags, megaphones and clear-up equipment.

    To be eligible for the funding, the parish council was required to create a Community Response Plan to outline key actions that will be undertaken in the event of an emergency incident.

    Representatives of LLR Prepared, North West Leicestershire District Council, Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire Police, and other local organisations gathered at the leisure centre this week as Measham Parish Council received their emergency store equipment.

    Colin Maniford, of Measham Parish Council, said: “I want to say thank you to everyone for the funding and the training we have received.

    “We hope we never have to use any of it, but we now have what we need should we be faced with an incident.

    “As soon as we heard about the funding we grasped the opportunity, especially in light of the flooding last year.

    “We are really proud to be the first village to obtain the funding.”

    Julia Draycon, who leads LLR Prepared, said: “We launched this scheme in December and we’re really pleased to mark the delivery of the first emergency store in Measham.

    “We hope that this equipment never has to be used, but should something happen the village is now well prepared for it.

    “Communities can find it daunting to start with a blank sheet for their response plans – but we can help with specialist advice, tools and templates.”

    John Richardson, Head of Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “We think it is fantastic that Measham has a put Community Response Plan together, and as a council we are very supportive of what they have done.

    “In the event of an emergency no-one responds quicker than the community itself, and the people of Measham now have the equipment that will help.

    “We are proud to be part of LLR Prepared, and to be working with partners to support communities that want to be pro-active in preparing for serious incidents.”

    Other communities that are interested in how they can benefit from a plan – and the kit that goes with it – should visit www.llrprepared.org.uk 

  • Mammoth effort from council to clear A42 rubbish

    Street Cleaning team

    Almost six tonnes of rubbish – the equivalent weight of a male African elephant or a woolly mammoth – has been collected along the A42 in North West Leicestershire.

    The Street Cleansing team from North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) covered four kilometres every day for six weekends to tidy up the busy route that stretches from Appleby Magna to Kegworth.

    In total they collected 5,820kg – or 5.8 tonnes ­- of litter, making for a cleaner and greener view for motorists using the road.

    A road sweeper also accompanied the team and collected four tonnes of debris off the carriageway – the same weight as the average hippopotamus.

    Claire Preston, Street Scene Team Leader at NWLDC, said: “Cleaning up the A42 is one of the most dangerous jobs that the council does, and we have to work as a team to get the job done as safely and efficiently as possible.

    “It takes a lot of commitment from the team to cover six weekends, starting early in the morning when most are enjoying a lie in.

    “This effort shows our commitment to our Green Footprints scheme which aims to reduce the district’s carbon footprint, improve opportunities for wildlife,  and make the area a greener and cleaner place to live.

    “Of course, it is a job we would prefer not to need to do at all, and we encourage motorists to always take their rubbish home with them.”

    The council’s Street Cleansing team is out in all weathers clearing up litter, sweeping carriageways and footways, and removing fly-tipping from the district’s roads.

    Anyone caught littering can face an immediate fixed penalty of £80 - and if convicted in court a fine of up to £2,500. Members of the public can report any acts of littering they see to environmental.protection@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

  • Sell out crowd enjoys Cinderella Ballet in Coalville

    Cinderella Ballet

    Professional Ballet in Coalville might not be something you would expect.  But a full house, vigourous applause and a standing ovation at the end said it all, as the Vienna Festival Ballet took their final bow at the Century Theatre in Coalville last Friday evening (19 May) after performing their own dance interpretation of Cinderella. 

    The ballet company was set up by Austria's most successful ballet dancer, Peter Mallek, who has partnered Dame Margot Fonteyn and has danced alongside Rudolph Nureyev.

    Both Peter and his wife Gill, also a former dancer, attended the performance in Coalville, one of the many venues on their 2017 UK  tour.  They said that they immediately took to the Century Theatre, as they experienced the magic of entering the 1950's auditorium - and the realization that the whole theatre was designed to fold up on four lorry trailers with the seats still in place!

    Seeing the frustration of young dancers trying to get experience in leading roles, Peter set up the Vienna Festival Ballet company in 1980 in order to give wider opportunities to talented young ballet dancers. The company has been touring Europe and beyond ever since, giving new opportunities to young professional  dancers every year.

    This performance was brought to Coalville by the local group Performing Arts @ Century Theatre (PACT) the Theatre's own not-for-profit group set up by volunteers to bring a varied programme of artistic works to the town.  

    North West Leicestershire District Council contributed a grant of £2,000 to help bring the ballet to Coalville as part of its work to build confidence in the town. 

    Kay Greenbank, Head of Economic Regeneration at NWLDC, said: “The Century Theatre is a gem for Coalville, bringing theatre, cinema, dance and comedy to the town and with a fantastic heritage to celebrate. Our sponsorship of the ballet aimed to bring new people into Coalville and showcase what we have to offer.

    "We were also able to provide tickets to the ballet to young people who wouldn’t otherwise have seen the performance - allowing them to experience live dance and also making them aware of the wide programme of events on offer at the Century Theatre.”  

    PACT Board member Evan Rees said: "The Century Theatre has a good mixed programme of plays, films and and music throughout the year but we wanted to broaden the cultural offer still further, so we decided to try something a bit different."

    "It was a bit of a gamble bringing professional ballet to Coalville since we didn't know whether there would be sufficient interest - particularly since ticket prices would have to be over £20.  However, with the support of North West Leicestershire District Council all 200 seats were soon sold and the show was a great success."

    "The company seemed to love the theatre and were interested in its history and they coped admirably with the low headroom over the stage by modifying some of their high lifts.  We'll certainly be looking to bring them back next year with another ballet", he added.

    The Century Theatre is located to the rear of the former Snibston Mine, approached via Chiswell Drive from Ashby Road, Coalville.   For more information go to www.centurytheatre.co.uk

  • Residents welcome free kitchen makeover for North West Leicestershire community centre

    Kitchen

    Housing refurbishment specialist Lovell teamed up with North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) to enlarge and modernise a community centre kitchen in Coalville, Leicestershire – all for free!

    During a total transformation of the outdated facilities at the Greenhill Community Shop in Cropston Drive, the kitchen was completely redesigned and refitted to create a bigger and more accessible, open-plan space. The Lovell team carried out structural work to change the layout and installed new worktops, cupboards, tiles and flooring as well as replastering and redecorating the room and providing a new rear door. They also created a new WC accessible for disabled people.

    All of the building work, materials and new kitchen were provided free of charge by Lovell through the company’s commitment to giving back to the communities in which it works.

    A special ribbon-cutting event brought together residents, Lovell and NWLDC representatives to celebrate and officially ‘open’ the enhanced facilities. The new-look kitchen will enable a wider range of people to use the facility as well as allowing community groups meeting at the centre to serve hot food and host activities such as cookery and life skills classes.

    Jeanette Collins, chair of the Greenhill Tenants and Residents Association, comments: “It’s fantastic for us. The whole space is now so much bigger and we have a new kitchen with a brand-new cooker, fridge and freezer. It will allow us to do much more now in a modern and welcoming building. We want to say a big thank you to Lovell – who have done a brilliant job with all the work – and NWLDC for their support in making this happen.”

    The makeover was carried out as part of Lovell’s drive to create a lasting legacy of benefits in the areas where it undertakes housing refurbishment and construction projects. Over the past five years, the company has been working with NWLDC to deliver the council’s major improvement programme for its housing stock. Set to finish this summer, the scheme has included the installation of new kitchens, bathrooms, boilers, doors and windows; central heating upgrades, electrical rewiring and roof replacement work.

    Lovell regional refurbishment director Carl Yale says: “Our team are all delighted that residents are so pleased with the improvements to the Greenhill community centre. We trust that the extensive refurbishment works to the community centre will make a difference and that local people enjoy using the new facilities. It’s particularly rewarding to have been able to work with the community and the council to give something back and show our gratitude by providing the centre with a more modern kitchen, new accessible toilet and much-needed storage space.”

    Glyn Jones, Director of Housing at North West Leicestershire District Council, says: “We are delighted to have worked with Lovell and the Greenhill Tenants and Residents Association to improve this community facility.

    “The upgrade will benefit the entire community, and creates a much improved and larger space for both young and old to use. We hope this encourages more people from Greenhill to enjoy the available activities and events on offer at the hub.”

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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.. Now moved using different name
    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. (now moved)
    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 Name was Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth and should not be confused with any other business with a similar name.

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  • Increased patrols in the light of revised terrorist threat

    Despite the increase in the threat level of further terrorist attacks in the UK, there are no immediate plans to deploy military personnel onto the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland.

    That decision was taken by senior officers in Leicestershire Police earlier this morning (Wednesday 24 May) following a thorough assessment of the local situation throughout the night.

    However, the public will see an increase in patrols of armed and unarmed officers at key locations in the force area in the coming hours and days.

    Detailed discussions will also be taking place with the managers of key sporting and entertainment venues and with the organisers of public events due to be held in the coming weeks, to ensure proportionate security arrangements are in place to protect the public.

    The threat level of further terrorist attacks in the UK was increased last night to “critical” – meaning a further attack somewhere in the UK is assessed to be imminent.

    As a result, a national operation called “Temperer” was invoked, allowing for military personnel to be deployed alongside Police Officers to reassure the public and to deter, disrupt and prevent terrorist activity.

    But following a meeting of senior police personnel in Leicestershire this morning, there are no immediate plans to seek military assistance on the streets locally.

    Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “We have conducted a thorough assessment of the threat in Leicestershire and our well-established plans to respond to such an increased threat.

    “Whilst we will be increasing patrols in key places and constantly reviewing the local and national picture, we have no immediate plans to seek the deployment of the military onto our streets.”

    He added: “Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong and positive relationship between ourselves and our many diverse communities. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.

    “What happened on Monday evening in Manchester was truly horrific and our thoughts are very much with those who lost their lives and were injured.

    “This is a time for us all to stay calm, to work closely together, and to unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or to cause fear.”

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  • Arrest made in firearm discharge investigation

    Officers investigating a report of a firearm being discharged have made an arrest.

    A 16-year-old youth has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and remains in police custody.

    Officers were called to Tolton Road, Leicester, at about 10.25pm on Sunday 21 May following reports of a small group of men in the street and gunshots being heard.

    No one was found injured at the scene and we received no reports of anyone attending hospital with injuries caused by a firearm being discharged.

    Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and anyone who has information about what happened, is asked to call 101, asking to speak to DC Preston, quoting incident 767 of the 21/5/27.

    Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report any information anonymously.

  • Mobility scooter stolen from Melton

    Can you help us locate this mobility scooter after it was stolen from Melton at the weekend?

    The dark blue Leo Intercare electric scooter was stolen from an address in Greenslade sometime between 8pm on Saturday (20 May) and 8.45am on Sunday (21 May).

    The scooter belongs to a disabled woman who has now been left without any means to leave her home.

    If you have seen the scooter since the weekend or you have any information about who may be responsible please contact us.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting crime number 17*211674.

  • Leicestershire’s Chief calls for public vigilance

    The Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, Simon Cole, has urged the public to be vigilant following last night’s (Monday 22 May) suspected terrorist attack at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

    At least 22 died and more than 50 others were injured – including children - when an explosion shook the foyer area of the Arena shortly after 10.30pm just minutes after the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

    The cause of the explosion is being investigated, but it is being treated by the authorities as a terrorist attack.

    Simon Cole said: “Our thoughts are with the families of those who died and were injured in last night’s appalling and shocking incident.

    “We are also thinking of our colleagues in Greater Manchester Police who, together with the other emergency services, ran towards danger to help the public.

    “It is important that we are all alert and aware of our surroundings - together we can fight terrorism and make our communities safer.

    “We want to hear from anyone who sees anything suspicious, be it a vehicle, package or person. Rely on your instinct about whether something is suspicious – we would always prefer you to call us if you are in any doubt.

    “You can also call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline - 0800 789 321. It is staffed around the clock by specialist counter-terrorism police officers and staff.“

    A text phone service is also available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted).

    Any information passed to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence and is thoroughly analysed and researched before, and if, any police action is taken.

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  • Man identified following non-suspicious death

    Officers have identified a man who died in a non-suspicious incident in the grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary on Wednesday (17 May) morning.

    Extensive enquiries by officers at the end of last week had failed to identify the man – so a social media appeal was issued by the force to ask for your help.

    As a result, we have now been able to identify him and his family has been informed.

    His death is not being treated as suspicious and we are preparing a file for the coroner.

    Identification of the deceased is a matter for the coroner.

  • Woman robbed in city centre

    Did you witness a robbery in St Nicholas Circle during the early hours of Wednesday (17 May)?

    A woman was approached as she sat on a bench outside Subway around 1.38am. The victim was on her mobile ‘phone when one of the men grabbed her handbag from her shoulder.

    The suspects ran off towards the university and the Peacock Lane area. The victim’s handbag was recovered a short while later at the back of a building in Peacock Lane but her grey purse was not found.

    One of the suspects was wearing a red hooded top. Did you witness the incident or see two men running away from the area?

    The 19-year-old victim sustained minor injuries during the incident and was left upset and shaken.

    If you have any information about the robbery contact 101, quoting crime number 17*207575 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

  • Burglar who targeted elderly jailed

    A prolific offender who burgled the homes of two elderly people has been jailed for five years.

    Patrick Nolan, 35, of Pickwell Close, Leicester, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (17 May) at Leicester Crown Court to two counts of burglary.

    He was sentenced to five years in prison for each count, sentences to run concurrently. The judge also issued a five year Serious Crime Prevention Order, this will prohibit him from entering any dwellings without permission. The order will come into effect upon release from prison.

    The offences occurred in October 2016 in Leicester and Anstey. During the first incident the 87-year-old victim came across Nolan in her kitchen, she challenged him and he claimed that he was looking for his cat. He left the house after stealing two purses.

    During the second incident the 96-year-old victim answered the door to Nolan who claimed he was collecting scrap metal for a neighbour and needed to access the rear of the property. The victim later discovered that her purse containing cash and bank cards had been stolen.

    PC Lee Cannings from the force’s burglary targeting team, said: “Both victims were left extremely distressed by the incidents, Nolan had no regard for the impact his actions would have on the elderly victims.

    “We are pleased that he has pleaded guilty to the offences and he now faces a lengthy term in prison for his callous crimes.

    ”We would like to take this opportunity to remind people to always check the identity of visitors, if they are not able to produce identification, don’t let them in. If they’re a genuine caller they won’t mind you verifying their identity with the organisation they are claiming to represent. Ensure you always keep your doors and windows locked, even if you’re at home. If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your street contact 101 and report your concerns.”

  • Flooding technology highly commended at awards

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    A real-time flood project to support emergency responders was a finalist at Loughborough University’s Enterprise Awards last night (Wednesday 17 May, 2017).

    The project, which was nominated for the category of ‘developing innovative technologies to meet global challenges’, was highly commended for devising techniques for high-resolution urban flood nowcasting - a technology for predicting floods up to 48 hours away.

    The system funded by Natural Environment Research Council, uses live visualisation tools for emergency services to plan routes that avoid flooded areas, or to strategically place their equipment.

    Partners including Leicester City Council and Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Prepared – the Local Resilience Forum, as well as Atkins Global; Cabinet Office; Department for Communities and Local Government; Environment Agency; the Met Office; and Transport Scotland, have tested the systems effectiveness.

    Leicestershire Police’s Chief Constable, Simon Cole, Chair of LLR Prepared, said: “For Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland flooding is a key risk and it is really important that we have systems and technologies in place to deal with this risk.

    “It has been a pleasure to work with Loughborough University on this project. For me the ultimate test is that the system has been proven by those who deal with flooding and they thought the system was useful. We can now put this into practice to help decision making for real time flooding.

    “I am really proud the project has been highly commended at the Enterprise Awards and would like to thank everyone involved.”

    The awards form part of the week-long business continuity awareness campaign to encourage businesses to maximise their cyber resilience, which is being driven by LLR Prepared alongside Nottinghamshire’s Local Resilience Forum, Derbyshire Prepared and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. To find out more visit www.llrprepared.org.uk .

    You can find out more about the flood risk project and the Enterprise Awards by visiting http://www.lboro.ac.uk/enterprise/enterprise-awards/one-to-watch/flood-risks/ .