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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Woman jailed after death of seven-month-old baby

    A 31-year-old woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for the manslaughter of a seven-month-old baby.

    Chuanfang Zheng, of Mortlock Close, Southwark, London, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Monday 27 February) for sentencing having been found guilty of the offence following a trial last month.

    The incident happened on 22 March 2015, in Lutterworth, resulting in the death of the girl, Phoebe Guo, three days later.

    The court heard how Phoebe, who was in the care of Zheng at the time of the incident, became pale and struggled to breath.

    It was discovered that the baby suffered non-accidental brain damage, most likely to be caused by being shaken.

    Detective Chief Inspector Natalee Wignall led the investigation. She said: “This has been a long investigation to find out what happened to this little girl and the circumstances which led to her death and today’s result is testament to the investigation team’s hard work and determination.”

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Murder defendant jailed for 23 years

    A man convicted of murdering Adam Bent in the city centre has been jailed for 23 years.

    On Saturday 16 July, 31-year-old Adam was with friends in Sumo Bar, Braunstone Gate when he left briefly to go to a nearby cash point.

    Cameron Fields, 21, of Gresley Close, Leicester, was also in the bar and left at the same time. Both men walked along the street before Fields stabbed Adam in an unprovoked attack.

    Adam ran into a local taxi firm and raised the alarm. While members of the public gave first aid to Adam, Fields fled the scene. Adam was taken to hospital where he died as a result of a single stab wound to his chest.

    Fields pleaded guilty to murder at a hearing in October 2016 and today (Monday 27 February) he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

    A 16-year-old youth who pleaded guilty to assisting an offender at an earlier hearing, was given a 24 month detention and training order.

    Detective Chief Inspector Martin Smalley from East Midlands Special Operations major crime team, said: “A young man’s life was taken away from him in a moment. Fields chose to carry a knife and he chose to use it that night as a result he will now face a considerable time behind bars.

    “His actions have devastated Adam’s family, they now face a lifetime without a loved one who was taken away from them in such shocking circumstances.

    “There is no excuse for carrying a knife. We take knife crime extremely seriously and in October last year the force launched a major campaign entitled #LivesNotKnives to combat knife crime in the city.”

    The campaign aimed to: - Reduce the number of knife-related offences within the city - Educate and inform young people regarding the dangers of carrying knives; and - Target young people who are believed to be carrying knives and to bring them to justice.

    For further information about the campaign please visit https://leics.police.uk/news-appeals/news/2016/10/17/livesnotknives-major-campaign-launched

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Copper stolen from church roof in Kirby Bellars

    Copper sheeting has been stolen from a church roof in Kirby Bellars and we need your help to find those responsible.

    More than 100 metres of copper was ripped from the roof of St Peters Church in Main Street sometime between 11pm on Friday (24 February) and 10am on Saturday (25 February).

    The theft has caused extensive damage to the building and it’s estimated that it would cost thousands of pounds to repair it.

    The suspects would have needed a vehicle to take the copper away from the area so we’d like to speak to anyone who may have heard or seen any suspicious activity, did you see a vehicle not usually seen in the area?

    Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us find the perpetrators.

    We would also urge scrap dealers to remain vigilant and contact us if they see or hear anything about someone trying to sell copper.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sergeant 2241 Mark Williams on 101, quoting crime number 17*82552.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Do you recognise these two men?

    Detectives are trying to trace the two men in these pictures after a large quantity of alcohol, retailing at nearly £250k, was taken from a warehouse in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

    The incident happened during the early hours of Friday 9 December when a lorry, believed to have been using a false number plate, arrived at the warehouse in Magna Park to collect 26 pallets of alcohol.

    After loading the shipment, the vehicle left the warehouse at around 5.00am and headed along the A5 towards Rugby.

    DC Matt Garside who is leading the investigation said: “I am trying to trace the two men in these photos as they could have information that could help with police enquires.

    “There is a possibility that the men could be from the Walsall or Wolverhampton area but if anyone recognises either of them please call me.”

    Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and speak to DC Matt Garside, quoting crime number 16*406833.

    A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a theft offence and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Police praise support of search and rescue volunteers

    Police officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) have praised the dedication and commitment of the volunteers who provide invaluable search and rescue skills to the police service.

    EMOpSS has ten Tactical Support Teams (TST) providing specialist search and method of entry skills to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. They work very closely with the Lowland Rescue Teams in each of the four force areas particularly when looking for vulnerable people who have gone missing in challenging areas such as flood plains, forests, fields, country parks, rivers and lakes.

    Leicestershire Search and Rescue (LeicSAR) formed in November 2011. The team is formed entirely of professional volunteers from all walks of life. Within the team they have serving and retired fire fighters, police officers and paramedics, but most of their members are retirees, IT consultants, wedding planners, mechanics, lorry drivers, construction workers, office workers and teachers to name a few. Ordinary people who do amazing things 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    The team became fully operational in late 2013 and since then have deployed to more than 140 callouts to help the police. In 2016 the 42 members of LeicSAR responded to 58 incidents, which combined adds up to over 1700 hours working alongside the police to locate missing people. 1700 hours equates to around a £25k - £28k saving to Leicestershire Police in 2016, which means all that money can be put back into protecting the community. Added to that is the time LeicSar team spend fundraising, training and maintaining their equipment. In 2016 this added up to over 4,400 hours given by our volunteers.

    Over the past few years they have been heavily involved in some high profile incidents, including the recent search for 78 year old David Noakes, who had gone missing and left a note suggesting he was going to a nearby river. Sadly his body was found after three days of extensive searching. They were also involved in the search for 15 year old Kayleigh Haywood from Measham who was murdered 15 days after being groomed online by a man she'd never met, and they searched for 81 year old Ashton Baines who went missing from a residential home in Oakham.

    During the search for Mr Baines the team where deployed for three consecutive days. On day three Mr Baines was located by one of the foot teams searching a field of rapeseed. The team members gave medical treatment to Mr Baines and then carried him to a waiting ambulance. Without the efforts of the search and rescue volunteers and their professional training, it is highly likely that Mr Baines would have sadly perished by the following day.

    Andy Spry, the Vice Chairman of Leicestershire Search & Rescue (LeicSAR) said; “As the founder of Leicestershire Search and Rescue I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. Our members show truly humbling dedication and passion for everything they do. At a moment’s notice they drop whatever they are doing to come to the aid of a person they have never met. Last year we had callouts on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but without a second thought our members left their families and deployed alongside Leicestershire Police. Our volunteers do remarkable things, and I am proud to say I work alongside such passionate and professional people.

    “We feel very proud to be supporting Leicestershire Police, and the relationship between us goes from strength to strength. Leicestershire Police have given us fantastic support and backing since our creation, we can’t thank them enough for all they have done.

    Inspector Chris Haines from EMOpSS said; “I cannot praise the search and rescue volunteers enough. They always rise to the challenge when we call on them to help us and are incredibly professional and highly skilled. The police teams and volunteer teams work very well together and we run joint training exercises when we can. They provide an invaluable service and it is great that we can call on their specialist skills when we need them, often at short notice.”

  • Rutland and Leicestershire Council News Feed: Leicestershire County Council Current Consultations

    A reminder to our member councils that current LCC consultations can be accessed on this dedicated webpage. This includes the current opportunity to have your say on proposed highways maintenance changes.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Missing man, Christopher Parker, found safe and well

    Missing man, Christopher Parker, has been found safe and well.

    Christopher, 47, was reported missing on Wednesday 22 February. He was found in Leicester this evening (Friday 24 February).

    We’d like to thank everyone who assisted with our enquiries and shared our appeal.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Man charged for Cosby murder

    A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Cosby, Leicestershire.

    Peter Bunyan, of Brooklands Road, Cosby, has been charged with the murder of Brian Robson, who died in hospital after a serious assault yesterday (Thursday 23 February).

    He will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Saturday 25 February).

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Police name victim of Cosby death

    A man who died following a serious assault in Cosby yesterday (Thursday 23 February) has been named by police.

    Brian Robson, 84, from Cosby, Leicestershire, was found injured at an address in Brooklands Road.

    He was taken to hospital where he subsequently died.

    A post-mortem examination has taken place and provisional cause of death shows Brian died as a result of a head injury.

    A 53-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, is still in police custody.

    Brooklands Road, between Manor Road and Andrew Avenue, remains closed while officers continue with their investigation.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: North West Leicestershire Police - Winter/Spring update

    Police Commander for the North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Area, Inspector Helena Bhakta has published her latest update on policing in the area.

    Please visit this link to view it UPDATE

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  • Cinderella is coming to Coalville – submit your creative writing or artwork to be in with a chance of seeing her
    Aspiring young writers and artists in North West Leicestershire are in with a chance of winning tickets to see Cinderella performed by the Vienna Festival Ballet when it visits Coalville in May.
  • Council concerned about HS2 impacts

    North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) confirmed that it is concerned about the impact of the proposed route for HS2 during a meeting of its Full Council on Thursday 17 February 2017.

    The council plans to let the Government know that the impact of the revised route, which is proposed to run to the east of Measham, will have an unacceptable impact on the villages of Packington, Appleby and Measham.

    Despite these concerns, councillors agreed that, in light of further work carried out by experts working on the council’s behalf, it would no longer oppose the principle of the route and will instead work with HS2 Ltd to ensure local people get the most benefit from the new high speed railway.

    The council will insist that the areas of concern are addressed in the detailed planning of the scheme and will adopt a strategy that:

    • Recognises the better access to jobs that HS2 will bring through better connectivity and greater capacity on road and rail networks
    • Works to improve connections from the district to HS2
    • Supports residents and businesses, particularly those who will need to seek compensation and relocate
    • Actively engages with HS2 Ltd. to ensure the district’s views are fully represented.

    Response to the consultation on HS2 route changes

    NWLDC will respond to the consultation on the proposed route changes by 9 March 2017. The council will make three key points:

    1. That it is logical to change the route to follow the A42 to Kegworth and avoid tunnelling under East Midlands Airport, but that the council should be compensated for the loss of developer contributions towards playing fields and amenities due to the loss of planning permissions to the west of Kegworth. In addition, the council will put forward the case that new bridges are needed to make sure the Kegworth by-pass can still go ahead
    2. That the council would have preferred a station to be located either within the district at East Midlands Airport or just outside at the existing East Midlands Parkway. However, as HS2 Ltd has chosen to locate the station at Toton interchange, NWLDC will work to ensure the district benefits from the best possible connectivity with Toton.
    3. That the council cannot agree with the proposed change of route to the east of Measham, as the negative impacts on wildlife, housing, jobs and heritage – in particular the Sir John Moore Foundation near Appleby Magna – are too great. NWLDC will ask HS2 Ltd to reconsider this route change and look at other options around Measham.

    Proactive support for residents and businesses

    NWLDC will offer as much support as possible to residents and businesses in the district that may be affected by the proposed route.

    It has already contacted all businesses that are directly affected by the railway and signposted them to where they can access compensation.

    In addition, the council will support any business that needs to relocate as a result of HS2, with sites within the district being a priority.

    Public protection

    The council has a duty during the construction of the railway to make sure residents are not negatively affected by noise and vibration. It will do this through its existing enforcement powers.

    Once the railway is in operation, the council has no powers with regard to nuisance. It will however, work with HS2 Ltd to focus on acoustic management during design and construction, so that the line has appropriate fencing and bunding to protect local people from noise as much as possible.

    Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “In November 2016, the Government confirmed changes to its preferred route for Phase 2b of the HS2 rail development.

    “A number of these changes affect the West Midlands to Leeds leg of the route as it passes through North West Leicestershire. We have worked with railway experts to come to a position that means we will work with HS2 Ltd to get the most for our district from this development.

    “We have concerns – particularly regarding the proposed route around Measham and Kegworth - but are hopeful that HS2 Ltd will work with us to address these. Ultimately, we want to protect our district as much as possible and make sure local people have good access to these high speed trains that will help link our country in a more efficient way.”

  • NWLDC to invest across the district and freeze council tax as it sets its budget for 2017/18
    Council tax will be frozen for the eighth year in a row and new council homes will be built for the first time in 26 years following the approval of the 2017/18 North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) budget on Thursday 23 February.
  • Help support people with dementia with access to the outdoors and nature
    New Year, new walks - free training opportunities available across North West Leicestershire to help support people living with dementia to get outdoors and engage with nature.
  • £12.4m infrastructure loan scheme has relaunched!
    A Government-backed loan scheme to assist transport and infrastructure projects has re-opened for applications through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).
  • Advice and service updates during #StormDoris
    The Met Office has issued a national severe warning ahead of Storm Doris, which is due to hit mainland UK on Thursday 23 February. High winds are expected to build over the day, with gusts reaching 50-60 mph generally, with the the potential for 70+ mph over high ground and in places exposed to the wind.
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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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  • 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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  • Woman jailed after death of seven-month-old baby

    A 31-year-old woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for the manslaughter of a seven-month-old baby.

    Chuanfang Zheng, of Mortlock Close, Southwark, London, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Monday 27 February) for sentencing having been found guilty of the offence following a trial last month.

    The incident happened on 22 March 2015, in Lutterworth, resulting in the death of the girl, Phoebe Guo, three days later.

    The court heard how Phoebe, who was in the care of Zheng at the time of the incident, became pale and struggled to breath.

    It was discovered that the baby suffered non-accidental brain damage, most likely to be caused by being shaken.

    Detective Chief Inspector Natalee Wignall led the investigation. She said: “This has been a long investigation to find out what happened to this little girl and the circumstances which led to her death and today’s result is testament to the investigation team’s hard work and determination.”

  • Murder defendant jailed for 23 years

    A man convicted of murdering Adam Bent in the city centre has been jailed for 23 years.

    On Saturday 16 July, 31-year-old Adam was with friends in Sumo Bar, Braunstone Gate when he left briefly to go to a nearby cash point.

    Cameron Fields, 21, of Gresley Close, Leicester, was also in the bar and left at the same time. Both men walked along the street before Fields stabbed Adam in an unprovoked attack.

    Adam ran into a local taxi firm and raised the alarm. While members of the public gave first aid to Adam, Fields fled the scene. Adam was taken to hospital where he died as a result of a single stab wound to his chest.

    Fields pleaded guilty to murder at a hearing in October 2016 and today (Monday 27 February) he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

    A 16-year-old youth who pleaded guilty to assisting an offender at an earlier hearing, was given a 24 month detention and training order.

    Detective Chief Inspector Martin Smalley from East Midlands Special Operations major crime team, said: “A young man’s life was taken away from him in a moment. Fields chose to carry a knife and he chose to use it that night as a result he will now face a considerable time behind bars.

    “His actions have devastated Adam’s family, they now face a lifetime without a loved one who was taken away from them in such shocking circumstances.

    “There is no excuse for carrying a knife. We take knife crime extremely seriously and in October last year the force launched a major campaign entitled #LivesNotKnives to combat knife crime in the city.”

    The campaign aimed to: - Reduce the number of knife-related offences within the city - Educate and inform young people regarding the dangers of carrying knives; and - Target young people who are believed to be carrying knives and to bring them to justice.

    For further information about the campaign please visit https://leics.police.uk/news-appeals/news/2016/10/17/livesnotknives-major-campaign-launched

  • Copper stolen from church roof in Kirby Bellars

    Copper sheeting has been stolen from a church roof in Kirby Bellars and we need your help to find those responsible.

    More than 100 metres of copper was ripped from the roof of St Peters Church in Main Street sometime between 11pm on Friday (24 February) and 10am on Saturday (25 February).

    The theft has caused extensive damage to the building and it’s estimated that it would cost thousands of pounds to repair it.

    The suspects would have needed a vehicle to take the copper away from the area so we’d like to speak to anyone who may have heard or seen any suspicious activity, did you see a vehicle not usually seen in the area?

    Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us find the perpetrators.

    We would also urge scrap dealers to remain vigilant and contact us if they see or hear anything about someone trying to sell copper.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sergeant 2241 Mark Williams on 101, quoting crime number 17*82552.

  • Do you recognise these two men?

    Detectives are trying to trace the two men in these pictures after a large quantity of alcohol, retailing at nearly £250k, was taken from a warehouse in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

    The incident happened during the early hours of Friday 9 December when a lorry, believed to have been using a false number plate, arrived at the warehouse in Magna Park to collect 26 pallets of alcohol.

    After loading the shipment, the vehicle left the warehouse at around 5.00am and headed along the A5 towards Rugby.

    DC Matt Garside who is leading the investigation said: “I am trying to trace the two men in these photos as they could have information that could help with police enquires.

    “There is a possibility that the men could be from the Walsall or Wolverhampton area but if anyone recognises either of them please call me.”

    Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and speak to DC Matt Garside, quoting crime number 16*406833.

    A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a theft offence and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

  • Police praise support of search and rescue volunteers

    Police officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) have praised the dedication and commitment of the volunteers who provide invaluable search and rescue skills to the police service.

    EMOpSS has ten Tactical Support Teams (TST) providing specialist search and method of entry skills to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. They work very closely with the Lowland Rescue Teams in each of the four force areas particularly when looking for vulnerable people who have gone missing in challenging areas such as flood plains, forests, fields, country parks, rivers and lakes.

    Leicestershire Search and Rescue (LeicSAR) formed in November 2011. The team is formed entirely of professional volunteers from all walks of life. Within the team they have serving and retired fire fighters, police officers and paramedics, but most of their members are retirees, IT consultants, wedding planners, mechanics, lorry drivers, construction workers, office workers and teachers to name a few. Ordinary people who do amazing things 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    The team became fully operational in late 2013 and since then have deployed to more than 140 callouts to help the police. In 2016 the 42 members of LeicSAR responded to 58 incidents, which combined adds up to over 1700 hours working alongside the police to locate missing people. 1700 hours equates to around a £25k - £28k saving to Leicestershire Police in 2016, which means all that money can be put back into protecting the community. Added to that is the time LeicSar team spend fundraising, training and maintaining their equipment. In 2016 this added up to over 4,400 hours given by our volunteers.

    Over the past few years they have been heavily involved in some high profile incidents, including the recent search for 78 year old David Noakes, who had gone missing and left a note suggesting he was going to a nearby river. Sadly his body was found after three days of extensive searching. They were also involved in the search for 15 year old Kayleigh Haywood from Measham who was murdered 15 days after being groomed online by a man she'd never met, and they searched for 81 year old Ashton Baines who went missing from a residential home in Oakham.

    During the search for Mr Baines the team where deployed for three consecutive days. On day three Mr Baines was located by one of the foot teams searching a field of rapeseed. The team members gave medical treatment to Mr Baines and then carried him to a waiting ambulance. Without the efforts of the search and rescue volunteers and their professional training, it is highly likely that Mr Baines would have sadly perished by the following day.

    Andy Spry, the Vice Chairman of Leicestershire Search & Rescue (LeicSAR) said; “As the founder of Leicestershire Search and Rescue I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. Our members show truly humbling dedication and passion for everything they do. At a moment’s notice they drop whatever they are doing to come to the aid of a person they have never met. Last year we had callouts on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but without a second thought our members left their families and deployed alongside Leicestershire Police. Our volunteers do remarkable things, and I am proud to say I work alongside such passionate and professional people.

    “We feel very proud to be supporting Leicestershire Police, and the relationship between us goes from strength to strength. Leicestershire Police have given us fantastic support and backing since our creation, we can’t thank them enough for all they have done.

    Inspector Chris Haines from EMOpSS said; “I cannot praise the search and rescue volunteers enough. They always rise to the challenge when we call on them to help us and are incredibly professional and highly skilled. The police teams and volunteer teams work very well together and we run joint training exercises when we can. They provide an invaluable service and it is great that we can call on their specialist skills when we need them, often at short notice.”

  • Missing man, Christopher Parker, found safe and well

    Missing man, Christopher Parker, has been found safe and well.

    Christopher, 47, was reported missing on Wednesday 22 February. He was found in Leicester this evening (Friday 24 February).

    We’d like to thank everyone who assisted with our enquiries and shared our appeal.

  • Man charged for Cosby murder

    A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Cosby, Leicestershire.

    Peter Bunyan, of Brooklands Road, Cosby, has been charged with the murder of Brian Robson, who died in hospital after a serious assault yesterday (Thursday 23 February).

    He will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Saturday 25 February).

  • Police name victim of Cosby death

    A man who died following a serious assault in Cosby yesterday (Thursday 23 February) has been named by police.

    Brian Robson, 84, from Cosby, Leicestershire, was found injured at an address in Brooklands Road.

    He was taken to hospital where he subsequently died.

    A post-mortem examination has taken place and provisional cause of death shows Brian died as a result of a head injury.

    A 53-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, is still in police custody.

    Brooklands Road, between Manor Road and Andrew Avenue, remains closed while officers continue with their investigation.