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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Man convicted after serious assault

    A 58-year-old man has been convicted after his actions left a victim with significant injuries to his stomach.

    Lee Anthony Warburton, of Green Lane, Market Harborough yesterday (Wednesday 28 September) pleaded guilty to Section 20 wounding and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

    He was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years.

    On the evening of Tuesday 23 December, 2014 the 45-year-old victim arrived at Warburton’s address to visit a friend who lived there.

    A physical altercation took place between the two men, who knew each other, during which Warburton stabbed the victim to the stomach and fled the scene.

    The victim injuries were so severe that part of his bowel was protruding and on arrival by emergency services, he was taken straight to hospital for surgery to his injury. He also suffered a minor head injury and injuries to his knee.

    Detective Constable Eliot Burgess, the investigating officer, said: “This was a horrendous incident which has left the victim with a significant injury and scarred for life and I hope that yesterday’s plea will bring some closure to him.

    “I would like to thank members of the local community who came forward after the incident to assist us with our enquiries.”

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Hinckley Police support Girlguiding badge to help raise awareness of Dementia

    Police in Hinckley have been working with Girlguiding in Hinckley to develop a new badge to raise awareness of Dementia.

    The idea followed a visit to the 7th Hinckley URC Brownies by PCSO Julie Hodgkinson for the presentation of the Brownie ‘Challenge’ badge the group had been working towards.

    PCSO Hodgkinson had been working with a local dementia group and came up with the idea of developing a dementia awareness badge to help raise awareness of the illness to young people.

    PCSO Hodgkinson said: “As a child I enjoyed my time as part of the Barwell Brownie group and had the idea of creating a Dementia Awareness Badge after visiting a local unit. I also had a friend who was affected by the illness and I wanted to do something in her memory.”

    To obtain the award, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and their leaders need to complete a number of challenges to test their memory and learn more about dementia and how it affects sufferers.

    Carol Lynch Division Commissioner of Girl Guiding Hinckley said: "It has been a privilege to work with Julie to create this challenge badge. With a local membership of almost 1000, many young girls will gain an understanding of dementia through this fun badge."

    To help support the launch of the badge PCSO Hodgkinson managed to secure funding for the new badges from Police Mutual who donated £500.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Patrolling the superhighways of Leicester

    The Police will be out on patrol in a new neighbourhood in the eastern part of Leicester City centre from tomorrow (30 September).

    But instead of pounding the streets, Police Community Support Officer Ben Hill will be policing a cyber beat for residents living in that part of the city.

    The area already has its own dedicated team of neighbourhood officers who patrol the streets, chat with residents, and respond to local concerns.

    From tomorrow, the team will be joined by PCSO Hill who will be available at a click of a button to chat with residents online, via Facebook and WhatsApp.

    It follows the launch of a similar scheme for the residents of Rutland, launched earlier this month and being operated by PCSO Matt McDade.

    The pilot projects will run for 12 weeks, during which time both Matt and Ben hope to chat with hundreds of local residents in their respective areas, answering queries and providing advice, help and information.

    Ben said:

    “In many ways, I will simply be performing the role of a traditional Neighbourhood Officer in the city – but online instead of up and down the streets.

    “What the cyber beat project hopes to provide is an additional way for people to talk to us and to discuss the issues that are affecting them locally.

    “My cyber beat is open to anyone who lives in the eastern part of the city and I hope that it proves an easy way for people to chat to me without having to step outside their homes.”

    Inspector Gavin Drummond said:

    “We’ve developed cyber beat to provide better policing services for the communities which Leicestershire police serve. The intention is to use digital communications channels to connect with our communities.

    “Society has changed dramatically as a result of new technologies, and for many people their “community” is not particularly a geographic one but something that exists online.

    “More and more we conduct a lot of our daily activities online – from banking to shopping and general communication, talking to friends, colleagues and loved ones.

    “Cyber beat will help us to respond to these societal changes and provide a really easy way for people to chat with their local officer.

    “The purpose is not to replace traditional, physical policing in our neighbourhoods, but instead to provide an alternative and additional community service.”

    Ben’s beat can be accessed from 9am tomorrow by following PCSO Hill on Facebook, via Twitter at @LPDigitalBen or by emailing him at benjamin.hill@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Six sentenced for corruption and money laundering offences

    Six people involved in corruption and money laundering offences with a former senior member of staff at Buckingham Palace have been sentenced.

    Five men and one woman were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court, London, today (28 September) after two trials, held in June, July and August this year.

    This resulted in four people being convicted of offences with another two having pleaded guilty at earlier hearings.

    Those sentenced are:-

    • Ronald Harper, 64, of Churchgate, Glemsford, Suffolk, was found guilty of conspiracy to receive corrupt payments from principals of Melton Power Services and from principals of BSI Nordale Ltd. He has been sentenced to five years imprisonment.

    • Christopher Murphy, 56, of Purcell Road, Witham, Essex. Director of BSI Nordale Ltd. He was found guilty of conspiracy to make corrupt payments to Ron Harper and has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

    • Aseai Zlaoui, 41, of Baker Way, Witham, Essex. Director of BSI Nordale Ltd. She was found guilty of conspiracy to make corrupt payments to Ron Harper. She has been sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years. She was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

    • Alan Rollinson, 67, of Hunts Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk was found guilty of money-laundering, in respect of £20,000 received from BSI Nordale Ltd. He has been sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

    • Stephen Thompson, 62, of Ross Close, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The former director of Melton Power Services pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide corrupt payments to Ronald Harper between 2006 and 2011. He has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

    • Glyn Orridge, 67, of Tamar Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by abuse of position by Stephen Thompson. This related to inflated invoices submitted to Melton Power Services to fund bribes paid to Ron Harper. He was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service.

    Investigations by Leicestershire Police’s Economic Crime Unit began in January 2012 following a call from the senior management of a local company, Melton Power Services Ltd, who had identified some financial irregularities.

    Officers looked back to financial activities from 2006 and it revealed the directors of two companies - BSI Nordale and Melton Power Services - paid Harper at least £85,000 in the period when they were awarded large contracts for mechanical installation and maintenance work at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and St James’s Palace.

    Ronald Harper was employed by the Royal Household from 1994 to 2013. From 2003 onwards he held the position of Deputy Property Manager and was responsible for managing mechanical and electrical contracts at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and St James’ Palace.

    During this time he was paid cash by others in return for contracts at the royal palaces. Harper also used a family member to receive some of the payments.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Awards and recognition for inspirational women in policing

    Retired Chief Superintendent Sally Healy has been honoured with an award for her police service.

    She was the winner of the Women in the Public Sector category at an awards ceremony held last night by the Leicester Mercury.

    Two other current members of staff were also shortlisted for the award – Sally Porch and Lesley Panton – in the annual Women in Business Awards.

    Sally, who retired in August this year after a career spanning 30 years, said: “I felt so privileged to be nominated alongside Sally and Lesley, who themselves are such inspirational women.

    “It was an honour to receive the award and I felt like I was accepting it on behalf of all the officers and staff who work so hard to keep our communities safe in Leicestershire.

    “It was a lovely way to finish my police career”.

    Sally began her career with Nottinghamshire Police before transferring to Leicestershire as a Superintendent in the Operational Support department in 2007.

    An experienced firearms and public order commander, she was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2013 and in this role managed several high profile issues and incidents, but still made the time to mentor and train staff as well as encouraging all those around her.

    Described in the citation for the award as “a role model for many women in the force”, judges commented on her personality, culture and ethic towards her job.

    Sally Porch, who was also shortlisted and attended last night’s awards ceremony at the City Rooms, is the force’s Healthy Living and Wellness Advisor. She is also heavily involved in charity work, having raised money for the Treble One Trust and participated in a 180-mile bike ride for the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) charity.

    She has also helped a team of previous non-runners complete the 5k Race for Life through the force’s Desk25k programme. Alongside her charity work, she assists female officers upon their return to work by one-to-one mentoring them around their fitness, health and wellbeing.

    Her passion for helping others was included in the citation in which she was also described as “a true inspiration for staff and officers within the force”.

    The third shortlisted nominee from the force, who also attended the ceremony, was Lesley Panton, a Traffic Management Officer who has worked for the force for over 30 years.

    Lesley has an extensive history of generous support for her colleagues, employers and members of the community. She is a trade union official for the force as well as being a town councillor in Earl Shilton.

    The nomination praised her dedication to her role, her willingness to go above and beyond and her “genuine character which makes her a stand out example and worthy nominee.”

    Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “The awards showcase the hard work, dedication and commitment that women across the force demonstrate every day.

    “It makes me very proud to hear the amazing stories and celebrate the many achievements of our women officers and staff and I personally congratulate Sally, Sally and Lesley for their achievements. I’m delighted they have been recognised”.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Policing the Night Time Economy – live and online

    The Force will be providing social media users with a unique insight into the world of policing the night time economy – by reporting incidents and calls for help in real time.

    Between 8pm this Saturday night (1 October) through to the early hours, the Force will be posting messages, pictures and videos across a range of social media channels about incidents in and around Loughborough which require police attendance.

    The initiative is intended to provide the public with a fascinating opportunity to follow police officers as they deal with a breadth of incidents and local issues.

    The event coincides with Freshers Week, and is expected that hundreds of students will be out and about enjoying the vibrant night time economy in Loughborough.

    The online “Takeover” event will focus on Neighbourhood Teams, who will out and about on patrol in the town during the evening, as well as those officers working in the Patrol and Resolution Team based in Loughborough whose role is to respond to all manner of incidents (both non-emergency and 999 calls) from cows on the road to murders.

    The various officers will be accompanied by staff from the Force’s Communications and Engagement Directorate who will be posting messages throughout the night about the incidents the PRT officers are called to and the work of the neighbourhood Teams in liaison with partner agencies to keep people safe.

    As well as sending out tweets (#NTETakeover) and posting messages on Facebook, they will also be covering the shift on Instagram and Snapchat. Other social media activities planned for the shift include Question and Answer sessions with the officers, live video streams and conducing polls surveying public opinion about a range of local community issues.

    The event follows the Force’s First “Takeover” event, held last month and which followed officers deployed in the northern part of the force area.

    This time the Force will also be using Periscope on Twitter in addition to Facebook Live videos, and will be using Storify to capture all the social media and provide an interactive stream of up to date content throughout the night.

    Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay said: “Our first takeover Day was a great success, with thousands of people following officers on various social media channels as they responded to a range of incidents. I hope this event on Saturday night will prove even more popular.

    “Policing the city and towns on a Friday and Saturday night bring different sorts of challenges to those we face during weekdays, and with the arrival of thousands of students to Loughborough, this is a great opportunity to welcome them to the area and to enable the public to gain an insight into how we go about keeping people safe during what will be a very busy night in Loughborough.”

    Whilst we will try to give quite a bit of detail about the range of incidents officers are dispatched to, clearly we will not be publishing any personal details of any victim, potential offender or eye-witness during takeover day.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Victim in A5 collision named

    A man who we believe was hit by a goods vehicle on the A5 has been named by police.

    Damian Solecki, 21, was found deceased on the northbound carriageway between the village of Wibtoft and the High Cross junction on Saturday 17 September.

    Officers would like anyone who was driving a light coloured articulated lorry at approximately 1am in the early hours of 17 September on that stretch of road.

    Were you driving in that area? Did you see a collision? You may be able to help us with our investigations.

    Call us on 101, asking to speak to DC George Dodson from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Top Cops nominated for national Twitter awards

    Two senior Leicestershire Police Officers have been shortlisted in a national competition to honour the way the service communicates via Twitter.

    Chief Constable Simon Cole (@ccleicspolice) and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay (@accleicspolice) are on the shortlist of four in the category “Best Tweeting Senior Officer (ACC to Chief Constable)”.

    The award scheme is run by current and former police officers and is supported by Police Oracle and Rawcut.

    Both officers use Twitter of a daily basis, to inform the public about all types of issues and incidents in which the force is engaged, to share their views, to engage in conversations with fellow users and to humanise the work of the police.

    Mr Cole said:

    “Twitter is just another way ‎of having a conversation, spreading good ideas, and dealing directly with members of the public, staff and officers. I’m thrilled that Phil and I have been nominated for this award.“

    Mr Kay said:

    “Over and above engagement with our communities, Twitter enables me to recognise the great work that the Force does. It’s also a great way to humanise our roles, to allow the public to find about things about the people behind the uniform.”

    The winners will be announced in late December.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Missing girl found safe and well

    Missing 14-year-old Aaisha Ravat has been found.

    The teenager was found this evening in the city.

    Thank you to all who shared our appeal.

  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Arrests in Belgrave Road assault

    Five people have been arrested in connection with an assault in Belgrave Road, Leicester, over the weekend.

    Officers were called in the early hours of the morning (25 September) to a report of a disturbance in the B & M Store car park.

    Two men, aged 33 and 25, were taken to hospital. The 33-year-old has been discharged and the 25-year-old remains in the Queen’s Medical Centre in a stable condition.

    It has since come to our attention that a third man, a 19-year-old, was injured in the incident. He was taken to the LRI and has since been discharged.

    The arrested men - a 33-year-old, a 19-year-old, a 17-year-old and two 20-year-olds - have been bailed pending further enquiries.

    If you saw what happened in the incident, contact us. We need your help with our investigation.

    Call 101, quoting incident number 16000293468.

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  • Don’t let the warmer weather take your breath away

    Doctors from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to understand how to manage their symptoms as the weather heats up.


    Over 900,000 people in the UK are currently living with COPD, and it can make summer a struggle rather than a pleasure. Heat, humidity and sudden changes in weather can make it harder to breathe and trigger symptoms, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.


  • Patients invited to share their views about repeat prescription ordering

    The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are reviewing the process for repeat prescriptions and are inviting people to share their views. A repeat prescription is for medication that a doctor has authorised on a patient’s file which can be supplied for a certain period of time, and on a regular basis without having to see the doctor each time.

  • New ways of working for our urgent and emergency care services

    In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we are working to provide urgent care which is patient centred, supporting them to navigate a seamless journey through health and social care, and making sure they get the right care, first time.

    As part of this work we are currently looking at a pilot scheme which will enhance the services offered by NHS 111, offering access to health and care specialists for appropriate patients over the phone and streamlining the navigation through health and social care services for patients who need it.

  • Care Home improvements workshop success

    Over the course of the last few months we have been visiting care homes across the West Leicestershire area to talk to staff, residents and their families about what matters most to them, and listening to their experiences of care and caring.

    This is part of our work to look at the current care home provision and services in the area, how services are being delivered and if there are improvements that can be made in order to make sure that people living in care homes in the area live and die well.

  • Patients reminded to seek help from NHS 111 for non-life threatening emergencies

    Clinicians in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people to remember to call 111 for medical advice, unless it is a serious of life threatening emergency. The recent hot weather can cause dehydration and overheating, aggravating symptoms for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing, or are susceptible to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

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  • Man convicted after serious assault

    A 58-year-old man has been convicted after his actions left a victim with significant injuries to his stomach.

    Lee Anthony Warburton, of Green Lane, Market Harborough yesterday (Wednesday 28 September) pleaded guilty to Section 20 wounding and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

    He was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years.

    On the evening of Tuesday 23 December, 2014 the 45-year-old victim arrived at Warburton’s address to visit a friend who lived there.

    A physical altercation took place between the two men, who knew each other, during which Warburton stabbed the victim to the stomach and fled the scene.

    The victim injuries were so severe that part of his bowel was protruding and on arrival by emergency services, he was taken straight to hospital for surgery to his injury. He also suffered a minor head injury and injuries to his knee.

    Detective Constable Eliot Burgess, the investigating officer, said: “This was a horrendous incident which has left the victim with a significant injury and scarred for life and I hope that yesterday’s plea will bring some closure to him.

    “I would like to thank members of the local community who came forward after the incident to assist us with our enquiries.”

  • Hinckley Police support Girlguiding badge to help raise awareness of Dementia

    Police in Hinckley have been working with Girlguiding in Hinckley to develop a new badge to raise awareness of Dementia.

    The idea followed a visit to the 7th Hinckley URC Brownies by PCSO Julie Hodgkinson for the presentation of the Brownie ‘Challenge’ badge the group had been working towards.

    PCSO Hodgkinson had been working with a local dementia group and came up with the idea of developing a dementia awareness badge to help raise awareness of the illness to young people.

    PCSO Hodgkinson said: “As a child I enjoyed my time as part of the Barwell Brownie group and had the idea of creating a Dementia Awareness Badge after visiting a local unit. I also had a friend who was affected by the illness and I wanted to do something in her memory.”

    To obtain the award, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and their leaders need to complete a number of challenges to test their memory and learn more about dementia and how it affects sufferers.

    Carol Lynch Division Commissioner of Girl Guiding Hinckley said: "It has been a privilege to work with Julie to create this challenge badge. With a local membership of almost 1000, many young girls will gain an understanding of dementia through this fun badge."

    To help support the launch of the badge PCSO Hodgkinson managed to secure funding for the new badges from Police Mutual who donated £500.

  • Patrolling the superhighways of Leicester

    The Police will be out on patrol in a new neighbourhood in the eastern part of Leicester City centre from tomorrow (30 September).

    But instead of pounding the streets, Police Community Support Officer Ben Hill will be policing a cyber beat for residents living in that part of the city.

    The area already has its own dedicated team of neighbourhood officers who patrol the streets, chat with residents, and respond to local concerns.

    From tomorrow, the team will be joined by PCSO Hill who will be available at a click of a button to chat with residents online, via Facebook and WhatsApp.

    It follows the launch of a similar scheme for the residents of Rutland, launched earlier this month and being operated by PCSO Matt McDade.

    The pilot projects will run for 12 weeks, during which time both Matt and Ben hope to chat with hundreds of local residents in their respective areas, answering queries and providing advice, help and information.

    Ben said:

    “In many ways, I will simply be performing the role of a traditional Neighbourhood Officer in the city – but online instead of up and down the streets.

    “What the cyber beat project hopes to provide is an additional way for people to talk to us and to discuss the issues that are affecting them locally.

    “My cyber beat is open to anyone who lives in the eastern part of the city and I hope that it proves an easy way for people to chat to me without having to step outside their homes.”

    Inspector Gavin Drummond said:

    “We’ve developed cyber beat to provide better policing services for the communities which Leicestershire police serve. The intention is to use digital communications channels to connect with our communities.

    “Society has changed dramatically as a result of new technologies, and for many people their “community” is not particularly a geographic one but something that exists online.

    “More and more we conduct a lot of our daily activities online – from banking to shopping and general communication, talking to friends, colleagues and loved ones.

    “Cyber beat will help us to respond to these societal changes and provide a really easy way for people to chat with their local officer.

    “The purpose is not to replace traditional, physical policing in our neighbourhoods, but instead to provide an alternative and additional community service.”

    Ben’s beat can be accessed from 9am tomorrow by following PCSO Hill on Facebook, via Twitter at @LPDigitalBen or by emailing him at benjamin.hill@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

  • Six sentenced for corruption and money laundering offences

    Six people involved in corruption and money laundering offences with a former senior member of staff at Buckingham Palace have been sentenced.

    Five men and one woman were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court, London, today (28 September) after two trials, held in June, July and August this year.

    This resulted in four people being convicted of offences with another two having pleaded guilty at earlier hearings.

    Those sentenced are:-

    • Ronald Harper, 64, of Churchgate, Glemsford, Suffolk, was found guilty of conspiracy to receive corrupt payments from principals of Melton Power Services and from principals of BSI Nordale Ltd. He has been sentenced to five years imprisonment.

    • Christopher Murphy, 56, of Purcell Road, Witham, Essex. Director of BSI Nordale Ltd. He was found guilty of conspiracy to make corrupt payments to Ron Harper and has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

    • Aseai Zlaoui, 41, of Baker Way, Witham, Essex. Director of BSI Nordale Ltd. She was found guilty of conspiracy to make corrupt payments to Ron Harper. She has been sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years. She was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

    • Alan Rollinson, 67, of Hunts Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk was found guilty of money-laundering, in respect of £20,000 received from BSI Nordale Ltd. He has been sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

    • Stephen Thompson, 62, of Ross Close, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The former director of Melton Power Services pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide corrupt payments to Ronald Harper between 2006 and 2011. He has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

    • Glyn Orridge, 67, of Tamar Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by abuse of position by Stephen Thompson. This related to inflated invoices submitted to Melton Power Services to fund bribes paid to Ron Harper. He was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service.

    Investigations by Leicestershire Police’s Economic Crime Unit began in January 2012 following a call from the senior management of a local company, Melton Power Services Ltd, who had identified some financial irregularities.

    Officers looked back to financial activities from 2006 and it revealed the directors of two companies - BSI Nordale and Melton Power Services - paid Harper at least £85,000 in the period when they were awarded large contracts for mechanical installation and maintenance work at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and St James’s Palace.

    Ronald Harper was employed by the Royal Household from 1994 to 2013. From 2003 onwards he held the position of Deputy Property Manager and was responsible for managing mechanical and electrical contracts at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and St James’ Palace.

    During this time he was paid cash by others in return for contracts at the royal palaces. Harper also used a family member to receive some of the payments.

  • Awards and recognition for inspirational women in policing

    Retired Chief Superintendent Sally Healy has been honoured with an award for her police service.

    She was the winner of the Women in the Public Sector category at an awards ceremony held last night by the Leicester Mercury.

    Two other current members of staff were also shortlisted for the award – Sally Porch and Lesley Panton – in the annual Women in Business Awards.

    Sally, who retired in August this year after a career spanning 30 years, said: “I felt so privileged to be nominated alongside Sally and Lesley, who themselves are such inspirational women.

    “It was an honour to receive the award and I felt like I was accepting it on behalf of all the officers and staff who work so hard to keep our communities safe in Leicestershire.

    “It was a lovely way to finish my police career”.

    Sally began her career with Nottinghamshire Police before transferring to Leicestershire as a Superintendent in the Operational Support department in 2007.

    An experienced firearms and public order commander, she was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2013 and in this role managed several high profile issues and incidents, but still made the time to mentor and train staff as well as encouraging all those around her.

    Described in the citation for the award as “a role model for many women in the force”, judges commented on her personality, culture and ethic towards her job.

    Sally Porch, who was also shortlisted and attended last night’s awards ceremony at the City Rooms, is the force’s Healthy Living and Wellness Advisor. She is also heavily involved in charity work, having raised money for the Treble One Trust and participated in a 180-mile bike ride for the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) charity.

    She has also helped a team of previous non-runners complete the 5k Race for Life through the force’s Desk25k programme. Alongside her charity work, she assists female officers upon their return to work by one-to-one mentoring them around their fitness, health and wellbeing.

    Her passion for helping others was included in the citation in which she was also described as “a true inspiration for staff and officers within the force”.

    The third shortlisted nominee from the force, who also attended the ceremony, was Lesley Panton, a Traffic Management Officer who has worked for the force for over 30 years.

    Lesley has an extensive history of generous support for her colleagues, employers and members of the community. She is a trade union official for the force as well as being a town councillor in Earl Shilton.

    The nomination praised her dedication to her role, her willingness to go above and beyond and her “genuine character which makes her a stand out example and worthy nominee.”

    Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “The awards showcase the hard work, dedication and commitment that women across the force demonstrate every day.

    “It makes me very proud to hear the amazing stories and celebrate the many achievements of our women officers and staff and I personally congratulate Sally, Sally and Lesley for their achievements. I’m delighted they have been recognised”.

  • Policing the Night Time Economy – live and online

    The Force will be providing social media users with a unique insight into the world of policing the night time economy – by reporting incidents and calls for help in real time.

    Between 8pm this Saturday night (1 October) through to the early hours, the Force will be posting messages, pictures and videos across a range of social media channels about incidents in and around Loughborough which require police attendance.

    The initiative is intended to provide the public with a fascinating opportunity to follow police officers as they deal with a breadth of incidents and local issues.

    The event coincides with Freshers Week, and is expected that hundreds of students will be out and about enjoying the vibrant night time economy in Loughborough.

    The online “Takeover” event will focus on Neighbourhood Teams, who will out and about on patrol in the town during the evening, as well as those officers working in the Patrol and Resolution Team based in Loughborough whose role is to respond to all manner of incidents (both non-emergency and 999 calls) from cows on the road to murders.

    The various officers will be accompanied by staff from the Force’s Communications and Engagement Directorate who will be posting messages throughout the night about the incidents the PRT officers are called to and the work of the neighbourhood Teams in liaison with partner agencies to keep people safe.

    As well as sending out tweets (#NTETakeover) and posting messages on Facebook, they will also be covering the shift on Instagram and Snapchat. Other social media activities planned for the shift include Question and Answer sessions with the officers, live video streams and conducing polls surveying public opinion about a range of local community issues.

    The event follows the Force’s First “Takeover” event, held last month and which followed officers deployed in the northern part of the force area.

    This time the Force will also be using Periscope on Twitter in addition to Facebook Live videos, and will be using Storify to capture all the social media and provide an interactive stream of up to date content throughout the night.

    Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay said: “Our first takeover Day was a great success, with thousands of people following officers on various social media channels as they responded to a range of incidents. I hope this event on Saturday night will prove even more popular.

    “Policing the city and towns on a Friday and Saturday night bring different sorts of challenges to those we face during weekdays, and with the arrival of thousands of students to Loughborough, this is a great opportunity to welcome them to the area and to enable the public to gain an insight into how we go about keeping people safe during what will be a very busy night in Loughborough.”

    Whilst we will try to give quite a bit of detail about the range of incidents officers are dispatched to, clearly we will not be publishing any personal details of any victim, potential offender or eye-witness during takeover day.

  • Victim in A5 collision named

    A man who we believe was hit by a goods vehicle on the A5 has been named by police.

    Damian Solecki, 21, was found deceased on the northbound carriageway between the village of Wibtoft and the High Cross junction on Saturday 17 September.

    Officers would like anyone who was driving a light coloured articulated lorry at approximately 1am in the early hours of 17 September on that stretch of road to contact us.

    Were you driving in that area? Did you see a collision? You may be able to help us with our investigations.

    Call us on 101, asking to speak to DC George Dodson from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

  • Top Cops nominated for national Twitter awards

    Two senior Leicestershire Police Officers have been shortlisted in a national competition to honour the way the service communicates via Twitter.

    Chief Constable Simon Cole (@ccleicspolice) and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay (@accleicspolice) are on the shortlist of four in the category “Best Tweeting Senior Officer (ACC to Chief Constable)”.

    The award scheme is run by current and former police officers and is supported by Police Oracle and Rawcut.

    Both officers use Twitter of a daily basis, to inform the public about all types of issues and incidents in which the force is engaged, to share their views, to engage in conversations with fellow users and to humanise the work of the police.

    Mr Cole said:

    “Twitter is just another way ‎of having a conversation, spreading good ideas, and dealing directly with members of the public, staff and officers. I’m thrilled that Phil and I have been nominated for this award.“

    Mr Kay said:

    “Over and above engagement with our communities, Twitter enables me to recognise the great work that the Force does. It’s also a great way to humanise our roles, to allow the public to find about things about the people behind the uniform.”

    The winners will be announced in late December.