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Appeal for help tracing missing woman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Friday, 15 June 2018 14:23

Issued on 15/6/18 at 1:59 p.m.

Officers are appealing for help to find missing woman Michaela Gilbert.

The 31-year-old was last seen at 8.30pm on Wednesday (13 June) in the Outfields Drive area of Cropston, Leicestershire.

Michaela is white, 5ft 2ins tall, slim build with brown hair and blue eyes. She is believed to be wearing jeans and a baggy sweatshirt.

She is known to visit Bradgate Park and the surrounding areas.

Michaela lives in the Narborough Road area of the city so could have made her way back towards her home address.

If you think you have seen a woman matching her description or know where she might be please call 101.

 
Jewellery stolen in burglary at Oadby house PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Friday, 15 June 2018 14:18

Issued on 15/6/18 at 1:46 p.m.

Incident number: 18000275215

A large amount of jewellery was stolen in a burglary at a Leicestershire house.

Detectives are appealing to anyone who was in the area of Forest Rise, Oadby, yesterday afternoon (Thursday 14 June) and who may have information regarding the incident to make contact.

The burglary happened at a property in the area between 2pm and 3pm with a window at the rear of the property being smashed. No-one was in the home at the time of the incident.

An amount of cash and some electrical equipment, including an iPad and laptop, were also stolen.

Enquiries are continuing.

Detective Constable Adrian Davies said: “The incident happened in the afternoon when we believe a number of people were in the area.

“If you were and you saw or heard anything which caused you concern or anything which you think could be related to this offence then please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 18000275215.

 
Brothers from Sussex imported suitcases full of drugs PDF Print E-mail
Written by National Crime Agency   
Friday, 15 June 2018 13:52

15 June 2018

Two brothers from Sussex have been convicted for attempting to smuggle drugs worth around £200,000 into Scotland via Prestwick Airport.
 
Jack (aged 25) and James (26) Goldsmith, from Hastings, were intercepted by Border Force officers at the Scottish airport on 11 January, having arrived on a flight from Malaga.
 
Both were found to have suitcases stuffed with herbal cannabis (see right). Each was carrying around ten kilos of the drug.
 
National Crime Agency investigators were able to establish that James Goldsmith, who had numerous convictions for drug possession and supply in England, had flown out to Faro in Portugal from Gatwick on 5 January. He is suspected of collecting the drugs from known dealers in Portugal before returning via Malaga with his brother.
 
Officers also found that both brothers had made five similar trips to Europe during 2017.
 
Despite initially denying knowledge of the drugs in their suitcases James Goldsmith later pleaded guilty to the importation of controlled drugs, and the possession and supply of drugs. His brother pleaded guilty to the importation offence.
 
At the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday 15 June James Goldsmith (pictured right) was sentenced to three years in prison. Jack Goldsmith received 200 hours community service.
 
John McGowan, operations manager for the NCA in Scotland, said:
 
“These brothers were involved in an attempt to bring a substantial quantity of illegal drugs into the UK through Prestwick, and it is clear from what we have established that they had connections with criminal groups in the UK and Europe.
 
“Working with our colleagues at Border Force we are determined to disrupt and dismantle the networks involved in this type of criminality.”
 
Murdo MacMillan, Border Force North Deputy Director, said:
 
“In making this seizure and stopping these men Border Force and the NCA have protected the public and prevented further criminality.
 
“We continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to prevent drug trafficking.”

 
Plea for family members of WW1 serving officers to get in touch PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Friday, 15 June 2018 14:08

Issued on 15/6/18 at 9:15 a.m.

We are appealing for help in finding surviving family members of serving Leicestershire police officers who lost their lives while on duty during the first and second world wars. We would like to invite them to a memorial event to mark Remembrance Day at Force Headquarters.

There are 20 officers from the city, county and Rutland that we are trying to trace. If you are related to one of the officers, or know someone that is, please contact Dominique Allen, Benevolent Fund Treasurer, via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

City WW1

  • PC W.A BAILEY - Royal Horse Artillery
  • PC J BRIGGS – Mounted Military Police
  • PC J COBLEY – West Yorkshire Regiment
  • PC R HAZELWOOD – Grenadier Guards
  • PC F HUTSON - Royal Marine Artillery
  • PC E.M MADDOCK MM- Royal Horse Artillery
  • PC G.A MANTON – Coldstream Guards
  • PC A.W OSBORN – Leicestershire Regiment
  • PC T PERCIVAL – Leicestershire Regiment
  • PC A.E REEVES – Leicestershire Regiment
  • PC W WOODWARD - Royal Marine Artillery

WW2

  • PC A PREW - Rank Private - Number 29092 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • PC P SMITH – Rank Gunner - Number 29117 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • PC C BRAMMAL – Rank Sergeant - Number L/28853 served with A Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • PC J DRIVER – Rank Gunner - Number L/29804 served with D Battery 46th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • PC C SMITH – Rank Corporal - number L/29119 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • PC T GRAINGER – Rank Lance Corporal - Leicestershire Regiment
  • PC L HENSON - Rank Lance Corporal - Coldstream Guards
  • PC E WAKEFIELD - Rank Private - Leicestershire Regiment
  • PC J WALKER – Rank Gunner - Royal Garrison Artillery

Chief Constable Simon Cole, Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon, Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham, police officers and staff will also be in attendance to pay their respects.

Mr Cole comments: “It is important to the force to mark the centenary commemorations. We hold a gathering every year in our memorial garden to commemorate Remembrance Day but there is a different significance this year.

“We are extending the invitation to the families of those fallen officers to join us as a way of expressing our gratitude and solidarity for their bravery and sacrifice. We are pleased to have already been in contact with ten families who have said they would like to join us - making the event even more poignant.”

 
Volunteers thanked for dedicating more than 107,000 hours PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Friday, 15 June 2018 07:45
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The Volunteers in Policing Awards Night 2018

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Issued on 15/6/18 at 12:40 a.m.

A special constable who dropped everything to help the force following the UK terror attacks last year, and a cadet who still finds time to volunteer despite caring for her younger brother were among those commended for their work at the fourth annual Volunteers in Policing Awards Night.

More than 500 volunteers and guests attended the event tonight (Thursday 14 June) to see 20 awards being given out and scores of people applauded for their time and commitment to the force.

Chief Constable Simon Cole closed the evening and said: “We hold the awards night every year to celebrate the hundreds of incredible people who volunteer for Leicestershire Police as specials, cadets, police support volunteers and chaplains.

“In the last year they volunteered more than 107,000 hours to helping us keep our communities safe, which is a fantastic achievement. I’m very proud to have been able to have joined the Lord Lieutenant, Police and Crime Commissioner, Sheriffs and sponsors to say ‘thank you’.”

The event was held at the King Power Stadium to recognise the effort of the hundreds of people who volunteer for Leicestershire Police as specials, cadets, chaplains and police support volunteers.

Special Constable Karolina Zalewska was among the award recipients and picked up the Special Constables Community Engagement award, sponsored by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach.

Following the UK terror attacks last year, Karolina recognised the increased pressure facing the police force, and the need to provide reassurance to our communities. As a result, she cancelled her plans, put on her uniform and went out on duty to support her regular colleagues.

Delighted with her award, Karolina said: “I am completely shocked and overwhelmed to have won this award! It really means a lot to me to be recognised in this way; I just love being a special. A lot of people ask me if I’m planning on joining the regulars, but I’m honestly not – I just like getting out there and helping people. It’s actually quite amazing that I get to do the role of a police officer, and still have my separate full-time job. I really enjoy volunteering my time and I plan to continue.”

Grace Burton was awarded as our Volunteer Police Cadet of the year, sponsored by the Leicester City Football Club Community Trust.

The 14-year-old is a member of our Loughborough cadet unit, and balances her school work with caring for her younger brother, who has autism, and still finds time to attend every single cadet unit meeting and volunteer in her community at the weekend.

After receiving her award, Grace said: “I’m really pleased I’ve won this award, I wasn’t expecting it at all! It really does mean a lot to me, and I do sometimes struggle with everything going on in my life. For me, being a police cadet is great because I get to learn new, interesting things and also have some fun with friends. I like helping out in the younger cadet’s session too, which is before mine. It’s really nice to have this achievement.”

Liz Cattell, a police support volunteer from Wigston, received the Diversity award, a new award generously sponsored by The St Philip’s Centre.

Liz coordinates monthly visits to the Leicester Centre for Integrated Living, and organises for police volunteers to attend and provide crime prevention advice at their café for ‘Empowering Disabled People’.

Thrilled with her award, Liz said: “I just want to say a huge thank you, and I love going down to the café each month. I really enjoy getting to know all of the people who attend, and they’re great company too. I’ve been going down for about two years now, and everyone’s made me feel so welcome. I just love that I’m able to help people, and I’m so grateful to have won this award.”

Lord Willy Bach, Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “The support provided by our small army of volunteers has never been more important. Demand on all areas of policing continues to increase and the skill-set required becomes ever more diverse. Volunteers bring wide-ranging experience and new skills to help keep our communities safe and feeling secure. These awards are a small acknowledgement of the contribution made by our volunteers in so many ways, as cadets, special constables, police service volunteers, independent custody visitors and so on. I would like to thank each and every one of them.”

The awards followed National Volunteers’ week (1 to 7 June), an annual celebration of volunteers across the country that takes pride in highlighting the excellent work they undertake and their contribution to communities.

The force are currently recruiting police support volunteers and specials. Please visit leics.police.uk/join-us to find out if you could join us and make a difference to your community.

The winners on the night were:

• No 1 Copperpot PSV Outstanding Leadership Award – Melanie Smith

• The Everard Foundation SPC Outstanding Leadership Award – Neil Deveney, with James Blackburn and Sam Watson as Highly Commended

• The Cooperative VPC Leader of the year Award – Martin Rawlings, with Wendy Garland and Ash Lorgat as Highly Commended

• Leicester Riders PSV Innovation Award – Jackie Saunt

• The Superintendents Association SPC Innovation Award – John Blagden

• The International Police Association Most Improved Volunteer Police Cadet – Ryan Sheppard, with Jennifer Simpson and Kurt Barnes as Highly Commended

• LPF Medical Scheme Trust PSV Special Recognition Award – Patrick Dunham, with Wendy Garland and Jay Gohel as Highly Commended

• The Leicestershire Police Federation SPC Special Recognition Award – Arvind Mistry

• The Royal Society of Saint George Community Service Award – Victoria Delahunt

• PCC PSV Community Engagement Award – Caitlin Penfold

• PCC SPC Community Engagement Award – Karolina Zalewska

• UNISON Volunteer Police Cadet Unit of the year Award – East Leicester Cadet Unit

• ASCCO SPC Outstanding Team Performance Award – Central Leicester Neighbourhood Team

• City Watch PSV Outstanding Team Performance Award – Biometrics Team, with the Coalville team and Heritage Crime Team as Highly Commended

• City Watch Outstanding PSV of the year Award – Sue Sellers, with Harbans Thiaray and Jackie Saunt as Highly Commended

• LCFC Community Trust Outstanding VPC Award – Lucy Thomson and Josh Stone, with Victoria Delahunt as Highly Commended

• PMAS Outstanding SPC of the year Award – Emily Morgan

• DMU Lifetime Achievement Award – Debbie Rawlinson

Professional photographs of all of our winners will be made available on Friday 15 June.

Thank-you to all of our event partners

• No.1 Copperpot
• The Everard Foundation
• Caterpillar
• Leicester Riders
• The Superintendents Association
• International Police Association
• LPF Medical Scheme
• The Leicestershire Police Federation
• The Royal Society of Saint George
• Unison
• ASCCO
• City Watch
• PMAS
• Leicester City Football Club
• Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner
• St Philips Centre
• De Montfort University