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Written by National Crime Agency   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 07:42

Christian Luecking Johnson full size 118 August 2017

A third man has been jailed following a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation into an internet chat room where the rape of a child was streamed in real time.

Christian Luecking Johnson, 36, of Raynes Park, London, was not online during the attack, but logged on shortly before and afterwards, forensic evidence uncovered by NCA officers showed.

Private chat

He pleaded guilty in July at Kingston Crown Court to encouraging the distribution of indecent images of children by participating in the chat room.

Luecking Johnson also sent messages to the rapist that he “would love to see u bring ur boy in a pvt  room, only u and me”.

Prevention order

He was sentenced at the same court to 20 months’ imprisonment today.

He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order, placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and banned from working with children or vulnerable adults for life.

His conviction follows the imprisonment in America in February this year of William Chandler Augusta, the Pennsylvania man who streamed the footage of himself attacking the boy to the chat room.

US conviction

Augusta was sentenced for a range of offences and could spend up to 30 years in jail.

His victim was identified by police officers in the US and protective measures have been taken.

Two other men, youth worker Darren Williams and primary school teacher Wayne Brookes, have been jailed for 11 years and 1 year 8 months respectively after NCA investigators showed they were online in the chat room as the rape was streamed.


Colin Radcliffe, operation manager at the NCA, said: “One by one, dangerous criminals connected to this terrible event, in which a rape was streamed on the internet, are being put in prison.

“I’d like to remind everyone that this was a chat room where offenders hid behind usernames and thought they were hidden from justice.

“There is no hiding. Those who exploit and abuse of children for sexual pleasure should expect to be found and prosecuted."

Wanted man Sean Cawthray arrested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 07:29

Issued on 18/8/17 at 4:43 p.m.

Wanted man Sean Cawthray has been arrested by police this afternoon (18 August).

Cawthray, who recently changed his name to Perry, failed to return to his probation-approved address on 19 June.

He was arrested in Leicestershire this afternoon for being unlawfully at large.

Operation Cabriolet – full speed ahead for phase two PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Friday, 18 August 2017 11:07

Issued on 18/8/17 at 11:43 a.m.

The latest phase of action targeting violent offenders and burglars across the force area has taken place this week.

Officers assigned to Operation Cabriolet executed warrants at a number of locations over the two-day enforcement, targeting those who have either failed to appear in court, were suspected of crime in live unsolved investigations, were the subject of prison recalls or wanted on warrant.

Over 40 addresses were visited and 13 people were arrested during the second phase of the operation which began on Tuesday (15 August).

Types of offences dealt with under phase two of Operation Cabriolet ranged from arson with intent to endanger life, burglary, cannabis cultivation, shop theft and common assault.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul McKinder who led the operational activity, said: “Phase two of Operation Cabriolet has not disappointed.

“During the last two days of action we have arrested 13 people. From this we have remanded two men and charged two for various offences including receiving stolen goods and shop theft.

“Six people have been released from police custody pending further investigation. Three have been released with no further action.

“The aim behind this operation was to arrest people who cause harm in our communities, making sure that those who live within the area feel safe.”

In June, the Operation Cabriolet team took to the streets of the force area and over a two-day period arrested 22 people from the 47 addresses visited. Of those arrested, eight people were charged, 11 were released under investigation and three faced no further action.

He said: “We will continue to do all we can to bring those who commit offences in our communities to justice. “This has been a successful operation but we still need the help of the public going forward.

“If you have information about criminal activity in your area we want to hear from you.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact 101.

Those charged with offences or remanded in custody following the recent two-day operation:-

• Ismael Jerome Henry, 37, of Mayfield Road, Leicester, has been charged with shop theft. He will be appearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 15 September. The charge relates to a theft from stores on Narborough Road, Leicester, on 15 April.

• Patrick Redmond, 24, of Clayton Drive, Leicester, has been charged with receiving stolen goods. He is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 1 September. The charge relates to an incident on 5 July in Bridge Street, Lougborough.

• Glenn Richards, 46, of Selkirk Road, Leicester, was remanded in custody and appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 16 August on a fail to appear warrant.

• Thomas Swepson, 22, of Vestry House, Leicester, was recalled to prison.

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Remembering Matt and Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 07:24
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Door plaques to remember Matt and Austin

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Issued on 18/8/17 at 2:19 p.m.

Two Leicestershire police officers have had rooms named in their memory at special ceremonies this month.

DC Matt Spradbury lost his fight against Motor Neurone Disease in 2016 aged 49, having spent the last few months of his life raising funds and awareness of the illness. Although he retired as a police officer when he was diagnosed, he returned to Leicestershire Police as a member of staff working within major crime.

The Major Crime Conference Room at Beaumont Leys police station was named in Matt’s memory at an event on Friday 11 August, for staff and Matt’s family and friends.

At a similar event today (Friday 18 August), at Leicestershire Polices’ headquarters in Enderby, a new meeting room for Operations Planning was named in honour of PC Austin Jackson. Austin died after being taken ill suddenly while on duty earlier this year. He had been a neighbourhood officer at Spinney Hill and, like Matt, was popular with colleagues and within the community.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “We have sought to remember colleagues that we have lost by naming rooms after them. We are honoured to have served with these two officers, and that their families will be with us for the ceremonies to make sure their names live on in force history.

“DC Spradbury and PC Jackson were well-liked and respected, not only by the people they worked with but also the people they worked for and it is fitting that we should mark the esteem in which they were held.”

Simone, wife of PC Jackson added: “The children and I are so proud of all that Austin has achieved in his police career. The children all look up to Austin as a role model, as he was the most dedicated husband, father and police officer.

“To have a room named after him is just amazing and the support from the police family is incredible, we can't thank you enough.”

Verene, wife of DC Spradbury added: “From the onset of Matt’s illness we, as a family, have received overwhelming support from friends and colleagues within Leicestershire Police. We feel very proud to have this room dedicated in his memory.

"Matt loved working in Major Crime and continued until he was physically unable. It is so lovely to know that Matt was so well respected to be bestowed this honour. Thank you so much to all of those involved.”

Barcelona: “another bleak day for humanity” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Friday, 18 August 2017 07:56

Issued on 18/8/17 at 7:49 a.m.

Leicestershire’s Chief Constable Simon Cole has described the terrorist attacks in Spain as “another bleak day for humanity”.

He said the attacks, which left 13 dead and many scores of people injured, was tragic and that his thoughts were with the victims and their families.

One of the injured is reported to be a police officer.

He said: “The use of vehicles by terrorists to attack innocent people is becoming all too familiar a pattern.

“Similar tactics have been used twice in London this year alone, and followed the use of a lorry to attack people in Berlin.

“News of the events in Spain will have left us all shocked and saddened, and represent another bleak day for humanity.”

Five suspects wearing what are thought to be explosive suicide belts were shot dead by police in a coastal town 60 miles south or Barcelona in the early hours of this morning, as a vehicle in which the group were travelling overturned.

Yesterday afternoon, a van had been driven into pedestrians in the centre of Barcelona, killing 13 people and leaving more than 100 injured.

Chief Constable Cole said: “I can only repeat what I have, sadly, found myself saying several times in recent months – communities can and will defeat terrorism if we all work together.

“Combatting terrorism is a priority, not just for the police forces in the UK and elsewhere in the world, but for every person.

“In these worrying times, we must all remain vigilant, and act on anything we may see or hear that gives rise to concern or suspicion.

“But equally we must not allow ourselves to be intimidated and make significant changes to the way we lead our lives. That is what these terrorists want.

“The communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are strong and inclusive, and we must ensure that these qualities continue to shine as we wake up today and go about our daily business.”

If you have information about possible terrorist activity, call the police anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321.

You can also call Leicestershire Police on 101 to report anything that you consider suspicious or connected with terrorism.