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UPDATED Measham armed robbery - Three arrested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:05

Updated on 22/3/17 at 12:01 p.m.

Incident number: LEP-21032017-0064

Three men have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in High Street, Measham.

The incident happened shortly after 6.20am yesterday (Tuesday 21 March) when cash was being delivered to a store. Three men approached the two victims and threatened them with a weapons before making off with a quantity of money.

The victims sustained minor injuries and did not require medical treatment. The offenders ran off in the direction of Tamworth Road. A vehicle believed to have been used in the incident has been recovered.

The men aged 38, 36 and 35 have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and remain in police custody.

Detective Sergeant Mark Beniston, who is investigating the incident said: “I am still keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of High Street and Tamworth Road between 6am and 6.30am yesterday morning.

“If you were in the Tamworth Road area and you have any information about this incident please get in touch. What you know may not seem significant to you but it could prove incredibly useful to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote incident 64 of 21 March.

 
Do you know this man? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:01

Issued on 22/3/17 at 9:46 a.m.

Incident number: 17*84482

A bus driver was spat at during a disagreement and we’d like your help to identify this man?

The incident took place around 7pm on Friday 24 February on the number 58 Arriva bus which was travelling along Havencrest Drive, Leicester.

A passenger on the bus was verbally abusive towards the driver and when the driver challenged him he was spat at.

We’d like to identify the man in the image, if you recognise him or have any suspicions about who it may be then please get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 344 Jon Shaw on 101, quoting crime number 17*84482.

 
Wigston front office closed on 8 April PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:50

Issued on 22/3/17 at 3:34 p.m.

The front office at Wigston will be closed on Saturday 8 April for one day due to essential works.

Your nearest police station during this time will be Mansfield House, 74 Belgrave Gate, Leicester, LE1 3GG which will be open between 10am and 8pm.

Please report any non-emergency incidents to us by calling 101

 
Chief Constable's statement following incident in London PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:53

Issued on 22/3/17 at 10:17 p.m.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Our thoughts this evening are with colleagues in London and all those affected by the incident in Parliament Square.

“In light of today’s events, it is important we all continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. We are proud of our strong, diverse and cohesive communities here in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and must stand together in the wake of such events.

“Public safety is our priority and we will continue to review the deployment of our own officers, in liaison with our partners. However, it is important to stress there is no specific intelligence at this stage to suggest any imminent threat to our force area."

Report any suspicious activity by calling the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

The latest information regarding today’s incident in London can be found on the Met’s website or by following @MetPoliceUk on Twitter.

 
Bogus faith healer pleads guilty PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:44

Issued on 22/3/17 at 2:16 p.m.

A man claiming he could rid a family of mental illness has pleaded guilty to fraud after conning them out of £30,000.

Karamba Tunkara, 35, of Colindale Road, Birmingham, was convicted yesterday (Tuesday 21 March) after a hearing at Leicester Crown Court.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, for fraud by false representation.

Tunkara was initially reported to Leicestershire Trading Standards after a family responded to one of his business cards offering spiritual healing.

The court heard Tunkara preyed on a vulnerable family and made false promises that he could cure them of mental illness. Over a period of 16 months he was given a substantial amount of money to rid a family member of schizophrenia.

The matter was referred to Leicestershire Police and a joint investigation was conducted with trading standards.

PC Adam Makepeace the investigating officer, said: “Tunkara advertised his services under the name of Sheikh Saleem and frightened his victims in to thinking if they didn’t make the payments it would have a negative effect on their health and prospects.

“He had no regard for the effect his actions would have on the family and he preyed on vulnerable people for his own financial gain.

“We are pleased that Tunkara has pleaded guilty, this conviction will hopefully reassure the local community that we take these matters extremely seriously. This was a complex investigation and extensive enquiries were carried out to bring this man to justice.

The victims released the following statement after yesterday’s conviction, they said: “During this very long and painful time, today we, as a family, can breathe more easily. Due to what we have gone through for the last five years or so, it has been a very long and difficult process, however we as a family would like to say please, please do not trust anyone who claims to be a spiritual healer and can help with black magic, if they say they can help you in any other way with your problems don’t do it, stay well clear from those kind of people.

“We don’t want anyone to go through what we have experienced. If you get a card through the letterbox with international spiritual healer with 100% guarantee that it will work it’s not, it’s definitely a scam.”

PC Makepeace, added: “In 2015, following the successful conviction of a bogus faith healer, the force launched an awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of enlisting such services.

“The practise of spiritual healers is one that goes back many years and is mainly associated to the Asian Sub-continent and Africa.

“These individuals are known to advertise their services within those communities and in some cases families and friends of people who have visited the spiritual healers have recommended them.

“The aim of the campaign was to educate communities and raise awareness that these people can’t perform miracles and no one should contact them or recommend their services.

“These people are committing fraud and we would encourage anyone approached in these circumstances to contact the authorities.”

If anyone feels that they need to speak to someone we would encourage you to seek advice from a trained professional such as your GP. If you have been the victim of a similar crime please contact 101.

Leaflets were produced in various languages and we continue to distribute them in areas where these services have been advertised.