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Man charged with murder of Isaac Williams PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Friday, 28 April 2017 08:22

Issued on 28/4/17 at 8:13 a.m.

A man has been charged with the murder of a 20-year-old man in Leicester this week.

Isaac Williams was found injured in the street in Cropthorne Avenue on Friday 21 April. He died in hospital and was pronounced deceased on Monday 24 April.

Devan Garner, 19, of Octon Close, Hamilton, Leicester has been charged with his murder.

Charlotte Ford, 22, also of Octon Close, Hamilton has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

They will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court this morning.

A second man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody where he is being questioned by detectives.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 April 2017 08:23 )
UK drug users at risk from dangerous heroin mix PDF Print E-mail
Written by National Crime Agency   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:15

27 April 2017

A deadly synthetic opioid recently detected in heroin supplies in the north east of England could be present in drugs around the UK, the NCA has warned today.

Fentanyl, which is up to 100 times stronger than street heroin, and its analogue carfentanyl which is 100 times stronger again, are believed to have caused several recent deaths in the Yorkshire, Humber and Cleveland areas.

An NCA and West Yorkshire Police operation on Monday this week, targeting a laboratory suspected of producing fentanyl and carfentanyl, has led to concerns that the substances could have been distributed to drug dealers across a much wider area and that drug users in other regions are now also at risk.

Even in the unlikely event that users know their drugs contain fentanyl, the chances of overdosing are high. Only 0.002g (1/50th) within a typical 0.1g heroin deal is potentially fatal, and the tiny amounts make it almost impossible to effect a controlled dose. Carfentanyl is fatal in doses as small as 0.00002g, which equates to a few grains.

Tony Saggers, Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence at the National Crime Agency, said:

“We have taken the unusual step of appealing to people to be vigilant. First, because whilst initial toxicology revealed fentanyl analogues  in a small number of these deaths, specific re-testing has started to indicate that the influence of fentanyl is greater than first suspected.

”Second, the NCA’s operation with West Yorkshire Police to locate and disrupt an illicit drugs laboratory during the last 72 hours has indicated that it may be a source for the production of fentanyl and other analogues. In particular we now believe UK customers beyond the north east region are likely to have received consignments of these drugs.

“I am particularly concerned that drug dealers within established heroin markets may have purchased fentanyl, carfentanyl, or similar substances from this facility. They may not know how dangerous it is, both to them when they handle it, and to their customers.

“If you have invested in fentanyl to mix with heroin or other drugs, please stop immediately and reduce the risk that more people will die.

“The criminal justice implications of supplying fentanyl mixed into other drugs will inevitably be deemed as aggravating and claiming ignorance of the consequences is no defence”.

Rosanna O’Connor, Director of Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco at Public Health England said:

“PHE has today issued a drugs alert to medical and emergency services, public health and drugs services, following evidence from the recent deaths in Yorkshire and on-going police investigations. The overdose deaths were caused by heroin mixed with fentanyl and carfentanyl, which are so strong that small amounts can lead to overdose.

“We are urging heroin users to be extra careful about what they are taking. They need to look out for each other and be alert to any signs of an overdose, such as lack of consciousness, shallow or no breathing, ‘snoring’, and blueing of the lips and fingertips. If possible, they should use naloxone if someone overdoses, and immediately call for an ambulance. We strongly advise all dependent drug users to get support from local drug services.”

Areas currently identifying or suspecting spikes in heroin-associated drugs deaths this year are strongly advised to contact local Coroners to establish if fentanyl is routinely screened for in toxicology results. If it is not, consideration should be given to resubmitting samples for re-testing.

Dog owners urged to take care around livestock PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:56

Issued on 27/4/17 at 12:49 p.m.

Leicestershire Police are urging dog owners to take responsibility for their animals and keep their dogs on a lead when around livestock.

Sergeant Nick Woodrow, force lead for Rural Crime said: “Every year we get a number of reports of livestock worrying which can have serious effects on the animal including stress, injury, abortion and death.

“It can also have a devastating impact on the owner with veterinary cost or loss of income, never mind the upset of seeing their animal suffer.”

“To stop such incidents occurring, we are advising dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead and under control when walking through fields of livestock, and to always stick to the public rights of way.”

Livestock worrying is a criminal offence and can result in a £1000 fine. The Animals Act entitles the owners of the livestock, the land owner, or those acting on their behalf, to shoot any dog if they believe it is the only reasonable way of stopping it worry livestock. The police must be notified with 48 hours if this action is taken.

Sergeant Woodrow added: “Livestock worrying doesn’t just occur if a dog attacks a sheep, but can also include chasing livestock, or not being on a lead in a field or enclosure in which animals are kept. It is the owner’s responsibility to keep their dog under control. ”

Although sheep are usually the target for livestock worrying, the law also covers cattle, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, mules, chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks.

Please report incidents of livestock worrying on 101.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:57 )
Man sentenced for sexual assault on coach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:03

Issued on 27/4/17 at 3:22 p.m.

A 29-year-old man who sexually assaulted a woman as she slept on a coach has been sentenced to four years in prison for the offence.

Admir Senaj sat next to the victim as they were travelling on a coach from London to Nottingham.

The court heard how during the journey on 13 November last year, the 24-year-old victim fell asleep and was woken to find Senaj sexually assaulting her.

Senaj appeared at Leicester Crown Court for a four day trial and was today (27 April) found guilty of assault by penetration and sentenced to four years in prison.

He will also be on the Sex Offenders Register for life and has been given a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Police were called to the scene after the victim raised the alarm with other passengers on the coach and the driver stopped close to junction 23 of the M1.

At this point, Senaj fled the scene, running across the motorway carriageway where he was captured on dashcam by a driver on the motorway.

To identify and locate the suspect, detectives trawled more than 20 hours of CCTV, carried out forensic examinations of items retrieved from the bus and conducted extensive enquiries across Leicestershire, Nottingham and London.

Senaj was located and arrested at his home address of Alexandre Road, Barnet, London, on 6 December.

The officer who led the investigation, DC Dan Robberts, said: “Senaj preyed on a young woman while she was in a vulnerable state and was brazen enough to do so surrounded by other people on a busy coach. He then fled the scene when he realised the police had been called.

“More than 150 hours of police time went into finding out who this man was. The complex investigation took officers across the country in order to locate, arrest and bring him to justice for this horrendous crime. I hope the guilty verdict today will be some sort of closure for the victim.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:03 )
UPDATED Second man arrested on suspicion of murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:53

Updated on 27/4/17 at 10:05 a.m.

Detectives investigating the death of Isaac Williams have arrested a second man on suspicion of murder.

Isaac, 20, was pronounced dead early on Monday morning (24 April), and a post-mortem examination confirmed he died as a result of injuries sustained by a stab wound.

Officers were called to Cropthorne Avenue at 12.50pm on Friday 21 April when Isaac was found injured in the street. He died in hospital two days later.

Overnight, a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and will be questioned by detectives today.

A 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of Isaac’s murder and a 22- year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, remain in custody.

A 23-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released with no further action.

If you have any information that you think might help us with our enquiries please contact us on 101, quoting incident 17*166088 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be passed on anonymously.