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Leicestershire officer charged with speeding PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:29

Issued on 23/2/18 at 4:46 p.m.

A Leicestershire Police Constable has appeared in court charged with speeding.

PC Tony Moffatt is accused of three counts of speeding on 5 September 2017 while on duty and driving a police car.

He appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (Friday 23 February) and is next due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 12 July 2018.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:29 )
Police dog handler in court PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:25

Issued on 23/2/18 at 2:50 p.m.

A Leicestershire Police Constable has appeared in court this morning (Friday 23 February)

PC Paul Goldsworthy is accused of being in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control in a public place causing injury to another person.

The incident is alleged to have happened when the officer was exercising a dog, which was undergoing a period of assessment to be a police dog, in Broom Leys Road, Coalville, on 24 September 2017.

He is next due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 23 March 2018.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:26 )
The force celebrates its first litter of police puppies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Friday, 23 February 2018 09:11
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Issued on 22/2/18 at 1:16 p.m.

Leicestershire Police has bred its first litter of police puppies.

Police Dog Orla was about to become a fully licensed police dog when she injured her wrist on her front leg which left her in a plaster cast for a while. Once that was removed it was clear that while she has made a full recovery she isn’t going to be able to work as an operational police dog. That’s when Leigh Emerson suggested they might breed future police dogs from her.

Leigh is a retired Police Dog Handler who bred Boxers in his own time. He is now part of the kennel team at force headquarters in Enderby. He said; “Orla is a dog who wants to work and when she was injured I could see that she was becoming quite frustrated. When it was decided that she was unable to return to operational duties, that’s when I thought about breeding from her. She has a fantastic pedigree and with the right stud dog I knew she could produce some incredible future police dogs.”

Orla gave birth to five puppies on Saturday 17 February at 5.45am. Leigh continues the story; “She wasn’t due to give birth for another three days and had showed no signs of being in labour but something made me get up at 5.30am on Saturday morning to check on her and I found that she had successfully delivered one puppy. I sat with her for the rest of the day as she gave birth to four more – making five in total – three girls and two boys. She is one of the best Mothers I have ever seen, she did everything herself and is now incredibly protective of her puppies and won’t let anyone near them.”

“We made an appeal to the public for donations of clean newspapers, as we need lots of them for bedding etc. We have been overwhelmed with lovely donations from people who have kindly sent all sorts of items in for the puppies and Orla. Our thanks go to all those who have donated and sent good wishes.

“Part of the breeding agreement with South Yorkshire Police Dog Section is that they will receive one of the puppies to enter into their own police dog training programme. The remaining puppies will be allocated to handlers within the four forces of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) once old enough.”

Houses evacuated in Herbert Street, Loughborough PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Friday, 23 February 2018 09:19

Issued on 23/2/18 at 8:43 a.m.

Police were called to an address in Herbert Street, Loughborough just after 12am this morning (23 February) to a report of a suspicious package delivered to the property.

Officers attended and in interests of public safety and as a precautionary measure, police placed a cordon on at the property and evacuated a number of homes in the surrounding area.

Specialist officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit were called to attend the location and examined the package which was declared safe.

The cordon has since been removed and residents have been allowed to return to their homes.

Officers would like to thank all those affected by the incident especially those evacuated for their assistance and understanding.

Investigations are in their early stages and enquiries are being carried out in relation to the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident or who may be responsible is urged to contact 101 quoting incident 2 of 23 February.

Three jailed after man was kidnapped and falsely imprisoned PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:34

Issued on 21/2/18 at 12:46 p.m.

Two men have been jailed after being found guilty of kidnapping a man who told a court how £20,000 was demanded from him.

The victim was kept in his own car for around 15 hours during which time he was threatened and beaten suffering injuries including a badly bruised eye socket and a broken nose, Leicester Crown Court was told.

Following a trial, Omar Splatt, 34, and Dwight Splatt, 32, both of Lime Avenue, Groby, were found guilty of the kidnap of the man as well as false imprisonment and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Omar Splatt was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with an extended licence period of three years. Dwight Splatt was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment with an extended licence period of three years.

Both defendants were found not guilty of a charge of possessing a taser.

Ahmed Omar, 31, of Martindale Close, Leicester, was acquitted of the charge of kidnap but found guilty of false imprisonment following the trial. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

The trial had heard how the victim in the case had been in his car at around 10.30pm on 21 September last year when he stopped in Bedale Drive, Leicester, and dropped a friend off.

The victim had seen a car pull up behind him and a man get out. The man walked towards him, pulling him out of the vehicle and putting him in the rear seat of the car.

The man then got in the back seat of the car with the victim, while a second man got into the car and started driving.

During this time, the victim made a call to a friend indicating the men were demanding £20,000. The victim was later taken into a park area and kicked and beaten before being put into the boot of his car.

The court heard how the two men involved were alleged to be the defendants Dwight Splatt and Omar Splatt. A third man, confirmed as Ahmed Omar, later got into the car telling the victim to provide the money.

At around 1.30pm on 22 September, the victim was still in the car and asked to go to the toilet and was taken to a flat in Leicester.

The friend who was called by the victim contacted police, and enquiries led to the victim’s car being found. Officers forced their way into an address in the road where the car was, finding the victim and the defendants inside.

The victim, who also had numerous bruises on his body, was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment.

At the sentencing, Judge Spencer QC commended the professionalism of the officers involved, including officers who identified the flat where the victim was found, those who made the arrests and those who put the files together in the case, including Police Investigator Lalji Visavadia, the officer in the case.

Mr Visavadia said: “This was a prolonged and horrific ordeal for the victim who has shown bravery and courage throughout the investigation and in giving evidence in court.

“I hope today’s verdicts and sentencing help bring some kind of closure for the victim.”