Guilty verdict in murder trial

Two men have been convicted of the murder of Tim Smith who was killed in Shepshed earlier this year.

Mark Anthony Law, 20, of Sandringham Rise, Shepshed pleaded guilty to murder on Friday 8 September 2017 at Leicester Crown Court.

His co-accused Mason Casey, 18, of Ludlow Place, Shepshed stood trial at Leicester Crown Court and was found guilty of murder today (Monday 16 October).

They are due to be sentenced at a later date.

Police were called shortly before 9pm on Thursday 16 March by the ambulance service who had attended the report of a road traffic collision in Gelders Hall Road.

A vehicle had been found which had seemingly collided with a wall. The driver of the vehicle, 45-year-old Tim, was unresponsive and following examination he was found to be suffering from injuries which were not consistent with a collision.

Tim died at the scene and a post mortem examination later revealed he died of a stab wound to the heart.

Detectives managed to establish from examining Tim’s mobile phone and extensive CCTV work, he had pre-arranged to meet Law after chatting on a social network site and picked him near to his home address at around 8.30pm that evening. Casey also joined them in the car.

It was later discovered that Tim drove to the industrial estate and parked the car. It was while he was in the car with Law, he was stabbed.

Both men fled the scene on foot leaving Tim fatally injured. He managed to reverse the car and attempted to drive out of the car park, but collided with a wall at the entrance and collapsed.

He was found by a member of staff at one of the nearby premises who had come outside after he had heard the collision.

Detective Inspector Simon Shuttleworth, who led the investigation said: “Today’s result and Law’s guilty plea is testament to the dedication and commitment of the investigation team whose determination to bring these men to justice never faltered.

“Tim’s family have conducted themselves with the utmost dignity throughout the course of the investigation and subsequent trial and I hope today’s convictions help them find some closure following his tragic death.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Timothy Smith - family statement

Following today’s guilty verdict (Monday 16 October), Timothy’s father, Derick Smith, has released the following statement on behalf of himself, Timothy’s brother David, sister Janet and brother in law Terry.

“I would like to thank the police, and the investigation team, in particular our family liaison officers Eleanor Johnson and Karen McNeelance, for their support and bringing this tragic crime before the courts. It’s been a long six months of not knowing the reasons why, if indeed we will ever know them.

“I would also like to thank the ambulance service and fire service and to thank Lorraine for her help and guidance she has given us and the continued support from her and the team at Victim Support over the last few months.

“Timothy, or Tim as he was known, will always be a great loss to myself, to his brother and sister, our wider family and his friends.

“He was always first to help others no matter what situation occurred, he had a good social life, he was never deterred by trying something new and enjoyed the outdoors.

“But sadly now he has gone, we will miss his sarcastic humour and his opinions on life.

“All of us are still feeling the loss from a pointless death and for all the good or bad things he did in his life, he didn’t deserve to have his life taken this way.

“He would probably still be a single person now and for the rest of his life, but by his life being cut short so suddenly, hopefully he will be reunited with his mother, who sadly died only a year before his death.

“It seems such a waste of life, which no family should have to suffer, on both sides of the crime.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Appeal Over Armed Robbery At Pub, Leeds.

Detectives are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a pub in Leeds.

Just before midnight last night (15/10) three men armed with knives and an axe and wearing Halloween masks, entered Woodies Craft Ale House, in Otley Road, Headingley, as staff were closing up.

They threatened the staff and stole a large amount of cash before escaping over the back wall of the beer garden. A black hatchback car was seen in the area at the same time.

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Source:: West Yorkshire Police Appeals

Four years in jail for grievous bodily harm

A 19-year-old man has pleaded guilty to deliberately driving his car into a group of people in Leicester last year.

Wahid Rob, of Neston Road, Leicester appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Friday (13 October) where he pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of dangerous driving.

Rob was sentenced to a total of four years in prison.

A fourth charge of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent was ordered to remain on file.

On Tuesday 1 November, a group of four friends got onto a bus and travelled into the city centre.

When they got off the bus at 4.50pm on Humberstone Gate and were walking along the pavement, a black Hyundai mounted the kerb colliding with them. The car carried on along the pavement before stopping and the two occupants got out and ran off.

Enquiries by police later discovered Rob was the driver.

Detective Constable Damian Young, the investigating officer, said: “It’s astonishing that the victims only received bruising and severe discomfort as a result of the incident as their injuries could have been far worse.

“Rob deliberately drove at the group and give no regard for the injury he caused them and I hope the conviction and subsequent sentence will help reassure them that justice has been done.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Hate Hurts Campaign Continues To Raise Awareness

Monday October 16, 2017

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and West Yorkshire Police are relaunching their joint hate crime awareness campaign to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of what hate crime and hate incidents are and to encourage communities to report these issues when they take place.

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Source:: West Yorkshire Police News

High value burglary, Newquay

Officers are currently investigating a high value Burglary which happened in Pentire in Newquay between Friday 13 October and Monday 16 October 2017.

Offender/s have entered an address on Pentire Road via the rear patio doors which were broken open.

Watches, jewellery and laptop computers were taken from the house and have still not been recovered. These items include a black YVES salon ladies clutch bag, black Chanel sunglasses, and a Chanel handbag.

DC Steve Applewhite said: “If you discover any discarded property which seems out of place whilst out and about please notify the police as it may help us identify who is responsible.

“You may see an increased Police presence in Pentire which is to reassure the public and prevent this type of crime happening again.

“We are also appealing to those living in Pentire to consider their home security.”

Anyone with any information should call the police via [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting crime reference CR/089645/17 or a message to be left for DC 189 Steve Applewhite, Newquay CID.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Appeal: Robbery, Princess of Wales Shopping Centre, Dewsbury

Monday October 16, 2017

Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed in an incident in Dewsbury.

Kirklees CID would like to speak to anyone who has information about the incident which took place between 3pm and 3.30pm on Wednesday October 11 outside the Poundland store in the Princess of Wales Shopping Centre.

It occurred after the victim felt a pull on her handbag and when she turned round, saw a white female trying to steal from it.

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Source:: West Yorkshire Police Appeals

Service of Hope and Remembrance for Hate Crime Awareness Week

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Leicestershire Police is holding a Service of Hope and Remembrance at Leicester Cathedral.

The special service, which is for people of faith or no faith, is being held on Thursday 19 October at 5.30pm. It will bring people together to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those who have been lost and support those who need on going help.

The fifth National Hate Crime Awareness Week is running from Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 October supported by Leicestershire Police. The congregation will hear six short written pieces from the victims of different communities affected by hate crime and then a large church candle will be lit in remembrance and everyone who comes along can light a smaller candle.

Leicestershire Police’s Hate Crime Officer, Darren Goddard, said: “This is the first time we have held a service of remembrance during National Hate Crime Awareness Week in Leicestershire. We want to challenge negative attitudes around race and religion, disability and sexuality and our message is one of tolerance and respect and standing together to say there is no place for hate crime in any of our communities.”

Reverend Canon Karen Rooms, the Canon Missioner, said: “We are privileged to be working with Leicestershire Police to host a Service of Hope and Remembrance in Hate Crime Awareness Week because we are serious about promoting dignity and justice for all. We are one of a number of church communities across the city and county who find themselves offering safety and sanctuary to many anxious and isolated individuals and groups who find themselves being excluded.

“It is important to remember the deep human costs of hate crime and the simple but courageous things we can do and say which make a real difference. I hope this service will go beyond an act of solidarity and provoke some change in us all.”

The service is open to every community and will offer moments of inspiration, challenge and remembrance.

Everyone is welcome to come along and refreshments will be served afterwards. To book a place please email Darren Goddard at [email protected]

The service starts at 5.30pm at Leicester Cathedral, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester LE1 5PZ on Thursday 19 October

You can follow the week long events on Twitter using hashtag #NHCAW or follow @hatecrimeleics

Source:: Leicestershire Police News