Leicester youth found guilty of violent attack

A 17-year-old youth from Leicester has been found guilty of a wounding with intent during a violent, drug-related, attack.

On Hallowe’en last year the youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had arranged to meet 17-year-old Rhys Singh Bahia, also from Leicester, and Rhys’ friend, also 17, in the Belgrave area of the city in order to sell cannabis.

But during the meeting Rhys tried to rob the youth and threatened him with a stun gun, and in the ensuing argument, Rhys suffered multiple stab injuries from which he died. Rhys’ friend was also stabbed in the incident.

The youth was yesterday (Tuesday 24 April) found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court of wounding with intent for the attack on Rhys’ friend, but was acquitted of the murder or manslaughter of Rhys. He had denied all charges.

The defendant had, however, pleaded guilty at an earlier court hearing in February to possession of a bladed article and to possession with intent to supply cannabis.

He will be sentenced on a date yet to be set.

Detective Inspector Mark Sinski, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit major crime team, led the investigation.

He said: “We presented before the court all the evidence available to us surrounding the events of that fateful night on October 31 and I respect the decision reached by the jury in relation to the fatal injuries suffered by Rhys.

“The upshot of the events that evening is that one young man died, another was seriously injured, and a third – the defendant – will now be sentenced for his part in the incident.

“It is hard to escape the reality that, in this case like so many, illegal drugs and the carrying of weapons lie at the heart of a very violent incident.

“I can only hope that this case serves as a wake-up call, to those who are involved in the supply and use of illegal drugs, and to those who carry illegal weapons, that you are placing yourself, and others, in grave peril, and the price that can be paid is very significant.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Drugs warrant, Honiton

Officers in Honiton have arrested a man as part of a Misuse of Drugs Act (MUDA) warrant on Tuesday 24h April.

Police executed the warrant in Westcott Way, Honiton and seized cash and a quantity of drugs.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class-A drug. He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Police Constable Jeanette Bassett, Neighbourhood Beat Manager, said: “It is important that the police and the local community work together to combat this type of activity in East Devon.

“Intelligence and information from our community is vital and enables us to tackle criminality in the local area.

“I want to reassure the local community of Honiton and the surrounding areas, that this type activity is not accepted.

“Anyone with any information is encouraged to report it to us on 101, [email protected], or even anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Taxi driver assaulted in New Parks – public appeal for help

Detectives investigating a report of robbery in New Parks are appealing for public help.

It happened in Elgin Avenue shortly before 3am today (Wednesday) when a taxi driver was threatened by two men he had picked up from an address in the street.

The two men threatened the driver, a 50-year-old man, with what are believed to be knives, and asked him to hand over his mobile phone. The driver was then told to get out of the taxi, a Toyota Prius, and the men drove off from the scene in the car.

The driver was not injured during the incident and the vehicle was recovered in Gooding Avenue, at the junction with Redmarle Road, a short while later.

One of the men, who was believed to be the front seat passenger and drove the taxi when it was taken, is white, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 9ins tall, in his early 20s and of a slim build. He was wearing a red top and black trousers.

Detective Constable Krupa Parmar, the investigating officer, said: “The car can be driven without keys, which the driver didn’t hand over. It can only be driven for a short time without the keys, which is when the suspects abandoned it in Gooding Avenue.

“I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in Elgin Avenue, Gooding Avenue, Redmarle Road or the surrounding areas in the early hours of this morning.”

DC 734 Parmar can be contacted on 101, quoting incident number 52 of 25 April.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Further Arrest Following Firearms Discharge In Bradford

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Police investigating a firearms discharge which caused damage to a house in Bradford have made a further arrest.

A 31-year-old man was arrested from an address in the Pudsey area last night in connection with the incident which occurred in Union House Lane at about 9pm on Monday, 19 March.

He remains in custody today.

A 19-year-old man from Bradford has been charged in relation to this incident and appeared before Bradford magistrates last month.

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Source:: West Yorkshire Police News

Blue Lights Urge MPs and General Public to Help Protect the Protectors

Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

West Yorkshire’s three blue lights are standing together in support of new laws which will give emergency service workers better protection against attacks while on duty.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017- 2019 will bring in harsher penalties against those convicted of attacks on emergency crews – and will hopefully act as a deterrent in the future.

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Source:: West Yorkshire Police News