Did you help teenager after assault near park?

A member of the public is believed to have helped a teenage boy who was assaulted near a Leicester park.

Officers are keen to speak to the man after it is understood he stopped near the incident which happened just off Braunstone Park, in Gooding Avenue opposite Camville Road, at around 8.45pm on Tuesday 10 April.

Police previously appealed for information after a group of people approached a 15-year-old boy. The boy was assaulted and sustained a number of injuries. He was treated at hospital and has since been discharged.

The man, who is believed to have helped stop the incident, is described as white and of a muscular build.

Police Constable Gemma Stevens said: “We understand this man stopped near to the incident and potentially assisted. We are really keen to speak to him as we think he may have vital information which could help this investigation.

“If it is you, or you know who this may be, please get in touch.”

Enquiries are continuing into the incident.

Two 16-year-old boys, both from Leicester, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and have since been released under investigation.

PC Stevens added: “We are also still appealing to anyone who was in the area or who has any information to make contact. Please think back to if you were in the area on that evening – or as to whether you have any CCTV or dashcam footage which may assist us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 18000161777.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Howden Road, Oadby - flat fire

A joint fire and police investigation is continuing today (Wednesday) following a fire at a flat in Howden Road, Oadby last night.

A body of a dead man was recovered from the property. Formal identification has not yet taken place.

At this time, it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.
Officers attended the scene at 5.50pm following a call from the ambulance service asking for assistance at the property.

On arrival at the scene, officers discovered that the flat was barricaded from inside and it was found that there was a fire inside. The fire service attended.

The man’s body was discovered inside and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The flat remains cordoned off to allow enquiries to continue, by the force and the fire service.

Due to the police contact with the man before his death was identified, a mandatory referral will be made to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) as is standard procedure in these circumstances.

Source:: Leicestershire 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

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

Three men arrested in Leicester released under investigation

Three men arrested by police on suspicion of supplying class A drugs have been released under investigation.

The men, two 28-year-olds and one aged 21 and all from Leicester, were arrested at an address in Mere Road on Monday (23 April) as part of a crackdown on the supply of drugs across the force area.

Enquiries are currently ongoing.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Howden Road closed in Oadby following police incident

Police attended a flat in Devonshire Court, Howden Road in Oadby around 5.50pm this evening (24 April) having been called by the ambulance service asking for assistance in relation to their attendance regarding the male occupant of the property.

On arrival at the scene, officers discovered that the flat was barricaded from inside.

Officers identified that there was a fire at the location and the fire service were called to the scene.

Colleagues from the fire service entered the premises and located a man’s body inside. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A cordon is in place at the flat to facilitate the investigation which is currently affecting local access whilst emergency services carry out enquiries at the scene.

Enquiries are in their early stages to establish the full circumstances surrounding the man’s death and the events leading up to it.

Due to the police contact with the man before his death was identified, a mandatory referral will be made to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) as is standard procedure in these circumstances.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Hinckley Road explosion - 8th arrestee released

A man in his 20s from Leicester, who was arrested today (Tuesday 24 April) by detectives investigating the cause of an explosion in Hinckley Road in February, has tonight been released from custody but remains under investigation.

He was arrested in Leicester this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson.

He is the eight person to be arrested by officers investigating the cause of the explosion and building collapse in Hinckley Road on the evening of Sunday 25 February which left five people dead and a number of others injured.

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Did you see Loughborough nightclub assault?

Detectives investigating an assault at a popular student venue in Loughborough are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

It happened at The Kelso nightclub in Ward’s End between 2.20am and 2.30am on Wednesday 1 March.

The victim, a 21-year-old woman, was attacked with a glass object, leaving her with a permanent scar on her face.

A 20-year-old woman from Loughborough was arrested in connection with the incident but has since been released under investigation.

Detective Constable Chris Richards, the investigating officer, said: “This was a busy student event where lots of people were present.

“I’m in no doubt that there will have been people in the nightclub who saw what happened. This attack has had a significant psychological impact on the victim.

“This was a serious and unprovoked assault which has left a young girl with permanent scarring. Somebody within the student community knows who did this and it is important that they come forward.

“Please contact DC 3008 Chris Richards at Loughborough Police Station. Information can also be passed to police anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or passing information via the Crimestoppers website: crimestoppers-uk.org”

DC Richards can be contacted by calling 101, quoting crime number 18*96029.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Three arrested as part of drugs crackdown

Three men have been arrested as part of an ongoing crackdown on the supply of drugs across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Officers carried out a search at an address in Mere Road, Leicester, yesterday (Monday 23 April) where a large quantity of drugs were found.
A firearm was also recovered from the address.

The men, two aged 28 and another aged 21 and who are all from Leicester, were arrested at the property on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

All three men currently remain in custody while investigations continue.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News