East Goscote stabbing: Statement from the victim

Todd Sadlik-Stephenson was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison today after pleading to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and battery. The victim in the case has released the following statement:

On 14 October last year, my wife and I had been our walking our dog together, something we do every evening.

Without any warning, a total stranger ran up behind us and launched himself at me. At first I thought I’d been punched in the neck, but the truth was in fact horrifying. I’d been stabbed in the neck and fell to the floor.

He had severed jugular and carotid arteries in my neck. It was a scene that should only be witnessed in a horror film. My wife started shouting for help, which focussed the attention on her. He grappled with her and tried to take her to the floor. However, she was able to break free and run across the road before passers-by intervened.

I’ve been told by surgeons that the injury I suffered should’ve resulted in my death.

To this day, nearly four months later, we still can’t believe what happened that night. I don’t think we’ll ever understand it fully or comprehend why someone would do this to a complete stranger. It was a completely unprovoked attack on a couple enjoying an early evening stroll with their dog.

This has had a major and lasting impact on both me and family. I’m still on the long road to recovery, while my wife had to witness the most unimaginable horror – stemming the bleeding of a loved one should never have to happen. This incident has changed the way we live our lives. My wife and I, as well as our two sons, are cautious everywhere we go.

The defendant has accepted his guilt and the court has passed sentence. While this does not change what happened to us, this at least allows us to focus on our family. He can move past the whole ordeal and this brings some sense of security back into our lives.

The fast thinking and actions, in what was a truly horrendous scene, of my wife and the passers-by, particularly one lady in particular, helped to keep me alive.

The amazing job that first the paramedics, and then the countless surgeons operating on me had performed, literally bought me back from the dead. Since then, the ongoing support from nurses, doctors, amazing friends and amazing family have kept us going. The support from our local community and the police has been incredible and truly humbling.

Finally, I would like to say that this single, cowardly act, has not only affected my life, the lives of my friends and families, but also those of the defendant. We hold no ill feeling towards his family. I am just sorry that the needless actions of one individual have had repercussions and consequences on so many lives, and in our case, leaving permanent physical and mental scars.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Man jailed for East Goscote stabbing

A Leicestershire man has been jailed for stabbing a dog walker in an unprovoked attack.

Todd-Sadlik Stephenson carried out the violent assault on his victim in Melton Road, East Goscote on the evening of Sunday 14 October.

Today, (Friday 15 February) he pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and battery at Leicester Crown Court and was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison.

Sadlik-Stephenson was walking his own dog on Melton Road when he targeted his victim, stabbing him in the neck. He then turned his attention to the victim’s wife but ran from the scene when members of the public intervened.

A passer-by stopped to help to the victim as he lay on the ground, providing life-saving first aid. The subsequent investigation by detectives uncovered CCTV that showed Sadlik-Stephenson, of Tinkers Dell, East Goscote, running off from the scene and returning home.

Sadlik-Stephenson was arrested 24 hours after carrying out the attack.
He was sentenced to 10 years and six months for grievous bodily harm with intent and six months for battery. He will serve the sentences concurrently.

Detective Inspector Tim Lindley, the senior investigating officer, said: “There’s little doubt in my mind that if it wasn’t for the intervention of a member of the public who provided first aid at the scene, this would have been a murder investigation.

“The help that she provided saved the victim’s life.

“This was a horrific attack which has had a substantial and lasting impact on the victim, who is still recovering from his injuries.

“It has also had a significant impact on the local community within East Goscote. I would like to extend my thanks to those people who spoke to us as part of this investigation. We had more than 60 people who were either witnesses or who called to provide information.

“Both the victim in this case and the wider community in East Goscote should be reassured that Sadlik-Stephenson has been convicted of this callous assault and is now facing a lengthy custodial sentence.”

Detective Constable DC Beverley Toon, the officer in the case, added: “The victim and his wife have been through a particularly traumatic incident and recognised how close he came to losing his life.

“The events of that evening have had a significant impact upon their lives and I expect they will struggle to come to terms with the attack for some time. Despite the understandable difficulties they faced in the days following the attack, they were fully committed to assisting the police from the outset which allowed us to secure charges at an early stage in the investigation.

“For that I commend them and hope that the conviction of their attacker provides them with some much needed closure.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Cannabis grow found following fire

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis following a fire in Leicester.

Police were called to an address in Wolverton Road, off Narborough Road, by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service just after 1.30am today (Friday 15 February).

On arrival, officers were informed that cannabis plants had been found in the address but had subsequently perished in the fire.

The man, who was with members of the fire service, was arrested. He remains in custody and enquiries are ongoing.

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CCTV images issued after disorder at LCFC v West Ham match last year – update on arrests

Detectives investigating a violent disorder outside the King Power stadium in October last year have released CCTV images of six men they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

On Saturday 27 October at around 7.30pm a number of people were involved in a fight after the Leicester City and West Ham United match.

No one reported being injured however CCTV footage from the area captured the incident in Filbert Way near the junction with Burnmoor Street.

Through enquiries conducted six men were identified from the footage and were arrested earlier today (Thursday 14 February) at addresses in Leicester and London.

Three Leicester men, aged 29, 29, 48 and two London men, aged 21, 32, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. They have since been released on conditional bail.

A 56-year-old Londoner has been released with no further action.

This afternoon a seventh man, 48, from Leicester, was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. He has also been released on conditional bail.

Detective Constable Jack Thomas is investigating the disorder. He said: “Our enquiries into identifying those responsible have been ongoing since October last year and we have been working closely with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police. While no one has reported being injured the actions of those responsible are unacceptable.

“A number of people including families with young children were leaving the stadium after the match.

“Seven men were arrested earlier today however we still wish to identify those in the CCTV images as they may be able to assist with our enquiries. If you recognise them or have any suspicions about who they may be we would urge you to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1149 Thomas on 101, quoting incident 450 of 24 January.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Kent man jailed for two years for drugs offences

A young man from Kent who was found with a quantity of drugs in Market Harborough has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty.

Anfernee Duke, 18, of Corporation Road, Gillingham, Kent, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Monday 5 November, 2018 and pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Today (Thursday 14 February) he was sentenced to two years in prison for the offences.

On Monday 1 October last year officers carried out an operation at a premises in Abbey Lane, Market Harborough, and found Duke in a room with a quantity of what was believed to be Class A drugs, cash and two mobile ‘phones.

The drugs were later tested and confirmed as heroin and crack cocaine.

Detective Constable Chris Fox was the investigating officer. He said: “When we arrested Duke he was found with a number of wraps of drugs which were heading for the streets of Market Harborough. This was a significant result in the supply of drugs in this area.

“Drugs misuse is a serious crime and one that not only affects the local community but also can lead to the breakdown of families and friendships.

“We are pleased that Duke has admitted his involvement in the supply of these illegal substances. We hope this result reassures the local community that we do take their concerns extremely seriously and will leave no stone unturned to identify those responsible for such offences.”

Last month the force took part in a national crackdown on the growing problem of drug dealing known as ‘county lines’.

County lines is a term used to describe the supply of illegal drugs, typically from a larger urban centre to smaller towns or rural areas, through the manipulation and exploitation of vulnerable people.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) have responded to this emerging threat by creating a National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to develop the national intelligence picture of the crime type. The centre is also working the prioritise activity against the most serious offenders and engaging with partners to tackle the wider issues.

County lines activity is clearly organised crime that the force will continue to work in partnership to deal locally and inform the national picture around this crime.

Reporting suspicious activity can help to safeguard many vulnerable individuals who have been coerced into these networks so please report it on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Former special officer sentenced for harassment

A former Leicestershire Police special constable has been handed a suspended sentence after being found guilty of harassment at Leicester Crown Court.

Shahib Asan, 23, of Birstall, sent threatening and abusive texts to his victim between 15 and 16 August 2018.

He was also sentenced for offences he admitted at a previous hearing. These were criminal damage, two counts of intent to pervert the course of justice and harassment with threats of violence, which he admitted at a hearing in August 2018.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid at a previous hearing. Asan was found to have taken his force-issued Captor spray off force property and was dismissed from Leicestershire Police in relation to this offence in November 2017.

Asan was given a 12 month suspended sentence suspended for two years and ordered to undertake 180 hours unpaid work. He was also given an indefinite restraining order.

The court heard how Asan, as a form of harassment, sent threatening letters and text messages to the victims over a period of months, on one occasion threatening to burn down their house. He also threatened to stab the victims, and in one text message, threatened to shoot one of them.

He also damaged a car belonging to a victim as it was parked in a street in East Goscote, by throwing what was believed to be paint stripper over it.

Throughout the investigation, Asan made an allegation that his email account had been hacked. The messages were sent, all with the same tone, to make it appear he was being framed by ‘the real suspect’.

Officer in the Case, Anna Thorpe, from the force’s Complex Investigation Team, said: “Asan terrorised his victims over a number of months, leaving them feeling vulnerable and at risk of harm. He targeted an entire family, sending abusive messages to a number of them and addressing the threatening letters to everyone in the family.

“They have been through two years of living in fear of Asan, not knowing when the next letter or message would come.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

CCTV images issued after disorder at LCFC v West Ham match In October 2018

Detectives investigating a violent disorder outside the King Power stadium in October last year have released CCTV images of five men they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

On Saturday 27 October a number of people were involved in a fight after the Leicester City and West Ham United match around 7.30pm.

No one reported being injured however CCTV footage from the area captured the incident in Filbert Way near the junction with Burnmoor Street.

Through enquiries conducted six men were identified from the footage and were arrested earlier today (Thursday 14 February) at addresses in Leicester and London.

Three Leicester men, aged 29, 29, 48 and two London men, aged 21, 32 and 56, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and remain in police custody.

Detective Constable Jack Thomas is investigating the disorder. He said: “Our enquiries into identifying those responsible have been ongoing since October last year and we have been working closely with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police. While no one has reported being injured the actions of those responsible are unacceptable.

“A number of people including families with young children were leaving the stadium after the match.

“Five men were arrested earlier today however we still wish to identify those in the CCTV images as they may be able to assist with our enquiries. If you recognise them or have any suspicions about who they may be we would urge you to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1149 Thomas on 101, quoting incident 450 of 24 January.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Police officer recruitment – what’s happening in 2019?

Two weeks ago the Police and Crime Panel approved a budget which will enable the force to recruit more than 230 police officers over the next financial year to help keep our communities safe – 107 of those will be new posts.

In April 2019 police officer recruiting will open again with the successful candidates starting their training in February and March 2020.
If you enjoy facing challenges, solving problems and would like to contribute to keeping your community safe whilst developing a wider range of skills, then policing could be for you. The force particularly welcomes applications from all members of our communities and particularly wants to attract candidates from under-represented groups to ensure the workforce reflects the communities it serves.

To apply you have to be between 18 and 56; have a level 3 qualification or equivalent; hold a full UK/EU valid manual driving licence and not have any serious convictions or recent cautions.

Applicants will go through a five-stage selection process including an application form, telephone interview, face to face interview and assessment centre. They will need to be successful at each of the first four stages before the final one during which pre-employment checks will be carried out.

This is the last time this route into policing will be offered, however, because there are now three new entry routes into the police service thanks to the establishment of a new, professional framework for the training of police officers called the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

The PCDA is a three year degree apprenticeship degree delivered by De Montfort University and Leicestershire Police. It enables driven and talented people to get a degree in policing while working and earning a full time salary (starting at £18,000). At the end of the course you will become a student officer with a three year probationary period. To apply you have to be:

  • between the ages of 17-56
  • hold a level 2 in Maths and English (grade C/4 or above) at the time of applying
  • you will also need to have obtained a Level 3 qualification by August 2020 (which is A Level or equivalent)
  • hold a full UK driving licence by February 2021

Applications for this will open in late in the autumn with successful candidates starting in October 2020.

Degree holder programme

If you have a degree in any subject you can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the job learning. This route normally takes two years and the learning you have undergone is recognised with a graduate diploma in professional policing when you complete your probation.

As this route will be launched in 2020, the final details around the course are still being confirmed.

Pre-join degree

If you want to study first, you can do a three year degree in professional policing at a participating university at your own expense and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme. Becoming a Special Constable is part of this route.

In the first year, you would apply to become a special constable with the force, and if successful, would volunteer in this role for the duration of your degree. In the third year, you would apply to be a police constable through the standard recruitment process.

It will be a three year degree course. If successful, students would become police constables in the June/July of their third year, and as they would have gained independent patrol status as special constables, can be deployed straight to division with no further training required.
The best way to see what jobs and opportunities are available with Leicestershire Police is to sign up to ‘job alerts’ on the police website. Vacancies are also advertised on the College of Policing website.

To find out more about the different roles within policing in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland please go to the ‘join us’ section of our website

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

Leicestershire Police launch romance fraud campaign

Leicestershire Police have today (Thursday 14 February), launched an online campaign, warning people against the dangers of dating fraud.

In 2018, residents across the UK were scammed out of over £50 million as a result of dating fraud, in what is a growing issue across the country. In Leicestershire, between July 2017 and April 2018, 45 incidents of romance fraud were reported, with the average loss per person standing at £21,000.

Dating, or romance fraud – as it can often be referred – is described as, the act of someone creating a fake identity in order to enter into a relationship with a victim, with the intended outcome of stealing their money, personal information or both.

Nationwide statistics show that women (63%) are twice as likely as men (37%) to become a victim of romance fraud, with people aged in their forties or fifties the most susceptible to this type of crime.

In order to represent the array of scams fraudsters use to trick their victims, Leicestershire Police have released two separate video scenarios, based on common themes found in romance fraud – but not specific victim stories. The videos highlight just some of the ways in which criminals dream up elaborate lies, in order to scam thousands of pounds out of innocent victims.

Episode one explains how a woman was deceived by a man claiming to be in the U.S. army and was conned out of £3,000. The second episode reveals how a recently divorced man was stopped by his bank from taking out a £20,000 loan, he was going to send the money to someone he had met online, who lived in Ghana.

The one thing that both scenarios have in common, is the way in which they demonstrate both the vulnerability of the victim, coupled with the incredibly persuasive and convincing criminals, which consequently makes it so easy to fall for their lies.

Paul Wenlock, Head of the Economic Crime Unit at, Leicestershire Police, said: “It’s really important that we educate people around the dangers of dating fraud, unfortunately, there are some extremely convincing people out there who are happy to prey on the most vulnerable of people and steal their money.

“We hope this campaign not only educates people around some of the tactics displayed by fraudsters, but also makes our audience sit up and think about if this is something that is happening to them right now.

“If the scenario they are watching does seem a little familiar, then we would absolutely encourage them to get in touch with either Action fraud or by calling 101.”

For further information on romance fraud visit the Action Fraud website

Source:: Leicestershire Police News