Man dies in Leicester collision

A man has died after the car he was driving was involved in a collision on the A563 Lubbesthorpe Way.

It happened at 5am this morning (22 October) on the southbound carriageway and involved two vehicles, a silver BMW and a fire engine.

The driver of the BMW, a 26-year-old man, was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he died shortly afterwards.

His 26-year-old passenger was taken to the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire for treatment to injuries which are considered to be non-life threatening.

No one else was injured in the incident.

The A563 was closed in both directions to allow for an investigation of the scene. A diversion remains in place from the McDonald’s roundabout to Everards roundabout and motorists are advised to seek an alternative route.

Leicestershire Police would like to speak to anyone who was driving in the area and saw the collision itself or either of the vehicles being driven beforehand.

If you have information to assist with our enquiries and have not yet been spoken to we’d like to hear from you.

Call 101 if you can help quoting incident 131 of 22 October.

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Hinckley nightclub assault - man charged

A 34-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent following an assault in a Hinckley nightclub.

Adam Green, of Marston Lane, Bedworth, Warwickshire, will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (21 October).

Officers were called to a report of an injured man in Gravity Nightclub in Regent Street in the early hours of Sunday 15 October.

The 29-year-old victim remains in hospital in an induced coma.

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Man who died in M69 collision has been named

Police have named a man who died following a collision on the M69 motorway.

The collision happened at about 10am on Tuesday 10 October on the northbound carriageway, between junctions 1 for the A5 at Hinckley and junction 2 for Sapcote. It involved three vehicles, a breakdown recovery truck, a black BMW 1 Series, and a white Transit van.

The driver of the recovery vehicle, 42-year-old Christopher Hadland, from Leicester, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the van sustained serious injuries and was taken to the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire where he remains in a stable condition.

The passenger in the recovery vehicle was taken to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire and has since been discharged.

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Bank card stolen - public help needed in identifying men

Officers would like to identify these men after a stolen bank card was used to purchase items in Leicester.

Sometime between 1am and 9.20am on Saturday 12 August a house in Western Road, Leicester, was broken into and a number of items were stolen including a bank card.

Enquiries have established that the card was used at five stores in the city centre.

Anyone who recognises the men in the images or has any suspicions about who they may be is asked to contact the police.

Anyone with any information, call 101, asking to speak to PC 1347 Fitz Frank, quoting crime number 17*344492.

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Man found guilty of criminal damage

A 52-year-old man has been found guilty of criminal damage after a van tyre was slashed in Leicestershire last year.

At around 2pm on 1 November, John Hadfield approached a silver Mercedes Vito van which was parked on the roadside of the A444 Atterton Road. He took a multi-tool from his pocket and pierced one of the tyres on the passenger side of the van before walking away.

Hadfield, of Burton Road, Twycross, appeared at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court today (18 October) where he was convicted after pleading not guilty at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced to 18 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £625 in costs, £64 in compensation to the victim and £20 victim surcharge.

Detective Inspector Paul Kenyon, the investigating officer, said: “This was an act of pointless vandalism which caused needless distress and expense to the owner.”

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Pedro Godinho murder conviction - family issue statement

Pedro’s cousin, Rafael Godinho, has released the following statement on behalf of the family after a guilty verdict was returned yesterday (Tuesday 17 October).

“Yesterday a degree of justice was done because the man responsible for brutally stabbing Pedro in a cowardly act of retaliation was convicted for his murder.

“Ezekiel Braithwaite shamelessly lied and denied guilt despite overwhelming facts that proved otherwise.

“Pedro should still be here with his family, his wife and children. He had his whole life ahead of him instead it was cruelly taken from him by a man who chose to carry a knife and use it.

“Our lives have been torn apart by what happened to Pedro and regardless of the sentence Braithwaite receives it will never be complete justice for Pedro.”

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Arrest for incident in Ratcliffe Culey - man released

A 44-year-old man who was arrested after an incident in Ratcliffe Culey, Leicestershire, at the weekend, has been released.

The force received a report at 12.31pm on Saturday 14 October in relation to man sustaining an injury as a result of being involved in a collision with a quad bike.

Today (Wednesday 18 October) officers arrested a man on suspicion of assault and he has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

If anyone witnessed the incident or has captured the assault on camera they are urged to contact PC 1682 Richard Wilson on 101, quoting crime reference number 17* 444928.

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Operation at airport to mark Anti-Slavery Day

Today is Anti-Slavery Day and officers will be at East Midlands Airport to raise awareness of what are, and aren’t acceptable working conditions to people arriving in the UK, potentially for the first time.

As part of the activity, detectives will be speaking to people arriving on flights from Eastern European countries, giving help and advice about working conditions and the laws in place to protect them.

Detective Sergeant Scott Cairns leads the force’s Anti-Slavery Team. He said: “We want to speak to as many people as possible who are arriving in the UK for the first time. We’ll be talking to them about how to get a National Insurance number – and the fact that this is free – and where to go for help and advice about looking for work.

“It’s unfortunately a reality that some people want to take advantage of those who are new to the UK and we want to try to arm those who haven’t been here very long with as much information as we can to help keep them safe while they are here in the UK.

“The general advice we would give is – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

There’s a Modern Slavery Helpline number, available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week where people can report incidents of what they think is the exploitation of people, be this on a large scale, in a factory, or on a lower level with a person being subjected to forced labour inside a house.

DS Cairns said: “All reports of suspected slavery are taken seriously by the force and are investigated thoroughly and we would encourage anyone who suspects someone is a victim of slavery to report it – through the helpline or on 101 to the force directly.

As part of the work being done to raise awareness of slavery and how everyone can help tackle it, the team are pushing the need for businesses to pledge to the anti-slavery statement. Businesses with a turnover of more than £36m must publish a statement that they are dedicated to identifying and stopping slavery in their supply chains.

DS Cairns said: “Many big businesses have been subscribing to ethical trading for many years, but we want to push the need for businesses to be aware of their legal responsibilities under the Modern slavery Act and scrutinise whether their supply chains are free from exploitation.”

Call the anti-slavery helpline on: 08000 121 700

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Guilty conviction in Pedro Godinho murder case

A 20-year-old has been convicted of murder after stabbing a man in the chest in retaliation for a comment made at a party.

Ezekiel Braithwaite confronted Pedro Godinho in a city car park on the morning of Sunday 26 March after taking offence to something he believed had been said about a relative.

Following a trial at Leicester Crown Court, Braithwaite was today (Tuesday 17 October) found guilty of murder. He was found not guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm on a second man.

Braithwaite, of no fixed address, is due to be sentenced on Friday 20 October.

The court heard how police were called by the ambulance service at 6.20am to a small car park in Canonsleigh Road where Pedro had been found seriously injured. He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he died shortly afterwards.

Through the course of their enquiries, detectives found that Pedro had been at a party hours before which included Braithwaite and some of his family members. He then left the party and took a taxi which stopped in the Canonsleigh Road car park.

When he arrived Braithwaite was there waiting and confronted 22-year-old Pedro about a comment he believed he had made before stabbing him in the chest and fleeing the scene.

A post-mortem examination determined he died as a result of a single stab wound.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Smalley, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, led the investigation.

He said: “A murder investigation was launched with detectives working around the clock as they carried out extensive house-to-house enquiries and viewed hours of CCTV footage, piecing together the events leading up to Pedro’s death and tracked down Braithwaite.”

In the early hours of Monday 27 March, detectives were given a breakthrough when their enquiries led them to a hotel room in South Yorkshire where Braithwaite was arrested.

DCI Smalley added: “This was a senseless attack carried out because Braithwaite took offence to a passing comment.

“Pedro was a young man who had his whole life to lead.

“Tackling and preventing knife crime is a priority for Leicestershire Police. We any incident involving a weapon extremely seriously, and we continue to work to educate those who choose to carry a knife, to raise awareness of the serious implications that decision could have.

“Last year we launched the #LivesNotKnives campaign to drive home the message of the devastating consequences knife crime can have and what could happen if you are caught carrying a weapon.”

More information about the campaign can be found here: www.leics.police.uk/knifecrime

A 21-year-old woman, who had been charged with assisting an offender, was found not guilty of the offence following the same trial.

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