Leicestershire Police

Man 'racially abused at shopping centre'

Alex Regan

BBC News

Police in Leicester are looking for a man who is believed to have been racially abused at Haymarket Shopping Centre last week.

Leicestershire Police said security staff at the centre informed police of the incident on Friday, but the man had left before officers arrived.

Haymarket Shopping Centre
Leicestershire Police

A 76-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of racial or religious aggravated intentional harassment, and assaulting an emergency worker. He has since been released under investigation.

Anyone with any information has been asked to contact the force on 101.

Men jailed after firearms stolen in burglary

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Two men have been jailed after five shotguns, two rifles and ammunition was stolen from a house in Cossington.

Matthew Moore (left), 40, and Brian Kemp, 53, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Monday.

Moore, of Wanlip Lane, Birstall, was sentenced to nine years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to burglary and four counts of possessing a firearm without a certificate.

Kemp, of Marwood Road, Leicester, was sentenced to 29 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to burglary.

Matthew Moore and Brian Kemp
Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police said the firearms were stolen from a house on Humble Lane in July last year while the owners were on holiday.

Two of the shotguns and ammunition were later found by officers searching a field in Birstall.

Police said a fingerprint on a rubber glove found at the scene linked Kemp the break-in.

Det Con Clare Moore - the investigating officer - said: "The glove he left at the scene gave us an excellent starting point by placing him at the scene and featured heavily in building our case against him and linking Moore to the crime."

Man jailed for offensive graffiti across city centre

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

A man has been jailed for 52 weeks after scrawling offensive graffiti across Leicester city centre.

Amit Divecha, 41, of no fixed abode, admitted being responsible for the graffiti, some of which was deemed to be racially or religiously aggravated.

Leicestershire Police said the graffiti - written in black marker pen - was found on walls outside the Boer War Memorial in Town Hall Square, outside a Hindu temple, and on other businesses and premises.

At Leicester Magistrates' Court on 23 April, Divecha pleaded guilty to eight counts of racially or religious aggravated criminal damage, 12 counts of criminal damage, one count of racially or religious aggravated harassment, possession of class A drugs, and possession of class B drugs.

Leicester Magistrates' Court

PC Sam Burton said: "The damage caused in the city centre was extremely offensive.

"Thankfully Divecha was identified and arrested quickly before he could cause further offence to others.

"We will not tolerate any form of hate against our communities."

Man in critical condition after electric scooter crash

Alex Regan

BBC News

A man in his 50s is in a critical condition in hospital after crashing the electric scooter he was riding in Leicester.

Leicestershire Police said the crash happened at about 18:00 on Friday in Parker Drive, when the man was riding the scooter on the pavement.

He was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham with possible life-threatening injuries, where he remains.

Electric scooter
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Man admits arson over shopping centre fire

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A man has admitted arson over a fire which badly damaged a Leicester shopping centre.

More than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze at the Belgrave Commercial Centre, on Belgrave Road, in January 2019.

Belgrave Commercial Centre fire
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Leicestershire Police said Parvinder Singh, 28, of no fixed abode but originally from Nottingham, was identified from CCTV footage and arrested in October.

At a hearing at Leicester Crown Court on Friday, Singh admitted arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered and will be sentenced on 12 June.

Det Con Gemma Allen said: "Businesses were completely destroyed and it is extremely fortunate that there were no injuries in the fire. Lives could have been lost on that night because of the actions of one man.

"I am pleased that a guilty plea has been entered and hope this helps those affected by Singh's actions as they continue to rebuild from the devastation that was caused that night."

Police officer uses 3D wargame printer for PPE

Ethan Connolly-Forster

BBC News

A Leicestershire police officer who owns a 3D printing company is using his machines to make PPE equipment for the NHS.

PC Maciej Sokolowski usually makes battle figures and accessories for wargaming but has now started creating face mask straps for front-line healthcare staff.

PC Mack with the straps
Leicestershire Police

One Wednesday he delivered 350 straps to Leicester Royal Infirmary's emergency department. He has also shipped to doctors and nurses in hospitals in Cambridge, Surrey and London.

PC Mack delivering straps
Leicestershire Police

PC Sokolowski, a beat officer in in the Hinckley Road and Braunstone Gate area of Leicester, said: "My usual business has stopped during this time but I have the equipment at home to be able to help my colleagues in other front-line services who are tackling this pandemic head on."

Cyclist, 70, dies after crash with car

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

A cyclist has died after a crash with a car in Birstall, Leicestershire, earlier this month.

Leicestershire Police said they were called to the crash near The Cedars Academy in Wanlip Lane at 12:37 on 7 April.

The cyclist, 70, was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious injuries. He died there on Saturday.

The force added both the cyclist and driver of the silver Vauxhall Astra were travelling towards Birstall at the time of the collision.

Police have asked anyone with any information or dashcam footage to get in touch on 101.

Wanlip Lane, Birstall