Air rifle shooter still at large after injuring student

By Erik Dawson

On the night of the 23rd of November, De Montfort University student Lewis Holmes was taking his usual route back home from work when he was struck by a metal air rifle pellet, shot from a nearby window. The assailant still has not been caught.


Lewis Holmes, 18, originally from Boston, Lincolnshire but currently studying Business Management at De Montfort University was cycling home from his shift at Boots at around 10pm.

As the student cycled down Eastern Boulevard toward his accommodation at Liberty Park, he was shot in the thigh by an air rifle, the metal pellet becoming lodged in his leg.

When interviewed Lewis explained that he ‘heard a loud crack and for a second I didn’t realise what had happened. It was only when I felt a sharp pain in my thigh and saw blood I realised I had been hit by something.’

When he had made it back to his accommodation, Lewis assessed the damage done to his leg. He added ‘There was a lot of bleeding and as I cleaned it I could see the metal ball still in my leg.’ Lewis then, with the help of fellow student and flatmate Archie Murfitt, walked to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where the metal pellet was removed from his thigh, and the wound was stitched together.

When asked today about what his opinion is on the incident, Lewis said ‘I still feel shocked by what happened. I didn’t think something like that would happen in the area, let alone to me.’ Lewis is now fully recovered and still working on his degree.

The police were called to the hospital where they took a statement from the victim and a police enquiry was launched. Unfortunately there was no CCTV in the area to catch the suspect.

If you have been involved in any similar incidents, or have any information on an assailant contact:

Leicestershire Police – Telephone Number: 101


Armed robbers target cash delivery in Measham

By Tyler Arthur

Three armed men in balaclavas robbed two people who were delivering cash to a store in Measham earlier this morning.

Detectives are investigating the armed robbery, which took place in High Street, Measham.


The incident happened shortly after 6.20am when cash was being delivered to a store.

Three men approached the two victims and threatened them with weapons before making off with a quantity of money.

The victims sustained minor injuries and did not require medical treatment.

The offenders ran off in the direction of Tamworth Road.

A vehicle believed to have been used in the incident has been recovered.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of High Street and Tamworth Road between 6.00am and 6.30am this morning.

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Detective Sergeant Mark Beniston, who is investigating the incident, said:

“I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area and saw the incident take place, the suspects loitering before the incident or them making off from the scene.

“If you were in the Tamworth Road area and saw a group of three men running off, or getting into a vehicle, please call and speak to us. Maybe you saw a vehicle waiting in the area? What you saw may not have seemed significant to you at the time but it could prove incredibly useful to our investigation.”

As well as the balaclavas, the men were also described as wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote incident 64 of 21 March.