Student cyclists welcome police’s clampdown on dangerous drivers

By Conor de Smith.

Student cyclists have welcomed the news that local police are beginning to clampdown on drivers’ dangerous approach to passing those on bikes.

Leicestershire Police have adopted a “safe pass” initiative where plain-clothed officers will attempt to catch motorists who do not give cyclists enough room on the roads.

A 1.5 metre distance, just larger than a 2017 Infiniti QX30, is expected to be granted for bike users but that is continually found not to be the case.

Students at both De Montfort University and University of Leicester have welcomed the patrols with many feeling endangered whilst travelling to their respective place of study.

Chris Stanton, President of DMU Cycling, 21, cycles to university every day and says he welcomes this initiative as he has had multiple bad experiences in the city over the years.

“I absolutely welcome this initiative,” said the third year Marketing Management student. “It is a major issue on the roads.

“Cyclists very rarely get any respect on the roads due to drivers maybe having one bad incident with a cyclist so now they treat all of them badly.

“It is certainly an initiative that needs to be done, how they carry it out will be interesting to see.

“I’ve had several bad experiences while in Leicester but I’m sure this is not just a Leicester issue.

“For example, I have been pushed onto a curb by a car coming too close to me, cut up more times than I can count and have been hit by a car running a red light.

“The knowledge that you are safer on the roads is certainly beneficial as the risk is reduced.

“Making drivers aware of cyclists has been important for a while, especially in cities, so to have this initiative come in does help with that.

“This may be the start of more help for cyclists because room on the road is important, so whether this leads to better driving around bikes, cycle paths being built or just more concern over cycle safety, it is a step in the right direction.”

De Montfort University already does plenty to encourage more students to cycle to university.

With the unveiling of the new bike racks on Mill Lane last month, there is now room for 590 bikes on campus. Showers in four buildings on campus and facilities such as free inner tubes, puncture repair kits and lights are also available.

The new bike racks on Mill Lane.

The new bike racks on Mill Lane.

The news that police will be stricter when it comes to drivers is an added bonus for law student Sophie Llewellyn, 18, who said: “As a cyclist, who travels to and from uni using a bike, there have been a lot of times where drivers have gotten too close to me.

“I think it’s great that the police are clamping down on this because it needed to be done.”

James Parish, a 19-year-old Geography student at University of Leicester, added: “I don’t commute to university on my bike but do often travel to town on it as I’m quite some distance away.

“I’ve personally never been hit off my bike by a car but I’m aware that drivers show very little respect to cyclists.

“This needs to be stopped so I’m glad the local police are doing something about it but it should have been done sooner.”

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.

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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.

Middlesborough and Leicester fans take the fighting off the pitch

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Police intervened on the fighting fans 

By Mark Farmer

Clashes between Leicester City and Middlesbrough fans broke out on the evening of Saturday 26 November after their team’s game at the King Power Stadium.

Fan-recorded videos emerged on social media shortly after the final whistle.

Rival supporters can be seen in a stand-off leading to punches being thrown by both sets of supporters before police intervened.

The match, which ended in a 2-2 draw, saw the home side salvage a point late on through a 94th minute Islam Slimani penalty to cancel out two Alvaro Negredo goals.

Both teams have found themselves embroiled in a relegation battle, despite Leicester’s title winning heroics last season.

This does not excuse the behaviour of the supporters, however, who began fighting inside the stadium before piling together on the terraces outside the ground.

One Leicester City season of ticket holder of 11 years, Vicki Connelly, said: “There were about 50 people fighting inside the stadium and stewards were trying to split them up.”

“There were large groups outside that were trying to get at each other.”

Footage prior to the skirmishes showed Leicester fans chanting, ‘dirty northern b*******’ to antagonise Middlesbrough supporters into fighting.

Scenes like these have threatened to drag the sport back into its dark ages that were more commonplace in the 1980s with hooliganism rife on football’s terraces.

One twitter user Lee Lowery, 20, took to the social media site to voice his concerns.

He said: “Seeing Leicester and Boro fans fighting yesterday after the game and thinking what a disgrace, don’t even call yourselves fans of the sport.”

Vicki reiterated this after she revealed a male Middlesbrough fan threatened to ‘knock her out’ after she was overheard praising his team.

She said: “I don’t think these people represent football fans at all, because most of them don’t know how to behave.

“I get that people are going to be passionate about their team because I am, too.

“I saw fans chanting at each other, and that’s fine because it was all light-hearted, but as soon as it gets physical its gone way too far.”

Leicestershire Police confirmed two men, aged 18 and 33, were arrested following the incidents on Saturday.

They have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Leicester man charged after fatal collision

 

By Beth Mosettig

Leicester man charged with a number of offences after a fatal collision on Fosse Road South earlier this year.

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Guy Tomlinson, 37, of Norfolk Walk, Leicester, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing death by driving while uninsured and two counts of causing death by driving while unlicensed.

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A Peugeot 206 which was being followed by an unmarked police car which then crashed into a Ford Lorry just before midnight.

The force of the impact pushed the Ford into the front of Snutch Convenience store.

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The two passengers, David Anger and Christopher Needham, in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.

Tomlinson is due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court Saturday 29 October.

 

 

Man charged following fatal collision

A man has been charged with a number of offences after a fatal collision in Fosse Road South, Leicester, earlier this year.

Guy Tomlinson, 37, of Norfolk Walk, Leicester, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing death by driving while uninsured and two counts of causing death by driving while unlicensed.

He is due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Saturday 29 October).

The charges relate to a fatal collision in Fosse Road South on Wednesday 9 March which resulted in the death of David Anger and Christopher Needham.