Leicestershire Police release image of man in connection to serious sexual assault in Leicester

By Beth Mosettig

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This is the face of the man being hunted by police in connection with a serious sexual assault in a Leicester Park.

The 33-year-old victim was walking through Nelson Mandela Park when she was approached from behind and subjected to a serious sexual assault.

Police believe that there may have been two other men in the area during the assault. They are treating all three men, who were described as black, as suspects.

The assault took place on Friday, February 5, between 9.30pm and 10.30pm. Police have only just released the image.

The main suspect has been described by police as of stocky build, in his 30s, tall, slim, with chin-length dreadlocks. He spoke with a southern accent.

The second  man was described as of stocky build, with a distinctive tattoo of a dagger or knife on his head. There is no detailed description of the third man.

The victim assisted police in compiling the computer generated image and they are keen to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the picture.

If you recognise the man in the image or any of the suspect descriptions then please get in touch with police.

If you have any information please contact DC 3011 James Piskula on 101, quoting crime number 20194.

Leicestershire Police launch ‘Lock up and Light up’ campaign

Ahead of the clocks going back an hour, Leicestershire Police are re-launching their ‘Lock up and Light up’, anti-burglary campaign.

The ‘Darker nights’ campaign encourages home owners to lock up their doors and keep their lights on when leaving the house in a bid to cut-down burglary incidents.

The winter nights can make it easier for burglars to hide in darkness and for unoccupied and unlit houses easier to spot. The force traditionally sees a seasonal rise in burglaries after the clocks go back in October, with the Police suggesting that offences rise through December and January and fall back to normal levels by around March.

Leicestershire Police’s lead for burglary, Detective Inspector Lee Ferguson said:

When the clocks go back by an hour this Sunday 30 October and the nights draw in earlier, we find that homes are often left unoccupied and left in darkness for longer periods of time. This can make them more vulnerable to burglary.

Our ‘Darker nights’ campaign encourages you to take some simple inexpensive precautions to help protect your home and your belongings. As well as reminding you to lock all the windows and doors before you leave, it also encourages you to leave a light on when you go out or use an automatic light timer to give the appearance that you are home.

If you notice that your neighbour’s house is in darkness, encourage them to leave a light on too.

Unfortunately many people only tend to think about their home security after becoming a victim of burglary. We hope this campaign can get people to think about their home security before it’s too late – we may be turning the clocks back this weekend but you can’t turn back time if your home is burgled.

Police are encouraging residents to buy a light timer, which can be found in most DIY and hardware shops.

The ‘Darker nights’ campaign also focuses on businesses to minimise the amount of store break-ins.

Leicestershire Police’s lead for commercial burglaries Detective Inspector Helen Fletcher said:

Longer, darker evenings allow the burglar more time to break into businesses when they are closed. They often use the darkness to conceal themselves.

We are also encouraging businesses to ‘lock up and light up’. Outdoor lighting can act as a deterrent to burglars because they will be seen more easily. It’s a good idea to floodlight passageways and all entrances to buildings.

Indoor lighting is just as important. When a business leaves lights on, it makes it easier for others to see burglars moving around the building. When stores have good internal lighting and shop window displays that are arranged so anyone can see into the store, it is off putting for the burglar.

Having your business burgled is costly, and a huge inconvenience. We hope that the ‘Darker nights’ campaign will encourage businesses to take steps to reduce their risk of being burgled.

The Leicestershire police have also given the following advice for residents and businesses.

Advice for businesses:

  • carry out regular general security checks of the premises
  • fit suitable locks and remember to lock all windows and doors
  • use adequate indoor and outside lighting
  • arrange shop displays so that people can see right into the store
  • use burglar resistant glass windows or fit permanent items such as window grills or roller shutters
  • fit a secure store safe
  • use good quality CCTV system
  • fit an intruder alarm, preferably with a personal attack facility

Advice for residents:

  • keep doors and windows locked at all times – even if you pop outside to the garden or go upstairs
  • always lock doors behind you and remove the key from the lock
  • make sure your home looks occupied by using automatic timer switches to turn on a light when it goes dark, even if you are just out for a couple of hours
  • keep valuables, bags, cash and keys out of sight and keep them in a safe place
  • don’t leave packaging from expensive items outside your house – take it to be recycled or put them in the bin
  • install a visible alarm system and security lighting to act as a deterrent
  • prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home with locked gates or fencing
  • if you’re going away, don’t advertise it on social media
  • ask a neighbour or relative if they could collect post and open and close curtains while you are away
  • register your belongings with www.immobilise.com

For further information on how to protect your home or business from burglars visit www.leics.police.uk/darkernights or follow #lockuplightup on Twitter.

 

By Mollie Mansfield

UPDATE: Con scams Loughborough victims out of thousands

By Beth Mosettig

Two elderly residents of Loughborough have been scammed out of thousands of pounds by fraudsters pretending to be police.

The offenders called up the victims pretending to be police officers and tell them that their bank account has been used fraudulently.

The fraudsters then tell the victims to go to the bank and withdraw all their money, even organising a taxi to take them to the branch.

After the victim has withdrawn the money the offenders then tell them to seal it an envelope asks them to provide a password, and a courier comes and picks the money up.

The police are aware of two incidents that occurred on the 11 and 21 October in Loughborough and believe there could be many more victims.

Detective Constable Julia Newton said: “If you have elderly relatives, neighbours or friends, please speak to them about this scam – make them aware of the dangers and what they can do to protect themselves.

“Genuine callers will be happy to verify their credentials and will not mind you asking to call them back while you phone their supposed employer to seek assurance.”

Locals took to social media to express their disbelief of the incidents

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Katy Foxton: “That time of year where scum bags will try anything these poor people, feel so sorry for should never give details over the phone”

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Lesley Ann Towl “It really does beggar belief that people can do such cruel things, My mum is way too canny these days but even though I have advised her what to do it is important to keep the message going.”

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Sasha Piera “Completely and utterly disgusting! How was such a vile creatures even conceived?!!”

Some have even suggested providing financial support for the victims.

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Judith Spence: “Is there anyone who has set up a fund for these ladies or do they have family support etc?”

If you have any information please get in touch with Leicestershire police through the non-emergency number 101, or via their website leics.police.uk/contact-us

 

BREAKING NEWS: Warning issued after scam cons victims out of thousands of pounds

Two elderly people have been scammed out of thousands of pounds – don’t be the next victim.

In both cases the offenders phoned the victim’s purporting to be a police officer who tells them their bank accounts have been fraudulently used. The caller tells them to go to their bank and withdraw all of their money, organising a taxi for them to get to a branch.

Once the victim has withdrawn the cash the caller tells them to seal it in an envelope and asks them for a password, and a courier comes to pick up the money.

Detective Constable Julia Newton said: “We are aware of two incidents in Loughborough on 11 and 21 October, and believe there could be more victims who have not come forward and reported it to us.

“If you have elderly relatives, neighbours or friends, please speak to them about this scam – make them aware of the dangers and what they can do to protect themselves.

“Genuine callers will be happy to verify their credentials and will not mind you asking to call them back while you phone their supposed employer to seek assurance.”

UPDATE: Man bailed after police called to Wigston town centre

By Beth Mosettig

Leicestershire Police have given bail to man who was arrested after suspicious activity in Wigston town centre on Saturday, October 22.

The police were called at around 1.15pm reporting that the man had been acting suspiciously and had apparently approached a child near Sainsbury’s in the shopping precinct.

A police spokesman said: “A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and later bailed pending further enquiries.”

The officers are continuing their enquiries to try and establish the exact circumstances of the incident and are keen to hear from anyone who was at the shopping precinct and saw what happened.

Locals took to social media to comment on the situation:

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Were you in the area at around 1pm yesterday? Did you see what happened?

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 363 of the 22 October 2016