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Two men jailed for 12 years after vicious assault

Daniel Polland and Callum Carruthers have been sentenced to 12 years in jail. Credit: Leicestershire Police

Two men from Leicester have been sentenced after playing a part in a vicious assault on the occupants of a flat, which left one victim with a brain injury.

24-year-old Callum Carruthers from Leicester and 23-year-old Daniel Pollard from Mowmacre Hill both pleaded guilty to two counts of Grievous Bodily Harm with intent at an earlier hearing.

This was a horrific attack on two people in their own home, it was an isolated incident and the victims were specifically targeted.

“The 68-year-old victim sustained a brain injury during the incident which has had a life changing effect on him, the second victim has learning difficulties so the investigation has in no way been easy for either of them."

– Detective Constables Beverley Toon

Both men have been sentenced to twelve years in prison for each count at Stafford Crown Court on Monday 29 June.

We are pleased with the guilty pleas and the sentences passed today reflect the seriousness of the crime."

– Family spokesperson, Ian Walker

Leicester hosts hate crime summit

At least ten graves were vandalised at High Wood Cemetery in Bulwell Credit: ITV Central News

A hate crime summit is being held in Leicester, with students from across the city's secondary schools receiving invitations.

The summit happens following an incident yesterday, where several Muslim graves were targeted in a suspected hate crime at a cemetery in Bulwell.

More than 80 young people will attend the event, which will be opened by Toby Campoin, a spoken word artist who is local to the area.

Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy from the University of Leicester will deliver a keynote speech, focusing on the Hate Crime Project.

Darren Goddard, hate crime officer at Leicester Police, and Janet Russell from the Leicester Safeguarding Children Board will also attend the event.

Two men arrested over 15-year-old murder are released

Two men arrested in connection with the murder of a man killed nearly 15-years-ago have been released.

Clifford Clarke was found dead at his home in Uppingham in Rutland in September 2000 Credit: Leicestershire Police

Clifford Clarke was found dead at his home in Uppingham in Rutland in September 2000. He had been stabbed several times in the chest and neck.

Officers made a renewed appeal for information last week after launching a review of the death in 2012.

A 30-year-old man has been released on bail, a 32-year-old man has been released with no further action.


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CPS to prosecute Lord Janner for child sex offences

Lord Janner has denied all allegations made against him. Credit: PA

The Crown Prosecution Service has announced it will prosecute Lord Janner for child sex offences.

Earlier this year it was decided there was not enough evidence to convict the Labour peer if a case went to court. He was also deemed unfit to stand trial due to being diagnosed with severe dementia.

But following a independent review of the case, the CPS concluded it was in the public interest to bring proceedings against him.

A "trial of the facts", where a jury hears the evidence against an individual considered too ill for a full trial, will now be held into 22 offences allegedly committed in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

The CPS said the review agreed that it was right to assume that Lord Janner would be found unfit to plead and the most likely outcome of the "trial of facts" would be an absolute discharge, which is neither punishment nor conviction.

Janner will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on August 7.

Leicester City's Mayor promotes building schools for the future scheme

Leicester City's Mayor will visit a school which has had 26 million pounds worth of work done, as part of the building schools for the future scheme.

Labour's Peter Soulsby is named the first elected Leicester City Mayor at Leicester Tigers Rugby Ground, Leicester. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

New facilities at the City of Leicester College include an outdoor amphitheatre, drama studios and a dedicated sixth-form area.

Seatbelt safety campaign launches in Leicester

A campaign is being launched in Leicester today to remind drivers about the importance of everyone in their car wearing seat belts correctly.

The campaign is to highlight the importance of wearing searbelts Credit: PA

Road safety officers will be at Beaumont Leys shopping centre car park for most of the day.

When they last did checks in October last year, two-thirds of the child car seats they saw had been incorrectly fitted.

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