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Leicestershire Police announce plans to save £15m

Leicestershire Police have announced further plans to cut staff numbers in order to save more than £15m over the next three years.

It is part of a plan to radically change policing across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

As part of the new model of policing, local police officers will no longer investigate crime. They will be focused on reducing anti-social behaviour and patrolling. Any arrests made or crimes reported would be passed on to a new investigation hub.

Leicestershire Police says this change alone would increase the number of hours police officers spend on the frontline from 140,000 per year to 180,000 per year, despite cutting the number of officers.

The force has not released any details of how many officer and staff posts will be lost in this new phase of cuts.

Leicestershire Police employ more than 2000 officers. In the last round of cuts police staff numbers were cut by almost 500.

The force say they wish to implement the new model of policing in the current financial year.

Football fan assaults police officer during World Cup

CCTV of a man police are trying to trace Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man suspected of assaulting a police officer in Hinckley after England's World Cup defeat to Uruguay.

Officers were called to Regent Street on Thursday June 19 at around 10.05pm after the game, to reports of anti-social behaviour involving supporters playing football in the street.

The ball was confiscated by one of the officers and put inside a police car, but one of the people involved slammed the door shut, trapping the officer’s arm in the door.

PC Clive Clarke said:

“Luckily the officer wasn’t seriously injured and able to return to duties, a number of people were involved in the disturbance and we are now in a position to issue a CCTV image of a man we would like to identity and trace in connection with the incident."

– PC Clive Clarke, Leicestershire Police


Police officer in 13,000ft charity skydive attempt

PCSO Liam Palmer taking part in the sponsored skydive yesterday Credit: Leicestershire Police

A Community Support Officer for Leicestershire Police has taken part in a skydive to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

PCSO Liam Palmer from Melton Mowbray local policing unit completed the sponsored jump from 13,000ft yesterday, as part of a tandem dive that took off from Sibson airfield near Peterborough.

PCSO Palmer said:

I am very proud to have been able to help the charity by taking part in the jump. It was a nerve wrecking but amazing experience!

The charity is very close to my heart after losing a very close family friend to the condition in 2011 and also with my colleague Sergeant Sparling suffering from the disease.

So far I have raised about £950 for the charity and I hope that I can break £1000 very soon!”

New PCSOs in Leicestershire to tackle anti-social behaviour

Leicestershire Police have taken on 28 new PCSOs Credit: ITV News Central

More community police officers and three new police cars are now on the beat in Leicestershire to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Fiona Pilkington and her daughter Credit: ITV News Central

The police were criticised after Fiona Pilkington, from Barwell, killed herself and her disabled daughter in 2007, after years of abuse.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Clive Loader, says he is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour.

Bishop of Leicester praises 'dignity' of Akpom's family

The Bishop of Leicester has released a statement following yesterday's verdict in the trial for the murder of Antoin Akpom.

The Rt Revd Tim Stevens said:

Antoin’s death was a tragedy for both his family and for the communities of the city. The pain of that tragedy is not diminished by this verdict – one young man has lost his life and another young man faces prison as a result. Antoin’s mother Cheryl, and her family, have shown remarkable dignity through the pressure of these very difficult times, but his loss is felt very deeply...

... As Christians celebrate Easter, we remember too that in the face of tragic death, there is hope. We must look beyond these terrible events, bring some sense of closure, and work for the better future we can build together. A renewed commitment to see our communities standing alongside each other and working together for truth and reconciliation is the best way to face these challenging times with a shared hope for the future.

19-year-old Hussain Hussain has been jailed for life for the murder of the Leicester football coach and will serve a minimum of 15 years for stabbing Mr Akpom in September last year.

Teenager jailed for life for murdering football coach

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for life for the murder of Leicester football coach Antoin Akpom.

Hussain Hussain will serve a minimum of 15 years for stabbing Mr Akpom in the back in Kent Street in September last year.

Hussain Hussain has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 15 years Credit: ITV News Central

Antoin Akpom was the father of a one-year-old son and coached a youth football team in Leicester.

The jury heard how Mr Akpom and a friend had been holding a dance and fitness class at a school in Highfields before he was stabbed.


Antoin Akpom: man convicted of murdering father in Leicester

Father, Antoin Akpom, was a fitness coach in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

A 19 year-old man has been convicted of murdering a fitness coach who was stabbed shortly after leaving work at a primary school in Leicester.

The jury, sitting at Stafford Crown Court, deliberated for almost ten hours before unanimously convicting Hussain Hussain of killing Antoin Akpom on Kent Street last year.

Mr Akpom, 20, died in hospital after suffering a collapsed lung when he was stabbed in the back on 12 September.

Hussain Hussain has been convicted of murdering Antoin Akpom Credit: Leicestershire Police

During the two week trial the prosecution alleged that Hussain stabbed Mr Akpom after punches were thrown during an altercation.

Jurors also heard Mr Akpom was attacked around seven hours before four members of the same family died in an alleged arson attack on a house in Leicester.

The jury has yet to reach a verdict on co-defendant Abdul Hakim, who denies murder. It will resume its deliberations tomorrow on the 19 year-old.

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