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Leicestershire Police celebrates 180th anniversary

Leicestershire Police Credit: ITV News Central

A service is being held later today to mark 180 years to the day since the first police patrol set off in Leicester.

On February 11 1836, the first police officers from Leicester Borough Police set off on patrol from the Guildhall in Leicester.

At the time, the force employed just fifty officers. In the years that followed, two other forces were formed to police Leicestershire and Rutland before several mergers finally led to the formation of one force in 1967.

It was known as Leicestershire Constabulary until 2012 when it changed its name to Leicestershire Police.

A service will be held in Leicester Cathedral late today, followed by an event at the old police headquarters in the Guildhall.

Police appeal after Wigston assault

The suspects kicked the victim’s head and arms, leaving him with severe facial swelling Credit: Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police are appealing for witnesses after a 30-year-old man was assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning while walking in Wigston, Leicester.

The victim was walking on Aylestone Lane, towards the junction with Exeter Road at around 2.45am, when three men ran towards him.

He ran towards the allotments on Aylestone Road and fell close to the entrance.

The suspects kicked the victim’s head and arms, leaving him with severe facial swelling as well as cuts and bruises to his head and body, before being treated the following day at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The three suspects were all black, about 6ft tall and in their early 20s.

If you have any information, call 101.

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Man arrested in connection with murder

Detectives have charged a man in connection with a murder investigation in Blackpool.

34-year-old Daniel Sobisz, of no fixed address, was arrested in Leicester on January 21 following a joint operation by Lancashire and Leicestershire police forces.

He was questioned over the weekend and was charged with the murder of Marcin Pawlow on yesterday evening.

He is due to appear before Blackpool Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Around 1am on 23 December, 30-year-old Mr Pawlow, from Poland, was found outside an address on Central Drive with stab wounds to his hip, leg and shoulder and later died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Six men, all from Blackpool, were arrested on suspicion of murder and later released.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 0066 of December 23 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Leicestershire Police respond to findings of Lord Janner inquiry

Leicestershire Police has issued a statement over the findings of an independent review, conducted by High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques.

The report relates to the complaints made back in 1991, 2002 and 2007 involving the CPS and Leicestershire Police.

Leicestershire Police Credit: Leicestershire Police

We are aware that the Crown Prosecution Service has today published an independent review conducted by Sir Richard Henriques into its handling of previous police investigations into Lord Janner dating back some 25 years and its decision-making in those matters.

The report focuses not only on the CPS's role in these investigations, carried out in 1991, 2002 and 2007, but on the role played by Leicestershire Police, and concludes that there were failings in all three investigations.

During the course of his review Sir Richard spoke to a number of CPS staff in order to understand their role in those previous investigations into Lord Janner.

We would have welcomed the opportunity to assist Sir Richard in a similar way and are disappointed not to have been asked to do so.

During the most recent (Operation Enamel) investigation by Leicestershire Police into Lord Janner, the quality of which is praised by Sir Richard, we became concerned about aspects of those previous investigations and voluntarily asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission in 2014 to launch its own, independent investigation into the matters. The IPCC's investigation is on-going, and in order not to prejudice its work we feel it would not be appropriate to make comment on the conclusions reached by Sir Richard until the IPCC reports its own findings.

– Leicestershire Police
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