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Police melt down over 130 firearms

Over 130 firearms have been melted down by Leicestershire Police, reaching temperatures of 1,500 degrees celsius (2732 Fahrenheit).

The firearms, including rifles, shotguns and even Uzis, were handed in during Leicestershire Police's firearms amnesty, and the metal will be recycled and turned into items such as manhole covers.

The amnesty took place September 2013, allowing people to surrender illegal firearms without reprisal. Police believe that many people who hold firearms illegally do so without knowing the illegality of their actions.

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Police issue plea for help over indecent assault

Police would like to speak to this man Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police investigating an indecent assault in Leicester have issued a CCTV image of a man they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

The incident took place at about 8.15pm on Tuesday August 13, 2013 at a shop in Grasmere Street, when a man touched a woman inappropriately.

The man has been described as a white, in his mid 20s, 5’8”-5’10” tall and of slim build. He was wearing a white T-shirt, dark shorts, light coloured beanie hat and sunglasses.

Wanted man tracked down after Christmas raids

A wanted suspect has today been arrested after officers spent Christmas trying to track him down.

Leicestershire Police were trying to speak to Daniel Perry, aged 34, from the Shepshed area, over a commercial burglary, vehicle theft and thefts from a motor vehicle.

Officers raided a house in Woodthorpe Avenue, Loughborough, at around 9am and arrested him.

A 45-year-old man was also arrested for assisting an offender.

Three more wanted suspects remain at large

Three more men are still being hunted by police on suspicion of burglary and breaching licence conditions.

As well as seven men arrested from six addresses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, officers from Leicestershire Police raided seven further addresses in Shepshed, Loughborough, Barrow Upon Soar, Braunstone and Leicester to try to track down the wanted suspects.

But the men could not be found and remain at large.

They include 34-year-old Daniel Perry from Shepshed, who is wanted in connection with a commercial burglary, vehicle theft, and breaking into cars to steal things from inside.

Raids on wanted suspects to continue into New Year

Police in Leicestershire have vowed to continue raiding homes and executing warrants as their festive crime crackdown continues.

It comes after officers arrested seven people over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as part of Operation Tiger.

Seven people were arrested in warrants executed over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Seven people were arrested in warrants executed over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Leicestershire Police sent more than 200 Christmas cards to wanted suspects urging them to hand themselves in or face being hunted down by officers over the holidays.

Asst Ch Cons Phil Kay said:

The seven people arrested on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day clearly ignored this warning and have found out the hard way that we keep our promises.

I hope these arrests send a clear message to those involved in crime that we will always track you down, even on Christmas Day.

Further arrests will continue to be made over the festive period and into the New Year to help disrupt criminal activity and keep the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland safe.

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Fraud, theft and sex crime suspects among arrested

Suspects wanted for offences including fraud, theft, and breaching a sex offenders' order were among seven arrested in a Christmas crime operation by Leicestershire Police.

On Christmas Eve, five people were arrested as warrants were executed by officers, followed by another two on Christmas Day.

They were all arrested for failing to appear at court for a range of allegations.

The full list is as follows:

  • A man from the Netherhall Estate, Leicester, was due to appear at court over a breach of a sex offenders' order
  • A man from Rutland Avenue, Leicester, for a criminal damage charge
  • A woman from Broughton Road, Leicester, for fraud offences
  • A man in Gallowtreet Gate, Leicester, for theft
  • A man from the Braunstone area on recall to prison
  • A man from Melton Mowbray, who had been wanted since October 30 on burglary charges
  • A woman from Melton Mowbray for failing to appear at court.

Seven wanted suspects arrested in Christmas operation

Seven people spent Christmas in custody after officers from Leicestershire Police executed a series of festive warrants as part of a crackdown on persistent crooks.

Operation Tiger
Operation Tiger Credit: Leicestershire Police

As part of the force's Operation Tiger, six warrants were executed in the Leicestershire area, including in Leicester itself and Rutland, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

All of those arrested are wanted for failing to appear at court hearings, along with a variety of other suspected offences.

Area of Leicester city centre cordoned off by police

Forensic teams outside on Church Gate in Leicester City Centre Credit: ITV News Central/Ewhen Kurlak

A part of Leicester City Centre near the bus station and a nightclub is cordoned off this morning, with forensic searches taking place.

An underpass nearby is also cordoned off Credit: ITV News Central/Ewhen Kurlak

The police are yet to release details about the incident, but investigations are continuing on Church Gate near the Liquid and Envy nightclub.

Police warn trick-or-treaters to play safe

Police in Leicestershire have urged anyone planning to go trick-or-treating to play safe and respect the wishes of anyone who does not want to get involved.

Leicestershire Police have urged people to put the appropriate sign in their front windows
Leicestershire Police have urged people to put the appropriate sign in their front windows Credit: Leicestershire Police

Warning people not to "be a devil" this Halloween, the force has issued posters for people to put in their windows to let people know whether to knock on their door or not.

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