One of the questions posed to 999 operators at Leicestershire Police

Laughable 999 calls captured on tape

Complaints over a rabbit in the kitchen and a man who wanted to jog in swimwear are just some of the ludicrous calls tying up 999 lines.

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Farmer denies bull that killed rambler was aggressive

The defendant, Paul Waterfall Credit: ITV News Central

A farmer, accused of manslaughter after a walker was allegedly killed by his bull, has denied that the animal was aggressive.

Paul Waterfall, whose farm is on the Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire border, told jurors at Nottingham Crown Court that the Brown Swiss bull, named Moonriver Zac Pi, had never shown any aggression towards him or his staff.

Prosecutors allege the bull fatally attacked 63-year-old Roger Freeman as he walked along a public footpath with his wife Glenis, which crossed Waterfall’s farm in Stanford-on-Soar.

Roger Freeman and his wife, Glenis Credit: ITV News Central

They also claim Waterfall knew the bull posed a “deadly risk” to walkers, and had described the animal as a “nasty and aggressive” bull who “kept walkers on their toes” in the weeks before the attack on 12 November 2010.

The defence opened their case today, with Martin Meeke QC claiming the bull was not aggressive, and had it been, the defendant would have sent it to slaughter. Mr Meeke said Waterfall had done just that in 2005 with a bull he did not trust.

Paul Waterfall denies manslaughter by gross negligence. The trial continues.


Hunt for three men over sledgehammer raid

High quality CCTV images of three men wanted in connection with an aggravated burglary at a Leicestershire flat have been released by police.

It's thought the men are not from Leicestershire but are from elsewhere in the East Midlands, and investigating officers hope someone will recognise their faces.

The men used a sledgehammer to try to smash their way into the flat
The men used a sledgehammer to try to smash their way into the flat Credit: Leicestershire Police

Video footage shows three men wielding a sledgehammer trying to smash their way in to the flat in Tuckers Road, Loughborough, in a violent raid on December 21 last year.

The trio were forced to leave empty-handed as the resident managed to keep them out.

Police want to speak to these men in connection with the incident
Police want to speak to these men in connection with the incident Credit: Leicestershire Police

Det Cons Steve Briance urged anyone with any information to get in touch.

This was a shocking incident and fortunately the victim wasn’t injured but substantial damage was caused to the front door.

There is a strong possibility that the suspects may not be from the Leicestershire area and we are appealing to people living in the East Midlands region to contact us if they recognise any of these men.

We would also like to speak to anyone who may have any information about the incident, it took place during the weekend just before Christmas and we appreciate this was some time ago but hopefully the footage may jog someone’s memory.

Watch the video here.

Terrifying CCTV shows sledgehammer gang raid on flat

Terrifying CCTV footage shows the moment a sledgehammer-wielding gang try to smash their way into a Leicestershire flat - with the owner still inside.

The three men were caught on a high-quality camera repeatedly hitting the door of the flat in Tuckers Road, Loughborough.

Despite several attempts, the resident of the flat managed to keep the men out and they ran off empty handed.

The attack happened at around 7.25pm on December 21 last year. Witnesses or anyone with information are urged to call police on 101.

Clump of hair torn out in attack on teenage girl

Police are hunting a reveller who attacked a teenage girl at a Leicestershire nightclub, tearing out a large clump of hair.

The 18-year-old was leaving Ciro's in Market Street, Ashby, when she was attacked by a woman in a stripy top.

The police are trying to trace a white woman who was wearing a stripy top on the night of the attack
The police are trying to trace a white woman who was wearing a stripy top on the night of the attack Credit: Leicestershire Police

Investigating officers have now released a CCTV image of a woman they would like to speak to about the attack.

Witnesses or anyone who recognises the woman pictured is asked to call police on 101.


Incredible CCTV footage shows caravan crash

Incredible CCTV footage shows an out-of-control caravan snaking wildly across the M1 motorway in Leicestershire before smashing into the roadside barrier.

The footage was released by the Highways Agency ahead of the anticipated Easter getaway, warning of the need to tow vehicles safely.

Figures show that last year in the West Midlands alone, there were 866 incidents involving caravans, trailers and other towed vehicles.

Ninety-minute delays reported on M1 after lorry crash

Delays on the M1 southbound have hit one hour and 30 minutes after two lorries crashed in the early hours of this morning.

The delays on the southbound carriageway this morning
The delays on the southbound carriageway this morning Credit: ITV News Central

The crash happened between J23 A512 (Loughborough) and J22 A50 / A511 (Coalville). Congestion is tailing back to J23a A42.

Diversions are in place, encouraging people to leave the motorway at J23, follow the Hollow Circle symbol signed diversion, via the A512, B591 and the A511 to rejoin at J22.

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