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Leicester man jailed for 6 years after causing death of motorist

A Leicester man who admitted driving dangerously and causing the death of another motorist has been jailed for six years.

Shahid Omar, 28, has been jailed for six years. Credit: Leicestershire Police

Shahid Omar, 28, of Belgrave, Leicester, previously pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol. He was sentenced on 20 July.

Omar also received a ban from driving for three years and will have to take a full re-test before he will be allowed back on the road.

The collision occurred back in 2014 on 6 September, when his car crashed into another vehicle, which was being driven by Harjit Thaliwal, 27, on the A6.

Mr Thaliwal received serious injuries and died on his way to hospital.

Omar and two other people in his car were injured.

The actions of both drivers in those few moments last September resulted in the Thaliwal family losing their loved one and now Omar will begin his six year sentence which will no doubt also have a devastating effect on his family.

“Omar drove his vehicle with alcohol in his system and had no regard for the consequences his actions may have on other road users.

“Drinking and driving does not mix, we are constantly informing the public of the dangers of getting behind the wheel whilst under the influence of alcohol and this is one example of the devastating consequences.

“We hope that Omar’s admission of guilt and the sentence passed yesterday will help the Thaliwal family move on with their lives and assist in putting the events of last September behind them.”

– Detective Sergeant Mark Partridge of the serious collision investigation unit

The investigation revealed that Omar and Mr Thaliwal were racing along the A6 and Omar was also over the legal drink drive limit.


Check your voting details

Leicester City Council is reminding people to check their electoral register details and make sure whether the information that appears on the electoral register for people living at their address is correct.

The exercise is part of Leicester City Council’s annual voter registration canvass.

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The council says households will be receiving a form to make sure the electoral register is up-to-date. It also says that it will mean people not yet registered to vote will be able to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place in May 2016.


Weekend what's on roundup: Wistow Maze

The weekend Leicestershire’s Wistow Maze opens for the summer.

Wistow Maze Credit: Wistow Maze

With England hosting this years Rugby World Cup, the maze has been specially designed in the shape of a Rugby player.

The quiz trail will test visitors’ knowledge on a variety of sports originating in the UK, all whilst searching for hidden clues through the 8-acres of living raise crop.

"Wistow Maze is a brilliant day out that all the family can enjoy whatever their age”

– Diana Brooks, Owner of Wistow Maze

Memorial to take place for MH17 victim

On the first anniversary of the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine, a portrait of Richard Mayne is to be displayed in Leicester Cathedral from today until Sunday.

Flight MH17 arrive at the Eindhoven air base, The Netherlands, 8 November 2014. The plane had arrived from Kharkiv, Ukraine. Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014. Credit: Utrecht Robin/ABACA/Press Association Images

The 20-year-old from Leicester died along with 297 others.

The portrait has been painted by a school friend.

One year on from the tragedy, Richard's family and friends are grateful for the memorial, saying it captures the essence of his 'zest for life'.

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