Further arrest made in Megan Bannister investigation

Officers investigating the death of 16-year-old Megan Bannister have released the man arrested as part of their ongoing investigation.

The 34-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday 17 May on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He has been released from custody under investigation.

Detectives launched the investigation following the discovery of a body in a car on Sunday 14th May.

Megan Bannister’s body was found following a collision between a car and a motorbike, in Desford Road, Enderby, at around 11.45am.

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Rutland County Council selects Casepak to continue delivering quality recycling services

Casepak, one of the UK’s leading recycling companies with sites in Enderby and Braunstone, has been awarded a three year contract to process 3,800 tonnes per annum of Rutland County Council’s mixed dry recyclables.

Rutland County Council put the contract to process the county’s dry mixed recyclables out for tender earlier this year, and Casepak won following a competitive selection process.

The contract, which started at the beginning of May 2017, will continue for a period of three years.

Casepak started its partnership with Rutland County Council in 2011, and the latest deal will see it continue through to 2020.

Dave Brown, Director for Places (Environment, Planning and Transport) at Rutland County Council, said:

“We are pleased to be working with Casepak on what is an important service area for the Council. Rutland is consistently ranked among the top performing local authorities in the country when it comes to recycling and we’re confident our partnership with Casepak will allow us to carry on this good performance.”

As part of the contract, Casepak will process a variety of waste materials including glass bottles and jars, paper, cardboard, metal packaging, aluminium foil, plastic packaging (excluding black plastics), plastic bottles and cartons, and household batteries.

Recyclable materials will be collected through a co-mingled kerbside collection from nearly 17,000 homes in Rutland. Rutland currently boasts a 59% recycling rate.

Georgina Cullen, Business Development Director at Casepak, commented:

“We are delighted to continue our long-standing and valued relationship with Rutland County Council. Over the past six years, Casepak has helped the council to exceed its recycling targets and it is very encouraging to see Rutland consistently among the top performing local authorities for recycling.”

The collected recyclables will be taken to Casepak’s £21 million MRF (Material Recycling Facility) located on the Braunstone Frith Industrial Estate, Leicester, where it will be sorted and processed.

Casepak’s MRF has the capacity to process up to 150,000 tonnes of material each year, recovering 95% of the material processed.

The MRF has exceeded standards set by the Code of Practice and produces Technically, environmentally and Economically Practicable compliant outputs.

Casepak continue to work with Rutland County Council

Casepak continue to work with Rutland County Council

For more information please visit www.casepak.co.uk

 

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Leicestershire Police launch Safe Pass campaign

Leicestershire Police have launched a campaign aimed at getting motorists to put safety first when they are overtaking cyclists.

The Safe Pass campaign uses a video to demonstrate safe and unsafe overtaking and emphasises the vulnerability of cyclists, whatever their age or ability.

It is endorsed by racing and Olympic gold medal cyclist Chris Boardman, MBE.

Narrated by 14 year old police cadet Keira Pibworth, who was also involved in the filming, the 90 second video has been timed to coincide with the run-up to school holidays, when more cyclists will take to the roads for leisure or because they are cycling to work during better weather.

Safe Pass is available via the force website and social media, leading up to a fortnight’s enforcement in early July, when officers wearing body cameras will covertly film motorists overtaking them as they cycle around various locations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Motorists who pass too close will be pulled over by other officers, to discuss what was wrong with their overtaking.

Inspector Paul Crewe said:

“Providing motorists with the information they need to make a safe pass is a crucial part of this campaign. Our aim is to make the roads safer for cyclists by educating motorists about the distances they need to leave when overtaking, as well as getting them to think about the risks involved before they start to pull out.

“It appears that most instances of dangerous overtaking are going unreported, which helps to explain why we don’t have an accurate picture of how big the problem is. However, nationally there is a growing awareness of the problem and we have a responsibility to inform and warn motorists of the dangers and potential penalties involved.”

Chris Boardman, who is also British Cycling policy advisor, said:

“It’s great to see Leicestershire Police launch this initiative. Close pass education projects such as this are becoming the norm rather than the exception within police forces across the country, and are extremely useful to explain that cyclists are not just obstacles in the road to get around but people – sons, daughters, mothers and fathers.

“Bad driving affects us all no matter how we choose to travel and this sends a message that people’s safety is being taken seriously.”

Photo: Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman explains how to safely overtake cyclists

The force is currently looking into the most effective way for cyclists to be able to submit film of dangerous overtaking and will publish further details over the next few weeks.

The recommended distance motorists should leave between their vehicle and the cyclist they are overtaking is 1.5 metres – about a car’s width or at least the space between the cyclist (should they fall into the road) and their nearside wheel.

Motorists are also advised to consider the road condition as it will help them to understand why cyclists may appear to ride further away from the curb than expected, for example, uneven grid-covers or dangerous rubbish in the curb.

Motorists who are proven to persistently overtake too closely, or who cause injury or death could face prosecution for dangerous driving.

The maximum penalties are:

  • causing death by dangerous driving – custodial sentence of up to 14 years
  • causing death by careless driving – custodial sentence of up to five years.
[Source & Video: Leicestershire Constabulary | Boardman Photo: ‘Cyclist‘]
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Woman found dead in car named as 16-year-old Megan Bannister

Police have named the young woman whose body was found in the back of a car after it crashed into a motorcycle.

The deceased has been named as 16-year-old schoolgirl Megan Bannister, from Leicester.

Megan Bannister

Megan Bannister

Her body was discovered on the back seat of a black Vauxhall Astra in Desford Road, Enderby, at 11.45am on Sunday.

In a statement released through Leicestershire Police, the family said:

“Megan was our beautiful, talented, loving daughter and sister, and our hearts have been utterly broken by her death.

“The thought of life without Megan is impossible to imagine, and we cannot adequately express in words the sense of numbness and overwhelming grief we feel at her loss.

“She was bright, clever, and a responsible person who loved her family and her many friends.

“She had a strong self-will and had set her heart on training to becoming a midwife.

“Knowing how confident and determined she was, we have no doubt she would have realised that dream.

“As a family, we are doing our best to support one another at this harrowing time, and would respectfully ask that we are left alone to grieve in private without intrusion.”

An initial post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests are being conducted to find out exactly how Megan died, Leicestershire Police said this evening.

However, her death is not believed to have been the result of a road traffic collision, it added.

Two men from Leicester, aged 27 and 28, remain in custody tonight and are being questioned on suspicion of murder.

[Source inc. photo: Leicester Mercury]

See also: Murder investigation launched  |  Woman killed in crash between car and motorcycle in Enderby  (EYE 15/5/17)

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Murder investigation launched

UPDATED 15/5/17

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a body in a car yesterday (14 May).

The body of a female was found following a collision between a car and a motorbike, in Desford Road, Enderby, at around 11.45am.

Following a post mortem examination, enquiries are ongoing to ascertain the cause of death. However it is not consistent with a road traffic collision.

Formal identification of the deceased has not yet taken place.

Two men, aged 27 and 28 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in custody, where they are being questioned by detectives.

See also: Woman killed in crash between car and motorbike in Enderby (EYE 14/5/17)

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