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Plea for family members of WW1 serving officers to get in touch

Leicestershire police is marking the centenary of the First World War during a Remembrance Day memorial event at Force Headquarters on Friday 9 November 2018.

Photo: Poppy on radiator grille
Photo: Leicestershire Constabulary

Surviving family members of serving Leicestershire police officers who lost their lives while on duty during the first and second world wars are being invited to attend the event as guests of Leicestershire police.

The Force are trying to trace descendants of 21 officers from the city, county and Rutland that died as a result of the war.

If you were related to one of the officers, or know someone that was, please contact Dominique Allen, Benevolent Fund Treasurer, via

City WW1

PC. W.A BAILEY – Royal Horse Artillery

PC J BRIGGS – Mounted Military Police

PC J COBLEY – West Yorkshire Regiment

PC R HAZELWOOD – Grenadier Guards

PC. F HUTSON – Royal Marine Artillery

PC. E.M MADDOCK MM- Royal Horse Artillery

PC G.A MANTON – Coldstream Guards

PC A.W OSBORN – Leicestershire Regiment

PC T PERCIVAL – Leicestershire Regiment

PC A.E REEVES – Leicestershire Regiment

PC. W WOODWARD – Royal Marine Artillery


PC Arthur PREW – Rank Private – Number 29092 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC Percy SMITH – Rank Gunner – Number 29117 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC Colin BRAMMAL – Rank Sergeant – Number L/28853 served with A Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC John DRIVER – Rank Gunner – Number L/29804 served with D Battery 46th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC Charles SMITH – Rank Corporal – number L/29119 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC T GRAINGER – Rank Lance Corporal – Leicestershire Regiment

PC L HENSON – Rank Lance Corporal – Coldstream Guards

PC E WAKEFIELD – Rank Private – Leicestershire Regiment

PC. Joseph WALKER – Rank Gunner – Royal Garrison Artillery

Chief Constable Simon Cole, Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon, Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham, police officers and staff will also be in attendance to pay their respects.

Mr Cole comments: “It is important to the force to mark the centenary commemorations. We hold a gathering every year in our memorial garden to commemorate Remembrance Day but there is a different significance this year.

“We are extending the invitation to the families of those fallen officers to join us as a way of expressing our gratitude and solidarity for their bravery and sacrifice. We are pleased to have already been in contact with ten families who have said they would like to join us – making the event even more poignant.”

H.O.P.E. programme offered to people after their cancer treatment


From July 2018 Leicester’s Hospitals are launching free six-week courses which could help cancer patients to get more out of life.

The Help to Overcome Problems Effectively (H.O.P.E) programme – is a health and lifestyle coaching course to support people after their cancer treatment.

Developed by Coventry University and Macmillan Cancer Support the course is an accredited self-help programme.

The course aims to help people to take control, boost confidence and teach relaxation techniques.

Jane Pickard, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse said: “We are delighted to be able to offer H.O.P.E courses.

“For some people going back into their everyday routine after finishing cancer treatment can feel daunting.

“It’s all about bringing people together; stress management and helping people feel more confident and face the future. These courses are a way to help people feel more like themselves again.”

Each course takes place over 6 weeks in weekly 2½ hour sessions. People interested in attending the course can contact their keyworker or the Macmillan Information and Support Centre directly.

Courses start in July at the Macmillan Information and Support Centre, Leicester Royal Infirmary.

For more information, contact Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre on 0116 258 6189 or visit:

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – Smith Way, Enderby

Smith Way, Enderby

Leicestershire County Council Highways has updated its information regarding the agreed Temporary Traffic Regulation Order at Smith Way, Enderby.

The EYE originally reported the closure for 19th/20th May, but this was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances (EYE news item May 17th). 

Leicestershire County Council have now issued a revised notice.

The temporary road closure on Smith Way from the junction with Leicester
Lane will be for approximately 100 metres in a northerly direction.

Smith Way will be closed from 19.30 hours on Saturday 16th June 2018 until 06.00 hours on Monday 18th June, 2018.

The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public
safety for North Midland Construction to carry out carriageway resurfacing
work and construct a new access to the new development on the corner of
Smith Way and Leicester Lane.

The proposed alternative diversion route will be via:-
Leicester Lane, B582 Blaby Road, B4114 St Johns, B4114 Narborough
Road South, A563 Lubbesthorpe Way, Penman Way, Smith Way, Enderby
and vice versa.

Diversion route

Closure extents diagram

Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

For further information please contact
Leicestershire County Council Highways Tel: 0116 305 0001

PCC to host city centre “talk back” event

PCC Lord Willy Bach

People enjoying the entertainment on offer during the night-time economy are being invited to share their thoughts on public safety and policing at a special city centre policing roadshow hosted by Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach and Chief Constable Simon Cole.

The PCC and Chief Constable are keen to hear what local people, including the thousands of pub and club frequenters in the city, think about crime and how safe they feel on a night out.

Manjit Atwal

They will be joined by Neighbourhood Policing Commander Insp Manjit Atwal, police volunteers and city-based Neighbourhood Policing Officers in the What Matters to You event on Friday 15th June.

They will answer questions from residents about local problems and the community safety work underway to reduce harm.


The roadshow will run from 7.30pm until 10pm at the Clock Tower/Humberstone Gate area to capture the opinions of those enjoying a night out in the city centre.

“It’s important everyone gets the chance to have their say about crime and policing which is why we’re holding this special roadshow at night-time,” explained Willy Bach.

“The city centre is a vibrant and bustling place and I’m determined that people continue to enjoy a night out without fear of crime, violence or antisocial behaviour. I’m keen to hear what people think.”

Council and businesses pitch in during volunteer week

[Photo: Blaby District Council]

Over 500 hours of volunteering has been gifted to local voluntary groups during the second annual Blaby District Council Community Volunteer Week.

19 organisations from all over the local area will benefit from 115 Council employees joining volunteers in contributing to the district. Following the huge demand of last year’s event, the scheme has been extended to a fortnight, with more projects taking place this week.

Over forty volunteers from local business and partners have also contributed. Kirby Muxloe Primary School were visited by Everards Brewery, Leicester Marriott Hotel helped out at Danemill Primary School, whilst Everyone Active and Supporting Leicestershire Families volunteered at Thurlaston Primary School.

A huge range of tasks have been undertaken so far, including weeding and manure shovelling at Community Harvest Whetstone, helping serve food at the Commbus Lunch Club and leafleting for the Sapcote Good Neighbour Scheme.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said: “Our second Community Volunteer Week has been another major success, giving Council colleagues the chance to make a huge contribution to the local area. We are all very proud to have such a successful scheme.

“We are also particularly pleased to see our local businesses, Leicester Marriott Hotel, Everards and Everyone Active taking part too, and shows their commitment to their corporate social responsibility and being a part of the Blaby District community.”

Stephen Gould, Managing Director of Everards, said: “We were delighted to get involved with Volunteer Week. Pubs are at the heart of local communities so it’s natural for us to contribute in initiatives like this.

“As an independent, family business we are linked to a number of local causes as are the Everard family. We had a great day supporting the school which is local to our Glenfield base and the students seemed to approve of our work!”

Huncote Community Library were one of the early voluntary groups to receive help, with the Health & Leisure team pitching in to clear an overgrown area and improve access to the library. Treasurer Hilary Comyn said: “The four volunteers have done a marvellous job. They were enthusiastic even though it was hard work!

“This had needed doing for a long time and I’m not sure it would have been completed without the help of the volunteers.”

For more information about Community Volunteer Week visit or email

The 19 projects who have benefitted from Community Volunteer Week:

Active Arts
Commbus Project
Community Harvest Whetstone
Countesthorpe Leysland Community College
Croft Happy Circle
Danemill Primary School
Foston Flower Festival at St Bartholomew’s Church
Greenfield Primary School
Huncote Community Library
Kirby Muxloe Primary School
Narborough & District Bowling & Social Club
Narborough & Littlethorpe Community Library
Our Space (Lunch Club)
Sapcote Good Neighbour Scheme
St Mary’s Church, Elmesthorpe
Support for Carers
Thistly Meadow Primary School
Thurlaston Primary School
Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme