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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 Dominique.Allen@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

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.”

Appeal – Do you recognise this man?

Officers would like to speak to this man in connection with an assault which happened in Station Road, Narborough, on 16 December at around 8.35pm.

A man was hit on the back of his head suffering minor injuries.

If you are the man, recognise the man or have any further information, contact us by phone on 101 quoting incident number 17000549637.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online https://goo.gl/9bQ55y. Your personal details won’t be taken, information isn’t traced or recorded and you will not be required to go to court.

Nine year prison sentence for Thorpe Astley drug dealer

Photo: Scales of JusticeA career drug dealer has been sentenced to nine years in prison after more than £190,000 worth of cocaine and amphetamine was found at the “safe house” he dealt from.

The extent of Darren Guildford’s dealing was uncovered by police when officers raided a property he was linked to in April last year.

The 41-year-old appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Friday (29 January) where he was sentenced to a total of nine years after admitting conspiracy to supply class A drugs and conspiracy to supply class B drugs at an earlier hearing.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Purvis, who led the investigation, said:

“Guildford was a historic and prolific drug dealer – this was his ‘career’ of choice and he lived a lavish lifestyle funded by the earnings of his criminal enterprise.

“Our investigation found that he used a safe house in Leicester as a front for his business where drugs with a street value of about £190,000 were recovered when officers raided the property last year. Cocaine was found hidden in the oven, amphetamine in the fridge, scales and cutting equipment in cupboards. And on the day Guildford was arrested, he had a quantity of drugs stashed in his pockets.

“Officers from East Midlands Special Operations Unit and Leicestershire Police worked collectively to build a strong case against Guildford and as a result of the investigation, his dealing has been brought to an abrupt end and a substantial amount of drugs prevented from reaching the streets.

“Whether it be low level dealing, or highly organised trafficking and distribution, we are committed to tackling all kinds of drug dealing and bringing those responsible to justice.”

Guildford, formerly of Priestman Road, Thorpe Astley, was also charged with the supply of cocaine between April 2012 and April 2015, money laundering and failure to supply a PIN code. These charges are to lie on file.

At the same hearing, Katie Allen, 28, formerly of Priestman Road, Thorpe Astley, was given a two year sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting being concerned in the supply of class A and class B drugs.

A soup-er day in Braunstone

team_photo_1940s.jpeg.340x340_q85An innovative new project to help keep people in Braunstone healthy, safe and secure has been launched at a 1940s tea party.

Braunstone Blues is a team of people that has been set up to help reduce demand and repeat calls to emergency services in Braunstone.

The team of five were officially introduced to the community at a 1940s tea party on Thursday 26th November.

The tea party, held at the Oak Centre, Bendbow Rise, with the theme of how to stay warm this winter for the over 55’s and attracted 115 local residents.

The event started in style as residents were welcomed by 1940s singing and dancing in a room decorated with bunting and props from the era. Guests were later served soup and a roll by members of the team, who wore 1940s emergency services uniform.

Braunstone Blues is a small team of staff from blue light services Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service aimed at reducing the demand placed on emergency services in Braunstone.

Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay said:

“This was a great way to introduce this new innovative team. We need to work with community groups and partners to find better ways to protect communities from harm and to help to reduce demands placed on the emergency services. I can already see that this team has made a real impact on the residents and visitors to the Braunstone estate. In working together we are able to find solutions to problems that, in former times, would never have gone away.”

Braunstone Blues was set up earlier this year following research showing that Braunstone Park and Rowley Fields Ward generated the highest amount of emergency calls for all three of the blue light services for Leicestershire.

Their aim is to create a healthy, safe and secure community by educating and directing residents to appropriate services, by making sure homes are safer using a free home visit service and delivering appropriate campaigns and to reduce the number of emergency calls they receive.

The tea party was about getting the community together in a fun way to educate them on key health and home safety messages that affect older people particularly during the winter.

Andrew Brodie, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, who officially opened the event said:

“This is a fantastic and exciting new initiative. The fire service has been tremendously successful in reducing demand, and fire deaths and injuries. This has largely been due to 15 years of work to educate members of the public and businesses of how to prevent fires and other incidents. We can share this experience with our partners and together work more effectively than ever, to make people of Braunstone and beyond healthier, safer and more secure.”

During the tea party guests were encouraged to speak with members of the Braunstone Blues team. The team also promoted their home visit scheme and encouraged residents to book a free 30 minute visit where they will give advice and information on home and vehicle security, safety in the home, fire and child safety and health and wellbeing.

Hot water bottles with tips on how to keep warm this winter were given out to those that booked a home visit. Braunstone Blues are advising older residents of the following winter warmer tips:

  • keep living rooms to 21°C (70°F) and the rest of the house heated to at least to 18°C (64°F)
  • don’t block up air vents as fires and heaters need ventilation
  • wear layers of clothing to keep warm and wear shoes with good grip to avoid slips and falls
  • draw curtains at dusk to keep the heat in
  • eat at least one hot meal every day and drink plenty of hot drinks
  • use a hot water bottle to keep you warm, but be careful when filling it up
  • make sure you get your flu jab free on the NHS
  • stay active with gentle exercise
  • visit your pharmacy early for advice about coughs and colds
  • stay in contact with friends and family and make sure they are warm and well

Tim Slater, EMAS Divisional General Manager and Paramedic added:

“We welcome the opportunity for us to be involved in this project aimed at keeping the community safe and well, building on our good track record of keeping people out of hospital where appropriate.”

Geoff Stagg, a Braunstone resident attended the 1940s tea party, he said:

“This has been an excellent tea party bringing the three services together. The officers dressed in traditional uniform brought some flare to the event and the singing and dancing has been wonderful. A lot of elderly people really appreciate events like these.”

Braunstone Blues would like to thank B-Connected and Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation for providing the funding and making the event possible.

For more information on Braunstone Blues visit www.leics.police.uk/braunstoneblues.

If you are a resident of Braunstone and would like to book a home visit, leave a voicemail on 07800709802 or email them at braunstone.blues@lfrs.org .