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‘Lock up and light up’ – that’s the message from Leicestershire Police as the winter months draw in and nights fall darker.

Today (Monday 22 October) the force has launched its annual Darker Nights campaign aimed at providing tips and advice to residents on how to prevent their homes from being targeted by thieves.

Burglaries tend to peak throughout October, November, December and January and as the clocks go back on Sunday (28 October) communities within Leicestershire are being encouraged to review their home security.

Leicestershire Police’s Inspector Simon Preston said: “The message around this campaign is really simple and clear… Lock up Light up.

“This time of year we routinely see an annual spark in burglary. Alongside ongoing operations delivered by the force, we are advising everybody to think about the security of their home and follow our crime prevention advice.

“Leaving a house in darkness acts as an open invite to thieves so make sure your home is locked up and lit up as the evenings get darker.”

Our advice to residents is:

• Be pro-active by having good window locks and strong deadlocks on doors and locks on garden sheds

• Always lock doors behind you and remove the key from the lock. Hide keys away from doors along with other valuables including handbags, car keys and cash

• Consider investing in light timers which are inexpensive, widely accessible and give the impression someone is home. You can buy light timers at most DIY stores and ensure they are set for the hours you will be out during the evening

• If you’re going on holiday or away for a long period of time, avoid posting about being away on social media and tell a trusted neighbour how long you will be away for

• And, always ask yourself: Is it locked up? Is it lit up? Is it secure?

The Darker Nights campaign also focuses on business theft too with most store break-ins occurring at night as the darker evenings provide burglars with more opportunity to break into businesses.

The same safety messages are being applied to business owners as shops and warehouses also need to be locked up and lit up this winter. Outside lighting can act as a deterrent and it is a good idea to floodlight all entrances to building and alleyways.

For further information on how to protect your home or business from burglars visit our website or follow #lockuplightup on Twitter.

A drug-dealer who went on the run for more than a year has pleaded guilty to drugs offences.

Adnan Khan, 31, admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs - cocaine and heroin - in November and December 2016, when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Friday 19 October). He also pleaded guilty to possessing a mobile phone while in prison.

At a previous hearing on 4 June, Khan pleaded guilty to:

  • One count of possession of heroin with intent to supply in April 2018
  • One count of possession of cocaine with intent to supply in April 2018
  • One count of aggravated vehicle taking in December 2016
  • One count of failing to stop for police in December 2016
  • One count of dangerous driving in December 2016
  • One count of driving without insurance in December 2016
  • One count of driving a vehicle without a valid MOT in December 2016
  • One count of failing to appear at magistrates’ court in January 2017

Khan, of no fixed address, was first arrested in December 2016 when he tried to flee from officers in his car, but was apprehended soon after. When the vehicle was searched officers found a quantity of cannabis. Earlier on the same day, an associate of Khan’s was also stopped in a car by police.

Officers carried out searches of the associate’s car and flat and they found a total of 1.5kg of cocaine, crack cocaine, cutting agents and £46,000 in cash. An investigation undertaken by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) forensically linked Khan to both the drugs and cash.

After being charged, Khan failed to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court in January 2017 but was located and arrested at an address in Syston in April this year.

When he was found, officers discovered 372g of heroin and 185g of cocaine in the property, as well as nearly £3,000 in cash.

EMSOU investigator Hazel Score said: “The amount of heroin and cocaine that were found when Khan was arrested, together with the latex gloves and packaging, was a clear indication that the drugs were destined for the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and beyond.

“Despite managing to avoid police for more than a year, Khan couldn’t help himself from pursuing a life of crime. But he was unaware that he’d inadvertently linked himself to the first seizure of drugs, with his hair found in one of the bags of cocaine.

“It is a credit to our officers that their investigation has led to Khan’s conviction today.”

Khan will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on a date to be fixed in November.