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A motorcyclist who died following a collision on Melton Road, Lowesby, has been named by police.

John Thorogood was taken to hospital following the collision on the B6047 at 9.43am on Sunday 31 March which involved a black BMW R9 motorcycle and a white VW Transporter campervan. He died later the same day.

Today, Mr Thorogood’s family paid tribute to him.

They said: “You will be sorely missed. Nature is full of patterns which repeat through scales - from the very big to the very small, from atoms, through planets, up to galaxies and beyond we see the largest influence in the centre, holding the structure together. Families are no different. You held us all together, despite all and everything our tempestuous natures threw your way - throughout all the wind, rain and sunshine you remained a solid and steadfast rock of sensibility and integrity.

“Things will never be the same without you, for so many people, as your personality and warmth spread to all those around you - professionally and personally - the echoes of your character and actions will ring out for years to come in the hearts and minds of all those you touched throughout your time here. The full scope of your unexpected, untimely and frankly unbelievable departure will take a long time to set in, as the feeling you'll be home soon persists for everyone here. You will remain forever in our hearts.”

Enquiries are continuing into the incident and officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision.

The motorcycle was travelling towards Twyford and the campervan was travelling in the opposite direction at the time of the incident.

Detective Constable Seamus Burns said: “We are continuing to appeal to speak to anyone who has any information in relation to the incident. Did you witness the collision? Did you see either of the vehicles prior to the collision?

“If you have any dashcam footage from the area at the time, we also urge you to check this and make contact as you could help with the investigation.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1504 Seamus Burns on 101, quoting incident 139 of 31 March.


Operation Lionheart results

Total warrants = 90

Total arrests = 55

Total people charged = 51

Operation Lionheart – update – Friday 19 April

Charges

Charles Wallis, 56, of Moira Street, Loughborough, has been charged with three counts of supplying a class A drug, on 4 June 2018, 1 September 2018 and 18 October 2018. He has also been charged with permitting the use of a premises for supplying class A drugs between 1 June 2018 and 13 November 2018.

Susan Moon, 49, of Moira Street, Loughborough, has been charged with one count of supplying a class A on 24 September 2018 and permitting the use of premises for supplying class A drugs between 1 June 2018 and 13 November 2018. She was also charged with failing to attend an initial assessment to establish whether she was dependent upon or misused a class A drug on 7 March 2019.

John Moon, 47, of Pinfold Gate, Loughborough, has been charged with one count of supplying a class A drug on 26 October 2018.

William Hamilton, 48, of Rutland Street, Loughborough, has been charged with two counts of supplying a class A drug on 27 November 2018.

Scott Smith, 37, of Marshalls Court, Loughborough, has been charged with four counts of supplying a class A drug on 2 September 2018, 5 September 2018, 12 November 2018 and 13 November 2018.

Abdul Kalique, 39, of Good Yards Close, Loughborough, has been charged with two counts of supplying a class A drug on 26 September 2018.

Lyndsey Partridge, 33, of Good Yards Close, Loughborough, has been charged with two counts of supplying a class A drug on 25 September 2018 and two counts of possession with intent to supply a class A drug on 25 September 2018.

Jordan Raybone, 22, of Victoria Street, Loughborough, has been charged with four counts of supplying a class A drug – two counts on 13 August 2018 and two counts on 15 August 2018. He has also been charged with one count of possession with intent to supply a class B drug on 17 April 2019.

Jason Barefoot, 42, of Victoria Street, Loughborough, has been charged with one count of supplying a class A drug on 19 July 2018.

A 17-year-old, from Loughborough, who can’t be named for legal reasons has been charged with two counts of supplying a class A drug on 17 August 2018, one count of possession with intent to supply a class A drug on 17 April 2019 and one count of possession with intent to supply a class B drug on 17 April 2019.


Four members of a gang have been jailed for a total of 30 years after their plot to commit armed robbery was foiled by police.

Two of the would-be robbers, Faruk Suleman, 48, and 44-year-old Craig Whetstone were convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery after a trial at Leicester Crown Court in August.

The remaining two men, Paul Hayes, 42, and 61-year-old Steven Fullerton pleaded guilty at earlier hearings to the charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Today (Thursday 19 April) at Leicester Crown Court, they were sentenced to the following:

  • Suleman, of Uppingham Road, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and sentenced to a further 18 months for fraud and drugs offences.
  • Whetstone, of Stonesby Avenue, was sentenced to five years.
  • Hayes, of Hebden Drive, was sentenced to five years
  • Fullerton, of Tedworth Green, also pleaded guilty to possession of a Section 5 firearm (CS spray) and was sentenced to six years and four months.

A fifth man was found not guilty of conspiracy to robbery.

The gang had set off from the East Midlands during the late afternoon of 26 April this year heading south down the M1 in a Volkswagen Golf. They then took the M69 and the A46 before joining the M40 southbound. Shortly after 8pm they stopped briefly at the Welcome Break Service Station before continuing their journey.

Unbeknown to them, an intelligence-led operation was underway and their plans and movements on that day were being observed. And as they joined the A404 at the junction with the M4 motorway, armed officers made their move, intercepting the Golf and bringing it to a controlled stop.

All five men were arrested at the scene and a search of the vehicle was carried out.

Inside the Golf officers found balaclavas, gloves, cable ties, tape, a hammer, a baseball bat and a number of other weapons including two imitation firearms and a fully-functioning stun gun torch which, despite its insignia, was not a police-issued weapon.

Searches were subsequently carried out at the home addresses of all five men, and further items were seized including more firearms, a stab vest, and an incapacitant spray.

Investigator Emily Sharpe, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), said: “These men were determined to commit a very serious crime.

“Despite extensive enquiries, we have been unable to identify who their intended victim was. That said, I am confident that the diligent work carried out by the investigation team and the actions of the officers involved in the policing operation prevented someone somewhere from being the victim of a very serious attack.

“The outcome of this case should serve as a warning to anyone intent on committing similar crimes that you will be caught and you will be brought to justice.”


Following two weeks of activity, the force has been to 90 addresses to enforce warrants, arrested 55 people and secured charges against 41 of them.

Police officers have been working around the clock to carry out the enforcement activity across locations in the city and counties, tackling County Lines activity and associated wider criminality.

This targeted action follows a significant investment of time gathering information and evidence on people suspected of being involved and identifying those vulnerable people affected.

Gangs and organised crime groups involved in County Lines activity exploit vulnerable people to carry out illegal activities across our county and beyond.

They usually exploit children or vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and money and will use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and encourage the carriage and use of weapons.

Chief Superintendent Adam Streets, head of local policing, said: “This has been a targeted operation with a large number of policing resources involved, all working very long hours to make sure those suspected of being involved in this type of criminality are taken off the streets.

“We have been working very closely with our partners to make sure that we disrupt them using all available opportunities and safeguard those at risk. This type of criminality will be rooted out and this coupled with future activity is ultimately making the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland safer.”

Operation Lionheart results

Total warrants = 90

Total arrests = 55

Total people charged = 41

Operation Lionheart – update – Thursday 18 April

Charges

The below people were arrested on Tuesday (16 April) or the early hours of Wednesday (17 April).

Karim Saiyani, 47, of Dunton Street, Leicester, has been charged with one count of supplying a class A drug.

A 17-year-old boy, from Leicester, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has been charged with one count of supplying a class A drug.

Lee Clayton, 40, of no fixed address, has been charged with one count of possession with intent to supply class B and two counts of supplying class A drugs.

Malgorzata Radawoec, 36, of no fixed address, has been charged with seven counts of supplying class A drugs.

James Jones, 29, of Armadale Drive, Leicester, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class B drugs and one count of supplying a class B drug.

Jonathan Huckerby, 29, of Pevensey Road, Loughborough, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class B drugs and supplying a class B drug.

A 15-year-old boy, from Loughborough, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has been charged with offering to supply a class A drug.

A 62-year-old man, from Loughborough, arrested on suspicion of supplying a class A drug has been released with no further action to be taken.

Gordan Watson, 47, of Barnsdale Close, Loughborough, has been charged with three counts of supplying class A.

Brian Kelsey, 26, of Waterside Close, Loughborough, has been charged with supplying class A drugs.

Andrew Morgan, 33, of Rutland Street, Loughborough, has been charged with supplying class A drugs.

Arrests

These people below were arrested on Wednesday (17 April) or in the early hours of Thursday (18 April). They are all from the Loughborough area.

Seven men, all from Loughborough, have been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs. They are aged: 56, 48, 47, 39, 37, 33 and 26.

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

Two women, aged 33 and 49, from Loughborough, was arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and supplying class A drugs.

A 42-yer-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.