Rupert Matthews, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has moved to reassure communities in Leicester following two recent murders in the city.
Leicestershire Police launched a murder inquiry after an 18-year-old man was found with serious injuries at around 11.45pm on Wednesday 8 September in Melbourne Street in the Spinney Hills area of the city. He was taken to hospital where he sadly died in the early hours of Thursday morning. Both arrests and charges have been made in relation to this incident.
In a separate incident, police were called to an address in Lincoln Street, Leicester, at 5.59pm on Saturday 11 September following a report that a woman in her 50s had been found dead inside a property. An 18-year-old man has since been charged with murder.
Responding to the incidents, Mr Matthews said: “These events are truly tragic and my thoughts and condolences go to the families and friends of those involved.
“These incidents have understandably shocked those living within the close-knit communities of Leicester and are likely to have inflated fear and anxiety. In response, the Force is delivering reassurance patrols and will maintain a strong and visible police presence in the areas affected.
“The investigations into these crimes continue and officers are working hard to bring those responsible for justice. Arrests have been made but enquiries are still ongoing and the Chief Officer Team is making sure I am kept informed of any progress.
“Violence has a serious impact on our communities and the fear of crime in general. The work we do with our key partners and the Violence Reduction Network (VRN) to reduce weapons on our streets and prevent young people from seeing violence as the answer is vital to breaking the cycle.
“Tackling violence and its root causes is a top priority for me and I know from the community meeting I attended on Friday that local people share my concerns and desire for change. I will do everything possible to ensure the right support is in place to encourage vulnerable people to take a different path. It is never too late to change direction – but we need to ensure the opportunities are there.”
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Posted on Tuesday 14th September 2021