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Senior Leicestershire Police Officers awarded Queen's Police Medal.

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Two senior Leicestershire Police officers have been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in the New Year’s Honours List.

Deputy Chief Constable Simon Edens and former Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Steph Morgan will receive the new years honour within 2015.

Former Chief Constable Matt Baggott will also receive a knighthood.

On being notified of the award, Mr Edens said: “I am absolutely delighted and humbled to receive this honour. This is not just recognition for me, but for a lot of people in the course of my career which has spanned almost 34 years.

“I would like to pay tribute to colleagues in the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, West Mercia Police, and of course Leicestershire Police. I particularly want to thank all the officers who have worked with me in the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). I have immense pride in being a police officer. I am passionate about the purpose of policing, which is to keep people safe from harm.”

Ms Morgan said: “I’m very proud and honoured to receive the QPM. I was lucky enough to serve in two of the best Forces in the Country and learnt from some wonderful role models who encouraged me to be the best I could be. The police leaders and colleagues I’ve worked with have put service before self and communities have always come first. I like to think I’ve learnt from them during the course of my career.”

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “I am delighted that the achievements of both Simon and Steph are being recognised with a Queen’s Police Medal.

“Simon has displayed outstanding leadership while at Leicestershire Police and has been the driving force behind not only our change programme but also the introduction of the Code of Ethics.

“On the national stage, he has lead pieces of work for Association of Chief Police Officers on anti-social behaviour – a key issue for many local communities and one recently acknowledged by the inspectorate as having seen improvement nationally.

“Throughout her career, Steph has been a powerful advocate for local policing and partnership working and has continued to be so in her current role as an advisor to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

“During her time at Hampshire and here at Leicestershire Police, she lead the way in ensuring policing is inclusive of all, particularly in relation to the LGBT communities and it is great to see this acknowledged.”

“It is also great to see Matt Baggott’s achievements in policing recognised with a knighthood. Matt’s legacy in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is still evident in our neighbourhood-style policing, for which he has been recognised locally and nationally.

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Girl aged 8 who was stabbed to death named as Mylee Billingham

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A little girl who was tragically stabbed to death has been named as 8-year-old Mylee Billingham.

Police responded to a domestic related incident near Walsall and sadly discovery Mylee seriously injured.

Despite frantic efforts by police, paramedics and doctors nothing could be done to save Mylee.

Cops immediately arrested a man aged 54 in connection with her murder.

Sadly Mylee was found with life threatening injuries at a property in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday night, and died a short time later in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the man was also taken to hospital with a stab wound to the stomach.

The 54-year-old man who was arrested remains in a “critical” condition and will Be question “in due course” in relation to the murder of 8 year old Mylee.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with Mylee’s death.

Our thoughts are with Mylee’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Girl 8 stabbed to dead in Walsall, West Midlands

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Police have launched a murder investigation after an 8 year old girl was stabbed to death near Walsall.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested following the attack overnight in Brownhills.

Cops responded to a 999 call at 9.15pm to reports of a disturbance at the address on arrival they found a girl with serious injuries.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly nothing could be done to save her this girls injuries were too serious and she died a short time later.”

The 54-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for a stab wound to his stomach.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death.

“Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.”

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Parents warned after hooded man follows and grabs second child in 24 hours

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Chilling CCTV footage has been released of what is believed to be an attempted abduction of a schoolgirl aged 11 just 24 hours after another school girl reported that she was approached and grabbed by a man as she walked to school in north Manchester.

Police are linking both incidents are warning parents to remain vigilant after a second child was grabbed walking to school.

CCTV footage shows a young girl being approached by a stranger in the street, police have now launched an investigation after the girl was followed and grabbed.

The girl managed to fight off the man and break free before she raised the alarm on Acre Top Road. She escaped unharmed.

The incident happened at 8.30am on Wednesday, January 10th as the girl walked to school. Police are also investigating another incident in which another schoolgirl was grabbed near Sainsbury’s on Middleton Road by the Heaton Park roundabout, was also reported the day before, the school said.

Crab Lane Primary School, in Higher Blackley, released a letter to parents warning that a stranger had attempted to grab a school girl on her way into school ‘The matter was reported to police immediately and the child was able to give a good description,’ the letter from headteacher Pat Adams said.

‘The police have informed us that a similar incident occurred near the Sainsbury’s, by the Heaton Park roundabout, the day before. ‘The police suspect that the two incidents are connected, given the short distance between them and the fact that both girls gave a similar description of the man in question.

‘As of yet, the police have not located this man. Therefore, please take extra precautions to remind your children of ‘stranger danger’ and the importance of being vigilant when on the streets without an adult.’

Police have said the suspect is described as a white man of slim build aged in his 30s he has blond hair and a blue jacket.

Thankfully both children managed to break free, Police are now warning parents to be on their guard and request that children walk in groups of two on their way to and from school.

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