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Attack and Potential Assassination Attempt on Gary Concepcion
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|Attack and Potential Assassination Attempt on Gary Concepcion|
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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•Melton Road, Leicester on 20 September 2018
At the time Gary Concepcion was sixteen, had left school earlier that year and was at Wyggesston and Queen Elizabeth I College, a highly academic and prestigious college in Leicester.
He joined Leicestershire Police as a Police Cadet that same month and was subsequently promoted to Head Police Cadet of Leicestershire the following November, less than two months later.
He had been Chairman of Leicester City’s Youth Council and a DJ/Radio Presenter. He was the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire’s Young Person of the Year in the Young Braveheart Category in April 2017 and became an Honoured Citizen of Leicester ‘for his Act of Bravery’ in August 2012, being awarded by the Lord Mayor of Leicester.
Gary Concepcion had left home on his bike to travel to a nearby all night 24 hour garage for food at around 1:20am. It was around a 5 minute journey. As he left the garage on his way home he was set upon by an adult make unknown to him.
He was repeatedly punched in the head and face and fully throttled twice. The male threatened Concepcion that he was going to stab him and reached into his pocket rummaging around. Concepcion managed to fight back and break free to which then the male chased him.
Concepcion rang 999 as soon as he was free and whilst he was still being chased to which the operator said that there were no police available at the time and to just ‘run home’.
Concepcion was left with lumps on his head and clearly visible and deep scratches on and around his neck. He was taken to hospital by Ambulance.
Police visited Concepcion in the evening on the same day to take a statement from him on the incident.
Enquiries followed which were questionable in terms of speed and thoroughness insofar as available CCTV not being checked.
Response from the Police
The police subsequently closed the case due to ‘not receiving any significant leads and not being able to identify any witnesses or potential suspects.’ The incident was said to be ‘closed pending any further information according to a Detective Sergeant from the Neighbourhood Investigation Unit of Leicestershire Police.
The Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner The Right Honourable Nobel and Learned Baron Lord Bach, the elected Head of the Police said in a letter to Gary Concepcion and his Mum, Ruth Bishop that he was ‘appalled to hear of Gary’s experience whilst riding his bike on Melton Road’, that he understood the ‘impact it has had’ on them both and he shared their ‘concern’ about the ‘horrible incident.’
In the media and news
The incident was featured in local and national news highlighting the severity and potential intent of the attack and the perceived failure on the part of the Police in some respects to act accordingly and in a reasonable and proper time frame and manner, hence possibly impeding an arrest and possible conviction and ultimately proportionate justice.
Further on in the future
Gary Concepcion was promoted to Head Police Cadet less than two months after joining Leicestershire Police and just a few weeks after the attack he sustained and encountered.
He was nominated for and is a Finalist again for the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire’s Young Person of the Year Award in the new and inaugural Young Leader of the Year Category as well as in his old Young Braveheart of the Year Category.
/ Gary Concepcion’s Attack - Leicester Mercury - 24 November 2018
- "Gary Concepcion's Attack". Leicester Mercury. 24 November 2018.