Policing news

The following are a selection of articles concerning the police that were featured on BBCI over the past week:-

Policing News

Blackburn would-be car thief attacks man

A man was attacked in a "vicious and sustained assault" when he tried to stop a would-be thief breaking into cars. The 37-year-old victim was found lying injured in Parkes Way, Blackburn shortly before midnight, Lancashire Police said. He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital with cuts to the face and a possible jaw fracture. Lancashire Police have appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

Greenheys Gardens death: Man charged with Kay Diamond murder

A man has been charged with murder after the body of a woman was discovered at a Liverpool flat. Kay Diamond, 44, was found dead at Greenheys Gardens, Sefton Park Road, Toxteth on Saturday morning. A post-mortem test found she died from blunt force trauma to the head. Anthony Blye, 52, of Greenheys Gardens, is due to appear before South Sefton magistrates later. A 48-year-old man, previously held on suspicion of murder, has been released without charge.

Pragaret Singh and Kieran McGrath: Crimewatch appeal over murders

Police investigating the murder of two men who were shot with the same gun will make an appeal for public help on the BBC's Crimewatch programme later. Manchester shopkeeper Pragaret Singh, 35, was shot on 31 October 2014 - three weeks after 26-year-old Kieran McGrath was killed in Ashton-Under-Lyne. Detectives said tests showed the same pistol was used in both shootings. Police do not believe the victims are connected, but it is thought the weapon may have been passed between criminals. A £25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to successful convictions.

Kelly Sotherton's stolen gold medal appeal on Crimewatch

The theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal belonging to athlete Kelly Sotherton is set to feature on BBC's Crimewatch. The former heptathlete and 400m runner and her family were asleep when the burglary took place in Sutton Coldfield overnight on 17 February. The burglars also took nine AAA British medals, about six Island Games medals and other items including a computer. Sotherton 38, said the burglary was "really unnerving". She had appealed for help in finding the medal on Twitter.

Ex-police officer Alan Saffery from Hereford jailed after child abuse

An ex-police officer has been jailed for 12 years for multiple counts of sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. Alan Saffery, 61, of Spinney Grove, Hereford, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault and two counts of sex with a girl under the age of 13. Saffery was cleared of two counts of rape of a girl under the age of 16 on a second alleged victim. He was convicted at Worcester Crown Court on two counts of making indecent photographs of children in 2013. Judge Robert Juckes QC told the former West Mercia officer that his job was to protect members of the community, not to abuse them. The force said the offences were reported to officers by the victim during another investigation. "Outwardly, Saffery was a respected police officer and an upstanding member of the community. However, behind closed doors he was a dangerous sexual predator who took advantage of a young girl," Det Insp Richard Rees said. "Today his past has caught up with him."

Man charged after six Ludlow police vehicles have their tyres slashed

A man has been charged with criminal damage after tyres were slashed on police vehicles parked at Ludlow police station in Shropshire. Four cars and two vans parked at the station in Lower Galdeford were damaged at about 03:35 GMT on 19 February. The 32-year-old man from Wolverhampton has also been charged with burglary and attempted burglary, West Mercia Police said. He is due to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday.

Tunstall flat death: Man, 47, charged with the murder of a woman

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Stoke-on-Trent. The body of 38-year-old Lindsay Hughes was found in a flat in Furlong Road, Tunstall, on Friday morning, police said. A post-mortem examination found the cause of death was blunt-force trauma and compression of the neck. Peter Plant, 47, of Furlong Road, Tunstall, will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Monday, Staffordshire Police said. Ms Hughes' family said in a statement: "Lindsay was a beautiful daughter; her children loved her and we as her family were not able to say goodbye. "All we ask is that we are allowed to mourn our loss in peace."

Crime commissioner Tony Hogg to spend £500,000 on move

The crime commissioner in Devon and Cornwall will spend £500,000 on relocating his offices to police headquarters, the BBC has learned. Commissioner Tony Hogg previously said such a move would not be "appropriate" because of his need for independence. A Labour councillor said she was "astonished" by the cost involved The commissioner's office said the move represented "value for money" and independence from the force would be maintained. Mr Hogg currently rents office space at Pynes Hill Business Park in Exeter, which costs approximately £100,000 a year. In 2016, when the lease runs out the commissioner plans to move less than a mile to the Middlemoor complex, where the chief constable and senior officers are based.

Swindon illegal rave-raid police officers attacked

Four police officers were injured when bricks and missiles were thrown during an illegal rave attended by several hundred people in Wiltshire. One officer suffered concussion when he was struck with a brick at the eight-hour event, which led to five arrests. Wiltshire Police was called to the River Ray industrial estate in Swindon shortly after 01:00 GMT. Five people were detained, four of them for public order offences and one for assaulting a police officer. The injured officer was later taken to hospital. The other three - including a dog handler - were treated at the scene.

Ferrari 458 supercar seized by police on M40

A £200,000 Ferrari has been seized by police because the driver did not have a valid licence. Thames Valley Police impounded the supercar on the M40 in Oxfordshire, near Junction 9 at Bicester, after pulling the driver over following reports of a speeding sports car. A spokesman subsequently tweeted: "No licence no #Ferrari." Social media users responded with amusement, with Ebayjo68 tweeting: "Is it bad that this made me chuckle?" The Ferrari 458 was bearing German number plates when it was stopped. In a statement, police said: "Officers pulled over a Ferrari 458... at 09:15 GMT, after receiving reports that a car had been driving quickly up the motorway. "It transpires the driver had no licence, so the car was seized and he was dropped off at the nearest point of safety. "He was reported for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence."

Ex-Cambridgeshire Police chaplain Stephen Talbot jailed

A former chaplain with Cambridgeshire Police who admitted making and possessing indecent images of children has been jailed for 15 months. Stephen Talbot, 63, from Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, also admitted perverting the course of justice. Talbot was made the subject of a sexual offenders' prevention order and told to pay £500 costs by a judge at Cambridge Crown Court. He admitted both charges during a hearing last month.