Policing news

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

Policing News

Met Police to answer undercover officer sex claims

The Metropolitan Police has agreed to reveal whether two men had relationships with women while working as undercover police officers. It has so far refused to say whether the men worked for police because of a general policy of keeping identities of undercover officers secret. But the force has now decided to comply with a High Court ruling which ordered it to admit or deny their involvement. The officers were known by the aliases "Jim Sutton" and "Bob Robinson". Three women are suing the force for deceit, assault and negligence over relationships they allegedly had with the pair. The High Court deadline for accepting the terms of its ruling expires on Wednesday and the Met said that it did not intend to appeal and would comply with the judgment.

Staffordshire Police pulls out of West Midlands partnership work

Staffordshire Police has pulled out of a two-year partnership with West Midlands Police working on witness care and preparing court cases. It said the collaboration did not represent value for money. West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims said he was "disappointed" by the decision. Plans for the forces to share armed response, dog support and training, tactical planning and roads policing were abandoned last year. Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said the decision had been taken after a review into services. "[The review] over the last few months has shown little or no benefits from the partnership set up between the two criminal justice teams," he said. "Any collaboration with other forces or organisations must be the right fit and the benefits must be very strong for Staffordshire people." The two forces would continue to work together on motorway policing, firearms licensing, collision investigation and legal services, he said. Mr Sims said: "I am aware that a recent review of the arrangement highlighted some opportunity for further improvement and integration but I am confident that, given time, we would have been able to find solutions to these issues."

Ex-Liverpool policeman jailed for child sex offences

A retired police sergeant has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of child sex offences. Griffith Barker, 79, of Primrose Lane, Oswestry, Shropshire, was convicted of 23 offences at Liverpool Crown Court. He had denied the offences, committed in the 1960s and 1970s, which involved attempted rape, indecent assaults and gross indecency with a child. Barker, who retired from the Liverpool and Bootle Constabulary in the 1970s, was jailed on Friday. 'Significant risk to children' He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life after being found guilty of the offences against two children. Det Insp Lisa Mahon, of Merseyside Police, said: "This has been a protracted and lengthy inquiry and I am pleased that the sentencing reflects the serious nature of the offending committed by Barker. "I believe that he poses a significant risk to children and the fact that he is now in custody will help protect other potential victims. "The officers involved in this investigation worked tirelessly to recover evidence and managed the victims and witnesses in the case with extreme professionalism and sensitivity. "Any investigation of this type relies heavily on the victims and I would personally like to thank them for showing such bravery."

Man charged after Kent police officer hit by car in Larkfield

A man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a police officer was hit by a car which failed to stop. The Tonbridge-based officer was carrying out a routine vehicle stop in Larkfield, Kent, on Saturday when he was hit by a VW Golf. He was taken to a London hospital, where his condition remains serious but stable. Lewis Goldswain, 27, is due to appear before Medway Magistrates' Court later. Mr Goldswain, of Vicarage Road in Halling, was originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after voluntarily attending Maidstone police station on Sunday. He was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Monday, Kent Police said.

Man dies after Haywards Heath arrest, Sussex Police say

A man has died after being arrested by Sussex Police. The 32-year-old was detained and put in a police van in Ryecroft, Haywards Heath, just before midnight on Saturday. After becoming unwell, he was taken out of the van and given CPR. He was taken to hospital where he later died. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has started an investigation and the coroner has been notified, Sussex Police said. A post-mortem examination would be carried out later, the IPCC said. Anyone who witnessed the incident in Ryecroft or who saw police officers with the man, is asked to contact the IPCC.

Ashley Lindo jailed after high-speed police pursuit in Middlesbrough

A driver who knocked down and killed a boy on a footpath eight years ago is back in custody after he admitted leading police on a high-speed pursuit. Ashley Lindo, 24, reached speeds of up to 60mph in a 20mph zone, Teesside Crown Court heard. Lindo, of Orwell Street, Middlesbrough, admitted dangerous driving in the town and was jailed for 18 months. He spent 18 months in a young offenders' institution after killing Daniel Conroy-Curtin, eight, in 2006. Daniel died from brain injuries after being hit by a stolen car that Lindo was driving.

Man dies in Newcastle from suspected drug-taking

A man has died from a suspected "fatal reaction" to a drug taken at a party in Newcastle, police have said. The 18-year-old was found disoriented in the street by police, who were called to Pinewood Close at 13:40 BST after concerns were raised for his welfare. He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he later died. Police believe his death may be linked to a drug he may have taken at a party on Monday night. Officers are urging anyone else who might have taken drugs at the party on Stuart Court to go to hospital immediately before contacting the police. Ch Insp Peter Bent from the Northumbria force said: "The initial police investigation indicates that he may have taken some kind of drug and that he has had a fatal reaction to the substance. "We do not yet know what he has taken or if anyone else has taken it. "That's why we need anyone who was at this party in Stuart Court to contact us and if they have taken any drugs there to go to hospital immediately and get checked out."