Policing news

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

Policing News

Government should equip officers with Tasers - Police Federation

Police officers and the Home Secretary Theresa May have confronted each other over how some of the most difficult policing should be carried out. Speaking to the Police Federation at their annual conference in Bournemouth, Mrs May said that victims of domestic violence were being let down. But the Federation itself was concerned about the safety of its members, with head Steve White calling on the government to pay for Tasers to be issued more widely to officers.

Dismissal proceedings for South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton

Dismissal proceedings for the suspended South Yorkshire chief constable David Crompton have begun. Police and crime commissioner Dr Alan Billings suspended Mr Crompton on 27 April because of concerns about public confidence in the force. It comes after the Hillsborough inquests concluded there were police failings in the disaster. Mr Crompton was suspended under Section 38 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. Dr Billings has written to the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Tom Winsor, as part of the statutory dismissal process. But he cannot take a final decision on whether Mr Crompton should resign or retire until Sir Tom has provided his views in writing.

Drugs worth £16m seized in Wavertree and Liverpool city centre

Drugs with an estimated street value of £16m have been seized in Liverpool, police said. The North West's organised anti-crime unit, Titan, believes the haul may be the largest in its history. A total of 160kg (352lb) of drugs were discovered on Monday at a house in Stradbroke Road, Wavertree, a van parked nearby and a city-centre flat. Two men, aged 31 and 32, have been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine. Stephen James Hussey, of Gentwood Road, Huyton and Stephen Brown, of Abbey Close, Kirkby, will appear at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. The drugs are thought to be cocaine, heroin and cannabis. Police said a number of vehicles were removed from outside the house in Wavertree, including a van.

Lee Pettite Eston death: Second man charged with murder

A second man has been charged with the murder of a man who died from serious chest injuries. Lee Pettite, 22, was found on Oakley Walk, Eston in March, having staggered a short way, Cleveland Police said. A 21-year-old man is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court later. He is one of four men arrested on suspicion of murder at the time. A 20-year old was charged with murder and firearms offences. An arrested 22-year-old remains on bail. Another man, also aged 22, was released without charge. Christopher Stubbs, 20, from South Bank, was charged with murder and a firearms offence in connection with the Mr Pettite's death and was remanded in custody in March.

Hit and run driver Ryan Morrish knew the two people he killed

A hit and run drink driver knew the two people he knocked down and killed. Ryan Morrish was jailed for six years for causing the deaths of Calvin Trevena and Ann Varran, both 51. Truro Crown Court heard Morrish lied about his car being stolen after the crash near St Agnes, Cornwall. Morrish, 27, from Redruth, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol and perverting the course of justice. The force of the impact threw Ms Varran over a hedge and her body was found in a field next to the B3277. Mr Trevena's body was found in a ditch.

Hampshire PC charged with child sex offences

A Hampshire police officer has been charged with making indecent images of a child, sexual assault and grooming a girl under 16. PC Keith Burgess, 41, who was based at Southampton Central police station, also faces three counts of misconduct in public office. Hampshire Constabulary said he had been suspended from duty until the criminal investigation is completed. He was bailed to appear before Guildford magistrates next month.

1D Louis Tomlinson missing man appeal: Family told of body find

The family of a missing grandfather whose details were shared online by One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson have been told a body has been discovered. Kent Police said a body was found shortly after 17:15 on Wednesday in the River Medway at Strood Pier, Rochester. Formal identification is yet to take place but the family of Nigel Knights, who went missing on 9 May, has been informed. Tomlinson tweeted about the search and called on his fans to help. Mr Knights, from Rochester, went missing on 9 May after shopping with his family in Strood.

Men groomed and abused 12 teenage girls in Littlehampton

Two men have been convicted of grooming and sexually abusing 12 teenage girls they befriended at a parade of shops in West Sussex. Osmon Koroma and Max N'Gasa met the girls, aged from 13 to 15, at Wick Parade in Littlehampton where Koroma lived in a flat, Sussex Police said. The pair requested sex acts from the girls in exchange for cigarettes and alcohol they bought on their behalf. Koroma and N'Gasa were remanded in custody for sentencing on 7 June. Lewes Crown Court was told the offences were committed between 2010 and 2014. Some of the victims knew each other but others did not.