The following are a selection of articles concerning the police that were featured on BBCI over the past week:-
Policeman Christopher Semak 'had sex with schoolgirl', court hears
A police officer had sex with a 14-year-old girl after texting her to say he could be jailed if their affair was discovered, a court has heard. Stafford Crown Court heard Christopher Semak, 33, from Kings Norton in Birmingham, exchanged hundreds of text messages with the schoolgirl. The jury was told he was arrested after the teenager confided in a teacher. The married officer denies five counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child from April 2010 to November 2011. Mr Semak was suspended by the West Midlands force in April 2012. The offences were alleged to have taken place while he was off duty.
Geoffrey Counsell cleared over M5 fireworks deaths
A man in charge of a fireworks display held on the night of a motorway crash in which seven people died has been cleared of breaching health and safety laws. Geoffrey Counsell had denied a charge of failing to ensure public safety for the Taunton Rugby Club display. A judge at Bristol Crown Court directed the jury to find him not guilty. The pile-up involved about 30 cars when they were engulfed by a thick fog on the M5 on 4 November 2011. Speaking outside court, Mr Counsell said he believed the decision to prosecute him was "motivated by a desire to find someone to blame for this terrible accident, simply for the sake of doing so". The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it sought evidence from experts and eyewitnesses before making the decision to charge Mr Counsell. The court had previously been told the smog was so thick that motorists on the northbound carriageway likened it to having a tin of paint thrown over their windscreens.
Teenage boy arrested after stabbing at Plymouth school
The injured boy was taken to hospital after the incident at Eggbuckland Community College A teenage boy has been arrested after a stabbing at a school. A 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital with a back injury after the incident at Eggbuckland Community College in Plymouth at about 08:40 GMT, Devon and Cornwall Police said. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and has been detained under the Mental Health Act. Police said a weapon had been seized.
Detective Adrian Grew killed in Kent bus collision
A driver who died when his car collided with a bus was a serving detective constable with Kent Police, the county's police federation has said. Adrian Grew had recently joined the Serious Crime Directorate after working in Tonbridge for several years, a Kent Police Federation spokesman said. Chairman Ian Pointon said Det Con Grew was a popular and talented officer and "an excellent detective". The crash happened on the A21 in Kent at 18:20 GMT on Monday. Kent Police has not yet formally named the officer. Mr Grew died in the collision at the Scotney Castle roundabout on the Lamberhurst bypass. No passengers were on the double-decker bus and the driver was not injured. Mr Pointon said Mr Grew had had a wife and a baby son. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Adrian's family, friends and colleagues at this hugely tragic time," he said.
Shefford boys' home abuse inquiry: Man, 77, arrested
A 77-year-old man from Norfolk has been arrested on suspicion of historical physical and sexual abuse after complaints about staff at a former Catholic boys' home in Bedfordshire. The man, from Thetford, was interviewed and bailed at part of an investigation into Shefford St Francis Boys Home. Police said the claims relate to four alleged victims. The home, which was run by the Northampton diocese of the Catholic church, closed in the mid 1970s. In May Bedfordshire Police revealed an investigation had started into abuse allegations at the home dating back to the 1950s and 1960s
Nottinghamshire Police rename 'Badvent Calendar' after complaints
Nottinghamshire Police has renamed its advent calendar after its own officers are among those complaining about it. Each door of the "Badvent Calendar", which was launched at the start of December, unveils a picture and details of a person wanted by the force. But after criticisms the name was "in poor taste" it was renamed as the Festive Crime Calendar. However Humberside Police have been using the Badvent Calendar name this year. The calendar has details of those who are wanted targets by Nottinghamshire Police, have failed to appear in court or who have been recalled to prison. Nottinghamshire Police said: "The force is always looking for new ways to engage with the public to help reduce crime and arrest offenders.
North East police chiefs launch domestic abuse strategy
A strategy to tackle violence and abuse against women and children has been launched by police and crime commissioners in north-east England. Northumbria PCC Vera Baird, Cleveland's Barry Coppinger and Durham's Ron Hogg's plan includes scrutinising case files on failed rape prosecutions. Other measures include more support being made available for women at work. The PCCs hope the police rape scrutiny panels will improve evidence-gathering and lead to more convictions.