Policing news

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

Policing News

Prison worker and inmates involved in HMP Preston smuggling ring

A prison worker, jailed for couriering prohibited items including drugs and alcohol into HMP Preston, was involved in a smuggling ring, it has emerged. Three prisoners, Jordan Murray, 22, Joshua Hampson 26, and Adam Musker, 28, arranged for health worker John Burch, 44, to provide them with energy drinks, clothes, mobile phones and food. The CPS said the trio had set up "a personal delivery service" and "thought they were above the law". They have been given further jail time. Burch was jailed in April 2015 after admitting wilfully neglecting to perform his duty as a holder of public office and police launched an investigation.

Reward offered in Paul Pike fatal shooting probe

A £10,000 reward is being offered to find the killers of a man shot dead in Merseyside six years ago. Paul Pike, 23, was killed as he waited in his red van at traffic lights at the junction of Crosby Road North and South Road on 5 June 2010. Police said a silver Audi TT, stolen in Hawarden, North Wales, then turned around and further shots were fired. The car was found abandoned and burnt out a short time later in Fairfield, a street off Endbutt Lane. Det Supt Neil Bickley said there have been a number of arrests in the last six years, but police are still keen to talk to any witnesses. "The offer of the reward could be strong incentive for someone with knows who is responsible for Paul's murder, which has caused a great deal of pain and suffering to his loved ones, to do the right thing and come forward," he said.

Police officer appears in court accused of burglary

A police officer has appeared in court charged with burglary after being accused of taking £60 and a set of car keys from a garage. PC Neville Thompson allegedly entered the premises of Auto Milligas in Parker Drive, Leicester, on 25 March and committed the offence. The 36-year-old, from Syston, pleaded not guilty when he appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court. He has been suspended from his duties with Leicestershire Police. The Crown Prosecution Service is seeking to have the case transferred to Nottingham because Mr Thompson normally works as a police officer in Leicestershire. A date for the next hearing has yet to be set, but Mr Thompson has been granted conditional bail until then.

Three quizzed over Channel boat crossing

Three people, believed to be Iranian nationals, have been taken from a boat in the Channel by a Border Force cutter. Officials were alerted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency shortly before 05:30 BST on Tuesday. The small boat carrying the three, who were wearing life jackets, had been spotted by a ferry. The three have since been taken to Dover where they are being interviewed by Home Office staff. The incident comes after a boat carrying 20 people was rescued off the Kent coast on 29 May. Those rescued included 18 Albanian migrants, two of them children.

Disabled girl handcuffed by Sussex Police, IPCC finds

An 11-year-old girl with a neurological disability was handcuffed and put in leg restraints while being held in custody, the police watchdog has found. The girl was detained for a total of 60 hours without an appropriate adult by Sussex Police in 2012. Her mother, known as Ms H, said it had been "nothing short of a nightmare". A number of officers and staff members had a case to answer for misconduct, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said. Sussex Police said it would respond to any "new learning" identified