Policing news

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

Policing News

Rotherham child abuse: Police commissioner will stay on

South Yorkshire's police commissioner has vowed to stay in the job despite calls from his own party for him to quit over child abuse in Rotherham. An inquiry found at least 1,400 children in the town were sexually exploited by predominantly Asian criminal gangs between 1997 and 2013. Shaun Wright was the Labour councillor in charge of children's services at Rotherham Council from 2005 to 2010. He said he was the most appropriate person to hold the post of PCC. A report commissioned by the council was published on Tuesday and revealed the massive scale of abuse in Rotherham.

Serious sex attack on girl, nine, in Vulcan Park cafe

A nine-year-old girl was seriously sexually assaulted by a man at a cafe in Cumbria, police said. The attack happened at the cafe in Vulcan Park, Workington, at about 17:35 BST on Tuesday. Police said the man fled the scene through Vulcan Park, towards Vulcan's Lane, in the general area of Brayton Street and Brown Street. He is described as white, with short cropped hair, about 5ft 8in tall and of a skinny build. Det Ch Insp Mike Brown, from Cumbria Constabulary, said an investigation into a "serious sexual assault" had begun. "I would like to hear from anyone within the community who may have seen this male. "I am keen to trace his movements immediately before the incident and I would like to know where he went after he fled the scene," he said.

Three men charged over Sparkbrook disorder

Three men have appeared in court charged with attempted murder after an outbreak of violence in Birmingham. Fazal Khan, 34, and Pierzada Khan, 32, both from Sparkbrook, and Asif Iqbal, 27, from Sparkhill, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court. The trio are also charged with conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent following an large-scale disorder in Sparkbrook in July. They will next appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 10 September. A total of 11 people have been arrested in connection with the disorder, on the evening of 2 July in Grantham Road and Farm Road. which saw one man stabbed to death and others injured. Ikram Ullah Khan, 28, known as Ikram Elahi, was stabbed in the neck and later died.

Warwickshire Police's longest serving dog retires

An "almost deaf" dog who has been a police force's longest-serving canine recruit is set to retire. Jake, a Springer Spaniel, has worked for Warwickshire Police for 10 years - sniffing out drugs, firearms, ammunition and bank notes. He has made 521 finds including about £4.5m of drugs, an assault rifle and £650,000 cash, the force said. The 12-year-old dog, who also now serves the West Mercia Police area, will retire next week. Jake will retire to Leicestershire, living with his handler PC Andy Crouch, who has four other dogs.

Suspension ends for West Mercia Police officer cleared of rape

A West Mercia police officer cleared of rape has returned to work after being suspended for almost a year. PC Vinod Kumar Dahiya, 45, was suspended from 4 July 2013 to 15 August 2014, on full pay and has returned to "non-operational duties", a force spokeswoman said. He was cleared of attacking a woman while off-duty in May and June last year. A review is ongoing into whether he will face misconduct proceedings. The force said PC Dahiya would remain office-based until the review was complete.

Jayden murder: Additional officer faces misconduct inquiry

An additional police officer has been served with a misconduct notice over the inquiry into the murder of Oxfordshire teenager Jayden Parkinson. It brings the total number of officers being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to six. The watchdog is looking into how three sergeants and two constables dealt with reports Jayden was missing. Another constable is under investigation as a result of a complaint by Jayden's mother.

Bedfordshire PCC Olly Martins: Evidence passed to CPS

Evidence from a criminal investigation into Bedfordshire's police and crime commissioner is being examined by the Crown Prosecution Service. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated Olly Martins after he admitted passing details about the death in custody of Leon Briggs to a Home Office worker. The IPCC said the CPS would decide if criminal charges were warranted. Mr Martins said he was "confident" the CPS would "make the right decision".

Former Humberside Police officer jailed for sex attacks

A former police officer has been jailed for three years for committing four sexual assaults while serving as an officer in East Yorkshire. Lee Kershaw, 37, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court for the assaults, which happened between 2007 and 2008. Kershaw was based at Hornsea police station in East Yorkshire at the time. He was also found guilty of four counts of misconduct in a public office by engaging in sexual activity and committing the assaults while on duty. He was found not guilty on seven counts. Humberside Police said Kershaw was dismissed from the force in May 2009