Policing news

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

Policing News

Karl Oyston: Police 'spoke to' Blackpool chairman over gun incident

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has been spoken to by police about carrying a firearm outside the football club's stadium, the BBC understands. Lancashire Police received a report of "an altercation" between two men outside the Bloomfield Road ground at about 11:30 BST on 25 June. The firearm was not brandished or used to threaten anyone and "no criminal offences were committed", police said. Blackpool FC said neither Mr Oyston, 48, nor the club would be commenting. Police said a 48-year-old man was "spoken to" about carrying a firearm in public. A spokesperson said the matter had been concluded.

Angela Wrightson murder scene was 'like a bombsite'

The house where a woman was allegedly murdered with a shovel and TV looked like a "bomb-site" after her death, a court has heard. Angela Wrightson, 39, suffered more than 100 injuries, Teesside Crown Court was told. Two girls, aged 13 and 14 at the time, are accused of killing Ms Wrightson in a "brutal and sustained" attack using several weapons. They deny murder, although the older girl has admitted manslaughter. The defence will argue she is not guilty of murder as she has "an abnormality of her mental function", the court heard. Broken furnishings' Ms Wrightson, who weighed six-and-a-half stone (41kg), was found naked from the waist down at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool, on 9 December last year. There was evidence she had tried to defend herself and that she had been "forcibly restrained", the jury was told. Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, said the first paramedic to arrive, Susan Appleyard, would give evidence to the court about the state of the living room. "Both she and a colleague described the scene as something akin to a bomb-site," he said.

Hampshire drug bust: Six men jailed after force's 'biggest haul'

Six men have been jailed for up to 14 years following a 11m drug seizure, which police in Hampshire called the largest haul in the force's history. Cocaine, MDMA, amphetamines and cannabis were seized during raids in Hedge End, Fareham, Gosport, Park Gate, and Merseyside in November. Det Sgt Matt Browne of Hampshire Constabulary called it an "unprecedented amount of drugs". The men, aged 31 to 69, were sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on Thursday. About 200,000 of cash was seized during the searches. The MDMA alone had a street value of 2m.

Peaches Geldof: Police close case into drug dealer's identity

The drug dealer who supplied Peaches Geldof with the heroin that killed her may never be known after Kent Police ended its investigation into her death. The TV presenter and mother-of-two died from an overdose at her home in Wrotham, Kent, on 7 April 2014. Geldof, 25, had been a heroin addict and took the substitute drug methadone for two years before her death. Detectives said they had "exhausted all lines of inquiry" trying to find out who supplied her with the Class A drug. Det Supt Paul Fotheringham said the case would be reviewed if further information or witnesses came forward. "I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Peaches' family who have supported our inquiries during what has been a difficult time," he added.