Policing news

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

Policing News

Three Lancashire men jailed over £12m drugs plot

Three men behind a plot to sell cocaine and ecstasy worth more than £12m around England have been jailed. Gareth Mawdsley, Gerrard Gandy and James Moran were linked to Lancashire Police's largest ever cocaine seizure. In total, officers recovered 53kg (117lb) of cocaine, 150,000 ecstasy tablets and more than £250,000 cash after an operation which began in 2014. The men were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. The drugs were destined to be sold around England, particularly in Lancashire, Merseyside and Hampshire, Lancashire Police said.

Shane Tunney assault death: Murder investigation launched

A man who died in hospital a month after being beaten by a gang of youths had the chance to escape from his attackers but would not leave behind his friend, police have said. Shane Tunney, 24, and Anthony Kirk were set upon by the teenagers in Norton on 27 June. Police said "heroic" Mr Tunney stopped a passing driver who offered to take him from the scene - but he refused. Cleveland Police has now launched a murder inquiry.

Terror police arrest woman with three children at airport

A woman travelling with three children has been arrested on suspicion of preparing to go to Syria to engage in terror acts. The woman, from Leicester, was arrested at Birmingham Airport by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit officers under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act. The 30-year-old's home and another associated address are being searched. Officers are working with other agencies to ensure the children's welfare, West Midlands Police said.

Haley Meijer porn blackmail: Man jailed over £2m plot

A man has been jailed for 12 years after trying to blackmail US heiress Haley Meijer out of £2m ($3.1m). James Casbolt, from St Ives in Cornwall, previously admitted blackmail and stalking the hypermarket heiress, as well as harassing two other women. Casbolt, 38, the former husband of Miss Meijer, repeatedly posted pornographic images of her online and demanded cash. At Truro Crown Court, the judge said Casbolt had "depraved and distorted" values and an "evil" motive. The court heard Casbolt became friends with Miss Meijer on Facebook and they met in person in May 2010. They married in September 2011 and moved to Michigan in the US where Casbolt joined the US Army.

Majella Lynch shampoo bottle murder: Daniel McBride jailed for life

A man who murdered a vulnerable woman in a "brutal and disgusting" sexual assault with a shampoo bottle has been given a life sentence. Daniel McBride, 44, of St Denys Road, Southampton, was found guilty on Wednesday following a trial at Winchester Crown Court. Majella Lynch, 51, died from internal injuries after the shampoo bottle was found in her abdomen in April 2014. McBride was ordered to spend a minimum of 29 years in jail. Sentencing McBride to life in prison, Mr Justice Akenhead said the fact that McBride had refused to leave his cell to appear in the court room "showed a total lack of courage or remorse or even respect toward his victim". He said: "This was a brutal, merciless, horrible and disgusting crime on an essentially decent but very vulnerable woman in the privacy of her own home."

Upton Grey and The Candovers residents attempt to pay for policeman

Residents living in villages near Basingstoke have responded to police cuts by offering to pay for their own beat bobby. PC Andrew Reid, a beat police officer for Upton Grey and The Candovers for over a decade, is set to be relocated under efficiency savings. A group of residents has offered to pay £60,000 a year to keep him. Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) said a decision had not yet been made on the proposal. Following a meeting with residents, PCC Simon Hayes said: "What we've been talking about is how communities perhaps can support policing in different, more innovative ways, and we need to think about that in more detail." PC Reid, who lives in a police house in Preston Candover, is to be relocated in Tadley, about 15 miles away, as part of a county-wide restructuring of neighbourhood policing. The force has implemented £55m of cuts since 2010 and is expected to have lost 1,000 officers by 2017.

Operation Stack: What is the cost of Calais chaos to the UK?

As strikes and struggles with immigrants continue to cause chaos in Calais, police in Kent have turned the M20 into a giant lorry park to hold trucks waiting to cross the English Channel. But what is the cost of Operation Stack? For 24 of the past 40 days, the coast bound side of the M20 in Kent has been closed. Thousands of lorries bound for cross-Channel ferries in Dover have sat dormant on the motorway, their journeys paused because of problems with striking workers and immigrants disrupting services to Calais. Operation Stack has been used since 1996 whenever there is disruption to channel crossings, usually because of poor weather affecting shipping. But it is a costly exercise, both in terms of policing it and the knock-on costs to those either caught up in the queues or having to find other routes around Kent. Between 1996 and the end of 2007 Operation Stack was implemented 95 times for a total of 145 days.

Two arrested over rape of girl in a tent in Selsey

A 15-year-old girl has been raped in a tent pitched on a recreation ground in West Sussex. The rape was reported at about 03:50 BST after the attack at Hillfield Road in Selsey, Sussex Police said. A 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man, both from Selsey were arrested on suspicion of rape just before 06:00. The rape is not being linked to an attack in Fontwell Road on 22 July when a woman was dragged in to an alleyway by a man who had flagged down her car.