Policing news

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

Policing News

Man, 63, charged over death in Blackpool

A 63-year-old man has been charged after a man was found dead at a house. George Crawley was found with head injuries at a property in Clinton Avenue, Blackpool, at about 02:15 GMT on Monday. The 63-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination is yet to establish the cause of his death. The man charged with wounding with intent is due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates' Court later.

Hacker Alex Bessell jailed for cyber crime offences

A computer hacker has been jailed for two years for committing thousands of cyber crimes, including attacks on Google and Skype. Alex Bessell, 21, of Liverpool, was also convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of other offences, including money laundering. West Midlands Police raided his home and found on his computer 750 names and passwords from infected computers. Bessell admitted nine charges at an earlier court appearance.

Farmer found Newcastle trampoline coach abusing boy in car

A trampoline coach was caught sexually abusing a boy in his car by a farmer who believed he was witnessing a suicide attempt, it has emerged. On Monday, Louis Murray, 22, was jailed for 11 years for a string of sex offences. George Common, 59, has been praised by police after he caught Murray assaulting a teenager in Belsay, Northumberland, in October. The former said he mistook the "steamed-up car" for a suicide attempt. Newcastle Crown Court heard Murray, from Blakelaw in Newcastle, taught hundreds of children at his trampoline club in the city, which is where he met his teenage victim.

Freshwater Bay woman's hand case remains a mystery

The identity of a woman whose hand was found on an Isle of Wight beach more than a year ago remains a mystery. The remains were found by a dog at Freshwater Bay on 28 December, 2016. Police later confirmed the hand was from a woman's body. Analysis also showed it had been in the sea for a considerable length of time. Hampshire Constabulary said officers were now focusing on burial grounds at sea to establish if there is any connection.

Kent police officer sacked for looking up abuse victim case

A police officer who looked up information on a domestic abuse victim for her boyfriend's friend, who was a suspect in the case, has been sacked. Det Con Jessica Hamer used a Kent Police colleague's computer to access the woman's personal details. A police misconduct hearing in Maidstone heard there was no policing reason to search for the crime report. Ms Hamer had denied gross misconduct and breaching professional standards of behaviour.

North Wales Police precept rise to pay for new officers

The charge for North Wales Police is set to go up by 3.58% in a move the police and crime commissioner said would fund extra officers. PCC Arfon Jones said the cash would pay for an extra 43 officers and staff and safeguard 15 police officers' jobs. The increase would see the average band D home pay an extra £9.09 a year. Mr Jones said reserves were "stable and healthy" and the extra money would be used for extra expenditure in 2018-19. North Wales Police and Crime Panel will decide on the plan at a meeting on 22 January.