Policing news

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

Policing News

Merseyside Police plan for new £45m Liverpool HQ approved

Merseyside's police commissioner has agreed to build a new £45m Liverpool base for the force by 2020. Jane Kennedy said a new building in Scotland Road would be around £800,000 cheaper than refurbishing the existing 1970s' Canning Place site. The force hopes to recoup £9m from the sale of the current HQ and Allerton Police Station in south Liverpool. It is the most "efficient and economical" option because it will be cheaper to maintain, Ms Kennedy said. Canning Place is "old, inefficient" and "no longer fit for purpose", Ms Kennedy said, adding that it is "common sense" to build new premises "fit for modern ways of working". She said it will save the force "more than £15.5m" over the next 40 years in comparison to a major refurbishment and be ready "six months faster", hopefully opening its doors in May 2020.

Hillsborough investigation boss Jon Stoddart resigns

The head of the police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster has resigned due to health issues, the Home Office has said. Jon Stoddart was appointed in 2012 to lead Operation Resolve, which is examining the deaths of 96 people at an FA Cup game in Sheffield in 1989. It is due to end later this year after an inquest jury concluded in April that the fans were unlawfully killed. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the investigation "remains on schedule". "I would like to thank Jon Stoddart for the strong, dedicated leadership he has brought to Operation Resolve since December 2012. I am sure this was a very difficult decision for him to make," she said. "Everyone involved with Operation Resolve is absolutely clear that their work will continue apace, it remains on schedule and I look forward to announcing Jon's successor in due course." Gerry Donnellan, deputy officer in overall command of the investigation, said: "Jon leaving will have no adverse impact on the inquiry. "We will continue to work hard to establish whether any individual or organisation is criminally culpable for their role in the run-up to, and on the day of, the disaster".

Lancashire Police officer Jayson Lobo sacked for leaking incidents

A Lancashire police officer has been sacked for gross misconduct after leaking details of incidents. PC Jayson Lobo, from Blackburn, faced nine allegations of sending electronic communications with details of police incidents to third parties. Each allegation was proven at a Special Case hearing in Leyland and the former UK middle distance athlete was dismissed without notice. In an unrelated case, Mr Lobo is due to stand trial for voyeurism offences. The former Commonwealth Games runner has denied 18 offences against eight women, allegedly committed between December 2011 and May 2015. The former Preston-based officer is on bail ahead of a trial at Liverpool Crown Court on 16 January.

Task force 'cuts legal highs calls outs' in Newcastle

Incidents involving so-called "legal highs" in Newcastle have fallen since a task force was set up at the turn of the year, police figures show. In January there were 192 reported incidents in the city, but by July the monthly figure was down to just 26. Northumbria's police and crime commissioner (PCC) welcomed the figures as "pleasing", vowing to continue with high-profile raids and seizures. The task force is made up of officers, health experts and city council staff.

'Riot' as Margate pupils sent home in Hartsdown uniform row

Police intervened when 50 pupils were sent home from school for flouting uniform rules on the first day of term. A PCSO based at Hartsdown Academy in Margate, Kent, along with officers passing the school, stepped in after a "disturbance" outside the gates. One mother, Sharon King, posted on the school's Facebook page: "The poor new Year Seven kids were distraught, many in tears." Head teacher Matthew Tate said uniforms led to better behaviour and grades. Reasons for turning children away from classes included "inappropriate" shoes and "skin-tight" jeans and skirts.

Man jailed for life for girlfriend stabbing murder

A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend 29 times and left her to die from her injuries has been jailed for life. Gerald Palmer, 50, from Battle, East Sussex, admitted murdering 47-year-old Carrie Izzard and was ordered to serve at least 22 years. Ms Izzard's body was found at her home in Herstmonceux in March this year. After sentencing at Hove Crown Court, Sussex Police said Palmer had "wheedled" his way into her life following the death of her husband.