Policing news

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

Policing News

IPCC apologises for length of paralysed Julian Cole probe

The family of a man left paralysed after being arrested have received an apology from the police watchdog for the length of its investigation. Julian Cole, 21, from London, suffered a broken neck and has brain damage following his arrest outside Elements nightclub in Bedford in May 2013. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the "complex" probe was "close to completion". The family say they "need answers" and want the officers "held to account". In their Cole Family Truth Campaign blog, the family said: "The IPCC investigation stalled and ground to a halt about a year ago. "Julian's family, who visit Julian every day and live with the heartbreak of seeing their athletic 21-year-old lying impassive, need answers." Mr Cole's family said the student, who was studying sports science at the University of Bedfordshire, had returned to the club to get a refund, shortly after he and his friends had been asked to leave. He was seized by security who passed him over to several police officers.

Couple charged with child cruelty after investigation

A couple have been charged with child cruelty as part of an investigation into the care system in north Wales. The man and woman from Sussex have been charged with offences said to have happened between 1975 and 1980 relating to two boys aged under 16 at the time. These are the latest charges brought by officers working on Operation Pallial, a National Crime Agency investigation. A total of 31 men and four women have been arrested or interviewed as part of the investigation. To date 291 people have reported one or more account of abuse to Operation Pallial. There are currently 249 active complaints under investigation.

Oldham burglars jailed for pointing gun at elderly couple in their bed

Three burglars who pointed a gun at an elderly couple as they lay in bed at their home have been jailed. Wearing balaclavas and armed with a revolver, Oldham men Nathan Riley, Paul Boyce and Elliott Howells broke into the couple's house in Ripponden Road. They demanded cash and threatened to shoot the 75-year-old husband before fleeing with only a watch, police said. The men were jailed for between six and eight years at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court. The court heard the men were arrested after they were traced to a house in nearby Sholver Hill Close, where they were hiding in the loft. Their weapon was never recovered, Greater Manchester Police said.

Edward McArthur admits setting partner on fire in Darlington

A man has admitted pouring petrol on his partner then setting her alight and trapping her in a burning flat. Rebecca Major, 32, escaped by smashing a window with a table and jumping from an upstairs window of the flat on Geneva Road, Darlington, last August. At Teesside Crown Court, Edward McArthur, 40, of Geneva Road, admitted charges of arson and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He has been jailed for 15 years and nine months. The jury cleared him of attempted murder on the direction of the judge. Ms Major, who was in the public gallery of the court, suffered 40% burns in the blaze as well as a broken skull and sternum in the fall from the flat above a shop. She spent three weeks in intensive care after the fire in August and has ongoing health problems.

Darren Neil Rook in court on police officer murder attempt charge

A man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a police officer in Stafford. Darren Neil Rook, 34, is accused of attacking a Staffordshire Police officer in January after she approached him because he was registered as a missing person. Mr Rook, of no fixed abode, who has not yet entered a plea, appeared at Cannock Magistrates' Court. He was told he would remain in custody until his next court appearance. He is due to appear at Stafford Crown Court on 30 January.

'Upskirt' voyeur Paul Appleby sentenced for 9,000 photos

A man who took 9,000 upskirt images of women has been sentenced to a three year community order. Paul Appleby, 52, was arrested after he took a picture up a woman's skirt in Poundland in Northampton on 4 December. The 52-year-old from Rushmere Way, Rushden, appeared at Northampton Magistrates' Court to be sentenced on two counts of outraging public decency. The court heard how when he was arrested he had been "breathing heavily". When asked why he said he had "gone for a little run along the A45".

Thames Valley Police reveal rise in road collision deaths

More people were killed on roads in the Thames Valley area in 2014 than in the year before. The force said the figure rose by 21 to 78 people killed in 72 traffic collisions. Head of roads policing Ch Insp Henry Parsons said each fatality caused "untold misery and distress". In 2013 57 people died in 55 fatal collisions. More pedestrians and cyclists were killed this year. Mr Parsons said: "The rise in fatal collisions across the Thames Valley is exceptionally disappointing with each fatality causing untold misery and distress to the loved ones of the people who died. "The causes of the collisions are varied, with many still under investigation. "Some of these involve criminal investigations for causing death by dangerous driving or death by careless driving." Although the figure for pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers, their passengers and heavy goods vehicles drivers rose, the number of motorcyclists killed fell. In 2014 in Buckinghamshire 20 people died in 16 collisions; in Berkshire 19 people died in 18 collisions; in Milton Keynes 12 people died in 11 collisions and in Oxfordshire 27 people died in 27 collisions.