North Yorkshire Police drop new headquarters plan

Plans for a new £18m police headquarters in North Yorkshire have been abandoned. Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said the scheme no longer offered value for money. The force will instead look at sharing some facilities with Cleveland Police, she said. An 8.4 acre (3.4 hectare) site at South Kilvington, near Thirsk, was intended to replace the current headquarters at Newby Wiske, near Northallerton. Read the rest of this entry »

Northumberland domestic violence service to close

A domestic violence support service in Northumberland will close next month after running out of council funding. Local charities and an MP have warned that survivors of domestic violence could be at risk as a result. Cease 24, which offers victims support and advice, had been part-funded by Northumberland County Council. The service, based in the north of the county, is run by charity Victim Support with a mixture of public donations and local authority funding. Read the rest of this entry »

Historic abuse convictions cause leap in prisons’ sex offender population

The prison sex offender population has doubled in ten years, fuelled by the jump in historic abuse convictions. One in eight inmates in British jails is a sex offender, with the population now at 11,150, the Daily Mail reported. Eight prisons in the UK now solely house sex offenders, and special treatment programmes have been set up to cope with the jump in numbers. Read the rest of this entry »

Two trials in 20 years for police shootings

Fatal shootings by police are rare; prosecutions of officers rarer still – and convictions are non-existent. The only two cases where on-duty police officers have stood trial in the last 20 years for murder by shooting have resulted in not guilty verdicts. The most recent case, in 1998, was the close-range shooting of a naked, unarmed, half-asleep man, James Ashley, at a flat in St Leonards by Sussex police. The judge ruled that prosecutors could not prove that PC Chris Sherwood was not acting in self-defence during the raid. Read the rest of this entry »

Prince Philip’s Former Aide On Sex Charge

A former aide to the Duke of Edinburgh has been charged with sexually abusing a girl in the early 1970s. Benjamin Herman, 79, is accused of three indecent assaults against the child, who was aged around 12 at the time, between 1972 and 1974. During this time Herman served as the Philip's equerry, or personal assistant. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Guilty Of Shooting Cop On Doorstep

A man suffering from schizophrenia has been convicted of attempted murder after shooting a police officer on his doorstep before cycling away laughing. James Leslie, 38, shot PC Suzanne Hudson through his front door with a sawn-off shotgun as she and colleague PC Richard Whiteley were making inquiries about a dispute between neighbours in Leeds last December. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman faces terror charge

A woman has been charged with attempting to obtain information on people in a police witness protection scheme while she worked for the Housing Executive. The 32-year-old faces courts of collecting information likely to be useful to terrorists and misconduct in public office. Read the rest of this entry »

Met Police to answer undercover officer sex claims

The Metropolitan Police has agreed to reveal whether two men had relationships with women while working as undercover police officers. It has so far refused to say whether the men worked for police because of a general policy of keeping identities of undercover officers secret. But the force has now decided to comply with a High Court ruling which ordered it to admit or deny their involvement. Read the rest of this entry »

British Airways to be sued over pilot abuse claims

British Airways is to be sued for damages over claims one of its pilots sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages. Lawyers claim the airline bears responsibility because the alleged victims were assaulted by First Officer Simon Wood while on stopovers. Mr Wood, 54, from Potters Bar, Herts, died when he was hit by a train on 18 August last year. BA said it was "shocked and horrified" by the allegations. Read the rest of this entry »

Beata Bryl Murder: CCTV Released In New Appeal

Police investigating the murder of a woman who was bludgeoned to death before being set on fire eight years ago have made a fresh appeal for information. Beata Bryl, who was originally from Poland, was last seen alive at Leytonstone underground station in northeast London on July 28, 2006. Her body was discovered the next day in woods 50 miles away near Hedsor Lane in Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire. Read the rest of this entry »
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