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Roadside drug tests rolled out as new laws introduced

A photograph of the drug test. Credit: Norfolk Police

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk are using new roadside kits to test drivers thought to be under the influence of drugs.

It comes as new laws were introduced this week making it easier for police to target drug drivers.

The new drug testing devices will allow officers to carry out roadside tests on drivers suspected of being under the influence of cannabis or cocaine and work by testing a saliva swab.

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Father missing with baby appears to make contact with police through Facebook

The missing father from Luton who has disappeared with his baby appears to have made contact with police.

Kieran Carroll and his eight-month-old son Louis have not been seen since Tuesday. But yesterday someone with Kieran's name left a message on the Bedfordshire Police Facebook site.

Officers responded: "We're glad you are safe - but we cannot close the case until we see you and louis in person".

The message left on the Bedfordshire Police Facebook page.

LGBT couples encouraged to adopt of foster

LGBT couples are being encouraged to adopt or foster. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three councils in our region are joining forces to encourage more lesbian, gay or transgender couples to consider adopting or fostering.

Councillors in Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire are hosting information days today to help dispel any myths that prospective parents need to be to be a certain age, sexuality or background to apply.

Councillor Mark Versallion said: "There are plenty of misapprehensions about fostering, including the fact that you have to own your own home, be in a full-time job or aged under 40. However, these are simply myths.

"We are looking for people of all backgrounds who are able to offer a loving home to a child or children who would otherwise not have that opportunity.

For more information visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/adoption or www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/fostering.

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