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Bedfordshire Police announces plan to slash staff numbers

Bedfordshire Police is proposing to cut some support jobs

Bedfordshire Police says it's planning to cut support staff to protect frontline officers from cuts.

The force is proposing to reduce numbers of Investigation Officers from 44 to 10, and PCSOs from 108 to 46.

It's hoping some community support officers will apply to become regular officers.

Almost half of our PCSOs have expressed an interest, as well as a small number of IOs. The force and the communities of Bedfordshire would really benefit from retaining talent with an existing knowledge of our area, so we will do all we can to offer coaching and support to those who want to become regular officers. A bespoke recruitment process was launched on Thursday 24 September.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Collins

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins says the force has to make do with a budget that means £17.5 million of savings over the next four years. He hopes the loss of experienced and committed PCSOs and investigating officers can be avoided.


Court hears attack was 'long and brutal'

Alexander Kerry - carried out a long and brutal attack Credit: Norfolk Police

A court's been hearing how a man who's admitted murdering a reclusive pensioner in Norwich carried out a 'long and brutal attack.'

Pauline King, who was 82, was found with 27 injuries to face and head alone. In all she had 80 separate injuries on her body.

Details have been emerging at Ipswich Crown Court as Alexander Kerry, 23, is sentenced.

The prosecution say Mrs King had been beaten with a hammer and attacked with a knife, as well as suffering a sexual assault.

The morning after attack Kerry called his brother saying "I'm in trouble and I'm covered in blood... Someone is dying."

The case is continuing.


Six men to be sentenced for Norwich jewel shop raid

The Winsor Bishop shop after the raid Credit: ITV Anglia

Six men are to be sentenced today after admitting carrying out a 'professionally planned' robbery at a Norwich jewellers.

The men were arrested within an hour of the raid at Winsor Bishop's on London Street in the city centre on August 5th.

They were arrested just off the A11 near Thetford.

Five appeared at Norwich Crown Court via a video link from prison and all pleaded guilty to carrying out the robbery.

The sixth member, a 17-year old who can't be named, pleaded guilty in person at court.

The raid took place on August 5th Credit: ITV Anglia
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