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Four police forces 'failing domestic abuse victims'

Just eight of 43 police forces responded well to domestic abuse and the most vulnerable victims faced a "lottery" in the way their complaints were handled, inspectors said.

The forces singled out by inspectors as being of particularly serious concern were:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Bedfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Gloucestershire

Lancashire Police was hailed as having the best response to domestic abuse.

Read more: Police 'failing' domestic violence victims

Among the forces found to be of serious concern, Bedfordshire had one officer working in its domestic violence unit, and in a case in Greater Manchester, the 13-year-old daughter of a victim was asked to act as a language interpreter for officers investigating allegations against her father.

Two of our region's police forces come under fire for the way they tackle domestic abuse

Bedfordshire Police has been criticised.
Bedfordshire Police has been criticised.

Two of our region's police forces have been criticised by the police watchdog for the way they respond to victims of domestic abuse.

In an official report, The HMIC says that Bedfordshire police need to take urgent action in response to serious failings.

Significant concerns were also raised with the Cambridgeshire force.

In contrast, the watchdog says that Essex Police has made domestic abuse a priority but that there are still risks that some victims may not be getting the service they need.

The HMIC says the force is continuing to make improvements but found there are still areas of concern.

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Police response to domestic violence 'not good enough'

Sandra Horley
Refuge are calling for a public inquiry into the way police handle domestic violence, chief exec Sandra Horley said. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Police failures in the treatment of domestic violence victims are "just not good enough" but have been prevalent for decades, the head of a woman's charity told Daybreak.

Refuge chief executive Sandra Horley explained: "We are very pleased by the HMIC report but we are not surprised. It confirms what Refuge has been saying for decades.

"For decades we have been highlighting police failings, and these failings are absolutely shocking. Two women a week are killed by a current or former partner...and to use the words of HMIC the police response is just not good enough."

Read: Report: 77 women killed by partners in a year

Bedfordshire Police Inspector charged with rape

A Bedfordshire Police Officer has been charged with rape.

43 year old Paul Kelly from Bedford Road, Denton, Northamptonshire, who works as an Inspector in Bedford, has been charged with two counts of rape.

He's also been charged with two counts of ABH and one count of sexual assault.

He has been released on bail and is due to appear before St Albans Magistrates in April.

He was suspended from duty on December 23rd 2013

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Jogger hit by car near Luton

Bedfordshire police are appealing for people who may have seen a jogger hit by a car near Luton to get in touch.

The man, who's 51, was hit by a red Peugeot 307 at Streatley.

Location where a jogger was hit by a car Credit: ITV Anglia

The car was travelling west on Barton Hill Road, towards the junction with the A6 last Wednesday evening.

The jogger, from Barton, is in Addenbrooke's Hospital with multiple broken bones.

Cut in bingo tax could mean 'bigger prizes' for players

The Harlow MP Robert Halfon was in his local bingo hall less than 24 hours after winning a major concession in George Osborne's budget.

Mr Halfon told ITV News Anglia that a cut in the bingo tax from 20% to 10% could mean bigger prizes for bingo players as well as more investment in the industry.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report.

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