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'Thank you officer' - bizarre list of gifts to police revealed

A £1,000 holiday, nine Mars bars, juggling balls, a broken dog biscuit and a discount on a kebab are among 'thank you' gifts given to police officers in Cambridgeshire, it has been revealed.

One received four cans of lager, another bags of crisps while a female officer was given two pheasants and one lucky officer got a filter for a vacuum cleaner.

A Freedom of Information Request has revealed a dozen presents were gifted to officers last year including a bag of home grown potatoes, 120g bar of Dairy Milk chocolate, 20% John Lewis discount voucher - value unknown - a bottle of bubbly, chocolates, biscuits, a bottle of Jura whisky and wine as well as a book and the Mars bars.

Cambridgeshire Police revealed the list as part of an FOI request Credit: ITV

In previous years a constable in Ely was given a "small discount" at Ali's Kebabs, while in St Neots an officer was given a box of eggs and in Ely a member of the public gave a female officer an "afternoon fishing for her husband".

Other gifts included juggling balls, football shirts, bag of chips, flowers, pizza, strawberries, steak, venison sausages, carrots, cider, Polish lager, honey, asparagus, plums and corn.

A police spokesman said: "The force has an open and honest gratuities and gifts policy which relies on staff and officer honesty and discretion; in-line with the College of Policing's Code of Ethics.

Banned driver in court after Cambridgeshire crash

Andrew Day left his phone and sat nav in the Mondeo when he fled the scene Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A driver who fled from the scene of a crash just minutes after buying a car has been given a suspended prison sentence.

46 year old Andrew Day had previously lost his licence after being caught behind the wheel while disqualified when he purchased a Ford Mondeo.

The driver of the other car is still off work recovering Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Despite having no licence or insurance, he began driving the vehicle back to his home in Landbeach but crashed into a Ford Fiesta at Thriplow 35 minutes later.

With the other driver trapped Day climbed into his friend's minibus, which had been following behind, and made off from the scene.

He pleaded guilty at Cambridge Magistrates' Court to a number of motoring offences.

He's been sentenced to 20 weeks, suspended for 12 months, given a 12-month supervision order, ordered to carry out 80 hours' unpaid work, pay £80 victim surcharge and £135 court costs.

He's also been banned from applying for a licence for 18 months.


Designer clothes stolen in riad

Police are hunting for raiders who have stolen a haul of designer clothing from a house at Harston near Cambridge.

Burglars made off with more than £20,000 worth of clothing ranging from Armani jeans, Hugo Boss belts, Paul Smith jackets, and t-shirts by Ralph Lauren and Christian Dior.

Detectives say the victim, who owns a shop in Cambridge, has been left devastated by the break-in.

Community support officer defies injury

Terry McCormack recovering from his injury Credit: ITV Anglia

A police community support officer who cycled for 20 minutes with a broken ankle in pursuit of a suspect insists he was just doing his job.

Terry McCormack collided with the man as he attempted to stop him at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.

Rather than give up after injuring himself, the PCSO jumped back on his bike and rode after him, eventually catching him so officers could make an arrest.


Thieves steal jewellery worth £26,000 in just three minutes

Thieves who broke into a jewellers in Peterborough managed to steal rings, bracelets and bangles worth more than £26,000 in just three minutes, police said.

Officers have released CCTV of two men they want to trace in connection with the break-in.

It happened at a jewellers on Bridge Street at about 5am on Tuesday September 10.

Det Con Neil Hawkridge, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "This was a well-planned and carried out burglary and we are keen to catch those responsible.

"The offenders got away with jewellery worth a huge amount of money. Such criminality affects us all because it drives up prices for other shoppers."

Police force allows e-cigarettes

Claims e-cigarettes are healthier than real ones. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

A police force has become the first in Britain to allow officers to smoke e-cigarettes.

The electronic inhalers have been banned by some organisations amid fears they're still bad for health.

They turn a liquid solution into safe smoke and contain a small amount of nicotine, but not the dangerous tar.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary has now decided that staff can smoke them, saying their benefits outweigh the disadavantages.

A force spokesman said: "Following discussion which considered both pros and cons of both visibility and health it was agreed that use of electronic cigarettes would be permitted on police premises although not in front-facing areas such as enquiry offices."

However Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has banned e-cigarettes from their premises.

E-cigarettes were first invented in China in 2003 to combat smoking bans and are designed to give the same sensation as a regular cigarette.

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