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Man who faked being a police officer now sought by real police

Suffolk Police Headquarters. Credit: ITV Anglia

Suffolk police are attempting to trace a man who pretended he was one of their officers.

The faker pulled someone over on Landseer Road in Ipswich just after 9pm on Sunday, September the 20th.

He claimed to be a police officer and searched his bag, however nothing was taken. The man being searched got suspicious when he failed to produce any identification.

He was driving a silver Audi and described as white, five foot eleven with light short hair and an average to large build. He is guessed to be between 28 to 30 years old.

Harlow ram raid linked to other cash machine thefts

A ram raid at an Essex shop is being linked to two others. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police believe a ram raid on a cash machine in Harlow could be linked to two other thefts in recent weeks.

A JCB digger was used to remove the ATM from the outside wall of Martins newsagents at Prentice Place just before 1.45am on Saturday.

Eight people are thought to have been involved and a five-figure sum of cash was stolen.

Police are linking the raid to a similar theft on High Street in Roydon on September 16.

A forklift truck was driven through the window of the McColl's store at about 2am and a cash machine was removed - although it was later found abandoned at a nearby cricket ground with cash still inside it.

On August 28, a red Mitsubishi Shogun was reversed into the shutters of The Food Store in The Chase in Harlow. The ATM was stolen and another five-figure sum of cash taken.

Det Ch Insp Stuart Smith, of Essex Police, said the raids could potentially be linked to even more thefts.

"We now believe all three thefts are linked and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to find out who is responsible and bring them to justice.

"There have been a number of similar incidents across the eastern region and we are working closely with our colleagues in the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit."

– Det Ch Insp Stuart Smith, Essex Police.


Four at centre of Norwich paedophile ring to be sentenced

Marie Black, Jason Adams, Michael Rogers, and Carol Stadler. Credit: Norfolk Police.

Four people who ran a paedophile ring in Norwich will be sentenced later today.

Earlier this year Marie Black, 34, of Atkinson Close in Bowthorpe, was found guilty of more than 20 offences including rape, conspiracy to rape, and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

She was said to be at the centre of the Norfolk paedophile ring which subjected five young children to sexual and physical abuse for more than a decade.

Marie Black was found guilty of more than 20 offences. Credit: Norfolk Police.

Michael Rogers, 53, of Defoe Way in Romford, Essex, was found guilty of 14 offences including cruelty and rape. Jason Adams, 43, of Aspland Road, Thorpe Hamlet, was convicted of similar offences, while Carol Stadler, 59, of Atkinson Close, Bowthorpe, was found guilty of causing actual bodily harm.

They will be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.

Six other defendants were cleared of all charges.

Police and fire merger proposals

Police and fire services in Northamptonshire could merge in one of the most radical overhauls of emergency services in the country.

Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is at the forefront of those calling for reform.

But the Fire Brigades Union is against it - saying the Commissioner should concentrate on running the police force.

Watch Sarah Cooper's report:


Forty police officers join hunt for Norwich rapist

Forty police officers have joined the hunt for a rapist in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives investigating the assault and rape of a woman in Norwich are examining CCTV footage as "extensive enquiries" continue to catch the suspect.

The 25-year-old victim was walking home from the city centre on Sunday night (6 September) when the attack happened on Drayton Road, close to the junction with Aylsham Road, between 8pm and 9pm.

The woman was assaulted and raped; she suffered facial injuries of cuts, bruising and swelling and is being supported by specialist officers.

The suspect, believed to be aged in his mid-to-late 20s, left the scene and headed towards St Mary’s Road after being disturbed by a passer-by who came to the woman’s aid.

About 40 people are currently working on the enquiry examining and taking witness statements and searching through CCTV from the area near to where the incident happened and where the victim had been walking prior to the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Tracey Little from Norfolk and Suffolk’s Joint Major Investigation Team, who is leading the investigation, said

" We’ve had a positive response to the public appeal so far and received a number of calls last night and these are being followed up today as part of our extensive enquiries.

We are appealing in particular for a male and a female in a white hatchback vehicle and also a male and female in a small red vehicle, who are believed to have passed the area at the time of the offence and may have seen something.

I would still urge people who use this area regularly as a route home or perhaps to work that may have seen something to make contact with us. The attack happened on the roadside so it is possible that people may have seen something but didn’t necessarily realise the significance of it on the night and I would encourage them to come forward.

– Det Chief Insp Tracey Little Norfolk and Suffolk Police
The area where a woman was attacked in Norwich on Sunday evening Credit: ITV News Anglia

The victim and offender are not believed to be known to one another and officers have been carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to local residents.

Former Bedfordshire police officer jailed for sex assaults on young girl

Former police officer Steven Saxon has been jailed for sex offences against a young girl Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A former Bedfordshire police officer has been jailed for sexually assaulting a young girl.

Steven Saxon, from Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, was sentenced to four years in prison at Luton Crown Court today after being found guilty of seven counts of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.

Saxon had denied the charges but was convicted by a majority verdict following a trial in July.

He was sentenced to four years for each offence, which took place between 2010 and 2012, to run concurrently. Saxon will also be placed on the Sex Offenders register for life.

Detective Constable Ian Clarke, who investigated the case said

“This repulsive behaviour was terrifying for an innocent young girl and something she sadly had to endure on more than one occasion. We are pleased the severity of this offence has been recognised and he has been jailed for his actions.

Child safety is paramount and any abuse against children will not be tolerated. We are dedicated to tackle abuse of any kind and bring offenders to justice.”

– Ian Clarke, Bedfordshire Police

Saxon had served as a Bedfordshire Police officer until 2003, before joining the Metropolitan Police for six years.

Man charged with murdering woman in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Police have charged a man with murdering a woman in St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

The woman was found dead at a house in Curlew Place Credit: ITV News Anglia

They were called to a house on Curlew Place on Saturday night and found the body of a woman in her thirties. 40-year-old Timothy Allen, from Curlew Place is due in front of magistrates in Peterborough this morning.

Police crack-down on speeding drivers

The region's police forces will be out in marked and unmarked cars from this morning in a week-long crack down on speeding drivers.

Road policing officers will be doing extra speed checks from the 17th to the 23rd of August as part of a national enforcement campaign. In the last UK-wide 'TIPSOL' campaign in April, officers caught 39,231 people breaking the limit.

"I would urge anyone to drive within the lawful speed limits. However, I would like to point out that it is not always appropriate to drive at the speed limit depending on the road conditions... The limit is not a target."

– Inspector Mark Rogers, Cambridgeshire Police

Police facts on speeding:

  • It is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as one third of all crashes resulting in death.
  • In 2013, across Europe, 3,064 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor.
  • The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph compared to at 30mph.
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