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Policeman says viral hit is "nothing out of the ordinary"

We often hear people bemoaning the absence of Bobbies on the beat, but here's some proof that it's not all bad. PC Chris Stevens was on patrol in Kingsthorpe, in Northampton, when he spotted a man struggling home with heavy shopping - having caught the wrong bus. As PC Chris helped walk him home, a passer by took a picture and shared it on social media.

PC Chris walked the man home after he caught the wrong bus Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Since the photo was posted online, it's been seen a staggering 13 million times and it's got almost half a million likes on the police's Facebook page. But, PC Chris told us he was just doing what anybody else would have done.

PC Chris is so happy to help, that he even carried our reporter's tripod after chatting to us earlier.

Happy to help: PC Chris Stevens carrying our reporter, Sarah Cooper's, tripod Credit: ITV News Anglia

Picture of policeman helping elderly man home goes viral

A photo of a Northamptonshire police officer helping an elderly man with his shopping has got more than 400,000 likes and more than 42,000 shares on Facebook.

PC Chris Stevens Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A passerby took the picture. It's of PC Chris Stevens who stopped to help an elderly man who was struggling to get home.

“His wife looked a bit shocked when she opened the door and I was there with him, but he was fine.

– PC Stevens

"It's nice that the police are getting recognition for doing good things, but it's nothing more than any of my colleagues would have done. These things happen on a daily basis up and down the country."

– PC Stevens


Man who kidnapped pensioner sent to jail

A Luton man has been jailed for kidnapping a pensioner, and driving him to a cashpoint. 51-year-old Leslie DeRoses, of Dunstable Road, broke into the victim's house in Luton on the 14th of March. He then forced the victim to drive to cashpoints at nearby Parkway Station and Santander in George Street, to try to get him to withdraw cash.

51-year-old Leslie DeRoses Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Mr DeRoses pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, one count of robbery, and one count of kidnap at Luton Crown Court. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

“This was a horrific and despicable crime and we’re delighted with the sentence that DeRoses has received. He preyed on a vulnerable, elderly person, putting him through a terrifying ordeal. We’re really grateful to the people who came forward following our appeal."

– Detective Constable Alan Boxall - Bedfordshire Police

Police carry out checks near scene of sex attack

Suffolk Police have been re-checking an area of Bury St Edmunds where a 25-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted last week.

Police e-fit Credit: Suffolk Police

She was pushed into a wooded area, and suffered a broken wrist during the attack on Shakers Lane. The police have released the above e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detectives are still appealing for three people to come forward who they believe may have information. These include a man, described as white and in his 50s, who was walking a small black dog believed to be called 'Freddie', and two male cyclists.

The suspect is described as being in his late teens, between 5'8" and 5'11" tall, with dark brown hair and dark eyebrows. He was wearing dark coloured tracksuit and told the victim that he was from Romania, although detectives point out that this cannot be confirmed as fact.

Woman dies after falling from boat on Broads

A woman who fell from a hire boat on the Norfolk Broads has died in hospital.

The woman, who was in her seventies, fell into the water near Potter Heigham yesterday afternoon. She was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where she died this afternoon. Her next of kin have been informed.

Norfolk Police say that they are preparing a report for the Coroner, but that at this stage they believe the fall was a tragic accident.

Woman falls from boat on Norfolk Broads

An elderly woman is in a serious condition in hospital after falling into the water on the Norfolk Broads.

Police at the scene near Potter Heigham Credit: ITV News Anglia

The woman, who is in her seventies, fell from a hire boat near Heigham Bridge at Potter Heigham yesterday, shortly before 3.30pm.

The police and emergency services were called, and an air ambulance took her to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where she is still being treated.


Lorry search ends as six people are arrested

Six people thought to be in the UK illegally have been detained by police in Bedfordshire - after officers received a distressed call from a person in the back of a lorry.

Earlier today, Essex Police put out an appeal to trace a white lorry which had entered the country at Kent and had driven into Essex and along the A414 at North Weald.

Officers had received a call from someone in a distressed state who claimed they were in the back of a vehicle.

A police spokesman confirmed the lorry had been found by officers in Bedfordshire.

Distraction burglary victim, 96, dies

An elderly woman, who was the victim of a distraction burglary in Bedfordshire, has died.

The 96-year-old, who was locked inside her house by the burglars, passed away on Sunday - three days after the theft.

At about 9.20pm on Thursday, a man knocked on the door of a house in The Pyghtle, in Turvey, near Bedford, and told the owner he had damaged her fence.

While the woman went outside to speak to him, a second man entered her house.

When the woman went back into the house, the man left, locking the woman inside on his way out.

Both men are described as white and about 16 years old. One was thin and wearing a blue linen-style hat and a navy t-shirt. The second was wearing dark clothing and a dark baseball cap.

Police begin speeding crack-down

Police in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will be doing targeted patrols through the month of May to catch people breaking the speed limit.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Beds, Herts and Cambs Road Policing Unit want to highlight to drivers that speed remains one of the most critical factors in fatal collisions. They say that despite this too many people ignore poor road conditions, breaking the speed limit and putting lives at risk.

Throughout May, the unit will be increasing its number of patrols on the region's roads specifically to catch speeding drivers.

Boy thrown from quad bike

A 5-year-old boy suffered head injuries when he was thrown from quad bike in Desborough in Northamptonshire.

The boy was injured on Monday evening Credit: ITV News Anglia

The boy was riding pillion along a grass verge in Braybrooke Road at about 6pm on Monday evening. A 39-year-old man, who was riding the quad bike, broke bones in his hands and chest.

Northamptonshire Police say they would like to speak to anyone with information about what happened.

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