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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.


Man arrested in connection with 2009 kidnap

Police have arrested a man in connection with a kidnap incident which happened at Drinkstone in Suffolk in 2009.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was threatened at a property in Drinkstone In September by four men and was forced to get into a car and driven to London.

In the early hours of the following morning, whilst the captors slept, he managed to escape and raise the alarm.

A 26 year old man from Croydon was arrested yesterday on suspicion of kidnap, false imprisonment, blackmail and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He has been released on police bail until September

Renewed appeal to find missing teenager

Missing Suffolk teenager Quang Xuan Trinh Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are renewing their appeal for help to trace a 15-year-old boy who went missing from his home at Otley in Suffolk last month.

Quang Xuan Trinh was last seen around 6pm on Monday 23 June. Quang is described as 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build, with short dark hair and brown eyes.

When he was last seen he was believed to be wearing a navy blue Nike jacket, light blue jeans and black shiny shoes. Police are keen to hear from Quang himself, anyone who may have seen him, or anyone with information about where he is now. If you can help please call Suffolk Police by dialling 101.

Police investigate attempted assault on schoolgirl

The area where a man tried to assault a schoolgirl in Ipswich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are investigating an attempted assault on an 11 year old girl in woodland in Ipswich.

The girl was walking along a footpath near the recreation ground on Bramford Lane when a man approached her and took her into a wooded area near Lovetofts Drive.

He then attempted to assault her, but ran off into the direction of the A14 when the victim screamed. She was unhurt. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.


32 drink drivers charged in Northants this month

Summer drink driving campaign Credit: ITV News Anglia

32 people have so far been charged with drink driving as part of Northamptonshire Police's summer clampdown.

Throughout June the force is taking part in a national campaign to reduce the number of people who died on our roads every year as a result of drink driving.

Sergeant Tony Hopkins, who is leading the campaign in Northamptonshire, said. "We are pleased with the way the operation is going. It's clearly getting the drink-drive message across and its pleasing to see this year's figures are lower than last year.

But it is still disappointing to see a minority of drivers willing to risk drink-driving. They need to be aware that we are out there looking for them and we will do all we can to get them off the road."

Of the 32 people charged this month, 28 were men and 4 were women. The most common age range was 18-24 years, with eleven people in that age group providing a positive breath test at the roadside.

A total of seven drivers aged between 40 and 49 years and six between 25 - 29 years were also charged.

Drink-driving carries a £5,000 fine, a 12 month driving ban and a criminal record.

Police patrols stepped-up as World Cup kicks off

Northamptonshire Police say they're putting extra officers on patrol and ramping up their drink-drive campaign as the county is swept by World Cup fever.

While police say they don't want to stop people from enjoying themselves, they're wanting people to be aware of their actions and the effects it could have on people around them.

We will endeavour to make sure people in Northamptonshire, whether interested in the football tournament or not, are able to continue with their normal daily lives with the minimum disruption.We’ll be out in force to make sure everyone is safe to drive, both before the matches and after them.

The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before and if people have been drinking into the night, there’s a strong chance they may be unfit to drive the morning after.

– Northamptonshire Police

People found drink driving could face a fine of upto £5,000, a 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.

England's World Cup campaign kicks off on Saturday, with Hodgson's squad meeting Italy at Manaus' Arena Amazonia.

Arresting figures: Chief Constable pay deals published

The Pay and Rewards Register pulls together links to forces' accounts on a single website, hosted by police professional body the College of Policing.

Norfolk's former Chief Constable Phil Gormley earned more than £260,000 for 2012/13.

Earnings for other Chief constables for 2012/13 are as follows:

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Sara Thornton received £220,528 - see the full details here.

Essex's former Chief Constable Jim Barker McCardle received £201,555 - see the full details here

Cambridgeshire's Simon Parr received £189,322 - see the full details here.

Bedfordshire's Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock received £186,899 - full details

Northamptonshire's Chief Constable Adrian Lee received £175,915 - full details.

Hertfordshire's Chief Constable Andy Bliss received £158,350* - full details.

Suffolk Chief Constable received £147,000** - full details.

  • * Figures are for part of the year.
  • **Figures are for part of the year.

Police chief pay details are published

Former Norfolk Chief Constable Phil Gormley Credit: ITV News Anglia

The former Chief Constable of Norfolk was the highest earning officer outside of the Metropolitan Police.

News that Phil Gormley earned the highest total pay package after the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in 2012/13, with his package of £261,981.

Phil Gormley has since left to join the National Crime Agency.

It comes as pay and reward details for chief officers in each of the 43 police forces of England and Wales have been published.

The Pay and Rewards Register pulls together links to forces' accounts on a single website, hosted by police professional body the College of Policing.

You can view the register here

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