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Bedfordshire Police Commissioner warns of 'funding Armageddon'

The Police and Crime Commissioner of Bedfordshire warns of 'funding Armageddon' Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire is warning of "funding Armageddon" for the county's force.

Olly Martins, the Labour PCC, says that despite years of underfunding, Home Office grant for Bedfordshire is to remain the same at 0.9% of the national police grant

"The Conservative Government appears set on playing politics not only with Bedfordshire's policing but also with national security.

"In Luton we are responsible for policing an area that has many of the characteristics of an inner London borough, but with a fraction of the police resource."

– Olly Martins, Police & Crime Commissioner in Bedfordshire

Mr Martins says Bedfordshire has 163 police officers per 100,000 population which is below the national average of 226 and less than half the 381 in the Metropolitan Police area.


Three car crash following driver's suspected "medical episode"

A driver is in a critical condition after his car crashed with two others - including a Porsche - in Suffolk.

It happened at Low Street in Kettleburgh, near Ipswich, on Tuesday October 6 at about 9.30am.

The male driver of a blue Ford Fiesta is thought to have suffered a "medical episode" as he approached a bend. He then collided with a Nissan Qashai and Porsche.

The driver of the Fiesta was taken to hospital and remains in a critical condition. The driver of the Porsche has minor injuries.

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.

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