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Senior Essex police officer accused of 'verbal and physical abuse'

A senior Essex police officer has been accused of bullying. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The police watchdog has launched an investigation into claims a senior officer in Essex verbally and physically abused colleagues.

The Independent Police Complains Commission (IPCC) says the bullying allegations relate to three occasions in 2015 and 2016.

Essex Police's professional standards department referred the complaints to the IPCC. The watchdog said the severity of the allegations and seniority of the officer prompted an independent investigation to be launched.

The officer has been issued with a gross misconduct notice.

"It is crucial to securing public confidence in the police that allegations of this nature concerning a senior officer are independently investigated.

"We will thorough examine the reports of alleged bullying behaviour to determine whether or not the officer has acted inappropriately, or breached the standards of professional behaviour."

– Cindy Butts, IPCC Commissioner.


Crowbar-wielding robbers target bookmakers in Suffolk

The robbery happened at a bookmakers on All Saints Road in Newmarket. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two robbers - one brandishing a crowbar - burst into a bookmakers in Suffolk and demanded keys to the slot machines.

A worker was pushed to the floor during the theft at All Saints Road in Newmarket on Wednesday, January 11, at about 6.30pm.

After emptying coins from the slot machines, the men then demanded the safe was opened although it is not clear if anything was taken.

Both robbers had their faces covered, one with a balaclava and one with what is thought to have been a ski mask. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Man charged with murder over fatal stabbing in Cambridgeshire

Police at the scene of the alleged murder in St Ives. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 40-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a 28-year-old in Cambridgeshire.

Police were called to reports of violence at Houghton Road in St Ives at 12.40pm on Sunday, January 8.

They found Andrew Hasler with multiple stab wounds alongside a 27-year-old woman from Huntingdon with serious injuries. Mr Hasler died at the scene.

Andrew Hasler died from multiple stab wounds.

Yesterday evening, Matthew Sharpe, of St Neots, was charged with murder and attempted murder. He was arrested on Sunday and transferred to Parkside police station in Cambridge on Tuesday after spending time in hospital.

He will appear at Cambridge Magistrates' Court this morning (Thursday).


Post office worker assaulted by masked robbers

Culverhouse Road, Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two masked men burst into a Post Office in Luton, threatening a member of staff at gunpoint.

The worker, at the Culverhouse Road branch, was also assaulted and needed medical treatment for a head injury.

The robbers, who entered the post office at about 7.10am yesterday, stole cash and drove off in a light-coloured vehicle driven by a third person.

"This was a nasty incident which has left the victim extremely shaken. I would urge anyone who saw the vehicle being driven off, or has any information which could assist our investigation, to call us."

– Det Con Jasan Balic, Bedfordshire Police.

Northampton man jailed for sex offences against children

Northampton man Jason Scott James who has been jailed for sex offences against children Credit: Northants Police

A Northampton man has been jailed for a total of 16 years for a string of sex offences against children.

Jason Scott James formerly from Duston pleaded guilty to four counts of rape against a child under 13.

In addition, he was convicted of two rapes against a child aged under 16, and one against another child under the age of 16.

He also pleaded guilty to one allegation of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

James, must serve a further six years on licence following completion of his jail sentence

Police to use drones to catch poachers

Herts Police are planning to use drones to catch poachers Credit: Press Association

Hertfordshire Police say they are to use drones to help catch poachers and coursers in rural parts of the county.

The Rural East Herts Safer Neighbourhood Team will be using the new technology which are equipped with long range cameras to give them a bird's eye view of the area.

"The problems we often encounter, when responding to reports of poaching and other crime in the rural areas, is that it is often hard to trace offenders across open countryside. The drones have a large range which will enable us to track suspects across land that is hard to reach or inaccessible to vehicles."

– Chief Insp Gerry McDonald, Herts Police
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