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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

Police appeal after man dies from stab wounds

Police in Essex have started a murder investigation after a man died in hospital from stab wounds following an incident in Braintree last night.

Officers were called to Cressing Road in Braintree at 11pm last night.

Braintree Credit: ITV Anglia

They found a 24 year old man suffering from stab wounds, he died from his injuries at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

A second man was also hurt but his injuries are not life threatening.

Luke Eva Credit: Essex Police

Police have issued a picture of 24 year old Luke Eva from Southend who they want to talk to in connection with the incident.

Two other people are being questioned by detectives who have issued an incident room number which is 01245 282103.


Teen seriously injured in moped crash

A teenager has been seriously injured in a collision at Southery near Downham Market in Norfolk.

The 16-year-old was on Lynn Road when his moped hit the kerb at just before 7.30 this morning. He suffered serious head injuries and has been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge for treatment.

The road was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident, but it has since reopened. Norfolk Police are asking any witnesses to contact them.

Bedfordshire Police Inspector charged with rape

A Bedfordshire Police Officer has been charged with rape.

43 year old Paul Kelly from Bedford Road, Denton, Northamptonshire, who works as an Inspector in Bedford, has been charged with two counts of rape.

He's also been charged with two counts of ABH and one count of sexual assault.

He has been released on bail and is due to appear before St Albans Magistrates in April.

He was suspended from duty on December 23rd 2013

Police searching for two men in change scam attempt

Police have issued this CCTV picture Credit: Suffolk Police

Police inSuffolk have released a CCTV image of two men they want to talk to after a money changing scam in West End Road in Ipswich on Tuesday.

Two men went into a shop and kept kept letting other customers go in front of them until they were last in the queue.

They then exchanged notes with the cashier, swapping them around and confusing him into handing over the wrong change.

However he realised what was going on and quickly alerted his manager, and the two men fled with a small amount of cash.

Northampton officers on culture awareness

Northamptonshire Police are running cultural awareness classes to try to build public trust and confidence in the force.

As part of the training officers will learn languages, such as Polish, and study different customs and faiths.

The aim's to improve policing for all parts of the community, and to encourage victims and witnesses to talk.

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