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Police use undercover HGV to tackle bad drivers

More than 100 drivers have been caught in an undercover operation by Humberside Police in the last week searching for motorists not paying enough attention behind the wheel.

Police are using a special HGV in their operation

Some were spotted making phone calls, texting, not wearing their seatbelts and even one who was reading at the wheel.

They were all spotted by officers in an unmarked lorry which helps them specifically target HGV drivers.

PC Barry Gardner says the majority of HGV drivers are faultless, but there are a select few whose behaviour is cause for concern:

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Car found in search for missing Outwood man

Police in Wakefield are appealing for information to trace a missing Outwood man.

Stephen Pollard has been missing since Friday Credit: West Yorkshire Police

58-year-old Stephen Pollard from Newton Lane, Outwood who has been missing since February 27th.

His silver Mazda 6 was recovered yesterday from Balk Lane in Stanley and officers have been searching in the area.

He is described as white, medium build about 1.73m in height with brown eyes and grey receding hair. He was wearing jeans, a t shirt, green coat, black shoes and glasses.

Man arrested over Boston stabbing

A man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing and attempted robbery in Boston.

Police were called to the Gassy Pad area, near the Sluice Bridge, shortly after 10pm on Monday night after a 46 year-old man was assaulted. The victim was treated at Boston Pilgrim Hospital for a stab injury.

A short time later, a 25 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH, possession of an offensive weapon and attempted robbery. He was suffering from self-inflicted injuries and is currently receiving treatment in hospital under police guard.

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PCC: Rotherham 'desperately' needs to turn a corner

The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, Dr Alan Billings, says that he welcomes the Prime Minister's new initiatives for tackling child sexual exploitation.

However he goes on to say Rotherham 'desperately' needs to turn a corner - something which only adequate funding can achieve:

Dr Alan Billings Credit: Press Association

I applaud the Prime Minister's initiative. It will help raise awareness of the continued existence of child sexual exploitation across the country.

I became Police and Crime Commissioner as a result of child sexual exploitation issues and it is a top priority for me. Therefore, I welcome any new measures that will help to strengthen the systems in place to protect children and young people from sexual exploitation and to bring more offenders to justice. I will do whatever I can to enable South Yorkshire take advantage of any new funding being offered.

We should not forget, however, the measures that have already been taken.

For South Yorkshire Police I have committed 62 additional staff to work in the unit that deals with child sexual exploitation. This is a big commitment and comes on top of other posts agreed last year. It would be helpful if the government recognised this by funding these posts otherwise, with big reductions in the police grant this year, resources will have to be diverted from elsewhere in the police budget to pay for them.

I have also formed a victims and survivors panel as a result of which we are building a picture from their perspective of how policing can be improved if they are to be helped sensitively and effectively.

We are beginning to see in South Yorkshire many more people having confidence to come forward and speak to the police – though that remains a difficult journey for many to take.

The government needs to act speedily, however. There are organisations in Rotherham that work with victims and survivors that are struggling to keep going and need funding now.

We desperately need to turn a corner in Rotherham and that can happen if we have in place adequate funding, the right attitudes on the part of professionals and a willingness to listen to victims and survivors and learn from them. I look forward to working with the new Commissioner for Rotherham, Sir Derek Myers.

– Dr Alan Billings

Solicitor: This is just the beginning of a war on CSE

David Greenwood, a solicitor who represents 39 victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, said:

This is not just a problem for Rotherham.

Many towns and cities have discovered painful truths that have been ignored by the police and councils.

I have worked closely with those affected by CSE for a number of years. I welcome the Government's initiatives to prioritise CSE as a national threat, to provide targeted support for survivors, ensure that authorities work together more effectively, and to impose criminal sanctions for professionals' failures to protect children.

This is just the beginning of a war against exploiters. There are still many stories to emerge and abusers are still walking the streets. Without sustained effort, a generation of children are at risk of having their lives ruined.

– David Greenwood

South Yorkshire Police: "Significant increase" in officers investigating CSE allegations

South Yorkshire Police say the level of scrutiny around their role in the reported 1,400 cases of child sexual exploitation uncovered in the Jay Report last August is 'completely understandable'.

The force say there has been a "significant increase" in the number of officers investigating child sexual exploitation cases:

There has been a high level of scrutiny around the way South Yorkshire Police has handled child sexual exploitation in the past and we completely understand and accept this needs to take place.

This scrutiny includes an ongoing independent investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), inspections by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and being held to account by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings.

There has been a significant increase in the number of police officers and staff dedicated to tackling child sexual exploitation and we are absolutely committed to achieving justice, stopping the harm and preventing future offending.

However, we accept more needs to be done and we continue to invest in further training to ensure we continue to improve our service to victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation.

Between April 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, the force received reports of 213 child sexual exploitation-related offences.

Following thorough investigations, 45 people were charged or summoned to court in connection with 49 of those offences.

A number of complex investigations are still ongoing into many of those offences.

– South Yorkshire Police

Leeds United fan group hope to meet Hollywood star over bid for club

The Leeds Fans LLP group has said it hopes to meet actor Russell Crowe in April to discuss the club's future ownership.

Crowe has been linked with a bid for Leeds United Credit: Press Association

Hollywood star Crowe prompted speculation he may be ready to make a bid for Leeds recently, when he asked his 1.6million Twitter followers whether he should buy the club.

The 50-year-old has been a lifelong fan of the Whites, and Leeds Fans LLP said in a statement:

Russell is back in the UK next month and we will try to get a face to face to see if we can get something more concrete from him.

– Leeds Fans LLP

Leeds LLP made contact with Crowe, who asked the group to watch a six-episode show of the work he has done as co-owner of NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Crowe is currently the co-owner of the Sydney Rabbitohs Credit: Press Association

Were Crowe, the man who played Maximus in Gladiator, to actively pursue involvement with an investment, he could use the LLP group as a vehicle.

LLP is limited liability partnership which will invite Leeds supporters to become partners by buying stakes worth £100. A maximum of 100,000 stakes are to be made available with fans able to buy up to 1,000, with each stake worth one vote.

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