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Level crossing warning at Rescue Day

Visitors to a special Rescue Day have been getting up close and personal with the emergency services in North Lincolnshire.

The centrepiece of the event was a rail crossing specially built at the site in Crowle for the event. It was aimed at showing first hand the devastating effects a collision at a crossing can cause. With the holiday season coming it is hoped it will encourage drivers not to take risks at crossings.

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Former police officer pleads guilty to eight offences

A former Humberside police officer has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault and four counts of misconduct in a public office at Sheffield Crown Court.

Sheffield Crown Court
Sheffield Crown Court

Lee Kershaw was a police constable working at Hornsea Police Station. He was dismissed from the force in May 2009.

Detective Superintendent Mathew Hutchinson said: "Lee Kershaw abused the trust that was placed in him as a police officer and committed a number of very serious offences.

"I would like to praise the victims for their bravery.

"Coming forward to report allegations such as these can be extraordinarily difficult and these women have demonstrated real tenacity and courage.

"Humberside Police would always encourage and support victims to report crime, whoever the offender may be."

Officers referred to CPS over death in custody

Five Grimsby police officers have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after an investigation into the circumstances of the death of a man in custody.

David Hill
David Hill

David Hill, 57, died in May 2013 after being arrested at his home for offences of criminal damage and affray.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated his death and have referred it to the CPS to determine whether there is evidence that warrants criminal charges.

Tackling honour crimes

The controversial issue of honour crimes has been put under the spotlight in Barnsley today. Police, women's charities and health services have met to discuss the fight against crimes like Female Genital Mutilation.

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner hosted the conference which looked at how they can work with others to identify and tackle the crime. He was joined by officers from police forces across Yorkshire including Adil Khan from Humberside.

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Chief Constable says economy has driven crime up

Police in northern England are facing rising crime levels because it has been harder hit by the recession than the South, the Chief Constable of Humberside Police has said.

Chief Constable of Humberside  Police Justine Curran
Chief Constable of Humberside Police Justine Curran

Justine Curran said evidence showed shoplifters were stealing essential items such as food due to the impact of the economic downturn.

She said the poorest areas of Humberside showed the biggest rises in crime, which backed up her theory.

She said the latest crime figures showed a North-South divide, with rising numbers in the North and falling or stable statistics for the South.

The Chief Constable said: "We have done intelligence interviews with criminals suggesting that acquisitive crime like shoplifting is moving towards a focus on the theft of essential goods like food.

"Statistics support the fact that upturns in crime are being experienced in the North while levels in the South are remaining static, if not falling.

Chief Constable says economy has driven crime up
Chief Constable says economy has driven crime up

"We are not looking for excuses, but it is important that we understand the drivers of crime and that is why we have looked into the possibility of the recession hitting harder in the North, leading to these increases.

"We certainly know that in our area the biggest rises in crime have been in higher deprivation areas."

A Home Office spokesman said: "Under this Government, overall crime is down by more than 10%, according to both the independent Crime Survey and police recorded crime.

"The evidence is clear - police reform is working and crime is falling.

Fourteen year old arrested over suspected burglary

Police in Hull have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with a suspected burglary in Bransholme.

Police arrest 14-year-old over suspected burglary
Police arrest 14-year-old over suspected burglary Credit: Press Association

A call from a member of the public alerted police to a suspected burglary believed to be happening at the address.

On arrival, officers discovered a 14-year-old boy in the property who they arrested.

He remains in custody as officers continue their enquiries.

Officers fittest on Humberside

Humberside Police officers are among the fittest in the country after tests were carried out on forces across England.

Humberside Police among the country's fittest officers
Humberside Police among the country's fittest officers

Forty-three forces took part in fitness tests which will become mandatory later this year and Humberside were one of just two who boasted a 100% pass rate for both male and female officers.

On average one per-cent of male officers and eight per-cent of female officers failed the 15 metre bleep test.

Gwent, West Mercia/Warwickshire and the West Midlands were the country with pass rates of less than six per-cent.

The new fitness testing, which will become compulsory in September, was brought in after recommendations made by Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor.

He recommended officers take a bleep test annually, with participants having to complete a 15-metre shuttle run in shorter and shorter periods.

Mr Winsor also recommended that from 2018 the tests should be made harder, using challenges based on the type of things an officer might face on duty, but this is being considered by the College of Policing in case it negatively impacts on women.

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