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Watchdog investigates Humberside police for care of man in custody

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the care and treatment given to a man while in custody in Hull who had serious leg injuries in an incident prior to being detained.

The 50-year-old man was arrested in a street in Hull on 13 February and officers noted at the time the man had leg injuries and could speak little English.

He was taken to a police station where he was seen by a nurse.

The following day, the man was then seen by a force medical examiner and taken to hospital where his injuries were subsequently identified as fractures to his lower legs.

The police watchdog is now carrying out an independent investigation into professional standards.

Notices have already been served on 11 police officers and staff to advise them their conduct is subject to investigation, and a custody officer has been suspended by Humberside Police.

The man was not subsequently charged with any offence.

This man had sustained serious leg injuries before being arrested by police and our investigation will examine why he wasn't taken to hospital sooner. We will consider the decision making and assessments made by the police officers during his time in custody, and whether appropriate consideration was given to the man's welfare. Humberside Police has acted appropriately in drawing our attention to evidence which has led to us undertaking the independent investigation.

– Kathryn Stone OBE, IPCC Commissioner

Drug dealer jailed and ordered to pay back £300,000

A drug dealer who was jailed for 10 years in September 2013 has now been ordered to pay back over £300,000.

David Thabet

David Thabet, 56, and formally of Highfield Avenue, Grimsby pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court, on Thursday 12 September 2013, to seven drug offences and was handed a 10 year prison sentence.

The investigation into Thabet began following a search at his home address when police found:

• 33 kilograms of Cannabis Resin

• Three kilograms of Amphetamine Sulphate

• One kilogram of Cocaine; and

• Numerous kilograms of adulterants and cutting agents

Thabet was finally arrested on Tuesday 26th March 2013 travelling along the A1 in Hertfordshire with one kilogram of pure Cocaine and one kilogram of Benzocaine.

He was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply Cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to supply Amphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to supply Cannabis Resin and one count of production of Cannabis.

The total street value of the drugs recovered in this case is approximately £500,000

Harrow Crown Court found that Mr Thabet had benefitted from £596,410 from his criminal activity ordered him to pay back £322,346 over a six month period. If he fails to pay the money he will receive a further three years and three months added to his sentence, and the amount he owes will increase by a further 8% p.a.

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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.

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

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."

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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, 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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