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Plans to merge parts of Northamptonshire police and fire services

Plans to merge parts of the police and fire service have been welcomed by Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds.

The Home Office is looking at whether the two emergency services could share sections of their operations like support staff and IT systems as a money saving technique.

Unions say the services should remain separate.

Commissioner Simmonds says he welcomes the sharing of facilities but doesn't want to see the two organisations run by the same person.

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Officers have arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder. Credit: West Midlands Police

A 49-year-old man has been arrested after driving his car at a motorcyclist in Tile Cross in Birmingham.

Police were called to Tile Cross Road just before 5.30pm last night, following reports of a crash between a Land Rover and a motorbike.

The motorcyclist, 26-year-old man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries and is described as being in a stable condition.

Officers have arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.

They believe the driver deliberately drove towards the motorcyclist, as he thought his bike was one stolen from him during a burglary two days ago.

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50-year-old man dies following West Midlands hit-and-run

A man, who was badly hurt in a suspected hit-and-run in Oldbury last week, has died from his injuries.

Anthony Maskell, known as Tony and aged 50, has died. Credit: West Midlands Police

Anthony Maskell, 50, was walking along the dual carriageway on Birchfield Lane just before midnight on 30 July, when he was involved in a collision which took place outside the Whiteheath Tavern.

He was immediately taken to hospital with a serious head injury, but died the following day.

Investigating officers are now urging the driver of a light-coloured Nissan thought to be involved to come forward so they can give Mr Maskell’s family the answers they need.

Mr Maskell’s sudden death has left a hole in his family’s life and they are anxious to find out exactly what happened that evening.

“They are currently being supported by specially trained officers as we work to piece together the circumstances of their loved one’s death.

“From debris left at the scene and CCTV footage, we believe the car involved was a light-coloured Nissan and I would urge the driver to do the right thing and contact us as soon as possible so they can explain what happened.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or noticed a Nissan with fresh damage in the days following the collision.”

– PC Karl Davies from the Collision Investigation Unit

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Stop and search powers authorised

Police officers were given stop and search powers Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police officers were authorised to use stop and search powers in an area of Leicester overnight up until 6am this morning.

The powers were approved for use in the areas of Coleman Road, Wakerley Road and part of the A6 and A47, until 6am this morning.

This enables officers to search for offensive weapons or dangerous instruments, to prevent incidents of serious violence.

Detectives launch investigation after Birmingham stabbing

Detectives have launched an investigation after a man was stabbed in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, on Sunday 28 June.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the attack Credit: DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

The attack took place on a 63-year-old man, who was walking past a bus stop on Bordesley Green. He suffered a stab wound, possibly from a knife, to his shoulder and after hospital treatment, he was allowed to return home.

This appears to be a completely unprovoked assault on an innocent member of the public with no clear motive.

“If anyone was in that area of Bordesley Green around the time of the incident and saw the attack itself or anyone fitting this description, I would urge them to come forward.”

– Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield, from Force CID

The man that police are looking to speak to is described as Asian in appearance, 25-30 years old, of medium build with short black hair.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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