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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.

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.

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