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Police defend decision not to name suspect

Warwickshire Police have issued a statement after a retired police officer was charged with theft, but not named.

In keeping with the force national policy Warwickshire Police does not name suspects on arrest. The force may, however, name suspects on charge unless it is inappropriate to do so. In the case in question it is inappropriate to name the person at this time."

– Warwickshire Police Statement

The force say they have received feedback on the issue since the man was charged and they will be reviewing their policy.

A 54 year old man from the Stratford area was charged with the theft of £113,000 from the former Warwickshire Police headquarters at Leek Wootton.

He will appear before magistrates in Leamington on 22nd May.

Video of attempted robbery released by Warwickshire Police

Police investigating an attempted armed robbery at the Heart of England Co-op in Rugby shortly after 7:30pm last Wednesday night (March 6), have now released a video of the incident in the hope of catching the offender.

The video shows the hooded assailant use a weapon wrapped in a plastic bag to jab a female staff member in the face, causing injuries to her left eye which needed hospital treatment.

He then left the store empty handed.

The offender is described as a white male with a scarf covering the lower part of his face. He is thought to be in his 20s, about 5'8 to 5' 10" tall and slim build.

The video can be viewed here


Investigation launched as body discovered day after a 999 call

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the contact between Warwickshire Police and a 44-year-old woman prior to the discovery of her body.

Warwickshire Police received an emergency call at 8.13 pm on the 24th October 2012, the call ended before the caller left any details. The police operator called the line back and spoke to two men and a woman who then said their location.

The next morning around 11.00 am, the police were called to the same address by the ambulance service who had found the woman's body in the house.

"The investigation is examining the actions and decisions of control room staff, supervisors and police officers and whether force procedures and policies were followed in relation to contact with the occupants of Briar Close on the evening of 24 October 2012.

"An investigator has made contact with the woman’s family to explain our role. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

– Rachel Cerfontyne, IPCC Commissioner

Warwickshire PCC candidates

Ronald Ball is an independent candidate Credit:

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Fraser Pithie is standing for the Conservatives Credit:

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James Plaskitt is standing for Labour Credit:

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Fingertip search being carried out on A444 in Warwickshire after body found

The A444 near Nuneaton is closed in both directions while officers investigate the scene Credit: ITV Central

A fingertip search is being carried out on the northbound carriageway of the A444 near Nuneaton, after the discovery of a man's body earlier today.

Police believe the man may have been struck by a vehicle.

Significant police presence on the A444 near Nuneaton Credit: ITV Central


A444 in Nuneaton closed after man believed to be hit by vehicle

Police are appealing for help from the public after the body of a man was found on the A444 near Nuneaton this morning (2 September).

Officers were called to the northbound carriageway by a passing motorist at 06.35.

Warwickshire Police say they are treating the death as unexplained but believe the man had been struck by a vehicle.

The identity of the man has been confirmed and family are currently being informed.The A444 remains closed in both directions from the junction with the M6 to Griff Roundabout and motorists are advised to make alternative travel arrangements.

It is unknown when the road will reopen.

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Row over investigation into deaths of four fire fighters from Warwickshire

A row has broken out over an investigation into the deaths of four fire fighters from Warwickshire. The men died in a warehouse fire in 2007 but yesterday their bosses were cleared of manslaughter.

The detective who dealt with the case told Central Tonight that the investigation was hampered by a union representing the fire service.

Families of firefighters killed in a fire five years ago talk about their loss.

Fay Yates Badley the widow of Darren Yates Badley talks at a news conference held at Warwickshire Police headquarters this morning.

The four firemen died when they were sent into a burning building in Atherstone on Stour in 2007.

Yesterday their three bosses were cleared of their manslaughter by gross negligence.

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