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Policeman parks in disabled bay while buying McDonalds

This police car parked in a disabled bay Credit: Phillip Skeates

A policeman has been caught parking in a disabled bay in Swindon while he collected a McDonalds.

He was caught on camera in Swindon by disabled driver Phillip Skeates while he was waiting for a space.

The officer left his car in a no parking zone and emerged ten minutes later with a bag from McDonalds.

Wiltshire Police said: "This officer was on a designated break and had stopped off to buy some food.

"Clearly, he has not parked his patrol vehicle in the most sensible manner and we can only apologise to other motorists who were hindered by this. Wiltshire Police are now looking into this issue."

World War artefacts and munitions seized in Bicester

As a result of information following warrants executed in St Albans, Hertfordshire yesterday to target the theft of heritage artefacts and munitions, Thames Valley Police has arrested a 35-year-old man from Bicester this morning on suspicion of theft.

A quantity of First and Second World War munitions were located, as a result of the arrest, at a residential address in Buckingham Crescent in Bicester. The man was arrested on suspicion of theft from heritage and protected sites and is currently in police custody.

It is suspected that the arrested man obtained these artefacts through illegal metal detecting, which is a heritage crime. It is a criminal offence to retrieve artefacts from the ground through using a metal detector if the land is a protected site or without permission of the landowner.

An exact list of all the items has yet to be established by investigating officers at the address. Controlled explosions are planned to take place in order to safely remove artefacts and munitions found at the address.

“These controlled explosions pose no threat to the general public. As a precaution we have evacuated a few properties in close proximity. The seizure will take some time to process all the items recovered. We have experts in place to deal safely with the items recovered.”

– Ch Supt Amanda Pearson, leading the operation

"The practice of illegal metal detecting or stealing artefacts from the ground, particularly from conflict sites relating to the First and Second World Wars, is an issue that English Heritage takes very seriously. We recognise that the majority of the metal detecting community comply with the laws and regulations relating to the discovery and recovery of objects from the land. We are prepared to take action and do what is necessary including, working alongside the police, to bring those responsible to justice."

– Mark Harrison, National Policing and Crime Advisor for English Heritage


Kent woman jailed for making false allegation

Emily Checksfield has been sentenced to four years in prison Credit: Kent Police

A Kent woman has been sent to prison for making a false allegation that her partner threatened to kill her in Rye, East Sussex.

Emily Checksfield, 41, of Owen Square, Deal, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday and was sentenced to four years imprisonment, having been convicted on 12 September of perverting the course of justice after a trial.

She was found not guilty of a separate alleged offence of burglary.

In April 2012 Checksfield alleged that a now ex-partner had threatened to kill her with a Samurai sword at an address they then shared in Rye, East Sussex. He was arrested and after an investigation was charged on the authority of the CPS.

However within weeks he had recorded a conversation with her in which she acknowledged that the allegation was false. She then hurriedly contacted police to try to withdraw the allegation.

"Checksfield had put this man through the ordeal of a convincing allegation, arrest, charge, initial court appearance and, for a while, a remand in custody until he secured bail. We will always take all allegations of violent offences very seriously, and this one was thoroughly investigated, but it became clear that Checksfield had made the allegation out of personal spite and that it had no foundation. It is equally important that false allegations are considered for prosecution and we worked closely with the CPS to help ensure that she was eventually brought to justice."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ling
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Flamborough helicopter crash victims named

The two men who died in the helicopter crash off the coast of Flamborough in East Yorkshire have now been officially named.

Captain Briain Bridgman Credit: Humerbside police

The pilot was 58-year-old Captain Brian Bridgman from Canterbury in Kent and the passenger was John Stephen Kent, aged 50, from Romford in Essex. The investigation into the incident which resulted in the aircraft crashing into the sea is being led by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

John Stephen Kent Credit: Humberside Police


Boy approached by man in car in Dorset

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a boy was approached by a man in a car in Sturminster Newton.

The incident happened at around 5.15pm on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at the base of Rabin Hill.

A car, described as an orange Ford Fiesta or Focus, pulled up next to the 9-year-old local boy and the male driver ask him whether he wanted to get in the car. The boy declined and walked away. The man then drove off.

The driver was described as white, in his mid-twenties, of skinny build with brown hair and a beard. He was wearing a black sweat shirt.

No arrests have been made.

"We are investigating the incident. Witnesses and anyone with information about the incident should contact Dorset Police. I would like to remind parents and children to be vigilant and to report any concerns to the police on 101.”

– Detective Constable Tony O’Connell, of Western CID
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