Hampshire Police has apologised to a rape victim and agreed to pay her a £20,000 out-of-court settlement after she was initially arrested by officers, according to a report.
Hampshire Constabulary has reached an agreement with the woman, named only as Laura, after she began proceedings against the force under the Human Rights Act.
She was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in 2012 after forensic tests on her clothes did not return a result. But the Crown Prosecution Service ordered it to be re-tested and her attacker was eventually jailed for five years in 2013.
Chief Superintendent David Powell admitted the initial handling of the case had been "poor". He was quoted as saying: "We have already personally apologised to the victim and her mother and I repeat here now that we are sorry for how we let her down.
"The initial officers involved did not treat this victim in a way that she or any other victim would deserve to be treated. We deeply regret this."
Addressing other sexual assault victims, he added: "We do believe you, we appreciate how hard it is to come forward to report these offences ... we are doing everything to ensure we never have an initial response like this again."
Concerns are growing for the welfare of a 14-year-old girl who has gone missing from her home in Hampshire.
Paige Leslie from Curdridge was reported missing on Saturday 2 May after she failed to return from a day out.
Paige is described as:
- white with a tanned complexion
- around 4ft 11ins tall
- very long, wavy auburn hair
- slim build
Police say she was believed to have been wearing a dark grey Adidas sweat shirt, black shiny leggings, white Nike trainers and carrying a grey and black shoulder bag with a snakeskin pattern down the sides. She may also have a pair of fluffy socks and a grey jumper or a white hooded top.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the duty sergeant at Fareham police station ref 44150148414 on 101.
Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police are marking the ACPO National Motorcycle Week of Action starting today, with the release of an innovative film shot from a police motorcyclist’s perspective.
The film shows an advanced police motorcycle trainer from the Joint Operations Unit, which is the collaborated unit between both forces, on a police bike. The rider can be heard talking through what he is observing, considering and doing as part of his journey on the road, with the camera placed in different places around him so that the film comes from his viewpoint.
The idea is that riders can watch the film and get an appreciation of what an advanced ride entails as the police rider encounters potential hazards and dangers while riding, thus providing an insight into advanced riding techniques.
Police officers and staff across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will be wearing white ribbons this coming Tuesday in a stand against domestic abuse and violence.
International White Ribbon Day, on November 25, is part of a national and global movement campaigning for an end to violence against women across the world.
Hampshire Constabulary is supporting the day to highlight the work the force does to protect all victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
Detective Superintendent Ben Snuggs, who is the force lead on domestic abuse, said:
The Hampshire Constabulary Fortress team has been working with Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire police and Cheshire Police to execute four warrants in the north of the country.
Five people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering offences, after officers seized a quantity of suspected drugs and cash during searches.
The warrants were executed as part of an ongoing investigation into the supply of class A drugs in Southampton and Winchester.
A number of arrests have previously been made as part of this investigation and four people have been convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs resulting in a total of over 12 years imprisonment.
Detective Inspector Amanda Horsburgh said: "An offender may not live in our force area but that certainly doesn’t mean we will turn a blind eye to their offending.
"We will not tolerate individuals who come to Hampshire or the Isle of Wight to deal drugs and exploit the vulnerability of drug users.”
A man from Basingstoke has been jailed for assaulting two police officers, in what a judge described as a “horrendous” attack.
Kyle Butler, 20, pleaded guilty to charges of affray and assaulting a police officer, and was jailed for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation to two of the police officers involved.
Two female response officers were responding to an emergency call in Fylingdales Close on August 3, when Butler became extremely irate and attacked both officers using the handcuffs.
Butler was also sentenced for a previous incident where he assaulted a male police officer.
Chief Inspector Simon Dodds said: "Assaulting an officer is unacceptable, and I am pleased that the courts have recognised the seriousness of this offence. All three officers have recovered and are back on full duties, which is to their credit."
A Portsmouth man has been charged following a burglary and assault in Lymbourn Road, Havant, on November 14.
Clive Franks, 43, was charged with actual bodily harm, trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence, sexual assault and burglary other than dwelling.
He is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates court on Thursday, November 20.
Hampshire Constabulary today revealed major changes to how it is recording crime.
As part of the Constabulary’s growing efforts to put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system, the force is to end the "investigate to record approach" and use new measures to build trust in reporting of sexual offences to police
The measures address concerns raised by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in a national report about how forces across England and Wales are recording crime.
Some crimes, which previously would have been investigated first and then recorded as crimes, are now being recorded immediately on contact from a victim or on speaking to a member of the public.
A separate Hampshire-specific report, which looks at force activity between 1 November 2012 and 31 October 2013, states that the force has a “strong victim focus” and that “there is no evidence of institutionalised performance pressure not to record crime correctly”.
Detective Superintendent Rachel Farrell commented:
Police have issued descriptions of two suspects linked to a robbery in Andover.
A 23-year-old local man was walking home when he was approached by two men, and forced to the floor whilst he was searched and valuables removed.
The robbery happened in Agricola Walk sometime between 11pm on Friday, November 7, and quarter past midnight on Saturday, November 8.
A bag containing personal paperwork and a wallet containing bank cards and cash was stolen.
The first suspect was described as white, 5 ft 10 ins tall, of average build in his late teens to early 20s with fair short hair. He was wearing a light grey tracksuit hooded top and bottoms.
The second suspect was described as white of slim build, aged in his late teens to early 20s. He was wearing black clothing, including a top with the hood up.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Basingstoke police station by phoning 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The final preparations are underway for a team of six police officers and support staff who have set themselves a cross-channel challenge to raise money for BBC Children in Need.
The Hampshire Constabulary challenge begins on Thursday, November 13, and will see the team cycling a 75 mile route and running 25 miles from Alencon in France to Basingstoke in Hampshire.
They will be running through the centre of Fareham at about 8.45am, the centre of Southampton at about 10.45am and the centre of Winchester at about 12.30pm.
One of the organisers, Detective Constable Rod Kenny said: