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Motorbike safety - a rider's perspective

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.

"The main aim of the film is to give riders a flavour of advanced riding techniques through being ‘on board’ while a police rider talks his way along some of the roads where the motorcycling public have been involved in crashes. Some of the riders may not consider some issues and features to be hazards worthy of caution or action in the same way that a police rider will perceive them. The film which is aimed to be the start of a series of similar features covering various aspects within motorcycling will not turn you into an instant riding expert. Instead we are hoping this and other films will provide a potentially life-saving insight, not just for motorcyclists, but for all motorists.”

– Inspector Bob Jarrett

Hampshire Constabulary supports White Ribbon Day

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:

Domestic abuse happens in all walks of life and can have a significant and long-lasting impact on whole families and the wider community, as well as victims themselves.

We work hard with our partners to identify people vulnerable to domestic abuse and violence and ensure they get the support that’s right for them.

As a force we’re also looking at ways we can find long term solutions to preventing domestic abuse for example through Project CARA, a pilot scheme that works with lower-risk, first-time offenders to address the complex issues that lead them to harm a loved one, and reduce the chances of them re-offending.

– Ben Snuggs


Hampshire police seize drugs in north of the country

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.”

Man jailed for 'horrendous' attack on police officers

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."

Hampshire Constabulary announces overhaul of crime recording

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:

For almost a year we have been working with our staff and officers to change the process of how we record crime. This has been necessary as we cut back office staff in order to keep as many officers as possible on the frontline. We are already seeing improvement. We are recording more crime on our systems every year and if that means that public trust and confidence in policing also goes up then that can only be positive.

– Rachel Farrell


Police hunt two suspects linked to robbery in Andover

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.

Police make final preparations for cross-channel challenge

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.

The lycra jerseys have arrived, hundreds of miles have been covered in training and the new running shoes have been broken in. Credit: HampshireConstabulary

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:

We’ve put lots of hard work into our training and just want to get out and do it now. We’re doing this all in our own time and for a really great cause.

We’d love to raise as much money as possible through this event and would encourage people to come out and support us on the day. We’ll be running through a big chunk of Hampshire, so please come out and give us a wave!

– Rod Kenny

£11 million worth of drugs seized by Hampshire police

Seven people have been charged on suspicion of being involved in the supply of class A drugs and five have been released on bail following drugs warrants led by Hampshire Constabulary.

The total street value of all drugs seized is estimated at approximately £11 million pounds- the largest seizure of class A drugs in the history of Hampshire Constabulary investigations.

Officers executed 12 warrants at addresses in Hedge End, Fareham, Gosport, Park Gate and Merseyside on Monday, November 3.

As a result of searches the following approximate amounts were seized:

  • 42 kilos of Cocaine
  • MDMA with a street value of approximately £2 million pounds
  • Two kilos of Amphetamine
  • Three kilos of Cannabis

Hampshire Police wish community a happy Christmas

The force has been planning ahead to ensure resources are dedicated to the right areas over the Christmas period to keep people safe and reduce crime.

Local operations are taking place across the force area to help prevent such offences, protect victims and keep communities safe.

Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire said: “For the majority, Christmas and New Year is a time to celebrate and enjoy time with family, friends and colleagues. But for others, it’s a time to commit crime."

I want to wish everyone in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight a safe and enjoyable festive season. This is always a very busy time and as we know, that can lead to an increase in violence, alcohol-related crime, anti-social behaviour and thefts. That’s why we’ve been planning ahead to ensure we have the right resources in the right place at the right time. I would like to thank all of our officers, staff and volunteers and Special Constables who will be working hard throughout this period and will continue to do so to help keep our communities safe."

– Laura Nicholson, Assistant Chief Constable
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