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Hampshire Constabulary's new Chief Constable issues open letter

Olivia Pinkney is Hampshire Constabulary's new Chief Constable Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire Constabulary's new Chief Constable will officially start her new role today.

Olivia Pinkney was previously a senior officer with the Sussex force.

In an open letter she's calling on communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to help her reduce offending and protect the most vulnerable.


£20,000 theft in Asda supermarket raid

£20,000 theft at Asda by motorbike riders Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

£20,000 pounds worth of electrical equipment and computer games has been stolen from the Asda supermarket in Totton, Hampshire.

Two men riding a stolen white motorbike forced open the doors of the store on Maynard Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

One offender wore a silver motorcycle helmet and the other wore a dark helmet. Both are said to be 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Police Constable Luke Callum said :"I am appealing to anyone who recognises these people in the CCTV image. Do you recognise their clothing or helmets? Have you noticed anyone in Totton area attempting to sell computer games or electronic equipment recently? Call 101 and quote 44150382002."

Hampshire Police to pay rape victim £20,000

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."

Have you seen Paige, 14? She's missing from home

Police are appealing for help to trace missing teenager Paige Leslie Credit: Hampshire Police

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.

“We are growing increasingly concerned for Paige’s welfare as she has been missing now for five days.

“We’ve been following up several lines of enquiry since she was reported missing but so far have not been able to trace Paige and so we’re now appealing for the public’s help.

“The last we know she was with a friend from the Basingstoke area. She also has links to Tadley and the Thames Valley areas.

“I’d like to hear from anyone who knows where Paige, who has spotted her or a girl matching her description.

“Also if Paige herself is reading this, please get in contact with us. You’re not in any trouble. We just need to make sure you’re ok.”

– PC Collette Camp, Hampshire Constabulary

Anyone with information is asked to contact the duty sergeant at Fareham police station ref 44150148414 on 101.


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."

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