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Police display their new body cameras

An officer wearing the new body camera Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police officers in key areas of the county are to be given an extra tool in the fight against crime.

Today Body Worn Video (BWV) will be used by Local District Policing Teams in Maidstone, Medway and Thanet as part of a live test prior to a wider rollout across the force towards the end of this year and into 2015.

The state-of-the-art cameras will be used to help officers capture evidence from the scene of an incident and can record high-definition footage, take pictures and record sound.

It is hoped BWV will play a key role in domestic abuse offences and night time economy incidents.

In total, 430 officers will be using the cameras by 15 October.

Deputy Chief Constable of Kent Police Paul Brandon said: ‘BWV is a technological innovation which has been shown to have some very clear and tangible benefits to police forces.

‘It has the capability to capture real-time evidence, offering the potential to move the justice process forward with reduced stress for victims of crime."

Community warned to be on lookout for attacker

Police warn community Credit: Hampshire Police

Women are being warned by police to take extra care as they walk through Portsmouth after three unprovoked attacks in three weeks - one woman was stabbed as she walked through the city in daytime hours.

In the first incident a 20-year-old woman was assaulted from behind and suffered serious a chest injury.

Days later a 45-year-old woman was approached and stabbed in her chest, while in the third incident a woman was attacked as she walked through an alleyway in Cosham on the outskirts of the city.

Increased police patrols have been put in place to reassure the community. A 30-year-old man from Waterlooville and a 17-year-old youth from Hilsea have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

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39% not confident their police complaints are dealt fairly

Two in five people in the South East aren't confident their complaints to the police are fairly dealt with according to a survey by the IPCC.

Out of 4000 people surveyed, 39% were either not very or not at all confident that the police would deal with their complaints against them fairly.

However, 72% of people were happy with their recent contact with police and 74% admitted they were willing to complain if they weren't happy with how a police officer behaved or handled a matter they were involved in.

IPCC Chair, Dame Anne Owers said, "This survey shows that too many people are still either unsure of how to make a complaint about the police or don’t believe their complaint will be dealt with fairly."

Baby born after high speed motorway police chase

Baby Lola and Sgt Simon Goss Credit: Hampshire Police

A Hampshire woman gave birth of the side of the motorway after the police stopped her 100mph dad as he drove her to hospital.

Tiffany Ellmore on the M275 motorway at 10.15pm on Friday evening after the police pursuit.

Four unmarked police vehicles surrounded the family car as the baby's head started to appear, in which Tiffany's dad Colin delivered the baby.

The officers present phoned an ambulance which took mother and baby to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth.

Tiffany, who has three other children, was 38-weeks pregnant and had started having contractions around 4pm.

Baby Lola Mia Rose weighed a healthy 6lb 4oz and was discharged home on Saturday.

Police said no action would be taken over the M275 drama.

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Dorset police officer abused his position

A Dorset police officer has been convicted of five counts of fraud. Adam McLean, 38, pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court. He was sentenced to a community service order to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for each offence – to run concurrently.

Following his conviction he was dismissed from Dorset Police. PC McLean was arrested on 12 June 2013 following an investigation by the Dorset Police Anti-Corruption Unit and the Major Crime Team. Police say he let down his colleagues and the service.

He met a 52-year-old Sherborne man, in 2006 when he dealt with an incident in the town while on duty and subsequently they became friends. PC McLean went on to abuse his position, and in 2012 he used the victim’s bank account to pay off his own personal debts.

Four cars involved in car crash in Weymouth

Police are appealing for witnesses after four cars were involved in a crash in Weymouth.

At around 1pm on Sunday 6th April, police were called to the collision at the junction of Chickerell Road and Lynch Road.

A grey Renault Laguna was travelling along Chickerell Road heading towards the Granby Industrial Estate when it collided with a silver Honda CR-V and a black Vauxhall Agila. The Honda then struck a grey Volkswagen Touareg.

Police Constable Nick Gravenor, of Weymouth Police, said: “The road was closed for about an hour and a half in order for officers to investigate the scene and for paramedics to treat the slight injuries of all motorists involved.

Anyone who has information is asked to call 101, quoting 6:197.

Dorset Police unveil Tardis-style box

They disappeared from our streets in the late sixties, although a certain Time Lord has continued to make use of one for his travels. Today, a 21st century police box was unveiled in the main shopping precinct at Boscombe in Dorset.

The police hope it will reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area. But, as Martin Dowse reports, the launch felt rather more like a Dr Who convention.

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