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Less use of police cells for mental health patients

Almost eight hundred people with serious mental health issues are put in police cells in Sussex every year, even if they haven't committed a crime. That's more people than anywhere else in the country. Now a new scheme between the police and the NHS means the majority of people experiencing mental health problems are now being assessed and treated in specialist hospitals. Tom Savvides reports from Crawley with interviews from the Chief Constable of Sussex Giles York, Vincent Badu from the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust and Home Office Minister Karen Bradley.

999 or 101? Police launch 'Who You Gonna Call' campaign

The social media campaign will run for a week Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police is highlighting when and where NOT to use the 999 and 101 numbers.

The Force received nearly four hundred thousand calls last year. A small number - it says - are inappropriate and put added pressure on the service.

Their 'Who You Gonna Call?' campaign runs on social media this week, ending in a 12-hour tweetathon on Friday, 22nd January.

Wiltshire Police advise that 999 is the number to call when you want to contact the police in an emergency. Dial 999 if:

  • You need an immediate response because a crime is in progress or you think it is.
  • You or someone else is injured or there is a threat to life.
  • A serious road traffic collision has taken place.
  • Violence is being used or threatened.

101 is the number to call when you want to contact the police - when it's less urgent than 999. Dial 101 in a non-emergency if:

  • You want to report a crime/issue that does not require an immediate emergency response.
  • You or someone else are not in immediate danger
  • You would like to speak to your local police officer.
  • You want to provide information about a crime.

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Should region's police forces merge?

The Chief Constable of Wiltshire has said that all of the region's police forces should be merged into a single constabulary to help cut costs and better deal with modern criminals.

Mike Veale says it's an outdated idea to have so many small forces in the country. He hopes his county will merge with Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset to protect front-line services. Robert Murphy reports.

Come and claim back your stolen property says Kent Police

More than two thousand items, stolen during thefts in Kent, are now going on show so they can be reunited with their owners. Kent Police are keen to trace who they once belonged to. Andrea Thomas spoke to David Woodgate, who was reunited with his property and Detective Sergeant Lopa McDermott from Kent Police. And if you've had property stolen in East Kent between September 2014 and June this this year and you think it may be in this collection you can contact DS McDermott on 07870 252377

Don't fall victim to phone fraud, warns Sussex Police

A court has been hearing how a gang of fraudsters targeted a vulnerable pensioner in Sussex and tried to trick him out of four thousand pounds.

He withdrew the money from his bank, but his wife became suspicious and called the police.

Today, the man who acted as the courier, sent to collect the cash, was jailed for eight months.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jeff Green, the victim of the scam, and DC James Gwynne of Sussex Police.

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Maidstone soldiers take on police in rowing challenge

In a battle of soldiers versus police, who do you think might win? That's exactly what a challenge in Maidstone this week tried to find out - and raise plenty of money for charity at the same time.

David Johns explains, talking to Maj Devkumar Gurung of the Queen's Gurkha Engineers; Lt Col Richard Walker of 36 Engineers; PC Paul Hughes; and Ch Insp Mick Gardner of Kent Police.

For the Gurkha Welfare Trust, see www.gwt.org.uk For More Than Words, see www.morethanwordscharity.com

Have you seen these men? Wanted by Sussex Police

Men wanted by Sussex Police Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are trying to find three men, thought to be in the Hastings area, for breaching the terms of their licence on release from prison.

Lloyd Emmanuel Francis, 24 and from Hastings, had been jailed for five months for battery and assaulting police but was let out in July.

He is described as mixed race, 6ft tall, of muscular build with dark brown afro style hair.

Noah Michael Hayworth-Cooper, 20, from St Leonards was originally sentenced to 18 months for aggravated vehicle taking.

He is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build with short straight blond hair. He sometimes has a goatee beard.

Damien Richard O'Prey, 24, also was originally sentenced to two years and 10 months for GBH. He is white, 6ft 2ins tall, muscular and has brown hair.

Anyone spotting any of the men should call 999.

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