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Six bailed in alleged sex crimes plot

Six men, including three police officers, who were arrested over an alleged plot to commit serious sex crimes on the Isle of Wight have been bailed.<

The suspects were held in connection with claims of a conspiracy to commit serious sexual offences.

Hampshire Constabulary said the three police officers have been suspended from duty while the criminal investigation continues.

The arrests followed recent information from an alleged victim, who is a member of the public, about incidents said to have taken place this year.

Police have not disclosed the gender of the alleged victim or provided further information about how they came into contact with the officers or the other suspects.

Deputy police and crime commissioner for Hampshire Robin Jarman has said the allegations are being taken seriously and promised a "full and thorough" investigation.

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Police officers arrested: statement from Hampshire force

Three serving police officers have been arrested Credit: Meridian

Three serving police officers arrested as part of investigation into sex offences: Hampshire Constabulary's Isle of Wight District commander, Superintendent Julie Fry said:

A key part of maintaining public trust and confidence is fulfilling our responsibility to investigate fully any allegation, irrespective of those involved.

Specialist officers are providing care and support to the victim, and we would ask the public and the media to respect the welfare of everyone affected at this early stage of the investigation.

– Supt. Julie Fry, Hampshire Police

Three police officers arrested during investigation into serious sexual offences

Hampshire Police have arrested six men - three of them serving police officers - on suspicion of conspiracy to commit serious sexual offences on the Isle of Wight.

The arrests follows information from a victim. Alleged incidents are said to have taken place this year. The officers are serving members of Hampshire Constabulary.

The investigation is ongoing. More shortly.

New appeal to find Michael's killer, 20 years after murder

Michael Meenaghan, who was murdered 20 years ago

Thames Valley Police is re-appealing for information about the historic murder of Michael Meenaghan on the twentieth anniversary of his death today.

Just before 4.30pm on 10 December 1994 a 999 call to police was made from the home of Dr Meenaghan, a 33-year-old research scientist, in Monks Close, Blackbird Leys.

No speech could be heard. However, someone struggling to breathe was heard in the background.

Officers attended the property and found Dr Meenaghan. He had been shot and died from his injuries.

The investigation concluded that a shotgun was fired through a kitchen window at the rear of the house.

Despite extensive enquiries, the murder remains undetected and continues to be investigated by the Major Crime Investigations Review Team.

A £10,000 reward is being offered by Thames Valley Police for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender. A reward of up to £10,000 is also being offered by independent charity Crimestoppers, also for information leading to a conviction of the offender.

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'Non' to British Police in Calais to tackle illegal immigration

Calls for British Police to be sent to Calais to help deter thousands of migrants hoping to cross the channel and enter the UK have been met with a firm, 'non merci' by the Home Office. A senior French minister said joint policing would show immigrants it's impossible to cross the channel - but the Chairman of the Kent Police Federation said our officers should not have to "resolve another country's problems".

Sarah Saunders spoke to Kent Police Federation Chairman Ian Pointon,UKIP MEP for the South East Janice Atkinson and Conservative MEP for the South East Richard Ashworth.

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Dorset Police makes cutbacks to save £18m

They used to be at the front line of policing - but now, Dorset Police is to close more of its front desks to help save £18m over four years.

The Divisional Police HQ at Ferndown - which only opened 14 years ago - is to close - along with counter services at Shaftesbury, Christchurch, Winton, Dorchester and Wareham. That will leave nine in all - but only Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Bridport stations will be open full-time.

The force says the closures will save £700,000 a year. But what's the real cost to local policing in our community? Martin Dowse has been investigating.

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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