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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.

Kent's crime commissioner to appoint youth group

Kent's police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Kent's police and crime commissioner is scrapping the controversial post of Youth Commissioner after two appointments were hit by scandal.

But plans to instead spend the Youth Commissioner budget on a 'Youth Advisory Group' are under attack, with one MP describing the proposal as a waste of public money.

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Family's anger over theft of dead son's gold chain from police station storeroom

A couple from Kent are appealing for the return of a gold chain belonging to their dead son, which was stolen from a police station. Adam Baldock from Tunbridge Wells died in a horrific accident, while working as a tree surgeon. The chain he was wearing was kept as evidence for an inquest, but disappeared from a storeroom. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Adam's parents Chrissie and Phil.

End of the road for Kent Police's Youth Commissioner?

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent has announced that her controversial experiment of employing a young person as a youth commissioner will come to an end - for the time being at least. Ann Barnes made the post a manifesto commitment when she was first elected three years ago - but after two controversial appointments, appears to have decided, it's a trial NOT worth repeating. Her critics and political opponents have accused her of wasting public money. Andrea Thomas looks back on the controversial experiment and speaks to the former Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Craig Mackinlay.

Police complaints up across the South and South East

The IPCC has revealed that police complaints have gone up by a national average of 15% Credit: PA

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has released its latest figures for complaints and allegations against police forces across England and Wales.

There has been a national increase of 15% in the number of complaints from the year 2012/2013 to the year 2013/2014. Thirty-eight of the forty-three forces covered in the survey had an increase in complaints in that time frame. There were a total of 34,863 complaints about forces in England and Wales in 2013/14.

The chairwoman of the IPCC, Dame Anne Owers, said the system needs 'radical reforms', because it needs to be "fair, accessible and transparent".

The figures for the forces in the Meridian region are below:

  • DORSET POLICE 8% RISE TO 391

  • ESSEX POLICE 2% RISE TO 933

  • HAMPSHIRE POLICE 10% RISE TO 968

  • KENT POLICE 25% RISE TO 1,200

  • SURREY POLICE 4% RISE TO 693

  • SUSSEX POLICE 20% RISE TO 900

  • WILTSHIRE POLICE 23% RISE TO 489

  • THAMES VALLEY POLICE 9% RISE TO 1,043

"The rising number of complaints makes it all the more important that the system is, and is seen to be, fair, accessible and transparent.

"Better public confidence in policing crucially depends on confidence that, where things may have gone wrong, appropriate action will be taken as soon as possible.

"It is clear from these statistics that forces still struggle to get it right first time, and there are now serious questions about whether they get it right the second time either.

"We will continue to work with them to improve complaints handling. But that is not enough. We urgently need radical reforms to the system as a whole, to make it more accessible and straightforward, and to strengthen independent oversight.

– Dame Anne Owers, IPCC Chairwoman
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