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Kent's new top cop pledges 'Quality policing'

Kent's new Chief Constable says ongoing cuts to the force will not impact on the quality of policing.

Chief Constable Alan Pughsley admits the loss of five hundred staff due to budget reductions will mean that not every crime victim will receive a visit from an officer - but he says that the police will continue to be efficient and pro-active.

Safer streets and more bobbies on the beat - your messages to the new Chief Constable

Safer streets, a better relationship with young people, more bobbies on the beat and tackling drug crime.

Just a few of the things people on the streets of Maidstone told us they'd like the new chief constable of Kent to tackle as he takes up his new post. .

They've been talking with ITV Meridian's, Derek Johnson


"Lower-level crimes" will be handled by phone

Commissioner welcomes new chief constable

Lucky escape for police officer injured in motorway crash

The aftermath of the crash on the M4 Credit: Wiltshire Police

A police officer was injured when his patrol car was involved in a collision on the M4 in Wiltshire.

The incident took place shortly before 10.45am yesterday close to the Dauntsey bridge on the M4 and involved a police vehicle and an Audi A3.

The police vehicle was stationary on the hard shoulder when the collision occurred.

A police officer taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon via land ambulance with shoulder injuries.

The male driver of the Audi and a child passenger were also taken to hospital as a precaution. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.


Mental health nurses based at police stations & courts in £25m pilot scheme

A new pilot scheme posting mental health nurses at police stations and courts is to be trialled at ten locations nationwide - including Dorset, Sussex, Avon and Wiltshire and South Essex.

The care and support minister Norman Lamb said the project aims to reduce reoffending rates by mentally ill criminals, by ensuring the offenders are treated "as early as possible"

Care & Support Minister Norman Lamb (r), Minister for Policing & Criminal Justice Damian Green (c) with Custody Sergeant Jon Powell Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Department of Health said that the majority of people who end up in prison have a mental health problem, a substance misuse problem or a learning disability, and one in four has a severe mental health illness such as depression or psychosis.

Over the next year the £25m scheme will be used to join up police and courts systems with mental health services in Merseyside, London, Avon and Wiltshire, Leicester, Sussex, Dorset, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, Coventry, South Essex and Wakefield.

If the pilot project is successful, the measure will be rolled out across the rest of the country by 2017.

Police warning due to series of thefts

Car owners warned after spate of thefts Credit: PA Images

Residents living in Hildenborough, near Tonbridge, are being reminded of the importance of securing their cars and not keeping valuables inside them following a spate of thefts. 5 offences were reported between 17th and 18th December, with a sixth happening between 15th and 18th.

4 were incidents of theft while 2 were attempted thefts where nothing was taken. Items taken include three sat-nav systems, a power drill and a mobile phone plus small amounts of cash.

Police car crash in Hove

A police car has been involved in a crash with another vehicle in Hove Credit: ITV News Meridian

Emergency services are currently dealing with a road traffic collision in New Church Road, Hove, involving a police car and another vehicle.

The collision happened at 3pm at the junction of Saxon Road, which has been closed. Mornington Crescent is also shut. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

There are no details of injuries at this time. A further update will be released later.

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