Warning over car thefts

People in Hildenborough, near Tonbridge, are reminded to secure their cars and not keeping valuables inside them due to a spate of thefts.

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A teenager has died during a police pursuit in Reading. The incident happened just before 11.30pm last night.

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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.

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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"

Ministers launch new pilot scheme
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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Police station voyeurism charge

A man has been charged with voyeurism following an incident at a police station in Oxfordshire.

Christopher Richardson-Blake, of Foxdown Terrace, Wellington, Somerset, is charged with one count of voyeurism and one count of theft.

The charge relates to an alleged incident at Abingdon Police Station.

Richardson-Blake was released on bail to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on November 25.

Video: A new career on the beat

Wiltshire Police is holding another recruitment drive this year.

The last time they did back in January - 300 thousand people logged on to register in the first 2 hours - and the system crashed.

This time the force has reassured applicants, that the process will be open for 10 days. But questions are being raised about why the force is doing another recruitment drive - so soon after the last one. Robert Murphy has more details.

Hampshire officer 'credit to the service'

Tony Jeacock has been nominated for bravery award Credit: Hampshire Police

A Hampshire police officer has been nominated for a bravery award after he was pelted with bricks during an arrest.

Sergeant Tony Jeacock was on patrol in Waterlooville in August 2011 when he responded to a report of criminal damage to a vehicle.

Sergeant Jeacock located the men who ran from the car who rounded on him and contintued to punch and kick him.

Sgt Jeacock managed to use his CS spray and the men ran off.

The officer ran after them and caught one of the men, who he arrested after a scuffle.

Two other man approached him during the arrest and started throwing bricks and wood at him.

He managed to keep hold of the suspect on the ground until other units arrived and the men ran off.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said, “Sergeant Jeacock demonstrated great bravery and professionalism during a sustained attack. I am very proud of him”.

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