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.
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.
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.
Three police officers have been arrested on the Isle of Wight during an investigation into sex offences. Fred and Sangeeta are joined in the studio by Kerry Swain, who has more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hampshire Police say they'll continue to challenge prejudice and celebrate diversity - in an attempt to make sure people of all culture's join the Force. The announcement was made at a special event to mark Black History Month. Andrew Pate reports.
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.