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Three men convicted of GBH and attempted murder

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, three people have been convicted following an incident in which a man was shot in his chest in Bracknell.

Robert Connor, aged 37, of Victoria Avenue,Camberley, was found guilty at Reading Crown Court by unanimous jury of attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

Michael Crook, aged 64, of Sturdee Close, Frimley, was found guilty by unanimous jury of Section 18 GBH and possession of a firearm.

Scott Kennedy, aged 29, of Sturdee Close, Frimley, was found guilty of Section 20 GBH and possession of a firearm.

They were convicted on Thursday after a trial which lasted two weeks and four days.

At around 6.10pm on 10 May 2015, Robert Connor and Scott Kennedy knocked on the door of a property in Swancote Green while Michael Crook was in a car nearby. When the victim, a 35-year-old man, opened the door Connor shot him in the chest with a firearm.

He sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

Det Con Greig Williams from Maidenhead Force CID said:

“The jury has convicted all three defendants for their role in this offence. The victim was lucky he was not more seriously injured in this attack and I hope these convictions will allow him to move on from this.”

– Thames Valley Police

The three defendants are due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 20 November 2015.

Sussex and Thames Valley police trial new stop and search techniques

Hundreds of police officers from six forces - including Sussex and Thames Valley - are taking part in a pilot exercise to improve stop-and-search techniques.

It follows the death of 15-year-old Alan Cartwright, who was stabbed to death. His family are calling for more police stop and searches to curb knife crime.

Police stop and search Credit: PA Images

The initiative by the College of Policing involves more than 1,300 officers from the Metropolitan Police Service, Cleveland, Sussex, Thames Valley and Greater Manchester forces, and the British Transport Police.

About 220 officers from each were chosen to take part in the pilot, which was designed with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (ERHRC).

The impact of the training will be analysed by the college and independent researchers to establish if the training changes the way officers approach stop and search.

"We know the public supports the police use of stop and search powers especially where the powers are used to keep people safe. The challenge now is to make stop and searches more effective because high numbers of negative searches can help to create a view that they are unfair and constitute a disproportionate response from police.
"The training will help officers to recognise unconscious bias and monitor how they make decisions about the use of stop and search powers."

– Richard Bennett, College of Policing

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Radical plans could ease overcrowding on trains

Commuters in the Thames Valley have long complained of severe overcrowding on the trains.

But that could be about to change. First Great Western says it has listened - and in a radical move the rail operator is to rip out most of its first class carriages.

That should provide an extra 3,500 seats a week. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Force preparing to police next week's Royal Ascot

Thames Valley Police are preparing their operation for policing Royal Ascot which begins next week Tuesday.

The force says a "significant security operation" will be in place during the five-day event which will be attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family.

"Thames Valley Police has been involved in policing Royal Ascot for many years. Every year is different but the challenge remains the same for us to support those attending as well as those living near to Ascot Racecourse.

"The event attracts a global audience and thousands of prestigious visitors but our planning and approach is no different to any other large scale public operation.

"A great many officers and staff have been working on the plans in partnership with Ascot Racecourse Limited, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and neighbouring police forces. We anticipate the focus remaining firmly on the track but will remain ready to respond if required."

– Supt Jim Weems, Thames Valley Police
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