Police have released video footage of a lorry driver brushing his teeth and a woman putting on make-up while driving along a busy motorway.
The family of a woman found dead in a field in Berkshire have described her as a loving wife and mother.
Thames Valley Police Federation says it supports any collaboration that reduces costs but 'maintains the levels of service'.
A man and his girlfriend have been found guilty of a string of house burglaries. 43 year Simon Horne and 38 year old Tara Bastin from Tilehurst were both convicted of 13 counts of burglary at Reading Crown Court.
Horne was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment and Bastin was given an indeterminate sentence in a mental health facility.
A man and his girlfriend have been found guilty of a string of burglaries in the Thames Valley area. 43 year old Simon Horne and 38 year old Tara Bastin from Tilehurst, were both convicted of 13 counts of burglary at Reading Crown Court.
Simon Horne was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years' imprisonment and Tara Bastin was given an indeterminate sentence in a mental health facility.**
– Det Con Ben Sherriff from Loddon Valley police station
"I am really pleased with the verdict and in particular the hefty sentence which was handed down by the judge.**
Both acted together and travelled by train to the scene of their crimes.**
A number of the victims were elderly and they concentrated on stealing items like jewellery of great sentimentality which cannot be replaced."**
Thames Valley Police have charged two men with theft.
It comes as part of a crackdown on metal theft across the Thames Valley.
20-year-old Ciaran O’Callaghan, from Moulsford Mews, Reading, and Fergus Moore, aged 64, from Bishopscote Road, Luton, were both charged with two counts of theft.
The charges relate to some stolen cable belonging to BT found by the Op Precious team on a routine visit to a scrap metal dealer in Baylis, Slough.
They have been released on bail to attend Slough Magistrates’ Court on 1st November.
The target was illegal scrap metal dealers, but drivers in one area of Reading were caught up in a police crackdown on motoring offences.
Operation Precious led by Thames Valley Police went on for five hours in the town. Penny Sylvester went to find out more.
A five day crackdown by police has revealed shocking examples of dangerous driving. Drivers were filmed reading newspapers, doing their make-up and even playing with i-pads behind the wheel.
'Operation Tramline' caught almost 200 drivers taking stupid risks on the A34 and M4 In Berkshire, on the M40 in Oxfordshire and M27 and M3 in Hampshire. Juliette Fletcher spoke to Sergeant Paul Diamond from the Roads Policing Unit.
Shocking video from Hampshire Police showing a lady putting on her make-up whilst driving.
Operation Tramline resulted in a total of 198 motorists being being prosecuted for driving offences, most of them driving whilst distracted. The faces of the offending motorists have been obscured to prevent them being identified, because each still has the right to contest the prosecution
Sergeant Paul Dimond, who co-ordinated Operation Tramline, said:“Distracted driving is proven to be a significant factor in many of the collisions on our roads. It is one of the 'fatal four' causes of road deaths and collisions in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. "
"Through innovative use of equipment and technology available to us, we will continue to crack down on this and will repeat Operation Tramline again in the future."
Other behaviour by motorists spotted by the Tramline team included:Two van drivers reading newspapers whilst they drove. One person reading a map on the steering wheel. Two drivers using iPads (one on the steering wheel) whilst they drove. One driver using a laptop.
One van driver seen accessing Facebook on her mobile phone whilst driving on the M27. 126 motorists were using their mobile phones, 25 were people distracted by other means. A total of 25 lorry drivers were evidenced using their phones with another six being distracted by other means.
The video captured is just a small selection of the 227 driving offences detected during Operation Tramline - a five day police operation run by officers from the Roads Policing Unit across the motorways of Hampshire and the Thames Valley.
A lorry driver brushing his teeth - toothbrush in one hand and water bottle in the other - is one of the examples highlighted, together with video of a woman applying her make-up, checking her face in the rear-view mirror whilst driving on the M27.
Operation Tramline resulted in a total of 198 motorists being being prosecuted for driving offences, most of them driving whilst distracted.
A man has been charged with murder after a stabbing in Bracknell. 24-year-old Aleksandrs Vasiljevs died following an incident at a property in Appledore in Great Hollands last month. Ivan Svatovskij who's 31 and of the same address, is charged with murder.