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Cash boost for crime fighting via Smartphone technology

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Police are developing the technology Credit: PA

A project to develop digital methods for the public to contact police, is being developed by Hampshire and the Thames Valley forces.

Two million pounds of funding has come from a UK government innovation fund.

The forces will use the money to develop new apps for smart phones and tablets and a text service for people to report crime and incidents to them.

The new means of contact is aimed to complement calling 101 or going into a police station.

The money will also be spent on text and speech analytics and advanced mapping to give call handlers detailed information about the person contacting them and their location.

The forces plan to have the new services up and running from 2015.

Flotilla farewell to Portland coastguard station

Operations are moving from Portland to Hampshire Credit: HM Coastguard

A flotilla of vessels has sailed into Weymouth to say farewell to Portland coastguard station.

The station, which co-ordinates search and rescue services, is being replaced by the National Maritime Operations Centre in Hampshire.

The closure of the centre, which has been based on the quayside for 35 years, has been strongly criticised.

The vessels sailed from Weymouth, up the harbour to the coastguard office on the quayside saluted by cannon fire from Nothe Fort.

Organiser of the flotilla Roger Macpherson said: "It's purely a thank you for the 35 years of service."

The new Maritime Operations Centre in Segensworth, will be run alongside nine other 24-hour bases around the UK.

The government claims the move will "modernise" the service and cut costs.

The coastguard helicopter based at Portland is due to be replaced by a regional service in 2017.

There's been strong opposition to the plans Credit: ITV

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Port of Dover mock exercise goes with a bang

Residents were told not to be alarmed by sound of explosives Credit: PA

A major exercise involving mock explosions and sounds of gunfire has been taking place at the Port of Dover.

The exercise, involving port staff and police, began during the night and finished early this morning

The port said it will involve testing of tactics for dealing with emergency situations.

Supt Andrea Bishop, from Kent Police, said the port was of "huge strategic importance" and the exercise was "vital".

Tim Waggott: Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “Such exercises, which we conduct from time to time with our partners, are extremely important in ensuring that we proactively prepare for any eventuality. As Europe’s busiest ferry port, it is vital that we keep the safety and security of all those who work in and travel through the Port at the forefront of our operations.”

The exercise involved all emergency services Credit: PA- Library Picture

Have you seen this painting? Artwork stolen from Church

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information about a painting that's been stolen from a church in Buckinghamshire.

The eighteen inch oil painting was taken from the Holy Cross Church in the village of Slapton last month.

It was donated by a local family more than thirty years ago.

The stolen painting Credit: Thames Valley Police

It has been marked with Smartwater DNA linking it to the church.

Anyone who has seen the painting or knows its whereabouts is asked to contact Thames Valley Police via the Police Enquiry Centre, quoting 431/401/80525.

Justice done for rape victim after 26 years

A man is starting an eleven year jail sentence for kidnapping and raping a woman in Reading 26 years ago.

Peter Holder, who's forty-eight and from the town, admitted attacking a thirty-year-old woman in 1988.

He was caught as a result of a special operation by Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Review Team.

Holder was sentenced to eleven and a half years in jail Credit: Thames Valley Police

The offences happened in Watlington Street, Reading, on the evening of 5 March 1988.

The victim, then a 30-year-old woman, was in a phone box when Holder, who she did not know, approached her and forcefully led her away before committing sexual offences against her.

He then transported her in a car and released her approximately two miles away in Shinfield.

Holder was arrested on 20 May this year and charged with the offences on the same day.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life and was issued with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

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Woman charged with murder after fatal fire

Wiltshire Police have charged a 29 year old woman with murder, after a man died in a fire in Swindon.

Patricia Louise Hindle, aged 29 from Crombey Street, Swindon, was charged with the murder of Michael Redpath, aged 62 on Wednesday 10 September 2014.

She will appear at Swindon Magistrate’s Court on Saturday 13 September at 10.00am.

Police were called at approx 9.16pm on Wednesday evening to a fire at 23 Albion Street, Swindon, where it was believed a man may have still been inside.

The man, formally identified as Michael Redpath, aged 62, was rescued from inside the building by the Fire Service but died at hospital as a result of his injuries.

His next of kin have been informed.

A post mortem took place on Thursday 11 September and the coroner gave the cause of death as inhalation of smoke and burns.

A 29 year old woman was arrested and has been charged as above.

Family speaks of loss and horror at daughter's murder

The family released a picture of smiling Mary Credit: Sussex Police

Relatives spoke of their sense of loss as they released a picture of a smiling Mary dressed in her school uniform.

In a statement issued through Sussex Police, they said: "We are today grieving the death of our beautiful and loving Mary."

They have asked to be left to grieve in peace.

It emerged that Alromisse was separated from Mary's mother, did not live at the property and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, Sussex Police's divisional commander for East Sussex, said: "This was a tragic domestic incident that has had the most terrible of outcomes for the family.

"We are working with partner agencies and local leaders to support and

reassure the community who are understandably upset about what has happened.

"We are trying to be as open and honest with the public as we can but have to take into account the traumatic experience the family is going through as well as the fact that this is an ongoing investigation"

Meridian report: Villagers in shock after shooting of child

Tragic news tonight that the seven year old girl, shot in the head, apparently by her father, has died in hospital.

Mary Shipstone, named tonight, had been critically ill in hospital after the incident yesterday in Northiam, near Hastings.

In a statement tonight Sussex police described it as " a tragic domestic incident that has had the most terrible of outcomes for the family."

Earlier this evening, Andy Dickenson reported on how villagers have been trying to come to terms with a tragedy in their quiet community.

Sussex shooting: 7 year old victim dies in hospital

Mary Shipstone, 7, died in hospital this afternoon Credit: Sussex Police

A seven-year-old girl has died in hospital after it is believed she was shot in the head by her estranged father, who then apparently killed himself.

Mary Shipstone was fighting for life at King's College Hospital, London, after being shot by her father, Yasser Alromisse, in a domestic dispute, but she has died from her injuries.

He turned up at his ex-partner's house in Spring Hill, Northiam, near Rye, East Sussex, at about 4pm yesterday before opening fire from a car parked on a driveway next to her home.

Mary, who lived with her mother and brother at the Spring Hill property, was caught in the middle of a domestic dispute and died at 2.56pm today.

Sussex Police said Alromisse was separated from Mary's mother, did not live at the property and his death was not being treated as suspicious.

Detective chief inspector Jason Taylor said: "There are still a large amount of inquiries being carried out before we can confirm the full picture of what happened.

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