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Police officer punished after 'speeding' with prisoner

A police officer has had his licence suspended after being accused of reaching speeds of 140mph in a bid to show a prisoner how powerful his car was.

A police officer has been disciplined after he was accused of speeding while transporting a prisoner (file photo) Credit: PA

The prisoner, who was being taken from Leeds to Darlington, chatted to the officer who was driving him about the marked BMW they were travelling in and its "powerful motor", The Northern Echo reported.

After asking the Pc how fast the car could go, the officer was said to have replied "I'll show you" or "let's see" and accelerated to twice the legal speed limit.

Once the pair arrived at Darlington Police Station, the prisoner promptly told the officer at the custody desk how fast they had been going.

Superintendent Darren Ellis, head of professional standards and legal services, said the force was aware of the prisoner's complaint that the police car was "driven at an excess, and inappropriate speed" and was taking the allegation "very seriously".

He said that as well as having his licence suspended, the Pc has been moved permanently from roads policing duties, formally sanctioned under the Police Misconduct Procedures and is subject to an "action plan" concerning risk management and decision making.

"He will have to go through a driving school reassessment before returning to full operational duties," Superintendent Ellis added.

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Police investigate fatal Grimsby car crash

Superintendent Tracy Bradley of Humberside Police has told the Grimsby Telegraph:

What we know so far is that a collision has occurred between a Nissan Primera and a light goods vehicle. There were five occupants in the Nissan Primera, and two of the occupants were taken to the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital where they were declared deceased.

There were three other occupants of the vehicle who were certified deceased at the scene.

At this moment in time we are conducting an investigation to try to find out what the cause of the incident was, and we have family liaison officers that are working with family and relatives of the deceased.

We would like to appeal to any witnesses that either saw any of the vehicles prior to the collision or saw the incident occurring.

– Superintendent Tracy Bradley

Ambulance service: Police at Grimsby crash scene

An ambulance service spokeswoman has provided further details of today's road crash in Grimsby:

The emergency 999 call was received at 12.30pm today and reported a road traffic collision between a lorry and a car in Grimsby.

Three ambulances and the air ambulance were sent to the crash on the A18 in Laceby.

Our first response was on scene within three minutes of the call being picked up in control. Police and fire services also attended.

Two patients were transported by land ambulance to hospital in Grimsby.

– ambulance service spokeswoman

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Coroner urges gun licensing changes at inquest

Taxi driver Michael Atherton shot dead three members of his family before killing himself. Credit: Durham Police

A coroner has called for "root and branch" changes to gun licensing at the conclusion of an inquest into a taxi driver who shot dead three members of his family before killing himself.

Andrew Tweddle said that with the current "flawed" system it was "fortuitous" there had not been more incidents like the one in Horden, near Peterlee, County Durham, on New Year's Day 2012.

Michael Atherton, 42, killed his partner, Susan McGoldrick, 47, her sister, Alison Turnbull, 44, and Ms Turnbull's daughter, Tanya, 24, before turning the gun on himself.

Mr Tweddle, sitting in Crook, reached a verdict that the women were unlawfully killed and that Atherton killed himself.

The inquest heard that Atherton, despite a history of domestic abuse and threats to self-harm, legally owned six weapons, including three shotguns.

The inquest also heard that there was no formal training for police officers involved in granting firearms licences.

For further coverage of this story visit ITV Tyne Tees.

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