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No new gun charge for farmer jailed for shooting burglar

Farmer Tony Martin, who was jailed for shooting dead a teenage burglar, will not face any charges after being investigated on suspicion of possessing an illegal firearm.

The 71-year-old was arrested last month after a police search of his home, apparently following comments he made to a newspaper reporter about the prevalence of unlicensed firearms in the UK.

Tony Martin served three years in prison for shooting dead a 16-year-old burglar at his Norfolk home in 1999. Credit: PA Wire

Norfolk Police confirmed a firearm seized by officers at the time of Mr Martin's arrest was "was deemed not to be a viable weapon due to its condition" and said he will face no further action.

Mr Martin served three years in prison for shooting dead Fred Barras, 16, at his Norfolk home in 1999 in a case that sparked national debate on the defence of private property.

He was initially found guilty of murder but this was reduced to manslaughter on appeal.

Police trace mother of dead baby after 30 years

Detectives have traced the mother of a baby after its body was discovered nearly 30 years ago.

The body of the new-born baby was discovered in a water filled pit in Weasenham St Peter, Norfolk, on 5th June 1988.

Weasenham St Peter, Norfolk Credit: Google Maps

Despite a major inquiry at the time and subsequent investigations police were unable to identify what happened to the child.

However Norfolk Police obtained a DNA sample when the body was exhumed last year which led them ultimately to the baby's mother.

The Crown Prosecution Service is now considering whether the woman will face prosecution for offences including failing to register a birth and preventing a lawful burial.

The force said the mother was initially arrested on suspicion of infanticide.

But a spokesman added: "During police interview the woman revealed she had concealed her pregnancy from family and friends and delivered the baby by herself. The baby was delivered stillborn."


Norfolk Police 'assessing possible munitions on aircraft'

Norfolk Police has said that an "assessment is still being carried out around the munitions which may be on the aircraft". A statement said:

It is not believed that anyone in the surrounding area has been injured. However, there remains a 400m cordon around the site, which is standard for this type of incident, whether civil or military.

An assessment is still being carried out around the munitions which may be on the aircraft and advice from the military is being taken.

All emergency services are at the scene while investigations continue. To ensure their safety, members of the public are asked to respect the cordons that are in place as enquiries are ongoing.

– Norfolk Police statement

PC who tripped on kerb withdraws damages claim

A policewoman who planned to sue the owner of a petrol station after tripping on a kerb while investigating a break-in has dropped her claim for damages.

The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, say PC Kelly Jones had withdrawn her civil claim.

Garage owner Steve Jones was threatened with legal action after a police officer tripped on a kerb. Credit: ITV Anglia

In a statement, the federation said: "Contrary to media reports at the time PC Jones was not seeking a vast compensation payment, rather she was seeking monies that covered the income she had lost as a result of her injury.

"She will bear the financial loss with a hope that the wider concerns the public might have can be resolved by government and the police service for the future.

"This case raised a very real issue in that police officers find themselves financially disadvantaged when injured at work, with no other option other than to seek financial redress just as any other employee in any other industry would in the same circumstances."

Police criticised over 'missing' injured driver

Police officers have been criticised after a man injured in a car crash went undiscovered - lying in a ditch.

A member of the public found the man several hours after the crash on the A47 near Wisbech in July last year.

Following an investigation, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, concluded officers from Norfolk Police could have conducted a more thorough search.

The man's damaged car was reported to police who attended the scene but after identifying the car's owner and searching the area, the officers left, leaving a 'police aware' sticker on the vehicle.

The man was to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn with life threatening injuries. He survived but is still recovering from his injuries.

Norfolk Police has apologised and "management action" has been taken against the officers involved.

May to call for police compensation claims review

Home Secretary Theresa May will today order Home Officials to look into the the extent of compensation claims made by police officers.

It follows a series of stories in the newspapers about police officers suing individuals for accidents which occurred in the course of duty.

Home Secretary Theresa May Credit: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

Yesterday, the Sunday Times (£) reported that in the last 4 years more than 8,000 officers have successfully claimed compensation worth almost £70 million.

The figures appeared after a row prompted by WPC Kelly Jones of Norfolk Police, who is suing a garage owner after she fell on a curb while investigating a break in at his premises.


Police Federation: 'To vilify this female officer is wrong'

The Police Federation has defended PC Kelly Jones in her law suit after she tripped on a curb while responding to a potential burglary.

Let me be clear - to vilify this female officer is wrong.

She took legal advice as to how she could claim back some of her lost earnings as a result of the injury, and at this stage no formal proceedings have taken place.

She has been supported by my own organisation, the Police Federation, who have agreed to fund her on a conditional fee basis should the matter progress.

While PC Jones may be an easy target as she is one individual within a media storm, for me it is the Police Federation that needs to be mindful of the widespread public and member perception that has arisen out of this claim, and address that where relevant in our advice going forward.

– Steve Williams, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales
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