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Can We Trust the Police?

In light of recent scandals, the Tonight programme investigates public attitudes and speaks to Policing Minister, Damian Green

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Police describe missing Lola Page and mother

Police have released descriptions of missing baby Lola Page and her mother after the child was taken from her foster parents.

Lola is described by police as white with short straight blonde hair and was wearing a white cardigan and blue polka dot dress when she was taken.

Her mother Stacey Ball is described as white, of thin build and was wearing a long black wig, black leggings and a black and tan patterned dress when she left with her daughter.

Police search for mother and missing baby

Stacey Ball with her one-year-old baby daughter Lola Page, the day Ms Ball took her child during a supervised foster visit and disappeared
Stacey Ball with her one-year-old baby daughter Lola Page, the day Ms Ball took her child during a supervised foster visit and disappeared Credit: West Midlands Police handout

A mother who took her one-year-old daughter from a foster family who were caring for the child is being sought over concerns for the baby's welfare.

West Midlands Police said they were concerned for missing child Lola Page after she was taken during a supervised visit in Willenhall in the West Midlands just before 1pm yesterday.

Mother Stacey Ball, 18, of Walsall Wood, is believed to have got into a dark-coloured car with her child which was then driven off, after leaving the address.

There have no sightings of either the child or Ms Ball since the pair went missing, police said.


Voyeur admits police changing room spy camera

An electrical contractor has pleaded guilty after installing a camera in a female changing room at a police station.

Christopher Richardson-Blake, 32, fitted the camera after being tasked to carry out electrical work at Abingdon police station in Oxfordshire last September.

Thames Valley police said he pleaded guilty at Oxford Magistrates Court today to one count of voyeurism and one count of theft, in relation to a stolen laptop found at his property.

"This was a particularly brazen offence in whichChristopher Richardson-Blake installed a camera in a female changing room." Superintendent Andy Boyd of Thames Valley Police said:

"Thisdemonstrated a complete lack of respect and a deliberate intrusion into theirprivacy."

"We arepleased Richardson-Blake took the decision to plead guilty today in the face ofoverwhelming evidence and so the victims of this offence are at least spared atrial."

Richardson-Blake will be sentenced on April 3.

Police search woodland in hunt for missing mother

Police officers are searching woodland at Coombe Abbey Country Park in Coventry, as part of the inquiry into the disappearance of Nicola Payne.

West Midlands Police officers search the area of Coventry woodland. Credit: ITV News

On December 14, 1991, an 18-year-old Nicola went missing on the 10 minute walk from her boyfriend's home to her parents' home in Woodway Close, Woodway Park, just 10 minutes away, taking a shortcut across waste ground. Her son Owen was seven months old at the time.

Police officers and search dogs are currently scouring an area at Coombe Abbey Country Park. Credit: ITV News

West Midlands Police, who started searching the area this morning, said the searches were prompted by "new information".

Nicola Payne inquiry attracts 'new information'

Detective Inspector Martin Slevin, who is leading the investigation into the disappearance of missing Coventry mother Nicola Payne, says the inquiry continues to attract "new information and intelligence".

18-year-old Nicola's son Owen was just months old when the young mother disappeared while on a 10 minute walk back to her parents' home on December 14, 1991.

Woodland search in hunt for missing Coventry mother

Police officers investigating the disappearance of a young Coventry mother 22 years ago have begun searching woodland in the city.

Nicola Payne photographed with her son Owen. Credit: Family handout.

West Midlands Police cordoned off part of Coombe Abbey Country Park this morning following the receipt of "new information".

18-year-old Nicola Payne disappeared as she walked to her parents' home on December 14. 1991.

Five people, three men and two women who have been arrested in connection with the investigation remain on police bail while inquiries are ongoing.


Girl, 2, dies & woman critical after being found in street

A two-year-old girl has died and a woman is in a critical condition after they were found unconscious on a street in Bradford.

Police were called by paramedics following reports a woman and child had been found outside the back of an address on Delamere Street this morning.

Delamere Street in Bradford. Credit: Google Maps

The toddler was taken to hospital with serious injuries but pronounced dead a short time later.

The woman, who is believed to be in her 30s, was also taken to hospital and remains in a critical condition.

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Woman, 20, dies after being stabbed in Gloucester shop

A woman has died after being stabbed in a shop in Gloucester.

Officers were called to reports of a man attacking the woman at a shop in Southgate Street at about 5.50pm, a police spokesman said.

The 20-year-old victim was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital but later died.

The spokesman said next of kin and the coroner had been informed. A murder investigation has now been launched by police.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or had any information was asked to call 101, quoting incident 340 of February 18.

Public asked: 'Can we trust the police?'

A poll for ITV’s Tonight programme asked 2,000 people for their views on the police. Among the findings were:

  • 39% say they believe there is a problem of corruption within the police.
  • 30% say they now trust police less since controversies like 'Plebgate', Jimmy Savile and Mark Duggan.
  • 20% say they don't believe the police are on their side.
  • 19% didn't have confidence in the police when they came into contact with them.
  • 18% would hesitate to report or would definitely not report an issue to the police.
  • 44% were satisfied with the police response when they came into contact with them, and 16 per cent were actively dissatisfied.

Watch Can We Trust The Police? On ITV at 7.30pm tonight.

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