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17 police forces 'failed to identify vulnerable callers'

Some 17 police constabularies in England and Wales have such a disinterested mindset towards some crimes they "failed to identify vulnerable callers", a watchdog has found.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found:

  • A total of 37 out of 43 forces in England and Wales used a system in which a call-handler assessed whether an officer should attend the scene of an incident.
  • But in some forces, call-handlers could not accurately describe what amounted to a risk or threat.
  • Attendance rates at crime scenes in the year to November 30 2013 varied widely between forces from 39% in Warwickshire to 100% in Cleveland.
  • This means that nearly two-thirds of crime scenes in Warwickshire were not attended by a police officer.
  • And in 17 forces, the Inspectorate found police community support officers (PCSOs) were being asked to investigate crimes beyond their role profile and training.

Officer 'dragged along road' by rogue car

A police officer was dragged along a road in Middlesbrough after attempting to confiscate car keys from a suspected criminal.

A black Saab car was stopped on Albert Road shortly before 5am this morning by two police officers who believed it was wanted in connection with a theft.

One of the officers was speaking to the driver and tried to take the keys. The driver tried to get away, dragging the policeman a 'short distance' along the road.

The other officer was hit by the car as it fled the scene.

Both were taken to hospital - one with head and neck injuries, the other with minor injuries. They have now been discharged.

Two men, aged 32 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of assault. The 24-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of obstructing police.

Anyone with information should contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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73-year-old woman injured after 'contact with police dog'

Cleveland Police has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after a 73-year-old woman needed hospital treatment following 'contact with a police dog' in Middlesbrough. Officers were looking for a crime suspect and were searching the woman's garden, with her consent, at the time of the incident on Penrith Road. The woman received first aid from police officers on July 16 and was then taken to James Cook University Hospital.

“Our main concern at present is for the welfare of the lady and her family, we deeply regret what has happened and we wish her a full recovery from her injuries. “The dog has been removed from operational duties whilst an investigation takes place and the matter has been referred to the IPCC.”

– Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean White

Police burn £1 million pounds worth of drugs

Police have recovered £1 million pounds worth of drugs on Teesside since January 2014. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The haul was taken to a local incinerator and burned. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The drugs were burned along with general rubbish. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Cleveland Police have burned £1 million worth of drugs this morning. The haul consisted of drugs recovered on Teesside since January 2014. It was taken to a local incinerator and burned.

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Police warning ahead of England's World Cup kick-off

Cleveland Police have issued a warning to any fans intent on "causing disorder" on Teesside during England's first World Cup game tonight. England will take on Italy in their first group game at 11pm.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Police will be waiting in the wings to deal with the minority of people who intend on causing disorder if they do not get the match result they want."

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