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Four police forces 'failing domestic abuse victims'

Just eight of 43 police forces responded well to domestic abuse and the most vulnerable victims faced a "lottery" in the way their complaints were handled, inspectors said.

The forces singled out by inspectors as being of particularly serious concern were:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Bedfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Gloucestershire

Lancashire Police was hailed as having the best response to domestic abuse.

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Among the forces found to be of serious concern, Bedfordshire had one officer working in its domestic violence unit, and in a case in Greater Manchester, the 13-year-old daughter of a victim was asked to act as a language interpreter for officers investigating allegations against her father.

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Police pay tribute to Batook Pandya

The sudden death of Batook Pandya over the weekend is a great loss to Bristol and we in Avon and Somerset Police will greatly miss him.

For more than a quarter of a century he has led SARI’s work supporting victims of hate crime.

His work brought him close to local police, helping us find ways of improving our service to victims of hate crime – and sometimes telling us uncomfortable truths.

– Chief Constable Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Nick Gargan

Gloucestershire police start recruiting today

Gloucestershire Police are looking for new recruits Credit: ITV News West Country

Gloucestershire Police will begin recruiting new full time constables today. Hopefuls can apply on their website from 10 o'clock this morning.

In January last year, Wiltshire Police had to stop taking applications after just two hours when more than a quarter of a million people logged onto their website.

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Investigation as man dies after police Taser ignited fuel

The Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into an incident which left 32-year-old Andrew Pimlott with serious burn injuries is now an investigation into the circumstances leading to his death after he died in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, on 23 April.

My condolences go to Andrew’s family and friends for their loss. This must be a very difficult time for them and we have appointed a family liaison manager who is ensuring the family are kept informed.

Our investigators have already carried out a number of actions, including interviewing the two police officers who attended the incident and ensuring relevant evidence has been secured.

A post-mortem was carried out yesterday and further forensic analysis will be carried out. The IPCC had informed the coroner of our investigation and we will share our report in due course.

Our investigation will be looking at what information was known to the officers attending the scene; the officer’s rationale for discharging a Taser on a person known to be doused in flammable liquid; whether the discharge of the Taser caused the fuel to ignite; and we will look at training and policies.

– Sarah Green, IPCC Commissioner

Police investigate Gloucester shooting

Two men have been taken to hospital with gunshot wounds after a shooting incident in Gloucester.

Police were called to a house in the Tredworth area of the city in the early hours of the morning.

One of the men is said to have serious injuries, but they are not believed to be life threatening. The condition of the other man is not believed to be serious.

A police cordon is in place at the scene and a full investigation is underway. No arrests have been made.

Police stress there is nothing to suggest that there is any threat to public safety in the area.

Police release picture of man wanted for questioning over robbery in Bath

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The man police want to trace in connection with armed robbery Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Bath police have issued a picture of a man they want to trace in connection with an armed robbery at the V Cars taxi offices in Cheltenham Street on Monday February 11.

Police say he threatened the owner of the taxi company with a handgun and stole a quantity of cash from a safe. He then ran off down the stairs followed by a member of staff, who chased him into Westmoreland Street.

He is described as white, in his mid to late 20s, around 5ft 10ins tall and of stocky build. He was dressed in black with a woollen hat pulled down over his face and a fleece top zipped up to his chin.

Anyone who recognises the man from the picture, or who saw a man matching the description in the area at around 5.15 to 5.30pm on Feb 11, is asked to call Bath CID on 101.

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