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Becky Godden's mother defends convicted detective

A senior police detective in Wiltshire who led the investigation into the murder of Sian O Callahan in 2011 has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher's failure to follow guidelines during the investigation led to charges being dropped in relation to a second murder, that of Becky Godden. But tonight her mother defended his actions. Our correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has more.

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Wiltshire Crime Commissioner welcomes 'Clare's Law' announcement

Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson Credit: Emma Hallet/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson says he welcomes the Home Secretary’s announcement on 'Clare's Law'. Mr Macpherson said: “One of my key priorities is to put victims and witnesses first, and the victims and survivors of domestic abuse are very much part of my agenda."

Maggie Rae, chair of Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership, said: "We're pleased with this news as this pilot has been a success in Wiltshire and I welcome any scheme that helps us to prevent cases of domestic violence."

Richard Palusinski, Head of Swindon Community Safety Partnership, said: “Our involvement in the pilot phase has shown that Domestic Violence Protection Orders have proved to be an important and effective way of allowing victims to have the time and space to assess their choices for a safer future."

Wiltshire Chief Constable 'proud' to pilot anti-domestic violence scheme

Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty Credit: Emma Hallet/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty says he's proud to have fronted the pilot disclosure scheme aimed at helping victims of domestic violence. Since the scheme was first trialled, a total of 118 applications for disclosure have been made in the county with 22 disclosures having been granted.

Wiltshire Police were one of three police force areas – alongside Greater Manchester and West Mercia – to trial the scheme which ensures that perpetrators of domestic violence are banned from molesting a victim, or going near their home, for up to 28 days.

Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: “I fully support today’s decision from the Home Office and am proud that Wiltshire Police, along with a number of our partner agencies, have played such an integral part in both the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

“Wiltshire Police remains committed to supporting victims and targeting the perpetrators of domestic abuse. I must commend the endeavours of my staff, as well as those who work for our partner agencies, for their commitment and drive in ensuring the success of these pilot schemes.”

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Wiltshire's 'wannabe' police

Wiltshire Police is holding a second recruitment drive this year. When they held one in January 300,000 people logged on to the computerised entry form within two hours - so they shut the operation down.

This time the force has reassured wannabe officers that the application process will be open for ten days.

But why is the force doing this so soon after the last one?

Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy has the story.

Wiltshire Police to hold second recruitment drive

Wiltshire Police is holding a second recruitment drive this year.

When they held one in January 300,000 people logged on to the computerised entry form within two hours - so they shut the operation down.

This time the force has reassured wannabe officers that the application process will be open for ten days.

This is a tough application process and often applicants who made it through the first few stages don’t make it all the way through.

It is our job to ensure that this recruitment process enables us to get the right people for the role, giving us the best candidates as police officers.

This time, we are opening the recruitment online pre-assessment tool for ten days.

It will be accessible 24 hours a day and will close at 10am on Friday 22 November.

It takes around 46 weeks to progress through the various stages from the initial application stage to the date employment starts.

– Superintendent Charlie Armstrong, Head of People Standards and Support, Wiltshire Police

In total, 41 candidates of the 1064 applicants were successful from the January recruitment campaign.

Successful candidates are currently on provisional offers, subject to passing upcoming entry tests.

I am delighted that we are in a position to recruit additional police officers.

Although the service is facing many challenges, policing remains an excellent career choice.

It offers an exceptionally diverse career in public service, offering individuals the chance to make a real difference to local communities.

– Chief Constable Pat Geenty, Wiltshire Police

This recruitment campaign will help us to maintain police officer numbers and ensure that there continues to be a highly visible policing presence in our local communities.

We are also particularly encouraging applications from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police.

– Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon
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