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150 jobs go from police force as £8m of cuts announced

Nearly 150 police jobs are to go as part of £8 million cuts announced by the Avon & Somerset force. It follows the biggest ever review of how the service operates. Custody suites in Bridgwater and Taunton will also to close.

But Chief Constable Nick Gargan has told our reporter Richard Payne that by reallocating resources and using better technology, there will actually be more officers on the streets.

Motorcyclist dies on A396 on Exmoor

A motorcyclist has died in a collision with a van on Exmoor.

It happened at 6pm on Wednesday on the A396 near Wheddon Cross.

Police said two motorcyclists were riding along the road when the crash happened.

One of the bikers overtook a car, when he collided with a Ford Transit van travelling in the opposite direction.

Traffic Police said the driver of the car being overtaken stopped at the scene but did not leave their details.

The car is believed to be a blue Ford Fiesta or Focus.

Police are appealing for this man to contact them.

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Police Officers sacked or resigned for misconduct

29 officers from Avon and Somerset Police were dismissed or resigned following complaints about misconduct in the last 3 years.

The files released by the force detail complaints made since 2010.

They include sexual assault, being drunk at work, stealing and assaulting colleagues.

Avon and Somerset Police says it takes firm action against staff who breach professional standards.

One in five admit to drug driving

75 people have been convicted of drug driving in the Devon and Cornwall force area since 2011. Credit: ITV News West Country

One in five people admit to having driven under the influence of either illegal or prescription drugs.

The research comes from a car insurance company, which it claims is at odds with the low number of convictions.

75 people have been convicted of drug driving in the Devon and Cornwall force area since 2011.

More than 80 arrests in drink/drug drive campaign

More than 80 people have been arrested this month as part of Avon and Somerset Police's summer drink driving campaign.

Of the 86 arrests, three were for drug driving. Hundreds of motorists are being stopped across the force area, with antisocial 'boy racers' also being targeted by officers. The campaign runs until the end of the month.

Obviously any arrests for drink or drug driving are too many, but we are finding that many people we've stopped are aware of the dangers of driving under the influence and simply don't do it. We want to deter motorists by education and information and it seems that many people are getting the message and are supportive of our campaign.

– Inspector Shane Hawkings of the Roads Policing Unit

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50 arrested for drink or drug driving

Police carry out drink drive check Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have arrested nearly 50 people for drink or drug driving across Avon and Somerset in the first week of the Operation Tonic Christmas campaign. Since it started on Dec 1, a total of 47 motorists who have been stopped have tested positive.

This Christmas police are asking people to shop a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 or texting the word drunk to a special number, 81819, from their mobile and giving the driver's details if they see anyone getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

Yeovil MP reacts to Chief Constable standing down

I am very sad to hear that Colin Port is standing down as Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Colin has been an outstanding Chief Constable over the last seven years and we will not find it easy to replace him with a person of such professionalism, integrity and quality of performance.

The new Police and Crime Commissioners will need to work hard to make sure they retain senior officers of high quality so that we don’t lose some of the top performers within our police service.

– David Laws MP, Yeovil
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