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Widow continues fight with police after cyclist death

The widow of a cyclist who was killed in a country lane six years ago is still battling police - saying someone should be held accountable for a catalogue of errors when they investigated his death.

Richard Jordan was 67 when he was involved in the accident in East Kent.

Despite a Kent Police Professional Standards report saying the investigation into his death was in places 'unprofessional and unacceptable' - no officer has been found at fault.

As Sarah Saunders reports.

Sarah spoke to widow Susan Jordan, son Neil Jordan and Asst Ch Con Jo Shiner from Kent Police.

Excavation likely tomorrow as police search for body of murdered schoolgirl - undiscovered for 16 years

Police say excavation may begin tomorrow as they launch a new search for missing schoolgirl Danielle Jones - 16 years after she disappeared in Essex.

Danielle's uncle, Stuart Campbell, was jailed for her kidnap and murder in 2002 - but he's never revealed where he hid her body.

This morning police began a search of garages between Crammavil Street and Goddard Road in Thurrock after a tip off.

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate say they are investigating why the garages were not searched at the time.

Sarah Saunders reports.


Lead theft from lifts in Poole

Police appeal for information on the theft of lead weights in Poole Credit: Dorset Police

Police are searching for witnesses after lead weights were stolen from two lifts in Poole.

The thefts happened on two separate occasions in a block of flats at Nelson Court on Lagland Street on 26th November and 11th December.

CCTV will now be installed to prevent future robberies from taking place.

Think before you drink - the plea from the family of a man killed by a drink driver

The family of a man from Oxfordshire killed by a drink driver is urging drivers to THINK twice before getting behind the wheel if they've had a drink this Christmas.

Graham Ruecroft was knocked off his bike and left to die in the road. The driver, a mother of three, was twice over the limit .She was jailed for four years and disqualified for eight.

Our reporter Mel Bloor has been out with police in Reading as they try to catch drivers over the limit.

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Rejected from the police because of a tiny tattoo

A police officer, who took a career break to bring up two children, has been told she can't rejoin the force because of a tiny tattoo behind her ear. Louisa Baker, from Ashford, has a star at the top of her neck. It's smaller than a ten pence piece. Kent Police say tattoos above the collar line are forbidden for those who want to be officers. But should they bar you from frontline police work? Tom Savvides reports.


Boy, 16, stabbed and seriously injured outside Sussex supermarket

Police were called to Abinger Road on Saturday evening Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A 16-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was stabbed in Portslade in Sussex.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Abinger Road at 5.17pm on Saturday where a group of youths were gathered in the car park of the Co-op store.

The victim was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious stab wounds and was taken into surgery on Saturday evening.

Police dog teams were called to the incident Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Detectives are now investigating what happened but say they believe in was an isolated incident

"This is an incident that was confined to a small group and we do not consider them to be a threat to the general community.

We have identified a number of suspects and two have already been arrested.

We are continuing to search for a number of others.

– Inspector Ed Neve, Sussex Police
Enquiries are still continuing at the scene Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A 15-year-old boy from Hove was arrested shortly before 8pm on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and an 18-year-old man from Portslade was arrested just under an hour later on suspicion of affray.

Both remained in custody on Saturday evening.

Police force praised for its workplace diversity

The force has been recognised for its continued dedication to workplace diversity Credit: Surrey Police

Surrey Police has been ranked as one of the top police forces nationwide for workplace diversity.

The ranking makes it the fourth highest force in The Excellence in Diversity Awards: Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list.

The list investigates whether organisations have representation at management, senior, executive and board level, from across all strands of diversity including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith & religion. Surrey Police's Association of Culture and Ethnicity provides a mentoring scheme for applicants from these diverse communities, guiding them through the recruitment process.

We are extremely proud to have been awarded this position in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers. This ranking shows our dedication to creating a diverse workforce and we will continue to work towards maintaining an inclusive organisation that is reflective of the communities we serve.”

– Gavin Stephens, Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Surrey Police

Overall, Surrey Police ranked #28 out of all organisations in the list, which included British Airways, Ministry of Justice and ASDA.

Murder squad detectives investigate police officer's disappearance

The disappearance of a police officer from Kent is now being investigated by murder detectives.

PC Gordon Semple from Greenhithe has not been seen since attending a meeting at the Shard in London five days ago. His family says his disappearance is totally out of character. Tony Green reports.

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More body cameras for frontline police

Every police officer in Sussex responding to an emergency call will now be fitted with a body camera. The devices were first introduced eight years ago but now more cameras are being made available to record incidents. This report by Tom Savvides has interviews with Superintendent Edward De La Rue, PC Scott Walters and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

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