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PC sacked for 'inappropriate' relationship with victim

A police officer has been sacked for gross misconduct after striking up a “inappropriate relationship” with a domestic abuse victim.

PC Richard Davis, who was based in Buckingham, was dismissed from Thames Valley Police with immediate effect after a hearing heard he committed a “number” of breaches, before going on to lie about the relationship when questioned.

PC Richard Davis was dismissed from Thames Valley Police Credit: Google Maps

After being arrested in March last year, he also breached his bail conditions by contacting the victim again.

Dep Ch Cons Francis Habgood said Davis' "discreditable and dishonest" actions were "completely at odds" with their expected standards of behaviour.

I am grateful to the witnesses, whose evidence enabled us to identify this misconduct. The great majority of officers work tirelessly to serve vulnerable victims. This case demonstrates that, in the rare cases where officers abuse their position of trust, the matter will be thoroughly investigated and firmly dealt with.

– Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood

Mr Davis now has 10 working days to appeal the decision.


Mother held over baby girl's 'unexplained' death

A 38-year-old mother has been arrested on suspicion of overlaying after a newborn baby girl was found dead.

The unnamed woman was arrested at her home in Chesham, Buckinghamshire this morning in connection with the unexplained death, Thames Valley Police said.

It is understood the baby was just a few weeks old at the time of her death.

Police have not released any further details, but overlaying is the term used when a baby is suffocated when somebody lies on them while in bed.

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Baby found dead in Chesham, mother taken to hospital

A baby has been found dead after police were called to a property in Chesham in Buckinghamshire this morning. The baby's mother has been taken to hospital where her condition is described as life-threatening.

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In a statement, Thames Valley Police said:

"We were called to an address in Deansway, Chesham at 9.30am. Officers are currently attending the unexplained death of a young baby. The mother of the baby has been taken to hospital. The investigation is currently in a very early stage. Further details will be released when available."


Replacement model for sinkhole car owner

A teenager whose car was swallowed by a 30ft deep sinkhole in her driveway has been given a replacement by motoring website Auto Trader.

The sinkhole that swallowed the car in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, earlier this month. Credit: PA

Zoe Smith's prized Volkswagen Lupo disappeared into the 15-foot wide crater that opened up in her family's home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, earlier this month.

"It is very surreal when you wake up and find your car has fallen through a big hole in the driveway," the 19-year-old said. "I never expected anyone to get in touch and offer us a new car."

She was invited to choose a replacement Lupo and Auto Trader met the £2,200 cost.

Zoe Smith, whose car was swallowed by a sinkhole with her new car after a motoring website bought her a replacement. Credit: PA/Auto Trader

Jon Quirk, editor in chief at Auto Trader, said: "Everyone loves their first car, so when we heard the terrible news of Zoe's Lupo disappearing into the ground we really wanted to purchase her a replacement."

Sinkhole swallows car on driveway in Buckinghamshire

A sinkhole measuring 30ft deep has opened up on the driveway of a house, swallowing a parked car in Walter's Ash, Buckinghamshire.

According to Bucks Free Press, watch manager Stuart Grosse said: “We get few calls of this nature, mainly in the south of the county. Historically, holes have appeared in the area due to clay mining.”

Firefighters were called to a sinkhole that was 30ft deep and15ft in diameter. Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Firefighters were called to the incident early this morning, and have since placed a cordon around the house.

The matter has been passed to Wycombe District Council to decide what steps to take next.

The sinkhole swallowed a parked car in the driveway of a house in Main Road, Walter's Ash. Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Five firefighters spend six hours rescuing dog

Five firefighters from Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority spent around six hours rescuing a dog that got stuck down a drain.

Station manager Dough Gruchy said they decided to attend as they had concerns for the safety of the dog owner's rescue party.

It is quite understandable that an owner, when faced with a situation like this, will want to go to extraordinary lengths to save a pet.

Lulu's owner had organised her own search, but the situation was in danger of becoming hazardous. We took the decision to carry out this rescue because of our concern for the safety of her search party as well as for Lulu’s welfare. We are obviously delighted that it has had a happy ending.

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