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National prostitution and trafficking ring 'smashed' by police
A national prostitution ring in which women are believed to have been trafficked to the UK and forced to work in brothels has been smashed, police have said. Fifteen people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to manage and control brothels after raids on homes in the Midlands and south of England on Tuesday and Wednesday. The arrests included four women. Det Ch Insp Ally Wright said it was a "sophisticated and organised" set up. The Warwickshire Police officer said the ring was discovered after a property in Nuneaton was investigated.
Kidnapped man's Bewdley father-in-law jailed
The father-in-law of a man who was kidnapped and beaten with hammers has been jailed for two-and-a-half years. The victim, who was kidnapped in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, in August 2013, was targeted due to a debt of about £40,000 he owed, police said. Robert Collins, 59, of Eastham Court, Bewdley, was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to kidnap. Earlier this month, six other men were jailed in connection with the kidnap. The victim, who has not been named, was stripped naked and beaten with hammers and suffered extensive bruising, two broken ankles, a broken arm and a broken cheekbone, the West Mercia force said. He was also repeatedly stabbed before being released on 5 August, two days after being kidnapped. He was found naked in a street in Birmingham by members of the public. Det Supt Paul Williamson said: "Robert Collins undoubtedly abused his family relationship in order to provide the necessary information and local knowledge to guide the kidnappers to their victim that night."
Leyhill Prison absconder Albert Stanley found in Worthing
A convicted murderer who was on the run from HMP Leyhill, has been found by police in Worthing, West Sussex. Albert Edward Stanley, 63, was given a life sentence in 1980 for a murder he committed in East Sussex. He was transferred to Leyhill last year. Stanley failed to return to the prison in South Gloucestershire on Monday after being allowed home leave in Guildford. Avon and Somerset Police have thanked the public who provided information.
Devon and Cornwall police officer sacked over 'punch cover-up'
A detective sergeant with Devon and Cornwall Police has been sacked for gross misconduct. Police sources told the BBC that the off-duty officer hit a young man after an altercation in Cornwall and then tried to cover up what had happened. The incident was reported to the police by witnesses, the BBC has been told. The force confirmed the officer, who has not been named, was dismissed following an investigation by the Professional Standards Department. Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police Shaun Sawyer has repeatedly spoken of demanding the highest standards of conduct from his officers and staff.
Counter-terror police arrest two men on M6 motorway
Police have arrested two more men on the M6 near Rugby in Warwickshire as part of an investigation into Islamist-related terrorism. A 33-year-old and a 42-year-old are being held at a police station in London following their arrest in the early hours of Friday morning. Nine others, including radical Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary, are in custody after being arrested on Thursday. Searches are continuing at 18 addresses in London and one in Stoke. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said the 33-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being a member of, and supporting, a proscribed organisation contrary to the Terrorism Act, and encouraging terrorism. The 42-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The Met said the arrests were part of an ongoing inquiry into Islamist-related terrorism and not in response to any immediate threat to the public. Police said a number of residential, business and community premises are being searched. The arrests were carried out by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15).
Sean Rigg custody death probe PC Andrew Birks cannot quit Met
A Met officer under investigation over a death in custody must stay throughout a misconduct investigation, the High Court has ruled. PC Andrew Birks applied to leave the force to become a vicar, but was suspended pending an inquiry into the death of Sean Rigg. The court ruled it is in the public interest that Mr Birks stay in the Metropolitan Police (Met). PC Birks was the senior officer involved in the arrest of Mr Rigg. Mr Rigg, 40, was arrested in Balham, south London, and taken to Brixton police station in August 2008 after attacking a man. He died at the station after a suffering a cardiac arrest. PC Birks had started a judicial review into the Met's decision to refuse to lift the suspension, claiming it infringed his human rights.
Norfolk Police search Sprowston home in 'sensitive' inquiry
Police are searching a second home in Norfolk as they carry out an investigation into a "sensitive" and "historical" case. Specialist teams are at an address in Sprowston, near Norwich, as part of a probe. Police have declined to reveal the nature of the allegations. Searches at a bungalow on Olive Road, Costessey, will continue into Friday. Two men, in their 60s and from the Norwich area, have so far been arrested and bailed in the case. Norfolk Police said the searches were not connected to any murder, suspicious death or cold case inquiries locally or nationally.
Humberside Police to cut 700 jobs to save £31m
Humberside Police has announced it will cut 700 jobs as part of its plan to save £31m by 2019. Chief Constable Justine Curran said 200 officer posts and 500 civilian jobs, including about 40 PCSOs, will be axed. The plan will also see the introduction of new shift patterns, the creation of a 'one force' model, and investment in mobile technology. The Police Federation warned the loss of jobs and shift changes would lead to a rise in fatigue and sickness. Ch Con Curran told BBC Look North: "Our new shift patters and the big team approach will give us 100 [officers] plus over each 24-hour period, more than we are able to put out currently. "My job is to deliver 21st Century policing in an age of austerity the best that I can and I'm convinced that our new model will allow us to do that."
Man arrested over death of woman in Guisborough
A man has been arrested after the body of a woman was discovered at a house in Guisborough. Police found the 39-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, at an address on New Road in the early hours of Wednesday. Cleveland Police said the death was currently being treated as unexplained. A spokesman said a 37-year-old local man was arrested and later bailed pending further inquiries and the results of a post-mortem examination.