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IPCC investigates Hersden man's shooting

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate the shooting of a man by Kent Police, leaving him critically injured. Marc Traylor, 40, was shot by officers at about 01:00 GMT on 9 February, hours after his 16-year-old daughter was found with stab wounds at a house in Herden, near Canterbury. He remains in hospital in a critical condition. A police handgun, two Tasers and a baton launcher are being tested. The IPCC said the address had been examined by an independent ballistics expert. A spokesman said: "The firearms officers have provided accounts to the IPCC and are being treated as significant witnesses." Mary Cunneen, IPCC commissioner, said: "Where someone is shot by the police it is right that it is subject to rigorous independent scrutiny. "We have made good progress recovering evidence that will help provide an understanding of what happened." Kent Police are continuing their investigation into an attempted murder. The 16-year-old girl is recovering in hospital.

IPCC probes Cumbria Police over Kye Levi Beattie Kerr death inquiry

Police investigating the death of a baby in Carlisle are being probed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Five-week-old Kye Levi Beattie Kerr died at his home in Harraby in July 2011 and his parents were arrested in September 2013. Police have not revealed the cause of death or disclosed what the parents were arrested on suspicion of. The man, 33, and woman, 25, who have not been named, remain on bail. An IPCC spokesman said: "The IPCC has begun an independent investigation into the role of Cumbria Constabulary in matters related to the death of a five-week-old baby. "As there is an ongoing criminal investigation by Cumbria Constabulary into the baby's death we cannot provide further details about our investigation at this stage." Cumbria Constabulary confirmed it was still investigating the baby's death but would not comment on the IPCC probe.

Derek Brockwell: Officers stabbed as prisoner escapes in Dublin

Brockwell had absconded from a life sentence in the UK for a series of armed robberies Irish police are continuing to search for a prisoner who escaped from custody in a Dublin hospital after allegedly stabbing two prison officers. Derek Brockwell, a UK national, is serving a seven-year sentence for an October 2012 armed robbery in Dublin. He was brought to Tallaght Hospital from Portlaoise Prison for treatment, but once there he attacked two prison officers escorting him. One was stabbed in the stomach and one in the hand and back. Brockwell escaped on a motorbike driven by an accomplice. The officer stabbed in the stomach underwent emergency surgery. Both he and the other injured officer are believed to be in stable conditions.

Stoke-on-Trent man held on suspicion of encouraging terrorism

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and supporting a proscribed organisation, police have said. The man was detained by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at his home in Stoke-on-Trent, a spokesman said. West Midlands Police said the arrest related to suspected online postings referencing Islamic State. He has since been released on conditional bail. A police spokesman said the arrest was pre-planned and intelligence led and was not made because there was any immediate risk to public safety.

Bath truck crash: Manslaughter suspects released on bail

Two men arrested after a tipper truck crash in Bath that left four people dead, including a four-year-old girl, have been bailed by police. The 30-tonne truck, which careered down Lansdown Lane hitting vehicles and pedestrians, crashed on 9 February. A 19-year-old man, believed to be Philip Potter who was driving the truck, was held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Mitzi Steady died along with three men. Her grandmother remains critically ill.

PCC Stephen Bett dismisses 'nonsense' expenses allegations

A police and crime commissioner (PCC) investigated over his expense claims has said allegations made against him were "nonsense from the start". Norfolk PCC Stephen Bett was cleared of any criminal offences in an investigation after it emerged his home had been declared as his place of work. He claimed expenses from his Thornham address for meetings at Norfolk police's Wymondham headquarters. Mr Bett had already agreed to pay back expenses of £2,721.60. He said: "The allegations of fraud made against me by a single individual were nonsense from the start so I am not surprised by the report's findings in this regard."