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Crash halts wrong way driver on M6 Toll motorway

Police stopped a car travelling the wrong way along a motorway by crashing into it head-on. Officers attended the M6 Toll close to the junction for the A38 near Sutton Coldfield, at about 21:50 BST on Tuesday. The Honda Jazz was travelling at 50mph, West Midlands Police said. The driver of the car, a 77-year-old man with dementia, had been reported missing from his home in Rowley Regis. He was uninjured.

Driver guilty of causing Dominic Loftus death

The driver of a car that crashed last year, killing a 22-year-old passenger, has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. Dominic Loftus was in the back seat of a BMW when it came off the road between Greystoke and Penrith in Cumbria on 3 October. The driver, Ryan Glendinning, 23, from Dacre, near Penrith, pleaded guilty to causing his death at Carlisle Crown Court. He will be sentenced on 5 September. Two other passengers were also seriously hurt in the crash, in which the car hit a hedge and wall beside the B5288 near Motherby. Mr Loftus' family described him as "kind and generous" with a "zest for life".

Oxford raid suspect was still breathing, police tell inquest

A robber who died after an attempted raid on an Oxford jewellers did not need CPR because police believed he was still breathing, an inquest heard. Clint Townsend, 33, was involved in the botched robbery at John Gowing Jewellers in the Covered Market just before 09:15 BST on 30 March 2013. He was confirmed dead a day later, after being restrained at the scene. Police told Oxford Coroner's Court they thought they had felt breath from Mr Townsend's nose when they arrested him. The court also heard from pathologist Dr Ashley Fegan-Earl, who said he was medically obese and was suffering from coronary heart disease. He said restraint had definitely played a part in his death but it was perfectly plausible that had he not had heart disease it would not have had such a devastating effect.

Leicestershire police inspector in UK stop and search reform

A black police inspector has been chosen to reform the way forces across the country use stop and search powers. Insp Nick Glynn was chosen after the home secretary said ethnic minorities were being targeted unfairly. He already advises Leicestershire Police and said he had been stopped and searched himself about 30 times while off-duty by officers other forces. Theresa May said she would change the law if the number of searches deemed illegal did not drop. At present, police can stop someone if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they are carrying illegal drugs, a weapon, stolen property or something which could be used to commit a crime. However, officers can also stop and search someone without suspicion that they are involved in wrongdoing, if approved to do so by a senior officer.

Cambridgeshire Police Sgt Spencer Evans on sex assault charge

A Cambridgeshire Police officer has been charged with harassing three woman and recording one of them doing a "private act". Sgt Spencer Evans, 40, from Harston, is accused of putting the three women in fear of violence and sexually assaulting one of them. He did not enter a plea when he appeared before Stevenage Magistrates and is due at St Albans Crown Court in September. He was granted bail. Sgt Evans, who was based at Bridge Street Police Station in Peterborough, is accused of carrying out the offences in Huntingdon "or elsewhere" between September 2007 and September 2009. The harassment charges detail a range of accusations including sending unwanted images of his genitals, biting off fingernails and toenails while one of the alleged victims was asleep, walking around a flat growling, damaging clothing and belongings, sending texts to one woman's husband and emailing her father, making threatening gestures in a restaurant and sending texts to say he had been watching one woman.

Suffolk Police want 20 special constables with horses

Horse owners are being targeted by Suffolk Police who who want to recruit 20 of them as special constables. The force wants the volunteer officers to use their own horses and local knowledge to patrol rural areas. Police and crime commissioner (PCC) Tim Passmore said it would reassure people and they could deal with crimes such as hare-coursing and fly-tipping. He said an announcement could be made in the autumn with finance found from existing special constable budgets. "The horses would be owned by the people we recruit and we're looking at what support and allowances we could provide for them," he said.

George Galloway MP questioned by police over Israel speech

George Galloway has been interviewed under caution by police over a speech in which he said Bradford had been "declared an Israel-free zone", the BBC understands. Ch Supt Paul Money of West Yorkshire Police said a man of 59 was interviewed voluntarily following complaints about the speech made on 2 August. Mr Galloway, MP for Bradford West, made the comments at a meeting in Leeds. The Respect MP's spokesman said Mr Galloway had co-operated with police. The force said the matter would be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service when enquiries were completed.

Wingate shooting: Two held after 'targeted' gun attack

A man suffered multiple wounds when he was shot as he stood in the garden of his County Durham house. Durham Police said several shots were fired after vehicles pulled up outside the 56-year-old victim's home in Wingate, near Peterlee, on Monday. The man was taken to hospital, although police said his injuries were not life-threatening. A force spokesman said two men aged 24 and 27, were later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Ch Insp Andy Huddleston added "Our initial investigations lead us to believe the shooting was a planned and targeted attack. We do not believe there is a wider risk to the public at this time. "Further arrests are likely and we are conducting house to house inquiries, reviewing CCTV footage and conducting forensic examinations. "Whilst this is shocking, incidents of this nature are thankfully rare in County Durham and our neighbourhood officers will be in the community passing this message on."