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Sussex police officer suspended after 'Taser threat to patient'

A police officer who allegedly threatened to Taser a hospital patient has been suspended. The incident is said to have taken place when Sussex Police were called to the Conquest Hospital, in St Leonards, to deal with a drunk patient. The male officer, 35, did not discharge his Taser but has been suspended while the incident is investigated. The patient, a 31-year-old man from Hastings, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. He has been released on bail until 26 April. A police spokesman said its professional standards department is investigating the incident, which is alleged to have taken place on 21 March at 23:30 GMT. He said: "A 35-year-old male police constable, based in East Sussex, has been suspended while the investigation is ongoing. "Officers who carry Tasers outside of the firearms unit must pass suitability checks before undergoing a thorough four-day training programme. "This includes tactical and handling assessments and is designed to test decision-making under pressure."

Windermere body confirmed as student Matthew Jordan

A body found in the water at Windermere is that of missing student Matthew Jordan, police have confirmed. The 20-year-old, from Middlesbrough, was last seen early on 27 March in Bowness-on-Windermere after becoming separated from friends on a night out. About 1,000 volunteers had taken part in search efforts. His body was found by Cumbria Police's marine unit on Tuesday. A force spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious. Det Insp Furzana Nazir added: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this tragic time. "The response in helping to search for Matthew was tremendous. We cannot thank everyone enough for their help and assistance. "We continue to support the family at this very difficult time." Matthew's parents, Clare and Bob Jordan, described his disappearance as their "worst nightmare" and had asked boat owners to help search Windermere. CCTV images had shown Matthew leaving the Stag's Head pub in Bowness and heading towards the Lake Road promenade.

Man injured in Bournemouth night-time shooting

A man has been injured in a shooting in Bournemouth. A gun was fired at a house in Jewell Road, on the Townsend Estate, in the early hours of Wednesday. One man was taken to hospital after sustaining a pellet injury to the side of his body. He has since been released. Dorset Police officers were called to the property at about 00:30 BST and a cordon remained in place throughout the morning.

Dudley Boakes in court accused of murdering wife

A man accused of murdering his wife at their home in West Sussex has made his first crown court appearance. Dudley Boakes, 79, is charged with murdering 70-year-old Sandra Boakes, who was attacked in Grasmere Avenue, Sompting, near Worthing on 3 April. She died two days later at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Mr Boakes was initially charged with attempted murder but the charge was later changed. Lewes Crown Court remanded him in custody until 27 June.

Police investigate after Ed Balls hits parked car

Police are looking into an incident in which senior Labour politician Ed Balls allegedly drove off after his vehicle hit a parked car. The shadow chancellor and MP for Morley and Outwood said he had not known any damage was done when their "bumpers touched" during a "seven-point" turn. He was traced by CCTV coverage of the "narrow drive" next to the Labour rooms in Morley, the Yorkshire Post said. A police spokesman said inquiries into the incident were continuing.

Hartlepool man, 49, charged with woman's murder

The 50-year-old woman's body was found in the early hours A man has been charged with murder after a woman's body was found on Teesside. Police were called to an address in Eddleston Walk, Hartlepool, shortly after 01:00 BST on Tuesday where they found the 50-year-old woman. A 49-year-old man has now been charged with her murder and will appear before Hartlepool magistrates later. Cleveland Police said the results of a post-mortem examination are due to be released later.