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Police make Syria plea to UK Muslim women

British counter-terrorism police chiefs are making an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to persuade their relatives not to go to Syria to fight. The national campaign for women to intervene follows a string of deaths of UK men who joined Syria's civil war against President Assad's regime. Co-ordinated events are being held in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Critics and campaigners questioned whether the police were trusted enough to get their message across.

Matthew Wickens admits son's manslaughter in Devon

A Devon father has admitted the manslaughter of his five-week-old who died after suffering a head injury. Matthew Wickens, 24, had denied murder but admitted the manslaughter of Rylee Gardener, a plea accepted by the prosecution at Exeter Crown Court. Rylee was found dead in the Winner Street area of Paignton on 25 November 2012. Wickens, of Waltham Road, Newton Abbot, was remanded in custody until sentencing.

'Vile and cowardly' Mark Eatwell from Wroughton jailed for four years

A woman from Wiltshire who suffered a "horrific and sustained attack" by her ex-partner is encouraging other victims not to suffer in silence. Jayne-Anne Murray was visiting Mark Eatwell's home to spend time with his son when the attack happened. Police said she was kept prisoner there and assaulted by the 44 year old. Eatwell, from Wroughton, was found guilty of actual bodily harm (ABH) and false imprisonment. He was jailed for four years at Swindon Crown Court. Ms Murray praised the support she had received from Wiltshire Police from the start of the investigation to giving evidence in court.

Youngsters recruited for police cadet training scheme

Youngsters in Hampshire are being recruited to join a new police cadet training scheme. The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) is aimed at 11-18-year-olds who sign up for a 10-week induction programme. They are then required to complete a minimum of three hours volunteering per month by assisting with local policing and community events. The VPC scheme will initially be launched at two Southampton schools, Cantell and Redbridge. In September it will be rolled out to other location across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. PC Stephen Swift, force VCP leader, said: "Our aim is to inspire young people to positively participate in their local communities, and to give them a voice within the police and the opportunity to get involved in a really positive way. "It is important to understand that the volunteer cadets will have no policing powers, they are not special constables and will not be used in any such capacity. "But they will be a very important part of the Hampshire Constabulary extended police family working within the community, tackling local issues."

Essex Police car 'blasts Sound of Da Police' at revellers

Police in Essex are investigating footage apparently showing a rap song being blasted out from a patrol car's loudspeaker system. Officers driving through Chelmsford were caught on video seemingly playing KRS-One's Sound Of Da Police. The YouTube film shows the car blasting out the line "Woop, woop, it's the sound of da police". A spokesman for the force said: "An officer in the car has been identified and an investigation is under way." The investigation sought "to establish the precise and accurate circumstances of the contents of the video", he added. Asked about the film on BBC Essex, Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston, said the question had "caught me on the hip hop". He added: "If it's true, I like people to have a sense of humour. Most members of the public have got a sense of humour and most police officers have too. "There's also a question of judgment, and there's a balance between a sense of humour and judgment here. "It's a question for the Chief Constable, but if someone's sense of humour got ahead of their judgment then maybe it's forgivable, but let's have a look at the facts." Listeners to BBC Radio Essex said the video "made the police seem human" and praised officers for "showing a sense of humour". One said: "If the police really did this, perhaps if they arrest someone they should play I Fought the Law by The Clash, on the way to the station."

Glemsford post office raid: Three men jailed for conspiracy to burgle

Three men have been jailed for a series of burglaries - one of which ended with a Suffolk village postmaster throwing water over them. Alan Loveridge, 47, Steven Allum, 28, both from Suffolk, and Michael Smith, 29, from Norfolk, admitted conspiracy to commit burglaries. They were sentenced to between four and five-and-a-half years at Ipswich Crown Court. The water incident happened in Glemsford last year. The postmaster there also confronted them with a hockey stick before they drove off with an empty cash machine.

Sheffield police need ASB orders for Abbeydale Road gangs

Police in Sheffield have called for powers to disperse groups of up to 30 youths who have been causing trouble in the city for the past year. South Yorkshire Police said anti-social behaviour around Abbeydale Road had spread further out of the city. Six-month dispersal orders would be put in place from the Highfields area to Langdale Road, officers said. On Bonfire Night last year, fireworks and stones were thrown at cars and police in Sharrow. Residents around Abbeydale Road have since complained of intimidating behaviour, drug use, racial abuse, vandalism and throwing stones and water bombs. A South Yorkshire Police newsletter told residents: "Despite our best efforts, the problems persist. Over the last month, the problems have moved to Edgedale and Langdale Roads.

Man held over syringe needle attack in Gateshead

A woman was jabbed in the hand with a syringe needle, police have said. The 20-year-old victim, who was in a wheelchair, was attacked by a man on Wrekenton High Street. She suffered a minor injury and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for medical checks. Northumbria Police said a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and later bailed. The incident happened at about 14:00 BST on Wednesday. Det Inst Sharon Chatterton said: "This is quite an unusual incident, which was obviously a shock for the victim."

Lancashire Constabulary to recruit 100 new officers

Lancashire Constabulary will get 100 new officers to "maintain the strength of front-line policing", the police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said. Last year the force announced cuts which will bring the number of officers it will lose by 2017 to about 700. PCC Clive Grunshaw said the force still needed to save almost 20m, but "these cuts do not mean the Constabulary can stand still". He said "natural turnover" was threatening to lead to understaffing. Lancashire Constabulary is making cuts of about 80m over the next four years and Mr Grunshaw said: "Despite all the savings which have been made so far, the force still needs to find almost 20m." The cuts announced in September also included the axing of 275 support staff.