Devon and CornwallPolice Federation



Policing News

Man found shot dead outside South Shields takeaway

Police were called to Lake Avenue in South Shields at about 21:00 BST on Tuesday, where the man was found with a gunshot wound. Paramedics also attended, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, to the back of the Herbs n Spice Kitchen. Northumbria Police are treating his death as murder. The area has been cordoned off while an investigation is carried out.

Teenagers, 14 and 16, held on suspicion of terrorism offences

A 14-year-old boy from Blackburn, Lancashire, was detained on 2 April following the examination of a number of electronic devices, police said. He was questioned on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism. A 16-year-old girl was subsequently arrested at a house in Longsight, Manchester, on 3 April on suspicion of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism. Both teenagers were bailed until 28 May. The investigation involved officers from the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit, the Tactical Aid Unit, Greater Manchester Police and Lancashire Constabulary. Police said the arrests were not linked to the detention of nine people from Rochdale on the Turkey-Syria border earlier this week. The group, including five adults and four children, was seized in Hatay on 1 April. Their intention in travelling to the region, where areas are controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants or an al-Qaeda affiliate, is being investigated.

Men jailed after 150mph police chase in West MidlandThe men's movements were followed by a police helicopter

Four men who led police on a chase reaching speeds of about 150mph after a botched raid have been jailed. The gang tried to force open a cash machine outside a Waitrose in Kenilworth with an angle grinder, circular saw, crowbars and a hydraulic cutter. They sped off empty handed, taking police from three forces on a high-speed pursuit during their getaway. The men were jailed from three to 12 years at Birmingham Crown Court.

Leicester stabbing leaves boy, 15, in critical conditionPolice said they believed the attack was an 'isolated incident'

A 15-year-old boy remains in a critical condition after he was stabbed during a "serious assault". The victim was attacked by one of three men on Larch Street, near Uppingham Road, Leicester, on Sunday night. His 17-year-old friend suffered a knife wound to the face after he intervened. He has since been discharged from hospital after treatment. Police said they were conducting inquiries in the area and appealed for witnesses for come forward.

Police 'approach Home Office in retirement bailout plea'

Hundreds of officers have been forced to retire since 2010 Police forces have approached the government for a multimillion-pound bailout if they lose a legal action over forced retirements. More than 1,000 senior officers were forced to leave after 30 years' service under regulation A19, used by 15 forces to make financial savings. A judgement on whether this was age discrimination is expected in May. Five forces have formally approached the Home Office for help if the ruling goes against them, the BBC understands. The Home Office said it was not in discussions with individual forces about A19.

Fake university degrees website under investigationThe Chinese website offers fake degree certificates for a number of UK universities

A government body is investigating a website in China selling fake degree certificates from many UK universities. It follows an investigation by BBC Radio Kent which found the certificates for sale on the internet for £500. Posing as a customer, reporters found a website offering certificates from dozens of UK institutions, including the universities of Kent and Surrey. The Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD) said it hoped Chinese authorities would shut the site. The website, investigated in December, said the fake degree certificates were for "novelty purposes, or as a replacement for lost diplomas". But the University of Kent said students worked hard to gain their degrees at UK universities and it was very worrying.