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Over 300 years behind bars for drugs criminals thanks to police team

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OFFICERS in Colne are celebrating their success after securing over 300 years of custodial sentences against over 150 criminals in the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale areas.

Consisting of a Sergeant and five PCs, the uniformed Targeted Crime Team proactively investigates crime groups whose activities can involve drug dealing and child sexual exploitation.

They act as a visible presence to try and deter those involved in the supply of drugs, taking action if drug offences are suspected, such as conducting stop and searches, responding to intelligence, executing warrants at suspect’s addresses, using forensics to identify offenders and patrolling hotspot areas where there are high levels of crime and drug dealing.

The team’s success has now featured on a billboard display on Burnley Road, Nelson and a bus stop on Colne Road, Nelson since last week to reassure and thank the public for giving information that has helped in securing in excess of 300 years of convictions.

The displays are also to warn criminals that the team have a good history of apprehending those responsible and putting them before the courts.

Detective Inspector Neil Marr, who heads up the Targeted Crime Team, said: “The sentences the Targeted Crime Team have been part of achieving show just how committed we are to taking drugs off our streets.

“However, we aren’t complacent, as we recognise the effect that the activities of drug dealers have on our communities, and so, we must continue the fight against these offences that can ruin lives, fuel other crime, and instil fear in our neighbourhoods.

“I must say a huge thanks to the public who pass information on to the police, as without their help, we may never have been able to put these criminals behind bars.

“We listen to residents and need them to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity.”

Anyone with information about suspicious activity in their community should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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RAF Mildenhall incident is not terror related

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Police investigating an incident at RAF Mildenhall can confirm that the incident is not being treated as terrorism.

A 44 year old British man was initially arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

The male, who sustained cuts and bruises in the incident, has been taken into custody. Police are not looking for anyone else on the site in relation to the incident.

There is no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base and no other people have been injured as a result of the incident.

The incident remains a police investigation at this time and enquiries are on-going and police are receiving support from other law enforcement agencies.

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Police Hour readers raise £6k in memory of PC James Dixon who sadly died on duty

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Police Hour readers have raised over £6K in the memory of PC James Dixon who tragically died on duty on December 5th, 2017.

Despite money being tight around this time of the year the Police Hour community has pulled together and raised over £6,000 to support the family of Police Constable James Dixon.

The funds raised will be transferred to the Thames Valley Police Federation once the fundraiser is complete.

James Dixon a road policing officer based at Loddon Valley police station, near Reading, was riding his police motorcycle when he was sadly killed.

We’d like to thank our readers for helping us raise this money that will go a long way to support the family and especially sam his wife and their baby who is on the way.

This money will be used to support Sam his wife and their unborn baby to ensure they are supported.

Police Hour wants to be able to support the families and with the help of our readers, that has been made possible.

Thank you to everyone who has donated and even those who can’t spare any money but helped share the appeal.

If you’d like to help support and raise funds for PC James Dixon please click here to donate. 

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Shots fired as ‘car rams gate’ at US Air Force base in Suffolk

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It has been confirmed that shots have been fired after a car rammed the gates of a US Air Force base in Suffolk.

A man attempted to drive his car to force the vehicle into the barriers at the entrance to the RAF Mildenhall near Bury Sy Edmunds at 1pm on Monday.

Suffolk Police have confirmed that American Service personnel fired shots during the incident and now the site is now placed on lockdown.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that one person has been arrested.

It is believed that a car tried to ram the gates and the base has been placed on lockdown.

Police have asked members of the public to avoid the area for the time being.

Police have released a statement only to confirm they are dealing with an incident

“The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that one person has been arrested.

“It’s been reported that a car tried to ram the gates and the base has been placed on lockdown.

“Police have asked members of the public to avoid the area for the time being.”

Police released a further statement just after 1530 confirming they believed there was no wider threat.

“Police are continuing to deal with an ongoing incident at RAF Mildenhall, it is considered that there is no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base.

“One man has been arrested and police are not looking for anyone else on the site”.

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