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Two vehicles stolen during test drive

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Police are appealing for witnesses after two vehicles were stolen from Newcastle during ‘test drives’.

On the first occasion, approximately 2pm on Thursday 9 January, a man was pulled from a blue Toyota Verso car, registration CV10 TPY, in Dartmouth Avenue in the Westlands area by a male offender.

The male victim sustained a broken collar bone and was treated at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Birmingham on Friday 10 January after being involved in a collision. It displayed a different registration plate.

The offender is described as being of Asian or Middle Eastern appearance, 6ft 2in tall, of slim build and aged in his early 40’s. He was unshaven and spoke with a West Midlands accent. He was wearing a brown flat cap with a dark-coloured jacket and jeans.

Anyone who witnessed this incident, or has information, should contact the investigating officer, DC Liam Rider, on 101 quoting incident number 322 of January 9.

The above incident may be linked to a second vehicle theft on Saturday 11 January in Camborne Crescent, also on the Westlands,

At approximately 2.30pm a male offender asked to test drive a silver Mitsubishi Evolution, registration SP53 HWX. He stole the vehicle whilst the owner was gathering the vehicle’s documentation together.

The offender is described as Asian, 5ft 9in tall with a slim build and aged in his late 40’s. He had short, dark greying hair and spoke with a well spoken Asian accent. It is believed he was from the Birmingham area.

Inquiries have established the offender in this incident may have been in company with a male who was driving a grey-coloured Mercedes C63, partial registration of 09. The Mercedes had significant damage on one side and large Mercedes emblems displayed on the wheels.

Both vehicles left Camborne Crescent at speed, turning into Dartmouth Avenue.

The incident number for this matter is 471 of January 11.

DC Rider said: “We are appealing for witnesses to either incident to come forward with any information they may have.

“We are investigating the possibility the two incidents are connected and would encourage anyone who has been approached in a similar way by someone requesting a test drive to come forward.

“I would also like to remind people who advertise their cars for sale, either at a commercial premise or privately over the internet, to check the identification of any potential buyer prior to entering negotiations.
“People should be accompanied by someone else whilst conducting any test drive of their vehicle and they should never leave the keys in the ignition.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Rider at Staffordshire Police on 101 or independent charity, 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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