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Surrey and Sussex Police win at first National Police Dog Trials

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Surrey and Sussex Police are today celebrating after winning the first national Police Dog Trials which occurred t the weekend.

Surrey Police Officer PC Paul Barnham and his Police Dog Ethel won first placed out of 21 dog handlers over a three day intense competition which was held in Sheffield and hosted by South Yorkshire Police.

Surrey and Sussex’s team also had Surrey’s PC Rob Male with Apollo finish fifth and PC Paul House from Sussex with Jax in sixth at the 54th annual event.

PC Barnham and Ethel scored 885 points out of 1,000, winning by 61 points, to become the first team from Surrey to ever win the competition.

That feat is even more remarkable given that Ethel, a two-year-old a German Shepherd cross malinois, has been working for just a year.

The teams had to cover 12 different areas in three competencies from agility to testing their bravery in defending their handler from an attacker.

There were also tests in heelwork, tracking, chasing a suspect, crowd control, and searching people and property from Thursday to Saturday.

As well as winning the overall title PC Barnham and Ethel were awarded theJoseph Simpson Trophy for attaining the highest marks in the tracking exercise and the William Palfrey Trophy for scoring the highest marks in the criminal work. They also attained the highest marks in the first third of the exercises.

PC Burnham said: “She’s only a two-year-old dog so it’s quite an achievement to get one of the highest ever recorded scores.

“It’s very good to have achieved this and it’s great for Surrey. It’s brilliant to bring back to national title.

“Once I completed my exercise on the last morning I knew my score and so knew I was in a strong position.

“People are dog handlers for many years and don’t make it to the regionals, so to get through to the finals and win it is amazing. To get her up to a national standard has taken a lot of work.”

Manager of the Police Dog Training School, John Best said: “This is an excellent achievement from dogs and handlers of the Surrey/Sussex combined dog unit.

“It is the first time a handler from Surrey has been presented with this prestigious award.

“To also attain fifth and sixth place is also very rewarding for the handlers and the dog training team who have been extremely supportive.

“It proves that when tested nationally the standards of our Police dogs and handlers are extremely high and greatly assist both forces in keeping people safe.”

Chief Constable Lynne Owens said: “I was delighted to hear on Saturday of the success of PC Paul Barnham and Police Dog Ethel at the National Police Dog Trials.

“As Ethel was born and bred within Surrey Police, this national award not only reflects their expertise and professionalism but also the fantastic team within our Dog Training School, from puppy walkers to course trainers.

“I appreciate all their hard work, dedication and share in their pride. With the excellent placings also achieved by PC Rob Male and Apollo and PC Paul House and Jax it was a superb weekend for the Dog Section. Well done!

“It is great to know that we have the best police dog team in the country keeping the public of Surrey safe and I look forward to seeing them in action again at the Surrey Police Dog Trials in September.”

The public will be able to see first-hand the skills of Surrey and Sussex’s Dog Teams during the Anna of Avondale Dog Trials at the Force Family Fun Day which takes place at Surrey Police’s Headquarters at Mount Browne in Guildford from 10am until 4pm on September 21.

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Major incident: Hinckley Road Leicester following explosion.

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Police said they are dealing with an ongoing ‘major incident’ after an explosion has ripped through a shop and flat in Leicester.

Members of the public reported hearing a massive explosion.

Leicestershire Fire Service have conformed they were called to a reported explosion and a building collapse.

Leicestershire Police has declared a major incident and have asked people to stay away from the area.

The shop was located behind a busy bus stop and had a flat above it.

It is believed the stop was a Londis store which recently changed it’s name to Western Park Store.

It is not known if anyone was inside the store, flat above or the bus stop outside the shop at the time of the incident.

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hit-and-run driver calls judge ‘f***ing p***k’ in shock court outburst

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The alleged driver in a hit and run than killed a two year old and six year old boy has appeared in court accused of their deaths.

During his appearance he called the judge a ‘f***ing p***k’.

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court today accused of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He appeared before the courts for seven minutes and during this time he had to be restrained after yelling ‘this is a f***ing kangaroo court’ in the bizarre outburst.

He also called the judge a ‘f***ing p***k”.

Both defendants had grey t-shirts as they appeared in the dock to confirm their name, date of birth and address.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, in Wyken, Coventry, also faces charges of driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Harrison, of Triumph Close, also in Wyken, faces a further allegation of common assault.

They were remanded in custody after the case was adjourned by chair of the magistrates’ bench, John Martin.

The Two brothers Casper and Corey Platt-May aged two and six tragically killed following hit and run.

Police confirmed the death of the boys after being hit by a car in the Stoke area of the at 2pm on Thursday.

Both boys died after being rushed to the hospital, located near to the scene was a black Ford Focus with a smashed front windscreen and front right side.

They will appear next at Warwick Crown Court via video link on March 22.

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Two people charged after brothers killed in Hit and Run

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Two people have been charged over the deaths of two young brothers killed in a hit-and-run collision in Coventry.

Two brothers who were tragically killed after a hit and run in Coventry have been named as Casper and Corey Platt-May aged two and six.

Police confirmed the death of the boys after being hit by a car in the Stoke area of the at 2pm on Thursday.

Both boys died after being rushed to the hospital, located near to the scene was a black Ford Focus with a smashed front windscreen and front right side.

The car was abandoned, officers quickly worked to locate any possible driver for the car and arrested a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman who are both being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving and have now been charged by the crown.

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, are charged under joint enterprise of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, West Midlands Police said.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, Wyken, is also charged with driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence, while Harrison, of Triumph Close,Wyken, faces a common assault allegation.

They will appear at Coventry Magistrates Court, sitting at Leamington Justice Centre, on Saturday morning.

Both boys were rushed to the local hospital with critical injuries, Sadly Casper aged could not be revived and died Emergency teams rushed Corey into surgery and did everything within their power during surgery to save his life. Sadly a short time later he died.

Both boys were with their mother at the time of the collision, but she was not injured.

Family and Friends have now launched a fundraising page to support the parents of Casper and Corey, Donations have already reached £3k.

Investigating Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes said: “Several witnesses have come forward and I am grateful to everyone who has spoken to us.

“Specialist family liaison officers are with the family, who are understandably distraught, and they are being kept fully updated.

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