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Police Officer & woman killed in Christmas Day crash

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It is with great sadness we report the death of a police officer and a 61-year-old woman in a crash on Christmas Day.

The police officer aged 46 was responding to an incident in a marked BMW 3 Series which was in a collision with a Citroen C3 on the A57

The South Yorkshire Police Officer sadly died on the scene and the woman who was a passenger in the second vehicle sadly died in Hospital.

The collision happened at about 20:15 GMT near to Coisley Hill.

A force spokesman said the officer was responding to an “immediate incident” when he was in collision with the silver Citroen which was travelling in the opposite direction.

The woman who died was from Sheffield, he added.

The driver of the Citroen, a 63-year-old man, was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

Assistant Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police David Hartley said: “On behalf of the force I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to all of those left bereaved by this terrible tragedy, our thoughts, love and support are extended to all those affected.

“We are doing everything we can to support them through this difficult time.”

“We have lost a friend and a colleague from our police family in this incident,” ACC Hartley added.

“The officer has been with us for 12 years and was a passionate, professional and universally liked officer.

“His colleagues, and everyone across the force, are devastated by what has happened.”

The force said the collision had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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College appoints new non-executive members

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The College of Policing has appointed three new non-executive directors. They join the college as independent members of the college of policing’s board.

The new members who have been appointed are Clare Minchington, Ian Wylie and Jackie Smith.

All three members are independent which means they come from a non-policing background, to offer a fresh approach within the college.

Over the next few months, the College will be arranging some local force visits and meetings with national partners for Clare, Jackie and Ian as part of an induction programme introducing them to the police service.

They replace Sir Denis O’Connor and Professor Larry Sherman who stepped down in December 2017, and Millie Banerjee who was appointed the chair of the board in November 2017.

Millie Banerjee, Chair of the College of Policing, said:

“I am pleased to welcome our three new appointees and look forward to working with them. Now that the College’s board is at full strength we are well placed to work closely with the executive on our ambitious plans to better support policing.

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, CEO of the College of Policing, said:

“Our three new appointees bring great expertise and experience from membership and regulatory bodies as well as academia. This can only be of benefit to the College, our members and the public that we serve so I look forward to working with them as we go forward.”

All three attended their first board meeting in July.

Clare Minchington is currently the Chair of BPP University and a Council Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the General Optical Council.

Ian Wylie has been Chief Executive of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists since September 2010.

Jackie Smith joins having previously been chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council for over six years.

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Man arrested on suspicion of murdering woman known to him

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A 30-year-old man has now been arrested in hartlepool on suspicion of murder in connection with an incident on Oxford Road in Hartlepool yesterday evening.

Cleveland Police had been urgently seeking to trace 30-year-old Torbjorn Kettlewell, also known as Ian Kettlewell, from Hartlepool, who they would like to speak to in connection with the murder of a woman on Oxford Road in Hartlepool.

Members of the public had been warned not to approach him, but to contact police on 999 if they see him or know of his whereabouts.

Police are unable to name the victim at this time, but can say that she is a woman believed to be aged in her late twenties and steps are ongoing to formally identify the woman later today.

Officers were called to Oxford Road near to Chaucer Avenue just after 9pm on Friday 3rd August, to a report of a woman with significant injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Superintendent Alastair Simpson said: “Firstly, my thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the woman who was tragically killed last night. Specially trained officers are supporting the family at this extremely difficult time.

“As part of our enquiries we would urgently like to speak to Torbjorn Kettlewell, also known as Ian Kettlewell, who is from the Hartlepool area.

He is described as being 6ft tall with ginger hair and a beard. At the time he was believed to be wearing jeans and a grey checked shirt or top and it is possible that he left the area in a red Vauxhall Astra or Insignia type vehicle. I would urge people not to approach him, but to call 999 if they see him.

“Residents in the local area will naturally be shocked by what has happened and I would like to reassure them that we have a dedicated team who are working tirelessly on this case and all the necessary specialist resources are being made available to them.

“Our enquiries so far have led detectives to believe that this was a targeted attack.

“There is a visible police presence in and around the area of the murder. Anyone in the local community who has concerns can approach any of these officers and speak to them about this incident.”

Anyone with information who does not wish to speak directly can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Congratulations John Apter new police fed chair

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Rank and File officers have voted, and the winner has been announced following a respectful campaign.

The Police Federation has announced the new national federation chair as John Apter, in a historic vote which allowed federation members to vote for their new chair for the first time.

John Apter has now been announced as the Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

John Apter a very prolific tweeter had chaired Hampshire Police Federation was announced as the first National Chair which was voted by frontline police officers, and members of the federation.

A move which could see special constables allowed to join and benefit from Police Federation membership something which Apter has been very public about supporting.

The new voting process to elect a new national police chair was part of reforms following recommendations made within an independent review of the Federations in 2014.

Apter went head to head with Phil Matthews who currently leads on Conduct and Performance within the Police Federation. Matthews ran a respectful campaign. However, the highly profiled Apter stood out to the rank and file membership.

John started his career in policing in 1992, working in response, roads policing and as part of a specialist team investigating road deaths, before being voted in as Chair of Hampshire Police Federation in 2010.

The National Chair plays a key role in the organisation – ensuring members’ welfare and interests are voiced, acting as principal spokesperson and representing the organisation on a national level.

This was the first time members have been able to vote for their National Chair – a big step forward for the organisation.

John will take over from the current Chair Calum Macleod from Wednesday 1 August 2018.

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