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Thames Valley crime rises 2% more than national average

Thames Valley Police headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire
Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police has its headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire

Recorded crime in the Thames Valley rose by 9.7% in the financial year that ended in March - 2% more than in England and Wales overall - according to the Office for National Statistics.

Det Chf Con Jason Hogg said: "We continue to see rises in some crime categories as victims are having more confidence to report previously hidden crime such as domestic abuse, sexual crime as well as stalking and harassment.

"The reasons for crime recording fluctuations are quite complex and are not necessarily just as a result of an actual increase in crime.

"The increase in overall crime numbers in the Thames Valley is linked to changes in our crime recording processes with our officers and staff now recording crimes at point of contact."

'Perfect storm' of cuts is behind rising mental health issues for police

Craig O'Leary
TVPFED

A "perfect storm" of austerity and cuts to police resources is behind rising levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and stress among police officers, a force federation has said.

More than 10,500 officers across the UK had to take time off with stress, depression, anxiety or PTSD symptoms in the past year, a rise of 69% since 2012/13.

400 Thames Valley Police (TVP) officers took time off work for stress, depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder in the past year.

TVP federation chairman Craig O’Leary said: "If you keep exposing police officers to that much pressure, coupled with the traumatic things they deal with on a day-to-day basis in their jobs, it doesn’t take a scientist to work out that we’re going to suffer disproportionately to most other occupations in terms of PTSD, workplace stress, depression and anxiety.

"“[These figures] show it’s not a good story. Now we need to make sure that we are there, that people step up to the plate, organisations support officers that are going through these tough times," he added.

Suspect swallowed drugs after officers were 'distracted'

Leroy Medford
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Leroy Junior Medford was arrested in April 2017 on suspicion of assault and taken to Loddon Valley police station in Reading

A police force has said it was "relatively uncommon" for officers to encounter suspects who concealed drugs on them in custody after a man died when he swallowed heroin.

An inquest found a "failure" by Thames Valley Police officers to carry out "constant observations" on Leroy Junior Medford was the "main contributory factor" to the 43-year-old's death.

The force admitted two officers "became distracted", allowing Mr Medford to swallow the drugs he had hidden in between his buttocks.

The father-of-eight died 15 hours later from a heroin overdose, the inquest found.

Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg told the BBC the force would "seek to make organisational change and learn" from the death.

Severe accident: A413 Buckinghamshire both ways

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A413 Buckinghamshire both ways severe accident, from B4009 to Small Dean Lane.

A413 Buckinghamshire - A413 London Road in Nash Lee blocked and queues in both directions from the B4009 junction to the Small Dean Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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South East turnout

Turnout in the South East was 39.36% - up from 35.4% in 2014.

The South East region is made up of the Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Man robbed at knifepoint near shops

Police are hunting a man and a woman who assaulted and robbed a 39-year-old man in a night-time attack yesterday.

The victim was close to the shops in Barton, Oxford, when the pair assaulted him at about 00:45 BST.

While the man held a Stanley knife to his neck, the woman went through his possessions and stole tobacco, cash and a bank card.

Thames Valley Police want to hear from a taxi driver who is believed to have witnessed the incident and members of the public who were nearby.

Thames Valley knife crime at record level, crime data reveals

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Serious knife crime in the Thames Valley has hit its highest level since 2010, latest crime data shows.

Thames Valley Police recorded a total of 1,483 serious crimes involving knives in 2018.

That is up 19 percent on the previous year and the highest since 2010-11.

The crimes included eight homicides, 48 rape and sexual assault offences and 117 threats to kill across the policing area last year.

Thames Valley Police covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Man handling a knife
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Knife crime in Thames Valley has reached record levels since 2010

How is your local A&E doing?

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Stoke Mandeville Hospital, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust saw 89.7% according to figures released for April. This is up on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 85.9%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust a total of 1,276 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 27 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

How is your local A&E doing?

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust, which runs Milton Keynes hospital, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. Milton Keynes Hospital Trust saw 93.4% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 96%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust a total of 780 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 11 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.