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'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.

Severe disruption: A40 Buckinghamshire both ways

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A40 Buckinghamshire both ways severe disruption, from A4010 Bradenham Road to Chorley Road.

A40 Buckinghamshire - A40 High Street in West Wycombe closed and long delays in both directions from the A4010 Bradenham Road junction to the Chorley Road junction, because of an overturned car. Congestion to the A4010.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, from J4 for A404 to J5 for A40 Ibstone Road.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound from J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout) to J5, A40 (Stokenchurch), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A40 Knaves Beech and J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J3, A40 (Loudwater) and J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, from J1A for M25 J16 to J2 for A355.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M40 northbound from J1a M25 J16 to J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, from J3 for A40 Knaves Beech to J2 for A355.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound from J3, A40 (Loudwater) to J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of bridge inspection. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, at J2 for A355.

M40 Buckinghamshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of an accident involving two cars. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe accident, from J5 for A40 Ibstone Road to J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - Queues on M40 southbound from J5, A40 (Stokenchurch) to J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of an accident earlier on.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road and it's very slow southbound at J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of a break down.

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Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe accident, from J4 for A404 to J3 for A40 Knaves Beech.

M40 Buckinghamshire - M40 partially blocked and queues southbound from J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout) to J3, A40 (Loudwater), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, from J3 for A40 Knaves Beech to J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - M40 partially blocked and queues northbound from J3, A40 (Loudwater) to J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, from J1A for M25 J16 to J2 for A355.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked on M40 northbound from J1a M25 J16 to J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow southbound at J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A40 Ibstone Road and J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked on M40 southbound between J5, A40 (Stokenchurch) and J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A355.

M40 Buckinghamshire - M40 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of a break down.

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Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, from J4 for A404 to J5 for A40 Ibstone Road.

M40 Buckinghamshire - Two lanes closed and queues on M40 northbound from J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout) to J5, A40 (Stokenchurch), because of an accident. Congestion to J3 (Loudwater).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, from J5 for A40 Ibstone Road to J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and it's very slow on M40 southbound from J5, A40 (Stokenchurch) to J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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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 disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, from J5 for A40 Ibstone Road to J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound from J5, A40 (Stokenchurch) to J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, at J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, from J1A for M25 to J2 for A355.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound from J1a M25 to J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire both ways

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M40 Buckinghamshire both ways severe disruption, at J4 for A404.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M40 at J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J2 for A355.

M40 Buckinghamshire - M40 exit slip road closed southbound at J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of a vehicle on fire. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, from J1A for M25 to J2 for A355.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound from J1a M25 to J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, from J4 for A404 to J3 for A40 Knaves Beech.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound from J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout) to J3, A40 (Loudwater). Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time