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Lazy, incompetent, and indifferent: Victim’s family detail litany of police failures ensuring her killer was free to strike again

The family of a woman killed by a man who went on to murder again have blamed police indifference and laziness after welcoming a jury’s damning assessment of the investigations into both deaths. Caroline Devlin’s sister spoke out after an inquest verdict confirmed official failures allowed murderer Robert Trigg to get away with her killing […] […]

Gross Misconduct hearing for former Sussex Police officer
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Gross Misconduct hearing for former Sussex Police officer

A former Sussex Police officer who was dismissed without notice last year after he breached standards of professional behaviour has had further allegations proved against him. Ex-PC James Breeds, appeared at a misconduct hearing at Sussex Police headquarters on 21-23 June. The independently-chaired panel found he had: Knowingly provided false information as part of a […] […]

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Officer dismissed for threats against wife and colleague

A Sussex Police officer has been dismissed after making threats to his former wife and forcing his way into her home. A misconduct hearing at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes heard that on November 11, 2019, Police Constable Ian Upperton forced his way into the home of his ex-wife causing her to fall backwards and […] […]

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Wheelclamping arrest was unlawful, police panel hears

A police officer wrongfully arrested Nicholas van Hoogstraten’s son for wheelclamping a car and then lied about it afterwards, a tribunal heard today. Hoogstraten was acquitted of homophobic abuse for calling PC James Breeds a poofter during the same incident in August 2019, after magistrates ruled it was said too quietly to be an offence. […] […]

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Police officer who assaulted ex-wife faces losing job

A police officer today admitted forcing his way into his ex-wife’s home and shoving her to the ground. PC Ian Upperton, a traffic cop who works in and around Brighton and Hove, also admitted saying he “could murder her” after being given a non-molestation order a couple of months later. However at a disciplinary hearing […] […]