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First tonight, one of our Police Forces is among three
in the country to be told it's taken too many officers off the front line
Bedfordshire Police has been told it's to improve
in the latest report by the Inspectorate of Constabularies.
It looked at how each force is coping with financial constraints.
Northamptonshire Cambridgeshire Thames Valley and Hertfordshire were
But in Bedfordshire, the force has had to make savings of ?20 million.
These new police recruits are the first from Bedfordshire
There will be many weeks before they are patrolling the streets.
That can't come soon enough for them or the force.
I have joined up because I want to make a difference.
I've come into this in a positive light.
Training is intense, they want to get us on
Bedfordshire Police is required to make more than ?20 million
Recruitment numbers in the county have fallen to
Today's report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary
says the force is at risk of not providing effective policing.
It raised concerns about the force's responsibility to
It does not do justice to the work we're doing,
and the work people are doing working hard to protect the public.
The report suggests that the force has not been doing the best job
What it reflects is we are in a very difficult set of circumstances.
A rurally funded force that faces metropolitain challenges.
Bedfordshire is one of three forces in the country needing improvement.
The Police Federation says a lack of resources has had an impact.
Morale is an issue but it is getting better.
It is hard for police officers to maintain their get`go all the
The report says the force is now moving in the right direction.
It has never made a secret of the challenges it faces
but today it became clear just how tough those challenges have been.
Earlier, I spoke to our home affairs correspondent, Sally Chidzoy.
She told me that this is just another setback
for a force that over the years has faced many challenges.
Well, Bedfordshire is a small rural police force with metropolitan
challenges, with counterterrorism issues, serious crime.
They planned to balance savings against recruitment and, basically,
What this report highlights is that they've lost too many police
officers, they haven't anticipated that, and that creates potentially
The force says it was difficult to predict how many they'd lose.
And they lost more than they expected.
They have to move fast to put things right.
58 new recruits by December, they say, and another 30 they plan
But it's not just about police on the streets, it's
about investing, it's about being efficient, getting IT processes
in place so that more police are out there dealing with the public.
A couple who died after being hit by a car on the A47 near Wisbech
26`year`old Tadas Zaleskas and Nonita Karajevaite were both
from Lithuania were engaged and lived in Wisbech.
Police believe the Nonita was forcibly pushed into the path of a
It appeared to police at first that this was a tragic accident.
But then witnesses started to come forward revealing that what they saw
was the woman being shoved onto the eastbound carriageway
in the split second before both she and the man were struck and died.
And to add to the bizarre nature of this tragedy, both were walking
It's a case which was left police puzzled.
I'm quite satisfied that I know how physically they met their deaths,
but what I really don't understand is what has led to that, what's been
the catalyst for them apparently walking with very little clothing
And it's one I'm very, very keen to unravel.
It wasn't just walking barefoot which made the couple distinctive.
She was wearing a pink top which was virtually fluorescent in the sun.
The earliest sighting of them was at 12:30pm
on Sunday lunch time by the A47 at Wisbech.
they stopped at this farm shop in Walpole Highway.
Police say once they were inside the shop, the couple both separately
They didn't appear agitated or under duress.
Before officers arrived they had already gone.
Less than an hour later, they were both dead on the A47.
I think in a small community like this, we're not used to things like
I think we feel very much for the Eastern European community
And we should spare a thought for the driver who was involved
in the collision because he would have had no time to react?
And, clearly, he is highly distressed, as you can
imagine, from being involved in something of this magnitude.
He says it would appear that their stopped at the farm shop
suggested they were in need of help but he needs to find out what,
in his words, was the catastrophic event that proved the catalyst
An investigation is under way after a coach carrying children
on a school trip from Cambridgeshire overturned.
42 pupils from William Westley Primary
in Whittlesford were on board the coach on a trip to the Norfolk
coast when the accident happened on the A10 at Hilgay this morning.
Children and staff sustained minor injuries.
The Coach driver is being treated for back injuries.
I think it's expected they'll make a full recovery.
Clearly, not a pleasant experience on a school trip, but by the time
I'd got here, they were sitting on the bank, having their picnic,
talking about their experiences with officers and firemen, and
Time to get the weather now with Alex Dolan.
The weather is going to be settled over the next few days
Some cloud out there but there will be some clear spells
overnight tonight and just the chance of an isolated
shower as we get to the early hours, but most places dry and bright
through the night, and temperatures probably not lower than 15.
We start tomorrow with a little bit of cloud first thing, the chance
of an isolated shower, but for most it looks dry through the day, and
it will quickly brighten up with some long spells of warm sunshine.
So, for many viewers, temperatures will climb to the high 20s.
There will be a moderate easterly breeze that will
freshen through the day so that will help cool things down a bit.
But it certainly looks like a warm and sunny afternoon.
In a moment, John Hammond with the national
It's staying settled for Thursday and Friday.
Warm and sunny, just the chance of an isolated shower.
Good evening. I know some of us could do with a drop of rain for the
gardens, and the hot weather doesn't suit us all, but it's within a warm
one today. 20 degrees in many parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland,
the warmest day of the year so far. It's been a hot one further south
too. 30 degrees along the south coast of England. There's plenty
more warmth to come through the rest of this week. A balmy night. Most of
us dry. Low cloud and mist off the North Sea into central and eastern
parts of the UK. The odd shower possible across