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Fire: Purfleet rescue highlights need for dedicated crew for Essex fire appliances

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters in Essex today warned that cuts to the workforce from next April will severely hamper their ability to respond to emergencies such as the flat fire in Purfleet last week when they rescued three people, including a young child.

The incident, which also left 50 people homeless, needed two fire appliances and a high-reach rescue vehicle from Grays fire station to be used on site simultaneously in order to respond to the emergency effectively.

Andrew Knowles, local representative for the FBU in Grays, said: “The swift attendance of fire crews undoubtedly saved the lives of this family and prevented the fire spreading to other adjoining flats.

“This incident highlights the need for all of Grays fire station’s appliances to be available all the time.

“If firefighter cuts go ahead, as of April 2015, the public of Grays, South Ockendon, Aveley, West Thurrock and Purfleet could have to wait at least 45 minutes for an ALP, as opposed to the 10 minutes it waited last...

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Police: Murder investigation underway after dead body discovery

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the body of a man was found in a property on Broomfield Road in Chelmsford.

Officers were called just after 8.30am this morning (Tuesday, September 30) attended the property and discovered the body with multiple injuries.

Police have arrested a 29 year-old man of no fixed address on suspicion of murder. He is currently in custody being questioned by detectives.

The area behind The Ship public house has been cordoned off while forensic investigations are carried out.

DCI Martin Pasmore, who is leading the investigation, appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “I’m keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area. The victim was found with stab injuries in a property on a busy road and I would urge anyone with information to contact me.”

Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.

Police: Dead teacher had naked images of children on his phone

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

On Tuesday September 9 Essex Police began an investigation into allegations that the Deputy Head at Thorpe Hall School, in Southend, had bought material online, from abroad, which may have included images of naked teenage boys.

Essex Police spoke to Martin Goldberg, aged 46, a single man who lived alone, the same day at his home address in Shoeburyness as part of its enquiries. He was not arrested as officers considered that there was insufficient evidence to do so at the time.

The following day police were called back to his address following concerns for his welfare and he was found dead in his home.

Mr Goldberg’s death is not being treated as suspicious and the matter has been handed over to the coroner to investigate.

Essex Police has continued its investigation into the original allegations and has examined computer equipment and other media devices found in Mr Goldberg’s home.

Detectives have now recovered images that appear to have come from a camera that was hidden...

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Police: Bill Barker Memorial Tournament won by South Territorial Policing Area

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

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Officers and staff from Cumbria Constabulary raised a total of £300 at the annual Bill Barker Memorial Football Tournament which saw the South Territorial Policing Area (TPA) lift the trophy.

On Friday 19th September 2014, officers and staff participated in the tournament held at Whitehaven Amateurs Football Club in memory of their fallen colleague, Police Constable Bill Barker. Over 60 officers gave up annual leave and their own time to support the event which was also attended by the family of Bill Barker.

Teams from North, South and West Territorial Policing Areas competed in the round-robin tournament. The shield was presented to the winning captain Detective Constable Duncan Helmn by Bill Barker’s wife, Hazel Barker in the clubhouse.

A raffle was held after the event with a total of £300 being raised for Bill’s chosen charity, The Great North Air Ambulance ‘Pride of Cumbria’.

Whitehaven Amateurs Football Club yet again supported the event and...

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Police: Man 5ft tall sought following park assault

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police in Wolverhampton are seeking a man understood to be just over 5ft tall in connection with a serious sexual assault in a local park.

The 24-year-old was walking through Phoenix Park at around 11am on Sunday (28 Sept) when she was approached by a man on a bike who spoke to her. The man then pulled her into nearby bushes and assaulted her.

He is described as white, under 5ft 1ins, in his 20s, with thick brown hair and a beard; he was wearing scruffy clothes and a rucksack.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Booth said: “This is a serious but isolated attack and we are doing all we can to catch the man responsible, including CCTV, forensic and house to house inquiries.

“We will also be carrying out reassurance patrols in the area to help local people feel safer when using the park.

“This assault happened during broad daylight and we are certain that someone must have seen this man in the park as he is quite distinctive in appearance − being described as extremely short.

“A young woman has...

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Police: Mother and son robbed in their home – Pendleton

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for witnesses after a mother and son were robbed in their home in Pendleton.

At around 8pm on Saturday 13th September 2014 the victims, a 77-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man, were entering their house on Gerrard Street, Pendleton when they were pushed from behind by a man forcing his way into their house.

He pushed the woman on to the stairs and grappled with the man, making both victims flee in fear for their safety.

They ran into the street shouting for help, alerting neighbours who called the Police.

As they stood outside, the offender rushed back out the house and demanded the woman’s purse, snatching it out of her hands before running off.

The offender is described as white, 5ft 10in, with a broad build and wearing all black clothes with his hood up. He spoke with a local accent.

Detective Constable Cathy Blain said: “These victims have been left scared to leave their homes, so distressed are they by the attack.

“Luckily neither of them...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

Is knife offending increasing or decreasing?  What proportion of such offending relates to youth? Is the rate of custodial sentencing for knife offences increasing or not?  All these questions and others related are here for your perusal courtesy of the Ministry of Justice.

Police: At a Crossroads? Scheme helps young people choose the right path

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Choosing the right path can often be a difficult one, no matter your age. However, factors such as peer pressure and perceptions can play a part when it comes to young people choosing the right or wrong path.

Sometimes a small sharp shock to shatter preconceived illusions, such as prisons being like holiday camps, are sometimes what’s needed to give young people a nudge in the right direction, steering them away from a life of crime or drug/alcohol misuse.

John Dwyer, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire said, “I applaud any schemes or initiatives that tackle offending or re-offending. I believe that if the root cause is identified and dealt with then people can be helped to turn their life around, no matter their age.”

One such scheme is the one run at HMP Altcourse called ‘Crossroads’, which allows boys aged 14 and over − who are on the verge of taking the wrong path − to see and hear the potential consequences of their future actions from prisoners...

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Police: Homophobic assault in Battle two boys ordered to pay £100 compensation

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
Two Battle teenagers have each been ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim of a homophobic assault in the town’s High Street on 14 March this year.

The pair, aged 15 and 16, and who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Eastbourne Youth Court on Wednesday, 3 September.

Both had earlier pleaded guilty. They were also each ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15, costs of £85 and made the subject of a referral order with the Youth Offending Panel.

Sergeant Peter Allan, Sussex Police’s hate crime sergeant, said: “I am pleased that both boys accepted responsibility for their actions.

“This sentence sends out a clear signal that we will take a robust approach to those who target individuals based on their race, disability, gender identity, religion or sexual orientation.

“I hope this case will encourage other victims of hate crime to report such behaviour to police by calling 01273 470101, or 999 in an emergency. For those wishing to make a report online, use form which is available on our website.”

Police: Rise in stolen mail fuelling card fraud and Identity theft

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Financial Fraud Action UK (FFAUK) are warning residents of apartment blocks and flats that they are a target for fraudsters stealing mail from letter boxes in order to commit card fraud and ID theft.

The warning comes from FFAUK’s fraud intelligence bureau, which has reported a spike in cases over recent weeks. Known by its technical name, ‘mail non-receipt’ fraud has increased 10% to £5 million, in the first half of 2014.

Communal letter boxes

The scam involves criminals gaining access to blocks of flats and stealing mail from communal letter boxes which can be broken, unlocked or sometimes never used at all, as mail is simply placed at the entrance door.

The criminals commit different frauds depending on the nature of the personal information they have managed to steal. Documents and mail containing personal and financial information are particularly valuable to fraudsters and those containing debit and credit cards can be used to fraudulently buy high-end goods or withdraw cash....

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