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Police: We Don’t Have Enough Resources.

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Well done to Keith Bristow, head of the National Crime Agency, for stepping up and stating that there are insufficient resources to tackle all the online paedophiles viewing indecent images.

Mr Bristow said it was an “uncomfortable” reality that some of the 50,000 people who accessed indecent images of children each year would not end up in the criminal justice system.

Mr Bristow said the police and NCA needed to focus their efforts on apprehending the most high risk offenders who may go on to sexually abuse children.

But he admitted that this meant some lower risk offenders who only viewed images online would inevitably escape justice.

You can read a bit more here.

Police: Conservatives Cutting Crime

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I received the following email from Theresa May today. Apparently, their strategy of screwing up the police service and focussing on cutting crime is working!

‘People who work hard and do the right thing deserve to feel safe in their homes and in their communities.

Under Labour, that wasn’t the case. Police officers were wrapped in red tape, unable to do their job – and people didn’t feel safe on the streets.

So since the last election, we’ve been working through our action plan to tackle crime: freeing the police to do their job, giving them the powers they need, and protecting communities with tougher sentences for criminals.

And our plan is working, with crime down by more than a fifth since the election:

Graphic – safer, more secure communities: 2.3 million fewer crimes than 09/10; 160.000 fewer home burglaries; 290.000 fewer vehicle crimes; 413,000 fewer violent crimes.

But we need to keep going – and we need everyone to get behind our plan. So Paul – please add your name today to show you’re backing our plan.

With your support, we can keep making our streets and our communities safer. So please sign your name today

Theresa May

Police: Guildford Pub bombings – a policeman recalls the horror

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Guildford pub bombing suspect being led from court

Police officers worked through the night to secure the town centre and begin a murder investigation, but few could be prepared for what they saw.

The centre of Guildford was a busy place on a Saturday night in 1974. Stoughton Barracks was the home of the Women’s Royal Army Corps and male recruits from Aldershot and Pirbright, and even sailors from Portsmouth, would come to the town for a night out.

Robert Bartlett was a sergeant, based in Cranleigh at the time, and arrived before the second blast, but a junior colleague of his was quickly on the scene after the explosion in the Horse and Groom.

“Just around the corner was WPC Jackie Parish and she went to the pub,” said Mr Bartlett. “As she got to the front door the floor gave way and all the injured and the dead fell into the cellar.”

Other officers described medical staff among the rubble, treating the victims who were covered in dust.

Mr Bartlett himself was collected from...

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Police: Guildford pub bombings – when terrorism came to Surrey

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Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the Guildford bombings

The devastated Horse and Groom pub in North Street

On the night of Saturday October 5 1974, IRA bombs ripped through two Guildford pubs, claiming the lives of five young people and injuring more than 65 others.

Many more lives were shaped by the events that night, which became a defining moment in the history of the town.

The first blast was at 8.50pm at the Horse and Groom in North Street, with the second at the Seven Stars in Swan Lane 35 minutes later. No warning was given of either explosion.

The device in the Horse and Groom was thought to be 10lb of nitro glycerine, hidden under a bench seat in the corner of the pub. It was probably powered by a battery and a stopwatch served as a timer.

“Nothing was real,” said, one of the drinkers in the pub that night, Sammy Norris.

“One minute it was laughter and the jukebox was playing, then screams and moans.”

A member of the public made the first 999 call to Guildford ambulance...

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Police: Police building closures ‘weakening community links’

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Concern is mounting that force “interfaces with the public” are being lost forever. Nick Alatti reports.

New Scotland Yard in central London has been the home of the Met for almost 50 years – the revolving sign outside the iconic building (pictured) is instantly recognisable around the world and a place where many a TV reporter has stood in front of to talk about an important item of news.

Now it is to be consigned to history, along with around 200 other police buildings across the country to reduce running costs and raise millions of pounds for extra officers, new equipment and technology.

Not everyone is rejoicing at the news. There was uproar last year when Hampstead police station was closed due to lack of use and rising costs, with residents fearing that they would be more vulnerable and left without any contact points. The issue was reignited after an armed robbery at a local supermarket in March led campaigners to call for the police station to be re-opened.


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Police: Huge number want to become NCA Specials

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A highly skilled group of volunteers have become an invaluable asset to an agency still developing its capabilities, deputy director reveals.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has had 100 people asking to join its ranks as specials – even though it is not seeking applications for the positions.

The organisation launched in October 2013 with 10 volunteer officers on board. A further 12 were recruited at the start of this summer and there are plans for another 14 to join early next year.

In an interview with, Sarah Goodall, Deputy Director of the NCA, said that the highly skilled individuals were helping to fill a niche in areas, such as cybercrime and finance investigations, which otherwise would not be available.

She also stressed that the growth of the Agency’s volunteer capacity is being developed slowly in order to ensure that it has maximum impact.

“At the moment we’re not advertising for two specific reasons – one is we’re very keen we match the requirements to the demand we have to get...

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Police: Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a ‘little s**t’, claim court documents ‘exposing ex-Chief Whip’s ‘record of abusing police’

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plebgate-mitchell-sun‘More than a dozen incidents’ dating back to 2005 outlined by Sun’s lawyers in libel case

The former cabinet minister at the centre of the Plebgate row has a history of foul-mouthed confrontations with police officers at Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, the High Court will hear.

The allegations are contained in court documents presented by The Sun newspaper in its libel defence against Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell. The former government chief whip is suing News Group Newspapers Limited, the owner of The Sun, for alleging that he called police officers “plebs” during an argument at the gates of Downing Street in September 2012.

Mr Mitchell has admitted swearing during the incident but rejects claims that he swore at the officer. He has also consistently denied calling officers “plebs”. Mr Mitchell was forced to resign in October 2012, but CCTV...

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Police: PCCs: Public should have power of recall, suggests May

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Lizzie Dripping… errmmm, I mean the Wicked Witch… seems to have lost the plot completely (again!) over PCCs. Having dreamed up this farcical and appallingly expensive replacement for police authorities in England and Wales, and brazened out the public fury over the hilarious and shambolic elections for PCCs, during which polling figures set new record lows and at least one polling station dealt with no voters AT ALL, she now seems to see no problem with having to enact new legislation to remedy the consequences of her first attempt, now that it doesn’t suit her political whims. And given that such proposed legislation would irrefutably be nothing but a legislative vehicle to get rid of Shaun Wright, then – bearing in mind that Wright was elected to this post by virtue of legislation that specified unambiguously the sole circumstances under which a PCC could be dismissed – I don’t think that the Courts would need much convincing that it would be wholly unlawful if she tried to make new...

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Police: Gay police officers dealt with ‘discriminatory enforcement’

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The Police Service has in the past been institutionally prejudiced against gay officers wanting to come out, a senior officer has argued.

Sussex Chief Constable Giles York said that historically those from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities were “singled out” and discriminated against by officers via “discriminatory enforcement”.

For example, officers targeted public lavatories and “public sex environments” to catch individuals who were trying to keep that part of their life secret.

Addressing delegates at the 61st Police Superintendents’ Association’s annual conference in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CC York also said the Police Service must adopt a different approach in order to attract people from all sections of the community to the job.

He added: “We have got to be different. There are some fantastic people out there who can make our work a lot easier and we have to become an employer of choice for those sorts of people.

“We are not...

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Police: Police who died in line of duty honoured

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Not forgetting our colleagues from Scotland

Tenth anniversary of Scottish Police Memorial at Tulliallan Police College marked by visit from Princess Anne and Chief Constable Sir Stephen House.

Police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the public have been honoured at a memorial event in Scotland.

The Princess Royal and Police Scotland’s Chief Constable Sir Stephen House marked the tenth anniversary of the Scottish Police Memorial on September 3, which carries the names of all 255 Scottish police officers who have died in the line of duty and includes the names of officers dating back to 1812.

Names added this year include those of four officers who have died in the last 12 months – Constable Mark Murtagh, Constable Tony Collins, Constable Kirsty Nelis and Captain David Traill.

Christine Fulton, Co-Founder of the Scottish Police Memorial Trust, said: “The memorial is a tangible reminder to the families that their loved ones’ names will never be forgotten and will live on not just for...

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