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Police: Happy St George’s Day – from Alex Salmond: SNP leader promises an independent Scotland will help north of England fight the power of London

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

Rather tongue in cheek from me, Has Salmond been watching events in Ukraine and decided he can do the same to the North of England?

Alex Salmond will mark St George’s Day today by promising that an independent Scotland would champion the North of England to balance the economic might of London.

Speaking in Carlisle, Scotland’s First Minister will insist that the “social union” between the people of the four members of the United Kingdom would remain if the Scottish people vote to leave it in their September referendum.

In what may be seen as a provocative speech, Mr Salmond will announce that after a Yes vote, the Scottish Government would hold a series of “Borderlands” forums on economic co-operation with councils and business leaders from the North of England. He will describe this as “a practical demonstration of co-operation” and of a partnership strengthened by an outward-looking...

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Police: Pupils found with handguns in school

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National survey reveals nearly 1,000 children had weapons confiscated by police over past three years

Nearly 40 children have been found with guns on school premises over the last three years, a shocking new national survey has disclosed.
Figures obtained from police forces across Britain showed guns and air weapons had been confiscated on 37 occasions by officers – including two hand guns.
The other guns included 27 ball bearing guns and seven other air weapons.
The figures showed almost 1,000 pupils in total were caught by police with weapons in schools including a Taser stun gun, a meat cleaver, three axes and a cut-throat razor.
The total is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg because only 31 of country’s 52 police responded to a freedom of information request by Sky News.
t included 80 primary school children, the youngest of whom was an eight-year-old found carrying a knife to school in Scotland.
Of those found with weapons 329 were charged with a criminal offence, the figures showed. Knives made up the...

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Police: David Cameron blasted over shotgun licence fees veto

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

I have recently taken up clay pigeon shooting and applied for a shotgun licence. I was amazed at how little it cost – now I know why.


An internal coalition battle over a taxpayer subsidy for cheap gun licences spilled into the open on Tuesday when a Liberal Democrat Home Office minister said that he will attempt to force through reforms despite being blocked by the prime minister, David Cameron.

Norman Baker, who has responsibilities for shotgun certificates, said he has been frustrated by the decision to block plans to raise the cost of gun licences, forcing police services to find more than £17m from their operational budgets to subsidise them.

The prime minister, himself a pheasant shooter and deer stalker, is understood to have intervened in December to stop a rise in the cost of a gun licence, which has been frozen at £50 since 2001 – just over a quarter of the £196 that it costs police to issue the licence.

In an unusual public display of coalition tensions, Baker said: “The current...

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Police: Violent crime in England and Wales falls again, A&E data shows

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Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.

There was a 12% fall in injuries from violent incidents in 2013, according to data from almost a third of emergency departments examined by Cardiff University.

It found 235,000 people were treated following a violent attack in 2013 – 32,800 fewer than in the previous year.

The authors said the rising cost of alcohol might have played a role.

They also said the figures mirrored other crime data.

The 12% fall is the fifth consecutive year that NHS units have recorded a decrease in violent injuries.

Data from the Cardiff University study on violent crime, showing a drop in hospital visits

The figures mirror other research, adding to evidence that the long-term trend in violent crime is down.

Professor Jonathan Shepherd, the report’s lead author, said: “The data shows another significant year-on-year fall. Apart from a 7% increase in 2008, levels of serious violence have...

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Police: Why your fingerprints may not be unique

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Assumption that everyone has a unique fingerprint from which they can be identified through a computer database is flawed, says Home Office expert Mike Silverman

Fingerprint evidence linking criminals to crime scenes has played a fundamental role in convictions in Britain since the first forensic laboratory was set up in Scotland Yard in 1901.
But the basic assumption that everyone has a unique fingerprint from which they can be quickly identified through a computer database is flawed, an expert has claimed.
Mike Silverman, who introduced the first automated fingerprint detection system to the Metropolitan Police, claims that human error, partial prints and false positives mean that fingerprints evidence is not as reliable as is widely believed.
Nobody has yet proved that fingerprints are unique and families can share elements of the same pattern.
And there are other problems, such as scanning fingerprints of the elderly as their skin loses elasticity and in rare conditions leaves some people with smooth, featureless...

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Police: Police chief’s shock admission: Crime isn’t falling … it’s just moving to internet

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Assistant Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, pictured, said he was convinced that ‘crime isn’t down’ and had instead shifted online

The much-heralded falls in crime over the past decade may not be real, a senior officer has admitted.
Assistant Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, the national policing spokesman on surveillance, said he was convinced that ‘crime isn’t down’ and had instead shifted online.
He said criminals were simply carrying out different offences that were not being combated by police forces. He also made a damning assessment of the police’s ability to tackle cyber-crime, such as internet card fraud and online scams.
Mr Boutcher said: ‘Everyone tells me crime is down and we are very good in the police at the moment.
‘I am convinced that crime isn’t down – it is just being done in a completely different way.’
The Hertfordshire officer added that the police force had been slow to formulate strategies to...

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Police: Mods v Rockers! The beach battles that rocked Britain in 1964 – and terrified bank holiday tourists

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Not that I want to glorify the violence or anything but was this really 50 years ago?
Interesting pictures with Sussex officers wearing their summer white helmets.

Police arresting youths on Brighton beach
Photo PA


The bank holiday began with tourists flocking to the coast but ended with them fleeing for their lives as Mods and Rockers turned beaches into battlefields.

Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1964, simmering rivalry between the groups reached a flashpoint as they clashed repeatedly on seaside piers and promenades across the country.

But the worst of the violence was seen in Brighton, as families were trapped in a shocking showdown which sparked moral panic about the state of British youth.

Tony Edwards was 18 and one of the first band of Mods to arrive on the Sussex coast that day. He says: “The Rockers had outnumbered us for years but leading up to 1964 we’d grown in numbers – now it was payback time.

“When we arrived on the...

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Police: Attacks on officers pay ‘entirely unacceptable’

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Those “who put their necks on the line” should have their remuneration package protected, says senior politician.


Attacks on the terms and conditions of police officers by former reviewer “Tom Winsor, Home Secretary Theresa May or by anybody else are entirely unacceptable,” a senior politician has said.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill (pictured) told the Scottish National Party spring conference that the country’s police officers “who put their necks on the line” deserve to have their pay and conditions protected.

The Scottish Police Federation has calculated that with changes to officer pay and conditions as a result of the Winsor reviews, Scottish officers will earn between £19,000 and £21,730 more overall in the first decade of service than their English and Welsh colleagues.

Over a career, the Federation states, Scottish officers could earn £250,000 more than officers south of the border.

A fringe meeting at the conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and...

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Police: Sad loss of Cliff Blackford

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Many of you will have seen the circulation by Tony Forward.

“I regret to inform you of the death yesterday of retired Sergeant Cliff Blackford. His funeral will be a private family burial. He leaves a wife, Shirley. I am in touch with her by email and will circulate her address for condolence cards in due course.” The address for condolence cards has also been circulated but is available on request if you missed it. His wife has asked for no phone calls.

I am grateful to Bob Bartlet for the photos.

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Sad loss of Cliff Blackford
  • Lovely guy whose grin could light up a room.

    Lovely guy whose grin could light up a room.

  • Cliff Blackford
  • Cliff Blackford and PC Durrell 1968/70
  • Cliff Blackford and PC Durrell 1968/70
  • Cliff Blackford 2006 Old Comrades
  • Alf hay Tony Davie and Jim Kirk with Cliff Blackford
  • Cliff Blackford




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