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Police: IPCC to examine post-prison monitoring of cannibalistic murderer

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Cerys Yemm, who was murdered in an act of cannibalism

The government is to examine whether a man reported to have murdered a woman in an act of cannibalism was properly managed following his release from prison.

Cerys Marie Yemm, 22, died from her injuries at Sirhowy Arms hotel, a homeless hostel in Argoed, Blackwood, south Wales, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Her attacker, Matthew Williams, 34 – who had recently been released from prison – also died at the scene shortly after police Tasered and arrested him.

South Wales police has launched a murder investigation and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will also probe the incident.

On Sunday, a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice confirmed a serious further offence review will take place to see if lessons can be learned from the case.

Such reviews are immediately launched if a serious offence is alleged to have happened within 30 days of a person leaving prison or if the person is on licence.

The review will...

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Taken from UK Cop Humour, this is anything but funny. Sadly I suspect it is just one example of many. What makes me shudder is that, post- Winsor, officers are not able to pay into their pensions at all and their pay is so low they need State subsidies to survive.

Hello. I am a serving police officer and I am also a single parent. When I say single parent I really mean single parent. I do not have the luxury of co parenting.

I manage to work normal hours by the help of some fabulous child care.

I rent a house through an estate agent. This house costs me £650 a month and is in a state of such poor repair I am soon required to leave.

I have been looking in the area that I live and in the four years I have been in this area prices have gone up so much a basic two bed flat is around £850 a month with council tax, including discount for single person I am looking at £1000 a month. This is over half my wages.

Last year the government cut backs meant that they lowered the level of...

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Police: One in five officers will still benefit from 30 year pension, but not in Surrey.

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I picked this up on Police Oracle. Just over one in five officers nationally will benefit from the same pension as those of us lucky enough to be retired. Surrey though has the fewest officers in the country with more than 22 years service, just 12%. The figures are shown in the table at the foot of this article. Why does Surrey have so few experienced officers?

‘More than one in five serving officers will be protected from the drastic changes to police pensions in 2015, it can be revealed.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that 27,280 officers out of 127,329 serving in 42 forces in England and Wales had more than 22 years’ service as of April 1 2014.

Under government rules, they will not be affected by the impending police pension changes and can to retire after 30 years’ with their full pension.

This means that the remaining 100,047 police officers could well be affected – although individual factors such as the age of an officer on 1 April 2012 come into...

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Police: ‘Wasteful’ IT contracts ‘unacceptable in modern policing’

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Police and crime commissioners need to take control of dormant Police ICT Company to improve “chaotic” system of buying IT.

The “gritty and unglamorous” reform of police IT is an absolute necessity to stop wasting money on chaotic contracts and wasting officer time with inadequate technology, the Home Secretary has said.

Theresa May (pictured) said the scale of “duplication and inefficiency” across police IT is “frankly unacceptable in the 21st century” and that transforming this crucial area is a necessity.

In a recent speech Mrs May called on police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to take on the dormant Police ICT Company, which was created in 2012. She said it is now ready to start operational trading and has the ability to “transform the way police buy and use technology”.

She said that when the coalition government came to power in 2010, forces were spending £1 billion annually on IT – which included 2,000 different IT systems across the 43...

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Police: The Failings Of Theresa May MP

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Mrs May likes a list, she particularly likes to list the collective failings of the Police Service and thinks that it’s fair to go back 25 years or more when doing so, despite the obvious fact that most of today’s serving officers weren’t serving 25 years ago, but somehow it’s still their fault.

So I thought I might draw up a little list of my own, please feel free to add any that I’ve forgotten in the Comments section at the bottom, and I’m sure I will forget some, there have been so many.

May was appointed the first female Chairman of the Conservative Party in July 2002. During her speech at the 2002 Conservative Party Conference while illustrating the reason why her Party must change, May naïvely coined the phrase that the Conservatives were then perceived as the “Nasty Party”, later to be sacked from this post by Michael Howard.

In August 2013 Mrs May was accused by Lord Macdonald of an “extremely ugly and unhelpful” attempt to implicate opponents of David Miranda’s detention in condoning terrorism....

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Police: Home Secretary: Reforms ‘prove more for less is possible’

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Theresa May claims that Coalition Government has “proved critics wrong” and that reform programme has improved policing.

The Coalition Government has proved that it is possible to deliver more for less through its radical police reform programme and has proved its critics wrong, according to the Home Secretary.

Theresa May (pictured) has said that in the face of significant criticism from the Police Federation, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Labour Party, the current government has proved that “change is possible” through its reform programme.

In a recent speech Mrs May reiterated that police reform is working and that crime continues to fall.

She said: “When I first launched my programme of police reform, many denied the need for change. When I announced that central government police budgets would be cut by 20 per cent in real terms over four years – they said it couldn’t be done.

“The Police Federation, ACPO and the Labour Party were...

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Police: Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study

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Home Office study finds no evidence that harsh sentencing curbs illegal use and documents success of Portugal’s decriminalisation
There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the government’s first evidence-based study.

Examining international drug laws, the groundbreaking Home Office document published brings to an end 40 years of almost unbroken official political rhetoric that only harsher penalties can tackle the problem caused by the likes of heroin, cocaine or cannabis.

It is signed off by the Conservative home secretary, Theresa May, and the Liberal Democrat minister Norman Baker and will be published alongside an official expert report calling for a general ban on the sale and trade in legal highs.

Baker said the international comparisons demonstrated that “banging people up and increasing sentences...

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Police: Surrey Police apology over John Lowe double gun murders

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Dog breeder John Lowe told police officers he wanted the women put down

Surrey Police has apologised over its “flawed” decision to return guns to an 82-year-old man who went on to murder his partner and her daughter.

Christine Lee, 66, and 40-year-old Lucy Lee were shot by John Lowe at his puppy farm in Farnham in February.

His shotguns and licence had been seized by the police in March 2013 but were returned to him four months later.

After the hearing, Christine Lee’s daughter, Stacy Banner, said Surrey Police had “put the gun in his hands”.

“The shotgun was one of seven that had been returned to him by the police only months before he used it to kill,” she said.

“John Lowe pulled the trigger but it was the Surrey Police who put the gun in his hands.”
Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Cundy from Surrey Police, said two reports by other forces had found the decision to return the guns was “flawed”.

He said: “Whilst the full investigation into this matter remains ongoing, in light...

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Police: Positive discrimination employment changes branded ‘politically correct’

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The Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation has branded Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe’s remarks about positive discrimination “drivel” – accusing the Commissioner of pandering to the “politically correct brigade”.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard has said he wants employment law altered to enable the force to practice a form of positive discrimination.

Sir Bernard wants to copy a practice in Northern Ireland designed to achieve diversity in the ranks and “create a ‘critical mass’ of black and minority ethnic officers within the service which we believe would then help encourage even more to join”.

The Met already undertakes “positive action” recruitment advertising campaigns targeted at specific communities considered underrepresented in the force, and the commissioner has in the past stated his commitment to get his force “looking like London”.

The force would now like to recruit people from minorities in equal numbers to those from the white...

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Police: Police Killer Harry Roberts to be Released

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Police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison after serving more than 45 years behind bars.

He was jailed for life for the murder of three policemen in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, in 1966 and told he would never be released.

Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Steve White says he is appalled at the decision.

“Let’s not forget, this menace murdered three unarmed police officers in cold blood and it is abhorrent news,” he said.

“This decision by the parole board is a slap in the face for the families of the three police officers he brutally murdered who, once again, are forced to re-live their pain and loss. It will spark fury among everyone in the police family who will feel badly let down.

The officers were shot, in what was later called the massacre of Braybrook Street, after they pulled over
a van containing Roberts and two others.

PC Geoffrey Fox, 41, Sergeant Christopher Head, 30, and Detective Constable David Wombwell, 25, had approached the van after seeing it parked...

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