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Police: We – The People Wot Know

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

We are the people, the people who know. And because we know we are dangerous. We are a threat. There are tens of thousands of us and we all know, every single one of us.

We know EXACTLY what this government is doing to this, once proud, country. Whether we support the Police, The NHS, the Armed a Forces, the Coastguard Service, Courts, Prisons, Probation, we all KNOW.

120 odd thousand of us can be controlled by the State. Forget bloody Purdah, I’m sick of the word, and it’s dodgy utilisation. I’m talking about the 120 odd thousand Police Officers who are discouraged from speaking out by the out-dated Police Regs.  Some have, many ‘signed’ the open letter recently, but many, many more didn’t.  ACPO types were riding Social Media actively discouraging serving officers from signing it.  But those officers KNOW.

The rest of us, the ‘silent’ majority of retired officers and supportive Members of the Public, get ‘controlled’ in a much quieter, insidious way.

We get ignored.

I am not alone in trying to bring the...

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Police: Claudia Lawrence investigation: Men arrested on suspicion of murder released on bail as enquiries continue

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Three men arrested on Wednesday 22 April 2015 on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence have today (Thursday, 23 April) been released on police bail in order to allow detectives time to follow up lines of enquiry.

The men, who are aged in their 50s and from the York area, were held in custody while being interviewed by detectives from the Major Crime Unit.

Although they have been released from custody, proceedings in this case – as they relate to them – remain active.

The arrests follow the arrest of a local man aged in his 50s on 23 March 2015.

He remains on police bail while enquiries continue.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, head of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit and the senior investigating officer in the Claudia Lawrence case, said: “I am once again very grateful to the media and the public for supporting my request that these individuals...

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Police: The Dog That Didn't Bark In The Night

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
There has been a total lack of any significant debate on the criminal justice system in the election 'campaigns' so far.In a way I am relieved, since in the heat of a campaign the only ideas likely to emerge would be stupid or vicious or both. Instead the parties are trying to buy our votes with improbable amounts of our own (or our grandchildren's) money. Depressing.

Police: The human impact of metal theft

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

It’s inconvenient. It disrupts most things, from being able to make yourself a cup of tea to operating your central heating.

We work to minimise the risk of a power cut occurring, and then work 24/7 to switch your lights back on as soon as we can if a power cut does happen. Most people can appreciate that they do still happen from time to time. But criminals cause power cuts and disruption too, by vandalising and stealing metal from the electricity network.

But what if a power cut is more than just an inconvenience?

As well as the £8 million a year it costs us to repair the damage they leave behind them, the culprits can have an impact upon some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

For some of our customers, a power cut can have a huge effect on their health and well-being. Around 10% of our customers are registered on our Priority Services Register.

These customers need extra help and support during a power cut. They could be elderly, disabled, or have a critical medical condition. Some of these...

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Police: Covert Crisis Pathways

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

‘Policing and mental health’ as a subject cuts right across all of policing. We often end up talking about section 136 and places of safety – even when it’s completely irrelevant to the outrage prompting discussion – and I suspect that this prevents us from talking about, or even identifying, the larger and far more important issues and philosophical questions.

Remember that last September, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary highlighted in their report ‘Core Business’ that Nottinghamshire Police had approximately 1,100 detentions under s136 per year, which compares very roughly with the number who are detained by West Midlands Police, before the introduction of each forces’ street triage schemes.  I’ve mentioned before that in terms of both officer numbers and resident population, the West Midlands is just short of three times the size of Nottinghamshire, so it seems superficially surprising that their use of s136 is so similar.


What we’ve never fully explored, nationally, is...

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Police: Soup?

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson

In the last few weeks the Chief has been running a series of road shows on the WMP2020 blueprint. I hope you have had the chance to attend these events and if you have not this video may help. (Non WMP staff please click here)

The blue print is based upon four pillars of change, as shown in the diagram below, built around a more central role for information but with the same vision and ethos that underpins our service.


I intend to use the next few blogs to talk about what the blueprint means for me, because whilst we will build an intensive programme to deliver the future WMP2020 organisation I think this will work best if we are all thinking about how we operate and staring to work differently. Change is about how people are different, not new exciting IT. This is very much an ethos shift.

I want to start with “Listen and reassure” and with a story.  Detroit as a city has undergone an incredible trauma. A city once of around 2 million people has been reduced to around 700,000 in fifty years. The city infrastructure is unsustainable and...

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Police: Police investigate after a woman died after falling from the M602

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are investigating after a woman died shortly after falling from a bridge on the M602.

At around 5.20am on Friday 17 April 2015, police were called to the M602, directly under the bridge for Albert Road that runs between Monton and Eccles, after reports that a woman had fallen from the bridge.

Emergency services attended and found a 55-year-old woman with serious injuries, but she sadly died later in hospital.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and information.

Detective Sergeant Del Scholfield of Salford division said: “We are supporting the family at this traumatic time and we are trying to piece together exactly what happened to the woman shortly before she fell.

“We would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of Albert Road junction Wellington Road near Eccles between 5am and 5.30am on Friday morning or who may have driven underneath the bridge on the...

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Police: Murderer jailed for life for killing grandfather in Notting Hill

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Anthony Charlery (Murdered) Tayo Wesley A murderer has today, Wednesday 22 April, been jailed for life after he stabbed a grandfather in revenge for an incident 15 years earlier.

Tayo Wesley, 39 (13.11.75) of no fixed address but from the Earls Court area, was convicted yesterday at Kingston Crown Court of killing 59-year-old Anthony Charlery on Friday, 29 August 2014 in Notting Hill.

This morning he was jailed for life with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 21 years.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Sarah McConnell, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Wesley had harboured a serious grudge against Anthony Charlery for many years, believing him responsible for the death of his sister.

When they both happened to be at the same bar on the same night in August, Wesley reacted in anger and took the opportunity to seek his revenge.

“He claimed he did not mean to kill Anthony, but...

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Police: Kevin Mao sentenced to life for the murder of Noor Hassan Barre

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man found guilty of a fatal stabbing at a party at Middlesex University has been jailed for life.

Kevin Mao, 20, (04.08.94) from Tottenham was found guilty of the murder of 22-year-old Noor Hassan Barre at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 21 April.

He was today, Wednesday 22 April, sentenced at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment in a young offenders’ institution and will serve a minimum of 26 years before he is eligible for parole.

Noor and Mao both attended an event at Middlesex University’s Hendon Campus on 31 October 2014 hosted by the University’s African Caribbean Society.

Noor was outside the party when he got into an argument with Mao at around 01:00hrs after he directed a flirtatious comment towards Noor’s female friend.

This confrontation turned to violence, culminating with Mao taking a knife from his waistband and fatally him.

Noor managed to run a few yards...

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Police: Images released in Hatton Garden Heist

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

  New images of the Hatton Garden burglary scene are being released today, Wednesday 22 April, by Flying Squad detectives who continue to investigate the crime.

Police were called at 08.10hrs on Tuesday, 7 April, to a report of a burglary at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd (HGSD), 88-90 Hatton Garden, EC1.

The images show the scene that officers found on arrival at the business.

These include images of the hole which suspects drilled through the concrete wall of the vault using a heavy duty drill – a Hilti DD350.

The hole is 50cm deep, 25cm high, and 45cm wide; and sits 89cm from the floor.

The vault was covered in dust and debris and the floor was strewn with discarded safety deposit boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars.

Today police are also releasing a graphic illustrating how we believe the suspects entered...

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