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Police: Joint Fire, Ambulance and Police Statement in relation to Stafford Fire

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Emergency services are currently dealing with a large fire following an explosion at a fireworks factory earlier this evening. Police, Fire and Ambulance services were called by members of the public across the Stafford area reporting a large explosion and smoke from the large factory unit on Baswich Industrial Estate.

Baswich Lane remains completely closed and a large cordon surrounds the location to protect the scene and to allow the emergency services to tackle the fire.

Colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service have taken two men to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. One, who is in his 60s has a back injury and was suffering from smoke inhalation. The other is a man in his 40s with serious burns.

Two women, one in her 40s, the other in her 50s were assessed for smoke inhalation and discharged at scene.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue have brought the fire under control and are working to extinguish it as quickly as possible.

The building...

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Police: Inquiry launched after man shot in Handsworth

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

An investigation has been launched after a man was taken to hospital following a shooting in Handsworth this afternoon (30 Oct).

Emergency services were called to Holliday Road, at the junction with Marrowfat Lane, at 4.15pm after gun shots were fired outside an address.

The man was taken to a Birmingham hospital with a gunshot wound to the legs. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Detective Inspector Phil Asquith, from Force CID, said: “Detectives and local officers are currently at the scene as we launch a full inquiry into this afternoon’s events.

“Thankfully the man’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening, however we obviously need to trace those who find it acceptable to carry and use a loaded firearms on the streets of the West Midlands.

“We urge anyone who was in the area and may have seen the crime, or anyone leaving the scene, to contact us as soon as they can.”

Police urge anyone with information to contact Force CID in Birmingham by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Holliday Road and surrounding streets are currently closed while police forensically examine the scene.

Police: GMP Federation chairman Ian Hanson “why do people just blame the police?”

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Ian Hanson, chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, responding to today’s report on protecting children from Ann Coffey MP said:

“The abuse or exploitation of any child is appalling and our hard working members do everything within their powers to stop this happening.

“However I think there has to be a degree of realism injected into the current debate on child protection as to exactly the difficulties police officers have to overcome when trying to bring matters before the courts.

“It is grossly unfair that both the organisation and our police officer members collectively are singled out and blamed by some for what is a failure of the whole system.

“We expect officers to build relationships with victims in the most difficult circumstances imaginable in a fraction of the time where often the education and social care system has failed to do so.

“Given we work in law enforcement, we then catapult these young, vulnerable...

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Police: Seven people jailed for kidnap and assault of two men

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
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Seven people have been jailed after holding two men hostage and threatening them with an arsenal of weapons, including an iron, a hammer, and knives.

Fateh Kashief Ahmed (12/12/66) of Alms Hill Road, Cheetham Hill
Shakoor Ahmed Butt (1/7/79) of Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham Hill
Shazwan Ashraf (22/4/83) of Kelvin Grove, Cheetham Hill
Tariq Dhamial (19/7/60) of Glanford Avenue, Blackley
Ghulam Ali (29/1/81) of Heywood Street, Cheetham Hill
Abdul Zubair Qadus (7/7/81) of Bowker Street Salford and
Mohammed Khateer Ali (20/10/83) all pleaded guilty to two counts of false imprisonment.

Today, Thursday 30th October 2014, Tariq Dhamial was sentenced at Manchester Crown Square Court to four years in prison for each count of false imprisonment, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Fateh Kashief Ahmed, Shakoor Ahmed Butt, Shazwan Ashraf, Ghulam Ali and Abdul Zubair Qadus were all sentenced to 32 months for each count, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Mohammed Khateer Ali...

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Police: Up to £100,000 in cash and cocaine seized – Tameside

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Up to £100,000 in cash and quantities of cocaine have been seized by police in Tameside.

This morning, 30 October 2014, officers from the Tameside Organised Crime Team swooped on a number of addresses in the Dukinfield and Ashton-under-Lyne areas.

From properties in the Ashton and Stalybridge areas, officers seized large amounts of cocaine.

Split across the addresses, police also recovered up to £100,000 in cash.

A 29-year-old man and a 26-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and a 29-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and all three remain in police custody for questioning.

Detective Constable Joe Harrop said: “These warrants follow an investigation into the supply of cocaine on our streets, and what we recovered shows it was clearly a lucrative criminal enterprise for all those involved. We have made three arrests and our inquiries will continue until we uncover...

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Police: Man threatened with kitchen knife during racially motivated attack

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
Police are appealing for witnesses to a vile racist attack in which a man was threatened by a knife-wielding thug in Wigan.At around 8.45pm on Wednesday 29th October 2014, the 48-year-old victim was standing outside the door of his shop on Chapel Green Road, Hindley, smoking a cigarette.

He was approached and threatened by a man brandishing a large kitchen knife, who was shouting, “I’ll kill everybody, all immigrants. I don’t bother if I go to jail, I’ll kill every immigrant.”

The victim ran back inside his shop and locked the door, while the offender stood outside and made more threats before getting into the passenger seat of a gold Vauxhall Corsa which was being driven by a woman.

The pair then drove off down Chapel Green Road towards George Street.

The offender is described as white, 22-24 years old, around 6ft tall with a stocky build, a shaven head and a Wigan accent. He was wearing a light grey t-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms and black...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

 Before being appointed to this job I was convinced in my own mind unfettered  by superior legal knowledge that the scourge of drug addiction could be successfully challenged only if its victims were deviated from the criminal justice system to a branch of the NHS.  Nothing has changed except that now I am not only convinced of the folly of not decriminalising illicit drug use   I await a government which is prepared to face the financial and social realities of not doing so.  This  latest report provides grounds for hope.

Police: Action Fraud celebrates fifth birthday

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Action Fraud the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, which is now part of the City of London Police, celebrated its fifth birthday this week.  

Since launching in October 2009 Action Fraud has established itself as the place to go for victims of fraud across England and Wales to make an official crime report. The service also provides advice on how to find out how to access the professional support victims need to recover from what can be a deeply damaging and traumatic experience.

Fraud, cyber-enabled fraud and cyber-dependent fraud reporting significantly increased in 2012/13 when police forces starting directing all victims to Action Fraud’s national contact centre and online reporting portal. In 2013/14 more than 210,000 victims of fraud – individuals and SMEs – reported in this way, marking a 17 percent increase on the previous year.

All of the reports to Action Fraud are passed directly to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), based within the City of London Police, where...

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Police: Landrover was driven into a shop and then set on fire, in South Manchester.

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
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Police are investigating after a Landrover was driven into a shop and then set on fire, in South Manchester.

Shortly after 1am on Thursday 30 October 2014 police were called to the Co-op in Brooklands, and when emergency services attended they found that a green Landrover Discovery had been deliberately reversed into the shop front.

Firefighters attended and extinguished the blaze, which has caused significant damage to the front of the shop.

Police believe the Landrover was stolen and the offenders deliberately used it to damage the shutters before burgling the shop, and then set the Landrover on fire and fled the scene.

There were no reports of any injuries and police are appealing for information and witnesses.

Detective Inspector John Harris of South Manchester division said: “We believe the Landrover was stolen and the offenders used it to smash the shop shutters in a bid to get inside.

“Using a vehicle to cause significant damage to the shop,...

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

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

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...

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