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Police: Scotland ‘may develop independent chief officer training’

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

Scotland 'may develop independent chief officer training'Discussions have sped up recently, President of Association of Scottish Police Superintendents says.

Aspiring chief officers in Scotland could be trained separately from those in the rest of the UK, it has emerged.

Growing differences between policing in the country and England and Wales have led to high-level talks over future development of senior ranked officers.

Police Scotland, the Scottish Police Authority, Scottish Government and others are deliberating over whether to continue to use existing College of Policing training for chief officers, the culimation of which is the Strategic Command Course (SCC) at Bramshill.

Currently, all personnel in the UK and Northern Ireland wishing to progress into the Association of Chief Police Officer ranks must have completed this course.

But Chief Superintendent Niven Rennie, President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS), told “To a certain extent policing (in Scotland) has become...

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Police: The secret behind police humour

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

Sergeant turned stand-up comedian reveals how the Job has influenced an extraordinary talent.

Police: Police appeal for information following theft from vehicles in Charlesworth

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for information and issuing advice after a number of vehicles were broken into in Charlesworth and Glossop.

Overnight between Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28, offenders broke into two vehicles which were parked in a residential car park on Marple Road in Charlesworth.

An Acer laptop and cash were taken from a cream coloured Fiat 500 and Rayban sunglasses were stolen from a white Fiat 500. No damage was caused.

On the same night, thieves broke into a black coloured Peugeot van that was parked outside a property on Town Lane, Charlesworth. A series of items including Nike trainers, Nike football boots, a blue sports holdall and a first aid kit were taken from within.

Offenders gained entry to black coloured Mercedes that was parked on the driveway of a property on Lake Side in Hadfield.  A Dell laptop with a carrycase and a Swissgear satchel were stolen from the vehicle between 2pm on Friday, July 25 and 6.40am on Monday, July...

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Police: Stephen McGowan murder enquiry further update

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

As detectives from Police Scotland continue their investigation into the murder of 23-year-old Stephen McGowan in Greenock on Sunday 27 July 2014, the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Smith of the Major Investigation Teams said:

“We have had a very good response from the public so far however I am keen to trace the driver of a silver vehicle, believed to be a Volvo 850 series which was travelling in Lynedoch Street, Greenock around 0320 hours on Sunday 29 July 2014.

“We know that a number of parties were ongoing in Lynedoch Street and Lyle Street around this time and that Stephen had been at a party in Lynedoch Street until the early hours of Sunday morning. I am very keen to trace everyone who was in and around this area and who has not yet been spoken to by police. I urge these people to come forward immediately as they may be able to assist with the investigation.

“I would also still like to speak to anyone who either saw or spoke with Stephen...

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Police: Man further arrested following forced labour investigation

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

At approximately 10:30hrs today, Tuesday, 29 July, detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Human Trafficking Unit further arrested a 73-year-old man in relation to serious sexual offences, which form part of an ongoing investigation into forced labour and domestic servitude in November 2013.

The man was first arrested on 21 November 2013, on suspicion of being involved in forced labour and domestic servitude, contrary to Section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

He remains on police bail and is due to return to a police station on a date in mid-September.

Police: Man assaulted on night out in Manchester city centre

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted on a night out in the city centre.

Shortly before 4am on Thursday 24 July 2014, there was an altercation involving several people on Withy Grove near to the junction with Dantzic Street.

One man was punched several times causing him to fall to the ground. He suffered a fractured jaw and was taken to hospital for treatment. Six other people were also assaulted and suffered minor injuries.

Two men, aged 21, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and have been bailed until 8 October 2014 pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses.

Detective Constable Steve Lowton said: “We believe there was a group of young men in the area around the Birdcage and Printworks challenging people to a fight. A number of people were assaulted including a woman who had a rock thrown at her.

“If you were in the area and saw anything or you have any information about who was involved please call police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3277 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police: Two teenagers sentenced for knifepoint robberies in South Manchester

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Two teenagers who went on a rampage and committed three attempted knifepoint robberies in the space of just a few hours have been sentenced.

Marcus Williams (born 18/07/96) of Seymour Grove, Old Trafford pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted robbery.

The 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two counts attempted robbery.

On Monday 28 July 2014, they were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square.

Williams was sentenced to a two year detention training order and the 14-year-old boy was sentenced to a two year youth rehabilitation order and a two year supervision order.

At about 11.50pm on Friday 21 February 2014, a man was driving his two friends home from the Claremont pub in Moss Side and pulled up on Broadfield Road, close to the junction with Edith Avenue.

A few seconds later, the driver’s door was ripped open and the two teenagers demanded the keys to the car. One appeared to be carrying a knife. One of the...

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Police: Man jailed for five years following a robbery in Chester

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Ian Michael Jones, 42, from Garden Lane, Chester was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday 28 July at Chester Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to robbery.

At 3.10pm on Wednesday 21 May 2014, police were called to a report of an armed robbery at a premises on the campus of the University of Chester in Parkgate Road, Chester

Jones entered the premises, armed with a knife where he grabbed a female customer, and threatened her, demanding cash from staff.

The staff handed over cash to Jones who then fled on foot.

DS Debbie Bellis, from Chester CID said, “Today’s court result reflects the seriousness of Jones’ crime and the impact it has had on his victim. Robberies such as this are rare in Cheshire and we hope that the result serves as a warning to other would-be robbers.

Today’s result serves a reminder to any other offenders that if you choose to break the law you will be actively targeted, caught and punished.”

Police: Images released following assault in Monsall

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police have issued images of a mini-convoy of cars after a man was ruthlessly beaten with machetes and wooden bats.

The cars are believed to contain offenders who got out and attacked two victims aged 34 and 48, on a Monsall street in the middle of the afternoon.

The vicious attack, which hospitalised one of the victim’s, happened on Aldworth Drive at about 3.30pm on Sunday 30 March 2014.

Since the assault, which is being treated as attempted murder, officers have been working to identify the offenders. This has included speaking to potential witnesses and circulating details of the attack throughout the community.

A thorough trawl of CCTV has now revealed images of four cars travelling towards the scene, in which the offenders travelled to the scene of the crime. Detectives are now asking people to view the images and tell them who was in the vehicles.

The victim’s suffered serious injuries to the head body and arms and both had to attend hospital. Both victims have since been discharged...

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Police: Little Plumstead burglary witness appeal

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Little Plumstead.


Between Thursday 24 July at 4.30pm and Friday 25 July at 7.45am offenders forced entry to two recently constructed new build properties on a building site on Hospital Road.


A number of items were stolen from the premises, including: building materials, electrical items, a paint sprayer, a cooker, a radio, copper tubes and black high-top work boots.


Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously in the area during the times stated.


Anyone with any information should contact PC Andrew Mason at Sprowston SNT on 101.

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