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Police: Statement from the Attorney General’s Office – Rolf Harris ULS case

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

“After very careful consideration the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP has decided not to refer the five year and nine month sentence given to Rolf Harris to the Court of Appeal, as he did not think they would find it to be unduly lenient and increase it.

“The sentencing judge was bound by the maximum sentence in force at the time of the offending. The judge made some of the sentences consecutive to reach the total sentence, but he could not simply add up sentences on individual counts; the overall sentence had to be just and proportionate to the overall offending.  The judge was also required to take into account the age of the offender.

“The Attorney General understands that his decision not to refer the case may be a disappointment to some people; however, he did give extremely careful consideration to this sentence and he concluded that he could not refer it.”

Police: Former News of the World editors Neil Wallis and Jules Stenson charged with conspiracy to intercept communications

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

In December 2013, the Metropolitan Police Service submitted evidence for charging advice to the CPS in relation to Operation Pinetree, an investigation into an alleged conspiracy to hack phone messages by journalists at the News of the World. Additional evidence in the case was provided in June 2014. The file asked for charging advice on eight suspects; all were formerly employed at the News of the World. On 16 July 2014, the CPS announced that six of those individuals would face no further action whilst the evidence in relation to two further suspects remained under review. That review has now concluded.

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Jules Stenson, former features editor of the News of the World and to summons Neil Wallis, former deputy editor of the News of the World with an offence of conspiracy to intercept...

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Police: Increased Ethnic Diversity By Narrowing The Pool Of Applicants!?

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos
The Guardian: Met police bans recruits from outside London

Sir Bernard has decided to allow only applicants to the Met who have lived in London for three of the previous six years. In essence he is trying to restrict applicants to London only. He wants a greater proportion of London residents in the force.

This follows his action a year ago, taking away the travel concession from new recruits to encourage applications from London residents. His claimed justification for these actions is that they will increase the number of Metropolitan Police constables from ethnic backgrounds.

This makes no sense whatsoever. Surely, if you want diversity you must attract applicants from as far and wide as possible? How can reducing the pool of applicants possibly help?

I have several colleagues who arrived in the UK from other nations, some very distant non-white countries, notably in the Caribbean and Indian Oceans, Africa and Poland. English wasn't their first language, but they nevertheless joined...

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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

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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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