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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
After the Coulson affair one would have thought that D.Cameron with L.Crosby at his shoulder would have been particularly circumspect in his choice of those he decided to appoint in his recent shuffling of the cards he intends to play at the next election. Perhaps he knew that his new Solicitor General had been found guilty by the Bar Standards Board of misconduct; perhaps he didn`t. Either way his judgement is once again called into question.

Police: Man jailed for raping a woman at gunpoint

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man has been jailed for 10 and a half years after raping a woman.

Daniel Plater (04/04/1995) of Rutland Road, Tyldesley, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to rape, section 47 assault and a firearms offence at Liverpool Crown Court.

He was sentenced on Monday 21 July 2014.

On 1 January 2014, police were called to a house in Leigh following reports an 18-year-old woman had been assaulted and raped at gunpoint.

Officers arrived and immediately arrested Plater who was outside the address.

Following inquiries, it was established the victim had been celebrating the new year in Leigh town centre.  When she got home, Plater called her and was abusive after she had not replied to a text he had sent her.

He later turned up at her home before he threatened her with a gun, assaulted her and raped her.

Detective Constable Dorothy Orr said: “This was a terrible act that has deeply affected the victim.  For reasons only known to Plater himself, he was jealous and attempted to control her.  When...

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Police: Investigation into firearms incidents in Sheffield after 13yr old suffers minor injuries

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are currently investigating three firearms incidents in the Parson Cross area of Sheffield last night (Monday 21 July).

Between 9.30pm and 11.10pm, officers were called to three separate reports of shots being fired at property in Barrie Crescent, Lindsay Avenue and Deerlands Avenue. All three incidents are believed to be linked.

A 13-year-old sustained minor injuries in Deerlands Avenue, where it is reported shots were fired at the door of a property. In Barrie Crescent and Lindsay Avenue, it is reported that shots were fired at vehicles, causing damage.

A full investigation is now underway.

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Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

The warden of Lady St Mary’s Church on Church Green found the skull at approximately midday on Friday 11 July 2014. It had been carefully wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a bag before being left outside one of the church doors. It may have been there for over 24 hours before being discovered.

Detective Constable Michelle Lawrence, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “The skull appears to be very old and we are not treating this incident as suspicious at this time.

“We simply would like to identify where the skull originated from and to clarify in what circumstances it was found.

“Some houses near to church were built on parts of the old cemetery nearly 100 years ago and it is feasible that the skull may have been dug up in someone’s garden. The person who found it may have wanted to do the right thing and left it at the church.

“I urge anyone who has any information about this to contact the police – we would just like to ascertain exactly what has happened.”


Police: National Policing Lead for Taser Commander Neil Basu responds to IPCC report

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

National Policing Lead for Taser Commander Neil Basu said:

“The use of Taser is an emotive subject. The UK police have introduced its use into mainstream operational policing with great care, listening to and understanding the concerns people have raised and responding accordingly.

“The IPCC review of Taser complaints and incidents finds that there are many areas where we have got it right but we know we must remain focused on dealing with issues when they arise.

“This report helps to review ourselves and ensure our practices and procedures are the best they can be. All of the recommendations made by the IPCC are already underway and some have been implemented; guidance on the use of Taser has been issued recently to all forces. The College of Policing is also reviewing Taser training for officers

“Forces vary in size, demographics, and the number of officers they deploy with Tasers. Each force carries out a strategic threat and risk assessment to...

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Police: What Are We Trying To Fix?

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop

Clock2We know that the use of police custody as a place of safety (PoS) shouldn’t be happening very often – only on an ‘exceptional’ basis according to the current and to the next Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act.  I was delighted to find out recently that since the work I did in 2009-11 has really settled in, we are now seeing single figures of detentions in police custody in a police force where over 1,000 people a year are detained under this provision.

Since ideas were turned into reality, West Midlands Police has seen more than 98% of people assessed in an NHS facility.  I will be dining out on that for the rest of my life – that’s thousands of people who have already been saved the indignity of detention in custody and numerous officers protected from legal liabilities that arise from having to ‘muddle through’.

Some other police forces are not yet as fortunate, for various reasons to do with capacity and because in some instances their NHS partners have not comprehended how it is possible for the...

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Police: IPCC review of Taser use and complaints published

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
Taser use should be closely analysed and each use robustly justified to ensure the device is being used appropriately and not as a default when other options may be available, according to an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report published today.

The report, which follows an IPCC review of complaints and incidents relating to Taser use from 2004 to 2013, acknowledges that Taser can be a valuable tool in helping police officers manage difficult and challenging situations.

But with more officers now equipped with Tasers and with the number of complaints rising in-line with the increased use, the IPCC recommends that local forces should guard against the possibility that it is being over-used.

For example, the IPCC’s analysis of Home Office data shows considerable disparity in Taser use between forces, with some smaller forces having a proportionately much higher rate of Taser use in relation to their size. There is no obvious explanation for this, and the IPCC will...

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Police: Video: Officers to use new equipment to stop suspects on the roads

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police officers across Sussex are to be given new equipment to stop suspects who try to escape in vehicles.

Stop Stick devices are used to puncture the tyres of vehicles that are being pursued by police, forcing the suspects to slow down.

The equipment features hollow steel spikes and is laid in the path of a vehicle so that when it is driven over, the tyres of the vehicle deflate.

Previously it had been used by roads policing unit teams and tactical firearms officers to stop and arrest criminals more quickly.

Now it is to be used by neighbourhood response teams across the county to stop offenders quickly and effectively to make the roads safer for members of the public.

They will carry the equipment when they are called out so they can immediately use it without having to call for other officers to bring them.

Every officer who will use the equipment has been given specialist training in how to use it safely to reduce the chance of the suspect or any other road...

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Police: Two inmates to stand trial over inmate murder

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Two men are to stand trial today (Monday 21 July) for the murder of 22-year-old Michael Hennesy in HMP Lindholme.

Julian Maylor, 24, of HMP Marshgate, will appear at Sheffield Crown Court charged with murder.

Reiss Comrie, 24, of HMP Marshgate, will appear at Sheffield Crown Court charged with murder, S18 wounding and three counts of giving a list A article to a prisoner.

South Yorkshire Police were contacted by prison officials on Saturday 21 December 2013 and informed of Mr Hennessy’s death


Police: Investigation launched following death of Rugby man after contact with police

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

On the evening of Sunday 20 July, officers in Warwickshire identified a man they suspected of being involved in the theft of metal in the Pennington Mews area of Rugby. 

The man ran from the officers but was apprehended. During his apprehension he collapsed. CPR was administered at the scene by officers who called an ambulance. The ambulance took him to University Hospital Coventry where he was pronounced dead at 20.17. 

We expect formal identification of the deceased to take place following a post mortem on Tuesday 22 July. 

Given the circumstances surrounding this incident, the post mortem will be conducted by a Home Office Pathologist and Warwickshire Police has referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. 

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