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Police: Police make arrests in Chester Cathedral painting theft

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Following police enquiries into the theft of an 18th Century piece of art stolen from Chester Cathedral officers have arrested four men and one woman.

The four men aged 31, 34, 36 and 59 and a woman aged 57 were arrested at a property in Edleston Road in Crewe on Wednesday 17th September. They remain in custody at this time.

Yesterday officers attended to make the arrests as part of Operation Hatay which is a forcewide operation to locate and arrest those who are wanted for failing to appear at court or wanted in connection with on-going investigations.

Officers who attended made a search of the Crewe property and discovered items, which have been seized by police. One of the pieces is the 18th Century Greek Orthadox icon “The raising of Lazurus” which had been stolen from Chester Cathedral on 18 August 2014.

Officers liaised with Chester Cathedral to confirm the identity of the item. Chief Superintendent Andy Southcott said: “I am absolutely delighted with the police...

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Police: Appeal over wallet used by burglars in Bassingbourn

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
Police have released an image of a wallet identical to that used by burglars in a raid.
Officers believe it may have been discarded by burglars who broke into a property in Bassingbourn at about 10.15pm on September 4.

The burglars used it to carry stolen cash.

Anyone with information should contact DC Ian Butcher on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Police: Appeal for information following burglary in St Albans

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after Asian jewellery worth around £3,000 was stolen during a burglary in St Albans.


The burglary took place in Watford Road on Monday, September 15.


The victim returned home shortly after 8pm and heard footsteps from the staircase. Two men then ran past him and left via the back of the house.


The victim gave chase but the two men got into a black Volkswagen EOS, which was parked on a grass area outside the house, and drove off along Watford Road in the direction of the City Centre.


The first suspect is described as a black man, aged 30 to 40 years old, around 5ft 10ins to 5ft 11ins tall, well built, with very short black hair. He was wearing a dark T-shirt and black jeans.


The second is described as a white man, aged 30 to 40 years old, of slim build, around 6ft tall, with short dark hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.


Detective Constable Paul Cullinan, who is investigating, said: “These items hold a lot of...

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Police: Appeal following theft from a shop in Seaton Delaval

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for information after a theft from a shop in Seaton Delaval.

Around 8pm on Friday, July 25, £210 was stolen from the Seaton Valley Co-Op store in Avenue Road.

Enquiries are ongoing into the theft and police are releasing images of a man and two women they want to speak to in connection with the theft.

Anyone who recognises them is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 41157R/14.

Fire: Fire minister confirms delay to introduce new pension regulations

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

The FBU’s executive council met this week to discuss the ongoing pension dispute confirming the government has delayed the introduction of new pension regulations by at least two months.

Recent weeks have seen a series of meetings between union officials and fire minister Penny Mordaunt. At the most recent of these the minister suggested areas where significant progress might be made.

Union negotiators will meet with DCLG officials today, with further meetings between FBU officials, representatives of fire service employers and government civil servants scheduled for next week. These meetings will be followed by a further meeting with Penny Mordaunt.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Although the minister has suggested areas where significant progress might be made, the FBU has sought additional advice from legal and actuarial advisors on several issues.

“Many of these issues are complex and specialist advice is necessary to ensure the rights of our members are properly...

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Police: Pesticide spread along Gilfach Goch footpath

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

South Wales Police are investigating the distribution of pesticides alongside a 130 metre length of a public footpath and cycleway at Gilfach Goch near the Griffin Inn public house.


Wildlfe and environmental crime officer, police constable Mark Goulding reports that blue pellets have been spread in an area with heavy pedestrian traffic mainly dog walkers as well as a number of loose horses in the vicinity.


The site has been photographed, samples of the pesticide have been taken for lab analysis and a container recovered from a nearby watercourse.


PC Goulding said: “The container indicated slug killer, however it was empty. The primary pesticide is metaldehyde which is poisonous.


“The misuse of pesticide is, sadly, not un common when targeting our native wildlife, especially birds of prey, but it is also used to target our pets most commonly household cats.  We have not established what type this pesticide is or why it has been laid in such a public place.  I am asking anyone with...

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Police: Recovering alcoholic tells his story

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
During Alcohol Action Week, Cheshire Police are focusing on the effects that excessive drinking can have on the community and those that it impacts on.
Often Alcohol has a significant impact on not just the individual who is drinking excessively, but also on those closest to them.
To illustrate how devastating this impact can be, one man tells his story.  His name has been changed to protect his identity, but the visible impact of his alcohol use is a situation seen all too often by police and other agencies who are called to pick up the pieces.
Dan’s Story
“I had been in trouble with the police numerous times over the years, always down to alcohol.  I would drink too much and then get out of control.
One day though, I had a wakeup call.  I had been drinking and, inevitably this led to me arguing with my partner.  The argument got heated and being drunk, I lashed out and hit her.
I ran away at first, knowing the police would be looking for me and worried about what I had become.  I...

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Police: Illegal cab drivers targeted during Freshers events

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Hundreds of officers from across the Metropolitan Police Service’s Roads and Transport Policing Command will target taxi and minicab touts as Freshers events are held for students across the Capital.

Police officers and Transport for London’s Taxi and Private Hire compliance officers will be speaking to students, particularly women, to deliver the simple message that any minicab that is not booked through a licensed minicab operator is potentially very dangerous and puts them at risk of attack. This can include sexual assault and robbery.

The three key messages being delivered to students are:

– If you approach a minicab driver directly, it’s not booked and it’s not safe. Always book with a minicab company.
– If a bouncer hails you a minicab on the street, it’s not booked and it’s not safe. Always book with a minicab company.
– Even if your minicab has a licence sticker, it’s not safe unless it’s booked. Always book with a minicab company.

In addition to the engagement work, plain...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

For number crunchers and those interested in Anti Social Behaviour Orders feast upon the latest offering from the Ministry of Justice if you wish to peruse the statistical analyses.  The following summary is copied for convenience.

ASBOs issued

  • in total, 24,427 ASBOs were issued between April 1999 and December 2013; the highest number of ASBOs issued annually was in 2005 (4,122); since then, there were year-on-year falls in the number issued between 2005 and 2012
  • in 2013, 1,349 ASBOs were issued, a 2% increase from the 1,329 ASBOs issued in 2012
  • in total since 1 June 2000, 86% of...

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Military: You’re in the Army now: Preparing for Ex FINAL FLING

Written by RSS Poster The Official British Army Blog
It’s week eleven and Army recruit Andrew Vaughan finds himself in the gas chamber, preparing for Ex FINAL FLING and visiting Larkhill for his upcoming time in Phase 2.

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