Officers serving with Greater Manchester Police have said they have been overwhelmed with the support shown to them after the killings of two much-loved colleagues.
They said the force had received some 25,000 entries in its online book of condolence plus 19,000 messages on Facebook and 1,000 received via Twitter after the deaths of PC Nicola Hughes (23 and pictured right) and 32-year-old PC Fiona Bone.
As reported on PoliceOracle.com both officers, who were unarmed, were shot dead as they responded to a report of a burglary in Hattersley on September 18.
A number of shots were fired and a grenade was also used during the attack. PC Bone was killed at the scene while her colleague died later in hospital. Post mortem examinations have since concluded that both died from gunshot wounds.
A short time later, 29-year-old Dale Cregan surrendered himself at a police station in Tameside. He was arrested on suspicion of murdering the officers as well as two other men, David and Mark Short, in earlier separate...
Many police officers will face the prospect of paying more in contributions and working longer.
Officers have reacted with fury to the news that most bobbies will have to work longer and pay more in monthly contributions to receive a full police pension.
The government announced on September 4 that, from 2015, a new “career average” scheme will replace the current final salary scheme and a new “normal” pension age of 60 will be introduced.
As expected, average member contributions will increase to 13.7 per cent.
Steve Trigg, Chairman of South Wales Police Federation, accused the government of being “unjust and immoral” in its changes.
He said: “This is quite disgraceful. We are a workforce with no employment rights and we have been forced into a situation where we can only voice our protest but take no other action. This government has failed our officers.”
A PC from Cheshire Police, who asked not to be named, added: “With the changes to pay and now pensions, I feel like I would earn more if I was on...
This is an astounding 3 minute video clip encapsulating the entire life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in pictures created in morph sequence. A moving tribute by someone who is clearly a computer software genious.
Congratulations HerBunk Productions on a superb piece of craftsmanship. I do not know how you did this but clearly your grasp of modern technology is obvious for all to see. Well Done and Thank you !
I hope I am not infringing your rights by embedding this onto my blog. If you object I will remove it immediately.
PLYMOUTH has always been rightly proud of its sporting sons and daughters.
Their accomplishments have helped put our city on the map and raised its profile, not just across the UK, but globally. But whatever fantastic achievements went before – laudable though they undoubtedly were – they have been eclipsed by the excitement and outpouring of delight at Tom Daley's bronze medal performance at the London Olympics on Saturday.
Because the Herculean efforts of this 18-year-old were not just a brilliant example of a young sportsman competing with the world's best in a captivating, scintillating and nail-biting contest of skill and nerve. They were a pulsating and impressive demonstration of a young man at the top of his game holding his nerve in the most pressurised circumstances imaginable, and coming away with a prize he had set his heart on – an Olympic medal in his home Games.
But what elevated this from just another story of sporting excellence was the fact that Tom Daley, a Plymouth youngster from a modest...
As the London 2012 Olympics commence today I would like to send very special good wishes to 18 year old Olympian Diver Tom Daley who is from my home City of Plymouth, Devon, England. Many of you will probably remember him as a 14 year old diver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. More recently Tom had hearts in mouths when he dived at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he won two gold medals.
In 2007, 2009 and 2010, he was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
He is one of Britain's gleaming hopes for gold at the London 2012 Olympics. I recently bought his first official memoir and it is a heartbreaking and inspiring story of a young athlete coping with the death of his father in May 2011 whilst under the glare of the world's media spotlight. His father Rob Daley was his dedicated and inspirational motivator. I know that Tom will perform to his absolute maximum in the diving competition in order to honour his late father.
I am certain that I speak for all the citizens of the City of Plymouth, and indeed...
Conservative Member of the European Parliament representing the South West of England, the Isles of Scilly & Gibraltar
I have received the following Newsletter from my European Member of Parliament, Mr. Ashley Fox.
As I was one of those who voted in 1973 for Great Britain to join what was then called the European Economic Community, in order for us to advance our trade andfriendship with them; never for one moment dreaming that it would eventually lead to a perceived Federal States of Europe or even a Eurozone Single Currency, I now therefore wholeheartedly agree with his sentiments expressed in the article below.
The Prime Minister is right to talk about holding a referendum on Britain's relationship with the European Union. He is also right that this shouldn't take place until after the next General Election.
As I travel around the South West I hear how few people are happy with Britain's current relationship with the EU. Europe costs too much and interferes too much in our daily lives. Whilst we...
THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING AERIAL FILM VIEW OF JERUSALEM….RECOMMEND YOU WATCH THIS ONE…….
About 7 minutes. Speakers on....TURN UP THE VOLUME………….
IMAX fly over of Jerusalem
After a year of research and preparation, this giant Imax 3D screen film, JERUSALEM , is scheduled for worldwide release in 2013. The film takes you on a spectacular and unprecedented aerial tour throughout Israel, the Holy Land and the city once believed to lie at the centre of the world.
Having been to The Holy Land on pilgrimage in 1996 and again last September I really appreciate this promotional video clip and cannot wait to see the film when it is released next year. My previous tours included visits to many of the Holy & historic sites featured in the video.
The above logo was chosen as the winner of a competition between schoolchildren of our country.
Many sincere congratulations and much love to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on achieving her Diamond Jubilee on The Throne of this great and wonderful country.
I was only 8 years of age when she acceded to the Throne and I still treasure to this very day the silver Coronation spoon presented to me in commemoration of that great event.
The Queen has seen numerous presidents and prime ministers come and go but throughout her long and glorious reign she has never put a foot wrong; She has represented this country and its cherished principles and values to the highest possible level.
I am so proud to have a constitutional monarch of such outstanding stature as head of our country and our Royal Family. All of us Loyalists owe you a great debt of gratitude Ma'am.
May God bless you Ma'am and long may you reign over us. Enjoy your Diamond Jubilee weekend and I pray that the weather will be as gracious to...