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First Arrest Following Launch of Facewatch Software In Warwickshire And West Mercia Area

The first arrest in Hereford was made this week due to information provided by a new new website called Facewatch.

The online portal allows communities and businesses across the Warwickshire and West Mercia Police areas to share information about possible troublemakers and low-level criminals.

It was launched this week for Hereford and Malvern.

Information can be shared instantly; for example, night club owners and staff can share images and details with other licensed premises of customers with bans trying to gain entry to a certain club.

Read more in Hereford Times.

Source: www.herefordtimes.com

Police Reassure Public: Carry On, Remain Safe And Vigilant

June 27th sees two major events hosted in London: the Armed Forces Day and Pride Rally (estimated to attract 750,000 visitors), and various events around the country to mark Armed Forces Day. 

Hundreds of events marking Armed Forces Day will take place across the country. This year’s national event is in Guildford in Surrey, where the Duke of York will be in attendance. A service will be held in Guildford Cathedral and serving personnel, veterans and cadets will parade through the town.

The Pride Parade leaves Baker Street at 1300 and ends at Whitehall at approximately 1630; with other events to take place until Sunday.

The threat level in the UK from international terrorism remains unchanged at “severe” following reports that an Armed Forces Day parade had been targeted by Islamic State, Police say.

They have encouraged the public to attend events as normal after a plot to explode a pressure cooker bomb at a parade in south London today was foiled, according to The Sun.

It comes as the Government’s emergency COBRA committee, expected to be chaired by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, is meeting this morning following Friday’s three terror attacks.

The suicide plot was intended to strike soldiers from the unit of murdered Lee Rigby, but failed after one of its leaders in Syria unwittingly recruited an undercover investigator from the newspaper to carry it out, the report said.

It is alleged that a leading figure in IS, whom it named as Junaid Hussain, originally from Birmingham, told the investigator: “It will be big.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “While the UK threat level from international terrorism remains severe, we would like to reassure the public that we constantly review security plans for public events, taking into account specific intelligence and the wider threat. Our priority is the safety and security for all those attending or involved, the public are encouraged to continue with their plans to attend or take part in events as normal. We would also like to reiterate our long-standing advice to remain vigilant and alert. As ever we would urge the public to get in touch to report anything suspicious by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency by calling 999.”

The Daily Mail says that as police forces step up security at this weekend’s events, officers have been given advice not to wear their uniforms once off duty and not to tell strangers what their job is.

Source: news.sky.com

Police Foil Islamic State Attack On UK Armed Forces Day Parade

Police have encouraged the public to attend events as normal after it was reported that an Armed Forces Day parade had been targeted by Islamic State.

An intended suicide bombing of a parade in south London on Saturday would have targeted soldiers from the same unit as murdered soldier Lee Rigby, according to The Sun.

The plot to explode a pressure-cooker bomb – to kill soldiers and bystanders on the route – was revealed after one of its leaders in Syria unwittingly recruited an undercover investigator from the newspaper to carry it out, the report said.

The Sun newspaper said the plot to bomb the parade in Merton, south west London, was thwarted when it informed police and security services.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The police, together with our security partners, remain alert to terrorist threats that may manifest here or where individuals overseas may seek to direct or inspire others to commit attacks in and against the UK.

Read more The Guardian.

Source: www.theguardian.com

PSNI Officer’s Leg Broken By Drunken Reveller

A Police officer suffered a severe leg injury when he was slammed to the ground by a drunk Dungannon man in an early morning incident.

The constable’s right ankle was broken and he is now restricted in the duties he can perform.

Barry Fox (34) of Aghran Road was sentenced to two years in prison when he appeared before Omagh Crown Court on the “unusual” charge of causing grievous bodily harm to the police officer with intent to resist being apprehended.

The sentence was suspended for three years because Fox is the carer for his wife who suffered a serious head injury in a road traffic collision three months before the incident.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £3,000 to his victim.

The court heard the officer was in excruciating pain and could see his foot was 90 degrees in the wrong direction.

As a result of the injury he had surgery which required two metal plates to be put in his lower leg secured by seven screws and 38 staples.

He also needed medication to manage the pain, rehabilitation, had great difficulty sleeping and needed constant care.

He suffered a “dislocated fractured right ankle” and a doctor concluded that “substantial force” was needed to cause the injury.

Read more in Ulster Herald.

Source: ulsterherald.com

Lincolnshire Police Crack Down On ‘Legal Highs’

Extra police have been on patrol in Lincoln since yesterday as officers launch a crackdown on legal highs in the city.

Lincoln was the first city in the country to ban the drugs, and in the space of two months police have stopped 120 people, with over a hundred having substances confiscated, but there are still concerns people do not realise how dangerous they can be or what the new rules actually are.

Legal highs killed 120 people in 2013, and so while previously police could only stop and search those suspected of taking illegal drugs, earlier this year the City of Lincoln Council extended those powers to include those suspected of taking legal highs, too.

Source: www.itv.com

Police and Traders Stand Firm After Far-Right Protest In Dudley

Police and traders in Dudley have stood firm against a far-right protest yesterday, saying “this is our town”.
About 100 people, some wearing masks, made offensive chants and pushed against police lines, during the sixth such rally protesting against the building of a mosque.
This operation went well with massive support from the people of the town and the people of the community who have worked with us.

It’s not been easy and at times there were some pinch points but overall everyone kept their calm and it’s gone well.” – DCI Phil Dolby, West Midlands Police.

Read more on ITV website.

Source: www.itv.com

Consequences of Cuts: Police Cars Taking Patients To Hospital ‘Twice Per Day’

Savage cuts have today been blamed for leaving public services “stretched” as new figures show hundreds of patients were taken to A&E by police in just six months.

Lancashire Police has lost more than 700 officers since 2010 – with a further 800 jobs under threat – after having its budget slashed by central Government.

Yet new figures show officers used police vehicles to take people to hospital on 382 occasions between November and April – more than twice a day.

It comes after we revealed unprecedented demand led to the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) missing waiting times targets in serious cases across the North West – and that fire crews were also being called on to ferry patients to hospital.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is another indication of how public services are being stretched and the Government needs to address the situation we are facing.”

Read more in Lancashire Evening Post.

Source: www.lep.co.uk

Queen’s Birthday Honours: Surrey Police’s Chief Constable Lynne Owens appointed CBE

The chief constable of Surrey Police has said she is “gobsmacked” at being appointed CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Chief Constable Lynne Owens began her policing career in 1989 with the Metropolitan Police Service, moving to Kent Police to become a sergeant and then being posted to the force’s major crime department.

In 2002 she transferred to Surrey before progressing to deputy chief constable for the Metropolitan Police in April 2009.

The full list of members of the police service included in this year’s honours is:

CBE (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire)

Lynne Owens, Chief Constable, Surrey Police and NPCC Lead for Operations

OBE (Officers of the Order of the British Empire) 

Irene Curtis, Chief Superintendent, Lancashire Constabulary and President of Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales

Gareth Madge, Director of Legal Services, South Wales Police

Howard Way, Detective Inspector, UK Disaster Victim Identification, National Police Coordination Centre

Richard Stones, Inspector, Nottinghamshire Police

Ian Readhead, Chief Executive, ACRO Criminal Records Office

MBE (Members of the Order of the British Empire) 

Colin Lewis, Inspector, Merseyside Police

Alice Walters, Lead Scientist for Firearms, Metropolitan Police

Hayley Sherwen, Police Constable, Merseyside Police

Umar Hussain, Chief Financial Officer, South Wales Police

Caroline Peters, Chief Superintendent, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Keith Asman, Head of the South East Counter Terrorism Unit

Deborah Potter, Chief Officer, Dorset Constabulary 

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Robert Sewell, Police Cadet, Metropolitan Police

Karen Evans, Domestic Violence Forum Chair, Hampshire Constabulary

Linden Riley, Special Constable, Greater Manchester Police

Ann Barlow, Home Watch Coordinator, Greater Manchester Police

QPM (Queen’s Police Medal)

Alan Pughsley, Chief Constable, Kent Police

Andrew Adams, Deputy Chief Constable, Hertfordshire Constabulary and NPCC Lead for Sporting and Planned Events and Fox Hunting and Badgers

Christine Jones, Commander, Metropolitan Police and the NPCC Lead for Mental Health

Christopher Armitt, Assistant Chief Constable, Merseyside Police and the NPCC Lead for Prostitution and Sexual Exploitation

Dawn Copley, Assistant Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police

John Campbell, Deputy Chief Constable,  Thames Valley Police and the NPCC Lead for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN)

Simon Prince, Chief Constable, Dyfed-Powys Police and NPCC Lead for Wildlife and Rural Crime

Jonathan Boutcher, Deputy Chief Constable, Bedfordshire Police and NPCC Lead for National Undercover and National Source

Nadeem Fazil Mir, Detective Superintendent (Retired), Greater Manchester Police

Hywel Griffiths, Detective Constable, Gwent Police

Steven Hibbitt, Detective Chief Inspector, Humberside Police 

Sunita Gamblin, Chief Superintendent, Derbyshire Constabulary

Stephen Swani, Chief Superintendent, Devon and Cornwall Police

Andrew Murray, Detective Superintendent, Thames Valley Police

Karl Rathbone, Inspector (Retired), North Wales Police

Steven Simmons, Detective Sergeant, British Transport Police

Francis Flood, Detective Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service

Stephen Williams, Inspector (Retired)

Read more in GetSurrey and NPCC.

Source: www.getsurrey.co.uk

Tamworth, Staffordshire Police Station To Close At Weekends But ‘Staffing Will Not Change’

Tamworth Police Station will no longer be open to members of the public at the weekends. Changes to the opening hours of the station’s front office will be implemented by the end of October this year.

As well as being closed on Saturdays and Sundays, the office will be accessible for two hours less on weekdays.

The office opening hours, which are currently 8am-6pm from Monday to Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sundays will be cut down to 9am-5pm from Monday to Friday.

But this week Tamworth’s Chief Inspector Giles Parsons has reassured residents that if they need to speak to an officer outside of these hours, they will be able to.

Read more in Tamworth Herald.

Source: www.tamworthherald.co.uk

Thousands of Police Miss Work Every Day Due To Stress or Depression

More than 1,500 police officers a day miss work because they are too stressed or depressed to do their jobs. Forces lost 600,000 sick days last year to stress, anxiety or depression and 78 officers were off for a year.

And some 78 officers nationwide spent the entire year away from work because of such problems. The Police Federation, which represents the rank and file, described the figures as “alarming in the extreme”.

Read the full story in the Mirror.

Source: www.mirror.co.uk