Tag Archives: United Kingdom

Blackpool Woman Who Assaulted A Police Officer And A Paramedic Gets 90 Days In Prison

A voluntary worker who said she was excited about appearing on television assaulted a paramedic and a police officer, a magistrates’ court was told.

Annette Speariett, who had been drinking wine after a year of being teetotal, spat in the male paramedic’s face and kicked the policewoman on the shin.

Speariett, 49, of Victory Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences of assault.

Read more in Blackpool Gazette.

Source: www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk

London To Equip Police With 20,000 Body Cameras by 2016

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans to equip London’s Metropolitan police force with 20,000 body cameras by the end of March 2016. 

The Body Worn Video cameras (BWV) have been used by UK forces since 2005, with the London’s Met introducing 1,000 BWVs in 10 of the cities boroughs in 2014, producing some 6,000 videos per month.

Read more in ShortList Tech.

Source: www.shortlist.com

Overweight and Unfit Police Officers Face the Boot If They Fail To Pass Fitness Tests

Overweight and unfit police officers face losing their jobs if they repeatedly fail fitness tests, Britain’s most senior officer said. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the standard of the annual “bleep” test officers must pass to continue working in the force is “too low”.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe made these comments during an interview covered by the London Evening Standard. He also revealed his love for opera and TV police drama.

Source: www.standard.co.uk

Britain Has Spent £185m On Police… In Bangladesh, Congo and Malawi

British police budgets are being slashed while the government has spent a remarkable £185million on boosting forces overseas, new figures reveal.

In the past four years, police forces in Malawi, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Congo have all received funding from Britain’s Department for International Development.

This is despite the fury over dramatic cuts to the sector at home, and claims made less than a fortnight ago that British police forces are currently ‘stretched to the limit’.

Read the full story in the Daily Mail.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

The South Wales Police Officer Who Helped Track Down Europe’s Notorious War Criminals

He went from Caerphilly CID to working secret investigations in Bosnia to help track down some of Eastern Europe’s Most Wanted. The South Wales policeman turned war crimes investigator has helped bring 20 soldiers, paramilitary and military leaders guilty of war crimes and genocide in Bosnia to trial in the Hague.

Read the full story on the Wales Online website.

Source: www.walesonline.co.uk

Legal Highs: Seven-Year Jail Terms Under United Kingdom’s New ‘Blanket Ban’

A new “blanket ban” on so-called legal highs will carry prison sentences of up to seven years, the government says. Ministers are to publish draft laws they say are a “landmark” in prohibiting the substances’ production, distribution, sale and supply. Legal highs, officially called new psychoactive substances, have been linked to a number of deaths. Commander Simon Bray, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: “A blanket ban on new psychoactive substances will make it simpler for law enforcement to deal with those drugs which are potentially unsafe but which may not yet be controlled.”

Read the full story in BBC News.

Source: www.bbc.com

Ed: “legal highs” are just an illusion; as dangerous as the illegal counter-parts.