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MPs warn 'urgent' funding needed to reverse prison decline

Prison inspectors need more funding to hold the government and prison bosses to account when jails have "urgent and serious failings", MPs have said.

A Justice Committee report comes after the BBC revealed the appalling conditions at Liverpool Prison.The MPs pointed out that inspectors had made recommendations in 2015 but it "did not result in improvements".

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Thousands of prisoners will get out of jail early

Thousands more prisoners are to be released early under a government drive to relieve pressure on overcrowded and drug-ridden jails, The Times has learnt.

The Ministry of Justice has acted to significantly increase the number of inmates in an early release scheme after discovering that tens of thousands of eligible offenders — including those serving sentences for violence, robbery, burglary and public order crimes — were missing out.

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MPs warn 'urgent' funding needed to reverse prison decline

Prison inspectors need more funding to hold the government and prison bosses to account when jails have "urgent and serious failings", MPs have said.

A Justice Committee report comes after the BBC revealed the appalling conditions at Liverpool Prison.

The MPs pointed out that inspectors had made recommendations in 2015 but it "did not result in improvements".

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Police and Crime General Victims still failed by poor crime recording, say HMICFRS

Officer’s lack understanding about consent meant two rape cases were not investigated.

Two police forces have been ranked inadequate by HMIs over their failure to record and properly investigate crimes such as child sexual offences and rape.

In a report released today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, north North Yorkshire and Thames Valley Police were criticised. 

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Police Demand Police failing to record tens of thousands of crimes, inspection finds

Tens of thousands of crimes including rape and violence are not being recorded by police, an inspection has found.

Victims of domestic abuse are being put in danger by the failures according to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), which demanded urgent action.

An inspection of three out of 43 police forces in England and Wales found both Thames Valley and North Yorkshire Police “inadequate”.

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Police Finances Local councils want more power to be able to increase amount of fines handed to drivers

Local councils are seeking to gain new powers to impose fines on drivers for minor offences on the roads.

Councils want the power to be able to issue fines for drivers violating rules such as stopping in box junctions and cycle boxes at traffic lights and illegal U-turns.

It has been suggested by these councils that they would be better equipped to tackle these offences than the police.

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Police Finances Sadiq Khan pledges £15m a year to tackle youth crime in London

Firefighters with barely any first aid training are being dispatched to thousands of medical emergencies, it has emerged.

Crews responded to 44,000 ambulance call-outs last year that would normally have been dealt with by paramedics, four times as many as in 2010, Home Office figures show.

They are increasingly being called upon due to a surge in demand caused by the ageing population and difficulties in making GP appointments.

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Police Finances Harassment case collapses as texts kept from defence

Police and prosecutors' failures to disclose evidence, which have led to the lapse of rape trials, are not limited to serious crime, lawyers said after a harassment case was dropped.

Prosecutors discontinued the case against Paul Baden, 56, from Rugby, who was accused of harassing Julie Berriman, his er partner, with calls and texts.

Police relied on photos they had taken of "unpleasant" messages Miss Berriman had shown them on her phone. They did not examine Mr Baden's mobile, which his lawyers say held evidence that would put the messages into context, and repeatedly failed to answer the defence's requests for the device.

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Police Finances London policing to be given extra £60m to fund more officers

Sadiq Khan has announced another £60m is to go into London policing from 2019.

1,000 extra officers will be funded from business rates in a bid to reduce the impact of government cuts.

It follows a similar announcement in December that saw Khan proposing a 5.1% tax increase to go straight back into financing the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade.

The announcement comes after Home Office figures showed the number of police officers in England and Wales had fallen by over 1,000 in six months.

The mayor of London accused the government of failing in its duty to protect the public and said he would not “stand by” while the safety of Londoners was being put at risk.

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Police and Crime General UK unveils extremism blocking tool

The UK government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law.

Ms Rudd is visiting the US to meet tech companies to discuss the idea, as well as other efforts to tackle extremism.

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Police and Crime General Plans for heroin to be prescribed to addicts in West Midlands.

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Police Finances Westminster council proposes "voluntary" council tax scheme

Westminster council is proposing to freeze council tax and replace it with a voluntary contribution scheme after a consultation found ‘strong support’ for the idea.

The City Council will ask residents in the most expensive properties if they will consider voluntarily paying double the amount they would normally contribute in Westminster’s share of the council tax.

For 2018/19 this is £833 for Band H properties, which excludes the GLA element. However, any voluntary amount would be up to the contributor.

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Police Demand Justice system at 'breaking point' over digital evidence

Public faith in the fairness of trials is being eroded and the justice system is approaching “breaking point” due to failures to disclose key digital evidence, the head of the criminal bar has said.

The comments from Angela Rafferty QC come as a leading forensic scientist, Dr Jan Collie, exposes the difficulties defence experts have in obtaining downloaded material from police and prosecutors, including dealing with “games” officers play in pursuit of convictions.

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Police Finances PCCs on up to £100,000 a year are set for a pay rise despite insisting that council bills must rise to pay for frontline policing

Police and Crime Commissioners already earn up to £100,000 a year, but Home Secretary Amber Rudd has quietly ordered an official review that could see them paid even more.

They are likely to receive a pay boost as their salaries have been fixed since they were first controversially elected in 2012.


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Police Demand Police outsource digital forensic work to unaccredited labs

The APCC lead for mental health is calling for the NHS to be fined if a trust experiences regular delays picking up mental health patients.

Kent PCC Matthew Scott said that he wants a change in law to allow the police to penalise trusts which frequently keep officers waiting with patients.

In December new regulations were introduced to significantly restrict the use of police cells as places of safety.

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Police Finances Fine NHS trusts who keep officers attending mental health calls' says PCC

The APCC lead for mental health is calling for the NHS to be fined if a trust experiences regular delays picking up mental health patients.

Kent PCC Matthew Scott said that he wants a change in law to allow the police to penalise trusts which frequently keep officers waiting with patients.

In December new regulations were introduced to significantly restrict the use of police cells as places of safety.

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Prisons Private probation companies letting convicts commit more crime and allowing them to disappear, report finds

Private companies are failing to enforce the sentences handed down by courts, leaving convicts to commit more crime or simply disappear, a damning report has found.

HM Inspectorate of Probation said firms commissioned in a 2014 overhaul of the service are “stretched beyond their capacity”.

Inspectors found that staff in community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) are not seeing the offenders they are supposed to supervise during community orders and suspended sentences often enough.

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Police and Crime General Pensioner hurt as suspect fled can sue the police

The police can be sued if suspects whom they are chasing injure members of the public, after a ruling by the Supreme Court.


It said a pensioner who was hurt and traumatised when she was crushed beneath officers struggling to arrest a suspect can sue for negligence. Elizabeth Robinson was 76 at the time.

The ruling, hailed by one legal expert as “the most important police law case for a generation”, prompted fears that it would result in “defensive policing”. Ian Skelt, a barrister at Serjeants’ Inn who represented police in the case said: “This potentially exposes the police to a wide liability.”

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Police Demand Sharp increase in drink-drive casualties

Ministers are under pressure to cut the drink-drive limit after figures showed that the number of people killed or injured in alcohol-related accidents has risen by its largest margin in 15 years.

There were 9,050 casualties in 2016, up by 7 per cent in 12 months, provisional figures from the Department for Transport showed. They included 240 deaths and 1,260 serious injuries.

Motoring groups said that drink-driving accidents were on a disturbing upward trend after decades of decline.

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Police Demand Fatal stabbings at highest level since start of decade

Knife killings in England and Wales are at the highest level since the start of the decade.

There were 215 homicides (murder, manslaughter or infanticide) using a knife or other sharp instrument in the year to March 2017.

The figure was similar to 2015-16, when there were 212, but it was the highest number of such killings since 2010-11, when there were 236, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Police and Crime General Forces commit to"go further and faster" by closer working with health and social care

Policing, health and social care organisations have signed a national agreement to work more closely in the interests of protecting the UK’s most vulnerable.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), College of Policing and NHS England are among the 12 agencies to back the consensus, committing them to collaborate on identifying and supporting at-risk people.

The document also includes a joint focus on conducting earlier interventions before individuals reach a crisis point – potentially saving time and resources for all involved.

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Economy & Public Finance Bank of England hints at earlier and faster rate rises

The Bank of England has indicated that the pace of interest rate increases could accelerate if the economy remains on its current track.

Bank policymakers voted unanimously to keep interest rates on hold at 0.5% at their latest meeting.

However, they said rates would need to rise "earlier" and by a "somewhat greater extent" than they thought at their last review in November.

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Police Demand Police 'may need AI to help cope with huge volumes of evidence'

Police should look at using artificial intelligence to help cope with the scale of information involved in investigations and avoid the kinds of mistakes that have led to a string of collapsed rape trials, a senior police chief said on Wednesday.

Sara Thornton, the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said the volume of data held by individuals had massively increased the number of potential lines of enquiry that officers must pursue to understand a case.

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Prisons Australia and the UK have a higher proportion of inmates in private prisons than the US

The UK, Australia, Scotland and New Zealand all now have a higher proportion of prisoners kept in private prison when compared to the US.

Australia, England and Wales have the highest numbers, with one of every five prisoners in private jails, whereas one of every 12 prisoners in the US were in privately run facilities.

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Police Demand Police 'don't want' new law against intimidating politicians backed by Theresa May

The Prime Minister is backing a new law making it illegal to “intimidate” election candidates and campaigners – despite police saying new offences are not needed.

Lawyers warned the move could have a “chilling” effect on free speech and said current legislation adequately covers threats and harassment.

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Police Finances Staff associations fear NPCC plan could jeopardise pay rise

Staff associations have called for a 3.44% rise for officers and say the rank and file must not suffer because of delays in the NPCC plans for a pay restructure.

The Police Federation of England and Wales and Police Superintendents’ Association submission to the police remuneration review body calls for a rise in line with Bank of England’s inflation forecast. 

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Police Demand PMQs: 7 February 2018 - May and Corbyn debate Crime Statistics

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Police Finances How Cambridgeshire has kept its police officers amid £17m cuts

Belt-tightening, selling off assets and budget cuts have put the Cambridgeshire force under massive pressure - but its bosses have managed to keep the thin blue line shored up.

While other constabularies across have seen reductions in the percentage of neighbourhood police officers slashed, the Cambridgeshire force has seen a reduction of just 3.6 per cent - from 528 in 2013 to 509 last year (2017), a loss of 19.

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Police and Crime General Britain's first 'private police force' has caught 400 criminals with a 100 per cent conviction rate after taking on cases regular officers are too busy to look at

investigating hundreds of crimes that regular officers are too busy to look at.

A firm led by former Scotland Yard senior officers has successfully prosecuted more than 400 criminals and is now carrying out murder inquiries.

TM Eye, which has a 100 per cent conviction rate, is thought to bring more private prosecutions than any organisation besides the RSPCA.

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Police and Crime General Private probation firms fail to cut rates of reoffending

The vast majority of companies set up to tackle reoffending as part of a controversial drive to privatise the probation service have failed to meet their targets, in a substantial embarrassment for the government.

Dramatic official figures have revealed that only two of the 21 regional companies set up to oversee low and medium-risk offenders have managed to reduce the number of new offences committed by reoffenders.

The revelation comes amid claims that the probation system is in crisis. Senior figures in the service warn that the companies involved lack the resources to do the job, while staff shortages have already meant that some ex-offenders are supervised by telephone calls.

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Police Demand Neighbourhood police: One in seven officers axed were beat bobbies

Bobbies on the beat accounted for one in seven axed police posts over the past five years, analysis suggests.

At the same time, one in three police community support officer (PCSO) posts - originally intended to be the "eyes and ears" of the community - have gone.

Critics say a visible police presence in communities deters criminals and helps gather intelligence.

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Police and Crime General Reported sex offences against males in England and Wales tripled in 10 years

Reports of sexual offences against men and boys have more than tripled in the past decade, figures show.

There were 12,130 offences reported in England and Wales in 2016-17, compared with 3,819 in 2006-07, said the Office for National Statistics.

Andy Connolly, from Survivors UK, said victims were beginning to feel they would be believed but there was still a "massive wall of silence".

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Police Finances Drugs trial at risk of collapse over £14 memory stick: Police say they cannot hand over evidence because they could not afford device to put it on

A major drugs trial is danger of collapse after police refused to hand over key evidence – saying they could not afford a £14 memory stick on which to put it.

In the latest in a string of disclosure blunders by police and prosecutors, Woolwich Crown Court heard how the trial of two men, implicated in a multi-million pound drug plot, could be at risk of collapse over the penny-pinching.

Yesterday, Judge Philip Shorrock blasted the authorities for failing to stump up ‘the pootling sum’ for a USB memory stick, on which could be stored the images and video clips urgently needed by the defence.

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Police and Crime General BT engineer falsely accused of raping woman spent three months in jail after police failed to disclose her damning texts

A teenager suspected of rape spent three months in custody because police did not disclose text messages that proved his innocence, he has claimed.

BT engineer Connor Fitzgerald, 19, was arrested last year after a complaint was made against him.

But charges were dropped only last week when it emerged that the complainant, who is entitled to lifelong anonymity, had sent texts threatening to destroy him.

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Police and Crime General Road Policing Chief - Motorists should be penalised for going 1mph over the speed limit

Motorists should be penalised for going just 1mph over the speed limit, Britain’s road policing chief has said as he called for the 10 per cent buffer zone to be scrapped.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham also said speed awareness courses were being overused, and believes offenders should get fines and points on their licence instead.

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Police Finances The £200m black market in prescription drugs

Millions of prescription-only drugs are being siphoned off from chemists and wholesalers to be sold illegally at a huge mark-up.

Criminals have sold the treatments for up to £200million on the online black market, say regulators.

Drugs such as painkillers and Valium, costing around £1 wholesale, are being sold for £30 to £40 by criminals.

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Police Demand Report road accidents online rather than at a police station, Government proposes

Motorists could be able to report road accidents online under Government plans to ease the burden on drivers and police.

Transport minister Jesse Norman said the current system, requiring motorists to report an accident in person at a police station within 24 hours, is out of date and in need of modernisation.

Launching a 12-week consultation, he will tell the National Roads Policing Conference on Tuesday that online reporting will be quicker and easier.

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Police and Crime General UK mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful

Appeal court judges have ruled the government’s mass digital surveillance regime unlawful in a case brought by the Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson.

Liberty, the human rights campaign group which represented Watson in the case, said the ruling meant significant parts of theInvestigatory Powers Act 2016 – known as the snooper’s charter – are effectively unlawful and must be urgently changed.

The government defended its use of communications data to fight serious and organised crime and said that the judgment related to out of date legislation. Minister Ben Wallace said that it would not affect the way law enforcement would tackle crime.

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Police Demand Hundreds of cases dropped over evidence disclosure failings

The number of prosecutions in England and Wales that collapsed because of a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence increased by 70% in the last two years. Last year, 916 people had charges dropped over a failure to disclose evidence - up from 537 in 2014-15. 

It comes after recent collapsed rape cases highlighted a failure to share evidence with defence solicitors.

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Police Demand Shoplifting and mugging rises across the country amid fears police are ignoring low-level crime

Shoplifting and muggings have increased across the UK, analysis of figures shows, amid claims police are ignoring low level crime because of funding cuts.

One area saw an increase of over 30 per cent in shoplifting offences and another over 70 per cent in mugging as forces across England and Wales prepare to publish their latest figures later this week.

Only five forces saw a fall in shoplifting crime in the year between 2016 - 2017, while many saw a rise hitting double figures.

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Police Demand London mayor urged to tackle gun crime as offences rise

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has been urged to consider a gun crime strategy for the capital, following a steep rise in the number of offences and fears that victims and perpetrators are getting younger.

The Metropolitan police recorded 2,542 gun crime offences in 2017, the highest number in five years and 44% more than the 1,755 recorded in 2014, according to a report by the London assembly’s police and crime committee.

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Police Demand Domestic abusers told to say sorry to partner by police

Police are dealing with domestic abuse cases by simply making the abuser say sorry to their partner on the doorstep, a Fawcett Society report has found.

Research by the charity found a "worrying number" of domestic violence incidents are resolved using the most basic level of restorative justice, which "can often be little more than an apology".

In one force 54 per cent of cases were dealt with using the method, which can also involve financial agreements, according to evidence from a study carried out by Durham University.

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Police and Crime General Police lack skills to beat web grooming

Police officers feel poorly equipped to investigate internet sex crimes against children, a report written for the public inquiry into child abuse says.

The study found that officers of all ranks in all parts of the country believed that they were not well trained in how to investigate sex offences such as online grooming of children.

The report was written by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and has been published before evidence sessions examining online abuse.

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Police Demand Seven UK police forces report zero charges under anti-slavery law

Data from two thirds of police forces obtained through freedom of information legislation shows that across England and Wales the number of reports under the act rose from 469 in the financial year to 31 March 2016 to 1,214 in the same period a year later and 1,042 in the eight months to November 2017.

But during this period the total number of charges declined, from 94 to 43, with 4.13% of cases leading to formal action in 2017 – down from 7.58% the year before.

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Police and Crime General Fed chairman: "It is refreshing to see the policing minister show understanding"

Millions of prescription-only drugs are being siphoned off from chemists and wholesalers to be sold illegally at a huge mark-up.

Criminals have sold the treatments for up to £200million on the online black market, say regulators.

Drugs such as painkillers and Valium, costing around £1 wholesale, are being sold for £30 to £40 by criminals.

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Police and Crime General New Police ICT Company CEO appointed from within policing

The Police ICT Company should be at the heart of all developments and create an environment in which poor quality IT is no longer acceptable, according to its new chief executive.

Ian Bell, currently the director of National Enabling Programmes (NEP) and former chief information officer of the Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire tri-force ICT collaboration, has been appointed to lead the company from next month.


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Police Finances Council tax is a regressive tax - it's time to do something

As all of the organisations concerned with local delivery of vital public services – it is time for a concerted, collective campaign on future funding for local services.

It is not enough to rely on repatriation of business rates – itself an outdated property tax which fails to reflect the modern gig economy era. council tax too, if it is to survive, must be made fit for purpose.

That we are employing people to translate property values back to 1991 – over a quarter of a century ago – is beyond belief.

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Police Finances Commissioner examines buying out PFI contract

A police and crime commissioner is looking at ending his force’s PFI contact 17 years early.

The private finance initiative deal sees Gwent Police pay an annual sum to pay off the cost Ytrad Mynach Police Station. 

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Police and Crime General Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox's work

A minister for loneliness, a project first started by the late MP Jo Cox, has been announced by Downing Street.

Tracey Crouch MP said she was proud to take on the "generational challenge" to tackle an issue affecting about nine million UK people, young and old.

She said she would work across political parties and with communities.

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Police Finances 20mph zones net £57m for police

The rise of 20mph zones across the UK means speed awareness courses now net the police £57m every year, new figures show.

Attendance at the courses, which are offered to drivers caught speeding in 20mph zones, doubled last year to more than than 34,000, up from 17,000 in 2016, according to an analysis of data from the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS).

The number of people choosing to attend the 20mph course rather than receive three points and a £100 fine has doubled year-on-year since 2014, when figures were first recorded.

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Fire The Conservatives are accused of misleading the public over fire funding

Labour have accused the Tory Home Secretary of trying to "hoodwink the public" after she claimed Fire Services have an "enormous" pile of cash reserves. 

Amber Rudd made the boast to claim cash-strapped authorities "have the resources they need" after the number of firefighters fell 16% in five years. Ms Rudd told MPs this week that fire authorities are sitting on a £615million pile of cash reserves, up 88% since 2011.

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Police Finances Police commissioner's "most difficult decision" looms over tax increase

Only a handful of local authorities have not been opted up to professional client status by the sector’s two main treasury advisers under the MIFID II regime, which came into force this week.

The new European Union rules, introduced in response to the financial crisis of 2007, regulates the provision of financial instruments to clients of financial service companies.

Local government appears to have come through the process of opting-up from their default retail status relatively smoothly, according to many in the sector.

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Police and Crime General Local gov overwhelmingly 'opts up' to professional status as MiFID II launches

Only a handful of local authorities have not been opted up to professional client status by the sector’s two main treasury advisers under the MIFID II regime, which came into force this week.

The new European Union rules, introduced in response to the financial crisis of 2007, regulates the provision of financial instruments to clients of financial service companies.

Local government appears to have come through the process of opting-up from their default retail status relatively smoothly, according to many in the sector.

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Police and Crime General Councils call for improvement to Apprenticeship Levy

Councils should be allowed to spend the money returned from the Apprenticeship Levy beyond the two-year deadline, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

The call comes as new research shows that more than half of employers currently paying the levy want it replaced with a training levy.

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found 53% of employers would prefer a training levy, compared with just 17% supporting the apprenticeship levy in its current form.

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Police and Crime General Northgate acquired by Japanese corporation NEC for £475m

Northgate Public Services has been acquired by NEC Corporation for £475 million. The deal, announced today (Tuesday, January 9), delivers “significant technological advantages” for Northgate with NEC’s cutting-edge biometric scanning and facial recognition products being integrated into some of the company’s core software platforms. 

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Police and Crime General Police complaints process overhaul begins on Monday

A major overhaul of the system of police complaints in England and Wales comes into effect on Monday.

The old Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is being replaced by a new body, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). 

Ministers say the change, part of a shake-up announced by Theresa May when home secretary, will speed up decision-making and create more accountability

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Police and Crime General US murder rate plunges after police algorithm predicts crime

Murder rates in America’s largest cities fell to historic lows last year as the police used technology to monitor gun violence and predict crime hotspots.

In New York 290 murders were recorded last year, the lowest since comparable records began in 1951 and a near 90 per cent decrease from 1990, when a record 2,262 people were killed. In Los Angeles there were 281 murders last year, compared with 1,094 in 1992.


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Police and Crime General Justice Secretary orders review of Parole Board transparency following outrage at Worboys decision

Justice Secretary David Lidington has ordered a review of how the Parole Board presents its decisions, following the controversial approval of John Worboys‘ release from prison.

The article continues to heavily quote Mr Lidington (Justice Secretary) about the governments course of action.

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Police Finances Police funding settlement branded "smoke and mirrors"

London’s deputy mayor for policing has said the government’s funding settlement is “smoke and mirrors” and warned the number of officers in the capital could dip below 30,000 because of cuts.

In December, home secretary Amber Rudd announced a total of £270m in England and Wales would be able to be raised by police and crime commissioners through increases in council tax.

But deputy mayor Sophie Linden said cuts would still need to be made because of an expected increase in police pay above 1%, speaking at the Greater London Assembly budget committee last week.

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Police Finances Police request £38 million towards the Grenfell Tower investigation

Around 200 Met Police officers are continuing work on the criminal probe into the fire, which killed 71 last June.

The force has made a request to the Home Office to fully fund the £27 million cost of the inquiry in the coming financial year and a further £11.1 million is also being sought to cover extra hours put in by investigators so far.

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Police Demand Cuts to bobbies on the beat harming war against gangs

The war on powerful crime syndicates has been hampered by cuts to neighbourhood policing even though the threat outstrips that from terrorism, a senior officer has said.

Bobbies on the beat deliver crucial intelligence and help to combat a culture of silence in communities blighted by gang violence, extortion and drug addiction, Chief Constable Andy Cooke, who co-ordinates the fight against serious organised crime, said.

He added that the rising tide of violence, including knife and gun crime, as well as the associated rise in drug deaths, made organised crime the greatest threat facing Britain.

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Police Finances Ignoring women's needs in custody breaches their rights, says watchdog

Failures to provide adequate sanitary protection to woman and girls in police custody breaches their human rights, the home secretary has been warned by an independent watchdog.

The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) has written to Amber Rudd and Justine Greening, the women and equalities minister, calling on them to improve conditions for female suspects held in police cells.

Successive inspections of police stations by visitors, the letter alleges, has found that the needs of menstruating women in police detention are routinely ignored.

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Police Finances New budgets "putting a greater burden on local taxpayers"

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) have criticised a funding announcement that asks them to find another £270 million through changes to their take of the council tax.

Last month the Government announced another £450 million will be invested in policing in its provisional grant settlement for 2018/19.

More than half of this will be raised through increasing the limit on changes to precepts to £12 a year, while central grant allocations remain unchanged. 

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Fire Council warns of "unprecedented" fire safety funding gap

Failures to provide adequate sanitary protection to woman and girls in police custody breaches their human rights, the home secretary has been warned by an independent watchdog.

The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) has written to Amber Rudd and Justine Greening, the women and equalities minister, calling on them to improve conditions for female suspects held in police cells.

Successive inspections of police stations by visitors, the letter alleges, has found that the needs of menstruating women in police detention are routinely ignored.

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Fire Firefighters with little first aid training 'increasingly dispatched to medical emergencies'

Firefighters with barely any first aid training are being dispatched to thousands of medical emergencies, it has emerged.

Crews responded to 44,000 ambulance call-outs last year that would normally have been dealt with by paramedics, four times as many as in 2010, Home Office figures show.

They are increasingly being called upon due to a surge in demand caused by the ageing population and difficulties in making GP appointments.

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Police and Crime General Drug dealers posting huge consignments of cannabis around the UK to evade checks, police warn

Drug dealers are increasingly using the post to send large consignments of cannabis around the UK in efforts to evade checks at ports, police have warned.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Border Force officials have recently intercepted several packages, including a parcel containing herbal cannabis worth £60,000 destined for an address in Belfast.

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Fire A revised Fire and Rescue National Framework for England

The Government are consulting on a revised Fire and Rescue National Framework for England. The consultation was published on 27 December.

The National Framework was last published in 2012 and changes are required to embed the fire reform programme and provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017.

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Police and Crime General Call for tech giants to face taxes over extremist content

Internet companies should face a tax punishment for failing to deal with the threat of terrorism in the UK, security minister Ben Wallace has said.

Mr Wallace said firms such as Facebook, Google and YouTube were too slow to remove radical content online, forcing the government to act instead. While tech firms were "ruthless profiteers", governments were spending millions policing the web, he added.

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Police Demand Met is giving up on non-serious crime

Firefighters with barely any first aid training are being dispatched to thousands of medical emergencies, it has emerged.

Crews responded to 44,000 ambulance call-outs last year that would normally have been dealt with by paramedics, four times as many as in 2010, Home Office figures show.

They are increasingly being called upon due to a surge in demand caused by the ageing population and difficulties in making GP appointments.

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Prisons Crowded jails may free old inmates early

Elderly inmates could be let out early to relieve pressure on overcrowded prisons under plans being considered by ministers.

Moving the oldest prisoners to secure care homes is being looked at in an attempt to deal with the rising cost of looking after them.

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Police and Crime General Public confidence in police is high, survey finds

Almost three-quarters of the population think the police are effective at responding to emergencies.

Research commissioned by HMICFRS has found that public confidence in the police is high. Respondents who said they are confident in law enforcement’s ability to protect them from terrorism has risen to 55 percent compared to 46 percent the year before. 

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Police and Crime General 'Race bias' in justice system: Government to unveil action

The justice secretary has pledged to implement a "key principle" of "change or explain" when racial discrimination is found in the justice system.

It follows a report from MP David Lammy, who found the system discriminates against people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

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Police Demand Durham, first force to not prosecute low-level drug dealers

Low-level drug dealers taken into custody will be given the opportunity to avoid prosecution.

Durham’s Chief Constable Mike Barton told Police Oracle vulnerable people forced into a situation where they sell drugs will be better off undergoing a programme rather than being dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Police and Crime General Greater Manchester Police ‘took bribes from organised crime gang’

A £3.5 million inquiry into one of Britain’s most notorious crime gangs collapsed after multiple claims of police corruption, an investigation by The Times has revealed.

Officers from Greater Manchester police were accused of taking bribes from associates of Paul Massey, the underworld “Mr Big” who was murdered in Salford two years ago. The allegations emerged during Operation Holly, a five-year inquiry into money laundering, fraud and tax offences, which centred on a security company for which Massey, 55, was a consultant. Detectives believed that he was a “shadow director” for 21st Security Ltd and that it was used to launder funds and disguise the gang’s gains.

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Police Finances 'Extra £450m funding' for police in England and Wales

A potential £450m in extra funding for police in England and Wales in the next financial year has been announced by the Home Office.

Police and crime commissioners are to be given the power to raise the portion of council tax which goes towards policing by £12 per household annually. That would raise £270m, while £130m for national priorities, such as firearms, would come from central government.

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Police Demand Cases of UK child sexual abuse up 31%, says NSPCC

The number of reported cases of child sexual abuse in the UK rose by almost a third last year, according to NSPCC figures that the charity described as “deeply worrying” but said showed a greater public willingness to report the problem.

The charity said it referred an average of 90 calls a week to police and social services over concerns that a young person had been sexually assaulted. This was an increase of 31% on the year before.

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Police Finances Government to provide extra police funding

Today it was announced that the counter terrorism policing budget will be increased by £50million of entirely new money.

This will bolster this year’s budget of £707million to at least £757million next year. 

This follows the £24million of new funding provided to CT policing this year, going to forces across the country.

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Prisons Ban sale of mini mobile phones, justice secretary says

Online retailers should ban the sale of miniature mobile phones designed to be smuggled into prisons, the justice secretary has said.

David Lidington said the devices were advertised as being able to go undetected by the body orifice security scanners used in England and Wales.

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Prisons More prisoners should be allowed to work, says minister

The justice secretary has said more inmates should be allowed to "commute" to work from jail.

In an effort to reduce the prison population, Mr Lidington (Justice Secretary) also suggested that more prisoners could be released early, after a risk assessment, and finish their sentences wearing electronic tags.

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Police Demand Judge slams Met Police after Liam Allan cleared in rape trial

A judge has called for an inquiry after the trial of a student accused of rape collapsed because police had failed to reveal evidence proving his innocence.

Liam Allan, 22, spent almost two years on bail and three days in the dock at Croydon crown court before his trial was halted yesterday.

The judge demanded a review of disclosure of evidence by the Metropolitan Police, Britain’s biggest force, and called for an inquiry at the “very highest level” of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He warned of the risks of “serious miscarriages of justice” after hearing that, to save costs, material was not always handed to defence lawyers.

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Police and Crime General PCC would welcome control room merger

A PCC says he will gladly re-examine the case for merging control rooms with a neighbouring police force.

Norfolk PCC Lorne Green raised the issue during a “collaboration-focused chat” with Suffolk’s counterpart Tim Passsmore.

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Prisons Concern over 'remote supervision' of offenders by phone

Thousands of offenders given community sentences are being supervised via a phone call every six weeks, the chief probation inspector has said.

In a report, Dame Glenys Stacey said widespread use of the practice in England and Wales was "not acceptable".

The findings also revealed some junior probation officers had 200 cases at once. Dame Glenys said poor supervision was "a risk to the public".

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Police Demand Stop and search finds more drugs on white suspects

White suspects stopped and searched for drugs are more likely to be carrying them than black people, the police watchdog said yesterday.

A third of white suspects searched for drugs were found to be carrying them, whereas a quarter of black people stopped by officers were found to be in possession of them.

The “troubling” disparity, which for years has been raised as a concern in black communities, was highlighted in a report on stop and search released yesterday by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

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Police and Crime General Force warns domestic abusers: ‘we are coming for you’

All forces must be able to demonstrate their use of stop and search powers is reasonable and fair by the middle of next year.

HMICFRS says the over-representation of black people as subjects of the tactic must be explained.


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Police Demand New regulations come into effect as ‘thousands potentially detained for too long under mental health laws’

Thousands of people with mental health issues may be being held in custody for longer than the law allows.

A lack of hospital beds meant forces “felt obliged” to detain people for more than 24 hours at least 264 times between October and December last year, figures from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) show.

The true rate may be even higher as less than half of forces responded to the request – and the NPCC estimates there could be more than 2,000 cases each year.


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Prisons Hundreds of sex offenders released from prison despite posing risk to public, finds report

Hundreds of sex offenders are being released from jail despite posing a risk to the public due to “shocking” failings by a major prison, a damning report has revealed. 

An inspection of HMP Dartmoor, which holds high-risk offenders, found that it was failing to protect the public because of “unplanned, rushed and poor” release planning, with many sex offenders subsequently leaving without having sufficiently addressed their behaviour.

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Economy & Public Finance UK inflation rate rises to 3.1%

Inflation rose to 3.1% in November, the highest in nearly six years, as the squeeze on households continued. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that airfares and computer games contributed to the increase.

The most recent data shows that average weekly wages are growing at just 2.2%.

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Police Demand Police shouldn't stop and search people just because they can smell cannabis, says report

Police officers have been urged by officials not to search people for drugs just because they can smell cannabis.

A report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMICFRS) found the practice did not increase the likelihood of a conviction, and should not be grounds to stop a suspect in and of itself.

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Police and Crime General Amber Rudd announces new national economic crime centre for UK

Billions of pounds have been laundered through the City of London, despite Britain remaining one of the safest and cleanest places in the world to do business, the home secretary has said.

Amber Rudd issued the warning as she announced plans for a new national economic crime centre, with the power to task the Serious Fraud Office to investigate the worst cases of fraud, money laundering and corruption.

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Police Demand Police failing to attend one in nine domestic violence incidents, figures show

The number of domestic violence incidents going unattended by police is soaring, with the worst performing forces now missing a quarter of call-outs, damning statistics obtained by The Independent reveal.

The proportion of incidents where officers failed to show up more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 – from 5 per cent of cases to 11 per cent – responses to Freedom of Information requests from police forces across England showed.

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Police Finances Hackney Council posters attack London police cuts

Hackney Council has launched a campaign against police cuts, asking its residents to complain to the Home Secretary.

Posters put up around the borough ask residents to "add your voice" to the councils "Foot the Bill" campaign.

The council says Hackney has lost one in four police officers since 2010 and that offending in the borough is now increasing.

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Police Demand ‘Immediate action’ needed to address backlogs in serious crime analysis

New leads in unsolved murders and sex crimes may be going unnoticed due to growing backlogs in cases submitted for analytical support.

Nearly 8,000 cases submitted to the Serious Crime Analysis Section (SCAS) are still awaiting input – up from 6,000 in 2011 – and more than half have not been analysed, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found.

Hundreds more cases identified as severe enough over the last two years have not been submitted to SCAS as police forces struggle to manage them within a 20-day deadline.

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Police and Crime General Rural police forces consider giving guns to regular officers

Three police forces are considering plans to give guns to some uniformed bobbies on the beat in order to respond more quickly to a crisis situation, such as a terrorist attack.

The forces concerned are predominantly rural, and senior officers believe that their geography could mean that the current system of specialist firearms officers could lead to delays in getting them to the scene.

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Police Finances Possible PCC pay rise to mark extra powers

It is currently being assessed as to whether police and crime commissioners should be given a pay rise because of the extra powers they have been allowed to have on.

The Home Secretary has written to the senior salary review body to ask them to gauge whether the £70,000 a year level set for the posts is high enough. 

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Police Finances Use of reserves to support front line 'can not continue beyond 2020'

A comprehensive survey of police and crime commissioners (PCCs) shows widely disproportionate benefits of increasing the council tax precept and reveals hundreds of millions of pounds are being taken from reserves to support frontline policing.

Responding to a request by the Home Office for greater transparency on reserves as part of discussions on future police funding, PCCs have provided a detailed analysis that shows they are maintaining the minimum required in general reserves while the amount they hold for medium term budgets, change programmes and capital projects is reducing dramatically as it is used to support day to day activities.

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Police and Crime General More than 125,000 applications to join police since 2015

There have been more than 125,000 applications to join the police service at constable rank in less than three years.

Data was compiled by the Police Oracle showing that there have been more than 8.5 applicants for every available post. 

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Fire Policing Minister is “not mandating” fire and rescue authorities appoint PCCs.

Plans that could see fire and rescue authorities outline reasons for refusing police crime commissioners’ request to join as voting member are under consultation.

As part of a government strategy of a government strategy to encourage emergency services to work more closely together, Policing Minister Nick Hurd wants all PCCs to have the option of being appointed to their fire authority, consultation papers revealed this week. 

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Police and Crime General 'Snoopers' charter' changes put forward

The government has proposed changes to the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) after accepting that some parts of it are "inconsistent with EU law".

The IPA governs the collection and use of communications data by law enforcement agencies. 

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Police Demand Police helicopters 'miss thousands of incidents'

The police helicopter service in England and Wales fails to get air support to thousands of incidents before they have ended and needs "urgent reform", a report says.

The HM Inspector of Constabulary said helicopter flying hours had nearly halved since 2009, and 24,873 missions were cancelled mid-flight in 2016. The report also said the cost of flight hours had more than doubled since 2009.

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Police and Crime General Brexit: Britain to be kicked out of Europol against its will

Britain will no longer be a member of the European police agency Europol after it leaves the European Union, the European Commission’s chief negotiator has said.

Speaking at a security conference in Berlin Michel Barnier accused the UK abandoning the defence of Europe at a time when it should be standing “shoulder to shoulder” with its neighbours in the EU.

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Police and Crime General Ministers 'to curb police data snooping powers after ECJ defeat'

Ministers are preparing to strip senior police officers of controversial surveillance powers after they were ruled illegal by the European Court of Justice. 

A Government consultation to be launched on Thursday will suggest independent oversight of police requests to look at surveillance data in serious and organised crime cases.

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Fire Combine Fire and Rescue Authority Consultation

The Home Office has launched a consultation to enable PCCs to sit and vote on Combined Fire and Rescue Authorities (see attached list of affected areas.)

Please follow the link to learn more.

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Police and Crime General West Midlands to become third region to merge PCC/mayoral roles

The West Midlands police and crime commissioner (PCC) role is set to be scrapped in 2020 and taken on by the regional mayor, it has been confirmed.

The decision was included in the detailed breakdown of the second devolution deal for the region, confirmed on Wednesday (November 22) when Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Budget.

This deal will provide the mayor and the West Midlands Combined Authority with extra funding towards housing, homelessness, skills and high-technology investment in the region.

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Police Finances Councillor 'astonished' at PCC's consultancy overspend

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan has defended spending £141,000 on her bid to take over running North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel said Mrs Mulligan spent £141,437.50 on consultants for her business case for the bid, exceeding her planned budget by more than £12,000 in the process.

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Economy & Public Finance Public services face real-terms spending cuts of up to 40% in decade to 2020

Further deep cuts in spending on some public services are already planned to go ahead, whatever the chancellor announces in the autumn budget, leaving departments such as justice and work and pensions facing a real-terms cut of as much as 40% over the decade to 2020.

An analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, confirmed by recent parliamentary answers, shows that for welfare spending, the NHS and the prison system, the budget on Wednesday will not represent an end to the age of austerity experienced since the Conservatives entered government in 2010.

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Economy & Public Finance Inflation remains at five-year high

The UK’s rate of inflation has stuck at 3% in October, remaining at a five-year high, according to official figures.

The ONS today published last month’s inflation stats, which showed the CPI remained unchanged from September.

Inflation has been rising in recent months, with the last increase taking place in September when it rose 0.1% from the 2.9% figure in August.

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Police Finances Police 'to give up on minor crimes without major funding increase'

More forces are poised to give up investigating minor offences such as car crime and retail thefts without a significant funding increase in the budget next week, PCCs have warned.

The home affairs select committee was told on Tuesday that forces across England and Wales will lose a further 6,000 officers by 2020 without an urgent cash injection.

Kathryn Holloway, the Conservative PCC for Bedfordshire, told MPs her county risked becoming the “retail theft capital of the UK” because the local force could no longer afford to attend retail thefts of less than £100. Bedfordshire police will also not attend vehicle crime such as thefts from cars, she said.

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Police Finances Britain's police budgets to lose £700m by 2020, amid rising crime

Police will have £700m less a year to fight crime in the coming years, and fewer officers too, despite forces already being under “significant stress”, the emergency services watchdog said on Wednesday.

According to the police inspectorate, all forces will spend £12.3bnin 2017/18, but that is projected to fall by 6% to £11.6bn by 2020/21

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Police Demand Force replaces Neighbourhood Policing Teams

A force plans to scrap its neighbourhood policing operation, replacing it with, what it calls, prevention teams.

Sussex Police says this will offer a more flexible and scientific approach to the way it detects and tackles crime. It says the newly formed teams, made up of PCSO’s, officers and staff will more efficiently by opting for a more intelligence based approach.

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Police investigate 17 child sexting cases a day

Police investigations into children sharing sexual images of themselves and others have more than doubled in two years, figures have shown. Forces in England and Wales recorded 6,238 underage "sexting" offences in 2016-17, a rate of 17 a day.

The number of cases where under-18s were sharing indecent or prohibited images was up by a third on the 4,681 offences recorded the previous year, and represented a 131% rise on 2014-15, with 2,700 incidents. 

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Police Finances Call for national roll-out of local transformation projects

Local transformation projects need to be scaled up to make them truly effective, the chair of the Police Reform and Transformation Board has said.

Nottinghamshire police and crime commissioner (PCC) Paddy Tipping believes a “bottom-up” approach to using the Police Transformation Fund has led to smaller programmes being financed and limited their national effectiveness.


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Police and Crime General Shadow Home Secretary says policing by consent ‘is under threat’

The Police service is ‘headed towards crisis’ and in denial, according to the shadow home secretary today during her address to police chiefs and commissioners.

Diane Abbot, accused the government of turning a blind eye to the impact of funding cuts upon victims and police officers.

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Police Demand Two-decade decline in UK crime could be ending, police chief warns amid rising terror threat and violence

One of the UK’s most senior police officers has warned that a two-decade decline in crime appears to be ending amid rising violence and an unprecedented terror threat.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC), accused the Government of under-funding forces struggling with new challenges.

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Police Finances Stop begging for cash and cut crime, Amber Rudd tells police

The home secretary issued a rebuke to police chiefs yesterday over their public appeals for more funding after years of austerity.

Amber Rudd said that chief constables and elected police and crime commissioners needed to concentrate on cutting crime and that the public did not want to hear about disagreements over funding.

She told an audience of PCCs and chief constables that ministers would listen to their concerns but also “critically evaluate” them.

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Police and Crime General Plan to link promotions to qualifications delayed.

A major plank of the plan to turn policing into a degree-related progression has been delayed.

The proposal to link promotion in a rank to the earning of higher qualifications is not yet feasible, police chiefs have decided.

The College of Policing had suggested the measure as one of a number linked to requiring all new officers to be apprentices or graduates. 

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Economy & Public Finance UK interest rate decision looms

The Bank of England will deliver one of the most closely watched interest rate decisions since the financial crisis later on Thursday.

Economists and investors are expecting the first increase in a decade.

In September, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) laid the groundwork for an increase "over the coming months" if economic growth remained stable.

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Police Finances Cash over kids? Cuts mean London police will close stations in face of soaring gun & knife crime

Hundreds of teenagers have been stabbed in Britain’s capital – 74 people killed in 2017 – but just days after the death of the latest young victim, it has emerged police are planning to have just one station that opens for 24 hours in every borough of the city.

In order to reach targeted savings of £400 million by 2021, police stations are set to be shut, leaving just one per borough which is permanently open.

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Police and Crime General Home Secretary’s speech to the APCC and NPCC partnership summit 2017

A speech by Amber Rudd to the APCC and the NPCC partnership summit.

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Police Finances Scotland Yard warns of policing cuts if budget reduces officer numbers

Scotland Yard will be unable to provide some services at all in future if budget constraints force the number of officers in the capital to fall as low as is feared, a senior officer has warned.

On Monday, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said the Metropolitan police could end up with fewer then 27,500 officers by 2021 – the smallest number in nearly two decades – as a result of the financial pressures it is facing.

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Police Finances England and Wales police in need of £1.3bn to tackle crime and terrorism

Police forces in England and Wales will need nearly £1.3bn extra between 2018 and 2020 to tackle crime, police and crime commissioners have said.

They attributed the need for more funding to the increasing quantity and complexity of crimes being committed, as well as the threat posed by terrorism. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APPC) said an extra £440m would be required in 2018-19 and £845m more in the following financial year.

The extra money would pay for 5,000 more officers to deal with new types of crime, as well as an additional 1,100 armed police force members.

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Police and Crime General Youth crime disclosure rules wholly inappropriate, say MPs

Rules on disclosing crimes committed in childhood in England and Wales should be "radically revised", say MPs.

The Commons Justice Committee said the system was "wholly inappropriate", denied children a "second chance" and may breach human rights laws.

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Police Finances ‘No wholesale layoffs’ – but tough decisions if police funding fight lost

Suffolk’s crime chief has sworn to protect support officers despite being forced into a ‘tight corner’ over government funding.

Tim Passmore’s pledge came as Norfolk Constabulary proposes axing all 150 PCSOs to save £1.6m. However, the police and crime commissioner admitted facing ‘unpalatable decisions’ if the government fails to answer his call for more money.

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Economy & Public Finance UK inflation at highest since April 2012

The UK's key inflation rate climbed to 3% in September from 2.9% in August, its highest for more than five years.

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) was last at 3% in April 2012, but has been driven higher by increases in transport and food prices.

The increase in inflation raises the likelihood of an increase in interest rates next month.

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Police Demand Hate crime surged in England and Wales after terrorist attacks

A sustained four-month spike in hate crime after this year’s terrorist attacks peaked at a higher level than that following last year’s EU referendum, according to Home Office figures.

Hate crime offences recorded by the police rose by a record 29% to 80,393 incidents in the 12 months to March 2017, according to Home Office figures published on Tuesday.

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Police Finances Police funding: special grant applications

Government has published applications for special grant funding made by police and crime commissioners to the Home Office.


Applications for special grant funding made by police and crime commissioners to the Home Office.

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Prisons Prisons in England and Wales ‘underfunded and full to bursting’

Andrea Albutt, president of the Prison Governors’ Association has said that prisons in England and Wales are “full to bursting”, underfunded, understaffed and recent reforms have “failed miserably” to address problems with the service.

Official figures show the prison population is 86,250 - just 1,211 short of the useable operational capacity.

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Police and Crime General More than 130,000 people support ‘stalking register’

A petition calling for a register of serial stalkers has been given to the Prime Minister.

More than 130,000 people signed the document organised by stalking advocacy service Paladin, which wants offenders and domestic violence perpetrators to be included on ViSOR (the Violent and Sexual Offenders register).

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Police and Crime General APCC Responds to Race Disparity Audit

The APCC has responded to the Race Disparity Audit released by Government.

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Police Demand ‘Attraction strategies’ in development as direct entry numbers lower than hoped

The number of direct entry candidates set to join policing this year is below the level originally intended for the fourth year running

Police Oracle revealed that 21 inspectors and just six superintendents have been offered places as forces this year so far, with only the Met yet to finish recruiting. 

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Police and Crime General Inmates get themselves locked up to sell drugs

Prisoners are deliberately getting themselves recalled to jail to smuggle drugs and other contraband to inmates, a watchdog report has warned.

Inmates about to be freed are “manipulated” by gangs on jail wings into committing minor breaches of the terms of their release to be returned to prison for short periods.

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Police and Crime General Get gangsters with guns off YouTube, says Met

YouTube and other social media sites must do more to take down rap videos that are stoking violence as gun crime rises, says Scotland Yard’s gangs specialist.

Temporary Commander Jim Stokley said that about half of the gun violence in London was gang-related and 70 per cent of illegal firearms recovered were found alongside class A drugs.

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Police and Crime General Home Secretary announces new national online hate crime hub

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a new national hub to tackle the emerging threat of online hate crime. It will ensure better support for victims and help drive up the number of prosecutions.

The hub, run by police officers for the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), will work to ensure online cases are managed effectively and efficiently. 

It will clearly set out the force responsible for further action in each case, removing any uncertainty which could arise when, for example, a victim is located in one area, with the alleged perpetrator in another.

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Police and Crime General Online hate crime to be tackled by new national police hub, Home Secretary says

A new national police hub is to be set up to crack down on those who commit online hate crime.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced a series of measures, which will include improved support for victims and a drive to increase the prosecution of those who abuse other internet users based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender.

Social media giants including Facebook and Twitter have come under fire for not doing more to crack down on offenders amid fears the cost of policing the internet could prove a drain on scarce resources following sweeping cuts in police forces across the UK since 2010.

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Police and Crime General Police must do more to stop sexual abuse by officers, says watchdog

Police forces are not doing enough to stop their officers carrying out sexual abuse, the official watchdog has said.

The finding by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) comes despite previous interventions from the watchdog and high-profile cases of police officers committing sexual abuse.

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Police and Crime General School census boycott over child deportation fear

Rights groups have called for a boycott of the Government's school census over concerns it is being used for immigration enforcement.

The census, which collects information about all children in UK state schools, is being conducted on Thursday.

It became the subject of controversy when it emerged the information collected was being handed to the Home Office for the purposes of immigration enforcement.

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Police Demand PM speech: Are fewer black people being stopped and searched?

The BBC have fact checked the claim that the number of black people being stopped and searched has fallen by over two-thirds, suggested by Theresa May.

According to the BBC The number of black people being stopped and searched by police has fallen by two-thirds since 2010-11 but not since the 2014 conference.

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Police and Crime General Lifting police pay cap in England and Wales won't magically raise morale

An opinion piece from the guardian suggesting that merely raising the pay cap won't raise morale.

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Police and Crime General Police to review Conservative security after Prime Minister prank

Police are to work with the Conservatives to review their conference security after a well-known comedian was able to hand the Prime Minister a mock P45 unemployment notice.

Interrupting Theresa May's keynote speech to Tory members in Manchester, Lee Nelson - real name Simon Brodkin - approached the podium to hand the Prime Minister the fake document before being led away.

Conservative MPs voiced their concerns over the prank, as party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin and Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised a full inquiry.

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Police Finances Pay cap must be lifted for all Police personnel, unions say.

The government needs to come up with the cash to fund a decent pay rise for police staff this yeart or jobs and services will be cut, the BMG, UNISON and Unite and warned.

Forces say without extra money from the Home Office, they are not in a position to make, or even discuss, a pay offer this year for PCSOs, 999 call handlers, investigators or the many other police staff in England and Wales. 

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Police Demand Cyber-security: More than 1,000 attacks reported in centre's first year

More than 1,000 incidents were reported to the National Cyber Security Centre in its first year of operation.

The centre - part of the intelligence agency GCHQ - says more than half the incidents posed a significant threat. None of the incidents were category one level involving interference with the democratic system or crippling critical infrastructure such as power.

But NCSC head Ciaran Martin warned there could be more significant and damaging attacks in the near future.

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Police Demand Longer jail terms for viewing terror content online

People who repeatedly view terrorist content online will face up to 15 years in prison, the home secretary is to tell the Conservative Party conference.

Amber Rudd will set out her intention to change the law to increase the maximum penalty from 10 years.

The offence of possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist will also apply to material viewed repeatedly or streamed online.

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Police Finances Government’s force funding statements deemed misleading

The UK Statistics Authority has confirmed government statements about police force funding are open to misinterpretation.

On July 14 Labour Police and Crime Commissioners wrote to the authority to express their concern about government inaccuracies in relation to the over real terms protection for police funding. 

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Police and Crime General Hundreds warned of partner’s abusive past under Clare’s Law

More than 900 people in Scotland have been told over the past two years that their partner has an abusive past, as a result of “Clare’s Law”.

On the second anniversary of the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS), Police Scotland said that 2,144 requests had been made under the scheme.These led to 927 people being told that their partner had a history of abusive behaviour.

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Fire Roger Hirst becomes country's first Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Roger Hirst, was elected to become Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex in May 2016. He then took on his new role as the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex on the 1st of October.

He is the first PCC in the country to take on the governance of the fire and rescue service as well as the police. It mean's he'll be responsible for setting the strategy and budget of the fire service in Essex.

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Police Finances Northumbria's PCC calls for extra funds for police pay

Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has written to the Home Secretary to press for more Government funding to address the force’s “perilous financial position.”

Dame Vera Baird has demanded extra funding for Northumbria Police to pay for the two per cent pay rise announced for police officers. The Government recently announced it would lift the public sector pay cap for police and prison officers. But the commissioner said the force had only budgeted for a one per cent pay award across the board, and to increase that by an extra one per cent would cost £1.55m.

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Police and Crime General Portishead shooting: Avon & Somerset and West Mercia Police facing investigation

A second police force is facing investigation after a man died in an armed police shooting near Bristol. Officers opened fire on a car near junction 19 of the M5 at 09:30 BST on Wednesday, according to an eyewitness.

West Mercia Police said it received a call at 08:30 about a driver pointing a gun on the M5 in Worcestershire. The force has reported itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which said it was "assessing the referral".

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Police and Crime General UK counter-terror police arrest 11 in far-right National Action investigation

Eleven people have been arrested across England and Wales as part of an investigation into neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action, Greater Manchester Police say.

It comes after three alleged members of National Action, including serving British soldiers, appeared in court charged with terrorism offences.

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Police and Crime General Police urge children to 'run, hide, tell' from terror – not take photos

Police chiefs have warned witnesses to flee the scene of a terrorist attack rather than getting their smartphones out to take photos or record video.

Officers highlighted the recent episode at Parsons Green, where images of a partially exploded bomb on a tube train were posted online within minutes.

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Police Demand UK's terror fight 'puts unsustainable strain on police'

The UK's counter-terrorism effort is putting an unsustainable strain on policing, the head of the National Police Chiefs' Council has said.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton said resources were being diverted from mainstream policing in England and Wales, leading to backlogs in control rooms and slower response times.


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Police Finances New funding announced for victims of sexual abuse

Grant funding of £600,000 has been awarded to four charities to help victims of child sexual abuse.

The funding, awarded to the National Association of People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC), Barnardo’s, Rape Crisis England & Wales, and Safeline Warwick, will help them provide vital services including developing services for boys impacted by child sexual abuse, boosting rape support centres, and expanding an online counselling service for victims of child sexual abuse.

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Police Demand Burglaries may get 'lighter approach' as police chief admits staff at breaking point

One of Britain's biggest police forces is warning it has reached tipping point due to financial pressures and an ever-increasing workload.

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police admitted that crimes such as burglaries may no longer be treated as a priority because of increasing demands from mental health patients, missing people and the threat of online extremism.

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Police and Crime General Manchester police still relies on Windows XP

England's second biggest police force has revealed that more than one in five of its computers were still running Windows XP as of July.

Greater Manchester Police told the BBC that 1,518 of its PCs ran the ageing operating system, representing 20.3% of all the office computers it used.

Microsoft ended nearly all support for the operating system in 2014. Experts say its use could pose a hacking risk.

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Wasted IT budgets hinder police productivity

Forces need to stop wasting their budgets on outdated computer systems and invest in new technology.

A new report by think tank The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) says many police hours are wasted carrying out basic data management tasks, due to severe deficiencies in the forces’ digital infrastructure.

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Police and Crime General Justice secretary urged to rewrite child sexual abuse guidelines

MPs have urged the justice secretary, David Lidington, to rewrite “extremely damaging” official guidance that means children as young as 12 could be held responsible for their own sexual abuse.

New rules the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) have drawn up mean some child victims of sexual assault could be refused compensation on the grounds that they “consented” even if their abuser has been jailed.

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Police and Crime General Brexit: UK reveals details of proposed new EU security deal

The government has revealed details of its proposed new security treaty between the UK and the EU after Brexit.

Ministers want the treaty to provide a legal basis for continued security, law enforcement and criminal justice co-operation after the UK's departure.

Whitehall officials are understood to be optimistic the plans will be agreed, and that security agencies will find other ways to keep people safe if not.

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Police Finances Multi-million pound boost for counter-terrorism policing

An extra £24 million is to be pumped into counter-terrorism policing in the wake of this year’s terror attacks, Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced today.

The move comes as the investigation into Friday’s incident in Parsons Green continues.

The entirely new funding, which is in addition to £707 million already announced to support counter terrorism policing in 2017/18, will be used to bolster protective security measures in crowded places. This will include helping to protect the public from the specific threat of vehicles being used as weapons.

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Police and Crime General Britain will pay to remain a part of Europol after Brexit, David Davis says

Britain will continue to pay to remain a part of Europol as part of new security treaty with the EU after Brexit, David Davis has announced.

The Brexit Secretary said security links should be secured with a new legal pact to make sure the fight against terror continues unhindered after March 2019.

It comes after Theresa May was accused of using Britain’s world leading police and intelligence services as leverage in the negotiations.

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Fire Fire staff on long-term mental health leave up by 30%

The number of UK fire and rescue staff taking long-term sick leave due to mental illness has risen by nearly a third over the last six years, figures show.

In London, the figure has doubled since 2011-12.

Some 103 London fire staff have taken mental health leave this year, some after working at Grenfell Tower.

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Fire Firefighters reject 2% pay rise saying it had ‘host of strings’ attached

Firefighters have rejected a 2% pay rise because it came with too many strings attached, the Fire Brigades Union said

It didn’t adequately address ‘the pain of falling wages,’ they said.

And the offer also came with the condition that they would continue trials to offer emergency medical response as well as fighting fires.



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Police Finances May urged to guarantee prison and police staff numbers after pay rise

Theresa May ducked a question from Jeremy Corbyn on whether police or prison officers numbers could be cut in order to fund the pay rises announced for both groups of public sector workers this week.

At prime minister’s questions, Corbyn asked: “Can the prime minister guarantee no more police or prison officers will be lost as a result of decisions she has made this week?”

May did not answer the question, and instead argued that factors such as incremental progression pay and tax cuts had actually left many public sector staff better off than before.


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Police Finances Sadiq Khan should hit London arms fair with policing bill, say Greens

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has been urged to pass on the cost of policing the world’s biggest arms fair to its organisers, with more than 100 protesters arrested so far.

More than £1.1m was spent deploying police officers to counter protests at the last Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair in 2015, according to figures released to Siân Berry, the Green party’s London assembly member.

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Police rated 'inadequate' over crime recording failures

Seven out of 14 police forces have been dubbed "inadequate" for failing to record hundreds of thousands of crimes reported to them.

Just three forces were rated "good" by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

Inspectors said the failure rate was a "serious concern" and would result in crimes not being investigated properly.

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Economy & Public Finance UK inflation rate rises to 2.9%

The UK's inflation rate climbed to its joint highest level in more than five years in August as the price of petrol and clothing rose.

UK inflation measured by the Consumer Prices Index rose to 2.9% in August, up from 2.6% in July, figures show.

The fall in the value of sterling since the EU referendum continued to be the main impetus for rising prices, the Office for National Statistics said.

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Police Finances Police and prison staff to get more than 1% pay cap

The government has announced pay rises for police and prison officers which breach the 1% public sector pay cap.

Prison officers will get a 1.7% rise while police will get a 1% pay rise plus a 1% bonus for the year, paid for from existing departmental budgets.

No 10 also signalled the end of the 1% pay cap, saying they recognised the need for more flexibility in future.

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Police Finances Public sector pay awards confirmed for 2017/18

The Government have confirmed that Police officers will receive a 2% pay award from 1 September 2017. This will be split between the 1% that was expected in addition to a 1% non-consolidated pay award for 2017/18. This will be funded from ‘existing departmental budgets.’ . The federation asked for a 2.8% increase, 0.1% under the most recent inflation figures. 

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Fire PCCs divided over fire governance as less than a quarter propose takeover

Just eight police and crime commissioners (PCCs) – all Conservatives – have proposed a change of governance in their fire and rescue service, while the majority decide to take a seat on the fire authority or make no changes at all.

Earlier this year, the Policing and Crime Act 2017 received Royal Assent, allowing PCCs to take responsibility of the fire and rescue service in their area, and giving them a similar oversight to the police service.

However, no Labour or Independent PCCs will be proposing a takeover any time soon, and the eight Conservatives make up less than half of the party’s representatives.

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Police Finances Force fights cuts with technology.

One of the worst funded forces in the UK is combating cuts by equipping officers with a piece of kit which h as seen officers save up to 90 minutes in each shift.

Lincolnshire Police is “making every penny work harder” by getting on board with an investment in partnership with Motorola to expand its Mobile Data Technology.

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Economy & Public Finance Unions demand 5% pay rise for all public sector staff

Union leaders are demanding a 5% pay increase for all public sector workers and threatening co-ordinated strike action against the government’s pay cap.

Amid growing expectation that the cap will be lifted soon for police and prison officers, representatives of 13 unions agreed at the TUC conference that money needed to be found to retain and reward millions of nurses, teachers, council staff and civil servants.

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Police Finances Police and prison officer pay to rise by more than 1% but less than 2%

On Tuesday or Wednesday (ministers making up minds) a strong signal will be sent that the 1% public sector pay cap is dead.

Because the government will announce that the pay of police and prison officers will increase more than the, below-inflation,1%.

But we are not talking about a large increase for police and prison officers: both will receive less than 2%.

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Police Finances Public sector pay cap to be lifted for police and prison officers

The government is to lift the 1% public sector pay cap for the first time for both police and prison officers, the BBC understands.

Ministers are expected to accept recommendations for higher pay rises this week and also to pave the way for similar increases in other sectors.

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson said it was the "first concrete example of the pay cap being dismantled".

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Economy & Public Finance U.K. Growth Forecasts Lowered as Business Sees No Pound Boost

The weaker pound is failing to boost U.K. growth, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.

The business group downgraded its medium-term outlook for the economy in a report on Friday, citing a weaker-than-expected contribution from trade and subdued consumer spending. Inflation will outpace wage growth until 2019, the BCC forecast, continuing the squeeze on shoppers’ pockets that weighed on performance in the first half of 2017.

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Police Finances Pay body will lose trust if it sides with government, says supers president

If the body decides police pay recommends exactly what the government wants again, it will lose the trust of police offers, a staff association leader believes.

Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas this week highlighted the 18 percent real terms pay cut that personnel have taken in recent years. 

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Police and Crime General Violence risk warnings for ambulance crews rise sharply

The number of warnings for ambulance crews about people who could be violent or pose a risk has increased nearly ninefold in 18 months.

Welsh Ambulance Service had 434 people or addresses listed as potentially violent or a risk to crew safety in July, up from 50 in January 2016.

It may mean a request for police support if a 999 call is made for an ambulance crew at a specific address.

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Police and Crime General Bias against ethnic minorities 'needs to be tackled' in justice system

Young offenders from ethnic minorities will become "the next generation" of criminals unless the justice system is reformed, says MP David Lammy.

A review led by him found the system in England and Wales is biased and discriminates in treatment of people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Labour MP has made 35 recommendations, including delaying or dropping some prosecutions.

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Police and Crime General Police 'may work with paedophile hunters'

Police admit they may have to work with "paedophile hunters" after figures obtained by the BBC revealed a rise in their evidence being used in court.

Figures show 11% of court cases in 2014 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the crime of meeting a child after sexual grooming used vigilante evidence, rising to 44% in 2016.

The vigilantes pose online as children then film the people they meet.

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Police and Crime General Police force 'failed to record 38,000' crimes including rape

One of Britain's largest police forces is failing to record thousands of alleged offences including reports of rape, a highly critical report has found.

Inspectors warned victims could be at more risk of harm because of shortcomings at West Midlands Police.

An assessment by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found 83.8% of reported offences were recorded by the force.

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Police and Crime General Crime calculator: Find your personal risk of being a victim

The BBC have made a tool to find out if you are likely to be a victim of crime.

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Economy & Public Finance Pay cap pressure growing on government ministers

Civil servants have threatened strike action as pressure from public sector workers to lift the 1% pay cap grows.

The PCS union said it would ballot its members on industrial action to end the "misery" of what it said were real-terms pay cuts of £3,500 since 2010.

Meanwhile, nurses demonstrated outside Parliament over what they said amounted to a 14% cut in the last seven years.

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Police and Crime General What I saw when I went undercover

This piece is about the recent undercover investigation in an immigration removal centre next to Gatwick airport.

The article gives a real sense of what it is like to be inside one of these detention centres, currently run by a private company, G4S. 

Some of the inmates are criminals and have just been released from prison, others are asylum seekers waiting to see if their applications are approved.

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Police and Crime General Privacy fears as police access data from tens of thousands of mobile phones

Police Scotland are using an Israeli based technology firm to crack the security protections on a growing number of mobile phones each year.

Freedom of information requests show that in the last three years Police Scotland have successfully obtained data from at least 35,973 phones, with each one taking around eight days to analyse. In the same period the police tackled 16,587 computers.

But as mobile devices hold the key to an increasing amount of data about people’s lives, civil liberties groups and academics have called into question whether the laws that regulate police access to mobile phone data are fit for purpose.

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Economy & Public Finance Public sector pay cap 'to be lifted next year'

Public sector pay is set to rise above inflation for the first time in eight years, Downing Street has signalled.

Theresa May and Philip Hammond are understood to be drawing up plans to raise the pay cap, which has limited pay rises to 1% a year since 2010.

Scrapping it for all public sector workers would cost £4bn but ministers may support a staggered approach, prioritising areas such as nursing where there are staffing shortages.

Police Finances Minister says he would be ‘irresponsible’ to ignore good merger cases

If there is as support for a reduction in the number of police forces, the Policing Minister says he would “irresponsible” to ignore it.

Chief Supt Gavin Thomas, President of the Police Superintends’ Association of England and Wales b believes that the current force arrangement are “sub-optimal” with collaboration often being used to cover this. 

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Police Finances Policing facing a 'perfect storm' due to budget cuts and rising crime

Policing in England and Wales is facing a "perfect storm" due to staff shortages and rising crime, a senior police chief is expected to say.

Policing services are routinely based on fewer people working more hours and days, Ch Supt Gavin Thomas will warn.

The president of the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales will say such a model is "fundamentally flawed".

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Police Demand Riots erupt at HMP Birmingham - one wing 'lost'

Inmates have rioted at HMP Birmingham tonight, with unconfirmed reports that one wing has been 'lost'.

National Tornado anti-riots teams are said to have been dispatched to the Winson Green jail - the scene of violent rioting in December 2016.

Sources claim the trouble began at 3.30pm.

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Economy & Public Finance No interest rate rise for at least a year, economists say

Many economists do not expect UK interest rates to rise until 2019 despite inflation remaining above target, according to a BBC snapshot.

They believe that the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will be reluctant to raise rates during Brexit negotiations.

Inflation stood at 2.6% in July - well above the Bank's official target of 2%.

Half the economists contacted by the BBC think wages growth will outpace inflation in the first half of 2019.

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Economy & Public Finance Downing St considers plan to lift cap on public pay increases

Theresa May is considering lifting the cap on public sector pay rises, reports suggested last night.

The cap of 1 per cent could be gradually eased as the prime minister attempts to revive her appeal after June’s poor general election result.

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Police Finances Government ‘rolling our sleeves up’ to understand demand before funding settlement

The Government will undertake first of its kind force-by-force research to ensure next year’s funding settlement is rooted in evidence from the front line.

Policing Minister Nick Hurd plans to ask every force its opinion on issues such as officer morale and the possibility of making future savings to inform this autumn’s funding announcement.

The measure, set up in response to officers’ concerns over demand, is intended to give the Home Office “a very clear understanding” of the current state of the challenges facing policing.


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Economy & Public Finance Theresa May 'to lift public sector pay cap this month'

Under the plans, ministers will give the green-light to pay rises in line with inflation, which currently stands at 2.6%.

That will be a boost for the millions of public sector workers who have seen their pay rises held down to just 1% since 2010, with rising inflation meaning they have faced a real-terms fall in wages.

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Police cuts and crime rise 'affecting senior officers' mental health'

Police are facing a “perfect storm” of staff cuts, new threats and a rise in crime, with many now feeling overworked and showing symptoms of mental ill health, according to a senior officer.

Ch Supt Gavin Thomas, the president of the Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales, said a confluence of pressures was leaving forces reliant on fewer officers working longer hours.

Half of senior officers have symptoms of anxiety, and 27% show signs of depression, a survey for the association found. Four-fifths say the depth and breadth of their responsibilities leads to them working excessive hours.

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Police and Crime General Police feel undervalued and underpaid, poll suggests

Morale is low among three in every five police officers, a survey by the body representing rank-and-file officers in England and Wales suggests.

The Police Federation poll showed the treatment of the service as a whole, pay and work-life balance were having the biggest impact on morale.

The proportion of officers planning to leave the service within two years was up from 11.8% last year to 12.3%.

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Woman deceived by police spy refuses to pay Met legal bill

An environmental campaigner who was deceived into forming a long-term intimate relationship with a police spy is refusing to pay Scotland Yard a £7,000 legal bill incurred during her quest for the truth.

Helen Steel fought a four-year legal battle against police chiefs who were eventually compelled to apologise unreservedly for the abuse and emotional trauma she suffered from the deception.

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Police and Crime General Sexism fears as women chiefs quit the police

The loss of several female chief constables has raised sexism concerns and allegations of operational interference by the elected police and crime commissioners who oversee them, The Times has learnt.

The number of women in the top police jobs in England and Wales has halved since 2014, causing alarm in the senior ranks about the “worrying message” their departures send.

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Fire PCCs differ in approaches to fire service takeovers

Another police and crime commissioner has applied to the Home Office to give him oversight of his local fire service.

Northamptonshire's Stephen Mold hopes to expand his role, saying it will save more for both blue light organisations.

The move comes days after Thames Valley PCC Anthony Stansfeld announced he thinks more collaboration can happen without abolishing the three fire authorities in his area.

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Police Demand Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

Identity theft is reaching "epidemic levels", according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group.

ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be that individual and apply for loans or store cards in their name.

A total of 89,000 cases were recorded in the first six months of the year by UK anti-fraud organisation Cifas.

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Police Finances Met increases weapons spending to £9m in anti-terror drive

Scotland Yard increased the amount it spent on weapons and ammunition last year to almost six times the sum the previous year, it has been disclosed.

The Metropolitan Police spent £9.4 million on guns, bullets, Tasers and smoke and stun grenades in the year to March compared with about £1.6 million over the previous 12 months, according to data acquired through a freedom of information request.

The figures for firearms spending rose to £5.7 million, nearly five times the total spent over the preceding six years.

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Economy & Public Finance European Investment Bank cuts off cash for British building projects due to Brexit

The government is facing a multibillion-pound shortage of funding for new schools, hospitals and social housing after a decision by the world’s biggest public lender to freeze its UK operations because of Brexit.

The decision was taken after the government triggered Article 50 in March. Since then only three UK projects have had funding signed off and no projects have been financed since June.

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Police make 26 ‘preemptive’ gangland arrests ahead of Notting Hill Carnival

At least 26 people have been arrested across London as police launch a preemptive crackdown on drug, knife and gang crime prior to this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival.

Eight properties were raided in Lewisham, southeast London, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, where officers seized what they believed to be Class A and B drugs. Eight people were arrested.

A further 18 people were arrested after raids on 21 homes in Kensington and Chelsea - where the Notting Hill Carnival is due to take place - Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster and Wandsworth.

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Police and Crime General Armed soldiers to go undercover in crowds at Notting Hill Carnival and Reading and Leeds music festivals

Undercover armed soldiers will mingle in crowds at some of August bank holiday's biggest events amid fears of another terror attack.

Plain-clothed troops carrying hidden guns will pose as ordinary members of the public at Notting Hill Carnival as well as the Leeds and Reading music festivals as the UK threat level remains at “severe”.

It comes after ISIS claimed responsibility for two more terror attacks which happened in Spain's Barcelona and Cambrils last Thursday evening.

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Police and Crime General Civil Nuclear fed demand clarity on proposed infrastructure police

The chairman of the Civil Nuclear Police Federation has urged the government to provide clarity on the proposed creation of a national infrastructure police.

Mark Nelson says the federation and sister federations were told the idea was being looked at a year before a series of meetings were held at which they were informed it was not going to happen and the forces would continue to collaborate.

However, after the idea emerged again in the Conservative manifesto before the 2017 General Election and the ensuing result hobbled the Tories, the chairman is seeking clarification on whether the merger is “on the table or off the table” 

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Police and Crime General Eye spy: Facial recognition tech gets govt cash boost despite claims it’s illegal

Britain’s Home Office is ready to invest more in facial recognition technology for police forces despite claims it infringes civil liberties.

The technology, which matches images of people’s faces with a police database, could be in breach of the right to privacy.

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Police and Crime General Body cameras for police have little impact on crime

Police forces have spent nearly £23 million on body cameras even though trials have raised questions about their effectiveness and suggested that they do little to reduce crime, according to a report published today.

Big Brother Watch, the civil liberties and privacy organisation, found that 32 of the 45 police forces in the UK had adopted body cameras but that forces were unable to say how often the footage had been used in the courts. Nearly 48,000 cameras have been purchased for use by officers, the group said.

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Police Demand Police resignations double in four years

A number of forces in England and Wales have seen resignations more than double since 2011, raising further concerns about a brain drain and their ability to deal with a growing workload.

Resignations at the Metropolitan Police, the country’s biggest force, jumped from 337 in 2011-12 to 626 in 2015-16, according to figures obtained through a freedom of information (FoI) request.

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Police Demand Countryside crime cost £39m in 2016, says insurer

Rural crime has been estimated to cost the UK £39m, with many farmers feeling "under siege" from thieves.

Lincolnshire was the worst-hit English county with a cost of £2.5m, according to a report by NFU Mutual.

Transport links also mean thieves can steal machinery and move it into mainland Europe in "a matter of hours", said Rural Crime Now.

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Police Demand Emergency call-outs for mental health patients soar

The number of ambulance call-outs from people suffering a mental health crisis has soared by nearly a quarter over the past two years.

Ambulances received 30,000 more of these types of calls in 2016-17 compared with 2014-15, according to data obtained under freedom of information laws by the Labour MP Luciana Berger.

Paramedics also spent an additional 55,000 hours helping people struggling with their mental health last year compared with 2014-15, a rise of 32%.

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Economy & Public Finance Pay growth to stay weak, says forecast

Pressure on incomes looks set to continue, with pay rises forecast at 1% over the next year, a survey predicts.

Despite falling unemployment, wage growth is weak because the supply of labour has also gone up, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The CIPD said for every low-skilled job, there were 24 applicants.

There were also 19 candidates for every medium-skilled job and eight for every high-skilled vacancy.

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Fire Firefighters could join missing person searches as police bosses take over brigades

Firefighters are set to be used in roles traditionally reserved for police officers such as the search for missing people as police commissioners take over the brigades.

The services will be expected to work closer together in a move likely to see them sharing premises, call centres and in some cases community roles.

It comes as councils, who in many areas control the fire service, are accused of siphoning off cash destined for the front line to "prop up" other services including the burgeoning adult social care bill.

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Police and Crime General Officers urged to not ‘lose sight’ of hidden rural crimes

Thefts from farms and livestock rustling must not distract forces from how other forms of offending can differ in rural areas, according to the chair of the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN).

Some forces risk a “narrow view” by treating ‘rural crime’ as something that only affects farmers, claims North Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Julia Mulligan.

Mrs Mulligan believes other offences like domestic abuse can manifest in different ways outside metropolitan areas, partly because of difficulties in reporting.

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Police Demand UK could face Islamist threat for decades, former MI5 chief warns

The UK may continue to face the threat of Islamist terrorism for another "20 to 30 years", the former head of MI5 has said.

Lord Evans told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the issue was a "generational problem" and that the UK needed to "persevere" with efforts to defeat it.

He also said devices connected to the internet needed to be made more secure in the face of emerging cyber threats.

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Economy & Public Finance All of a sudden Britain has become the slowest growing of the major western economies

All of a sudden Britain has become the slowest growing of the major western economies, and there are increasing concerns about its medium-term outlook. Iain Begg (LSE European Institute) writes that with both government and opposition fixated on what kind of Brexit to favour, there is a growing risk that fundamental and necessary measures to underpin the economy will be neglected.

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Police and Crime General Operation Sanctuary: Police say paying rapist 'was right'

A police chief has said paying a child rapist £10,000 as part of an investigation into a grooming gang was the "right thing".

Northumbria Police's Steve Ashman said the information provided by the man led to the conviction of 17 men and a woman for abusing girls in Newcastle.

Charities have criticised the force for paying the criminal.

Mr Ashman told BBC News he was as "certain as I can be" that it was "morally" right.

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Police Demand Slavery and trafficking 'affecting every town and city' in UK

Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is "far more prevalent than previously thought," the National Crime Agency has said.

The agency said there were more than 300 live policing operations currently, with cases affecting "every large town and city in the country".

The NCA said previous estimates that there were 10,000-13,000 victims in the UK were the "tip of the iceberg".

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Economy & Public Finance Darling: 'Alarm bells ringing' for UK economy

Regulators must remain "very very" vigilant about the risks to the economy, former chancellor Lord Darling has told the BBC - 10 years on from the start of the financial crisis.

He said a rising level of consumer debt in the economy was a growing concern.

Lord Darling was speaking on the 10th anniversary of the 2007 crash, which led to the government spending billions of pounds rescuing major banks.

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Police and Crime General Amber Rudd defends police stop and search powers

Police should use stop and search to "confront" an increase in acid attacks, the home secretary has said.

Writing in the Times, Amber Rudd said officers using the powers "appropriately" had her "full support".

Theresa May curbed the use of the controversial tactic when she was home secretary amid concerns black people were being unfairly targeted.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott warned against "a return to the bad old days of discriminatory stops".

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Police Demand Prevent terror referrals from public double in four months

The number of tip-offs made by the public to the government's anti-terrorism scheme Prevent has doubled in the last four months.

Police received some 200 referrals between April and July, compared to about 100 in the four months before.

The referrals were made in the period where the Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks occurred.

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Police and Crime General Prevent criticism 'stems from ignorance'

One of Scotland Yard's most senior police officers says criticism of the government's Prevent programme is based on "ignorance".

It was set up to stop people being drawn into terrorist activities, but has been labelled "toxic" by critics.

"They don't understand properly how Prevent works," Commander Dean Haydon told the BBC's Asian Network.

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Police Demand Billions spent enforcing drug laws have little effect

Illegal drugs remain widely available despite the billions of pounds spent trying to enforce laws prohibiting them, according to an official evaluation of a government anti-drug strategy.

An estimated £1.6 billion was spent on enforcement in 2014-15 but the study said that actions by the police and other arms of the state had little impact on availability. “It appears that drugs are still widely available to those who want them,” the cross-government audit of the effects in England of the five-year 2010 drug strategy concluded.

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Police Finances APCC Response to First Tranche of Bids Awarded Funding under the 2017/18 Police Transformation Fund

On Friday [04-07-17], the Home Secretary announced the first tranche of bids that will be awarded funding under the 2017/18 Police Transformation Fund.

More than £20 million has been awarded over three years from the fund, to help combat the online grooming of children for sexual exploitation. The funding will enable a successful pilot led by Norfolk Police – which saw officers going undercover in online forums and chatrooms to identify and disrupt offenders – to be rolled out across the country.

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Police Finances Buy now, pay later: Boom time schemes still costing £135 million a year

Police forces are paying more than £135 million a year for debt taken out for buildings bought before austerity hit.

An analysis by found that across 20 forces in England and Wales, some 31 individual private finance initiative projects are costing forces an average of £6.6 million each.


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Police Finances MoJ broke Treasury rules over prison officer pay

The Ministry of Justice three times breached Treasury guidelines in errors over prison officers’ pay.

Treasury officials have refused retrospective permission for the MoJ’s action.

The breaches were admitted in the annual report of the National Offender Management Service, since renamed HM Prison and Probation Service.

It said recruitment and retention problems had led to increases of £5 per hour for overtime and incident response payments from September 2016 to March 2017.

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Cyber crime: Britain’s public bodies hacked more than 400 times in the last three years

The computer systems of dozens of public bodies from hospitals and councils to museums and watchdogs have been breached more than 400 times in the last three years by cyber criminals seeking to extort money, cause disruption or extract data


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Fire Fire brigade ‘faces huge legal costs’ over Grenfell Tower disaster

London Fire Brigade is seeking more than £900,000 from Whitehall to pay lawyers’ bills for the Grenfell Tower public inquiry and expected legal action arising from the blaze.

The formal request says the brigade faces huge legal costs for the inquiry and in “managing subsequent litigation”. It adds: “Resourcing this to a high standard is essential to protect the brigade, the [fire] authority and their reputations.”

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Police Demand Violent crime up 18% in England and Wales

Violent crime has risen by 18% across England and Wales in the last year, according to new figures.

The Office for National Statistics said the total number of crimes reported to and recorded by the police had risen 10% between April 2016 and March 2017.

It is the largest annual rise in crime for a decade and includes increases of 16% in robbery and 14% in sex offences.

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Police Finances Police numbers hit 30-year low as crime sees highest annual rise in a decade

Crime in England and Wales has surged as police officer numbers hit the lowest level in more than 30 years, new figures show.

Police forces recorded nearly five million crimes in the year to March - a 10% annual rise and the biggest year-on-year increase in a decade.

It comes as a Home Office report reveals there were 123,142 officers across all ranks in England and Wales at the end of March this year - the lowest amount since 1985.

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Police Demand Government to overhaul 'out of date' police funding system

The system used to decide how much money police forces receive is to be overhauled, the government has announced.

Ministers say they want to replace the “out-of-date” funding model with a simplified version. They will consult on proposals to tie the sums given to forces in England and Wales to factors such as the size of an area’s population.

The new system will also take into account “underlying characteristics” of the local population and “environmental” factors – such as whether there is a busy town centre.

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Economy & Public Finance Scrapping the 1% pay increase ‘could cost the Treasury £6bn a year’

Scrapping the 1% pay increase cap for public sector workers could cost the Treasury £6bn a year by 2019/20, according to Institute for Fiscal Studies research.

The think-tank has today published analysis which shows that raising public sector pay in line with inflation or private sector pay would cost around £3bn a year in 2018/19, rising to around £6bn a year the following year.

This would be extra expenditure on the £181bn the government spends annually on employing 5.1 million public sector workers

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Police and Crime General Prisons inspector warns of 'staggering' decline in safety at youth jails

There has been a “staggering” decline in standards and safety at youth jails in England and Wales, the chief inspector of prisons has said.

Peter Clarke, the former Metropolitan police head of counter-terrorism, said no young offender institution or privately run secure training centre officially inspected in early 2017 was safe to hold children and young people.

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Police and Crime General Spying, surveillance and sabotage - what will it take to bring an end to political policing?

A radical opinon piece of 'open democracy' makes for an interesting read.

'Political policing will not be permanently changed or eliminated, by legislation, inquiries, further regulations, or even improving oversight. History has proven that as long as economic and thus political power is not evenly distributed within society, even hard-won reforms will ultimately be reversed, undermined or diluted into meaninglessness'.



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Police Finances Police missing terrorist tip-offs because of cuts, says former Met chief

A former Metropolitan police commissioner has waded into the political row about the impact of austerity by warning that potential terrorist tip-offs are being missed because of cuts in police numbers.

 Paul Condon, who headed the Met from 1993 to 2000, said the reduction in the number of frontline officers had left the police close to breaking point. 


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Police and Crime General Labour MP urges people to smoke cannabis at Parliament

An MP has urged people to use cannabis at the Houses of Parliament in order to send a message about drugs policy to the Government.

Labour's Paul Flynn said using the Class B substance at the Palace of Westminster was the "only way we can get through the common mind of the Government".

Mr Flynn, speaking during a Commons debate about drugs policy, said this would "challenge the Government" and authorities to "arrest them and take them in".

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Police and Crime General A Manchester MP has called for the legalisation of cannabis

Cannabis should be legalised and many other drugs decriminalised, a Manchester MP told Parliament.

Jeff Smith, Labour MP for Withington, told the House of Commons he believes the legalisation of cannabis is ‘inevitable’, if only the government would ‘grasp the nettle’.

He also described the war on drugs as a ‘dangerous fantasy’ which ‘diverts attention and resources from the real challenge of making drugs safer and taking back control of the drugs trade from the criminals who want to exploit vulnerable users’.

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Police Demand Wanted: New technology to protect crowds from terrorism

A competition has been launched to find new technology that can identify possible terrorists and protect people from bomb or gun attacks.

The Government hopes the scheme will improve the surveillance and detection of potential threats in crowded spaces.

Up to £2m will be made available to fund further research into the technology.

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Police and Crime General ‘Lazy’ police fail to grasp law, says top prosecutor

Criminals are going free because “lazy” and “deskilled” police do not understand the law, a former senior prosecutor has claimed.

Nazir Afzal, who brought key prosecutions against the child-grooming gang in the Rochdale case, has said that even basic inquiries are beset with problems because police are “not investigating properly” and are “charging cases prematurely”.

Senior officers are prone to political pressure and police are “more detached” from their communities than ever before, he believes.

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Police Finances Call to stop government deciding police budgets

If poliocing is devolved to local level, budgets should be decided by police and crime comissioners, not government.

That's the logic behind the new bill introduced by Plaid Cymru, who say the move will help make sure police fofrces get the resources they need.

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Economy & Public Finance ..UK public finances face twin threat from Brexit and downturn, says OBR

Britain’s public finances are in worse shape to withstand a recession than they were on the eve of the 2007 financial crash a decade ago and face the twin threat of a fresh downturn and Brexit, the Treasury’s independent forecaster has warned.

The Office for Budget Responsibility – the UK’s fiscal watchdog – said another recession was inevitable at some point and that Theresa May’s failure to win a parliamentary majority in last month’s election left the public finances more vulnerable to being blown off course than they were in 2007.

Britain’s public finances are in worse shape to withstand a recession than they were on the eve of the 2007 financial crash a decade ago and face the twin threat of a fresh downturn and Brexit, the Treasury’s independent forecaster has warned.

The Office for Budget Responsibility – the UK’s fiscal watchdog – said another recession was inevitable at some point and that Theresa May’s failure to win a parliamentary majority in last month’s election left the public finances more vulnerable to being blown off course than they were in 2007.

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Economy & Public Finance Damning government report shows depth of public sector pay cuts

The teaching profession has seen average pay fall by £3 an hour in real terms and police officers by £2 an hour, while the wages of nurses have stagnated during a decade of public sector salary freezes, a new report for the government’s pay advisers has found.

The academic analysis was quietly published on Monday before a crucial cabinet meeting where Theresa May and the chancellor, Philip Hammond, are likely to face pressure from colleagues to agree a timetable for easing seven years of public sector pay restraint.

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Police and Crime General It will cost taxpayers £2.5m - or 28 fully trained firefighters - for Martin Surl to take control of Gloucestershire Fire Service, report finds

Moving overall control of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service would cost the same as training up 28 new firefighters for the county.

That's what was claimed this week as councillors unanimously opposed any move to transfer the service from Gloucestershire County Council's hands.

Martin Surl, Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner, has taken £100,000 of taxpayers' cash to recruit independent consultants to see whether he instead should oversee the fire service.

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Economy & Public Finance Queen's Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap

Labour is to table an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for the 1% public sector pay cap and cuts to the police and emergency services to end.

Jeremy Corbyn says the amendment, which will be voted on on Wednesday, will be a "test case" of MPs' willingness to oppose further austerity measures.

He will say firefighters who fought the Grenfell Tower blaze "deserve" a rise after seven years of near stagnation.

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Economy & Public Finance Labour plot to tempt Tory MPs into amending Queen's Speech

Labour will try to [change the direction] of the Queen’s Speech today by tabling an amendment to tempt Tory MPs to vote against the Government and end austerity

The party is demanding that the Government recruit more police officers and firefighters, scrap the public sector pay cap and praise the emergency services for the response to recent terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Economy & Public Finance Confusion after No 10 backtracks on end to public sector pay cap

Government hints at a possible end to the cap on pay rises for public sector workers have descended into utter confusion after Downing Street rapidly changed tack, insisting that the policy of limiting annual rises to 1% would remain in place.

Hours after a senior Conservative source indicated that ministers would review the cap at the next budget, saying people were “weary” after years of belt-tightening, Theresa May’s spokesman said this was not the case. “The government policy has not changed,” he told a No 10 briefing, repeating the phrase or variants of it 16 times as he was pressed on how this could tally with the earlier comments.

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Police Finances Policing warns Government over '7.2 per cent cut to counter-terror funding'

Four of the most senior police officers have spelt out the financial damage austerity measures are set to make on the fight against terrorism, MPs have been told.

They have written to the Home Office accusing Theresa May's government of planning a 7.2 per cent cut in the amount of cash to tackle the rising tide of extremist attacks on UK shores.

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Police and Crime General Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government

An agreement has been reached which will see the Democratic Unionist Party back Theresa May's minority government.

The deal, which comes two weeks after the election resulted in a hung Parliament, will see the 10 DUP MPs back the Tories in key Commons votes.

There will be £1bn extra for Northern Ireland over the next two years.

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PCC calls for lid to be lifted on council tax cap to protect officer numbers

Terror attacks in Manchester and London have left policing budgets that are "not credible" in maintaining the increased levels of resource needed as a police and crime commissioner (PCC) demands council tax rises.

Staffordshire PCC Matthew Ellis has written to Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd urging them to widen local tax-raising powers.

Mr Ellis has asked the Government to consider raising the cap on the level of council tax determined by PCCs – or remove it altogether.

After years of budget cuts, he wants PCCs to be given freedom to increase the annual bills on households to ensure that forces have enough officers to keep the public safe.

He said raising the precept locally by five per cent – £10 a year per household – would generate an extra £5 million annually that he could use to protect officer numbers.

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Police and Crime General Comment: Police governance and service delivery in the 21st century

Barry Loveday, reader in criminal justice administration at the University of Portsmouth, considers the role that the new metro mayors will have on policing and local service delivery.

How significant the arrival of the new directly-elected mayors for the metro areas will prove to be remains an open question. However, what the elections represent and symbolise is the Conservative government’s continued commitment to devolving responsibilities from the centre, and for policing a recommitment to a local service delivery model. 

Irrespective of political party control, the elections will only further cement local policing which was embedded by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. They may also finally bury any remaining professional aspirations for regionalised policing by way of major amalgamations of local police forces.  

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Police Demand UK terror attacks: Home secretary says police stretched

Terror attacks in the UK over the past three months have left police resources pulled "very tight", the home secretary has said.

Amber Rudd said an emergency counter-terrorism plan could not continue "indefinitely" but added that she would not rush to release extra money.

She said she would liaise with senior officers to make sure the government comes up with the "right response".

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Police Demand ‘Tough choices ahead’ in policing, counterterror chief warns

The UK’s leading anti-terror police officer has warned that a diversion of resources to counterterrorism is leaving other areas of policing vulnerable as claims surfaced that forces are under such strain that some officers have been working as many as 18 days in a row.

In a letter to the home secretary, Mark Rowley has written to ministers to ask that money is not diverted away from mainstream policing as a result of a shift in focus to counterterrorism. “It will inevitably push risk to other areas of policing, potentially with significant impact,” he said in the letter, seen by the BBC.

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Economy & Public Finance Mark Carney says time not right for interest rate rise

The time is not right for an interest rate rise, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said.

Wage growth is falling, and the impact of Brexit on the economy is unclear, Mr Carney said in a speech at Mansion House in London.

The pound fell sharply after Mr Carney's comments.

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Police Finances Government to U-turn on police funding reform to protect Met budget

The government has decided to scrap planned reforms to the formula for allocating money to the police, in order to protect the budgets of bigger police forces, especially London's Metropolitan Police, ITV's Robert Peston has learnt.

Following massive criticism during the general election of police cuts since 2010 and also because the threat of terrorism has increased so significantly, Home Secretary Amber Rudd will abandon funding-formula changes that would force the Met to make big cuts.

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Economy & Public Finance Government to confirm two-year Parliament to deliver Brexit and beyond

Parliament will sit for two years instead of the usual one to give MPs enough time to fully consider the laws required to make Britain ready for Brexit. This includes the Great Repeal Bill, which by converting existing EU law into UK statute will enable the smoothest possible transition at the point of leaving.

The government will deliver this while also addressing deep-rooted inequalities in our society in order to give everyone the opportunities they deserve. Taken together, the EU exit process and the government’s domestic agenda mean the new Parliament faces a substantial legislative programme.

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Police Finances Queen's Speech to take place next week

The State Opening of Parliament and Queen's Speech will take place next Wednesday, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has announced.

It had been due to take place on Monday, but was delayed by Theresa May's efforts to strike a deal with the DUP to back her minority government.

The Queen will "dress down" to read the speech in a break with tradition.

It is expected to be a slimmed down programme after the PM lost her majority in the general election.

Economy & Public Finance Record inflation level prompts concern for treasury returns

Rising inflation threatens the returns on local authority treasury assets, according to experts in the wake of news that the UK’s consumer price index (CPI) had reached its highest level in four years.

The Bank of England said on Tuesday that inflation had reached 2.9%, more than the 2.7% economists were expecting.

David Green, strategic director with Arlingclose, said the rate was still within the Bank of England’s target bracket of one to three percent. But he also warned that local authorities with large sums still on deposit in banks would feel the effects of inflation.

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Police Demand Police forces 'failed to record 40,000 crimes'

More than 40,000 reported crimes including violent offences were not recorded by three forces, figures show.

As a result Kent and Cheshire have been rated inadequate and Cambridgeshire requires improvement, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said.

Cheshire and Cambridgeshire improved but had more to do, while Kent's performance "slipped significantly".

Cambridgeshire and Cheshire said they were making progress. Kent said it accepted the findings.

The three are the latest to be inspected as part of a programme across forces in England and Wales.

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Economy & Public Finance Austerity is over, May tells Tories

Theresa May is poised to bring to a close seven years of austerity after Tory MPs warned that they would refuse to vote for further cuts, the Times reports. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister will today meet Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster to thrash out the terms of the DUP’s backing for her minority government. The Queen’s Speech, due to take place on Monday, will be postponed unless a deal is struck by this evening, it is reported. A BBC Online feature says that even if the Queen’s Speech goes ahead, there is “little chance” specific pledges on social care will be mentioned.

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Police Finances Greater Manchester police under real strain due to cuts, says chief

The head of Greater Manchester police has said his force is under “real strain” as a result of major cuts.

Ian Hopkins, the chief constable of GMP, made the remarks three weeks after the Manchester Arena bombing in which 22 were killed and more than 200 injured.

He was backed up by Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, who said he was writing to the prime minister to say that the force was operating at its limits “and probably beyond them”

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Police and Crime General South Yorkshire chief constable's resignation-call 'unlawful'

A police commissioner's decision to suspend the chief constable of South Yorkshire and then ask him to resign was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.

David Crompton was suspended following the Hillsborough inquests in April 2016 with Dr Alan Billings citing an erosion of public trust in the force.

Dr Billings said he would be "seeking permission to appeal against the outcome".

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Police and Crime General Diane Abbott replaced as Labour's shadow home secretary

Diane Abbott is being replaced as Labour's shadow home secretary during a "period of her ill health", the party has confirmed.

Ms Abbott has suffered from a series of gaffes and difficult interviews in recent weeks, with the Conservatives increasingly focusing their political fire on her performance.

She will be replaced by Lyn Brown, who currently serves as the party's the shadow policing minister.

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Police Demand General election: Sadiq Khan warns of 'unsustainable' police cuts

Labour mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned that future cuts to the Met Police are "unsustainable" and could make it harder to foil terror attacks.

He said if the Tories win the election the Met faced having to make savings of £400m, on top of £600m since 2010, and up to 12,800 officers could be at risk.

"Fewer police officers mean we are in more danger," he told the BBC.

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Police Demand May under pressure as ministers plan more cutbacks for anti‑terror budget

Ministers are planning multimillion-pound cuts this year to a counterterrorism budget described by Theresa May as being at “the heart of the UK’s response to the threat we face”.

As the prime minister faced accusations yesterday of presiding over “appalling” cuts to police numbers, Home Office documents reveal reductions in funding to the Office for Security and Counterterrorism (OSCT).

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Police and Crime General London attack: PM's condemnation of tech firms criticised

Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned that her promise to tighten regulation on tech firms after the London attacks will not work.

Mrs May said areas of the internet must be closed because tech giants provided a "safe space" for terrorist ideology.

Twitter, Facebook and Google said they were investing heavily in the area.

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Police and Crime General EU judges may be asked to rule on legality of UK surveillance powers

EU judges may be asked to decide whether the intelligence services’ bulk collection of email data in order to prevent terrorist attacks is legal.

In a fresh challenge that could impact the Investigatory Powers Act, the campaign group Privacy International has argued in court on Monday that interception of social media that is not targeted and subject to sufficient safeguards is forbidden by a previous European judgment.

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Police and Crime General Tim Farron warns of win for terrorists if web is made surveillance tool

Theresa May’s pledge to regulate the internet to clamp down on the “safe space” for radical jihadis risks turning the web into a tool for surveillance and censorship, the Liberal Democrats’ leader has said.

Tim Farron, likening May’s plan to North Korea’s and China’s state monitoring, said the prime minister’s speech, in the wake of the London Bridge attack, had been highly political despite the ostensible cancellation of campaigning for a day, ahead of the general election on Thursday.

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Police and Crime General Amber Rudd to Angela Merkel: You can depend on the UK

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has insisted the UK wants to maintain a "deep and special partnership" with the EU after Brexit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Europe now had to "fight for its own destiny".

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, she said: "As we begin the negotiations about leaving the EU, we will be able to reassure Germany and other European countries that we are going to be a strong partner to them in defence and security, and, we hope, in trade.

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Police Finances Through security and intelligence cuts, the Tories failed to protect us

Cuts have consequences. In the wake of the terrible events in Manchester and the dreadful loss of life last week, there is a temptation to point the finger at the security services and say: if this potential terrorist was known to the security and intelligence agencies, why wasn’t he monitored and prevented from carrying out this murderous assault?

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Economy & Public Finance UK growth estimate revised down

The UK's economy grew more slowly than first estimated in the first three months of the year, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) now says the economy expanded by 0.2% in the quarter - slower than its original estimate of 0.3%.

It said the change was due to downward revisions for growth in the UK's dominant services sector.

In the last quarter of 2016, the UK economy had expanded by 0.7%.

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Police Finances Police cuts mean forces can't handle terror threat without Army help, Police Federation says

The deployment of thousands of soldiers onto Britain’s streets is only needed because police now lack the resources to defend against a terrorist attack themselves, the chair of the Police Federation has warned.

Steve White, who leads the statutory staff association, said police “simply do not have the resources” to manage a heightened national level of alertness by themselves.

Around 20,000 police officers have been cut since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, with budgets being reduced by 4 per cent every year while Theresa May served as Home Secretary.

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Police Finances Police Federation: We wouldn't need soldiers on the streets if the Government stopped police cuts

The chair of the Police Federation has called on the Government to “learn the lessons” from recent terror attacks and properly resource the police.

He said the decision “deeply worrying” when the announcement was made last night and added this morning that the Government should instead give the Police the resources to do their job.

His comments come after research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies this month revealed the police forces in England and Wales have lost 20,000 officers between 2009 and 2016 as a result of a 20% funding cut.


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Police Demand Police investigate up to 20 deaths at mental health unit

Police are investigating the deaths of “up to 20 patients” at a mental health facility in Essex.

Last week an inquest ruled that the authorities had failed to protect Richard Wade, 30, who died in May 2015 after staff at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford failed to confiscate the item he used to hang himself when he was admitted.

Matthew Leahy, 20, died at the centre on November 15, 2012. The inquest into his death concluded there had been “multiple failures”.

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Police Demand Assaults between care home residents reported daily

Police recorded 1,200 assaults between residents living at care homes between 2014 and 2016, the BBC has found.

More than one assault a day was reported in England and Wales, an investigation by File on 4 revealed.

Some care workers said they were not always given full information about who might pose a risk.

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Fire PCC tells government why he should govern fire service too

A police and crime commissioner has sent a business proposal to the Home Ofice on why he should be given responsibility for his local fire service.

Essex’s Roger Hirst is the first to announce that he has sent a detailed case to the government so that he can replace a county’s fire authority.

One of his arguments is that PCCs have been such a success for policing that they would be for the fire service too.


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Police Finances Tories confirm plans for ‘national infrastructure police’ but rule out Leveson 2

Non-Home Office forces would be merged into a ‘national infrastructure police force’ if the Conservatives are re-elected in June.

The party plans to bring together the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Ministry of Defence Police and the British Transport Police to protect nuclear sites and transport links.

The proposals, revealed in the Conservatives’ manifesto on Thursday (May 18), would also incorporate the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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Economy & Public Finance UK inflation rate rises to 2.7% in April

The UK inflation rate rose to 2.7% in April from 2.3% in March, the Office for National Statistics says, its highest rate since September 2013 and above the Bank of England's 2% target.

Higher air fares were the main reason, which rose because of the later date of Easter this year compared with 2016.

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Police Demand One million hours of police time a year 'wasted enforcing cannabis prohibition'

One million hours of police time are being wasted each year on policing the ban on smoking cannabis, the Liberal Democrats say.

Research by the party drawn from official figures shows a total of 87,247 police caseloads relating to the drug were opened in 2015, with the average cost to the taxpayer per case estimated at £2,256.

The estimate says that in total £31m was spent on 1,044,180 police hours.

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Police and Crime General New policing supremo to review 'priorities metro force is giving different types of crime'

Policing is the "number one priority" as the most powerful metropolitan leader in Britain flexes his muscles after winning the race to be Greater Manchester's first directly-elected mayor.

Newly-elected Andy Burnham has placed former Home Office minister Baroness Beverley Hughes as an 'enforcer' at the heart of a new political order which gives him more responsibilities – additionally including the fire service, transport, planning and housing – than London's equivalent, Sadiq Khan.

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Police Finances Second group of direct entrants graduate, ata cost of £147k per recruit

A former professor, investment banker, sports marketer and police staff member are set to become fully-fledged police superintendents today as the second group of direct entry recruits graduates.

One third of the candidates on the scheme failed to complete the 18 month training course, with the College of Policing saying the two who dropped out did so “for personal reasons”


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Police Finances Election 2017: Labour promises 10,000 extra police

Labour is promising to put 10,000 more police on the streets of England and Wales if it wins the election.

The party said it would fund additional "bobbies on the beat" by reversing Tory plans for cuts to capital gains tax.

Labour said cutting the higher rate from 28% to 20% and the basic rate from 18% to 10% would cost public services more than £2.7bn over five years.

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Police Finances Amber Rudd refuses to rule out further police cuts

The Home Secretary has refused to rule out further police cuts following a Labour election pledge to put 10,000 more police officers on the beat

In an interview on Tuesday it was suggested to Amber Rudd that she had made “no promise on numbers, no promise on budget”.

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Police Finances Labour's police promise in tatters as Diane Abbott suggests officers would earn £30 a year

Labour's promise to put 10,000 additional police on the streets was in tatters this morning after Diane Abbott struggled to explain how the party would fund the policy.

The shadow home secretary initially suggested that Labour would hire 10,000 officers for £300,000, which would would have left officers earning £30 a year.

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Police Finances General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn defends Diane Abbott over gaffe

Jeremy Corbyn has defended Diane Abbott after she appeared confused over Labour's plan for 10,000 extra police officers for England and Wales.

Ms Abbott - the shadow home secretary - said it would cost £300,000 over four years before correcting herself to "about £80m", in an interview with LBC.

Mr Corbyn has confirmed that the policy will cost £300m.

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Police Finances Diane Abbott says she 'misspoke' on Labour's police policy

Diane Abbott says she "misspoke" when she got confused over the cost of Labour's pledge for 10,000 extra police officers for England and Wales.

Ms Abbott - the shadow home secretary - said it would cost £300,000 over four years before correcting herself to "about £80m", in an interview with LBC.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn later confirmed the policy would cost £300m.

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Police Finances Beneath Abbott's police funding gaffes, Labour's numbers make sense

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott may have misspoken several times during her “car crash” tour of broadcasting studios on Tuesday morning to launch Labour’s campaign pledge to recruit an extra 10,000 police officers, but that doesn’t mean that the underlying figures she quoted don’t add up.

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Police Finances Jeremy Corbyn vows to block £3bn of Tory 'tax breaks for the rich' and use cash for new police

Jeremy Corbyn will pledge to block almost £3bn of planned “tax breaks for the rich” in order to pay for 10,000 new community police officers in England and Wales.

The Labour leader believes money saved from scrapping a Conservative plan to lower capital gains tax will easily cover the cost of his pledge and enable him to guarantee current funding levels for 43 police forces.

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Economy & Public Finance UK economy grew by 0.3% as service sector slows

The UK economy grew by just 0.3% at the start of the year, the slowest growth rate since the first three months of 2016, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics said that the slower pace in the January-to-March period was due mainly to the service sector, which also grew by 0.3% against 0.8% at the end of 2016.

Economists had been expecting GDP growth to slow as consumers tightened their belts in the face of rising inflation, but they had pencilled in a higher figure of 0.4%.

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Police Finances Chief cast doubts on police funding reform ever really helping

The outgoing chief constable of the force which was set to gain the most from the botched reform of the police funding formula, says he wonders if its effects will ever be felt.

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Economy & Public Finance Government accounts 'failing to explain spending'

It should be easier for the public and MPs to assess whether government spending offers value for money, a parliamentary committee has said.

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee said departmental accounts were not designed for "democratic scrutiny" and being read or used as much as they should.

The published documents often fail to explain the "effectiveness of government spending", its report added.

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Police Demand Recorded crime rose 9% last year in England and Wales

The number of crimes recorded by police in England and Wales last year was up by 9% on the previous year, nfigures show.

The police recorded a total of 4.8 million offences in 2016.

The Office for National Statistics said this increase was "thought to reflect changes in recording processes and practices rather than crime".

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Police Demand Crime outcomes in England and Wales, year to December 2016: data tables

Outcomes assigned to offences recorded to December 2016 and the total number of outcomes recorded, by outcome type and offence type.



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Police and Crime General Criminal Finances Bill receives Royal Assent

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 will give law enforcement agencies and partners, further capabilities and powers to recover the proceeds of crime, tackle money laundering, tax evasion and corruption, and combat the financing of terrorism.

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Police and Crime General North Yorkshire Police gains first dashcam submission prosecution

A man has become the first driver in North Yorkshire to be prosecuted after another motorist submitted footage of them overtaking dangerously.

It follows the launch of a North Yorkshire Police operation where drivers are encouraged to shop other motorists.

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Police Finances Application to fund policing of fracking demonstrations rejected

Policing and fire minister Brandon Lewis has rejected a force’s appeal for extra funding to control fracking protests.

In February, around 250 people attended a rally at Preston New Road, with around 35 breaking through fencing in an attempt to breach the fracking site.

Protestors have been camped out at the UK’s first horizontal fracking site near Preston New Road, Lancashire since January.

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Police and Crime General Holy Cross bomb discovery

Secretary of State "sickened" by discovery of a bomb outside a north Belfast primary school.

Rt Hon James Brokenshire, MP said:

"I am sickened by this incident with dissident republican terrorists placing a bomb close to a primary school in north Belfast. This shows their wanton disregard for human life, potentially putting children in danger."

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Police and Crime General General election: MPs ready to approve snap poll on 8 June

Theresa May's plan for a snap general election on 8 June is set to be authorised by MPs later.

The early poll is expected to secure the two-thirds Commons majority it requires to go ahead, with Labour's Jeremy Corbyn welcoming the PM's surprise announcement on Tuesday.

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Economy & Public Finance May to seek snap election for 8 June

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: "The country is coming together but Westminster is not."

There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday - she will need Parliament's backing to hold a vote before 2020.

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Home Office funds PCCs to support further police and fire collaboration

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Brandon Lewis has awarded £1 million from the Police Transformation Fund to 9 police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for their work in developing proposals to take on the additional responsibility for the governance of fire and rescue in their area.

The proposals are expected to bring about a fundamental shift to the way police and fire services work together, including sharing estates or back office functions. It follows a police-led process which saw funding recommendations made by the Police Reform and Transformation Board.

The PCCs who will receive funds are Sussex, West Mercia, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and North Yorkshire.

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Police and Crime General Police sent to incident at Tesco store in Glasgow rather than Aberdeen

Police sent to investigate an incident at a supermarket were dispatched in the wrong city more than 140 miles away.

A door had been damaged at Tesco in Aberdeen's Great Western Road, but officers were instead sent to Glasgow's Great Western Road Tesco store.

More than three hours after the initial call on 3 April, officers were sent to the correct store.

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Police Demand Spice putting pressure on public services, Manchester police chief says

A rise in the use of former legal high Spice in Manchester is putting pressure on public services, police say.

Extra patrols have been launched to deal with an increase in anti-social behaviour fuelled by the drug, said to leave users in a "zombie-like" state.

Officers were called to 58 incidents related to Spice in the city centre between Friday and Sunday.

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Police and Crime General Pc pictured on duty outside burning shop in Manchester riots 'one of two officers arrested over drug-dealing'

Two serving police officers have been suspended after they were arrested on suspicion of dealing Class A drugs.

Greater Manchester Police Pcs Kerry Reeve and Adam Jackson, both 35, were reportedly among four people held in connection with the investigation.

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Police and Crime General College chief steps down to help ‘keep cricket clean’

The head of the College of Policing will retire in September to investigate sporting corruption.

Self-professed “life-long cricket fan” Chief Executive Officer Alex Marshall has confirmed he will step down from policing to join the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The 55-year-old chief constable will become the ICC’s new General Manager for its Anti-Corruption Unit – where he will play his part in “keeping my favourite sport clean”.


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Police and Crime General Top tech firms avoid encryption issue in government talks

Leading tech firms have promised to work closely with the government to remove extremist material from the internet and social media following a meeting with the home secretary, Amber Rudd.

However, while senior executives from Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft pledged to “to tackle this vital issue”, a joint statement from the companies after the meeting made no mention of dealing with encrypted messages.

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Police Demand Report shows computer delays in child grooming inquiries

Police can face a backlog of up to five months to analyse computers linked to suspected paedophiles, a report has found.

MP Ann Coffey highlighted the delays as part of a study into child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester.

The report found the number of "known or suspected" child sex offenders in the region had risen to 1,139, double the number recorded in 2014.

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Police and Crime General Twitter boss Jack Dorsey: There is a 'middle ground' in encryption row

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter and Square, has told Sky News there is a "middle ground" in the row over encryption between governments and Silicon Valley.

"I think there's an absolute middle ground," he said. "I think it really has to be measured by the individual and how they're using it.

 "As we talk about security, we also need to talk about accountability and about transparency and how things work.

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Police Demand Rudd's call for backdoor access suggests hazy grasp of encryption

Tech companies are facing demands from the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to build backdoors into their “completely unacceptable” end-to-end encryption messaging apps. Speaking on Sunday, just five days after a terror attack in Westminster killed five and injured more than 50, she said “there should be no place for terrorists to hide”.

This may sound familiar. Two years ago, after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, the then British prime minister David Cameron said Britain’s intelligence agencies should have the legal power to break into the encrypted communications of suspected terrorists. He promised to legislate for it in 2016.

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Police and Crime General WhatsApp accused of giving terrorists 'a secret place to hide' as it refuses to hand over London attacker's messages

Amber Rudd has vowed to “call time” on internet firms who give terrorists “a place to hide” as it emerged security services are powerless to 
access Westminster attacker Adrian Ajao’s final WhatsApp message.

The Home Secretary said it was “completely unacceptable” that Whats App – which is owned by Facebook – was enabling terrorists to communicate “in secret”, knowing the police and security services will not be able to read their encrypted communications.

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Economy & Public Finance Higher fuel prices take toll on retail sales

UK retail sales posted a 1.4% rise in February from the previous month, but there are signs that higher fuel prices have begun to hit shoppers' pockets.

In the three months to February, sales volumes fell by 1.4%, a sharper slide than the 0.5% decline for the three months to January.

That was the biggest three-month fall recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) since March 2010.

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Police and Crime General Four 'supersized' prisons to be built in England and Wales

The justice secretary is to announce plans to build four new “supersized” jails in England and Wales, creating a total of 5,000 modern prison places.

Sites at Full Sutton in east Yorkshire, Hindley in Wigan, Rochester in Kent and Port Talbot in south Wales have been earmarked for development as part of the government’s £1.3bn programme to transform the prison estate.

The justice secretary, Liz Truss, said: “We cannot hope to reduce reoffending until we build prisons that are places of reform where hard work and self-improvement flourish.

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Police and Crime General London attack: Four dead in Westminster terror incident

Four people, including an armed police officer and a man believed to be the attacker, have died in a terrorist incident near the UK's Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard has said.

At least 20 people were injured, including three other officers.

Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee later.

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Police and Crime General 'My life was ruined by a typo'

When Nigel Lang was wrongly arrested on suspicion of sharing indecent images of children, he says his life fell apart. It all stemmed from nothing more than a typing error by police.

Speaking to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, Nigel Lang recalls the questions racing through his head one July morning in 2011.


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Police and Crime General Devon and Cornwall Police to launch UK's first 24-hour drone unit

A police force is set to launch Britain's first 24-hour drone unit to find missing people, take pictures and help with major crime investigations.

Devon and Cornwall Police has advertised for a manager to head up the unit, which will launch in the summer and will be shared with Dorset.

An advert for the post says the "operational and dynamic" unit will be run from nine stations across the three counties.

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Police and Crime General Met Police 'failed' in Tower Hamlets election fraud probe

Police made "major failings" while investigating electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets, a London Assembly committee chairman has said.

Steve O'Connell said there was concern the Met Police had not charged former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman.

Mr Rahman was forced to step down after an Election Court found him guilty of corrupt and illegal practices.

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Police Finances Spring Budget: Critics round on Chancellor for not mentioaning police funding or pay

The Fed, unions and the Mayor of London have critised the Chancellor for not mentioning public sector pay or police funding in his Spring Budget. 

Phillip Hammon sang the praises of enexpetedly strong UK growth figures, and introduced policies in health, education and tax today.

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Police Finances Financial support needed to support roll out of new taser

The Government must offer financial support to enable forces to buy the new model of Taser, the Police Federation has said.

As previously reported, the Gome Office announced last week the new X2 model of Taser has finally been approved and is set to gradually replace the current X26 which was discontunued by the manafactuter in December 2014.

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Police and Crime General Police probe secret Facebook group where prison staff boast about attacking inmates

A whistleblower at the category B jail was appalled by ­the brutal details – and the bragging chats may also ­constitute a ­security breach.

The source said: “They shouldn’t be discussing prisoners like this – they’re using their names and making fun of them. It’s so unprofessional.”

One message read: “I was on her left arm, she was squealing. It was brilliant.”

Private firm Sodexo, which operates the jail, said: “We take allegations of misconduct very seriously."

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Economy & Public Finance Tory spending pledges on police, education and childcare 'at risk'

Conservative promises to protect spending on police, sixth form education and childcare are at risk as Philip Hammond demands £3.5bn in new cuts from his cabinet colleagues, according to an analysis by the IPPR thinktank.

The IPPR believes the government will not be able to hit its savings target, even allowing for proposed budget cuts, at the same time as meeting spending promises made by George Osborne when he was chancellor.

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Police Demand Police 'writing off crimes' because they are so overstretched, damning report reveals

Police forces are putting the public at “unacceptable risk” by failing to investigate crimes, downgrading emergency calls and letting dangerous criminals roam free in what amounts to a “national crisis”, a damning report by the police watchdog has found.

A critical lack of detectives and the rationing of services in the face of increasingly tight budgets has plunged the force into a “potentially perilous” state, according to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Officers are “writing off” crimes and failing to track down tens of thousands of known suspects for offences including terrorism, rape and murder, the report reveals.

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Police Demand Police 'rationing' puts public at risk, warns watchdog

Some police forces are putting the public at an unacceptable risk by rationing their response as they struggle with cutbacks, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary warns.

The inspectors say there are now too few detectives and in some areas an erosion of neighbourhood policing.

Their report found that most of the 43 forces in England and Wales were providing a good service.

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Police Demand Devon and Cornwall police officer quits over safety fears

A police officer has published a damning resignation letter on social media criticising police for "putting their employees last".

Laura Beal has served with the Devon and Cornwall force for 13 years as a police constable and even featured in a force advertising campaign.

In her letter she says inadequate staffing has made it "impossible to do her job to the best of her ability".

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Police and Crime General New drivers caught using phones to lose licence

Drivers caught using a phone within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked under new rules in England, Scotland and Wales.

Penalties for using a phone at the wheel double from 1 March to six points and a £200 fine.

New drivers who get six points or more must retake their practical and theory. More experienced drivers can be banned if they get 12 points in three years.

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Police Demand MPs seek reassurance after police chief says not all paedophiles should be jailed

A group of influential MPs has demanded “immediate reassurance” from a senior child protection officer after he suggested only paedophiles who pose a physical risk to children should face a criminal sentence.

Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, said police were struggling to cope with the huge numbers of criminals looking at indecent images of children online and should focus their resources on high-risk offenders.

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Police and Crime General UK police taser blind man after mistaking his cane for a gun

A blind man who was waiting for a train home was tasered by police at a railway station in Manchester, England, after someone reported that his walking stick was a firearm.

Armed police attended the scene at Levenshulme train station on Thursday night after it was reported that a middle-aged man had been seen carrying a gun.




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Police and Crime General NICE advice to look for 'soft' signs of child abuse

Teachers, police officers, nursery staff and other professionals should look for "soft" signs that could indicate that a child is being abused or neglected, new guidelines suggest.

Signs may include excessive clinginess, low self-esteem, recurrent nightmares or over-friendliness towards strangers.

The draft guidance from NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - is open for consultation.

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Economy & Public Finance UK economy grows faster than thought

The UK economy grew by more than previously reported in the final three months of 2016, according to the latest official estimate.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 0.7%, up from 0.6%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The upward revision is mainly due to manufacturing industry having done better than thought.

The ONS cut its estimate for growth in 2016 as a whole to 1.8%, down from the 2% it forecast last month.

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Police and Crime General National armed police force idea shelved

Plans to form a new armed police force from three existing ones, alongside airport and roads units from other constabularies, have been kicked into the long grass.

The government had been examining a proposal to amalgamate British Transport Police, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and the Ministry of Defence Police since late in 2015.

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Police and Crime General PCs bought tea at McDonald's before attending 999 call

Two policemen who stopped for cups of tea at a McDonald's before attending an emergency call for a suicidal woman will face a misconduct hearing.

Fahima Begum, 22, was found hanged after a friend called 999 saying she had sent him a suicidal text message.

An investigation found Met officers Tony Stephenson and Gavin Bateman bought hot drinks then waited 24 minutes before contacting the friend.

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Police and Crime General IPCC says it must consider prosecutions over armed police shootings

Failing to hold a proper inquiry after armed police shoot a suspect would be a threat to democracy, said the police watchdog as it published new rules on how serious incidents should be investigated.

The IPCC said it had to keep open the possibility of bringing prosecutions against armed officers and produced guidance that said police should not be allowed to confer before, during or after making their statements about a shooting.

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Police Demand Cannabis offences ignored as police stretched to the limit

Police warnings and fixed penalty notices for cannabis possession have more than halved in four years, leading to claims that the drug is being effectively decriminalised by overstretched forces.

The steep fall in on-the-spot punishments for people caught with the Class B drug comes amid cuts to police numbers and a drastic reduction in suspects being stopped and searched. It also follows statements by some police and crime commissioners that people would not be targeted for personal use.

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Police Demand Crime victims give up as 999 calls go unanswered

Tens of thousands of crimes are not reported because victims give up on 999 calls that are not answered, figures released by the police show.

In the past year the number of abandoned emergency calls to the police has risen by 20 per cent and in the past four years at least 250,000 calls have been abandoned.

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Police Finances Extra £27.8m funding for Met Police after Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe warns of NHS-style 'rationing'

An extra £27.8 million funding was announced today for the Metropolitan Police after the outgoing Commissioner warned the force faces NHS-style “rationing” of services.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said the extra money would help maintain police numbers at 31,000 just days after Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe warned the force would struggle to cope if they dropped below 30,000.

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Police and Crime General Manchester lab's drug tests may have been manipulated

Hundreds of drug tests may have been manipulated by staff at a forensics lab, with almost 500 police investigations under review.

Two employees of Randox Testing Services (RTS), which analyses blood, saliva and hair samples on behalf of police forces, have been arrested by Greater Manchester police.

RTS said the issue had come to light as a result of an internal investigation at its Manchester site.

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Police Finances £40 million invested to safeguard children from abuse and trafficking

A ‘Centre of Expertise’ on stopping child abuse will be established as part of a new £40 million investment to protect UK children.

The centre will become the “definitive source” for information and guidance for officers investigating child abuse and trafficking, according to the Home Office.

More than £7 million has been invested in the facility, which will be overseen by charity Barnardo’s.

Another £20 million has been provided to help the National Crime Agency continue its focus on investigating online abuse as part of the measures, announced on Thursday (16/02/2017)

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Police Demand UK warned of post-Brexit terrorism threat unless Europol access is secured

Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after Brexit if the Government fails to secure access to Europol's intelligence sharing.

That is a claim made by the agency's UK director in an interview with Sky News.

Rob Wainwright warned that security threats in Europe had grown over the last year and it was more important than ever that police in different nations worked together to tackle terrorism and crime.

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Police Demand 'Record hate crimes' after EU referendum

A majority of police forces in England and Wales saw record levels of hate crimes in the first full three months following the EU referendum, according to new analysis.

More than 14,000 hate crimes were recorded between July and September.

In 10 forces the number of suspected hate crimes increased by more than 50%, compared to the previous three months.

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Police and Crime General Undercover Panorama report reveals prison chaos

Chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country has been revealed in secret filming for the BBC.

An undercover reporter spent two months at HMP Northumberland, which houses up to 1,348 male inmates, for Panorama.

He discovered widespread drug use, a lack of control, door alarms that did not go off in one block and a hole in an internal security fence.

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Police Demand UK hit by 188 high-level cyber-attacks in three months

Britain is being hit by dozens of cyber-attacks a month, including attempts by Russian state-sponsored hackers to steal defence and foreign policy secrets, GCHQ’s new cybersecurity chief has said.

Ciaran Martin, head of the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), told the Sunday Times there had been a “step change” in Russia’s online aggression against the west.

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Police and Crime General West Mercia police and crime commissioner John Campion urges youngsters to join police cadets

The police and crime commissioner for West Mercia Police is urging youngsters to join their police cadets.

The scheme, which is grant funded by the commissioner, is aimed at giving 16 and 17 year olds the opportunity to help their communities. It also allows them opportunities in volunteering as well as to gain an understanding of policing.

Police and crime commissioner John Campion said “Our cadets are a credit to our communities, providing a valuable contribution to helping others.

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Police and Crime General Thousands of crimes 'not recorded properly', watchdog warns

Police are failing to properly record tens of thousands of offences, including rape and violent crimes, according to inspectors.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) assessed four forces' crime recording.

Merseyside and Devon and Cornwall were both rated "inadequate" after inspectors found they were under-reporting serious crimes including violent and sexual offences.

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Police Demand Number of women in prison could rise amid ‘revolving door’ of release and return, report warns

The number of women in jail could rise amid a "revolving door" of release and return to custody, a new report claims.

Campaigners said probation reforms risk driving up the number of female prisoners.

Figures show the number of women recalled to custody following their release has increased by more than two-thirds (68 per cent) since the end of 2014, according to analysis by the Prison Reform Trust.

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Police Finances Police pay out at least £19.5m to informants in five years

Police forces in England and Wales paid out at least £19.5m to informants over the last five years, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.

The Met topped the list, spending £5.2m from 2011-16, data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) shows.

One critic said paying informants does not stop the "cycle of crime", however, the National Police Chiefs' Council said it was "a cost effective tactic".

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Police and Crime General Police raids seize 800 guns, assault rifles & Kalashnikov

British police seized more than 800 firearms, including assault rifles and a loaded Kalashnikov, during an intensive month-long, multi-agency counterterrorism operation.

Among the weapons seized by National Crime Agency (NCA) and counterterrorism police were 200 handguns, two machine guns, one sub-machine gun, 11 assault rifles, and 4,385 rounds of ammunition.

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Police and Crime General Govt hires advertising giant to lead fight against rise of far right in Britain

Lies spread by the far right will be challenged in an online campaign by Theresa May’s government as part of a £60 million battle against extremism, it has been revealed.

The Home Office campaign, run by advertising giant Saatchi, will attempt to tackle “racist myths” perpetuated online by the far right and address threats of “extreme right-wing narratives.”

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Police and Crime General Roll out national body to relieve regional forces of complex fraud cases, says PCC

Regional forces should not be left to carry the burden of complex fraud after one of biggest ‘thefts’ in British policing history, a police and crime commissioner (PCC) claims.

Instead, a new central body of experts should be brought together in a national rollout framed around the largest cases, says Thames Valley PCC Anthony Stansfeld.

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Police Finances IR35: Off Payroll working in the public sector

CIPFA answers some key qiestions surroundin the IR35 changes. 

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Police and Crime General Arrests after criminals 'paid £400' to get loose electronic tags

Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with claims that security workers were paid by convicted criminals to deliberately fit electronic tags loosely.

Staff at Capita, which is contracted to run the Government's electronic monitoring service (EMS), allegedly received £400 a time to help at least 32 offenders evade court-imposed curfews, according to The Sun.

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Fire Government commissions full statutory inspection of Avon Fire and Rescue Authority

The Home Office has today (2 February) commissioned a full statutory inspection of Avon Fire and Rescue Authority – the first of its kind.

The inspection has been ordered by the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis, in response to serious, wide-ranging allegations over the authority’s governance in relation to spending, contracts, complaints, discipline and culture. It follows the authority’s repeated refusal to commission its own independent investigation into the claims.

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Economy & Public Finance Apprenticeship targets 'poor value for money', says IFS

The government's target to rapidly increase the number of apprentices risks being "poor value for money", says the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The think tank warns that it could devalue the "brand" of apprenticeships by turning it into "just another term for training".

The government has a target of three million apprenticeships and is imposing a levy on employers to fund it.

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Police and Crime General Cleveland Police wrong to track ex-officers' phones

Cleveland Police acted unlawfully in monitoring the phones of two of its former officers, a tribunal has ruled.

A judge found the legislation it used, normally reserved for anti-terror investigations, was not proportionate.

The force said it was justified as there had been tip-offs to journalists, which may have been a criminal offence.

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Police and Crime General Force which spend 250k on specials recruitment sees numbers fall sharply

PCC ordered force to have 900 volunteer officers - but nearly 300 have been removed since he left office.

Special numbers have dropped by nearly 40 per cent at a force which spend £250,000 in an effort to have 900 officers on its books.

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Police and Crime General Police workforce much older than ten years ago

Nearly half of all officers in England and Wales are over 40 years old, government satisticians have highlighted.

The proportion of officers aged over 40 has hone up from 39 percent in 2007 to 48 percent today. 

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Economy & Public Finance UK economy grows by 0.6% in fourth quarter

Strong consumer spending helped the UK's economy to grow faster than expected at the end of last year.

The economy grew by 0.6% in the October-to-December period, the same rate as in the previous two quarters, according to an initial estimate from the Office for National Statistics.

The figure indicates that the feared economic slowdown following the Brexit vote has not materialised.

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Police Demand Police service ‘still haemorrhaging officers’

The size of the total police workforce in England and Wales has fallen below 200,000 for the first time in more than a decade.

Forces employed 198,228 personnel - including officers, civilian staff and PCSOs - at the end of September.

The tally fell by 6,201, or 3 per cent, year-on-year - while it has dropped by more than 25,000 compared to a decade earlier.

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Police Finances Petition demands government abandon tax rule targeting interims

A petition calling on the government to scrap legislation which could make it harder for local authorities to hire interim staff has garnered more than 14,000 signatures.

From April, new HM Revenue & Customs rules will pass responsibility to councils for policing compliance with the tax rules, known as IR35, on off-payroll working.

A statement from the Local Government Association said that applying the IR35 rules just to public sector hires will make the sector a less attractive place for workers and recruitment firms.

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Police Finances PCC accuses government of 'abandoning' communities

Police budgets are a "continued failure" that have left communities "abandoned". 

That is the view of Greater Manchester Police and Crime Comissioner Tony Lloyd who has accused the government of 'refusing' to safeguard funding for policing.

PCC Lloyd said Greater Manchester faces a shortfall of £22 million on top of £180m budget cuts 2,000 fewer officers.

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Economy & Public Finance Government borrowing falls in December

Government borrowing fell by £0.4bn in December to £6.9bn, compared with 2015.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, means borrowing for the year is £63.8bn, £10.6bn lower than for the same period a year ago.

The last Autumn Statement indicated that the government would borrow £68bn over the full financial year to the end of April.

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Police Finances Timescale for ESN 'unlikely to be met', says MPs

The new emergency services network is unlikely to be implemented on time with costs of the delays coming out of the police budget, a report by the Public Accounts Committee says.

Mps raised concerns over the timelines around the new network and say it may "require more testing and assurance work than the current december 2019 delivery date seems to allow for".

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Police Demand Online dating fraud victim numbers at record high

The number of people defrauded in the UK by online dating scams reached a record high in 2016, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned.

According to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, there were 3,889 victims of so-called romance fraud last year, who handed over a record £39m.

Action Fraud, the UK's cyber-crime reporting centre, says it receives more than 350 reports of such scams a month.

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Police and Crime General Police inspection: proposed programme and framework 2017 to 2018

This consultation seeks views on HMIC’s proposed inspection programme for 2017 to 18.

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Police and Crime General 'Warehouse of controlled drugs' found at police inspector's home, court told

A drug stash found in a long-serving police officer's home "would have kept a 1970s rock star, as well as his band, entertained for weeks", a jury has heard.

Inspector Keith Boots is accused of stashing a narcotics "warehouse", with an estimated value of £750,000, at his Bradford home instead of destroying it for West Yorkshire Police (WYP).

The 55-year-old was supposed to be responsible for disposing of seized drugs for the force but, instead, he stole large quantities to supply to others. 

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Police Finances Police bosses join forces to tackle funding shortfall

Police services in Hampshire will be put at risk if the government does not fund the force properly, that's according to Hampshire's Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

They have joined forces and written to the Government to highlight what they say is an unfair funding formula.

Independent figures from Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) show that the county gets far less money than the average police force, estimated at around £44.8 million.

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Police Demand Brexit outrage as equalities chief claims that triggering Article 50 will cause a 'spike' in hate crime

The boss of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission claimed today the triggering of official Brexit talks could spark a surge in hate crime.

David Isaac, the quango's new chairman, warned MPs about the possibility of a backlash when Theresa May formally file Britain's exit from the EU to Brussels.

But the claim was dismissed today by Brexit supporters who branded it an 'unsubstantiated over-reaction'.

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Police Finances Sadiq Khan: Police funding cuts would leave London vulnerable to terror attacks

Police funding cuts would make it “increasingly difficult” to keep Londoners safe from terrorist attack, Sadiq Khan warned today.

The Mayor said the number of frontline officers — the “eyes and ears” of the force — could fall if ministers press ahead with plans to change how money was allocated.

The Home Office is consulting on plans to change how the police budget is divided between forces across the country, with a risk that money will move away from London.

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Police Demand 'More cyber attacks in north Wales than street crime'

More crimes are being committed in cyberspace in north Wales than on the streets, its police and crime commissioner has claimed.

North Wales PCC Arfon Jones also warned businesses were "most at risk".

The North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team said ransomware crimes - where hackers encrypt files and demand thousands of pounds to unlock them - were being reported to the force "each week".

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Police and Crime General Police should need warrants to search mobile phones, say campaigners

Police use of data extraction equipment to download information from suspects’ mobile phones should require a search warrant, according to privacy campaigners.

The practice is becoming increasingly routine across most forces but is inadequately regulated and being carried out by insufficiently trained officers, Privacy International claimed.

Digital forensic equipment has been used under counter-terrorism powers at ports and airports to download data from mobile phones for several years. Concerns over the practice were first raised by the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, David Anderson QC, in 2012.

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Police Finances Counter-terrorism money being spent on redacting evidence to inquiry on undercover policing

Counter-terrorism money is being used to redact police evidence to an inquiry into undercover policing tactics, it has been revealed.

Nearly £750,000 from the counter-terrorism budget has been earmarked for an IT system to assess and redact material which might be sent to the Pitchford Undercover Policing Inquiry, according to papers obtained from a Freedom of Information request and seen by the website

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Police and Crime General Police treat home secretary speech as 'hate incident'

West Midlands Police has said the home secretary's speech to last year's Conservative Party conference is being treated as a "hate incident".

In the speech, Amber Rudd suggested tightening rules that allow UK firms to recruit workers from overseas.

An Oxford University professor complained to the force claiming Ms Rudd was using "hate speech" to foster support for her political aims.

But West Midlands police said no crime had been committed.

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Police and Crime General Liberty launches legal challenge to 'state spying' in snooper's charter

Human rights campaign group Liberty has launched a crowdfunded legal challenge to the “sweeping state spying powers” in the newly enacted Investigatory Powers Act, which has been dubbed the snooper’s charter.

Liberty is seeking a high court judicial review into the new legislation’s core powers, which include tracking everybody’s web browsing history and hacking computers, phones and tablets “on an industrial scale”.

The group is asking the public to help fund the legal challenge after more than 206,000 people signed a petition calling for the repeal of the Investigatory Powers Act, which reached the statute book last month.

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Economy & Public Finance One blunt heckler has revealed just how much the UK economy is failing us [opinion]

There’s a lady I’ve been thinking about for the past few days, even though we’ve never met. She’s the central character in a true story told by the Europe expert Anand Menon. He was in Newcastle just before the referendum to debate the impact of Britain leaving the EU. Invoking the gods of economics, the King’s College London professor invited the audience to imagine the likely plunge in the UK’s GDP. Back yelled the woman: “That’s your bloody GDP. Not ours.”

Subtle and learned this was not. But in all the squawking over the past few days about what’s wrong in economics and with the economy, her brutally simple criticism is closer to the mark than are most of the pundit class.

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Police Demand Triggering Article 50 Could Be ‘A Flashpoint’ For Hate Crime, Polish Community Leader Warns

A “wave” of hate crimes against European migrants could follow the start of Britain’s exit from the EU, a Polish community leader has warned. 

Triggering Article 50 could act as a “flashpoint” for new xenophobic attacks, Joanna Mludzinska, Chair of the Polish Social and Cultural Association told MPs on Tuesday. 

“Where those people who for whatever reason thought everything would be resolved by Brexit find that doesn’t miraculously happen... there might be another wave of response...”, Mludzinska told the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

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Fire Police and fire integration: Two into one will go, says report

Proposals to push ahead with bringing police and fire services in Staffordshire under a single umbrella body and chief officer have been lauded for driving millions of pounds into reinvestment for frontline operations.

Both services have signalled cautious ‘common sense’ support after a ten-month independent review pointed the two sides towards a merger as early as April next year.

The study by independent consultant Fiona Tamplin offers a number of recommendations and examples of how fire and police services could integrate within one organisation while retaining the unique and separate services they provide to the public.

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Police and Crime General tougher sentences for stalkers announced

Stalkers will face longer jail terms under a drive to toughen the punishments handed to those responsible for the most devastating campaigns of harassment.

The maximum custodial sentence available to courts in England and Wales for stalking will rise from five to ten years under measures announce by the Ministry of Justice.

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Police Demand PM to unveil measures to improve mental healthcare

Theresa May is set to announce major government action to improve support for people struggling with mental illness, including moves to help troubled young people and reduce the number of suicides.

The prime minister has been interested in mental illness and its consequences since learning during her six years as home secretary how much police time is taken up dealing with the issue and the very high number of prisoners who have serious psychological or psychiatric conditions.

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Police and Crime General Police are told to pass an exam to get a pay boost: Officers will be examined on how they support victims, carry out searches and interview suspects

Bobbies on the beat will for the first time have to pass an exam to get a pay rise.

The move will end the tradition that only length of service determines the salary of police constables.

The new scheme will mean that PCs with between two and four years’ service will be examined on how they support victims, carry out searches, and interview suspects.

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Police and Crime General Call to halve prison population to 45,000 in England and Wales

The prison population of England and Wales should be cut to 45,000, a former deputy prime minister and two former home secretaries have urged.

In a letter to the Times, Nick Clegg, Ken Clarke and Jacqui Smith said jails had become unacceptably dangerous.

They said inmate numbers had risen to more than 85,000 since Michael Howard declared in 1993 that "prison works".

The cross-party trio pointed out that almost half of inmates are re-convicted within a year of being released.

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Police Finances Prevention & Enforcement Service

Chief Inspector Rob Hill of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and head of service for the Prevention and Enforcement Service (PES), explains how the new service is helping to deliver a joined-up approach to tackle crime and quality of life issues in the area.

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Police Demand UK police forces on high alert after Berlin attack

Police forces across Britain are reviewing their security plans after the Berlin Christmas market attack and remain on high alert.

The threat level in London remains at “severe”, meaning an attack is considered highly likely, the Metropolitan police said on Tuesday.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The safety and security of British citizens is the government’s number one priority. Clearly in the light of what has happened in Berlin, police will be reviewing what is in place.”

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Economy & Public Finance Government borrowing falls less than expected in November

Government borrowing fell in November to £12.6bn, down £0.6bn from November 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.

However, the fall was less than analysts had been expecting.

The monthly borrowing figure had been expected to shrink to £11.6bn, according to an economists' poll.

Borrowing for the financial year so far is down on last year. From April to November, borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, fell by £7.7bn to £59.5bn.

Despite the smaller-than-expected fall in November's borrowing figure, economists said the government was on track to meet its less ambitious deficit forecast set out in November's Autumn Statement.

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Economy & Public Finance CBI calls for barrier-free trade with EU after Brexit

UK firms need to continue to have "barrier-free" access to European Union markets after Brexit, the CBI business lobby group has warned.

It said UK companies should not be subjected to trade tariffs, with only "minimal" other barriers in place.

In a report, it also called for a migration system that allowed firms to obtain the skills and labour they need.

The government said it was committed to delivering the best possible access to European markets for UK businesses.

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Police and Crime General All new police officers in England and Wales to have degrees

All new police officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to degree level from 2020, the College of Policing has announced.

It said the training would help police address changes in crime-fighting.

Prospective officers can either complete a three-year "degree apprenticeship", a postgraduate conversion course or a degree.

The National Police Chiefs' Council said the changes would "help modernise the service".

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Police and Crime General UK adopts antisemitism definition to combat hate crime against Jews

The government is to formally adopt a definition of what constitutes antisemitism, which includes over-sweeping condemnation of Israel, with Theresa May saying the measure will help efforts to combat hate crime against Jews.

 Britain will become one of the first countries to use this definition of antisemitism, as agreed last May at a conference of the Berlin-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the prime minister will say in London.

 A Downing Street statement said the intention of such a definition was to “ensure that culprits will not be able to get away with being antisemitic because the term is ill-defined, or because different organisations or bodies have different interpretations of it”.

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Economy & Public Finance The economy after Brexit: encouragingly resilient or still a case of ‘wait and see’? [opinion]

A comprehensive piece by Iain Begg around the economic consequences to brexit . He conjectures why the treasuries reports about the immediate aftershock have not come to pass.

Iain Begg is a Professorial Research Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Senior Fellow on the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s initiative on the UK in a Changing Europe.

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Police Demand Tory MP blasts waiting for shotgun licence despite supporting big police budget cuts

A Conservative MP has protested at having to wait for his shotgun licence – despite backing big spending cuts to his local police force.

 Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgewater and Somerset West, revealed he will miss out on the winter shooting season, after forgetting to renew his licence.

 He was left fuming when he was told it would take 16 weeks for Avon and Somerset to complete the necessary paperwork.

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Police and Crime General Orgreave files 'to be made public next year'

Home Office files concerning events at the “battle of Orgreave” are due to be released next year among a cache of records relating to the 1984 miners’ strike.

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, told the home affairs select committee the documents would be among 30 files planned for release to the National Archives.

 The subject titles suggest at least one file relates to the clash between police and strikers in South Yorkshire that became one of the bloodiest events of the dispute. A further three files are said to be under consideration for release by the Home Office.

Police Demand 'Where are all the police?' Up to 60% of residents have not seen a beat bobby patrolling their street over the past 12 months

Nearly two in five people have not seen a police officer patrolling their neighbourhood in the past year.

A further 23 per cent had witnessed a bobby on the beat where they lived only 'once or twice' in that period.

For the first time, a force-by-force breakdown shows stark disparities across England and Wales's 43 constabularies – fuelling claims that households face a postcode lottery when it comes to being protected.





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Police Demand Bill tabled to integrate railway policing into Police Scotland

A bill has been tabled at Holyrood to have Police Scotland take over railway policing duties north of the border.

Railways across the UK are currently overseen by British Transport Police.

The Scottish government said it would be more efficient for these duties to be integrated into Scotland's national police force.

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Hundreds of police officers accused of sexual exploitation

Hundreds of police officers have been accused of abusing their power to sexually exploit people, including vulnerable victims of crime.

 A report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) describes the issue as "the most serious form of corruption".

 The watchdog, which was asked to investigate the problem earlier this year by then Home Secretary Theresa May, also rebuked forces over their efforts to root out cases. 

Its initial findings identified more than 400 claims of abuse of authority for sexual gain over two years.

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Local authorities 'spend close to nothing on mental health'

Local authorities in England spend “close to nothing” on mental health despite dedicating millions on improving physical health in their communities, according to the charity Mind.

 Less than one per cent of each local authority’s public health budget is spent on mental health on average, showed new data obtained by the organisation. 

Using the Freedom of Information Act, Mind found the proportion of health budgets spent on preventing mental health problems has fallen year on year for the last three years.

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Police and Crime General Relatives of victims of Stephen Port to sue Met Police

The families of three victims of serial killer Stephen Port are to sue the Metropolitan Police over its failure to investigate their murders.

Anthony Walgate from Hull, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor were murdered by Port in 2014 and 2015.

Their relatives, Sarah Sak, Amanda Pearson and Donna and Jenny Taylor, told the Victoria Derbyshire programme the Met "must be held accountable".

Ms Sak accused the police investigating the murders of homophobia.

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Police Demand Demand on police can be shown by new crime stats, researches believe

The Office for National Statistics has developed a measure of recording crime to take into account how serious offences are rather than just how many take place.

The body says it hopes to be able to publish this score in future in order to create a clearer picture of the impact of crime.

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Economy & Public Finance UK infrastructure pipeline grows to £500bn

More than £500bn in planned public and private investment is now in the UK’s infrastructure pipeline, according to an update issued by the Treasury today [05.12.2016].

Ministers hailed it as the largest and most comprehensive infrastructure plan ever, which would help boost Britain’s flagging productivity.

“This record infrastructure pipeline is set to make a real difference to people’s lives form quicker and easier journeys, to better broadband access, and building more homes for people who need them in high demand areas,” said David Gauke, chief secretary to the Treasury.

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Police Demand Brexit could draw more criminals to the UK, says police chief

Britain could become more attractive to foreign criminals after the UK leaves the EU, one of the country’s most senior police officers has warned.

Steve Ashman, chief constable of Northumbria police, dismissed the argument of many of those who campaigned to leave the bloc that Britain’s departure would lead to a reduction in foreign criminals operating in the UK.

He added that he would be very concerned if Brexit meant UK police could no longer apply for a European arrest warrant (EAW) or have access to surveillance and information-sharing systems from their European counterparts.

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Police and Crime General Jack Frost obituary

My brother, Jack Frost, who has died aged 73 from liver cancer, was a village bobby and a fine example of an aspect of English rural life that has gone for ever, swept away by police budget cuts.

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Police Demand Serious crime rate trebles under new way of measuring

Serious and violent crimes increased at more than three times the rate recorded by police over the past five years, according to a new type of measurement.

Crimes weighted on a severity index on the basis of the harm they cause society and individuals increased by almost 17 per cent compared with under 5 per cent on those reported and recorded by police in England and Wales.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which published initial findings, said that the figures showed police were dealing with a more complex mix of crimes including serious, violent and sexual offending while the volume of offences such as theft fell or were stable. West Yorkshire topped the crime severity table while Dyfed Powys was bottom.

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Police Demand National anti-hate crime campaign to launch after spike in incidents

A national anti-hate crime campaign backed by the government is to be launched on Thursday in response to the rise in incidents after the EU referendum.

Home Office figures showed the number of racially or religiously aggravated offences leapt 41% in July, compared with the same month last year, prompting fears that the Brexit vote had fuelled intolerance.

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Police Finances More than £26 million awarded over the next 3 years to support 28 transformational policing projects.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has today awarded more than £26 million over the next 3 years to 28 policing projects designed to help transform the police service for the future. The funding from the police transformation fund is granted through a police-led bidding process.

Economy & Public Finance National Living Wage: OECD urges caution over increase

The UK should be careful with its plans to raise the National Living Wage, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The OECD said "caution" was needed in the roll-out of the policy, given its possible impact on employment.

In the Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged to raise the wage to £7.50 an hour next April.

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Police and Crime General Met to wipe ‘illegal’ data on motorists

Police computer files logging the journeys of millions of motorists since 2012 are to be deleted after The Sunday Times revealed they were potentially breaking the law.

The data on billions of vehicle movements has been gathered by a network of 8,000 automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras around the country. The Metropolitan police set up a “feed” from the national ANPR system to improve security for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The system was never turned off, however, and police were repeatedly warned that holding the data for longer than two years might breach data protection laws.

The Metropolitan police said on Friday it would be deleting all data of vehicle movements more than two years old.

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Police Demand The families from hell fiasco: How Cameron's £450m 'cure' for Broken Britain has achieved nothing - apart from exposing the vanity of politicians

Grimsby is a long way from the oak-panelled conference rooms of the government departments in Whitehall. A world away, in fact.

‘If your wheelie bin gets stolen,’ says Neil Barber, manager of a local community centre, ‘the council says you have to buy a replacement. So, people don’t bother to get a new one and the rubbish litters the street.’

This bleak fishing port on the Lincolnshire coast is home to many so-called dysfunctional families — jobless households prone to crime, truancy, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour.

They are typical of those who David Cameron promised to ‘turn around’ (the then Prime Minister’s own phrase) in 2011.

Earlier that year, London and other cities had been hit by riots with crime sprees, looting and arson organised through social media — costing an estimated £200 million.


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Police and Crime General Tech firms seek to frustrate internet history log law

Plans to keep a record of UK citizens' online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people's browser histories.

Internet providers will soon be required to record which services their customers' devices connect to - including websites and messaging apps.

The Home Office says it will help combat terrorism, but critics have described it as a "snoopers' charter".

Critics of the law have said hackers could get access to the records.

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Economy & Public Finance Autumn Statement to include wages and housebuilding announcements

Measures aimed at boosting workers' income and increasing housebuilding are expected in Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement on Wednesday.

The first major economic statement since the Brexit vote will also unveil forecasts which are expected to show higher borrowing and slower growth.

Mr Hammond has warned of "turbulence" and "an unprecedented level of uncertainty" as the UK leaves the EU.

Labour predicted he would fail to help people on low and middle incomes.

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Economy & Public Finance Autumn Statement 2016 summary: Key points at-a-glance

The BBC has summarised the Autumn statement, splitting it down into categories with consise figures.

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Economy & Public Finance Government borrowing falls on record October tax take

Government borrowing fell by more than expected to £4.8bn in October, thanks to a record amount of tax income for that month, official figures show.

The amount borrowed was £1.6bn lower than for the same month last year.

From April to October, the financial year to date, borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, fell by £5.6bn to £48.6bn, the lowest for the first seven months of a tax year since 2008.

The figures come a day ahead of the Autumn Statement on Wednesday.

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Economy & Public Finance Calls to legalise cannabis to boost tax income and save millions

A cross party group of MPs has renewed calls for cannabis to be legalised in Britain.

Senior Liberal Democrats and other Labour and Tory figures backed a report that argues the UK should follow the lead of the US.

Eight states have legalised the drug so far, four in this month's elections, and several others allow its use for medical reasons.

The report, by the Adam Smith Institute and Volteface, claims legalisation could net the Treasury more than £1bn a year in tax revenue.

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Police and Crime General Cocaine roadside test developed in effort to reduce drug-driving

Scientists have developed a new roadside test for cocaine in an effort to improve driver safety.

The device is an improvement on current tests, avoiding the problem of false positives, and can offer insights into how much of the drug drivers have taken.

“Drug-driving is an increasing problem,” said Melanie Bailey of the University of Surrey and co-author of the research published in the journal Analytical Methods. “We want to try to improve safety on the roads and this is one way to do that because we will be able to monitor a larger number of people without wasting their time by getting false positive results.”

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Police Demand Prevent strategy failing to rein in rise of UK's far right, says Diane Abbott

The government’s controversial counter-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, has failed to change the attitudes of those on the far right, the shadow home secretary has said in response to figures showing the number of referrals linked to neo-nazism is overtaking Islamic extremism cases in some parts of the UK.

Diane Abbott said the figures reflected “the alarming rise of far-right activity across the country”. “It also reflects the increasing confidence of far-right groups to air their views publicly,” she said on Monday.

“These figures are useful in proving what we already know, but the Prevent programme has failed to change the attitudes of those on the far right.”

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Police and Crime General First police station with no full-timers is led by Waitrose manager

A rural police station led by a Waitrose part-timer is believed to be the first in the country with no front-line officers.

Hucclecote police station in Gloucestershire once had several full-time police officers and a sergeant patrolling the streets.

But thanks to budget cutbacks it is now staffed by a team of 10 special inspectors, who are not fully trained or paid.

In charge of them is Richard Godfrey, 29, who works on a voluntary basis around his full-time job as a branch manager at Waitrose.

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Economy & Public Finance Chancellor Philip Hammond 'still aspires for surplus'

Philip Hammond is expected say in his Autumn Statement he will still aim to achieve a budget surplus, despite abandoning a formal target by George Osborne to do so by 2020.

The chancellor's friend, MP Stephen Hammond, said Mr Hammond planned to set out an "intellectual framework" to bring the economy back to surplus.

But this would not be achieved until the economy has been stabilised after the uncertainty of the Brexit vote.

The Autumn Statement is on Wednesday.

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Police and Crime General Ban use of police cells for people in mental health crisis, MPs told

People suffering a mental health crisis should never be held in police cells as they find it terrifying and become even more unwell, ministers will be told.

Peers will move an amendment to the policing and crime bill on Wednesday to ensure that adults who are feeling suicidal, are psychotic or are self-harming are never taken to police stations for assessment. It already plans to do that for under-18s.

The number of people to whom that happens has fallen sharply in recent years and the number taken instead to hospitals has risen as a result, after widespread concern about the practice.

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Police and Crime General Jenny Jones calls for IPCC to investigate alleged destruction of her police files

A Green peer has called on the police watchdog to investigate claims that a secretive Scotland Yard intelligence unit improperly destroyed files it had compiled on her.

Jenny Jones has written to the Independent Police Complaints Commission asking for an inquiry into what she says appears to be “serious misconduct”.

Her call follows claims by a whistleblower who worked for the Metropolitan police intelligence unit tasked with spying on alleged extremists.

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Police Demand Leaked document reveals chief constables believe looking for lost people is 'a waste of police time' and costs forces £620million a year

Police chiefs have warned Ministers they cannot cope with further savage cuts and may need to stop looking for missing people or taking patients to hospital, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

A leaked document sent by chief constables and crime tsars to the Treasury claims that forces are spending £620 million a year on looking for missing people – many of whom have run away from hospitals or children’s homes.

It tells how constables are being forced to wait at A&E departments for more than three hours at a time with injured patients because there are not enough ambulances or doctors.



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Police and Crime General New candidate for Derbyshire deputy PCC confirmed

Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has announced his preferred candidate for the role of deputy PCC.

Kevin Gillott, a north-Derbyshire solicitor who was previously legal advisor to the Derbyshire Magistrates' Court Service, has been put forward by PCC Hardyal Dhindsa.

The proposed appointment follows a recruitment process wherein several “high-calibre” candidates applied for the role.

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Police and Crime General Greater Manchester police gave 'slap on the wrist' cautions for rapes

A police force has been criticised after it emerged it handed out cautions for serious offences including rape, child abduction and soliciting to commit murder.

The police and crime commissioner, Tony Lloyd, has demanded answers from Greater Manchester police (GMP) after it was revealed that cautions were given out for hundreds of serious crimes over the past five years.

The figures were released under freedom of information legislation and revealed that the force had handed out 14 cautions for rape offences and a further 177 for a variety of sex crimes.

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Economy & Public Finance UK public finances to be '£25bn worse off' by 2020

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said weak growth would lead to lower-than-expected tax receipts, increasing borrowing by £25bn by 2019-20.

The weaker prospects for the economy would result in a "significant increase in the deficit", it said.

Its forecasts come ahead of the Autumn Statement on 23 November.

The event will mark Philip Hammond's first significant test since he became chancellor.

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Police and Crime General 'Errors' in Met's VIP paedophile probe Operation Midland

Numerous errors were made in Scotland Yard's investigation into paedophile allegations against VIPs, an independent review has found.

The decision to abandon Operation Midland should have been taken "much earlier", Sir Richard Henriques said.

Five officers have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission following the review.

The Met Police commissioner accepted "accountability for these failures" and apologised to those involved.

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Police Demand 'Shocking and saddening' scale of online child sex abuse

The scale of online child abuse in Wales is "both shocking and saddening", the police chief leading a campaign to tackle the offence has said.

Operation Net Safe is being launched by Wales' four police forces on Monday and a new unit has already started 19 investigations since late September.

South Wales Police's Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake said he wanted people to think about their actions.

He said "hundreds, if not thousands" were viewing images online every day.

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Sadiq Khan to draft new London police and crime plan by Christmas

The first Police and Crime Plan for London had a crowd-pleasing quality, as might have been expected from the mayoralty of Boris Johnson. The document, which the capital’s mayors must produce through their office for policing and crime (MOPAC), set a list of six targets for the period 2013-2016, all of which featured the figure 20%.

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Police and Crime General 3D crime scene replica tool 'as significant as DNA'

A pioneering police force is laser scanning crime scenes to build a hyper-realistic virtual world they can continue to investigate long after the real location has been cleaned.

West Midlands Police use cameras that take millions of measurements of a room, accurate to within two millimetres.

A computer then builds a 3D image from the readings and images taken from multiple locations.

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Police Demand Revealed: Only ONE police officer is on duty for every 10,000 residents at night - when the most serious crimes are being committed

Only one police officer is on duty for every 10,000 residents across much of the country at night, a Mail on Sunday investigation can reveal today.

Shocking figures show for the first time that just a few dozen PCs can respond to emergencies after hours in some rural counties covering hundreds of miles, leaving the public at risk from serious crime and disorder.

Even in big cities the forces of law and order are just as thin on the ground after dark – when official statistics show most crime occurs. In Manchester there is just one police officer for every 14,000 people, and in London the ratio is one to 11,000.

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Police and Crime General Terror review suggests London police forces should merge

A major review of London's ability to deal with a terror attack has suggested the three police forces serving the capital could be merged.

Lord Harris of Haringey said the Home Office should consider combining the Met Police, the City of London Police and the British Transport Police (BTP).

The review was ordered by mayor Sadiq Khan to assess London's security.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there was "good argument" for a merger, but others had concerns.

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Economy & Public Finance UK economy grows 0.5% in three months after Brexit vote

The UK economy grew faster than expected in the three months after the Brexit vote, official figures have indicated.

The economy expanded by 0.5% in the July-to-September period, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That was slower than the 0.7% rate in the previous quarter, but stronger than analysts' estimates of about 0.3%.

"There is little evidence of a pronounced effect in the immediate aftermath of the vote," the ONS said.

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Police Finances Amber Rudd to announce £11 million fund to tackle 'barbaric' crime of modern slavery

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is poised to announce a fund of over £11 million to tackle the “barbaric” crime of modern slavery.

It comes after Theresa May said Britain will lead the fight against modern slavery and called it “the greatest human rights issue of our time” shortly after entering Downing Street as Prime Minister.

Ms Rudd, who is Ms May’s successor at the Home Office, will commit £11 million to a dedicated fund for groups fighting the crime in high-risk countries from which victims are trafficked to the UK. In addition, £3 million will be available for projects aimed at protecting vulnerable children overseas and in the UK.

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Police Demand The police can’t continue to pick up the pieces of Britain’s mental health cuts

In my time as the deputy and then commissioner of the Metropolitan police, my primary concerns were with terrorism and issues around diversity. But a constant problem for my officers was dealing with people exhibiting psychotic behaviour in public, which seemed to be getting worse. A main driver of this was the inadequacy and local unpredictability of mental health services.

Since I left office in 2008 the situation has deteriorated more dramatically than I could have imagined, with the latest report suggesting that police across England and Wales are now using powers under section 136 of the 1983 Mental Health Act 50% more than they did a decade ago – nearly 30,000 times in 2014-15. These numbers are a symptom of a crisis in mental health provision.

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Economy & Public Finance Borrowing outstrips expectations at midpoint of fiscal year

Public borrowing was £10.6bn in September – an increase of £1.3bn compared to the same month in 2015 – exceeding Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts and adding to the economic gloom.

The latest public finance bulletin, issued by the Office for National Statistics today, revealed that public borrowing for the year to date was £45.4bn, £2.3bn lower that at the same point last year. However, borrowing for the entire 2016-17 year was forecast by the OBR to come in at £55.5bn, just over £20bn down on 2015-16.

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Police and Crime General Portsmouth police hub location announced

The site of a new police hub for east Hampshire has been announced by the county's police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Michael Lane said the Eastern Police Investigation Centre would be built on a site leased on the Merlin Park Development, off Airport Service Road.

Housing both investigation and custody facilities, it would serve Portsmouth, Fareham, Waterlooville, Havant and Hayling Island.

It is due to open in spring 2019.

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Fire Fire Minister Brandon Lewis speaks at Fire Sector Summit 2016

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Brandon Lewis talks about fire reform at the Fire Protection Association Sector Summit.

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Police Finances Home Secretary awards Police Now with funding to help expansion

£5million will help Police Now expand across 19 forces and take on 250 graduates recruits.

Yesterday [19,10.2016] , Home Secretary Amber Rudd has granted more than £5 million to fund a major expansion of Police Now through investment from the Police Transformation Fund.

Police Now is a groundbreaking scheme aimed at giving university graduates with leadership potential a route to becoming police officers, so that they can make a difference in the fight against crime as well as supporting their communities.

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Police Finances Home Secretary strengthens police response to modern slavery

The Home Secretary has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to stamp out modern slavery by today announcing £8.5 million of funding to help law enforcement agencies to tackle this horrendous crime.

The funding, granted until 2018/19 following a bid to the Police Transformation Fund, will improve the country’s enforcement response to modern slavery by providing high quality intelligence and analysis to assess the threat at a national and regional level, and an improved operational response throughout the investigative process.

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Police Demand Ofsted warning over police weaknesses in child protection

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has criticised police forces in England for failing to take child protection matters seriously.

He said that a failure to change could lead to further cases of child abuse like the ones in Rotherham and Oxford.

Sir Michael said police forces were not sharing information "in a timely way" and were not informing social workers quickly when children went missing.

His criticisms were made in a letter to the chief inspector of constabulary.

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Police Demand Police called 'almost daily' to help stretched paramedics

ITV Border has learnt that Cumbria's police officers are being called on "an almost daily basis" to help transfer patients from West Cumbria to Carlisle.

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner fears the situation could get worse if plans to downgrade services at the West Cumberland Hospital go ahead.

Proposals to change maternity, children's and other emergency care services in Whitehaven could see hundreds of extra patients travelling between west Cumbria and Carlisle every year:

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Police Finances Khan looks to raise London council tax for first time in nine years

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan is looking to raise council tax for the first time in nine years in order to support the Metropolitan Police (Met) following the cut in local government funding last week.

The London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee’s Pre-Budget Report, which scrutinises Khan’s draft 2017-18 budget, found that the mayor is proposing to increase the police precept element of council tax bills by 1.99%, adding £4.02 to the average Band D property.

This will aim to counteract a fall in central government funding for the Metropolitan Police of £17.4m compared to the last financial year, the committee said.

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Police Finances New staff pay deal ‘welcome step’ towards modernisation

Police staff have accepted a cut to their overtime rate in exchange for new rights to know rest days in advance and more annual leave.

The agreement to alter terms and conditions was announced on Wednesday (February 22) by the three unions representing the majority of police staff members in English and Welsh forces – Unison, GMB and Unite.

The deal comes after members “overwhelmingly” agreed to proposals put to them in a poll in January.

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Police and Crime General 20mph speed limits halted as evaluation reveals almost ‘no difference’ in behaviour

One of the UK’s biggest force areas is halting the roll-out of a flagship scheme that limits drivers to 20mph.

Town hall chiefs in the Greater Manchester Police area are scrapping the low speed zones after they made “almost no difference”.

Manchester City Council found speeds only fell by a maximum of 10mph and on an average 0.7mph. But on some roads motorists actually drove faster.

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Police and Crime General WhatsApp rejected Government request to access encrypted messages

The UK Government demanded that WhatsApp comes up with a way to offer access to encrypted messages this summer, Sky News has learned - a request that was rejected by the instant messaging service.

The inability to access terrorists' encrypted conversations is creating a "black hole" for security services, according to a security source.

Terrorists are "frequent users of encrypted apps" - specifically WhatsApp and Telegram, the source said.

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Police and Crime General Team investigating anti-MP crime deals with 102 complaints in first year

A specialist police team set up to investigate crimes against MPs has dealt with 102 complaints in its first year of operation.

The Metropolitan police’s parliamentary liaison and investigations team, set up in August 2016 after the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, has dealt with 71 complaints of “malicious communication”, which includes abusive messages or letters, 15 thefts and seven allegations of criminal damage.

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Police Finances Low-level crimes to go uninvestigated in Met police spending cuts

The Metropolitan police are to stop investigating many lower level crimes as a result of spending cuts, a senior police officer has said.

On Monday, it was reported that the UK’s largest force would no longer look into many reports of crimes, including burglaries, thefts and assaults, where there was judged to be little prospect of identifying a suspect.

The plan has been denounced as a “green light to thieve” but the Metropolitan police said it needed to balance the books.

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