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Factsheet: Provisional Police Funding Settlement 2019-20

The Home Office has published the provisional police funding settlement for 2019-20. This sets out the total amount of money going into policing next year, including how much each individual Police and Crime Commissioner in England and Wales will receive.

The Government is proposing a total settlement of up to £14 billion, which is an increase of up to £970 million compared to 2018/19.

This includes;

-Government grant funding for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs)

-Flexibility for PCCs to raise additional money locally from council tax-

-Government funding for additional pension costs

-Funding for counter-terrorism policing

-Funding for national priorities, such as tackling serious and organised crime

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Police funding settlement announced by Government

Following a delay due to the 'meaningful vote' debate, Nick Hurd, the Minister for Policing, today made a statement announcing the police funding settlement.

Speaking in the Chamber, the Minister announced an increase in funding had been agreed, allocating up to £14billion to the police for 2019/20. This represents an increase of up to £970million on this year's funding.

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Police funding: Government pledges extra £300m

Police forces in England and Wales are set to receive an extra £300m to help pay for pension expenses and other costs, ministers have announced.

Since 2010, central government funding to police forces has been cut by almost a third, in real terms, leading the number of officers to fall by 21,000.

Police and Crime Commissioners, who represent the public, say the stretched service is struggling to cope.

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Police and Crime General Police use force disproportionately against black people in England and Wales, figures suggest

Police are using force disproportionately against black people in England and Wales, statistics released for the first time suggest.

Figures released by the Home Office showed that 12 per cent of incidents involving the use of force that were recorded by police were against black people, who make up only 3.3 per cent of the population.

Black people were involved in proportionally more incidents that involved armed police using guns, at 26 per cent, and 20 per cent of people involved in Taser incidents were black in 2017-18.

White people, who constitute 86 per cent of the population in England and Wales, experienced under three-quarters of use-of-force incidents.

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Police Finances London homicides now highest annual rate for a decade

London’s homicide rate has reached its highest level in a decade as police chiefs brace themselves for a government announcement about whether they will get the extra funding they believe is vital to tackle rising violent crime.

The Metropolitan police said they were called to the fatal stabbing of a teenager in south-east London on Tuesday night, taking the tally to 131 deaths, the highest level since 2008, with three weeks left of this calendar year.

London’s total this year includes at least 75 stabbings and 13 shootings.

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Police and Crime General Mentally ill will no longer be held in police cells after terrified patients as young as 11 were locked up in custody

Police cells should no longer be used to detain the mentally ill, an official review has said.

Every year hundreds of disturbed and vulnerable people are locked in police stations because no bed can be found for them in a suitable hospital.

Now a review of the Mental Health Act – the law used to detain people with mental illness – has concluded that the practice should be abandoned by 2023/24.

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Police and Crime General Survey reveals 'alarming' attitudes of Britons on rape

An "alarming" proportion of adults in Great Britain remain confused about what constitutes rape, campaigners say.

A third of people surveyed for the End Violence Against Women coalition said there had to be physical violence for sexual activity to count as rape.

A third of males and 21% of females said it would not usually be considered rape if a woman had flirted on a date.

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Police and Crime General Back PM for the sake of our security, urges Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid said yesterday that MPs faced the most important decision since the Second World War next week as he insisted that Theresa May’s Brexit deal was the best option available.

Opening the second day of debate on the withdrawal agreement, the home secretary claimed that the deal delivered a solid foundation for security co-operation with EU partners, in a clear indication that there is much yet to be agreed.

He later confirmed that the future partnership declaration “does not guarantee” the future of three European databases that track criminals, suspects and missing persons.

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Police and Crime General HMICFRS: Forces still ‘failing some victims of crime’ over crime data integrity

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) looked at the two forces as part of a rolling programme of inspections across England and Wales.

Of particular importance was the recording of domestic abuse crimes as they often involve victims who are particularly vulnerable.

Based on crime reports from October 2017 to March 2018, HMICFRS estimated that Dyfed-Powys fails to record over 3,300 reported crimes each year as it records 87.8 per cent offences.

Gwent Police did slightly better, with an estimated recording rate of 90.5 per cent, but this meant that around 5,100 crimes were not being recorded per annum.

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Police Demand Drink-fuelled violence at train stations has more than doubled in two years

The number of violent offences fuelled by alcohol at Britain’s railway stations over the festive period has more than doubled in the past two years, new figures show.

There were 189 cases between November 24 2017 and January 2 compared with the same period two years earlier, according to British Transport Police (BTP) data.

Violence is often directed at other passengers or station staff and frequently results in injuries and arrests.

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Police and Crime General Help officers under attack, urges Met chief Cressida Dick

The public should “get involved and do something physical” if they see police officers being attacked, the Metropolitan Police commissioner has said.

Last month a video of an assault on two officers in London was shared thousands of times online. A suspect is seen launching a flying kick at a female officer, while her colleague is punched by another man. A passing driver posted the footage on Twitter with the caption “south London at night . . . lol”.

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Police Finances Sadiq Khan says London police numbers will plummet without increased funding

The number of police officers in London will plummet to the lowest level in more than 15 years if funding is not urgently increased, Sadiq Khan has warned.

Should further savings be demanded by the Home Office, Mr Khan claimed there could soon be as few as 26,800 officers working in the Metropolitan Police - the fewest since 2002.

The London mayor is due to meet Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Tuesday to discuss police funding for 2019-20, but as it stands the Met is required to make a further £335 million worth of savings by 2022, the mayor's office said.

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Police and Crime General PCSO punched in face as 100 youths surround police in County Durham

Police have told parents to "take responsibility for your children" after officers were surrounded by 100 teenagers, with some throwing bricks and letting off fireworks.

A Police Community Support Officer was punched in the face during the fracas in Stanley, County Durham.

Body camera footage shows uniformed officers being quickly surrounded after responding to a report of a "vulnerable female" at the bus station.

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Police Finances Police in England and Wales could get £600m funding boost in wake of street violence spike

Police forces across England and Wales could see a funding boost of more than £600m next year as part of the government's efforts to find more money for frontline policing.

Sky News understands that Home Secretary Sajid Javid has cut a deal with Chancellor Philip Hammond and James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, to double the amount that local authorities can add to council tax bills for policing.

It is thought that ministers have provisionally agreed to allow local authorities to increase the precept charge on council tax bills from £1 a month to £2 a month from April 2019 - or £12 to £24 annually.

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Police and Crime General Ministers criticised after plans for council tax rise to fund police

Ministers have been accused of a financial sleight of hand over plans to allow a council tax increase to pay for extra police funding, in a move Labour said would hit the poorest hardest without providing enough extra funding.

Forces across England and Wales were set to benefit to the tune of £450m, it emerged on Friday, and there have been suggestions the government could hand over a further £170m when it decides on police funding for next year. Police have been dealing with years of shrinking budgets and a pension shortfall of about £420m.

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Police Demand Line 18: £3 million per day county lines drugs business fuelling knife crime

Drugs runners are operating 2,000 "county lines" routes from big cities into smaller towns and the countryside, according to new figures obtained by Sky News.

We can also reveal that the business is worth over £3 million a day.

Sky News has obtained exclusive access to people involved in this ruthless trade, from wholesalers to drugs mules

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Police Demand Police ignore third of all crimes after a single call

Britain’s biggest police force is dismissing about a third of all crime reports after only one telephone call with the victim, it can be revealed.

Burglaries, low-level assaults, criminal damage, theft and affray are all on a list of crimes that can be dismissed without being investigated under a policy secretly introduced by the Metropolitan Police last year.

The Met, which used to send a police officer to every crime if requested by the victim, assesses 37 per cent of reports over the telephone, according to a report.

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Police Finances Wiltshire Police receives further £3million from Government for Novichok incidents

The Government has pledged a further £3million to Wiltshire Police to cover the ongoing costs of the Novichok related incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury.

Latest projections show the operational costs for the force are expected to reach nearly £11million, with the Government having reimbursed £6.6million previously this further £3million brings the total costs reclaimed to £9.6million.

PCC Angus Macpherson has said that he fully expects all costs associated with the operation to be met centrally by the Government.

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Police Demand County lines and youth cuts blamed as knife crime rises

Knife crime in Wales increased by 25% in the space of a year according to the latest figures from police forces.

There were 1,228 knife crimes - which is any crime which involved the use of a blade - from July 2017 to June 2018 - up from 986.

Youth workers have said cuts in services for young people and the growth in "county lines" drugs networks are to blame.

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Economy & Public Finance Philip Hammond and Bank of England to set out analysis of Brexit economic impact

Chancellor Philip Hammond is due to set out the government's analysis of the economic impact of Brexit.

The Bank of England (BoE) will also deliver its assessments on Wednesday as Theresa May heads to Scotland to press the case for her agreement with Brussels.

Downing Street has said the Treasury's papers will cover a "range of scenarios".

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Police and Crime General Police forced to pull child sexual exploitation ad campaign amid 'victim blaming' complaints

A police force has removed an "insulting" child sexual exploitation campaign from social media after accusations of victim blaming.

North Yorkshire Police posted a series of "deliberately hard-hitting" images on social media as part of a new campaign to target child sexual exploitation.

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Police and Crime General Police officers slam decision to allow teen filmed smashing car with zombie knife to walk free from court

Police officers have slammed a judge’s decision to allow a teenager filmed trying to smash into a car with a zombie knife to walk free from court.

Scotland Yard superintendent Roy Smith was among those to hit out at the ruling, which sparked outrage across the country, saying: “it does not provide any form of deterrent”.

Local units across the capital joined him in condemning the decision, with Camden Police writing on Twitter: “If nothing else, it simply sends the wrong message.”

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Economy & Public Finance Philip Hammond: UK will be ‘a bit’ poorer after Brexit

Theresa May’s Brexit deal will leave the UK worse off than staying in the EU “but not by much”, the chancellor admitted today.

Philip Hammond said that the economic impact was only part of the consideration as he urged MPs to back the prime minister’s plan in two weeks’ time.

A new Treasury forecast published later is expected to say that GDP will be between 1 and 2 per cent lower in 15 years, making the UK £40 billion poorer if Mrs May’s deal is adopted, says The Daily Telegraph. Under a no deal it estimated that the UK would be £150 billion worse off.

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Police Finances PMQs: Conservative MP asks about the National Police Funding settlement and police resources.

Conservative MP, Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet), asked about the National Police Funding settlement and police resources.

The Prime Minister said that she recognises Villers's concern but that the government has protected police funding and that alongside council tax precept flexibilities there is an extra £460m to the police. The PM said that the government will "Continue to insure that the police have the resources they need to cut crime and keep our communities safe but of courser there is also a role for Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners, as operational leaders and elected local representatives to decide how best to deploy resources to manage and respond to individual crimes and indeed to local crime priorities".

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Police Demand Mental health: Five people called Met Police 8,655 times in 2017

Five people racked up 8,655 calls to the Metropolitan Police in 2017 - costing £70,000 to answer.

What did the top five repeat callers have in common? Mental health problems.

A watchdog for police forces in England and Wales released the figure to show how police have become the "default" service to deal with mental health.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service claims the broader mental health system is "broken".

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Police Finances Government money to tackle organised crime ‘insufficient’

Government funding for tackling serious and organised crime is “by no means enough” compared with its cost to the UK, a criminologist has said.

Serious and organised crime affects more citizens and causes more deaths in the UK each year than all other national security threats combined, the Home Office’s ‘Serious and Organised Crime Strategy’, published last month, said.

The Home Office committed £48m for 2019-20 to tackle organised crime as part of the strategy.

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Technology Social media giants ‘failed to report terror activity for years’

Social media companies did not report any suspicious terrorist activity on their platforms to the police for four years, the UK’s former head of counterterrorism has disclosed.

Sir Mark Rowley, who headed Britain’s anti-terrorism police until January this year, said their failure to pass on information had been “wholly irresponsible” and put lives at risk.

He led the police investigations into attacks including the Manchester Arena bombing that claimed 22 lives, the Westminster Bridge attack in which PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death, and the London Bridge attack in which eight people died. Sir Mark said: “In nearly four years leading police counter-terrorism efforts, I saw zero proactive reports of suspicious behaviour to us by any of these companies. This is irresponsible.

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Technology Kent Police stop using crime predicting software

Computer software intended to predict where and when crimes would occur has been scrapped by a police force.

Kent Police was the first force in England and Wales to introduce the "predictive policing" system in 2013.

It said a new approach to policing which "places victims and witnesses at its centre" had led it to "evaluate alternative options".

Officers said the software had been "really useful" for "proactive" policing.

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Police Finances Police get funding boost to fight organised crime in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire police will receive a £4.6 million funding boost to fight organised crime and gang violence.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has approved a special grant application from Bedfordshire police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Kathryn Holloway.

The additional funding will support the force to disrupt gang activity in and around towns in the force area.

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Police and Crime General Commission for Countering Extremism launches call for evidence on extremism in England and Wales

The independent Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) has today (Thursday 22 November) called on the public to share their views, experience and evidence on extremism and its impact for a first-of-a-kind study.

The Commission, announced by the Prime Minister after the terror attacks of 2017, has launched a 10-week Call for Evidence, inviting firsthand accounts of the harms extremists inflict on individuals, communities and our society.

The evidence, which will be treated sensitively and in the strictest of confidence, will feed into a wide-ranging study of extremism to be published in spring 2019.

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Police and Crime General Let police stop and search, urges mother who lost son

A mother whose teenage son was killed a year ago has criticised campaigners who try to “tie the hands of the police” over stop-and-search tactics.

Sharon Kendall, 38, said that campaigners resisting an increase in use of the tactic should “look at all the murdered teenagers’ faces”. Jason Isaacs, her son, was 18 when he was stabbed in the street in Northolt, west London, last November. The apprentice carpenter died in hospital three days later.

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Police and Crime General Let police stop and search, urges mother who lost son

A mother whose teenage son was killed a year ago has criticised campaigners who try to “tie the hands of the police” over stop-and-search tactics.

Sharon Kendall, 38, said that campaigners resisting an increase in use of the tactic should “look at all the murdered teenagers’ faces”. Jason Isaacs, her son, was 18 when he was stabbed in the street in Northolt, west London, last November. The apprentice carpenter died in hospital three days later.

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Police Finances New unit to analyse evidence of dangerous driving caught on motorists´ cameras

A new police unit will be created to analyse evidence of dangerous driving caught on camera by other road users.

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced that the “back office unit” will be among 50 proposed new measures in a two-year plan to protect vulnerable road users and combat road rage.

It will allow police forces to handle video and photographic evidence captured on road users’ devices such as dash cams.

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Police Demand Growing number of men reporting domestic violence to police, ONS figures reveal

Record numbers of men are reporting domestic abuse by their partners to police - as the proportion of women victims turning to police has fallen, official figures have revealed.

The proportion of male victims who told police about their domestic abuse increased from 10.4% in 2014-15 to 14.7% this year as charities said more men were shaking off the stigma of talking about their suffering.

However, the figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed it coincided with a sharp drop in the proportion of women victims reporting their abuse to police, down from 25.8% to 18.4% over the same period.

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Police and Crime General More cancelled rest days on the cards after tri-force fall out

Frontline officers face having more rest days and holidays cancelled to plug the gaps following failed attempts to fix a tri-force.

Avon and Somerset Police pulled out of the collaboration with Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Police after it was unable to reach an agreement on how future working arrangements could be improved.

Excessive hours, continually backfilling vacancies and a “haphazard” approach to HR functions were some of the issues which the respective federations said were “too large a task to solve”.

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Police Finances Brexit ‘stretching government to breaking point’

The process of extracting the UK from the European Union will stretch the system of government “beyond breaking point”, a leading academic has warned.

Jim Gallagher, visiting professor at the University of Glasgow and a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, told the Scottish Affairs Committee that Brexit was “one of the least ordered pieces of public policy” he had witnessed.

“Brexit was always going to be an almost impossible challenge for any government and for any set of intergovernmental relations,” he said yesterday.

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Police and Crime General 'Legal highs': Street dealers now main source of supply after ban

The sale of so-called legal highs has gone underground after a blanket ban came into force, a report says.

While the ban has led to a "considerable reduction" in use of the drugs, street dealers are now the main source of supply.

Now officially known as new psychoactive substances (NPS), they mimic the effects of other drugs like cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy.

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Police Finances 'There must be a fair settlement for officers' says chief

Officers should be given a pay rise as they struggle to make ends meet, the NPCC lead for pay and conditions has acknowledged.

Thames Valley Chief Constable Francis Habgood, who is retiring in March, says the government cannot continue to reject the independent police remuneration review body’s recommendations.

In areas like Thames Valley, where the cost of living is high, CC Habgood says some officers are clearly feeling the strain.

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Police and Crime General Police need public support to arrest violent offenders

Police officers could start letting violent suspects go if they do not get the backing of the public, a federation leader has warned.

The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, Ken Marsh, spoke out after video footage appearing to show two officers locked in a violent struggle as they tried to make an arrest was shared thousands of times on social media.

The footage, taken in south London on Saturday, appeared to show a male officer being dragged around in the road as he tries to stop a suspect in a white tracksuit running away.

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Police and Crime General Chief: Stop and search core part of British policing

A chief says forces are better at delivering stop and search now than ever before.

Bedfordshire Chief Constable Jon Boutcher told Police Oracle the tactic was a “core part of British policing” which he wants to see used more often within his force.

Last week MPs asked questions about stop and search after signals from government it wanted to remove bureaucracy from its use – after years of discouraging police from carrying out stops.

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Police and Crime General Police chief blasts our ‘broken society’: Witnesses refuse to help WPC attacked by thug

Thugs with "no respect for society" are attacking officers while people watch on, a police chief warned last night. Ken Marsh, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said forces may even let criminals go if the public does not "stand up for what is right" and prevent yobs from viciously attacking them.

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Police Demand Hartlepool: The town where ‘police don’t come out’

After eight years of spending cuts affecting public services, the government has said austerity is coming to an end.

But what has the effect of less money been on local communities?

The BBC has been following officers in one of England's poorest towns to investigate how budget cuts impact police on the front line.

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Police Demand UK 'wholly' unprepared to stop devastating cyber-attack, MPs warn

Ministers are failing to act with “a meaningful sense of purpose or urgency” in the face of a growing cyber threat to the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI), a parliamentary committee has warned.

The joint committee on national security strategy said at a time when states such as Russia were expanding their capability to mount disruptive cyber-attacks, the UK’s level of ministerial oversight was “wholly inadequate”.

It urged Theresa May to appoint a cybersecurity minister in cabinet to take charge of the efforts to build national resilience.

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Police Demand 'A lost generation': How austerity has created vacuum being filled by drug gangs exploiting children

Austerity and rampant drug dealing have created a “lost generation” of children living in fear of violence across the UK, police and former gang members have said.

There are fears the recent spate of bloody street stabbings in London, where 20 teenagers have been killed so far this year, will not be the last if funding to police and public services is not urgently increased.

Knife crime stands at a record high, but Home Office-funded research has found that authorities in many areas do not understand how gangs operate or how social media is fuelling violence.

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Police Demand Police warn of 'growing' illegal rave problem as numbers soar

Police chiefs have warned illegal raves are a "growing problem" after forces revealed they are tackling hundreds across Britain each year.

More than 680 reports of unlicensed music events were recorded last year - up 9% on the previous 12 months - amid a rise in nightclubs shutting down, a Sky News investigation has found.

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) said illegal raves were "inherently unsafe" and officers had to consider the safety of residents when deciding whether to shut events down.

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Police Finances Raise speeding fines to £130 and put the money into supporting work on road safety, demands top police chief

Motorists who are caught speeding would face bigger fines and higher fees for driver awareness courses under controversial proposals from a policing chief.

Alison Hernandez, who takes the lead on road safety for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), is lobbying Ministers to hike the cost of both Penalty Charge Notices and National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) sessions by as much as £30. If adopted, fines could soar from around £100 to as much as £130 and the cost of an average four-hour NDORS course rise from £90 to £120.

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Police and Crime General Welsh violence tackling scheme rolled out in United States

A pioneering Welsh scheme will be used to help unearth trouble "hotspots" and cut violent crime in the United States.

The Cardiff Model for Violence Prevention anonymously gathers details at A&Es about incidents, revealing problem areas unknown to police.

The US Department of Justice said more than half of violence is unreported which has made prevention difficult.

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Fire MPs raise fears over fire service governance

MPs have rallied against proposals to transfer governance of a fire service to the West Midlands mayor.

An early day motion has been tabled over fears that proposals could lead to lack of expertise when holding the authority to account.

The motion, tabled by Coventry South MP Jim Cunningham, criticised plans to transfer governance of the West Midlands Fire Service from the Fire Authority to the West Midlands Combined Authority.

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Police Demand More police needed to deal with knife crime, says Sajid Javid

More police officers are needed across the country to tackle knife crime, the home secretary admitted yesterday.

Sajid Javid said it was his personal mission to get knife offending under control and urged police to make full use of their powers to stop and search people on the street for weapons. However, ministers have no plans to loosen the restriction on when officers can use the power, as was suggested by one senior police officer.

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Police Finances Chiefs were told about pension payments changes, claims Treasury

The government continues to insist that chief constables were told about imminent pension changes that the service worries could cost 10,000 officer post.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Elizabeth Trust has repeated the claim that upcoming pension changes were announced by the government years ago.

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Police and Crime General Police in talks to scrap 'reasonable grounds' condition for stop and search

Police chiefs want to trigger an expansion of stop and search by lowering the level of suspicion an officer needs against a suspect to use the power, the Guardian has learned.

They want to scrap the requirement that “reasonable grounds” are needed before a person can be subjected to a search, amid mounting concern over knife attacks.

Senior officers have held talks with advisers to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, within the last fortnight to discuss the issue. It would fuel the debate about police discrimination against minority ethnic communities, civil liberties and the role stop and search has to play in tackling violent crime.

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Police and Crime General Four-fifths of people believe police austerity cuts have made Britain's streets less safe, new poll reveals

Almost 80 per cent of people believe police force spending cuts have made them less safe on the streets of Britain, an exclusive survey has shown.

Some four-fifths of those questioned in a survey said swingeing cuts enforced during a near-decade of austerity driven by the Conservatives have damaged public safety.

In a worrying omen for Theresa May, an even larger proportion of Tory voters were of the view that spending reductions have had a negative impact – potentially undermining the Conservatives’ traditional claim to be the party of law and order.

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Police and Crime General Whitehall confirms £22m for domestic abuse survivors

Over 60 projects are set to receive a multi-million pound injection of cash in order to help survivors of domestic abuse, the Government has confirmed.

The £22m in funding, announced on Saturday, will go to 63 projects across England which will be delivered by councils working alongside other organisations.

The money will provide over 2,200 new beds in refuges and other safe accommodation, access to education, and tailored employment and life skills guidance to help abuse survivors.

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Police and Crime General Ministers will not scrap 'reasonable grounds' stop and search rule

The government has ruled out changing stop and search rules to allow police to use the power without reasonable grounds to suspect wrongdoing, while saying they want to “reduce bureaucracy” over such operations.

The statement from the junior Home Office minister Nick Hurd follows the revelation in the Guardian that police have been in talks with advisers to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, about loosening the rules because of worries about an increase in knife attacks.

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Police Finances Home Secretary announces recipients of Early Intervention Youth Fund

29 projects endorsed by Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales will receive £17.7 million over 2 years to divert children and young people away from violent crime.

The projects will include work with children and young people at risk of criminal involvement, organisations safeguarding those at risk of gang exploitation and county lines, or who have already offended to help divert them into positive life choices.

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Police and Crime General Knife crime: Should stronger stop and search powers be used?

A series of stabbings on the streets of London has led to a renewed focus on knife crime and how to reduce it.

One power available to the police is stop and search, and Home Secretary Sajid Javid has recently emphasised its importance in tackling violence:

"If stop and search means that lives can be saved from the communities most affected, then of course it's a very good thing," he told the annual Police Superintendents' Conference in September.

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Police and Crime General Stop and search doesn't solve knife crime, so why not try something new? [opinion]

Stop and Search is to modern policing what bloodletting was to ancient medicine. An ineffective ‘cure’, which, in the absence of alternatives, gets tried again and again, despite its propensity to make the situation worse. Each failure causes its proponents to double down and call for more...

A thought provoking piece, calling for a different approach to knife crime.

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Police and Crime General Fewer than 1 in 100 theft offences are being solved by police, analysis shows as police criticised over priorities

Fewer than one in 100 thefts in some police force areas are being solved, an analysis shows, prompting criticism of police priorities.

While the number of thefts from people have doubled to 100,000 fuelled by the boom in mobile phones, the proportion where the offender was caught and charged have halved since 2014/15.

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Police Finances Sajid Javid hints at cash injection for London police amid surge in violence

The home secretary has told Sky News the police need more funding to help tackle knife crime as he hinted the chancellor would be stumping up the cash in the coming weeks.

Sajid Javid said he was "deeply worried" about the spiralling violence and said he was in discussions with the chancellor to make sure the police had the financial resources they needed.

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Police and Crime General Sajid Javid says police to get new 'stop and search' powers to combat rising knife crime

Police are to get enhanced powers to stop and search suspects in an attempt to combat the surge in violent crime and knife attacks, Sajid Javid has revealed.

The Home Secretary said he wanted police to be more confident to use stop and search, sweep away bureaucracy and make it easier to deploy powers that senior officers say are vital in the fight against crime.

Some police chiefs say constables have become reluctant to use the power as they fear being accused of racism.

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Police Finances Government ordered to repay £1m to trafficking victims after High Court ruling

The government has been ordered to repay £1m to human trafficking victims after the High Court ruled cuts to their support payments were unlawful.

It follows a successful challenge by two claimants, a 19-year-old asylum seeker and a victim of sex trafficking, against the cuts.

Their case was supported by charities for victims of trafficking.

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Police Demand Axing train guards could help 'county lines' drug gangs recruit youngsters, security minister fears

A Home Office minister has voiced fears that removing guards from trains could boost county lines drug gangs.

Ben Wallace is concerned that driver-only trains will mean guards can no longer spot children carrying heroin and cocaine.

Mr Wallace has ordered officials to work with the Department for Transport to see if the move will worsen the county lines menace where city gangs groom boys and girls as young as 12 to carry cocaine and heroin to market towns and seaside resorts.

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Police Demand Force cuts push police ‘to the edge’

Reductions in police numbers and funding have “severely dented” public confidence in the service, MPs say.

Financial pressures have left police struggling to provide an effective service, risking serious consequences for public safety, according to a report by the Commons public accounts committee.

Officer numbers have fallen by 21,300 over the past decade; those remaining are taking longer to charge suspects and making fewer arrests. Forces are increasingly called on for non-criminal incidents amid cuts in other public services. Public confidence that the police will respond to calls is “breaking down”, the report says.

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Police Finances Policing minister offers no assurance over pension cuts shortfall

Nick Hurd, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, has given no indication that the Government will meet the anticipated £160 million loss to budgets due to pension changes as further increases are modelled in council tax Precepts.

Mr Hurd would only commit to saying that he will be bringing his Review of Police Funding settlement for 2019/20 to parliament in early December, as he did last year.

He failed to offer any promise of help with the coming deficit while responding to an urgent question posed by Louise Haigh, Shadow Minister for Policing, on Tuesday (November 6) in the House of Commons.

Ms Haigh said the Government had chosen to “sneak out” the cuts due to pension rule changes in September this year, resulting in an estimated £165 million loss to budgets in 2019/20 and £420 million in 2020/21.

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Police and Crime General Election of new NPCC Chair

Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt has been appointed to lead the National Police Chiefs’ Council from April 2019.

Current Chair Sara Thornton will leave the post in March 2019 after serving a four year term.

Chief constables were invited to apply for the post of Chair of NPCC in October. Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt applied for the post and, in accordance with election rules, has been appointed.

AC Hewitt began his policing career with Kent Police in 1993 and transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service in 2005. He is currently responsible for frontline policing which includes local policing and specialist crime commands across London.

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Police and Crime General Third of drug rehab centres close in just five years

Almost a third of publicly funded drugs rehab centres have closed in the last five years, Sky News has learned, amid warnings that a lack of support for addicts will lead to increased levels of crime.

In April 2013 there were 195 publicly funded rehab centres in Britain, according to figures obtained by private drug rehab provider UK Addiction Treatment Centres.

Now there are just 139. During that time, there were £60m of cuts.

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Police and Crime General London violent crime could take 'a generation' to solve

It could take a generation to solve London's violent crime problem, the city's mayor has warned.

Two teenage boys and two men have been stabbed to death in the city in the last five days, including 15-year-old Jay Hughes.

Mayor Sadiq Khan told the BBC's Today programme to "really make significant progress can take up to 10 years".

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Police Demand Catching online paedophiles should be lower priority than violent crime, Cressida Dick says

Britain’s most senior police officer has said catching paedophiles who view indecent images of children online should be a lower priority than rising violent crime.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said “stretched” forces are unable to respond to the rising number of demands put on them, amid a surge in stabbings and shootings.

Speaking as two teenagers were knifed to death in under 24 hours in London, she said her top priorities were violent crime and terrorism.

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Police Demand Non-crime incidents are 'absolutely central' to policing mission, analysts argue

Policy advisors are urging police and crime commissioners to consider pooling budgets with local authorities, health and social services to help address spiralling demand from mental health, vulnerable persons and drug related incidents.

Although “major shifts” in demand have left police facing “unprecedented pressures”, the service should not turn its back on missing persons and mental health workload but instead needs to “improve [its] ability to tackle the causes of demand”, policy insight and research company Crest said.

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Police Demand Forget deserving issues and focus on basics, police told

Police should focus on catching thieves and violent criminals and not incidents where no offence has been committed, a senior officer has said.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton said forces are too stretched to deal with "deserving" issues, such as logging gender-based hate incidents.

Claims against dead people was also taking resources from tackling "today's crime today", she told a conference.

She called for a "refocus on core policing".

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Police Demand Organised crime costs UK £37bn a year - National Crime Agency

Serious and organised crime in the UK is costing the economy £37bn a year, according to the National Crime Agency.

Its latest report said around 4,600 serious and organised crime groups existed in the UK and their activities affected more citizens than all other national security threats combined.

The crimes they commit include child abuse, trafficking and drug dealing.

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Police Demand Tackling Serious and Organised Crime:Written statement

Sajid Javid's statement on tackling serious and organised crime.

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Police Finances Police to sue government unless it backs down over cuts

Police chiefs in England and Wales will take legal action in the high court against the government unless it backs down on plans to deduct hundreds of millions of pounds from their budgets, the Guardian has learned.

The unprecedented decision was taken by the National Police Chiefs Council, which sent a formal letter to the Treasury saying it will seek a judicial review of the government’s proposals.

It marks a new low in relations between police chiefs and the government. The NPCC represents police chiefs of the 43 local forces in England and Wales, and it has already hired a barrister to seek a judicial order forcing the government to climb down.

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Police and Crime General Police demand rewrite of drug laws as cannabis arrests slump

Rank-and-file police officers called for a rethink on drug enforcement after they accepted for the first time yesterday that the present laws were not working.

The Police Federation’s board voted unanimously for a new policy on drugs, saying that 100 years of prohibition had failed. The intervention came as Sajid Javid, the home secretary, announced a review of the medicinal use of cannabis.

He ruled out relaxing the law against recreational use, however, after a call for decriminalisation by Lord Hague of Richmond, the former Tory leader.

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Police Finances Met Police to sell branded clothing and merchandise

The Metropolitan Police is to start using its brand to sell merchandise and clothes.

Proceeds from the sale of items bearing its logo will raise money for frontline policing, following years of budget cuts.

The range is set to include clothing, toys and games, stationery, homeware and souvenirs.

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Police and Crime General Stop and Search works, says Sajid Javid: Home Secretary to make it easier for police to tackle London violence

Sajid Javid today promised to make it easier for police to use stop and search as he called for a sweeping overhaul of crime-fighting methods.

The Home Secretary said he would “be looking at ways to reduce bureaucracy and increase efficiency” in the deployment of the tactic as part of a raft of changes to improve the police’s ability to tackle a “worrying rise” in serious violent offending.

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Police Finances Funding announcement delay shows ‘disdain for police officers’

Philip Hammond heralded that “austerity is finally coming to an end” but the lack of any relief from impending budget cuts for forces caused anger and concern among police leaders.

With borrowing in the current year expected to be £11.6 billion less than previously reported, the Budget Statement included additional funding in the current year for defence, education and the rollout of Universal Credit, as well as almost half a billion pounds for local authorities to repair potholes.

The only announcement for policing was £160 million additional money in 2019/20 “to protect counter terrorism (CT) police numbers” and for future police CT funding to be “considered in the rounds” as part of a future spending review.

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Economy & Public Finance Budget 2018: Philip Hammond hails better borrowing figures

Chancellor Philip Hammond has used the Budget to ease the government spending squeeze as he declared that austerity was "finally coming to an end".

Against a backdrop of stronger tax receipts, Mr Hammond said borrowing this year would be £11.6bn lower than projected in March, at £25.5bn.

Borrowing is expected to fall over the next five years.

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Economy & Public Finance Budget income tax cuts 'to overwhelmingly benefit the rich'

Income tax cuts for millions of workers announced in Philip Hammond’s budget will “overwhelmingly benefit richer households”, analysis has found, with almost half set to go to the top 10% of households.

The analysis by the Resolution Foundation thinktank found that welfare cuts would continue to affect the poorest households, despite Hammond’s announcement that austerity was coming to an end.

Three-quarters of the £12bn in welfare cuts announced after the 2015 election remain government policy.

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Economy & Public Finance Budget 2018: A bit of a gamble, says IFS

The Budget has been branded "a bit of a gamble" by a respected economic research group.

The chancellor was able to promise more spending in his budget after forecasts for tax collection were raised, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said.

But those forecasts could easily change for the worse, leaving the chancellor in a tight spot, the IFS said.

The think tank also warned that many public services will continue to feel squeezed for some time to come.

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Police Finances Philip Hammond prepares last Budget before Brexit

Philip Hammond is preparing to present the last Budget before Brexit.

The chancellor is expected to announce a rise in spending on mental health in England and has also hinted at cash for universal credit welfare reforms.

He has admitted a change of approach, including an entirely new economic plan, will be needed if the UK and the EU cannot agree a deal by 29 March.

Labour is calling for more investment in public services to put an end to years of "failed austerity".

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Police Finances 2018 Budget Preview

The BBC's live coverage of the budget

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Police Demand Public support for cannabis legalisation at record high

The public now overwhelmingly backs the full legalisation of cannabis, according to a poll that suggests there has been a seismic shift in opinion since the government sanctioned medical use of the drug.

Almost two in three people say that they support legalisation, the Populus poll found. This is a radical turnaround from the last poll in May, when support and opposition were almost even, at 43 per cent and 41 per cent respectively.

In the intervening period the government has approved the medicinal use of cannabis after a public outcry over the case of Billy Caldwell. The 12-year-old boy was admitted to hospital in a life-threatening condition after the Home Office seized the cannabis oil that was helping to control his severe epilepsy. From Thursday nearly 80,000 specialist doctors will be allowed to prescribe cannabis medicines on the NHS.

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Police Demand Budget 2018: Mental health ambulances promised in drive for more dedicated treatment

Mental health services will get a cash injection of £2bn a year, as Philip Hammond promises more dedicated support in Monday's budget.

Special ambulances to treat people with conditions like depression, anxiety and PTSD are part of the new measures to ensure mental illnesses are treated as seriously as physical ones.

The vehicles look like normal cars and are designed to reduce stigma.

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Police Demand Investigate your own crimes, say police

A policeman has revealed that victims of petty crimes are being forced to carry out their own investigations due to a lack of officers.

Sergeant Simon Kempton said that officers can no longer look into reports of minor crime like bike theft.

He confessed that victims are now being urged to trawl websites like Gumtree, eBay and Facebook in a bid to track down their stolen possessions themselves.

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Economy & Public Finance Summary of Budget 2018: Key points at-a-glance

Philip Hammond has delivered his third Budget as chancellor. Here are the key points of his 72-minute speech.

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Police Finances Budget 2018: Extra £420m to tackle potholes

Local councils in England are to get an extra £420m to tackle a growing number of potholes.

Chancellor Philip Hammond will make the announcement in Monday's budget, alongside a £28.8bn fund to upgrade England's motorways.

But the Asphalt Industry Alliance has said more than £8bn would be needed for a one-time fix of potholes in England.

Labour criticised the move to invest heavily on major roads, arguing money should be spent on public transport.

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Police Demand A fifth of police forces are 'ignoring' fuel thieves in the face of budget cuts - telling petrol stations to make customers to pay up front

Thieves stealing from petrol pumps are being let off by almost one in five police forces.

At least eight forces in England and Wales have stopped pursuing fuel thefts and retailers accuse them of ‘routinely ignoring the crime’.

Driving off without paying, or ‘bilking’, is increasingly downgraded to a low-level offence that officers cannot afford to respond to.

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Police Finances Budget 2018: Labour urges Hammond to 'stump up cash'

Labour is calling for concrete action by the chancellor in Monday's Budget to end austerity not just "financial conjuring tricks" and "vague promises".

Philip Hammond must "stump up the cash" for schools, councils and social care, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said.

Theresa May has pledged that almost a decade of budget cuts, pay restraint and benefit freezes are nearing an end.

Labour has calculated that £30bn in extra spending would be required by 2023 to make this a reality.

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Police and Crime General 'Degrading strip search left me with PTSD'

A woman subjected to a "degrading" strip search by police in London is challenging a decision not to punish the officer who authorised it.

Koshka Duff was arrested after offering a legal advice card to a black teenager during his stop-and-search.

What happened left her with multiple injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the academic says.

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Fire Devon and Somerset Fire cuts could end 'cat up tree' rescues

A fire service is warning it may no longer be able to rescue cats and other animals as part of cuts to spending.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spent more than £345,000 on animal rescues between 2014 and 2016.

It has now been tasked with saving at least £7m in the next four years alongside similar cuts imposed on fire services across the country.

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Police and Crime General Whitehall announces £5m fund to fight knife crime

Local authorities are being given the opportunity to bid for funding to tackle youth and gang crime in high-risk areas.

The Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund will support frontline professionals working with children and young people to intervene earlier to help keep them away from gangs.

It will also support more in-depth work with parents and carers to help them fully understand the risk factors and dangers of their children becoming drawn into gang crime.

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Police and Crime General UK government must look into legalising cannabis, says former Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe

Former Metropolitan Police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for an urgent review of the evidence supporting cannabis legalisation.

It marks a significant shift in the attitude of the ex-police commissioner, who backed tough laws against cannabis during his time leading Scotland Yard.

The veteran police officer of nearly 40 years was made a life peer last year.

Lord Hogan-Howe said the Home Office must now reconsider its position following the recent legalisation of cannabis in Canada and some US states.

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Police Demand Austerity harms hunt for sexual abuse gangs, says ex-prosecutor

Potential victims of grooming gangs are no safer now than when the issue became a national scandal almost a decade ago, according to the Crown Prosecution Service’s former lead on child sexual abuse and violence against women and girls.

Speaking after 20 men were found guilty on Friday of belonging to a gang that raped and abused girls as young as 11 in the west Yorkshire town of Huddersfield, Nazir Afzal said the government’s austerity programme had seriously undermined attempts to protect victims.

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Police Finances Warning as Philip Hammond rejects rise in police funds

Philip Hammond has dismissed calls for more money for the police, leading to warnings in government that the chancellor risks undermining the fight against terrorism.

Well-placed sources said a budget showdown last week between Hammond and Sajid Javid, the home secretary, “did not go well”.

Javid has demanded several hundred million pounds in three parts: money for general policing, a new pot of cash to fund counter-terrorism and greater leeway for local authorities facing a crime crisis to raise a local tax called the “precept”.

Figures released last week show that crime is rising around the country.

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Technology More than half of girls have been exposed to unwanted violent or graphic images, Girl Guides say

More than half of girls have been exposed to unwanted violent or graphic images, Girl Guides say.

Those as young as seven said they were worried about seeing "rude" pictures online, with older girls describing pressure to send naked pictures.

Submissions to an inquiry on the impact of social media on young people's health warn that girls are being coerced into sex acts because boys are copying what they see in pornography.

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Police Demand Homicide and knife crime up, new figures show

Statistics highlight short-sighted approach of government cuts, says PCC.

Police recorded crime has increased by almost a tenth, fuelled by rises in homicides, knife-related offences and theft, new figures show. Official figures show that forces in England and Wales registered a total of 5.6 million offences...

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Police Finances Force bids for £4.5m despite warning it will 'change what special grants are for'

Bedfordshire Police ask for extra cash to deal with gang crime and violence.

A police and crime commissioner has submitted an application for an emergency government grant in spite of an HMI's concern it could threaten the future of the bursary. Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway has confirmed.

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Police Finances Northumbria police forced to make ‘unprecedented cuts’

A police chief has blamed real terms funding cuts from central government for having to make “unprecedented” cuts in his force’s officer and staff numbers.

Winton Keenen, chief constable of Northumbria Police, said that falls in funding had caused 1,000 job losses in his local force since 2010.

The force now has the lowest level of reserves it has ever had – and the lowest of any other force in the UK, Keenen said in an open letter.

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Police and Crime General Policing officials under criminal investigation over interest-free loans

Three senior officials at a Police Federation branch are under criminal investigation over their handling of funds, including receiving interest-free loans worth tens of thousands of pounds, the Guardian has learned.

An investigation has begun into the former secretary of the West Mercia branch Jamie Harrision, who has been suspended from his role with the federation.

The two others under investigation are the former chair Sgt Russ Yeomans and another official, Sgt Nigel Mortimer, who led on conduct for the branch.

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Prisons Chelmsford Prison sees nearly half of inmates fail drugs tests

Nearly half of prisoners failed drugs tests at a prison that holds large numbers of gang members, a report said.

HMP Chelmsford has one of the worst rates of drug use in the UK, according to HM Inspectorate of Prisons, with organised gangs responsible for supplying illicit items.

There are "significant concerns about safety" and levels of violence are far too high, inspectors said.

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Police Finances Ten thousand police at risk in £600m cash crunch

Up to 10,000 more police officers’ jobs could be cut because forces face a funding shortfall of nearly £600 million over two years caused by proposed pension changes, it emerged today.

Police chiefs have been told to find another £165 million in 2019-20 and up to £417 million in 2020-21 as a result of an overhaul of public service pension schemes announced recently by the Treasury.

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Technology Officers may no receive new ESN handsets in time for Airwave shutdown, says CC.

Officers are unlikely to receive new Emergency Service Network handsets before the current aeging system is switched off, a chief constable believes.

Forces will soon be able to give a test product a trial run whilst a "pick and mix" approach on the ground means they can choose which one they want to purchase even before the Airwave replacement is up and running.

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Police Finances 'Significant strain' on police budgets has made crime response worse, Home Office official admits

“Significant strain” on police budgets is causing the service given to the public to worsen, a Home Office official has admitted after senior officers condemned the impact of austerity.

Scott McPherson, director general of the crime police and fire group, said the department “absolutely recognises” the struggle to cope with budget cuts and plummeting numbers of police officers.

“The police are under significant strain and, with the resources they have, some of the performance measures we would like to be improving are getting worse,” he told the Public Accounts Committee.

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Economy & Public Finance UK economy grows faster than expected in three months to August

UK GDP growth was stronger than expected in the three months to August thanks to the summer heatwave, official data on Wednesday showed.

The economy expanded by 0.7 per cent over the three months, according to the latest estimate from the Office for National Statistics.

That was higher than the 0.6 per cent consensus among City analysts.

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Economy & Public Finance UK public finances are among weakest in the world, IMF says

Britain’s public finances are among the weakest in the world following the 2008 financial crash, according to a fresh assessment of government assets and liabilities by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The Washington-based lender said a health check on the wealth of 31 nations found almost £1tn had been wiped off the wealth of the UK’s public sector – equivalent to 50% of GDP – putting it in the second weakest position, with only Portugal in a worse state.

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Police and Crime General Royal College of Psychiatrists to review opposition to decriminalising cannabis

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is to review its opposition to the legalisation of cannabis.

The organisation has been wary of moves to decriminalise the drug because of concerns of possible negative effects on users' health.

There is also an association between psychotic illnesses and high-strength varieties of the drug.

But it is now reconsidering its stance due to arguments that legalising cannabis would give the government the power to both regulate its strength and generate tax from its sale.

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Police Finances Insufficient and over-budget data programme could cost service £300 million, says chief

Home Office is 'not listening to me as a chief constable, nor are they listening to me as a crime operations lead for policing', says Durham boss.

An over-budget and late delivered database has spiralled in cost and could diminish police capability, a chief constable has warned.

Home Office plans for National Law Enforcement Data Programme would initially have seen the police national computer, police national database for intelligence, and automatic number plate recognition joined together.

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Police Finances NPCC: Cuts are making policing ‘ineffective’

Chief Constable Dave Thompson has warned that forces are having to make difficult choices that pursue “efficiency to the point of ineffectiveness” and they are failing to meet the expectations of the public.

In a strongly-worded blog, posted on Wednesday (October 10), Mr Thompson points out that “Policing is at the tipping point – and we’ve got to move on from here”.

Mr Thompson wrote: “Budget cuts and a hands-off government approach to aspects of policing have meant hard choices for chief constables with consequences for the public and our people. The public’s experience is policing that is less visible, less responsive and less proactive.”

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Police Finances Police cuts: Thin blue line gets thinner

Just six of Britain's cash-strapped police forces have officers on their front desks despite soaring violent crime, the Daily Express can reveal. Two years ago nine forces in England and Wales had manned counters.

But almost 700 fewer police staff and officers are now either dealing with the public at front desks or handling calls compared with 2016.

Last night critics of police cuts branded it a "scandal".

Since 2010, 600 police stations have shut their doors with victims of crime increasingly being urged to report crimes online because 999 and 101 lines are overwhelmed.

Only 2,411 officers – 1.9 percent of Britain's total police workforce of 122,407 – now deal with the public either face to face at stations or over the phone, with forces now increasingly reliant on backroom staff to deal with victims and witnesses.

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Prisons Synthetic pepper spray for prison officers in England and Wales

Prison officers in England and Wales are to be issued with canisters of a synthetic pepper spray to help deal with violence and disorder.

The chemical incapacitant known as PAVA has been trialed in four jails and will be carried by officers in all publicly-run prisons for men from 2019.

Prison officers welcomed the move.

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Police and Crime General Police investigations being hindered by 'outdated' IT systems, officers warn

Criminal investigations in England and Wales are being hindered by "outdated" police IT systems, a survey of officers has found.

Only half of the officers asked believed they can rely on information held on their forces' computer systems, and just 65% could access a computer at work when they need to.

According to the Police Federation, which sponsored the survey of working officers, the answers "paint a damning picture of growing frustration on frontline policing".

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Police and Crime General Met police's use of force jumps 79% in one year

The Metropolitan police’s use of force has risen sharply in the last year, with black people far more likely to be subjected to such tactics than anyone else, the Guardian can reveal.

The UK’s largest police force deployed methods ranging from handcuffing to use of stun guns, CS spray, batons and guns 41,329 times in April to August of this year – 270 times a day on average – according to Guardian analysis of official figures. That compares with 23,118 in the corresponding period last year – a 79% rise – and 62,153 in the whole of 2017-18.

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Police and Crime General Sajid Javid 'taking UK down dangerous road' by expanding citizenship stripping

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, is taking the UK down a “very dangerous road” with plans to expand powers to strip dual citizens of their British citizenship, a leading human rights group has warned.

Suspected terrorists have previously had their UK citizenship taken away – most often while they are abroad – and the move does not require prior approval from a judge or parliament.

In his speech at the Conservative party conference, Javid proposed extending the reach of the power to cover serious criminals, citing child grooming gangmasters as an example.

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Technology Sajid Javid: Five Eyes spies to hunt down paedophiles

The world’s most powerful spy chiefs will be drafted in to hunt down paedophile gangs, under plans drawn up by Sajid Javid. The home secretary will chair a meeting of the Five Eyes intelligence partnership next year and has made tackling child sexual exploitation the top item on the agenda, ahead of fighting terrorism and Isis.

The Five Eyes combines British spies with their counterparts from America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and is regarded as the cream of the West’s intelligence agencies.

Javid is also acting as a link between GCHQ, the government’s listening agency in Cheltenham, and the big internet companies — such as Google, Facebook and WhatsApp — as he turns the screws on them to crack down on child sex abuse.

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Police Demand Police shelve one in four crime reports - including sexual assaults and burglaries

Police turned a blind eye to almost a million crimes last year, figures show.

On average one in four crime reports were shelved by police across the UK with little or no investigation, according to a report.

Offences such as sexual assault, violent attacks, burglaries and car thefts were dropped hours after being reported, often because they were deemed unsolvable.

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Police Finances Welsh government has 'disappeared' apprenticeship funding worth millions

The mystery of apprenticeship levy money which vanished over two years ago has been solved.

Former Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) Welsh lead Sam Roberts urged to Home Secretary to help her work out where two years of apprenticeship payments, which could total more than £5 million, had gone.

Documents for Gwent Police and Crime Panel (GPCP) reveal the capital was sent straight to the Welsh Government.

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Prisons Union chief: Prisons are crumbling, violent and understaffed

The president of the Prison Governors Association is to accuse the Government of failing to respond quickly enough to the jail safety crisis.

Andrea Albutt will claim “dis-investment” has contributed to the decline in standards that has hit much of the estate in England and Wales.

In a scathing critique, she will say: “A constant irritation of mine is that the Government do not have the humility to admit that they got their policy completely wrong this decade in our prisons.”

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Police Finances Police Federation begins legal action over 'derisory' two percent pay award

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is to begin legal action over the government's failure to implement a recommended pay rise for officers.

The body that represents 120,000 rank-and-file police has asked lawyers to start judicial review proceedings against Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

It follows the decision by the government to award a two percent pay rise from 1 September 2018, instead of the three percent suggested by the independent Police Remuneration Review Body.

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Economy & Public Finance Theresa May declares end of austerity

Theresa May has declared the age of austerity over with a message to voters that "there are better days ahead".

In her crucial keynote speech to the Conservative conference in Birmingham, Mrs May said next year's post-Brexit Spending Review will set out a programme of increased investment for public services, as a mark that the decade of cuts following the financial crash is coming to an end.

Despite her speech, the Prime Minister, did not make any founding announcements with regards to police.

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Police and Crime General Traffic policing powers given to PCSOs

PCSOs will be given the power to stop and seize cars, require drivers to show licenses and authorise the use of traffic offence reports.

Lincolnshire Police has announced it is using the Antisocial behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to give the uniformed police staff more powers.

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Police and Crime General Conservative conference: Middle-class drug users to be targeted - Sajid Javid

Middle-class drug users will be targeted as part of a crackdown on the causes of violent crime, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will announce.

He will use his Tory conference speech to launch a review of drug buyers and sellers - and how shifts in the market are linked to outbreaks of bloodshed.

Justice Secretary David Gauke will also announce a new financial crime unit to seize the assets of drugs "kingpins".

Labour says the proposals will not make up for cuts to public services.

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Police and Crime General Conservative conference: Middle-class drug users to be targeted - Sajid Javid

Middle-class drug users will be targeted as part of a crackdown on the causes of violent crime, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will announce.

He will use his Tory conference speech to launch a review of drug buyers and sellers - and how shifts in the market are linked to outbreaks of bloodshed.

Justice Secretary David Gauke will also announce a new financial crime unit to seize the assets of drugs "kingpins".

Labour says the proposals will not make up for cuts to public services.

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Police and Crime General Taking photos of 'spice zombies' is unhelpful, says council

Sheffield City Council has urged people to stop taking photos of "spice zombies", saying the drug can be "distressing".

It comes after images of people collapsed on street corners or slumped on benches after taking the synthetic cannabis substitute have spread online.

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Prisons MoJ launches taskforce to tackle ‘criminal kingpins’ dealing in prisons

The new Financial Crime unit, staffed by members of the police and prison service, will make sure that drug dealing in prisons is “no longer be profitable because we will find your assets and we will seize them,” David Gauke said.

The bank accounts are tracked via paper notes found in prison cells, which contain account details, or on phones seized from prisoners with instructions to make transfers.

Once discovered, the unit will then be able to freeze bank accounts and initiate criminal proceedings against those involved, as those transactions amount to money laundering, according to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

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Police and Crime General Merger bid for south west forces could be scrapped as PCC drops support

The first English merger of police forces for decades could be cancelled as one of the police and crime commissioners involved no longer supports making a business case for it.

Devon & Cornwall PCC Alison Hernandez says she has been told by the Home Office that the forces will not be able to create 40 extra officer posts as a result of the move.

The department will not let her area put up its council tax to Dorset levels and invest that cash in the front line, she said.

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Economy & Public Finance Chancellor calls early Budget to fit round Brexit talks

This year's Budget is to be earlier than usual to avoid clashing with the final stage of Brexit negotiations in November.

The date of the Budget, 29 October, also fits in with ministers' availability and official data releases, a Treasury spokesman said.

The Budget will also be a week after a high profile Brussels Brexit summit.

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Police and Crime General Labour Will Guarantee The Spy Cops Scandal Can Never Happen Again

A Labour government would pass new measures to guarantee that the so-called “spy cops” scandal, which saw undercover officers deceive women activists into long-term sexual relationships, can never happen again.

The plans, which will be announced by shadow home secretary Diane Abbott in her speech to the Labour party conference on Tuesday, include requiring all undercover police operations to obtain a warrant from a judge. Undercover officers would also face a time-limit on their investigations if Labour comes to power.

Abbott is expected to say today: “We know that in this country you generally need a warrant to enter someone’s home or intercept their telephone calls. So we will insist on time-limited, judicial warrants for any undercover policing.”

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Prisons Lindholme Prison: Policing perimeter 'virtually impossible'

The three-mile perimeter of a prison where drugs are readily available is "virtually impossible" to constantly police, a custodial manager has warned.

Packages containing the drug Spice and mini mobile phones are regularly thrown over the fence at HMP Lindholme, which is surrounded by public rights of way.

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Police and Crime General Police 'aware' undercover officer was in relationship

Police have admitted for the first time that an undercover officer had a sexual relationship with an environmental activist with the knowledge of bosses.

Legal documents seen by the BBC reveal they knew about Mark Kennedy's relationship with Kate Wilson and allowed it to continue.

She was among several women he had relationships with while undercover.

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Technology New cyberweapons take fight to Isis

Britain’s military and security services tested a new arsenal of offensive cyberweapons against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, The Times can reveal.

GCHQ, the government’s listening post, and British armed forces personnel pioneered the use of fresh cyber-capabilities to spread malware to block jihadists’ access to data, according to interviews with present and former intelligence officers.

The operation also involved the dissemination of fake news to sow confusion among Islamic State’s supporters and techniques to disrupt the terrorists’ cash transactions. Measures that interfered with the group’s funding and logistics made it harder for it to pay its militants and buy weapons, ammunition, food and supplies.

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Prisons Call for lenient sentencing of ‘immature’ young offenders

Adult offenders under 25 should be treated more leniently by sentencing courts because they are still maturing, according to a report published today.

More than 140,000 adults aged 18 to 24 were sentenced in criminal courts last year and they should be treated as a distinct category of offender, the Howard League for Penal Reform says.

It calls for formal sentencing guidelines to help judges and magistrates understand young adults better and take account of the relationship between immaturity and blameworthiness, capacity to change and histories of being in care, the report says.

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Police Finances New command system drives force efficiency

Nottinghamshire Police has become the fifth UK force to adopt a next-generation command, control and communication system, found in some of the most hi-tech control rooms around the globe, to help to transform the way it operates.

It combines all of the functions required of a modern control room into a single unified software application, including multi-channel communications, contact management, command and control, radio dispatch, mapping and resource management. It can be hosted locally or in the cloud and can be deployed on fixed, web and mobile platforms.

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Technology 5G will make crime harder to investigate

Superfast 5G mobile networks, which are supposed to transform UK communications from 2020, could provide a boon to criminals by covering their tracks, experts say.

In its annual internet crime report, Europol said 5G posed challenges for police because of the ability of devices to download data simultaneously from multiple sources, such as wifi, network towers and satellites. “With current 4G technology, law enforcement is able to use the unique identifier assigned to a device ... but 5G replaces this with a temporary identifier.”

The European police agency said the difficulties were compounded because requirements of the new general data protection regulation (GDPR) prevented officers from using tools that previously enabled easier tracking.

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Police Finances No plans to cancel officer annual leave over brexit

Police chiefs have discussed embargoes on officer holiday next March but agreed they do not have enough information about potential threats to public safety.

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) lead for operations Charlie Hall sad despite rumors officers will be banned from taking vacations in Spring 2019, there are no proposals to do so.

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Police and Crime General Stop and search makes crime more likely, report finds

The police tactic of stop and search is increasing the likelihood of crime rather than preventing it, finds a report that paints a bleak picture of young men and boys snapping under the pressure of relentless checks sometimes multiple times a day.

Based on in-depth interviews with young Londoners named on the Metropolitan police’s controversial list of gang suspects – the gangs matrix – the report (pdf) also raises concerns about how the police’s “gang nominal” assessment has an impact on the lives of those listed.

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Police Finances Badger culling cost forces more than £4m

Badger culling has cost forces more than £4million in the last year, figure from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs reveal.

In 2016 the operation, which aims to tackle bovine TB, cost police £3,029,998, but soared to £4,046,56 last year - a 33.5 per cent increase.

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Police Demand Kent police seek new recruits to quell post-Brexit unrest

Kent police has begun the “biggest recruitment drive in a generation” as it steps up its preparations for Brexit.

Kent’s police and crime commissioner, Matthew Scott, told The Sunday Times that by March 2019 the force will have 270 more officers than when he was elected in May 2016.

Later this week, it will be decided how many more officers Kent police will need in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Kent is likely to be at the sharp end of preparations because the county is home to ports including Dover, as well as the Ebbsfleet international rail terminal.

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Police Finances Skint police officers on payday loans to make ends meet claims police federation chairman

The chairman of the Police Federation says Theresa May is

carrying out a ‘personal attack’ on policing.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror, John Apter accused the PM of treating officers with contempt.

He said that because of low pay they were turning to payday loans and charities to make ends meet.

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Police Finances Public sector audit appointment body names new head

Public Sector Audit Appointments has named Tony Crawley as its new chief executive.

Crawley has a background in district audit and is currently a director at KPMG, focusing on local public audit. He will join PSAA in mid-October.

As chief executive, Crawley will lead PSAA’s work as the “appointing person” responsible for auditor appointments for nearly 500 local authorities and police bodies.

“I am very much looking forward to working with PSAA's Board, staff and partners to help promote the importance of local audit as we move into a new phase for the company,” he said.

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Police Finances Government rejects PCC pay review conclusions

Ministers have rejected several recommendations of an independent pay review for police and crime commissioners.

After six years without a pay increase of any sort for the elected representatives, the Home Office had asked the review group to assess if they should get one - but the government has now overruled most of what it recommended.

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Police Finances Police forces cannot keep 'limping on', says Shadow Policing Minister

Addressing the Police Superintendents’ Association conference today, Louise Haigh MP confirmed Labour’s commitment to a real-terms budget increase for police and 10,000 additional neighbourhood officers, whilst criticising the current administration.

She said: “The police service cannot keep limping on as it is and if you do not receive a significant funding settlement at the Comprehensive Spending Review this Autumn, the time will finally have come for us all to have an honest conversation with the public about what you can and can’t do.”

The former police officer said that the force was “unrecognisable” from when she served six years ago due to budget cuts, new types of crime and the added pressures from cuts in other public services.

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Police Finances Police funding: Ministers 'unaware of cuts impact'

Ministers do not know the impact that funding cuts have had on police forces, the UK's public spending watchdog says.

According to the National Audit Office, the Home Office does not know whether the police system in England and Wales is "financially sustainable".

It calls the approach to police funding "ineffective" and "detached" from the changing demands faced by officers.

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Police Finances Police 2% pay rise 'a punch on the nose', Cressida Dick says

The government's refusal to increase police pay by 3% in England and Wales is a "punch on the nose", the head of the Metropolitan Police has said.

Cressida Dick said she was "extremely disappointed" by the decision to give police a 2% rise, against the recommendation of an independent board.

She said it had impacted both morale and staffing.

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Police Finances Government ‘failing to ensure financial stability of police forces’

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Police forces in England and Wales are struggling to maintain an effective service as the government fails to ensure they are financially sustainable, according to the public spending watchdog.

Central government funding to police commissioners – at £7.7bn this financial year - has fallen by 30% in real terms since 2010-11, according to a National Audit Office report out today.

Police and crime commissioners in England and Wales have suffered a 19% real-terms reduction in total funding between 2010-11 and 2018-19, the analysis showed. Police also receive funding through a council tax precept.

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Prisons Rapist, Karen White, in women’s jail ‘was trans faker’

A rapist and paedophile who was transferred to a women’s prison after claiming to be female and assaulted four inmates there made no more effort to be a woman than wearing wigs and dresses, former neighbours say.

Karen White, 52, a former drag artist from Manchester previously known as Stephen Wood, then David Thompson, claimed to be transgender to the authorities. Despite knowing that White had undergone no physical changes and was a paedophile on remand for multiple rapes with a long record of sexual and violent offences against women, the authorities permitted a transfer to HMP New Hall, a prison near Wakefield with a mother-and-baby unit. White committed the assaults within days of the move and was transferred back to a men’s prison.

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Police Demand Policing 'on verge of crisis', says chief superintendent

Many areas of the police service in England and Wales are "on the verge of crisis", the president of the Police Superintendents' Association will warn.

Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas will give a speech to the group's conference on Tuesday saying forces are "utterly reliant" on fewer staff working longer.

It comes a year after he warned policing faced a "perfect storm" due to budget cuts and rising crime.

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Police Demand Police plan for riots and crimewave if there is no-deal Brexit

Police chiefs are drawing up contingency plans to deal with widespread civil disorder at the country’s borders and ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to a leaked report.

The bombshell document, prepared by the National Police Co- ordination Centre, warns that the “necessity to call on military assistance is a real possibility” in the weeks around Britain’s departure from the EU.

The report, which is due to be discussed at a meeting of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) next week, claims that “widespread leave embargoes” will be required. Some forces, such as Kent, are expected unilaterally to cancel rest days and leave immediately after March 29.

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Police Demand Met police dropped 30,000 criminal investigations in first 24 hours last year

The Metropolitan police are increasingly dropping investigations into serious crimes such as sexual offences, violent attacks and arson within hours of them being reported, the Guardian can reveal.

The UK’s largest force “screened out” 34,164 crimes without further investigation on the day they were reported in 2017, compared to 13,019 the year before. In the first five months of 2018, 18,093 crimes were closed in 24 hours, putting the number for the year on track to exceed last year’s total.

The figures, obtained under freedom of information rules, included a growing number of sexual offence cases that were closed in a day, rising from 20 in 2016 to 49 in 2017 and 32 in the first five months of 2018.

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Police and Crime General The growth of private policing is eroding justice for all [opinion]

Martock is a 4,700-population village on the edge of the Somerset Levels. Superficially, it does not look like somewhere positioned on the cutting edge of social policy, with faint echoes of the future as imagined by JG Ballard and Philip K Dick. But viewed from a certain angle, a scheme that has been running since April might suggest something close...

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Fire PCC thanks Norfolk public for response as fire governance consultation closes

For two months, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lorne Green has been seeking views about his ‘A Case for Change’ proposals.

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) is currently governed by Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee which also oversees a number of departments including libraries, museums, archives and arts.

Under the PCC’s proposals, Lorne would become Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), taking on the governance of the fire service alongside that of fellow emergency service Norfolk Constabulary.

Believing this to be a much better way of working for a safer Norfolk, the PCC launched an eight-week public consultation on 11 July. That consultation officially closed at 5pm on Wednesday (5 September).

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Fire Deal secured between PCC and Hertfordshire County Council as fire services debate dropped

A deal has been agreed between a south east county council and the police and crime commissioner (PCC) after he dropped his business case to take over the running of the fire service.

In an announcement yesterday, an agreement was made to set up the Hertfordshire Emergency Services Collaboration Board, which will ensure the collaboration agreements can be delivered by all partners.

PCC David Lloyd had previously submitted his business case to the Home Office over the summer to potentially close fire stations in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield, and move them into a joint station at the police offices in Welwyn Garden City.

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Technology Elite Flying Squad detectives use old school methods to catch cyber criminals, says Met

Scotland Yard's Flying Squad are going undercover to fight cybercrime, as police use "older ways" because they can't crack technology, the Head of the Met Police’s Organised Crime Command has said.

Criminals have “diversified” from risky armed robberies into online crime and trading commodities using cryptocurrency and police have become “heavily reliant” on technology to catch them, said Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher.

But the latest encryption software makes it difficult for the police to track users online, and the Met’s Flying Squad detectives have turned to tactics like going undercover and using informants.

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Fire Positive Deal Reached on Future of Police and Fire Collaboration

An agreement on the future collaboration arrangements between emergency services in Hertfordshire has been reached by the Police and Crime Commissioner and the County Council.

The formal arrangement means a number of principles which will strengthen joint working can now be pursued under the existing governance structure.

The next stage of the agreement will be to set up the Hertfordshire Emergency Services Collaboration Board, which will ensure the collaboration agreements can be delivered by all partners.

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Police Demand 100 homicides reflect ‘horrific scale of violence’ in London

The number of murders in London for the year currently stands at 100, ten of which were results of gunshot wounds.

This means that the number of non-terror related homicides between January and August has increased by 12 per cent in 2018 than the previous year.

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Police Demand 'We warned you this would happen' MPs tell Home Office to tackle police cuts

A Home Office minister compared drugs gangs who groom children to paedophiles in response to MPs who demanded the government step up its approach to Count Lines violence.

Labour's Stephen Doughty, MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, told Home Office minister Ben Wallace this week during a Westminster debate: "We warned you this was going to happen because of the cuts that were happening to police, because of the cuts to community services."

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Police and Crime General Two-thirds of girls and young women sexually harassed in public

Almost two-thirds of girls and young women have been sexually harassed in public, according to a charity's poll.

More than 1,000 girls and women aged 14 to 21 were asked about their experiences in public settings, including on transport, walking on the street, at school or in the workplace.

According to the poll, 66% said they had experienced unwanted sexual attention or sexual or physical contact in a public place.

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Police and Crime General Met chief Cressida Dick ‘all in favour’ of increased stop and search

Britain’s most senior police officer yesterday threw her weight behind plans to extend stop-and-search powers.

Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, said that she supported the plans of Sajid Javid, the home secretary, to allow officers to stop anyone suspected of carrying acid without a good reason. At present police can do so only when they have evidence that a person is about to cause an injury.

Ms Dick told LBC radio: “I think an extension of the power to do this would be very helpful for us and I would be all in favour of it.”

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Police and Crime General New stop and search powers for acid and laser pointers 'mulled' by home secretary

Stop and search powers could be extended significantly under new plans from Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

He is reportedly planning to let police stop anyone suspected of carrying acid without good reason.

Laser pointers and drones would also be targeted as part of a crackdown on new types of crime.

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Technology A digital game or a powerful weapon against boardroom crime?

Artificial intelligence is being hailed as a powerful new tool for investigators in the most complex crimes. The Serious Fraud Office has given BBC News exclusive access to see the system it has been using.

In the boardroom at the Serious Fraud Office, an investigator is pointing to a giant computer screen that shows a pattern of green and blue dots.

As the investigator moves his mouse, the dots bounce around as if on elastic.

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Police Demand Police given more power to stop and search

Sajid Javid is planning a significant extension of stop-and-search powers in his latest challenge to Theresa May and her legacy as home secretary.

Mr Javid wants officers to be able to stop anyone suspected of carrying acid without a good reason. At present police can do so only when they have evidence that a person is about to cause an injury.

The home secretary is also pushing for police to be able to stop and search people carrying laser pointers or drones. The changes expand powers that Mrs May sought to curb before she became prime minister.

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Police Finances Video enabled justice scheme will not cost £720m as chiefs predicted

An initiative which will save officers hours of their time by allowing them to give evidence to courts remotely is up and running.

The video enabled justice scheme, which is being spearheaded by Sussex's Police and Crime Commissioner, has also been successfully launched in Kent with aims to eventually roll it out nationwide.

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Technology Lucy McHugh death: 'Challenge' over accessing Facebook information

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick believes detectives should have access to material from social media companies "within minutes".

The call comes after a suspect in the murder of Lucy McHugh, 13, was jailed for withholding his Facebook password from police.

The teenager was found stabbed to death in woodland in Southampton last month.

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Police and Crime General Police to investigate leaked Labour antisemitism ‘hate crime’ dossier

Scotland Yard will investigate a leaked dossier of antisemitism allegations against Labour members after a former senior policeman said many constituted hate crimes.

The document with details of 45 Labour members accused of antisemitism was leaked to LBC.

It includes allegations that a Labour councillor inflicted “ten years of hell” on a child by calling him a “Jew boy”, while another member posted Facebook comments including: “We shall rid the Jews who are a cancer on us all” and “as for the Jews, red see [sic] ideal destination no need for gas chambers anyway as gas is so expensive and we need it in England”.

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Police and Crime General Worth investigating a burglary? Police computer says no

A police force has begun using a computerised system to help it to decide whether officers should investigate burglaries in an attempt to save time and money.

Norfolk police are testing an algorithm designed to assess the “solvability” of a case from factors such as whether there is good-quality CCTV footage of the culprit or whether fingerprints were left at the scene.

The pilot scheme is the latest in a series of measures introduced by forces desperate to cut caseloads as a rise in violent crime adds to the pressure on their resources when the number of officers is falling. Burglary rose by 6.2 per cent nationwide in the year to July and less than 5 per cent of burglary cases resulted in charges. In Norfolk burglaries rose by an estimated 10 per cent in the year to March.

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Police Finances Pay rises will leave forces at risk of continuing budget deficit, warns chief

Pressures from the lifting of the long-running public sector pay cap will leave forces battling to meet major demands on the service as policing gets to grips with a new 'self-assessment' strategy.

The constant drive to deliver millions of pounds of spending reductions through efficiencies are set to leave annual police budgets with a "continuing" permanent shortfall, a chief as warned.

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Police Demand Three police forces will test eyesight of all drivers stopped

Drivers who fail to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away when stopped by police will have their licences revoked immediately in a new crackdown.

Three forces in England are planning to test every motorist they stop in a bid to clamp down on drivers with defective eyesight.

Police say data from the tests will be used to improve understanding of the extent of poor driver vision.

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Technology Five-Eyes nations to force encryption backdoors

The governments of Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand have made the strongest statement yet that they intend to force technology providers to provide lawful access to users' encrypted communications.

At the Five Country Ministerial meeting on the Gold Coast last week, security and immigration ministers put forward a range of proposals to combat terrorism and crime, with a particular emphasis on the internet.

As part of that, the countries that share intelligence with each other under the Five-Eyes umbrella agreement, intend to "encourage information and communications technology service providers to voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and services."

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Police Finances Government vows to continue fight against CSE with more funding and initiatives

Speaking at the headquarters of the NSPCC on Monday (September 3), Sajid Javid also pledged an additional £21.5 million investment in the fight against child abuse, including £2.6 million to child protection charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

His speech comes as the National Crime Agency (NCA) revealed a 700 per cent increase in industry referrals for child sex abuse images from 2012 to 2017.

Mr Javid said he was impressed by the progress Google, Facebook and Twitter have made in preventing terrorism content being posted on their platforms but wants to see the same level of commitment made for CSE material.

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Police Finances Britain's largest police force 'runs out of things to sell' after selling £1bn worth of property amid cuts

Britain's largest police force has “run out of things to sell”, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation has announced, as it emerged the force has sold more than £1bn worth of property over the past six years.

The Metropolitan Police said funding cuts have led them to "breaking point" with officers often forced to perform several roles at once.

"We've sold the Crown Jewels, so to speak. We've run out of things to sell. This is really, really, worrying for society," said Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation.

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Prisons Two prison officers go to A&E every day following inmate attacks, figures show

An average of two prison officers need to go to A&E every day after being attacked by inmates, new figures show, amid soaring levels of violence in jails and mounting pressures on staff.

Official data from operations reports, released by the Prison Officers’ Association (POA), shows 15 members of staff across jails in England and Wales went to A&E or were rushed straight to hospital last week following prisoner assaults. A further 18 were victims of unprovoked assaults which didn’t lead to serious injuries.

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Prisons Lax monitoring in jail let prisoners contact victims



High-risk prisoners were able to contact their victims without being detected because of failings at a jail, a watchdog report revealed.

In one case an offender who should have had his letters monitored had been able to regularly contact a vulnerable person.

The inspection at High Down in Banstead, Surrey, found that assessments of the monitoring of phone calls and mail were not routinely completed for new arrivals “enabling them to contact victims or potential victims without fear of being detected”.

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Prisons Hundreds of prison officers sacked for smuggling contraband into jail, new figures reveal

Hundreds of prison officers have been sacked for smuggling drugs and other illegal items into jails across England and Wales, new figures have revealed.

The number of staff caught bringing various drugs, mobile phones and weapons into prison for inmates has risen 57 percent since 2012.

Over the past six years, 341 prison officers have been dismissed, disciplined or forced to face judicial proceedings, according to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures

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Police and Crime General Boy Tasered by police in Coventry suffers cardiac arrest

A 17-year-old boy is in hospital after going into cardiac arrest when he was Tasered by police.

He was part of a group involved in a disturbance in Prior Deram Walk, Canley, Coventry, just after 21:30 BST on Saturday, West Midlands Police said.

Police Tasered the teenager in a bid to detain him, but he went into cardiac arrest and needed CPR. He remains in a serious but stable condition.

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Police and Crime General MPs to decide whether to make misogyny a hate crime

MPs will vote this week on whether to make misogyny a hate crime for the first time, as the campaign to compel police forces across the UK to recognise street harassment of women as a hate crime gathers momentum.

The Labour MP Stella Creasy has put forward an amendment to the upskirting bill – due to be debated in the Commons this Wednesday – that would add misogyny as an aggravating factor in England and Wales. This would enable courts to consider it when sentencing an offender and require police forces to record it.

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Police and Crime General Sajid Javid zeroes in on web grooming

Online child predators have become “as sophisticated as terrorists at hiding their tracks”, the home secretary Sajid Javid will warn this week.

In a speech tomorrow, he will describe how they switch from mainstream platforms to the dark web, saying: “[They] are using encryption and anonymisation tools to make their detection harder than ever before.

“They’re jumping from platform to platform, using the dark web and commercial sites, swapping aliases and endlessly creating and then deleting online accounts to try to avoid getting caught.”

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Police and Crime General Local police stations copping it with 600 shut due to Tory cuts

Towns across Britain have had their police station axed due to harsh Tory cuts, leaving residents feeling unprotected from crimes such as burglaries and assaults.

Over 600 have shut across the country since 2010, and of those that remain, some have closed their front counters where crime victims can walk in and speak to officers in person.

Some squeezed forces have had to shut more than half their local stations in the eight years since the Tories came to power with their cruel austerity.

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Prisons Hundreds of prison staff caught smuggling banned items

Hundreds of prison staff have been caught smuggling drugs, weapons and mobile phones into jails, according to the Observer.

A Freedom of Information request by the paper found that 341 staff in England and Wales had been dismissed, excluded, convicted or cautioned by police in the past six years as a result.

Last year, there were 71 cases of staff smuggling - up from 50 in 2015.

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Police Finances Chief under fire for televised response to police cunts

A police chief has been criticised for his "weak" response to latest figures revealing one in three bobbies on the beat have been axed in England and Wales.

National Police Chiefs' Council lead for Local Policing, Chief Constable Simon Cole, was interviewed on Good Morning Britain by Jeremy Kyle and Kate Gerraway to discuss cuts and challenges faced by forces.

CC Cole explained in 2010 he had 2,300 officers but the numbers have since been "significantly reduced" and he is now aiming to push the figures back up.

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Police Finances Government grants extra £2.5 million for Novichok costs

The government has pledged a further 2.5 million to help cover the costs of Novichok related incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury.

Operation costs for Wiltshire Police are projected to exceed 10 million with the government so far handing the force £4.1 million.

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Police and Crime General Spice should be upgraded to Class A drug, say police and crime commissioners

A group of police and crime commissioners (PCC) have called on the government to reclassify the drug spice as a Class A substance.

In an open letter to the Home Office, more than 20 Conservative commissioners from across the UK warned the synthetic substance poses the “most severe” threat to public health in decades.

Spice is currently a Class B drug, and is illegal to produce, supply or import in Britain.

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Police Demand Merseyside Police 'failing' to check on sex offenders

High-risk sex offenders are not checked on enough by Merseyside Police and their locations are often unknown by officers, the police watchdog says.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said the force's sex offender unit, which is also responsible for child protection, was "seriously overstretched".

The inspection of its child protection highlighted "particular concern" with 98 overdue visits to sex offenders.

The force says it is addressing issues.

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Police Finances Council apologises for ‘failing’ disabled boy’s family

Doncaster council has admitted to ‘failing’ the family of a disabled boy after they waited three years for the council to provide them with the special adaptations their home required.

The family was first assessed by the council in 2014 as needing help with housing and were placed on its accessible housing register.

The boy, who is incontinent and cannot walk by himself, sleeps in a bedroom which is too small to store the special equipment he needs to move about. The parents have to carry him from room to room which puts them at risk of injury.

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Police Demand Police demand drug sniffer dogs at proposed club

Sniffer dogs must be used at a planned Cardiff super-club, police have said.

Live Nation (Music) UK wants to open a new music venue, Titan Warehouse, in Splott, big enough to hold 10,000 revellers.

But police are so concerned at the potential use of drugs, they are insisting drug-detecting dogs search clubbers as they enter.

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Police Demand BT figures show 3,000 calls a year from 'drug phone'

Many of the 3,000 calls a year from the most heavily-used payphone in a county are thought to involve drug deals.

BT suggested the payphone in The Meadows area in Nottingham could be being used a lot by tourists but people nearby said it was known as "the drug phone".

Just one call per day is made from the average BT payphone nationally.

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Police Demand Stop and search on rise as police tackle violence

Some police forces have dramatically increased their use of stop and search amid rising violence, analysis by The Times reveals.

Use of the controversial tactic leapt by 50 per cent in the Merseyside force area in the past 12 months while a third of all forces in England and Wales, including the Metropolitan Police, recorded an increase.

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think-tank co-founded by Iain Duncan Smith, had called for a zero-tolerance approach to curb the “toxic cycle of serious violence”. It said that stop and search, which has been declining for years, should be ramped up and gang members forced to leave London.

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Police Finances Government announces new £2m 'county lines' unit to stop children being exploited by gangs

A new £2m "county lines" unit will aim to stop children being exploited by gangs, the Government has announced.

The hub set up by the Department for Education will provide funding and resources to local authorities struggling to tackle drug smuggling and child sexual exploitation.

Figures released last year by the National Crime Agency showed that over a third of police forces reported evidence of child sexual exploitation in relation to county lines, the phenomenon where children and young people are exploited by criminals and used to traffic drugs in rural areas.

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Police and Crime General ‘Harass the hell’ out of gang leaders, says Iain Duncan Smith

A dramatic increase in the use of police stop-and-search powers to combat rising gang violence has been called for by Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader.

A 148-page report by the MP’s think tank calls for a US-style “zero-tolerance” crackdown on criminals.

It accuses senior officers of all but abandoning “active policing” for fear of being accused of institutional racism and says “racial disparity” is a myth, despite moves to slash the use of stop-and-search powers over fears they were being used disproportionately against black people and other minorities.

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Police Demand Bobbies on beat slashed by a third

One in three bobbies on the beat in England and Wales have been axed in just three years as violent crime has surged.

A Sunday Times investigation found more than 7,000 traditional neighbourhood police officers, who protect communities and gather intelligence, have been reassigned to other duties or left jobs altogether since March 2015.

The number of police community support officers (PCSOs) has also fallen by 18% over the same time period to just over 10,000. Officers assigned to back-office and administrative roles have multiplied by a quarter in three years, despite ministers’ pledges to protect “frontline” policing.

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Prisons Loss of senior managers led to UK’s prison crisis

Hundreds of senior staff and management have left the Prison Service in the past five years without being replaced, new figures reveal, which has led to “dangerous” flaws in the system, according to campaigners.

The exodus of crucial experienced staff has coincided with record levels of assaults, suicides and self-harm in jails in England and Wales and forced the government to take action to increase prison officer numbers after almost a decade of cuts.

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Police Demand Thousands abandon 101 police calls over long waits

Tens of thousands of callers to the police non-emergency line have hung-up in frustration at long waiting times.

A total of 135,389 calls to Welsh police via 101 were abandoned or redirected last year - almost 14% of all calls.

Wendy Lewis, from Swansea, waited for 22 minutes while trying to get help for a young mother who was being harassed.

"In the end I gave up," she said. Police bosses said improvements had been made.

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Police and Crime General Javid backs use of spit hoods despite warnings from Met Chief

The Home Secretary and the UK’s most senior police officer have clashed over the use of spit hoods on suspects by front line police officers.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said the equipment that prevents people from spitting and biting officers should only be used in custody suites and not during arrests, despite support for them from Sajid Javid.

The decision comes after the Home Secretary said it was ‘ridiculous’ that the mesh hoods had not yet been adopted by all British forces in a speech at the Police Federation conference in May.

Over 30 of the 43 forces in England and Wales use spit hoods, with many including the British Transport Police, issuing them to frontline officers.

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Police Finances Welsh police forces promised apprenticeship levy cash

Police forces in Wales are set to get Home Office funding for training following a row over the UK government's apprenticeship levy.

It comes as a Welsh Assembly committee warned that the forces were paying £2m a year but got no cash back.

AMs said the money was "falling through the devolution crack" because training is devolved but policing is not.

The Welsh Government said the Home Office had promised funding for Welsh police apprenticeships from 2019.

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Police Finances NPCC considering changes to mutual aid stipends

Police chiefs are in talks over proposals to ensure every officer who works away from home receives an allowance, the federation says.

Police Federation for England and Wales lead for mutual aid Simon Kempton says thousands of officers have come forward to complain they are not getting hardship or away from home allowances and some federation members end up out of pocket working on mutual aid.

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Police and Crime General Rotherham abuse victim backs £13m fund to protect vulnerable children

Eleven local authorities across England are to share £13m to help create more positive adult role models for the most vulnerable children.

The money will be spent on schemes which aim to intervene early if a child is at risk of falling into abuse or crime.

The programmes will see more youth and charity workers, police officers and nurses made available to children in order to form a trusting relationship so they can report abuse.

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Police Demand Victims of crime put at risk as police abandon bail orders

Suspected rapists, domestic abusers and other violent attackers are routinely being released without constraints after a sharp fall in the use of police bail, The Times has learnt.

High-risk suspects are instead being “released under investigation” without conditions, such as not approaching their victims, prompting warnings that the public could be in danger.

Senior police figures and lawyers attributed the 90 per cent fall in use of police bail year on year to poorly planned government reforms that had been rushed through. One senior police officer said that the new rules on the granting of bail were “a disaster”.

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Police and Crime General Rise in cocaine deaths prompts calls for government action

The government is facing calls to investigate what the opposition has described as a deeply worrying trend in the number of deaths from cocaine use, which has risen for the sixth year running.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics released earlier this month showed there were 432 deaths related to cocaine in England and Wales in 2017 compared with 112 in 2011, when numbers began to climb from 1.9 deaths per million of the population to 7.5 last year.

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Prisons Birmingham Prison: Government takes over from G4S

Birmingham Prison is being taken over by the government from the private firm G4S, after inspectors said it had fallen into a "state of crisis".

Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke described it as the worst prison he had ever been to.

Inspectors found blood, vomit and rat droppings on the floor, sleeping staff, cockroaches and an overpowering smell of drugs.

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Prisons Private v state: The UK's best and worst prisons

Since the 1990s, prisons across Britain have been turned over into the hands of private firms, which run them at a profit.

Rather than "governors", privately-run prisons have "directors" in charge. But the prisons must still face unannounced inspections by HM Prisons Inspectorate and receive recommendations based on the observations made.

The situation at the privately-run Birmingham Prison became so bad in August that the government was forced to take it back from G4S, to run it themselves for at least six months.

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Police and Crime General Officers and staff given money-saving tips that could boost pay by one per cent

Durham Constabulary’s officers and staff will receive help with their financial worries as part of a new campaign to increase workplace happiness.

Support including advice on mortgages and reducing household bills will be made available to all Durham Constabulary personnel after a staff survey highlighted financial pressure as an area of significant concern.

Assistant chief officer Gary Ridley believes that this advice can help officers generate a one per cent rise in their take-home pay if they change insurance providers and energy suppliers.

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Prisons Prisons minister Rory Stewart: I'll resign if drugs and violence don't go down

Prisons minister Rory Stewart says he will resign in a year if he hasn't managed to reduce drugs and violence levels in 10 target jails in England.

He made the promise as the government announced £10m to improve security and conditions at the jails.

New body scanners and sniffer dogs are to be introduced in the prisons, which are described as "challenging", in a clampdown on drugs and mobile phones.

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Police Finances Force designs its own device to 'drive effectiveness and efficiency'

The mobile device – named INK Biometrics (Identity not known) – scans suspects’ fingerprints and will confirm their identity within 60 seconds if they are known to police databases.

The MPS is the first British force to develop its own portable scanner. Officers took the “innovative step” of developing their own product and software to increase the number of devices – fewer than 100 in recent years – at a much lower cost.

Similar technology has been used by the MPS and other forces since 2012, but the new scanner is much cheaper, meaning 600 devices will be issued to frontline officers across the capital over the coming months.

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Police Finances Policing in parts of the UK is 'broken', says Police Federation chief

The new head of the Police Federation has warned that forces across the country are in crisis and the public are suffering as a result of falling headcounts and increasing crime.

John Apter said “policing in some places is broken” and the public would suffer as stretched resources force police to abandon investigations into some crimes they previously would have dealt with.

Apter took over as national chairman of the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, at the start of August, as rates of violent crime began to spike and forces employed the fewest police officers in more than two decades – 122,404 at the end of March, according to the latest figures.

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Police and Crime General Anti-terror chief: Scots more open to Muslims

Scotland is not an Islamist target because of its success in integrating Muslims into the community, the country’s top counterterrorism officer has claimed.

Detective Chief Superintendent Gerry McLean, who heads Police Scotland’s organised crime and counterterrorism unit, said that Muslims tended to feel more part of society in Scotland than they did elsewhere in the UK.

The last terrorist attack in Scotland was at Glasgow airport in 2007. Five members of the public were injured but nobody died. In the past year England has had a suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena, which killed 23 people including Eilidh MacLeod, 14, from Barra, and attacks at Westminster and London Bridge; these left 13 people dead and 100 injured.

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Police and Crime General Nearly 10,000 police officers have taken second jobs – survey

Almost 10,000 police officers have taken on second jobs in the past year, according to a pay and morale survey, amid warnings officers’ pay fell 18% in real terms.

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), which conducted the survey of 27,000 police officers, said the results made for “grim reading”.

The survey showed that about 7.8% of officers had taken second jobs this year, equivalent to about 9,500 officers, compared with 6.3% last year, or about 7,700. There were 122,404 officers as at 31 March, according to the Home Office.

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Prisons 12 incredibly petty payouts prisoners have won for 'lost property' costing taxpayers £1million

Prisoners have pocketed over £1million in compensation for lost or damaged property in the last five years.

More than 13,000 taxpayer-funded payouts have been made for clothing, trainers, DVD players and hair clippers.

In total, £1,075,594.80 has been paid out since 2013.

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Police and Crime General Officers need post-Brexit links

Senior figures at Police Scotland are desperate to ensure that their ability to fight crime is not harmed by Brexit. Detective Chief Superintendent Gerry McLean said the present levels of co-operation and communication with European forces were vital.

Mr McLean, who heads Scotland’s organised crime unit, said that as gangs increasingly operated across borders, police forces needed to as well. He added that attention had been focused on European arrest warrants and whether Britain would be able to use them after Brexit but the issue was much wider.

“We want to continue to enjoy the type of relationships we have and the opportunity to work alongside European law enforcement partners,” he said.

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Police Finances Police need support but too simple to blame lack of funding

Recently the Police Chief Constable for the West Midlands said that the police force offers ‘poor service’ to victims.

This admission came after a year which saw a rise in the number of opportunistic crimes such as car thefts being committed in the borough.

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Police and Crime General Call for new laws as drink-drive casualties reach four-year high

The government is being urged to introduce zero-tolerance laws as the number of drink-drive casualties reached a four-year high.

New figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed an estimated 9,040 people were killed or injured in Britain in drink-drive accidents in 2016.

This is the highest number since 2012 and represents a 7% rise from the year before.

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Prisons Fresh meat among contraband items smuggled into prison – watchdog

The problem of drugs and mobile phones being smuggled into prisons is a well-documented one, but governors at an institution in Cheshire are having to contend with a different kind of contraband – fine food.

Some of the inmates at Thorn Cross open prison near Warrington have been receiving parcels of smuggled fresh meat and fish; including some delicacies, according to a watchdog.

A report [pdf] by the prison’s Independent Monitoring Board said: “The increasing amount of contraband entering the establishment is of concern … there have been incidences of mobile phones, sim cards, phone chargers, new psychoactive substances (NPS) and other substances and even fresh meat and fish.”

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Police and Crime General Police accused of giving tacit approval to 'cannabis clubs' across the UK

Police have been accused of giving tacit support to 'cannabis clubs' where paying members can meet and take the drug without fear of prosecution.

At least two Police and Crime Commissioners have visited or endorsed the clubs, of which there are 160 across the UK.

Despite the fact possession of cannabis remains illegal and can result in a maximum five year prison sentence, many forces no longer treat the offence as a priority, with some police leaders even calling for the law to be relaxed.

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Police and Crime General Police commissioners warn Home Secretary a ‘no deal’ Brexit could pose substantial public safety risk 

Police and Crime Commissioners have written to the Home Secretary warning that a no-deal Brexit could pose a substantial risk to public safety.

Their letter warns that officers could face a “significant loss of operational capacity” if Britain crashes out of the EU next March without a deal. It also urged the Home Office to spell out its contingency plans.

We spoke to two signatories of the letter: Lord Bach, the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner, and Matthew Scott, the Commissioner for Kent.

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Police Finances Brexit: Police commissioners concern over 'no deal'

A no-deal Brexit poses a risk to the public because the UK would lose access to EU-wide security powers and databases, police leaders have warned.

Police and crime commissioners say law enforcement agencies "face a significant loss of operational capacity" if the arrangements stop.

They have asked the home secretary to confirm his contingency plans.

The Home Office says it will continue to make the case for the retention of the capabilities.

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Police and Crime General Privacy International and Liberty fight to unearth police use of intrusive mobile phone monitoring technology

Privacy International has today filed an appeal challenging police forces' refusal to disclose information on their purchase and use of IMSI catchers.  

IMSI catchers are surveillance tools which mimic mobile phone towers, tricking phones into connecting with them and revealing personal information. Some IMSI catchers can also intercept data, including the content of calls, text messages and internet traffic, and even edit your communications or block your service.

An IMSI catcher is able to gather data about everyone’s phone in its vicinity.

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Economy & Public Finance Bank of England raises UK interest rates

UK interest rate rises to 0.75% - the highest level since March 2009

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Police Finances Latest round of Transformation funding released

The Home Office has approved up to £70 million to finance initiatives aiming to join-up IT services and improve the sharing of specialist resources.

Another £42.7 million will go towards 15 projects led by individual forces.

The funding marks the latest round of successful bids to the Police Transformation Fund (PTF), which was launched in 2016 to encourage innovation in policing.

The Home Office said the money will help to “prepare police forces to adapt to the challenges of the future”.

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Fire Police commissioner's bid for fire service control slammed by county

Norfolk CC has said a bid by the county’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) to take control of the local fire and rescue service would put the public at risk and is based on a “misleading” business case.

Responding to a consultation on the proposal launched in June by PCC Lorne Green (Con), Norfolk described a claim of £10m savings as “speculative and misleading”, adding the plan would put the service at “significant financial risk”.

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Police Finances Home Office doubles youth crime prevention scheme funds to £22m

Government funding for a scheme to steer young people away from violence is to be doubled after a rise in crime.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is to now earmark £22m for the Early Intervention Youth Fund in England and Wales.

Police and crime commissioners can apply for money for projects run by youth and community groups.

Recorded crime went up by 11% in the 12 months to March - the highest level in more than a decade - amid rises in killings, knife offences and robberies.

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Police Finances Early intervention youth fund

On 9 April 2018, the government published its serious violence strategy setting out an ambitious programme of work to respond to increases in knife crime, gun crime and homicide.

The strategy set out our commitment to provide £11 million over 2 years for a new early intervention youth fund. We have now doubled the size of the fund and £22 million is now available. The fund is open to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England and Wales as lead bidders. PCCs must work with community safety partnerships (or local equivalent partnership) to bid for funding to support targeted early interventions and prevention activity.

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Prisons Lost in a system

A very serious and disturbing piece, following a prisoner with an addiction to drugs. The point about short staff is driven home in the 5th section of the article.

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Police and Crime General Sajid Javid orders research into ethnic origin of sex grooming gangs

The home secretary has ordered research into why men convicted of grooming-gang sex crimes are disproportionately of Pakistani origin.

Sajid Javid, whose own family roots are in Pakistan, said that establishing the “particular characteristics” of the perpetrators was “critical to our understanding” of offending in places including Rotherham, Telford and Newcastle.

He made the commitment in a letter to Sarah Champion, the Labour MP who was strongly criticised for stating that the country “has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”.

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Police and Crime General Terror police boost security for MP Sarah Champion over criticism of Asian sex gangs

An MP who received death threats after condemning the sexual abuse of girls by groups of British Pakistani men has been given increased security amid fears that hard-left and Muslim opponents are trying to force her from office.

Sarah Champion was accused by activists in her Rotherham constituency of “industrial-scale racism” for highlighting the “common ethnic heritage” of most of those implicated in the town’s sex-grooming scandal.

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Economy & Public Finance Pay rises expected for public sector staff

The government is set to announce wage increases for about one million workers in the public sector, the BBC understands.

Last year the PM announced plans to lift the 1% cap - in place since 2013 - but deals were only confirmed for some NHS workers, prison staff and police.

Other professions - including the armed forces, teachers and doctors - are now expected to see an increase.

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Police Finances Financial management code of practice

The Government have updated their code of practice for financial governance arrangements for police forces. This was originally released on 24 October 2013.

According to the document ‘This Financial Management Code of Practice (FMCP) provides clarity around the financial governance arrangements within the police in England and Wales, and reflects the fact that the police have a key statutory duty to secure value for money in the use of public funds. It provides high level guidance to help ensure effective and constructive relationships in all financial matters. The FMCP sets the tone while promoting flexibility and avoiding overt prescription so that the detail of arrangements can be worked out locally.’

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Fire Government announces new standards for fire and rescue services

Addressing the Local Government Association’s Fire Commission yesterday, the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, announced a new approach to improve professional standards for fire and rescue services across England.

While some professional standards currently exist for fire and rescue services, they are inconsistently applied and the government believes they can be expanded. A Fire Standards Board will be created to ensure standards are nationally coordinated to a high level across the sector.

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Police Finances Police forces can't continue to subsidise 'multi-billion pound football industry', police chief says

A YORKSHIRE police chief has called for a “re-think” about who bears the costs of policing football matches, as new figures reveal the strain on the public purse.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, of South Yorkshire Police, said his force “can’t continue to subsidise clubs” by meeting so much of the cost of match-day policing. The cost of policing football matches across Yorkshire was £2.35m for the first half of the 2017/18 season, figures obtained by the BBC Shared Data Unit reveal.

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Police Finances Police to receive 2% pay increase in 2018 to 2019

Police officers will be awarded a pay rise of 2% in 2018 to 2019. This will mean that average pay for a police constable will now be more than £38,600 per year.

The increase will consist of:

a 2% pay increase for all police officer ranks

a 2% increase to the London weighting payment

a 2% increase to the dog handlers’ allowance

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Police and Crime General Police warn top grammar school headmaster that one of his pupils will be stabbed to death in next year as gangs recruit middle-class children in smart uniforms to become drugs mules

A grammar school headmaster has been warned by police that one of his pupils will be stabbed to death within 12 months because of the spread of drugs gangs.

Andrew Fowler is the first grammar school head to say that violent gangs are recruiting children from some of England’s best schools.

The students, who it is believed are less likely to attract the attention of police because of their smart uniforms, are groomed into becoming drugs couriers with threats of violence.

Police Demand Fewer rural residents have faith in local policing

Less than a third of countryside dwellers believe their local police force is doing a good job, a crime survey has found.

Only 27% of people in rural areas are satisfied with policing in their communities, according to this year’s National Rural Crime Survey.

A growing number of communities are feeling “frustrated at the way crime, deprivation and vulnerability is hidden by a picture postcard view of the countryside”, according to the Living On The Edge report.

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Police Finances Children affected by domestic abuse to benefit from £8 million fund

The Home Office has announced a new £8 million fund over the next 2 financial years to organisations in England and Wales to support children who are exposed to domestic abuse. – please note that this includes PCCs. The closing date for bids is 19 September 2018.

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Police and Crime General Forces approach College about change to recruitment plans

The College of Policing says it will "offer support" to forces who want to keep the current system for training police officers when its degree entry programme comes into place.

From the end of 2019, when the police education qualification framework is applied across policing, the organisation plans for the initial police learning development programme (IPLDP) to end.

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Police Finances Long-term fall in crime is over as statistics show spike in robbery and murder

The government has been warned it is “sleepwalking into a nightmare” as new figures show murder, robbery and stabbings increasing sharply in England and Wales.

The number of police officers has hit a record low, amid claims funding cuts have driven up violent crime and “encouraged” offenders.

Almost half of all criminal investigations have been closed with no suspect identified, and the proportion ending with someone being charged or summonsed to court fell to just 9 per cent in the year to March.

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Police Demand Homicide 'up for fourth year in a row'

The number of killings and murders in England and Wales has increased for the fourth year running, figures show.

Excluding terror attacks, there were 701 homicides in the 12 months to the end of March, 74 more than the previous year - a rise of 12%.

Homicide covers cases of murder, manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and infanticide. The data also showed knife crime was up 16%.

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Police Demand Brexit will trigger rise in hate crimes, warns police watchdog

The police watchdog has warned of a “real possibility” that Britain’s exit from the European Union next year will trigger a spike in hate crimes, as a victims’ group warned of a return to a climate of hostility such as that seen in the 1990s.

The report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services found large-scale failings in the way hate crimes were dealt with, despite the issue supposedly being a priority.

Reforms promised after past concerns were raised have not been started, nor delivered upon, and a national policy to visit victims has been effectively ignored, HMICFRS found, although it also uncovered outstanding examples of police tackling the issue.

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Police and Crime General No-one charged 'for 9 out of 10 crimes'

Only 9% of crimes end with suspects being charged or summonsed in England and Wales, Home Office figures suggest.

In the 12 months to March, 443,000 crimes resulted in a charge or summons out of 4.6 million offences - the lowest detection rate since 2015.

Data also shows police closed nearly half (48%) of all cases because no suspect could be identified.

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Fire Heavy toll on firefighters as call-outs to move the obese soar to 900 a year

The number of calls to fire crews to help lift obese people from their homes has more than doubled in five years, figures revealed yesterday. Last year firefighters were called out 909 times to help move morbidly obese patients, compared to 426 times in 2012.

Between 2012 and 2017, the latest figures available show there were 3,873 callouts made to help the immobile and overweight in Britain.

One patient who had to be moved weighed 60 stones, according to West Midlands fire chiefs.

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Police and Crime General Council trials mobile phone detection technology

Norfolk County Council has become the first local authority to trial mobile phone detection technology in order to improve road safety.

The new system, which was developed by the Norfolk company Westcotec, will be used to identify mobile phone use from within a vehicle before activating a sign urging the driver to hang up.

‘Using a mobile phone whilst driving is an enormous distraction and apart from being illegal puts the lives of the driver, passengers and pedestrians at risk,’ said Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of the council’s communities committee.

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Police Demand Have police lost control? Most Britons think criminals have no fear of the law as two thirds say they haven't seen an officer on their street in a year amid soaring crime levels

The majority of Britons say the police have lost control of the streets, according to a shocking poll.

According to the exclusive survey, 57 per cent of people say officers have surrendered control of our neighbourhoods and criminals have no fear of being caught.

Amid skyrocketing levels of crime, the poll also reveals that a quarter of the population don’t feel safe at night in their local area.

And it suggests that one of the biggest factors behind the recent surge in lawlessness is a lack of ‘bobbies on the beat’. An incredible 60 per cent of the public say they haven’t seen a police officer in their street in the past year. The poll will increase pressure on ministers to get a grip on the violent crime wave engulfing the UK.

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Police Finances 'Prisoners get better accommodation': British police drafted in to protect Trump moan about being forced to sleep in a sports centre with 300 stretcher beds, cold showers and no phone chargers

Police officers drafted in to handle Donald Trump's visit to the UK have hit out at the 'disaster zone' accommodation in which they've been put up.

Up to 10,000 police officers have been drafted in to protect the US President from mass protests and the threat of a terror attack when he visits Britain today.

But pictures posted by police online show some have been given camp beds in a gym hall in Essex while others have groundsheets placed on the floor of a squash court.

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Economy & Public Finance Brexit will hit public finances, conference hears

Day-to-day spending on public services will fall by 0.6% in real terms between 2020-21 and 2022-23, delegates at CIPFA’s annual conference heard this morning.

The Institute for Government’s Gemma Tetlow told her audience economists for and against Brexit were “fairly well aligned” on the view that the Brexit vote had caused a slow down in growth in the UK.

“The figures that were laid out in March by the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast spending that was consistent with borrowing falling for the next four years and that implied that day-to-day spending on public services would be set to fall by 0.6% in real terms between 2020-21 and 2022-23,” the IFG’s chief economist told the conference.

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Economy & Public Finance CIPFA president: We can rebuild trust in public services

CIPFA has a great opportunity to “flip the negative narrative” and rebuild trust in public services, the institute’s new president said this morning.

In her opening address to the CIPFA conference in Bournemouth, Sarah Howard highlighted that “pervasive” negativity had taken hold.

“I see what appears to be a universal breakdown in trust – whether we look at central government, local government, NHS or the private sector – the examples are well known,” she said, singling out Brexit, funding problems at Northamptonshire County Council and the collapse of the outsourcing and construction giant Carillion.

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Police and Crime General Journalist warns conference of ‘de-anonymising’ people through data

Overlaying multiple data sets can ‘de-anonymise’ people leaving them vulnerable to abuse, an award-winning journalist has told the CIPFA conference.

Guardian and Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr advised delegates the public sector should learn from the Cambridge Analytica scandal - the story she broke earlier this year.

She won the coveted Orwell journalism last month for her investigation.

“We must learn the lesson that Cambridge Analytica is teaching us,” she told the conference in Bournemouth today, in a session called Public expectations in the age of social media.

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Police and Crime General West Midlands police officer disciplined for comments caught on camera

A West Midlands police officer has been given a final written warning after he was filmed telling a black man: “You’d be the first one I’d shoot if I had a gun.”

The video, which was recorded on a mobile phone while police searched a property in Coventry on 24 August in 2017, also showed the officer asking a man if he was “going to go Black Lives Matter” on the patrol team. The video was later posted on Facebook.

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Economy & Public Finance Raab replaces Davis as Brexit Secretary

Minister of State for Housing and Planning Dominic Raab has been appointed Brexit Secretary after David Davis resigns from UK government.

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Economy & Public Finance Jeremy Hunt replaces Boris Johnson amid Brexit turmoil

Theresa May has launched a reshuffle of her top team after a string of resignations over her Brexit strategy plunged her government into crisis.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been named as the new foreign secretary after Boris Johnson quit, accusing Mrs May of pursuing a "semi-Brexit".

His departure followed that of Brexit Secretary David Davis and several junior figures.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock replaces Mr Hunt as health secretary.

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Police and Crime General Government plans renewed action to tackle hate crime

Police call handlers will be offered specialist training on how to give hate crime victims the vital support they need when reporting an incident.

The programme will help call handlers to effectively identify if a hate crime has been committed and provide a professional and empathetic response for people who may have suffered personal abuse.

Money provided by the Home Office will allow for the distribution of training resources to police forces, which will be delivered by the National Police Chiefs’ Council in partnership with Facing All The Facts, which tackles hate crime and hate speech across Europe.

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Police Finances Chiefs give overnight payment go ahead week before Trump visit

Officers providing mutual aid for the presidential visit will be paid the overnight allowance chiefs have agreed following accusations of delaying the decision.

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Police Finances Grenfell firefighters ran out of basic equipment, inquiry hears

Fire commanders trying to rescue residents at Grenfell Tower ran out of firefighters in breathing apparatus and basic equipment, including hose nozzles and door-breaking gear, the inquiry into the disaster has heard.

Watch manager Brian O’Keefe said it was the most harrowing incident he had ever been involved in, describing how firefighters risked their lives to save people by going up the burning building without proper equipment and how radio communications had failed. He revealed the anguish of colleagues who told eight people to stay in a 14th-floor flat for their safety, four of whom died.

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Police and Crime General Amesbury Novichok poisoning: Couple exposed to nerve agent

A man and woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were exposed to Novichok - the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say.

The couple, believed to be Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill at a house in Amesbury on Saturday and remain in a critical condition.

Police say no-one else has presented with the same symptoms.

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Police Finances PCC welcomes 'efficiency' of new joint role for forces

ACC Geoff Wessell has been appointed to oversee the delivery of 'shared' policing services for Warwickshire and West Mercia police.

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Police Demand Millions of children 'fending for themselves' and facing 'serious risk' at home

More than two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks, the Children's Commissioner has said.

Anne Longfield's report states the dangers include domestic violence and living with parents who are alcoholics or have substance abuse problems.

The study into childhood vulnerability estimates that 2.1 million of England's 11.8 million children, nearly one in six, are living in families with risks so serious that they need some level of help.

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Police and Crime General Saddleworth Moor fire now being treated as arson along with other Lancashire blazes

The wildfire on Saddleworth Moor which crews have been fighting for more than a week is now being treated as arson.

Police say witnesses reported that people were lighting a bonfire on the moorland above Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, on the early evening of Sunday June 24 - around 50 minutes before the first 999 call.

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Police and Crime General Body Worn Video helps officers avoid 'trouble', researchers say

Researchers found a 'consensus' among officers that body worn video not only helps to 'tip the balance' for domestic abuse victims but also helps to protect police from allegations of misconduct and violent attacks from suspects.

The University of Leeds carried out a 12-month study with West Yorkshire and Cumbria police, where use of BWV is mandatory at domestic abuse incidents.

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Prisons Number of UK prison officers resigning soars amid increasing levels of violence and self-harm

The number of prison officers resigning from their jobs has more than doubled in the last two years amid soaring levels of violence and self-harm in UK jails.

Ministers have been accused of driving a crisis in prisons after an analysis of official figures revealed the number of officers leaving the role surged from 596 in 2015/16 to 1,244 in the 12 months to March 2018 – an increase of 109 per cent. One in 16 officers resigned last year, compared with one in 33 officers two years before and just one in 100 in 2009/10.

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Police and Crime General Number of special constables continues to plummet

The number of officers in the special constabulary has nearly halved in the space of five years. In March 2012 there were 20,343 special constables and that number has fallen dramatically to 12,601, according to Home Office figures from September 2017.

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Police and Crime General New neighbourhood policing guidelines published for public consultation

A public consultation on evidence-based guidelines for chief officers on how they should deliver, support and develop neighbourhood policing has opened.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) 2016 police effectiveness report that found neighbourhood policing was being eroded.

The report made a recommendation for the development of guidance setting out the essential elements which all forces should provide.

The resulting guidelines published have defined the features of neighbourhood policing as:

• being accessible to, responsible for and accountable to communities;

• engaging with communities to build trust and develop understanding of needs;

• collaborative problem solving with communities;

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Police and Crime General Scrap Gypsy, Roma and Traveller officer jobs says report

A charity has called for a review into whether the police gypsy and traveller liaison officer role may be breaching the Equality act.

The Traveller Movement’s (TM) report released last month, based on surveys and freedom of information requests to the 43 territorial forces, raised concerns travellers are being marginalised by an attitude among police officers that they are more likely to commit crime.

Of the 20 forces who told TM they have a dedicated GRT officer, 12 mentioned enforcement against unauthorised encampments and/or place GRT communities alongside thematic issues such as anti-social behaviour, gangs, youth violence etc.

The remaining eight focused on building positive relationships with gypsies and travellers.

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Police and Crime General Dashcam website turns all drivers into traffic police

A new website, to be launched tomorrow, will allow motorists and cyclists who film drivers flouting the law to upload their footage for police to assess.

An estimated 2.6m vehicles in Britain have dashboard cameras capable of filming the road ahead and capturing incidences of risky driving. With the number of traffic officers falling by nearly a third in 10 years, police forces are turning to evidence collected by the public to secure prosecutions.

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Police Finances Trump trip could cost Police Scotland £5m

A possible one-day visit by US President Donald Trump to Scotland in July could cost Police Scotland £5m.

Mr Trump is scheduled to have talks with Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street on 13 July.

It has been suggested the president may then visit at least one of his golf courses in Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire.

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Police and Crime General Police cuts hit London harder than other parts of UK, says Sadiq Khan

London was hit harder than any other part of the country by years of Conservative cuts to its police force, Sadiq Khan has claimed.

Citing new figures, the London mayor said that in 2010, when the Conservatives came to power nationally and started cutting government spending, the capital had 4.1 officers per 1,000 Londoners – but by 2016/17 that had dropped to 3.3 officers per 1,000 Londoners.

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Police Finances The lost children: 30,000 in gangs

More than 30,000 children aged between 10 and 15 now say that they are in gangs, according to research that will fuel concerns about the country’s violent crime epidemic.

Criminals are preying on young people by “taking the place of society”, Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner, said as analysis by her office showed that a total of 70,000 youths aged up to 25 were feared to be part of a gang network.

Senior police and experts have said that violence is out of control and children as young as ten are being groomed by drug runners. It is vital that middle-class drug users take responsibility for their contribution to the surge in violent crime, they say.

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Police Demand Durham police chief calls for legalisation of cannabis in UK

A chief constable has called for the ban on cannabis to be scrapped, arguing that it damages public safety, puts users in more danger, and gives millions of pounds to organised criminals.

Mike Barton, who leads the Durham police force, said people growing a couple of plants for personal use would not be subject to raids in his jurisdiction. Durham police are rated as outstanding in their effectiveness by the official police inspectorate.

His comments came after the former Conservative party leader William Hague last week said the war on cannabis had failed and the class-B drug should be legalised.

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Police and Crime General 'I'm a trade unionist, not a terrorist'

Dave Smith was one of hundreds of workers in the construction industry put on a 'blacklist' due to their trade union activities.

He says it destroyed his career by preventing him from getting and maintaining work.

The police has admitted it supplied information to the blacklist, from officers spying on workers.

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Police and Crime General Failing police help house burglars to ‘easy pickings’

There were more than 3,000 areas of England and Wales where no burglaries were solved last year, according to figures that intensify fears police are losing the battle against burglars.

Residents warn that many areas are becoming “easy pickings” for criminals because of a lack of police officers on the streets and inadequate investigations. The Police Federation warned that burglars were getting used to “never being stopped by police, never mind arrested”.

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Police Demand Police failing to solve two-thirds of knife crime as figures soar

Police are failing to solve 63 per cent of knife crimes committed against under-25s as stabbing incidents soar.

So far this year in London alone there have been 21 youth murders – while knife crime against young victims across England and Wales has surged by 69 per cent in the last four years.

Politicians and youth workers accused the government of failing to act on the rise in stabbings, and warned of the “disastrous” effect cuts to police and youth services were having on young people.

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Prisons Probation system 'a mess' despite reforms, say MPs

The system for supervising criminals in England and Wales is in a "mess" after reforms failed to meet their aims, MPs have said.

The Commons justice committee said it was "unconvinced" reforms could ever deliver an effective probation service.

In 2014 the system was partially privatised and monitoring extended to those who had served short jail terms.

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Police Demand Potential police chiefs may be put off by PCC pressure

The chief officer talent pool may be evaporating because the job offers less professional freedom than it used to, the HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary has said.

Sir Tom Windsor also told the Home Affairs Committee the detective shortage crisis can be blame at least partially on the fact his proposals to pay officers with specialist’s skills an allowance seven years ago were ignored.

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Police and Crime General Police investigating child abuse suffer psychological harm

Police officers investigating child abuse are routinely being placed at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of the harrowing nature of the work, according to a study.

More than a third of police officers evaluated in the study were suffering secondary traumatic stress and other psychological consequences from child abuse cases.

Researchers from the University of Surrey and the University of Essex warned that the rate of serious stress was significantly above average and that the officers were experiencing the type of trauma that leads to PTSD.

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Police Finances Defence, schools and police set to miss out from big spending increases as Theresa May focuses on NHS

Defence, schools and police budgets are set to miss out on big spending increases because of Theresa May’s decision to pump £20billion into the National Health Service.

In recent weeks both Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, and Sajid Javid, the Home secretary, have signalled they want to see increases in their spending at the next spending review.

However Government figures have told The Telegraph that the Prime Minister's commitment to increase NHS spending by an average of 3.4 per cent from next March means that other key departments will have to settle for less.

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Police Finances Fewer than one in 20 street robberies and burglaries are being solved by police

Less than one in 20 street robberies and burglaries are being solved in the UK, shocking new figures have revealed.

Official police data shows that just four per cent of robberies and three per cent of burglaries were solved in England and Wales in 2017.

The figures will fuel concerns that there is a crisis in the nation's policing, with one MP describing London as 'the Wild West'.

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Police and Crime General Apple accused of blocking police with iPhone update

Apple will update its iPhone settings later this year to thwart spying technology that is used by police and intelligence agencies.

The update cuts off communication through the charging port when the phone has not been unlocked for an hour. It is expected to stop plug-in tools used by more than half of UK police forces to extract data from locked handsets. Civil liberties groups have criticised police for using tools from companies such as Cellebrite and Grayshift without a warrant to get data from witnesses, victims and suspects.

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Police Demand Number of terrorism-related arrests in UK reaches record level

The number of terrorism-related arrests in Britain hit a record high after a series of attacks around the country last year, official figures show.

In the year ending 31 March, 441 people were held on suspicion of terrorism-related activity, the highest number of arrests in a year since data collection started in 2001, and an increase of 17% on the 378 in the previous year.

The Home Office said the rise was partly due to a number of arrests made following attacks in London and Manchester last year. The number of terror-related arrests in Britain since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 has passed the 4,000 mark, standing at 4,182 at the end of March.

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Police Demand Rising crime is symptom of inequality, says senior Met chief

One of Britain’s most senior police chiefs has intervened in the debate about rising crime, saying social inequality is a cause that needs tackling and that those arrested and jailed tend to be people with less money and opportunity.

The Metropolitan police assistant commissioner Patricia Gallan told the Guardian that “children are not born bad” and called for a wider effort to deal with inequalities that leave people feeling like “they do not have a stake in society”.

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Police and Crime General MPs condemn UK cannabis laws after epileptic boy's medication seized

MPs have criticised the UK’s cannabis laws and called for urgent reform after a boy had his first epileptic seizure in 300 days because the government had ordered his doctor to stop prescribing him potentially life-saving cannabis oil.

Charlotte Caldwell, whose son Billy, 12, has scores of seizures every day without cannabis oil, by customs agents at Heathrow on Monday.

Caldwell was not cautioned for trying to “openly smuggle” the substance into the UK from Canada, but was instead invited to the Home Office to meet the minister of state, Nick Hurd, who told her it would not be returned.

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Police Demand Police chiefs warned over 'routine' failings

Chief constables in England and Wales have been warned there are "no excuses" for "routinely" identified failings.

Sir Tom Winsor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, also criticised police investigations involving children, saying they were allocated to staff without the right skills or experience.

But Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner and a former Labour MP, called the comments "mean-minded".

She added they showed a "total failure" to understand the resourcing pressures.

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Police Finances Training costs of police apprentices set at £24,000

The cost of training and assessing each police apprentice will be up to £24,000.

The government has set the level of training and assessment that can be spent on the individuals at that amount.

The College of Policing originally wanted forces to be able to spend £27,000 on the new officers.

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Police Finances Northamptonshire County Council already more than £4m behind budget

Northamptonshire County Council is more than £4 million behind budget, just two months into the 2018/19 financial year.

A report to the authority’s cabinet yesterday revealed that a Period 1 finance report was showing an ‘adverse variance’ of £4.34m, prior even to the replenishment of the council’s General

Fund and reserve balances that were raided last year to set a balanced budget.

The cabinet papers say that such a variance normally ‘would not be a cause for alarm at this stage’, but that the county council’s financial situation was ‘not in normal circumstances’.

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Fire North Yorkshire PCC to take on responsibility for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan’s proposal to take on responsibility for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has today been approved by the Home Secretary.

The PCC is set to join Roger Hirst of Essex, who became the country’s first police, fire and crime commissioner in October 2017, alongside other PCCs who have had their proposals to take on responsibility for their local fire and rescue services approved. These include Stephen Mold, PCC for Northamptonshire, John Campion, PCC for West Mercia, Matthew Ellis, PCC for Staffordshire, and Jason Ablewhite, PCC for Cambridgeshire.

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Police and Crime General State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2017

This is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s report to the Secretary of State under section 54(4A) of the Police Act 1996. It contains his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales for the inspection year 2017.

This reporting period has seen the third complete cycle of PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) inspections. They consider the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces, and assess their legitimacy (that is, how they behave and treat people). These inspections give a comprehensive analysis of how each police force in England and Wales has performed.

This report also gives an overview of the findings from our child protection inspections and our specialist inspections, including our inspections of non-Home Office forces.

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Police Demand Teen critically injured after three London stabbings

A teenage boy has been critically wounded and two others injured in three unrelated stabbings across London.

The 17-year-old was found stabbed in Coles Crescent, Harrow, after police were alerted at 20:11 BST.

Two other men, both aged in their 20s, were injured in separate stabbings in Northolt, west London, and Brixton, south London.

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Police and Crime General Digital and social media firms should be forced to protect children from addiction, experts say

Social media and online gaming firms should have a statutory “duty of care” to protect children from mental ill health, abuse and addictive behaviour, a coalition of the country’s leading experts demands today.

Data amassed by charities, academics and doctors links children’s use of social media and gaming to a range of serious and lasting harms, many of which build gradually over time and go undetected by parents or teachers.

They accuse businesses such as Facebook and Snapchat of cynically targeting children as young as eight, using addictive “hooks” from the worlds of behavioural psychology and gambling to capture “new skins” to keep them logged on for as long as possible.

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Police Finances Train to become a detective in 12 weeks under new policing plans

Graduates will be trained to become detectives in just 12 weeks under a new plan to increase the number of investigators.

The move is part of a £350,000 fast-track training programme which could see detective numbers rise by up to 1,000 in the next five years.

It comes following a warning that England and Wales have a shortfall of 5,000 police investigators, something the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services described last year as a "national crisis".

Police Now, an independent charity operating in 25 forces areas in England and Wales, will get the £350,000 for the programme in addition to £2.8m already promised by the Home Office for 2018/19.

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Police and Crime General Police to get new hi-tec breathalysers to give instant roadside drink-drive readings

Police are to get new hi-tec breathalysers to give instant roadside drink-drive readings that can be used in court.

The aim of the new kits will be for a breath or blood test taken at the roadside to be good enough to secure a conviction.

A Department for Transport source said: “It means those marginally over the drink-drive limit will not have extra time to sober up and pass a later test at the station.”

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Police and Crime General Violent crime: Is it getting worse?

The BBC have done a fact finding piece trying to establish where there has been a surge in serious crime in England and Wales.

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Police Demand Despite the headlines, levels of violent crime are stable

Hardly a day seems to go by without news of a terrifying and violent attack on the streets.

Figures for the year to December 2017 show a seven per cent fall in crime measured by the survey to 10.6 million offences, while recorded crime showed a 13 per cent rise to 5.5 million crimes.

Statisticans suggest that while, over the long term, crime has fallen from peaks in the 1990s, the fall has slowed in recent years and, in the short term, levels are more stable.

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Police Finances Mystery as £3m of Welsh police training cash 'disappears'

Nearly £3m of Welsh police forces' cash - used to train new recruits - has "disappeared" and neither the Welsh nor UK government can explain where it is.

The Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said the funds had been lost in a dispute between the two administrations.

It fears recruits could be lost to England, where forces have received their share of the apprenticeship levy.

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Police and Crime General Ex-wives of undercover police defend Lush 'spycops' campaign

Two former wives of undercover police officers who deceived other women into intimate relationships have defended the campaign by cosmetics retailer Lush to highlight the misconduct of the police spies.

While married with children, their husbands had sexual relationships with campaigners when they infiltrated political groups. The husbands kept these relationships secret from their wives, who say they now feel betrayed.

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Police Demand Shock figures reveal violent crime is up 50% in parts of Britain

Striking fear into his victims, this machete-wielding masked raider personifies Britain’s violent crimewave.

The swaggering criminal forced staff at a shop in Bury to hand over the takings before fleeing with an accomplice.

The shocking image emerged last night as official figures revealed that violent crime is up in 42 of 43 police force areas – in some by more than 50 per cent.

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Police and Crime General Anti-terrorism plans 'will make thoughtcrime a reality'

Anti-terrorism proposals have been unveiled by the UK government that would make it an offence for people to publicly support a banned group even if they did not encourage others to do so.

The move has prompted the human rights group Liberty to accuse the government of trying to “make thoughtcrime a reality”.

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Police and Crime General Have we lost control of our streets? Alarm at surge in violent crime that blights Britain

Britain is reeling from a spate of savage crimes. It has left the public asking: “Are police losing control of the streets?” In recent days, the country has seen a wave of horrific attacks stretching frontline officers to the limit.

Cuts in police budgets of hundreds of millions of pounds mean there are now 121,929 officers in England and Wales – nearly 22,000 fewer than eight years ago, say rank-and-file leaders.

The Police Federation says ministers have ignored pleas to end budget reductions and bolster the number of frontline officers. Federation chairman Calum Macleod said: “Our previous warnings are coming to light as we see an increase in violent crime and victims of crime not getting the service they deserve and expect.”

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Police and Crime General Most programmes to stop radicalisation are failing

More than 95 per cent of deradicalisation programmes are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government’s Prevent programme.

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), the so-called nudge unit formerly part of the Cabinet Office, examined 33 deradicalisation programmes across the country designed to safeguard vulnerable people from far-right and religious extremist threats. The Times understands that most were funded by or fell under the label of Prevent.

The study found that only two programmes were effective and that some projects were counterproductive. Some participants said that they restricted their freedom of speech. Until the BIT study, the 33 projects claimed a success rate of more than 90 per cent because they evaluated themselves.

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Police Demand Local police 'struggling with drug networks', says NCA head

The structure of policing is partly to blame for the "exponential" growth of drugs networks, the head of the National Crime Agency has told MPs.

Lynne Owens said each of England and Wales's 43 forces was focused on running their local services rather than co-ordinating across borders.

She said progress on serious organised crime was moving at "glacial speed".

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Police and Crime General At least murder rate is better than it was ten years ago, says Met chief Cressida Dick

Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, has said that there were 100 fewer murders annually in London than over a decade ago as she called for “some context” around the recent surge in violence.

She told MPs yesterday that she regretted every killing but pointed out that the murder rate was lower than when she was a commander, dealing with youth violence.

Ms Dick told the parliamentary home affairs select committee that there were about 250 murders in London 12 years ago, compared with about 150 last year and 100 in 2016. According to official statistics the murder rate in 2006 was 172.

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Police Finances Policing for the future inquiry

The Committee resumes its inquiry into policing for the future and takes evidence from Chief Constables from a diverse set of forces to explore the current and future challenges of modern policing.

This is the first of a series of oral evidence sessions to be held in this resumed inquiry.

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Police and Crime General ‘Three strikes’ for viewers of terrorist content

Ministers are to introduce a “three strikes” law for people caught streaming terrorist content in a new counter terror bill to be published within days.

The move will close a loophole that allows some people to watch gruesome or inflammatory propaganda without fear of prosecution.

Under the plans, the offence of possessing information deemed useful to a terrorist will be widened to include material that is viewed online three or more times or streamed online.

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Police Demand Shoplifting reports in Wiltshire rocket by 14%

Shoplifting has risen by 14 per cent in the past year with more than than 4,000 incidents being reported to Wiltshire Police.

Retailers large and small in Swindon and the surrounding area are losing millions of pounds to these crimes.

According to the figures from, 4,210 incidents were reported between April 2017 and March 2018.

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Police and Crime General Bestival to provide drug testing in attempt to prevent deaths

People arriving at the Dorset festival will be able to test their drugs safely to reveal its strength in a bid to reduce deaths.

In May this year two people died at Mutiny festival in Portsmouth after taking drugs. Their deaths were blamed on a "dangerous high-strength or bad-batch substance" by festival organisers.

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Police and Crime General MI5 and police to get faster alerts on suspicious buys under terrorism plan

MI5 and police will be alerted to suspicious purchases more quickly under the Government’s new blueprint for tackling terror.

On Monday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will outline plans to work more closely with businesses to eradicate the “safe spaces” that are exploited by violent extremists.

He is expected say: “That includes faster alerts for suspicious purchases, improving security at crowded places across the UK, and reducing the vulnerability of our critical infrastructure.”

Ministers want firms to raise the alarm as quickly as possible if they have evidence of unusual transactions – such as someone stockpiling large amounts of chemicals or acting suspiciously when hiring a vehicle.

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Police and Crime General Abandoned son of police spy sues Met for compensation

A man whose father abandoned him as a child while working as an undercover police officer is suing the Metropolitan police for compensation.

The man, who has been granted anonymity, alleges in the lawsuit that he has suffered psychiatric damage after discovering at the age of 26 that his father was a police spy, and not the radical protester he had been led to believe.

On Monday in the high court, Mr Justice Nicol ruled against an attempt by the Met to have the lawsuit dismissed.

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Police Finances Home secretary Sajid Javid sets up battle with Treasury in call for new police money

Home secretary Sajid Javid today set up a battle with chancellor Philip Hammond in next year’s Budget as he called for increased spending on policing.

Javid will tomorrow announce funding for an extra 2,000 security services officers as the government tries to address a perceived increase in the threat from terrorism.

MI5, the domestic intelligence agency, will also be pushed to give neighbourhood police and even local government more information on potential terrorist threats.

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Police and Crime General Securing the future: counter-terrorism strategy published

The Home Office has released a response to 'the evolving threat of terrorism'.

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Police Finances Salisbury nerve agent attack 'cost police force £7.5m'

A nerve agent attack in Salisbury three months ago cost the police force £7.5m, according to the region's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

PCC Angus Macpherson described the police operation as a "massive effort" which involved 40 other UK forces.

He said Wiltshire Police "came to the fore" with more than 140 officers on duty at the height of the operation.

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Police Finances Lush 'intimidated by ex-police officers' over controversial campaign

Cosmetics company Lush has said it has taken its controversial campaign down from some shops due to "intimidation" of its staff by ex-police officers.

The company sparked outrage over its latest ad campaign that claimed police have been "paid to lie".

Lush said it would continue with the SpyCops campaign even despite not feeling "able" to have it in the windows of some of their shops.

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Police Demand Nine in 10 crimes are never solved as police forces buckle under brutal Tory cuts

Only 11.6% of all crimes were solved between 2016 and 2017 as our police forces buckle under the strain of brutal Tory cuts.

The shocking figure is a drop of 26% and statistics also revealed a postcode lottery on the number of cases officers are closing across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said the figures show austerity policies are impacting safety and justice in our communities.

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Police and Crime General The Met Police force owes its officers 189,000 rest days

Met Police officers racked up 189,000 cancelled rest days last year amid "unprecedented" demands on the force, the BBC has found.

Two terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire saw extra officers brought in to aid with the force's response.

Chair of the Met Police Federation, Ken Marsh MBE, said the situation had put a "massive strain" on staff.

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Police and Crime General Drug-testing facilities should be used at all UK festivals after Mutiny deaths, urge experts

All UK festivals should provide drug-testing facilities, experts and campaigners have urged, following the deaths of two young people believed to have taken high-strength ecstasy at a festival over the bank holiday weekend.

Five people have been arrested for drug-related offences after Georgia Jones, 18, and Tommy Cowan, 20, died at Mutiny Festival in Hampshire. Thirteen other people were taken to hospital, with one remaining critically ill.

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Police and Crime General 999 project faces axe over rising costs

The Home Office is considering abandoning a £1.2 billion project to modernise emergency services communications amid alarm over costs and delays.

Another option is to extend drastically the timetable for replacing the UK-wide radio Airwave system used by police, fire and ambulance services.

Both options would be a humiliation for the department which was warned two years ago by the National Audit Office of the “high risk” nature of the ambitious plan to upgrade emergency services communications.

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Police and Crime General Brexit deal on security is blocked by France

France is blocking Britain’s attempt to remain part of a European Union security system that helps to identify foreign criminals and is designed to keep the public safe.

The government wants a guarantee that it can continue to access and share vital DNA, fingerprint and vehicle information with other European countries after Brexit.

Ministers have said that Britain’s participation in the so-called Prüm Convention is “clearly in the national interest”. The system allowed French and Belgian authorities to identify the terrorists responsible for the Paris attacks in November 2015.

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Police Finances Sunak urges pension funds to offer £20bn infrastructure boost

The minister responsible for councils’ pension investments has said he is not considering further rationalisation of the local government pension scheme.

In an LGC interview, Rishi Sunak said progress has been “good” on the pooling of the 89 individual local government funds into eight pools, which is intended to cut administrative costs and create a larger scale to boost investment into infrastructure projects.

He urged funds to invest at least a tenth of their assets into infrastructure investment.

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Police Demand Has neighbourhood policing reached the point of no return?

The national lead for local policing has admitted the future of community police work may be a “tough love” question for chiefs.

Simon Kempton, operational lead for Police Federation of England and Wales warned some areas have already seen their neighbourhood teams “decimated” with poor prospects of reforging relationships with their communities.

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Police and Crime General Police to treat gangs like terror suspects

Gang members are to be treated like terrorism suspects to stop murderous feuds encouraged by YouTube videos, The Times can reveal.

Detectives will be given powers to pursue gangsters who glorify knife and gun violence and stoke tensions through videos posted on social media, targeting them in the same way as terrorists who call for attacks online.

The move comes after a rise in violence across the country, with murder rates as well as knife and gun crime increasing every year for the past three years.

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Police Finances Royal wedding: Grant 'may cover cost of policing'

A police commissioner has said he plans to apply for "special funding" to cover the cost of policing the royal wedding.

Anthony Stansfeld said they could claim for cash from the Home Office if the bill comes to over 1% of the Thames Valley force's £405m annual budget.

He admitted it would take "a long time" to finalise the exact cost of Duke and Duchess of Sussex's big day, but suggested it was "between £2m and £4m".

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Police Finances Spending review offers chance to reset centre/local relations

Councils have “shouldered a disproportionate share of the burden” on deficit reduction. We all know this is true, but it is significant that local government minister Rishi Sunak this week makes this admission in an LGC interview.

Mr Sunak pledges to be a “champion” for the sector in the forthcoming spending review negotiations with the Treasury, fighting for sufficient funds to enable councils to withstand “everything coming in their way over the next few years”. He also admits he will not “win every battle”, a caution justified by past experience of this government’s treatment of councils.

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Police and Crime General Councils take key Prevent strategy role

Councils have been handed administrative control of the controversial Prevent counter-terror strategy, as ministers seek to make it more amenable to communities.

But Home Office officials have already slowed the pace of the reforms amid concerns that recent Project Dovetail pilots failed to resolve challenges around police data sharing, managing referrals in smaller towns, and oversight of programmes in areas where police and local authority boundaries overlap.

A letter sent to local authorities by the Home Office’s head of Prevent, Matt Collins, confirmed councils will be given administrative and budgetary control of a key tenet of the strategy – the multi-agency Channel panels created to spot signs of radicalisation and provide intensive support for those vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

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Police and Crime General YouTube deletes half of 'violent' music videos

YouTube says it has deleted more than half of the "violent" music videos that the country's most senior police officer asked it to take down.

More than 30 clips have been removed so far.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has blamed some videos for fuelling a surge in murders and violent crime in London - and singled out drill music.

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Police Finances Police apprenticeship funding worth millions ‘disappeared down a black hole’

Welsh government has allegedly said even if it has received funding, it will not pass the money on.

All four Welsh police chiefs and PCCs have no idea where two years’ worth of apprenticeship levy money has gone, the Wales Police Federation lead has confirmed.

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Police and Crime General Sajid Javid pledges he is 'standing with' police in first speech

Sajid Javid hopes to draw a line under the Home Office's fractious relationship with the Police Federation in his first speech to the body.

Mr Javid, whose brother is a chief superintendent in West Midlands Police, will pledge to provide the tools and back-up needed for frontline officers.

In the speech taking place in Birmingham, he will say: "I've seen the impact the job has had on family life."

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Police Demand Sajid Javid on police’s side: ‘I get how thin the blue line is’

Sajid Javid will today tell police he understands the pressures they face, saying: ‘I get it.’

The new home secretary will seek to mend fences in his first speech to the Police Federation, which booed Theresa May when she held his job.

He will tell officers he knows they feel ‘stretched, overburdened and not sufficiently rewarded’. And he will refer to his brother Bas, a chief superintendent with West Midlands Police, being assaulted while on duty.

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Police Finances Nick Hurd: I want increase police funding

The Policing Minister wants to see increase investment in British policing and will argue for it in government, he says.

Nick Hurd told the Police Federation Conference that he has listened and would like to see more funds, not just protection.

He said he will and has made the case for extra investment within government.

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Police Demand UK becoming 'cocaine capital' of Europe, warns minister

The UK "is fast becoming the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe", the security minister has said.

Ben Wallace said the "high-margin, high-supply drug" was "fuelling" an increase in violence on the streets.

Technology had enabled young dealers to evade detection and order drugs direct from "serious" gangs, he told MPs.

The minister said he was "not deaf" to Labour claims that police cuts had increased the pressure on officers trying to deal with the problem.

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Police and Crime General Moped crime: New rules to protect police pursuit drivers

Police drivers will have more legal protection if they are involved in a crash, in a bid to tackle criminals on mopeds, as part of Home Office plans.

New proposals aim to smash the "myth" that officers cannot pursue riders who are not wearing helmets.

"Criminals must not think they can get away with a crime by riding or driving in a certain way," policing minister Nick Hurd said.

The Police Federation, which has called for the changes, welcomed the reforms.

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Police Finances 'Sharenting' puts young at risk of online fraud

"Sharenting" - where parents share personal information about their children on social media - is the "weakest link" in risking online fraud and identity theft, warns Barclays.

The bank says parents are compromising their children's future financial security with so much online sharing.

Barclays forecasts by 2030 it could cost almost £670m in online fraud.

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Police and Crime General Minor drug users 'should not be charged'

A Scottish government adviser has said people caught with small amounts of illegal substances should no longer be prosecuted.

Dr Roy Robertson wants the country's forthcoming substance misuse strategy to "support rather than penalise".

He warned of a drug death "epidemic" and called for radical changes to how the country tackles drug abuse.

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Police Finances Home Office pledges £1m to prevent knife crime for Charities

A £1m funding boost to prevent knife crime will be available to charities in England and Wales, the Home Office has announced.

Community groups will be able to bid to receive up to £30,000 to support work in educating young people about the danger of carrying weapons.

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Police and Crime General Criminal charges fall despite rise in recorded crime - check your police force

The number of criminal charges being brought in England and Wales has been falling - despite more crimes being recorded in the same period.

BBC analysis of Home Office data for Panorama shows 527,000 charges were brought in 2016-17 - a fall of 65,000 on 2014-15. Meanwhile, the number of crimes recorded rose by nearly 750,000.

Police say a squeeze on resources is making crime harder to investigate. The Home Office says it is working with police to find a solution.

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Police and Crime General Chiefs to decide on special constable taser use

A decision on whether specials can be issued with tasers is to be taken by chief constables. The NPCC has confirmed the issue is to be considered at its July meeting.

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Police Demand Fewer crimes ending with charges - check your police area

The number of criminal charges being brought in England and Wales has been falling - despite more crimes being recorded in the same period.

BBC analysis of Home Office data for Panorama shows 527,000 charges were brought in 2016-17 - a fall of 65,000 on 2014-15. Meanwhile, the number of crimes recorded rose by nearly 750,000.

Police say a squeeze on resources is making crime harder to investigate.

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Police and Crime General Boris Johnson blames Sadiq Khan for London knife crime 'scandal'

Boris Johnson has said his successor as London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, must take responsibility for knife crime in the capital.

Mr Johnson, who was mayor until 2016, said it was a "scandal" that the murder rate in London was higher than in New York in February.

In a newspaper article, he accused Mr Khan of blaming "everyone but himself".

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Police and Crime General Up to 5 years in prison for criminals who use UK property market for money laundering

Criminals who illegally profit from some of the UK’s most exclusive properties through the illegal use of overseas shell companies face up to 5 years in jail for concealing the true identity of their owners, under new draft laws laid in Parliament today (Monday 23 July).

For the first time, foreign companies owning UK properties will be required to reveal their ultimate owners on the world’s first public register of overseas entities’ beneficial ownership.

The register forms part of a wider crackdown on criminals laundering their dirty money in the UK and the new information it reveals will make it easier for law enforcement agencies to seize criminal funds.

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Prisons Smoking ban in prison puts tobacco on most-wanted list

Banning smoking in prisons has led to tobacco being smuggled in and becoming part of the illicit economy.

The smoking ban was fully implemented in jails this year after being introduced across the prison estate over the previous two years.

In a letter to Bob Neill, chairman of the justice select committee, Rory Stewart, the prisons minister, said: “With regards to the impact on the illicit economy; tobacco has become an additional currency to the current currencies relating to drug use and mobile phones within the illicit economy.”

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Police and Crime General Face recognition police tools 'staggeringly inaccurate'

Police must address concerns over the use of facial recognition systems or may face legal action, the UK's privacy watchdog says.

An investigation by campaign group Big Brother Watch suggested the technology flagged up a "staggering" number of innocent people as suspects. Police have defended the technology and say safeguards are in place.

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Police and Crime General Encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency

Encryption is making it more difficult for law enforcement agencies to detect dangerous offenders, according the the National Crime Agency's (NCA) yearly assessment of serious organised crime in Britain.

"Since 2010, communication service providers have migrated to encrypted services 'by default', a process that accelerated following the Snowden disclosures," said the National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime 2018.

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Police and Crime General Police threaten to ban and arrest people mocking tiny cannabis bust in Yorkshire

Police officers have threatened to arrest people and ban them from their Facebook page after they made fun of their tiny cannabis bust online.

West Yorkshire Police shared a post about a 'small quantity of cannabis' which was seized from a 'young man who was parked up alone'.

Comments then flooded in making light of the bust, comparing the drug bust to notorious Colombian cartel runner Pablo Escobar.

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Police Demand Spiraling drug deaths blamed on swingeing funding cuts to services

Spiralling numbers of drug deaths across England are being blamed on swingeing budget cuts to addiction services – as new figures suggest spending on treatment has been slashed by £117m in just five years.

Councils have reduced drug and alcohol schemes as their own health budgets have been squeezed by government cuts, according to the Office for National Statistics.

It estimates that just £631m will be spent on such services in 2018-19 compared with £749m in 2013-14. In a similar period, drug-related deaths increased from 2,734 in 2013 to 3,450 in 2016.

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Police Finances Police forces save £273 million in three years on equipment cost

The Home Office has today published the third ‘basket of goods’ data set allowing the public to compare what each police force spends on common items to ensure best value for money.

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Police Finances UK could save £900mn from cannabis legalisation

The UK would save £900 million from the legalization of cannabis as it would cut NHS and prison costs, a study reveals. It comes as the UK’s drug minister stopped discussing cannabis as her husband runs a huge marijuana field.

Currently 1,363 people are in prisons in England and Wales because of cannabis-related offenses, the study also claims legalizing the drugs would save £557 million a year on prison services.

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Police Demand London’s crime wave will not be stopped by policing alone.

The head of London’s murder squad says policing alone will not solve with violent crime wave gripping the capital.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Wood pledged his officers would be “lawfully audacious” in stopping the bloodshed, but they need communities to “step up and say enough’s enough”

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Police Finances Station closures will see force share site with fire service

Four police stations in Shropshire are to close with officers and staff set to share premises with other organisations.

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Champion says he has taken the decision in a bid to get more money into frontline policing.

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Police and Crime General Social media hate crimes could lead to six years in jail

Sharing social media posts which threaten violent hate crime could become punishable by six months in prison under proposals issued yesterday.

Tougher sentences are being considered for spreading racial, religious or homophobic hatred, with jail terms of up to six years for those who abuse a large online following or other position of influence. People who knowingly incite serious violence or persistently spread hateful messages would also fall into the stricter bracket.

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Police and Crime General Volunteers with speed guns strike back

A growing movement in the UK is shifting the power of catching speeding motorists from the police, to the people.

Current deterrents for motorists are flawed. Speed cameras create resentment and only work in specific locations. Police with speed guns are effective, but this approach can be a drain on their time.

So passing the baton of the speed gun to John and fellow volunteers could be a solution. Umbrella group Speedwatch has developed a computerised, super-database that it wants other groups to join.

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Police Demand Demand for more armed police on UK streets after 3 days of fear

Extra police officers supported by armed units were ordered on to the streets yesterday after an unprecedented Bank Holiday weekend of violence. Five people were killed and at least six injured as a spate of shootings and stabbings swept the country.

Ex-MP and anti-knife campaigner Nick de Bois, who sits on the Government’s new antiviolent crime task force, called for more officers with weapons in the UK’s high crime areas.

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Police and Crime General Community volunteers with speed guns strike back at motorists

A growing movement in the UK is shifting the power of catching speeding motorists from the police, to the people.

"My daughter was going to school and one of her friends was killed by a vehicle," says John Ryan.

"The school assembly that morning when the children were told was terrible. The school didn't recover for about a year. It had a very big impact on the children and particularly my daughter."

Now, 20 years later, the retired bus driver has joined a network of volunteers trying to make the roads safer.

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Police and Crime General UK police say 92% false positive facial recognition is no big deal

A British police agency is defending (this link is inoperable for the moment) its use of facial recognition technology at the June 2017 Champions League soccer final in Cardiff, Wales—among several other instances—saying that despite the system having a 92-percent false positive rate, "no one" has ever been arrested due to such an error.

New data about the South Wales Police's use of the technology obtained by Wired UK and The Guardian through a public records request shows that of the 2,470 alerts from the facial recognition system, 2,297 were false positives. In other words, nine out of 10 times, the system erroneously flagged someone as being suspicious or worthy of arrest.

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Police and Crime General Judge criticises lack of legal aid for rape claim mother

A judge has criticised the legal aid system after a woman was forced to appear in the same court as a former partner she had accused of raping her because she could not afford a lawyer.

The family court in Middlesbrough was deciding what contact the woman's young daughter should have with her father.

The woman walked out as questions reached allegations of sexual abuse.

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Police and Crime General Report finds 'serious issues' with use of Mental Health Act

People with serious mental illness are suffering neglect and discrimination when they have been detained for treatment, according to a report ordered by Theresa May.

Too many of those sectioned under the Mental Health Act receive a lack of dignity and respect from staff, according to the review of legislation, which has identified a series of problems with it.

“People with the most severe forms of mental illness have the greatest needs and continue to be the most neglected and discriminated against”, said Prof Sir Simon Wessely, who chaired the review.

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Police Finances Surge in sex cases abandoned over hidden evidence

The number of sexual offence cases dropped because of a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence has risen sixfold in four years.

Official figures show a steady year-on-year increase in sex crime prosecutions being abandoned over issues around the disclosure of information. The Crown Prosecution Service figures follow the high-profile collapse of several rape cases after failures to share evidence with defence solicitors.

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Police Demand Chiefs’ concerns over ‘chilling effect’ of government stop and search regulation.

The College of Policing wrote to the Home Office to raise concerns about moves to introduce more rules on the use of stop and search.

Chief constables asked the organisation to point out a number of issues with government strategy – including a lack of analysis of its effectiveness.

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Police and Crime General 'Sajid will do what's in Sajid's interests'

Politically neat, generally welcomed by colleagues - in the recent canon of Tory events the relatively smooth landing of this appointment is an achievement in itself.

But moving Sajid Javid in, after Amber Rudd took herself out, does not end the prime minister's problems. She and Mr Javid need to move fast to cauterise the political wounds from Windrush.

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Police and Crime General Twelve-year-olds reporting misogyny hate crimes

Girls as young as 12 have reported street harassment after a force started recording misogyny as a hate crime.

Two years ago, Nottinghamshire Police began treating prejudice against women as an aggravating factor for crimes including sexual violence and harassment.

Giving evidence to a government inquiry, hate crime manager David Alton revealed the force has received reports from victims aged 12 to 60, with most victims in the 35-59 age range.

Many of these have been linked to other forms of hatred – and every incident so far has involved men harassing females.

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Police Finances Javid to be new home secretary

Sajid Javid has been named as the new home secretary after Amber Rudd's resignation.

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Police and Crime General Amber Rudd resigns as home secretary

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned, Downing Street has said, after claims she misled Parliament over targets for removing illegal migrants.

Ms Rudd, who was due to make a Commons statement on Monday, was under pressure to resign over the Windrush scandal.

She faced criticism over the existence of Home Office removals targets and her knowledge of them.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, who had repeatedly urged Ms Rudd to go, said she had "done the right thing".

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Police Finances Incremental pay rises - an endangered species?

The recent case in Nottingham where a number of council employees successfully challenged the city council's freeze on their annual incremental pay rises was an undoubted victory for those concerned.

The right to an automatic pay rise every year, long-enshrined in local government and other parts of the public sector, has some obvious benefits from the employee's - and the employer's - points of view.

Being sure of an annual increase, albeit perhaps a relatively small one, rewards experience and promotes loyalty, thus potentially improving cohesiveness and morale and reducing the expense of dealing with staff turnover.

But the annual increment has been disappearing in the local government world. For a number of reasons, it is beginning to look like an endangered species.

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Police Finances Has tide turned against force collaborations?

Forces pooling their resources was once seen as the answer to stretched budgets with announcements being made on a near-weekly basis that units were merging between forces. Recent months have seen the opposite trend with a raft of announcements, confirming that forces will take back their own specialist units, having already been made.

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Fire Grenfell Tower: Cladding Safety Checks Unrealistic Say Investigators

Real-life fires could burn 100C hotter than those simulated in cladding safety tests, investigators have found.

Current testing methods for building materials are not reproducing actual conditions and are in need of “urgent review”, the Fire Protection Association has warned.

Experiments comparing test conditions with more realistic ones found that building fires could burn at least 100C hotter, spread faster and last longer than those in safety checks.

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Police Finances Home Office did set targets for voluntary removal of illegal immigrants

The Home Office did set targets for the voluntary removal of illegal immigrants, it has emerged.

A 2015 report shows the department set a target of 12,000 voluntary departures in 2015/16, up from 7,200 in 2014/15.

The disclosure of the regional targets, split between 19 Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) teams across the UK, contradicts evidence given by Home Secretary Amber Rudd to Parliament on Wednesday.

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Police Finances Security Ministers commit to tackling modern slavery worldwide

Security ministers from the Group of Seven countries have agreed to coordinate efforts to tackle human trafficking online and eliminate forced labour from supply chains, as part of a series of measures to combat modern slavery across the globe.

At the G7 security meeting, Building a More Peaceful and Secure World, which concluded in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday, Ministers made nine commitments on behalf of the G7 which will be vital to protecting those vulnerable to trafficking.

These included coordinating and sharing information and intelligence on the emerging threat of online trafficking, working with businesses to end forced labour in our economies, and clamping down on the financial interests of those who profit from trafficking.

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Police and Crime General Statistical Bulletin on Crime in England and Wales – APCC response

In response to the Office for National Statistics’ publication of the Statistical Bulletin on Crime in England and Wales for the year ending December 2017, the Lead of the APCC Performance Portfolio Group, Matthew Scott PCC said:

“Whilst the latest recorded crime figures show concerning statistical rises in theft and in low-volume but high-harm offences like burglary, knife and gun crime, the more reliable Crime Survey for England and Wales found most types of crime to be at similar levels to 2016.

“As the ONS explicitly state, most people do not experience crime – 8 in 10 adults were not a victim of any of the crimes asked about in their survey. However, whichever data people choose to focus on, there will be no complacency from Police and Crime Commissioners who will continue to hold Chief Constables to account and work to reduce crime at all levels in their communities.

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Economy & Public Finance Government achieves first current budget surplus for 16 years

The Government has achieved its first current budget surplus since 2002, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Public borrowing was £1.35bn in March, £800m lower than March 2017.

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Police and Crime General Pocket money feeding drug habits, says schools chief

Parents could stop their children buying banned prescription drugs by giving them less pocket money, the former headmaster of Harrow has said.

Barnaby Lenon, now chairman of the Independent Schools Council, said that children buy “things that are bad for them” when given too much cash.

There is rising concern over the use of the tranquilliser Xanax by British teenagers. A survey last month suggested that thousands were using it routinely, often buying it online.

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Police Finances Philip Hammond sparks police pay row

A row has erupted over police pay, with the Treasury refusing to fund wage rises unless forces embrace reform. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, reignited feuding over public sector pay by telling the Home Office to link salaries to police productivity, rather than length of service, according to sources close to the talks.

Last year Hammond signalled an end to the 1% cap on public sector pay rises but said he would wait for the advice of independent review bodies.

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Police Demand Police officers quitting their jobs at one of the highest rates since records began

Police officers are quitting their jobs at one of the highest rates since records began.

Resignations have soared by almost 50 per cent since Labour left office in 2010, Home Office data reveals. One in eight are so demoralised they want to leave within two years.

Analysis by the House of Commons Library shows 2,156 officers quit last year. In the seven years since 2010, more than 11,670 have chosen to go.

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Police Demand 75% of Drug Offences in England and Wales are Cannabis Possession

New data shows that the vast majority of recorded drug offences in England and Wales are for drug possession, with cannabis possession offences making up the bulk.

On 17 April, the House of Commons Library published data on the 136,352 recorded drug offences that took place between April 2016 and March 2017 in England and Wales. According to these findings, around 83 per cent of all drug offences recorded by the police were for drug possession offences. Over 75 per cent of all recorded drug offences were for cannabis possession.

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Police and Crime General Oxfordshire council leader set for full-time deputy PCC role

The leader of an Oxfordshire council looks set to take up a full-time position as deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley.

Matthew Barber, who has been the leader of Vale of White Horse District Council since 2011, was appointed as deputy PCC in December 2016.

Mr Barber was initially appointed as a part-time member of staff but the PCC, Anthony Stansfeld, has recommended his post becomes full-time to deal with an increasing workload.

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Police Finances Police rapped on the knuckles for not promoting successful youth justice work

Successful police work to divert children away from the criminal justice system is a missed "missed opportunity" for publicity, according to an HMIC report.

A joint HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services report published Wednesday praised strong relationships between the two services and an impressive commitment to reroute low-level youth offenders.

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Police Demand WhatsApp photo drug dealer caught by 'groundbreaking' work

A pioneering fingerprint technique used to convict a drugs gang from a WhatsApp message "is the future" of how police approach evidence to catch criminals.

An image of a man holding ecstasy tablets in his palm was found on the mobile of someone arrested in Bridgend.

It was sent to South Wales Police's scientific support unit and helped to secure 11 convictions.

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Police Finances Home Office appoints new ESN director

The Government has selected a new leader to oversee the implementation of its long-delayed Emergency Services Network (ESN).

Bryan Clark, a former digital director in the prison service, has been appointed programme director for the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme.

Mr Clark will help implement the ESN – the replacement for the Airwave radio system – which was recently revealed to be up to 15 months behind schedule.

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Police Demand The volunteer patrol groups trying to keep their communities safe as police numbers fall

Just as most people are turning in for the night and double-locking their doors, in some parts of the UK, small teams of concerned residents are pulling on combat gear and berets, and hitting the streets in an effort to keep their own communities safe. And before you ask, they insist that they’re not vigilantes.

The 15-strong Night Angel Patrol Group, mostly former servicemen — maroon beret, red fleece — cover Pitsea, a small town east of Basildon, Essex. Three miles to the north, the similarly clad Wick Patrol Group — motto: walk, observe, report — cover Wickford. They say they are preventing break-ins, deterring vandals and breaking up fights, stepping into the gap left by the loss of nearly 400 police officers in Essex over the past six years.

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Police and Crime General Matt Kilcoyne: To reduce gang violence, support the police, and boost the economy, legalise drugs [opinion]

Matt Kilcoyne is Head Of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute.

The papers might have been full over recent days of Amber Rudd’s inability to read a report from her own department about the impact of police cuts – but they missed the bigger picture. The Home Secretary is right to highlight the impact of drug gangs on our cities and young people, and on the rise of violent crime in the past twelve months – but she’s missed the obvious solution.

Time and time again I come across policy stories like this. Whether it’s on housing, where people complain of a housing crisis and the Tories say they’ll build more but ignore that it’s the Government’s constriction of supply that leads to higher rents and less disposable income. Or on encouraging more women to remain in employment after childbirth without looking at the costs of childcare or how government can best reduce it. All too often the debate doesn’t look beyond the obvious and the answers are unimaginative. We end up failing to solve the underlying problems.

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Police and Crime General Amber Rudd to announce crackdown on dark web

Home secretary Amber Rudd is to announce a crackdown on criminals who exploit the dark web in pursuit of drug deals, child pornography, guns, credit scams and other illegal activities. About £9m has been set aside by the Home Office in a push to try to clean up the dark web, a largely hidden part of the internet whose users can operate with relative anonymity.

Rudd is to make the announcement on Wednesday afternoon at a conference in Manchester organised by the National Cyber Security Centre, the front window for the government surveillance agency GCHQ.

In other measures, more than £5m is to be spent on establishing police units at regional and local level dedicated to help fight cyber crime. Until recently, cyber-crime has not been a priority for police forces, with most under-resourced.

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Police and Crime General 'Paedophile hunter' evidence used to charge 150 suspects

Evidence from so-called paedophile hunter groups was used to charge suspects at least 150 times last year, a BBC investigation has found. A Freedom of Information request, sent to every police force in England and Wales, showed a seven-fold increase in the use of such evidence from 2015.

Twenty-nine of the forty-three forces approached (67%) provided data.

Despite this, the National Police Chiefs Council say the groups' tactics present "significant risks".

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Police Demand Amber Rudd: I don't agree young people have nowhere to go

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has rejected claims that young people are drawn into violent crime because they don't have anywhere to go.

In an interview with Newsbeat, she said the government was committed to investing money into youth services to divert people away from knives.

"We are actually putting in more money and more targeted money to the areas where it's really needed," she added.

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Police Demand Leak shows police cuts hampering gang efforts

A government strategy to combat gangland murders and other violent crime relies on at least two tactics that are hampered by cuts in police numbers, according to a leaked report.

So-called hotspot policing, where regular patrols focus on areas of high crime, and initiatives against gang crime, both have to compete for shrinking police resources, the Home Office document concluded.

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Police and Crime General Reality Check: Is UK the 'drugs market of Europe'?

There have been more than 50 murders in the capital so far this year - and MP David Lammy says the drugs trade is driving a rise in violence.

"We are the drugs market of Europe," Mr Lammy told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

The Tottenham MP added that the UK's drugs market was worth £11bn, and London was at its centre.

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Police and Crime General Jeremy Corbyn: Tories have failed on policing

Jeremy Corbyn will attack the Conservatives over police cuts amid rising violent crime, as he launches Labour's London election campaign.

"You simply cannot maintain community cohesion when you slash funding to the police service," he will say.

More than 50 people have been killed in violent attacks in London since the start of the year. Ministers say falling police numbers are not to blame for rising violence.

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Police Finances Policing Minister’s special grant solution to force’s budget crisis

The policing minister has told a police force strolling with funding pressures to apply for a special grant to cover its child sexual exploitation costs.

In October Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway said her force’s future was “unsustainable” if it was not given a £10 million funding boost and demanded Mr Hurd treat Bedfordshire Police as a “special case”

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Police Finances Amber Rudd vows to do 'whatever it takes' to stop violent crime

The Government "must do whatever it takes" to make Britain's streets safe, as she launches a new crackdown on violent crime, the Home Secretary says.

Amber Rudd will set out priorities for the £40m Serious Violence Strategy, including tackling violent drugs gangs and introducing prevention incentives.

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Police Demand Tory Amber Rudd claims she has never seen Home Office document linking police cuts to rising violent crime

Tory Home Secretary Amber Rudd claims she has never seen a document prepared by her own department about the rise in violent crime, on the day she launches the Government's violent crime strategy.

The paper prepared by officials as part of preparations for the new strategy acknowledged police cuts had "likely contributed" to the rise in serious violence.

But speaking to the BBC, the Home Secretary said she had never seen it.

She said there are "a lot of documents that go round the Home Office", when pressed on the papers leaked to the Guardian.

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Police and Crime General Police use Experian Marketing Data for AI Custody Decisions

Durham Police has paid global data broker Experian for UK postcode stereotypes built on 850 million pieces of information to feed into an artificial intelligence (AI) tool used in custody decisions, a Big Brother Watch investigation has revealed.

Durham Police is feeding Experian’s ‘Mosaic’ data, which profiles all 50 million adults in the UK[1] to classify UK postcodes, households and even individuals[2] into stereotypes, into its AI ‘Harm Assessment Risk Tool’ (HART). The 66 ‘Mosaic’ categories include ‘Disconnected Youth’, ‘Asian Heritage’ and ‘Dependent Greys’.[3]

Durham Police’s AI tool processes Experian’s ‘Mosaic’ data and other personal information to predict whether a suspect might be at low, medium or high risk of reoffending.

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Police Demand Amber Rudd: Drugs the 'biggest driver' of violence spate

The home secretary has announced a crackdown on drugs networks in England and Wales, citing a "strong link" between drugs and rising violent crime.

Amber Rudd said the illegal drugs market was changing and appeared to be the "biggest driver" of the increase.

She contradicted a leaked Home Office document, seen by the BBC, which cited falling police numbers for the rise.

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Police and Crime General Amber Rudd says police cuts not to blame for violent crime rise

Amber Rudd dismissed claims on Sunday that police cuts were to blame for the rise in violent crime as she prepared to publish a new strategy to tackle the problem.

The home secretary insisted that police forces across the country had the resources and the manpower to tackle the increasing violence on Britain’s streets.

“While I understand that police are facing emerging threats and new pressures, leading us to increase total investment in policing, the evidence does not bear out claims that resources are to blame for rising violence,” she said.

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Police Finances On the road to a greener Britain: Officers to pioneer hydrogen cars

Officers will be driving a scheme to de-carbonise British roads as part of a government project to fuel hydrogen vehicle infrastructure.

Taxis and police cars will be among nearly 200 new hydrogen-powered vehicles switching to zero emission miles as part of an £8.8 million Department for Transport project.

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Police Finances Businesses and councils offered own PCSOs for £37k a year

A PCC is promoting a scheme for councils and businesses to pay for their own dedicated PCSOs as a new way to beat budget cuts.

Daventry Town Council in Northamptonshire has become the first to buy its own support officer as part of the initiative which sees personnel dedicated to the area which covers its costs.

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Police and Crime General Internet companies urged to do more to tackle illegal content

Internet companies must do more to rid their platforms of content that fuels youth violence, the Government has said.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd will press social media firms to step up their response following a spate of murders in London.

The Home Office said gangs often post videos online that “seek to incite violence or glamorise criminality to influence young people”.

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Police Demand Met chief says social media is behind soaring rate of knife crime

Britain’s most senior police officer has blamed social media for the soaring rate of knife crime in the UK, particularly among children.

After 13 Londoners were killed in two weeks this month, Met police commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed.

Speaking to the Times, Dick said trivial disputes could escalate into violence “within minutes” when rivals set out to goad each other on the internet.

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Police and Crime General Young lives were ruined and justice was betrayed – Alison Saunders was a zealot, but we finally beat her

Guilty until proven innocent. The tenure of Alison Saunders at the Crown Prosecution Service will be remembered for a monstrous inversion of that fundamental principle of British justice. I began to campaign for Saunders to be sacked after receiving emails from two Telegraph readers, shellshocked mothers whose sons were both wrongly accused of rape and left dangling in that Purgatory of the disbelieved.

“Google my boy’s name, Allison,” urged one, “and you will still see his sweet face next to the word rapist.”

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Police and Crime General Alison Saunders steps down as CPS director

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders has dismissed suggestions that she is leaving the post because the government refused to renew her contract. In addition, she rejected criticisms of her five-year stint at the head of the Crown Prosecution Service, describing claims that standards had slipped as “hugely insulting” to prosecutors.

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Police and Crime General 36,000 people seek help for viewing child abuse images

The number of people seeking help to stop viewing child abuse images has risen by 40 per cent, figures suggest.

The Stop it Now campaign run by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a child protection charity, said 36,443 people contacted the scheme last year, up from 26,089 in 2016.

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Police Demand Policing minister backs PCC’s radical drug addiction treatment plans

The government has supported a police and crime commissioner's

proposal to tackle drugs.

Responding to a question in Parliament Policing Minister

Nick Hurd said he welcomed the West Midlands PCC David Jamieson's focus on the


Plans include prescribing heroin to people suffering from

addiction who have no responded to other s of treatment.

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Police Demand London murder rate higher than New York’s amid surge in knife crime & police cuts

London’s murder rate has surpassed New York’s for the first time in modern history as knife crime in the British capital hits crisis levels. It comes amid huge police cuts and falling officer numbers.

A total of 37 murders have been committed in London during the last two months, according to a report in the Sunday Times. In February, 15 murders were recorded by the Metropolitan Police compared to 14 in New York, while initial figures for March count 22 killings in London compared to 21 in the US city.

London and New York City have comparable populations of 8.7 million and 8.6 million respectively. NYC’'s murder rate has decreased by around 87 percent since the 1990s, while the number of London murders, excluding victims of terrorism, has risen by almost 40 percent since 2014.

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Police Demand ‘Not all about the victims’: UK police to stop unconditionally ‘believing’ sex crime allegations

The head of Britain’s largest police force said investigators must stay “impartial” and added that, despite #MeToo, “clumsy behavior between somebody who fancies somebody else is not a matter for the police.”

Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, said she “rethought” the policy of automatically believing allegations of sexual abuse, instituted in 2011 after the extent of previously ignored allegations against pedophile presenter Jimmy Savile became clear.

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Police Finances HMIs ‘don’t have the resources’ to impose recommendation deadlines

A scathing inspection in July highlighted how the chance of a fair trial was being undermined by failures to disclose evidence.

HM Inspectors have admitted they will not be checking whether the police service has met short term deadlines to address "systemic" evidence disclosure failings for at least a year.

Last July Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's Wendy Williams and HM Crown Prosecution Inspectorate's Kevin McGinty called for a cultural change in both services.

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Police Finances Police 'should need warrant' to download phone data

Police officers should be prevented from accessing people's personal mobile phone data without a search warrant, a privacy campaign group has said.

At least 26 police forces in England and Wales have begun using new technology to extract data from phones. 

And Privacy International said there had been no public debate about the rapid rollout of this practice. 

But one former chief constable said obtaining a warrant in each instance would be "just not practical".

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Police Finances Home Office gives police more cash in hunt for Madeleine McCann

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann 11 years ago are to be given more funding to continue the search. 

The Home Office has confirmed that the application from the Metropolitan police for more money to fund Operation Grange will be granted. 

Government funding for the search is agreed every six months with £154,000 being given in October last year to cover the operation until the end of this month. Police applied for more money last month to allow the search to continue.

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Fire Fire Reform:Written statement

I am pleased to announce that I have approved proposals from the Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) for Cambridgeshire (Jason Ablewhite), Staffordshire (Matthew Ellis) and West Mercia (John Campion) to take on governance of their local fire and rescue service(s). 

I have carefully considered each proposal, taking into account representations made by the public, police and fire personnel, and relevant local authorities in response to each PCC’s local consultation. In each case I obtained an Independent Assessment of the PCCs’ proposal, carried out by the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA), which I have had regard to and today publish in the interests of transparency. A copy of each of the Independent Assessments will be placed in the House Library and published on Gov.UK shortly.

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Police and Crime General Memorandum of Understanding - London CJS

A new agreement to reduce reoffending and provide a more integrated approach to victims of crime in London has been announced by the Justice Secretary and the Mayor of London. They will work alongside local councils towards justice devolution and explore how to better join up local criminal justice services in the capital. 

Together they will initiate a programme to tackle major challenges facing London’s criminal justice service, and ultimately devolve powers, and more authority and accountability for criminal justice from the Government to the capital.

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Police Finances Police support organisation donates £2.1million to boost wellbeing

An organisation is pushing forward to improve the lives of police officers and their families amid an increasingly challenging work environment.

Police Mutual has harnessed its resources to help improve members' lives and invest in their wellbeing throughout their careers, into second careers and retirement.

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Police Finances Neighbourhood cops who help to tackle serious and organised crime have been ‘reduced by 2,000 in a year’

The officers, who also help tackle serious and organised crime, saw a drop in numbers of nearly ten per cent to 20,118.

Community support officers assigned to local policing were also slashed by ten per cent to 10,474 in 2017, the National Police Chiefs’ Council says. 

Watchdogs said there were “signs of operational pressures”. Overall cop numbers have dropped by 20,000 since 2010.

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Police and Crime General Eight London stabbings in one week prompt anti-knife campaign

A campaign is aiming to encourage young people to put down their knives, after a week in which eight people were stabbed to death in London. 

Since January, the capital has seen twice as many fatal stabbings as in the same period last year. Aross the UK, the number of reported knife crimes has been steadily rising since 2015, as have hospital admissions for people assaulted with a sharp object. 
The Home Office's six-week campaign, costing £1.35m, uses true stories of young people who have previously carried knives.

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Police Finances Prime Minister stands by £450m extra police funding claim

Yesterday Theresa May was rebuked by the statistics watchdog for a 'misleading' claim her government had boosted police funding by hundreds of millions of pounds. 

On Tuesday, Chairman of the UK statistics Authority Sir David Norgrove rebuked the Prime Minister for comments she made during PM's Questions last month and for a tweet sent by the Home Office account.

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Police Finances Police taking days to respond to 999 calls as budget cuts bite

Under-pressure police forces are taking days to respond to 999 calls that should be dealt with in an hour, the policing watchdog has said, as they come under “significant stress” from slashed budgets and increased demand. 

Almost a quarter of forces in England and Wales are struggling to deal with emergency calls in a timely way, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has said in a report on police effectiveness. 

West Midlands, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire were singled out as having the worst record on delays in dealing with 999 calls.

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Police Finances PMQs: Labour MP requests additional support for police.

PMQs (21 March 2018): Prime Minister's Questions opened with a question from Labour MP George Howarth regarding additional support for police.

The Knowsley MP asked "Will the Prime Minister arrange for the Home Secretary to meet local MPs to discuss what additional support can be given to deal with that serious problem?"

The Prime Minister responded stating "Not only will we protect police budgets but we will see, with precept, £450 million extra available to police forces across the country".

[Question begins at the 1:40 mark]

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Police and Crime General One in ten people who have never used cocaine have traces on fingertips

Cocaine is now so prevalent in society that one in 10 people who have never used the drug have traces on their hands, a new study has shown. 

Researchers at the University Surrey tested the fingerprints of 50 drug free volunteers and 15 drug users who had taken cocaine or heroin in the past 24 hours. 

Around 13 per cent of fingerprints of those who had never used the drugs were found to contain cocaine, while one per cent contained a metabolite of heroin.

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Police Demand Government ‘sleepwalking into a crisis’ over post-Brexit security

Critical cooperation between law enforcement agencies post-Brexit is being threatened by Government complacency, the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) has warned. 

Britain risks “sleepwalking into a crisis” by assuming security cooperation will still be swift and easy after it exits the EU, claims a HASC report. 
The Government has set objectives for replicating current arrangements through a security treaty, but the HASC cast doubts on whether these are achievable in agreed timescales. It called on both the UK Government and the EU to extend the transition period for security agreements well beyond the proposed end-date in December 2020. 

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Police Demand Shoplifting doubles as thefts under £200 go unpunished

The number of thefts from convenience stores almost doubled last year, with meat and cheese the top items stolen, according to a study. 

Shopowners and staff faced increasing levels of aggressive behaviour from thieves when they were confronted. They accused the police of failing to take the thefts seriously after some forces said that they would no longer investigate when items worth less than £200 were stolen.

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Police Finances Watchdog rebukes Theresa May over police funding claims

Theresa May has been officially rebuked for misleading MPs and the public over false claims that the government is providing an extra £450m in funding to local police forces in 2018/19. 

The chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir David Norgrove, ruled on Tuesday that the claim made by May repeatedly at prime minister’s questions last month “could have led the public to conclude incorrectly” that the government was providing an extra £450m for police spending over the next financial year.

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Police Finances Scrap 'outdated and regressive council tax,' says think-tank

Council tax is ‘outdated and regressive,’ and the Government should consider scrapping it in favour of a fairer system, according to a think-tank. 

As its relationship to property values gets weaker and weaker, council tax looks increasingly like the unpopular poll tax it was introduced to replace, the Resolution Foundation has claimed. 

The think-tank claims council tax is regressive due to the ‘wide bands,’ the small difference in the rates of the bands, the out-of-date property values it is based on and the regional variation. 

Principal researcher at the Resolution Foundation, Laura Gardiner, said: ‘Despite replacing the unpopular poll tax, council tax has come to look increasingly like it.

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Police and Crime General Call for city centre drug testing stations 'to save lives'

Drug testing stations where substances could be tested without penalty should be opened in city and town centres to help stem a startling rise in club drug-related deaths, a report has concluded. 

It found that deaths linked to ecstasy and cocaine are at their highest level since records began, and that hospital admissions for these drugs and the tranquiliser ketamine have also risen dramatically. 

There were 98 ecstasy-related deaths in the UK in 2016, up from 12 in 2010, and 494 attributable to cocaine, up from 148 over the same period.

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Police and Crime General Bail plea for non-violent defendants

Thousands of people accused of non-violent offences should no longer be remanded in custody while awaiting trial, according to a justice charity. It accuses courts of being “risk averse” towards giving bail to suspects, many of whom are then cleared of the crimes of which they are accused or given a non-custodial sentence. Defence lawyers say that the reasons frequently given for remanding a suspect into custody, such as that they will not turn up to court or may commit further offences, are based on evidence that is “paper thin”, the report says. 

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Police and Crime General Half of mounted units have turned to private sponsors in fight for survival

A police force says its objectiveness will not be compromised by the launch of a range of sponsorship packages aimed at saving its mounted section.

At least five further forces of the remaining 13 in the UK with mounted units have accepted or are planning to also accept sponsors. 

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Police Finances ‘Bankrupt’ council’s problems not a factor in PCC fire service takeover decision.

Government inspectors say the financial problems at Northamptonshire County Council have no impact on whether it should be governed by a PCC.

A damning report yesterday said the authority, which is effectively bankrupt, had been badly managed and should be broken up.

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Police Finances Dealer reveals his fingerprints in phone image of Ecstasy pills

A photograph of three fingers holding a bag of Ecstasy was enough for police to identify the mastermind of a thriving drugs gang. 

The image was found on a mobile telephone during an investigation into drug dealing in south Wales. Forensic scientists used pioneering techniques to enhance the picture, which allowed fingerprint experts to identify Elliott Morris, who ran a drug operation in the West Midlands. 

Morris, 28, and his parents were among nine people jailed this week at Cardiff crown court for conspiracy to supply cannabis.

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Police Finances Home Office announces new round of funding to tackle knife crime

As part of a new step-change to tackle the threat of violent behaviour, the Community Fund – which supports community projects to work with young people about the dangers of carrying knives – will have its funding increased to up to £1 million. 

Over 40 charities, including the Ben Kinsella Trust, have already benefited by receiving grants of up to £20,000 through the first round of the Community Fund which was launched in October 2017. 

In addition, further funding has been secured for Young People’s Advocates until at least the end of March 2019, to provide support for vulnerable women and girls at risk of exploitation by gangs.

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Police Finances Government accused of ignoring another pay review body

National Crime Agency pay reform sees some personnel moved onto a 40-hour week against independent advice.

The government has been accused of ignoring many recommendations of its independent pay review for the National Crime Agency.

Last week the NCA Remuneration Review released its first report in two years, recommending an average of three per cent pay rise backdated to August last year. However, key elements of the report appear to have been disregarded.

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Police Finances Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner win silver at the public sector transformation awards

The Office of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has been successful in winning a silver award at the Public Sector Transformation Awards for the implementation of a Victims’ Centre based in Sheffield. 

The awards ceremony held in London on Tuesday, 6 March, recognised the work of staff on behalf of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner for the Victim’s Centre he has funded to help victims in South Yorkshire and regionally across Yorkshire and the Humber 
The Victims’ Centre was awarded silver in the ‘Police Service of the Year’ category. The iESE Public Service Transformation Awards celebrate the best in local public services. They accept nominations from public service providers who demonstrate true innovation and have delivered the biggest improvement for the lives of residents and local businesses.

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Police Finances Katie Ghose: ‘Risky proposals are coming on top of cuts that led many refuges to close’ [opinion]

Katie Ghose, the chief executive of Women’s Aid, knows she has a fight on her hands to ensure the domestic violence bill announced last week by Theresa May is worth the paper it’s written on. With refuges under dire threat from changes to funding, Ghose says the proposals must go beyond criminal justice if they are going to make a difference.

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Police Finances UK will need to impose tax rises of £30bn to balance budget – IFS

Philip Hammond will need to impose tax rises worth at least £30bn to reach his target of balancing the public finances by 2025, undermining hopes that the chancellor will go into his autumn budget with plenty of spare cash to ease austerity, according to a leading economic thinktank. 

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the government could be forced to find up to £41bn in extra taxes by the middle of the next decade once the costs of Britain’s ageing population are taken into account.

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Police and Crime General Top policeman says cannabis ‘should be sold in UK off-licences’

A senior policeman has claimed making cannabis illegal is “illogical” – adding he would like to see it being sold in retailers like off-licences.

Arfon Jones, the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, said the drug was “far less harmful” than alcohol and it doesn’t make sense for one to be legal and not the other. He also suggested hard drugs such as cocaine should be made available on prescription. 

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Police and Crime General Electronic tags and drink bans for domestic abuse suspects

People accused of domestic abuse could be banned from drinking and put on a tag under government plans aimed at reducing the scale of the crime. 

A new civil order would enable courts to impose a range of restrictions, including banning them from contacting victims, while police investigate. 

Suspects could be required to attend alcohol and drug treatment programmes, parenting classes and anger management courses under the new Domestic Abuse Protection Order.

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Economy & Public Finance Chancellor's spring statement to reveal £11bn boost

Philip Hammond could reveal an improvement in the public finances worth as much as £11bn when he delivers next week’s spring statement, according to analysis of official figures. 

The chancellor is set for a dual economic boost from the improving productivity of British workers and a leap in tax returns according to the Resolution Foundation thinktank, which looked at data from the Office for National Statistics to produce its own estimates ahead of the spring statement on Tuesday.

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Police Finances WhatsApp fraudsters turning 'naive' young people into money mules

WhatsApp fraudsters are targeting 'naive' young people and turning them into money mules. 

New data, compiled from the National Fraud Database by not-for-profit fraud prevention body, Cifas, suggests in the past year there has there has been a "sharp rise" the number of 18 to 24 year olds being tricked into using their bank accounts to transfer the proceeds of crime.

According to the figures, there were 8,652 cases of ‘misuse of facility’ between January and the end of September this year, a 75 per cent rise.

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Police Finances NPCC lead: Public must understand we cannot investigate all reported e-crimes.

Investigators simply cannot investigate all reported digital crimes due to a lack of legislative power.

Speaking today at the Forensics Europe Expo, Andy Beet, Data Communications Lead for the National Police Chiefs' Council and er MPS officer for 50 years, expressed various concerns over the changing nature of investigations. 

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Police Finances Cuts to youth services lead to rise in crime warn councils

Government funding cuts have served to undermine years of work by local authorities in tackling youth crime, council chiefs warn. 

In 2010/11 Whitehall funding for youth offending teams (YOTs) stood at £145m. By 2017/18 it had been slashed to £72m.

These cuts have been made despite evidence YOTs have been effective at preventing young people from getting involved in crime.

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Police and Crime General UK has one of the highest fines for driver mobile phone use in Europe, survey reveals

Punishments for motoring offenders caught using hand-held mobile phones are still “not enough” despite the UK being just off the summit of a European fines’ league table, safety experts warn.

British drivers face some of the biggest fines across the continent for mobile phone use, a new survey has discovered.

Many countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia and Iceland hand out fines of less than 100 euros (£88) to motorists caught offending at the wheel.

However, UK drivers can be hit with a £200 fine – the equivalent of some 225 euros – plus six penalty points, only beaten by Holland, which has penalties of 230 euros (£202).


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Police and Crime General Give PCCs joint probation responsibility with MoJ APCC lead

Police and crime commissioners should be given joint oversight of probation and offender rehabilitation services with the Ministry of Justice, the head of the commissioners’ association has said.

David Lloyd, chairman and criminal justice lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), said on Tuesday the current system “stifles innovation” and does not work in its current form. 

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Police Demand Evidence not being disclosed on a daily basis, lawyers say in survey

More than 1,000 criminal lawyers in England and Wales have experienced disclosure of evidence failings in the last year, according to a BBC survey.

Of the 1,282 who responded, almost a third said they believed such failings had led to possible wrongful convictions or miscarriages of justice.

A number of recent rape trials have collapsed after it emerged evidence had not been shared with defence lawyers.

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Police Finances Police commissioners to take over fire services' governance

More police and crime commissioners are to take over the governance of fire services. 

Hereford & Worcester and Shropshire fire and rescue services will be governed by West Mercia PCC John Campion, while the Staffordshire service will come under Matthew Ellis. 

The decision was announced by the Home Office, following an independent assessment of proposals of how it could work and handover will begin within weeks.

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Police Finances Force spends £412m on ‘cost-effective’ counter terror and organised crime hub

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will bring together its counter-terrorism and specialist crime operations following the purchase of the Empress State Building. 

Initially owned by Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco), the force bought the building for £250 million, and will spend £162 million on upgrades to create a new counter-terrorism and organised crime hub.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said moving to the single site in Hammersmith, south-west London, and disposing of other buildings will save on rent and free up money to support frontline policing. 

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Police Demand Rotherham abuse inquiry ‘needs 100 more officers’

The UK’s biggest investigation into child sexual exploitation needs 100 more officers to tackle the unprecedented scale of abuse in Rotherham, the head of the operation has told the Guardian.

The National Crime Agency (NCA), which is investigating past grooming offences in the town, has identified more than 1,500 potential victims and 110 suspects, and officers expect those figures to rise.


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Prisons 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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Police Finances 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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Prisons 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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