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Police battling Extinction Rebellion admit they are spending less time with victims of REAL crime

Overstretched police in London admit they are spending less time with victims of real crime as it takes hours to arrest hundreds of attention-seeking eco protestors holding raves, breastfeeding in the street and waving around giant octopuses.

The Government today took the extraordinary step of calling in 500 officers from 43 other police forces in England and Wales as they try to round up the Extinction Rebellion mob bringing chaos to the centre of the capital.

Met Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the scale of operation was having a big impact on policing in other areas of the capital.

He said: 'We haven't stopped policing, we never will, but it does mean that some activities beyond the normal responses are affected.

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Queen's Speech: What is it and why is it important?

The government has suspended Parliament to allow a Queen's Speech to take place.

For a government to lose the vote that follows the speech would be highly unusual. But it is possible and could have serious consequences.

So, what exactly is the Queen's Speech and what would happen if MPs rejected it?

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Home Office announces first wave of 20,000 police officer uplift

The government has today confirmed the police officer recruitment targets for every police force in England and Wales for 2020-21.

Strengthening police numbers is a priority for the government, which is providing £750 million to support forces to recruit up to 6,000 additional officers onto our streets by the end of 2020-21, the first stage in this new uplift. This is thanks to the additional funding announced by the Chancellor in the Spending Review.

The Home Secretary set out her vision for policing yesterday (8th October) when she chaired the second meeting of the National Policing Board, involving representatives of frontline officers and police leaders.

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Police Demand Thousands of serious crime suspects being released by police without restrictions, new research shows

Thousands of suspects - including some accused of serious violent crimes - are being released by police without any restrictions, potentially putting victims and the public in danger, according to new research.

The number of people being released under investigation (RUI) after being questioned by police has dramatically increased, leaving victims, witnesses and suspects "in limbo" and waiting months or even years for justice, a Law Society of England and Wales study found.

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Police and Crime General Welsh police forces to recruit new officers in first wave of 20,000 uplift

UK Government confirms recruitment target across the four forces in Wales.

Find out more by following the link.

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Police and Crime General Extinction Rebellion could disrupt Queen opening Parliament

The Extinction Rebellion protest could force the Queen to abandon carriage trip to open Parliament, police have suggested.

Officers have told those leading the demonstration that state opening cannot take place if they are camped on the streets as Scotland Yard admitted that they have “contingency plans”.

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Economy & Public Finance No-deal Brexit would push borrowing above £100bn, IFS warns

A no-deal Brexit would see government borrowing rise to almost £100bn a year and overall debt reaching levels not seen since the 1960s, a leading economic think-tank has warned.

Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) predicted a mini-boom in public spending, funded by the extra borrowing, to help soften the blow if the UK crashes out of Europe without a deal.

But the boom would likely be followed by bust as the government struggles to cope with the consequences of a smaller economy and higher debt on its funding of public services, the IFS said.

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Economy & Public Finance Boris Johnson’s spending spree threatens to leave no cash for tax cuts

Boris Johnson is planning to spend as much on public services as Jeremy Corbyn promised at the last election and cannot afford the tax cuts he pledged in the Tory leadership campaign, a think tank has warned.

The prime minister’s proposed spending spree would mean Sajid Javid, the chancellor, overshooting the government’s borrowing limit by £5 billion in 2020-21, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which said that the government was “adrift without any fiscal anchor”.

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Police Demand Warwickshire and West Mercia Police split 'would create intolerable public risk'

The alliance was due to end on Tuesday but Warwickshire Police sought Home Office intervention, claiming it had not had enough time to split services.

MP Priti Patel said the two should remain united for a further six months. She added there would be a "severe" impact on Warwickshire if it ended without agreed terms. The forces have been sharing services, including IT and forensics, since 2012.

But West Mercia Police said it was subsidising Warwickshire - a claim the force refutes - and wants to pull out.

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Police and Crime General Counter-terror police running secret Prevent database

Counter-terror police across the UK have been running a secret database containing details of thousands of individuals referred to the government’s controversial anti-radicalisation Prevent programme, the Guardian can reveal.

The National Police Prevent Case Management (PCM) database is managed centrally by national counter-terrorism policing headquarters. It is accessible to all police forces across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the Home Office are able to request data from it, according to documents sent to the human rights group Liberty and seen by the Guardian.

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Police Demand The places knife crime is rising fastest

The rate of knife attacks in some regional towns and cities is higher than in many London boroughs, BBC analysis of police figures suggests.

Overall, London remains the most dangerous part of England and Wales - but data, obtained from 34 of the 43 police forces, shows the rate of serious knife crime offences rising sharply in some areas outside London, and outstripping some of the city's boroughs in places like the city of Manchester, Slough, Liverpool and Blackpool.

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Police and Crime General Gangs use autistic teenagers as drug mules by exploiting loneliness

Autistic children as young as 12 are being targeted by gangs and forced to sell class-A drugs, experts warn.

Violent groups take advantage of autistic children’s desire “to be liked and accepted” to convince them to act as mules, trafficking drugs between towns, cities and the countryside, a system known as county lines.

Paul Mckenzie, a youth worker who runs Groomsafe, a support network for families damaged by county lines, has worked with about 20 young people with autism and other special educational needs who have had to sell drugs in the past two years.

“A lot of them have been like square pegs in round holes all their lives because no one has taken an interest in them or made them feel they belong"

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Police Finances Priti Patel pledges police unit to tackle county lines

The home secretary has announced a new team within the British Transport Police to tackle county lines gangs.

The criminal networks deliberately target children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs from cities to users across the country.

Priti Patel said the government would invest £20m into identifying and dismantling the gangs.

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Police and Crime General Criminals who assault police officers face automatic jail sentences

Criminals who assault police officers face automatic jail sentences under plans being drawn up by the Government.

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, is considering new legislation that would mean that anyone who attacks an officer and causes a set level of harm would be sent to jail.

She signalled the new crackdown at the Conservative party conference, declaring: “We will ensure that anyone who assaults a police officer receives a sentence that truly fits the crime, to make the thugs who would attack an officer, think twice.”

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Police and Crime General Lord Harris: Boris Johnson's investment in our police could be too little and too late

The Prime Minister has promised us another 20,000 police with recruitment supposed to start this month. But what will this really mean? With today’s oral question in the House of Lords I hope to get some answers.

Police numbers have fallen every year since a Conservative-led Government took office in 2010.

Indeed, in the nine years up to March this year, forces in England and Wales lost 20,564 officers. With his usual desire for alliterative self-aggrandisement Johnson will no doubt want us to call them “Boris’s Bobbies”, but that will not alter the fact that the new officers will not even replace those that have been lost under his two Tory predecessors.

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Police Finances IFS: Johnson’s tax plans will cost economy billions

The prime minister’s plans to cut revenue received from National Insurance contributions and higher income tax would cost billions a year, a think-tank has said.

Boris Johnson has said he wants to raise the threshold for the top income tax rate from £50,000 to £80,000, which would cost £8bn a year, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The prime minister has not specified how much he wishes to raise the NICs threshold to, but if it was raised to match the current income tax personal allowance of £12,500 it would cost would cost the economy £17bn a year, the IFS calculated.

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Police and Crime General England's most deprived areas named as Jaywick and Blackpool

Eight of the 10 most deprived neighbourhoods in England are in Blackpool, according to new statistics. Seaside village Jaywick, in Essex, has been named the most deprived area overall for the third time in a row since 2010.

Blackpool took the next eight slots while Middlesbrough had the largest share of the most deprived areas. Government officials ranked 32,844 neighbourhoods. The MHCLG's Index of Multiple Deprivation looks at levels of income, employment, education, health and crime as well as housing services and living environment.

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Police Finances London Bridge terror inquest: £1m in taxpayer’s money to defend public bodies

Public bodies spent nearly £1 million of taxpayers’ money on senior lawyers at the inquest into the London Bridge terror attack deaths while the families of the victims were denied legal aid.

The Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service and other state agencies that were criticised for their handling of the atrocity racked up £781,784 in legal fees funded by the public purse.

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Police Demand Youth services ‘decimated by 69 per cent’ in less than a decade amid surge in knife crime, figures show

Spending on youth services in England has been decimated by 69 per cent in a decade and is set to reach its lowest point in a generation next year, new figures show.

Campaigners have issued fresh warnings that austerity is pushing more children and young people into street violence after an analysis of figures revealed average spend on youth services per local authority plummeted from £7.79m in 2010 to a planned expenditure of just £2.45m next year.

Nearly a third of local councils have planned cuts that would see their spending on youth services decline by 80 per cent since 2010-11, while the vast majority of local authorities (83 per cent) are set to cut their funding in half over a nine-year period, the data shows.

Knife crime has meanwhile surged, with 43,516 offences reported to police last year across England and Wales – excluding Greater Manchester Police, which records data differently – marking the highest since comparable records began in 2011.

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Police Finances Government urged to rethink police funding

Police and local government leaders have called for a rethink of how policing is funded.

The current system of precepts and top-ups is not creating the secure, long-term revenues stream needed to fight crime and modernise forces, according to a police and crime commissioner, a government finance expert and a former government adviser.

The call came despite the announcement of an extra £750 million by the Government to fund the recruitment of an extra 20,000 police officers.

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Police Finances Robbery rise blamed on police cuts and rise in smartphone use

A new report says the wide use of smartphones and cuts to police patrols are behind the rise.

It also found some 269,000 young people were involved in or at risk of violence last year. The Home Office said it was funding a police recruitment drive and helping officers to use their powers.

From 2010 to 2014, offences were on the decline almost everywhere. Since then, however, there have been small increases in five countries - and a 33% rise in England and Wales, which researchers said was "significant" because robbery acted as an "entry point" for violent crime.

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Police Finances Home Office ‘manipulates’ crime figures by ditching fraud cases

The Home Office is manipulating crime figures by telling the national anti-fraud service to dismiss tens of thousands of legitimate cases, two former police chiefs have told The Times.

Ken Farrow and Steve Wilmott said that Action Fraud, which was exposed by an undercover Times investigation last month for failing victims, is wrongly omitting to record cases of identity theft as crimes.

The decision to dismiss these cases, made by the Home Office, means that up to 50,000 reported frauds every year are not included in official statistics and the criminals are not pursued.

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Police and Crime General ‘Wasteful’ Treasury slammed for impact on services

There is "much cause for concern" in how the Treasury's approach affects public services, analysis by a leading think tank has found. Spending and accountability are “often not adequately lined up”, information is "not used properly" to inform decisions and the government does "too little" to understand the impact of spending on metropolitan or county areas, the Institute for Government said.

It added spending is "planned wastefully" and the government does not explain its intentions clearly, with the Treasury’s current ways of working contributing "strongly" to these problems.

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Technology Home Office to fund use of AI to help catch dark web paedophiles

The government has pledged to spend more money on the child abuse image database, which since 2014 has allowed police and other law enforcement agencies to search seized computers and other devices for indecent images of children quickly, against a record of 14m images, to help identify victims.

Earlier this month, the chancellor, Sajid Javid, announced £30m would be set aside to tackle online child sexual exploitation, with the Home Office releasing more information on how this would be spent on Tuesday.

National Crime Agency statistics showed 2.88m accounts were registered around the world on child sexual abuse sites on the dark web last year, with at least 5% believed to be in the UK.

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Police and Crime General Domestic violence killings reach five-year high

The number of people killed as a result of domestic violence in the UK is at its highest level in five years.

Last year, 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides, according to data obtained by the BBC from 43 police forces across the UK - an increase of 32 deaths on 2017. One criminologist described them as "invisible victims of knife crime". It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government was "fully committed" to tackling domestic abuse.

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Police and Crime General Priti Patel pledges boost for law and order

The home secretary told senior police officers yesterday that she is “ashamed” at the lack of support for officers in an attack on the Conservative government’s record since 2010.

In her first major speech to police since becoming home secretary, Priti Patel also admitted that it would take more than a “sticking plaster” to heal the years of damage in relations between the police and the government. Ms Patel said she recognised that the police had been “overworked and undervalued” by the previous Conservative administration and insisted that she wanted to reset the relationship.

Police officer numbers in England and Wales fell by more than 21,000 to 122,404 between 2010 and 2018. In the past year they rose to 123,171. The number of PCSOs has fallen from 16,918 in 2010 to 9,547 this year and special constables from 15,505 to 10,640.

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Police and Crime General Strategic Review ‘must shine a light into every corner of policing’

A comprehensive examination of policing aimed at improving the future of the service is ‘much welcomed and long overdue’ says the National Chair of the Police Federation.

The independent policing think tank The Police Foundation has launched its Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales. Along with other key policing partners, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) will be contributing to the review which is expected to have an impact similar to the 1962 Royal Commission which laid the basis for today’s police service.

Chaired by Sir Michael Barber, it will look at how crime and other threats to public safety are changing and assess the ability of policing to respond, setting out a long-term strategic direction for the service so it is better able to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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Police and Crime General Police can’t do what public expects, admits Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths

Policing is in crisis and officers are no longer able to deliver the service the public expects, a senior officer said as he gave his backing for an independent strategic review.

Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths, head of the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA), told The Times that officers across the country were under unprecedented pressure.

He lent his support to a new root-and-branch review of the state of policing in the UK, which will be carried out by Sir Michael Barber, a former adviser to Tony Blair, with the support of police chiefs and public bodies including the Cabinet Office, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Mr Griffiths, who will announce the review at PSA’s annual conference today, welcomed the promised recruitment of 20,000 officers but said that the present landscape was the worst he had seen in a career spanning more than 25 years.

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Police and Crime General Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 20,000 extra officers will fail ‘unless half a million apply to join police’

Up to half a million people will have to apply to become police officers over the next three years in order to meet Boris Johnson’s 20,000 target, a senior officer has said.

Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), warned that because of the number of officers who retire or leave every year, 50,000 new officers may have to be hired in total.

Speaking at the Police Superintendents’ Association conference, he said that only one in every 10 applicants currently becomes a police officer in England and Wales, meaning 500,000 hopefuls would be required at the current rate.

“It is a huge number but I think we will get that ratio down considerably over time by doing some things with how that process works,” Mr Hewitt told journalists. “We’re looking at every stage of how you recruit, train and develop people ... the important point is that we get the right people.”

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Police Finances Senior officer suggests austerity fuelled surge in violent crime

Funding cuts to police and public services that previously helped stop people, especially the young, from offending has helped fuel the surge in violent crime, a police chief has said.

Supt Darius Hemmatpour of Scotland Yard’s violent crime task force, said stabbings and other life-threatening attacks in London spiked after 2017, and suggested that austerity was a factor.

Speaking at the Police Superintendents’ Association annual conference he said: “Austerity has obviously impacted on individual families and households... Public sector services were cut. There comes a point that services previously available were no longer there... People on the edge of criminality may have previously had an intervention that may have diverted them away, but with the loss of those services, that intervention was not there.”

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Police and Crime General Boris Johnson criticised over Brexit speech in front of West Yorkshire police officers

The Prime Minister was condemned as having used the student officers as an "inappropriate" backdrop as part of a "political stunt" when he made a speech which ended up referencing a possible general election and criticising Jeremy Corbyn.

Around 35 officers had been standing behind his lectern, in front of an old-style police box, for at least 20 minutes before the speech at West Yorkshire Police's operations and training complex in Wakefield began.

Mr Johnson had finished his speech and had answered a number of questions from journalists seated behind the officers in the audience, when it became clear a policewoman standing behind his right shoulder was not feeling well.

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Police and Crime General Campaign to recruit thousands of police officers

A national campaign is underway to recruit 20,000 extra police officers across the UK. It's part of a £750 million government project to reassure communities that crime-fighting IS a priority. John Ryall reports.

Contributions by Kit Malthouse MP, Policing Minister; Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner; Matt Webb, Sussex Police Federation; Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Brighton Kemptown, Lab; and Luke Williams, recruit.

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Police Finances Chancellor needs an extra £5bn to cover spending promises, says IFS

The chancellor will need to find an extra £5bn of spending next year to meet the government's recent pledges, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.

A new report, published by the IFS ahead of tomorrow's Spending Round, finds an extra £5bn is needed just to avoid cuts to other public services.

It estimates that pledges on schools, police, NHS, defence and overseas aid will require at least £9bn more next year compared to this year.

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Police and Crime General Moped crime in London more than halves a year after police started ramming suspects off their bikes

The number of moped crimes in London have more than halved from 20,973 to 9,723 after Scotland Yard started ramming in to suspects, the force revealed.

Police began using their cars to stop suspected criminals in November 2018, after the number of thieves using scooters to target pedestrians rose dramatically.

Since then the spate of offenders using mopeds in the capital has dropped from 20,973, between June 2017 and July 2018, to just 9,723 in the year until June 2019.

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Police Demand Police 'dealing with more mental health incidents'

The number of mental health incidents dealt with by police has risen by more than a quarter in four years, figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live show.

While there were 385,206 incidents flagged as mental health-related in 2014, in 2018 that figure was 494,159, a rise of 28%.

Police chiefs have said the issue is affecting the amount of time officers can focus on fighting crime. The Home Office said it is working to "relieve the burden on officers".

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Police Demand 'Police officers taken off beat to deal with mental health calls'

Supporting mental health patients can occupy police officers for "10 to 12 hours" before doctors can make an assessment, a chief constable has said.

Specialist support for mental health-related calls costs Welsh police £1.2m a year - but Mark Collins said a "true cost" is the loss of PCs on the beat. "All the time we are dealing with mental health matters we are taking officers off the street," he said.

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Police Finances Change law on police bail to stop domestic and sexual abuse victims being put at risk, government told

The government must change the law to ensure domestic and sexual abuse victims are not put at risk after reporting attacks, an MP and campaigners have said.

A letter seen exclusively by The Independent warned that changes made by the Conservatives had caused a steep drop in the use of police bail – and thousands of alleged sex attackers and violent criminals were released without any restrictions.

Labour MP Sarah Champion, who wrote the letter, said the changes had endangered survivors and could discourage them from reporting crimes to the police.

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Police Finances Nick Ferrari's Call For Tasers Backed By 13 Senior Police Chiefs

Nick Ferrari has written to Priti Patel, asking her to provide ring-fenced budget so that all police officers can be armed with a taser.

Signatories of the letter include John Apter, the head of the Police Federation - the voice of the police - seven Police and Crime Commissioners, three Chief Constables and Lord Stevens, the former Met Police Commissioner.

Full letter avaliable on the LBC website.

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Police Finances Javid pledges spending review cash for schools, NHS and police

Chancellor Sajid Javid has promised increased spending on priority areas of schools, police and health.

Setting a 4 September date for the 12-month spending round - earlier than previously planned - he said there would be no "blank cheque" for departments.

Mr Javid said he would stick to the current borrowing rules, limiting the scope for extensive spending increases.

Labour called the move a "one-off pre-election panic-driven stunt budget".

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Police Finances Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury cost taxpayers a staggering £30m

THE Novichok poisoning plot in Salisbury cost police a staggering £12million, new figures have revealed. It brings the total clean-up bill picked up by taxpayer after two declared major incidents to a whopping £30million.

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Police and Crime General Four-year-old among 1,000 children caught with knives in schools

A four-year-old was among more than 1,000 children caught carrying knives in schools last year, police figures show.

A total of 1,144 knife possession offences in schools, where the suspect was a child, were recorded in England, Scotland and Wales over 12 months.

The figures, obtained from police forces through Freedom of Information requests by 5 News, also revealed weapons seized by officers included machetes, hunting knives and a samurai sword.

Dyfed-Powys Police were called to one school in Wales by teachers concerned that a four-year-old had a knife.

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Police and Crime General Police co-operation will fall away in hard Brexit

Sixty years of improvements in police co-operation across Europe will “fall away” if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the garda commissioner has said.

Drew Harris said that the UK would lose “access to a lot of the EU’s criminal justice treaties” and that police did not have the resources to control the border if checkpoints were reinstated after Brexit.

“The criminal justice treaties the UK is presently a member of will fall away for the United Kingdom and that is not going to simplify policing,” Mr Harris said yesterday at an event in Dublin to announce a new organisational structure for the garda force.

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Police Finances Government's budget surplus shrinks in July

The UK posted a smaller-than-expected budget surplus in July as government spending increased.

A growing wage bill and higher spending on goods and services was behind the lower surplus, which fell to £1.3bn.

Analysts had been expecting a £2.7bn surplus, which would have been less than the £3.6bn booked last year.

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Police and Crime General Kent Chief Constable on why he’s issuing Tasers to all officers, including Special Constables

EXCLUSIVE: Kent’s Chief Constable Alan Pughsley discusses his decision to issue Tasers to all police officers in the county – including, in a national first, to Special Constables, the first of whom are already undergoing training.

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Police and Crime General Durham to issue Tasers to every frontline officer

The force said the move is designed to offer more protection to both the public and the police. All frontline officers who wish to carry one will be equipped with the upgraded X2 Tasers following intensive training in the safe use of the devices.

Over the next 12 months, the new model will be rolled out across the force, replacing the original X26 which has been used for the last 14 years.

On Tuesday (August 20), Northamptonshire Police said it would offer the devices to an additional 338 officers, equipping every officer in response, neighbourhood and proactive teams with Tasers.

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Police and Crime General Chicken Connoisseur YouTuber: Knife crime warnings racist

A YouTube star, famous for his reviews of chicken shops, has criticised the government's decision to feature knife crime warnings on takeaway boxes.

Elijah Quashie - better known as the Chicken Connoisseur - told BBC's Wake Up to Money that the approach was too simplistic to solve a complex problem.

"I can see the racist connotation. I'm not sure if I'd say racist, or stereotype but it's in that bracket."

The government said its chicken shop adverts were part of a wider campaign.

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Police Finances Wild West Britain: Police chief wants to arm all his officers with Tasers

A chief constable is fighting back against violence in lawless Britain by arming all his officers with Taser stun guns. Nick Adderley of Northampton Police, said “enough is enough” and pledged to tackle the scourge of violent assaults with the 50,000-volt weapons for frontline staff.

Mr Adderley’s force will become the first in Britain to issue Tasers as standard, in a move backed by his police and crime commissioner. Speaking exclusively to the Daily Express last night, he said: “I can’t sit here and preside over a situation where my officers are exposed to increasing levels of violence when at my disposal is equipment that could save an officer’s life. Enough is enough. Mine will be the first force to issue a Taser to every officer who wants one.”

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Police Finances Chief: I cannot sit idly by as my officers are exposed to increasing levels of violence

A chief admitted policing “hasn’t moved with the times” after ordering the issue of Tasers to every frontline officer in his force in response to a "sickening trend" of attacks on the emergency services.

Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley, who served in the Royal Navy before joining the police, said the decision to issue the weapons was not taken lightly.

But he said he was "not prepared to wait" as police personnel were facing deadly threats from people with “no respect for the law”.

CC Adderley said the weapons would be issued to all officers who want one.

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Police and Crime General Eurofins Scientific: Cyber-attack leads to backlog of 20,000 forensic samples

A cyber-attack on the UK's biggest forensic services provider led to a backlog of 20,000 samples, the BBC has learned.

Eurofins Scientific was targeted by a "highly-sophisticated" ransomware virus in June, which led British police to suspend work with the company.

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) is now clearing the backlog, which includes blood and DNA specimens.

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Police Finances Knife crime curfew plan for 12 year olds

Children as young as 12 could face curfews under Home Office plans to tackle knife crime.

Courts in England and Wales will get extra civil powers to tackle concerns about people suspected of carrying bladed weapons and serious violence.

The knife crime prevention orders (KCPOs) can be imposed by magistrate and youth courts on anyone who police believe is carrying a knife.

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Police and Crime General Police Scotland scour social media amid fears of Brexit unrest

Scottish police officers are searching social media for information on potentially disruptive protests over Brexit.

Police Scotland has retained 400 extra officers to deal with domestic unrest and stand ready for deployment in Northern Ireland, where the combination of a hard border and sectarian unrest would be particularly volatile.

In a report to be presented to the Scottish Police Authority on Wednesday, Will Kerr, deputy chief constable for local policing, said: “The Brexit contingency planning team are fully aware of the potential civil unrest. Police Scotland’s Brexit intelligence officers continue to monitor social media sites in order that Police Scotland can prepare and respond to any potential protests.”

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Police and Crime General Police Scotland spend £7m on Brexit contingency planning

Police Scotland have spent more than £7m on planning for Brexit.

The figure has been released in a Brexit contingency planning report due to be discussed by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) this week. It also states that civil unrest is one of the biggest potential issues facing policing post-Brexit.

It comes as leaked government documents appear to show that Britain faces shortages of fuel, food and medicine, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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Police Demand Boris Johnson’s pledge to increase police numbers by 20,000 still won’t be enough to undo austerity cuts, warn senior officers

Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 20,000 new police officers will fail to undo the damage caused by years of Conservative budget cuts, senior officers have warned.

Analysis by The Independent suggests that more than 46,000 will have to be hired to meet the target and replace officers leaving the service over the next three years.

Doubts have been raised over when such ambitious targets can be reached, with more than half of forces failing to meet current recruitment targets.

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Police Demand Drink drivers escaping prosecution as officers have to drive more than an hour to police station

Drink drivers are getting away with breaking the law because police are having to drive them up to an hour and 45 minutes to the nearest custody cells, it has been warned.

An investigation by the Daily Telegraph has found that officers across England and Wales routinely have to drive suspects for more than an hour before they can process their arrest after a third of all custody suites were closed down.

As well as fears that drink drivers are escaping prosecution as they have sobered up on the journey to the station, it has been warned that officers are opting to drive suspects home or simply giving them a ticking off to save time.

Those living furthest from stations say that they are “forgotten towns” where criminals can do as they please.

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Police and Crime General Police officer on frontline life: 'I've been spat on, bitten and kicked'

PC Andrew Harper was killed while attending a burglary on Thursday - the third serious attack against an officer on the job in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, a Met police constable was stabbed in the head just days before a West Midlands Police officer was run over with his own vehicle.

But are police officers facing more violence? The BBC's Ella Wills spoke to one serving officer, who asked not to be named, about life on the frontline.

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Police and Crime General Putting more people in prison is not the way to cut crime [opinion]

Boris Johnson wants to restore his party’s ‘tough on crime’ reputation.

The new home secretary, Priti Patel, has said she wants criminals “to feel terror”, and recruitment will begin shortly for 20,000 more police officers.

In a less-publicised move, Boris Johnson is also considering whether to scrap plans to abolish short-prison sentences.

But if the ultimate aim of a tough stance is to cut crime – and thereby make the public safer – then this would be a foolish move.

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Police Finances Most cases reported to National fraud centre ‘not investigated’

Staff working for the government-funded fraud reporting line mislead callers by saying their cases will be investigated when most are dismissed, an investigation by a national newspaper has suggested.

A journalist from The Times went undercover at Action Fraud, the body set up to deal with reports of fraud and cybercrime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The newspaper said that most cases reported to the centre, funded by the Home Office, were dismissed, either by the call centre employees or by an algorithm.

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Police Finances Extra police recruits ‘need to be bobbies on the beat’

Almost all of the promised 20,000 police recruits must be used to tackle the “total collapse” of neighbourhood units in the last decade, a former Metropolitan Police chief has said.

Richard Walton called for between 16,000 and 18,000 of the officers to become “bobbies on the beat” and make community policing the priority.

In a report for the Policy Exchange think tank, the former head of Scotland Yard counterterrorism said that Boris Johnson’s pledge “represents a dramatic shift in policing policy after eight years of cuts to police budgets and police officer numbers”. He said the cuts had been accompanied by rising levels of serious and violent crime.

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Police and Crime General Reading police boss wants more female BAME officers

A new police chief has said she hopes to inspire more women from black and Asian communities to become officers.

Supt Bhupinder Rai said BAME women had an "understanding" and a "subconscious knowledge" which could help tackle honour-based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

She said she would like to see officer numbers return "to pre-austerity" levels to reduce violent crime.

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Prisons Prisons: Boris Johnson pledges £100m to boost security

Prisons in England and Wales are to receive £100m to improve security and cut crime, the government has said.

Airport-style security - such as X-ray scanners and metal detectors - would be introduced in more prisons, it added.

PM Boris Johnson said stopping weapons, drugs and phones getting into jails would prevent them becoming "factories for making bad people worse".

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Police Demand Police are deterred from chasing criminals by 'over-bearing' inquiries into complaints by watchdog, say ex-counter-terror chiefs

Police are being deterred from chasing or searching criminals because of fears complaints will tie them up in lengthy and unnecessary investigations by overzealous watchdogs, two of Britain’s top anti-terror officers have warned.

In a report on the future of policing by think tank Policy Exchange, they cite cases where officers have been under investigation for up to 10 years, sometimes on frivolous complaints, only to be cleared at the end but with their careers tarred by the allegations.

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Police Demand Drug crime mapped: Gangs operating away from home cities

Drug crime is increasing in many small towns and villages even as it falls significantly in city centres.

Police data shows drug crimes in England and Wales have fallen by more than 50,000 in the past five years.

But national averages hide a major shift in where drug crimes are being committed.

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Prisons Criminals must get the sentences they deserve, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson ordered a review into the sentencing of violent and sexual offenders yesterday as he attempts to rebuild the Tories’ reputation as the party of law and order before a possible early general election.

In an attack on his predecessor’s policies to restrict prison numbers, the prime minister said the public wanted to see criminals serving the sentences they deserved and promised that the “punishment must truly fit the crime”.

His proposals were questioned by prison reform groups who accused him of “stoking up public anxiety” about sentencing.

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Police and Crime General Law and order: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime

The Crown Prosecution Service will receive an extra £85m over the next two years, to help deal with a rise in violent crime in England and Wales.

It comes as Boris Johnson launches a review of sentencing of some dangerous and prolific offenders.

He said dangerous criminals must be taken off the streets and punishments "fit the crime" if the public was to have confidence in the justice system.

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Police and Crime General Sweeping powers to impose curfews and alter the law under no-deal Brexit

Ministers will have draconian powers to bring in curfews, redirect food supplies and even change the law without consulting parliament in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Senior civil servants in Whitehall have discussed plans to use the sweeping authority of a little-known law to deal with any unexpected consequences of a disorderly departure from the European Union.

The legislation grants ministers emergency powers to deal with any event that threatens to cause “serious damage” to the UK.

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Police and Crime General ‘Chicken shop’ gangs use free food to recruit children

Street gangs are recruiting children who are excluded from school by approaching them in fast-food restaurants with offers of a free meal.

Members of so-called “chicken shop gangs” keep watch on school-age children who meet in cheap food outlets during the daytime. Once they accept free food, children may be offered money to perform tasks such as keeping a lookout and, once they agree, can be intimidated if they refuse further requests.

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Police and Crime General Crime: What has Boris Johnson promised on law and order?

Since becoming prime minister just over a month ago, Boris Johnson has made a number of law-and-order announcements affecting England and Wales.

But what exactly is being proposed?..

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Prisons Boris Johnson pledges £2.5bn for 10,000 new prison beds and boosts stop-and-search powers

Boris Johnson will this week seek to burnish the Conservatives’ credentials as the party of law and order with plans for 10,000 new prison places and a shake-up of police stop-and-search powers to combat knife crime.

The prime minister today unveiled plans for a renewed prison-building programme as part of a domestic policy blitz to position his party for an autumn general election.

After the announcement that an extra 20,000 police will be hired to crack down on violent crime, Mr Johnson hopes that his £2.5bn prison reforms will underline a determination that those who fall foul of the law are punished.

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Police and Crime General Police minister defends plan to extend stop-and-search

The police minister, Kit Malthouse, has insisted that a new wave of stop-and-search operations should not increase community tensions as the government unveiled a series of anti-crime measures.

Both Boris Johnson, the prime minister, and Priti Patel, the home secretary, announced in separate comment articles in Sunday newspapers a lifting of restrictions on police carrying preventive stop-and-search operations under so-called section 60 powers – in another apparent sign of a looming general election.

Johnson, writing in the Mail on Sunday, said the time had arrived to “come down hard on crime”. In the Sun on Sunday, Patel said she would ensure police had “the resources and the powers they need” to protect people.

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Police and Crime General Home Secretary Priti Patel: 'Stop and search works'

Home Secretary Priti Patel has spoken to the BBC about government plans to expand stop and search powers.

A pilot scheme allowing police to stop and search someone when they believe a crime may – rather than will – be committed, will be extended to all 43 forces across England and Wales

She said: "Stop and search works. We hear again and again from police that [they] need to be empowered."

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Police and Crime General Boris Johnson risks triggering riots with rollout of blanket stop-and-search powers, Diane Abbott warns

The expansion of blanket stop and search powers that let police challenge people without reasonable suspicion could provoke unrest, the government has been warned.

More than 8,000 officers will now be able to impose “section 60” laws on areas where they think violence could break out after Boris Johnson lifted restrictions on their use.

The Home Office described the crackdown as a “pilot”, but admitted that it had not waited for results to come back from seven areas that initially tested the change to roll it out across all 43 forces in England and Wales.

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Prisons Boris Johnson lays down the law: Rapists and murderers 'to serve more of their sentences behind bars' as PM vows to make punishments for violent criminals 'fit the crime'

Violent and sexual offenders could serve more of their sentences behind bars following an urgent review of sentencing policy ordered by Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister said dangerous criminals must be taken off the streets and punishments 'truly fit the crime' if the public was to have confidence in the justice system.

The move follows a series of announcements over the weekend in which Mr Johnson promised to 'come down hard' on crime.

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Economy & Public Finance U.K. Economy Unexpectedly Shrinks for First Time Since 2012

The U.K. economy shrank for the first time in more than six years in the second quarter, delivering a blow to newly installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Gross domestic product fell 0.2% following a solid 0.5% advance in the previous three months, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday. Economists had expected output to be unchanged. In June alone, the economy stagnated. The pound fell after the report, sliding to $1.2117 as of 10:17 a.m. in London.

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Police Demand Sharp rise in women caught carrying knives

Knife possession offences involving women in England have increased steeply since 2014 - rising by at least 10% every year, police figures show.

Some 1,509 offences were recorded in 2018 - an increase of 73% over the last five years - data obtained following freedom of information requests shows.

Youth workers say some women carry weapons for gangs as they are less likely to be stopped by police.

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Fire Schools in fire callouts had no sprinklers

Sprinklers were missing from every one of the 57 schools that called out London firefighters to tackle a blaze this year, fire service leaders said yesterday.

London Fire Brigade has reiterated calls for sprinklers to be made mandatory in all schools. At present they must be fitted only if a building inspector deems them necessary.

Charlie Pugsley, the brigade’s deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety, said: “It is shocking that we have been campaigning for a number of years to make sprinklers mandatory . . . and yet this year every school fire we have been called to has had no sprinklers.

“Sprinklers are the only fire safety system that detects a fire, suppresses a fire and can raise the alarm.”

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Police and Crime General Young offenders get little help to make a fresh start

Youth workers are having to pass notes under locked cell doors to help jailed teenagers prepare for release because of the need to keep violent inmates apart, a watchdog says.

In other cases they can contact youngsters about their future only by talking through flaps in cell doors.

The length to which some members of youth offending teams have to go is disclosed in a report on resettlement, published today, which says that young offender institutions are largely failing to prepare teenage inmates to lead safe and law-abiding lives on their release.

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Police and Crime General Keyless cars can be stolen in ten seconds

New cars can be stolen in as little as ten seconds because of security flaws in keyless entry systems.

A study published by What Car? today said that thieves could quickly open and start at least two models using a “relay” device. Home Office figures record that 111,999 vehicles were stolen in 2017-18, up 49 per cent in four years.

Many new cars are opened and started using a fob. Thieves can use two relay boxes — one near the car and another close to the house where the fob is usually kept — to extend the radio signal from the fob to make it appear to be within range of the vehicle. The thieves can then open the doors and start the engine.

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Police Finances Chancellor fast-tracks Spending Round to free up departments to prepare for Brexit

Sajid Javid said the Treasury will carry out an accelerated exercise to ensure departments and devolved administrations have the financial certainty they need to deliver their plans on public services next year.

The Spending Round, which is due to complete in September, will support the commitments made by the Prime Minister since he came to office including the recruitment of 20,000 extra police officers and his ambition for additional funding for schools, as well as delivering the government’s promises on the NHS.

This will ensure the Government continues to keep borrowing under control and debt falling by meeting the existing fiscal rules.

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Police and Crime General Brexit: no deal would harm UK security, senior officer warns

The UK’s safety and security would suffer from a no-deal Brexit and no amount of planning and preparation can erase the risk, Britain’s head of counter-terrorism has said.

The Scotland Yard assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, said key crime-fighting tools would be lost and their replacements would not be as good.

Speaking in a wide-ranging interview in which he also warned that boosts to police and security service numbers were no longer enough to combat terrorism, he said: “We can make them [the damaging effects] less, but they would be slower systems. Those systems and tools were developed in the EU for very good reason. They were very good. We had just signed up to biometric sharing.

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Police and Crime General Government urged to impose 'calorie tax' on unhealthy food

Health campaigners are urging the government to introduce a new “calorie tax” to tackle childhood obesity, diabetes and cancer.

A levy on companies producing processed food with high levels of fat and sugar would encourage them to create more nutritional snacks, according to campaign groups Action on Sugar and Action on Salt.

Their call for further tariffs, which is backed by the Liberal Democrats, comes after Boris Johnson vowed during the Tory leadership campaign to freeze so-called “sin taxes”, which include levies on alcohol, tobacco and soft drinks.

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Police Demand Courts ‘will struggle to cope’ with work from beefed-up police force

Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 20,000 extra police officers will be a waste because there are insufficient lawyers to bring suspects to trial, senior former prosecutors say.

One former government law officer said that without additional crown prosecutors, the government would be forced to build large holding pens for suspects as they were processed through the courts.

Criminal lawyers argue that trying to push significantly more defendants through the courts would result in many being freed as they could not be prosecuted within a reasonable time.

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Police Demand Retiring police could be offered pension incentives to stay on in bid to hit 20,000 officer target

Police officers about to retire could be offered pension incentives to retain them and help hit Boris Johnson’s target of 20,000 extra police in three years.

A working group of senior police chiefs will consider expanding a scheme pioneered by Scotland Yard to combat a shortfall of experienced officers taking on cases including murder, rape and other serious crime.

Rather than taking permanent retirement, officers are offered the chance to return to their post at the same rank and salary with the added bonus of first being able to draw a six-figure lump sum from their pension.

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Police and Crime General Has Greater Manchester gone soft on crime?

New figures suggest you're unlikely to be caught, with only one in 15 crimes reported in Greater Manchester ending in a charge, and fewer still in a conviction or jail sentence.

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Police and Crime General Crime: Violence reduction scheme 'should be mandatory'

The Cardiff academic and former surgeon behind a globally recognised violence reduction scheme has said it should be mandatory in Wales.

Under the "Cardiff model", A&E units record anonymised data when someone is injured in an incident and then hand it on to police.

It became mandatory for A&E departments in England in 2017, but not in Wales.

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Police and Crime General Police could be allowed to mount 'emergency' stop and searches in knife crime hotspots for up to 48 hours

Police could be allowed to mount “emergency” stop and searches in knife crime hotspots for up to 48 hours as part of a proposed major expansion by Boris Johnson.

The changes, expected to be unveiled within the next fortnight, could wipe away all the restrictions placed on officers’ use of stop and search in 2014 by then Home Secretary Theresa May over concerns it disproportionately targeted ethnic minorities.

Ministers are expected to expand nationwide schemes being trialled in seven police forces which enable officers to search people without reasonable suspicion in places where they believe serious violence may occur.

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Police and Crime General Victims’ defender: ‘People say it feels like being raped many times in public’

Only a tiny number of people who distribute “revenge porn” are being brought to justice, the victims’ commissioner has warned, after an investigation by The Sunday Times revealed that up to 95% of cases do not end in a suspect being charged.

More than 3,056 cases were recorded by police last year, an increase from 1,355 in 2015-16, according to data obtained under freedom of information laws from 32 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

However, the proportion of cases resulting in a charge fell from about one in seven in 2015-16 to one in 13 in 2017-18 and one in 20 in the year to April.

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Police and Crime General Home Secretary Priti Patel: I want criminals to feel terror

The new home secretary, Priti Patel, has said she wants criminals to "literally feel terror" at the thought of breaking the law.

In her first interview in the role, Ms Patel told the Daily Mail she hoped more officers on the streets would make criminals fearful.

She also distanced herself from past comments supporting the death penalty.

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Police Finances Donald Trump’s state visit cost Met Police £3.5 million, figures show

Donald Trump's first state visit to the UK cost the Metropolitan Police nearly £3.5 million, official figures show.

The US president was met by tens of thousands of protesters in the capital before he attended a D-Day commemoration service in Portsmouth.

Figures show the force's total costs came in at £3,419,905, with more than 6,300 officers deployed across the three-day visit.

The Met spent just under £3 million policing the president's previous visit to the UK in 2018. The total cost of that four-day trip came in at more than £14.2 million to forces across the UK.

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Police and Crime General Cannabis farm found in ex-police station in Bristol

A cannabis farm containing about 100 plants has been found at a former police station in Bristol.

The discovery was made by a telephone engineer who was called out to the building on Clanage Road on Thursday.

He said: "It looked like a very good set-up with plastic sheeting all along the floor."

Avon and Somerset police confirmed it sent two officers to the building at about 09:30 BST.

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Prisons 18,000 prisoners are treated like ‘battery hens’

More than 18,000 prisoners are being “cooped up like battery hens” in overcrowded cells, according to figures released yesterday.

Three in five men’s prisons are holding more inmates than they are certified to look after despite the overall numbers in jails remaining broadly stable at about 82,700.

An analysis by the Howard League for Penal Reform said that thousands of prisoners were being housed in overcrowded conditions, fuelling violence and undermining attempts to turn them away from crime. Most prisoners in such conditions have to share cells designed for one person, while some sleep three to a cell meant for two.

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Police Demand MPs call for police in schools to cut youth violence

Schools in areas with a higher risk of youth violence should be given dedicated police officers, say MPs.

The Home Affairs Committee criticised the government's current violence reduction strategy as "completely inadequate".

It called on the new prime minister, Boris Johnson, to take "personal responsibility" for tackling knife and gun crime among young people.

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Police and Crime General Boris Johnson snubs Robert Buckland’s call for suspected sex offenders to stay anonymous

Boris Johnson has distanced himself from Robert Buckland, his new justice secretary, after he called for those suspected of serious crimes to be granted anonymity but only if they had a reputation to protect.

Downing Street made little effort to disguise its irritation at Mr Buckland’s intervention in The Times, which critics said would usher in a two-tier justice system that went against the principle of open justice.

Mr Buckland had backed a campaign by Sir Cliff Richard and Paul Gambaccini to ban the naming of those arrested on suspicion of rape and other sexual offences. He said that there was “merit” in extending this to all serious crimes.

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Police and Crime General Recruiting police officers an 'absolute priority', says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has pledged to hire up to new 6,000 police officers by this time next year as he attempts to meet his target of recruiting 20,000 in three years.

His vow came after he returned to London from Northern Ireland and opened the first meeting of the National Policing Board, set up to lead the recruitment drive.

The board, announced by the prime minister last week when he unveiled his police recruitment promise, will be chaired by Home Secretary Priti Patel and will meet four times a year.

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Police and Crime General £1m boost to sports projects that keep young Londoners out of violent crime

Sport projects keeping young Londoners away from violent crime are to receive a £1.1 million boost to help children “turn their lives around”.

City Hall is giving the cash to local groups as it draws on the expertise of coaches and sports workers to propose solutions to capital’s violent crime epidemic.

The fund will be available to projects helping those at risk of exclusion or getting involved in violence and crime.

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Police and Crime General Millennials? They aren’t much cop at police work

As police forces prepare for the government’s ambitious recruitment drive, they have identified a formidable new challenge: hiring millennials.

The Home Office has been told that rookies have been “wrapped in cotton wool”, are routinely shocked that police are expected to work nights and weekends and “do not like confrontation”.

Police officers and staff told the Front Line Review that such expectations “may be a generational phenomenon related to people who have recently reached adulthood — a ‘millennial thing’ — and not unique to policing”.

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Police and Crime General Thousands of boys carrying knives as study highlights link to truancy

More than 17,500 boys aged 14 have carried or used a knife or other weapon, according to research for the Home Office.

A judge who jailed two boys after the death of another 17-year-old boy has condemned a “warped culture” in which possessing a knife is seen as “cool and aesthetically pleasing”.

A report looking at people born in 2000 and 2001 said that about a third of those who said they had carried a knife had also been attacked.

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Police and Crime General Recruitment of 20,000 new police officers to begin 'within weeks'

The recruitment of 20,000 new police officers in England and Wales will begin within weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

The College of Policing welcomed the pledge but warned of "logistical challenges", partly because of concerns of a lack of instructors for training.

It is "not just getting people through the doors", its chief executive said.

Forces in England and Wales lost more than 20,000 officers between September 2009 and September 2017.

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Economy & Public Finance Sajid Javid: What should we expect from new chancellor?

As a teenager in the 1980s, Sajid Javid, the UK's new chancellor, was an ardent admirer of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the country's first female premier. He even has a portrait of the "Iron Lady" in his office.

So as he packs his things at the Home Office ready for the move to Treasury, that may be one of the things he takes with him, along with the sense that, like her, he is breaking new ground.

He was the first home secretary from an ethnic minority when he took the post last year. Now he will be the UK's first chancellor from the immigrant community...

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Police Finances Have police numbers dropped?

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced plans to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers in England and Wales.

That would almost reverse the reduction in police numbers since the Conservatives came to power.

Between March 2010 and March 2018, police forces in England and Wales lost 21,732 officers - a drop of 15%, according to Home Office figures.

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Police Finances Crime could rise unless police numbers increase, says Sajid Javid

Crime could rise unless the Government increases police numbers to combat violence, Sajid Javid admitted, as he disclosed it would take three years to deliver on a pledge for an extra 20,000 officers.

“If we don’t get police numbers right, that would mean more coming years,” the Home Secretary told the Commons home affairs committee, as he was pressed by its chair Yvette Cooper to accept that fewer officers had led to rising crime."

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Police Finances Boris Johnson becomes new British prime minister – latest news

Aside from Brexit

On crime: he promises 20,000 more policemen

On the NHS: he promises hospital upgrades and more money

One social care: he promises the government "will fix" the problem with a clear plan.

On education: he promises to level up per pupil school funding, as previously trailed during his campaign. He goes on to say that all these promises are his "personal responsibility". "Nevermind the backstop, the buck stops here", he adds.

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Economy & Public Finance Why are graduates competing to be prison officers?

The government-backed Unlocked Graduates scheme trains university leavers to work as prison officers. But how much difference can they make in prisons where staffing levels are low, and it's a rush even to do the bare minimum?

In a packed lecture theatre at the University of Suffolk, a man in a smart suit is telling his life story.

Peter Yarwood says he first went to prison as a 15-year-old, addicted to heroin and alcohol. He used to rob to fund his habit and spent two decades in and out of custody - until he met somebody who helped him to turn his life around.

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Police and Crime General Government offers 'inflation-busting' pay rises

Chancellor Philip Hammond has handed public sector workers a pay rise that is above the UK's 2% inflation rate.

The move comes just days before Theresa May leaves office, which could lead Mr Hammond to resign as chancellor.

The deals will affect almost one million public sector workers from prison officers to dentists.

Teachers will get a 2.75% salary boost, the equivalent to £1,000 extra a year, for those on an average salary.

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Police Finances Home Office scheme rejects 70% of bids for cash to steer kids away from knife crime

The Home Office rejected over 70% of bids for cash to divert children away from knife crime and violence, as demands for resources to combat rising serious violence outstripped the available funds.

Ministers have denied funds to dozens of projects for vulnerable young people that bid for cash from the flagship ‘Early Intervention Fund’.

The Home Secretary announced the £22m fund last spring to make funding available for “critical support” to “steer young people away from serious violence”. But the department has rejected over 70% of the 111 bids received from Police and Crime Commissioners for the projects.

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Police Finances Public sector pay rise: May gives £2bn to teachers, police and armed forces

Two million public sector workers including police officers, soldiers and teachers are to be given above-inflation pay rises, the government will announce next week.

On Monday the Treasury will unveil the biggest public sector pay rise for six years, at an estimated cost of £2 billion, amid concerns that the private sector is pushing ahead on salaries.

Police officers will receive a 2.5 per cent pay rise across the board, soldiers 2.9 per cent and teachers and other school staff 2.75 per cent. Dentists and consultants will get 2.5 per cent and senior civil servants 2 per cent.

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Police Finances Theresa May to 'go for broke' on pay award in parting gift to police

Theresa May’s leaving present to under-resourced policing could be the biggest pay rise in six years, it has emerged. One of the Prime Minister’s final acts in office is expected to be the announcement next week of a £2bn inflation-busting bonanza for public sector workers.

The Treasury will reportedly unveil a 2.5% rise for police officers before the former Home Secretary’s tenure in 10 Downing Street comes to an end on Tuesday. Two million workers will receive increases although the Treasury is expected to say that, barring some extra funding for schools, the money will have to come from existing budgets.

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Technology Halt to facial recognition technology trial urged as MPs question its legality

Policing is facing more pressure to halt controversial trials of facial recognition technology as MPs argue lack of legislation calls into question their legal status.

Days after forces won unequivocal Home Office backing for continued testing, the Commons Science and Technology Committee challenged the accuracy and bias of the testing.

At the launch on Monday of new computer tools aimed at helping police fight online child abuse, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said it was right for forces to "be on top of the latest technology”.

But yesterday the committee members urged the government to stop the trials until a framework for the “proper use, provision and regulation of biometrics and forensics” has been established.

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Economy & Public Finance No deal Brexit ‘will create £30bn black hole’

A no-deal Brexit would blow a £30 billion annual hole in the public purse as the economy shrinks and tax receipts collapse, driving the national debt above £2 trillion for the first time, the government’s budget watchdog has warned.

Using the International Monetary Fund’s least-worst scenario of the impact of a no-deal and no-transition Brexit on October 31, the Office for Budget Responsibility said that the government would have to borrow roughly an extra £30 billion for each of the next four years, loading an extra £272 billion to the national debt by 2024.

If a deal is struck there would be room to borrow more than has been planned. The government could borrow an extra £25 billion a year and still keep debt falling as a percentage of GDP, the OBR said.

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Police Finances Home Office scheme rejects 63% of bids for cash to steer kids away from knife crime

The Home Office rejected 63% of bids for cash to divert children away from knife crime and violence, as demands for resources to combat rising serious violence outstripped the available funds.

Ministers have denied funds to dozens of projects for vulnerable young people that bid for cash from the flagship ‘Early Intervention Fund’.

The Home Secretary announced the £22m fund last spring to make funding available for “critical support” to “steer young people away from serious violence”. But the department has rejected over 63% of the 111 bids received from Police and Crime Commissioners for the projects.

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Police and Crime General Home Secretary announces plans for a police covenant

Home Secretary Sajid Javid will today announce his intention to establish a police covenant demonstrating his recognition of the bravery and commitment of police officers.

Speaking at the Police Federation’s Bravery Awards in London later today he will lay out plans to establish a covenant to recognise the sacrifice made by those who are working, or have previously worked, in policing.

The Home Secretary will also give his backing to plans for the Police Federation to extend their support to Special Constables, which will give the volunteers the option of the same protections as their colleagues.

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Technology New emergency services system ‘failing to deliver savings’

Cost benefits of a new emergency services communication system are “rapidly evaporating”, MPs have said. A communication system for all 107 emergency services in England, Scotland and Wales has been beset by delays and is increasing in cost, according to a Public Accounts Committee report out today.

The ‘Emergency Services Network’, which will include 4G mobile data capabilities, was announced as replacement for the existing radio-based system in 2015 and with a completion date of December 2019. But the project was ‘reset’ in September 2018 meaning contracts with private contractors had to be renegotiated, growing the bill to £9.3bn – £3.1bn above the original business case. The new completion date is December 2022.

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Police Finances CIPFA launches drive for ‘easier to understand’ public accounts

A survey launched by CIPFA is seeking views about the problems citizens face when looking at local authority accounts. The institute wants people to be able to hold authorities to account better by simplifying financial statements which show how their tax is spent.

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Police Finances Doctors, teachers and police to share in £4bn-a-year pension boost

Employees in all of the main public sector pension schemes will have their retirement savings boosted after a landmark ruling, the Government has confirmed.

Younger staff in the NHS, civil service, local government, teaching profession, police, Armed Forces, judiciary and fire service will benefit, Elizabeth Truss, chief secretary to the Treasury, said in a written statement.

The Supreme Court ruled in June that the Government had to accept an earlier judgment that it had discriminated against the workers when it changed public sector pensions in 2015. Only older staff were allowed to stay in the more generous versions of the schemes.

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Police Finances ‘More clarity required’ despite pension ruling

UK public sector pension fund administrators remain in the dark despite the government accepting defeat in a landmark pension ruling, PF has learned.

Workers from local government, the civil service, NHS and more will be impacted by a supreme court ruling that found pension changes from 2015 were discriminatory based on age, the government has confirmed.

The government had an appeal upheld by the court and could now pay out billions to remedy the situation, as valuations on public sector pensions were paused pending the legal process.

Despite the concession from the government, fund administrators still lack clarity due to the large variety of schemes in play, according to Neil Sellstrom CIPFA advisor for pensions and treasury management.

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Economy & Public Finance Forget the spending review, we should be talking about taxation

The question over whether the incoming government will conduct a spending review in time for the start of the next financial year is technically still live, yet it is fast becoming a truth universally acknowledged that it is unlikely to go ahead. Recent newspaper reports suggest our likely next PM Boris Johnson is preparing to set an emergency Budget in September.

However, before Mr Johnson unleashes his flurry of promised tax cuts he would do well to heed the warning from the Institute for Government this week that the UK’s “inefficient” tax system is fast becoming unsustainable.

Council tax and business rates currently account for 9% of national tax revenues, according to the IfG’s analysis, the same proportion as corporation taxes. By comparison income tax brings in just over a quarter of tax revenues and VAT a fifth.

The case for greater fiscal devolution and reform of council tax has been made repeatedly by those championing local government in recent years. But while a tourist tax might make a nice pay day for plenty of places around the country, local taxation should not be considered in isolation from the wider system.

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Police and Crime General 'Poverty link' to youth violence - London mayor

New figures from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan show what he says is a clear link between poverty in the capital and the rise in serious youth violence.

The data shows that the poorest areas of London are most likely to experience the highest levels of serious crime among youngsters.

The data comes amid fears that the end of the school year could see a rise in knife crime across major cities.

Mr Khan says he is funding 43 summer projects for vulnerable youngsters.

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Police and Crime General Allowing criminals not to declare convictions is 'a kick in the teeth', say victims' groups

Killers, robbers and some sex offenders who have spent years in prison will no longer have to tell prospective employers as the Justice Secretary says he wants to "remove the stigma of criminal convictions.”

David Gauke is proposing to abolish the rule requiring offenders jailed for four years or more to disclose their sentences to prospective employers for the rest of their lives. It would mean that at least 6,000 of these offenders would have the slate wiped clean over the course of a decade.

The plans triggered a row on Sunday as victims’ groups claimed they were a “kick in the teeth,” further tilting the balance of justice in favour of offenders.

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Economy & Public Finance UK 'scarily' exposed to next major downturn, economists warn Save

The UK’s recession-fighting tools are already almost exhausted leaving the economy ill-prepared to battle the next slump if and when it arrives, economists have warned.

Interest rates are too low to be cut significantly, while the Government is already heavily indebted from heavy borrowing in the financial crisis and the years since.

This means urgent work is needed to find tools which could be used to stimulate the economy in another crunch, said the Resolution Foundation.

Technology Automated facial recognition trials backed by home secretary

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has given his backing to the police in their trials of facial recognition cameras.

The surveillance software, which is designed to help spot suspects in public spaces, has been trialled by several forces, including the Met.

Civil liberties campaigners have criticised the technology, which is the subject of a legal challenge.

But Mr Javid said it was important that police made use of the latest tools to help them solve crimes.

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Police Finances Police leaders urge next PM: reverse cuts to tackle violent crime

Police leaders have written to the two Conservative leadership candidates to say whichever of them becomes prime minister should make providing more money to police and youth services their first priority.

The letter from 10 Labour police and crime commissioners overseeing the four biggest forces, and others across England and Wales, was sent to Boris Johnson, who has said he wants to hire an extra 20,000 police officers, and Jeremy Hunt, who has said policing cuts have gone too far.

Since 2010, police funding and officer numbers have fallen under the Conservatives, while provision of youth services has dramatically declined.

Police Finances Damian Green: local authorities avoid care home developments

Local authorities are increasingly reluctant to allow care homes and retirement homes to be built in their areas because they can’t afford the social care costs associated with that demographic, Conservative MP and former deputy prime minister Damian Green has said.

The chair of the all-party parliamentary group on longevity, who has produced his own policy paper suggesting a solution to the social care funding crisis, said it was a “quiet secret” that local authorities – who have to fund social care costs – try to avoid applications for homes for older people.

He also warned that unless all parties agree to seek a cross-party consensus on social care funding, a political crisis triggered by an “enormous scandal” will force them to act.

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Technology London cop illegally used police database to monitor investigation into himself

A serving Metropolitan police officer who illegally accessed a police database to monitor a criminal investigation into his own conduct has pleaded guilty to crimes under the UK's Computer Misuse Act.

Sergeant Okechukwu Efobi, of Byron Road, Wealdstone, Harrow, was ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and pay a total of £540, comprising a £90 victim surcharge tax and £450 of prosecution costs.

Efobi, who remains employed by the Met and is currently on restricted duty, had been accessing a police database to view details of suspects in an ongoing criminal investigation.

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Economy & Public Finance CIPFA backs alternative tool for measuring councils’ financial resilience

Another model aimed at measuring the financial sustainability of councils has joined a crowded field, with the claim that more than a third of councils are at risk of failure in the next decade.

Accountancy firm Grant Thornton this week launched its Financial Foresight model, built on central government data, combined with population projections and sector insights.

It shows that in 66% of councils, spending on services is outstripping income and that the imbalance between expenditure growth and income growth will see local authorities reducing their reserves by 84% by 2028.

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Economy & Public Finance UK nears recession as Brexit deadline looms

Recent economic data have shown further weakness in manufacturing sectors in most of the major economies, including Germany where growth is now negative. Amid this generally sluggish global backdrop, one big advanced economy looks in more danger of recession than most others. That country is the UK, where economic activity data have been plummeting as the next Brexit deadline approaches on October 31.

According to the latest Fulcrum nowcasts, UK activity growth has fallen to minus 0.8 per cent, compared with plus 1.0 per cent as recently as mid May (see box). Since then, economic data have revealed downward steps in the annualised growth rate on five successive occasions.

As in other countries, some of these drops have come from the industrial sector, with business surveys and official industrial production releases both contributing towards significant declines in estimated activity growth. However, two Brexit-related developments have hit UK industry particularly hard.

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Technology Speeding and dangerous drivers to be targeted by Britain’s first traffic drone

Speeding and dangerous drivers are to be targeted by Britain’s first traffic drone which was previously used on the battlefield and against terrorists.

The Metropolitan Police revealed yesterday that it will deploy the £80,000 drone to catch dangerous, careless or speeding motorists.

The Aeryon Skyranger drone which can carry night vision cameras as well as zoom lenses was developed for tactical surveillance by the military, has been deployed in war zones across the middle east and is now used by 20 armed forces around the world.

Motoring organisations said the deployment of military-grade technology against drivers would “raise eyebrows” but could be cost effective as a deterrent.

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Police and Crime General Decriminalising cannabis will be good for health and help fight crime

Most politicians studiously avoid talking about drug reform, particularly Conservatives, because it has always been a no-win scenario for us. This is because it always provokes quite a hostile reaction from the more Right-wing media, and because most Conservative members and voters (unlike Labour and Liberal Democrats) are pretty resistant to any notion of reform. The tough talk of cracking down and prohibition is held tightly, too, by social conservatives, despite the overwhelming evidence that it has failed to improve matters for individuals, families or their communities by almost any measure that would constitute success.

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Police and Crime General Policing resources at dangerously low levels, ex Scotland Yard chiefs warn

British policing resources have been "drained to dangerously low levels", five ex-Met Police chiefs have warned.

The former commissioners, who ran London's police force from 1993 to 2017, said cuts had "contributed to the feeling of lawlessness" generated by knife crime and county lines drugs.

They called for a royal commission on policing and the possible ending of the "fragmented" system of 45 area forces.

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Police and Crime General Public fear streets are lawless, say police chiefs

The public have lost confidence in the police and fear that Britain has descended into lawlessness because of knife and drug crime, five former heads of Scotland Yard warn today.

The former commissioners have united to condemn the “emasculation of British policing” under Theresa May and urge her successor to make law and order a priority.

Their intervention added to the sense of urgency over the issue as Boris Johnson, the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race, faced pressure to explain how he would fund a pledge to recruit 20,000 police officers.

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Police Finances Boris Johnson promises to boost police numbers by 20,000 in £1.1bn move if he becomes prime minister

Boris Johnson has pledged to boost police numbers by as many as 20,000 within three years if he becomes prime minister.

The Tory leadership favourite said he would expand the service to more than 140,000 officers by mid-2022 if he wins the race for Number 10.

Former London mayor Mr Johnson said the £1.1 billion move would focus on rural areas that have seen the biggest funding reductions.

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Technology UK: GCHQ/MI5 admit illegally spying on millions

The domestic spy agency MI5 and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) intelligence gathering unit have been forced to admit in court that they are acting illegally in their use of bulk data, gathered by intruding into the lives of millions of innocent people. MI5 “has been unlawfully retaining innocent people’s data for years.”

Their admissions were the result of a court case brought by the civil rights organisation Liberty. The basis of Liberty’s case against the spy agencies is that government surveillance practices breach human rights law.

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Police and Crime General Riots will hit streets after Brexit and UK will be ‘unstable’ for years, EU report warns

A secret EU report has painted a grim and worrying picture of life in Britain after Brexit – with violence on the street and ‘instability’ for decades.

The report by intelligence officials also claims that there will be independence referendums in Scotland and Northern Ireland within 18 months of Brexit.

The report, by senior intelligence officials, also warned there may be violence in the event of ‘no deal’ or a second referendum.

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Police and Crime General Bureaux de change: Crackdown on drug gangs money laundering

Bureaux de change and currency transfer businesses are to be raided by police in a week-long crackdown on suspected drugs money laundering.

They hope targeting the cash will reduce street violence linked to disputes between gangs by disrupting their activities.

Police say 12 businesses in London will be raided on Tuesday - the first day of the operation

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Economy & Public Finance Met police flag up 700 welfare and abuse cases a day over five years

New fears have emerged about the scale of abuse suffered by children and vulnerable adults after Scotland Yard revealed its officers were raising concerns with the safeguarding authorities on average 700 times a day.

Figures obtained by the Guardian show referrals relate to a range of alleged and suspected abuses, including sexual exploitation, forced marriage and bullying.

Data released under freedom of information (FoI) legislation shows that nearly 1.3m records were created in the capital over the past five years – an average of about 700 a day – informing local safeguarding authorities about officers’ concerns for children and vulnerable adults.

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Police and Crime General Hunt: More cops after cuts went too far

Jeremy Hunt criticised his own party’s cuts to the police last night in a ‘digital hustings’ with rival Boris Johnson.

The foreign secretary said the Conservatives had been faced with ‘difficult decisions’ in balancing the nation’s budget following the 2008 financial crisis but told the audience: ‘I think the reduction in police numbers went too far.’

He vowed he would increase officer numbers if he became prime minister but declined to be drawn on exact figures.

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Police and Crime General Crime solving rates 'woefully low', Met Police Commissioner says

Too many crimes are being left unsolved, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said.

During a speech about the future of policing in England and Wales, Cressida Dick admitted that national detection rates for some offences were "woefully low".

"The courts are emptying, not filling," she said, adding "It's not good and I'm not proud of it."

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Police and Crime General Nearly £5 million of funding to tackle serious violence

Sajid Javid today (Wednesday 26 June) announced that the remaining £3.3 million of the £22 million Early Intervention Youth Fund would be distributed to 10 areas to support projects for young people to prevent them getting drawn into crime and to help them make more positive life choices.

The Home Secretary also revealed there will be an additional £1.5 million of funding for the third year of the Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund, which will go towards small community projects to reduce knife crime. The fund has already supported 115 projects over the 2 years it has been running.

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Fire Gap in fire service’s capacity could cost lives in terror attack, report warns

A “serious gap” in a fire service’s terror response due to an industrial dispute could put lives at risk, according to independent inspectors.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said it has “particular concerns” about the Greater Manchester service’s ability to respond to terrorist attacks.

Inspector of fire and rescue Zoe Billingham said the service has not had the capability to respond to some terror-related incidents since before Christmas because of an industrial dispute.

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Police and Crime General Police letting off sex offenders and thieves who say they are sorry

Rapes, burglaries, child sex offences and assaults were among tens of thousands of offences that did not go to court but were dealt with by using “community resolutions”.

About 112,000 offenders a year avoid a criminal record for offences including possession of weapons, cruelty to children and theft, according to the BBC’s shared data unit. Community resolutions are restorative justice measures that involve paying damages or apologising. Although the offender does not get a criminal record, the resolution offence remains on the police national computer and can still be used if more offences are committed.

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Police Finances Prison to pilot scheme: The rehabilitation project lowering reoffending

More than 400 people whose crimes would normally attract a jail term of up to a year have instead served their sentences outside prison.

The scheme, known as an enhanced combination order, has been running in three court districts since 2015.

The rehabilitation order has led to a 20% reduction in the number of short-term jail sentences in those areas.

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Police and Crime General Liverpool teenagers 'paid money to stab other youths'

Teenagers are being offered up to £1,000 by gang leaders in Liverpool to stab other youngsters, the BBC has learned. They told the BBC Beyond Today podcast bounties were being offered by "elders" who wanted to avoid carrying out the attacks themselves. The claims have been linked to at least one recent stabbing.

Merseyside Police said it was aware organised crime groups used violence to settle disputes. In a statement the force did not directly address the teenagers' claims.

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Police Demand London mayor Sadiq Khan attacks police cuts after four murders in four days

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he is "incredibly concerned" about a recent spate of murders in the capital - placing the blame for rising violence on "massive cuts" to police resources.

The Metropolitan Police has stepped up patrols after four people were killed in as many days - and Mr Khan said officers from the "overstretched" force worked 12-hour shifts over the weekend.

He said officers were working "incredibly hard" to tackle violent crime, but reiterated his call for more funding from the government.

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Police and Crime General South Yorkshire police to change approach to football after heavy criticism

South Yorkshire police is to change its approach to policing football after an internal review following its operation at the Sheffield derby in March, which was heavily criticised by supporters as heavy-handed, violent and dangerous.

Some supporters at the match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United complained that they had been held in a crush outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles at Hillsborough, and that police officers had indiscriminately hit people caught in the crush with their batons.

The change of policy to “a more community style of policing, and engagement with fans” is due to be launched at a meeting of the force’s football policing officers on 5 July, according to an internal email seen by the Guardian. Sent by Paul McCurry, a superintendent in the force’s Sheffield local policing unit command team, the email invites officers to a full day “continuous professional development” session, and explains: “The purpose of this event will be to formally launch a new approach to policing football and other crowded events across South Yorkshire.

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Police Finances £15m police bill for Grenfell Tower inferno investigation

The police investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy has already cost more than £15 million as survivors and families of the 72 victims come together to remember their loved ones two years after the tower block inferno.

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Police and Crime General Police force seeks volunteers to view indecent images in forensics unit

West Midlands police have defended their decision to use volunteers for forensics work that would involve viewing indecent and distressing images after being warned that it was “a disaster waiting to happen”.

The force was criticised after advertising unpaid roles in its digital forensics team, with an advert that warned volunteers would “routinely come across distressing imagery including indecent images, fatal road traffic accidents, live CCTV footage recovery of incidents”.

The force said it was looking for people to commit at least 16 hours a month to the role and said that a criminal record was not a barrier to volunteering.

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Police Finances Council to fund its own bobbies on the beat

A council in the Midlands is planning to use its own money to put more police officers on the beat.

At a time of concern about the falling number of bobbies and cuts to police budgets, Walsall council plans to join a scheme under which it will pay for more officers across the borough.

The Patrol Plus scheme has been operating in London since 2008 and has been called “buy-one-get-one-free” policing since the force provides one officer for every one paid for by councils.

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Police and Crime General Rough sleeping: Arrests fall as police brand law 'archaic'

Police have criticised a law allowing beggars and rough sleepers to be arrested, as figures reveal they are using their powers less.

Arrests under the Vagrancy Act have halved over two years, data obtained by the BBC suggests.

Forces have said they are "moving away" from the "archaic" law which charities say "criminalises" the homeless.

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Technology Dark net drug sales on the rise in England

The number of drug takers in England obtaining drugs on the dark net has more than doubled in the past five years, according to The Global Drugs Survey.

According to its data, the number of drug users in England obtaining drugs on the dark net has gone up from 12.4% to nearly 28.6% in the past five years. This is not a nationally representative sample.

"The police are limited in what they can do and ill-equipped to deal with issues on the dark net."

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Police Finances Home Secretary Sajid Javid pledges £1bn to put an extra 20,000 bobbies on the beat after admitting there is a link between budget cuts and soaring crime rates

Sajid Javid admitted yesterday that he had changed his mind on the link between police numbers and crime and pledged to put up to 20,000 more bobbies on the beat.

Last year, the Home Secretary and Tory leadership candidate claimed in a TV interview there was no connection between the rise in crime and a fall in police numbers.

But yesterday he said: ‘What I’ve realised is that you do need many more police resources.’

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Police Finances Donald Trump's £40m visit is most expensive ever and will 'overstretch' police

Donald Trump’s state visit will be by far the most expensive in British history – costing taxpayers an estimated £40million in security costs.

The operation to protect the President and his entourage of at least 1,000 people includes policing the 250,000 protesters set to take to the streets to show their fury at the red carpet being rolled out for him.

Up to 10,000 officers will be drafted into Central London, leaving places across Britain without the “service they deserve”.

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Police Finances Report raises alarm over police detention of vulnerable suspects

Police officers detained and interviewed vulnerable suspects without an appropriate adult present more than 100,000 times last year in England and Wales, according to a charity report.

The failure by officers to provide assistance, chiefly to those with mental illness, autism or learning disabilities, leaves them at risk of miscarriages of justice, the National Appropriate Adult Network (Naan) has warned.

The survey, which reveals marginal improvements on similar research four years ago, reinforces calls for the Home Office to create a statutory duty to provide help for vulnerable adults in police stations.

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Police Finances Police and crime commissioners: engagement protocols

Guidance on how police and crime commissioners and their partners might engage with each other to improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system has been published on the gov website.

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Prisons Prisoners must not be released early to save money, says former Met Commissioner

Some offenders have been released far too early from jails, potentially to save money, says a former Met Police Commissioner who has called for a review of automatic release of prisoners half way through sentences.

Lord Stevens, who led the Met Police from 2000 to 2005, said: “There have been instances where people have been released from prison very very early and far too quickly.

“There needs to be an argument about whether this is done because of trying to save money and the problems in prisons of violence rather than actually ensuring that people are serving sentences they should be.”

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Police Finances Home Office to scrap 101 non-emergency number charges

The move will make the number free of charge for all members of the public, including victims of crime, from April 2020.

The Home Office will invest £5 million a year to fund the service, which receives around 30 million calls annually.

Callers to the 101 number are connected to their local police force, or a force of their choice, and charged 15p a time.

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Police Finances Treasury ‘must do better’ on Whole of Government Accounts

The spending watchdog has called for “further progress” on the level of information given by departments for the Whole of Government Accounts.

Total government expenditure for 2017-18 reached £815bn for the year ending March 31 2018, according to the WGA released yesterday.

It also showed the UK government’s income in 2017-18 was £760.9bn – compared to £720.8bn in 2016-17. Its expenditure was £814.8 billion – expenditure in 2016-17 was £760.7 billion.

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Police Finances Council tax ‘only regressive tax in the UK’

The UK’s taxes on the whole are progressive – with council tax being the only one that is regressive, an economic think-tank has said.

Direct taxes including income tax and National Insurance Contribution work alongside benefits to reduce inequality, the Institute for Fiscal Studies claimed in a briefing note today.

Council tax, however, is markedly regressive as it is not linked to income, with the poorest tenth of the population paying 8% of their income on council tax, while the next 50% pay 4-5% and the richest 40% paying 2-3%.

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Police and Crime General Police arrest 586 people in county lines crackdown

Nearly 600 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested across the UK in the past week, the National Crime Agency has said.

Police forces led by the National County Lines Coordination Centre also seized cocaine worth £176,780; £312,649 in cash; and 46 weapons.

The NCA estimates there are about 2,000 city-based gangs exploiting young people to sell drugs in smaller towns.

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Technology Police facial recognition surveillance court case starts

The first major legal challenge to police use of automated facial recognition surveillance begins in Cardiff today.

Ed Bridges, whose image was taken while he was shopping, says weak regulation means AFR breaches human rights.

The civil rights group Liberty says current use of the tool is equivalent to the unregulated taking of DNA or fingerprints without consent.

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Prisons Probation service: Offender supervision to be renationalised

The supervision of all offenders on probation in England and Wales is being put back in the public sector after serious failings with the part-privatisation of the system.

It reverses changes made in 2014 by then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

The National Audit Office said problems with the part-privatisation had cost taxpayers nearly £500m.

All offenders will be monitored by the National Probation Service from December 2020.

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Police Finances Knife crime prevention being ‘seriously hampered’ as councils left in dark about youth offending funding

Efforts to tackle soaring levels of knife crime and county lines activity are being “seriously hampered” because funding for doing so has not yet been announced by central government, council leaders have warned.

Local authorities are still waiting to hear how much money they will receive to tackle youth offending this year – more than two months after they had to set their budgets.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, told The Independent this was making it “extremely difficult” for councils to plan the services that support young people and keep them out of the justice system.

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Technology Government finally admits 'multitude of problems' with Airwave replacement

A former UK top cop has urged ministers to guarantee that the extra funds needed for a "critical" overhaul of the Emergency Services Network used by forces will not be taken from police budgets.

Ex-Met Police Commissioner Lord Bernard Hogan-Howe ramped up the pressure on the government after it acknowledged a "multitude of problems" with a replacement for Airwave.

The National Audit Office, which has already warned the target date of 2022 may not be met, also fears the delayed project is set to go over budget by at least £3.1 billion – while the Home Office predicts the final cost will be £9.3bn.

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Police Finances New emergency services radio system to be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late as Home Office failings blasted by NAO

An overhaul of the communications system used by the UK’s emergency services will be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed.

The Emergency Services Network was created to replace the current system Airwave, but the Home Office has already delayed its delivery by three years until 2020 when it decided to “reset” the programme in 2017.

Originally due in 2019, the Home Office forecasts the ESN will cost £9.3bn, 49% more than initially planned, with £1.4bn just being spent on extending the old Airwave system.

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Police Finances Spend £2.7bn more to tackle organised crime, says NCA chief

The government needs to find an extra £2.7bn to tackle the growth in serious and organised crime that is causing “staggering” damage to the United Kingdom, according to the director general of the National Crime Agency.

Lynne Owens is due to make the direct challenge to ministers on Tuesday as she launches the agency’s annual national strategic assessment mapping out dangers from cyber crime, child sexual exploitation, drugs and other serious and organised crime.

The NCA, which was set up by the Conservative government in 2013, says there are at least 181,000 people linked to serious and organised crime in the UK – twice the size of the British army.

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Police and Crime General MPs' latest plan to crack down on gangs and knife crime: Encourage teenagers to try group singing, boxing, and martial arts instead

Boxing and martial arts should be harnessed to help fight knife crime and gang violence, a report has recommended.

The Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee said sporting and cultural activities were being overlooked by ministers in favour of arresting and imprisoning young people.

Taking part in activities could also be key to solving social problems in health, education and urban regeneration, it said.

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Police Finances Organised crime: NCA says its budget needs to double

Organised crime poses such a threat to the UK that an extra £3bn will be needed to fight it over the next three years, the National Crime Agency says.

Its head Lynne Owens says this includes more than doubling the NCA's annual budget from £424m to nearly £1.1bn.

In a speech, she warned the public will "feel the consequences" if the government does not find the cash.

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Police Finances Agency calls for £2.7bn investment to combat organised crime

The UK needs £2.7bn to tackle the “chronic and corrosive” blight of organised crime, the National Crime Agency has warned.

Launching its National Strategic Assessment yesterday, the agency said that there are 181,000 offenders linked to organised crime in the UK – a group twice the size of the British Army.

To tackle this threat there must be investment of £2.7bn over the next three years to crack down on those who profit from crimes such as child sexual exploitation and drug trafficking and fraud, according to NCA director general Lynne Owens.

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Police and Crime General Police in talks with Home Office to review Public Order legislation

Police are calling for changes in the law to prevent copycat tactics being employed in the wake of climate protests that put Britain under siege.

Scotland Yard is in discussions with the Home Office to review the current Public Order legislation with fears Extinction Rebellion will be replicated by other groups.

The Met also called for a stronger punishment of those who break the law, with summary only charges for offences, including breaching conditions imposed under the Public Order Act, obstruction of a highway and obstruction of police, leaving magistrates with limited sentencing powers.

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Police Finances New emergency services radio system to be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late as Home Office failings blasted by NAO

An overhaul of the communications system used by the UK’s emergency services will be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed.

The Emergency Services Network was created to replace the current system Airwave, but the Home Office has already delayed its delivery by three years until 2020 when it decided to “reset” the programme in 2017.

Originally due in 2019, the Home Office forecasts the ESN will cost £9.3bn, 49% more than initially planned, with £1.4bn just being spent on extending the old Airwave system.

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Police and Crime General PTSD 'at crisis levels' among police officers

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among police officers in the UK is far more common than was ever thought, a new survey suggests. One PC describes his battle with the medical condition.

Lee Jackson is the kind of police officer who runs towards danger, the sort who is not afraid to break down doors or break up fights.

A Taser-trained response officer at Durham Police with over 19 years' service, he's dealt with almost every crime imaginable and was once three minutes from death after becoming impaled on a broken car aerial while investigating a car crash.

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Police and Crime General Children at risk of gangs and violence to be given more support

Children at risk of being targeted by gangs or violent crime will be given extra support as part of a £2m government scheme.

Young people in England in danger of criminal or sexual exploitation will be given access to experts across education, health, social care, police and the voluntary sector.

The Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme aims to support children who could fall victim to threats such as gangs, county lines drug dealing, online grooming, sexual exploitation, trafficking or modern slavery.

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Technology Facial recognition wrongly identifies public as potential criminals 96% of time, figures reveal

Facial recognition technology has misidentified members of the public as potential criminals in 96 per cent of scans so far in London, new figures reveal.

The Metropolitan Police said the controversial software could help it hunt down wanted offenders and reduce violence, but critics have accused it of wasting public money and violating human rights.

The trials have so far cost more than £222,000 in London and are subject to a legal challenge and a separate probe by the Information Commissioner.

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Police Finances Police granted funding boost for action on serious violence

The Home Secretary has allocated police forces the final part of a dedicated £100 million fund to tackle serious violence.

Sajid Javid announced that £12.4 million will be distributed to 18 forces dealing with high levels of violent crime. It comes after £51 million was announced for the forces ahead of Easter for additional officer deployments, improved intelligence, and short-term operational actions such as targeting habitual knife carriers.

The announcement comes ahead of the first meeting of a new ministerial taskforce on serious youth violence, chaired by the Prime Minister, in Downing Street today.

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Police Demand Rising knife crime linked to council cuts, study suggests

Places in England that have seen the biggest council spending cuts to youth services are likely to see the biggest increases in knife crime, a study says.

Research by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime showed the average council cut real-terms spending on youth services - such as youth clubs - by 40% between 2014/15 and 2017/18.

And the four worst-hit areas have seen some of the biggest knife crime rises.

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Police Demand Youth club closures put young people at risk of violence, warn MPs

Youth club closures are putting young people at greater risk of violence, according to a committee of MPs which has found that English councils have slashed funding on youth services by 40% on average in the last three years.

After a bank holiday weekend which began with news of the fatal stabbing of 15-year-old Tashaun Aird and continued with the killing of an 18-year-old in south London, the 28th knife fatality in the capital this year, the all-party parliamentary group on knife crime revealed new data from more than 100 councils showing cuts to youth services of up to 91%. It claimed areas that had suffered the largest cuts to spending on young people had seen bigger increases in knife crime.

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Police and Crime General Why are rape prosecutions falling?

Recorded rape offences have been rising in England and Wales, but the proportion of offences making it to court has fallen significantly over the past few years.

Police and prosecutors are asking complainants in rape cases to agree to hand their phones over or face the prospect of prosecutions being dropped - something victims' commissioner Baroness Helen Newlove has said is "unlikely to do anything to help reverse the fall in prosecutions for rape and sexual violence".

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decides whether cases investigated by the police go to trial. In September 2018, it said the proportion of reported rapes being prosecuted had reached their lowest level in a decade.

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Police Demand 'Why must we pay to report crime?' – Baroness Newlove queries 101 service and says anti-social behaviour out of control

Victims of anti-social behaviour are being forced to pay to report offences to the police, Baroness Newlove warns today as she criticises the authorities for dismissing the offences as “low level”.

Lady Newlove, the Victims’ Commissioner, says police and councils have “a culture of viewing anti-social behaviour as not important” and fail to use powers introduced to prevent everyday crimes.

She says “depressingly, little has changed” since her husband, Garry, was kicked to death 12 years ago when he confronted teenagers vandalising her car, and questions why callers to the low-priority 101 phone line are charged, when 999 calls are free.

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Police and Crime General Rape victims among those to be asked to hand phones to police

Victims of crimes, including those alleging rape, are to be asked to hand their phones over to police - or risk prosecutions not going ahead.

Consent forms asking for permission to access information including emails, messages and photographs have been rolled out in England and Wales.

It comes after a number of rape and serious sexual assault cases collapsed after crucial evidence emerged.

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Fire Gloucestershire Council boss 'in bid to discredit PCC'

A council boss has been accused of organising a campaign to discredit a police and crime commissioner's move to take over the local fire service.

A leaked email from Gloucestershire County Council's Peter Bungard, seen by the BBC, includes plans to use taxpayers' money to fund a PR campaign to show the PCC "is out of touch".

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Police Demand Tories 'in denial about scale of violent crime'

The Conservative Party is in "denial" about the scale of violent crime, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has claimed.

Analysis of official crime statistics by his party suggested there has been a doubling of attempted murders since the Tories came to power in 2010.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recorded 523 attempted murders in April 2010 to March 2011 in England and Wales, but in October 2017 to September 2018 there were 1,040 - a 99 per cent increase.

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Police Demand Eight out of ten Merseyside Police officers say there aren't enough of them to do their jobs properly

Over three quarters of Merseyside Police officers have said there aren't enough of them to properly do their job.

The situation is so bad that most officers now say they have felt stressed, suffered form low moods, anxiety and other difficulties in the last year.

The statistics were revealed in the Police Federation of England in Wales' annual Welfare Survey.

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Police Demand Greater Manchester Police chief: 60% of crimes not investigated

About 60% of crimes reported to one of the UK's largest police forces are not fully investigated because of a lack of resources, its chief constable said.

Greater Manchester Police's Ian Hopkins said budget cuts mean officers have to prioritise more ruthlessly than ever.

He said about 600 offences a day, such as thefts from vehicles, were being "screened out" and not pursued because "we don't have enough officers".

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Police Demand The new prison drug strategy

Earlier this month, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) published its new Prison Drugs Strategy.

There have, of course, always been drugs and drug misusers in prison but over the last six or seven years, with the advent of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), the best-known of which are synthetic forms of cannabis such as “Spice”, the problem has become much worse.

The use of NPS has been seen as one of the two critical components of the prison safety crisis (the other being the unprecedented cuts in staffing levels). As the new strategy puts it:

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Police Demand ‘Less talk, more action!’ Police chief attacks May for 'distrubing' rise in knife crime

John Apter, national chair of the Police Federation in England and Wales, which represents nearly 120,000 rank and file officers, accused the Prime Minister of “still failing to accept the harsh reality plastered over the front pages and filling the news bulletins”. There were 285 murders in England and Wales in 2017/18 where the method of killing was by a knife or sharp instrument - the highest number since records started in 1946. In the year to September, police recorded around 1.5 million "violence against the person" offences - a jump of nearly a fifth on the previous 12 months.

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Police Finances Lord Coe blames record knife crime on ‘strangled’ funding of community sports

Chronic under-investment in youth services has been linked by the Conservative peer Lord Sebastian Coe to the surge in knife crime in major cities.

The former Olympic champion accused politicians of failing to realise that failure to spend on grassroots sports facilities would fuel “big problems in our inner cities”.

Knife crime has reached its highest level in England and Wales since records began, and 26 people have died from stab wounds so far this year in London alone.

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Police Finances Government accused of 'sitting on hands' a month after £100m promised

Chancellor Philip Hammond been accused of breaking his promise to policing with only half of £100 million being made available to fight the knife crime scourge.

Rank and file officers called for a complete overhaul of the police funding formula, arguing what is being offered is “loose change”.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the government continues to “bury its head in the sand over the impact of austerity” and had “sat on their hands for more than a month”.

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Police and Crime General Met detective 'predicts' fatal stabbing areas in London

A murder detective believes he has found a way of forecasting where deadly knife attacks are likely to take place.

Det Ch Insp John Massey trawled through records of knife crimes in London over a 12-month period and found a link with fatal stabbings the following year.

More than two-thirds of the killings in 2017-18 occurred in neighbourhoods where someone had been attacked with a knife the year before.

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Police and Crime General Police drugs policy of ‘test, not arrest’ condemned as back-door legalisation

Police are backing a growing number of “test, not arrest” schemes in which young people can have their illegal drugs tested — but face no prosecution for possessing them.

The move was condemned this weekend as a sign of the police being “soft on drugs”. Critics warned that it would pander to a generation of young people “who thought it was OK to take drugs” and for whom drug-taking had in effect been legalised.

David Jamieson, the police commissioner for the West Midlands, said he was backing and part-funding pop-up tents and caravans outside clubs in Birmingham on Friday and Saturday nights where drugs could be tested for lethal contaminants.

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Police and Crime General Police accused of abusing easier stop and search

Police have been accused of abusing stop-and-search powers, days after the home secretary, Sajid Javid, made it easier for officers to use the controversial measures.

Campaigners claim that the Metropolitan police are frequently misusing section 60 orders, which allow officers to search anyone in an area for a limited period if serious violence is anticipated.

Two weeks ago Javid made it easier for police in England and Wales to search people without reasonable suspicion under section 60 in an attempt to tackle knife crime.

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Technology Technology companies must do more to prevent crime, home secretary to say

Technology companies must do more to help prevent crimes, the home secretary is to say.

Sajid Javid will demand the industry gets better at creating products which make illegal activity harder to commit.

He will point out how moped crimes have been almost halved across the UK after the introduction of new anti-theft devices – and call on design firms to follow suit in putting such prevention at the heart of new products and services.

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Police Finances IMF's Lagarde says further Brexit delay will 'hinder' UK growth

Further uncertainty over Brexit will hinder growth in the UK economy, the head of IMF has told the BBC.

Speaking ahead of the agreement of an extension to Article 50, Christine Lagarde warned that businesses and investors will remain hesitant in the coming months.

She said any prolonged uncertainty would have a "negative impact".

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Police and Crime General Firefighters will tackle blazes... and crime on the streets of Devon

A new type of supercop is on the streets of Devon after firefighters were given powers of arrest in a controversial scheme aimed at boosting police reach in rural areas. Seven firefighters have qualified as special constables and will be known as community responders with dual policing and firefighting responsibilities.

The pilot scheme was criticised by the Police Federation and Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which warned that the blurring of lines between the two roles risked creating conflict in duties. National plans to merge certain police and fire service resources have rarely come to fruition, although Cornwall uses “tri-service responders” who cover fire, policing and paramedic duties.

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Prisons G4S shares soar on possible £3bn Canadian bid

Shares in G4S - which runs UK prisons and botched security arrangements at the London Olympics - have jumped as much 30% after a Canadian rival admitted it was considering a takeover.

Garda World, a privately-owned company, has until 8 May to table a formal offer.

There was no immediate comment from G4S, which last month reported a 63% fall in full-year profits.

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Police Finances PMQs: Theresa Villiers and Wayne David on police funding

Two MPs used their questions at PMQs to address funding for the police in their areas.

Conservative Theresa Villiers criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan for closing down Barnet police station, while Labour's Wayne David accused the PM of failing to give accurate figures on police funding in Gwent.

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Prisons Criminals with dyslexia could get more lenient sentences under new guidelines

Criminals with a wide range of mental health conditions and learning difficulties could receive more lenient sentences under guidelines being issued to judges and magistrates.

Conditions ranging from schizophrenia to post traumatic stress disorder, and low IQ to dyslexia, ought to be taken into consideration when a court is deciding what punishment to hand out, according to proposals being introduced by the Sentencing Council.

As part of the guidelines, judges will be asked to assess what extent a person's condition or disability might have played in them committing their offence.

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Technology Zain Qaiser: Student jailed for blackmailing porn users worldwide

A student who made hundreds of thousands of pounds blackmailing porn website users with cyber attacks has been jailed for more than six years.

Zain Qaiser from Barking, London, used his programming skills to scam visitors to porn sites around the world.

Investigators have discovered around £700,000 of his profits - but his network may have made more than £4m.

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Economy & Public Finance The price of Brexit has been £66 billion so far, plus an impending recession — and it hasn't even started yet

The damage to the UK economy due to Brexit has cost £66 billion ($86 billion) so far, and left the United Kingdom teetering at the brink of a new recession, according to economic data published last week.

An analysis by S&P Global Ratings analyst Boris Glass found that the decline of the pound, increase in inflation, erosion of household spending power, decline in house prices, and weak exports led to a 3% reduction in GDP. "That translates into average forgone economic activity of £6.6 billion (in 2016 prices) in each of the 10 quarters since the referendum," Glass said in a research note.

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Police and Crime General Officers attacked after attending bogus 999 call

Four police officers were savagely attacked in the line of duty by a knifeman who lured them with a bogus 999 call, a court has heard.

Alex Traykov, 20, allegedly used the alias Solomon to report of a fight in Islington, north London, on the evening of October 6 last year.

When the officers arrived at the address in Liverpool Road, Traykov opened the door wearing a black hoodie with a large kitchen knife behind his back, the Old Bailey heard.

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Police Finances Bedfordshire Police chief leaves with 'underfunding' message

The chief constable of Bedfordshire Police has said the issue of police funding "must be addressed", as he announced he is leaving the post.

Jon Boutcher has led the force since 2015 and said he was leaving it "with a heavy heart".

Mr Boutcher highlighted the issue of police funding and said the "consequences of previous budgetary decisions" were now being felt.

The Home Office said it increased fund for Bedfordshire by £8m this year.

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Prisons We have to rethink the way we use prisons

The House of Common Justice Select Committee has just published a hard-hitting report urging the government to overhaul its prisons and probation strategies.

Although the report, “Prison population 2022: planning for the future” is supposedly focused on ensuring that we have enough prison capacity over the next three years, its conclusions and recommendations go much further than this limited remit.

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Police and Crime General Brexit: Police warn MPs and campaigners not to inflame tensions

Politicians and campaigners should take care not to "inflame" tensions in the UK caused by Brexit, a senior police chief has warned.

Chairman of the National Police Chief Council (NPCC), Martin Hewitt, said people should think carefully to avoid inciting others to violence.

Police have 10,000 officers ready to deploy at 24 hours' notice as part of possible no-deal Brexit preparations.

However, police chiefs said the measures were only a precaution.

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Police and Crime General The teenage hackers who've been given a second chance

Step inside the offices of Bluescreen and you'll find some of the UK's most talented teenage hackers, dragged from a world of crime to fight for the other side.

These young computer experts have swapped the confines of their bedrooms for a fairly ordinary looking cyber security company in Plymouth.

Bluescreen employs hackers the authorities have deemed worthy of a second chance, who pit their wits against some of the anonymous online criminals they used to see as brothers in arms.

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Police Finances Police resourcing: on a knife edge

The horrific spate of UK knife crime has put greater focus on policing and its resources than for several years. Is the drop in police numbers to blame? How many officers do we need? How much will this cost? Is the £14bn in the 2019-20 funding settlement enough?

But when it comes to police budgets, I believe we are asking the wrong questions.

The mission of policing has become cloudy. For decades, the Peelian principles of preventing crime and disorder held firm. For home secretary Theresa May our mission was to cut crime – “nothing more, nothing less”. However, for all forces, the aim is to maintain security and keep communities safe, extending their duty way beyond crime.

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Police Demand Calais child refugees waiting 10 times longer to join family in UK

Some police forces are actively seeking reasons to drop investigations into fraud, a watchdog's report has warned.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services said an "inconsistent" approach to policing fraud in England and Wales left the public at high risk of scams.

One officer told its inquiry the crime was not considered a priority because it does not "bang, bleed or shout".

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Police and Crime General Police believe one attacker responsible as fifth person stabbed in 'random attacks' in north London

Police says five "random stabbings" in north London could be linked as they investigate "just one individual perpetrator".

It follows the stabbing of a man by an attacker matching the description of a knifeman who injured four people in one night in the area. The culprit in all five stabbings is thought to be a tall, skinny black male wearing a hooded top.

The latest victim, aged in his 30s, was left with life-threatening injuries when he was stabbed in Aberdeen Road, Enfield, north London at about 5am on Tuesday.

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Police Demand Hospitals treat up to 21 children a day as knife crime epidemic sweeps Britain, data reveals

Hospitals are treating up to 21 young victims a day wounded in knife or weapon attacks, according to data released under Freedom of Information laws.

Nearly 8,000 children and young people aged eleven to 25 years old last year attended hospitals with assaults from weapons, largely for knife wounds, according to the figures obtained by the all party parliamentary group on knife crime.

The group said it provided a glimpse into the true scale of the cost of the knife crime epidemic, dwarfing the 1,000 that the NHS has said are subsequently admitted to hospital after being stabbed with a knife or sharp instrument.

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Police Demand Calls for every Met frontline officer to carry Taser

All front line officers on Britain's biggest force should carry Tasers to counter the risk of becoming "victims themselves" from the spiraling number of assaults, a new report urges.

The weapons offer greater protection with evidence showing they can play a "significant role" in keeping officers safe, the London Assembly has been told.

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Police and Crime General Schools and NHS could be held accountable over youth crime

Teachers, NHS workers and police officers could be held accountable for failing to spot violent crime among young people under government plans announced on Monday.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has launched a consultation to assess whether there is a "public health duty" to report concerns over children at risk.

He said he will use "all the tools" at his disposal to end violent crime.

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Economy & Public Finance Minimum wage rates rise, but bills go up too

Two million UK workers on minimum wages are now receiving a pay rise - but a string of household bills have also increased.

Workers aged 25 and over on the National Living Wage will receive £8.21 an hour from Monday, up from £7.83 - a 4.9% rise.

Pay rises also take effect for younger workers on minimum wages.

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Police Demand Knife crime: More stop and search powers for police

Police in England and Wales are being given greater stop and search powers to tackle rising knife crime.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is making it easier for officers to search people without reasonable suspicion in places where serious violence may occur.

It comes after fatal stabbings rose last year to the highest point since records began.

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Economy & Public Finance Council taxes to rise by 5% but service cuts ‘still needed’

The average council tax bill in England is to rise by almost 5 per cent, the second-largest increase in ten years.

Figures released yesterday by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government showed the levy on a typical Band D property going up by £78 to £1,750 from next week — a rise of 4.7 per cent.

This is largely explained by councils struggling to cover social care because of austerity cuts, an ageing population and insufficient mental health provision.

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Police Finances Cuts have left officers retreating from streets, says outgoing police chief

Government cuts left police retreating from the streets, solving just one in 10 offences and “really struggling” to deal with routine crime, the leader of Britain’s police chiefs has said.

Sara Thornton steps down this weekend as chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, after a four-year tenure during which her and her colleagues battled to get the government to recognise cuts were leading to fewer officers and resources to fight crime.

In an interview to mark her departure as NPCC chair and after 33 years of policing, Thornton told the Guardian she wanted to see an end to the blame culture when policing goes wrong and for a recognition that officers were dealing with some of society’s worst problems and not “running libraries”.

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Police Finances Whiteman: Local government finance needs to be more transparent

Local government audit is “in need of improvement”, CIPFA’s chief executive has told MPs.

There is a “big gap” between local audit and central government intervention in struggling councils, Rob Whiteman chief executive of CIPFA has told the Public Accounts Committee today.

Whiteman said the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government should have an “oversight brief” in order to create more transparency about finances in the local government sector.

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Technology Three-unique-words 'map' used to rescue mother and child

Three seemingly unconnected words have helped rescue a mother and daughter after a car crash in remote rural Somerset.

The "coordinates" - "weekend", "foggy" and "earphones" - allowed police to exactly pinpoint their location.

An algorithm developed by start-up what3words divides the world into 57 trillion nine-sq-m (97-sq-ft) areas and gives each a unique three-word address.

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Police and Crime General Knife crime: Tony Blair says police losing knife crime battle

Police are currently "losing the battle" against knife crime, former prime minister Tony Blair has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

He urged current prime minister Theresa May to hold a Cobra emergency committee meeting and act with a determination "to do whatever it takes".

The number of crimes related to knives and other offensive weapons reached a nine-year high in 2018, figures show.

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Prisons Drugs smuggled into Guys Marsh prison in dead rats

Drugs, tobacco and mobile phones were smuggled into a prison stuffed inside dead rats.

The items were sewn inside the bodies of three rats found by officers in early March in the grounds of HMP Guys Marsh near Shaftesbury, Dorset.

It was the first recorded instance of rats being used in that way, the Prison Service said.

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Police and Crime General Second woman is investigated by police over transphobic comments

A second woman is being investigated by the police following allegations that she made transphobic comments on social media, the Telegraph can reveal.

Womans' rights campaigner, Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, has been interviewed by two separate police forces after being accused of committing a hate crime by Susie Green, who runs a charity helping transgender children.

The news comes after it emerged that devout Catholic, Caroline Farrow, had been asked to attend an interview by the Surrey force, for allegedly using the wrong pronoun to refer to Ms Green's transgender daughter.

Ms Keen-Minshull, a mother of four, said investigating people because of their legally held views was a complete waste of police time.

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Police Demand Tackling knife crime must top to-do list

There’s a palpable frustration in Westminster, and across the country as a whole, that Brexit, or more specifically, the lack of progress and uncertainty around Brexit, is a deeply unhelpful distraction from what are a number of serious and growing domestic concerns.

At a time of such uncertainty, it would be all too easy for us to take our foot off the pedal of domestic politics. Let’s be clear though: marking time in such a way would do a great disservice to the people we represent.

The urgency of the tasks at hand require action now, and while those of us in Parliament may for some time yet be preoccupied with the B-word, that is all the more reason for us to put our trust in local leadership and experience, providing those who are better placed on the ground with the tools and resources they need to make headway. Tackling the scourge of knife crime should be the top of the to-do list.

Across the country, it’s an issue that has united families and communities in grief. While cold statistics can never convey the brutal reality of this problem, they can help contextualise it. Last year, 726 people were murdered in the UK, 285 with a knife or bladed weapon, the highest level since records began. In 2018 we witnessed more fatal stabbings than at any other time since the Second World War, and the number of youth stabbings has doubled in the last five years alone.

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Police Demand Birmingham mosques on heightened alert after attacks

Security has been stepped up at mosques across Birmingham after five were targeted during an "abhorrent" spate of vandalism. CCTV footage has been released after the mosques had their windows smashed in the early hours of Thursday. The motive for the attacks remains unknown, West Midlands Police said.

Mosques across the world are also on alert for the first Friday prayers since the New Zealand terror attack, in which 50 people were killed.

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Police Demand Hackney death: Met 'too stretched to investigate' murder case

The daughter of a man who died inside a betting shop has claimed the Met Police "being too stretched" affected the outcome of the murder investigation. Babatunde Awofeso, 53, died on 4 April after being punched at a Betfred branch in Upper Clapton Road, Hackney.

Colleen Awofeso, from Devizes in Wiltshire, says she is confused by a suggestion from City of London Police that CCTV inside the Betfred shop was "corrupt" and irretrievable. This appears to contradict comments in an email, seen by the BBC, sent by a Betfred employee who said the CCTV was working on the day Mr Awofeso died.

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Police and Crime General Taser offered to all Kent officers in police assault fight-back

With assaults against officers rocketing, a south east force is fighting aggression and violence “head on” by permitting all public-facing officers to train to carry Taser.

The news comes with knife crime in Kent increasing by 152 per cent between 2010 and 2019 – the largest increase in England and Wales during that time. There were also 1,112 assaults on police officers in 2017 and 2018 - more than 20 a week.

Currently, the force relies upon specially-trained Taser teams deployed to assist colleagues during times of need, but this radical move means all officers in a public-facing role can take on the training and accreditation programme to carry the weapon.

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Police and Crime General Police Federation confirms cyber attack

The Police Federation has confirmed its computer systems suffered a malware attack. PFEW says the incident happened on March 9 and it was able to respond quickly to the alert from its cyber-security systems. Experts quickly reacted to isolate the malware to stop it spreading to PFEW branches, it says.

The incident was reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office and the National Crime Agency (NCA), which is now leading a criminal investigation into the matter.

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Police and Crime General MPs advised to travel in groups to avoid abuse over Brexit

A deputy speaker of the House of Commons has advised MPs they should take a black cab or travel home together to avoid the risk of intimidation or abuse, as public tensions rise over the Brexit process.

Lindsay Hoyle, a long-serving Labour MP, emailed all colleagues on Wednesday to say the Metropolitan police had been “left in no doubt” it had to ensure that “members of parliament can vote in parliament without fear”.

“Personally, I have never felt this level of tension during my time in the house and I am aware that other colleagues feel the same,” Hoyle wrote. “Many colleagues have already been subject to widely publicised abuse and intimidation.”

He advised MPs to take “simple steps” such as travelling home by taxi or with colleagues, and he said most had already taken security measures at home such as installing panic buttons.

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Police and Crime General Police warn Brexiteers planning 'go slow' protests on motorway

Police have warned Brexiteers planning “go slow” protests on Britain’s motorways that they could face prosecution.

Pro-Brexit campaigners aim to cause gridlock using a convoy of slow-moving vehicles, targeting between 30 and 40 locations over the weekend.

One page in Somerset is targeting the A303 near Taunton, but just seven people have confirmed their attendance.

Other roads targeted are the M25, M6 and M1, which is partially policed by Derbyshire Police, which said it has "been made aware of the protest" and is "liaising with organisers.”

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Police Demand Drug gangs fuel rise in British children forced into modern slavery

County lines drug gangs are fuelling a rise in the number of British children being forced into modern slavery, with cases more than doubling in a year.

National Crime Agency (NCA) figures showed the number of modern slavery cases involving UK minors went from 676 in 2017 to 1,421 in 2018.

Nearly two-thirds of last year's cases were linked to labour exploitation, which includes by county lines and other criminal gangs.

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Fire New homes built by Persimmon missing fire safety barriers

Homes built by one of the UK's largest developers were constructed without essential barriers to slow the spread of fire.

Regulations dictate the flame-resistant material must be installed in roof spaces and wall cavities.

Housebuilder Persimmon Homes found it was missing from some properties on estates in south-west England.

It has written to more than 1,000 people to say their homes need to be checked.

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Police Finances Knife crime: Government's extra £100m police funding is a 'short-term fix'

The government's recent announcement of additional money to help fight knife crime is "nowhere near enough" and only a "short-term fix" according to the chairman of the Police Federation.

John Apter spoke to Sky News at the end of Operation Sceptre, the annual week-long national drive against knife criminals, which has seen many hundreds of weapons taken off the streets.

Last week, the chancellor announced an extra £100m emergency funding package to allow police to mount more operations against violent crime.

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Economy & Public Finance UK employment at highest since 1971

The number of employed people in the UK has risen again, to a new record number of 32.7 million people between November and January, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

That is the highest figure since records began in 1971.

Unemployment fell by 35,000 to 1.34 million in the period, putting the rate below 4% for the first time since 1975.

The figure is 112,000 lower than a year ago, giving a jobless rate of 3.9%, well below the EU average of 6.5%.

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Technology Hated and hunted

Fabian is world renowned for destroying ransomware - the viruses sent out by criminal gangs to extort money.

Because of this, he lives a reclusive existence, always having to be one step ahead of the cyber criminals.

He has moved to an unknown location since this interview was carried out.

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Police and Crime General Lord Winston calls for cycling licences to improve road safety

Lord Winston has renewed calls for cyclists to require licences and insurance.

The government ruled out the proposal in 2018, saying the cost and complexity would outweigh the benefits.

The Labour peer's concerns were echoed by others in the House of Lords worried about "hoodlums in Lycra".

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Police and Crime General Paedophiles caught by vigilantes face tougher charges

Paedophiles caught in undercover stings by vigilantes are to face tougher charges under new rules being introduced by prosecutors.

Scores of potential sex abusers have been snared by so called paedophile hunters who pose as children online in order to catch them as they try to groom youngsters.

But there has been mounting concern that those who are prosecuted are being treated too leniently because there is no actual child victim involved.

However the Crown Prosecution Service has announced that offenders who are duped by the police or vigilantes are now to be charged as if there is an identifiable child victim.

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Fire Fireman Sam is putting women off joining the fire service because 'most of the job is nothing like it is portrayed'

Fireman Sam is putting women off joining the fire service because “most of the job is nothing like it is portrayed”, a female chief has said.

Senior fire officer Alex Johnson believes the CGI firefighting idol and images of men rushing into burning buildings does little to encourage gender equality.

She is campaigning to attract more women into the 999 service with just 5.2 per cent of firefighters in England women. In 2017 there were 1,838 female firefighters compared to 33,782 male firefighters.

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Police and Crime General 'Like a war': the struggle for space that pushes young Londoners to violence

"Round here we’ve got Third Set, in Shepherd’s Bush you have 12 Anti who are currently beefing Third Set. 12 World are beefing 12 Anti. Then you get in to Ladbroke Grove and you got Ten Eleven. Then you’ve got Mozart.”

This is just one corner of a bewildering jigsaw of gang rivalries in west London, described by Colin Brent, a youth worker at the Bollo Brook youth centre in south Acton. “You can have Acton beefing Acton, Bush beefing Bush. Bush beefing Acton. Young people don’t even know whose side they’re supposed to be on any more.”

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Police Demand Modern slavery referrals rocket

Referrals of potential victims of modern slavery made by councils have soared tenfold in five years, new figures have shown.

Latest National Crime Agency statistics showed the number of council referrals of suspected victims of modern slavery to the national referral mechanism (NRM) has risen from 131 in 2013 to 1,306 in 2018.

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Police Demand Knife and weapon offences reach highest level since 2009

The criminal justice system dealt with the highest number of knife and offensive weapon offences in nearly a decade last year, official figures have shown.

In 2018, 21,484 knife and offensive weapon offences were recorded, the most dealt with since 2009, when 25,103 offences were registered, according to the Ministry of Justice.

The figures come after the chancellor, Philip Hammond, handed an extra £100m to police forces in England and Wales after a spate of fatal stabbings led to a renewed focus on the response to knife crime and fresh debate over police resources.

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Police Finances Philip Hammond to tackle Britain’s knife crime epidemic with £100m funding package

It is a major victory for Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who demanded the cash after the surge in knife killings this year.

Chancellor Philip Hammond had offered a new package of £50 million but Mr Javid held out for more.

Some £80 million of the funding will be new money from the Treasury.

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Police Finances Funding cuts hamper knife crime prevention in England, say schools

Schools and colleges say funding cuts are hampering their efforts to prevent knife crime, according to a report commissioned by Ofsted that calls for “local community safety partnerships” to tackle the problem.

The Ofsted report, based on a survey of secondary schools, further education and pupil referral units in London, found huge variations in how the schools dealt with the problem of knives carried by pupils, as well as a lack of information-sharing between schools, local authorities and the police.

The report also concluded that schools need to follow more carefully Department for Education guidelines on the use of exclusions, and called for authorities to “challenge schools and multi-academy trusts when exclusions do not appear to be in line with statutory guidance”.

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Economy & Public Finance Spring Statement: Hammond promises 'deal dividend'

The chancellor has pledged to spend a £26.6bn Brexit war chest to boost the economy, if MPs vote to leave the European Union with a deal.

Philip Hammond vowed to free up more money to cut taxes and spend on public services in a "deal dividend".

However, he said these spending plans were based on a smooth Brexit.

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Police Finances Outgoing NAO chief questions ministerial accountability

The relationship between ministers, accounting officers and civil servants is currently not working, the outgoing auditor general of UK’s spending watchdog has said in his last speech in the role.

Some ministers “see themselves more or less as chief executive officers but without the qualifications”, National Audit Office head Amyas Morse told an event on accountability at the Institute for Government think-tank’s offices this morning.

The comptroller said this meant ministers sometimes made decisions prioritising a project “close to their hearts” – when they should be held accountable but are not – which “has led to the abandonment of good practice”, he said.

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Police and Crime General Knife crime may be an emergency but no one can agree how to stop it

The surge in knife crime, described by senior police officers as a national emergency, has prompted calls for troops to be deployed and fuelled a political row about government cuts.

The Guardian article continues with several FAQs with regards to knife crime.

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Police and Crime General Youth offending team funding ‘halved’

Funding to help local authorities keep young people away from serious crime has been halved since 2010, an umbrella group has said.

Youth justice grants, which fund council youth offending teams, have tumbled from £145m in 2010-11 to £71.5m in 2018-19, according to the Local Government Association.

Councils have already set their budgets for 2019-20 but are still awaiting their allocations for youth justice grants, making it “extremely difficult” to plan services aimed at preventing gangs and violent crime, the LGA said.

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Police Demand Knife crime: Operation Sceptre begins amid surge in violence

A week-long crackdown on knife crime begins across England and Wales today, as officers continue to battle a surge in violence.

There have been 39 fatal stabbings in Britain since the beginning of the year, and several victims have been teenagers.

For the next seven days, police will run Operation Sceptre, using surrender bins, stop-and-search and weapons sweeps in a concerted crackdown on knife crime.

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Police and Crime General Farm turns round violent teenagers

Handing axes, saws and fire-lighting equipment to children excluded from school may seem risky, but is proving effective at a farm in Essex.

Teenagers removed from school for unmanageable or violent behaviour are being given a second chance and gaining vocational qualifications through hard graft: mucking out pigs, chopping wood or fixing old vehicles. They also develop nurturing skills by looking after rabbits, chickens and miniature ponies and growing vegetables.

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Police Demand Knife crime rising more steeply outside London, police figures show

Knife crime is rising at a much steeper rate in the home counties and rural provinces than in London, police figures show, amid signs that the growing use of blades is spreading from the cities to the shires.

Guardian analysis of official statistics shows a 45.7% average increase in knife-related offences in 34 English and Welsh counties since 2010, compared with an 11% rise in the capital.

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Police Finances Knife crime: Chancellor rejects calls for emergency fund

The chancellor has rejected calls to set up an emergency fund to tackle knife crime in England and Wales.

Senior officers and police and crime commissioners have called for more money to pay for additional officers following a spate of fatal stabbings.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the government must listen to police leaders following talks on Wednesday.

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Police and Crime General Knife crime: Javid in strategy talks with police chiefs

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is to meet police chiefs from seven forces most affected by violent crime.

It follows a spate of fatal teen stabbings which has prompted a debate about falling police numbers.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has said there is "obviously" a link between violent crime and falling police numbers.

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Police and Crime General Women who fell for police spies say they were victims of 'co-ordinated rape'

A woman who found out her partner was a policeman paid to spy on her group of activists has said she is the victim of a "conspiracy to rape".

Rosa and another woman have spoken of feeling betrayed after falling in love with men who turned out to be spies.

An ongoing public inquiry into undercover policing has seen several women get apologies and compensation.

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Police Finances Police back ‘shooting galleries’ for drug users

Senior police officers are backing plans to create a national network of drug consumption rooms, known as “shooting galleries”, where addicts are provided with drugs such as heroin, paid for by the state.

At least 10 chief constables are known to support the idea of shooting galleries being set up in their areas, which they hope will stop addicts committing crime to feed their habit.

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Prisons Probation: 'Rushed' reforms cost MoJ extra £500m, report says

Problems with the partial privatisation of the probation system in England and Wales have cost taxpayers almost £500m, the government spending watchdog says.

Under the changes, introduced when Chris Grayling was justice secretary, firms were given contracts to supervise low and medium-risk offenders.

The National Audit Office says reforms were "rushed" and warns more people are being returned to jail for reoffending.

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Technology Instagram grooming of children as young as five triples

The number of children targeted for grooming and abuse on Instagram has more than tripled - with some of the victims as young as five years old.

Figures obtained by the NSPCC suggest there were 5,161 reports of sexual communications with a child recorded in just 18 months.

Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram were used in 70% of those incidents.

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Police and Crime General Decriminalise sex work to protect us from crime, prostitutes say

Prostitution should be decriminalised in the UK to make it safer for vulnerable women, a sex worker organisation has said.

The English Collective of Prostitutes is calling for the removal of laws relating to consensual adult sexual behaviour, arguing that the legislation forces sex workers to operate alone, leaving them vulnerable to crime and reluctant to report violence to the police because they fear arrest.

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Police and Crime General The hairdressers spotting signs of abuse

When Kerri McAuley feared for her life after being attacked by her abusive boyfriend, it was her hairdresser she confided in. She was killed in early 2017. Now, a new campaign to help hairdressers and beauticians spot the signs of domestic abuse has been launched.

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Prisons Corrupt prison staff smuggling drugs into jails

Organised crime gangs intimidated staff to smuggle drugs into a prison where more than a dozen employees were suspended, a report reveals today.

The report blames staff corruption for some of the smuggling of mobile phones, drugs and other contraband into prisons in England and Wales.

It adds that the issue of corrupt staff aiding criminal behaviour is a problem that is “under-recognised” and not acknowledged openly.

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Police and Crime General Union and NBPA in joint pledge to improve race equality

Lack of progress in black, Asian and minority ethnic representation since Macpherson has brought demands for policing and government to agree an action plan to reverse claims of “deeply worrying” damage being inflicted to the credibility of the service.

Britain’s biggest union and the National Black Police Association have issued a joint pledge calling for forces and the Home Office to improve race equality in the wake of damning evidence of a dramatic fall in proportions of BAME staff over more than a decade.

UNISON research reveals a drop of nearly a third in the proportion of BAME police community support officers in England and Wales – down from 14 per cent in 2005 to 9.5 per cent in 2018. BME representation among the general public is currently 14 per cent, ONS figures show.

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Police Finances Troubled families youth crime funding doubled

The funding available through the Troubled Families programme for takling youth crime has been doubled, housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced.

A £5m fund for intervening early with families and children was launched in October last year.

Mr Brokenshire said yesterday the fund has been increased to £9.8m “due to the quality of the bids received”.

The funding has been allocated to 21 areas most affected by youth crime, including ten in London.

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Police Finances Up to 4,000 crime victims win right to compensation as ministers lift ban on "same roof" claims

Up to 4,000 crime victims who have been denied compensation for decades because they lived under the same roof as their attacker will be able to claim the awards after the Government scrapped a 55-year old ban.

Justice ministers will today (Thursday) announce they are abolishing the 55-year-old “same roof” rule, which has prevented victims of violent crimes that took place before 1979 from receiving compensation if the perpetrator was someone they lived with at the time of the incident.

The bar was introduced in 1964 to ensure offenders did not benefit from financial awards made to victims they shared a home with.

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Police Demand Police chief says knife crime spate is 'national emergency'

Police chiefs have described the recent spate of knife crime in the country as a national emergency and are calling for action to stop the bloodshed.

There have been 17 homicides in London so far this year, six of which happened in nine days. Five people were stabbed on Tuesday, four of whom were attacked in less than eight hours and one who died.

In Birmingham three teenagers have died in knife attacks in the space of two weeks, and 269 knife crimes have been recorded so far this year. Hazrat Umar, 17, was killed in Bordesley Green on Monday; Abdullah Muhammad, 16, died in Small Heath last week; and seven days earlier Sidali Mohamed, 16, was stabbed outside a college in Highgate.

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Police Demand Catapult crimewave hits Kent as attacks double in space of two years

Catapult attacks have soared across Kent, with people, animals and property targeted.

A total of 80 offences involving catapults were recorded in 2018, almost double the number just two years earlier.

Last week a man was left with severe facial injuries when a group targeted him while he was driving, and days before that another man was hit as he tried to stop someone stealing a scooter.

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Police Finances 2052 is 'shock' date police service will finally represent population it serves, MPs told

BAME representation in policing is half what it should be and will not catch up until the year 2052, MPs have been warned.

Forces in England and Wales are "so slow" in their current rate of progress with a third still without a single black female officer and their ranks swelling by just 34 individuals in the last decade, a national debate in Westminster was told.

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Police Finances City of London police took £29m from insurers and banks

City of London police received almost £29 million in funding from banking and insurance trade bodies over the past five years in an arrangement that has been attacked as a “serious conflict of interest”.

The force, Britain’s leading constabulary for investigating economic crime, received £17 million from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and a further £11.8 million from UK Finance, the banking industry group, between 2013 and 2018, The Times can reveal.

The funding was used to run units to fight insurance fraud and card and payment crime. The industry groups said that consumers ultimately benefited from the police having extra resources to tackle financial scams.

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Police and Crime General Police chief appointed to anti-slavery role

A senior police officer has been announced as the government's new anti-slavery commissioner.

Sara Thornton, who currently chairs the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), will begin the role in May.

She will be responsible for giving independent advice on tackling modern slavery over the next three years.

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Police Finances £9.8 million fund to confront knife crime and gang culture

Community-backed projects in 21 areas across England will each receive a share of £9.5 million to help families who are vulnerable to the devastating effects of knife crime and gang culture, Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP confirmed today (22 February 2019).

The Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund will enable keyworkers, community groups, teachers and other professionals working with children and young people at risk, to intervene early and help stop them from becoming drawn into gang crime, serious violence and the youth justice system.

A further £300,000 will also be available for local authorities across England to train frontline staff on how to tackle childhood trauma. This follows evidence that many who are vulnerable to serious violence and youth crime have experienced childhood trauma that has affected their mental health and confidence.

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Police and Crime General Tough laws on cannabis don’t cut teenage use

A global study of 100,000 young people has found no evidence that teenage cannabis use is higher in countries with more liberal drug laws or lower in countries that have tougher controls.

The research, which suggests that teenagers pay little regard to the law when choosing whether or not to take the drug, is likely to be seized on by campaigners who advocate the decriminalisation of cannabis in Britain.

The study, by Alex Stevens, professor of criminal justice at the University of Kent, used data from the World Health Organisation to examine cannabis use by teenagers in 38 countries, including the UK, America, Russia, France, Germany and Canada. Professor Stevens said: “The harms and costs of imposing criminal convictions on people who use cannabis do not seem to be justified by an effect in reducing cannabis use.”

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Police and Crime General Stephen Lawrence: How has his murder changed policing?

Twenty years ago, an inquiry into the death of teenager Stephen Lawrence called for an overhaul of police procedures and attitudes towards race. But how much has changed?

This article covers historical 'institutional racism' as well as incident reporting (police recorded crime and crime survey), stop and search, arrests, and police headcounts; by ethnicity.

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Police and Crime General Met Commissioner: Why 'myths and stereotypes' are holding back a 50-50 gender split

Society is still 20 years behind in a “laughable” scenario that expects to see men in charge, the woman at the head of UK policing claimed today.

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick claims “myths and stereotypes” are responsible for the service's inability to reach a 50-50 gender split.

Britain's highest-ranking officer said that even she has encountered sexism in the “not too distant past” when it comes to the public expecting to see male rather than female officers.

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Technology Clicking on terrorist propaganda even once could mean 15 years in prison under new law

Anyone who views terrorist propaganda once online can be jailed for up to 15 years under new laws that have sparked human rights concerns.

MPs had urged the government to scrap plans to criminalise viewing “information useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”, which goes further than much-used laws that made physically collecting, downloading or disseminating the material illegal.

A United Nations inspector accused the government of straying towards “thought crime” with the proposal, which originally stated that people would have to access propaganda “on three or more different occasions” to commit a terror offence.

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Police Finances British style of policing 'on its knees and facing extinction' because of cuts

Budget cuts are putting the police and public at risk as more and more officers are forced to work alone, according to the Police Federation.

A survey for the organisation, which represents rank and file officers in England and Wales, suggested almost 90% of respondents believed there were not enough of them to manage demand, while 76% of officers in front line roles were "often or always" working alone.

It also found that of the 18,000 who took part, almost every officer had been exposed to at least one "traumatic experience" in their career, with 62% saying they had experienced at least one in the last 12 months.

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Police Finances Are there more police now?

With some violent crimes like those involving knives rising, attention has turned to whether there are enough police officers on the streets.

Between September 2009 and September 2017, police forces in England and Wales lost more than 20,000 officers - a drop of 15%. Numbers of officers consistently fell during that period.

Annual figures which use March as a snapshot have been published for decades and those suggest that 2017 saw the lowest number of police officers since 1981.

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Police Demand PFEW survey finds officers stressed, exhausted, traumatised and often working alone

The shocking level of lone working has emerged from the results of the latest Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey from the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) in which 76.1 per cent of respondents from relevant frontline roles including neighbourhood, response, roads policing, operational support and investigations, indicated that they are often or always single-crewed.

PFEW’s National Vice-Chair Ché Donald, said: “When officers work alone they are undoubtedly exposed to increased risk – for them and the public, not to mention the detrimental effect on their overall health and wellbeing. It’s quite simple – policing is dangerous in every sense – single-crewing is not safe for anyone.

“Forces are having their hands forced as they struggle to meet the increased demands placed on them, but this false economy of single crewing merely creates the illusion of public safety. Quite simply this is not sustainable and officers are suffering.”

Statistics show that the police workload has increased significantly over the past five years. During 2013/14 there were, on average, 35 crimes for every constable but by 2017/18 that figure had risen to 51.

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Police Finances Staff associations claim 15 per cent pay rise as officers struggle to make ends meet

Years of below-inflation pay awards have left more than a third of police officers struggling to make ends meet, with almost half worrying about their finances ‘almost every day’, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) claims.

In a joint submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) with the Police Superintendents Assocation (PSA), the PFEW says constables’ incomes are currently over 18 per cent below where they should be as a result of an erosion in pay since 2010. And sergeants’ pay is up to 19.4 per cent lower.

The PFEW and PSA are proposing a five per cent uplift in pay for police officers this year, followed by five per cent rise in both 2020/21 and 2021/22. However, if the PRRB does not recommend a three-year deal, they propose a rise of 6.2 per cent for 2019.

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Police Finances NPCC recommends three-year pay-deal for officers

Police chiefs have recommended a three year pay deal to give officers a larger pay increase upfront. In its annual submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body, the National Police Chiefs’ Council puts forward two options and also suggests on-call allowances for federated ranks increase from £15 to £20 per day.

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Police Finances Hammond £5bn short of 'austerity is ending' target, says thinktank

Philip Hammond must find an extra £5bn in this year’s Whitehall spending review to reverse planned cuts and meet his claim of ending austerity, a leading thinktank has revealed.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies told the chancellor that funds pledged in last year’s budget to boost NHS spending, defence and international aid failed to safeguard local councils and some of the worst-hit government departments from further shortfalls.

The thinktank said a minimum of £2.2bn would be needed to freeze all budgets and protect them from inflation, but ministers would need to find an extra £5bn to allow departments to maintain services in line with the UK’s rising population.

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Police and Crime General Violent crime is not at record levels

Fullfact have challenged the assertion that Violent crime is at record levels. They state that "Incorrect. Several reliable sources indicate that overall violent crime in England and Wales is far lower now than it was in the 1990s. Police figures show violent crimes at their highest recorded level, but these are unreliable."

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Police and Crime General Women 'victims in 63% of romance scams'

Victims of romance scams - the majority of whom are women - lost an average of £11,145 each last year, according to new figures.

The data, from police reporting centre Action Fraud, showed that £50m was lost in these scams in 2018 when fraudsters pretend to be romantically attached.

Fraudsters trick victims into sending money or gather enough personal information to steal their identities.

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Fire Firefighters trained as specials in 'worrying' national first

Plans to train firefighters to respond as police officers have been branded “worrying” and “gimmicky” by a local police federation.

The hybrid role, which the Fed claims will cost £200,000, will see seven Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service firefighters trained to have the same powers as special constables.

The move, which intends to speed up response times in rural areas, will mean the crew, known as Community Responders, will be responsible for reacting to both fire and police incidents.

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Fire Greater Manchester budget has £1m 'hole' due to moor fire funds delay

Greater Manchester's fire service budget has a £1m "big black hole in it" because the government has not decided if 2018's moorland fires spending can be reclaimed, the mayor has said.

Soldiers and extra firefighters were used to fight the Saddleworth Moor and Winter Hill blazes in June and July.

Mayor Andy Burnham has asked to be allowed to recoup funds spent on the response under the Bellwin Scheme.

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Police and Crime General Police warn paedophile hunters after five arrested in Leeds

Police have warned paedophile hunters to stop confronting suspected child abusers after five people were arrested on suspicion of wrongly imprisoning members of the public.

Three men and two women were taken into custody in Leeds on Monday on suspicion of assault, public order offences and false imprisonment.

The suspects have been released on bail pending further investigation, and West Yorkshire Police have used the arrests to remind self-styled vigilantes to leave the job of confronting suspected abusers to them.

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Police and Crime General Doreen Lawrence: Knife crime plans criminalise children

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has criticised a new scheme by the government to tackle knife crime.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans for Knife Crime Prevention Orders last week, targeting suspects aged 12 - even if they don't have a blade.

But Baroness Lawrence said there were better ways to deal with knife crime than "criminalising" children.

Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in south-east London in 1993, aged 18.

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Police and Crime General Police to get new powers to evict travellers from private land, Sajid Javid announces

Police are to get tough new powers to crackdown on illegal traveller sites on private land including a potential new criminal offence of trespass.

Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, will today unveil a series of new legal measures to make it easier for police officers to intervene and remove travellers from private land.

He will also announce he is considering making it a criminal offence for travellers to trespass on private land when setting up an encampment.

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Technology Crime prediction software 'adopted by 14 UK police forces'

At least 14 UK police forces have made use of crime-prediction software or plan to do so, according to Liberty.

The human rights group said it had sent a total of 90 Freedom of Information requests out last year to discover which forces used the technology.

It believes the programs involved can lead to biased policing strategies that unfairly focus on ethnic minorities and lower-income communities.

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Technology Police raids target 'hundreds of UK web attackers'

UK police have seized more than 60 computers and other gadgets suspected of being used to carry out web attacks.

The raids were part of an international operation targeting customers of Webstresser, which Europol calls the "world's biggest marketplace" for distributed denial of service attacks.

The site was shut down and its suspected operators arrested in April.

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Police Finances Trump's UK visit cost police forces more than £14 million

Policing Donald Trump's four-day visit to the UK cost more than £14.2 million, according to figures obtained by the Press Association.

The US president flew in to swathes of protests as he met the Queen at Windsor Castle, was hosted by Theresa May and played golf in Scotland.

With thousands of officers drafted in from every force in Great Britain, policing July's trip cost in excess of £14,258,966, according to police figures released under Freedom of Information laws.

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Police Finances Government 'pauses' pension cost cap action pending legal decision

The government has suspended plans to take any further action to rectify the public pension cost cap breach while it awaits a legal decision.

In December the Police Federation cautiously welcomed Court of Appeal judgements which declared changes to judges’ and firefighters’ pensions were discriminatory on the grounds of age.

The decision reversed alterations made to firefighters pensions which also affected police officers.

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Technology UK police forces using ‘discriminatory’ algorithms to predict crime Read more at:

Police forces in the UK are using algorithms and other types of predictive software based on “biased data,” human rights organisation Liberty has claimed.

A minimum of 14 police forces in the UK have previously used, are currently using or are planning to use the programs, which are used to assess a person’s likelihood of committing or falling victim to crime and where it could be committed, it reported.

The algorithms are developed using historical data gathered using biased policing practices, with the danger of artificially intelligent (AI)-driven programs ‘learning’ from the information and perpetuating bias in future autonomous predictions, according to a report from the organisation.

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Technology Free InLinkUK phone kiosks used for thousands of street drug deals

Twenty years after mobile phones made them redundant, phone boxes are back. And no one is more grateful than your local drug gang.

A new generation of phone and internet points being installed across Britain is being used for thousands of drug deals, according to police.

As the kiosks offer free phone calls to UK numbers, including mobiles, they enable people to call dealers’ phones, order “two brown and one white” — slang for heroin and crack cocaine respectively — and give a location.

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Fire More than half of care homes fail fire safety inspection

The majority of care homes inspected in a major fire safety audit failed basic checks, it has emerged, triggering concerns that the lives of elderly people are being put at risk.

Of the 177 homes inspected by the London Fire Brigade (LFB), 101 – 57% – were issued with a formal notification instructing them to address safety concerns.

The brigade said it believed the findings would be repeated if similar inspections were carried out across the country.

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Police Finances Sajid Javid cuts funding for knife crime programme

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has secretly reduced funding for a scheme to help children escape knife crime, despite a sharp rise in the number of murders and stabbings.

In July, Javid had said that he was doubling the £11m that was allocated to the early intervention youth fund to £22m. This was part of a “public health” approach to combating knife crime and other offences.

While on a recent visit to the West Midlands, however, the policing minister Nick Hurd quietly announced that the funding had been reduced to £17m. Louise Haigh, Labour’s shadow policing minister, described the move as “shameful”.

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Police and Crime General Minor convictions from youth should stay secret, judges rule

Minor historical convictions and cautions given to children may no longer have to be disclosed during background checks when they seek work with children following a Supreme Court ruling.

Judges found yesterday that the way criminal records are disclosed is disproportionate and infringes human rights. The ruling was a defeat for the Home Office, which challenged a Court of Appeal ruling in favour of people who said their lives had been unfairly damaged by reprimands received children or minor offences committed years ago.

Supreme Court judges said it was disproportionate that all convictions had to be disclosed if a person had more than one. They said it was also disproportionate that those issued to juveniles had to be disclosed.

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Police and Crime General Drink-drive limit laws are too lenient, says police chief

The drink-driving limit should be reduced to stem road deaths and injuries, the head of the Police Federation said.

John Apter, who represents rank-and-file officers, said that the law was far too generous and added to strain on police. “We can’t even respond to 999 calls at the moment, let alone target drink-drivers,” he said. He voiced similar fears about the drug-driving limit.

West Midlands police, the country’s second largest force, was warned yesterday that offenders were escaping justice because the force has 302 breath-testing kits between more than 6,500 officers. Northamptonshire, with a quarter of the officers, has 400 kits.

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Police and Crime General Supreme Court rejects government appeal on criminal records scheme

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of three people who claimed their lives were blighted by past minor criminal convictions.

The judges found the way the criminal records are disclosed to employers infringed human rights.

The government will have to consider reform of the system, said BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman.

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Police and Crime General The white stuff: why Britain can’t get enough cocaine

The moment Dan (not his real name) realised he had a problem with cocaine, he had been off work for a week, sick with flu. His phone buzzed. It was his cocaine dealer, calling to check he was OK. When Dan, one of his favoured customers, hadn’t been in touch to buy the cocaine he usually took several times a week, the dealer knew something was wrong.

“I don’t like thinking about that,” Dan says, shaking his head as we sit in a London pub. Now 36, Dan estimates he has spent £25,000 on cocaine. Lines in the pub on a Friday night after work. Lines on a Wednesday evening at a friend’s house while earnestly discussing 90s hip-hop. Lines at house parties, weddings, birthday parties and for no reason at all, other than that cocaine – the white powder that makes no one a better version of themselves, but that many of us continue to do anyway – is everywhere and freely available.

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Police and Crime General Children as young as 11 in 'county lines' drug networks selling heroin and crack

Up to 10,000 children as young as 11 are being exploited by “county lines” drug networks, the National Crime Agency has warned.

Criminal gangs are targeting youngsters to run the schemes, worth nearly £1million a year, a shock report warned

County lines typically involves city gangsters branching out into smaller towns or rural areas to sell heroin and crack cocaine – often using youngsters as couriers because they are less likely to arouse suspicion.

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Technology Home Office tracks debit card use to ‘spy’ on asylum seekers

The Home Office has been accused of “spying” on asylum seekers after it emerged that it secretly monitors their debit card use to track their whereabouts.

Officials use purchases made outside a person’s “authorised” city — the place where they are given temporary housing — to argue they are fraudulently living elsewhere, so are not destitute enough to qualify for emergency aid or shelter.

The surveillance takes place through Aspen cards, a government-issued debit card rolled out two years ago to make it easier for asylum seekers to buy food and basic supplies. More than 27,000 of these cards are now in use.

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Police Demand On patrol with armed police as workload grows [video]

Armed police are tested to the limits each day but the numbers of officers has fallen over the decade.

Senior police leaders have said a rise in gun crime and a looming recruitment shortfall are leaving some specialist armed officers "stretched".

In 2015, the government set aside funds for 1,500 new armed officers by 2020 - but only 812 have so far been hired.

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Police Demand Police chiefs' concern over 'shortage of armed officers'

Senior police leaders have said a rise in gun crime and a looming recruitment shortfall are leaving some specialist armed officers "stretched".

Figures have shown crimes of possessing firearms rose by 87% in England and Wales over the past five years.

In 2015, the government set aside funds for 1,500 new armed officers by 2020 - but only 812 have so far been hired.

A police union leader said he had "great concern" that the risk to the public could be increased.

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Police Demand Victims can wait 9 days for police to reply to 999 calls as officer numbers fall

Response to priority 999 calls has hit three hours, with one victim of a violent attack waiting nine days, in another case a burgled homeowner had a five-day wait.

Figures show police failed to respond to more than 3,000 calls a day within target times, typically 15 minutes for a 999 “emergency” and an hour for a “priority” call.

The stats, from 21 of 43 police forces in England and Wales, were obtained under freedom of information rules.

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Police Demand Crime figures: Murder rate is highest in a decade

A record number of knife crimes pushed the murder rate to its highest level in a decade as the proportion of offences resulting in a charge fell to a new low.

Official figures released yesterday showed that knife crime rose in most police force areas, although London and other urban areas including Merseyside, West Yorkshire and the West Midlands were hit particularly hard.

The number of murders recorded in England and Wales rose by 14 per cent to 737 — the most since 2008 — driven partially by a 10 per cent rise in knife killings to 276.

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Police Finances Khan announces £85m to tackle violent crime

Sadiq Khan has announced he will be using £85m of city hall funding to tackle violent crime.

Last year, the Metropolitan Police used £15m of additional city hall funding to create the new Violent Crime Taskforce. This led to nearly 2,500 arrests and the removal of more than 1,000 dangerous weapons from London’s streets.

This year the commissioner of the Met plans to use the additional funds to give local policing teams access to additional officers to help them crack down on violence and burglary.

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Police and Crime General Crime figures: Violent crime recorded by police rises by 19%

Violent crime recorded by police in England and Wales has risen by 19%, latest figures show.

The number of homicides - including murder and manslaughter - has risen from 649 to 739, an increase of 14%, and the highest total since 2008.

Robbery went up by 17%, as did recorded sexual offences, according to the Home Office data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Police Finances Police Grant Report England and Wales 2019/20

As of 24.01.2019, Mr Nick Hurd submitted the Police Grant Report for England and Wales 2019-20.

My rt hon Friend, the Home Secretary, has today laid before the House, the Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2019/20 (HC 1896) for the approval of the House. The Report sets out, my rt hon Friend, the Home Secretary’s determination for 2019/20 of the aggregate amount of grant that he proposes to pay under section 46(2) of the Police Act 1996.

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Police and Crime General Reality Check: Is crime up or down?

The BBC has done a 'reality check' on the crime rates in England and Wales.

'Whether crime is rising or falling is hugely important. It can affect how much is spent on policing and other related services, even how people vote. But working out what is happening is not an exact science.'

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Police and Crime General Knife crime hits record high as police chief warns carrying a weapon has "become the norm" in areas of the UK

Knife crime has hit its highest level on record as a police chief warned that carrying a knife has “become the norm" in parts of the UK.

Homicides also rose by 14% to their highest for more than a decade, partly fuelled by an increase in fatal knife attacks, official figures reveal.

Nick Hurd, the policing minister tried to reassure the public by saying the statistics showed “the chances of being a victim of crime remained low,” suggesting it is largely gang-related crime.

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Police and Crime General County Lines: London drugs gang in Swansea jailed

A gang member who forced an orphan to leave London and deal heroin and crack cocaine in Swansea has been sentenced.

Convicted child rapist Jerome Tarek Wallis took the 15-year-old from his home before driving him 200 miles away to the Welsh city in July last year.

Swansea Crown Court heard the teenager was also threatened with violence and made to deliver drugs to addicts.

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Technology Massive increase in web pages of child abuse being identified and removed from the internet

More than 100,000 web pages of children being abused were removed from the internet last year - a third more than in 2017.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which says its vision is to "eliminate child sexual abuse imagery online", looks into reports made by members of the public who have stumbled across images they think might be illegal.

It also proactively searches for offending sites.

Of the material taken down last year as a result of the IWF's work, 1,300 pages showed abuse of infants or babies and more than 40,000 depicted abuse or sexual torture of children under 10.

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Prisons HMP Bedford inmate caught rats in his cell during inspection visit

An inmate at a jail that was subject to urgent measures was witnessed catching and killing rats in his cell during an inspection, it has emerged.

The chief inspector of prisons, Peter Clarke, issued an urgent notification protocol – the most severe course of action at his disposal – over HMP Bedford last year.

In a damning report on the dire conditions at the prison published on Tuesday, Clarke said standards had continued to decline despite two years of prison service efforts to improve it.

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Technology WhatsApp is failing to stop paedophiles sharing child abuse images, say police

WhatsApp is failing to stop paedophiles sharing child sex abuse images and grooming children and should face new laws unless it takes urgent action, says the UK’s top police officer for child protection.

Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs Council’s lead on child protection, singled out the Facebook-owned messaging app after evidence that paedophiles have set up groups on the site with titles such as ‘Only Child Pornography’, ‘CP’ and ‘Gay Kids Sex Only.’

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Police and Crime General Black police paid less as ethnic pay gap widens, Met figures show

The pay gap in the Metropolitan police between white officers and their black and Asian counterparts has widened in the past year despite promises to close the divide, new figures have shown.

A Met study of average wages found that black and Asian police officers working in London were paid £1.80 an hour less than their white colleagues last year, compared with £1.52 in 2017. All 37 senior officers on salaries of £100,000-plus were white, it found, while ethnic minority officers received fewer and smaller bonuses than their colleagues.

The report, which looked at the pay of 37,257 Met employees, of whom 6,349 are Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), found the gap was even worse when all staff – not just police officers – were taken into account. On average, it said, BAME staff receive £2.05 less per hour than the average white member of staff, a mean pay gap of 9.67%.

Police Demand Crime prevention budgets ‘slashed’ under Tories

Crime prevention budgets have been cut by more than a half since 2010, an analysis from Labour has revealed.

Between 2009/10 and 2017/18, spending on crime reduction by councils has been cut by almost 60%, falling from £363m to £154m.

Over the same period, the number of council employees working on crime reduction has fallen by more than a third, from 120,334 to just 77,720.

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Prisons Wales hands out more jail terms despite falling crime, survey reveals

Offenders living in Wales and England have more chance ending up behind bars than any other country in Western Europe, new research reveals.

And Wales tops an ‘unwanted’ list – ahead of its UK neighbour – for having the highest proportion of its population serving time in jail with an emerging justice system “quite different” from England.

Sentencing figures show there were 154 prisoners for every 100,000 people in Wales, a higher proportion than England – which has the second-highest imprisonment rate with 141 prisoners per 100,000.

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Police and Crime General Dangerous foreign criminals roam free as police squad shrinks

Hundreds of dangerous foreign criminals are feared to be at large on the streets of Britain because Scotland Yard’s elite extradition unit has failed to locate and deport them.

The squad was able to arrest just one in three of the 958 foreign criminals who were suspected to be in the UK in 2017.

The problem was brought into sharp focus two years earlier when Alice Gross, 14, was murdered by Arnis Zalkalns, a Latvian builder who had been able to move to Britain in 2007 despite a string of convictions, including for firearms offences, sexual assault and killing his wife.

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Police and Crime General Mock trial aims to keep teenagers on right side of law

“I swear when I get my hands on him I’ll kill him. I’ll poke him properly.”

This was the dramatic confession of Michael Keegan, 18, at Liverpool crown court this week. Keegan had originally pleaded not guilty to stabbing Thomas Smith, 14, but cracked in the dock and admitted knifing the teenager he was trying to recruit into a “county lines” drug-running operation.

The U-turn was a victory for 15 teenagers, who had spent the week acting as trainee detectives at Merseyside police in a groundbreaking initiative aimed at preventing vulnerable young people from falling into a life of crime.

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Technology UK’s largest police force spends over £200,000 on facial recognition trials that resulted in no arrests

Britain’s largest police force has spent more than £200,000 on controversial facial recognition trials that resulted in no arrests, figures reveal.

A freedom of information request by The Independent showed six deployments by the Metropolitan Police resulted in only two people being stopped, and then released.

Critics called the force’s use of facial recognition a “shambles” and accused authorities of wasting public money.

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Police Demand Nineteen forces could take on direct entry recruits

As many as 19 forces could take on direct entry personnel later this year.

Recruitment windows for both superintendents and inspectors with no previous policing experience opened on Monday January 7 and will close at midnight on February 18.

However, just two forces are participating in direct entry at superintendent level in 2019. They are Avon and Somerset and Dyfed-Powys.

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Police and Crime General South Yorkshire Police applicants must photo tattoos

A police force recruiting new officers has asked applicants to send photos of their tattoos with their applications.

South Yorkshire Police issued guidance to people interested in joining the force as a police constable.

The Sheffield Star reported that the force said tattoos would "not necessarily" prevent someone from being successful, but there were guidelines around what is and is not acceptable.

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Police and Crime General Finn's law passes latest parliamentary hurdle

Legislation to give police dogs and horses extra protection has become a step closer to becoming law

The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill, named "Finn's Law" after a police dog from Hertfordshire brutally stabbed while protecting his handler, passed unopposed at second reading.

German Shepherd Finn was stabbed in the head and chest while responding to reports of a robbery in Stevenage back in 2017.

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Police Demand West Midlands Police 'fails to record 16,600 violent crimes'

West Midlands Police is "failing victims" and not recording more than 16,600 violent crimes each year, a watchdog has said.

The force was rated inadequate by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, who said victims felt let down and not believed.

Only 78.2% of violent crime and 89.2% of sexual offences reported were recorded, it found.

The force said it had made "substantial progress".

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Police Demand Crime victims wait half an hour for police to respond to 999 calls as response times double

Victims of crime are having to wait up to 30 minutes for police to attend 999 calls as response times have doubled in some forces, figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph reveal.

Police admit the delays reduce the chance of solving crimes such as burglaries and robberies and give criminals more chance to escape.

In some cases, have-a-go heroes have been told to let criminals go because of the delays while one force had to suspend 101 non-emergency calls last year to enable staff to cope with demand for 999 emergencies.

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Police Demand Javid and Hammond team up to tackle £14bn of economic crimes

The home secretary and chancellor are to launch a joint assault on fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Sajid Javid and Philip Hammond will chair a new taskforce that will work with senior figures in the financial sector to tackle economic crime. This is a broad category covering a range of illegal activity, with the Home Office estimating its scale to be at least £14.4bn a year.

Javid said: “We need to take action on all fronts to target the corrupt fraudsters who are lining their pockets with dirty money and living luxury lifestyles at the expense of law-abiding citizens.

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Police and Crime General Police quiz dad after baby fed hot sauce

The father of a newborn baby was "shocked" to be confronted by police after posting on social media that he accidentally fed his son chilli sauce.

Paul Dawson, from Stockton, was out with his partner and five-day-old Ben on 5 January when the mishap occurred.

Forgetting he had been eating spicy chicken wings, Mr Dawson put his knuckle in Ben's mouth to pacify him.

Cleveland Police said officers visited Mr Dawson after a member of the public complained about his Facebook post.

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Police and Crime General Police chiefs to brand county lines gang bosses 'slave drivers' to disrupt their use of children to deal drugs

Police are to brand county lines gang leaders as “slave drivers” to disrupt their use of children to sell drugs.

Police chiefs believe the stigma of being taken to court as a slave master or trafficker of children is more likely to deter gang bosses than just being prosecuted under drugs laws.

Anti-slavery legislation also enables police to get court orders banning gang leaders from associating with any child under 18 and limiting them to one phone that police can regularly examine.

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Police and Crime General Man shot dead was lawfully killed, inquest jury rules

Rank-and-file have spoken out in defence of the agonising split-second decision no armed officer ever wants to make in the wake of an “out-of-control” man shot dead by police.

Officers who had gone to work “to do their job” ended the day having to use lethal force on a 24-year-old brandishing knives and threatening to kill colleagues during a stand-off.

Josh Pitt – fatally shot in the chest from close range after his fiancee said he had attacked her – was lawfully killed, an inquest jury has ruled.

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Prisons Prison sentences of less than six months should be abolished, says minister

Prison sentences of less than six months should be abolished in England and Wales because they are less effective at cutting reoffending than community penalties, prison minister Rory Stewart has suggested.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, the politician said the move would ease pressure on prisons while criticising short jail terms for being “long enough to damage you and not long enough to heal you”.

According to official figures. the prison population has doubled in England and Wales since the early 1990s, growing from 40,000 to more than 80,000 in 2018.

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Police and Crime General Ten charged in county lines drugs crackdown following 14 deaths

Ten people have been charged in a county lines drugs crackdown launched after 14 drugs-related deaths in a Cumbrian town.

Police set up Operation Horizon in the wake of the deaths in Barrow-in-Furness.

A total of 22 people were arrested as Class A drugs and thousands of pounds in cash were recovered.

The raids took place this week in Barrow, Coventry and London to disrupt the supply chain from other parts of the UK.

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Police and Crime General Sajid Javid to crack down on asylum claims by migrants crossing Channel

Migrants attempting to seek asylum in Britain by crossing the Channel in boats face tougher rules that could bar them from the UK, Sajid Javid warned last night.

The Home Secretary said Britain had the right under international and domestic legislation to reject migrants who failed to claim asylum in the first safe country they reached including France.

He told MPs that he wanted to send a “clear message” as a deterrent to migrants that “if you have passed through a safe country - and that includes France - that we would seek to make your claim inadmissible and you should think twice about making that journey.”

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Technology Elected police chiefs accused of ignoring organised crime

Police and crime commissioners are focusing resources on offences such as speeding and theft rather than serious organised crime, the head of the National Crime Agency has warned.

Lynne Owens said that police were falling behind in the fight against online child abuse and modern slavery and that refocus was needed because there was a “real risk” that gangsters were escaping justice.

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Technology Artificial intelligence tool used to catch people who lie to the police

The groundbreaking software analyses the wording of a victim's statement in order to identify tell tale signs of fake reports.

Spanish police, who have been using the tool, found it was successful in more than 80 per cent of cases helping them to identify 64 false reports in just one week.

Developed by experts at Cardiff University, VeriPol, uses a combination of automatic text analysis and artificial intelligence to recognise when somebody has been lying or exaggerating to the police.

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Police Demand Most police forces fail to meet fingerprint evidence standards

Less than 10% of police forces have met basic quality standards for fingerprint evidence, the government’s forensic science regulator has warned.

All UK forces were ordered three years ago to ensure their laboratories met international standards for analysing prints found at crime scenes. But only three forces have complied, with almost every force missing a deadline set by the regulator to gain accreditation by November.

Police forces that have failed to obtain accreditation, which include the Metropolitan police and Greater Manchester police, will have to declare this in court, prompting concerns that cases could collapse as a result of unreliable evidence.

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Technology ‘Minority Report’ plan to spot criminals condemned

Police plans to predict and prevent future crimes by deploying controversial Minority Report-style technology to harvest data on millions of people are “ethically unacceptable”, experts warn.

The National Analytics Solution (NAS) will use artificial intelligence to analyse police data and predict who will commit crimes such as stabbings. In future it could be widened to trawl social media posts, medical records and school and council records, according to a proposal by West Midlands police.

The system, which may ultimately be rolled out across the country, has been likened to that employed by “future crime” detectives in the dystopian Tom Cruise film Minority Report. In future, it may also cover “non-criminal matters”.

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Police Demand Universities spending millions to ensure budget-strapped police forces still patrol on campus

Universities across Britain are paying the police to protect their students from crime.

More than £2m has been paid out to 17 police forces over the last three years by 27 universities, and a further £1.2m allocated to current academic year. The figures were unearthed after freedom of information request.

Northampton University has earmarked £775,000 over the next three years for one sergeant and five constables.

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Prisons Criminal gangs apply for jail jobs to smuggle drugs, say police

Police say there is growing evidence that members of organised criminal gangs are getting prison service jobs to smuggle banned items.

A senior officer has told the BBC he has "strong suspicions" this is happening, but links are hard to prove.

Ministers admit it "can happen" but say better search techniques will help.

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Police Finances Crime hit residents are paying £126 a week for private security patrols

Residents living near a crime-hit retail park are paying a private security firm to patrol their streets.

Around 60 people living near Princess Alice Retail Park in Sutton Coldfield have chipped in to pay private security guards £126 per week to police the area.

The community initiative started on December 17 and neighbours opted for a five-week trial period with security firm Innovative Security Solutions.

They provide regular patrols and ensure residents feel reassured in their own homes.

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Police Finances Crime hit residents are paying £126 a week for private security patrols

Residents living near a crime-hit retail park are paying a private security firm to patrol their streets.

Around 60 people living near Princess Alice Retail Park in Sutton Coldfield have chipped in to pay private security guards £126 per week to police the area.

The community initiative started on December 17 and neighbours opted for a five-week trial period with security firm Innovative Security Solutions.

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Police and Crime General Mental health: target to boost staff numbers by 21,000 set to be missed

Ministers are on course to miss their target of increasing the number of mental health staff by 21,000 by 2020, according to NHS workforce figures obtained by Labour.

A year after the government made the pledge, NHS mental health trusts in England had employed just 1,524 extra personnel, according to statistics collected by NHS Digital.

The very small rise is a setback for Theresa May’s plans to dramatically improve mental health care in order to reduce treatment delays, introduce new waiting times and reduce unmet need. Mental health chiefs and staff groups are worried that staffing problems will undermine those ambitions.

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Police and Crime General British Transport Police officers bear brunt of assaults Save

Police tasked with protecting the travelling public appear to be bearing the brunt of acts of random violence targeted at officers.

New figures reveal that more than 12 British Transport Police officers a week are being assaulted, with many suffering serious injuries.

That compares to around ten assaults a week against officers serving with the other 43 police forces in England and Wales.

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Technology Social media platforms ‘should intervene more to tackle anti-Semitism’

Social media platforms need to take more responsibility in tackling online anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

The chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said the abuse should be treated in the same way inappropriate sexual images were, with offending material immediately removed.

Calling for internet giants to intervene when needed, she described anti-Semitism on social media as “pretty relentless”.

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Economy & Public Finance Government: Start preparing for no-deal Brexit

Ministers are ‘ramping up’ planning for a no-deal Brexit as the prospect becomes more likely.

Downing Street said businesses and citizens should immediately prepare for leaving without a deal.

Brexit secretary Steve Barclay said: ‘The Government’s priority remains to secure a deal, but we need to recognise, with 14 weeks to go, that a responsible Government is preparing for the eventuality that we leave without a deal.’

The MJ revealed in October that local authorities were being warned to prepare for up to three months of disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit, with resilience forums asked to prepare for ‘reasonable, worst case scenarios’ - which could include runs on banks, petrol and food.

One council chief executive said: ‘I am more worried about civil unrest than I was during the original referendum.

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Police and Crime General The mothers learning the signs of radicalisation

A new scheme, funded by the government's counter-terrorism Prevent programme, is teaching mothers the signs of radicalisation to help them safeguard their children.

Those attending volunteer to do so - they have not been referred and it is not in response to any particular threat.

Shabnam Mahmood has been to meet those taking part in Bradford, for the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.

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Police and Crime General BTP officers and senior staff member at centre of recruitment probe

British Transport Police officers and staff could face criminal charges over allegations about “recruitment irregularities”.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct announced the conduct of a senior staff member had been referred to the watchdog regarding allegations of fraud and data protection offences linked to a recruitment process.

BTP also referred the conduct of four officers who were responsible for reviewing that recruitment process when it became clear there may be irregularities involving and a fifth officer for their actions during that review.

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Police Demand Police use of Tasers has rocketed by 50 per cent amid a year of crime as shocking figures show 18,000 officers were injured in the line of duty last year

Police use of Tasers has rocketed in the past year with officers resorting to the weapons more than 17,000 times in 12 months, new figures show.

Officers in England and Wales fired the electric charges on 2,000 occasions, an increase of around a 100 on the previous year.

Police drew the weapons to protect themselves on 12,000 occasions, with 7,500 incidents involving an armed assailant, new Home Office statistics show.

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Police Finances 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 Finances 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 Finances 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 Demand 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