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Police officers should be sacked if they lack IT skills, report suggests

Police chiefs should be allowed to fire officers whose IT skills are not up to scratch, a new report has suggested. Full Story - Telegraph

BBC: Girl, 10, fights off Claygate woodland sex attacker

Girl, 10, fights off Claygate woodland sex attacker 22 August 2017 From the section Surrey Image copyright Surrey Police Image caption Surrey Police has released an e-fit of the suspect A 10-year-old girl managed to fight off and escape from a sex attacker while walking in woodland, police said. Surrey Police said the girl was assaulted in the woods which run next to Foxwarren in Claygate, Surrey, on 17 August. The girl kicked the man, who was then seen by witnesses running off along Stevens Lane in the direction of Woodstock Lane, towards Chessington. The suspect is described as a 6ft 1in stocky Asian man of 40 to 45 years-old. He had collar-length black hair, a full beard and was wearing blue jogging bottoms, possibly with a Chelsea football club logo on, and a grey or white T-shirt. Police said the girl was attacked between 18:00 and 18:30 BST Det Con Helen Flower added: "We're making every effort to identify this man as quickly as we can. "We have stepped up our presence in the area to provide reassurance and our specialist officers are working closely with the girl to support her." View the full article

BBC: Schizophrenic 'Muslim killer' not guilty by reason of insanity

Schizophrenic 'Muslim killer' not guilty by reason of insanity 22 August 2017 From the section London Image copyright PA Image caption The attack happened on an Overground train near Forest Hill in December A man with schizophrenia who repeatedly stabbed a train passenger after yelling "I want to kill all the Muslims" has been found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity. Adrian Brown, 38, experienced a "severe psychotic episode" when he stabbed Muhammed Ali on a London Overground train on 12 December 2016. Judge Deborah Taylor QC ordered that Brown should be detained indefinitely. She added he would only be released on the order of a judge or the government. Brown, of Brockley Rise, south-east London, appeared via video link from Broadmoor Hospital during the hearing. A jury found Brown not guilty following a two-day trial at Southwark Crown Court. He was also found not guilty, by reason of insanity, of possession of an offensive weapon and of assault by beating of Mr Ali. Image copyright Ita O'Brien Image caption Brown pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder on the grounds of insanity The trial heard Brown had been delusional in his belief he would "save humanity" and exorcise a Muslim demon haunting him by stabbing his victim. The court was told he was heard by other passengers to say "Where are all the Muslims? I am going to kill all the Muslims", before holding a knife to the throat of another woman, who was unhurt. Brown accepted carrying out the attack but pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder on the grounds of insanity. Mr Ali had been travelling home with his wife when the assault took place between Honor Oak Park and Forest Hill, south London. He told court that the attack had left him too frightened to leave his house. Image copyright @SE23LDN Image caption Brown said he was being haunted by a 'Muslim demon' "I struggle to sleep at the time because every time I shut my eyes I have flashbacks to the whole thing", he said. "I can only assume it was me because my wife was wearing a headscarf." Detaining Brown indefinitely under section 37 of the Mental Health Act, Judge Taylor said: "You have a long history of psychotic illness and on that day you were suffering and you continue to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia. "There's no doubt that if it had not been for the prompt intervention of an off-duty police officer and two medical practitioners that he he may well have died such were the severity of his injuries and the loss of blood." View the full article

Metropolitan Police tweet sparks social media backlash

A tweet from the Metropolitan Police has sparked an online backlash after a drugs bust in Catford, south-east London, was linked to the Notting Hill Carnival. Announcing the seizure of a kilogram of suspected heroin, the force said the operation had been carried out "in the run up to the Notting Hill Carnival". Social media users were quick to question the link between the seizure in Catford and the festival, which takes place annually, about 12 miles away in west London. Some Twitter users accused the force of attempting to "demonise" the carnival. Grime artist Stormzy was among those to question the link: "How many drugs did you lot seize in the run up to Glastonbury or [are] we only doing tweets like this for black events?," he wrote in a widely shared post on Twitter. More than 300 people have been arrested across London as part of the Met's operation to prevent crime at Notting Hill Carnival. Responding to their original tweet, the Met clarified that prior to the carnival the force is "disrupting gang crime, drug supply, knife crime and offences that could impact the safety of the weekend". Chief Superintendent Robyn Williams, the Met's spokesperson for Notting Hill Carnival, said earlier: "Today's operation is aimed at ensuring that those who intend to cause trouble at Carnival are prohibited from doing so. "We are committed to ensuring that Carnival remains a safe, vibrant and enjoyable event. People can expect to see operational activity right up until, and throughout the Bank Holiday weekend." But many replied to the Met's tweet with their own tales of seemingly unrelated woes. "In the run up to Notting Hill Carnival, I've covered my dog with a blanket because it's too cold in Hemel Hempstead," one social media user wrote. Referencing the recent solar eclipse, writer Beth McColl wrote: "In the run up to Notting Hill Carnival, the moon has appeared to make an aggressive move to "take over" the solar system. Carnival to blame". Another social media user said: "In the build up to Notting Hill Carnival I've made myself some toast. I'm in Liverpool". Source - BBC

BBC: Bus stop rape link investigated after Cromer disorder

Bus stop rape link investigated after Cromer disorder 21 August 2017 From the section Norfolk Image copyright Google Image caption The victim was attacked at a bus stop in Cadogan Road, close to Cromer seafront A man has been arrested over the rape of a woman in Cromer, with police saying they are looking at links with disorder in the town on Saturday night. The teenage victim was attacked at a bus stop in Cadogan Road, near the seafront, late on Friday. On Saturday night, venues in the seaside town closed their doors due to thefts and anti-social behaviour. Norfolk Police said a man in his 30s had been detained in Essex on suspicion of rape. The force said new evidence meant it was exploring the possibility of links between the attack and disorder in Cromer over the weekend. Police previously said they were not linking the rape and the later trouble in the town. Image caption Cromer Pier's Theatre Bar was one of the venues to shut its doors On Saturday night, a BBC reporter was told by a taxi driver that "travellers are rampaging the town", and staff at The Wellington pub said they closed after a group of 30 travellers became "rowdy". The disorder, described by police as "low level", was linked by residents on social media to travellers who had arrived in the town on Friday. Image caption Cromer's Chamber of Trade and Business said companies lost "thousands of pounds of trade" Norfolk Police Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean said earlier on Monday that officers were treating the weekend's disorder "seriously". He did not comment on who he thought was to blame for the disturbances and thefts, but said it would be "totally disproportionate" to blame the whole travelling community. North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick said the council served a notice on Saturday for the travellers to leave. Trouble in Cromer 18 August: Police were called to five thefts, three from shops and two from local pubs where drinks were taken and not paid for. At about 23:30 BST, police were called to Cromer Social Club following reports a large group were there and refused to leave when asked. The group left when asked by police. 19 August: Police received reports of shoplifting and "low-level" anti-social behaviour in the Cromer area. At about 17:00, officers were called to a pub after a large group of people refused to leave. Officers arrived and the group left. Officers were called at about 19:15 after reports people had taken drinks from a restaurant on Prince of Wales Road without paying. Police attended and drinks were either paid for or returned. Shortly after 20:50 police were called to a private bar at a caravan park following reports a large group had entered and refused to leave when asked by the manager. Officers spoke to the group who then left. The local MP Norman Lamb says he was disturbed by the description of the disorder as "low level" by police and questioned the failure to arrest anyone. "I want to meet with the chief constable to hear his account, to see why they described it as they did and also the way they responded," he said. Stallholders in Cromer told BBC Look East they felt intimidated as the travellers moved round the town looking for food and drink. Ice cream seller Lee Sales said: "There may not be fights or anything like that but when it's intimidation creating fear - that's bad." Image caption Laurie Scott said his manager was shaking like a leaf when confronting hungry travellers Laurie Scott of Breakers Café said his manager was confronted on the doorstep by a crowd who wanted to get in and get food. They were using foul language when entry was refused and the manager believed they had been drinking. "He's a big, burly fellow like me and he faced them down but told me he was shaking like a leaf at the time. "There's a lot of anger across the town that this was allowed to happen." Image caption Ayrun Nessa suffered a bruise on her arm preventing a crowd of women getting into her restaurant Ayrun Nessa, wife of the owner of the Masala Twist restaurant, said bottles were flying around and she was left with a painful bruise on her arm trying to prevent the crowd getting in. She said she had been confronted at the door by six women shouting abuse. "Cromer is normally a quiet and calm place with lovely people, but this was something else," she said. Police said the travellers had left the county and were thought to be in Colchester, Peterborough and London. View the full article

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