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  2. 23 April 2018 Stephen Lawrence was murdered by a gang of racist thugs in South East London twenty-five years ago – a tragic event that was to become a seminal moment in British cultural and policing history. This weekend was one of reflection for Stephen and his family, and about the issues surrounding the whole case and the policing investigation of it. Stephen’s murder and its ramifications were to lead to a public inquiry headed up by Sir William Macpherson. The findings made for uncomfortable reading but importantly initiated much needed change - Stephen’s murder was a catalyst for the wholesale reform of policing and beyond – its culture, structure, processes and leadership. Today the police as an organisation is not perfect. Yes we have come a long way, but we must not be complacent to think the job is done. Police officers have a duty to protect the communities we serve - and in order to do that we should mirror them. Sir Robert Peel’s principle still stands - “The police are the public and the public are the police.” I know there is a huge amount of ongoing work being done across the country to encourage as diverse a range of applicants to become police officers as possible. And that is vital. We as a Federation are working hard to ensure that we reflect the diversity of our members and society as a whole - this includes increasing the number of reps from minority groups, and we will continue to do this. Without question, equality and diversity is high on our agenda both internally and externally. We are working to continue to foster change with our fellow police stakeholders, staff associations and representative groups on initiatives such as the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC’s) Race, Religion and Belief Working Group – testimony that the focus on diversity is as important now as it has ever been. We must all continue to work together to be inclusive, encourage diversity and value difference. Change must be a constant to ensure a modern police service that is fit for purpose for the greater good of the communities we exist to serve. View the full article
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  4. I remember doing mine as both an MSC and PC applicant... I expected it to be really easy, as in, you had to be almost deaf to not hear it. I wasn't sure when I first heard the very quiet high pitched sound that it was actually a sound, at first I thought it was my head playing tricks on me! It also seems to go on forever, you sit in there for what feels like an eternity, it's probably about 10 minutes, but it just feels like you're sitting in there forever continually listening to a very quiet noise and pressing and holding a button. The blood pressure test I had in April 2017 as part of the medical was interesting... the nurse said I had high BP (I always do), and she had to take 3 readings to be satisfied it was nothing out of the ordinary, it came down a little on the second and third reading and so she signed me off as medically fit. I'm now currently on an emergency response team in a south borough of the Met and enjoying it! Grim aspects, been to 2 collapses behind locked doors (1 requiring us to force entry and do CPR), no idea how either patient fared after being taken to hospital. Also been to 1 sudden death and 1 hanging, which stuck with me, and I still think about now.
  5. 22 April 2018 Four British people have died and 12 others have been injured in a coach crash in Saudi Arabia, a travel company says. They were from Blackburn and Preston, travelling to Mecca on a pilgrimage. Travel company Hashim Travel said the coach they were on was hit by a fuel tanker which then caught fire and set the bus alight. The Foreign Office says it is aware British Nationals have been killed in an accident in Saudi Arabia. View the full article
  6. Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws 22 April 2018 Image copyright Facebook/AFP/Google Image caption Jeremy Hunt has written to a number of internet companies, including Facebook and Google Jeremy Hunt has threatened social media firms with new laws if they don't do more to protect children online. In a letter to companies including Facebook and Google, the health secretary accused them of "turning a blind eye" to their impact on children. The firms have until the end of April to outline action on cutting underage use, preventing cyber bullying, and promoting healthy screen time. Mr Hunt said the current situation was "unfair to parents". The age requirement to sign up to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat is 13 - although Snapchat has launched a version for under 13-year-olds. To use WhatsApp or to have a YouTube account, you must also be at least 13. Hunt calls for cyber-bullying action How helpful is social media for our mental health? 'The advice I'd give to my teenage self' Mr Hunt met with social media companies six months ago to discuss how to improve the mental health of young people who use the technology. At the time, a spokesman from Facebook said they looked forward to working with the government "to make sure we do everything we can to protect people's wellbeing." In an article for today's Sunday Times, Mr Hunt said there had been "a lot of of warm words" and "a few welcome moves" to improve online protection since. But he said the overall response had been "extremely limited" - leading him to conclude a voluntary, joint approach would not be good enough to tackle the issue. "None are easy issues to solve I realise, but an industry that boasts some of the brightest minds and biggest budgets should have been able to rise to the challenge," said Mr Hunt. 'Morally wrong' In his letter to the internet firms, Mr Hunt said: "I am concerned that your companies seem content with a situation where thousands of users breach your own terms and conditions on the minimum user age. "I fear that you are collectively turning a blind eye to a whole generation of children being exposed to the harmful emotional side effects of social media prematurely. "This is both morally wrong and deeply unfair to parents who are faced with the invidious choice of allowing children to use platforms they are too young to access, or excluding them from social interaction that often the majority of their peers are engaging in." He added: "It is unacceptable and irresponsible for you to put parents in this position." Instagram 'worst for young mental health' Is social media making your child sad? Mr Hunt said the government would not rule out introducing new legislation to tackle the issue come May, when it publishes its response to the Internet Safety Strategy consultation. The health secretary has also asked the chief medical officer to launch a review into the impact of technology on the mental health of children and young people. View the full article
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  8. 21 April 2018 Carwyn Jones says he will stand down as Wales first minister in the autumn This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  9. Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug 21 April 2018 Image caption More than 10,000 people in the UK suffer from cystic fibrosis, which causes fatal lung damage Health ministers have urged a pharmaceutical company to drop the price of a life-changing cystic fibrosis (CF) drug for NHS patients. Vertex Pharmaceuticals' Orkambi costs £100,000 a year per patient, and has been deemed too expensive for the NHS. The company rejected an NHS England counter offer, saying it was not enough to fund research into future medicines. Health ministers Steve Brine and Lord O'Shaughnessy said "time was of the essence" for CF patients. Vertex said it wants to reach an agreement "as soon as possible". Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition that causes fatal lung damage and affects around 10,400 people in the UK. Only around half of those with the condition live to celebrate their 40th birthday. Orkambi is prescribed for people with the F508del mutation, which causes the production of an abnormal protein that disrupts how water and chloride are transported in the body. The drug has been shown in clinical trials to improve lung function and respiratory symptoms in people with cystic fibrosis. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), which helps decide which treatments should be available on the NHS in England and Wales, rejected the drug in 2016 on cost grounds. Vertex has since urged the NHS to act "in the best interest" of cystic fibrosis patients. 'I lost my two sisters to cystic fibrosis' Orkambi drug means 'I can plan for my future' Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, cystic fibrosis sufferer Lynsey Beswick said: "The median life expectancy for someone like myself is just 31 years old - I'm 35. "People like myself just don't have time to wait for these decisions. "This is a really urgent issue and people like myself need access [to Orkambi] as soon as possible." The letter from the health ministers to Simon Bedson, senior vice president of Vertex, follows a debate in the House of Commons about access to the drug last month. They wrote: "To reiterate the heartfelt and vitally important points made in the debate, and in the many letters we have received from patients suffering from this disease and their friends and families, time really is of the essence. "Therefore we ask you as a matter of the utmost urgency to proceed with negotiations in a way that is constructive and supports our joint aim of securing access to your medicines currently licenced in the UK at a price that is cost-effective and fair." The letter continued: "We urge that you provide all available data supporting the cost-effectiveness of your proposal promptly to ensure progress towards an agreement." In response Vertex issued a statement saying they were pleased there was an agreement "to get our medicines to cystic fibrosis patients as soon as possible". The company said a meeting was planned with ministers soon. View the full article
  10. Prince Charles to be next Commonwealth head 20 April 2018 Related TopicsCommonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Queen had given her backing to Prince Charles replacing her as Commonwealth head The Prince of Wales will succeed the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, its leaders have announced. The Queen had said it was her "sincere wish" that Prince Charles would follow her in the role. Leaders of the Commonwealth have been discussing the issue at a meeting behind closed doors at Windsor Castle. The head role is non-hereditary so is not automatically passed on when the Queen dies, with suggestions it might have rotated among the 53 leaders. 'Proud support' In a statement, the leaders said they "recognise the role of the Queen in championing the Commonwealth and its people". Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau had earlier given their backing to Prince Charles. Speaking at a news conference marking the end of the summit, Mrs May praised the Queen for her "vision and duty" in growing the Commonwealth from eight members to 53. She said it was "fitting" Prince Charles would succeed her due to his "proud support" of the Commonwealth "for more than four decades". Image copyright Andrew Matthews/PA Wire Image caption Theresa May gave her backing to Prince Charles The leaders also agreed a "blue charter" to protect the ocean from pollution and climate change and a "cyber declaration" to combat online crime and threats. The meeting during a two-day summit involved 46 heads of Commonwealth governments and foreign ministers from the remaining seven countries. The Commonwealth represents about 2.4bn people, but critics say the organisation is so disparate that it struggles to know what it is for, BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said. He also said the news of the prince's appointment would be "of great satisfaction" to the Queen. Commonwealth: Seven things you might not know Reality Check: The nations where it is illegal to be gay Other issues under discussion in London have included trade between the countries with Mrs May saying the leaders agreed to "fight protectionism" to expand intra-Commonwealth trade to $2 trillion by 2030. The leaders' statement said they had set "specific commitments" which include building peace, promoting gender equality and tackling climate change. They also said they will work to prevent violent extremism and human trafficking, pledged to halve malaria in Commonwealth countries by 2023 and agreed that all boys and girls should receive at least 12 years of education by 2030. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Canada joined more than 40 other leaders at the meeting Meanwhile, the government has indicated it would welcome Zimbabwe's re-entry to the Commonwealth after Robert Mugabe pulled the country out in 2003. Foreign secretary Boris Johnson said Zimbabwe's government has "made impressive progress" under Mr Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, but the country would have to deliver "free and fair elections" for the people in July. Rwanda has been chosen to host the next summit in 2020. Image copyright EPA Image caption The meeting has been held at the Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle What does the head of the Commonwealth do? The role, currently held by the Queen, is largely a symbolic one and carries no maximum fixed term. It is used to unify the 53 member states and to ensure the core aims of the Commonwealth are fulfilled. These include linking the countries through trade and international co-operation. The head of the Commonwealth usually makes regular visits to the member states to foster these connections personally. A decision on all successive heads has to be made by the Commonwealth leaders. Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Secretariat, its central organisation, help to plan many Commonwealth activities. Sources: The Royal Family, The Commonwealth View the full article
  11. This was the terrifying moment a thug squirted acid over an aspiring model and her cousin through the window of their car, causing appalling injuries. University student Resham Khan, 21, and Jameel Muhktar, 37, were left with severe burns after the vicious attack in east London last June. Both needed skin grafts and Mr Muhktar’s injuries were so severe doctors put him in an induced coma. Today at Southwark crown court John Tomlin was facing many years in jail for the assault. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/terrifying-moment-thug-squirted-acid-over-aspiring-model-resham-khan-and-scarred-her-for-life-a3819276.html
  12. Armed police will be deployed and vehicle barriers installed as the Met ramps up security for the London Marathon this weekend. The Met Police has warned runners and spectators to remain "vigilant" during the race with millions expected to descend on the capital with temperatures as high as 24C. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-marathon-armed-police-to-be-deployed-and-vehicle-barriers-installed-as-met-ramps-up-security-a3818546.html
  13. 20 April 2018 Following the incident on 4 March, a large number of officers from across the country have been deployed to Wiltshire, to assist the local force. Immediately after such an unprecedented incident, logistical issues are inevitably encountered, such as the adequate provision of food for meal breaks. I’m pleased to say that such issues were quickly and satisfactorily resolved. However, issues relating to the payment of ‘hardship’ allowances and ‘In reserve’ payments have persisted. Decisions concerning the payment of such allowances lies ultimately with the Chief Constable/Gold Commander. Following intervention from the PFEW, agreement has now been reached as to what payments are available to officers. We can now confirm that all officers deployed on the operation will be eligible for the allowances. Again, as a result of the work PFEW have done. In the main the applicable payments are to those officers who have been accommodated in nearby Ministry of Defence property. This has been as a consequence of there being insufficient (and suitable), rooms in nearby hotels to meet the demand for accommodation, that the incident has generated. Due to the nature of the attack on the Skirpals, we have also reminded officers, who have worked in the Salisbury area supporting the investigation, including those from Wiltshire Constabulary, that it is extremely important that they should ensure that the results from any medical examinations and blood tests that they have had while deployed, should be fully and accurately recorded on their medical records. The Federation has also taken the opportunity to draw our member’s attention to the Remove campaign. This campaign offers advice on the steps that first responders should take if they find themselves called to an incident where the use of a chemical agent is suspected. The campaign is backed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC), the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) and The National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU). I was heartened to hear that our colleague Det. Sgt. Nick Bailey had recently been discharged from hospital. Our thoughts remain with Nick and his family at this difficult time for them all. The PFEW will continue to work at both a local and national level to ensure that anyone involved in this ongoing investigation is adequately supported. View the full article
  14. UK temperatures top 29C in hottest April day since 1949 19 April 2018 Image copyright PA Image caption These lucky people enjoyed the sunshine beside the Thames at Richmond in London Temperatures have soared to over 29C in parts of London, making it the warmest April day for nearly 70 years. The unusually warm weather across the UK is the result of low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over western Europe drawing in warm air. Thursday's high of 29.1C was recorded at St James's Park in central London during the afternoon, making it the hottest UK day in April since 1949. The average maximum temperature for the UK in April is 11.9C. How to stay cool in hot weather Pets lap up April sunny spells How to sleep in hot weather The highest recorded temperature for this month was 29.4C back in 1949 in London. Pollen levels are high throughout much of the UK, with BBC Weather warning it could be "uncomfortable" for hayfever sufferers. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWeather forecast: Warm outlook for most of UKRunners in Sunday's London Marathon have been warned to expect hot weather, with suggestions it could be the hottest race on record. Event director Hugh Brasher said contingency plans were already in place which included providing extra water supplies along the route for drinking and for competitors to douse themselves with. The heat caused the cancellation of a horse race at Cheltenham but those over shorter distances went ahead. The high temperatures come on the same day as Debenhams blamed freezing weather in late February for a fall in sales and profits. You must enable JavaScript to view this content. Compare the temperature where you are with more than 50 cities around the world, including some of the hottest and coldest inhabited places. Enter your location or postcode in the search box to see your result. Find a location Your location °C °C °C This temperature comparison tool uses three hourly forecast figures. For more detailed hourly UK forecasts go to BBC Weather. If you can't see the calculator, tap here. Image copyright PA Image caption These men soaked up the rays at Richmond riverside in south-west London Image copyright PA Image caption In Cambridge, people took to punting along the River Cam Image copyright PA Image caption While a man and his dog enjoy the sunshine out of the water in Blackpool Image copyright PA Image caption Three-year-old Jayden enjoys a cooling ice cream Image copyright Zoological Society of London/PA Wire Image caption London Zoo did its best to keep everyone cool, like this squirrel monkey Are you enjoying the sunshine in your area? You can share your photos by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk. Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways: WhatsApp: +44 7555 173285 Send pictures/video to yourpics@bbc.co.uk Upload your pictures / video here Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay Text an SMS or MMS to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (international) Or use the form below Your contact details Name (optional) Your E-mail address (required) Town & Country (optional) Your telephone number (optional) Comments (required) If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions. Terms and conditions View the full article
  15. A sex worker at a London brothel run by an ex-police officer has opened up about her life, stating: “I only do this kind of work because I choose to”. The brothel, in a two-bedroom flat in central London, was the subject of a report by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Its owner, a former detective, told the programme police are choosing to allow some brothels to operate if they offer a safe environment for their workers. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/sex-worker-reveals-what-life-is-like-working-in-london-brothel-run-by-expolice-officer-a3816226.html
  16. 18 April 2018 Delegates will gather at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham on Tuesday 22 May and Wednesday 23 May 2018. The theme for this year is “Protecting the Protectors – the reality of policing”, focusing on issues including better protection for officers assaulted on duty and for those who undertake emergency response and pursuit drives. Other sessions include: • The current crisis in detective policing • Issues around stop and search • The importance of neighbourhood policing in counter terrorism. • Discipline and performance, with a first conference appearance by representatives from the new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). • Driving change for officer welfare, with sessions on fatigue and the demand/capacity imbalance. The full agenda can be found online here. Please note this may be subject to change. Calum Macleod, Chair, PFEW said: “Over the course of two days, we will be in the presence of a number of MPs – some more supportive than others. We are grateful to those who are helping to change legislation and we are optimistic of the opportunities conference brings to lobby further. It is rare to have cross-party officials under one roof, focussing solely on policing. “It is my aim to make this one of the most interactive conferences yet, with much more time factored in for Q&As.” View the full article
  17. Types of Uniform

    Thanks for that, Ive got my current tac vest from hampshire which is black which was measured up due to my hip issues, just didn't know whether I could just use that one?
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    For general policing including intervention and safer neighbourhood teams, the hi vis tac vest on a black stab vest is now the uniform policy. Some stand out if they are using old black tac vests which were requested to have been returned back to uniform stores. And as senior rank requested it.... It is naughty to keep it. But they're probably being used as the officers hi vis vests is broken and they're using spares. Joint protection services and specialist roles will more than likely use black vests. I am unsure if that's because they don't have to adhere to the uniform policy or if it's simply not practical. Such as fire arms looking nice and bright like a target.
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    Hi Uniform in Herts with regards to stab vest, tac vests ect what is deal as I've seen a few wearing high vis yellow, but also a lot wearing black stab vest with black tac vest over the top? Is it all high vis stab vest now or is that only for high vis patrols, NTE sort of stuff.
  20. This is one of the deadly weapons seized from gangs in London in a new crackdown on violence. The haul included this a terrifying twin bladed weapon found after a 24-year-old man was arrested after being stopped in Waltham Forest on Monday. The weapons - including a pistol - were recovered in patrols by the Met’s new Violent Crime Taskforce set up to combat the surge in murders and stabbings in London. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/terrifying-twinbladed-weapon-seized-in-mets-gangs-crackdown-a3815776.html
  21. A young moped rider and his passenger were injured after smashing into a car outside a busy north London station during a police chase. The crash happened on Seven Sisters Road, next to Finsbury Park Tube station, at about 3.45am on Tuesday. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/finsbury-park-crash-moped-rider-and-passenger-injured-smashes-into-car-during-police-chase-a3815956.html
  22. 17 April 2018 Calum Macleod It is vital that police officers are able take the time off they are owed in order to help safeguard their welfare and provide a quality service to the public. That is the response of the Police Federation of England and Wales’ chair Calum Macleod to figures released today which show officers are owed almost 250,000 rest days. The data obtained by the Press Association reveals that in some forces the average number of rest days owed per officer is more than 12 with only one force showing that no days at all are owed. The figures, acquired via a Freedom of Information request submitted by the news agency, reflect a snap shot of the situation as it was on 17 September last year. Mr Macleod said: “We do not have the resources at the moment to meet the demands of the public – whether that be in an event, a terrorist incident or whether that be from a police officer’s perspective of actually achieving their rest days. “It is really important that anybody has rest between their shift patterns because if that isn’t happening what you tend to find is people getting fatigued very easily. “If rest days are being banked, it’s a dangerous situation for the public, it’s a dangerous situation for policing and it needs to be addressed.” Re-rostered rest days are accrued when officers have their original days off cancelled. This can happen in response to operational demands, staff sickness or when major incidents require additional police resources. Mr Macleod said he acknowledges that the system must be flexible but that officers should not lose out. “The country has recently experienced a number of major incidents such as the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, the Grenfell fire, the nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and this month we have seen an increased police presence on the streets of the capital in response to the spike in serious violent offences – all of these events, and many others beside, mean officers have had to work longer hours or work their rest day. “Every police officer accepts that this is part of the job and when they are called they will respond. But we have to recognise that these officers are missing out on valuable time away from the frontline and that can have very serious consequences on their health and their personal lives.” “If officers aren’t feeling refreshed and having rest between their shift patterns, what you find is that the situation of their mental health is exasperated,” he said. “The conversation around mental health in policing has become greater in recent years. What we are seeing is that eight of 10 officers, in a recent Police Federation survey, have come back and said they are feeling symptoms of anxiety. “That is a very startling figure when you look at the amount of police officers in the UK. They need to recuperate to provide the best possible service to the public.” Mr Macleod commented that members had also highlighted concerns around being unable to claim overtime, as well as the historic problems of officers who retire with rest days owed to them having to battle forces for payments due to them. View the full article
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    Hi everybody, There seems to be a bit of confusion with relation to the legality of "spice", I was under the impression that "Spice" is a Synthetic Cannabinoid therefore is classed as a Class B Drug so it is illegal to possess under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Some of my colleagues have stated that it comes under the Psychoactive Substances Act, where it is illegal to deal but not to possess.There is also the issue of the definition of a Synthetic Cannabinoid. I think a lot of it is down to the definition, especially when people see that CBD Oil is legal due to not containing THC. Can someone please clarify this for me? Thank you
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  25. Well, it is a long time since I posted in here! My daughter turned 3 on Good Friday last year she was diagnosed with an extremely rare but treatable form of cancer and she is currently undergoing chemotherapy. We've been raising money for money for charity since December, we raised about £776 from an online lucky dip for a pair of football tickets. On Good Friday we raised over £1800 through evening fund raising evening, with money raised through a raffle. The £776 went to the children's oncology ward at Nottingham Children's Hospital, £1000 will be going to the Oncology department again, £700 will be going to Macmillan and the rest to CLIC SARGENT, we would love to gove something to the PASIC charity as well but the pot will empty! Everything was going so well until, someone donated a brand new i-candy pushchair (worth £550) and Kim Wilde donated two signed CD albums, a kids in America T shirt and some tour stickers, so worth about £40 in total. With the i-candy we are getting stupid offers, and no one one is interested in the KIm Wilde stuff despite the album being in the charts! (tried putting it on an online lucky dip). Anybody got any ideas?
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