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    All my own "work" there. He was unhappy with the quality of the free taxi ride afterwards.
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    No doubt from a loving 'customer' you dealt with?
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  5. Drugs and buyers - who to stop

    For the OP. Under the circumstances you describe you would not have a power to search either of the males.
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    Odd, we got issued a leather PNC cover. My PNB is still slightly dogged up, and has blood on the pages though.
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    Same, i'm in the Met so ours have a red cover, that's come off completely so there's the front and back cover and the actual notepad pages as two separate things now, the staple came loose.
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    Definitely try and do something! I've had mine about 9 weeks (and only through training) - putting it in and out of my bag has taken the cover off
  9. Carrying acid in public could lead to six months in jail 14 October 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images People caught twice carrying acid in public will receive a mandatory six-month prison sentence, the Home Office has proposed. It is aimed at curbing the number of acid attacks committed, which has more than doubled in five years. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she intended to ban the sales of corrosive substances to under-18s. About 21% of such attacks were committed by under-18s between November 2016 and April 2017. 'Lives ruined' Ms Rudd said the government was sending a message that "the cowards who use these [acids] as weapons will not escape the full force of the law". The new legislation would make it an offence to possess a corrosive substance in public. An individual caught with the substance would have to prove they had good reason for possessing it. If a person is caught twice with acid, they would serve a minimum six-month sentence if over the age of 18. At this year's Conservative Party conference, the home secretary announced plans to ban sales of the substance to under-18s. She said: "Acid attacks are absolutely revolting. "We have all seen the pictures of victims that never fully recover - endless surgeries, lives ruined." Recent years have seen a number of high-profile acid attacks across the UK.. Image caption Andreas Christopheros was a victim of mistaken identity In 2014 Andreas Christopheros, from Truro in Cornwall, was attacked at his front door with sulphuric acid in a case of mistaken identity. He was left with permanent facial scarring and he remains blind in one eye. David Phillips, 49, from Hastings, Sussex, admitted assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Mr Christopheros said: "[The acid attack] impacted every aspect of my life. "From the moment I've woken up, every morning it takes me about half an hour to regain my sight. "I've lost my eyelids three times now from the contractions of the scars." The proposed legislation on acid would mirror the 'two strikes' rule which makes knife possession an offence. The Home Office is also considering criminal proceedings against online retailers who deliver knives to a buyer's home. It is hoped the measure would curb the sale of blades to children or teenagers. View the full article
  10. Police Federation calls on chiefs to take action. Cuts have led to a substantial increase in fatigue and stress Senior officers and the government must do more to tackle a crisis in detective policing as morale hits rock bottom, the Police Federation says. It is warning the role is no longer desirable or sought after and victims may be failed as a result of worsening conditions. The staff association’s detective forum has released the results of its annual survey which found that 90 per cent of respondents said they had taken time off due to mental health and wellbeing issues either caused by or exacerbated by their work. Some 56 per cent said service cuts have had a huge impact on their morale while over a quarter of detectives felt their physical and mental health had been affected Half of those who answered also said cuts had led to a substantial increase in fatigue and stress as they battled to keep up with demand. Karen Stephens, secretary of the Police Federation national detective forum, said: “The facts speak for themselves. These results clearly show that detectives are overwhelmed with increased pressures brought on by a lack of resources. “Morale is low, people are exhausted and there is little sign of improvements to come if things stay the way they are.” Three-quarters of detectives said they were not able to provide the service victims need due to their workloads being too high. Mrs Stephens said: “The single aim of every officer, detectives included, is to protect and help others. But what these results show is that despite their best efforts, the demands of the role do not allow them to do this. "This is further emphasised with over half of the respondents saying they did not even have time to stay up to date with the latest training. “Being a detective was always a sought after, desirable role. However this survey shows things have changed and not for the better.” She called on the NPCC, College of Policing and government to act on the warning sounded by her members. Earlier this year HMIC warned that a shortage of detectives is a national crisis for policing in England and Wales. Chiefs have previously asked to be allowed by government to pay detectives bonuses for carrying out their roles, but were told by the pay review body to show evidence for why this would actually help. NPCC lead for detective recruitment and retention, Deputy Chief Constable Matt Jukes said: "Detectives do a vital job investigating crimes, apprehending offenders and protecting people from harm – and I know that all chiefs are proud of the work they do. "Forces have been aware for some time of the challenges that today’s survey describes, and it is always a concern when colleagues feel overworked and undervalued. "The complex nature of investigations and our work to protect vulnerable people has made the role of detectives even more challenging. We are facing a challenge to recruit and retain in these roles, which is adding to the pressure on serving detectives." He added: “We are looking at a range of ways to improve the situation, including reviewing the way detectives are selected and trained, providing improved workplace support to existing detectives which recognises how their work is changing, as well as looking at changes to incentivise more people into these important roles.” View on Police Oracle
  11. Terror plotters who devise plans for vehicle attacks will face tougher sentences under new proposals drawn up in response to a recent surge this year.
  12. A police officer today told of the terrifying moment ammonia was thrown in his face as he tried to arrest an erratic driver, saying: “I thought I’d never see my children again.” Pc Simon Ashton was blinded when he was squirted with the corrosive liquid as he grappled with the motorist.
  13. "High profile job"? Perhaps I define such things differently to the Evening Standard.
  14. Theresa May won't say if she'd vote for Brexit now 10 October 2017 From the section UK Politics Related Topics Brexit Image copyright LBC Theresa May has refused to say how she would vote if there was another Brexit referendum. The prime minister, who backed Remain in last year's vote, was repeatedly asked if she would now vote for Brexit. She replied: "I don't answer hypothetical questions." The PM who said the UK had a "brighter future" after Brexit during the election campaign, added: "I voted Remain for good reasons at the time but circumstances move on." EU's Tusk warns over 'slow pace' of talks Presenter Ian Dale told Mrs May Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had switched from Remain to Leave because former Chancellor George Osborne's gloomy economic predictions had failed to come true. He asked Mrs May why she could not say she had changed her mind, given that she was leading the country into Brexit. "Yes and I'm prime minister ensuring I'm going to deliver Brexit for the British people," she replied. Pressed again, Mrs May said: "I could say I would still vote Remain or I would vote Leave just to give you an answer to that question. "I am being open and honest with you. What I did last time round was I looked at everything and I came to a judgment and I would do exactly the same this time round. "But we are not having another referendum and that's absolutely crucial." Mrs May's second in command, First Secretary of State Damian Green, also refused to say whether he would back Brexit if there was a referendum now. Mr Green, who was a board member of the campaign to keep Britain in the EU, told Channel 4 News: "I don't resile from anything I said during the campaign." But he added that it was a "meaningless" question and "purely hypothetical". View the full article
  15. Police: officers on Borough High Street in London following the terror attack PA Scotland Yard should be allowed to claim back the costs of responding to terror attacks or major incidents like the Grenfell tragedy, a new report has suggested.
  16. Southwark Council was today facing calls for an “urgent independent inquiry” after it emerged a woman jailed over the London July 21 bomb plot was given a high-profile job. Mulumebet Girma, 33, rose through the ranks and was even put on the cover of a council magazine after failing to disclose her criminal past
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  18. Met Police: Scotland Yard's gang specialist has said social media sites like YouTube must do more to crack down on music videos that promote gang violence YouTube and other social media websites must do more to crack down on music videos that glamorise violence and gun crime, Scotland Yard’s gang specialist has said.
  19. Border Force officer held in guns and drugs inquiry 9 October 2017 From the section England Image copyright National Crime Agency Image caption Six men have been charged as part of the police operation in France and south east England A Border Force officer is among 12 people arrested by police investigating a group suspected of importing drugs and firearms into the UK. The officer, 36 and from Dover, was detained by French police near Calais with three other British nationals. All four remain in custody. Eleven firearms, 74lb (34kg) of cocaine and 16lb (7kg) of heroin were seized. Eight men were later arrested by the Met Police in Kent and London, six of whom have been charged. The six are accused of conspiracy to import firearms and class A drugs and are due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates' Court, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said. They are: Christopher Hendra, 29, of Dunlin Walk, Sittingbourne, Kent Liam Attwell, 18, of Becketts Close, Ashford, Kent Terry Willett, 31, of Long Meadow Way, Canterbury, Kent Daniel Duvall, 36, of Coldharbour Lane, Maidstone, Kent Craig Brabon, 36, of Hazebrouck Road, Faversham, Kent Christopher Whitehead, 40, of Orpington, south-east London The other two men were released as the investigation continues. Searches by NCA officers have taken place in the Dover and Folkestone areas. Dave Hucker, head of the NCA's anti-corruption unit, said: "This operation has brought together law enforcement from both sides of the Channel, and we believe we have prevented the importation of a significant quantity of class A drugs and firearms to the UK." View the full article
  20. Theresa May: 'We can prove Brexit doomsayers wrong' 9 October 2017 From the section UK Politics Related Topics Brexit Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The PM will address the House of Commons later for the first time since her Florence speech on Brexit Theresa May will tell parliament later that the UK can "prove the doomsayers wrong" when it comes to Brexit. The prime minister will say "progress will not always be smooth", but add that she wants the best possible deal for both the UK and the EU. Her comments come as the fifth round of negotiations begin in Brussels later. It is the final set of talks before EU leaders meet to decide if enough progress has been made to talk about post-Brexit relations with the UK. 'No deal' Brexit planning 'is under way' What are the Brexit options? MEPs urge Brexit trade talks delay In her first address to parliament since she outlined her plans in Florence, Mrs May will describe the government's ambition for a "new, deep and special partnership between a sovereign United Kingdom and a strong and successful European Union." "Achieving that partnership will require leadership and flexibility, not just from us but from our friends, the 27 nations of the EU. "And as we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court. But I am optimistic we will receive a positive response." The PM will reiterate the need for a "spirit of friendship and co-operation" in the talks, but say: "I believe we can seize the opportunities of this defining moment in the history of our nation." Summit deadline The talks between UK negotiators and Brussels officials will be lower profile this week, with neither David Davis or his EU counterpart Michel Barnier attending the start. However, it will be the last time the two sides are scheduled to meet before an EU summit on 19 October. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said it will take miracles for the necessary progress to have been met before the summit, whilst the European Parliament made its voice heard with a non-binding motion saying that more needed to be done. Brexit talks: Round five By Adam Fleming, BBC News Brussels reporter Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Around Brussels there is cautious optimism that agreement can be reached on how British judges might interact with the European Court of Justice and how the deal will be implemented. Chatter concerns whether the final arrangement on citizens' rights can be accorded a status in the UK similar to the European Communities Act, which gave EU rules supremacy over British law - a legal concept called "direct effect." However, progress on a means of calculating the UK's financial obligations - the "Brexit Bill" - seems much less likely. The UK will continue to challenge the demands made by EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. But the EU side is disappointed that specific British negotiating positions have not emerged after Theresa May's warm words in Florence a fortnight ago. After her speech in the House of Commons, Mrs May will meet with leading industry figures to try and reassure them about the Brexit process. Companies including Aston Martin, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and Vodafone will attend the meeting of the Business Advisory Council in Downing street, alongside Chancellor Philip Hammond and Mr Davis. It comes after warnings from RBS chairman Sir Howard Davies over the weekend that the damage to business in the City of London because of Brexit will be "quite considerable over time". View the full article
  21. The operation-stalling attack was kept under control by the force's Cyber Crime Unit. Left to right: Special Sergeant and Lead on Cyber Specials, Michael Moore, Nick Carver and Special Constabulary Chief Officer, Mark Kendrew. Special Constables who helped the NHS during the summer’s cyber-attack have been recognised at a ceremony celebrating their work. The group from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Cyber Crime Unit lent their skills and support to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. Their work was praised by Chief Constable Charlie Hall and the CEO of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Nick Carver. Mr Carver said input from the specials meant patients were not as adversely affected by the cyber-attack in Hertfordshire. Their award was part of a dedicated Employer Supported Policing (ESP) event at Police Headquarters. CC Hall said: “We are focused on protecting vulnerable people and need to adapt our workforce to help investigate such crimes –volunteers with the different skills we require can help. “We want to continue the conversation with you and your organisations to see how we can work to encourage your staff to give up their time to come and help us. The value we give back to you will help your staff, your businesses and society as a result." He added. There are currently 25 organisations signed up to the ESP scheme in Hertfordshire, including Tesco, Which?, McMullen Brewery and Sons and local district and borough councils. View on Police Oracle
  22. Police seek eyewitnesses to Natural History Museum crash 8 October 2017 From the section UK Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The crash happened on Exhibition Road, in London's South Kensington Police are appealing for witnesses after 11 people were injured in a crash at London's Natural History Museum. A black Toyota Prius hit people outside the museum, in South Kensington, at about 14:20 BST on Saturday, sparking initial fears it was a terror attack. But police later said the incident was not "terrorist-related" and is being treated as a road traffic collision. A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and none of the injuries are life-threatening. London museum attack 'not terror-related' The Metropolitan Police said the man had been arrested at the scene and initially received hospital treatment. He was later taken to a north London police station for questioning. London Ambulance said the people it treated - including the suspected driver - had mostly sustained head and leg injuries. Nine were taken to hospital. The Met said none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening or life changing. "The majority of those injured have now been discharged," the force said on Saturday night. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVideo shows a man being pinned to the ground near the Natural History MuseumSaturday's incident - coming so soon after vehicles were used in terror attacks in Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park - initially sparked panic at the museum, an area that is popular with families. Armed police were deployed and video footage quickly emerged showing a man, believed to be the driver, being restrained on the ground. However, the Met later said its inquiry was "entirely a road traffic investigation". DC Darren Case from the force's roads and transport team, said he appreciated "the concern and alarm this incident caused". Road closures "Enquiries have established that this incident is not terrorist related and I'd like to thank those who came to assist the injured," he said. He said temporary road closures had now been lifted. The force said it had been called at 14:21 BST on Saturday to reports of a road traffic collision in Exhibition Road. As well as the Natural History Museum, the area is also home to the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Image copyright Reuters Image caption Road closures at the scene have now been lifted Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted her thanks to first responders and members of the public, adding: "My thoughts are with the injured." London Mayor Sadiq Khan also tweeted his thanks and hopes for a "swift recovery" for those injured. "For Londoners and visitors planning to visit our excellent museums and attractions in the area, please be assured they will be open as usual tomorrow." The current terror threat in the UK is at "severe" - the second highest level - meaning an attack is highly likely. Police say anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Merton Traffic Garage on 020 8543 5157. View the full article
  23. The Policing Minister Nick Hurd said he wanted to understand more about demand and capacity within the service ahead of the spending review. Conservative PCCs showing their support for our Protect The Protectors campaign (left to right) Julia Mulligan, David Munro and Katy Bourne. The Police Federation says its Protect The Protectors campaign was top of the agenda at a meeting with the Policing Minister and other MPs during the Conservative Party Conference. Following a similar event at the Labour Party Conference last week, a contingent of national and local PFEW representatives raised issues including the recent one per cent pay award and one per cent force-funded bonus. The Policing Minister Nick Hurd said he wanted to understand more about demand and capacity within the service and is undertaking a review of police funding ahead of the government's Spending Review later this year. The group also discussed the College of Policing's directives to bring in qualifications and accreditation to the service as well as Direct Entry and how the scheme impacts on officers. PFEW Chairman Steve White, who attended the event ahead of a roundtable meeting with Mr Hurd, said: "Of course the Federation isn't always going to agree with government and we had frank exchanges at times but we have to maintain an open dialogue with decision makers and overall it was a positive and productive meeting. "National and local representatives were able to talk and debate issues direct with the Policing Minister and other MPs and PCCs which will undoubtedly help with our work to inform and change policy for the benefit of our members." All attendees stated they are behind the Protect The Protectors campaign which calls for a specific offence to be introduced for assaulting officers or other emergency service worker and harsher sentences for those who do punch, kick or spit at officers to help as a deterrent. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "My department is working with the Police Federation on its campaign to Protect The Protectors. We’ve already funded a new police welfare service, we are reviewing the law so the police can pursue the appalling thugs on mopeds who attack people on our streets and we’re also examining whether we need clearer rules so that anyone who assaults an emergency service worker faces a tougher sentence. The police protect us and it’s my job to ensure we protect them." View on Police Oracle
  24. Sale of acids to under-18s to be banned, Amber Rudd says 3 October 2017 From the section UK The government will ban the sale of acids to anyone under the age of 18, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Her pledge, made at the Conservative Party conference, comes after assaults using corrosive substances more than doubled in England since 2012. She also said she would "drastically limit" sales of sulphuric acid, given that it can be used to make explosives. And Ms Rudd called on internet firms and social media platforms to "act now" and remove extremist content online. View the full article
  25. 2 October 2017 From the section Business Monarch Airlines has ceased trading, Civil Aviation Authority confirms, meaning all future bookings are cancelled This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
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  27. Before the MPS, murderers, thieves and rioters ran amok with citizens taking the law into their own hands. Victorian police uniform complete with high-necked collars for protection again stranglers. (Twitter - @KentOfInglewood) London was a grim place in the 1800s, with poverty prevailing in the backstreet slums of the big smoke it Is not surprising that many turned to petty thieving in order to live. Children used to pick a pocket or two while women engaged in a spot of shoplifting from time to time. But there was a more sinister side to petty thieves, with notorious conmen called ‘sharpers’ who would go to extreme measures by dipping a hanky in chloroform to subdue their victim before robbing them. Sometimes a man's hat might be tipped over his face to facilitate the crime - a trick called bonneting. Another ruse was to lure men down to the riverside using prostitutes as decoys. The dupes would then be beaten up and robbed out of sight of passers-by. Murders were also on the rise along with riots where mobs of unhappy Victorians would gather at Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square to air their grievances. Although there were foot patrols - whose main role it was to protect property - there was no overall organised policing unit. Many prosecutions were not carried out by police and were taken into the hands of the victims. The victim would have to apprehend the criminal themselves or employ a ‘thief-taker’ to drag them by the ears to the parish constable or magistrate. Sir Robert Peel, who was Home Secretary in 1829, decided things were getting a little out of hand so persuaded Parliament to provide a new police force for London, excluding the City and the Thames, who already had their own uniformed patrols. He tasked a committee to investigate the current system of policing. Peel immediately acted upon the committee’s findings and created ‘Peelian principles’ that involved the payment of police officers who were organised along civilian lines. Peel’s ideas for the system of policing were approved by Parliament in the Metropolitan Police Act with Royal Assent being granted on June 19 1829. The 895 constables of the new force, nicknamed ‘Peelers’ or ‘Bobbies’ after their founder, were responsible for law enforcement and public order within a seven-mile radius of Charing Cross. (Twitter - @MarshallGroup) They were overseen by a progressing hierarchy of Sergeants, Inspectors, Superintendents and two Commissioners who reported directly to Peel himself. On September 29 1829 – 188 years ago – the Metropolitan Police Force was officially formed. It would have eight Superintendents paid £200 a year, 20 inspectors paid £100 a year, 88 sergeants paid 3s 6d a day and constables paid 3s a day. There were considerable problems with those recruited, many were drunks, unfit and unruly and in the first six months just over 50 per cent were required to leave the service. Each officer was issued with a warrant number and a divisional letter which denoted where they worked. The first headquarters was 4 Whitehall Place, with a back entrance for special visitors via Scotland Yard. The bobbies were given blue uniforms to distinguish them from the red used by the military and sent out on the beat with only a wooden truncheon and a ratcheted rattle to raise the alarm. (Twitter - @Chindiazindabad) High-necked tunics protected officers from strangulation – it was popular back then to garrotte people from behind - and top hats were reinforced as Peelers were likely to be attacked in the street - and penalties for violent crime were more lenient. After PC Robert Culley was stabbed to death at a riot in Holborn in 1833 a coroner's jury returned a verdict of "justifiable homicide". At first the public did not embrace the new force, it was paid for from local parish monies and some members of the public argued the Met was a threat to civil liberties. Some members however remained hostile, numerous reports say the first traffic police risked being run down and horse-whipped by irate coachmen. Eventually they warmed to the idea of a police force and officers became better skilled at the difficult job they had to do. “The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” – Sir Robert Peel. View on Police Oracle
  28. Special run over and in hospital..........

    I hope the culprits are dealt with swiftly and a speedy recovery to the officer concerned. Unacceptable behaviour.
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