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  2. Hi All, Firstly a huge thank you to all who are currently serving this Country, under any role that is currently within a police force, I truly admire what you represent. My joining this site is very recent, and a last port of call if I am completely honest. I have had to many knockbacks now over the years, but most recent is vetting. I am told as an external applicant that I have no right of appeal, & that section 6 of some type of act 1996 there is no reason to disclose the decision to myself. Added to this, I am informed that under no circumstances, in any capacity or post am I able to apply to this force again, I am stunned!. I have sought local assistance via my local MP, which at first looked promising etc, with the avenue of data protection, right of appeal, subject to access form etc.............. Sadly this concluded my MP informed me with the Chief Constable himself explaining via telephone, that the decision was final, that I am not of suitability in the role of constable and there was no right of appeal? Is there anyone out there, that can look at this ethically and explain to me where I go now. I am confused, as I currently work as a volunteer in an organisation that works from the same office as police. So I can pass a CRB but not vetting? Confused.......................? Appreciate any advice
  3. Six people dead in multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham 17 December 2017 Image caption Emergency crews were called to the scene near Bristol Road at 01:11 GMT Six people have been killed in a multiple-vehicle crash in Birmingham. A seventh person was critically injured in the incident on Belgrave Middleway near Edgbaston at about 01:00 GMT. A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said there had been a "number of fatalities" in the crash which has closed the stretch of road from Islington Row to Bristol Street. The force earlier tweeted that the scene was "very difficult and upsetting". They said first responders were "doing their very best" and appealed for any witnesses to contact them. Skip Twitter post by @WMPolice Report End of Twitter post by @WMPolice Skip Twitter post 2 by @WMPolice Report End of Twitter post 2 by @WMPolice Are you in the area? If it is safe to do so, contact us 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: +447555 173285 Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay Upload your pictures / video here Send an SMS or MMS to 61124 or +44 7624 800 100 Or comment here: 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
  4. MSC to PC - Day 1

    I wish! I can hardly walk on it, let alone run. I've tried deep heat, lavender oil, voltarol, deep tissue massages, and resting it, none of which seems to have helped much, if any. I've also noticed a bruise on the left leg shin, right where the majority of the pain is, which looks like it has two small puncture marks inside it, I don't recall hitting my leg on anything so beginning to wonder if i've been bitten by something and had a bad reaction.... I always get sore aching muscles after running the JRFT, I've run two practise runs, one last week and one the week before and passed both, but it's never done me in so badly I can't walk on it properly for the next two weeks. This all started hurting just shy of 2 weeks ago, and recently the pain seems to have been getting worse, not better. I seriously doubt I'll be running the JRFT at ESB tomorrow, as much as I'd love to. I've asked Santa for a new pair of legs for Christmas this year!
  5. Brexit: Theresa May says she 'will not be derailed' 17 December 2017 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters The prime minister has said the government is "proving the doubters wrong" with its Brexit negotiations. On Friday, EU leaders agreed talks on the implementation period and future trade could begin the new year. Writing in two Sunday papers, Theresa May vowed she would "not be derailed" from securing an "ambitious" deal. Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has warned the UK cannot mirror EU law in the long term or it would risk becoming a "vassal state". 'Special partnership' Cabinet ministers are due to discuss their stance on the relationship they want with the EU - the UK's "end state" - in the coming days, but some ministers are thought to favour a closer alignment than that suggested by Mr Johnson. However, writing in the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Express Mrs May said: "Amid all the noise, we are getting on with the job." She said the last 10 days had "marked a watershed" in the Brexit process and that the government would now "begin to build that new, deep and special partnership" with the EU. "This is the exciting part of the negotiations and there is no limit on our ambition and creativity," she added. BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said Mrs May had struck a defiant tone in her newspaper columns but that her challenge in 2018 would be to keep her party, and the country, on side as the negotiations continued. Image copyright EPA Brexiteer Mr Johnson's comments in a Sunday Times interview echoed those of his fellow Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg, who said on Friday the arrangements the EU had proposed for the transition period would make the UK "a vassal" - or subordinate - state of the EU. The EU's guidelines for phase two of the negotiations say the UK would "continue to participate in the customs union and the single market during the transition" and remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. UK must not be EU 'colony' after Brexit Move to head off another Tory rebellion Reality Check: Guidelines for the next stage of talks Mr Johnson said if the UK ended up being forced to mirror EU laws "we would have gone from being a member state to a vassal state". He said Mrs May had done "a fantastic job moving us forward in the negotiations" before setting out what he believed the government should seek to get in its future trade deal with the EU. The UK needs "something new and ambitious, which allows zero tariffs and frictionless trade" but maintains the freedom to "decide our own regulatory framework and own laws", he said. Death threats Meanwhile, two Tory peers have warned Mrs May she could face defeats in the House of Lords if the government tried to "bully" its members. The prime minister suffered her first Commons Brexit defeat earlier this week when MPs -including 11 from her own party - voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels. Following the vote there were calls for the Tory rebels to be deselected by the party and some received death threats. Tory peers, Baroness Altmann and Baroness Wheatcroft, have written in the Observer that such threats "are worrying symptoms of the toxic atmosphere which has been created in our country". "Mindful of the monumental importance for future generations of getting Brexit right, the Lords is unlikely to be receptive to bullying over a restricted timetable or vigorous whipping to toe the party line," they added. View the full article
  6. MSC to PC - Day 1

    You’ve had a very tough time with the whole process mate. You’ve got to the last hurdle now, get some rest and you’ll be fine! In regards to your injured leg, use over-the-counter numbing creams if the pain still persists.
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  8. MSC to PC - Day 1

    I'm doing it again because I didn't run it the first time, you do it on your day 2 assessment, and then again on your first OST session, if you fail, it varies from site to site, at Hendon allegedly they recourse you, where I was at Marlowe because I didn't take part I completed personal study whilst the others had their OST sessions. I'm in the traffic CJU at Marlowe House, putting on damage only COPA collisions onto the COPA system, pretty boring, been there for the last 2 weeks and probably have another 2 weeks once I return from annual leave there before i'm off to borough, but on the plus side at least we're still being paid and in the warm, it's freezing outside! Yes I have still been attending training school whilst having this injury. I can only hope your vetting is a better process than mine was, mine was an absolute farce... Vetting initially told us all that "no news is good news", 6 weeks after receiving a conditional offer to start 31st July I chased the vetting team to be told "the form we are using to process your vetting check is out of date, as a result we have cancelled your application, this is now out of my hands and you will need to speak to MetHR" I was initially annoyed that I had had to chase them to find that out, you'd think someone would have the mind to at least notify me, from what I can gather vetting hadn't just cancelled the vetting application either, it had been cancelled weeks ago. I was then passed back and forth between HR and Vetting, and ended up having to fill out another Recruitment vetting (RV) form, I completed this and sent it back to them within an hour of them having sent it to me. About a week later I then receive an email stating they won't be able to put me on the 31st July intake, as I have not been vetting cleared in time (despite being a special so already having clearance to the exact same vetting level! - Apparently they redo it when you apply, even if you are still serving or not!). I was told i'd go on the August 30th intake, which although annoyed I accepted. Come 25th July, 5 days before my original course was supposed to start, I receive an email informing me that my vetting clearance had come through late the previous night, however, due to the significant delay (vetting should take 4-6 weeks max realistically, mine took virtually 10 weeks) - none of the boroughs I had put down as preference boroughs were available, only Richmond, Hounslow or Haringey were available. I trained at Richmond as a special, and it took a good 2 hours to get to, so didn't want to be based there, the other boroughs are even further out from me, I'm on the London/Kent border. Reluctantly I then phoned HR and advised i'd wait the month as I'd been expecting to since being told i'd not make the 31st July intake, in the hope I get a borough closer to home, or one that is on my preference list at least, and isn't 2 hours away. **** poor frankly, compared to my specials vetting which went absolutely faultlessly, and I found out within 4 weeks. I'm hoping to run the JRFT on Monday, although my leg is still aching badly, if I defer I can only defer for a week, which takes us to xmas day - obviously ESB won't be open then so would have to be sometime in the new year, which then pushes back the day I go to borough even further, something i'm reluctant to do. Tempted to run on the injured leg, inevitably it will hurt more afterwards, however I am then off for 2 weeks, giving me time to recover. We'll see how it goes over the weekend!
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  10. Student Liam Allan 'betrayed' after rape trial collapse 15 December 2017 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLiam Allan had been on bail for two years before his trial collapsedA man whose rape trial collapsed after detectives failed to disclose vital evidence to the defence said he felt "betrayed" by police and the CPS. Liam Allan was charged with 12 counts of rape and sexual assault but his trial collapsed after police were ordered to hand over phone records. The 22-year-old student said his life had been "flipped upside down" and he wanted lessons to be learned. The Met Police said it was "urgently reviewing this investigation". The case against Mr Allan at Croydon Crown Court was dropped after three days when the evidence on a computer disk containing 40,000 messages revealed the alleged victim pestered him for "casual sex". Met review after rape trial collapse Police evidence failings 'harm cases' He told the BBC his life had been "torn away" by the process, which included being on bail for two years. "You just think the worst case scenario... People have to start planning for life without you," he said. Mr Allan faced a possible jail term of 12 years and being put on the sex offenders register for life had he been found guilty. He said he felt "pure fear" when he learned he had been accused of rape but would never be able to understand why the accusations were made. Image copyright News UK Image caption Liam Allan, seen here with his supporters outside court on Thursday "There was no possible real gain from it other than destroying somebody else's life... It's something I will never be able to forgive or forget." But he said he wanted to use his experience "to change the system". "This wasn't a case of people trying to prove my innocence, it was a case of people trying to prove I was guilty," Mr Allan said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCase barrister: It's just sheer incompetenceIt is understood police had looked at thousands of phone messages when reviewing evidence in the case, but had failed to disclose to the prosecution and defence teams messages between the complainant and her friends which cast doubt on the allegations against Mr Allan. Prosecution barrister Jerry Hayes accused police of "sheer incompetence" over the case. Before the trial the defence team had repeatedly asked for the phone messages to be disclosed but was told there was nothing to disclose. Mr Hayes, who demanded the messages to be passed to the defence, said he believed the trial had come about because "everyone is under pressure". "This is a criminal justice system which is not just creaking, it's about to croak," he said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's Legal Correspondent Clive Coleman gives his analysis of the caseMr Allan's lawyer Simone Meerabux said it had been "a very traumatic experience" for her client. She said it was "amazing" the case had got to the stage it did "but it's not uncommon" because of problems with disclosure. A Met spokesman said the force was "urgently reviewing this investigation and will be working with the Crown Prosecution Service to understand exactly what has happened in this case. "The Met understands the concerns that have been raised as a result of this case being dismissed from court and the ongoing review will seek to address those," he said. A spokesman for the CPS said: "In November 2017, the police provided more material in the case of Liam Allan. Upon a review of that material, it was decided that there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction. "We will now be conducting a management review together with the Metropolitan Police to examine the way in which this case was handled." View the full article
  11. MSC to PC - Day 1

    Seems like you’ve had it tough, but it’ll get better hopefully. Why are you doing your bleep test again? Good thing you weren’t sent on borough otherwise you wouldn’t have been able to get annual. Have you still been attending training school while you’ve had this injury even though your class all went to borough? My Day 2 is in January, beginning I believe. Hopefully once that’s complete I can just wait on vetting. But yeah mate, good luck with everything!
  12. MSC to PC - Day 1

    Well done! I was an MSC officer too at PY from March 2016 until August 2017, only resigning to start training for the regs. I was on the August 30th intake (supposed to start on the 30th July intake but didn't happen due to vetting making a cockup of it) - finished training 29th November, should have been first day on Borough (ZD) however had an injury so was unable to partake in the fitness test and therefore did not complete OST and go to borough like the remainder of my class. Myself and two others are all on OST hold up in the traffic CJU at Marlowe, running my JRFT on Monday and should pass it fine, currently suffering with a horrible lower leg injury that causes significant pain when walking (let alone running or jogging on). All my exams are done, including the OST exam which I passed, despite not having completed OST. All i'm waiting on is passing my JRFT on Monday, then i'm on annual leave for 2 weeks over xmas, then OST on the 4th January, the remaining 4 sessions over the next two weeks. Should be off to borough by mid-late January. Have you got a day 2 date yet?
  13. Buckling helmets and bracing themselves for trouble, this is the police unit who smashed a network of Class A drug dealers in east London. Six people were held as part of a blitz on drug dealing in Shadwell following 10 weeks of surveillance by police and council officials. Crack cocaine and more than £10,000 in cash was seized in the raids on seven addresses early yesterday. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/were-like-a-rude-alarm-clock-meet-the-met-polices-drugbusters-in-south-london-a3718386.html Well done to the Met in getting more drug dealers off the streets.
  14. Grenfell fire: Families and survivors gather for St Paul's memorial 14 December 2017 Related TopicsGrenfell Tower fire Image copyright Reuters Image caption Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are attending the service Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have gathered for a memorial at St Paul's Cathedral, which is being attended by members of the Royal Family and the prime minister. The bereaved, survivors and rescue workers were joined by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Dean of St Paul Dr David Ison said the UK "grieves at the unspeakable tragedy, loss and hurt of that June day". The fire, on 14 June, claimed 71 lives. The service is being held to give thanks to everyone who assisted on the ground at the time of the tragedy and since it - including the emergency services, the recovery team, the community, public support workers and volunteers. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are also attending. Watch Grenfell memorial service Latest updates from the service Key moments as the fire spread Priceless pictures that survived the blaze Families' 'hotel prison' As the memorial began, a Green For Grenfell banner adorned with a heart was carried into the cathedral. Opening the service, Dr David Ison said: "We come together as different faiths as we remembers those whose lives were lost. "Be united in the face of suffering and sorrow," he added. Families held photographs of victims of the fire, while voice recordings from people the scene of the fire were played to the congregation. The Al-Sadiq and Al-Zahra Schools Girls' Choir then sang out the words: "Never lose hope." Bishop Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington and organiser of the memorial, said: "Today we ask why warnings were not heeded, why a community was left feeling neglected, uncared for, not listened to." But he said he looked ahead to the New Year with "hope" of change away from "a city that didn't listen". He spoke about witnessing "something extraordinary" after the fire, as people from across the capital came to help. Image copyright PA Image caption A banner was held at the memorial service Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People arrive at St Paul's Cathedral in London Before the service, Bishop Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington and organiser, said there were still "so many unresolved issues in the community". "It's very difficult to live with that level of uncertainty," he told the Victoria Derbyshire programme, adding: "At the same time I think we do want to say that it is possible for life to be rebuilt." "There was a very strong desire within the local community to have the service here, because faith is very important to a lot of people in the local area, and that can bring a real sense of strength to people." One of those in attendance is Tiago Alves, who escaped the blaze with his family. He told BBC Breakfast his thoughts would be with bereaved families during the memorial: "Today is a day not about survivors; today is purely about the bereaved, their families and the loved ones they have lost." He said the memorial would be "quite emotional" and would bring back a lot of awful memories for many people. But he added: "The reason we are doing this today is so that people never forget - we want people to remember." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTiago Alves, who escaped the blaze with his family, will attend the service Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The service is being held at St Paul's Cathedral, in central London Image copyright PA Clarrie Mendy, who lost her cousin Mary and Mary's daughter, Kadije Saye, in the fire, said the service was "what the community needs, what the survivors need". "It is a very emotional day," she said. "I just hope everybody will get something from it." Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is not attending the service, after some families said they did not want the council there in an official capacity. Grenfell Tower fire: Who were the victims? Details of those who died in the blaze A visual guide to what happened at the tower Inside the 21st floor of Grenfell Tower The final death toll from the fire was put at 53 adults and 18 children, including stillborn baby Logan Gomes, following an arduous process of recovering and identifying remains from the block. During the service a banner with the Grenfell Heart will be displayed, while there will be performances from the Ebony Steel Band, Portobello Road Salvation Army Band, an Islamic girls' choir from the Al Sadiq and Al Zahra Schools, and St Paul's Cathedral Choir. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGrenfell Tower: The key moments as the fire spreadA pre-recorded sound montage of anonymous voices from the Grenfell community will also be played. At the end of the service, bereaved families and survivors will leave the cathedral in silence, holding white roses. Meanwhile, Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said the force would do "whatever it takes" to bring to justice anyone who had committed a criminal offence linked to the fire. Ms Dick said officers would investigate "meticulously, fairly and fearlessly", but said she would be "vey surprised" if the criminal investigation was completed within the next 12 months. Scotland Yard has previously said it will be considering both individual and corporate manslaughter charges. View the full article
  15. 13 December 2017 The government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by Tory MPs. In a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels. The government had argued this would jeopardise its chances of delivering a smooth Brexit. The amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill tabled by ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve was backed by 309 to 305. View the full article
  16. 13 December 2017 A three-year-old has become the fourth child to die as a result of a house fire in Salford. She was left fighting for her life after the blaze in Walkden which also claimed the lives of three others on Monday. View the full article
  17. Eight jailed for smuggling drugs into prisons by drones 13 December 2017 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice have released footage of the gang caught in the act.The ringleader of a gang who smuggled drugs and phones into prisons using drones has been jailed for seven years and two months. Former armed robber Craig Hickinbottom organised the flights from behind bars, Birmingham Crown Court was told. His gang put goods worth more than an estimated £1m into jails as far apart as the West Midlands and Perthshhire. The packages were attached to fishing lines, and flown over prison walls. Seven others were also sentenced. The group were caught by chance, by cameras set up to film wildlife outside Hewell Prison in Worcestershire. View the full article
  18. Salford house fire: Murder charges over deaths 13 December 2017 Two people have been charged with murder over the deaths of three children in a house fire in Salford on Monday. Demi Pearson, 14, Brandon, eight, and Lacie, seven, died, in the fire in Walkden while Lia, three, and mother Michelle, 35, remain in hospital. Zac Bolland, 23, and Courtney Brierley, 20, both of Worsley, Salford have also been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and four counts of attempted murder. The pair are due in court later. Mr Bolland, of Blackleach Drive, and Ms Brierley, of Worsley Avenue, have been remanded in custody until their appearance at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court. View the full article
  19. Rebellion threat to EU Withdrawal Bill 13 December 2017 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images The government is facing the threat of a defeat by rebel backbenchers when MPs vote on its flagship EU legislation. Led by the former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, the rebels want to insert a legal guarantee that MPs should get a vote on any final Brexit deal before it is finalised. The government has no majority in the Commons and is vulnerable to a revolt by its MPs. Theresa May said the government was listening to MPs' concerns. What the EU Withdrawal Bill will do Brexit talks are a furious race against time, says the EU Council The UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019, and the EU Withdrawal Bill is a key part of the government's exit strategy. Its effects include ending the supremacy of EU law and copying existing EU law onto the UK statute book, so that the same rules and regulations apply on Brexit day. The bill is currently making its way through Parliament, where MPs from across the House of Commons have been trying to amend it. So far it has emerged unscathed, but on Wednesday several rebels are lining up behind Mr Grieve's bid to ensure a "meaningful vote" on any final deal agreed with Brussels. The government has already offered a take-it-or-leave-it vote via a new act of Parliament on the final deal reached with Brussels. But Mr Grieve said the bill as currently worded would allow ministers to implement the agreement themselves without consulting MPs. Who will blink first? BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg For vulnerable governments, losing is potentially much more dangerous than the odd defeat for governments who are secure in the level of their support. It's in that context that the government faces a potential defeat on Wednesday on the Withdrawal Bill and must weigh up its best course of action. The legislation has been grinding its way through the Commons for weeks. Tory rebels have threatened to vote against the government on a few different occasions. This time however, with the rebellion led by one of the most unlikely troublemakers, the former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, they really do mean business. And while the government today has sought to say ministers are listening, government sources say they are looking to do what they can to make peace - as things stand, it's feasible that the prime minister will be beaten in the Commons on Wednesday. Yes, a possible defeat on the eve of the European Council. Read the rest of Laura's blog Speaking on BBC Radio 4's The World at One, Mr Grieve said his amendment to the bill would not prevent Brexit from happening, but suggested MPs should be able to send the government back to the negotiating table if they did not like the deal that was being put forward. He said he would listen if ministers promised to come back with further measures at a later date but would not be backing down. Asked about his chances of inflicting a government defeat, he said: "I think there are quite a few who may support me - I think enough, if this comes to a vote, to defeat the government. "I think there is a real possibility that that will happen." Conservative Eurosceptics have reacted angrily to the threatened revolt. Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: "There comes a moment when really grandstanding has to stop. Tying the government's hands in the way that he would wish to tie them so early on is quite wrong." But Labour, which has tabled a similar amendment, signalled its backing for the change in the bill's wording. "Labour have always been clear that Parliament, not ministers, must have the final say on the UK's withdrawal agreement with the European Union. This means both a vote on the draft deal and then primary legislation implementing the ultimate agreement," said shadow Brexit minister Matthew Pennycook. "Warm words and woolly concessions from ministers are not enough." Speaking in Paris, Mrs May said there were MPs "looking for reassurance" about the EU bill, adding that "of course we've been listening and talking to those colleagues". View the full article
  20. Salford house fire 'targeted attack' 12 December 2017 A house fire which killed three children was a "targeted attack", police have said, and one further arrest has been made. Police have also confirmed they had visited the house on Jackson Street, Walkden, Salford, a few hours before the fire, which happened at about 05:00 GMT on Monday. View the full article
  21. 12 December 2017 Image copyright PA 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%. Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, will now have to write a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond explaining how the Bank intends to bring inflation back to its 2% target. Mr Carney has to write a letter to the chancellor if the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rate is above 3% or below 1%. Close to peak? In November, the Bank of England raised its key interest rate for the first time in more than a decade from 0.25% to 0.5%. However, it is not expected to announce a further increase when it publishes the results of the Monetary Policy Committee's two-day meeting on Thursday. Mr Carney had said that he expected inflation to peak in October or November. Lucy O'Carroll, chief economist at Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: "It's quite possible that inflation is now close to its peak. But some of the latest surveys suggest that service sector costs and prices are rising. Given how dominant services are in the economy, this could feed through to inflation overall. "That means that further interest rate rises are definitely not off the table." The ONS said that although airfares fell in November - down 10.4% - the decline was not as steep as last year when they tumbled 13.4%. Data also shows that food inflation has picked up, especially prices for fish, butter and chocolate. Richard Lim, chief executive at Retail Economics, said that the rise in inflation had come "at precisely the wrong time for retailers". "In the run-up to Christmas, the cost of living, now rising at the fastest rate in five years, remains uncomfortably high for households." He said that food inflation "is one of the most transparent indicators of living costs and often the catalyst to cut back on spending elsewhere". However, he expects the inflation rate to now fall and could reach 2.5% by Easter. View the full article
  22. Trump UK visit expected in new year, US ambassador says 12 December 2017 Image copyright EPA Image caption Woody Johnson said the US president was not "namby-pamby" about voicing his opinions The US ambassador to Britain said he expects Donald Trump to visit the UK in the new year despite his recent Twitter row with Theresa May. Woody Johnson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the disagreement was "probably misinterpreted". Mrs May said Mr Trump was "wrong" to share videos posted by the far-right group Britain First, prompting an online backlash from the US president. Mr Johnson said Mr Trump's relationship with the UK was still "very very good". He said Mr Trump had not yet set a date for the visit - which would see the president being hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle. "Absolutely, I think he will come," he told Today. "It hasn't been officially announced but I hope he does." Minister 'uncomfortable' with Trump visit Trump, Twitter and his 'filter bubble' When Theresa met Donald: Will US hold our hand now? "I think it's a very very good relationship," he said. Speaking of Mrs May's visit to the Oval Office in January, he said: "The prime minister was his first visitor, the first official foreign leader to visit." There were calls for a reciprocal visit to be abandoned after Mr Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos. When a Downing Street spokesman said he had been "wrong" to do so the president hit back, telling Mrs May to focus on "destructive" terrorism in the UK. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump Report End of Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump Former NFL tycoon Mr Johnson said he was "familiar with these kinds of emotions people have" from his background in sport. "There may be disagreements of how [Mr Trump] says something, or how he does something," he admitted. He said that Mr Trump was not "namby-pamby" about expressing his views, adding: "Maybe he'll ruffle feathers - there's no question that maybe some feathers were ruffled." Mr Johnson, who took up his post in September, responded to comments from Twitter users at the time of the row, writing of a "long history" of "speaking frankly" between the US and UK. Skip Twitter post by @USAmbUK Report End of Twitter post by @USAmbUK View the full article
  23. UK snow: Ice warning as commuter disruption expected 12 December 2017 Image copyright AFP Image caption Days of snowfall in Wales left some people to abandon cars on the side of the road Icy conditions are expected to cause further disruption to road and rail travel in parts of the UK, following another night of sub-zero temperatures. The Met Office has extended yellow warnings for snow and ice until 11:00 GMT and the AA warned driving could be "hazardous". Hundreds of schools are to stay closed for a second successive day. Temperatures were forecast to hit -15C (5F) on Monday night, making it the coldest night of the year. The Met Office's warning covers Wales, parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and much of England - including the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, London, the South East, East, South West and North West. How cold is it where you are? Why does snow close so many schools? Snow in Europe triggers transport chaos Uber taxi snow quote 'outrageous' It said: "There will probably be icy stretches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths with some injuries possible from slips and falls. "Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with some journey times taking longer." Image copyright Met Office Image caption The Met Office's yellow weather warning for snow and ice on Tuesday AA president Edmund King said: "We expect Tuesday to be extremely busy as temperatures plummet overnight, causing even more hazardous conditions on already wet and slippery roads." It had its busiest day of the year on Monday, with around 25,000 calls from motorists. More than 350 schools in the West Midlands and about 180 schools in Wales have said they will shut. On Monday, more than 1,000 schools were closed - about 600 of which were in Wales. The deep freeze also left thousands without power. National Rail is telling travellers to check with train operators before heading out following a day of delays. Chiltern Railways, Arriva Trains Wales, Cross Country, East Midlands Trains, Great Western Railway, Thameslink, Virgin Trains and the West Midlands rail network were all affected. Eurotunnel said services were running with delays due to "extreme weather conditions", after passengers departing from Calais faced waits of five hours on Monday night. A low of -11.6C (11F) was recorded on Sunday night in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland, although Saturday was the coldest night of the year so far, reaching -12.4C. Forecasters said temperatures will slowly warm during Tuesday but freezing fog patches are expected to linger in areas. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC forecaster Philip Avery says temperatures will plunge below zero overnightHeathrow Airport in London is telling passengers not to travel to the airport if their flight is cancelled, after crews and aircraft were left out of position by the weather. Meanwhile, services have resumed at the Port of Calais, which closed for a few hours on Monday afternoon. Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Image copyright Alex Taylor View the full article
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  25. Three children killed in Salford house fire 11 December 2017 Image caption Police are treating the fire as suspicious and a murder investigation is under way Three children have died in a house fire in Salford, while a three-year-old is said to be in a critical condition. A 14-year-old girl was declared dead at the scene, Greater Manchester Police said, while an 8-year-old boy and girl, 7, subsequently died in hospital. The four children and two other people were taken to hospital after the blaze broke out at the mid-terraced house in Worsley, at about 05:00 GMT. The 35-year-old mother of the children is in a serious condition in hospital. Greater Manchester Police said it was treating the house fire as suspicious and a murder investigation was under way. The mother is heavily sedated and does not yet know her children are dead, a spokesperson added. View the full article
  26. Scotland Yard today announced body-worn video cameras have been given to 21,000 front-line officers in London - the largest deployment of its kind in the world. The Met said it had almost completed a £10 million year-long project to roll out cameras across the force in a bid to increase public trust in the police. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/scotland-yard-roll-out-21k-bodyworn-cameras-to-frontline-officers-in-largest-scheme-across-the-globe-a3715566.html
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  28. UK snow: Motorists warned of 'treacherous' ice 11 December 2017 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe forecast is for icy conditions on MondayMotorists are being warned of "treacherous" road conditions as snow turned into ice across parts of the UK. Hundreds of schools across England and Wales will be closed on Monday as the wintry conditions persist. Efforts have continued overnight to reconnect power to thousands of homes cut off after snow and high winds affected supplies. Temperatures have been between -1C and 1C in built-up areas, but as low as -10C in more isolated areas. The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for Wales, the Midlands and the South East. It also warned of more wintry showers across the west of Scotland and Northern Ireland up until 12:00 GMT. The RAC has predicted 11,000 breakdowns on Monday, which is 20% higher than the seasonal norm. This follows the AA reporting a 40% increase in call-outs on Sunday after up to 30cm (12in) of snow coated the country. What do yellow, red and amber mean? How cold is it where you are? Live updates as snow hits parts of the UK Your photos of the snow There is also the risk of up to 5cm of additional snow on higher ground in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, but it is not expected to settle at lower levels. The Met Office said: "Some injuries are possible from slips and falls on icy surfaces and there will probably be some icy patches on untreated roads and cycle paths." Image copyright Reuters Image caption A car turns around after a fallen tree blocks the A40 near Sennybridge, Wales, on Sunday AA president Edmund King said he witnessed numerous crashes on Sunday as drivers were "caught out" by the icy conditions. "Drivers do need to adjust more to the conditions by slowing down and keeping a good distance," he said. "Winter tyres also help drivers to keep a grip." Pete Williams, the RAC's road safety spokesman, said that low overnight temperatures could cause black ice, and he urged motorists to drive slowly, leaving plenty of space between them and the car in front. "I think the big thing is people are not going to leave enough time," he added. "Journeys will take two to three times longer. It's going to be treacherous driving conditions." Image caption The Met Office's yellow weather warning for snow and ice on Monday National Rail said travellers should check with their train operators before heading out. Chiltern Railways, the CrossCountry network, Great Western Railway, Virgin Trains, the West Midlands rail network and services across Wales were all disrupted on Sunday. Airports have also been affected across the UK, with Heathrow warning of delays to more flights on Monday after crews and aircraft were left "out of position". Image copyright Anne Delaney/BBC News Image caption Heavy snowfall hit Sutton Coldfield Thousands of homes have been left without power after being hit by the weather. Western Power Distribution said it had restored services in the East Midlands, South Wales and the South West, but 10,000 customers were still without supply and they would be working through the night to fix the issues. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks also said they had brought power back to 48,000 homes, but there were still 2,900 customers without power - although they hoped to restore it by Monday morning. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScenes of fun and frustration over wintry showersHundreds of schools across England and Wales will also be closed as a result of the weather conditions. Buckinghamshire County Council and Shropshire Council said the majority of their schools will shut down, with similar announcements in Denbighshire, Birmingham, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some ventured out in the snow at Richmond Park, London Image copyright AlLSPORT/Getty Images Image caption Joe Marler of Harlequins played through the snow during the European Rugby Champions Cup match Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Some people took a more relaxed approach to the snow, like this family in Derbyshire Image copyright PA Image caption And one skier took advantage of the weather in the Peak District Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Image copyright Alex Taylor View the full article
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