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  2. Birmingham gangs banned from city in landmark ruling 23 August 2017 From the section Birmingham & Black Country Image copyright West Midlands Police Image caption The injunction stops the men from contacting each other Eighteen men from two rival criminal groups have been made the subject of what police describe as the largest ever gang injunction. The men, aged between 19 and 29 and some in prison, are banned from parts of Birmingham and must register phones and vehicles with police. The two-year orders aim to disrupt gang-related violence between the Burger Bar Boys and Johnson Crew. West Midlands Police said it was "a landmark ruling". The orders follow a spate of firearms offences in the city in 2015 and 2016. The two gangs gained notoriety in 2003 when their violent feud claimed the lives of two girls - Letisha Shakespeare and Charlene Ellis - outside a late-night New Year party in the city. Four men were later jailed for life for their murders. Image copyright West Midlands Police Image caption The men are banned form entering entering the city centre, Handsworth, Newtown, Winson Green and Lozells After more recent incidents of gun crime in the city, West Midlands Police and the city council sought to secure the injunctions in a civil case heard at Birmingham Crown Court earlier this year. The force secured interim injunctions in 2016 and said at the time it did not want to identify anyone until they were permanent. The BBC revealed their names after obtaining the county court documents. More than 80 people from the Home Office and police gave evidence between February and June ahead of the orders being granted in July, which the force has revealed for the first time now. Two have already been issued, three men are being sought by police and three properties were visited by officers on Wednesday. The men are forbidden from associating with each other and entering the city centre, Handsworth, Newtown, Winson Green and Lozells. Ten other men will receive the orders in jail where restrictions will be imposed on certain visitors to limit any gang associations, police said. View the full article
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  5. Visit from Maggie, 11, whose father was killed on duty prompts announcement. Maggie Henry was made chief constable for a day A force has promised that anyone assaulted on duty will receive contact from a chief officer to check on their welfare. Bedfordshire Police has changed the policy and dubbed it ‘Maggie’s Law’ after the daughter of PC John Henry, killed on duty in Luton in 2007, spent at day at its headquarters. According to a statement from the force, 11-year-old Maggie Henry wants to help the force “look after our police officers, so that they can look after everyone else”. The chief officer team will now take the lead on checking that personnel who have been attacked get the support they need. Bedfordshire Police had already adopted the seven point plan on police assaults, first developed in Hampshire, which commits to treating assaulted officers as victims of crime. Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “Without question, an assault of any kind should never be considered ‘part of the job’. “Our workforce walks into danger when others walk away and sadly verbal and physical assaults are becoming commonplace – but that doesn’t mean it is acceptable. “Our officers should be afforded the support they need and deserve. This means they are treated the same way as any other victim of crime, they feel valued and that those who attack police officers are not dealt with lightly.” Bedfordshire Police Federation Chairman, Jim Mallen added: “Looking after officers and staff members who have been assaulted while doing their duty should be a primary consideration for police leaders. “The Police Federation brought into Bedfordshire the seven point plan and Maggie's law seems a natural extension to highlight to those assaulted that we care about them and will do our utmost to support them.” PCC Kathryn Holloway said she has raised the issue of short sentences for people who attack officers with the government. “I never want another family in this county to experience what Maggie Henry and her family have had to go through,” she added. “In my view, an attack on a police officer is not the same as an assault on any other member of the public, since police are standing on the front-line between those who keep the law and those who want to undermine it. “An attack on a single officer is an assault on society itself and should be met with the toughest penalty possible.” View on Police Oracle
  6. Yes it is sad that pieces of a force's history is being sold off to pay the bills.
  7. Dutysheet app

    That would be interesting, but likely futile. MS have basically abandoned Windows Phones now, and supposedly the next update will be "Full" windows instead of Windows Phone 10. I liked WP, and it was awesome. 7 and 8 were great, but they started taking features out rather than adding new ones. I swapped my Lumia 930 out for an LG Flex2, and now a Huawei P9 because I was getting annoyed at MS.
  8. Dutysheet app

    I'd love there to be a Windows app as well. Developers always seem to forget us
  9. The real tragedy is that pieces of a force's history is being sold off to pay the bills.
  10. Despicable behaviour... angers me that these people join a disciplined professional body such as the police service and then abuse any sense of decency or courtesy whatsoever. That's leaving aside the gross misconduct in a public office.
  11. This criminal has besmirched the reputation of all of us. I hope he does the maximum possible time and I despair that this truly reprehensible person was ever a Police Officer. Utter human trash. HMS
  12. © Provided by The TelegraphA police boss has been accused of short changing his force after he sold off a rare number plate for hundreds of thousands of pounds less than its market value to a former chief constable. http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/police-force-sells-valuable-number-plate-for-a-fraction-of-market-value-to-its-former-chief-constable/ar-AAql9cf?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp
  13. Finland killings: Briton who helped victims says he is 'not a hero' 19 August 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Hassan Zubier/Facebook A British man who went to the aid of victims of a knife attack in Finland has told the BBC he is "not a hero". Hassan Zubier, a paramedic born in Kent who now lives in Sweden, said he did "what he was trained for" when a knifeman stabbed two women to death in the city of Turku on Friday. He was injured four times as he tried to help others, according to reports in the Swedish media. Police in Finland are treating the attack as a terrorist incident. Mr Zubier, 45, who was born in Dartford, was on holiday in Turku when he was caught up in the attack. 'Died in his arms' "I am not a hero. I did what I was trained for. I did my best and more," he told the BBC from his hospital bed. Earlier, he told Swedish newspaper the Expressen: "I saw a guy stabbing a woman with a knife while she lay on the ground. "I rushed to help her and I tried to stop the blood flow, while others gave her heart and lung assistance." But the woman's injuries were so severe that she died in his arms. The knifeman, an 18-year-old Moroccan, was arrested after being shot by police. Four other Moroccans have been held. 'Terrorist killings' The two women stabbed to death were both Finnish while eight people were also injured. Police say the knifeman appeared to choose women as targets, with six of the eight wounded being female. Prime Minister Juha Sipila told a press conference that Finland had experienced a terror attack for the first time. Police said in a statement: "The act had been investigated as murder, but during the night we received additional information which indicates that the criminal offences are now terrorist killings." The UK embassy in Finland said it had "been in touch with the British national and offered consular support". View the full article
  14. UK terror threat increased by IS losses, security minister says 19 August 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIS are inspiring home-grown attackers rather than sending them to the front line, Ben Wallace saysThe UK terror threat is increasing as so-called Islamic State loses territory in Syria and Iraq, the security minister has said. Ben Wallace said extremists were trying to carry out attacks in the UK because they were either unable to join IS overseas or had returned from there. He said Europe was now under "constant attack" from terror groups. Mr Wallace also warned there needed to be more understanding of the anti-terrorism programme Prevent. It comes after IS claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack on 17 August when a van drove down Las Ramblas, killing 13 and injuring scores more. The terror group lost its Mosul stronghold to Iraqi forces last month and international efforts to bring down its "capital" Raqqa in Syria continue. IS seized Raqqa in 2014 and established its headquarters there, with former prime minister David Cameron calling it "the head of the snake". Mr Wallace told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think the threat is still increasing, partly driven by the fact Isis is collapsing in Syria and people are either unable to get out there to fight for Isis and so they look to do something at home, or also because people have come back and tried to inspire people with their stories and tales of the caliphate. "I think those two things mean that the threat is to some extent increasing." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption IS claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack on 17 August The security minister also said it was vital for people to engage with the government's anti-terrorism programme, Prevent, which aims to stop people from becoming radicalised. But he said he disagreed with comments from the police lead for Prevent who said the programme should be compulsory. Under the scheme, police and other organisations try to build relationships with the public - including faith leaders, teachers and doctors - and urge them to report any concerns to them, but currently any engagement is voluntary. Mr Wallace added that he had ordered the release of more information to increase understanding of Prevent and its successes to get more people to engage with it. "There's no ifs and buts nowadays. "If we're going to stop these people who use everyday items such as vehicles and kitchen knives to murder people on our streets, we are going to have to all engage together with Prevent and we are having real success when we do that." Mr Wallace added: "We must offer an alternative and help people be protected from that [radicalisation]." View the full article
  15. Jamal Hassan was based at Bedfordshire Police headquarters in Kempston A detective has been jailed for filming himself performing a sex act in a child's bedroom while on duty. Bedfordshire Police Det Con Jamal Hassan, 36, admitted four counts of misconduct in public office. Hassan, of Corncastle Road, Luton, also pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children and covertly filming up the skirt of a woman in a shop. He was jailed for six years at Peterborough Crown Court. Hassan also admitted possessing extreme pornography and perverting the course of justice by trying to hide a storage device from police. 'No place in policing' Three of the misconduct in public office charges relate to Hassan filming himself in people's bedrooms - including the child's - with underwear while on duty. The fourth involved him making a covert recording of a child in a police interview room. In court he admitted making more than 6,000 indecent images of children, 1,552 of which were the most severe category A. Image copyright Google The offences were committed from 2000 up until May this year. Hassan was sacked by Bedfordshire Police earlier this month. Bedfordshire Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire said his actions "have no place in policing" and those he worked alongside were "completely unaware of the secret life he was leading". She continued: "We are here to protect vulnerable people from harm and he has let down every single one of his colleagues with his conduct. "While there is no suggestion Hassan committed any 'contact' offences, we are still investigating his actions over the past decade and would urge anyone who has concerns regarding his conduct to contact us." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-40975669
  16. Chief inspectors and commander posts will still exist beyond 2018. Commissioner Cressida Dick has cancelled plans to abolish two ranks in the Met. Last year Police Oracle revealed the force planned to do away with chief inspector and commander posts in 2018. But its subsequently-appointed force leader has called a halt to the idea. A spokesman said “removing two ranks is not the best approach to achieve the outcomes we need”. Police Oracle also revealed that the force had already spent more than £27,000 on the promotion process for potential future chief inspectors before deciding to drop the ranks – with more than 229 officers having applied. The force spokesman said: “The commissioner has signalled very clearly that the Met will introduce flatter management structures and that she is increasing the pace of reform. "However, after extensive consultation, and due to the step-change to our operational context in recent weeks, she has concluded that removing two ranks entirely is not the best approach to achieve the outcomes we need at this time. “In the coming months we will see flatter leadership structures that empower officers to use discretion and make decisions in different units across the Met. “We will also continue to work closely with the NPCC lead on reforms to leadership structures and maintain our place at the forefront of this work.” Reducing the number of ranks in policing was a key recommendation from the College of Policing’s leadership review and the UK’s largest force appeared to be leading the way in implementing it. Met Fed branch chairman Ken Marsh welcomed the change of heart. “It wasn’t thought out very well to begin with, now the Commissioner has given it proper thought I think what will happen will be planned far better,” he said. On the potential for inspectors to gain promotion to chief inspector ranks again, he added: “They were in the process when it stopped, I’m pleased for them and inspectors will now be able to become chief inspectors.” View on Police Oracle
  17. Labour says visibility has rarely been lower and 'blame lies squarely at the government's door'. The number of people who believe police are "highly visible" in their community has fallen by almost half, statistics show. Just one in five (22 per cent) people said they feel officers are highly visible, according to the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales, which looks at the period from April last year to March this year. This compared with 39 per cent in April 2010 to March 2011, while the percentage of the public who said they "never" see police foot patrols has risen by more than half, from 25 per cent to 39 per cent. It follows a survey last year, which found that one in three people in England and Wales has not seen a bobby on the beat in their local area in the past year. The poll carried out for HMIC found 36 per cent of people had not seen a police officer or PCSO on foot in their areas in the past year - while just under a quarter (23 per cent) had seen uniformed personnel "once or twice". The watchdog warned of the "erosion" of neighbourhood policing as forces are forced to make further financial cuts. Labour's Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh said: "Bobbies on the beat don't just reassure the public they collect vital community intelligence and help to keep us safe. Savage cuts mean this tried and tested bedrock of British policing is being chipped away as police withdraw from neighbourhood policing altogether. "Police visibility has rarely been lower and the blame lies squarely at the Government's door. "The Tories shamefully accused the police of crying wolf over police cuts, but now the public are seeing the brutal reality; crime rising and fewer officers on hand to keep them safe." A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Effective policing is not just about the number of officers on the street but about accessibility - having a presence where people now live their lives and are at risk, for example online. "The latest data from the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that nearly two-thirds of the public believe that the police are doing a good or excellent job, and we encourage forces to be innovative, including making best use of technology in the way in which they engage so they meet the needs of all sectors of the community." Last month a number of anonymous former senior Met officers stressed the importance of Safer Neighbourhood Teams, the force’s “eyes and ears” on the ground. The officers claim the teams have been key to detecting signs of radicalisation and gang-related activity in the past. They explained that in 2007 every ward in every London borough boasted a team made up of a sergeant, two police constables and three community support officers. Now there are just three officers in each team, with each unit covering three or four wards. View on Police Oracle
  18. Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV legend dies aged 89 18 August 2017 From the section Entertainment & Arts Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89. The former Strictly Come Dancing presenter had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection. His long career in showbusiness began when he was aged just 14. He became Britain's best-paid TV star, famous for hosting game shows like The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right. He also presented BBC One's Strictly with Tess Daly from 2004 to 2014. Sir Bruce had not been seen in public recently, due to ill health. He was too frail to attend the funerals of close friends Ronnie Corbett and Sir Terry Wogan last year. Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Bruce and Lady Forsyth married in 1983 In 2015, the presenter underwent keyhole surgery after suffering two aneurysms, which were discovered following a fall at his Surrey home. In an interview last October, his wife said he was still having "a bit of a problem moving". She said: "He's in incredible shape mentally but he gets very tired." Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk. View the full article
  19. I don't see anything wrong with it. Sometimes you have to do something just a little bit uncouth to get a result, and I think anyone would struggle to deny this case wasn't an overall success. For the greater good and all that.
  20. Welcome to the world of Government procurement, nothing is compatible with anything. We all spend our life driving around dropping files or disks off.
  21. Dutysheet app

    Great to see that @DutySheet now have a mobile app. I used to use DutySheet as a special and it was very easy to navigate around and complete PDP's etc.
  22. Hi all! A few questions...

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  23. I'd always wanted to be in the police as a kid, and a friend of mine is a Special in the Lancs Constab and him talking about it all the time has persuaded me to apply myself, in North Yorkshire! I thought I'd introduce myself and ask a few questions. I'm an Army Reservist at present, I understand that this isn't a restricted occupation, however I've heard that military commitment "takes priority"... what does that mean? I ask mainly because I have military training throughout the whole of September and that's when the North Yorks familiarisation events take place, so I won't be able to attend any of them - is an exception likely to be made, or another arrangement which will allow me to attend a one-on-one familiarisation? I'd be gutted if I'm unsuccessful this time around purely because I'm away! Cheers, ljms
  24. Five officers and a nurse were all attacked by pair in one evening. Five officers and a nurse were assaulted by the men throughout the course of the night. Northumbria Police has appealed for witnesses after an officer was knocked unconscious and four of her colleagues attacked by a pair of thugs. Police were called to Newcastle City Centre shortly after 3am on Monday August 14 to reports two men had punched and kicked members of the public and ran off. Two officers attended and a violent struggle ensued in which both officers were assaulted with one knocked unconscious. The pair were eventually detained and taken to Forth Banks station where a nurse and three detention officers were also assaulted. The force believes a number of people will have seen the attack on the officers and are appealing for witnesses. Four men in particular stopped to help the officers during the struggle but then left the scene without providing their details. Acting Chief Inspector Steve Wykes, of Northumbria Police said: “I’d like to thank the four men who came to our officer’s aid - it was brave of them to do so but they left before our officers could get their details. “I’d ask them to come forward and speak to us so we can thank them for their actions. The offender’s behaviour is wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Northumbria police. “While I am pleased to report that the officers are not seriously injured this was an awful incident and the officers are receiving support. “I’d also appeal for anyone who was in the area of St Nicholas Street and Castle Stairs who may have witnessed the incident to contact police.” The officer who was knocked out was taken to hospital for her injuries but later released. Two men aged 25 and 36 years were arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer in the execution of their duty and are detained in custody helping police with their enquiries. View on Police Oracle
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  26. This is the dramatic moment a gang of moped thugs armed with a sledgehammer targeted a luxury jewellers in Knightsbridge. The dramatic footage shows the armed gang leaping onto three mopeds following the raid at Boodles jewellers in Basil Street this morning. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/sledgehammer-thugs-target-highend-knightsbridge-jewellers-in-smashandgrab-in-front-of-stunned-a3613086.html
  27. Residents are fighting plans that could see Notting Hill police station closed and officers using local shops or council offices as a base. The station is one of a number earmarked for closure across London as Scotland Yard bids to streamline the force and save cash. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/residents-backlash-at-plans-to-close-notting-hill-police-station-a3612851.html
  28. BBC.Thousands of UK motorists can drive with over 12 points

    I'm sure they pump this 'story' out annually.
  29. Image caption Usually 12 points means a ban, but magistrates can choose not to enforce it in exceptional cases. More than 10,000 motorists are allowed on the roads despite having 12 or more penalty points on their licence. Analysis by BBC News shows motorists in the north of England had the most licences with a dozen or more points. Road safety charities said allowing people with lots of points to stay on the road made a mockery of the system. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency said the figure included people who had served a ban and had successfully reapplied for their licence. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are 284 men aged 29 with at least 12 points on their licences The data, covering Great Britain as of the end of June 2017, also showed: The category with the greatest rate of offending was men aged between 25 and 34. Men were more likely to have clocked up penalty points. About 33 out of every 100,000 male drivers have 12 or more points, compared with under 8 per 100,000 female drivers. The most points on a valid licence belong to a 44-year-old woman in the OX12 postcode area. The licence has 51 penalty points. Almost 100 motorists were still allowed to drive despite having at least 24 points on their licences, twice the number that results in a ban if accrued within three years. Jason Wakeford, the director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: "Allowing dangerous drivers to stay on the road makes a total mockery of the points system. "These are irresponsible individuals who have shown disregard for the law and the lives of other road users, time after time. People who clock up over 12 points should face an automatic ban - there needs to be a clear message that dangerous driving will not be tolerated." 'Six months is not enough' Image copyright Ann Hannon Image caption Matt Hannon died racing his friend Ann Hannon's son Matt was 22 when he died. He had been racing his best friend Steve Hayhurst, who was 23 at the time and admitted causing death by dangerous driving. Matt's family pleaded with the judge to spare him a prison sentence. Mrs Hannon, of Blackburn, said driving bans needed to be longer in order to make people think about the consequences of bad driving. "Six months is not enough," she said. "People use their cars for getting to work and going out. They can get by for six months. A year would make more of a difference. "Speeding is still a big problem, but there's more focus on mobile phones as well. You see people on their phones at the wheel." Mrs Hannon, of Blackburn, has worked with the Wasted Lives campaign in Lancashire to educate young drivers about risks on the road. The data includes drivers who have served a driving ban and successfully re-applied for their licence. It does not include people who were currently banned as of the end of June. The area with the highest proportion of drivers with a dozen or more points was Blackburn with Darwen. Sixty-seven drivers there had a dozen or more points in June 2017, which is equivalent to almost 60 out of of every 100,000 motorists. Penalty points totted up 10,116 GB motorists with 12 or more points 51 points on one Oxfordshire woman's licence 42 points on a 52-year-old man's licence in Basildon 39 on 4 licences in Wigan, South Tyneside, Brentwood and Dagenham Source: DVLA figures as of 30 June 2017 Getty Images Penalty points and the law Drivers are usually banned if they get 12 penalty points within three years. Bans are six months for 12 or more penalty points accrued within three years. Further bans of 12 months for a second offence and two years for a third offence are also imposed. The points stay on licences, including after bans have been served, for up to four years from the offence. Most points remain valid for three years from conviction, but stay on licences for four years, which is why so many drivers have a high number of points but are allowed to be on the roads. The number of points put on a licence varies depending on the offence. Exceeding the speed limit can lead to three to six points as can using a mobile phone at the wheel. Someone who drives above the legal alcohol limit would get 10 points. Up to 11 points can be put on a licence for drug driving and these stay on licences for up to 11 years. Source: Gov.uk The Ministry of Justice said decisions on sentencing were a matter for the courts, taking into account the "full facts" of the case. A spokeswoman said: "Drivers who kill ruin lives and must face the full force of the law. While we can never compensate for the loss of a loved one, we are clear that the punishment must fit the crime. "Last year, the government issued a consultation that will see the maximum sentence in this area increase from 14 years to life. We are now considering the consultation responses. Any announcement will be made in due course. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40862975
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