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  2. BBC.Police 'may have to' break mosque footwear rules again

    Taking shoes off isn’t a religious thing, it’s about social norms.
  3. Not a Muslim myself, but having also grown up going to a temple where people remove their shoes and cover their heads before entering, I always assumed that if a policemanofficer / paramedic / firefighter had to be called, they wouldn't have stopped to faff around with their boots. As a matter of fact, I think I've seen this in a couple of news stories. I never really thought that anyone would object (then again, the ones gobbing off sound like loudmouth young men that haven't developed a degree of common sense yet; rather than older people that are probably a bit more tempered and sensible).
  4. All 43 federations sign open letter to Prime Minister demanding 'a properly funded and well-resourced police service'. Prime Minister Theresa May Those representing rank and file officers across the country have written an open letter to the government describing the recent pay award as 'derisory'. Representatives from all 43 police federations in the country endorsed the letter, saying “members were angry” and forces “had been put in an impossible situation.” Police Federation of England and Wales Vice Chairman Calum Macleod said: “We feel the government has not been truthful and honest about the pay award given to officers, and that is insulting. "The two per cent awarded has to come from existing policing budgets which means forces may have to choose between officer numbers and public safety. That cannot be right." The full letter reads: Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of the hard working officers who are working to the bone to protect our people, who fight to protect our communities and who keep you safe, we demand answers. And we demand that you tell the public the truth. About crime figures. About police numbers. About the ‘extra’ officers you pledge. About ‘extra’ money you say you will pay. No more smoke. No more mirrors. No more double standards. You expect officers to run towards terrorists one minute and then turn your backs when we ask for help so they can afford to feed their families. Families they barely see because of the hours they work to fill the void left by the thousands of officers who are no longer there because of your cuts. Officers who are now broken. Who are unable to cope with the mental and physical demands placed upon them by having to work in depleted environments. With out of date kit .With fewer people. With no support. One chief constable has just this week told you that 40 per cent of his officers have sought professional help for stress. It is the tip of the iceberg. Our officers are committed to serving the public. And we thank the public for their overwhelming support, particularly in light of recent incidents. But with 20,000 fewer police officers than five years ago it is no wonder we have seen crime rise and the service to the public suffer. This is not fair on them. And two per cent pay rise with no extra money to pay for it means it is the public who will yet again suffer and get even less of a service. So hear us when we say: The pay award of on average less than £10 a week is insulting. A two per cent rise is not a rise when it has to come from existing policing budgets. It’s a disgrace you have dressed it up as a pay rise. Funding must come centrally, it is unfair to make the public suffer with fewer officers available to fight crime. It’s a disgrace you have ignored the recommendations from the independent Police Remuneration Review Body – the very body you set up to advise on police pay. Forces cannot cope with any further falls in police numbers. Communities will be further under threat at the very time protection is needed the most. Community policing plays a vital part in intelligence gathering to help combat terrorism and it has been decimated. ‘Extra’ police officers are not ‘extra’ police officers. They are the same officers doing longer hours, being called back in when they are off or being given extra responsibilities. Crime is not falling. And answer our questions: Why was the independent body, which has awarded MPs and ministers a 13 per cent rise over the last three years listened to when the independent police body on pay was not? How can you justify these double standards? Do you think it is acceptable that the derisory pay award is expected to come at a cost of losing more officers? Our members have been failed by: The FAILURE to heed our warnings. The FAILURE to implement the very recommendations of the independent bodies you introduced. The FAILURE to support them and the police service as a whole. The FAILURE to help officers protect the country. The FAILURE to help officers protect the public adequately. We don’t want meaningless platitudes. We want a properly funded and well-resourced police service. The public rightly want and expect this. For the sake of those who put their lives on the line for the public we demand you address these injustices and give us answers. Members of the interim National Council View on Police Oracle
  5. A police force criticised for wearing shoes when attending a disturbance in a mosque "may well have no choice" but to do so again, a police commander said. Thames Valley Police was called out to Townfield Mosque, High Wycombe, during Friday prayers on 15 September. In their haste to stop the disturbance officers said they did not remove their shoes, as is required in a mosque. Supt Kevin Brown said officers will observe the custom "other than to intervene immediately to prevent harm". 'Prevent serious injury' As first reported by Bucks Free Press, police attended the mosque after reports of more than 200 people involved in a fracas outside the mosque and when they arrived they were alerted to "serious and potentially violent disturbances" inside. Mr Brown said his officers acted "positively" and entered the building "endeavouring to protect the sanctity of the mosque whilst trying to prevent serious injuries". However, their failure to remove their shoes provoked an angry response from some of the worshippers. Following the reaction, Mr Brown said he had a meeting with current and former mosque committee members where it was agreed the police "acted as would be expected by any member of the public calling them to respond to an emergency". One eyewitness, Murtaza Ahmed, spoke to the BBC on Wednesday and said: "Everybody knows you don't come with shoes in to a mosque, but as somebody called the police they had to come." As a result of the disturbances, police are currently investigating a report of an assault. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41360601
  6. 22 September 2017 From the section UK An 18-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the Parsons Green attack. Ahmed Hassan, of Sunbury, Surrey, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court later in the day. He will also face a second charge under the Explosive Substances Act. Thirty people were injured last Friday when a bomb partially exploded on a rush-hour District line train. View the full article
  7. Minorities make up 13.4% of the Met Police's officers Race hate crime against police officers in London rose by more than 50% in two years, new figures have revealed. A total of 667 police officers were victims of racist or religious hate crimes in 2016/17, up from 428 in 2014/15, a BBC Freedom of Information request has shown. The Metropolitan Police Federation said the 56% increase was "abhorrent". The Met Police said it was committed to prosecuting those that abuse its officers in this manner. A total of 4,215 officers employed by the Met Police are black or minority ethnic, making up 13.4% of the force, compared to 40% of the capital's population overall. Leroy Logan MBE, a former superintendent and founding member of the Metropolitan Black Police Association, said he was "saddened" by the findings. Image copyright PA Image caption Former superintendent Leroy Logan said officers need to be able to feel comfortable reporting abuse "We're talking about things that happened 20, 30 years ago but are coming back," he said. Mr Logan said he experienced racism as a police officer, both inside the police force and on the streets. "When I was a constable, I'd get it internally and externally, especially from youngsters," he said. "One time I was in an estate in Islington and I heard someone shout the n-word from the balcony. I think unfortunately we are not seeing public attitudes improving today." As well as the 667 police officers, 54 civilian police staff were victims of hate crime in 2016/17, bringing the total to almost two offences each day last year. Offences ranged from harassment to racially or religiously aggravated grievous bodily harm but also included non-violent offences, which highlighted "the welcome rise in victims willing to report hate crime to the police," the force said. Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, condemned the rise as "abhorrent". He said: "In this day and age, I just don't get it." "But we're doing everything we can to assist our colleagues in any way we can when it's brought to our attention." Louise Haigh, Labour's shadow police minister, said: "There must be a zero tolerance approach to race or religious hate crime and it is vital officers are able to carry out their roles protecting the public." The Met said it was committed to increasing the rate of formal sanctions - including charges and cautions - and successful prosecutions. The figures may include crimes against officers from other police forces, but all of the offences took place in the Met's jurisdiction. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-41319592
  8. The officer was injured during a "welfare check" operation in the early hours at an address in Acton, the Met said A police firearms officer has shot himself in the foot. He was injured after officers attended an address in Acton, west London, at 04:20 BST to carry out a "welfare check" on an occupant, the Met said. After leaving the property a police firearm was fired by the officer, injuring his own foot. He was taken to hospital, where his condition is not life-threatening, it confirmed. No other shots were fired and no-one else was hurt. The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-41347518
  9. BBC: Parsons Green Terrorist Attack

    Parsons Green bomb: Police make sixth arrest in inquiry 21 September 2017 From the section UK Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in south London in connection with last Friday's terror attack on a Tube train. The teenager was detained after officers executed a warrant in Thornton Heath at about 00:05 BST on Thursday. It takes the total number of arrests in the investigation to six, all of whom remain in custody at a south London police station. A homemade bomb partially exploded on a rush hour District Line train at Parsons Green, injuring 30 people. Police have begun a search of the property where the teenager was arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act. Commander Dean Haydon, head of Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorism Command, said: This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. "A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday. "We now have six males in custody and searches are continuing at five addresses. "Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack." View the full article
  10. BBC: Parsons Green Terrorist Attack

    Parsons Green bombing: Two more arrested over Tube attack 20 September 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Reuters Image caption Investigators search rubbish bins in Newport for evidence Two men have been arrested in south Wales over Friday's terror attack on a London Underground train, bringing the total number held to five. A 48-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were detained under the Terrorism Act in the early hours, after a search at an address in Newport. Police are still searching there, and at a second address in Newport. Thirty people were injured when a homemade bomb partially exploded on a rush-hour Tube train at Parsons Green. The other arrests so far were of: A 25-year-old man in Newport on Tuesday evening An 18-year-old man at Dover port on Saturday. The BBC has learnt he had previously been referred to an anti-extremist programme A 21-year-old man in Hounslow, west London, also on Saturday Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA man was arrested in Newport on Tuesday in connection with the attackCommander Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police counter terrorism command, said: "This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. "A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday. "Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack." Further searches are continuing at two addresses in Surrey and are expected to last some days, the police said. BBC home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds said the latest arrests suggested detectives were developing "an idea of a network" of people. They might not have planned any kind of terrorist attack but were acquaintances, lived together or were family members, he said. The police were keen to get "very close" to people of interest, he explained, pointing out that in previous investigations, friends, acquaintances and relatives were arrested early, held for quite a long time and then released. Orphan from Iraq The 18-year-old arrested man is thought to have lived in a foster home owned by Ronald and Penelope Jones, in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. He is thought to have moved to the UK from Iraq aged 15 when his parents died. The BBC has learnt that he had been referred to an anti-extremist programme before his arrest. It is not known who made the referral and when - or how serious the concerns were. Image caption Syrian-born Yahyah Farroukh is believed to be the 21-year-old suspect arrested by police The 21-year-old man, also arrested on Saturday, is believed to be Syrian-born Yahyah Farroukh. Mr Farroukh worked at Aladdins chicken shop in Hounslow, and has been described as a former foster child who had lived in the Jones's house. Mr Farroukh posted a picture on his Instagram page in May this year with a suitcase on Cavendish Road, Sunbury, almost directly outside the Jones's house. At 08:20 BST on Friday a homemade bomb, which was transported in a Lidl bag, partially exploded in a Tube train at Parsons Green station, causing burns to a number of victims. Image copyright Chris J Ratcliffe Image caption About 30 people were injured in the Tube attack View the full article
  11. BBC: Parsons Green Terrorist Attack

    Parsons Green bombing: Third arrest over Tube attack 19 September 2017 From the section UK Image copyright AFP A third man has been arrested in connection with Friday's Tube attack in Parsons Green. The 25-year-old was arrested in Newport, Wales, Scotland Yard confirmed. On Saturday an 18-year-old man was detained at Dover port and a 21-year-old believed to be Syrian Yahyah Farroukh was arrested in Hounslow. A homemade bomb partially exploded in a train at Parsons Green station, injuring 30 people in rush hour. The 25-year-old was arrested at 19:08 BST on Tuesday under section 41 of the Terrorism Act. Police are now searching an address in Newport. Metropolitan Police Commander Dean Haydon said: "This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. "A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday. "We now have three men in custody and searches are continuing at four addresses." The Met's Counter-Terrorism Command was supported by the Welsh Extremism and Counter-Terrorism Unit. View the full article
  12. 'Suspicious object' causes M1 closure near Milton Keynes 19 September 2017 From the section Beds, Herts & Bucks Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe bomb disposal unit was sent to assess the "suspicious object"Motorists have been stranded for hours after the discovery of a "suspicious object" forced the closure of the M1. The 11 mile (18km) stretch between junctions 15 at Northampton and 14 at Milton Keynes has been shut both ways since 07:30 BST. Footage earlier showed a bomb disposal robot pulling a bin bag off the hard shoulder, which appeared to contain a yellow substance. Thames Valley Police confirmed no explosive element was found. However, it said the liquid appeared to be a chemical and analysis was ongoing. Live updates on this story and more Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Motorists have been stranded on the M1 between junctions 15 and 14 for hours People are being urged to avoid the area and trapped northbound motorists have been redirected from the scene via Newport Pagnell services. Highways England has posted diversions but it is unclear when the road will reopen. A spokesman said tailbacks had roughly halved "down to about three or four kilometres". Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Motorists have resorted to playing games and walking to service stations Image caption The stretch from junction 15 to junction 14 covers roughly 11 miles Motorist Ruth Middleton has been stuck in traffic for more than five hours. "I have got my laptop out, some people have been having naps. There hasn't been a lot to do other than kill time," she said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe M1 is closed in both directions after a "suspicious object" was found.Tim Mayer, a Conservative councillor from Coventry caught up in the delays, said communication from police had been "appalling" but people had been trying to make the most of the free time. "There's a five-a-side football competition, a bit of rugby, a guy cycling up and down in the wrong direction," he said. "There are a few people with coffee in the car who have shared it around and others with some boiled sweets who have been generous. "But the communication from police has been appalling." At the scene - Mike Cartwright, BBC News I've been speaking to people who have been stuck on the M1 for hours now. Trevor Larkun has been stranded since 08:30, he says people are being "mostly patient" and chatting to other motorists. "The mood is OK, we've had a few people come and deliver bottles of water and crisps," he said. "I've got sympathy for people I've seen walking down the hard shoulder with suitcases, presumably trying to catch a flight. "The worst thing is you don't know how long you're going to be here for." Mr Larkun said that police officers told other motorists they may cut the central reservation at some point to release vehicles from the carriageway. Image caption A number of fire crews are also in attendance Image copyright Keech Hospice Image caption Some people caught up in the delays have been playing football on the empty stretch of M1 On Twitter, one motorist wrote: "When you see a helicopter above you and kinda wish they were lowering a portaloo #m1 3 hours and counting..." The Ministry of Defence said it had provided police with "explosive ordnance device assistance". Skip Twitter post by @Jez107M Report End of Twitter post by @Jez107M View the full article
  13. A top police officer has said detectives may be forced to work with so-called paedophile hunters in an effort to stop them from putting children’s lives at risk. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/vigilante-paedophile-hunters-putting-children-s-lives-at-risk-says-police-chief-a3636961.html
  14. A Met Police firearms officer beat up an innocent man during a raid at a Docklands apartment because he believed he had been lied to, a court heard. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/met-police-firearms-officer-beat-up-innocent-man-during-raid-at-flat-a3638206.html
  15. The majority of the budget is spent on supporting outdated systems - according to report. Forces need to stop wasting their budgets on outdated computer systems and invest in new technology. A new report by think tank The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) says many police hours are wasted carrying out basic data management tasks, due to severe deficiencies in the forces’ digital infrastructure. It highlights how the majority of police IT budgets are spent supporting old systems, with little funding available to invest in new technology. The report, compiled after six months research, argues forces are unable to capitalise on the opportunities presented by advance technology, which has already revolutionised many other sectors. RUSI research analyst Alexander Babuta said: “With police hours becoming an increasingly scarce resource, it is more important than ever that valuable time is not wasted carrying out routine administrative tasks.” He added if the budget was spent on new technology the costs will be recovered quickly in the savings made to time. The report also suggests forces should coordinate nationally to overcome challenges by unifying all police data. Mr Babuta said new technology is gradually being introduced, however, they are incompatible on a national level. "Digital infrastructure is compartmentalised because of the highly localised nature of policing procurement, resulting in poor data sharing and little coordination at the national level,” he added. For example, Durham Constabulary uses a new system called the Harm Assessment Risk Tool (HART). The system classifies suspects at a low, medium or high risk of offending and has been tested by the force with 98% accuracy. Mr Babuta, points out the system is significantly better at finding who is at greater risk of reoffending – better than intelligence based assessments. However he stresses that officers’ professional judgement should not be replaced by this and “the idea would be to support officers and enable them to be more effective.” However, Durham only uses local data for this – therefore if a person moves from one county to Durham, they won’t be on the system. If the database was unified they would have this access to this information. “Some forces have started to address the problem locally, but there has been little progress at the national level. Only when a unified national infrastructure is in place for centrally managing all police data will forces be able to make effective use of big data technology,” he added. Mr Babuta told Police Oracle unifying all databases will be difficult as there are 220, but suggested the databases could be combined and then put on a nationwide force search engine. HMIC and Mr Babuta also make future recommendations of implementing Predictive Hotspot Mapping (PHM). PHM can use past crime data to predict where crime could occur, as well as what type of offences may be committed. HMIC teamed up last with the London School of Economics lasy year to build a picture of “predicted demand” on policing in the 181,000 census output areas. The inspectorate warned forces must have a better grasp of what they are likely to face in the years to come as they deal with increasingly limited resources. HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor said: “It’s just an enormously valuable instrument, which many of them do not have "At a local level, the inspectors themselves know where the troubled families are; they know where habitual criminals live. “But to have that at force level but also to be able to drill down to small units in a particular area; that is an enormously valuable tool.” HMIC argued police forces need a more effective approach to prevent crime from happening, although it admits understanding future demand is not easy. The RUSI report concludes that introducing new tech is all well and good, but stresses that any investment will be wasted if officers are unable or unwilling to use the software and tools provided to them- therefore there should be sufficient training provided. View on Police Oracle
  16. BBC: Cyclist jailed over pedestrian death

    Ludicrous... how can this not be manslaughter? Manslaughter is accidental death, which is exactly what happened here. Also, why on earth are they so lenient to cyclists? Absolutely no doubt in my mind a car driver drives irresponsibly and kills someone they're going to jail for a number of years.
  17. 18 September 2017 From the section England A cyclist who knocked over and killed a 44-year-old woman in east London has been sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders' institution. Charlie Alliston, then 18, was travelling at 18mph on a fixed-wheel track bike with no front brakes before he crashed into Kim Briggs in February last year. He was cleared of the mother-of-two's manslaughter, but found guilty of bodily harm by "wanton or furious driving". 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
  18. An academic who was viciously beaten in his home by burglars today joined the battle to save his local police station, saying: “Without it, I’d be dead.” https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/academic-left-for-dead-by-burglars-pleads-dont-shut-my-local-police-station-a3637056.html
  19. BBC: Parsons Green Terrorist Attack

    Parsons Green Tube bomb: Police still questioning suspects 18 September 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOfficers are searching a residential property in Stanwell near Heathrow AirportPolice are continuing to question two men on suspicion of terror offences following Friday's attack on a Tube train in south-west London. It comes as CCTV images emerged showing a man carrying a Lidl supermarket bag 90 minutes before the bombing. An 18-year-old and 21-year-old are being held over the explosion, which injured 30 at Parsons Green station. The UK terror threat level has been lowered to severe after being raised to critical, its highest level. On Saturday, the 21-year-old was arrested in Hounslow, west London and the 18-year-old was detained at Dover port. Chicken shop Police are searching two addresses in Surrey in connection with the arrests - one in Sunbury-on-Thames and another in Stanwell. A third property in Hounslow has been searched as part of the investigation, Scotland Yard said. Residents in Sunbury told to get out of homes Terror threat lowered after Tube bombing The BBC understands it is a Middle Eastern chicken shop called Aladdins in Kingsley Road. The "severe" terror threat level means an attack is no longer imminent but is still highly likely. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Home Secretary says the second arrest suggests the attacker was 'not a lone wolf'Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police had made "good progress" in the investigation and urged "everybody to continue to be vigilant but not alarmed". Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said police had gained a "greater understanding" of how the bomb was prepared but said there was "still much more to do". Analysis: No 'all clear' yet By BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani The lowering of the threat level is an important sign. It means that intelligence chiefs have looked at the developing picture in the Met's huge operation - and other threads we will never see, from perhaps MI5 and GCHQ - and concluded that detectives now have a good handle on what happened on Friday at Parsons Green. Or, to put it another way, the threat level would not have been reduced if anyone within the counter-terrorism network still thought there was a bomber, or accomplices, on the loose. This is not the same as an "all clear" - intelligence is only ever fragmentary. Detectives now appear to have time on their side. Providing they make evidential progress, they could conceivably hold both suspects for up to a fortnight before they have to charge or release them. Speaking to the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Ms Rudd said there was "no evidence" to suggest so-called Islamic State was behind the attack. "But as this unfolds and as we do our investigations, we will make sure we find out how he was radicalised if we can," she said. Thirty people were injured - most suffering from "flash burns" - when a bomb was detonated on a Tube carriage at Parsons Green station. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJack Durston was on the train: 'I just started crying'The house being searched in Sunbury-on-Thames belongs to a married couple known for fostering hundreds of children, including refugees. Ronald Jones, 88, and Penelope Jones, 71 were rewarded for their service to children when they were made MBEs in 2010. Image copyright PA Image caption Penelope and Ronald Jones were made MBEs by the Queen in 2010 The couple are said to be staying with friends following the police raid, during which surrounding houses were evacuated. Friend Alison Griffiths said the couple had an 18-year-old and a 22-year-old staying with them recently. She described Mr and Mrs Jones as "great pillars of the community", adding: "They do a job that not many people do." Police have urged anyone with information to contact them and to upload pictures and video to the website www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. Did you witness the arrest in Hounslow? Share your pictures, video and experiences 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 Send pictures/video to yourpics@bbc.co.uk Upload your pictures / video here Send an SMS or MMS to 61124 or +44 7624 800 100 Or use the form below Your contact details Name (optional) Your E-mail address (required) Town & Country (optional) Your telephone number (optional) Comments (required) If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. 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    For EFAW, training on a DEFIB is an added extra as per HSE Standards: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf#page=36 Ref: Automated external defibrillators 44 Where an employer decides to provide a defibrillator in the workplace, those who may need to use it should be trained (see ‘Further information’). Training can provide additional knowledge and skills and may promote greater confidence in the use of a defibrillator.
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    I've just done and passed my ELS assessment as a new PC for the Met, I did the same during my time as a special. It is re-taught and re-assessed every 12 months, OST is re-taught and re-assessed every 6 months. ELS in the Met covers: Applying bandages and positions to seat casualty in depending on injury. Recovery position CPR Defib use The assessment goes as follows, you're called to a scene and someone is injured, they explain the injury and the location and you put them in the required position, whilst applying the bandage, you must also ask the following questions: S - Signs & Symptoms - checking for them A - Allergies, ask patient if they have any allergies M - Medication - Are they currently taking any medication for anything P - Past medical history - Any past medical history relevant to the injury L - Last ins and outs, when did they last eat/drink etc. E - Environment, checking for danger when you first arrive whilst gloving up. In the assessment I had you had to ask each of the questions before asking the staff (roleplaying a passer by as well as assessing) for an ambulance. The casualty then goes unconscious but is breathing, so you run through DRABC D - Danger, re-assess and check for any new danger. R - Response, bend down and shout into both ears "Open your eyes", pinch the shoulders and both ears to check for response A - Airway - open the mouth and check for no obstructions, tilt the head back and hold the chin up whilst keeping the mouth open B - Breathing, put your ear close to their mouth and count to ten listening for breathing, looking down towards their feet to see if their stomach rises and falls as per normal breathing. C - Circulation - Checking for any obvious blood matter, which would indicate injuries. You then had to update the passer by and tell them to update the ambulance. You're then checking for DOTS - running your hand over their body and checking the hand for any blood. Deformities Open Wounds Tenderness Swelling The patient then goes unconscious - at this point the person playing the victim leaves the room and a manikin is thrown towards you, immediately we had to run through DRABC again, and whilst withdrawing a faceshield from our pocket and starting chest compressions shout to the passer by and tell them to update the ambulance again, and also ask them to obtain a defib from around the corner on the wall. You're doing CPR for about 1/2 cycles before the roleplaying passer by (who in our case was actually also assessing us) returns with the defib, you're then expected to setup the defib correctly, whilst verbally running through the checks, no metals no liquids, no gases, no indirect or direct contact whilst the charge is building, when the machine shouts "Shock advised", you give a final "STAND CLEAR" holding a hand up before pressing the shock button, we then had to continue another round of CPR and deliver a second shock, using the same procedure verbalizing the checks each time. They then tell you to stop and run through the feedback whilst you pack the kit away, in our case we all passed. I am surprised to find that in some of the county forces here AED's (defibs) are an "add on".
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    GMP are trained to EFAW standard with add on for AED.
  24. David Cockle's discovery of coins like this gold Merovingian Tremissis would have been acknowledged as the largest find of its kind if he had properly declared it A police officer jailed over the theft of high value 7th Century coins has been ordered to repay £15,000 or face an extra nine months in prison. David Cockle, 50, who was given a 16-month jail term in March, was given six months to pay by Ipswich Crown Court. Cockle, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, had admitted theft of the Merovingian Tremissis gold coins, estimated to be valued at about £4,000 each. He did not report his find in a Norfolk field and sold the coins for £15,000. At the original trial it was said Cockle, who had 30 years experience as a metal detectorist, had entered into a contract with the landowner to split the proceeds of any find down the middle but reneged on the deal. Judge Rupert Overbury, who sentenced Cockle, said his motivation had been "pure greed". Cockle was dismissed from Norfolk Police for gross misconduct. Ipswich Crown Court made a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act on Wednesday. Another metal detectorist had discovered 35 Merovingian coins at the same site and declared them honestly. Cockle's court hearing in March heard had he done the same, his discovery would have been established as the largest find of Merovingian coins in the UK - surpassing the discovery of 37 such coins at Sutton Hoo in the last century. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-41283961
  25. BBC: Parsons Green Terrorist Attack

    The Independent UPDATE NEWS. London attack: Teenager arrested at Dover port in connection with Parsons Green Tube bombing An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Dover in connection with the attack on a London Underground train in Parsons Green. http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/london-attack-teenager-arrested-at-dover-port-in-connection-with-parsons-green-tube-bombing/ar-AAs009d?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp
  26. BBC: Parsons Green Terrorist Attack

    Parsons Green: Man arrested over Tube bombing 16 September 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences in connection with Friday's attack on a London Tube. The man was detained in the port area of Dover on Saturday by Kent Police and is being held at a local station. Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the arrest was "significant", but the terror threat level remains at "critical". Thirty people were injured after the explosion on a train at Parsons Green. Most people were treated for minor injuries and have been released, the London Ambulance Service said, but three people remain in hospital. Home Secretary Amber Rudd will be chairing a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee later. Live: Arrest in hunt for Tube attacker Reality Check: What powers do police have to deal with terrorism? Mr Basu said the public should remain vigilant, as the force was not changing its "protective security measures" and extra armed officers were still being deployed. He added: "This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers. "For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage." The man is due to be moved from Kent to a south London police station later. Image copyright PA Image caption The device was similar to the one used in the Manchester terror attack The Islamic State group has said it was behind the bomb, which detonated at 08:20 BST on Friday. It is understood the device had a timer, but the BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner said the bomb appeared not to have gone off properly. Had it worked as intended, it would have killed everyone around it and maimed everyone in the train carriage for life, he said. The Met's Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said it was "very routine" for the Islamic State group to claim the attack, whether in contact with those involved or not. Police have spoken to 45 witnesses so far and have received 77 images and videos from the public. They urge anyone with information to get in touch and to upload pictures and video to the website www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. View the full article
  27. BBC: Parsons Green Terrorist Attack

    Parsons Green: UK terror threat increased to critical after Tube bomb 15 September 2017 From the section UK The UK terror threat has been increased to the highest level following the attack on a Tube train in south-west London, the prime minister has said. Theresa May said the threat had been raised from severe to critical, meaning an attack is expected imminently. An "improvised explosive device" was detonated at Parsons Green station on a District Line train from Wimbledon. A hunt is under way for the person who placed the bomb, with so-called Islamic State saying it is behind the attack. View the full article
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