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  1. 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.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Police have released images of the injuries suffered by an officer who was scarred for life when she was bitten by a man she was attempting to help We must protect the protectors and there has to be a deterrent for those who attack police officers.
  5. The Polish trucker accused of killing eight people in a horror incident on the M1 motorway did not have a licence to drive his lorry, it was revealed on Thursday.
  6. Colin Travi was found to have "used excessive and unnecessary force" A police sergeant who repeatedly punched a man in custody in the head has been sacked. Thames Valley Police officer Colin Travi was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour at a misconduct hearing in Kidlington. A panel heard that the attack took place in Abingdon police station's custody suite on 18 August 2016. Mr Travi was found to have used "excessive and unnecessary force" when the man became agitated. Image copyright Steve Daniels Image caption The struggle took place after a man was brought into Abingdon police station's custody suite The panel heard the man had been arrested on suspicion of burglary and driving offences. As he had a history of self harm, the detainee was placed on watch with the cell door left open and two officers stationed outside. Several hours later, officers reported the man had become increasingly agitated. CCTV seen by the panel showed Mr Travi, who was the custody sergeant, enter the cell. After a brief conversation a struggle broke out and he and his colleagues attempted to restrain the man. The man was then punched in the head four times. Following the conclusion of the hearing on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, John Campbell, said: "We expect the highest of standards from all of our officers and are committed to investigating any behaviour which does not adhere to those set within Thames Valley Police. "On this occasion Sgt Travi's actions fell short of those standards and he has been dismissed."
  7. A vegan café in Soho has said it will boycott the UK’s new £10 banknote after it emerged the cash is made using animal fat. The plastic banknote, released into circulation today,
  8. A police officer is being investigated for gross misconduct over the death of Rashan Charles in east London.
  9. Police have slammed a “dangerous” stunt by two teenagers who “risked their lives” as they leaped from a DLR train into the Thames. Shocking footage which shows two teenagers climb onto the roof of the train at Heron Quays station, in east London, was posted online by Youtube prankster Rikke Brewer on Monday.
  10. Fifty-nine Met police officers have been sacked or disciplined for racist behaviour in the past five years, the Standard can reveal. Scotland Yard dismissed 18 officers following complaints about race discrimination and 41 were subject to other disciplinary sanctions.
  11. A young woman was found semi-naked and distressed in a west London street days after she was kidnapped near a busy Tube station.
  12. A police van flipped onto its side after crashing while answering an early morning 999 call in north-east London. Paramedics rushed to the scene of the smash in Stoke Newington, which involved another van, at about 6.45am on Wednesday.
  13. Thugs on a moped threatened a 10-month old baby with a “huge” knife in a terrifying street robbery on a young family. Caroline Jimenez, 31, today told how one of the thieves held the blade to her baby daughter’s face as they stole her parents’ watches. Police need to find the pair of scumbags on a moped threatened a 10-month old baby with a “huge” knife.
  14. Postal workers are being offered £1,000 a week to steal bank cards, a BBC investigation has found. Online adverts offer huge sums to tempt Royal Mail staff to intercept letters containing cards and PINs. More than 11,000 people in the UK have been affected by this type of fraud in 2016, where bank cards are stolen in transit, according to UK Finance. Royal Mail would not disclose how many workers had been convicted but claimed "the theft of mail is very rare". It added its security team was investigating the findings by BBC Inside Out West Midlands and it had no evidence of its employees being involved. Identity theft 'at epidemic levels' A BBC journalist posed as a postman and responded to an advert offering £1,000 a week to intercept letters. After a few weeks working to build up the gang's trust, he was able to persuade a member to meet him. Image caption Adverts posted online promise up to £1,000 a week for postal workers willing to intercept letters Our reporter secretly filmed a meeting outside the bus station in Lewisham, south-east London, where the gang member explained what was expected. "We're going to tell you, for example, that Ms *****, she's going to have a letter from NatWest," he told the undercover journalist. "Any letters from NatWest for Ms *****, intercept. As simple as that. "If you open up a new account you're going to get your card and you're going to get your PIN, right? Two letters, that's all it is. "We do that, you intercept the letters, bring them back to us, you get paid." Image copyright AFP Image caption The gang member said his contact in Birmingham works with "a number of postmen" One gang in Birmingham has been operating for 30 years, according to the unidentified member who said the leader has "been in the game for 30 years". "He's worked with a number of postmen. "I've worked with two. One was in the Midlands - Coventry - and one was on the outskirts of London, Romford area. "But my guy, he lives in Birmingham and I obviously do the work, he sorts out the other side." Image caption When confronted, the gang member offered no explanation for the gang's crimes On their second meeting in a south London park, the undercover journalist confronted his contact. The gang member offered no answer and ran away when asked why he was trying to recruit postal workers to commit fraud. Royal Mail would not comment on how many of its workers had been prosecuted for stealing mail since it was privatised in 2013. However, 1,759 Royal Mail workers were convicted of theft between 2007 and 2011. Figures from UK Finance show the problem doesn't seem to be getting any better with number of cases, and the cost to card issuers, rising each year since 2014. In 2016, there were 11,377 cases of fraud where a card is stolen in transit, costing card issuers £12.5m. UK Finance said it works closely with Royal Mail to target these types of gangs. "We do have our own police unit and they target organised criminality," Katy Worobec, head of fraud detection at UK Finance said. "They try and get the people who are actually organising the criminality behind the scene. "Once you've taken that part of the gang out, the thing falls apart. "We've got a very good relationship with Royal Mail to help target these types of gangs and we've seen some good successes in the past." Bank card transit fraud £12.5m Cost of fraud involving bank cards going missing in transit in 2016 £10.1m Cost to insurers in 2014 11,377 Total number of cases of missing bank cards in 2016 UK Finance Getty Images Royal Mail said: "We take all instances of fraud - alleged or actual - very seriously. "Our security team is reviewing the programme's findings as a matter of urgency and will continue our close and ongoing cooperation with the relevant law enforcement agency. "The overwhelming majority of postmen and women do all they can to protect the mail and deliver it safely. The safety and security of mail is of the utmost importance to Royal Mail. "We deliver millions of items safely every day and the theft of mail is rare. The business operates a zero tolerance approach to any dishonesty. We prosecute anyone we believe has committed a crime." 'I don't trust postmen' Image caption Mr Blythe is blind and said he was left depressed and unable to get out of the house when his money was stolen Darren Blythe, from Banbury, had his bank card intercepted by postal worker Damon Alvey in 2013. He sensed something was wrong when the new bank card he requested did not arrive within the estimated time. "I was waiting and waiting and eventually I rang the bank and that's when they told me my bank account had been wiped out totally." Alvey, from Thame, was jailed for 10 months in 2014 for the fraud which saw about £3,000 taken from Mr Blythe's account. Image copyright Thames Valley Police Image caption Damon Alvey was jailed for 10 months "He left me with just over £2 in my account," Mr Blythe said. "It made me really depressed. I was stuck indoors for days and days on end." Although his money was refunded by the bank within two weeks, Mr Blythe said he did not "trust postmen any more really".
  15. G4S has suspended nine members of staff from an immigration removal centre near Gatwick Airport, following a BBC Panorama undercover investigation. The programme says it has covert footage recorded at Brook House showing officers "mocking, abusing and assaulting" people being held there. It says it has seen "widespread self-harm and attempted suicides" in the centre, and that drug use is "rife". G4S said it is aware of the claims and "immediately" began an investigation. Security giant's chequered record The security firm said it had not been provided with recorded evidence, but added: "There is no place for the type of conduct described." BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said those suspended were one female nurse, six detention custody officers, and two managers, who were all male. He said he understood several other members of staff had also been placed on restrictive duties. Image caption G4S said the behaviour alleged was 'not representative' of its staff The programme, to be aired on Monday, uses footage it says was recorded by a custody officer at the centre, which holds detainees facing deportation from the UK. Panorama says it has seen "chaos, incompetence and abuse" at the centre, which it describes as a "toxic mix". It claims detainees who are failed asylum seekers can share rooms with foreign national criminals who have finished prison sentences. G4S said the staff suspensions were a "precaution" but it reported the allegations to "the relevant authorities" Jerry Petherick said G4S does its "upmost" to train staff properly "Once we have seen the evidence and concluded the investigation, I will ensure that we take the appropriate action," Jerry Petherick, managing director for G4S' custodial and detention services in the UK, said in a statement. Mr Petherick later told the BBC his company "continually look at vetting and training" and the initial training course is eight weeks, with "ongoing developmental training" after. "We continue to focus on the care and wellbeing of detainees at Brook House," he added. Who are the detainees? Brook House is currently home to 508 men - with the highest numbers coming from Pakistan, Albania, Nigeria, Afghanistan and India. According to the Home Office, the majority of those held are failed asylum seekers or illegal immigrants waiting to be deported from the UK on organised charter flights. Other detainees include foreign national offenders awaiting transfers and those who are considered too challenging to manage in less secure centres. Brook House is one of 11 detention removal centres in England, which together took in 28,908 people last year - including 71 children. During the year, 28,661 people left detention - of which 64% were held for less than 29 days, 18% for between 29 days and 2 months, and 11% for between two and four months. Of the 1,848 (6%) remaining, 179 had been in detention for between one and two years, and 29 for two years or longer. Our correspondent said half of the people in Brook House are foreign nationals convicted of crimes and awaiting deportation. "Some of them aren't just there for hours or days - some of them are there for weeks and months - so there is a huge amount of frustration being built up," he said. He added that several prisons run by G4S had received positive inspection reports. Image caption Brook House is operated privately by G4S on behalf of the Home Office "But there is no doubt these allegations are really disturbing and are bad news for the company," he added. "It raises really serious questions about this private company and whether it is capable of managing institutions like this in the future." A Home Office spokesman said: "We condemn any actions that put the safety or dignity of immigration removal centre detainees at risk. "We are clear that all detainees should be treated with dignity and respect and we expect G4S to carry out a thorough investigation into these allegations and that all appropriate action be taken." Past controversies and criticisms Brook House is operated privately by G4S on behalf of the Home Office. The firm works in a number of sectors, including technology, care and justice services, and cash transportation, and has 585,000 employees across 100 countries worldwide. However, it has also attracted controversies and accusations of mismanagement. In 2014, it paid £109m for overcharging the Ministry of Justice for tagging offenders, while it also received heavy criticism for its handling of security at the London Olympics, in 2012. Last year, criminal proceedings were launched against eight G4S staff at the Medway Secure Training Centre - a prison for young people - following another Panorama investigation. Image caption It holds up to 508 adult male asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and foreign national offenders In 2010 - a year after opening - Brook House was branded "fundamentally unsafe". A further report in 2012 found there were still "significant concerns", but in 2013 inspectors saw sustained improvement. The most recent report from HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, released in March this year, said some detainees had been held for excessive periods due to "unreasonable delays in immigration decision making". The report also described the residential units as "very closely resembling the conditions found in prisons", saying problems were "exacerbated by poor ventilation and unsatisfactory sanitary facilities". A review of improvements made at the centre will begin on Monday. Watch Panorama - Undercover: Britain's Immigration Secrets - on Monday 4 September at 21:00 BST on BBC One and afterwards on BBC iPlayer.