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The Special Constabulary is the United Kingdom's part-time police force. It is made up of volunteer members of the public who when on duty wear a uniform and have full police powers. There are nearly 20,000 Specials serving with police forces across the UK, working in all aspects of policing.

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BBC: Kent arrest in Hither Green fatal burglary probe

Kent arrest in Hither Green fatal burglary probe 20 April 2018 Image copyright Met Police Image caption Billy Jeeves, 28, was being sought by police following the burglary in Hither Green A 28-year-old man wanted in connection with a failed burglary where an intruder was killed has been arrested, police have said. The Met Police said Billy Jeeves was found and arrested in Kent on Friday. Officers said he was being held on suspicion of two counts of burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance. Henry Vincent, 37, was fatally stabbed in Hither Green, south-east London, on 4 April. Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, had discovered two intruders at his home in South Park Crescent. He was arrested on suspicion of murder but later released without charge. Image caption Richard Osborn-Brooks was arrested on suspicion of murder but later released without charge Police said Mr Jeeves was detained in north Kent by officers from the Met's homicide and major crime command, with support from officers from the territorial support group and officers at Kent Police. He is being held in custody at a Kent police station. Police said inquiries continued but no other suspects were being sought in connection with the investigation. Image copyright PA Image caption Richard Osborn-Brooks discovered two intruders in his house in South Park Crescent View the full article

BBC: Kent arrest in Hither Green fatal burglary probe

Kent arrest in Hither Green fatal burglary probe 20 April 2018 Image copyright Met Police Image caption Billy Jeeves, 28, was being sought by police following the burglary in Hither Green A 28-year-old man wanted in connection with a failed burglary where an intruder was killed has been arrested, police have said. The Met Police said Billy Jeeves was found and arrested in Kent on Friday. Officers said he was being held on suspicion of two counts of burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance. Henry Vincent, 37, was fatally stabbed in Hither Green, south-east London, on 4 April. Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, had discovered two intruders at his home in South Park Crescent. He was arrested on suspicion of murder but later released without charge. Image caption Richard Osborn-Brooks was arrested on suspicion of murder but later released without charge Police said Mr Jeeves was detained in north Kent by officers from the Met's homicide and major crime command, with support from officers from the territorial support group and officers at Kent Police. He is being held in custody at a Kent police station. Police said inquiries continued but no other suspects were being sought in connection with the investigation. Image copyright PA Image caption Richard Osborn-Brooks discovered two intruders in his house in South Park Crescent View the full article

Cannabis fans smoke drugs happily in full view of police as 15,000 descend on London's Hyde Park for annual '420' marijuana rally

Thousands of marijuana fans flocked to Hyde Park this afternoon to smoke in the sunshine on 420 Day - in full view of police. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5639101/Cannabis-users-warned-police-not-light-drugs-rally-Londons-Hyde-Park.html

BBC: Prince Charles to be next Commonwealth head

Prince Charles to be next Commonwealth head 20 April 2018 Related TopicsCommonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Queen had given her backing to Prince Charles replacing her as Commonwealth head The Prince of Wales will succeed the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, its leaders have announced. The Queen had said it was her "sincere wish" that Prince Charles would follow her in the role. Leaders of the Commonwealth have been discussing the issue at a meeting behind closed doors at Windsor Castle. The head role is non-hereditary so is not automatically passed on when the Queen dies, with suggestions it might have rotated among the 53 leaders. 'Proud support' In a statement, the leaders said they "recognise the role of the Queen in championing the Commonwealth and its people". Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau had earlier given their backing to Prince Charles. Speaking at a news conference marking the end of the summit, Mrs May praised the Queen for her "vision and duty" in growing the Commonwealth from eight members to 53. She said it was "fitting" Prince Charles would succeed her due to his "proud support" of the Commonwealth "for more than four decades". Image copyright Andrew Matthews/PA Wire Image caption Theresa May gave her backing to Prince Charles The leaders also agreed a "blue charter" to protect the ocean from pollution and climate change and a "cyber declaration" to combat online crime and threats. The meeting during a two-day summit involved 46 heads of Commonwealth governments and foreign ministers from the remaining seven countries. The Commonwealth represents about 2.4bn people, but critics say the organisation is so disparate that it struggles to know what it is for, BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said. He also said the news of the prince's appointment would be "of great satisfaction" to the Queen. Commonwealth: Seven things you might not know Reality Check: The nations where it is illegal to be gay Other issues under discussion in London have included trade between the countries with Mrs May saying the leaders agreed to "fight protectionism" to expand intra-Commonwealth trade to $2 trillion by 2030. The leaders' statement said they had set "specific commitments" which include building peace, promoting gender equality and tackling climate change. They also said they will work to prevent violent extremism and human trafficking, pledged to halve malaria in Commonwealth countries by 2023 and agreed that all boys and girls should receive at least 12 years of education by 2030. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Canada joined more than 40 other leaders at the meeting Meanwhile, the government has indicated it would welcome Zimbabwe's re-entry to the Commonwealth after Robert Mugabe pulled the country out in 2003. Foreign secretary Boris Johnson said Zimbabwe's government has "made impressive progress" under Mr Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, but the country would have to deliver "free and fair elections" for the people in July. Rwanda has been chosen to host the next summit in 2020. Image copyright EPA Image caption The meeting has been held at the Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle What does the head of the Commonwealth do? The role, currently held by the Queen, is largely a symbolic one and carries no maximum fixed term. It is used to unify the 53 member states and to ensure the core aims of the Commonwealth are fulfilled. These include linking the countries through trade and international co-operation. The head of the Commonwealth usually makes regular visits to the member states to foster these connections personally. A decision on all successive heads has to be made by the Commonwealth leaders. Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Secretariat, its central organisation, help to plan many Commonwealth activities. Sources: The Royal Family, The Commonwealth View the full article

Two police officers cleared of misconduct over Taser death of Adrian McDonald

Two officers who were found guilty of misconduct after a former Huddersfield man died in the back of a police van have been cleared after an appeal. https://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/two-police-officers-cleared-misconduct-14545630

Couple jailed for vicious cop attack

A CLYDEBANK husband and wife have been jailed for a “persistent and vicious” attack on two police officers sent to deal with a report of a disturbance at their home in the town. http://www.clydebankpost.co.uk/news/16163200.Couple_jailed_for_vicious_cop_attack/

PCC’s swinging the lead comments aimed at ‘small minority’ of officers

A police and crime commissioner (PCC) has been forced to write to the police workforce to clarify comments he made about under-performing officers. http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=31978

A third of incapacitant spray cases passed to PIRC contain inaccuracies

Police Scotland has been urged to “immediately address” inaccuracies in the information it provides to misconduct inquiries following an investigation into its use of an incapacitant spray. http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=31985



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