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Met Police 'use force more often' against black people

Metropolitan Police officers are four times more likely to use force against black people compared with the white population, new figures suggest. The Met used force 62,000 times in 2017-18 with more than a third of incidents involving black people. Techniques such as verbal instructions and using firearms were recorded. The Met Police said: "The proportionate use of force is essential in some circumstances to protect the public and often themselves from violence." Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the "disproportionate use of force is discriminatory". Full Story

BBC: Life terms for men who killed children in fire

Two men jailed for Salford house fire murders 24 May 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe attack on the family's house in Salford was captured on CCTV Two men who murdered four children by torching their home with petrol bombs have been given life sentences. Zak Bolland, 23, and David Worrall, 26, were convicted of murdering Demi, Brandon, Lacie and Lia Pearson in Walkden, Salford in December. Courtney Brierley, 20, was cleared of their murders but found guilty of four counts of manslaughter following the blaze. Bolland was jailed for a minimum of 40 years and Worrall for 37 years. A judge at Manchester Crown Court also sentenced Brierley to 21 years in a young offenders institution. Mr Justice William Davis said the four children "died a terrible death". Sandra Lever, the children's grandmother, said the offenders were "evil". "To think and do anything like this with four babies in the house, and a woman, and two other children, it's just beyond me." Image copyright Police handout Image caption Lia, Demi, Brandon and Lacie died in the fire and their mother Michelle Pearson was left in a coma The jury heard Bolland, who lived 300 yards from the Pearsons, was high on drink and drugs when he launched the fatal attack, which was motivated by a petty feud with the victims' 17-year-old brother Kyle Pearson. Along with Worrall, he filled two glass bottles with £1.50 of petrol bought from a local garage, stuffing the tops with tissue paper as they prepared the attack shortly before 05:00 GMT. They removed a fence panel from the garden of the family's home in Jackson Street, smashed a kitchen window and threw in the two lit petrol bombs. One landed near the stairs, blocking the only exit to the ground floor and trapping the victims upstairs as flames engulfed the three-bedroom mid-terrace house. Image copyright GMP Image caption Zak Bolland (left) and David Worrall were found guilty of the murders of four siblings Demi, 15, Brandon, eight, and Lacie, seven, all died in the blaze. Their mother, Michelle Pearson, 36, was rescued, severely injured, along with her youngest daughter, Lia, aged three, who died in hospital two days later. Neighbour Karen Kormoss told the jury during the murder trial Mrs Pearson screamed "not the kids" as the flames took hold. She said she saw the windows blown out and flames coming from upstairs and downstairs within two minutes. Image copyright GMFRS Image caption Bolland and Worrall threw two lit petrol bombs at the family's home Mrs Pearson dialled 999 but she was overcome with heat and smoke before completing the call. She spent four months in a coma and still suffers with dreadful burns and has had several infections. She has been told about the deaths of her children but "it's questionable how much she's absorbed and is aware of what she's been told", the court heard. Bolland was found guilty of three counts of the attempted murder of Mrs Pearson, Kyle, and his friend Bobby Harris who was staying at their house. Worrall, of no fixed address, was found guilty of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent. Image copyright GMP Image caption Bolland's then-girlfriend Courtney Brierley was found guilty of four counts of manslaughter Worrall and Brierley broke down in tears as the verdicts were read out in court. Bolland blinked and looked down to the floor. The court heard Bolland was friends with Kyle until the defendant's car was set on fire and his house windows smashed and he blamed the teenager. Mrs Pearson had called police on at least five occasions in the two weeks before her children died, saying Bolland was threatening to use fire to harm her family. He set their wheelie bin set on fire two days before the fatal fire and threatened to "kill 'em all" four hours before he torched the house, the court heard. CCTV shown to the jury showed Bolland and Worrall at the address at 04:55 for one minute and five seconds. The cameras recorded a flash then a larger second one from the petrol bombs, before they fled. Bolland, who admitted throwing the second petrol bomb but denied all other charges said he intended only to damage the house which he thought was not occupied. "I heard like a big whoosh. I didn't look back," he told the jury. Image copyright PA Image caption Zak Bolland lived 300 yards from the Pearsons Worrall, who pleaded not guilty to all charges, said he thought they were only going to set fire to wheelie bins and denied throwing a petrol bomb. Brierley, from Walkden, said she did not know the two men had petrol bombs and claims Bolland had a "controlling influence" over her during their "toxic" relationship. Det Ch Insp Lewis Hughes said it was one of the "most heartbreaking cases" he had ever dealt with. "I am glad that the sentences these three have received today reflect their atrocious acts, but nothing can change what has happened and nothing can bring back the children," he said. An investigation into Greater Manchester Police by the Independent Office for Police Conduct was suspended pending the outcome of the trial. View the full article

Police chief wins £870k after suffering sexist bullying from FEMALE boss who complained about squad's 'macho culture' and a male officer walking through the office in just a towel

A riot squad chief inspector has won a landmark sexism case against a female boss who objected to beers being in the work fridge and male officers walking around in towels.

BBC: Berlinah Wallace jailed for life for Mark van Dongen acid attack

Berlinah Wallace jailed for life for Mark van Dongen acid attack 23 May 2018 Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police Image caption Berlinah Wallace threw sulphuric acid at her former partner, Mark van Dongen A woman who threw sulphuric acid at her former partner, which led to him ending his life, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years. Berlinah Wallace, 48, hurled the corrosive fluid at Dutch engineer Mark van Dongen in Bristol in 2015. At Bristol Crown Court, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies told Wallace it was "an act of pure evil". She was cleared of murdering her former partner but found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent. View the full article

BBC: UK becoming 'cocaine capital' of Europe, warns minister

UK becoming 'cocaine capital' of Europe, warns minister 22 May 2018 Related TopicsLondon violence Image copyright PA Image caption There have been 67 murders in the capital in 2018 The UK "is fast becoming the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe", the security minister has said. Ben Wallace told MPs that technology was enabling young people to trade drugs, communicate in a safe space and make connections like never before. He said he wished he had more money amid concerns from Labour MPs over police cuts. Warning of more killings, Labour's David Lammy said ministers must ask themselves "do black lives matter?" Calling for urgent action in response to the 67 murders in the capital so far this year, the Labour MP said the figure could rise to 100 by the autumn and he could not help thinking that more attention would have been paid if this level of violent crime was happening in a "leafy shire". Mayor urges 'targeted' stop and search'Junk food' Tube adverts may be banned Met hands murder inquiry to City police The children forced to sell drugs His comments came as MPs debated the government's serious violence strategy. 'County lines' The minister said the ubiquity of smart phones and growth of encryption had, increasingly, cut out the "middle men" when it came to international drug-dealing. "Young people have the ability to order drugs, and gangs have the ability to have delivered to their door large packets of drugs from Albanian or Serbian drug gangs, or indeed from local drug gangs," he said. "That has put a real power into a system where at the same time the UK is fast becoming the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe, so there is a high demand by the consumer." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour's David Lammy said young people were picking up knives for their own protection Cocaine was, he said, no longer "the preserve of the yuppie or the rich" and its increasing use in rural communities such as his Lancashire constituency was causing turf wars between different criminal gangs as they sought to enforce their so-called "county lines". "It is a high-margin, high-supply drug at the moment, and that is fuelling that increased violence. "With those serious organised criminals...they don't just put a 15-year-old in a house or they 'cuckoo' the house; they provide a weapon to enforce the drug line. "And sometimes, if the 15-year-old is not a willing participant, they will ruthlessly enforce that county line with violence, and they will kill those people and they'll kill the local drug dealers if they get in their way." 'Hidden in bushes' Promising that new measures to crack down on the possession of knives and a consultation on extending stop and search powers would be brought before Parliament within weeks, Mr Wallace warned the UK could not "arrest our way" out of some of challenges it faced. "I wish I had more money," he said. "I didn't come in here to cut things. There is sometimes a suggestion that we had a choice and we chose not to spend money." Mr Lammy said demand for drugs was "driving violence" and young people living on estates were picking up knives not because they were gang members but because they feared for their lives. "They are hiding them in bushes on the way to school and they're finding them on Saturdays and Sundays because they're scared," he said. The Tottenham MP suggested there was a racial dimension to how the issue was being treated, questioning whether the authorities would be talking about awareness-raising exercises and funding for at-risk children if "50 or 60 white middle-class young people were killed in Surrey or Kent in the space of five months". "This debate must also quite properly, as it has already done, land on the issue of whether in fact black lives matter in this country. "If we don't solve this problem by the autumn we will be over 100 - you heard it here first - young people, more than New York, dead in this country. "Do black lives matter or not? That is the question for the minister." His colleague Lyn Brown said for the past year her East Ham community had been "haunted" by violence as she read out the names of the nine young people killed since the start of 2017. View the full article

BBC :: Moped crime: New rules to protect police pursuit drivers


Watch motorist's wrecking spree - which sparked terror alert in Blackpool

Some interesting footage. What would your first reaction be? Possibly distressing for some, you will see some people get knocked over.

Rural police 'could routinely carry guns'

Front-line officers in remote, rural communities could be routinely armed in order to deal with terror threats, police chiefs have said. The move is being considered by the National Police Chiefs' Council because of a lack of specialist counter-terrorist firearms officers. It comes after a drive to recruit these officers in England and Wales fell short by about 100. Police said arming officers in remote areas would be a last resort. Counter-terrorist specialist firearms officers (CTSFOs) are trained with special forces to deal with a raft of situations, including hostage rescues and terror attacks. Plans were put in place to bolster the UK's capacity for armed responses in the wake of the Paris terror attacks in 2015, in which 130 people died. Over the past two years, the Home Office has funded an extra 874 armed officers in England and Wales - bringing the total to more than 6,400 in April 2017. But on a practical level, police chiefs have estimated that in rural communities, such as Devon and Cornwall, a firearms unit could be between 30-70 miles away in the event of a major incident. Analysis By Danny Shaw, BBC News home affairs correspondent Two years ago, police warned that "unarmed and vulnerable" officers in rural communities would be "sitting ducks" in the event of a terror attack. Since then, huge investment and effort has gone into improving armed police capacity and capability, as the latest announcement shows - but gaps remain. Armed response vehicles (ARVs), which are intended to be first on the scene of a firearms incident, are an expensive asset, with 13 officers required to double-crew a vehicle 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's why police chiefs are looking at alternatives to deploying ARVs in areas where there's a low risk of a terror attack, such as allowing front-line officers to carry guns. It goes against the grain of British policing for officers to be routinely armed, but there's increasing support for it among those polled in a Federation survey and it remains firmly on the table as an option. Simon Chesterman, National Police Chiefs' Council lead for armed policing, said: "Of course there are communities within England and Wales where an attack is highly unlikely. "But ultimately, if something does happen, we have got to be able to provide an armed response." Mr Chesterman said the training and demands of being a CTSFO meant there was a high turnover rate, and some officers were put off by the level of scrutiny that police face when police open fire in the line of duty. He explained that police chiefs had conducted "many layers of the analysis... to understand where is best to place these officers". Image copyrightPA Image captionThere remains a shortfall in the number of counter-terrorist marksmen "We can't put an armed police officer on every street corner everywhere across the whole of the United Kingdom, so what we've had to do is analyse the threat." He said discussions were ongoing in a "handful" of police forces over how to improve response times - and whether some form of routine arming might be appropriate. Mr Chesterman was clear that arming rural police forces "does not need to happen at the moment". "This is not, if you like, a favoured option," he told the BBC's Danny Shaw. "But I can't rule it out at this stage, in terms of making sure that all communities get the right level of protection from armed police." Around 90% of British police officers are currently unarmed. Any decision on arming officers is a matter for the chief constable of each of the 43 local forces covering England and Wales, as well as the national British Transport Police.

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