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  2. Image caption The police specials were not trained to drive above the speed limit or activate the siren, a misconduct hearing heard Two special police officers who drove at more than 100mph despite not being trained to do so have been found guilty of gross misconduct. Special constable Terry Whinnett-James and acting special sergeant Umar Ajaz were responding to a burglary when the police car hit speeds up to 112mph. Neither was trained to drive above the speed limit nor activate the siren. An independent police panel said the officers, of Bedfordshire Police, should receive a final warning. The pair were despatched to a report of a burglary where the perpetrators were still on the scene on 4 July last year. 'Wrong thing, right reasons' Mr Ajaz was driving the marked police car at speeds of up to 112mph, the panel heard. On two other occasions that night, Mr Whinnett-James drove the marked car at speeds of 102mph, and 53mph in a 30mph zone. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hearing heard that the men drove at speeds of more than 100mph Mr Ajaz's barrister, Kevin Baumber, said his client "did the wrong thing for the right reasons". Mr Whinnett-James' barrister, Matthew Butt, said his client was "extremely remorseful". Deputy Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: "Given the nature of the incident it was necessary to put the matter before an independent panel to assess whether the officers had breached the standards of professional behaviour. "While the actions of these specials were found to have amounted to gross misconduct, I am satisfied that they were acting with best intentions in responding to reports of burglaries - therefore agree with the sanction of a final written warning. "It is important we support our officers and staff in such cases, this outcome will allow both officers to learn from the incident and move forward with their policing careers," he said. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-44384379?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/localnews/2643339-luton/0&link_location=live-reporting-story
  3. Image copyright Thames Valley Police Image caption Lucas Broughton (left), 30, and Daryl Burrell, 31, absconded from HMP Spring Hill Two men have absconded from a low security prison overnight. Lucas Broughton, 30, and Daryl Burrell, 31, went missing from HMP Spring Hill near Aylesbury between 21:00 BST on Friday and 08:30 BST on Saturday. Broughton was serving a sentence for grievous bodily harm at the Category D prison and Burrell was serving a term there for robbery. Police have asked the public not to approach the men but call 999 "immediately". Broughton has a "distinctive" tattoo with the letters LB on his left arm and he is known to have links to Bedford. Burrell has scars on his left cheek, right hand and lips and is known to have links to Edmonton and Enfield, London. Last month, two other men - both serving sentences for burglary- absconded from the prison. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-44512453
  4. 18 June 2018 Sam Roberts, lead for Wales Sam Roberts, PFEW's lead for Wales, speculates on what has happened to the £3m collected from the four forces in Wales , their contribution to the Apprentice Levy. Four weeks ago, at the Police Federation of England and Wales’s (PFEW) annual conference, I had the opportunity to publicly ask Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, if he could investigate what had happened to £3m which the four police forces in Wales have contributed to the Apprenticeship Levy, their obligation to help fund the government backed training scheme. You may recall that the Apprenticeship Levy was announced in the Summer Budget of 2015 and was described in a government statement as being “a levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. In England, control of apprenticeship funding will be put in the hands of employers through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s paybill.” The levy (an employment tax) was chargeable on employers with an annual paybill in excess of £3m, and was payable from April 2017. I have now spoken to the Home Office, MPs, Welsh Assembly Ministers and the First Minister. I’ve spoken to the four Welsh police chiefs and to the four Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and at our Conference, the Home Secretary. Over a year after the levy came into place, and having collected £3m from the four forces in Wales, the consistency between all those that I have spoken to is that no one knows where the money has gone! My increasing concern is that the forces in Wales, having made the levy payments during the course of the last year, will now have to make up any shortfall in training funding that the levy was supposed to provide. At a time when police funding budgets continue to be squeezed it is unacceptable that the money is not being made available to help fund the training of police officers in Wales. View the full article
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  6. Traffic Rat


    As a regular, yes Fitness test first thing, If you don't pass you don't go any further. I have 29 years service, do not fitness to speak of unless you count walking the dog.and I can pass the fitness test. Sent from my COL-L29 using Tapatalk
  7. kee


    Just a quick question on training. When i was with GMP as a Special we were required to do a fitness test in OST, if we were to fail it you couldnt continue with OST. I am wondering if Cheshire do this ? I had my induction last week and start OST on Saturday.
  8. Grenfell Tower fire: Minute's silence marks one-year anniversary 14 June 2018 Related TopicsGrenfell Tower fire Image copyright Getty Images A year after the Grenfell Tower fire, the names of the 72 people who died as a result have been read out at a memorial service in west London. Speaking at the service, Labour MP David Lammy said it was a "bittersweet" moment as the community celebrated their unity but mourned those lost. Green banners decked out St Helen's Church, as Amazing Grace was sung. A national minute's silence was observed at midday, while the England football team held its own in Russia. Clarrie Mendy, who lost two family members in the fire and organised the anniversary event, said: "It's a service of healing, community, inclusivity and solidarity, to know we are not alone." Bishop of Kensington Dr Graham Tomlin said there was an atmosphere of "quiet dignity, a sombre mood in the air". Grenfell Tower fire: Who were the victims? Global roots of fire victims 'Grenfell was a symbol of hope' What's happened to money promised for fire survivors? Fire breaks out in Glasgow tower block The tower and other London buildings were lit green at 00:54 BST, the time a fire was reported in a flat last June. A vigil took place at a church near the block, where the victims' names were read out at 01:30. Prime Minister Theresa May wrote on Twitter that she wanted to "pay tribute" to the victims' "family, friends and loved ones for the strength and dignity they have shown". Image copyright Getty Images Natasha Elcock, who was one of the last residents to be rescued from the tower and is now a member of the survivor group Grenfell United, has praised the community's response to the fire. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, she said: "We could have been the most angry community out there because of what happened, but we've chosen to be dignified, be calm. "Ultimately, that's earned us respect." She added: "We really want to ensure that we change so much that Grenfell is not remembered because it killed 72 people but because it has a legacy of change - that behaviours change within social housing, the way people are treated, how they are listened to." Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, said that despite a year having passed, the tragedy "remains very real, raw and painful for many people, every day". Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen and Duchess of Sussex observed the minute's silence in Widnes, Cheshire Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour MP David Lammy described the service as "bittersweet" A neighbourhood 'adorned with green' By BBC reporter Alice Evans, in west London The neighbourhood surrounding Grenfell Tower is adorned with green as people gather at the base of the block for Thursday's commemoration events. Bus stops and lampposts, which still have sticky tape markings left from where posters of missing loved ones were hopefully displayed, are now brightened by the green scarves and ribbons. A choir practises beautiful renditions of Bridge Over Troubled Water and Lean On Me. The covered, charred remains of the tower paints an eerie, harrowing backdrop. These creative, colourful and passionate tributes are testament to the vibrancy and love within the Grenfell community. Image copyright Reuters Image copyright PA Image caption The England football team held a minute's silence in Russia Image copyright PA Image caption Grenfell's surrounding tower blocks were also illuminated in the early hours of Thursday Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMohammed and Zahra used to live in Grenfell Tower, but home has been a hotel room for the past year The tower has recently been covered in white sheeting with a heart featured on all four sides at the top of the block. The anniversary comes as an inquiry into the fire continues its fact-finding stage. During the inquiry, the 999 call made by Behailu Kebede, in whose kitchen the fire started, was released. The inquiry heard that Mr Kebede, who also alerted his flatmates and fourth-floor neighbours as soon as he saw smoke, did "the right thing from start to finish". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGrenfell Tower: Audio of first 999 call Kensington and Chelsea Council said 52 households remained in temporary accommodation and 83 are in permanent homes. Another 68 are in "emergency" accommodation - 42 in hotels, 22 in serviced apartments, and four staying with family or friends. Member of the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign group Yvette Williams said: "We want the nation to keep Grenfell in their consciousness. "The anniversary is about love and support - the fight can start again on Friday and Saturday - and keeping that humanity going on that day." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRemembering those that lost their lives Ms Mendy added: "We'll be releasing 73 white doves. Why 73 instead of 72? One for the unknown. "If there were more than 72, we will put one for the unknown." At the service, 400 white roses will be given for people to carry from the church to the tower. The community will also congregate at the Grenfell wall at 19:00, before walking to the tower in silence. View the full article
  9. 14 June 2018 PFEW Chair Calum Macleod Chair Calum Macleod reflects on shambolic campaign which sparked public outrage and badged all police officers as 'liars' The cosmetic company behind the campaign that made headlines for all the wrong reasons and offended hardworking officers up and down the country, has today re-launched their controversial ‘Spy Cops’ campaign. British company ‘Lush’ executed the campaign earlier this month in a bid to highlight the undercover policing enquiry into the London-based Special Demonstration Squad - the special branch unit tasked with infiltrating political groups between 1968 and 2008. The companies attempts to highlight the issue – using prominent window displays featuring a uniformed officer, stylised police tape and the caption “Paid to Lie” - has only served to offend hard working and honest frontline officers – the majority of whom have never had any experience of undercover policing let alone the actions of a small number of the Special Demonstration Squad decades ago. The move comes just days after the company said it was retracting the campaign claiming they had made the decision “for the safety” of its staff. However they have yet to substantiate their claims that their staff have been subjected to “aggressive behaviour and verbal attacks” and I have certainly not been informed of any crime reports in relation to such allegations. Let me be clear, where there is wrong doing it should of course be fully investigated, victims properly supported and wrong doers brought to justice, but what I found astonishing about this campaign is it would appear that Lush did not even appear to consult with those victims whose stories they were using in their campaign, which does make me believe the way this campaign has been orchestrated is nothing short of reckless and foolhardy. I also note that the brand have still failed to acknowledge or publically apologise to the innocent police officers who have been demeaned and defamed by their original ham-fisted attempt which has been roundly condemned by thousands of people. The new campaign is a marked improvement of the previous disaster, which begs the question of why they did not lead with this in the first place, unless they intended it to be inflammatory against the majority of our hard working officers. The positive I do take from this whole sorry saga is the reaction of the many people who have contacted me, and my colleagues up and down the country, expressing their support and respect for police officers and for the unique role they play protecting all members of our communities. At our conference in May we highlighted the ‘Reality of Policing’ and some of the more disgusting and frightening things police officers have to deal with today such as being attacked and spat at on a daily basis. So let’s not forget this and the incredibly pressured and demanding job they do to keep us safe – ask yourself, would you run towards danger when everybody else runs away? If you want to thank officers – people who help communities – I would urge you instead to spend your energy by backing our 'Believe in Blue' campaign which celebrates British policing and the true value police officers bring to society. View the full article
  10. Police today smashed a “county lines” drugs gang running crack cocaine and heroin from east London to Ipswich. More than 80 officers swooped on nine addresses in London, Essex and Ipswich in co-ordinated dawn raids today as part of the Met’s drive to target gangs expanding into rural markets. Four men were arrested in east London, one courier was held in Essex and two women were held in the Suffolk town targeted by the gang. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/seven-arrests-over-county-lines-gang-running-heroin-and-cocaine-a3860926.html
  11. You may have recently seen that an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian in a headline-grabbing event that re-awakened the humanity in all of us. This brings me to some common themes where ethical conundrums come back to the question of responsibility. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/enthusiasts/who-is-in-the-wrong-if-a-self-driving-car-kills-someone/ar-AAyA4VS?ocid=spartandhp
  12. Brexit: Davis appeals to Tory rebels on Withdrawal Bill vote 12 June 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright AFP David Davis has told Conservative MPs the UK's whole approach to negotiations with the EU risks being undermined by amendments to its flagship Brexit bill. The Commons will vote later on whether to give MPs a decisive say on any final deal struck with the EU in the autumn. In a letter to Tory MPs, the Brexit secretary said it was "simply not right" that Parliament could overturn the referendum result with such a vote. Theresa May has also appealed to her MPs not to undermine her position. MPs will be asked to approve or reject a series of amendments made to the EU withdrawal bill by the House of Lords. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the numbers were still "rather dicey" for the meaningful vote amendment, with the prime minister warning that any defeats on this key piece of legislation would send the wrong message to Brussels. Flashpoints ahead for the Brexit bill Brexit: All you need to know Why is the customs union so important? Ministers - including Mr Davis - earlier backed a compromise on future customs procedures. The government has agreed to report to Parliament by October on efforts to negotiate a "customs arrangement" with the EU after Brexit. The fallback position has won the backing of a cross-section of leading Tory MPs on either side of the Brexit argument, avoiding for now a showdown over calls - backed by the House of Lords earlier this year - for the UK to remain in a fully-fledged customs union with the EU after it leaves. A big week for Brexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is the EU customs union? The EU withdrawal bill is the legislation aimed at ensuring the UK has a smooth transition out of the EU, and will mean EU law is no longer supreme in the UK. To avoid a sudden "cliff edge" on Brexit day, 29 March 2019, it would also convert existing EU law into UK law so the government and Parliament can decide at a later date which bits they want to keep or change. The House of Lords has put forward 15 specific changes to the bill, but the government wants to kill off most of these changes. However, numbers in the House of Commons are finely balanced, with the Conservatives not having a majority and needing the help of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to get their way. To rebel or not rebel? On Monday, Mrs May told her MPs they "must think about the message Parliament will send to the European Union this week". "I am confident I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the EU which is as frictionless as possible," she said. "But if the Lords amendments are allowed to stand, that negotiating position will be undermined." Please upgrade your browser Your guide to Brexit jargon Enter the word or phrase you are looking for Search Some pro-EU Tories were reported to be backing away from voting against the government, over fears that a defeat could prompt a leadership contest and see Mrs May replaced by a more hard-line Brexiteer. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is reported to have said the customs compromise will "buy time" for the government ahead of a crucial summit of EU leaders later this month. Skip Twitter post by @tnewtondunn Report End of Twitter post by @tnewtondunn Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve told the BBC's Newsnight the customs issue had been "resolved", but he could still vote against the government on the terms of the "meaningful vote" which he said remained an "issue of difficulty". Rebels have dismissed a commitment by ministers to make a statement within 28 days should MPs vote down the package negotiated by Mrs May, with several urging Parliament to "take control" in such a scenario. Labour, which is backing 14 out of the 15 amendments, is urging Tory rebels to seize the chance to "decisively shape the course of the negotiations". Laura Kuenssberg: Squeaky moment or not? There is still a chance of a squeaky moment for the government, or having to rely on votes from some Labour MPs, on a move to give Parliament more power if MPs vote to reject the final Brexit deal. Sources tell me the numbers are still rather dicey for that so called "meaningful vote" amendment that will take place tomorrow. There are discussions ongoing among potential rebels about whether they should deploy their forces. Some of them believe, as they do on the customs issue, that they have the numbers to beat the government if they decide it's the right moment. Appeals for party unity in the last couple of days, and the compromise on customs seem to have had some sway. Read Laura's full blog The key dates ahead on Brexit Please upgrade your browser to view this content. Timeline hide Brexit key dates Next key date? Show all Share this timeline. What MPs will be voting on The government opposes the following Lords amendments: Granting new powers to oversee changes made to EU law by the government Removing the precise day of Brexit from the wording of the bill Removing a section allowing ministers to use secondary legislation to establish when individuals can challenge the validity of retained EU law after exit Only let ministers use delegated powers to amend retained EU law where "necessary" Preventing ministers from using delegated powers to implement the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement Make staying in the European Economic Area, like Norway, a "negotiating objective" for the UK Transferring the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights into UK law Allowing "enhanced scrutiny" when ministers use delegated powers to change EU employment, equality health and safety, consumer and environment rules The government has proposed its own version of these ones: Giving Parliament the power to decide what happens if MPs and peers reject the final Brexit deal Explicitly preserving cooperation between Northern Ireland and the Republic and commit to no new border arrangements without the agreement of the UK and Irish governments Allowing people to challenge UK law if it fails to comply with the general principles of EU law Forcing ministers to maintain EU environmental principles in domestic law after Brexit Compelling ministers to aim for a deal allowing unaccompanied child refugees to join relatives in the UK The government has accepted this amendment: Allowing the UK to replicate EU law made after Brexit day and continue to participate in EU agencies The government is backing a compromise backbench amendment on this: Forcing the government to report on "steps taken to negotiate a customs union with the EU" by 31 October View the full article
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  14. 12 June 2018 A report analysing the state of policing in England and Wales has identified demand, capacity and welfare as the major issues facing modern policing, echoing the Federation’s work in these areas. In the annual State of Policing report published today, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor, highlighted that the dedication and sense of duty by hard-working officers is masking a failure by senior leaders to adequately assess current and future demand. Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “This report highlights what many of us involved in policing already know – that it is the dedication and a sense of duty of hard-working officers that keeps the police service running. “Sir Thomas clearly states in his report that because frontline police officers and staff can be relied on to get the job done there is less pressure on leaders to bring about much-need change. But to rely on frontline officers consistently working at a level which goes way beyond what it is expected of them is a disgraceful and unsustainable state of affairs. “Chief Officer Teams and the Home Office, must act on this report and the work we have done, and take immediate action to ease the huge burden faced by our members.” The report also identified the knock on effect that the increased demand is having on officers’ health and wellbeing and how that can negatively affect their ability to do their job, ultimately resulting in members of the public being put at risk. It states that officer welfare is of “first importance” and that, “If a police force’s most important assets – its people – are under undue strain, whether in terms of workload or the nature of the work they do and the effects of that work on them, the force’s ability to serve the public is compromised.” Mr Macleod continued: “This only serves to reinforce what our research in Demand, Capacity and Welfare has already shown. “Police officers are facing unprecedented demands with ever diminishing resources and their health and wellbeing, and their ability to serve the public, is being seriously affected. “In our most recent survey 80 percent of officers who responded said they have experienced feelings of stress, low mood, anxiety, or other difficulties with their health and wellbeing over last 12 months – 80 percent of those indicated that their psychological difficulties had been caused or made worse by work. “Officers experience things most people won’t experience in their lifetime – causing profound and lifelong effects on their mental and psychological welfare. “It is vital that a consistent approach to safeguarding and support is implemented across the country so that we can protect the people who work tirelessly to keep us safe.” The report also highlighted concerns around the issue of child mental health stating that if public bodies do not work together to tackle problems properly at an early stage, before they escalate into criminality, they are “simply storing up problems for the police and the rest of society.” Mr Macleod added: “The police service is too often seen as the service of last resort having to pick up the slack for other agencies. It was recognised just last week at the Home Select Committee debate on the ‘Future of Policing’ that an overwhelming amount of police time and resource is spent on dealing with vulnerable people. “Whilst many forces work closely with local health services the government needs to put more support and funding in place to alleviate the pressure on the police service so that officers can spend more time solving traditional crime rather than filling gaps for other over stretched services.” Elsewhere the report lamented the fragmented and slow progress in the upgrading of technology available highlighting concerns around a lack of long-term planning. “It is vital that officers are provided with the appropriate equipment and training to be able to keep pace with the ever changing world. But in order to do this it is crucial that adequate funding, guidance and support needs to be provided from central government to ensure consistency and provision across the country,” concluded Mr Macleod. View the full article
  15. 12 June 2018 Police Federation Chair Calum Macleod Chair Calum Macleod responds to yesterday's announcement about Direct Entry scheme How would you feel if you were going in to hospital for an operation and you were told that the surgeon had only left their old job in accounting a few weeks ago? Worried? Nervous? Angry? But don’t worry; don’t be nervous - they will only be allowed to do minor surgery. Does that fill you with any more confidence? No – and understandably so. It’s the same reason that many people like to see a little grey hair or the odd wrinkle on the person fixing our central heating system at home. Experience, and not just knowledge, counts. But not so, apparently, for up to 1,000 new direct-entry detectives to be recruited to fill the shortfall in detective numbers identified by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Rescue Services. We learned this week that Government is to invest an additional £350,000 for a new direct entry detective scheme, in the hope of boosting detective numbers by 1,000 over the next five years. The public deserve better. They want to know that they are getting the experience and policing knowledge that cutting your teeth in uniform brings. And I don’t accept that we don’t have the right people in the job already. It’s just that, over the years, we have seen CID units cut and detective numbers fall to the point that they are juggling numerous, often highly complex cases, and they unable to give any the attention they want to. So, instead of a sticking plaster solution, let’s actually deal with the issues. Let’s deal with the issues of too few people, increasing demands, unbearable pressure, long and anti-social hours, cancelled rest days, annual leave declined, lack of promotion prospects. Let’s deal with these and make detectives feel valued again. The police service needs to properly invest in its people. Despite the rhetoric of late, many people still join the police service for a long-term career. They want a profession where they can develop, learn, gain expertise and use that knowledge to help people. Crime has changed and we need to properly invest in training for officers to deal with the changes; not see it as an abstraction from duty and a therefore a hindrance. As Karen Stephens, Secretary of the Police Federation National Detectives’ Forum, rightly identified, direct entry detective recruitment will fail to identify and invest in the exceptional skilled and capable people in the service already. It will fail to take the experience gained of walking the beat, speaking to the public, dealing with the heartache and emotion of victims and the knowledge of preventing and detecting crime. All it will be is be another slap in the face for police officers; another door closed to develop skills and make detective policing a desired career choice; and another opportunity missed to actually tackle the pressures and demands within CID departments that resulted in the shortage of detectives in the first instance. Anyway, if our policing and political leaders truly believe direct entry is such a good idea, then how come we never hear them call for direct entry Chief Constables or direct entry Ministers in Government? View the full article
  16. 12 June 2018 Introduction of the new Police and Crime Act has resulted in a drop of at least 65 per cent in pre-charge bail. This is has left witnesses and victims feeling vulnerable with suspects often now having no bail conditions. The issue of pre-charge bail will be one of the main topics discussed at this year’s National Custody Seminar & Exhibition, which will be held at the De Vere Hotel, Northamptonshire on 11 & 12 September 2018. This will also be the first time that delegates will have the opportunity to debate the Independent Review, chaired by Dame Elish Angiolini, which features multiple recommendations for policing, including the use of restraint and training requirements. Speaking ahead of the seminar, Andy Ward, Custody Lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “This is an event which discusses the very real challenges we face working in police custody. Year on year, the seminar is growing in popularity as the issues discussed often extend beyond far beyond policing. “It is only by working with colleagues in the public and private sector that we can properly address deaths in police custody, learn lessons from serious incidents and investigations, with the overall aim of safeguarding the rights of suspects and victims, not to mention protecting our members. “We have a full agenda and would encourage anyone working in and around police custody to register now to attend.” Dealing with detainees suffering from mental health crises remains a key area on the custody agenda as social care and NHS budgets shrink, and there will be an opportunity to examine recent amendments to the Mental Health Act and their impact upon policing and custody. Delegates will hear from a range of speakers drawn from stakeholders and partner organisations as well as the Police Federation of England and Wales’ National Custody Forum. View the agenda and register now to attend. View the full article
  17. Chloe Ayling 'vindicated' over kidnapper's conviction 11 June 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChloe Ayling: "I've been through a terrifying experience" Model Chloe Ayling says she feels "vindicated" after the man she accused of kidnapping her was convicted and jailed for almost 17 years. Ms Ayling was lured to Italy from London on the promise of a photo shoot by Lucasz Herba, who drugged her and took her to a farmhouse in a holdall. Herba, 30, held her there for six days in July 2017, and demanded a 300,000 Euro (£265,000) ransom. The Polish national was jailed following a trial at a court in Milan. The court heard he offered Ms Ayling for sale online, before handing her over to the British consulate. Herba - described by prosecutors as a "narcissist and a fantasist who was obsessed with Miss Ayling" - was also found guilty of attempted extortion and carrying false documents. He was jailed for 16 years and nine months. Herba had claimed Ms Ayling went with him willingly, which she denied. 'A psychopath' At the start of the trial in February, a police officer told the court that Ms Ayling had suffered mental and physical abuse during the six-day ordeal. Image caption Lucasz Herba was sentenced at a court in Milan following a trial Her agent Adrian Sington said: "This has been an incredible burden on her shoulders for the last year in the face of media criticism of her motivation and this is vindication - her story is true. "It means now she can get on with her life. It's hard if you're being painted in the press as a liar and now she's able to say, 'I know it's a bizarre story but it's a true one'." He called Herba a "psychopath and a narcissist" who "behaves in such a way that it's almost impossible to believe that someone could be so stupid". "So, in some ways, it's not surprising that the media found Chloe's story difficult to believe," he said. "Let's not forget she was bundled into a suitcase, injected with ketamine in the boot of a car and thought she was going to die." Ketamine injection The BBC's Gavin Lee said Herba orchestrated "an extraordinary kidnap plot" in an attempt to win the model's affections. Herba, who lived in Oldbury, West Midlands, posed as a photographer in July last year and lured the 20-year-model, from Coulsdon, south London, to a fake studio in Milan. He then injected Ms Ayling with the tranquilliser drug ketamine. She was stripped, handcuffed, placed in a holdall bag and driven 120 miles (193km) in the boot of a car to a remote farmhouse near Turin. The model was held captive for six days. It was heard in court that Herba then pretended to be from a group called the Black Death, involved with selling models as sex slaves in Saudi Arabia, but ultimately released Ms Ayling after discovering she had a child. Our correspondent added: "This, according to the prosecution, was another elaborate lie, set up in an attempt to win the model's sympathy and affection before releasing her." In his defence, Herba said he had previously met Ms Ayling and had fallen in love with her. He claimed he wanted to create a scandal to help her career by creating extra publicity. Herba said that he was inspired after watching the film By Any Means - in which a similar kidnap plot was carried out. The court ruled out any involvement from Ms Ayling. Herba's brother Michal is alleged to have been involved in the kidnap and is in the process of being extradited from the UK. He denies any involvement. View the full article
  18. Grenfell Tower: I 'regret' my reaction, says Theresa May 11 June 2018 Related TopicsGrenfell Tower fire Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will "always regret" not meeting the residents of Grenfell Tower in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. Writing in the Evening Standard, Mrs May said she understood her actions may have made it appear she "didn't care". Ahead of Thursday's one-year anniversary, she said she wanted to make clear that was "never the case". A total of 72 people died as a result of the blaze, the judge-led inquiry into the fire has said. This includes Maria Del Pilar Burton, 74, who died in January. She had been in hospital since she was rescued from the 19th floor. Mrs May said it was "clear" that the initial response to the disaster was "not good enough", adding: "I include myself in that." What happened at Grenfell Tower? Grenfell Tower fire: Who were the victims? The terrible speed with which the Grenfell fire spread Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May visited Grenfell Tower the day after the fire but did not meet survivors She continued: "What I did not do on that first visit was meet the residents and survivors who had escaped the blaze. "But the residents of Grenfell Tower needed to know that those in power recognised and understood their despair. "And I will always regret that by not meeting them that day, it seemed as though I didn't care." The public inquiry into the fire is currently paused for a week of memorials and vigils to mark the anniversary. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGrenfell Tower was a death trap, says survivors' lawyer Members of the north Kensington community will come together for a 24-hour vigil on the eve of the anniversary. At 1:30 BST on Thursday, the names of the fire's victims will be read out at the nearby St Clement's church. At midday on the day of the anniversary, survivors and the bereaved will gather close to the tower's base to observe a minute's silence. In a show of solidarity, 12 tower blocks in the surrounding area will be illuminated in green. The buildings, plus Grenfell, will be lit up from 00:54 on Thursday - the time the fire is thought to have started - until 5:00. For the following four evenings they will be illuminated from dusk until midnight. The following day, schools across the country are expected to take part in "Green for Grenfell", a day to "celebrate the spirit of people coming together". View the full article
  19. 11 June 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright EPA Image caption The PM will stress that, in essence, the Withdrawal Bill is a technical measure intended to ensure a smooth exit from the EU Theresa May is expected to urge potential Tory backbench rebels to unite behind the party ahead of crucial votes on the EU withdrawal bill. She wants to overturn a series of amendments made by the Lords, but faces possible defeat if Conservative Remainers side with Labour. Rebel MPs have suggested they have sufficient numbers to threaten the government and want more concessions. Mrs May is expected to tell MPs it is their duty "to deliver on Brexit". "We must be clear that we are united as a party in our determination to deliver on the decision made by the British people," she is expected to tell the backbench 1922 Committee. "They want us to deliver on Brexit and build a brighter future for Britain as we take back control of our money, our laws and our borders." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is the EU customs union? BBC political correspondent Chris Mason says the EU withdrawal bill is the hulking piece of legislation that will actually make Brexit happen. There are two particularly crucial amendments giving the most concern to the government, he adds - one which instructs Mrs May to negotiate a customs union with the EU, and a second, which gives Parliament a decisive say over the final Brexit deal. Flashpoints ahead for the Brexit bill Why is the customs union so important? EU Withdrawal bill suffers 15th defeat in Lords In an article in the Sunday Telegraph, two senior Conservatives, Remainer Amber Rudd and Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith, called for unity in the party, and warning that any rebellion will only play into the Labour leader's hands. Some pro-EU Tories were reported to be backing away from voting against government, over fears that a defeat could prompt a leadership contest and see Mrs May replaced by a far more hard-line Brexiteer. Others, such as veteran Conservative MP Ken Clarke, however, have said the prime minister is being "undermined" by her ministers and needs to be "rescued". Please upgrade your browser Your guide to Brexit jargon Enter the word or phrase you are looking for Search It follows a week when Mrs May faced reported threats of resignation from Brexit Secretary David Davis and a vociferous Boris Johnson warning the UK could remain "locked in orbit around the EU". Labour are urging Tory rebels to side with them in the Commons on Tuesday and Wednesday with Labour's Sir Keir Starmer saying Tory rebels had a "real chance to change the course of the Brexit negotiations". Housing minister Dominic Raab said he was "reasonably confident" the government, which will have the support of a handful of pro-Brexit Labour MPs and the 10 Democratic Unionist MPs, would prevail. Passing the withdrawal bill would be a "turning point" in the Brexit process, he told the BBC's Sunday Politics, as it would be the basis for a "smooth transition" after the UK leaves. Separately, Mr Davis is due in Brussels on Monday morning for the latest round of negotiations with his EU counterpart Michael Barnier. View the full article
  20. 11 June 2018 Karen Stephens secretary of the PFNDF The secretary of the Police Federation’s National Detective Forum Karen Stephens has warned a new direct entry scheme is not the answer to the crisis facing detective policing. Her comments come in response to the Home Office's announcement that it is to launch a new national accelerated scheme, led by Police Now, which will deliver training within 12 weeks and introduce 1,000 detectives over the next five years. Ms Stephens said: “This news is an insult to the experienced hard-working detectives that we have left in service. "Detective policing is in crisis and our colleagues are struggling to cope with heavy workloads and increasing demand but another ‘direct entry scheme’ is not the answer. “The service and the public deserve better than detective officers who will be trained ‘in a matter of months’. Let’s not forget that detective officers deal with the most depraved and complex of crimes – this requires experience. Also, new, inexperienced detectives will require a lot of supervision, putting extra pressure on those already in service. “What about encouraging officers we already have in service to move into investigative policing? What about making detective policing a desired career choice? What about listening to the practitioners and voice of the service? “The answer is not to disregard the skills and experience we already have, or show complete disrespect for officers who have worked hard to become investigators. “We already have a ‘streaming’ process, where people join as officers and have time in uniform - if they show an interest in investigation then they can start on the programme. This is more of a middle ground. "There is already a ‘direct entry detective’ programme within the Metropolitan Police that has not yet been through an evaluation process so we cannot say if it is effective or not. Therefore it does not make financial sense to plough more money into a scheme that has not been through a thorough evaluation. “Detectives in the UK are the best in the world because they cut their teeth on the front line and have learned on the job, through years of experience. “Whilst we welcome any new investment in policing, this appears to be divisive and ill-conceived. A direct entry scheme will serve to shatter morale even more and do nothing to instil public confidence and trust.” View the full article
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  22. Metropolitan Police officers are posing as takeaway delivery drivers as part of tactics to combat moped crime in London, according to reports. The covert operation is part of a range of measures put in place by authorities in response to a surge in thefts, robberies and violent crime involving mopeds. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/metropolitan-police-officers-pose-as-delivery-drivers-to-combat-moped-crime-a3859126.html
  23. A 14-year-old boy who robbed seven people of their mobile phones and other gadgets in the space of an hour from the back of a moped has been banned from riding any two-wheel vehicles. The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, went on a crime spree with an accomplice around Hornsey, Crouch End and Muswell Hill in north London on Thursday, it is claimed. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/boy-14-who-snatched-7-phones-in-an-hour-banned-from-riding-mopeds-a3859311.html
  24. Police officers were injured and five people were arrested as scuffles broke at a 'free Tommy Robinson' protest in central London. Thousands of protesters descended on Trafalgar Square for the protest before marching to Whitehall after the right wing activist was jailed for breaking contempt of court laws. Footage posted on social media shows a large group of men surrounding police and hurling objects while shouting "we want Tommy out". Five police officers were hurt at the protest on Saturday, none seriously, Scotland Yard said. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/free-tommy-robinson-protest-in-london-five-arrests-made-after-demonstrators-scuffle-with-police-a3859316.html
  25. 08 June 2018 On the eve of Her Majesty’s Birthday, more than 1,000 people have been recognised with a distinguished honour. A number of police officers have been recognised and the Federation would like to see this extended to more rank and file officers in future. Sergeant Abed Hussain, Greater Manchester Police; Detective Constable Geraldine McConaghy, Merseyside Police; and Sergeant Lindsey Sweeney from South Wales Police are amongst officers who have been awarded the QPM (Queen’s Police Medal). Detective Constable Gillian Squires, West Midlands Police; and PC Hubert Treasure, West Midlands Police were amongst those who received an OBE (Order of the British Empire). Former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley was awarded a Knighthood, with former Chief Executive of the College of Policing Alex Marshall and Chief Constable Dee Collins from West Yorkshire Police being recognised with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). The Police Federation of England and Wales would like to see more of its members recognised for their dedication and commitment to duty. Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “Being presented with an honour from Her Majesty the Queen is an extraordinary achievement and I congratulate all who have been honoured on this special day. “Police heroism and sacrifices to duty are at the forefront of our minds as a Federation, especially as we prepare to host our 23rd annual Police Bravery Awards, which brings into sharp focus the demands, challenges and very real dangers police officers face every day. “We are thankful for the heroism and commitment shown by officers throughout the country and we will continue our work nationally and locally with Federation representatives to engage with forces and chief officers to see more honours extended to this vital public service.” Fifty-five percent of QPMs in the last New Year’s Honours List were given to federated officers from the rank of Police Constable to Chief Inspector. View the full birthday honours list, which includes other senior officers, chief officers, police staff and those associated with policing who also picked up honours. View the full article
  26. 08 June 2018 Cosmetic Company ‘Lush’ announce suspension of ‘Spy Cops’ campaign after offensive shop window displays spark public backlash. The campaign seeks to highlight the undercover policing enquiry into the London-based Special Demonstration Squad - the special branch unit tasked with infiltrating political groups between 1968 and 2008. But in doing so it has tarred all officers with the same brush with offensive materials plastered in their shop windows which has offended hard working police officers up and down the country by badging them as ‘liars’. In a statement Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “I am glad that the management at Lush have come to their senses and finally retracted the highly offensive and insulting materials from window displays up and down the country. “Let us be clear where there is wrong doing it should of course be properly investigation and any victims should be supported. However, the materials plastered in their shop windows for all to see offered no explanation and simply targeted police as a whole as ‘spies and liars’. “I am disappointed that Lush haven’t had the decency to admit that their campaign was poorly executed and with it issued a public apology to officers up and down the country who they have so deeply offended. “I would like to thank the public for the overwhelming support they have shown and to our incredible police service who work tirelessly day in day out to keep the public safe.” View the full article
  27. Five London gang members who were "caught red-handed" with machetes and baseball bats after making drill rap videos glorifying violence are facing jail. Micah Bedeau, 19, Yonas Girma, 21, Isaac Marshall, 18, and two 17-year-olds who cannot be identified had an array of weapons when they were arrested in Notting Hill, west London. They are due to be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Thursday for conspiracy to commit violent disorder, Scotland Yard said. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/five-london-gang-members-found-with-machetes-after-making-violent-drill-music-videos-facing-jail-a3857221.html
  28. Scotland Yard today arrested eight people suspected of falsely claiming tens of thousands of pounds by saying they were victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster. Police carried out early morning raids on several addresses in London in connection with an inquiry into fraudsters exploiting the tragedy. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-swoop-on-eight-grenfell-fraudsters-in-dawn-raids-a3857616.html
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