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  1. A “highly respected” police officer has been found dead in the Barry Burn, near the Carnoustie Golf Links course in Scotland. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/mystery-after-police-officer-found-dead-in-barry-burn-river-near-famous-carnoustie-scottish-golf-course/ar-BBR77gg?ocid=spartandhp
  2. Sadiq Khan has said he is likely to raise council tax by the maximum amount possible next year to help pay for policing London’s streets. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/sadiq-khan-says-he-plans-maximum-council-tax-hike-to-help-pay-for-policing-on-londons-streets-a4021006.html
  3. A man has died after being gunned down in a shooting in north London. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/enfield-shooting-man-dies-after-being-gunned-down-in-north-london-a4021001.html
  4. Image copyright PA Image caption The number of lollipop ladies and men has fallen almost a quarter in five years Safety campaigners say cuts to the number of lollipop men and women near schools are "jeopardising lives". The number of them funded by councils in Great Britain has fallen by 1,500, almost a quarter, in five years, figures obtained by the BBC show. Some councils are consulting on removing funding for crossing wardens entirely due to budget pressures. The Local Government Association said councils were trying to maintain crossing patrols wherever possible. Figures on the cuts in lollipop warden posts equate to a loss of almost one in four from outside schools. The figures do not include volunteers or those now funded by schools or other groups, meaning there may be other wardens operating. Traditionally, the role has been a service run and funded by councils. 'Preventing tragedies' Stephen Twigg, a Labour MP who campaigns to improve road safety by schools, said parents would be concerned. "School crossing patrols play a vital part in preventing tragedies from occurring but they have borne the brunt of cuts in government funding to local authorities in recent years," he said. "The safety of children should not be compromised as a result." The London borough of Hounslow went from employing 22 wardens in 2013 to just two in an area with 25,000 state-funded primary school pupils. Newcastle City Council has "reluctantly" cut officer numbers from 64 in 2013 to seven - a drop of almost 90% - because of government cuts. In Kent, the largest education authority in Britain, the council now employs 137 wardens compared to 258 five years ago - a loss of 121. The council said it had struggled to recruit people to vacant posts and had built a zebra or pelican crossing instead at a number of sites. The Scottish council of Midlothian was one of the few to increase the number of wardens it has available, with numbers jumping 20% from 54 in 2013 to 65. Of the nine councils to have revealed an increase in staff, five were in Scotland. The BBC contacted every local authority with responsibility for lollipop people. Two thirds of councils replied with comparable data, meaning the real loss of staff could be substantially higher. About 85% of authorities that responded to a BBC Freedom of Information request had cut warden numbers since 2013 and only 7% had increased them. Road safety charity Brake agreed the cuts are "jeopardising lives". Joshua Harris, director of campaigns, said: "Last year, 1,638 children were killed or seriously injured while cycling or walking on British roads - that's more than four families receiving devastating news every day. "We need action now, with investment in safe crossings for children, more investment in cycling and walking infrastructure and 20mph speed limits as the default in communities." Image copyright Laurence Sleator Image caption Rosaleen Littlejohn, 72, has been a lollipop lady in Hackney for 10 years Rosaleen Littlejohn, who has spent the past decade serving 12 schools in Hackney, said wardens act as the "eyes and ears" of the area. From her spot outside Sir Thomas Abney Primary School the 72-year-old sees her role as important to everyone, young and old. "As well as for safety, I feel we are here to help the community," she said. "It's not just for children either - one year a lady in her 80s was blown over in the wind on this road. Now she won't cross the street without holding my arm. "I really enjoy it, it's rewarding to see the look on the kids' faces, as they are always so pleased to see me." Not a legal obligation Local authorities have to promote road safety, but providing lollipop people is not a legal obligation. Some councils are even considering pulling money from their service entirely. Staffordshire's wardens are under threat, as the council consults on removing all 240 positions from their payroll from September 2019 because of "unprecedented financial challenges". The council would still employ wardens and provide training but funding would be at the discretion of parents or schools. Birmingham City Council - which has cut numbers heavily in recent years - may remove all its officers by not replacing them when they leave or retire. The council is encouraging parents and schools to step in and raise the funds, with the council providing training, uniforms and supervision. Image copyright Hackney Council Image caption This letter to a Hackney lollipop lady was from a child who wanted to thank her Wardens typically earn between £7.83 to £10.55 an hour and work a few hours a week. To install a zebra or pelican crossing, as some councils have been doing to replace wardens, it can cost up to £30,000 and £50,000 respectively. The Local Government Association said councils try to maintain school crossing patrols wherever possible. "Many councils have been forced to review this discretionary service due to significant pressures on their budgets and increasing demand for statutory services, such as children's services and adult social care," said transport spokesman Martin Tett. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46514670
  5. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thames Valley Police says 14 people died from drug-related deaths in West Berkshire in 2017 People found with "small quantities of illegal drugs" will not be arrested and instead urged to engage with support services, as part of a police pilot. Thames Valley Police (TVP) hopes the approach will reduce deaths, prevent reoffending and lower service demands. Assistant Chief Constable Jason Hogg has denied the scheme is a soft approach, saying there is "nothing soft about trying to save lives". Figures showed drug deaths nationally increased by 29% in 2017. ACC Hogg said people would not be prompted to attend appointments, but if they failed to engage with addiction services "they could find themselves being prosecuted" if found in possession in the future. Lucy Dawe from charity Cannabis Skunk Sense said people with drug problems "should be able to receive help" because "nobody wants to lock up anyone who has a health problem". "We would not suggest decriminalisation," she added. "If they choose not to engage with services, then they should be prosecuted." The three-month pilot will offer a "tailored diversion route" to address people's use of drugs instead of seeing them prosecuted. No soft touch The no-arrest pilot refers to all drugs, including the most dangerous Class A substances. TVP said people in possession of large quantities of drugs and those suspected of supplying them would continue to be arrested. ACC Hogg said it was "definitely the case" the approach would allow officers to be deployed to other areas, but added it was "not the reason" for the scheme. He added: "We are aware some people may think that (it is a soft approach), but there is nothing soft about trying to save lives. "We hope this will allow those who are offending for the first time, young people for example, an opportunity to become educated about the risks drugs pose and for those with established addictions to seek specialist treatment." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-46591100
  6. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Metropolitan Police Service is testing the technology around Soho on Monday and Tuesday Christmas shoppers could have their faces scanned in central London this week as part of a police trial. The Metropolitan Police Service says it will invite people to take part in testing the technology rather than scanning people covertly. The trials will be held near Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square on Monday and Tuesday. Privacy campaigners Big Brother Watch described the use of such technology as "authoritarian, dangerous and lawless". In a statement the group said that "monitoring innocent people in public is a breach of fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of speech and assembly". Officers say the software can identify people wanted by the police or the courts. An investigation by Big Brother Watch earlier this year suggested the technology flagged up a "staggering" number of innocent people as suspects. The Met said "clear uniformed" officers would carry out the trials and distribute information leaflets to the public for about eight hours on both days. The force also said anyone who declined to be scanned during the deployment would "not be viewed as suspicious". The use of of facial recognition technology by police forces is currently under investigation by the UK's information watchdog. Elizabeth Denham, who was appointed Information Commissioner in July 2016, said in a blog published earlier this year that the technology could bring "significant public safety benefits". However, she said its application could also be "particularly intrusive", and represented a "real step change in the way law-abiding people are monitored as they go about their daily lives". https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46584184
  7. A paedophile police constable with an “insatiable appetite” for preying on young girls has been jailed for 25 years. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/police-officer-who-raped-13-year-old-girl-jailed-for-25-years/ar-BBQU4mb?ocid=spartanntp
  8. A judge has criticised the “scandalous waste” of almost £200,000 of taxpayers’ money on an anarchist protester’s doomed bid for compensation from police. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/judge-blasts-scandalous-200k-bill-over-anarchists-failed-bid-to-sue-police-claiming-they-called-him-a4016376.html
  9. City of London police are deploying officers in India to combat scammers in call centres targeting the UK in a multi-million-pound racket. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/city-police-sent-to-india-to-catch-online-tech-support-scammers-a4015206.html
  10. CCTV shows a police officer being elbowed in the face by a suspect in a “vicious” and unprovoked attack that left him with a broken nose. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/moment-policeman-s-nose-broken-by-suspect-in-elbow-attack-a4015421.html
  11. This is the shocking moment a drunk former soldier smashed his car through metal barriers into two nightclub doormen. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/shocking-cctv-captures-moment-exsoldier-ploughs-car-into-two-bouncers-a4013901.html
  12. This is the shocking moment a thug drop-kicks a homeless tent in a city centre. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/hull-homeless-attack-shocking-moment-thug-drop-kicks-tent-as-two-people-sleep-inside-a4013841.html
  13. Police have released shocking footage of two drunk men attempting to drive cars with missing tyres as part of a Christmas crackdown on driving under the influence of alcohol. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/dramatic-footage-shows-drunk-men-swerving-dangerously-in-cars-with-missing-tyres-as-police-issue-a4013256.html
  14. Police have warned protesters against committing violence and causing disorder at a pro-Brexit rally backed by Ukip and Tommy Robinson. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/brexit-betrayal-rally-police-warn-against-violence-and-disorder-at-protest-backed-by-tommy-robinson-a4012146.html
  15. An off-duty police officer who was cycling home from work foiled two would-be moped muggers just before they were about to carry out a robbery in south west London. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/offduty-officer-cycling-home-from-work-foils-moped-muggers-in-south-west-london-a4011941.html