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  2. Not worth contacting police as some of the offences you have disclosed have a 6 month limit. As for the rest it probobly would not be in the public interest to resurrect due to how much time had passed and the minor level of the incident.
  3. Finland killings: Briton who helped victims says he is 'not a hero' 19 August 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Hassan Zubier/Facebook A British man who went to the aid of victims of a knife attack in Finland has told the BBC he is "not a hero". Hassan Zubier, a paramedic born in Kent who now lives in Sweden, said he did "what he was trained for" when a knifeman stabbed two women to death in the city of Turku on Friday. He was injured four times as he tried to help others, according to reports in the Swedish media. Police in Finland are treating the attack as a terrorist incident. Mr Zubier, 45, who was born in Dartford, was on holiday in Turku when he was caught up in the attack. 'Died in his arms' "I am not a hero. I did what I was trained for. I did my best and more," he told the BBC from his hospital bed. Earlier, he told Swedish newspaper the Expressen: "I saw a guy stabbing a woman with a knife while she lay on the ground. "I rushed to help her and I tried to stop the blood flow, while others gave her heart and lung assistance." But the woman's injuries were so severe that she died in his arms. The knifeman, an 18-year-old Moroccan, was arrested after being shot by police. Four other Moroccans have been held. 'Terrorist killings' The two women stabbed to death were both Finnish while eight people were also injured. Police say the knifeman appeared to choose women as targets, with six of the eight wounded being female. Prime Minister Juha Sipila told a press conference that Finland had experienced a terror attack for the first time. Police said in a statement: "The act had been investigated as murder, but during the night we received additional information which indicates that the criminal offences are now terrorist killings." The UK embassy in Finland said it had "been in touch with the British national and offered consular support". View the full article
  4. UK terror threat increased by IS losses, security minister says 19 August 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIS are inspiring home-grown attackers rather than sending them to the front line, Ben Wallace saysThe UK terror threat is increasing as so-called Islamic State loses territory in Syria and Iraq, the security minister has said. Ben Wallace said extremists were trying to carry out attacks in the UK because they were either unable to join IS overseas or had returned from there. He said Europe was now under "constant attack" from terror groups. Mr Wallace also warned there needed to be more understanding of the anti-terrorism programme Prevent. It comes after IS claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack on 17 August when a van drove down Las Ramblas, killing 13 and injuring scores more. The terror group lost its Mosul stronghold to Iraqi forces last month and international efforts to bring down its "capital" Raqqa in Syria continue. IS seized Raqqa in 2014 and established its headquarters there, with former prime minister David Cameron calling it "the head of the snake". Mr Wallace told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think the threat is still increasing, partly driven by the fact Isis is collapsing in Syria and people are either unable to get out there to fight for Isis and so they look to do something at home, or also because people have come back and tried to inspire people with their stories and tales of the caliphate. "I think those two things mean that the threat is to some extent increasing." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption IS claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack on 17 August The security minister also said it was vital for people to engage with the government's anti-terrorism programme, Prevent, which aims to stop people from becoming radicalised. But he said he disagreed with comments from the police lead for Prevent who said the programme should be compulsory. Under the scheme, police and other organisations try to build relationships with the public - including faith leaders, teachers and doctors - and urge them to report any concerns to them, but currently any engagement is voluntary. Mr Wallace added that he had ordered the release of more information to increase understanding of Prevent and its successes to get more people to engage with it. "There's no ifs and buts nowadays. "If we're going to stop these people who use everyday items such as vehicles and kitchen knives to murder people on our streets, we are going to have to all engage together with Prevent and we are having real success when we do that." Mr Wallace added: "We must offer an alternative and help people be protected from that [radicalisation]." View the full article
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  6. McDonald's could face first UK strikes 18 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Global fast-food giant McDonald's could face its first UK worker strikes Fast-food company McDonald's could face its first staff strike in the UK, after workers at two stores backed a call for industrial action. Employees at McDonald's restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford, near London, voted overwhelmingly for a strike. The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said staff wanted secure working hours and a £10 per hour wage. A spokesman for McDonald's said the fast-food company "works hard to ensure teams are treated fairly". "We can confirm that, following a ballot process, the BFAWU have indicated that a small number of our employees representing less that 0.01% of our workforce are intending to strike in two of our restaurants." "As per the terms of the ballot, the dispute is solely related to our internal grievance procedures." Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour's Shadow Secretary for Business, Environment and Industrial Strategy, said: "The strike at McDonald's is motivated by working people coming together to fight for decent pay and working conditions." The company in April announced that staff would be offered a choice of flexible or fixed contracts with minimum guaranteed hours. McDonald's, employs around 85,000 staff in the UK and one million worldwide. View the full article
  7. Rather a silly one, ASP baton won't retract

    Think the oil did the trick. Was using it today with no issues.
  8. Chief inspectors and commander posts will still exist beyond 2018. Commissioner Cressida Dick has cancelled plans to abolish two ranks in the Met. Last year Police Oracle revealed the force planned to do away with chief inspector and commander posts in 2018. But its subsequently-appointed force leader has called a halt to the idea. A spokesman said “removing two ranks is not the best approach to achieve the outcomes we need”. Police Oracle also revealed that the force had already spent more than £27,000 on the promotion process for potential future chief inspectors before deciding to drop the ranks – with more than 229 officers having applied. The force spokesman said: “The commissioner has signalled very clearly that the Met will introduce flatter management structures and that she is increasing the pace of reform. "However, after extensive consultation, and due to the step-change to our operational context in recent weeks, she has concluded that removing two ranks entirely is not the best approach to achieve the outcomes we need at this time. “In the coming months we will see flatter leadership structures that empower officers to use discretion and make decisions in different units across the Met. “We will also continue to work closely with the NPCC lead on reforms to leadership structures and maintain our place at the forefront of this work.” Reducing the number of ranks in policing was a key recommendation from the College of Policing’s leadership review and the UK’s largest force appeared to be leading the way in implementing it. Met Fed branch chairman Ken Marsh welcomed the change of heart. “It wasn’t thought out very well to begin with, now the Commissioner has given it proper thought I think what will happen will be planned far better,” he said. On the potential for inspectors to gain promotion to chief inspector ranks again, he added: “They were in the process when it stopped, I’m pleased for them and inspectors will now be able to become chief inspectors.” View on Police Oracle
  9. Labour says visibility has rarely been lower and 'blame lies squarely at the government's door'. The number of people who believe police are "highly visible" in their community has fallen by almost half, statistics show. Just one in five (22 per cent) people said they feel officers are highly visible, according to the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales, which looks at the period from April last year to March this year. This compared with 39 per cent in April 2010 to March 2011, while the percentage of the public who said they "never" see police foot patrols has risen by more than half, from 25 per cent to 39 per cent. It follows a survey last year, which found that one in three people in England and Wales has not seen a bobby on the beat in their local area in the past year. The poll carried out for HMIC found 36 per cent of people had not seen a police officer or PCSO on foot in their areas in the past year - while just under a quarter (23 per cent) had seen uniformed personnel "once or twice". The watchdog warned of the "erosion" of neighbourhood policing as forces are forced to make further financial cuts. Labour's Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh said: "Bobbies on the beat don't just reassure the public they collect vital community intelligence and help to keep us safe. Savage cuts mean this tried and tested bedrock of British policing is being chipped away as police withdraw from neighbourhood policing altogether. "Police visibility has rarely been lower and the blame lies squarely at the Government's door. "The Tories shamefully accused the police of crying wolf over police cuts, but now the public are seeing the brutal reality; crime rising and fewer officers on hand to keep them safe." A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Effective policing is not just about the number of officers on the street but about accessibility - having a presence where people now live their lives and are at risk, for example online. "The latest data from the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that nearly two-thirds of the public believe that the police are doing a good or excellent job, and we encourage forces to be innovative, including making best use of technology in the way in which they engage so they meet the needs of all sectors of the community." Last month a number of anonymous former senior Met officers stressed the importance of Safer Neighbourhood Teams, the force’s “eyes and ears” on the ground. The officers claim the teams have been key to detecting signs of radicalisation and gang-related activity in the past. They explained that in 2007 every ward in every London borough boasted a team made up of a sergeant, two police constables and three community support officers. Now there are just three officers in each team, with each unit covering three or four wards. View on Police Oracle
  10. Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV legend dies aged 89 18 August 2017 From the section Entertainment & Arts Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow Brucie entertained us for decadesSir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89. The former Strictly Come Dancing presenter had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection. His long career in showbusiness began when he was aged just 14. He became Britain's best-paid TV star, famous for hosting game shows like The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right. He also presented BBC One's Strictly with Tess Daly from 2004 to 2014. Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Bruce and Lady Forsyth married in 1983 A statement from his manager, Ian Wilson, said: "It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children. "A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months. "With a twinkle in his eye, he responded 'I've been very, very busy... being ill!'" Sir Bruce's family expressed their thanks to "the many people who have sent cards and letters to Bruce wishing him well over his long illness and know that they will share in part, the great, great loss they feel". Keyhole surgery They said there would be no further comment at the moment and asked for their privacy to be respected "at this most difficult time". Sir Bruce had not been seen in public recently, due to ill health. He was too frail to attend the funerals of close friends Ronnie Corbett and Sir Terry Wogan last year. In 2015, the presenter underwent keyhole surgery after suffering two aneurysms, which were discovered following a fall at his Surrey home. In an interview last October, his wife said he was still having "a bit of a problem moving". She said: "He's in incredible shape mentally but he gets very tired." Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk. View the full article
  11. Assessment centre preparation courses

    I would take bluelight over talking blues all day of the week. Yeah its a trek to Manchester from North East but worth it if you pass
  12. Spain attacks: 'Small number' of Britons injured, says FCO 18 August 2017 From the section UK A "small number" of Britons were injured in the attacks in Spain, the Foreign Office says, as the Barcelona death toll rises to 14. The FCO also said it was "working to find out if any more need our help" and that the numbers of those injured could rise. View the full article
  13. Mother wins MoD apology over 'Snatch' Land Rover death By Clive Coleman Legal correspondent, BBC News 18 August 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPte Phillip Hewett, of the Staffordshire Regiment, was killed on 16 July, 2005In July 2005, Sue Smith's son, Pte Phillip Hewett, was killed by a roadside bomb while travelling in a lightly armoured "snatch" Land Rover in Iraq. He was the ninth of 37 service personnel to be killed in the vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, which came to be known as "mobile coffins". Twelve years later, following a legal battle that reached the Supreme Court, Sue has finally got her apology. "He didn't die for nothing," she says. Speaking exclusively to the BBC, Sue has recalled her journey from the inquest process, to a victory at the Supreme Court, to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War. It has resulted in a settlement of her case and an apology from Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon for failures that "could have saved lives". Sue remembered how Phillip had become worried about travelling in the Snatch. "He wrote to his uncle saying that he was concerned that so many of his friends had lost their driving licences so they didn't have to drive in Iraq. "One of his friends said, 'It's better to be judged by 12 than carried by six,' because that's how dangerous the vehicles were. But he wouldn't have refused. He would have done as he was told." She said that when Phillip, a fitness fanatic, came home on leave, he was a shadow of his former self. "He spoke to his sisters and discussed his funeral and said what he wanted. He wasn't the same. His character was different. "He wouldn't tell me. I think he was trying to protect me so I didn't worry. But I was worrying anyway. Had I known, I think I would have run over his foot or something to stop him having to go back." The day Phillip died, Sue had a premonition. "I got up to go to work and there was a breaking news story about three soldiers from the Staffordshire battle group that had been killed in Al Amarah by a roadside bomb. "I can't explain it but I just knew before I went out the door. And we were sorting out his birthday presents to send to him. It's like something inside me. I can't really explain it better than that." Sue recalled that waiting for the body to be repatriated was the worst time, because no-one would tell her what had happened. 'More to be answered' The inquest into Phillip's death was due to last five days and Sue hoped it would provide answers, but it was completed in three hours. "Quite honestly it was like a smack in the face. It was almost as if those three lives were worth an hour each. It shocked me that it was so dismissive. Because by then I knew that (the vehicle) was what had to be questioned," she said. "And it was almost like I was something under someone's foot and they just wanted to get rid of me, and it made me feel more determined because I knew there was more to be answered than what I got at the inquest." Image caption Sue Smith (pictured third from the right) at a Stop the War Coalition march in London in September, 2005 Desperate for answers about the Snatch, Sue founded a group called the Military Families Support Group with other families of service personnel. She was initially told by the MoD that the people in a position to decide, had decided that the Snatch was the correct vehicle for the job. She found the inability to get answers from the MoD maddening. "Sometimes I felt like they just wanted me to go away or die," she said. But after yet another death things changed and armoured personnel carriers (APCs) were deployed on the same roads in Iraq that had been deemed too narrow for them prior to Phillip's death. Sue decided that the only really effective way to try and get answers was legal action. Image caption Sue Smith after the ruling in her favour at the Supreme Court in 2013 In June 2013 she and the families of two other soldiers, Pte Lee Ellis and L/Cpl Kirk Redpath, killed in Snatch Land Rovers won a landmark ruling at the Supreme Court. It gave them the right to sue the MoD under the Human Rights Act because it was deemed the soldiers were within the UK's jurisdiction at the time of their deaths and so were subject to human rights law. The MoD had wanted to strike their claims out. Sue recalled: "I was really, really happy that at last, soldiers had got the right to life, and they had to make things right, and yet I suppose it was a bitter sweet moment, because I did it for Phillip because I didn't want his death to be for nothing." Snatch Land Rover's replacement is revealed by MoD Killed soldier's dad says compensation plans are 'wrong' Chilcot report: Findings at-a-glance Even after the Supreme Court case the MoD continued to contest her case. It was the publication of the report into the inquiry into the Iraq War by Sir John Chilcot in July 2016 that changed everything. Sue had been to see the inquiry team and was instrumental in it considering the Snatch deaths. The report's criticisms were stark. The MoD had known about the vehicle's vulnerability and for years had failed to provide more heavily armoured vehicles. Sue believes that if the MoD had listened to her earlier, the lives of some of the 37 soldiers could have been saved. Finally her case and that brought by the families of Pte Ellis and L/Cpl Redpath have been settled, and each has received a letter of apology from the defence secretary. In the one written to Sue and seen by the BBC, Sir Michael expresses his regret at Phillip's death. "I am fully aware of the struggle you have had to bring this matter to court over the last decade and I recognise that this has had a significant impact on you and your family," he writes. "The government entirely accepts the findings of Sir John Chilcot in the Iraq Inquiry in relation to Snatch Land Rover. "I would like to express directly to you my deepest sympathies and apologise for the delay, resulting in decisions taken at the time in bringing into service alternative protected vehicles which could have saved lives." He goes on to say that lessons have been learnt and ends: "The government must and will ensure that our Armed Forces are always properly equipped and resourced." Sue said the apology was "bitter sweet". Her 12 year legal battle has taken a heavy toll on her and her family, but she feels that Phillip's death now leaves a legacy. "I'd like it to be that his death made a difference. He's not just a casualty of Iraq. "Iraq is almost forgotten now. It's almost Britain's Vietnam. People don't want to remember. But at least at the end of it, it's worth it. Not his death, but for people to remember what I've done in his name." View the full article
  14. Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 18 August 2017 From the section Health Image copyright wildpixel Targets are to be set to reduce calories in pizzas, burgers and ready meals as part of the government's drive to tackle child obesity in England. Health officials believe the move is needed as people are consuming 200 to 300 calories too many each day. It could see the size of products reduced or ingredients changed in food and drinks bought in supermarkets, takeaways and restaurants. The targets are expected to be set by Public Health England within a year. They will be voluntary, although officials at the government advisory body said if the industry did not respond they were prepared to legislate. How many calories are in our food? 260 in a typical burger with cheese in a bun 880 in a 10-inch takeaway pizza 237 in a Krispy Kreme chocolate iced ring doughnut 338 in a Greggs tuna mayonnaise white sub roll 54 in a 400g tin of Heinz spaghetti Source: NHS Choices The calorie-reduction programme comes after the success of the decade-long drive to reduce salt content in food. It will be modelled on the sugar-reduction programme that was included in last year's child obesity strategy and which committed the industry to reducing the amount of sugar in certain foods by 20% by 2020. PHE chief nutritionist Dr Alison Tedstone said good progress was being made on the sugar target and it was now time to consider tackling calories. She pointed out that only a quarter of calories come from sugary foods so if successful it could have a major impact. "We have a serious problem - one in three leave primary school either obese or overweight," she said. "If we want to tackle this we have to look at calories. There are a number of ways it can be done - we can reduce the size of the products or change the ingredients." Calorie counting Image copyright Science Photo Library As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500 calories a day to maintain a healthy body weight For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000 These values can vary depending on age, size and levels of physical activity, among other factors School-age children are advised to consume anywhere between 1,600 and 2,500 People on average consume between 200 and 300 calories more than they should Source: NHS Choices She also defended the child obesity strategy, which was announced last August, amid criticism from campaigners that it had failed to have the impact it should have. Dr Tedstone said she was "delighted" with it as it was the first time there had been a cross-government commitment to tackling the issue. The plan also included the levy on sugary drinks, which is due to come into force in April 2018. Caroline Cerny, of the Obesity Health Alliance, said it looked forward to seeing "ambitious" targets being set to cut calories. But she said the food industry was continuing to "get away with bombarding children with adverts that we know encourage unhealthy food choices". "Failing to tackle this area is significantly undermining the impact of the child obesity plan. After one year, it is scraping along with a C grade, rather than topping the class with an A star," she added. A spokeswoman for the Food and Drink Federation said it welcomed "broadening" the focus away from only sugar. "Singling out the role of individual ingredients and food groups does not help consumers to make good choices about their diet, lifestyle or general health." She said companies were playing their part by making healthier options available and providing nutritional information on packs. She added: "Our industry has a proud track record of reformulation to remove salt, fat and sugar from food and drinks. This work will continue as we rise to the challenge of PHE's sugar reduction targets and engage with this new focus on calories." View the full article
  15. Not too sure if it's the right forum.... but thank you for any advice/ thoughts The events took place over 2 years ago. Ms Anonymous goes to a party. She has been drinking a lot but is happy and dancing. At one point she gets approached by someone whom she has known for 17 years but fell out with and quite a few of his friends. She reluctantly agrees to speak with him but he verbally abuses her and manages to make her cry. She walks away 3 times, yet he carries on. She finds herself leaning against the bar where he starts some more and not being able to take it anymore, she punches him. He punches her back, she falls on the floor. She is helped up, on the way out she sees his friends, he is holding a plastic bottle, she grabs it to throw water on him, he strangles her. She is pulled away and walks away, the person she came with hands her her jacket, at this point Ms Anonymous is pretty much ready to fight the all world and slaps her. The woman defends herself quite heavily. Outside a 3rd man yells abuses at her. She walks away in distress. Walks on the streets, wanting to go home, crying heavily. The Uber she calls does not take her due to her bruises. Ms Anonymous reports the assault once home. She makes it clear it's because she is afraid for hers as well as her children's safety. The people who took part know where she lives and what car she drives. The police makes her feel as thought it is her fault. She is afraid of giving her statement or to give the pictures to the police. She receives a phone call from the police officer dealing with her, who tells her/ warns her from going to a certain area as and I quote "we have spoken with L. (Who was not implicated in the attack, but was the girlfriend of one of the guys) they are afraid of you and think you are dangerous. They are getting an injonction against you" Ms Anonymous has found it really hard to deal with it all and feels she has been wrongly/ unfairly treated given the circumstances. She had finally closed the door, unfortunately following an incident at the weekend involving her 15 year old son, she feels victimised again/ bullied. She would like to know if it's too late to give her statement as it's been over 2 years which would also help her bring closure onto those events that have haunted her since it happened. Thank you for any advice.
  16. Dog Attack

    Not an expert in this area but to my knowledge it's the local authorities that deal with these cases. They have the powers to issue a Dog Control Notice where a dog is out of control: It is not being kept under control effectively and consistently (by whatever means) by the proper person Its behaviour gives rise to alarm, or apprehensiveness on the part of any individual, and the individual’s alarm or apprehensiveness is, in all circumstances, reasonable. The apprehensiveness may be as to (any or all) - (a) the individual’s own safety, (b) the safety of some other person, or (c) the safety of an animal other than the dog in question. Id contact the council and see what reason they'd issue a notice.
  17. Right To Silence

    Right to remain silent doesn't mean you can just ignore the officers and provide them with no information. If you're a driver of a vehicle you have certain duties, one of which is to provide any officer with the required information to ensure you're legally allowed on the road. Driving licences isn't a right, it's a privilege. Even in the situation where you do have the right to remain silent it doesn't mean you have a right not to be questioned.
  18. Teenagers to find out A-level results By Sean Coughlan Education correspondent 17 August 2017 From the section Education & Family Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of pupils will find out about A-level results and university places The long wait for A-level results is almost over for teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A drop in applications for university this year is expected to mean a "buyer's market" with more options available for those looking for places. Changes to the qualifications system mean many A-levels are being decided by final exams, with no link to AS-levels. But the national results are expected to be kept similar to last year, when a quarter of entries received top grades. More than 400,000 university places are likely to be decided on Thursday - and tens of thousands more places will be available through the clearing system, which matches people looking for places with vacancies on courses. More exam changes With a reduction in applications, a demographic dip in the number of 18-year-olds and uncertainty about the results from the new A-level system, many universities, including in the prestigious Russell Group, are expected to still have places on offer. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young people caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire will get their exam results This year's exams in England reflect the latest phase of changes to qualifications, which have cut down on coursework and become "decoupled" from AS-levels. Results for 13 subjects, including history, English, psychology, physics, chemistry and biology, will now depend on the final exams taken in the summer. Head teachers' leader Geoff Barton said the change would mean the "death knell" of AS-levels, with schools increasingly likely to abandon the exam, which would no longer count towards the A-level grade. AS-level entries have fallen by more than 40% this year, and Mr Barton, leader of the ASCL head teachers' union, said he regretted this "narrowing" of options. He also warned of rushed changes to qualifications. But the exam reforms, and the move to final exams rather than modules, were defended by John Blake, head of education at the Policy Exchange think tank, "The changes to A-levels were designed to end a culture of endlessly re-sitting examinations, which was as painful and time-consuming for teachers as it was for students," he said. "It led to less teaching time and made it harder to get a proper grasp of the subject. We should all be pleased that it is over." 'Fairness' in results There have been concerns from pupils who have been the first to take these revised exams. A survey of A-level students from the Student Room website found worries about a lack of textbooks and practice papers for the new style of exams. Even if there is volatility in results for individual schools, the overall results are likely to be kept comparable to last year's. Sally Collier, head of the exam watchdog, Ofqual, said the regulator would "ensure fairness between students over time and between boards". "This is especially important when qualifications change," she added. Last year, 25.8% of entries were awarded an A* or A, down by 0.1% on the previous year. The overall pass rate remained unchanged at 98.1%. Financial firm Grant Thornton says this year's intake of A-level students will have grown by almost four times compared with six years ago - with 70 places on offer, representing more than a quarter of the company's intake of trainees. View the full article
  19. Five officers and a nurse were all attacked by pair in one evening. Five officers and a nurse were assaulted by the men throughout the course of the night. Northumbria Police has appealed for witnesses after an officer was knocked unconscious and four of her colleagues attacked by a pair of thugs. Police were called to Newcastle City Centre shortly after 3am on Monday August 14 to reports two men had punched and kicked members of the public and ran off. Two officers attended and a violent struggle ensued in which both officers were assaulted with one knocked unconscious. The pair were eventually detained and taken to Forth Banks station where a nurse and three detention officers were also assaulted. The force believes a number of people will have seen the attack on the officers and are appealing for witnesses. Four men in particular stopped to help the officers during the struggle but then left the scene without providing their details. Acting Chief Inspector Steve Wykes, of Northumbria Police said: “I’d like to thank the four men who came to our officer’s aid - it was brave of them to do so but they left before our officers could get their details. “I’d ask them to come forward and speak to us so we can thank them for their actions. The offender’s behaviour is wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Northumbria police. “While I am pleased to report that the officers are not seriously injured this was an awful incident and the officers are receiving support. “I’d also appeal for anyone who was in the area of St Nicholas Street and Castle Stairs who may have witnessed the incident to contact police.” The officer who was knocked out was taken to hospital for her injuries but later released. Two men aged 25 and 36 years were arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer in the execution of their duty and are detained in custody helping police with their enquiries. View on Police Oracle
  20. Sarah Champion quits Labour front bench over rape article 16 August 2017 From the section UK Politics Labour shadow minister Sarah Champion has quit the party's front bench after criticism over a newspaper article she wrote about grooming gangs. The Rotherham MP wrote in The Sun that "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls". She has now apologised for her "extremely poor choice of words" and quit as shadow equalities minister. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he had accepted her resignation. View the full article
  21. September 2017 intake

    Hi there, just wondering if there is anyone out there due to start at tulliallan on the 25th sept? Would be great to get to know some of you before heading up in September! I've read there has been a few WhatsApp group chats for other intakes and I'm wondering if there are any for the sept intake?
  22. Brexit: UK position paper opposes Irish border posts 16 August 2017 From the section Northern Ireland Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The future management of the Irish border is one of three main priorities in UK-EU Brexit talks The government has said it does not want any border posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in its new position paper on Brexit. The paper is part of its negotiations with the European Union and the broad ideas in the document appear familiar. It says the government does not want to see any physical infrastructure at the Irish border, such as customs posts. But Brexit critics have complained that the UK's proposals lack credible detail on how that aim could be achieved. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK which will share a land border with an EU member state when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. The future management of that border is a highly sensitive issue and is one of three main priorities in UK-EU Brexit negotiations. UK proposes 'untested' customs system Government to unveil Irish border plan Brexit: What is at stake in EU-UK talks? Analysis: Is UK leaving the customs union? As revealed on Tuesday, Brexit Secretary David Davis wants a time-limited period to implement any new customs arrangements, including considerations relating to the "unique circumstances" of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The government has repeated its desire to maintain the Common Travel Area and the rights of UK and Irish citizens, and to uphold the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. The paper also dismisses the idea of a customs border in the Irish Sea, saying it would be economically and constitutionally unviable. It recognises that all this needs to be negotiated with the EU, in the hope that the border between the EU and the UK will be as "seamless" as possible. Image caption The government ruled out suggestions of concentrating border checks at Irish Sea crossings An Irish government spokesperson welcomed the position paper as "timely and helpful" as it offers more clarity on the UK's strategy. Customs union, free trade area and single market - an explainer Reality Check: What is a customs union? A quick guide to the Brexit negotiations Brexit: All you need to know However, they warned: "Protecting the peace process is crucial and it must not become a bargaining chip in the negotiations." Campaigners who oppose Brexit have claimed that the re-introduction of a so-called "hard border" would severely damage the Northern Ireland peace process and have a negative economic impact. UK-Irish trade in numbers £13.6bn worth of goods exported to the Republic of Ireland from Great Britain in 2016 £9.1bn worth of goods exported Great Britain from the Republic of Ireland in 2016 £10.7bn worth of goods from Northern Ireland were sold in Great Britain in 2015 £2.7bn worth of goods from Northern Ireland were exported to the Republic of Ireland in 2015 More than 80% of cross-border trade on the island of Ireland is by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Both the UK and Irish governments have repeatedly stated their opposition to a hard border, but the situation is complicated as the UK intends to leave the EU's customs union. The position paper sets out two "broad approaches" to future customs arrangements that the UK hopes will help to prevent physical customs posts along the Irish border. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne road crosses the border four times in 10 minutes, but can you spot where the crossings are?The suggestions are a "new customs partnership" or a "highly streamlined customs arrangement". The partnership model would "align" customs approaches between the UK and the EU, resulting in "no customs border at all between the UK and Ireland," the paper claims. The paper suggests the second, "highly-streamlined" arrangement could include: a continued waiver on submitting entry/exit declarations; continued membership of the Common Transit Convention to help Northern Ireland and Irish companies transit goods a new "trusted trader" arrangement for larger businesses a "cross-border trade exemption" which would mean no new customs processes at all for smaller traders What is the customs union? Countries in the customs union do not impose tariffs - taxes on imports - on each other's goods. Every country inside the union levies the same tariffs on imports from abroad. So, for example, a 10% tariff is imposed on some cars imported from outside the customs union, while 7.5% is imposed on roasted coffee. Other goods - such as soap or slate - have no tariffs. The UK has said it is leaving the EU's customs union because as a member it is unable to strike trade deals with other countries. A UK Government source said they had some "very clear principles" in designing an "unprecedented model" for the Irish border post-Brexit. "Top of our list is to agree upfront no physical border infrastructure - that would mean a return to the border posts of the past and is completely unacceptable to the UK." 'Vagueness' The source added that protecting UK-Irish trade was "vital" and claimed the paper "sets out some creative options on customs and shows the priority we place on making progress on this". Image caption Earlier this year, residents from border communities held a protest at Stormont But Labour MP Conor McGinn, who grew up in Northern Ireland, accused the government of "vagueness and posturing". "These proposals on a light touch border are lighter still on detail," he said. "They don't outline how a frictionless or seamless border can be achieved when the UK leaves the EU and won't reassure anybody about the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland." Colm Eastwood, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), said the government seemed to be "effectively playing for more time". "The British government is still not ready, or at least unwilling, to publish serious or credible proposals on Brexit," he said. The Irish government's spokesperson said leaders in Dublin would analyse the ideas in detail and discuss them with the European Commission and the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. View the full article
  23. BBC: Ryanair calls for two-drink limit at airports

    Interested to know how they would implement this. What system could they put in place to ensure each passenger sticks to a limit of only two drinks?
  24. Rather a silly one, ASP baton won't retract

    I'd suggest going to your trainers. They will know whether its faulty or if it's just new and needs wearing in a bit.
  25. Brexit: UK suggests 'temporary customs union' with EU 14 August 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The EU's customs union means members charge the same tariff on goods coming from other countries The UK has set out the "ambitious new customs arrangement" it wants to secure with the EU after Brexit. Ministers said the plans would mean the "freest and most frictionless possible trade" with the rest of Europe. This could include a "temporary customs union" after Brexit to prevent border problems as the UK leaves the EU. Businesses have been calling for clarity since the UK said it was leaving the EU's customs union as part of Brexit. Customs union, free trade area and single market - an explainer Reality Check: What is a customs union? A quick guide to the Brexit negotiations Cars and curry: The UK's EU charm offensive Countries in the customs union don't impose tariffs (taxes on imports) on each other's goods. Members also agree to impose the same external tariffs on goods from other countries. So, for example, a 10% tariff is imposed on some cars imported from outside the customs union, while 7.5% is imposed on roasted coffee. Other goods - such as soap or slate - have no tariffs. The UK's departure from the EU's customs union was confirmed at the weekend in a joint article by Chancellor Philip Hammond and Trade Secretary Liam Fox. According to the newly-published government paper, the UK could ask Brussels to establish a "temporary customs union" after it leaves the EU in March 2019. But during this period, it would also expect to be able to negotiate its own international trade deals - something it cannot do as an EU customs union member. Once this period expires, the UK will look to agree either a "highly streamlined" border with the EU, or a new "partnership" with no customs border at all. The government said the interim arrangements would mean businesses would only have to adjust once to the new arrangements. All of this will have to be negotiated with the EU - and the two sides have not yet even started discussing trade matters. Other obstacles - including the size of the UK's "divorce bill" - need to be agreed first. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brexit Secretary David Davis (left) and the EU Commission's Michel Barnier are leading the negotiations for the two sides The customs union document is the first of a series of papers to be published by the UK government on key negotiation issues. On Wednesday it is expected to set out proposals for the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The government, which has faced accusations that cabinet divisions are hampering its negotiations, said the publications reflected the "huge body of work" done since the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016. As well as collecting duties, customs checks include enforcing environmental and health and safety rules, cracking down on counterfeit goods, and checking "certificates of origin" saying where items have come from. View the full article
  26. Ryanair calls for two-drink limit at airports 14 August 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA Ryanair has called on UK airports to enforce a two-drink limit, after a BBC Panorama investigation suggested arrests of drunken passengers have risen by 50% in a year. The low-cost airline has already banned customers from drinking duty-free alcohol on board. A total of 387 people were arrested between February 2016 and February 2017 - up from 255 the previous year. The Home Office is "considering" calls for tougher rules on alcohol. The arrest figures obtained by Panorama came from 18 out of the 20 police forces with a major airport in their area. Ryanair already stops people flying from Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester to Alicante and Ibiza from bringing alcohol on board the aircraft at all. The company is urging airports to ban the sale of alcohol before 10am and to limit the number of drinks per boarding pass to a maximum of two. Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said: "This is an issue which the airports must now address. "We are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, particularly with early morning flights and when flights are delayed." 'Barmaids in the sky' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlly Murphy: "Drunk passenger tried to open plane door"Trade body Airlines UK said it should be made illegal for people to drink their own alcohol on board a plane. Meanwhile, more than half of cabin crew who responded to a survey said they had witnessed disruptive drunken passenger behaviour at UK airports. A total of 19,000 of the Unite union's cabin crew members were surveyed and 4,000 responded, with one in five saying they had suffered physical abuse. A former cabin crew manager with Virgin, Ally Murphy, quit her job last October after 14 years and told Panorama: "People just see us as barmaids in the sky. "They would touch your breasts, or they'd touch your bum or your legs. I've had hands going up my skirt before." Speaking to Radio 5live, DJ Judge Jules, said he witnessed the same sort of behaviour. "People sort of stealing stuff from the drinks trolley, people groping the cabin crew, people groping one another. I mean the list is endless," he said. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A House of Lords committee report called for tougher rules on the sale of alcohol at airports In July 2016 the aviation industry introduced a voluntary code of conduct on disruptive passengers, which most of the big airlines and airports signed up to. The code's advice included asking retailers to warn passengers not to consume duty-free purchases on the plane, while staff were also asked not to sell alcohol to passengers who appeared drunk. Panorama found more than a quarter of cabin crew surveyed were unaware of the code of practice and, of those who had heard of it, only 23% thought it was working. Alcohol in the air Entering an aircraft when drunk or being drunk on an aircraft is a criminal offence, with a maximum sentence of two years' imprisonment Licensing laws which prevent the sale of alcohol outside permitted hours do not apply to airside sales of alcohol at UK international airports. Bars can remain open to serve passengers on the earliest and latest flights - from 04:00 in some cases About 270m passengers passed through UK airports last year* and about a fifth of all duty-free purchases involved wine and spirits** The Civil Aviation Authority reported a 600% increase in disruptive passenger incidents in the UK between 2012 and 2016 with "most involving alcohol". They say the increase is partly down to improved reporting of incidents Sources: Airlines UK* and UK Travel Retail Forum** Airlines can limit the amount of alcohol sold to passengers on board flights. Low-cost airline Jet2 has already banned alcohol sales on flights before 08:00 and managing director Phil Ward agreed further action was needed. "I think they [airports] could do more. I think the retailers could do more as well. "Two litre steins of beer in bars, mixes and miniatures in duty free shops, which can only be there for one reason - you know, they're items that are not sold on the high street. "We can't allow it not to change." Your tales of drunken passengers: "One passenger was so drunk he had to have a member of crew do up his seat belt. During landing we had passengers standing up, despite repeatedly being told to sit down. I heard the most despicable things, totally racist and sexist and disgusting." Nikki Webber "There was one woman whose language was vile all through the flight with the hen party. The last straw was once the plane had landed, she walked up the aisle and shouted the vilest language in front of my son." Sharon Richards "As the plane is landing... the lads remove their (seatbelts) and start scrapping really badly. I looked around and I saw one lad kick the girl behind me. They kicked me and without thinking about it I heard myself shouting really loudly at them to sit down and put their seatbelts back on." Tania Chambers "One passenger was so drunk by the end of the flight, he was unable to leave the aircraft unaided by the time we arrived. The departure time was before 8am." Paul Shah "I was seated just behind a stag group who had been drinking in the airport and continued to drink duty free clear spirits from water bottles on the flight. The airline staff did not serve any alcohol that flight and moved a family with young children." David Moult A House of Lords committee report earlier this year called for tougher rules on the sale of alcohol at airports. The Home Office said it was considering the report's recommendations, which include revoking the airports' exemption from the Licensing Act, "and will respond in due course". Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, said: "I don't accept that the airports don't sell alcohol responsibly. It's the misuse of it and drinking to excess and then behaving badly." She said they were working with retailers and staff to make sure they understand the rules. Watch Panorama: Plane Drunk on Monday 14 August on BBC One at 20:30 BST and afterwards on BBC iPlayer View the full article
  27. London's Garden Bridge project officially abandoned 14 August 2017 From the section London Image copyright Heatherwick Studio Image caption A review of the project said more than £37m had already been spent A £200m plan to build a bridge covered with trees across the River Thames in central London has officially been abandoned. The Garden Bridge Trust has announced that it is winding up the project due to a lack of support from the mayor. In April, Sadiq Khan said he would not provide the financial guarantee needed for planning permission. A review of the project said £37.4m had been spent and it would cost taxpayers £46.4m if it was cancelled. Since the mayor's decision, the trust has been looking at other funding options, including speaking to the government. It said that all potential benefactors and trustees decided the project could not happen without the support of the mayor. 'Sad day' In a letter to Mr Khan, the trust's chairman Lord Davies said: "We are incredibly sad that we have not been able to make the dream of the Garden Bridge a reality and that the mayor does not feel able to continue with the support he initially gave us." He said the trust had raised £70m of private money towards the project and had satisfied most of the planning permission conditions. Skip Twitter post by @johnprescott Report End of Twitter post by @johnprescott "The Garden Bridge would have been a unique place; a beautiful new green space in the heart of London, free to use and open to all, showcasing the best of British talent and innovation," Lord Davies said. "It is all the more disappointing because the trust was set up at the request of TfL (Transport for London), the organisation headed up by the mayor, to deliver the project. It is a sad day for London because it is sending out a message to the world that we can no longer deliver such exciting projects." Commenting on the decision to drop the project, Mr Khan said it was his "duty to ensure taxpayers' money was spent responsibly". "I have been clear since before I became mayor that no more London taxpayers' money should be spent on this project and when I took office I gave the Garden Bridge Trust time to try and address the multiple serious issues with it. "Londoners will, like me, be very angry that London taxpayers have now lost tens of millions of pounds - committed by the previous mayor on a project that has amounted to nothing." Image copyright Arup Image caption Dame Margaret Hodge's review said the Garden Bridge's costs were spiralling out of control A review into whether the Garden Bridge offered taxpayers value for money said the project should be scrapped. TfL had pledged £30m, but £20m of that was to be a loan, and the rest was from central government. Andrew Boff, Conservative London Assembly member, said Mr Khan had wasted £9m in taxpayers' money as he could have scrapped the project in May last year. Garden Bridge timeline: The idea of a "floating paradise" as a memorial to Princess Diana was suggested by Joanna Lumley as far back as 1998 The plan gathered momentum in 2012 and the following year then mayor Boris Johnson supported the scheme, pledging that Transport for London would help deliver it. It was also backed by then chancellor George Osborne Planning permission was granted in 2014 The scheme has been beset by problems over its funding and lacked support of some local residents In September 2016, Mr Khan ordered a review to find out if value for money was being achieved In April, Dame Margaret Hodge concluded it would be better to ditch the project rather than risk uncertain costs Following this report, Sadiq Khan withdrew his support BBC London's transport correspondent Tom Edwards said: "It was never really a transport project, it was a tourist attraction and crucially in 2012 no-one asked locals if they wanted it." Thomas Heatherwick, who designed the bridge, said: "Our cities need optimistic, amazing people (who supported the project) like this. And London needs new bridges and unexpected new public places. "The Garden Bridge has not found its right moment, but I hope one day it will and that London continues to be open to ideas that make life here better." Ms Lumley has not commented on the decision. View the full article
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