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  2. Hi There! So would really appreciate some advice and this seems like a good place to ask, so i live in a private block of flats and because I'm a smoker (and the building is non-smoking) I go outside in the car park space, i'm allowed as it's private and i pay service charge every year to use it, however i seem to have been getting on my neighbours nerves a bit, their garden fence backs onto the car park, and for the last 10 months the tension has risen and the neighbours who are a group of students like to walk past and basically call me names and shout abuse, i think because it's a group of 5 big guys and a girl, one guy in particular is like the ringleader and he likes to show off in front of his friends, i have found it slightly intimidating and really just want it to stop as it's been 10 months now, I've tried killing it with kindness and i never bite because i don't want it to escalate but i got fed up so i called 101 and they sent round a police community officer, she basically told me to try not to go anywhere near them and record them the next time they start on me, was this the right thing to do? If you read my post thanks!!
  3. Scientists looked at how social media could be used as a source of information during disruptive events. Twitter could have been used to detect serious incidents such as cars being set alight and shops being looted up to an hour earlier than they were reported to police during the 2011 riots, researchers have said. Computer scientists from Cardiff University looked at how social media could be used as a source of information for police during major disruptive events, analysing data from the disturbances six years ago. They found that in all but two reported incidents, a computer system automatically scanning Twitter feeds could have alerted officers earlier. Co-author of the study Dr Pete Burnap, from Cardiff University's School of Computer Science and Informatics, said: "In this research we show that online social media are becoming the go-to place to report observations of everyday occurrences - including social disorder and terrestrial criminal activity. "We will never replace traditional policing resource on the ground but we have demonstrated that this research could augment existing intelligence-gathering and draw on new technologies to support more established policing methods." The study comes after West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson claimed on Friday that police would face "real challenges" tackling a repeat of the 2011 riots following years of budget cuts. It showed that on average the computer systems could pick up on disruptive events several minutes before officials and more than an hour in some cases. The research team, which believes the work could enable police officers to better manage and prepare for both large and small-scale disruptive events, analysed 1.6 million tweets relating to the 2011 riots in England, which were sparked by the police shooting of Mark Duggan in London and started as an isolated incident in Tottenham on August 6 but quickly spread across London and other cities in England. Vandalism and looting spread to Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester over the following few days, with more than 5,000 crimes committed. A total of 16,000 officers were deployed in London on one night alone in a bid to quell the violence. The researchers used machine-learning algorithms to look at each of the tweets, taking into account a number of key features such as the time they were posted, the location where they were posted and the content of the tweet itself. The results showed the system could have alerted police to reports of disorder in Enfield, Greater London, one hour and 23 minutes earlier, they said. Dr Nasser Alsaedi, who recently completed his PhD at Cardiff under the supervision of Dr Burnap, said: "Coming from a policing background myself, I see the need for this type of cutting-edge research every day. "I wanted to develop a thesis that could have a real impact in real-world policing. I would like to see this implemented alongside the established decision-making processes." View on Police Oracle
  4. Grenfell Tower fire: Theresa May calls for cladding investigation 27 June 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nearby residents are scrutinising the response in the aftermath of the fire There should be a "major national investigation" into the use of cladding on high-rise towers, Theresa May says. It comes as it was revealed cladding from 95 towers in 32 local authority areas in England had failed fire safety tests - all of the samples submitted after the Grenfell Tower fire. The probe could be a second phase of the public inquiry into the west London fire, the PM's official spokesman said. At least 79 people are feared to have been killed in the blaze on 14 June. Earlier, an open letter to Mrs May from residents on the west London estate warned that the investigation of the fire must leave "no stone unturned". 'No stone unturned' Before Grenfell, tower block fires in England were at an at least seven-year low, figures show. According to newly released Home Office statistics, there were 714 fires in purpose-built blocks of 10 storeys or more in England in the 12 months to April - compared with 1,261 fires in 2009-10. Of those high-rise fires last year, 56 spread further than the "room of origin" and three people died, compared with 12 fatalities in 2009-10. Who are the victims? Guide to what happened? Six questions for the investigation In an open letter released on Tuesday morning, people who live at the Hurstway, Testerton, Barandon and Grenfell Walks on the Lancaster West estate said: "The investigation must leave no stone unturned. "It must identify each and every individual and organisation who must bear responsibility and accountability for this tragedy and the mishandling of the aftermath. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGrenfell locals Layla and Hassin on how they're coping with mental health issues"There must be swift recommendations to ensure there can be no chance of a repeat of this disaster elsewhere. It said the bereaved families and survivors needed time to recover and grieve - "not least in view of the paucity of support they have been afforded by the state and its agencies in the immediate aftermath". The blaze, believed to have started in a fridge-freezer, destroyed 151 homes in the north Kensington block and in the surrounding area of the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The response to the fire has come under scrutiny. 'Massive inconsistency' Questions were raised about the cladding used on Grenfell in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and a nation-wide operation has taken place to identify and test buildings with similar cladding. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"I can't do that to her": Sabah Abdullah lost his wife in the Grenfell Tower fireThe firm that supplied Grenfell Tower's cladding has ended global sales of the product for use in high-rise blocks. Where have cladding tests failed? Tower fails preliminary tests But it is no "great surprise" samples have failed fire tests, director of the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology David Metcalfe said. He said it was never "entirely clear" under the regulations whether or not the products used in cladding had to be of limited combustibility. What a filler material consists of is not defined, he explained, and regulations do not say "specifically the cladding should be of limited combustibility". "Timber isn't an insulation product, it's not a filler material, so there's nothing stopping you using timber on a high-rise building - but the government now are saying that all cladding should be of limited combustibility - there is a massive inconsistency there." The government had a new "strict interpretation" of the rules, he said. The letter from residents, part of the Justice4Grenfell campaign, demanded their voices were "heard and fully included" in the inquiry into the blaze. "We support the survivors and mourn the dead - they are our families, friends and neighbours, many of whom are still missing," it said. Mrs May ordered a full public inquiry into the fire the day after it happened. The group said bereaved families and survivors should be given funding for legal representation in that probe. View the full article
  5. Usually when someone tell you that you're too keen it's a term of endearment. I wouldn't get too hung up on it. Sent from my E6653 using Tapatalk
  6. Hello, I'm a PCSO but will be applying to be a PC when my force opens up for recruitment. I have a question though which applies for either role, as follows: Can someone be too keen? I ask because I am submitting the most intel, deal with the majority of jobs, keen to get involved (not treading on PC's toes or getting involved above my role!) yet get told constantly I am too keen! I am aware that I am keen to get involved, get myself out there, be known to the public etc and the figures and jobs reflect this. Yet I am apparently too keen!?! Anyone else had similar? The way I see it is I would rather be too keen and reeled in if needs be than not keen at all!
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  8. Have you received any further confirmation from Durham since your biometrics etc?

    Not sure when to expect to hear from them but work are starting ask questions about my notice. 

    1. Chalky1989


      I was told in an email that it'd usually be 2 weeks from the last tests before I'd hear something. So for me that's next Tuesday. I emailed HR today to double check and they haven't said anything about it yet. I want to get my notice in as soon as possible because I want a couple of weeks off before I start. I'm quite prepared to just leave if I can't get the notice I want because I've told them about every single stage of my application so they can't act like they weren't informed of when I'd be going.

      I have heard from a current colleague who's friend's partner is on the same intake, that he's passed everything and is definitely in, so I think some people have already passed, it's just a waiting game with when the results come back.

  9. Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government 26 June 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright PA Image caption The talks have taken two weeks to conclude The Conservatives have reached an agreement with the Democratic Unionists which will see them support Theresa May's minority government. The deal comes after two weeks of talks between the parties since the election resulted in a hung Parliament. The DUP's 10 MPs will back the Tories in key Commons votes, starting with the Queen's Speech later this week, but there will be no formal coalition. The talks focused on financial support for Northern Ireland and Brexit. The DUP has claimed the UK government has agreed to improve the treatment of military veterans in Northern Ireland as part of the agreement but played down reports that it had sought £2bn in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for their support. BBC Politics Live: Rolling text and video updates Military Covenant 'part of DUP-Tory deal' DUP MP plays down reports of £2bn deal Mrs May shook hands with DUP leader Arlene Foster as she and other senior party figures arrived at Downing Street on Monday to finalise the pact. The two leaders then watched as Conservative chief whip Gavin Williamson and his DUP counterpart Jeffrey Donaldson signed the documents in No 10. Under the so-called "confidence and supply" arrangement, the DUP will line up behind the government in key votes, such as on the Queen's Speech and Budgets, which would threaten the government's survival if they were lost. On other legislation, however, the DUP's support is not necessarily guaranteed - although the Northern Ireland party is expected to back the majority of the government's programme for the next two years after many of its more controversial policies were dropped. Image caption The two sides met in the Cabinet room Theresa May fell nine seats short of an overall majority after the snap election, meaning she is reliant on other parties to pass legislation, including relating to the terms of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The support of the DUP will give her an effective working majority of 13, given that Sinn Fein do not take up their seven seats and Speaker John Bercow and his three deputies - two of whom are Labour MPs - do not take part in votes. Several senior Tories had advised her to govern without any formal agreement with the DUP, arguing the unionist party would not be prepared to bring Mrs May down and run the risk of triggering a fresh election given their longstanding hostility to Jeremy Corbyn and other senior Labour figures. Former PM Sir John Major warned that a formal association with the DUP could undermine attempts to restore power-sharing government in Northern Ireland while some MPs said the DUP's socially conservative stance on issues such as gay marriage and abortion could damage the party in the longer term. Labour have demanded details of how much the deal will cost UK taxpayers and what financial promises have been made. But the Tories and DUP have said the pact will give the UK much-needed stability as it embarks on the Brexit process. View the full article
  10. Hi Gabby, I have a Suitability Interview within the next couple of weeks. J.
  11. Lib Dems seek end to pay cap for emergency services 25 June 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police have been stretched by attacks in London and Manchester The public sector pay cap should be scrapped in recognition of the work of the emergency services following recent disasters, says Tim Farron. The outgoing Lib Dem leader said firefighters, police and medical staff "deserve so much better". The pay cap, which has been in place since 2012, limits pay rises for public sector workers to 1% a year until 2020. Ministers have said that wage restraint in the public sector helps protect jobs and repairs the public finances. Grenfell Tower: Praise for 'heroic' firefighters UK terror attacks: Home secretary says police stretched Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay - Hunt But Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said earlier this month he had "a great deal of sympathy" for the case made by nurses for an end to the pay cap because of the "enormous amount of goodwill and time given free of charge" by staff. Labour and the Lib Dems both pledged to scrap the 1% pay cap in their 2017 manifestos. In the past few months there have been terror attacks in London and Manchester, and the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. Mr Farron said the pay cap should be replaced by pay rises in line with inflation. His party says the cap means that emergency service staff are seeing their wages cut in real terms, with the average firefighter set to be an estimated £1,423 a year worse off, in real terms, by 2020-21. Mr Farron said: "Terror attacks in London and Manchester and the Grenfell Tower tragedy have reminded us how our emergency services deal with the most terrible of events with professionalism and courage. They deserve a pay rise, not a pay cut. "This is about choices. During the election campaign, Theresa May reacted with indifference when asked why nurses were having to resort to using food banks. "But in recent months we have seen time and again that our emergency services run towards danger when others run away. They deserve so much better. "The Liberal Democrats call on the government to stand up for our firefighters, police, doctors and nurses and give them the pay rise they deserve." 'Recruit, retain, motivate' Home Secretary Amber Rudd admitted last week that terror attacks in the past three months had left police resources "pulled very tight". A Treasury spokesperson said: "The whole country truly values the extraordinary professionalism and courage that the police and the emergency services have shown in recent weeks and it is crucial that the public sector continues to recruit, retain and motivate the highest quality staff. "Pay restraint is one of the many difficult choices the government has had to make to protect jobs while helping to put the UK's public finances back on track. "The independent Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that our current pay policy will protect 200,000 public sector jobs." View the full article
  12. Well everyone says the roleplays are the hardest part, so your main focus should be there. Make sure you deal with them in a structured way. In my job now we have a problem solving system called 'IRIS' which is what I used to respond to the role actors. So you Investigate, you find out what they want as a a Resolution, you get the details from your Investigation, then you offer your Solution. So they'll put a scenario in there which you'll never actually fix their problem, it's more that you have to try and you have to handle it in a fair, logical and reasonable way. So listen to their concerns, offer ways to address them, be inclusive, but don't ramble, don't contradict yourself, take a few seconds before opening your mouth if you have to. As for the rest, maybe find some maths or verbal reasoning tests to test yourself online. Other main things are your Statement taking abilities, and also your competency/life based questions. So have your example for any competency ready, and make sure you link the values expected of a PC to that.
  13. Good luck pal, Any tips for the assessment Center if I get that far this time...? Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Camden flats: Council 'tried to prevent' tower closure 24 June 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCamden residents react to tower block evacuationsThere was "absolutely nothing" that could be done to keep four London tower blocks open after fire safety concerns were raised, Camden Council says. Residents of 650 flats in tower blocks on an estate in the Swiss Cottage area were evacuated late on Friday. But 83 have so far refused to leave their homes on the Chalcots Estate. The council's Labour leader, Georgia Gould, said the council had acted "as swiftly as we possibly can" to ensure people's safety. Ms Gould said the fire service "told us they could not guarantee our residents' safety in those blocks". "I know it's difficult, but Grenfell changes everything and I just don't believe we can take any risk with our residents' safety and I have to put them first. "I offered to pay for fire stations to be stationed outside all of those blocks so we could have a couple of days to get the work done but the message was there was absolutely nothing I could do to make those blocks safe that night." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAir beds laid out in Swiss Cottage leisure centreShe said that if people still choose to not leave their homes then it would "become a matter for the fire services". The estate's cladding is similar to Grenfell Tower in west London, where a fire is feared to have killed 79. Chalcots was refurbished between 2006 and 2009 by the same firm, Rydon, that oversaw work at Grenfell Tower in 2015-16. Camden Council says it will remove external thermal cladding from five tower blocks on the Chalcots estate. It also said there were concerns about the insulation of gas pipes going into flats, and fire doors. The council initially announced the evacuation of one tower block, Taplow, but later extended the move to all five tower blocks it had checked. In the early hours of Saturday morning, the council then announced that one of the five - Blashford - did not need to be evacuated, and residents could return, because it is smaller and has "several different design elements". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCouncil leader Georgia Gould: "People are very, very distressed"The council has secured 270 hotel rooms so far. Emergency accommodation was set up at Swiss Cottage leisure centre and at the Camden Centre in King's Cross. "We're encouraging all residents to stay with friends and family if they can, otherwise we'll provide accommodation," the council said. The decision to evacuate the buildings was made at 18:30 BST on Friday. The work is expected to take three to four weeks. Residents will be allowed in at the weekend to collect more possessions under escort from the fire brigade. How the residents reacted Image copyright EPA Teacher Kim Price, who lives in Blashford tower with her 14-year-old son, said: "We've had two letters in two days saying 'you're not safe' then 'you're safe'. I don't really know what to do." Edward Strange said the evacuation was a "complete overreaction", given that two previous fires in the block were easily contained. "I've got a young daughter, a wife and a cat, I've also got a job. They said it'd take four to six weeks. If the council says four to six weeks it'll take four to six months." Peter Bertram, 94, who has lived on the estate for 46 years, said: "My neighbour told me 'Get this and that'. It happened so quick, I don't have the energy for that now." Confusion as evacuation begins Bob O'Toole, chairman of Chalcots Estate residents' association, told BBC Breakfast that contractors had been working overnight in several of the tower blocks. "A lot of people are annoyed because of the way [the evacuation] was done. They're saying it was left too late in the evening. But Camden Council didn't get the information till late, and they acted on that as quickly as possible." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSajid Javid: "Absolutely the right decision" to evacuate buildingsCommunities Secretary Sajid Javid said the local fire service for the Chalcots Estate found multiple other failures in fire safety and, as a result, had made "this quite correct decision". "Public safety is absolutely paramount, you cannot put a price on people's lives. So local authorities have to do whatever it takes to get their buildings safe." Image copyright AFP Image caption The estate recently underwent a £66m refurbishment Image caption Samples from the tower blocks on the Chalcots estate were examined this week Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, said people who were in towers where cladding was being investigated would be "living in fear". "People need to give significant weight to the voice of residents, and if they do want to be moved, if they feel unsafe and haven't been reassured, then provision should be put in place [to move them]." Camden Council agreed a contract with Rydon Construction to refurbish the Chalcots estate in May 2006 at a cost of £66m. The work took more than three-and-a-half years. Five towers received new cladding and 711 flats were modernised with new wiring, heating, kitchens and bathrooms. Friday night's announcement came as the Metropolitan Police said the Grenfell Tower fire started in a fridge-freezer, and outside cladding and insulation failed safety tests. 'Safety comes first' for tower block dwellers Visual guide to the Grenfell Tower fire London fire: Who are the victims? A national operation to identify buildings with cladding similar to that used in Grenfell Tower has seen local authorities send samples for independent tests. The Department for Communities and Local Government said 14 residential high-rise buildings in nine local authority areas have now been found with cladding that raises safety concerns. Do you live in one of the affected tower blocks on the Chalcots estate in Camden Council? Email us at You can send your pictures and video to You can also contact us in the following ways: Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay WhatsApp: +447555 173285 Upload your pictures/video here Text an SMS or MMS to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (international) Or use the form below Your contact details Name (optional) Your E-mail address (required) Town & Country (optional) Your telephone number (optional) Comments (required) If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions. Terms and conditions View the full article
  15. Camden flats to be evacuated over cladding 23 June 2017 From the section London Image copyright Getty Images More than 100 homes in a tower block on a council estate in Camden, north London, are be evacuated because of safety concerns over cladding in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. Camden Council says residents in 161 flats in one of five blocks on the Chalcots estate are affected. Similar cladding was used on the building to that which sparked the blaze in North Kensington on 14 June. A total of 79 people are feared dead after the Grenfell fire. View the full article
  16. Looking to be added to the whatsapp group - sorry if this is the wrong channel for this.




  17. Grenfell Tower: Hotpoint fridge freezer started fire 23 June 2017 From the section UK The Grenfell Tower fire in London started with a faulty fridge freezer, and outside cladding failed safety tests, police say. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  18. Brexit: EU citizens deal fails to allay fears 23 June 2017 From the section UK Politics Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMay: I want to give EU residents certaintyProposals from Theresa May to allow EU citizens to stay in the UK have not allayed the fears of those affected. Mrs May unveiled plans at a Brussels summit on Thursday, which would grant a new "UK settled status" to EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years. But Europeans living here said they are still "panicked" and the proposals give "more questions than answers". Britons living in the EU are also worried about what it will mean for a reciprocal deal. May unveils Brexit offer for EU citizens Brexit: What is at stake in EU-UK talks? Brexit: All you need to know The settled status would give EU citizens the right to stay and access healthcare, education and other benefits, after the UK's exit deadline - which is 30 March 2019. The prime minister also promised to streamline the system, including doing away with an 85-page permanent residency application form. However, no cut-off date has been specified from Downing Street and further details of the plans will not be released until Monday. Bulgarian Maria Spirova, who has been living and working in the UK for five-and-a-half years, said she was still concerned about what the scheme would mean for her future, despite the announcement. "I am panicked on the inside," she told BBC Breakfast. "I arrived here before 2014... but [the proposals] open more questions than they answer. Image caption Maria Spirova worries if she will be able to stay living and working in the UK "It was the British public that voted to leave, we didn't vote, and we have had no control over our future as part of this country. "With Mrs May saying there could be no deal, what happens to us?" Anne-Laure Donskoy, founding member of the 3million - which aims to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK - said the offer was "neither fair, nor really serious". She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The announcement that Theresa May made really falls short of our expectations. "It is like a teaser this statement, it gives you general direction of travel potentially, but there are things in the statement that need to be unpicked." On the other side of the Channel, British people are also concerned about what their futures hold. 'We feel betrayed' Glynis Whiting has been living in Brussels for 20 years and has taken the decision to adopt Belgian citizenship because of her concerns. "People are worried, people are angry and we have had 12 months of this," she told Today. "We didn't get a vote and we feel betrayed and disappointed." John Brown has been living in Belgium for 21 years. He said: "It is when you get down to the nitty gritty, you uncover all the real issues, and I don't think any generous offers will get down to the real details." But speaking at the start of the second day of the EU Summit, Mrs May said she wanted to reassure EU citizens in the UK that "no one would have to leave", adding: "We won't be seeing families split apart." She said there had been a "constructive start" to the talks, and that the UK had "set out the issues that we want to start talking about early in the negotiations" - including citizens' rights. Labour's Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, criticised Mrs May's plans as "too little too late" and "falling far short" of the unilateral guarantee he says his party would offer. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron also said the proposals left too many unanswered questions. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that the offer was "a good start". Both the UK and the rest of the EU say they want to come to an arrangement to secure the status of the 3.2 million EU citizens in the UK and the estimated 1.2 million Britons living in EU countries. The European Union has said they should continue enjoying the same rights, enforceable by the European Court of Justice, but the UK has said rights should be upheld by British courts. UK opposition parties had urged the government to make a unilateral guarantee to the EU migrants - but ministers have insisted a reciprocal deal is needed to ensure British expats are protected. View the full article
  19. Evening, So bit of an update since my last post. I passed vetting and my clearance certificate was issued to HR. Sadly following my references came back, which was the final stage before formal offer, the MOD said that I could not be released from service to join in June 17. Luckily after a bit of negotiation, they agreed to defer my start date until August and the MOD agreed that I would be released for then. When I received the call with the offer for August start date I was told that I had completed everything and that a formal letter would be issued once everyone had cleared. A week passed and I contacted HR, I was informed that I was required to fill out a vetting update form, because my last one had expired... I was told that it was just to declare that nothing had changed and didn't change anything. I rung up a week later and HR told me that they are waiting for my vetting clearance to come through. My question is: how long does a vetting clearance certificate last? I can't believe that my last certificate expired after a month. It feels like I am being told false information and that HR aren't managing expectations very well. I have nothing to hide, but I am in a unique situation where normally I would have to give 12 months notice to the MOD to leave the forces and I am being allowed go leave early to join the Police. If I was being told the correct information in the first place then I wouldnt be in the situation where I don't know what is going on. Any help? Sent from my E6653 using Tapatalk
  20. Brexit: May unveils 'fair and serious' offer on EU citizens 22 June 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright Getty Images About three million EU citizens living in the UK would be allowed to stay after Brexit, Theresa May has proposed. A new "UK settled status" would grant EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years rights to stay and access health, education and other benefits. Proposals were unveiled at a Brussels summit but are dependent on EU states guaranteeing Britons the same rights. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the plan a "good start", but Labour said it was "too little, too late". Many EU citizens in the UK, and Britons living abroad, are worried about their status once Brexit happens. The UK's exit deadline is 30 March 2019. Addressing other EU leaders at her first summit since the general election, the prime minister said she did not want anyone to have to leave or families to split up. "No one will face a cliff edge," she said. "The UK's position represents a fair and serious offer, one aimed at giving as much certainty as possible to citizens who have settled in the UK, building careers and lives and contributing so much to our society.'' 'Dreamer' Tusk says UK may yet stay in EU Brexit: All you need to know Mrs May said the UK wanted to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK - and the rights of UK expats in other European countries. Image copyright AFP Image caption Angela Merkel said she wanted the "widest possible guarantee" for EU citizens But Downing Street has not yet specified what "cut off" date will be for new residents, after which the guarantee would no longer apply. It will be no earlier than March 2017, when the UK formally began leaving the EU by issuing the Article 50 notification, and no later than March 2019 when it will actually leave. Those arriving up until the point of departure would have a "grace period" - expected to be two years - to build up the same "UK settled status", she told EU leaders. Mrs May also said the system would be streamlined, doing away with an 85-page permanent residency application form which has attracted complaints. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the PM was already on a collision course with her European counterparts over her plan for the rules of the new system to be applied by a British court - Brussels has insisted it must be the European Court of Justice that oversees it. But she added that the offer was intended to be a symbol that the UK was getting on with Brexit at a time of turmoil at home, in the wake of the general election result which led to Mrs May losing her Commons majority. Our correspondent said the full details would not be unveiled until next Monday, and it was not yet clear if the offer was as generous as that put forward by the EU a month ago. Details on issues such as the rights of EU citizens' relatives abroad and their descendants, were not yet known. 'Uncertainty for a year' Labour's Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, said: "Labour has been clear that people should not be bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations. "The prime minister's offer is too little too late and falls far short of the full and unilateral guarantee Labour would make." Giving a "clear commitment" that there would be no change in the status of EU nationals in the UK would help deliver the same deal for UK nationals living in the EU, he added. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said the plans left too many unanswered questions. "Theresa May could have given a guarantee from day one, instead she has allowed our friends, colleagues and neighbours to live in uncertainty for a year," he said. "Even now, Theresa May continues to insist on using EU nationals in Britain as bargaining chips and has failed to provide a full and clear right to stay for all." German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters she wanted "the widest possible security guarantees for EU citizens" from the Brexit deal and called the offer "a good start". She added: "But there are still many many other questions linked to the exit, including on finances and the relationship with Ireland. So we have a lot to do until [the next EU summit in] October." Both the UK and the rest of the EU say they want to come to an arrangement to secure the status of about 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK, and 900,000 Britons overseas. The EU had already proposed that EU citizens in the UK and the estimated 1.2 million Britons living in EU countries should continue enjoying the same rights, enforceable by the European Court of Justice. UK opposition parties had urged the government to make a unilateral guarantee to the EU migrants - but ministers have insisted a reciprocal deal is needed to ensure British expats are protected. The gathering of 28 EU member states' leaders came the day after measures to enable Brexit dominated the Queen's Speech. Mrs May's Conservatives are still trying to secure the Commons support needed to pass their programme. Mrs May was not present when the leaders of the remaining 27 EU states held a brief discussion about Brexit after her presentation. View the full article
  21. Based on that picture I think you look heavy, but not what I'd expect when I see someone's BMI is 40! I think a bit of weight could be lost, so just keep doing that steadily till any date is set really to show your commitment. I hope all goes well!
  22. I appreciate your reply, I was just posting to see if anyone had been down this particular direction in terms of the medical and what to expect from the Home Office doc. I have always technically been "obese" by BMI guidelines which state is should be between 9st and 12st for a healthy weight - something I havent been since I was early teens haha. For reference I've attached a photo from a fortnight ago before my holidays - please excuse the indoor sunglasses look. I'm not going to stand here and say I'm slim - but I'm definitely not the largest applicant I've seen go through the process. As you said, I'll present a case and hopefully find some middle ground we can both agree on. Thanks again for your reply.
  23. While I appreciate you're a very strong guy, purely based on the numbers, even accounting for strength, I can understand why they might have concerns. I'm 6'2, even at my heaviest was 17 1/2 stone, and was clearly overweight. I'm moderately strong but probably nowhere near yourself. I don't know what you look like but if I was going purely off stats I'd assume you were obese. 20 stone at 5'10 puts your BMI at over 40 and that's severely obese. Even accounting for strength I'd have concerns. All you can do is present your case to the team. Do what you're doing, document your training, your current weight loss. Then if they give you the chance to make your case, do it as best you can. Unfortunately nobody here can really guide you any further as it's your force doctor's decision and discretion.
  24. Wonder if they'll make it any quicker this time. Assuming I pass my drugs test and biometrics doesn't bring up anything(shouldn't do!) I'll be starting a year and a day from when I handed my application in last year. I'd like to hope for other peoples sake that it won't take that long for any applicant this time.
  25. Morning all, I am a serving PCSO within my force and I am currently at the final stage of my recruitment process, the medical for the regular constabulary - having already completed and passed my fitness test (6.4 on the bleep test) as well as also completing 90% of my medical - also passed. Strong hearing, eyesight, good lung capacity and the blood pressure and heart rate of somebody who stays fairly fit - which I do. However - I stay fit by training to powerlift. Which is the main reason I believe I have not yet been signed off - the force doctor has raised concerns over my weight - and prior to meeting me, so he should, on paper I am a 20 stone male, at 5ft 10inches, so my BMI is right off the scale. I began my most reason bulk phase in January, the same time as my application went in - and already being employed by the job, there was no mention of any issues with an applicants weight - so I ate and trained to my hearts content, in the gym 5 nights a week whilst consuming 5-6 thousands calories and put on weight. I began my cut phase in mid April and at the time of my medical was 20st 11lbs. I was held back at the medical due to BMI and was advised that the next step would be a body fat % test. That is due at the end of this month. I have my concerns though that the method they will use will be bioelectrical impedance which is renowned for being inaccurate and confusing water for fat - I have to get under 30% for a pass on the BF% which I am not overly confident about currently - so much so that I've dropped my entire lifting routine and began focussing purely on cardio to get any excess weight off in panic mode. Should I fail the BF% exam then I was advised I'd need to see the Home Office doctor - has anybody had any experience of being referred to one? How did it go? Did they take your individual circumstances into consideration or was it simply - you dont fit, you're out of the process - because that would irk me somewhat considering I'm already out there on the streets daily performing very similar tasks. I'm curious as to what I can do to maximise my chances also - I can prove how often I train. I can prove that between the medical and now I've dropped 11lbs and will continue to lose weight. There are no intakes until October now and even then I'd be behind a desk for 25 weeks in training. I just think it's unfair that somebody who is large, like me - who cycles 20-30 miles a couple of times a week, runs and lifts a PB of 400kg on the calf raise (not trying to show off, just making a point) is being held back when all of my other medical tests show I'm in perfect health. It was mentioned briefly that it all boils down to risk and the cost implications it would have on the job if I were to fall ill in the early part of my career because of my weight and be pensioned off and if that is the case I'd be devastated, I'd happily waive my right to any monies for the first 5 years - I don't want it. All I'm looking to do is to be able to do the job that I feel so strongly about. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - as I said, my BF% test is later this month and I'll update with the outcome of that and whether or not I'll be visiting the HO Doctor, but in the meantime - advice sought. Warmest regards LongData
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  27. Hi all! Can anyone confirm how close to their assessment they received the relevant SEARCH pack through the post? I have an assessment booked for 10th of July. Its been booked for over a month and yet to receive pack. Closer to the time I presume? Many thanks in advance
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