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  2. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    Some info from another forum regarding Durham app sift. Results will be mid September. I was hoping the end of this month 🙈
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  4. Ford announces £2,000 scrappage scheme for pre-2010 cars 22 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Ford is the latest car company to launch an incentive for UK consumers to trade-in cars over seven years old, by offering £2,000 off a new model. Unlike schemes by BMW and Mercedes, which are only for diesels, Ford will also accept petrol cars. All of the part-exchanged vehicles will be scrapped, Ford said, which would have an "immediate positive effect on air quality". Old cars, from any manufacturer, can be exchanged until the end of December. "Ford shares society's concerns over air quality," said Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain. "Removing generations of the most polluting vehicles will have the most immediate positive effect on air quality, and this Ford scrappage scheme aims to do just that." Waking up Consumers will be given £2,000 off new Ford models ranging in price from around £12,000 to more than £20,000. Ford said by combining the scrappage incentive with other standard offers, customers could receive up to £4,000 off a car or £7,000 off the cost of a van. New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 Q&A: How will the petrol and diesel car ban work? Mayor of London launches £42m fund to retire 'dirty' cabs The cars that can be traded in include any built to emissions standards that applied before 2010. Vauxhall ran a similar scrappage scheme earlier this year, as well as in 2015 and 2016. Image copyright Getty Images Analysis By Richard Westcott, BBC transport correspondent Despite growing public concern about the air pollution caused by vehicles, car makers have dragged their heels even as governments across Europe tighten emissions laws. Although only Volkswagen was found to have cheated air pollution tests, other car makers produced vehicles that could pass lab tests but be far more polluting when driven in the real world. They stuck to the rules - but their cars were still dirtier than most of us realised. Is the tide now turning? Volvo says all its new cars will be hybrid or electric within two years. Others, such as Vauxhall and now Ford, are offering scrappage schemes to get older diesels off the roads. VW is likely to be the next car maker to follow suit. However, these schemes will also boost new car sales, which have been slipping in the UK for the past four months. Environmental lawyers' campaign group ClientEarth welcomed Ford's announcement. "It seems the motor industry is finally waking up to the damage dirty diesels are doing to our lungs as well as their own reputation," said ClientEarth lawyer Anna Heslop. "What we need is a thought-through, coherent strategy from government to help people to move to cleaner and more sustainable technology. "At the moment, there are pockets of small, short-term actions here and there, but nothing like the joined-up thinking we need to solve this problem." The UK government has come under pressure to announce a vehicle scrappage scheme for diesel cars, after it was found that air quality thresholds in cities were repeatedly being breached. However the government's clean air strategy announced in July did not include a scrappage scheme, calling previous ones "poor value" for money. Instead it said new diesel and petrol cars would be banned from 2040. View the full article
  5. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    Thanks Chalky1989 some good advice there, I'll take on board 👍🏼
  6. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    For reference for you guys, I'm quite certain when I passed paper sift last year it was a letter initially, and I had the letter by the end of August, having submitted my application on 8th August. There's tips for the assessment centre all over the site, it can be tough, but the key thing is to stay calm, keep a clear thought process, and don't overstress yourself. I made a point on both my AC and final interview of not doing any prep on the day of either (both mine were in the afternoon). I did it all the previous days, then kept a clear mind and relaxed throughout the morning and de-stressed (I went to the gym both times, which is my happy place!). I honestly didn't find either of them hard to do, I didn't come away from them with my head all over the place, and I was able to be clear with any answers I was giving because I wasn't rushing or stumbling over my words or writing a load of rubbish down in the written assessments. Best thing you can do in terms of prep is focus on the roleplays and competencies. Maths and English, if you don't have the ability there's very little you can do to train it and they're only a small portion of the marks. Get used to someone being a bit agressive and moody and wanting you to fix all their problems. Which you can't actually do, but you have to deal with them in the right way. The Roleplays are key.
  7. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    Ah ok, Is it normally a month you wait ? How far did you get ? AC Hard ?
  8. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    I have passed twice for a sift with Durham and everytime I have heard it's been by post but they may change proceedings.
  9. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    I'm hoping this week we might hear something 🤞🏼 do they inform you by email pass or fail the sift ?
  10. Visit from Maggie, 11, whose father was killed on duty prompts announcement. Maggie Henry was made chief constable for a day A force has promised that anyone assaulted on duty will receive contact from a chief officer to check on their welfare. Bedfordshire Police has changed the policy and dubbed it ‘Maggie’s Law’ after the daughter of PC John Henry, killed on duty in Luton in 2007, spent at day at its headquarters. According to a statement from the force, 11-year-old Maggie Henry wants to help the force “look after our police officers, so that they can look after everyone else”. The chief officer team will now take the lead on checking that personnel who have been attacked get the support they need. Bedfordshire Police had already adopted the seven point plan on police assaults, first developed in Hampshire, which commits to treating assaulted officers as victims of crime. Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “Without question, an assault of any kind should never be considered ‘part of the job’. “Our workforce walks into danger when others walk away and sadly verbal and physical assaults are becoming commonplace – but that doesn’t mean it is acceptable. “Our officers should be afforded the support they need and deserve. This means they are treated the same way as any other victim of crime, they feel valued and that those who attack police officers are not dealt with lightly.” Bedfordshire Police Federation Chairman, Jim Mallen added: “Looking after officers and staff members who have been assaulted while doing their duty should be a primary consideration for police leaders. “The Police Federation brought into Bedfordshire the seven point plan and Maggie's law seems a natural extension to highlight to those assaulted that we care about them and will do our utmost to support them.” PCC Kathryn Holloway said she has raised the issue of short sentences for people who attack officers with the government. “I never want another family in this county to experience what Maggie Henry and her family have had to go through,” she added. “In my view, an attack on a police officer is not the same as an assault on any other member of the public, since police are standing on the front-line between those who keep the law and those who want to undermine it. “An attack on a single officer is an assault on society itself and should be met with the toughest penalty possible.” View on Police Oracle
  11. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    I'm hoping this week we might hear something 🤞🏼 do they inform you by email pass or fail the sift ?
  12. September 2017 intake

    Hey Matthew! I was over a fettes for my application process!
  13. Thank you for the replies. Regarding her being prosecuted, she is aware it is a risk she would have faced, however the "injuries" she sustained were not invisible, the force of the retaliation was quite bad from the other parties. The reason why she went back to the police is because one of the parties involved had a verbally aggressive encounter with verbal threats towards her 15 year old son. He took 3 women to stand between the 54ish old man and the 15 year old and to get him away from him, unharmed. Unfortunately the police was unable to record the event because it had only happened one time. By going back to the police, she was simply trying to protect her son. Thank you for taking the time to read and reply.
  14. Recruitment and Skin Conditions

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  15. Unpaid Dart Charge fines: Nick Freeman says UK is 'soft' on foreign drivers 21 August 2017 From the section Kent Image copyright Simon Leatherdale / Geograph Image caption The charge at the Dartford Crossing is payable between 06:00 and 22:00 daily The UK is being "soft and stupid" over the unpaid fines of more than a million foreign drivers who have used the Dartford Crossing, according to celebrity motoring lawyer Nick Freeman. Figures show about 1,160,000 fines - worth about £81m - have been passed to a European debt recovery agency since the Dart Charge began in 2014. Mr Freeman - known as "Mr Loophole" - said it sent out a bad message. Highways England said non-payment was being followed up in the UK and abroad. Figures for how many fines went on to be paid by foreign drivers have not been released by Highways England, which said this could prejudice the effective operation of Dart Charge. Mr Freeman said: "That means it's complete nonsense and they've recovered nothing." Charges and fines at the Dartford Crossing Live: More on this story and other news across Kent Image copyright PA Image caption Nick Freeman is calling for an app to be developed The figures showed there had been more than 120 million chargeable crossings since Dart Charge began. Of the five million of those by foreign vehicles, more than a million drivers did not pay. Mr Freeman, who has defended Sir Alex Ferguson, Jeremy Clarkson and David Beckham among a string of high-profile clients, is calling for an app to be developed to notify foreign non-payers about unpaid fines at UK borders. He claimed it could be sorted without too much difficulty. "The government need to grasp this because the amount of money is exorbitant and it's totally unfair," he added. "The point is there are millions and millions of foreign drivers who come over to this country and they pay nothing to use our roads. We go abroad, we have to pay." Image caption Highways England said most drivers paid the charge correctly A Highways England spokesman said: "The vast majority of drivers are paying their Dart Charge correctly, and the number of foreign drivers not paying on time makes up less than 1% of total crossings. "Non-payment is being followed up fairly and appropriately, using all legal means, both in the UK and abroad." View the full article
  16. Too late as above. And Ms Anonymous was lucky she wasn't prosecuted at the time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  18. Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk' 21 August 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA Image caption The Grenfell Tower fire started in a faulty fridge-freezer More people will die from fires started by faulty white goods if ministers do not act to implement safety guidelines, the London Fire Brigade, the city's mayor, and safety groups have warned. In a letter to Theresa May, they say some fridges and freezers are being sold with a flammable plastic backing. And the letter says people continue to use white goods that are subject to product recalls to fix lethal faults. The Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 80 people, started in a fridge-freezer. The letter refers to a fire in August 2016 in Shepherds Court, a tower block in west London, which began in a faulty tumble dryer. That blaze prompted a whole series of safety recommendations but a year on, the letter points out, no substantial changes have yet been made. It says: "A year on people across the UK are still using white goods that pose a serious fire risk and are subject to recall or corrective action. "Worse still, some fridges and freezers are still being produced with a flammable plastic backing, which offers very little protection against the insulation foam inside catching alight if a fire starts. "We are deeply concerned that, a year after Shepherds Court, decisive action is still needed to improve product recalls and manufacturing standards for white goods in the UK." Are our home appliances safe? The fire brigade wants the government to put a single register of product recalls, including all international recalls, on the gov.uk website, which carries other key public information. The LFB also wants risk assessments to be published when a fault is identified and for the "sleeping risk" to be included in these assessments. The letter was signed by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Fire Brigades Union, National Fire Chiefs Council and charity Electrical Safety First. It points out that it is not only the guidelines made last year that have to be implemented. In 2014, a coroner suggested a series of safety recommendations to improve product recalls, following the inquest into the death of Santosh Benjamin-Muthiah, a father who died saving his wife and children from a fire caused by a fridge freezer. The fire service said it was "extremely concerned" that "no substantial changes" have been made in the product recall system since then. View the full article
  19. September 2017 intake

    Hey ljohn, I'm also on the Sept 25th intake at Tulliallan. Where were you going through the application process at? I was at Nelson Street in Aberdeen.
  20. Hi, Name is Steven - please lift restrictions.
  21. Recruitment and Skin Conditions

    Hi, Has anyone been turned away due to Contact Dermatitis in police Scotland? Bit of background - I have Contact Dermatitis on my hands, however it only flares up now and again (once a year) Does this exclude you from joining? Thanks for any help.
  22. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    Has anyone heard anything? Been a few weeks.
  23. 'Hard' Brexit offers '£135bn annual boost' to economy 20 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A "hard" Brexit is "economically much superior to soft" argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, either within free trade deals or unilaterally, would deliver huge gains. Campaigners against a hard Brexit said the plan amounts to "economic suicide". What is the customs union? The UK is part of the EU customs union, and so imposes tariffs - taxes on imports - on some goods coming into the country. Countries in the customs union don't impose tariffs on each other's goods, and 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 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 quick guide to the Brexit negotiations Farmers back temporary customs union Prof Minford's full report, From Project Fear to Project Prosperity, is due to be published in the autumn. He argues that the UK could unilaterally - before a reciprocal deal is in place - eliminate trade barriers for both the EU and the rest of the world and reap trade gains worth £80bn a year. The report foresees a further £40bn a year boost from deregulating the economy, as well as other benefits resulting from Brexit-related policies. Mr Minford - a professor at Cardiff University - says that when it comes to trade the "ideal solution" would still be free trade deals with major economic blocks including the EU. But the threat that the UK could abolish all trade barriers unilaterally would act as "the club in the closet". The EU would then be under pressure to offer Britain a free trade deal, otherwise its producers would be competing in a UK market "flooded with less expensive goods from elsewhere", his introduction says. He argues UK businesses and consumers would benefit from lower priced imported goods and the effects of increased competition, which would force firms to raise their productivity. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrexit: What's the difference between a hard or soft Brexit?However, Open Britain, a campaign group arguing for the UK to remain within the single market and the customs union, said the proposed strategy would be damaging to the UK economy. "Unilaterally scrapping our tariffs without achieving similar reductions in the tariff rates of other countries would see Britain swamped with imports, leaving our manufacturers and farmers unable to compete," said Labour MP Alison McGovern, a supporter of the cross-party group Open Britain, which is campaigning against a hard Brexit. "The levels of bankruptcy and unemployment, especially in industry and agriculture, would sky-rocket. "This is a project of economic suicide, not prosperity. No responsible government would touch this report with a barge pole as a source of ideas for our future trade policy." Economists for Free Trade is a group of 16 economists, including former government advisers and academics. The group plans to release further chapters of the report in the run up to its full publication. Andrew Walker, Economics Correspondent, BBC World Service It is a counterintuitive idea, but actually the economics textbooks do provide some support for the idea of unilateral trade liberalisation. This analysis suggests that removing trade barriers produces benefits for consumers and businesses buying components or raw materials that exceed the losses suffered in industries that face stiffer competition. The downside is that it may take time, perhaps years, for the workers who lose their jobs to find new ones. Professor Minford has expressed the view that the British economy is flexible enough to cope. There is also the question of how the new jobs would compare with the old ones. The mainstream view among economists is that while countries overall may gain from trade liberalisation, there are usually some specific groups that lose. Prof Minford also directs criticism at Chancellor Philip Hammond's current approach to Brexit, which he says amounts to "throwing away our hard-won freedom from EU rules". The chancellor is viewed as favouring a softer approach to Brexit, but recently co-authored an article in the Telegraph in which he proposed that the UK would leave both the single market and the customs union in March 2019, but that there would be a "time-limited" transition period to help businesses adjust. Image copyright PA Image caption Prof Patrick Minford says dropping all tariffs after Brexit will boost the UK economy by billions A government spokesman said the UK would maintain a "deep and special" relationship with the bloc after departing the EU. "The economy has grown continuously for four years and there are more people in work than ever before. "As we leave the European Union, we will build on this success by maintaining a deep and special partnership with the EU while embracing the wider world as an independent, open, trading nation.'" During the referendum campaign last year Prof Minford stoked controversy by suggesting that the effect of leaving the EU would be to "eliminate manufacturing, leaving mainly industries such as design, marketing and hi-tech". However in a recent article in the Financial Times he suggested manufacturing would become more profitable post-Brexit. View the full article
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. Rather a silly one, ASP baton won't retract

    Think the oil did the trick. Was using it today with no issues.
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