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  1. Hello

    Welcome to UKPO :)
  2. #poltawards

    LOL Always have been mostly on Twitter! @kenworthy39
  3. #poltawards

    Police Tweet Awards @policeawards FOLLOWS YOU Nominate your favourite Police Twitter Account until 31st Aug 16 #PolTAwards founded & run by @kenworthy39 helped by @mikepannett, @suptmurray & @kerryblakeman United Kingdom •
  4. #NorthantsPolOpenDay

    Demonstrations, displays and activities at Rockingham Open Roads day Published on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 18:31 Thousands of people are expected to attend a free road safety day at Rockingham Circuit, organised by Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. The Open Roads event, on Saturday, April 2nd (10am-3pm) will involve more than 30 activities, stands and demonstrations, including examples of what takes place during Police pursuits, a display of modified and supercars, an array of motorbikes on show and plenty of entertainment for children, such as a bouncy castle, face painting and the chance to climb onto a real fire engine. Firefighters from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will also be running simulated rescue demonstrations involving each of the emergency services. These will involve volunteers being cut from ‘crashed’ cars. There will be sessions promoting motorbike safety, and there will also be CarKraft taster sessions for young drivers, which will include driving experiences such as skid training in Renault cars. Other attractions will include Lotus and Discovery driving simulators, a lorry driving demonstration in which blind spot dangers will be highlighted, a chance to see the Police helicopter up close and the opportunity to get involved with a variety of interactive exhibits, as well as picking up handy safety tips and having child car seat and tyre checks. The aim is to provide a fun day out for families, non-drivers and drivers, young and old. But the serious motivation for holding the day is to help cut the number of people being killed or injured on Northamptonshire’s roads. Statistics involving road casualties in Northamptonshire -During 2015, 32 people died in collisions on Northamptonshire’s roads. -Between January 2012 and December 2014, there were 863 injury collisions involving young car drivers (aged 17-25). -Between January 2012 and December 2014, there were 452 collisions involving injury, in which motorcyclists were involved. A total of 467 motorcyclists were injured during this period. Gemma Rutland, Community Engagement Officer for the joint Safer Roads Team (Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service), said: “We hope that everyone who comes along to this free event at Rockingham Circuit has a great family day out. But there is an important reason why we are holding the event; to help send out vital safety messages and help prevent casualties on our roads. “There will be plenty of activities at this event to appeal to drivers, bikers, cyclists and non-drivers, ranging from watching emergency services during a staged road collision rescue, to learning how to control a car in different weather conditions. There will be a huge amount for everyone to learn and enjoy.” Check the Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Facebook pages ( and and look for #openroads2016 on Twitter to find out regular updates about what will be taking place on the day. What can people expect to see at Open Roads? - Emergency services teams working together to demonstrate how they manage road traffic collisions - Staged Police car pursuits -A drive a lorry experience - discover more about the dangers of blindspots -Static lorry blindspot displays -Modified and supercar displays -Fire service vehicles and gadgets display -Fire and Police Cadet activities -Cycle safety, bike etching and a raffle to win a bicycle -Chance to find out more about keeping your car safe from crime -Junior road safety quiz -Bouncy castle, facepainting and rides in a Police car -Trailer towing advice and practice track -Child car safety seat checks -Car salvage display -Police vehicles display -Police and Fire rural action teams -Driving simulators: test your driving skills -Motor insurance advice -Police helicopter -Have your photo taken on a Police bike -First aid for bikers -Bike displays by local clubs -Police bike displays -Bike security talks -Advanced rider bike course: have a go on your motorbike -Tyre safety checks -BikeSafe: a talk on improving rider skills -CarKraft: driving taster sessions (for 15 to 25-year-olds) -CarKraft: Rockingham wet grip area for young drivers. Skid-pan training (17-year-olds and above) -Display of electric cars!/News/27754 Wellingborough Rural ‏@WellRuralSCT Mar 6 The model village for #openroads2016
  5. #NorthantsPolOpenDay

    More than 30 activities, stands and demonstrations will be on offer during a free day at Rockingham Circuit, organised by Northamptonshire Police on Saturday, April 2. There will be plenty to see and do, for people of all ages. The Open Roads event, which will be held between 10am and 3pm, will include: A modified and supercar show, stunted up Police pursuits, Go Karts, a range of motorbikes to appeal to keen bikers, a chance to ride in a police car, a lorry driving experience and Lotus and Discovery driving simulators The public will be able to try out skid training in Renault cars, as part of Carkraft taster sessions aimed at young drivers An array of emergency service vehicles will also be on site, as well as the Police helicopter There will also be plenty of activities for children including the chance to climb into vehicles such as a fire engine, and more traditional entertainments such as face painting and a bouncy castle Thousands of people are expected to turn out to this fun day out, which gives them the chance to not only enjoy a variety of driving experiences, demonstrations and displays, but also to pick up plenty of road safety advice and tips and have their child seats and tyres checked. Hope to see you there!
  6. Police Easter Twitter awards. #PETA

    This is all on Twitter, @kenworthy39
  7. Mark's wife Karen posted a photo of Mark with a message on social media sites asking fellow officers to send him Christmas cards at Lincoln County Hospital to let him know people were thinking of him. Christmas cards with messages of support have been pouring in for a police officer who was knocked off his bike and suffered severe brain injuries. Mark Jones had been a police officer and dog handler with the British Transport Police for 32 years but was left with multiple phsyical injuries after his accident in September. Mark's wife Karen posted a photo of Mark with a message on social media sites asking fellow officers to send him Christmas cards at Lincoln County Hospital to let him know people were thinking of him. She said: "I'm on a mission (as he will also find it funny!) to get you all to find a minute to send him a Xmas card, to let him know how many people are thinking of him. "It's a crap time to be in hospital anyway and especially so when you are in for the long haul as he is. "His mood is variable as he understands, but cannot find words to make a conversation, but he is determined and brave although this will be a slow, long recovery that is unknown." Since the message was put out, the British Transport Police tweeted it and it was retweeted 197 times. Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, from Lincolnshire Police, also tweeted the message. Following Ch Insp Phil Vickers‏@CIPhilVickers Mark Jones is a former @BTP DogHandler Currently AshbyWard at LCH - Lincoln County Hospital #XmasCardForMark To send your support use the hashtag #XmasCardForMark and send a card to Ashby Ward, Lincoln County Hospital, Greetwell Road, Lincoln LN2 5QY. Karen added: "Please try and send a cheery message. Thankyou all. "Have a safe Christmas & Best wishes for 2016."
  8. After fighting against policing cuts for nearly four years, I am hugely relieved that the government has seen sense in suspending further cuts. However, I'm genuinely appalled that it took a terrorist atrocity in Paris combined with concerns for their political credibility to persuade the Government to do so, rather than genuine concerns about the safety and quality of life of the people I am not a politician, but I was born and bred in North Yorkshire and my heart and soul is in our County. I have come to a point, as have many, where I simply cannot abide another five years of political nonsense from Westminster. This has led to unchallenged Government policy being channelled through a weak Police and Crime Commissioner, and is having a profound effect on the delivery of our local policing in North Yorkshire. I cannot stand by and watch policing levels and capacity regressing back to the 1970's. We are all sick and tired of being spoon-fed government spin that crime is falling and all is well in frontline policing. This simply isn't what we are experiencing right in front of our eyes in our own communities. For the last five years this has been presided over by our Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner. Predatory cross-border criminals and reduced police visibility and accessibility has led to a loss of confidence and feelings of vulnerability in rural communities. Recently, in the biggest rural crime survey ever conducted, approximately 70% of those taking part said they had lost confidence in policing. It breaks my heart to hear this. We are experiencing rising crime and anti-social behaviour in our towns and cities - not the picture our Government and some current PCCs paints at all. For these reasons, and with the help and support of my family, and a group of experienced supporters, I am going to stand for election as an independent candidate in the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election in May. It is a daunting prospect for any ordinary person. This is politically a Conservative county and I do not have the machinery of a major political party funding me and oiling the election campaign wheels. However, what we are seeing develop within policing both nationally and in North Yorkshire certainly doesn't chime with the traditional values of any 'party of law and order' that I recognise. Do not relax at the Chancellors recent announcement of no further cuts to policing. It is not over yet and battle is just over the horizon. The Government was recently sent back to the drawing board with its bungled new Police Funding Formula; a formula that was so far off the mark for the policing of North Yorkshire it was frankly incredible. It would have meant the loss of an additional £16 million of central funding for our County. We await the revised formula next year. Embargoed 05:00 Tuesday 8 December 2016 I'm going to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in, and I'll take no nonsense. I despise political spin and I will make no apology to Westminster for being a plain speaking Yorkshireman fighting for the effective policing of my home county. “You can either shout from the touchline or put your boots on and get stuck in, lad,” as my dad would say. I believe that Policing and Politics should be kept separate. Policing should serve and protect all people, regardless of their political stance, and the PCC should represent those people and challenge the policing of the County from an independent position unencumbered by party politics. In policing we often hear about the ‘Multi-Agency’ approach, where various agencies such as the Local Authority, Health and Social Care work together, but we have yet to see this implemented in a true working model. Our most vulnerable in society often become ‘part of the system’ when an early intervention and identification could have prevented it. Competing demands and budgets within partner agencies mean that the police often become the agency of last resort, plugging the gaps when people are in crisis and in desperate need of help. We want to establish an in-depth multi-agency solution to ensure that people who need help get the right help at the right time and from the right people. The impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review has seen the Police becoming more of a reactive service, with targets and measurements all being made in response to reported crime rather than prevention. We want a force that by virtue of ‘boots on the ground’ is visible, accessible and engaging with our communities to deter and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour rather than merely responding to it. We want our police to be available to residents and offer reassurance and a familiar face they can have confidence and confide in. North Yorkshire is one of the safest places in the whole country, yet that doesn't mean we can be complacent. It's a simple age-old truth that criminals will seek to exploit nice places and are only deterred by the risk of getting caught. I am also aware of the under-reporting of rural crime. We will all be aware of someone who has not reported a crime to the police – this was highlighted in the Rural Crime Survey and the main reasons were lack of confidence in the police and insurance premiums. The reported crime picture is therefore the tip of the iceberg. I want to know the true picture so that the police can properly plan and resource a response. Our first line of defence is our police who must be focused on what concerns the communities they protect. It's a fact that some of the threats that face us have changed. Only a few years ago the terms Cybercrime, Child Sex Exploitation and Internet Fraud were not on the radar, yet they are a real threat to ordinary people. We also cannot be complacent about the national threat of terrorism. We need to be reassured that North Yorkshire has the capability and capacity to protect its people and our vulnerable sites. Although our police force needs to develop to meet modern issues, my concern is that the police also need to keep up the pressure on the everyday issues that affect our quality of life. I'm deeply disappointed to see crime rising in North Yorkshire and anti-social behaviour blighting people's lives. Rural communities are feeling vulnerable and isolated and their confidence in the police is falling because people just do not see them. Residents in our urban communities are also suffering anti-social behaviour from a minority who think laws and social responsibilities don't apply to them. Embargoed 05:00 Tuesday 8 December 2016 Reported crime is rising and this not only affects residents and businesses but also the visitors to our county. I am also deeply saddened by the number of fatal and serious collisions on our vast road network. Speed camera vans are not the solution; they are a limited part in a bigger picture. We need to do more to make our roads safer. As an independent Police and Crime Commissioner I would want to set out some basics - Policing Priorities - holding the Chief Constable to account. I want the public to feel involved in setting their local policing priorities. The issues that concern people in a rural village will be completely different from those in a town that relies on tourism. Policing is not ‘one size fits all’. This means a renewed focus and investment in LOCAL POLICING. The government claims to value neighbourhood policing, yet it has presided over the dismantling of community policing up and down the country - undoing over a decade of building trust and visibility. I don't think the people want to see this in North Yorkshire and my belief and experience is that community policing should be the FOUNDATION of everything the Police does - without strong foundations and legitimacy everything else is shaky. Independence and Appropriate Funding The role of a Police Crime Commissioner as I see it is to represent the whole of our County and not the views or agenda of a particular political party. Simply sitting as local representative of a Westminster Government is something I fundamentally oppose. This has happened up and down the country - not just here, and when the role of PCC was introduced I think most people generally saw this coming. I certainly did. Pitiful voter turnouts last time saw deft manoeuvres by the main political parties to slide in their own people. North Yorkshire had no independent stand at the last PCC election. This was obviously not popular as we had more spoilt ballot papers than anywhere else in the country. I am adamant that a Police Crime Commissioner should be fiercely and fearlessly independent and be free to challenge. We've seen major cuts already inflicted on North Yorkshire police and the results are being seen in our communities, as I've already described, and all presided over by a party-affiliated PCC. Up and down the country PCC's and police chiefs have been vociferous about cuts - but not here. I was appalled to see the Conservative PCC on television on the eve of the Budget announcement saying that NYP was inefficient and there were still cuts to be achieved. This was in direct contradiction of the HMIC inspection, which found the force to be ‘good’. Embarrassingly for our PCC, the Chancellor disagreed and announced that the police budgets needed protection. I will fight to see that the policing of North Yorkshire is properly funded. In these times of austerity, where there are tough choices to be made, then they should be made in full consultation with the public not behind closed doors. Embargoed 05:00 Tuesday 8 December 2016 Working together to tackle root causes Problem families, burglary, night violence, sexual exploitation and cybercrime are all very, very different and all require a diverse police response - but they're not the sole responsibility of the police. Other public agencies and businesses need to tackle the root causes and strive for early intervention before they impact on the broader community. It simply makes sense that it's better all round to prevent crime rather than consent to be a victim. This means intervening with problem families, ensuring they make the right choices and do not adversely affect those around them. It means effective early intervention to safeguard those at risk and deal robustly with criminals who seek to harm and exploit. It means effectively identifying, managing and halting re-offending. Safeguarding our police numbers is also critical in delivering an effective police service. If you want real change and someone that will stand up and speak up for North Yorkshire Police and its people, then please make sure you come out and vote for Mike in May. Your ‘Independent Police Crime Commissioner’ Mike Pannett was born in York and served 6 years in the Territorial Army specialising in communications, before joining the police service where he spent 20 years policing some of London's toughest boroughs before coming home to police North Yorkshires towns and villages. He has worked on murder and robbery squads; served on the riot police, and worked in community policing both urban and rural and was a wildlife officer. Mike is now a professional author and has penned several worldwide bestselling books about growing up and policing his home county. Mike is also co-owner of ‘Twiggy’s children’s play centre’ in Thirsk and Director of a communications and media company. He’s a Patron of Yorkshire and is one of the leading commentators on policing issues for the national media in the UK. Mike is married to Ann who is due to retire from the police service following over 31 years dedicated service and have 3 children. Mike spends his free time with family, enjoys walking in North Yorkshire and drinking Yorkshire Tea. Supporting team: Vice Admiral Bob Cooling CB , FCMI Bob has spent a lifetime in public service in the Royal Navy; he is the former commanding officer of the aircraft carrier HMS illustrious one of the country's best loved and well known warships. His career has led him to hold some very senior positions in NATO in the Mediterranean and in the USA. Bob has commanding several of Her Majesty's warships in peacekeeping and humanitarian roles as well as in operational theatres. He brings to the team an incredible track record of leadership at the most senior levels possible, both nationally and internationally. His breadth of experience in resource management (human and financial), strategic planning and change management is unprecedented. Bob is resident in North Yorkshire and now retired from the service; he holds non executive directorships in the financial services sector and a worldwide logistics service. He is a Companion of the Honourable Order of the Bath and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Embargoed 05:00 Tuesday 8 December 2016 Phil McNally Phil served for 30yrs as a police officer on Merseyside. He brings to the team a breadth of hands on policing leadership experience. He worked for several years heading a neighbourhood policing team in Knowsley which has some of the most challenging and socially deprived communities in the country. Latterly, Phil spent over a decade in Merseyside's Matrix Serious & Organised Crime (MSOC) planning and leading armed policing operations to combat the use of guns amongst some of Merseyside's most dangerous criminal gangs. Phil has extensive experience in tackling violent organised crime gangs who travel across the length and breadth of country to commit crime. Since retiring he holds a position as a director of a York based media consultancy group and advises on a range of police related publications and mainstream TV productions. Andrew Newton Andrew lives in North Yorkshire and is married to Kathryn - he has a daughter Aniela who is 8 and has severe Cerebral Palsy. Educated and brought up in Harrogate, after a military career in the Royal Corps of Signals he worked for several years for global companies in telecommunications and at the same time was a Special Constable in Skipton. Andrew latterly joined Europol where he was the Group Lead for Networks and Telecoms and was the designer and architect of the Europol Secure Communications Network a system that links all the member states back to Europol. He has a proven track record as a consultant in global technology and business strategy providing multinationals with business and tech solutions. He was the Executive Officer in a major social and economical IT redevelopment project in Uganda. Andrew owns and operates a telecommunications company based in Thirsk. Sue Bracewell - Campaign Manager Sue has lived in North Yorkshire with her family for over 25 years and has several years experience as a Parish Clerk and has overseen several local elections. She has worked for the BBC and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation gaining considerable expertise in administration and IT systems. She also has extensive experience as an event organiser most recently working on Huby & Sutton Show and Jubilee events in her local villages. She is currently organising entertainment at the local Community Centre. (Added by me) Media contact @MikePannett Twitter STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR MIKE PANNETT AS POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER FOR NORTH YOURSHIRE By Vice Admiral Bob Cooling, CB. As a former officer in the Royal Navy who spent 34 years in the service of my country, loyal to the Crown regardless of the colour of Her Majesty’s Government, I see three compelling reasons why Mike Pannett is the right choice for PCC in North Yorkshire: First, he is an Independent candidate and therefore unencumbered by a political agenda and able to serve the whole community without the distraction of party politics. Politics should not be mixed with public service and Mike really understands that. Second, he combines an unmatched wealth of experience of the Police Service and community issues (both rural and urban) having served as a police officer for 20 years and subsequently been deeply immersed in community affairs in North Yorkshire. Third, he is a man who is utterly committed to delivering the support and resources our beleaguered Police Service so desperately needs, while also ensuring that our community receives the best possible support from a Police service that is adequately funded, skilfully led, and highly motivated. With this rare and admirable combination of attributes Mike Pannett is in my view the most compelling candidate at this critical time for the role of PCC in North Yorkshire. ......................................................................................................................... Former policeman announces plans to stand as North Yorkshire Police and Crime AN AUTHOR and former police officer has announced he will stand as an independent candidate in this year's Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Mike Pannett, from York, served with the police force in London and North Yorkshire for more than 20 years, in both community, urban and rural policing, and on murder, robbery and riot squads. In recent years, he has written a series of books detailing his time on the force and is co-owner of Twiggy's children's play centre in Thirsk. Mr Pannett will stand against Conservative candidate Julia Mulligan, who was elected the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire in 2012. Her office yesterday confirmed she was expected to stand again in the public election in May. Mr Pannett said: "I cannot stand by and watch policing levels and capacity regressing back to the 1970's. We are all sick and tired of being spoon-fed government spin that crime is falling and all is well in frontline policing. This simply isn't what we are experiencing right in front of our eyes in our own communities. "Predatory cross-border criminals and reduced police visibility and accessibility has led to a loss of confidence and feelings of vulnerability in rural communities. Recently, in the biggest rural crime survey ever conducted, approximately 70 per cent of those taking part said they had lost confidence in policing. It breaks my heart to hear this. We are experiencing rising crime and anti-social behaviour in our towns and cities - not the picture our Government and some current PCCs paints at all." Mr Pannett said: "I despise political spin and I will make no apology to Westminster for being a plain speaking Yorkshireman fighting for the effective policing of my home county. 'You can either shout from the touchline or put your boots on and get stuck in, lad', as my dad would say.Mr Pannett said he would "roll up my sleeves and get stuck in", and said the prospect of standing without the backing of a political party was "daunting". "I believe that Policing and Politics should be kept separate. Policing should serve and protect all people, regardless of their political stance, and the PCC should represent those people and challenge the policing of the County from an independent position unencumbered by party politics." Mr Pannett said: "North Yorkshire is one of the safest places in the whole country, yet that doesn't mean we can be complacent. It's a simple age-old truth that criminals will seek to exploit nice places and are only deterred by the risk of getting caught. I am also aware of the under-reporting of rural crime." It is not yet known if another candidates are expected to stand.Among Mr Pannett's support team are Vice Admiral Bob Cooling, former commanding officer of the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, Phil McNally, who served with Merseyside Police for 30 years, former Europol and Royal Corps of Signals member Andrew Newton, and Sue Bracewell, one of the organisers of the Huby & Sutton Show.
  9. Please take a moment to vote. Either via DM or on my TL! (Twitter) Name of Officer, Category number. (@JoeBlogs, Cat 4) Please RT! We have five categories. Category 1) Best Tweeting individual Officer. Category 2) Best Tweeting Special constable. Category 3) Best Police RPU account (Road Policing unit) Category 4) Best Tweeting Police Dog/Horse account. Category 5) Best Tweeting Police SGt` and upwards. (Inspectors, Chief inspectors, Supers etc.) £20.00 will be donated to the charity of each categories winners. (From my pocket to the charity. NO monies will be handed to any Officer. Just to clarify!)
  10. ITurning on M1 speed cameras permanently and having sponsored uniforms and cars could help bolster a cash-strapped force's coffers, a police and crime commissioner has said. Olly Martins told the Home Affairs Select Committee the force's "desperate financial plight" left him "no option". The Bedfordshire commissioner said he was "actively looking" at ways to generate more money. The Alliance of British Drivers called his comments "utterly obnoxious". Mr Martins said the county's force was "stretched to the limit" with 169 officers per 100,000 population against a national average of 232 and 388 in London. The county has the fourth highest level of gun crime per head, fifth highest level of burglary, robbery and vehicle crime, seventh highest level of knife crime, and a high terror threat, he said. The commissioner has already lost in a council tax referendum asking for the public's permission to increase the police precept and launched a petition calling on the government to ensure the force is adequately funded. 'More officers'He told the committee that unless the force's grant funding was "realigned to the reality of the county's policing challenges" he would have to use his powers to permanently turn on the cameras between junctions 10 and 13, one of the busiest stretches of the motorway. Asked whether easyJet could sponsor the county's "panda cars", Mr Martins said: "I'd welcome it because that's an alternative to reducing our police numbers below a level that I think is already putting our force in a position of not being viable." The speed cameras are linked to variable limits, which can be reduced to below 70mph when there is congestion, a crash or bad weather. The majority of speed fine revenue goes to the government, but Mr Martin's office said a proportion goes to the local force. "Strict enforcement of the speed limit could raise £1m and to me that's better than losing 25 more police officers," Mr Martins said. "I am running out of levers to pull to keep Bedfordshire Police financially viable," he said. Hugh Bladon, from voluntary lobby group group the Alliance of British Drivers, criticised the idea of making money from speed cameras. "These cameras are alleged to make roads safer, they are not to make money for the police or government or anyone and to suggest that it is... I'm lost for words," he said. "It is completely contrary to anything to do with road safety and utterly obnoxious." Good idea, should have been done ages ago. We know the law, it is inside a large red ring only one self to blame if caught speeding.
  11. PC Neil Doyle RIP!

    Call for killers' sentence review A campaign has been launched calling for the "unduly lenient" sentences handed to the killers of an off-duty PC to be increased. Two men were jailed on Friday for the manslaughter of Liverpool PC Neil Doyle, who was attacked on a night out. A series of tweets sent in the name of his wife Sarah called for their jail terms to be reviewed. The Attorney General's Office confirmed it had received a request to consider the sentences. But it could not confirm who sent it. PC Doyle, 36, died after he was struck by a "pile driver" punch in the early hours of 19 December 2014. Andrew Taylor, 29, was jailed for seven years and six months, while Timmy Donovan, 30, of Huyton, was jailed for six years and 10 months. Messages apparently posted by Mrs Doyle called on supporters to contact the Attorney General's office. It said: "We are looking to have the Attorney General review the sentences handed out in respect of the manslaughter of Neil Doyle." Supporters were urged to "email your dissatisfaction" to the Attorney General, adding: "Your support would be really appreciated." The campaign also called for a review of the sentences given for attacks on two of PC Doyle's colleagues. Both were found guilty of wounding PC Doyle's colleague, Robert Marshall, and Taylor was convicted of GBH against officer Michael Steventon. Andrew Taylor (left) and Timmy Donovan (right) were jailed for killing PC Neil Doyle .............................................................................................................................................. Please send an e-mail "Info required for email to attorney general Defs Timmy Donovan & Andrew Taylor sentence was given 11.9.15 Court 3-2 Liverpool Crown Court." Please could you send an email to show your dissatisfaction To keep up to date with this sad case, please follow @sarahjwillo on Twitter! ........................................................................................................................................................... Story here! PC Neil Doyle killing: Two men guilty of manslaughter Recently-married PC Neil Doyle had worked for the police for 10 yearsTwo men have been found guilty of killing an off-duty policeman in an attack during a night out in Liverpool. PC Neil Doyle, 36, died after he was struck with a "pile driver" punch in the early hours of 19 December last year. Andrew Taylor, 29, and Timmy Donovan, 30, of Huyton, were convicted of manslaughter at Liverpool Crown Court. A third man, Christopher Spendlove, was cleared of manslaughter. All three were cleared of murder after a five-week trial. PC Doyle had been out drinking with fellow Merseyside officers Michael Steventon and Robert Marshall when the two groups of men met in the city's Seel Street just before 03:00. Prosecutors said the defendants were "determined to get involved in a physical confrontation". Taylor and Donovan were both found guilty of wounding with intent for an attack on PC Marshall. Andrew Taylor (left) and Timmy Donovan will be sentenced in SeptemberTaylor was also convicted of GBH in relation to an attack on PC Steventon. Mr Spendlove was cleared of all charges. During the trial, jurors heard the punch that struck PC Doyle left him staggering across the road before ending up in a gutter. He died after suffering an injury to an artery in his neck, which led to bleeding over the surface of the brain. It was the same injury that killed Australian cricketer Philip Hughes, the trial heard. The two groups of men - who were not known to each other - presented very different versions of events to the court. At one stage, the officers were accused of maintaining a "conspiracy of silence", with barristers suggesting everyone involved had "piled in". But PC Steventon denied this, and said the officers were made to feel "intimidated" after PC Doyle was "goaded" with the words "evening officer". The court heard the two groups of men met by "complete coincidence" on Liverpool's Seel StreetTaylor, a former professional footballer who earns £40,000 per year as a football agent, claimed the words were used as "a term of endearment". He said PC Doyle became annoyed and had to be physically restrained. Initially, Taylor told officers he had struck PC Doyle in self defence, but later denied it and said he had been mistaken. However, he admitted hitting PC Doyle's two colleagues. Donovan, who was extradited from Germany following the death, also denied punching PC Doyle, but admitted hitting the other two officers after it "all broke out very quick". He accepted that he struck PC Marshall with "excessive force" before going back and stamping on him. But he claimed it was Taylor who had "knocked out" PC Doyle. Mr Spendlove, a former football coach in the US, claimed he had been an innocent bystander and had not joined in the fighting. Taylor and Donovan will be sentenced in September. Speaking after the court hearing, Det Supt Mike Shaw, of Merseyside Police, said: "We welcome the verdicts, but ultimately nothing can bring Neil back and his family are still struggling to come to terms with his loss and will never get over his tragic death. "Taylor and Donovan have also ruined their own lives. They were of previously good character and hadn't been involved in criminality prior to that night. "In fact, Taylor had a promising career ahead of him in the sporting world. But their rash actions, following the consumption of large amounts of alcohol, have ruined what could have been a bright future, and their families are also now left to pick up the pieces." A spokesman for the Police Federation said the organisation would continue to provide support to PC Doyle's family.
  12. Cops may sue Government over budget cuts Police face funding crisis West Midlands Police may mount a legal challenge against the Government about the way it has consulted on new plans to fund policing. The news comes as the force fears it could lose more than half its funding by the year 2020 and find it difficult to protect the public. Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said the force is facing “the most serious situation since its formation in 1974.” Government cuts announced by the Chancellor in July, and a new funding formula for police forces, could see the West Midlands lose 55 per cent of its funds. The Home Office launched a consultation about the new funding formula in July, which will see £7.8 billion divided up between different forces. But the government department has not provided any examples to police forces about the way the money received would change. Crime Commissioner Mr Jamieson has written to the Home Office demanding answers, and has since lodged an Freedom of Information request asking for the calculations which would confirm how each force is likely to be affected. But the Home Office responded yesterday to say that an answer will not be provided until September 29, which is two weeks after the consultation ends on September 15 and nearly two months after the request was lodged Chief Constable Chris Sims confirmed during a meeting of the Strategic Police and Crime Board meeting that the force would look at its legal options. Mr Jamieson said: “Any approach that protects the people of the West Midlands by giving us a fair deal won’t be ruled out.” And he warned that further budget cuts would make it difficult for the chief constable to protect the public. The National Audit Office (NAO) has already warned that the force has been hit harder than other forces by spending cuts so far. It has lost £126 million since 2010 with total spending power cut by 23 per cent in the last five years. Other police forces have suffered less drastic reductions, with funding for Surrey Police down by just 12 per cent in the same period, the NAO said. West Midlands Police expected to lose around 40 per cent of funding by 2020, which will lead to the loss of 2,500 officers and the smallest force in its history. But, speaking about the threat of even bigger cuts, Mr Jamieson said: “To lose 40 per cent of our budget would have been very hard but we had a tough plan in place. “However, it would not be an underestimate to describe losing 55 per cent of total funding as catastrophic. It would be very difficult to see how the Chief Constable could continue to do the work he has been doing in keeping the community safe. “It is the most serious situation this force has faced since it was formed. I am not one to cry wolf or say that cuts cannot be managed or efficiencies made, but the course that the Government is taking us on is beyond that. “I thought that any changes to how the Government divides its police funding would surely benefit the West Midlands, as we have to deal with more complex crimes, violence and radicalisation on a scale that dwarfs that of rural forces. “From what I have been led to believe this is not the case. The rural shires are set to benefit whilst the West Midlands is punished. “The Government needs to change its course, put the safety of people in the West Midlands first and give our region a fair funding deal. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says he will 'fight' over police budget cutsIn an indication that relations between Scotland Yard and the Home Office have begun to turn sour over funding, the Commissioner says 'Watch this space' as he prepares new challenge Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has said the 'time has come to fight our corner' over budget cuts Photo: PA/LONDON METROPOLITAN POLICE Britain's most senior police officer has indicated a new determination to challenge Theresa May, the Home Secretary, over police budget cuts and warned: "The time has come to fight our corner." Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, posted a reply on an internal Scotland Yard bulletin board which signalled an increasingly frosty relationship with the Government. The comments emerged in a section of the Met's internal "intranet" site called "Ask the Commissioner", a copy of which has been obtained by The Telegraph. "The time has come to fight our corner" Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Sir Bernard agreed with an unnamed detective sergeant from east London who asked if he realised staff "struggle to cope" and are "virtually broken". "I agree. The time has come to fight our corner. Watch this space," the Commissioner wrote. The nature of Sir Bernard's plan to challenge the government over cuts remains unknown. Theresa May, the Home Secretary Photo: GEOFF PUGH However, his willingness to adopt such an ebullient attitude in a forum which can be viewed by the Met's 47,000 officers and staff indicates the start of a new chapter. Sir Bernard, along with most other chief constables, has previously been stoical in the face of austerity measures which have seen budgets cut by a fifth in the last five years, reducing the number of officers in England and Wales by 17,000. The Met has been one of the few forces to retain its number of officers at pre-2010 levels. According to projections forces in England and Wales face further cuts of between 20 to 40 per cent. The full question posed by the detective sergeant from Newham said: "The message we constantly hear from the Commissioner and senior leaders is that despite budget cuts and everything else, we can cope and we will cope. "When will you listen to your staff and realise we struggle to cope, we are suffering, we are virtually 'broken' and we want you to tell government this." A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed the bulletin board reply was by Sir Bernard, although he said the commissioner did not agree with the suggestion that the Met itself was "broken". The spokesman said: "Officer numbers in the capital have been rising and crime has been falling in recent years so by any measure the Met cannot be said to be 'broken' and the Commissioner was not agreeing with this part of the officer's statement. "However, he does recognise the increasing pressures officers and staff have to bear as the Met transforms its ways of working and learns to live within more restricted means. "The Commissioner made it clear in March this year that he felt the police service could respond to the expected reductions in funding without significant impact to public safety if, and only if, there was substantial structural and technological reform of the service along with collaborative working with other public services and an open debate about policing priorities. "The Commissioner's answer is making it clear he will continue to play an active part in the debate, which has intensified in recent weeks with the announcement of 25 per cent to 40 per cent cuts - which will, of course, have significant impact on policing." The head of the Met is the most senior officer in the country and has national responsibilities for counter-terrorism. CC`s maybe have a chat with the various Federations up and down the country, their fight started a while back. #NotCryingWolf
  13. An eyewitness said it was clear Jack, 17, couldn't swim but officers said it was "too dangerous" to jump into a canal to try and rescue him Tributes: Friends left moving messages and pictures where Jack died Police officers refused to enter a canal to help a drowning boy and prevented bystanders from jumping in, it has been claimed. The Met police is facing a watchdog investigation over the death of 17-year-old Jack Susianta in Clapton, East London, last night. The force had been called by his family who were concerned for his welfare but before officers had arrived he smashed a window and fled in only shorts, socks and a t-shirt. He was missing for around an hour before he was spotted on Hackney Marshes but ran away again. As he tried to escape from the police he ended up in a canal at Lea Bridge Road, Hackney. Eyewitnesses said Jack was struggling to swim but refused to grab on to rings which were thrown towards him. @Ajmanutd10/twitter Controversial: Police were chasing Jack after he broke out of his family's homeAs around a hundred people watched on, Fiona Okonkwo, 42, said she wanted to go in to try and help Jack but officers wouldn't allow her. She told the Evening Standard: “The police officers refused to jump in after him and said they can’t do it. I was going to jump in after him but they stopped me. "The police told us there were weeds underneath the water, that it was too dangerous and they could get dragged down." Another witness wrote online: "The police were trying to help him get out but he purposefully was moving away from help." Witnesses claimed one police officer eventually entered the water around ten minutes after Jack failed to resurface. Rex Help: Jack's body was later found in the canal by police diversHis body was recovered at around 5.20pm. The Met declined to comment on the suggestion officers refused to enter the water and stopped bystanders from jumping in. Today, messages from tragic Jack's friends lined the bridge over the canal where police attempted to rescue him. As well as sunflowers, candles and a poster with his picture reading 'gone but never forgotten', well wishers had written about their friend. One note from primary school pal Reanna Parkinson said: "I will remember the memories of you forever. "You are such a nice person who I know will be greatly missed. "It's so sad you're gone. Rest in Peace Jack." The Metropolitan Police have referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), who consider all deaths following police contact. "On seeing police, the male ran off," a Met Police spokesman said. Rex Help: Eyewitnesses said police refused to enter the water because it was 'too dangerous'"Officers tried to stop the male in order to assist him, but prior to police officers reaching him, the male entered the canal near to Lea Bridge Road. "A police officer entered the canal in an attempt to rescue him, but the male went under the water." Emergency services, including dog units, a police helicopter, Marine Police and London Fire Brigade were deployed in the search. Hackney Police tweeted at 3.38pm today: "Jack Susianta, 17yrs missing from E5. Last seen wearing a t shirt, shorts and socks. Call 999 quoting CAD 5306." "We're currently dealing with an incident involving a man in the canal in Leabridge, involving partner emergency services," the force said in a later post. An IPCC spokesman said: "We deployed investigators to the scene and we are currently assessing it to determine the level, if any, of our involvement. "We haven't yet determined whether it will be necessary for an independent investigation." The cause of death is unknown. A post-mortem examination and formal identification have not yet been carried out. ................................................................................................................................... And now something that looks more far likely. from our learned friend Commander Lucy D'OrsiCommander Lucy D'Orsi responds to canal death reportsBlog post • Jul 31, 2015 12:13 BST Following the death of Jack Susianta, who drowned in the River Lea, the Met's Commander for East London, Lucy D'Orsi, said: “Today's headlines concerning the tragic story of Jack Susianta who drowned in the River Lea offers a clear picture of a complex situation. Or does it? "Our thoughts are with Jack’s family - it is hard to comprehend the pain they must be feeling after losing a loved one so young. It's also a traumatic event for the people on the river bank who witnessed the events unfold and the police officers involved in the incident. The call was not to investigate a crime but to help someone in distress. Reflecting on this point reminded me that policing is not all about crime. In fact over 60 per cent of what we are called to deal with in London is not crime. I, like my colleagues, joined policing to help people and that's often the bit that is forgotton when people debate police activity. "The Daily Mirror's front page headline this morning, Friday 31 July, offers a definite conclusion - Police Refuse To Save Drowning Boy. No quotation marks, nothing to reflect our statement last night, Thursday, 30 July, that officers first tried to use a life aid and throw lines to him before an officer, who then needed assistance himself, entered dangerous water to try and safe Jack’s life. Met divers also entered the water in a rescue operation to try and save Jack. I saw no mention of this. "When police have been involved in an incident where someone has died we must refer ourselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission so they can look at the circumstances of what has happened. We have done this and this means that the detail and context around what exactly happened and the actions that were taken may take time to come out. Often when this happens the story is no longer front page news. It is only fair to Jack’s family and all those concerned in this case that we do not try to pre-empt the investigation by providing more detail than the brief description of events offered in yesterday's statement. This feels frustrating but right. "Our world is one of immediate news at a fast pace. We accept that headlines will be written before investigations have had time to run their course but this is sometimes disappointing and hard to understand. I think it is only fair on those involved in this incident to make sure that the way it is reported does reflect, for very valid reasons, the full context and the facts. Of course newspapers should quote the views of others but surely it would also be fair to reflect that the situation may, or may not be, more complex than some of the stories concerning this incident are reflecting. That might include putting quotation marks around a headline which is presented as a very factual statement. "My colleagues across London deal with high risk situations everyday, putting themselves at risk and running to things that most would run from. It's not easy for them or their families and therefore when judged I believe they deserve to be judged fairly. "Followers of our Facebook pages will regularly read stories of officers who have been involved in incidents where lives have been saved, including water rescues. They are humbling stories which make me proud of the service we provide to Londoners. These rarely get reported in the national media but I recognise that in a democratic society which is proud of freedom of speech it is not for the police to suggest what is or is not editorially important. As it happens these Facebook posts are among our most popular. "Our officers deserve a fair and independent investigation into how an incident such as this has unfolded but most importantly so do Jack’s family who are dealing with grief which most of us hope never to have to experience. A proper explanation of the circumstances surrounding the incident is required for everyone and I don't think that has been reflected in the way it has been presented so far in the media.” You can follow on Twitter Commander Lucy D'Orsi @LucyDorsiMPS :smiley_notworthy: :smiley_notworthy: :smiley_notworthy: :smiley_notworthy: :smiley_notworthy: :smiley_notworthy: :smiley_notworthy: :smiley_notworthy: :smiley_notworthy:
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  15. The amount of money police forces receive could be determined by the number of jobless households and bars in an area, under government proposals. Ministers say the current police-funding model is "out of date" and have launched a consultation on using a range of factors to decide how much forces in England and Wales receive. These could include population size and the physical aspects of a force's area. The justice minister said the plans would make police funding fairer. The funding consultation will look at how best to replace the Police Allocation Formula (PAF), which has been used for nearly 10 years. Currently the PAF does not calculate what police forces need individually. 'Fairest possible way'Under the proposals, funding would take into account five features of local areas including: PopulationThe number of council tax band D or equivalent properties in the area, because of the contributions to police from council taxThe number of households with no working adult and dependent childrenA "hard-pressed" population indicator, which covers a wide range of types of householdsThe number of bars per hectareUnder the system, central funding for policing would be divided according to the weighting of each indicator, then allocated to each force depending on their "score" for each of the factors. The consultation document says the third and fourth elements are "two socio-economic factors that are closely correlated with the patterns of crime seen between different areas over time". It adds: "The government feels that these two factors are sufficiently representative of the differences between forces. "They are highly correlated with other demographic and socio-economic factors that were considered." 'Robust and transparent'Justice Minister Mike Penning said police funding needed to changeJustice Minister Mike Penning said the reforms would put police funding "on a long-term, sustainable footing". He said: "The current model for allocating police funding is complex, opaque and out-of-date. This consultation sets out proposals to deliver a police-funding model for the future which is fair, robust and transparent." A spokesperson for the Home Office said it wanted to bring in the new formula "as soon as it was appropriate" and was seeking views on what "transitional arrangements" would be needed if it was implemented in the next financial year. Further work will be carried out to refine the model before it is introduced. The proposed overhaul comes amid debate over how the police service should be organised in the face of reduced resources from government. Last month, the National Audit Office warned the government had "insufficient information" on how much further police funding could be cut without "degrading services".