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  1. Greater Manchester Police are currently arresting about twenty people a month for the criminal offence of 'begging in a public place.' https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/how-police-launched-blitz-city-15469201.amp
  2. Police officers may be using an unlawful means of obtaining the patient records of firearm licence applicants, it has been reported. https://www.digitalhealth.net/2018/11/home-office-looking-into-potentially-unlawful-access-to-patient-info-by-police/ Hmm, a saving may now be an expensive mistake.
  3. Senior officer says people should only come to police’s aid when it is safe to do so. https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/20/met-police-caution-against-public-helping-officers-under-attack aka the Sir Craig strategy? 🤨
  4. A man accused of stealing a marked police van from outside a police station has appeared in court charged with seven offences. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-van-stolen-sussex-bungay-sean-warman-steal-car-thief-a8630681.html?amp
  5. An "apparently fake" ambulance vehicle was pulled over as it was being driven by a man in Swansea, police have said. The estate car, which was covered in highly-visible paint and logos, was stopped at Penclawdd, Gower, on Monday. The 19-year-old driver was held on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified, with no insurance and other offences. The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed it was not one of its vehicles and the driver was not an employee. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-wales-46193779
  6. Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was injured in a hit and run in Dundee city centre on Wednesday evening. The driver is said to have yelled aggressively at the cyclist immediately after the collision without checking he was okay. https://road.cc/content/news/251541-police-appeal-witnesses-after-driver-berates-cyclist-she-hit?amp
  7. A “no deal safety net unit” is being rushed through by Scotland Yard at a cost of more than £2.4m after police chiefs warned the home secretary that losing EU tools would make it harder to track sex offenders and terrorist suspects, according to internal police documents. https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/05/brexit-metropolitan-police-rush-set-up-no-deal-safety-net-unit
  8. You arrive back home from holiday late at night to find the house ransacked – your jewellery, the smart TV, the laptop all gone. You reach for the phone and dial not the 101 number that will connect you to the police but your local private security force. They reassure you they’ll have one of their officers over right away to take evidence and a detective around first thing. https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/04/if-police-ignore-minor-crime-how-long-before-we-take-it-upon-ourselves
  9. A POLICE station and school were evacuated and cordoned off in Consett on Monday after 'historic ammunition' was handed in to officers. https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17186141.consett-police-station-and-school-evacuated-after-ammunition-handed-in/ Ooops! Guess it would have been better to phone up rather than walk-in!
  10. Guidance for emergency workers says they should keep a door open when working on a driverless vehicle because this will stop it self-driving away. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/10/25/paramedics-told-watch-driverless-cars-driving-accidents/ being an emergency services worker has got has just got a bit more complicated!
  11. The sale of fireworks to the public should be banned as a way of tackling anti-social behaviour, Greater Manchester's chief constable has said. Ian Hopkins said the use of the pyrotechnics should be restricted to just professional displays to stop young people "terrorising" communities. He made the comments after residents said they were scared by fireworks being set off on an estate in Tameside. But firework manufacturers said most people used fireworks responsibly. Mr Hopkins said he did not want to come across as a "party pooper". "We cannot go and purchase a weapon, the sale of knives is being restricted," he added. "The time has come to do the same around fireworks." Mr Hopkins said every year in the run-up to Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali, both fire and police services were left struggling to cope. "We need to restrict the sales to young people who think it is acceptable to go around and terrorise communities," he said. "The answer cannot be that more firefighters and more police officers turn up to deal with this and people are scared to go out of their homes." Fireworks can be purchased by anyone aged 18 or older but it is against the law for them to be used on the street or in public places. It is also illegal to set off fireworks between 23:00 and 07:00, except on certain occasions. People can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to six months for selling or using them illegally. The British Fireworks Association, which represents the majority of the UK's manufacturers and importers of consumer fireworks, said it disagreed with Mr Hopkins. "The vast majority of people using fireworks do so safely and responsibly and with proper consideration for other people," it added. "The law is in place for the police to crack down on people misusing fireworks." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-manchester-45917203 It’s going to be two or more weeks of extremely noisy fireworks now, including late ones. I guess I should buy some ear plugs for sleeping...
  12. A DANGEROUS driver who drove at a police officer, forcing him to dive for cover was told he would be home for Christmas after a judge jailed him for just 20 weeks. https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/16998367.dangerous-driver-forced-police-officer-to-dive-for-cover/ presumably he’ll be out in 10...
  13. Across the UK, others like us are taking action where a depleted police force cannot. Is this really how we want Britain to be? https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/19/manchester-police-bike-muggers-depleted-force It's sad to read comments such as: “The police said they would “try” to send a patrol down. They didn’t. Within the hour another cyclist was attacked in pretty much the same spot.”
  14. A police force will need to build a new partnership with a force and "should talk about" their current alliance an MP has said. West Mercia Police announced this month its plan to "withdraw from the current strategic alliance" it has with Warwickshire Police. The five-year partnership had saved more than £35m the Warwickshire force said. Tory MP Mark Pawsey said police should "think again". Speaking on the BBC Sunday Politics programme, the MP for Rugby and Bulkington said "I hope the two [forces] will get together and can look forward and if West Mercia want to move away then Warwickshire, as a relatively small force, will need to look for new partners. "That should be the way forward rather than walking away. "It strikes me as something to sit down and talk about." West Mercia Police previously said the decision was a bid to provide the public with better value for money . However, Warwickshire Police said it was "hugely disappointed" by the move. The forces merged services including firearms and police dog officers, as well as IT, HR and communications, in 2013 saying it would save £30m by 2015. The forces currently share the same control room and jointly cover a patch of 3,000 square miles. Previously, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said that the force will be expected to pay reasonable costs as part of its withdrawal. West Mercia Police hopes that work to split the forces will be completed within about a year. A West Midlands Police source suggested the move could open the possibility for that force and Warwickshire Police merging in the future. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-45857669
  15. Examples of crashes and astonishing near-misses caught on drivers' dashcams have been released by police to discourage erratic driving. Forces in Norfolk and Suffolk said they received about 150 videos a month from the public - double the amount from last year. About 75% of footage has led to drivers being warned, sent on driving courses or dealt with through the courts. Watch the full story on Inside Out at 19:30 BST on BBC One in the east of England, on Monday, 15 October. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-45843691/shocking-dashcam-videos-released-by-norfolk-and-suffolk-police some shocking scenes in that video, including the pedestrian crossing and the car vs. buggy, very close.