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  1. Source:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37941236 Image caption Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her daughter Katie, 13, were found dead at Dawson Avenue in Spalding in April Two 15-year-olds have been given life sentences with 20-year minimum terms for the murder of a mother and daughter in Lincolnshire in April. Dinner lady Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and Katie, 13, were smothered and stabbed while they slept at home in Spalding. Sentencing them, the judge said it was "a terrible crime which has few parallels in modern criminal history". The killers were 14 at the time, apparently making them Britain's youngest double-murderers. The judge at Nottingham Crown Court, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, said the case had "defining and particularly chilling" features, and condemned the killers' conduct as "grotesque". Jurors heard that the killers went on to share a bath, have sex, and watch four Twilight vampire films after the murders in Dawson Avenue, Spalding, on 13 April. For more on this and other Lincolnshire stories Image copyright Police issue Image caption The knife used in the murders - a black-handled kitchen knife with a 20cm blade - was found discarded in Katie's bedroom Addressing the teenagers, the judge told them: "There is a clear intention to kill both victims - both defendants admitted wanting to murder them. "There was remarkable premeditation and planning - it was, on any view, substantial, meticulous and repeated." He added: "The killings were brutal in the form of executions, and both victims, particularly Elizabeth Edwards, must have suffered terribly in the last minutes of their lives." Mrs Edwards and her daughter were repeatedly stabbed by the couple, who were described in court as having a Bonnie and Clyde-style relationship Mrs Edwards was stabbed by the boy eight times, twice in the throat, in a deliberate attempt to ensure her daughter was not woken by screams or cries for help. Katie was stabbed twice in the neck with severe force before she was smothered by the boy. Image copyright SWNS Image caption Police described the murder of Elizabeth and Katie Edwards as a horrendous crime During his sentencing remarks, the judge said both teenagers were equally responsible for the murders and had "revelled in what you achieved". "I see no reason to distinguish between you in any way," he said. "Had you been adults you may have been facing the whole of your lives in prison for this double murder." Outside court, Karen Thompson, deputy chief crown prosecutor for the East Midlands, said: "This is one of the most distressing and disturbing cases that I have ever encountered. "Our deepest sympathies are now with the extended family and friends of Elizabeth and Katie Edwards as they attempt to come to terms with this horrific crime." Det Ch Insp Martin Holvey, of Lincolnshire Police, said it had been "a rare and unprecedented case". "The planning that went into these brutal murders of Elizabeth and Katie, as they slept in their own beds, was cold, ruthless and chilling - as was the lack of remorse shown by the two juveniles afterwards." In court Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, detailed for the first time the account given by the boy shortly after he was arrested. He said the pair had met up and both agreed to kill Mrs Edwards and her daughter after "the girl had asked him to kill both of the victims as she did not like the smell of blood". "He went on to describe the killing of the mother, Elizabeth, and said that during the attack she had struggled and scratched his face, back and bum," Mr Joyce told the court. "After about three minutes she had stopped struggling and had gone limp. He had got off the bed and taken off his trainers since they had made the floorboards creak." Image copyright PA Image caption Katie Edwards was stabbed to death after her mother The boy then went into Katie's room, bent down and pushed the knife through her throat before using a pillow to smother her, the court heard. Defending the boy, Simon Myerson QC said the two children "became trapped in a fantasy of their own devising". Andrew Stubbs QC, representing the girl, said the pair were in a "toxic relationship" and were "almost playing chicken with each other" as they spurred each other on to commit the killings. The pair pleaded guilty to manslaughter at a hearing in September but later the boy admitted to murder before the trial began. His girlfriend maintained her innocence to murder but was found guilty of two counts. Image copyright Photoshot Image caption Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said neither teenager would be freed until they had served their minimum term
  2. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-37841829 Four people were injured when a car mounted a pavement and ploughed into a group of pedestrians. A woman was seriously injured in the hit and run in Humberstone Gate, Leicester, shortly before 17:00 GMT, police said. Eyewitnesses told the BBC they saw a car with a smashed windscreen being driven "erratically" after the crash. Others said the car appeared to have been deliberately driven at the group of pedestrians. Liam Mahoney said he had to move out of the way for "a screeching car" travelling the wrong way down Halford Street. 'Like ten pin bowling' "It mounted the kerb at speed, went along Halford Street, collided with two vans, carried on at speed, and then turned along Granby Street and we heard a lot of commotion," he said. Company director, Dr Beejay Bhatt, 36, said he saw a car come "barrelling down the road" and mount a pavement before sending a woman "flying". He said a teenager was then launched into the door of a fast food outlet and "bounced" off, with emergency services arriving minutes later. "It was pandemonium," he said. Image caption Police have closed a number of roads near to where the accident happened "Hundreds of people started crowding and the police had to put up this tape. It was like ten pin bowling." Another eyewitness said: "I was on the side where the car drove over people. I was scared. I only just got out of the way. "Everyone was just scurrying everywhere, like they didn't know what to do. There was quite a lot [of panic]." A black car was found abandoned in nearby Bishop Street. Ch Insp Dan Pedley, of Leicestershire Police, said: "There is considerable police activity in the area and roads are closed as a result of this incident which will understandably cause concern among residents and inconvenience to motorists. "The investigation is in the early stages and officers are working to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this incident." Police have said Humberstone Gate is currently closed, from its junction with Charles Street to its junction with Wharf Street South. Yeoman Street is also closed. Diversions are in place and motorists have been advised to find alternative routes, the force said. Image caption A car was cordoned off in Bishop Street
  3. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37843431 Iraqi forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul have broken through the front line without suffering any losses, a spokesman says. Sabah al-Numan told the BBC that many IS fighters had been killed. Government forces entered the city's outskirts for the first time on Tuesday since the city was seized in June 2014. Wednesday is the 17th day of the anti-IS operation, which involves 50,000 personnel including Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Sunni Arab tribesmen. Elite troops seized control of the state TV building in Kukjali on Tuesday hours after launching an assault on the eastern district and later breached the outskirts of the Karama district. A BBC journalist travelling with them said they were facing stiff resistance. Read more: Mosul battle unfolds in tweets Death is near in Mosul, says IS survivor Battle for Mosul: The story so far How is IS selling the battle for Mosul? But Mr al-Numan, a spokesman for the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) said: "We broke the front line of the centre of Mosul. We liberated a very important area which is the main gate for Mosul from the east. "We had a very tough fight with ISIS in this area and we could liberate it very fast and also without any casualties, in front of many dead and executed from ISIS." Mosul is last major urban stronghold of IS in the country. The BBC's Joan Soley, with the elite Iraqi forces in Mosul The men of the special forces appear casual - but make no mistake, they are ready. Many have scars from Ramadi or Falluja or both. They have lost friends. Some are younger than you might expect for the fighting they have experienced. Many are also recently married - common practice before deploying for battle - and keen to show pictures of their new brides on their smart phones. From low-ranked soldiers to top generals, all say this is not going to be easy. The mission could take months. But liberating Mosul is the fight they have been waiting for. The ugly, deadly urban warfare of Mosul Army units are also pushing into the south-eastern Judaydat al-Mufti area, according to the military. The operation is backed by air and ground support from a US-led coalition. On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the 3,000 to 5,000 militants believed to still be inside Mosul that there was "no escape" and to "either surrender or die". About 1,000 of the militants are thought to be foreigners. Gen Talib Shaghati al-Kenani said they came from Uzbekistan, Turkey and other countries. "Those are a group of terrorists who fight Iraqis and usurp their cities," Gen Kenani said. Many people have fled the area but some civilians have returned to their homes in villages around Mosul, some waving white flags to show they are not fighters. Image copyright AFP Image caption Villagers returned to their homes with white flags after Iraqi forces arrived As Mosul is encircled, UN officials have expressed concern for the safety of the 1.5 million civilians estimated to be living there. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday that it had received fresh reports of mass killings and forced relocations carried out by IS. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said 1,792 people were killed in October, 1,120 of whom were civilians.
  4. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37762369 The Metropolitan Police Service could struggle to recruit 600 extra firearms officers within two years, the Met Police Federation has warned. It represents rank and file officers and said many are reluctant to become firearms specialists, subjected to long investigations after a fatal shooting. In the wake of the Paris attacks Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there would be 600 more firearms officers to protect London. The Met has 100 new officers to date. Image captionDeputy chief constable Simon Chesterman said about 50 of the Met Police's new recruits had come from the Sussex and Essex Police force areas About 1,000 applicants have applied to be trained in the use of firearms and a force spokesman said it was "more than satisfied not only with the quantity of the applications, but also with the quality." However, the national lead for armed policing, deputy chief constable Simon Chesterman, said he only expected to get about half of the suitable applicants through the rigorous training process, which hampered speedy recruitment. He added: "I think the greatest threat to delivering the uplift [extra officers] is officers' fears about what they will face in the event they have to discharge a firearm and they are really concerned about what will happen to them post incident." Retired Met Police officer Anthony Long was cleared in 2015 of the unlawful killing of suspected armed robber Azelle Rodney whom he shot dead in 2005. Mr Long said: "I am the worst case scenario. "Non-firearms officers, who might be considering a position as a firearms officer, are rightly saying to themselves, why would I put myself and my family through that, what is the gain, because you don't get paid any more for being a firearms officer?" Image captionEx-Met firearms officer Anthony Long said: "I went out on over 1,000 operations and opened fire on three separate occasions." Home Office figures show the total number of armed officers has fallen in the Met Police by about 717 people since March 2010 when there were 2,856 firearms officers compared to 2,139 in March 2016. The reduction was largely due to cuts in police budgets, the Met Police Federation said. Federation chairman Ken Marsh said: "We really are struggling to recruit. "I think at the moment the commissioner said [he wanted] 600, we are not even halfway there yet. "I think the next batch is going to be far harder because there is only a certain pool that you are taking these officers from." The increase in firearms officers for the capital was part of a national plan to increase the UK's armed response teams, mainly funded by the government. The officers were due to be deployed within two years of the announcement in April. Image captionAn increased number of firearms officers has been promised at some of the capital's most famous locations Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) deputy chair Sarah Green said "We recognise the challenging and dangerous circumstances in which firearms officers operate but it is right that when there is a fatality there is an independent investigation. Our independent scrutiny should not cause any officer to be concerned about taking on a firearms role." In the past six years the IPCC has completed 23 investigations into the use of police firearms, of which seven cases involved fatalities. It said in 21 of those cases, including six fatal shootings, no firearms officer involved "was at any time treated as a suspect by the IPCC". "We are working hard to reduce the amount of time our work takes but many firearms investigations involving a fatality are complex and the public rightly have an expectation of thorough scrutiny," Ms Green added.
  5. Source:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37782320 Two strong earthquakes have hit central Italy, damaging buildings and injuring dozens of people. A 5.5-magnitude quake struck at 19:10 (17:10 GMT) near Visso in Macerata province, followed two hours later by a 6.1 magnitude tremor in the same area. Emergency teams have worked through the night. In August an earthquake killed about 300 people south of Visso. There are few reports of serious injuries but bad weather has been hampering efforts to assess the damage. Visso is 70km (45 miles) from Amatrice, which was badly damaged in the 6.2 magnitude quake in August. Image caption Some buildings in central Visso were damaged Wednesday's earthquakes were felt across central Italy, including in the capital, Rome, where buildings shook and doors and windows rattled. "Tens" of people were hurt, but only four people suffered serious injuries, Italy's civil protection chief Fabrizio Curcio said. The second earthquake was considerably stronger than the first and numerous smaller aftershocks have occurred. One witness told Italian TV he saw part of a building collapse in front of him. Image copyright EPA Image caption Older buildings are reported to have collapsed in several villages Image copyright UGC Image caption Rubble from one of Camerino's collapsed buildings filled the street The town of Camerino is thought to have been badly damaged, and one resident told the BBC: "Everyone is leaving Camerino by foot or car to seek safety. Two churches are destroyed and many houses [have] fallen." In Campo, near Norcia in the Umbria region, the late 15th century San Salvatore church collapsed. It had been weakened by the earthquake in August. There are also reports of downed power lines, damage to historic buildings and a landslide on a main road north of Rome. Image copyright AP Image caption Two months ago Amatrice was devastated by an earthquake The first earthquake, 7km south-west of Visso, was relatively shallow, at a depth of 9km (nearly six miles). The second, at 21:18 local time, was 2km northwest of Visso, at a depth of 10km. These tremors were linked to the August earthquake, Italian officials said. "Aftershocks can last for a long time, sometimes for months," AFP news agency quoted Mario Tozzi of Italy's National Institute of Geophysics as saying.
  6. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-37750769 Image copyrightGSMUDGER A police force in a rural part of England is struggling to find a suitable chief constable, despite casting the net as wide as the US, Canada and Australia. Here are six things for potential police chiefs in Lincolnshire to consider when throwing their hat in the ring. The salary Image copyrightLINCOLNSHIRE POLICE Image captionChief Constable Neil Rhodes (centre) is retiring in February According to the force's annual accounts, current Lincolnshire Police chief Neil Rhodes received £146,986 in salary, fees and allowances in 2015-16. This is £3,524 a year more than the prime minister. And it is also more than the many top police officers would earn in the US. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top 10% of high ranking officers earn on average $131,570 or £107,492. Could this tempt some to move across the Atlantic? Inspector Jon Hassall, chairman of the Lincolnshire Police Federation, said: "It may seem an attractive salary although it's actually quite low for a chief constable, as it's based on the population size of the area. "For someone coming from the US, it might be a good wage but the cost of housing and other living costs here are more expensive too. "I would find it inconceivable that someone could be put in charge of a British police force without experience of British policing." Is Lincolnshire a place for a chief constable to make their name? The answer, according to Mr Hassall, is probably not. "It's a fantastic place to live, with great schools, but it's more somewhere to come at the end of your career," he said. "It's an absolute privilege to serve here, but it's not somewhere you'd go from to run one of the big metropolitan forces." He said it was more likely that ambitious officers with a long time left in their career would go for a role as an assistant or deputy chief constable in a larger force. At West Midlands Police, England's second largest force, the current deputy chief constable is paid £147,500 a year - slightly more than Mr Rhodes was paid as Lincolnshire's chief constable. Cheaper than average housing Lincolnshire housing market £229,821 Average paid for detached home in Lincoln in the past 12 months £365,969 UK average £242,405 Average asking price for a detached house in Lincoln £420,766 Current UK average asking price for a detached house Source: Zoopla Thinkstock As long as the new recruit has a deposit of at least 5%, he or she could afford to pay about £2,576 a month on a mortgage in Lincolnshire. And that would be plenty to buy a £550,000 home, such as a six-bed detached house currently on the market in North Hykeham or a four-bedroom home in the village of Canwick, both within a half hour drive of police headquarters. Below average crime Whoever takes on the job will inherit one of the lowest crime rates in England. Crime in Lincolnshire 48.8 crimes per 1,000 people 2015-16 18.5 lower than the England average 36,008 recorded crimes 2015-16 7,080 violent crimes Source: ONS Thinkstock Challenging times Money-wise, Lincolnshire's police budget is stretched. According to a statement on the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary website: "Lincolnshire receives the lowest central funding per head of population of any police force, some £34 less per person than the national average." And it faces a looming challenge to keep its books balanced and have enough officers on the streets. "Medium term financial projections indicate that the force will be challenged to sustain an adequate number of police officers to ensure public safety and a viable force beyond 2016/17 if police finance continues to be allocated on the current basis", the force says. High rate of complaints Official figures showed Lincolnshire Police had the highest rate of allegations per 1,000 employees made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. In 2014-15, there were 478 allegations recorded per 1,000 employees in categories such as neglect or failure in duty, incivility, impoliteness and intolerance, lack of fairness and impartiality or oppressive conduct or harassment. The total number of complaints had also risen 46%. The figures for 2015-16 will be published in November. And if they have not come down, tackling them may fall to the new chief constable. Rate of complaints about Lincolnshire Police 46% rise in a year 1,060 allegations recorded in 2014-15 728 allegations recorded in 2013-14 478 allegations made per 1,000 staff 279 per 1,000 staff is the average for a similar sized force Source: IPCC
  7. West Mercia Police is appealing for information after a man was assaulted during an attempted robbery near Beacon Hill on Sunday (10 July). The incident happened just before 8.30pm when a man was walking in woods with his partner near Beacon Lane, after parking his car in a car park off Monument Lane. Two men approached the victim from behind, striking him over the head with an unknown object, believed to be an imitation handgun, before demanding the keys to his car. ... Full article: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/20318/Witness-appeal-after-attempted-robbery-near-Beacon-Hill-Rednal
  8. West Mercia Police is issuing advice to residents of Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin following attempted scams in the area. These latest scams name Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). On Friday 1 July, a resident from Bridgnorth took a call from someone claiming to be from HMRC who told her that she owed more than £800 and would be taken to court. ... Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/20093/West-Mercia-Police-issues-advice-about-scams-in-Shropshire-and-Telford-and-Wrekin
  9. So, in light of recent events, particularly the Hillsborough verdict last week, the suspension of the Chief Constable due to lack of public confidence, the potential lawsuits that will follow from the Hillsborough families, along with other issues such as the Rotherham Child abuse scandal, SYP has been in the media recently for all the wrong reasons. There have been calls for the force to be dissolved / merged and there have been calls for a whole new management team, which appears as though it's going to happen anyway with planned retirements at high level anyway, reports some newspapers. Given all of this, what do you think should / will happen with SYP? What does the future hold for South Yorkshire Police?...
  10. Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/18139/Police-join-national-crack-down-on-rogue-traders
  11. I assume that the Lancashire officers are familiar with the case of Andrew Blades, one of your officers who has lost his job following a manoeuvre with a vehicle that resulted in a minor damage only collision according to news reports. If not, see here:- https://www.policespecials.com/forum/index.php/topic/150876-mp-slams-scandal-of-special-convicted-of-dangerous-driving/#entry2683796 I see the media is reporting that his case is being raised at various levels of government, including with the Director of Public Prosecutions. My question is, do you know of anything being done to help him and challenge the madness that has happened regarding this offence?
  12. Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/17606/Reminder-for-dog-walkers-on-public-footpaths
  13. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35840702 A man has been arrested near a Glasgow private school after he was seen carrying two machetes. Eyewitnesses said the man was wearing a balaclava and running back and forth by St Aloysius College on Hill Street at about 08:30. One police officer was slightly injured during the arrest but no members of the public were hurt. There were reports the man threatened a lollipop man and tried to attack a janitor at the Glasgow School of Art. St Aloysius has both primary and secondary school pupils. A police spokesman said: "At around 08:30 on Friday, police responded to reports of a disturbance on Hill Street in Glasgow. "A man has been arrested in connection with the incident and no members of the public are believed to have been injured. "One officer sustained a minor injury during the arrest. "Inquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident." A school spokeswoman said: "St Aloysius College can confirm that an incident did take place on Hill Street near to the school before 9am this morning. "All pupils and staff are safe as the situation was identified and quickly diffused by police. "The safety and wellbeing of our pupils is, as always, paramount and staff have met with pupils to reassure them. "The college, along with other local businesses and residents, are now assisting Police Scotland with their inquiries." A Glasgow School of Art spokeswoman said: "The Glasgow School of Art can confirm that a member of our staff did encounter the individual described, whilst parking his car near to a GSA building. "The member of staff is shaken, but unharmed." Bravo to the officers involved, can't imagine much worse than a machete-wielding maniac. Swift recovery to the officer injured.
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    Appeal to trace next of kin

    Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/17519/Appeal-to-trace-next-of-kin
  15. Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/17438/Telford-steps-up-the-fight-against-burglars
  16. http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2015/11/04/west-mercia-police-to-get-new-super-hq-along-with-fire-service/
  17. Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/17304/West-Mercia-Police-Chief-Constable-David-Shaw-Announces-Retirement
  18. Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/17298/Sergeant-retires-after-25-years-service
  19. Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/17286/Four-men-charged-with-kidnap-following-Oswestry-incident
  20. Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/17243/Police-appeal-to-trace-member-of-public-who-found-unidentified-vulnerable-man-in-Herefordshire
  21. Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/17206/Man-who-conned-women-he-met-on-internet-dating-sites-ordered-to-pay-more-than-179000-under-Proceeds-of-Crime-Act
  22. Full article: https://westmercia.police.uk/article/17173/Witness-appeal-following-stabbing-in-Bromsgrove
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