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  1. Hello all!   Welcome to the 31st October 2014, and the day that we are opening the doors on Police Community to you all, at some point in the next 12 hours!   Please use this topic as the general MetChat thread within this area of the forum!   Looking forward to seeing some new / old user names posting in here!
  2. Royals unveil a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the building Queen Elizabeth II with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (right) during the opening of the new Metropolitan Police headquarters Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, has for a second time officially opened New Scotland Yard. Close to the founding location of the Metropolitan Police, the building has undergone a full refit and security upgrade. The glass pavilion now provides a more transparent entrance to the building with the spinning sign taking pride of place on the embankment of the Thames. The force says the new building has been designed by world renowned architects and engineers after a competition to find the most suitable and financially viable proposal for the building. As part of the biggest programme of transformation in the Met's history, including the sale of the outdated New Scotland Yard for £370m, the force claims it will help to modernise and streamline London's police service. Additionally it will save money, keep officer numbers high and equip them with the latest technology to enable them to be more effective, more mobile and more accountable. The relocation to the slimmed down new premises on the Victoria Embankment will save an additional £6m a year in running costs. Upon arrival, The Queen and The Duke were greeted by Commissioner Cressida Dick and Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey. They viewed a display of vintage Met Police vehicles and a selection of historical items from the Met’s archive, including a WWII uniform of a female PC and an operational order for the Coronation. The Met's headquarters in 1890 After peering over plans of the new building Her Majesty and His Royal Highness watched a demonstration of a bomb disposal robot by MPS Explosives Officers. The Queen and Prince Philip then moved to the 8th floor of the building, where they met officers and staff from across the organisation, demonstrating "A day in the life of the Met". The group included search dogs and staff in operational roles - including a dog handler, forensic specialist and a special constable, who were able to show Her Majesty and His Royal Highness some of the different tools they use to do their jobs. During their visit The Queen and The Duke attended a brief reception for staff, bravery award winners, officers and partner organisations. The Queen then unveiled a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the building, and received a posy from Met Barking & Dagenham Junior Cadet of the Year Amy Harvey before departing. Fifty years ago, The Queen, accompanied by The Duke opened New Scotland Yard in ‘Broadway’ with then Commissioner Joseph Simpson. During the visit of ’67 Her Majesty unveiled a newly commissioned Coat of Arms incorporating the Royal Insignia and handed over the Standard of the Metropolitan Police to a Bearer party. Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, said: “On behalf of the Met I am very grateful to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh for opening our new headquarters today. “Of course, this event was originally planned for the day after the terrible Westminster attacks. Since then London has had to cope with a number of tragic events and we appreciate the support of many, including the Royal Family, during these difficult times. “We are so pleased to be able to celebrate an important moment in the Metropolitan Police’s history today with The Queen and Prince Philip. This new building, in the heart of Westminster and close to the Met’s founding location, incorporates the proud past, present and future of policing in the Capital.” Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden said: “Today is a special day for the Metropolitan Police Service, which has been protecting our capital city since 1829, working tirelessly every day to keep Londoners safe. The force steps into a new headquarters, just as a new Commissioner takes the reins. “The new location for New Scotland Yard, which began life as an annex to the original New Scotland Yard in the 1930s, returns the Met to the heart of Westminster in a slimmed-down, more streamlined, more efficient and better-resourced building fit for the 21st century. It is a fitting home for our world-renowned police service, and I hope it will serve the Met well for many years to come.” Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Officers and staff from the Metropolitan Police do absolutely essential work every day keeping Londoners safe and our capital city secure, with bravery and professionalism. “These modern and well-designed facilities will help support our officers as they continue to tackle the changing nature of crime in our society, now and in the future. I was delighted to visit New Scotland Yard and see it officially opened today.” View on Police Oracle
  3. New headquarters to be officially opened today. The Metropolitan Police has sold off almost £1 billion in London property over the past five years amid steep funding cuts, official figures show. Hundreds of flats and buildings - some owned by the Met since the 19th century - have been bought from the force since 2012-13. By far the most lucrative deal was the sale of New Scotland Yard in 2016, which went for £370 million to investors from Abu Dhabi for luxury flats. The Queen will officially open the new Met headquarters on Victoria Embankment on Thursday, which will house some 600 staff. Some 24 police stations have been shut down and sold, including Chelsea police station, bought for £40 million in 2015. The figures were obtained by the Press Association under Freedom of Information requests. They also show that: 20 blocks of flats have been sold at a total cost of £111.5 million, with Kilmuir house flats (1-49) in Belgravia fetching £45 million in 2016. The most expensive single residential property was a flat in Sailmakers Court, Fulham, which went for £1.4 million in 2012. Overall, 67 "operational" units were sold, as were 20 "residential blocks", and 84 "residential units". Responding to the PA's findings, the Metropolitan police said the sales meant more resources were "available for effective and accessible policing" and that money would be invested in updating remaining buildings and improving IT services. "The Metropolitan Police Service has a duty to provide the best value for Londoners and make sure all its resources are delivering the best possible policing services," the spokesman added. Scotland Yard has had to make £600 million of savings since 2010, and must find a further £400 million by 2021, according to the London Mayor's office. Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has said officers have been "stretched" following recent terror attacks along with a rise in violent crime. Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said he was "pleased" a fund had been created "to go to good use" but questioned where the police would be without the money. He added: "The Government seem to be doing it on the cheap. Without this, we'd be relying on criminals' money to fund the police." Ten most expensive sales New Scotland Yard, £370 million, 2016. Land at Hendon Police training centre, £120 million total, 2014-2016. Kilmuir House Flats (1-49), Belgravia, £45 million, 2016. Chelsea Police Station, £40 million, 2015. 58 Buckingham Gate, £31.5 million, 2015. 3-5 Nightingale Lane, £30.1 million, 2014. Fulham police station, £20 million, 2016. Hampstead police station, £14.1 million, 2014. Drummond Crescent (1-39), Euston, £12.9 million, 2014. Barnes Green, £10 million, 2014. List of Police Stations sold. Barking, sold for £925,000 in 2014. Brentford, sold for £9 million in 2015. Chelsea, sold for £40 million in 2015. East Ham, sold for £3.4 million in 2014. Finchley, sold for £5.5 million in 2014. Fulham, sold for £20 million in 2016. Golders Green, sold for £5.3 million in 2014. Hampstead, sold for £14.1 million in 2014. Hanwell, sold for £952,000 in 2013. Highbury Vale, sold for £3.9 million in 2013. Highgate, sold for £3.6 million in 2014. Kenley, sold for £600,000 in 2015. Marylebone, sold for £3 million in 2014. Norbury, sold for £940,000 in 2014. Richmond, sold for £2.7 million in 2013. Sidcup, sold for £444,619 in 2013. St Ann's Road, sold for £3.4 million in 2014. Streatham, sold for £4.2 million in 2015. Sydenham, sold for £1.5 million in 2014. Walthamstow, sold for £1 million in 2013. Wealdstone, sold for £950,000 in 2014. West Drayton, sold for £2.2 million in 2014. Westcombe Park, sold for £770,000 in 2012. Woolwich, sold for £2.2 million in 2014. View on Police Oracle
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  5. Recruitment drive is aimed at individuals inside and outside policing. There are 32 different roles available as part of the initiative The Metropolitan Police Service is set to recruit 100 “change professionals” to help “transform” delivery of service. It says the force is “ever evolving” and needs “talented” people to help it adapt against a “backdrop of ever changing crime patterns and a challenging budget.” As such the force is advertising 100 vacancies across 32 different roles and is looking for people from inside and outside policing. Director of people and change in the Met’s human resources department, Robin Wilkinson, says the type of work being undertaken is unrivalled. He said: “The breadth of work our new Transformation Directorate will undertake is unrivalled in any industry. The work impacts on how the Met safeguards the most vulnerable people in society, how the Met tackles and disrupts crime, through to ensuring we have the right people available to respond quickly and professionally in times of need. "We are looking for change professionals from a variety of disciplines working in Portfolio and Programme Delivery, Integrated Design and Delivery and Business Change roles. Professionals with experience in communications and engagement, risk management, operating model design and project management are just a few of those we need to ensure our team is complete. "In joining the Met you will be part of our Transformation Directorate. You will work in a professional change role which will face the challenge of delivering complex change right across the Met without risking operational delivery." Sam Upton, a blueprint and insight manager at the transformation directorate described the work the department does as ‘hugely rewarding’. He said: “I have always been a passionate problem solver and was initially attracted to the Met by the prospect of tackling some of London's most challenging issues. "That passion has taken me on a hugely varied and rewarding journey over the last 12 years to include supporting operating model design work covering virtually all the Met's local policing services in London. "I can't think of many organisations where you can take that professional journey whilst at the same time having so much fun, making so many lifelong friends and being so regularly humbled by the dedication and professionalism of others." View on Police Oracle
  6. Hi All. I stumbled across this on YouTube. It appears that some response officers are trying to arrest a male and quickly become surrounded by (60 plus?) people. It looks like an emergency button is activated and the backup comes in the form of 2 ARVs. The ARV officers all pile out with rifles drawn - I believe this will be because of the recent standing authority due to the terror level. They won't have time to store them before backing up their colleagues. Look at the reaction of the crowd - immediate dispersal (OK one or two still have a go but the immedaite threat is reduced just by their presence). Creates a good sterile area for the cops to work. There are several videos of the same incident from different uploaders on Youtube. Now the alternative argument is - if the crowd didn't retreat and became more hostile, what would the ARVs have done? They can't leave their wepons to reach for spray or batons? Also look at the prisoner struggling with the cops fighting to get away, as soon as the taser is drawn his face says it all. Game over!
  7. Lord Ian Blair warns the Met will be a quarter less in size than when he left the force. Lord Ian Blair A former Metropolitan Police commissioner says it would be "an absurdity" to further cut the force's funding after recent events in London. Lord Ian Blair called for a rethink over plans to cut hundreds of millions of pounds from the force's budget, saying this would leave the Met a quarter of the size it was when he left office in 2008. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned the city has lost "thousands of police staff" since 2010, while the current Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said she would "obviously" be seeking extra resources. "I think the crucial point now is to understand the cuts being considered, certainly for the Met, need reconsideration," Lord Blair told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "As far as I understand it they're supposed to lose a further £400 million by 2021, on top of £600 million in the last few years. "That means the Met must be a quarter less in size than when I left." Lord Blair, now a crossbench peer, went on to call for "no cuts", adding: "Looking at what is happening, the idea of continuously cutting the police service's budget seems an absurdity at this stage." Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackay has said the Westminster and London Bridge attacks had put a "lot of stretch" on the Metropolitan Police. The Metropolitan Police Federation has also warned that officers are fatigued and "stretched beyond belief" after a string of major incidents. Lord Blair said these incidents would put extra pressure on specialist officers such as counter terrorism, adding: "It just seems a very strange time to be reducing the capabilities of a service which is holding the line against some terrible events." The former commissioner said neighbourhood policing is crucial to building trust with communities, but is very difficult to maintain when major incidents happen and officers are needed elsewhere. Lord Blair said it was "no surprise" Monday's attack at Finsbury Park Mosque had happened. "There is this kind of new landscape of terrorism, which the new commissioner Cressida Dick described, where the weapons are knives from kitchens or just hiring a van," he said. "It does create a very difficult problem for the police." View on Police Oracle
  8. Hello there. I have noticed that the Met are using strange white shirts that seem to appear normal when the tac vest is worn but when the vest is removed it is clear that the middle section seems to be wicking. I have also noticed that they do not have radio loops which seems to be a bit weird to me why they don't have loops. I think these new designs are only for short sleeved. Are the original short sleeved shirts still worn or issued or have they been totally replaced by this new design. Are there any wicking style shirts for long sleeved as well? also been wondering what if someone wanted to clip their radio onto the shirt?? cheers guys
  9. A Metropolitan Police officer who has been crawling the London Marathon in a gorilla costume since the race began on Sunday morning has completed the 26-mile route.
  10. Six officers were surrounded and attacked as violence erupted during an arrest in north London. Full Story - Evening Standard Sign of things to come? Hot weather, gangs of youths attacking police officers? The goodwill from the public after the Westminster attack has not lasted long, alot of comments on social media asking why the police needed to send so many resources to deal with officers being attacked.
  11. Idea is not being ruled out at present. Following the appointment of Cressida Dick as the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police speculation has turned to which issues take priority in her burgeoning in-tray. One which the government has hinted previously could be removed from the force is national responsibility for coordinating counter-terrorism. The Home Affairs Select Committee has previously called for this change to happen, and although the government said in 2015 it would not imminently change anything, the Home Office is currently not ruling out such a change. Terrorism analyst Dr Dave Sloggett was formerly opposed to the idea of transferring responsibility, but he now thinks there is a “good case” for it. He said: “I was against the idea some time ago when the National Crime Agency was struggling. Since that time it has improved. “When you consider the overlap which exists between terrorism and organised crime, you can see an emerging argument for the idea and that it should be given to ‘Britain’s FBI’. “While Cressida Dick has expertise on terrorism, she actually has a very good understanding of the many challenges the Met faces other than terrorism, which is a national issue dealt with across the entire country, and which it could be better for a Commissioner to do without.” But retired head of the National Counter Terrorism and Security Office Chris Phillips disagrees. He told “We’ve got an arrangement under which things have worked for many years as they are, I can understand why they might want to change it, it’s a cross-border role, but the system we’ve got is tried and tested, we’ve had it in place for many years and we’ve not had a major terrorist attack for years.” Former Thames Valley deputy chief constable Brian Langston said community relationships must be preserved, whatever the model. He said: “Whilst shifting the responsibility for counter-terrorism to the National Crime Agency is worthy of serious consideration, it must be remembered that the seeds of terrorism often lie within disaffected communities. “Misguided and vulnerable young people are often targeted for radicalisation and groomed to carry out acts of violent extremism. “There would need to remain a strong bond between any national agency charged with this responsibility, and local neighbourhood teams to ensure that community intelligence is not lost. Terrorism is both a local and global issue." When asked if changing the national responsibility for counter-terrorism to the National Crime Agency was on the agenda, a Home Office spokesman simply replied: “This government is committed to do doing everything we can to keep our families, communities and country safe, so will always look to ensure that collaboration between police and the agencies working on counter-terrorism and organised crime is as effective as possible." Last week the NCA announced five new appointments to its leadership team including the hiring of Essex Deputy Chief Constable Matthew Horne as a deputy director and Merseyside Assistant Chief Nikki Holland as director of investigations. Current deputy David Armond has announced his retirement from the organisation. Read on Police Oracle
  12. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is retiring in February 2017. What do people think of his time in role?
  13. Source: 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.
  14. This is the shocking moment a police officer appeared to drag a terrified 13-year-old girl in handcuffs across the ground 'like a piece of meat' Full Story - Daily Mail
  15. Rank: S/Sgt Region: Metland Length of Service: 2 years Planned Hours: 1600-0200 assisting response After reading so much about them on this forum (mainly from bensonby!) I recently had the pleasure of meeting a "freeman of the land" so thought I'd write it up... 1530 - Arrive at the station with 2 MSC colleagues. Kit up, grab a callsign and a panda and out we go. 1630 - An I-graded call comes out of a man wielding a knife. We're on the same road (that never happens) so I use the full extent of my basic driver exemptions to carry out an area search. With other units involved, questionable intel coming back from the informant and no trace 10 minutes later, we come to the aid of a fist-waving cyclist who points out a van driver who allegedly just tried side-swiping him. 1650 - We get the van stopped near the forecourt of a petrol station and the fun begins. I introduce myself and go through normal proceedings. He's refusing to get out the van, turn the engine off or provide any sort of documention, pointing out that as a human he is not obliged to comply to any of these statute laws. I weep a little at where I can see this going, holding nothing but distain for the cyclist for pointing out this van (I joke). 1710 - 20 minutes later and having recited half of the Road Traffic Act - to be questioned in return about my own religious beliefs and whether I am acting under my oath - he finally concedes and provides his driving licence. A check with PNC and the MIB reveals he is uninsured (another weep on my part). He greets the news that his van will be seized by winding up the window and ensuring the doors are already locked. Well played, Sir. I was mindful that until this point he wasn't obliged to exit the vehicle, and vaguely recalling a thread I read on here debating powers to enter the vehicle. 1750 - My colleague plays "good cop" (at this point, guess which one I am) to try and coerce him out while I seek advice from the duty traffic Sergeant around powers to remove him for the purpose of a seizure. After deliberation I'm told that this would constitute an offence of obstruction, therefore necessary force could be used to effect the arrest. I was already picturing myself on YouTube smashing the window of a parked van with a "compliant" driver inside. 1800 - Moments after I requested recovery, and with my colleague still trying to talk him down, the driver decides he's had enough and simply drives off down the main road. Excellent. I shout it up and an IRV is behind him 30 seconds later, confirming it as a Fail To Stop and reporting the pursuit speed as fluctuating between the public-endangering speeds of 10 and 15mph. A couple of other units (including the area car) are now involved and after a few minutes of commotion, it's reported that he's been stopped and detained. 1810 - Having been making our way from afar in slow(ish) time, we arrive at the van to find the passenger window smashed in and the driver detained on the pavement - even less happy than before but making sure to ask everyone if they are acting under their oath. I take great pleasure in arresting for obstruct police, fail to stop, driving with no insurance and theft of motor vehicle (based on his resistance, being uninsured and not being able to speak to the owner) and off we head in a Met taxi. 1820 - The custody Sergeant enjoys this gentleman as much as I have, and after 45 minutes of to-ing and fro-ing and him refusing any details (reminding us we're breaching his human rights) he is escorted into a cell. 1900 - Paperwork 2000 - Paperwork 2030 - I inform CID for the case to be picked up by CPU on early turn - I don't envy them 2100 - We're asked to turn out to an RTC - moped vs lamppost. Second on scene we help the ambulance crew and one of my colleagues heads off to hospital for continuity (the joys of being a Special at the bottom of the food chain). 2200 - Resume patrol and we precariously help half the borough with an area search at a firearms/shots fired call. I circulate the sighting of a male who is possibly ident and leave the ARV's to do their business. 0000 - We pick up our colleague from hospital and head towards a report of several hundred teenagers congregating/causing a nuisance on a playing field next to a large residential block. We arrive with a couple of other units and wade through the cloud of cannabis smoke and mouthy (drunk) teenagers to disperse the group. All of a sudden they all start sprinting towards a nearby empty warehouse which they've managed to gain entry to. The next hour is spent inside this warehouse facing off against a huge group of kids. 0100 - After a few occasions of the atmosphere feeling like it was going to turn nasty they all left voluntarily, citing us all as fun sponges. Moments later a couple of TSG serials turned up - good timing. 0200 - Home time I'm keen to hear how any of you would have dealt with the traffic stop differently - like I say it was a first for me and having it escalate into a "pursuit" clearly wasn't ideal. I'll post the outcome once the case is closed. Will
  16. The grieving mother of victim Rocky Dawson is convinced her son’s murder was covered up and has sworn to continue her quest for the truth
  17. A frustrated Met police officer has live-tweeted their six-hour battle to find an available mental health bed in London for a man who was a “danger to himself”. Full Story - Evening Standard
  18. It was just after 8am on 6 November 2014 when Faiza Hassan Ahmed knocked on her neighbour’s door. Violet Nantayiro did not know her, but Faiza was obviously distressed. She let her in and tried to comfort her. Faiza said a man had attempted to rape her, and asked Nantayiro if she would ring the police on her behalf. Interesting article about the failings of London Ambulance Service, the Metropolitan Police and Department of Work and Pensions (not my criticism, this was the conclusion from the coroner), but also a 'there but the grace of god go I' type of cautionary tale - I'm sure we have all attended jobs which haven't quite got to the tipping point to the next level of action or we've done the opposite and gone above and beyond 'just in case'. Again, cross agency communication seems to be an issue, but then the HRA Article 8 also plays a part. "You do not have to make a decision, but it may harm your defence if you do not have a crystal ball with you when questioned about something you later rely on in court. Anything you decide may be given in evidence..."
  19. Something a little different from Jack Jones which features the met police and the homeless.
  20. In this interview with LBC today, Sir Bernard Hogan Howe says in the next few weeks he will announce plans to have a 'mobile armed capability', where 'some officers will have an extra skill'. This seems to be the first hint at having current non-AFO's trained in the use of firearms so they can be called upon as and when needed, my thinking is it will begin with units such as the TSG.
  21. I have to admit I've not seen it all yet. At about the 7 minute mark of part one and am in stitches! Part 1 Part 2
  22. Home› Most Read› Live Feeds› News› Man City› Man Utd› Sport› What's On› Business› In Your Area› Apps› Dating› Buy, Sell & Tell› Jobs› Puzzles› Play Casino› Email Newsletters› Fantasy Football› Home› Most Read› Live Feeds› News› Man City› Man Utd› Sport› What's On› Business› In Your Area› Apps› Dating› Buy, Sell & Tell› Jobs› Puzzles› Play Casino› Email Newsletters› Fantasy Football› NEWSGREATER MANCHESTER NEWSWIGAN Gunman threatens to shoot two police community support officers after fight in Wigan 16:32, 18 NOV 2015 UPDATED 16:34, 18 NOV 2015 BY PAUL BRITTON Major police investigation launched and detectives are appealing for key witnesses to come forward 11SHARES 2COMMENTS Google Street View Gidlow Lane, Wigan Two police community support officers were threatened by a man armed with a handgun as they ran to split up a fight. Detectives in Wigan have launched a major investigation and are now appealing for a number of key witnesses to come forward. The PCSOs were talking to two members of the public on Gidlow Lane in Wigan when they saw a man being assaulted further up the road by another man. The ran towards the fight shouting to the attacker to stop, but he pointed the gun at them and threatened to shoot them, ordering them not to come any closer. The victim of the attack got up from the floor and ran off. The gunman got into the rear passenger seat of a silver BMW which was driven away. The incident took place at around 10pm on November 12. A 28 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
  23. The Metropolitan police believes protesters plan to damage public monuments, attack police officers and try to occupy buildings Full Story - Guardian