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News in Britain - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:17
Two unsolved rapes were linked to Eric McKenna after police were called to a neighbour dispute.
Categories: News in Britain

Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Consumer Scam, News and Information Alerts

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:16

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

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If you receive one of these emails delete it without clicking on any links in the message. You can report scam emails to Action Fraud, details below.

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Reporting scams

Reporting any scams you receive can help to build up intelligence on the scammers and how they target people. You can report scams to:

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06 or www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer
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Categories: Norfolk

Military Officials visit Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:15

A group of high-ranking British and international military officials paid a two day visit to Leicestershire Police as part of their work at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS).

They are spending a week in the East Midlands and came to Leicestershire on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March to learn about the force’s approach to public safety, community engagement and democratic accountability. The delegates are in the UK for a year on a post graduate level course studying international security and strategy. They are already in senior positions within their organisations but have been selected because they have the potential to reach the highest ranks. They come from a range of organisations such as the military, police, government and industry.

On Wednesday they were welcomed by Chief Constable Simon Cole and the Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach who answered a range of questions from the visitors. They then went to visit the force’s Digital Hub and Call Handling Department. On Thursday the delegation went to Mansfield House Police station in the city centre and Spinney Hill where they heard a presentation about Prevent.

Mr Cole said; “It was a great pleasure to welcome some of the most senior officials from UK and international military and public sector organisations, and give them an insight into policing one of the UKs most culturally diverse cities.

“Hopefully they found our input useful and it will help them shape their strategic thinking when they finish the course. When they return home they will find themselves dealing with complex and large scale issues that require strong strategic decision making that will require them to see opportunities and avoid risks. The group asked some superb questions and were interested in how we build up from a neighbourhood base to challenging offending and supporting victims.”

Major General Simon Porter, Senior Directing Staff at the RCDS said; “We thank the Chief Constable and the officers and staff of Leicestershire Police for this wonderful opportunity to ‘learn at first hand’ from the experts about all they do for the safety and prosperity of the community in Leicester and the County.”

The group included members from Nigeria, the Czech Republic, Chile, America, India, Cyprus, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea. During their week-long tour of the East Midlands, they will be focusing on the region's political, social, economic and cultural aspects, as well as local governance and health.

Categories: Leicestershire

Police foil £10m drugs importation plot

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:15

A plot to flood the streets of Leicestershire and the UK with more than £10m worth of class A drugs has been foiled by the police in the biggest such seizure in Leicestershire’s history.

Members of an organised crime gang, based in Leicester, imported heroin and cocaine hidden in purpose-made secret compartments of furniture, children’s clothes and industrial bolts to business addresses in the city.

But their plan to distribute the drugs nationwide was interrupted by an investigation led by detectives from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), working in liaison with the National Crime Agency and with law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands, Pakistan and in France.

The intelligence-led investigation was launched in September 2016 after the Metropolitan Police uncovered a batch of the bolts. Following examination, it was found that they had been drilled hollow, and heroin was found to be hidden inside.

Following months of detailed enquiries, five of the gang were arrested in January last year, with a further two arrested last July.

The trial of all seven began some ten weeks ago at Leicester Crown Court. During the trial one of the gang - Ayaz Hussain – pleaded guilty to supply. A second - Paulvinder Randhawa – pleaded guilty to supply at the start of the trial, but denied an importation charge.

The other five – all charged with conspiracy to import - continued to protest their innocence.

But today (Friday) the jury found five men guilty, and they will be sentenced on Monday 26 March at Leicester Crown Court.

The five are:

• Jagdish Patel, 51, of The Firs, Syston, - found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine and heroin and conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

• Talib Hussain, 59, of Bordesley Green, Birmingham - found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine and heroin and conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

• Ravindra Modha, 55, of Sandiacre Drive, Thurmaston – found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine.

• Paulvinder Randhawa, 47, of Marsh Way, Wembley - pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin at the start of the trial.

• Ayaz Hussain, 28, of Fryant Way, Wembley - pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine during the trial.

During the course of the investigation it was established that the five were involved in arranging, managing and overseeing the importation of drugs as well as their distribution within the UK to be sold on the streets.

The network organised the importation of 60kg of cocaine, with a street value of £9.6m, as well as 1kg of heroin with a street value of £316,000. A further shipment of cocaine and heroin, organised by the group, was seized in France, while a shipment of heroin, destined for the UK, was seized in Pakistan.

The illegal activities undertaken by the group were overseen by Patel and Hussain. The pair made multiple trips to the Netherlands and Pakistan to organise the importation of the drugs, with the help of Modha.

Randhawa took packages of heroin to London, while Ayaz Hussain was involved in moving packages of cocaine to London, where they were to be sold on.

Detective Inspector Harry Rai was EMSOU’s Senior Investigating Officer in the case. He said: “The group had a clear structure, with each individual undertaking specific roles. They were well-practiced, and used encrypted devices with which to communicate.

“Patel and Talib Hussain, with the support of Modha, were drug traffickers of a serious calibre. They were well connected in their trade to import a regular supply of drugs from Pakistan and the Netherlands.

“They devised a plan to conceal the drugs in chairs, bolts and children’s clothes to try and make it seem like the deliveries being brought to Leicester were part of their everyday business.

“But despite their very careful planning, and the use of encrypted devices, investigative work carried out over a number of months led us to uncovering 62kg of cocaine and heroin with a total value of around £10m, which was destined for the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and beyond. This was the biggest haul known in Leicestershire, and one of the biggest drugs supplies ever uncovered by EMSOU.

“In my 22 years in policing and 14 years being part of serious and organised crime investigations, I haven’t come across anything on this scale.

“Patel and Talib Hussain in particular were not small-time dealers. They were interested in dealing on a large scale and their operations had been going on for some years.

“A key part of bringing these seven men to justice was the excellent working relationship that EMSOU was able to develop with our counterparts in the Netherlands, France and Pakistan as well as working with our colleagues at the National Crime Agency.

“This partnership meant that we were able to prevent such a large amount of drugs from reaching the UK’s streets and causing misery to countless numbers of people.”

• After the same trial, Suresh Pattani, 69, of Colby Drive, Thurmaston was found not guilty of conspiracy to cocaine and heroin; Chandrakant Chavda 60, of Oakland Avenue, Leicester was found not guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine; and Paulvinder Randhawa was found not guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Categories: Leicestershire

Landmark moment for electric vehicles with first lampost chargers switched on

Wandsworth Council News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:13
The first of a borough-wide network of electric vehicle chargers fitted to lamposts have now been switched on and are being used by Wandsworth residents.
Categories: Wandsworth

Man hit on head with axe in Wolverhampton fights for life

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:10
The victim suffered fractures to his skull and spine as well as a brain injury.
Categories: Birmingham

Northampton students without hot water told 'use gym'

BBC Northamptonshire News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:06
Undergraduates say they have been without hot water for months.
Categories: Northamptonshire

Racegoers behaved like drunken 'pack animals' on train

BBC Bristol News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:05
The group of men was "loud and boorish" and one openly urinated in a bottle, a woman said.
Categories: Bristol

Racegoers behaved like drunken 'pack animals' on train

Gloucestershire BBC News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:05
The group of men was "loud and boorish" and one openly urinated in a bottle, a woman said.
Categories: Gloucestershire

Dorset Destroyers doing “wheelie” well

Dorset For You - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:57

Dorset Destroyers Wheelchair Rugby Club was founded in March 2014, due to a lack of clubs in the South of England, with the nearest being in Southampton. Sue Coombs, Nick Coombs and Paul Sutherland founded the club after they recognised demand for wheelchair sport and wanted to do something about it. With grant funding support and advice from Dorset County Council and a cash injection from the 2012 Health & Wellbeing Legacy Fund of just over £11,000, the club has developed into an incredible success story.

Dorset Destroyers in action

Bournemouth and Poole Borough Councils, the Steve Bernard Foundation and Sport England, amongst many others have also provided support and funding to this initiative.

From small beginnings the club now has an established team in the national league. They have raised funds of over £120,000 to develop the club, purchased 20 specially adapted rugby wheelchairs and is now competing in the new version of Wheelchair Rugby (which they have helped to develop) called Wheelchair Rugby 5’s.

The club is a great example of how we can work together to help community clubs and ventures. With a little support to get things started, the passion and enthusiasm to be part of something special has flourished. This has created a social environment providing a real sense of belonging and achievement for those who otherwise may have limited opportunities.

The club is now one of the largest in Europe and is currently planning a minimum of a 24-hour Wheelchair Rugby Marathon on Saturday 17 March, with ambitions of achieving a world record. The club wants to raise further funds to purchase more rugby wheelchairs and to set up an ex-services military personnel wheelchair rugby team.

And it doesn’t stop there! Not only do they run a wheelchair rugby club, but they have also set up other wheelchair sports including tennis, badminton, self-defence and disability shooting. Last month saw the launch of The Dorset Devils Wheelchair Basketball Club, to great success.

Founder, Nick Coombs, is excited for the future. “We are planning a Centre of Disability Sporting Excellence in Poole. Run by the same bunch of mates who started it all up and run by disabled people for disabled people. We spend nothing on staff or costs, we run it on a very tight budget, but it works. Watch out for the next four years, if you thought the first four were good!”

For more information visit: www.thedorsetdestroyers.co.uk

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Categories: Dorset

Survey shows four out of five people think recycling is important

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:55

Four out of five people in Cornwall think recycling household rubbish is very important according to the results of a survey published today by Cornwall Council.

Last December Cornwall Council conducted a survey to better understand what people think about recycling, their attitudes to food waste and what would help people to recycle more.

The survey saw 4,404 responses from across Cornwall and from a mix of housing types. The survey was complemented by three focus groups which explored key issues more deeply.

Of those who responded:

  • 91% think it is very important that Cornwall’s environment is protected
  • 82% think recycling household rubbish is very important
  • 77% think that household recycling is fairly or very convenient
  • Only 3% of respondents said they did not recycle
  • One in five households throw away ‘quite a lot’ or ‘a reasonable amount’ of food waste
  • 71% said a collection of a wider range of materials would encourage an increase in recycling
  • One in five people (21%) said they would consider being a volunteer recycling champion for the Council.

Being unable to store the recycling between collections was one of the most cited reasons for not recycling.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Protection Sue James said: “Public feedback is important – one of our values is to listen to residents and we really wanted to know what people thought.  The survey results suggest people want to recycle and will do it if it is easy but one size does not fit all. It was clear barriers to recycling included storage, access to collection points and confusion over what can be recycled.

“This survey has provided us with lots of insight – it supports that people will recycle more if it is easy, that people want to know what happens to materials collected and we need to provide more information on what can and can’t be recycled.”

The results of the survey and focus groups have now been published on the Council website at: www.cornwall.gov.uk/recyclingsurvey

Results from the survey will now help shape future education and awareness campaigns, as well as be included in the tender documents when the 2020 waste contract is issued.

Councillor James said the feedback had also helped shaped the Council’s proposed Resources & Waste Strategy, which has been published for consultation to seek residents views on the way the Council proposes to deal with waste.

“How we deal with our materials, waste and resources now and in the future is one of the biggest challenges we face. Over the past few years we have seen some reduction in waste generated and some improvement in the amount of waste that is recycled in Cornwall, but we need to do much more.

“This strategy sets out our plan to work with the community to better manage household materials, waste and resources. It’s important that everyone in Cornwall makes an active contribution to reducing the amount of waste we create, and to reusing and recycling more, which is why we are keen to hear people’s feedback on our approach, especially as we had such as strong response to the last survey.

“Our proposed strategy is titled ‘It’s in our hands’ because the management of waste starts with each of us. Only when we all work together, can we make a real difference for Cornwall and its unique and special environment.”

The strategy consultation will run until 31 March 2018 and can be viewed on the waste and recycling section of our website.

Story posted 16 March 2018

Categories: Cornwall

Two boys, 14, guilty of Neasden street stab murder

BBC London News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:55
Saif Abdul Magid, 18, was stabbed numerous times during an attack in north-west London.

Eddy Amoo: Funeral held for The Real Thing singer

BBC Merseyside News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:50
Bandmates, friends and family remember Eddy Amoo at a service at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Categories: Merseyside

Man Utd: Jose Mourinho's 12-minute defence of Champions League record

BBC Manchester News Feeds - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:47
Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho says he is not "afraid of his responsibilities" during a 12-minute defence of his record.
Categories: Manchester

420 years' service celebrated in investiture ceremony

Leicestershire Police News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:47

Long service medals have been presented to 21 officers who have 420 years’ service with Leicestershire Police between them.

The Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton presented the awards at an Investiture Ceremony at force headquarters today (Friday 16 March) for the last time before she retires. The ceremony is held to acknowledge those officers who have been in the police service for twenty years.

Among the officers to receive an award was Detective Chief Inspector Natalee Wignall who currently works in serious crime. Throughout her career Natalee has worked in a number of departments and was for a period of time the only female Public Order Commander and Detective Chief Inspector in the force. She has worked on a number of very serious and complex cases but remembers when she was given the very important job of finding a womble which had been stolen from the Christmas display in Town Hall Square – she found him after searching for it under ground and over ground!

Inspector Paul Allen is a qualified police search advisor which has led him to some interesting places including searching the roof space of the Millennium Dome during the London Olympics. During his time as the Tactical Support Unit he worked in London in the aftermath of the disturbances in 2011 wearing full body armour in blistering hot temperatures and he was involved in the search for Kayleigh Haywood, who was sadly murdered in 2015 after being groomed online, which he says was the hardest thing he’s ever done during his service.

PC Mitchell Ward served in The Royal Navy for 11 years before joining the police and served on board HMS Endurance. For the first nine years with Leicestershire Police he worked at Braunstone Police Station but had a serious car accident in 2006 which meant he was unable to work for nearly a year, however he’s made up for that now as he hasn’t had a day off sick in the last 11 years. He says he will never forget the outpouring of support he received from the public when he went on mutual aid to help Greater Manchester Police following the terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena.

The Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton said; “I am delighted and honoured to be able to present very deserving police officers with their long service medals. It is an occasion I always look forward to as it provides an opportunity for me to really understand the dedicated service which our police officers give to our city and county, over so many years. As I look towards my retirement as Lord-Lieutenant this will be the last occasion for me to perform this duty, and so it will be a very special occasion for me personally.”

Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “Recognising officers for their long service and loyalty is really important and it is really good to see officers of all ranks and rolls being acknowledged for their dedication and commitment.

“It is very rewarding to celebrate and hear the highlights of their service so far. I am very proud of all those who have received awards for their long service to Leicestershire Police.”

Categories: Leicestershire

Wigan Athletic v Southampton

BBC Manchester News Feeds - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:46
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's FA Cup game between Wigan Athletic and Southampton.
Categories: Manchester

Wigan Athletic v Southampton

BBC Hampshire News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:46
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's FA Cup game between Wigan Athletic and Southampton.

Rapist caught after urinating in plant pot 30 years later

BBC Tyne and Wear News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:43
Two unsolved rapes were linked to Eric McKenna after police were called to a neighbour dispute.
Categories: Tyne and Wear

Cornwall Council and partners support National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:42

Sunday 18 March is Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection said:  “We are committed to protecting children from harm. We have all seen how child sexual exploitation can damage lives and we are working with our partners to provide the best possible response.  We work closely together and want the community to feel confident that they can share concerns and we want children and young people to know that we will listen.”

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation or coercion of young people into sexual activity and there have been many harrowing stories where children have been targeted and groomed online.

Alongside our Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safer Cornwall and Safeguarding Adults Board and with partners across the Peninsula including Devon and Cornwall Police and Torbay and Devon Safeguarding Children Boards, we are promoting awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for children and wellbeing Sally Hawken said: “Parents, carers, relatives, friends, neighbours, members of the public and professionals all have a role to play. We’re supporting the national campaign on 18 March which aims to raise awareness and we encourage people to report any concerns.

The Awareness Day aims to highlight this form of abuse and encourage everyone to adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

John Clements Independent Chair of the Cornwall and Isle of Scilly Local Safeguarding Board said: “Sadly it’s no surprise that children may be at risk from online grooming so by raising awareness, this campaign encourages parents to feel better educated and equipped around online use, and for children and young people to spot signs of grooming and know where to go for help and support.“

The partners are taking part in a national social media campaign and encouraging people from their organisations and beyond to support the Twitter Thunderclap on 18 March and write a personal pledge on their hands to show support for the Helping Hands campaign.

Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CSEDay18 to help raise awareness of CSE.



Story posted 16 March 2018

Categories: Cornwall

New lease of life planned for an important part of Wandsworth’s history

Wandsworth Council News Feed - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:35
A small but historically important piece of open space that plays a prominent role in the story of Wandsworth is set to be given a new lease of life as part of £250,000 council conservation scheme.
Categories: Wandsworth