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Police: Drop the Knife – You Only Live Once: The Story from the London Event

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

We’ve seen high-profile cases in recent months, including that of 20-year-old Lewis Elwin, who was stabbed to death not far from his home in Tooting, south London. To date, nobody has been convicted for his murder.

With knife crime still an issue in many parts of the UK, during June 2016 we teamed up with the Sunday Mirror to run a series of engaging events across the country as we appeal for people to ‘Drop the Knife.’ The aim of the appeal is to raise awareness of the issue of knife crime and to discourage more people from carrying knives, while also making more people aware of our unique anonymous service.

The three events, held in London, Birmingham and Liverpool, saw a panel made up of representatives from Crimestoppers, government, law enforcement and campaigners, with an invited audience gathered to voice their views on knife crime and how to tackle it.

Labour MP Chuka Umunna was amongst the panellists for our event in London, having been vocal about youth...

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Police: Teen Who Left Door Open So Burglars Could Rob His Friends Jailed

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice – UK Crime News

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Teen Who Left Door Open So Burglars Could Rob His Friends Jailed

June 27, 2016, 1:49 pm

A teenage boy who arranged for his friends to be held at knife-point and robbed of a £16,000 luxury watch has been jailed for nine years.

The boy, aged 16, from Glenrosa Street in Fulham was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court to an extended sentence of 14 years’ imprisonment, comprising of nine years custodial term for two counts of aggravated robbery and an extension period of five years.

He was found guilty of the offence at the same court following a week-long trial.

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The teenage boys’ three accomplices were also sentenced during the same hearing.

Nico Hoyle, 24 of no fixed abode was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery.

Jade Stewart-Duncan, 22 of Lime Grove in Shepherds Bush, was sentenced to 19 years’ imprisonment,...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Exceptional hardship applications  always initiated a lively discussion especially when all bench participants were experienced in such matters.  New colleagues generally found  such discussions a very good learning experience.  As the case of Cornwall v Coke 1976 Crim L.R 519 makes clear the Courts have a duty to assess the implications of a disqualification upon persons other than the defendant, bearing in mind that such persons are effectively innocent and will be punished irrespective of this. Financial implications were often put forward to substantiate many applications.  Other common arguments on an offender`s behalf were the effect of a driving ban on the health of close relatives who relied upon him/her for eg transportation for medical reasons or the  disruption to the routine of a child.  One argument I never heard was that an ability to undertake voluntary work would be curtailed. The very term itself seems to preclude such work being a just reason for allowing the argument.  Magistrates in Wiltshire...

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Fire: Join in the fun at Byker community fire station open day

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Residents are being given the chance to find out more about their local fire and rescue service at a number of open days organised by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service this summer. Byker Community Fire Station on Union Road, Newcastle, will throw open its doors to visitors on Saturday, 2 July from 11am to 3pm. Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice, including the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. There will also be operational drills and chip pan demonstrations. There will be opportunities to look at the fire appliances, see how the specialist equipment works and learn how firefighters deal with different emergency situations, including road traffic collisions and swift water rescues. There will also be drills by local members of the Young Firefighters' Association. Attractions will include face painting, bouncy slide, funfair...

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Police: Fraudsters claim “Binary Options are being used for investment scams”

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team has spoken to convicted fraudsters who claim that “Binary Options are being used for investment scams”. 

Binary Options are called ‘Binary’ because there can be only two outcomes – win or lose. To trade, all you need to do is bet on whether the price of something will rise or fall below a certain amount - if it is correct, you win and get paid. If not, you lose all of the money you originally invested. 

You can choose various commodities to trade in such as gold, oil or stocks etc. The value of a Binary Option is made up from the value of the asset you want to trade.  

For example, you could bet at 2.00pm that the value of gold will either increase or decrease in price by 2.05pm. You are not buying or selling the gold, just predicting whether the price of it will rise or fall. Time periods involved tend to be very short (5 or 10 minutes) but some firms offer longer periods to...

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Fire: Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service to lead on national exercise: Triton 2

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Thetford Forest July 2015Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service is hosting a national level high volume pump (HVP) exercise in Thetford forest on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders from 13 to 16 July (Wednesday to Saturday). Other fire services including teams from Kent, Surrey, Essex, Hampshire, Nottinghamshire and Durham and Darlington will also be attending the four day exercise known as Triton 2.

The exercise will host a total of five high volume pump teams from across the country with a total of 13 kilometres of hose expected to be laid across challenging terrain, co-ordinated from a strategic holding area (SHA) at the Forestry Commission offices at Santon Downham.

Funded and underwritten by the Chief Fire Officers Association National Resilience Assurance Team (NRAT) through grant funding from central government, the purpose and benefits of the exercise are manifold:

Fire: New campaign launched to cut drowning tragedies in Norfolk

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

With the summer holidays just around the corner, the Norfolk Drowning Prevention Forum is being launched to try to cut the risk of people drowning on the county’s waterways and reduce the number of accidental drowning by half by 2020.

The Forum will be launched on Monday (27 June) at 2pm at Whitlingham Country Park in Trowse near Norwich. The Forum is made up from a variety of agencies with water responsibilities including: HM Coastguard, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, the RNLI, The Broads Authority, Royal Life Saving Society, Norfolk Constabulary, The Mineral Products Association and Norfolk County Council.

Exercises will take place with water rescue and dive teams to carry out a simulated rescue and potential search. Teams and representatives from the Forum will be available to talk about water safety and drowning prevention with the media. The water rescue teams and dive team will also be available to talk about their experiences and there is an opportunity for a journalist to be...

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Police: Four Convicted Following Kidnapping and Torture

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Four Convicted Following Kidnapping and Torture

June 26, 2016, 1:05 pm

A woman and three men who kidnapped and tortured a vulnerable 32-year-old man for four days have been sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison.

All four were sentence at Inner London Crown Court on Thursday, 16 June having previously pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing and was found guilty during a trial at the same court.

Poppy Wick, 23 of Lambert Road, Brixton was found guilty of false imprisonment, robbery and causing grievous bodily harm (GBH).

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She was sentenced to five-and-a-half years for false imprisonment; two years for robbery; and three years for GBH. The sentences will run concurrently. She will serve half of the five-and-a-half years’ and serve the rest on licence.

Adam Jayne-Connell, 26 of Castle Street, Isle of Wight was found guilty of false imprisonment and was sentenced to four years imprisonment....

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Fire: Three taken to hospital after two-vehicle collision in Brimstage

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Three people taken to hospital after two-vehicle collision in Brimstage, Wirral

Fire: Young people warned of the danges of open water in drowning prevention week

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Young people warned about the dangers of open water in drowning prevention week Around 400 people needlessly drown in the UK every year, which is one person every 20 hours. Thousands more suffer injury through near drowning experiences. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) hosted an event at its headquarters in Washington on Wednesday 22 June, to warn young people and their parents about the dangers of open water, as part of drowning prevention week. The event included a range of live saving water safety messages about the dangers of swimming in open water, when and where to swim safely and how to get help in an emergency. Bereaved mother Rebecca Ramsay, whose son, Dylan, drowned at the age of 13 while swimming in a disused quarry, shared her personal experience of losing a loved one in such a tragic way. Rebecca said: “Hopefully, by working together we can educate even more people across all age groups and eliminate many needless deaths. If by sharing...

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