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Police: Statement On Sentencing Of Scott Hughes

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice – UK Crime News

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Statement On Sentencing Of Scott Hughes

May 27, 2016, 2:04 pm

A drugs trafficker who went on the run for nearly five years was on Thursday, 26 May jailed for eight-and-a-half years at Liverpool Crown Court.

Scott Hughes, 35, originally from the Croxteth area, was arrested in February 2011 in Belgium and featured in the Operation Captura most wanted fugitives campaign.

Hughes was captured following a joint operation between the National Crime Agency, Belgian Federal Police and Merseyside Police. He was travelling from Dubai to Belgium using a fraudulent passport, and was stopped upon arrival at Brussels Airport before being extradited to the United Kingdom.

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Hughes had been wanted by Merseyside Police for being a senior member of a Liverpool-based organised crime group involved in the large-scale supply of Class A drugs. He disappeared following the execution of a search warrant at his home in May 2011...

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Police: Phishing attack targeting university students

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education.

The email purports to have come from the Finance Department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details.

One victim reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details, student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to type in their online banking login credentials.

How to protect yourself 

  • Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails.
  • Do not reply to scam emails or contact the senders in any way. 
  • If an email appears to have come from a person or...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Within the legal world it is widely known that the numbers of  magistrates have fallen dramatically in the last few years.  This decline has been inevitable.  One does not have to have had the abilities of a Nostradamus or the resources of Channel 4 "Dispatches" to have predicted this radical change to the way in which this and the previous government viewed the institution.   Eight years ago there were just a little under 30,000 active J.P.s; today they number fewer than 20,000. The reasons for the decline are the reduction in cases brought to the lower courts, the closure of about a third  of court buildings and the  resulting difficulties of J.P.s travel arrangements, the deliberate employment of increasing numbers of professional District Judges(M.C.), the skewed age profile of the magistracy and to a lesser extent the resignation of magistrates owing to their opposition to the previous regime`s removal of the level legal playing field for the poorer in our society by the restrictions on legal aid and the imposition...

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Police: I want to work in a diverse team. Do you?

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Last year I walked through Lozells on the march by Black officers at the National Black Police Association Conference. It was a striking moment of reflection. Quite literally people came out to watch and clap. I even saw a group of lads pull up in a car and ask one of our Black Female officers if she really was a cop. That statement made me realise how far we must travel in some community’s minds to be recognised as a diverse institution. This matters and it starts inside the force.

MarchA core part of the People Deal is the experience of diverse staff in West Midlands Police. We want WMP to be a fair place for everyone. I believe it to be an unquestionable fact to say that those in the minority experience a generally poorer chance of being treated fairly in most organisations and society. West Midlands Police reflects our society in this regard. We are not yet a universally fair place and I believe we are further away from this with minority staff.

This matters for four reasons. Firstly the law says that we...

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Police: Auld Lang Syne

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
Reading of the planned closure of Southwark Crown Court took my mind back to the day when I was sworn in there as a JP. The court is situated on the South bank of the Thames, just by the moored HMS Belfast. In fact the ship fills the windows of the jury assembly room.

I shall retire from the bench later this year, but the swearing-in will be a lasting memory.

Fire: Housing providers urged to 'think sprinkler'

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Fire officers, local authorities, housing providers and industry experts are coming together for an event to promote the life-saving benefits of domestic fire sprinklers on Wednesday, 25 May. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is hosting the 'Think Sprinkler' event at its headquarters in Washington, in partnership with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association. (BAFSA) TWFRS will also launch its own guide to fire sprinklers at the event. Called Sprinklers in the Home, it is aimed at increasing awareness of the benefits of installing fire sprinklers in domestic properties, particularly where the occupier is more vulnerable in the event of a fire. Since TWFRS launched its Domestic Sprinkler Partnership in 2012, more than 1,200 homes across Tyne and Wear have had or are due to have sprinklers fitted. The service is calling on local authorities and housing providers to do more to increase these numbers. Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Baines, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue...

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Fire: Tyne and Wear firefighters help chairty runner on his epic journey

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A charity runner who is aiming to cover 5,000 miles of British coastline has enjoyed some typical North East hospitality along the way. Wayne Russell, 34, set out from London in September last year to run the entire coast of Britain in memory of his sister Carmel Webb, who died three years ago after a battle with a rare heart condition. Wayne, who is originally from Gloucester, has set himself a target of raising £25,000 for the Superhero Foundation. The charity helps sick children receive treatment currently unavailable on the NHS and provides support for their families. Carrying everything he needs in a large rucksack and surviving on a budget of just £3 a day, Wayne has struggled to find suitable places to pitch his compact tent. During his journey he has been put up at several local fire stations along his route. And when Wayne's mammoth challenge was brought to the attention of officers at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, arrangements...

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Police: Renewed Appeal to Find Missing Fylde Man

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice – UK Crime News

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Renewed Appeal to Find Missing Fylde Man

May 26, 2016, 1:49 pm

Shane Graham (pictured), 26, from Ansdell, was last seen walking towards Inner Promenade from an address in Eddington Road, St Annes, around noon on April 29.

He is described as white, with light-brown cropped hair and blue eyes and was wearing a dark blue work jacket, a pair of black work trousers with a white logo and blue safety boots.

He has links to the Tamworth area in Staffordshire.

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Police launched an appeal for information about his whereabouts earlier this month and have released new images of Shane in an effort to find him.

PC Gordon Birt, of Fylde Police, said: “We are growing increasingly concerned about Shane and want to find him urgently.

“Despite a widespread appeal earlier this month, we have yet to trace Shane and would ask for the public’s help in finding him.

“Any information, even if you believe it...

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Fire: Life saving partnership between ambulance and firefighters extended

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

A life-saving partnership between ambulance staff and firefighters will be extended with the launch of new co-responding schemes in the East of England.

Over the last few months, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has been working with six fire and rescue services on a pilot that will involve firefighters attending cardiac arrests. Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire have gone live and here in Norfolk we hope to go live some time in June.

Norfolk's pilot will involve the largest number of stations in the region and include the following areas:

  • Norwich
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Kings Lynn
  • Sheringham
  • North Walsham
  • Thetford


Fire engines will be sent alongside ambulance staff and on some occasions may arrive first which means Basic Life saving interventions can start earlier. All front line Fire engines in the County already carry Automatic Defibrillators and other basic life support equipment.

Paul Seaman Project lead for Norfolk Fire & Rescue service...

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Fire: GMFRS set to host roadshow to celebrate and recruit volunteers

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is ready to join in with celebrations during National Volunteers’ Week 2016.

National Volunteer’s Week is taking place from Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 12, when a number of events hosted by GMFRS will take place across Greater Manchester. 

Existing GMFRS volunteers and staff members will be at the events to talk to those who are interested in joining the team of volunteers and about upcoming volunteer roles the Service.

Since the Service’s volunteering programme launched in 2008, more than 200,000 hours have been donated by volunteers, carrying out various roles in the community.

Uzma Babb, GMFRS Volunteer Development Officer, said: “Our volunteers are fantastic and without their dedication and hard work we wouldn’t be able to do as much work as we do now in the community.

“This year a special thank-you event for our volunteers is planned for the evening of Saturday, June 4, where volunteers will be thanked for their hard work...

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