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Fire: Executive Council additional statement – 23 October 2014

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

This further statement is issued to update FBU members on other developments in relation to pensions following the earlier statement issued regarding discussions with DCLG.

Alternative proposals for Wales

Firefighter pensions are a devolved matter. This has meant that the FBU negotiators have held discussions with the four governments covering all parts of the UK. Our members in England and Wales have been taking strike action as a result of the refusal of the relevant governments to present any alternative proposals for consideration by members.

Over the past few weeks, alongside our discussions with officials of DCLG, discussions have continued with officials of the other governments. This afternoon the General Secretary received communication from the Welsh government. This confirms that the fire minister in Wales (Minister for Public Services) is now making preparations to consult on an alternative pension scheme design which would take account of a number of technical arguments...

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Police: Police officer arrested after discovery of ammunition in police building at palace

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A Metropolitan Police officer has today been arrested as part of an investigation into the discovery of ammunition – believed to be from the Met’s own supplies – in personal lockers in a dedicated police building in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

The investigation, by the Directorate of Professional Standards, commenced a few weeks ago following the reporting by officers from Royalty Protection of ammunition found in their personal lockers or belongings.

The officer arrested is from the unit responsible for protecting the Royal Household (SO14) and normally works in a protection role, although he is not assigned to guard any individual member of the Royal Family.

It follows the announcement last week by Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley that the Metropolitan Police was reorganising its Protection Command to improve operational efficiency.

Mr Rowley said that this change had revealed a few pockets of poor behaviour which would not be tolerated....

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Dave Squires
Editor's Note: Weston-super-Mare is a town located on Bistol Channel in North Somerset, England. You editor found the following story on the fire brigade's website. It's an inspiring tale about a local fire buff named Dave Squires.

Dave Squires first appeared outside the ‘Station’ in June 1983 (then aged 29 Years). He would walk up and down, looking at the Fire Station but would suddenly disappear and return another day. The Firemen then had no knowledge that Dave was un-employed and had Learning Difficulties. After several weeks Jack Bell went out and invited Dave in.

Dave appeared to be very nervous and shy but was shown around the Appliance Room before he made an excuse that he had to go home, and he was gone.

Dave, however, continued to visit the Station and the Firemen of White Watch warmed to this visitor.

Dave appeared to have little confidence and it took some persuasion on the part of White Watch to get him to join them for a cup of tea in the Mess Room on the 1st Floor. Whilst in the Mess Room there was ...

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Fire: TICK, TOCK, TEST your smoke alarm before it's too late.

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Test your smoke alarm this clock change weekend. As part of the government's Fire Kills campaign, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to test their smoke alarms when the clocks change on 25/26 October. Last year (January - December 2013) crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service responded to 730 dwelling fires and found that 137 homes did not have any working smoke alarms. This means that the occupants would not have had the early warning to wake them if the fire had happened during the night when they were asleep. Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are fitted correctly and work. They really do mean the difference between life and death. In March 2014, nearly one in seven people tested their smoke alarms when they changed their clocks to British Summer Time. This autumn, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is determined that even more people will keep their loved ones safer from fire by testing their smoke alarms. Everyone can join...

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Police: Life should mean life for police killers

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

‘Life should mean life.’ So said Police Federation of England and Wales Chair Steve White yesterday following the announcement of the impending release of police killer Harry Roberts.

“I am appalled to learn that police killer, Harry Roberts, is being released from prison. Let’s not forget, this menace murdered three unarmed police officers in cold blood and it is abhorrent news. This decision by the parole board is a slap in the face for the families of the three police officers he brutally murdered who, once again, are forced to re-live their pain and loss. It will spark fury among everyone in the police family who will feel badly let down.

“We pride ourselves on having a largely unarmed police service in England and Wales. However, in turn, we expect the judicial system to provide the deterrent needed to help protect police officers from injury or serious harm while doing their duty. In May 2013, the Home Secretary said she would introduce legislation to make sure life really...

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Police: Gang brandishing gun and large knife rob store – Prestwich

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A gang of masked thieves brandishing a handgun and a large hunter’s knife robbed a convenience store in Prestwich.

The robbery happened at the Windsor Supermarket on Windsor Road, Prestwich, as the shopkeeper was closing up for the night at about 9pm on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

Three masked men clad in balaclavas burst into the store armed with either a black or silver revolver-type weapon and a large hunter’s knife. The gang threatened the shopkeeper before stealing about £800 in cash and numerous bottles of spirits.

They then fled along Windsor Road and onto Downham Crescent before escaping out of sight.

The first man was described as about 5ft 10in tall, of a slim build and wearing a balaclava, a dark jacket and gloves. He was carrying the knife which was said to be about one and a half feet long with a silver blade.

The gunman was very similarly described and the third offender was said to be of a bigger or chubbier build.

Police are now appealing to...

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Police: Investigation into fire that claimed a father and son continues

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A joint investigation between South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service into a fatal house fire in Penistone is continuing this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to a house on Tennyson Close at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 22 October. A man and his two sons were rescued from the property by fire fighters.

Darren Sykes, 44, and his nine-year-old son Paul David Sykes both died as a result of their injuries.

His older son Jack Sykes, 12, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The injuries suffered by the victims are consistent with being involved in a fire.

The fire is being treated as suspicious but police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Initial investigations suggest the fire was started deliberately.

Chief Inspector Debbie Mahmood said: “Initial enquiries are underway with colleagues in the fire service to determine the cause of this fire and are at a very early stage.

“This is a tragic incident...

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Police: Breakthrough for detectives investigating the Valerie Graves murder

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Detectives investigating the murder of Valerie Graves in Bosham believe they have made a breakthrough in the case.

Forensic scientists have obtained a limited DNA profile for the suspect, which means detectives can start requesting voluntary DNA samples to eliminate males from the investigation who live and work in the Bosham area, either permanently or as migrant workers. Officers will also be speaking to visitors in the area to eliminate them from the investigation.

Detective Superintendent Nick May, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “This is a significant breakthrough for the investigation. Although this profile is not suitable for a search on the National DNA Database it does indicate the suspect is male. Anyone who provides us with a DNA sample could now be eliminated from the investigation. The profiling will involve taking a swab from the mouth and fingerprints from each individual.
“We are stressing that if anyone has any concerns or suspect...

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Fire: Fake firework scars boy for life

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A school boy who is lucky to be alive after a prank with a firework went drastically wrong is backing Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's bonfire safety campaign. Dylan Cosgrove 15, from Blackfell, Washington was at home with his girlfriend Erin Easton on the evening of Wednesday 8 October when he lit a firework in his right hand. Dylan said: “I had been telling Erin I had bought some fireworks so I got one out of the box to show her. I didn't intend to set it off, I just wanted to light it and put it out for a laugh. I quickly realised the fuse wouldn't go out and I was in a blind panic and didn't know what to do. I even put it to my mouth to put it out. This was crazy when I think about what could have happened if it had exploded in my face, but I was desperate to stop it going off. I was frightened for my girlfriend and I didn't want to start a fire in my bedroom. “As I watched the fuse quickly disappear I ran to the other side of the room to protect my girlfriend from the explosion. I remember...

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Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

One of Staffordshire Police’s most successful employees has retired after eight years loyal service, dog and pup.

Police dog Alfie, a springer spaniel, joined the force in June 2006 aged 18 months. He was trained initially in the finding of illegal substances and firearms, their components and ammunition.  He was licensed at the end of his eight week course and continued to be relicensed every year.  After a few years he was also trained to sniff out cash in the form of Bank of England notes and Euros.

Alfie covered the whole of Staffordshire and also provided support to colleagues on the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG). He has also lent a paw to Cheshire and West Midlands Police on searches when they needed assistance. Alfie has taken part in many V festivals searching vehicles, tents and undertaken searches on Operation Nemesis, the force’s response to tackling Class A drug dealers. Over the past eight-and-a-half years he has been responsible for recovering...

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