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6 November 2014
Police and Security data sharing project to be launched for London Met
Police will be looking at making 'better use of resources' by launching the Police and Security (PaS) group which aims to bring together police and private security resources more efffectively to reduce crime....
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2 November 2014
Thriving Families project has successfully "turned around" problem families
New figures show that the 90% of problem families have been "turned around" under a new council scheme called Thriving Families. With the help of the programme, Oxfordshire County Council said 725 of the 810 families it has worked with have changed for the better. Common problems include truanting, health and mental health, domestic violence and debt. A successful "turnaround" is defined as when children who were truanting or excluded have now been back in school for three consecutive terms. It also demands a "significant" cut in youth crime and anti-social behaviour and an adult coming off benefits into work for at least three months running....
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1 November 2014
South Yorkshire has new Labour PCC
With a turnout of nearly 15%, Labour's Alan Billings has won the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner by-election with 50% of the vote. Billings replaces Shaun Wright, also Labour, who was forced to resign following revelations in the summer about the child exploitation scandal in Rotherham. The Conservative candidate Ian Walker polled at just 12.5%. However, the 14.88% turnout - down from 14.93% two years ago - presented a bigger problem for the Tories, who introduced the post two years ago and have always maintained that public participation would increase as elected PCCs became more embedded....
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27 October 2014
The new anti-social behaviour rules explained: Part 7 Dispersal Powers
We are now going to look at the police powers of Dispersal. In order to use the dispersal power, its use must first be authorised by an inspector or above. They may authorise its use if they are satisfied that there is likely to be ASB, crime or disorder in the area and it might be necessary to use the power. The authorisation is made in writing, explaining the reasons, and lasts for 48 hours....
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26 October 2014
Stop It, Spot It: fraud awareness campaign launched
With the help of local residents, Somerset Police have launched a fraud awareness campaign across Somerset to target doorstep fraud as well as phone and online scams. The Stop It, Spot It campaign has been developed following input from local people in Burnham- On- Sea and across the force area. The campaign is a Home Office initiative piloted in Avon and Somerset and supported by police, Action Fraud, Trading Standards, Victim Support, Crimestoppers and Neighbourhood Watch....
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24 October 2014
Exclusion from school means inclusion in crime
The study, "What Works to Reduce Crime?" carried out by the Scottish Government has shown that exclusion from school risks condemning young people into a life of crime. The study found that good parenting and schooling in early life, along with policies to tackle drug and alcohol abuse in society as a whole, are among the most effective ways of reducing offending....
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23 October 2014
Thousands of stolen goods sold on Facebook
A woman and her two adult daughters have been sentenced in Newcastle Crown Court for stealing more than £7,000 worth of goods. The thefts took place in retailers across the North East and Yorkshire during January 1 until June 4 of this year. The items were then sold on Facebook for less than their value under the business name Designer Goods North East....
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21 October 2014
PCCs can be sacked under new bill
MPs have proposed a bill which all allow for Police Crime Commissioners to be sacked. The draft bill comes in wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal where there was controversy over the initial refusal of South Yorkshire commissioner Shaun Wright (Labour) to resign after last August's report by Professor Alexis Jay. Mr Wright had formerly been the cabinet member for Children's Services during the time of the abuse....
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20 October 2014
"Coalition government has reduced household crime"
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) has revealed that there has been a 16% decrease in household crime. There were 7.1 million incidents of crime against households and adults in England and Wales from January to June 2014, compared to 8.4 million in the same time period the previous year. However, the figures also revealed that rape levels are at their highest level ever....
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19 October 2014
The new anti-social behaviour rules explained: Part 6 Closure Powers
The new closure power replaces a number of existing closure powers and is much more flexible to use. The Closure Notice can be issued by a police officer or council officer if they are satisfied, upon reasonable grounds that the following has occurred or will occur if the power is not used:...
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18 October 2014
Remembering to lift the door handle and turn the key
Many of our house burglaries happen unnecessarily, because the householder has forgotten to lock the multi-point locking front door properly. For a long time there has been a debate among crime prevention practitioners about whether these multi-point locks should have a solid or split spindle operation on the outside handle. Let me explain........
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16 October 2014
Carcass used to store counterfeit tobacco
A shop owner in Peterborough has been fined for storing counterfeit cigarettes. The products were found stuffed in the carcass of an animal in the walk-in chiller of Sadiqulah Farouq's shop which sells Afghan food. Some of the cigarettes failed "ignition tests" and others had no health warnings, which are required by law. Farouq was made to pay £2,075 after admitting six offences at the city's Magistrates' Court, relating to the sale of illegal tobacco products....
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13 October 2014
Neighbourhood Watch member successfully captures thieves on phone
A man who is part of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Bradford has been praised by detectives for bravely filming two burglary conspirators on his mobile phone. The Neighbourhood Watch Volunteer narrowly escaped injury as the criminals reversed at him in their car. The footage showed that the car they were filmed driving in had been stolen during a burglary in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire....
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12 October 2014
Government expands plans to tackle gang-related crime
The Government's Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme will be expanded to cover ten new areas, five of which are London boroughs. The programme, which is currently in place in 33 areas, aims to prevent young people getting involved in gangs, help those caught up in them to leave and to enable the police to take tough action against those who refuse support and continue to offend. Along with London boroughs Barnet, Bromley, Havering, Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea, the programme will also be implemented in Luton, Ipswich, Thanet, Stoke-on-Trent and Tendring....
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11 October 2014
The new anti-social behaviour rules explained: Part 5 Public Space Protection Order
We have now arrived in our series at the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which, I believe, allows councils to deal with problems in our communities that, in the past, we struggled to deal with. The PSPO allows councils to make an order if two conditions are met:...
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10 October 2014
Jaguar modified to smuggle £37m worth of drugs
Two men have been jailed for plotting to import 230 kilos of heroin with a street value of £37.2m in an especially adapted Jaguar car. Noman Qureshi, aged 32, and Israr Khan, aged 35, were sentenced to 21 years and 18 years respectively at Luton Crown Court after being found guilty of conspiracies to import and supply heroin....
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8 October 2014
Convicted nudist strikes again
A former Royal Marine, dubbed The Naked Rambler, has been sent back to jail for walking out of prison wearing nothing but boots and socks. Also known as Steven Gough, The Naked Rambler's actions were found to be in breach of an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) which bans him from being nude in public....
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7 October 2014
One third of "no crime" rape cases reopened
Northumbria Police have revealed they are reinvestigating 54 rape cases, about a third of of the total number of rape cases dismissed in the past three years. Since October 2011, 54 out of 153 reported accounts of rape were classed as "no crime." The move comes after an audit highlighted that some rape cases have been wrongly classified with this label. A similar audit has also prompted Cleveland Police to reopen 14 such cases from recent years....
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6 October 2014
Force to combat organised crime as top ten vulnerable industries revealed
Scotland's Serious Organised Crime Task Force has unveiled plans to prevent Scottish businesses becoming victims as the top ten businesses most vulnerable to organised crime have been revealed. The Serious Organised Crime Task Force, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, has been set up by the Scottish Government to provide direction and co-ordination for all the organisations involved in tackling serious organised crime in Scotland....
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2 October 2014
The new anti-social behaviour rules explained: Part 4 Community Protection Notice
Our series looking the new tools and powers introduced in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 now moves to look at the Community Protection Notice (CPN). This tool allows a CPN to be issued to anyone, over the age of 16, whose conduct is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality that is persistent and unreasonable....
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