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John Worboys could soon be a free man

Government rules out challenge over Worboys case

Justice Secretary decides it would not be appropriate to seek a judicial review. • Black-cab rapist John Worboys could be freed within weeks after the Government opted not to challenge his release. Justice Secretary David Gauke decided it would not be appropriate to seek a judicial

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    Saturday, 20th January

    Force undertakes internal review after rape case dropped

    Force undertakes internal review after rape case dropped

    Judge has demanded head of the CPS Rape and Sexual Offences unit write to him within 28 days 'with full explanation'. • A judge has criticised police and prosecutors after a rape case against an Oxford University student was dropped just days before his trial. Oliver Mears, 19,

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      Friday, 19th January

      Deputy Chief Constable Matthew Horne (PA)

      Senior police officer who threw stress ball at colleague keeps job

      Matthew Horne, deputy chief constable of Essex Police, faced three allegations of abusive behaviour towards two colleagues. • A senior police officer who committed misconduct by hurling a stress ball at a colleague's throat should face "management action", a disciplinary panel

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      BWV captured West Midlands PC encountering the gunman

      Body Worn Video captures PC facing gunman after routine burglary call

      Officer says incident is a reminder to keep guard up 'because you never know what's going to happen.'. • This was the moment a police officer on a routine call to a burglary was confronted by a gunman in a hallway. Two hours later Reece Lones was arrested after being spotted by firearms o

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      Not the weapon in question

      Officers praised by judge for chasing armed man through park

      'Both of these officers behaved with conspicuous courage'. • Two Warwickshire officers have been praised by a judge and awarded £1,000 each for going beyond the call of duty in pursuing a wanted armed man across a busy park. Neither the officers, DC Paul Luke and DC Steve Mobbs, nor

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      Funeral for PC Dave Fields -PA

      Guard of honour guard at funeral for officer who died in Christmas day collision

      Mounted police and motorcycle officers accompanied the hearse. • A police officer who died in a car crash on Christmas Day has been described as an "amazing husband, father and friend" as hundreds attended his funeral. PC Dave Fields was given a guard of honour as his cortege

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      Thursday, 18th January

      Death of man during police stop and search was accidental, says jury

      Death of man during police stop and search was accidental, says jury

      But the coroner will be making a report into police awareness of choking and first aid equipment. • A jury has returned a verdict of accidental death after an eight-day inquest into the controversial death of a man who choked under police restraint. Mobile phone footage of 48-year-old Bedfor

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      Video evidence in court extension could cost forces up to £720 million

      Video evidence in court extension could cost forces up to £720 million

      Police chiefs called for urgent clarity from government. • Plans to ensure all custody suites have video facilities could cost forces up to £720 million to install, according to one analysis. Policing Minister Nick Hurd

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      Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert

      Commissioner examines buying out PFI contract

      Force examining whether to terminate long term payment plan. • A police and crime commissioner is looking at ending his force's PFI contract 17 years early. The private finance initiative deal sees Gwent Police pay an annual sum to pay off the cost of Ystrad Mynach Police Station

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      'This is not policing on the cheap - we are teaching cadets'

      'This is not policing on the cheap - we are teaching cadets'

      Force faced criticism after cadets joined officers on patrol. • An inspector has defended the decision to send a team of cadets out on antisocial behaviour patrols. Last Thursday evening, Norfolk teenagers hit the streets of Thetford to support officers on reassurance patrols. The mo

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      Wednesday, 17th January

      File photo of a force control room

      Hundreds of call handlers overpaid by Met

      Staff being chased for money including with threat of court. • Met Police call handlers are being chased for money after long-running errors with the force’s payments. Hundreds of people have been overpaid owing to mistakes mounting up for several years. Brian Shaw, from th

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      File photo

      Celebrities to 'go on police patrol' in TV show

      Putting stars in response cars will help 'explore the serious and pressing issues facing modern policing', according to producers. • Celebrities will take part in police training and patrols in a new reality TV show, it is claimed. Channel 4 has announced that “a group of high-profile

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      Chief Constable Dave Thompson

      Fed urges chiefs to submit impact statements in court

      Personally written documents will allow judges to take into consideration the impact the assault has had on the force, the officer's family and the public. • The Fed is calling on chief constables to support assaulted officers by writing impact statements when attackers are brought before court

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      DCC Rose Fitzpatrick says the force will ensure failings are not repeated

      Seven officers cleared of misconduct in 'spying on journalists' case

      Force says it has apologised to the complainants. • Seven officers who faced misconduct allegations linked to misuse of data to find journalists' sources have been cleared of wrongdoing. An independent investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) found there wa

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      Tuesday, 16th January

      New police recruits shocked by huge social care workload, report says

      New police recruits shocked by huge social care workload, report says

      Two groups of officers were followed over the first four years of their careers. • The longer a police officer serves, the greater the “reality shock” of the limits of their influence, new research has found. A study published by the Police Foundation on Friday, which follow

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      Forces urged to alter dog handler fitness tests after discrimination payout

      Forces urged to alter dog handler fitness tests after discrimination payout

      Numerous officers, both male and female, have expressed their concerns over exam conditions. • Police forces have been told to improve their dog handler fitness exams in order to accommodate more women, following a landmark sex-discrimination case.  Gloucestershire Police officer, PC

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      Volunteer PCSOs will be able to specialise in dog walking

      Volunteer PCSOs will be able to specialise in dog walking

      In 2015 Theresa May announced she would extend the powers that chiefs can give volunteers. • A new team of volunteer PCSO officers will be used to investigate criminal activity and resolve community issues, it has been confirmed. In November, Kent Police became the first force to announc

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      Denise Aubrey pictured outside her employment tribunal last year. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

      Ex-legal chief only has to pay force £15k

      Denise Aubrey lost her employment tribunal claim against Northumbria Police. • A former legal chief who feared having to sell her home after she

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      Monday, 15th January

      Cadets running at the Gravesend training centre

      Call for police outsourcing to be brought back in house after Carillion collapse

      Biggest policing PFI contracts use firm to maintain and operate buildings. • The union representing Metropolitan Police staff has called for all public sector contracts to be taken back in house after the collapse of outsourcing giant Carillion. Both of the force’s private finance

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      DCC Adrian Hanstock

      BTP officer fatigue is evidence rosters are not 'as successful as described'

      Officer well-being must not be overlooked, says Fed. • Retention and rest day cancellations are still undermining British Transport Police workforce morale almost a year after HMIC raised the issue, the federation has claimed.   In February 2017 HMIC inspectors found BTP was

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      Matthew Horne is leading the police response to Brexit

      Brexit-lead deputy chief threw stress ball at super's throat, hearing told

      DCC Matthew Horne, who is seconded to the NCA, also accused of being so abusive he could have been arrested for a public order offence. • A senior officer with Essex Police threw a stress ball at a junior colleague's throat and pushed another against a desk in a fit of rage over the performance

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      New form makes investigators confirm they have disclosed all relevant material

      New form makes investigators confirm they have disclosed all relevant material

      CPS introduces new paper trail requirement for sex offence prosecutions. • London detectives have to sign a new form to show prosecutors they have disclosed all relevant material in sex offence trials. The Metropolitan Police is reviewing its practices 

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