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Commissioner Launches Campaign Against Mate Crime

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Barry Coppinger the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner is today launching his poster campaign aimed what is described as protecting some of the Cleveland Police force areas most vulnerable people within the community.

The new trend of ‘Mate Crime’ will be the main focus of the campaign which is a term coined for incidents where vulnerable people are befriended by others who then go on to take advantage of their friend, financially, emotionally or even sexually.

Some cases of ‘Mate Crime’ across the United Kingdom have includd vulnerable people purchasing clothes and food for others, then friends going on to use mobile phones and bank cards without permission.

Mate Crimes can also include the friend bringing people in to the homes of a vulnerable person that they simply do not know, People who fall victims of mate crime are generally disabled and often have learning disabilities.

The posters that will be displated across Teesside which have been designed by police officers in conjunction with disabled people who attend the CHAT group at the Cumberland Resource Centre in Middlesbrough.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “It is important that the police protect all members of our communities, and especially the most vulnerable. People who take advantage of others in this way need to be dealt with firmly and robustly, but equally it is important that we get the message out to our communities that this sort of behavior should not be tolerated and if it is happening to you, there is support available.

“We hope that this poster will raise awareness of the issue and encourage people to come forward and report incidents.”

PC Nicola Bell, whose role involves dealing with hate incidents and engaging with minority groups said: “We wanted to work with the disabled community themselves to ensure that what we produced covered the issues that were pertinent to them and was put together in a format that they would find useful.

“I would urge anyone who feels that they are being targeted in this way to tell someone they trust and to report it to the police so that we can give them the support they need.”

Incidents can be reported by dialing the 101 non-emergency number. In an emergency always use 999.

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Two year old boy killed in hit and run his brother aged six fighting for his life

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A two-year-old boy has tragically died following a hit and in in Coventry.

The baby boy and his six year old brother were hit by a car on MacDonald Road at around 2pm on Thursday February 22.

Both boys were rushed to hospital sadly the boy aged 5two died at the scene.

His older brother is fighting for his life in a critical condition.

Police found a black Ford Focus was found abandoned a short time after the crash.

A 22-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the death.

The road remains closed while emergency services are at the scene.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the West Midlands Police’s collision investigation unit, said:

“We are still trying to establish how this tragic incident has happened and anyone who hasn’t yet spoken to an officer should call us on 101.

“This is a parent’s worst nightmare and it’s impossible to imagine their grief, but specialist officers will be supporting them as our investigation continues.”

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Hospital turn off life support machine because family couldn’t pay £7k bill

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The family of British man have been left devastated and furious after an Egyptian hospital because staff switched off his life support without their permission.

Despite this the hospital claim Adrian King suffered cardiac arrest however his family have told the local courts it’s because they didn’t have the money to pay a £7k insurance bill.

Adrian aged 39 became ill while he was on holiday with his friend in Hurghada, on Egypt’s east coast.

All of a sudden he fell unconscious and was being treated in hospital, during his time in hospital it was discovered his insurance policy have been voided and they demanded an upfront payment while he laid on his death bed.

The inquest heard how the insurance was void as he had not declared a bacterial infection he had within his stomach two years before his holiday.

Adrian’s dad Charles Bumford told the hearing: “A man at the hospital stood in my son’s room and told me: ‘The insurance is null and void – you pay now or I switch off the machines.’

“I didn’t have the £7,000 ($9,800) he was asking for at that time. As he walked out of the room he started switching things off.”

Charles added that he tried contacting the hospital ’50 times’ but he never received an answer. The friend Adrian was with at the time, Nicola, was similarly confused by the situation occurring in the medical facility.

“They did the second dialysis and then said that the insurance was voided,” she told the inquest.

“They never said he had a cardiac arrest or anything, they said it was stopping, because the funding was stopped.”

Our thoughts are with the family of Adrian at this difficult time.

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Woman arrested after leaving move your vehicle note on ambulance attending 999 call

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Police have taken a zero tolerance approach to a woman who left a note on an ambulance.

The note left paramedics disgusted police have now confirmed they have arrested a woman after the abusive note was left on an ambulance demanding it parked somewhere else while it was attending a 999 emergency call.

The note stated ‘I couldn’t give a s**t if the whole street collapsed”

The crew were also verbally abused while attending the emergency call while attempting to deal with an ongoing medical incident on Sunday afternoon.

Now a 26-year-old Tunstall woman has been arrested for public order offences.

Chief Inspector John Owen, commander of Staffordshire Police’s Stoke-on-Trent North policing team, tweeted about the incident.

He added: “We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our emergency services. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take appropriate action against offenders.

“The arrest relates to matters of verbal abuse that could constitute offences under the Public Order Act. This is not solely about the note.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesman confirmed the force took action after seeing details reported on Twitter.

The woman remains in police custody and enquiries are on-going.

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