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Police Scotland has launched a national campaign to intensify its focus on tackling all forms of domestic abuse during the festive season – a time when domestic abuse incidents noticeably increase.

It makes it clear to perpetrators that Police Scotland will not tolerate domestic abuse with the warning – If You Do It, We Will Find You.

TV adverts – 13 Days of Christmas – will run from tonight to highlight the intent of the police operation from Christmas Eve and into the first days of January 2014.

There were more than 60,000 incidents of domestic abuse in Scotland reported in 2012/13.

Between the creation of Police Scotland on April 1, 2013, and December 2, 2013, there were 38,977 domestic incidents recorded.

During this period the detection rate for domestic abuse crime/offences was 80.1% and there were 2829 detections for Domestic Abuse bail offences.

Tayside Division has long recognised the malignant nature of domestic abuse and the devastating effect it can have upon its victims and their families.

With this in mind, officers know that it is imperative that the abusers are held to account for their actions and behaviour and strive to ensure that those who suffer domestic violence or abuse are given the right support.

Detective Inspector Tom Leonard of the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, said:

‘‘It is desperately sad to realise that at a time of good will to all that we actually see a marked increase in reports of domestic abuse. Contributory factors can be alcohol consumption, people spending more time together during the holiday and even the financial pressures of affording Christmas.

‘‘They might be contributory factors, but they are in no way excuses and must never be seen as such.

‘‘Domestic abuse in all its guises can and does have a dreadful impact on its victims. Police Scotland and its partners maintain a focus on this issue throughout the year. But it is important to shine a light on such appalling, criminal behaviour at this time of year, when there is a spike in the reporting of such incidents.

‘‘Our officers will target domestic abuse as a priority, taking every opportunity to expose, investigate, record and tackle domestic abuse in whatever form it takes. We are sending a very clear message to that small but nonetheless significant number of people who wrongly believe that violence, including domestic abuse, is normal – acceptable even.

‘‘It is not and your actions will not be tolerated. If you commit domestic abuse you will be dealt with vigorously, decisively and experience the full force of the law.

‘‘People who engage in domestic abuse will be arrested and treated as the violent criminal they are and those persistent and serial offenders should be aware that they are very much in our sights.’’

The desire to dominate or control a partner is rarely a one-off event. Research shows that individuals are frequently subjected to numerous incidents before seeking help and support, initially from the police and then from other support networks.

Living in an environment of domestic abuse invariably exposes children and other family members to harm. Aside from the physical and emotional danger, youngsters in their tender years of development can be left with the belief that such behaviour is normal and this is something they carry into their adult life.

Police Scotland is determined to break that cycle of abusive behaviour and assist those caught within it. Police officers and their partner agencies want to assure victim’s of such behaviour that there is a route out of their nightmare.

Help is available. No one should ever be subjected to bullying, harassment, or even physical assaults at the hands of another, within the confines of their own home, let alone someone they know, trust and may have once loved, or love still.

Anyone reporting an incident will see their situation thoroughly and sensitively investigated and. Partner agencies are readily available to offer support and assist in dismantling this cycle of behaviour.

Victims of domestic abuse, female and male, can contact the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234 (24 hours) to access support or for referrals to local support providers.

For the perpetrators of domestic abuse, there is also the confidential service offered by the Respect Helpline 0808 802 4040.

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Who are these Cowards who left horse for dead after crash?

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Do you know who these Cowards are? Police have launched a manhunt after a group of men dumped a horse following a collision with a car. They left the horse for dead.

The horse was left seriously injured during a procession in Great Bridge Road in Bilston on Sunday after she bolted into a vehicle.

Instead of staying with the horse and seeking treatment for the horse they fled the scene and dumped the horse. leaving the horse for dead.

The female brown horse was tragically left to die, without any thought for the horse as they fled the scene and did not check to see if the driver and the family within the car were ok.

The sheer impact of the crash smashed the windscreen of a Volkswagen and left the mare lying in the road. The horse was bleeding heavily.

The horse was attached to a traditional carriage and the men detached the horse from the carriage and fled the scene dragging the carriage with them.

RSPCA Inspector Vicki Taylor, who was called alongside police, said: ‘The horse was lying in the road and bleeding where the smashed windscreen had cut into her front and legs. ‘This was a shocking sight and she was clearly suffering

‘Thankfully the family who were in the car were uninjured but their vehicle was badly damaged. ‘When I arrived, the men with the horse had already left, dragging the trap away with them.

Witnesses provided photos of the owners taking off the trap and leaving the horse in the road. ‘It must have been a shock to be involved in an accident like this but these men essentially abandoned this horse to die.

 

‘As they left, the men were pictured trying to hide their faces.’ The mare, who is about seven years old, is also underweight but is now recovering at a private boarding establishment in RSPCA care.

Inspector Taylor added: ‘Thankfully there are no obvious broken bones and the equine vet is positive she will recover despite the open wounds which may take a while to start healing.

‘We are now appealing for anyone who may recognise the horse, or the men in these images, to contact us in strictest confidence on the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.’

 

 

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The mystery of the missing biscuits and the cop who was dragged over the coals

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A Police Officer was dragged over the coals and faced losing the job he once loved after a tin of biscuits disappeared from a police station in London.

Despite PC Thomas Hooper being arrested and questioned under caution, he was eventually found not guilty of misconduct following a three-day misconduct hearing.

PC Thomas Hooper was also alleged to have applied for a Fixed Penalty Notice issued while he was driving he was driving a police vehicle back to the station in full response mode.

He was also accused of nicking a two-tier tin of biscuits belonging to another officer and then officer a false account relating to the disappearance of that said biscuit tin.

Now PC Hooper has been cleared after no evidence was found on both matters after he was grilled at a three-day hearing.

PC Hooper was suspended and then placed on restricted duties following the incidents in now free to return to full operational duties after what can only be described as a waste of police time and a witch hunt against PC Hooper.

During the hearing panel chairman Naheed Asjad said the public would be concerned about the value of the complaint about the biscuits, which was looked into by other officers and is now being heard at a misconduct hearing.

She said: “You have a sergeant and an inspector and a box of biscuits that have gone missing and the only thing you can come up with is to refer the matter to Directorate of Professional Standards?”

It’s an Utter Disgrace…

Trevor Sherwood Police Hour Founder “It’s a complete disgrace that this matter was referred to the Directorate Of Professional Standards and that the officers within that department upheld a criminal allegation of the theft of a tin of biscuits.

“While policing budgets are stretched the powers that be are wasting thousands of pounds investigating each other for petty offences, for an officer to face losing his job over a missing tin of biscuits is an utter shame.

“This is wasting valuable policing time and amounts to amounts to utterly shameful management from PC Hoopers supervision who believed this was an issue for professional standards.

“These type of investigations can run into the tens of thousands and really they should not be happening, for a truly dedicated and committed police officer to face the loss of his job over biscuits is the real shame of British policing in 2018.”

Now someone hand that cop a tin of biscuits.

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85-year-old murdered in horrific and cowardly attack in her home

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Rosina Coleman aged 85 has been found dead in her home in Romford east London. She was subjected to a horrific and cowardly attack, she suffered serious injuries and sadly died.

She was murdered in her own home, The pensioner was only found when a repair worker attended her home in Ashmour Gardens on Tuesday morning.

Rosina is believed to have been attacked in her home hours before she was found. Very little details have been released by the police.

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Detective Inspector Paul Considine, who is leading the murder investigation, described it as “a despicable incident in which the victim, an elderly lady who lived alone, had been subjected to a cowardly assault that left her with serious injuries.”

Det Ins Considine appealed for anyone with information to come forward: “I want to ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to call police immediately; did you hear anyone in distress or notice someone in the area who may have looked out of place?

“Even a fragment of information is beneficial to our investigation.

“It is imperative that we find those responsible for this horrendous offence.”

  • Anyone with information should call the Metropolitan Police on 101.

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