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Shambles 11% Rise for MPs while upto 40% cuts to police dogs #dontditchthedogs

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A number of leading frontline police officers and commentators have expressed their fears for public safety after a series of announcements by police forces that they plan to cut police dog unit numbers as part of desperate measures to save money.

The cuts to police budgets, imposed by the Government, have led to senior police officers from forces around the country looking for any means they can to reduce budgets and cut costs wherever possible.

This week, Essex Police have announced they will reduce their canine unit capability by 12 dogs, almost half of their existing number. An announcement is expected shortly from the Avon & Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire forces that they plan to merge services and cut their dog numbers back to just 48 across all three policing areas.

Former Metropolitan and Yorkshire police officer, now author and policing issues spokesman Mike Pannett said “The Government and Police Chiefs consistently repeat that cutbacks are not affecting the frontline. This is simply not true, and none more so than with regard to police dogs”. “The UK Home Office have failed with overview”

“The public will be shocked to hear that many forces have already dramatically reduced their number of police dogs. Greater Manchester Police for instance used to have over 130 handlers, they now have just 36 with a loss of around 130 dogs in less than 7 years. West Yorkshire Police have almost halved their dog numbers recently and West Midlands police have lost another five dog handler jobs this year”

“Cambridgeshire recently reduced their number of dog handlers from 29 to 18 and cut the number of actual dogs by around 25. Like many other forces now, they no longer have any dogs on duty after 4am.”

“The huge counties of Avon and Somerset, Gloucester and Wiltshire plan to share 48 dogs, an impossible arithmetic task to maintain 24 hour cover, seven days a week. The reality means one of two dogs at a time shared between three counties covering thousands of square miles and protecting millions of people”

North Wales Police have lost 25% of dog handlers and operate this huge area with 9 handlers in total. South Yorkshire Police are on the verge of cutting around half its section.

“Police dogs are not a specialist role, they are a fundamental part of modern day frontline policing” added Mr Pannett. It’s taken years to build up “best breeding” which produce the best police dogs in the world! Decimated.

Despite a recent survey, promoted via social media site Twitter suggesting that over 97% of people think there should be more police dogs on the streets not less, police bosses continue to appear convinced that reducing the number so police dogs available is a viable way to cut costs without affecting policing capabilities, leading many to declare that making these announcements now is akin to declaring a Happy Christmas for Criminals.

Following this survey, a campaign on Twitter to highlight the plight of police dogs using the hashtag #DontDitchTheDogs was declared a resounding success after trending as the most popular subject in the UK within minutes and remained so for over an hour, gaining more comment than I’m A Celebrity, and resulting in one Sunday newspaper declaring the efforts an ‘internet sensation’.

“Police dogs track down criminals 24 hours a day. They find vulnerable missing people who would otherwise die of exposure, they recover millions of pounds worth of drugs and search thousands of buildings and venues for explosives” said Mike Pannett

With the cuts made so far, the operational reality is that it officers can be waiting an hour of more for a dog to arrive at the scene of a burglary. Experts will tell you that after this length of time, the scent will have gone and the trail will be cold meaning officer on the ground will have little to no chance of tracing the suspects. This is simply not acceptable”.

“Add to that the health and safety implications to both the dogs, their handlers and the general public if officers are having to race backwards and forwards across counties on blue lights to get from one job to the next. The risk of accidents is being increased many times over”

As a result of police officers concerns, Mike Pannett has laid down a challenge to Senior Officers and Police and Crime Commissioners to debate publicly the proposed cuts to police dog and handler numbers.

“I will debate with anyone who wants to try and rationalise that these cuts to police dogs will not affect public safety and will not negatively affect the detection of crime and apprehension of offenders because they will, and they are.”

“I’m dreadfully worried that the majority of Police and Crime Commissioners, most of whom have no operational policing experience are relying on advice from people who do not themselves understand the implications, and are naively signing off these awful decisions without fully appreciating the consequences of their actions. “

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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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