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Cumbria Police Takes on Three new dog handlers #dontditchthedogs

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Three Cumbria Police Officers have undertaken a 13-week course in order to become one of the force’s new Dog Handlers.

PC Diane Irving, PC Martyn Irving and PC Matthew Knott have all passed the GP Initial course and will join the Constabulary’s Dogs Unit where they will each be assigned a dog in which they will not only work alongside but also take them home.

The 13 week course consisted of a number of training exercises that each candidate must complete. The course also saw each officer spend time with the dogs that they will work alongside.

PC Chris Morgan, who was the course Instructor, said: “The course prepares each officer for the day-to-day work that they will face once they become Dog Handlers. The role of a handler is a demanding one and it is 24 hours a day, seven days a week and it requires a particular type of person to be a successful handler.

“The exercises they had to complete include tracking for people, searching for people both inside and outside of buildings, searching for property, criminal work, and obedience. The emphasis on each of the exercises is that the handler is in control of the dog and that safety to both the dog and people is ensured.

“The vast majority of the course is based outside and the handlers have had the added difficulty of completing the exercises in horrendous weather conditions. The course is very physical and mentally challenging with each dog having its own personality & unique set of training requirements and challenges. I am pleased that the three officers have all come through the training and are now joining the team at the Dog Unit.”

The 13-week course is a continuous assessment where the final day of testing is completed by a qualified officer from an outside force.

The handlers will start with one general purpose dog each and after 12 months experience will be considered for working a specialist dog as well, namely a drug detection dog.

PC Diane Irving will be paired with Ava, PC Matthew Knott will be paired with Will and PC Martyn Irving will be paired with Zeus.

PC Diane Irving, one of the new Cumbria Police Dogs Handlers, said: “I’m looking forward to getting started in my new role and I am really excited to be working alongside Ava. The role is demanding but having spoken to the other handlers it is ultimately rewarding and I can’t wait to start.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes said: “I am very pleased for the three officers, who have clearly worked very hard to achieve their success following their rigorous thirteen weeks of dog handler training, and would like to wish them and their dogs all the best for what will no doubt be a challenging but rewarding partnership.”

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Jon Venables Reportedly Attacked With Boiling Water By Fellow Inmate

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Jon Venables attacked with boiling water by a fellow inmate. 

Jon Venables, one of the schoolboys who murdered James Bulger in 1993 has been attacked in prison after an image was released on social media.

Venables who is now aged 35 was attacked with boiling water and sugar after a fellow inmate managed to work out his identity.

Venables have been living under a fake name since 2001 and was sent back to jail having broken the conditions of his release and being found guilty of child pornography.

Venables was banned from travelling back to Liverpool but he had been attending music events and going to Everton Football matches.

He was later found to be in possession of cocaine and was also having a relationship with an underage girl.

Prison Officers were forced to place Venables on lockdown after his identity was revealed and he was attacked with boiling water and sugar.

it is alleged that Venables complained that guards did nothing at first to stop the attack from happening and offered him little help once he had been assaulted.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to Police Hour that “incidents of this nature happen within prisons and we cannot discuss the nature of individual cases”

Now that the true identity of Venables is known within side the prison after images have been circulated among inmates it will be inevitable that another attack will happen.

Venables is currently serving a three-year sentence for child pornography offences and possession of 1,170 images of children which included babies.

It is believed inmates have been circulating images of Venables from prison to prison in the hope that one prisoner can identity him.

Facebook and Twitter this month removed images from their social media websites of various men who people claimed was Venables.

It is a criminal offence to name or identity Venables on social media due to an anonymity order granted in 2001 that prevents him from ever being named or identified.

Due to the nature of his repeat offending there is mounting pressure to scrap that order in order to prevent further children being targeted.

However due to the nature of Venables sick attack these orders are likely never to be removed.

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Two year old boy and woman aged 31 killed in Warwickshire Motorway crash

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A Two-year-old boy and a woman aged 31 have sadly died in a crash between a car and a lorry as they left a motorway in Warwickshire.

Tragically both victims were travelling in a blue Nissan Qashqai when the incident happened at 10.30pm on Saturday night.

A six-year-old girl and a man aged 35 were also within the car both were injured and taken to hospital, their condition is no believed to be serious and they are stable.

The car was exiting the M6 at Junction 1 heading onto the A426 near Churchover.

Police have now launched an appeal to trace anyone who witnessed the crash.

Inspector Andrew Bennett said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased at this time. Despite the attempts of other drivers and paramedics, the woman and boy were declared dead at the scene.

“We will have officers at the scene today (Sunday) as we continue to investigate how this collision happened.

“There is likely to be some disruption in the area while we investigate. I would like to thank local people for their support and patience.

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Steve White claimed £12K of Police Fed members money on posh travel, fancy meals and luxury hotels

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Steve White the former chair of the Police Federation in England and Wales (PFEW) who once claimed that he stopped the fed drinking away fed membership and funds has claimed over £12,000 in expenses on his corporate credit card in his final three months.

In total White claimed £12,573 of Police Federation membership fee’s almost ten times the amount claimed by his vice chair Calum Macleod, general secretary Andy Fittes and deputy general secretary Andy Ward.

White spent the money during his last three months as PFEW Chair, during his appointment he promised that he would cut fed spending and would make the finances more transparent ensuring national officers were more accountable for spending.

White claimed £2,020 for hospitality, £3,915 for travel and £5,945 for accommodation between October 1st and December 31st.

All the payments were made using a PFEW issued credit card and auditors have now asked for some of those costs back which have been incurred under its expenses and hospitality policy.

White has now taken up a role with the College of Policing and becomes the organisation’s first ever license to practice manager.

A PFEW spokesperson said: “Federation officers and staff are entitled to claim reasonable expenses, provided they are receipted and represent Federation work.

“Every expense claimed is required to have an explanation as to what the spend is for, and any spend must be in line with the policy.

“Any claimed expense that is considered to be outside the policy becomes a personal expense and the Federation is reimbursed by the individual.”

The payments are understood to have been made using a credit card issued to him by the PFEW.

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