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Greater Manchester Police Officer Jailed

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On Friday 7 February 2014, Robert Carroll (born 07/05/1973), of the Holmfirth area, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square to 14 months in prison.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of theft (in relation to the theft of a police baton and CS Gas spray) and misconduct in public office.

Jermaine White (born 07/10/1988) of Gibson Street, Huddersfield pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. At an earlier hearing, he pleaded guilty to possession of a section 5 (1b) prohibited article (CS gas spray) and possession of a Class B controlled drug.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

On 3 May 2012, a drugs warrant was executed at Carroll’s home address by officers from GMP’s Counter Corruption Unit.

No drugs were found but his mobile telephone was seized.

Carroll returned to work on 16 July 2012, and was placed on restricted duties.

Examination of his mobile phone revealed evidence of his drug use and further examination of his billing showed a high amount of contact to an unregistered telephone number, later attributed to Jermaine White.

In what was a seemingly unconnected investigation at the time, West Yorkshire Police executed a warrant on 2 July 2012, at White’s home in Huddersfield. During the search 17 small cannabis plants were seized along with a CS canister and a police baton.

The CS canister which is a prohibited weapon had been issued to a GMP officer in 2002 and the police baton had been issued to Carroll by GMP in 2009.

On 28 July 2012, Carroll took a police car without consent and drove it to Huddersfield to meet up with White in an attempt to buy heroin. He had not sought authority to leave work or to use a police vehicle.

He returned to work and a short time later he left again this time driving his own car and drove again to Huddersfield to meet up with White.

On 30 August 2012, further drugs warrants were executed by the Counter Corruption Unit at both White and Carroll’s addresses.

Carroll was arrested and subsequently placed police bail and suspended from duty.

19 packages of crack cocaine and five paper packages containing heroin were seized at White’s house along with over £500 in cash.

He was not present but handed himself in a few days later.

Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley said: “Whatever personal mitigation Carroll may have, it is not an excuse for such a wanton abuse of his position as a police officer.

“When someone becomes a police officer, they take an oath to protect the public and quite clearly, Carroll failed in that public duty.

“Carroll’s drug addiction significantly clouded his judgement, so much so that he passed a prohibited weapon to a drug dealer in exchange for drugs.

“He also seriously neglected his duties as a police officer leaving the station while on duty and the force area so he could attempt to buy drugs from Jermaine White.

“That is not the sort of behaviour the public, or Greater Manchester Police, expects from a serving officer and as a result, not only has he now been convicted of a number of serious offences, but he has lost his reputation and the respect of his colleagues.

“Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Branch is here to protect the public. The branch has a crucial role to play in ensuring that officers and staff uphold the very highest standards of behaviour and when there is evidence of criminality or misconduct, we will take action.

“We must always remember that we police with the consent of the public, so I want to both warn officers and staff, and reassure our communities, that if we uncover any evidence of any GMP employees engaging in criminal activities or committing misconduct, that we will carry out a thorough investigation and regardless of rank or position, we will pursue these matters through the courts.”

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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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