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Country's longest serving Police Constable retires today

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The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) today, Friday, 13 February, bids farewell to the country’s longest serving police officer.

Born in Croydon in 1950, PC Robert ‘Bob’ Brown will be hanging up his hat after 47 years of service after he joined the Met as a police cadet in 1968.

Officers and colleagues formed a guard of honour outside Croydon police station, as Bob arrived for his final tour of duty in a vintage Morris Minor patrol car, which was in service during Bob’s first years as a police officer.

Having been a cadet for a year, which was a paid position at the time, Bob signed up as a trainee police constable a day after his 19th birthday on 17 February, 1969, and went on to spend the next 13 weeks at the Met’s Hendon training school.

Equipped with just a wooden truncheon and a whistle, Bob’s first posting was to West Hampstead, which is now part of Camden borough, where he spent 15 years on the local beat and crime squad.

Police technology was limited in 1969, and the main form of communication was via police boxes, made world-famous by Dr. Who, inside which was a telephone linked directly to the local station. Bob, like all officers at that time, had to ring in every two hours to report that he was safe and receive his duties for the next two hours.

Over the years, Bob served at stations in Harrow Road (Brent), Norbury, Addington and Sutton, before joining Croydon borough in the late nineties, where he has remained since.

He has also been involved in some of London’s most well-known cases and incidents, during a career that has spanned six decades. In 1973, Bob was one of the first officers on the scene when ‘Carlos the Jackal’ shot the then-Marks and Spencer boss, Joseph Sieff. He also supported the Met’s Special Branch during the arrest of Astrid Proll in 1978, who was part of the notorious revolutionary terrorist group, the Baader-Meinhoff gang.

In 1981, Bob faced bricks, bottles and burning building during the first Brixton riot, spending almost 72 hours on duty, save for a few short breaks. And over the years, he has been on duty at nearly every edition of one of London’s most colourful and vibrant events; the Notting Hill Carnival.

One of Bob’s darkest hours in the police service was on 8 February, 1994, when he responded to an armed robbery at a sub-post office in New Addington along with three other colleagues, including Sergeant Derek Robertson. Tragically, Sergeant Robertson was stabbed and murdered by the robbers. Bob bravely tried to give Derek first aid and watched on as medics tried in vain to save Derek’s life.

Last week, Bob was given one of the highest honours bestowed to police, when he received the Queen’s Police Medal. Bob attended the special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday, 6 February, where he was awarded the medal by HRH, the Queen, in recognition of the 47 years he has dedicated to keeping London and Londoners safe.

In his retirement, Bob is planning to finally move away from London and will be heading to Yorkshire, where he plans to spend more time with his family in the area.

Croydon Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Tarrant said:

“Bob Brown has dedicated 47 years to public service and deserves all the recognition that goes with being the country’s longest serving police officer.

“It is only fitting that Bob should complete his career in the area that he was born in. An operational officer virtually to the end of his career, Bob will be missed by all his friends and colleagues.

“Croydon Police Station won’t be the same without Bob working here.”

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Man who Brutally kicked woman down stairs is beaten up in jail

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A manhunt was launched last year after a woman was brutally kicked down the stairs of a metro station, justice caught up with him and he was jailed. Now he has been subjected to a violent attack in jail.

Svetoslav Stoykov aged 28 carried out a random and vicious attack on a woman in October 2016, at the Hermannstrasse metro station.

His motive for the attack still remains unclear, Stoykov was sentenced to two years and 11 months in jail for the attack on the woman.

But now one year later while at Berlin’s Heidering Prison he has himself become the victim of a violent attack.

Last Friday, some other inmates at the prison hid their faces with T-shirts and rushed into Stoykov’s cell to attack him after a prison guard opened his cell door at at 4.05pm.

Stoykov had apparently been relaxing on a couch at the time, and was beaten by a group of prisoners who quickly dispersed.

Attack on the Woman

The shocking footage was released and a manhunt was launched after Stoykov was seen holding a bottle and smoking as he sneaks down four steps behind his victim and then kicks her forcing her to fall several feet to the bottom of the staircase.

The woman smacked her face against the surface of the train station floor Stoykow walks back up the steps and strolls away leaving his victim lifeless and laid on the ground.

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10K raised to support police officers seriously injured in Brent

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Within just 9 hours, £10K has been raised to support two Met Police Officers who are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

A crowdfunding page set up by a close friend of Chris and Sam has now been set up and has raised £10K within less than 9 hours of the appeal launching with the aim of the page to provide support for both officers.

Police have arrested three people including the driver of the car and he is now under investigation, due to this very little details can be released.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Daryl Asprey set up the Go Fund Me page and wrote “This page has been set up to raise funds for two police colleagues Chris and Sam who have suffered very serious injuries when they were struck by a vehicle whilst on duty in Brent on Sunday 17th December 2017.

“There is an ongoing police investigation and only limited information can be provided on this page

“This is the season of good will and giving, so please dig deep and give as much or as little as you can afford. Every little donation, will I’m sure, be greatly received by our friends who will need considerable support for some time into the future.”

Please consider adding your donation to the crowdfunding page.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information that may assist police should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton on 020 8991 9555 or via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Two police officers in critical condition after being hit by a car

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Two Met Police Officers are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

The Police Officers have been named only as Chris and Sam have now had over £10K raised to support them on GoFundMe.

Police have arrested three people including the driver.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Police placed a cordon at the scene which has now been lifted.

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