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Body of Kester David was found badly burnt and dumped under a railway bridge

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Detectives investigating the unexplained death in 2010 of a man in Palmers Green have today, Thursday 5 March launched a new appeal for help and information.

The badly-burnt body of Kester David was found under a railway bridge in Broomfield Lane, N13 on Wednesday, 7 July 2010. Police believe he died in the early hours of that day. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as burns and inhalation of fumes.

Officers are keen to trace two sets of potential witnesses:

1) At about 02:30hrs on Wednesday, 7 July 2010, two men, one in a grey hoody, were seen in an alleyway near Maple Leaf Court, on the other side of the railway line to where Kester was found.

The man wearing the hoody appeared to be squeezing through a fence (not the railway fence) into the alleyway that runs at the side of Maple Leaf Court. Both men then walked to the right behind a red brick building.

In order to reach where Kester was found, they would have had to then mount anti-climb fencing next to the railway line, cross the line and tackle another anti-climb fence.

Nevertheless, detectives are keen to trace these men in case they have any information useful to the investigation.

2) Two men, described as white, around 5ft 8ins to 5ft 11ins and of average build, were seen walking across Morrisons’ car park at 03:45hrs that day. They walked towards the far corner where there were charity recycling bins. There was also an anti-climb fence separating Morrisons’ car park from Travis Perkins yard next door.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, who is leading the investigation for the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:

“Were these two separate groups of men? Or in fact the same people seen on two occasions that night?

“Even with the passage of time, I believe those individuals will recognise themselves from their actions, location and the significant appeals we have made around Kester’s death.

“I would like to make it clear that my priority is investigating the circumstances of Kester’s death. I am really keen to speak to you – you may not realise that you hold important information that would assist my investigation.

“Do you know anything or do you recognise yourself from the information given?”

Officers are also still anxious to trace Kester’s missing mobile phone.

His Blackberry Curve 8520 has never been found. It was used, i.e. at least switched on, on 14 and 15 July 2010 in the general vicinity of Wood Green shopping centre and on 22 July around the area of Whittington Hospital. It would have been locked so no calls could be made. It has not been used since.

DCI McHugh added: “It may be that someone found the Blackberry or was given it and has since thrown it in a drawer and forgotten all about it or passed it to someone else.

“We need to find Kester’s phone and the easiest way to identify it is via the IMEI number, found on a sticker underneath the battery. Please check if you found or were given a Blackberry 8520 and it was locked or did not work.”

The IMEI number of Kester’s phone is 35943003791209.

Detectives are also reiterating previous appeals made during the course of the investigation.

Two days before Kester’s death, a relative called Kester on his BlackBerry mobile phone. A man who wasn’t Kester answered the phone. Police are also still keen to trace this person and if it was perhaps one of his work colleagues.

Officers are also still anxious for the author of an email sent to police to come forward.
Two weeks after Kester’s death, police from an Enfield Safer Neighbourhoods team received an email from someone calling themselves ‘Sharon Clarke’, who appeared to have known Kester well. Sharon claimed to know who was responsible for Kester’s death. Police urgently need to hear from this person.

Kester Michael David was born on 6 July 1957 in Grenada and turned 53 the day before his death. He moved to the UK in 1975 aged 17. From 1997 Kester lived in Russell Avenue, Wood Green, N22.

Kester was a part-time bus driver with Arriva working from the Wood Green depot. He had a passion for DJ-ing as DJ Bain in the Soca (Soul Calypso) music scene. Kester was very health conscious and an active member of Virgin Gym in Wood Green.

For a period in early 2010 he worked for an internet radio station in Stoke Newington called Lynx Radio using the name DJ Bain. Kester’s mother describes him as loving and caring.

If you have any information about Kester’s death, please call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Kerry Blakeman & CMPG in UK’s first motorway policing 360 video streamed LIVE

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Thousands of people viewed the amazing 360 footage from a police car responding to a live incident on the motorway.

While officers responded to the incident viewers followed live from inside of the police car with the latest 360 video which was streamed live.

The broadcast with the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG) was shared across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and went down very well with viewers.

In a number of Live videos shared insightful inside content which included LIVE motorway patrol and responding to an urgent incident on blue lights.

CMPG look after the region’s motorways alongside Highways England , 365 days a year 24/7 which includes West Midlands, West Mercia and Staffordshire.

The series of videos took viewers out on patrol with motorway cops, giving them a 360 degree look at how officers respond to an incident on the region’s motorways.

The 360 video streamed LIVE on Periscope for Twitter and received more than 13,100 views.

Operations Chief Inspector Kerry Blakeman, head of CMPG Dean Hatton and Highways England Manager Frank Bird also answered questions throughout the night from followers about a range of topics.

Viewers were also shown how the force is educating drivers on how drink, drugs and tiredness can have an effect on driver’s perception through a simulator funded by BDV recovery.

The award-winning close pass initiative was also demonstrated by PCs Hodson and Hudson who have been nominated for an award in this year’s police Twitter awards.

Members of the public really enjoyed the 360 interactive videos and commented on how fascinating the work was that is being carried out.

Throughout the course of the evening, the live broadcasts were viewed more than 92,000 times and the posts reached more than 266,000 people across all of the force’s social media networks.

Kerry Blakeman said: “We were overwhelmed with the support from members of the public and happy that we could show our followers an insight into how CMPG police the region’s motorways as well as a range of other things to keep the public safe.

“CMPG are a crucial resource that help us serve and protect the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“We’ll continue to innovatively use social media to reach as many people as possible and share the good work that all our officers and staff do on a daily basis.”

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Norfolk Police are scrapping the role of PCSO to save £1.6 Million

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Norfolk Police has today announced they are the first police force within the United Kingdom to scrap the role of PCSO.

Following one of the most extensive reviews within the history of Norfolk Police 150 police staff will be impacted.

As of a review which was launched in 2015 called ‘Norfolk 2020’ which looked as ways to develop the best way that the constabulary could deliver effective and efficient policing against unprecedented increases in complex crimes such as adult and child abuse, sexual offences and cyber-crime, while achieving £10m of savings before 2020.

In Conclusion of the report, it has now been announced that there was a need for investment in detective resources and creating facilities to match the increaase demand within the safeguarding and investigations command.

The complete removal of Police Community Support Officers impacting 150 staff resulting in a reduction in the neighbourhood resources.

Increasing the number of Frontline police officers by 81 and creating a pro-active policing model.

Finally 7 public enquiry offices front counter services along with the closure of 7 police stations across Norfolk.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “These are radical plans which come at a critical time when the police service is facing unparalleled growth in complex crime together with reduced policing budgets.

“I’ve always been clear that meeting this challenge would be a turning point for the police service and that we would have to change the way we work in order to meet rising demand.

“The plans announced today, I believe, will deliver the most responsive police service for Norfolk, meeting the needs of our communities while protecting the most vulnerable people in our society.

“We must also ensure that the constabulary continues to deliver against the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan and national policing demands.

“This has been the most extensive review in the force’s history. Adapting our existing structure was not an option which has resulted in plans that include the removal of the PCSO role within neighbourhood policing, reduction of Public Enquiry Offices and police station closures.

“These are difficult decisions and I’m acutely aware of the impact this will have on individuals directly affected and the communities they serve. Change on this scale is challenging but my priority as ever is to make sure we continue to deliver a responsive, relevant and viable police service for the people of Norfolk.”

Investment in detective resources and facilities to match increase and demand (Safeguarding and Investigations Command)

Norfolk has seen unprecedented increases in complex crimes. These crimes are of a serious nature; rape, sexual offences, adult and child abuse, indecent images, drugs and serious violence as well as cyber-crime.

The force has already invested heavily in the Safeguarding and Investigations Command in a bid to meet demand and the 2020 proposed changes will see officers and staff increased in this area by 31 FTE (9 Officers and 22 Staff)

To further improve the way these crimes are investigated, Norfolk’s new policing model will see two new investigation centres built in the east and west of the county. The new centres, based in Broadland Gate and Swaffham area, are due to be opened during 2019, and will have the necessary equipment and facilities to investigate these crimes more efficiently and effectively.

Centralising detective resources in two key locations will enhance the force’s ability to respond to increasing demand, ensuring complex enquiries sit with the right staff and therefore free-up frontline officers to focus on local policing.

The new buildings will also provide a more efficient and cost-effective solution in comparison to maintaining some of the force’s current estates.

Reduction in neighbourhood resources with removal of PCSO role

PCSOs have given outstanding service to communities in Norfolk since the role was introduced in 2002.

The force has reviewed everything that frontline officers and PCSOs can deliver, including their powers, duties, entitlements and the average annual cost of each, which is no longer significantly different.

PCSOs are not permitted to arrest, process or interview prisoners. The role also has limitations in respect of shift cover, use of police cars for pursuit or deployment to situations where there is likely to be a confrontation.

Therefore, the force plans to remove all 150 PCSO roles, with formal staff consultation beginning today (Thursday 19 October).

Increase in police officers and pro-active policing

The removal of PCSOs contributes to £1.6m in savings (equivalent to 43 full-time PCSOs) and means the force can increase frontline resources equating to 97 positions supporting frontline policing. These will be a mixture of officers (81) and staff (16).

These officers and staff would be deployed to neighbourhood and pro-active teams, enhancing the force’s ability to react to demand and offer pro-active policing.

Public Enquiry Office (front counter services) and police station closures

Changes are planned to the force’s estates, including a reduction in Public Enquiry Offices (PEOs).

During the review, assessments were carried out at all stations which offer front counter services into how frequently they were used by the public.

The proposal is to close seven out of the force’s ten PEOs. Stations affected are Dereham, Thetford, Cromer, Downham Market, Fakenham, Hunstanton and North Walsham. These stations will remain open as an operational base.

PEOs in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn will remain open. However, Bethel Street will be closed on Sundays to reflect the low usage highlighted in the review.

The proposals also include police station closures at Acle, Coltishall (storage), Caister, Bowthorpe, Tuckswood (specials), Europa Way (storage) and North Lynn.

Officers and staff currently based at police stations in Attleborough, Holt and Reepham will be relocated to share premises with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Staff currently based at Sprowston and Swaffham will be relocated into the new investigation centres.

In the future, the force will also look to renovate or locally relocate Gorleston and Hurricane Way.

 

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Ed Sheeran rushed to hospital after being knocked off bike in London

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Ed Sheeran has been to rushed to hospital after being knocked off his bike in London.

It is believed the singer has suffered a broken arm after he collided with a car in the capital city.

Ed took to Instagram ‘I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows. Please stay tuned for further news. Ed x’

Ed shared this with a picture of his guitar arm in a plaster cast and his other arm in a sling.

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