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Topping out of Metropolitan Police Hendon Training facility

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Deputy Mayor and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Celebrate Topping Out of New Police Training Facility at Hendon.

On Friday, 13 March the Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh, celebrated a major milestone in the ongoing work to create a world class police training facility in London, as the Peel Centre in Hendon reached the tallest point of construction.

The £70 million redevelopment is being financed by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) through the sale of under-used and outdated police buildings. The retained site will see the creation of a new world class training and operational facility, fit for 21st century policing and flexible to accommodate the changing requirements of the police service in the future.

Principal contractor Mace, a British-owned international construction and consultancy company, reached the significant construction milestone on schedule as work continues apace for delivery in 2016.

The construction programme will provide the fourth generation of facilities for the MPS, reflecting the ever-changing demands and continued modernisation of the site.

The facility, which has been used by the MPS since the 1930s will, when complete, deliver 21,500sq metre of office and training space and enable over 1,200 students to be trained at any one time, supporting the growth of the MPS.

The site will also include the relocation of the Peel statue within a new parade ground and the creation of a new Memorial Garden which will sit at the heart of the new development, and deliver significant ongoing savings, with annual running costs reduced by over 50 per cent from £11m to £5m per annum.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: “I am delighted that this new training facility is taking shape and will soon be able to support the continued evolution of the Met.

“The new Hendon will provide specially designed spaces, using the latest technology, that will give us a world-class working and learning environment which delivers real savings so we can better protect front-line services.”

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, said: “A growing capital city with new and emerging public safety challenges needs to invest in the future and this new training facility will be key to developing the police officers of tomorrow. The Met Police deserve a world-class training facility and today marks a key milestone in the creation of the new Peel Centre at Hendon. This ambitious redevelopment will create a modern facility at the heart of the community in Hendon, and once complete, the Peel Centre will deliver major savings that will allow the Met to invest more resources into technology to strengthen frontline policing.”

Mark Reynolds, Chief Executive of Mace, said: “Mace is very proud to have been working with the Metropolitan Police for over a decade. In that time we have delivered various projects including a refurbishment at New Scotland Yard. Our latest partnership at 109 Lambeth Road and Hendon will provide the Metropolitan Police with world-class facilities that will equip them for the changing requirements of a modern police service. I would like to congratulate the project team at Hendon on reaching this tremendous milestone, as we now look forward to building completion in 2016.”

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The Wesley Nightclub in Hartlepool is ablaze

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An area of Hartlepool town centre has been closed as flames rip through the former Wesley nightclub.

Police and Fire Fighters were quickly on the scene of the blaze at the former Wesley Nightclub and Chruch in Hartlepool.

The Grade II Listed Building has stood empty for a number of years and is a very iconic building within Hartlepool.

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Trevor Sherwood Police Hour editor said “The flames are reaching 20ft in the air and a large number of fire appliances are on the scene loud explosions can be heard from inside the building”

“I arrived on scene just before the first fire appliance  got there, loud bangs could be heard from inside and the fire quickly took hold”

“It was over 30 minutes before Cleveland Fire could get a hose safely on the building as they needed an aerial platform”.

Hugh flames can be seen for several miles as firefighters tackle the blaze. It took Firefighters almost 30 minutes before they were able to get a hose onto the fire which seemed to be mainly on the roof of the building with flames up to 20ft.

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Firefighters have been called to a blaze at the former Wesley nightclub and church in Wesley Square, Hartlepool.

The Wesley Chruch opened n 1872 and became an iconic image within Hartlepool sadly the church closed in 1973 and later reopened as a nightclub in the early 2000s and then later a gym complex.

The business was closed and has been empty for over 10 years left to fall to bits with many people within Hartlepool hoping the building could be brought back to life.

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Cleveland Fire Brigade was alerted to the fire just after 9pm and with a large number of fire appliances being sent the scene.

Cleveland Police assisted the fire brigade by enforcing a number of road closures on Victoria Road and Raby Road.

We have contacted Cleveland Fire Brigade for comment.

Members of the public are being warned to keep their windows shut as thick smoke is billowing across the centre of Hartlepool.

Cleveland Police have released a statement “Officers have been called to a report of a fire at an empty building known as the Wesley Nightclub on Victoria Road in Hartlepool on Saturday 9th December”

“Police are currently on scene with Cleveland Fire Brigade and it is believed no one is injured at this time.”

“Victoria Road and Wesley Square are currently closed and people are advised to avoid these areas until further notice.”

Anyone who may have witnessed what happened leading up to the fire is requested to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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On-Duty Police Constable James Dixon has sadly died

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It is with great sadness that we report the death of Police Constable James Dixon and a 91-year-old woman following an incident on the A4 in Berkshire.

PC James Dixon died after the police motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Bath Road near Hare Hatch at 13:50 GMT.

The pensioner was a passenger in the car and was killed while the driver was rushed to hospital.

Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named.

The road will remain closed for the remainder of Tuesday.

PC Dixon was a highly respected police

Officer of Thames Valley Police

A force spokesman said officers remained at the scene of the collision and had advised motorists to avoid the area.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time.

“IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which lead to the collision.”

PC Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station, near Reading.

Police said the injuries of the driver involved are “not thought to be life threatening”.

Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named Please Donate now even if it’s just £5. 

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MI5 have prevented nine terror attacks this year

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MI5 have prevented nine terrorist attacks within the United Kingdom in the past year, its boss has told Downing Street officials.

They have also prevented a total of 13 terror attacks within the last four years Andrew Parker head of MI5 has confirmed.

Mr Parker told Theresa May that the defeat of Islamic State in Syria did not mean that the terrorist threat was over.

Mr Parker warned that social media was the new tool being used to incite terror attacks across the world.

Mr Parker has released the figures ahead of the publication of an investigation of the security services and police amid the wave of increased terror attacks within the UK.

The review looks at whether MI5 and counter terror cops could have prevented the five successful terror attacks within the UK.

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