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Northumbria Chief Constable Sue Sim announces retirement 



Northumbria’s Chief Constable, Sue Sim,has announced her retirement after 30 years of service.

Sue joined Merseyside Police in 1985 as agraduate entrant, progressing through the ranks in both uniform and CIDroles.

She came to Northumbria in 2004 as an AssistantChief Constable and was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in 2008. Traditionally,a senior officer can only hold two chief officer posts in one force. However,the Police Authority were so determined to keep Sue in the force that theytook the unprecedented step to ask the Home Secretary for special permissionto allow Sue to apply for the position of Chief. 

When she was appointed in 2011 she was thefirst woman to lead a Metropolitan force.  

Sue is known for her commitment to neighbourhoodpolicing and it has been the cornerstone of how Northumbria has deliveredits service to the public over the last few years. That approach has seenimmense success with the force the best in the country for victim satisfactionand one of the few major metropolitan areas that did not experience publicorder difficulties in the summer of 2011.

She was also fortunate to lead the Associationof Chief Police Officers’ public order portfolio for a number of years,where she provided strategic advice at a national level. 

Sue was honoured with the Queen’s PoliceMedal in 2009 andbecame Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear in 2014.

Sue and her family are settled in the regionthat they now call home. 
“I have always been warmly welcomed by thepublic here,” she explained. “They are incredibly supportive of theirlocal police and we could not achieve the success we do without them.”

This was particularly evident during thesearch for Raoul Moat following the murder of Christopher Brown and shootingof one of her own officers, PC David Rathband.  

“That was one of the most challenging timesof my career and the largest manhunt the country has seen for 44 years.I spent my time out and about reassuring the public and responding to theirquestions. Despite their concerns they never waned in their support forus and I am immensely proud of my officers and staff who went about theirroles fully aware of the threats against them, but determined to supportthe public.  That is British policing at its best, working in partnershipwith those we serve, and is why I am still so passionate about what wedo.”

More recently, Sue has had to manage a reductionof 37% from Northumbria’s budget since 2010 to the end of the ComprehensiveSpending Review  period – amounting to £117million. She has remaineddetermined to retain visible policing in communities and to minimise thenumber of compulsory redundancies for police staff. 

She said: “We have made savings whereverwe can, closed outdated buildings and relocated our teams in the heartof our communities, as well as reducing to three Area Commands. I knowthis has meant some unpopular decisions but that is what leadership isabout and I have never shirked away from those decisions. I have alwayssaid we will deliver our service to the public and maintain our high standards.However, I could not have achieved this without the commitment and supportof my officers and staff. They have been tremendous and I am extremelygrateful to them.”   

She acknowledges there have been other difficultdecisions in recent times. “One was the approach by a crime superintendentabout an intelligence led operation that might never realise any chargesor convictions. I took the step of authorising the operation and have providedcontinued support for it. That was the start of what is now known as OperationSanctuary. 

“This demonstrates us at our best, uniformand investigative colleagues working side by side to address a significantissue that impacts on all our communities.

“Another was the HMIC report into the “nocriming” of some rape investigations. I launched a far reaching operationas it was important to reassure the public that they could have confidenceto report such crime to us. 

“These decisions were absolutely the rightthings to do for the public and victims,” she added. “My motivation hasalways been, and remains, serving the public and keeping victims at theheart of what we do.”

Another highlight has been Operation Dragoon,Northumbria’s far reaching road safety programme which Sue has personallyled. “We have looked at all aspects of road safety and, in particular,raising awareness of young people who are new to driving,” she explained.

“I have been honoured to work with familieswho have lost loved ones on the roads and they have helped us get the messageout about the impact that dangerous driving can have on people’s lives.I am indebted to them for their bravery and selflessness and want to thankthem for all their support.”

Sue also acknowledged the part volunteersplay in policing. “I have always been committed to improving the livesof young people and am extremely proud to have introduced the cadet scheme,allowing young people to learn life skills and help their community. Theyjoin Special Constables who give their time freely and other volunteerswho help us on a daily basis.” 
Sue explained her decision to retire nowand said; “After careful consideration I have decided to retire when Ireach my 30 years service on 3rd June. My family have made many sacrificesto enable me to have such a fantastic career and it is now time to spendmore time with them. I am obviously sad to leave but it is the right timeand I am confident I have left a legacy of high performance that will continue.

“I have been extremely fortunate to havehad a marvellous career and I am as committed to serving the public asI was when I first joined Merseyside Police in 1985. 

“I want to give my sincere thanks to everyonewho has given me their support throughout this incredible journey. In particular,the public, the former Police Authority who trusted me to lead this excellentforce and supported me. I also want to thank the Police and Crime Commissionerwho has worked with me to improve the lives of our communities and victimsof crime. I am also extremely grateful to our local authorities, MPs, councillorsand the many formal and voluntary partner agencies that I have worked with. 

“Most of all I want to thank my officers,staff, special constables and volunteers. They are a credit to Northumbriaand I am confident will continue to provide our communities with the verybest service they can.”



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We want to help you but we know you don’t like us being involved



We know you follow this account and want you to see this, We’ve told you previously that we think you are at risk of domestic abuse from your partner. We know you follow this account and we want you to see this.

Lochaber & Skye Police have penned an emotional letter addressed to ‘a young woman in Skye”.

The official Police Scotland account won the best tweeting police account at the UK-wide Police Tweet Awards in 2016 and could just take the 2017 title as next week.

They went on to say “We want to help you and are doing lots with other agencies to try and keep you safe.

“You might not see us, you might not even like us being involved but we are always thinking about how we can help you.”

“Your family and friends have told you they think you are in danger they support you and want you to be safe”.

“We think he’s probably told you, “it won’t happen again”, “I’m sorry”, “I’ll change”, he’s maybe even told you that it’s your fault – IT’S NOT.”

“The violence, threats, degrading comments and controlling behaviour are not the life you need to lead, it can be better.”

“You are not trapped and you are not alone, we can help you get out, your family and friends can help you get out and Scot Women’s Aid can help you get out.

Call us, come to the Police Station, phone someone, speak to local Women’s Aid worker on 01478613365 or 08000271234.”

“There is no excuse for domestic abuse, help is out there.”

Lochaber & Skye Police then went on to thank everyone for the positive response to the domestic abuse appeal.

They told everyone that the meaning behind it was to “reach-out to anyone who may be at risk”.

Hopefully, by sharing this another young lady, lady or even young man or man could be helped from harm.




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Tragically the Body Gaia Pope has been found she was aged 19



Officers searching for missing teenager Gaia Pope have discovered the body of a woman near Swanage.

The discovery was made at around 3pm today, Saturday 18 November 2017, by specialist search teams near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were located on Thursday 16 November.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Although the body has yet to be formally identified, we are confident that we have found Gaia.

Her family have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers. Our thoughts remain with all of her family and friends at this very traumatic time. They have requested privacy and that we make no further media releases at this point.

“The coroner has been notified and further forensic examination will continue. This will guide the investigation in respect of the circumstances of the death which at this time remains unexplained.

“I would like to thank the community for their support and understanding while this large-scale investigation continues and their efforts in looking for Gaia.

“We have received a huge amount of support from the public who have contacted us with possible sightings of Gaia and items of found clothing. I can confirm that we have recovered all the clothing we believe Gaia was wearing when she disappeared and, with thanks, we no longer require the public to assist with searches.”

Extensive searches have been led by Dorset Police. We have been extensively supported by specialist officers and teams, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, the coastguard, national search advisors, the NPAS helicopter, Dorset Search & Rescue, Wessex 4×4 and the Search & Rescue Dogs Association. Coordinated local volunteers have also assisted in liaison with the police search operation. We would like to thank our partner agencies and volunteers for their support which has led to today’s developments.

Two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, all from Swanage and known to Gaia, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 18:128. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via



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Murder Arrests after disappearance of Gaia Pope aged 19



Murder Detectives have arrested two people following the disappearance of Gaia Pope aged 19 Dorset Police have confirmed.

Cops have not found the body of Gaia however they believe she was murdered.

CCTV Images and transport hubs have been checked no evidence supports that she has left the area this is out of character leading police to believe she has come to harm.

Gaia who was last seen on November 7th she was staying at an address within Swanage when she disappeared on the afternoon of Tuesday 7th November.

Dorset Police launched a major search to find the missing teenager from the Langton Matravers area

This afternoon police carried out warrants at two addresses in Swanage. They arrested a 19-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, both known to Gaia, on suspicion of murder.

Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto of Dorset Police told Police Hour “It has been almost a week since Gaia’s last confirmed sighting and she has not been seen or heard from since.

“We have looked through CCTV that covers the Swanage area, including transport hubs, and there is nothing to suggest she has left the area. Her disappearance is completely out of character and, following our extensive enquiries, we sadly now believe that she may have come to harm.

“We have not yet found Gaia and our searches will continue. I would appeal to anyone who has information about her disappearance to please contact Dorset Police.

“Our specially-trained officers have updated Gaia’s family and are supporting them at this very difficult time.”



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