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Special Constable becomes the first Special Dog Handler

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A Special Constable from Bedfordshire has overcome Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and a double lung transplant to become the UK’s first ever Special Constable dog handler. Special Constable John Power, 30, has volunteered with Bedfordshire Police for eight years.

 John was diagnosed with CF when he was only a year old. Throughout his childhood and teens, he endured several spells in hospital. Thanks to medication and lifestyle management, his health did not start to deteriorate until 2011, when he began to struggle to walk upstairs without stopping for breath.

 As a result, John took on a non-operational role with Bedfordshire’s Special Constabulary whilst still working his day job in Bedfordshire Police’s Force Control Room, and facing an unsure wait on the transplant waiting list.

 While he was non-operational, John worked with two explosive-detection search handlers and their dogs at Luton Airport, helping to test the dog’s ability to detect explosives. It was this experience which led him to explore the possibility of whether, as a Special Constable, he could specialise in this area.

 In 2012, John received a life-changing double lung transplant, allowing him to get back on the beat. Once back to full health and with the support of senior staff at Bedfordshire Police, John was accepted onto a training course in Surrey with Charlie, the three year old black Labrador.

 Earlier this year John and Charlie successfully completed their training and Charlie is now a fully licenced proactive explosive search dog. The duo will work in the county searching for explosives, and carrying out checks prior to VIP visits.

 John says: “My lung transplant changed my life completely and I feel lucky to be back on duty. I am doing things which I never thought would be possible, so I am making the most of every opportunity.

 “It’s an honour to be the UK’s first Special Constable dog handler. I think it’s great that, as a volunteer, I am able to specialise in this area. Being a Special is my way of giving something back to my community and I hope I can inspire others to do the same.

 “Before I started training with Charlie, I had him for three months so we could bond. Before our course we did some basic training with the dog handlers at Luton Airport to get him ready. He is a fantastic dog with great motivation and he loves his work.”

Wayne Humberstone, Specials Chief Officer for Bedfordshire Special Constabulary commented: “From speaking to other dog schools we understand that no other Special Constable has been trained as a specialist dog handler before. This is a huge achievement for John, and helps us achieve Our Vision of becoming a well-respected, high-performing, efficiently run police service working together to protect people, fight crime and keep Bedfordshire safe.”

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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