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Fantastic, @GwentPolice announce new initiative to support @SSAFA

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Gwent Police has reinforced its commitment to colleagues from the armed services and their families by announcing a new partnership and initiative with the Forces charity SSAFA.
The Force has worked closely with the Gwent branch of SSAFA, the oldest military charity in the country, to produce a short film and other resources for police officers and staff to better understand the challenges that are sometimes faced by veterans and their families readjusting to civilian life.

These challenges can often leave former service personnel and their families vulnerable and can lead to the abuse of alcohol and drugs, violence and can also result in homelessness. The resources will form part of Police officers training days, which they undertake every 10 weeks, and will help officers signpost veterans and their families to services and support which is available to them through organisations such as SSAFA.

 Chief Superintendent Rhiannon Kirk commented:

“Gwent Police is committed to supporting colleagues from the armed services, some of whom experience real hardships and challenges when they leave the military. It’s not about putting special services in place or treating veterans differently, it’s about understanding the often complex needs of veterans as they readjust to civilian life.
“The initiative will help officers signpost former service personnel to the raft of support which is available to them. Having put themselves on the line to protect our country the very least we can do is help them when they are at their most vulnerable .”
The initiative is being fully supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and will complement the commitment which has already been made by Gwent Police in signing the Armed Forces military covenant in 2013. The covenant aims to encourage all agencies within our community to offer support to the local Armed Forces community and make it easier for Service personnel, families and veterans to access the help and support available from the Ministry of Defence (MOD), from statutory providers and from the Charitable and Voluntary Sector. 
Chris Kirk who is the Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Coordinator for the Gwent branch of SSAFA added: “ I am delighted to be given the opportunity to be involved with Gwent Police in the design and implementation of this initiative. As a former Soldier and Gwent Police officer I realise the value and impact this initiative will bring to the Armed Forces communities of Gwent.”
To mark Armed Forces Day tomorrow (Saturday 27 June) Chief Superintendent Rhiannon Kirk will be joining volunteers from SSAFA at a fundraising event in the ASDA store in Duffryn.

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Hospital turn off life support machine because family couldn’t pay £7k bill

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The family of British man have been left devastated and furious after an Egyptian hospital because staff switched off his life support without their permission.

Despite this the hospital claim Adrian King suffered cardiac arrest however his family have told the local courts it’s because they didn’t have the money to pay a £7k insurance bill.

Adrian aged 39 became ill while he was on holiday with his friend in Hurghada, on Egypt’s east coast.

All of a sudden he fell unconscious and was being treated in hospital, during his time in hospital it was discovered his insurance policy have been voided and they demanded an upfront payment while he laid on his death bed.

The inquest heard how the insurance was void as he had not declared a bacterial infection he had within his stomach two years before his holiday.

Adrian’s dad Charles Bumford told the hearing: “A man at the hospital stood in my son’s room and told me: ‘The insurance is null and void – you pay now or I switch off the machines.’

“I didn’t have the £7,000 ($9,800) he was asking for at that time. As he walked out of the room he started switching things off.”

Charles added that he tried contacting the hospital ’50 times’ but he never received an answer. The friend Adrian was with at the time, Nicola, was similarly confused by the situation occurring in the medical facility.

“They did the second dialysis and then said that the insurance was voided,” she told the inquest.

“They never said he had a cardiac arrest or anything, they said it was stopping, because the funding was stopped.”

Our thoughts are with the family of Adrian at this difficult time.

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Woman arrested after leaving move your vehicle note on ambulance attending 999 call

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Police have taken a zero tolerance approach to a woman who left a note on an ambulance.

The note left paramedics disgusted police have now confirmed they have arrested a woman after the abusive note was left on an ambulance demanding it parked somewhere else while it was attending a 999 emergency call.

The note stated ‘I couldn’t give a s**t if the whole street collapsed”

The crew were also verbally abused while attending the emergency call while attempting to deal with an ongoing medical incident on Sunday afternoon.

Now a 26-year-old Tunstall woman has been arrested for public order offences.

Chief Inspector John Owen, commander of Staffordshire Police’s Stoke-on-Trent North policing team, tweeted about the incident.

He added: “We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our emergency services. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take appropriate action against offenders.

“The arrest relates to matters of verbal abuse that could constitute offences under the Public Order Act. This is not solely about the note.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesman confirmed the force took action after seeing details reported on Twitter.

The woman remains in police custody and enquiries are on-going.

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Jon Venables Reportedly Attacked With Boiling Water By Fellow Inmate

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Jon Venables attacked with boiling water by a fellow inmate. 

Jon Venables, one of the schoolboys who murdered James Bulger in 1993 has been attacked in prison after an image was released on social media.

Venables who is now aged 35 was attacked with boiling water and sugar after a fellow inmate managed to work out his identity.

Venables have been living under a fake name since 2001 and was sent back to jail having broken the conditions of his release and being found guilty of child pornography.

Venables was banned from travelling back to Liverpool but he had been attending music events and going to Everton Football matches.

He was later found to be in possession of cocaine and was also having a relationship with an underage girl.

Prison Officers were forced to place Venables on lockdown after his identity was revealed and he was attacked with boiling water and sugar.

it is alleged that Venables complained that guards did nothing at first to stop the attack from happening and offered him little help once he had been assaulted.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to Police Hour that “incidents of this nature happen within prisons and we cannot discuss the nature of individual cases”

Now that the true identity of Venables is known within side the prison after images have been circulated among inmates it will be inevitable that another attack will happen.

Venables is currently serving a three-year sentence for child pornography offences and possession of 1,170 images of children which included babies.

It is believed inmates have been circulating images of Venables from prison to prison in the hope that one prisoner can identity him.

Facebook and Twitter this month removed images from their social media websites of various men who people claimed was Venables.

It is a criminal offence to name or identity Venables on social media due to an anonymity order granted in 2001 that prevents him from ever being named or identified.

Due to the nature of his repeat offending there is mounting pressure to scrap that order in order to prevent further children being targeted.

However due to the nature of Venables sick attack these orders are likely never to be removed.

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