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The Met Police making final preparations for Safe and Secure Wimbledon Tennis Championships

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With one of Britain’s biggest sporting events beginning on Monday, 29 June, the Met is putting into place its final preparations to support The All England Lawn Tennis Club in delivering a safe and secure Championships.
The Met is well versed in policing sporting events across the Capital, dealing with a number of planned events throughout the year.
The planning team has been preparing for this event throughout the year and will be drawing on its extensive experience to ensure that this annual event will be safe and secure for all those attending.
With this year’s Championships scheduled to take place a week later than usual to allow the players sufficient rest following the end of the French Open, the Met, working very closely with the All England Club, have used the additional time to ensure that the most effective police plan for this two-week sporting tournament is in place.
A range of policing tactics will be used to make sure the Met fully plays its part in keeping this year’s Championships secure. This will include extra officers on duty patrolling the local area, road closures and a highly mobile reserve that can respond to emerging incidents. Officers will be working in uniform and in plain clothes during the event.
One of our priorities is making sure that local residents in Merton continue to receive the same policing as usual during the course of The Championships and we have liaised with partners, to minimise disruption to residents and local communities.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Macleod, the local Borough Commander said:
“The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are a regular feature in our calendar and one of the great British sporting events which we are ready to police.
“At the conclusion of last year’s Championships the Met’s planning team started preparing for this year’s tournament. We have reflected on previous operational plans and amended these where necessary to ensure we deliver a safe and secure Championships for 2015.
“This year’s event will be policed to a level proportionate with the current threat level. We have worked closely in partnership with the All England Club and other partner agencies to ensure the Championships can be enjoyed by all those attending.
“The Championships draw not just a large proportion of Londoners to SW19, but people from all over the country and the world travel to watch the event as well.
“Like any major event with large crowds, they attract a small number of opportunist criminals who like to operate in busy environments. We remind everyone attending The Championships to take extra care of their property, especially handbags, wallets and mobile phones. Please keep your valuables and other items secure and with you at all times.
“Staff from the All England Club, security and police officers will be visible throughout the grounds and anyone who sees anything suspicious should approach us with their concerns.
“We will be making full use of Twitter this year to provide up-to-date information concerning the policing of this event and visitors to The Championships are encouraged to follow.
”Normal policing service in the borough will continue throughout the duration of the tournament and I would like to reassure our local residents and communities that Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be providing a visible presence and will be able to address any concerns you may have.”

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Nine-year-old boy locked in safe during game of hide and seek

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A Nine-year-old boy became trapped in a safe during a game of hide and seek at his grandfathers home in Berlin.

He had to be rescued by firefighters after he hid inside the sade. He was playing with his little brother at home in Lichterfelde, Berlin.

Believing he has found the perfect hiding place the boy went inside the unused safe and closed the door locking himself in.

The boy was playing with his little brother at the home in Lichterfelde, Berlin, when he found the ultimate hiding place.

His hiding place was eventually found but his grandfather was the only person who knew the code for the safe and he was away.

They could not get in contact with him and called for help from the local fire brigade.

They tested family birthdays for three hours in the hope they’d crack the code while pumping oxygen into the safe via a tiny crack.

As a specialist team arrived who was able to cut the safe open they managed to enter a successful six-digit code.

Firefighters say the child remained calm throughout the ordeal and was shocked but unharmed.

Berlin firefighter Thomas Kirstein said it was a happy ending and super early Christmas present.

Hopefully, he won’t be hiding in there again and in future, they’ll be keeping the door shut because this incident could have been very different.

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URGENT APPEAL: TAKES 2 seconds to Share £100K Reward to find Missing Corrie Mckeague

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Corrie Mckeague has been missing since September

We need your help to share this appeal far and wide, it only takes 2 seconds to share.

Corrie’s mum faces a second Christmas without knowing what has happened to her son or where he is.

If you know what happened to Corrie you must come forward, if you are hiding information about what has happened to Corrie.

Someone out there must know what happened to missing Corrie Mckeaue. Please share this as far and wide as possible one person out there must know what happened or where Corrie is.

We are urging you to share this appeal as far and as wide as possible. We must know what happened to Corrie and ensure those who know are brought to justice.

His mum and brothers are now facing their second Christmas without Corrie, having met his newborn baby. He has simply vanished.

A £100K reward has been offered to find missing Airman Corrie Mckeaue who has been missing since September 2016

23-year-old Corrie Disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September 2016.

Police have now finished searching a landfill site for his body and have found no trace of Corrie within the landfill.

Officers say they have “no further realistic search opportunities” at the moment.

Businessman Colin Davey has now doubled his £50K reward to £100K.

Corrie’s mother Nicola Urquhart shared the news of the reward on the ‘Find Corrie’ Facebook page.

She is ‘begging anyone with information’ to come forward.

“Today, Colin Davey has increased the reward for information that leads to Corrie being found to £100,000.

“I would fail miserably if I tried to find the words that describe how I feel about Colin’s generosity. We can never thank him enough.

“I would beg ANYONE who has information no matter how small they think it may be to come forward. There may be someone out there that thought that because the police were so sure Corrie was in the landfill that there information was not important so never came forward. Please do it now.

“If you have already left details with the police but feel you have not been taken seriously or ‘re contacted, please get back in touch with them and ask what they have done and if they need further information from you.

“Corrie is not in the landfill so something else has happened. It is impossible to evaporate one of these theories we have had from the start now must be what has happened. Please please help me to get as much information to the police as possible. Someone out there knows something.”

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Four Iraqis win damages against MoD following their treatment during invasion

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Four Iraqi Citizens have won a high court damages against the Ministry of Defence.

The case was relating to their ill treatment and unlawful detention during the invasion of Iraq.

It was heard that they were unlawfully imprisoned and ill-treated by British armed forces.

The Judge ruled that all four would be entitled to compensation under the Human Rights Act with one of those men being awarded more than £30K.

After Mr Justice Leggatt’s ruling, lawyers said the result of the four test cases could form the basis of settlement of more than 600 unresolved claims in what is known as the Iraqi Civilian Litigation.

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