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Police Control Room To Shut With Loss ofone hundred 999 or 101 jobs

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At a meeting last Thursday (9 July), the Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire agreed to progress proposals for collaboration of their Force Control Rooms.
This is the first contact response function that deals with 101 and 999 calls, evaluates and assesses what should be an appropriate response, deploys officers and staff, and ensures the recording and appropriate early investigation of crime or anti-social behaviour.
Under the proposals, which are subject to staff consultation, the three forces are expected to save £4 million through the collaboration of their public contact functions which include the force control rooms, crime recording teams and support functions.
This will be achieved by introducing new technologies to facilitate digital contact, allowing public access to be improved. Equally, the proposals are about increasing resilience in this function across the three forces.
Collaboration would see the three forces sharing two Control Rooms based in Hinchingbrooke in Cambridgeshire and Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire by March 2017.
The proposals will also see a consistent approach to public contact adopted across the two locations which will offer increased resilience and responsiveness. It will happen on a phased basis and is subject to detailed design to inform staff consultation which will take place over the coming months.
Temporary Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “Budget cuts and the current funding provided to the force have meant that we need to explore new ways of working to make the best use of the resources we have. Working together with our neighbouring forces to deliver collaboration in appropriate areas, along with introducing new technology, the force can better meet the necessary savings without compromising our frontline capabilities. We continue to explore further options to increase efficiencies and improve the effectiveness of our service delivery.
“In Bedfordshire we started working with our new ‘Fast’ and ‘Fixed’ operating model on 22 June and have already seen improvements to the effectiveness of our Control Room function as a result of using a new assessment process called THRIVE. This involves control room staff assessing the Threat, Harm and Risk to the public, of considering Investigative opportunities, identifying potentially vulnerable people and considering Engagement with communities to decide the urgency of our response. It is still early days but we are seeing a reduction in response times and an increase in successful telephone based resolutions.
“With a number of operational functions already shared across the three forces, it makes sense for there to be a consistent approach in the way we manage calls for service and deploy resources.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins said: “Our financial circumstances mean that we have to take some really tough decisions about how to make savings, protect our frontline and invest in service transformation through new technology, all at the same time. I am convinced our three police forces working together is the answer to this conundrum when it comes to the best future for our control rooms, and looking at what we have achieved combining functions such as forensics, major crimes, roads policing, and armed response gives me considerable confidence in this conclusion.”
The three forces have recognised the need to provide the public with alternative ways to contact them and are also exploring ways in which enhanced technology could provide access to key services online.
The ambitious Strategic Alliance between the three forces and Police and Crime Commissioners is an on-going programme of work focusing on collaboration as an effective way of protecting frontline policing which is helping the three forces to meet a predicted funding shortfall of £56.6m between now and 2019/20.
The figure for Bedfordshire is £17.5m. By 2019, it is anticipated that a wide range of further joint operational and organisational support functions will have been established to bring economies of scale and increased resilience.

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Hostages taken by armed man at Nuneaton Bowling Alley

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Armed Police officers are currently dealing with an ongoing hostage situation at a Bowling Alley.

A man armed with a sawn-off shotgun has taken an unknown number of hostages within the complex.

Mehdi Afshar Chief Executive of MFA bowl has confirmed a gunman is holding hostage two members of his staff. It is believed that the suspect is an ex-husband or boyfriend of one of the team members being

Mehdi believes that the suspect is an ex-husband or boyfriend of one of his team members.

There are only two members of staff unaccounted after the duty manager checked to see if all staff members were accounted for after leaving the building.

Armed police responded to the armed incident at around 3pm on Sunday 22nd October 2017.

The incident is not believed to be terror-related, The gunman is believed to have allowed a number of families to leave the scene suggesting this could be targeted at individual people within the bowling alley.

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Video footage shows a number of armed police officers in a car park at the scene.

 

Warwickshire Police will only confirm they are currently dealing with an “ongoing incident”. and that there is an incident within the MFA Bowl however they have not confirmed the nature of the incident.

A number of armed officers and police vehicles can be seen within the car park outside of the Subway near to the bowling alley.

A lot of families and young children were within the alley at the time of the incident celebrating birthdays. One eyewitness told Police Hour that the gunman allowed them to leave telling them to go.

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The full area is on lockdown with all roads in and out of the area have been blocked and no one is allowed to leave the Nearby Odeon Cinema located next door to the bowling alley or a nearby soft play centre.

The Air Ambulance has landed near the bowling alley and has since left the location.

West Midlands Ambulance Service are currently on scene and have put in place a major incident plan.

Warwickshire Police are urging people to stay away from the area while they deal with the ongoing situation.

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Urgent Warning over exploding paw patrol soap after boy three in intensive care bath bomb exploded

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Three-year-old boy is currently in a critical condition after a canister of Paw Patrol bath foam exploded while he was having a bath

The product has not been recalled, however, we would urge all parents to think twice when thinking about using this product.

The little tot is currently being cared for at Belfast’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children last night.

The little boy has burns to the outside and inside of his body, it is believed he was in the bath with his Paw Patrol Foam soap and it suddenly exploded.

The boy who has not been named was rushed to hospital on blue lights in a critical condition.

A spokesman for the Belfast Trust said the little boy is “in the children’s intensive care unit and his condition is critical”.

Nickelodeon confirmed that they had heard about the incident and that they were investigating the matter.

Confirming “We are terribly sorry to hear about this dreadful incident and we are gathering more information about the licensed product involved.”

Paw Patrol is an animated TV programme that is broadcast on Nickelodeon and is popular with kids and features six rescue dogs.

But they did not say whether or not the product would be withdrawn from sale.

You can buy the bath foam at a range of high street shops.

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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