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Mike Pannett set to announce he is standing for PCC

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After fighting against policing cuts for nearly four years, I am hugely relieved that the government has seen sense in suspending further cuts. However, I’m genuinely appalled that it took a terrorist atrocity in Paris combined with concerns for their political credibility to persuade the Government to do so, rather than genuine concerns about the safety and quality of life of the people
I am not a politician, but I was born and bred in North Yorkshire and my heart and soul is in our County. I have come to a point, as have many, where I simply cannot abide another five years of political nonsense from Westminster. 

This has led to unchallenged Government policy being channelled through a weak Police and Crime Commissioner, and is having a profound effect on the delivery of our local policing in North Yorkshire. 

 I cannot stand by and watch policing levels and capacity regressing back to the 1970’s. We are all sick and tired of being spoon-fed government spin that crime is falling and all is well in frontline policing. 

This simply isn’t what we are experiencing right in front of our eyes in our own communities. 

 For the last five years this has been presided over by our Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner.

Predatory cross-border criminals and reduced police visibility and accessibility has led to a loss of confidence and feelings of vulnerability in rural communities. Recently, in the biggest rural crime survey ever conducted, approximately 70% of those taking part said they had lost confidence in policing. It breaks my heart to hear this.  

 We are experiencing rising crime and anti-social behaviour in our towns and cities – not the picture our Government and some current PCCs paints at all.  

For these reasons, and with the help and support of my family, and a group of experienced supporters, I am going to stand for election as an independent candidate in the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election in May.  

 It is a daunting prospect for any ordinary person. This is politically a Conservative county and I do not have the machinery of a major political party funding me and oiling the election campaign wheels. However, what we are seeing develop within policing both nationally and in North Yorkshire certainly doesn’t chime with the traditional values of any ‘party of law and order’ that I recognise. 

 Do not relax at the Chancellors recent announcement of no further cuts to policing. It is not over yet and battle is just over the horizon. 

The Government was recently sent back to the drawing board with its bungled new Police Funding Formula; a formula that was so far off the mark for the policing of North Yorkshire it was frankly incredible. 

It would have meant the loss of an additional £16 million of central funding for our County. We await the revised formula next year.

 I’m going to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in, and I’ll take no nonsense.

 I despise political spin and I will make no apology to Westminster for being a plain speaking Yorkshireman fighting for the effective policing of my home county. “You can either shout from the touchline or put your boots on and get stuck in, lad,” as my dad would say.

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Major incident: Hinckley Road Leicester following explosion.

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Police said they are dealing with an ongoing ‘major incident’ after an explosion has ripped through a shop and flat in Leicester.

Members of the public reported hearing a massive explosion.

Leicestershire Fire Service have conformed they were called to a reported explosion and a building collapse.

Leicestershire Police has declared a major incident and have asked people to stay away from the area.

The shop was located behind a busy bus stop and had a flat above it.

It is believed the stop was a Londis store which recently changed it’s name to Western Park Store.

It is not known if anyone was inside the store, flat above or the bus stop outside the shop at the time of the incident.

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hit-and-run driver calls judge ‘f***ing p***k’ in shock court outburst

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The alleged driver in a hit and run than killed a two year old and six year old boy has appeared in court accused of their deaths.

During his appearance he called the judge a ‘f***ing p***k’.

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court today accused of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He appeared before the courts for seven minutes and during this time he had to be restrained after yelling ‘this is a f***ing kangaroo court’ in the bizarre outburst.

He also called the judge a ‘f***ing p***k”.

Both defendants had grey t-shirts as they appeared in the dock to confirm their name, date of birth and address.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, in Wyken, Coventry, also faces charges of driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Harrison, of Triumph Close, also in Wyken, faces a further allegation of common assault.

They were remanded in custody after the case was adjourned by chair of the magistrates’ bench, John Martin.

The Two brothers Casper and Corey Platt-May aged two and six tragically killed following hit and run.

Police confirmed the death of the boys after being hit by a car in the Stoke area of the at 2pm on Thursday.

Both boys died after being rushed to the hospital, located near to the scene was a black Ford Focus with a smashed front windscreen and front right side.

They will appear next at Warwick Crown Court via video link on March 22.

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Two people charged after brothers killed in Hit and Run

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Two people have been charged over the deaths of two young brothers killed in a hit-and-run collision in Coventry.

Two brothers who were tragically killed after a hit and run in Coventry have been named as Casper and Corey Platt-May aged two and six.

Police confirmed the death of the boys after being hit by a car in the Stoke area of the at 2pm on Thursday.

Both boys died after being rushed to the hospital, located near to the scene was a black Ford Focus with a smashed front windscreen and front right side.

The car was abandoned, officers quickly worked to locate any possible driver for the car and arrested a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman who are both being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving and have now been charged by the crown.

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, are charged under joint enterprise of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, West Midlands Police said.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, Wyken, is also charged with driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence, while Harrison, of Triumph Close,Wyken, faces a common assault allegation.

They will appear at Coventry Magistrates Court, sitting at Leamington Justice Centre, on Saturday morning.

Both boys were rushed to the local hospital with critical injuries, Sadly Casper aged could not be revived and died Emergency teams rushed Corey into surgery and did everything within their power during surgery to save his life. Sadly a short time later he died.

Both boys were with their mother at the time of the collision, but she was not injured.

Family and Friends have now launched a fundraising page to support the parents of Casper and Corey, Donations have already reached £3k.

Investigating Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes said: “Several witnesses have come forward and I am grateful to everyone who has spoken to us.

“Specialist family liaison officers are with the family, who are understandably distraught, and they are being kept fully updated.

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