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Beds Police prepared to tackle terrorism, serious cyber crime and child sexual abuse. #Police #Effectiveness

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Bedfordshire Police has welcomed a report which praises the force for its preparedness to tackle national threats such as terrorism, serious cyber crime and child sexual abuse. 
The report, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) into ‘Effectiveness’ found Bedfordshire Police ‘Required Improvement’ overall in keeping people safe and reducing crime. 
However, the force was graded as ‘Good’ for how effective it is at investigating crime and managing offenders. 
HMIC also made reference to the ‘funding challenge’ faced by the force, commenting: ‘Bedfordshire Police deals with a range of complex policing challenges and serious criminality on a scale not normally experienced by a force of its size’. 
The report follows a ‘Good’ grading last week by HMIC following a ‘Legitimacy’ inspection. HMIC assessed the culture within Bedfordshire Police and how this is reflected in the force’s public engagement, use of Taser and compliance with the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme. 
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “While it is disappointing to be graded as ‘Requires Improvement’, protecting people and improving our service to victims remains a priority for Bedfordshire Police and we have already made changes to address the concerns raised in the recent HMIC ‘Vulnerability’ report. 
“The report does praise a lot of the work being done across the force – in particular around the readiness to deal with national threats and investigating crime. We are confident that our new policing model will address many of the concerns raised in this report – for example tackling low-level anti-social behaviour and improving preventative work at community level. 
“We are always looking at ways to improve the way we work and we are pleased that HMI Zoe Billingham highlighted Bedfordshire Police for the work we are doing to increase our presence and engagement in our communities.” 
Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins said: “The report highlights, once again, the paucity of our funding position. If like Bedfordshire you can only afford 169 officers per 100,000 population, when the average in England and Wales average is 232, but you face the type of serious crime challenges more commonly found within the larger urban police forces, it’s obvious that some areas of work will be seriously over-stretched. The report recognises that. 
“‘Requires Improvement’ should read ‘Funding Requires Improvement’. If our funding was on par with the challenges we face the report would inevitably have different conclusions. Even with the current level of funding, it references much of the good work being delivered, reinforcing the positive news in last week’s report on police legitimacy. 
“HMIC finds Bedfordshire Police is ethical and well-led. There just aren’t enough of them and we would need at least 300 more officers to have the same resources as forces facing comparable challenges.” 

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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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