Northumbria Police has been judged Northumbria to be ‘good’ on its overall effectiveness in reducing crime and keeping people safe.
Chief Constable Steve Ashman said:”Protecting the vulnerable in our communities is our number onepriority, it is therefore pleasing that HMIC have assessed Northumbria Police to be good at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
“As a large metropolitan force,we are particularly proud of the acknowledgement by HMIC that our staff understand that the needs of each victim are paramount and that wehave good arrangements with our partners to support vulnerable victims.
“This has also been recognised by victims with our satisfaction rating being amongst the highest in England and Wales.
“Overall, the report has highlighted many areas of good performance and I am confident that we are well placedto build on this firm foundation as we continuously seek to improve theservice we provide.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner,Vera Baird, said: “In Northumbria, protecting and supporting vulnerable victims is an absolute priority so we are pleased the findings of this report reflect this. We’re repeatedly praised for having a good knowledge and understanding of the communities we serves – proving our neighbourhood teams are listening and we’re working hard to deliver what the public wants.
“There is a lot of innovative work takingplace in our region – we’re one of the only force’s in the country to offer a remote evidence suite and are the first force to train its entireworkforce in coercive control – clear examples of our on-going commitmentto protecting the vulnerable. This is something also reflected by the factthat 92.2 per cent of victims are satisfied with the service they havereceived from Northumbria Police, one of the highest scores in the country.
“While we are pleased, we are not complacent. We want to keep raising the bar, making improvements and ensuring the best interests of the victim and community remain at the heart of all we do.
“The Chief Constable and I are determined to do all we can to preserve our high policing standards and our national reputation for victim satisfaction.”
The Wesley Nightclub in Hartlepool is ablaze
An area of Hartlepool town centre has been closed as flames rip through the former Wesley nightclub.
Police and Fire Fighters were quickly on the scene of the blaze at the former Wesley Nightclub and Chruch in Hartlepool.
The Grade II Listed Building has stood empty for a number of years and is a very iconic building within Hartlepool.
Trevor Sherwood Police Hour editor said “The flames are reaching 20ft in the air and a large number of fire appliances are on the scene loud explosions can be heard from inside the building”
“I arrived on scene just before the first fire appliance got there, loud bangs could be heard from inside and the fire quickly took hold”
“It was over 30 minutes before Cleveland Fire could get a hose safely on the building as they needed an aerial platform”.
Hugh flames can be seen for several miles as firefighters tackle the blaze. It took Firefighters almost 30 minutes before they were able to get a hose onto the fire which seemed to be mainly on the roof of the building with flames up to 20ft.
Firefighters have been called to a blaze at the former Wesley nightclub and church in Wesley Square, Hartlepool.
The Wesley Chruch opened n 1872 and became an iconic image within Hartlepool sadly the church closed in 1973 and later reopened as a nightclub in the early 2000s and then later a gym complex.
The business was closed and has been empty for over 10 years left to fall to bits with many people within Hartlepool hoping the building could be brought back to life.
Cleveland Fire Brigade was alerted to the fire just after 9pm and with a large number of fire appliances being sent the scene.
Cleveland Police assisted the fire brigade by enforcing a number of road closures on Victoria Road and Raby Road.
We have contacted Cleveland Fire Brigade for comment.
Members of the public are being warned to keep their windows shut as thick smoke is billowing across the centre of Hartlepool.
Cleveland Police have released a statement “Officers have been called to a report of a fire at an empty building known as the Wesley Nightclub on Victoria Road in Hartlepool on Saturday 9th December”
“Police are currently on scene with Cleveland Fire Brigade and it is believed no one is injured at this time.”
“Victoria Road and Wesley Square are currently closed and people are advised to avoid these areas until further notice.”
Anyone who may have witnessed what happened leading up to the fire is requested to contact Cleveland Police on 101.
On-Duty Police Constable James Dixon has sadly died
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Police Constable James Dixon and a 91-year-old woman following an incident on the A4 in Berkshire.
PC James Dixon died after the police motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Bath Road near Hare Hatch at 13:50 GMT.
The pensioner was a passenger in the car and was killed while the driver was rushed to hospital.
Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named.
Tonight we light a candle fo PC James Dixon thank you for your service, our thoughts are with your family as this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/qwEdkpi6lI
— Police Hour (@PoliceHour) December 5, 2017
The road will remain closed for the remainder of Tuesday.
PC Dixon was a highly respected police
Officer of Thames Valley Police
A force spokesman said officers remained at the scene of the collision and had advised motorists to avoid the area.
The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time.
“IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which lead to the collision.”
PC Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station, near Reading.
Police said the injuries of the driver involved are “not thought to be life threatening”.
Police Hour has now launched a readers appeal to help raise money to support the family of the fallen police officer and the 91-year-old victim who has not yet been named Please Donate now even if it’s just £5.
MI5 have prevented nine terror attacks this year
MI5 have prevented nine terrorist attacks within the United Kingdom in the past year, its boss has told Downing Street officials.
They have also prevented a total of 13 terror attacks within the last four years Andrew Parker head of MI5 has confirmed.
Mr Parker told Theresa May that the defeat of Islamic State in Syria did not mean that the terrorist threat was over.
Mr Parker warned that social media was the new tool being used to incite terror attacks across the world.
Mr Parker has released the figures ahead of the publication of an investigation of the security services and police amid the wave of increased terror attacks within the UK.
The review looks at whether MI5 and counter terror cops could have prevented the five successful terror attacks within the UK.