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Retired Metropolitan Police Officer Celebrates 100th Birthday. 

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A retired Metropolitan Police officer and George Medal recipient has begun her 100th birthday celebrations with a special visit from Assistant Commissioner Helen King.
To celebrate this milestone, Ethel Violet Bush was visited by Helen King and one the Met’s youngest police officer Katie Dennell, 19, at her care home in West Sussex.

Ethel was born on 10 March 1916 and was one of five children. 
The centenarian worked as a seamstress before serving in Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War, where she was stationed in India. 

Ethel joined the Metropolitan Police as a Constable on 16 September 1946 and was appointed to ‘H’ division. She was promoted to Sergeant in 1953.

During 1955, following attacks on several women in Croydon, Sergeant Bush volunteered to act as a decoy, along with many colleagues.

In March WPC Kathleen Parrot was seriously injured by the attacker.

On 23 April the assailant attacked Ethel from behind and hit her over the head, causing a wound that required eleven stitches. Despite her injury she grabbed hold of the attacker’s coat, but fell which resulted in his escape. When the attacker was caught, WPS Bush and WPC Parrott were able to identify the 29-year-old labourer.

Following the attack Ethel was one of two Metropolitan Women Police who were the first to be awarded the George Medal for bravery.
She also received a Commissioner’s High Commendation and £15 from the Bow Street Police Fund.
In response to her actions a Judge stated: “I cannot imagine higher courage than that you showed along that footpath.”

A Chief magistrate stated: “If anyone can imagine a finer story in the history of the Metropolitan Police, I shall be pleased to hear it.”

Ethel retired on 19, September 1971. She became a keen gardener and moved to Crawley to be near her family. 

AC Helen King said: “It was a privilege to meet Ethel and thank her. As a woman officer just after the war who showed such courage, she helped pave the way for women of my generation to have hugely satisfying and successful careers in policing. The Met is very proud of Ethel and we wish her a really happy 100th birthday.”

PC Katie Dennell said: “Having read about Ethel in the Crime Museum, it was amazing to meet her so soon after starting my career as an officer. I hope I can bring the same determination and bravery she did into my work in keeping the public safe”

Ethel’s Great Niece Dawn Weedon’s said: “Ethel was really chuffed by Helen and Katie’s visit. She’s a very modest lady so being visited by an Assistant Commissioner, particularly a female one, was really gratifying for her.”

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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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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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