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Four Met officers face gross misconduct case after death of Henry Hicks

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The jury sitting at the inquest into the death of Henry Hicks has today, Tuesday, 28 June, returned a narrative verdict, which stated that Henry was being pursued by police at the time of the collision.

Henry, aged 18, died on 19 December 2014 after the scooter he was riding was in collision with a car.

His death has been subject to an independent investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Police officers were following the scooter Henry was riding after both the rider’s behaviour and the bike caught their attention.

Chief Superintendent Catherine Roper, the Borough Commander for Islington speaking in response to the findings of the jury, said:

“Today our thoughts and sympathy are with Henry’s family, having lost a son. This can only have been a distressing and stressful time for them, and his friends.

“The jury has heard all the evidence presented and today they have returned their verdict.

“The Independent Police Complaints Commission has carried out an investigation into the collision that led to Henry’s death. Given the circumstances that day it is only right and proper and in the best interests of Henry’s family, the community of London and our officers that it was an independent investigation.

“That investigation has made a number of recommendations for the Metropolitan Police, including that four officers have a case to answer for gross misconduct.

“Our pursuit policy, which is based on national guidance, is kept under constant review. In light of today’s narrative delivered by the jury and any recommendations made by the Coroner in her report, and the IPCC, we will once again review that policy.

“The Met is committed to learning and ensuring that we do all we can make sure our officers can do their very difficult jobs as safely as possible for the good of London.

“A number of police officers, including the officers who provided emergency first aid to Henry, have given their witness testimony. This has been a very difficult process for them, and the Met continues to provide them with all the support we can. Our officers set out on a daily basis to do their duty, fight crime and protect the Londoners they serve.

“I know that Henry’s death has prompted serious local community concerns. I will keep working hard with my local community to ensure that we do all we can to address them.”

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Heartwarming cops share chips with man who hasn’t eaten for days

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Two police officers this evening shared their chips with a man they found on the motorway who hasn’t eaten food in days.

The caring cops showed compassion and humanity when they could have just nicked the lad and sent him off to the cells.

But instead of taking him straight into police custody they stopped off for some chips.

Showing a truly caring side of British traffic cops who often don’t get the best press.

“The cops from the Leicestershire road policing unit tweeted that they had found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

“He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟”

These truly caring officers have shown this evening that police officers have hearts and they do care about people.

Policing is not always about crime, it’s the small acts of human kindness that go a long way.

We praise these officers for their genuine out of kindness out of their own pocket.

Helen tweeted “I know you’ll probably get people complain but. Compassion, humanity and care are great qualities.”

UK Cop Humour tweeted “Fab stuff and whilst we’re on the topic of spuds: why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

ElAine tweeted “I know some people’s heads will explode at this but well done for your compassion.”

Simply policing at it’s best. What ever your views you have to admit this is compassion and humility at it’s best.

These cops truly deserve to be recognised for great policing work.

Not every job needs to be a tick box, just because it’s a suspected illegal immigrant doesn’t mean they should be treat any different.

Top job with excellent policing skills, that will have ensured this suspect didn’t cause any problems for the officers.

Full up on chips, the officers then processes this man through custody and will refer to the home office immigration services.

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People injured after explosion at London TubeStation

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Police have evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an ‘explosion’ at the height of the rush-hour.

Homeowners and shopowners were told to stay inside after emergency services swamped Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

There are not believed to be many casualties.

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Awww Cleveland Police have just recruited these four legged friends

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Put your paws up for our two new recruits, Maggie and Skye who are the newest and youngest additions to the Force. At just 12 weeks old, the two English Springer Spaniels will soon begin their training to become Specialist Search Dogs.

Dog Trainer Constable Darren Gobie and Police Constable Chris Lambert are the lucky handlers of the pups. PC Lambert teamed up with a year 4 class at Myton Park School in Ingleby Barwick and allowed them to choose Skye’s name.

Chris and Skye will regularly visit the school over the next 18 months to allow them to follow her training process.

Speaking of the collaboration with the school, PC Lambert said: “I thought it would be a great idea to tie in with a school in the local community.

Recruiting new dogs is a huge deal and it’s an exciting and educational opportunity for the pupils to meet a police dog, choose her name collectively as a team and to better understand the training process for police dogs, and police roles in general.

The children were delighted to participate in this and I am sure they will all build a lovely bond with Skye over the coming months.”

PC Lambert, along with partner agencies will also be using the visits to the school to deliver lessons on internet safety and safety around animals.

The officers and the dogs will need to work very closely as team throughout the training process to build a special bond together.

Training is both mentally and physically challenging for both the dogs and handlers, as every programme must be passed to qualify.

Specialist dogs are used to detect a range of things with their highly developed sense of smell such as money, explosives, drugs and firearms.

They are also trained to work in public places including licenses premises to search for people in possession of narcotics.

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