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Met Police issues 22K body worn video cameras to frontline officers

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Today, Monday, 17 October, will see the start of a large scale deployment of Body Worn Video (BWV) which is being issued to over 22,000 Met frontline officers.

The Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was joined in Lewisham by the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to witness the rollout of the cameras, which follows a successful trial and wide-ranging public consultation and academic evaluation.

Over the coming months, cameras will be issued to all 32 boroughs and a number of frontline specialist roles, including overt firearms officers.

The cameras have already shown that they can help bring about speedier justice for victims.

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This has proved particularly successful in domestic abuse cases where there has been an increase in earlier guilty pleas from offenders who know their actions have been recorded.

The technology offers greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as behind it. Londoners can feel reassured during their interactions with the police, whilst allowing us to demonstrate the professionalism of our officers in the many challenging and contentious interactions, such as the use of stop and search.

All footage recorded on BWV is subject to legal safeguards and guidance. The footage from the Axon Body Camera is automatically uploaded to secure servers once the device has been docked, and flagged for use as evidence at court or other proceedings. Video not retained as evidence or for a policing purpose is automatically deleted within 31 days.

If the public wish to view footage taken of them they can request, in writing, to obtain it under freedom of information, data protection laws. It must be within 31 days, unless it has been marked as policing evidence and therefore retained.

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The cameras will be worn attached to the officer’s uniform and will not be permanently recording. This ensures that officers’ interactions with the public are not unnecessarily impeded. Members of the public will be told as soon as practical that they are being recorded and when the camera is recording, it is highly visibly – notable by a flashing red circle in the centre of the camera and a frequent beeping noise when the camera is activated.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: “Body Worn Video will support our officers in the many challenging situations they have to deal with, at the same time as building the public’s confidence.

“What we do every day will be seen by the public – that has to be good!

“Our experience of using cameras already shows that people are more likely to plead guilty when they know we have captured the incident on a camera. That then speeds up justice, puts offenders behind bars more quickly and most importantly protects potential victims.

“Video captures events in a way that can’t be represented on paper in the same detail, a picture paints a thousand words, and it has been shown the mere presence of this type of video can often defuse potentially violent situations without the need for force to be used.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, said: “Body Worn Video is a huge step forward in bringing our capital’s police force into the 21st century and encouraging trust and confidence in community policing. This technology is already helping drive down complaints against officers and making them more accountable, as well as helping to gather better evidence for swifter justice. As we roll them out across London, these cameras will make a real difference to officers, as they continue their great work on the frontline fighting crime and keeping our city safe.”

Managing Director of Axon Public Safety UK, Matt Spencer, said: “We’re thrilled to be working alongside the Metropolitan Police Service to ensure a successful body camera rollout.

“By utilising the Axon network, MPS will be taking advantage of cutting-edge technology that will help them take on the challenges of 21st century policing.”

The deployment of all 22,000 cameras will be managed in a phased approached and is anticipated to be complete by next summer.

In November 2015. the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), following a successful trial awarded a three-year contract worth £3.4 million to Axon Public Safety UK Limited, to supply the MPS with 22,000 cameras.

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Two Brothers killed hit-and-run named as Casper and Corey Platt-May

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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.

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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Two year old boy killed in hit and run his brother aged six fighting for his life

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A two-year-old boy has tragically died following a hit and in in Coventry.

The baby boy and his six year old brother were hit by a car on MacDonald Road at around 2pm on Thursday February 22.

Both boys were rushed to hospital sadly the boy aged 5two died at the scene.

His older brother is fighting for his life in a critical condition.

Police found a black Ford Focus was found abandoned a short time after the crash.

A 22-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the death.

The road remains closed while emergency services are at the scene.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the West Midlands Police’s collision investigation unit, said:

“We are still trying to establish how this tragic incident has happened and anyone who hasn’t yet spoken to an officer should call us on 101.

“This is a parent’s worst nightmare and it’s impossible to imagine their grief, but specialist officers will be supporting them as our investigation continues.”

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Hospital turn off life support machine because family couldn’t pay £7k bill

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The family of British man have been left devastated and furious after an Egyptian hospital because staff switched off his life support without their permission.

Despite this the hospital claim Adrian King suffered cardiac arrest however his family have told the local courts it’s because they didn’t have the money to pay a £7k insurance bill.

Adrian aged 39 became ill while he was on holiday with his friend in Hurghada, on Egypt’s east coast.

All of a sudden he fell unconscious and was being treated in hospital, during his time in hospital it was discovered his insurance policy have been voided and they demanded an upfront payment while he laid on his death bed.

The inquest heard how the insurance was void as he had not declared a bacterial infection he had within his stomach two years before his holiday.

Adrian’s dad Charles Bumford told the hearing: “A man at the hospital stood in my son’s room and told me: ‘The insurance is null and void – you pay now or I switch off the machines.’

“I didn’t have the £7,000 ($9,800) he was asking for at that time. As he walked out of the room he started switching things off.”

Charles added that he tried contacting the hospital ’50 times’ but he never received an answer. The friend Adrian was with at the time, Nicola, was similarly confused by the situation occurring in the medical facility.

“They did the second dialysis and then said that the insurance was voided,” she told the inquest.

“They never said he had a cardiac arrest or anything, they said it was stopping, because the funding was stopped.”

Our thoughts are with the family of Adrian at this difficult time.

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