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Armed Police in Northumbria set to increase armed officers by 50%

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Armed Police in Northumbria Police will be increasing by more than 50 percent to provide reassurance across the force area. 
 
Last year the Home Office said they would be giving a chosen number of UK police forces more than £140 million to increase their firearms capability.
 
The investment will help ensure the biggest cities in the country are can respond quickly to any threat and provide reassurance to its residents. 
 
Northumbria Police has already been proactive in having a highly visible armed presence at public events including the Sunderland Air Show, Tall Ships and Great North Run.
 
Now the force has confirmed they will be increasing the number of Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs) by 50 per cent so they can maintain that visible presence around the force.
 
Chief Inspector Simon Hall, head of the Firearms Support Unit (FSU), said: “There is no specific intelligence to say that this region is going to be a target for any sort of terrorist activity, but we have the capability to respond quickly if we ever needed to.
 
“We are one of nine forces across the UK who has been provided with government funding to increase the number of our firearms officers and a 50 percent increase is a significant uplift.
 
“Our firearms officers have been very visible at events across the region this summer and they have been very well received by the public at places like the Sunderland Air Show, Tall Ships and the Great North Run.
 
“That policy is something that will continue and this uplift will ensure we have the officers available to fulfil that demand and help our communities living and working in the North East feel safe.”
 
Those joining the specially trained Firearms Support Unit (FSU) will be recruited internally from area commands and departments across the force as well as from other forces across the country.
 
An intensive training course is already well underway and the first group of new AFOs joined the existing team earlier this month. New recruits have to complete three years of service in the force before they can apply to become an AFO. 
 
Chief Inspector Hall, who has been part of the FSU for more than 10 years, added: “Our AFOs do not get paid any extra for being part of this unit. They do it voluntarily because they want to protect the people of Northumbria.
 
“Many of them are mothers and fathers and they make a commitment to put themselves in the most dangerous situations a police officer will have to face in their career just to ensure they can keep the public safe.
 
“I am immensely proud of every single member of my team and I’m proud to say that they are among the most talented firearms officers in the entire country.”
 

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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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