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Annual Police Twitter awards set to be held at Northampton Police Headquarters

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The stage is set, the awards are ready and the cameras are ready to roll, It’s almost time for The 2016 Police Twitter Awards which will be held in Northampton next week.

The UK’s top police tweeter will be heading to the ceremony, at force headquarters, will be opened by Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Simon Edens.

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins will also be addressed at the awards which will be broadcast live on Twitter.

Chief Constable Edens said: “I’m delighted we will be hosting the first Police Twitter Awards ceremony at Northamptonshire Police.

“Many officers, staff and volunteers in the police service were quick to spot the opportunities that social media offers.

“It’s a great way to engage with our communities and inform the public, helping them to help us protect people from harm.

“This event will celebrate the best use of Twitter by those in the service who recognise the value of social media to support good relations between the police and the public.”

There will be 16 awards on the night with a range of categories including best corporate account, best individual police account, best special constable account, best PCSO account and best senior officer accounts.

Awards will also be made in recognition of the best dog and horse accounts as well as Twitter newcomers and best blogging officer among others.

The overall winner will head to Long Beach in California in April next year to represent UK policing at the Social Media and Law Enforcement Conference.

The Police Twitter Awards were established by Ken Worthy in 2011 to recognise officers using the platform to highlight their work.

Although the event has been running for a number of years, it is the first time a physical ceremony has been held.

The event, which has been coordinated by Northamptonshire Police’s Supt Dennis Murray,  is being sponsored by Twitter, Police Oracle and Renegade TV.

The 2016 Police Twitter Awards takes place on Friday, December 23rd 2016. You’ll be able to follow all the progress live on Twitter using #poltawards

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Two police officers in critical condition after being hit by a car

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Two Met Police Officers are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

Police have arrested three people including the driver.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Police placed a cordon at the scene which has now been lifted.

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Six dead after six-vehicle crash in Birmingham

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Six people have been killed in a horrific crash in Birmingham just one week before Christmas.

Another person is fighting for their life the crash involving three cars including a taxi in Edgbaston, Birmingham occurred in the early hours of this morning.

Witnesses have described how they saw a number of people ejected from their vehicles during the incident resulting in utter devastation and carnage.

The crash happened at about 1.10am at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston, at the junction of Bristol Road.

The driver of a black cab died at the scene along with a female passenger, a male passenger died later in hospital.

Four men in a car were all thrown from their vehicle and three of them died at the scene of the crash. The fourth is in a critical condition.

Any witnesses to the crash have been asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

Our thoughts are with all of those emergency workers who responded to this truly traumatic incident and the family and the friends those who have sadly died in this incident.

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Nine-year-old boy locked in safe during game of hide and seek

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A Nine-year-old boy became trapped in a safe during a game of hide and seek at his grandfathers home in Berlin.

He had to be rescued by firefighters after he hid inside the sade. He was playing with his little brother at home in Lichterfelde, Berlin.

Believing he has found the perfect hiding place the boy went inside the unused safe and closed the door locking himself in.

The boy was playing with his little brother at the home in Lichterfelde, Berlin, when he found the ultimate hiding place.

His hiding place was eventually found but his grandfather was the only person who knew the code for the safe and he was away.

They could not get in contact with him and called for help from the local fire brigade.

They tested family birthdays for three hours in the hope they’d crack the code while pumping oxygen into the safe via a tiny crack.

As a specialist team arrived who was able to cut the safe open they managed to enter a successful six-digit code.

Firefighters say the child remained calm throughout the ordeal and was shocked but unharmed.

Berlin firefighter Thomas Kirstein said it was a happy ending and super early Christmas present.

Hopefully, he won’t be hiding in there again and in future, they’ll be keeping the door shut because this incident could have been very different.

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