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What an Incredible day at the Police Twitter Awards #PolTAwards

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It was a great honour to be able to attend the National Police Twitter Awards as a finalist and put a voice and personality behind some of officially the best tweeting cops in the United Kingdom.

The Police Twitter Awards was coined by Mike Kenworthy a great supporter of the police within the UK and across the globe.

Mike is a very positive and supportive member of the policing family who works night and day to promote the excellent work our officers do and of course their presence on Twitter.

Mike is an advocate of policing twitter accounts and always helps out where he can with the growth and support of policing social media.

The awards team is made up of Mike Pannett, Superintendent Dennis Murray, Cheif Inspector Kerry Blakeman and of course Mike Kenworthy.

They have worked around the clock to bring you the Police Twitter Awards which has been officially endorsed by Twitter, Police Oracle magazine and Renegade TV.

The award’s official got underway with a special music video produced for Alex Goodwin who is currently in America undergoing specialist cancer treatment. We wished we could have bottled the positive energy in the room and sent it over to Alex.

 

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable took to the stage and address the awards, honouring the incredible impact of 24 hour tweeting twitter events to highlight the work of police officers along with the use of social media to find the parents of a nine-year-old girl who was found by police.

A special video was then played from Brandon Lewis who showed his support for Smile For The BBC launched by Bullshire Police Fed, Brandon Shared his love for tweeting and pulled a pun about spell checking his tweets.

The awards got underway with the winner of the best corporate account announced as @LochabSkyePol all the way from Scotland.

Rob Stevens was announced as the best individual tweeting officer. We meet with Rob a down to earth cop who talked passionately about his support for Alex Goodwin. Rob will go far in policing and rightly deserved.

The late Amanda Wood who tragically lost her life was named as best tweeting special constable in an emotional moment Amanda received a standing ovation.

A lovely PCSO going by the name of PCSO Saltash all the way from Devon And Cornwall police was announced as the best tweeting PCSO. We had the chance to meet PCSO Saltash. She is a lovely lady who will go far in policing, being engaged and very community focused.

Mike Pannett presented the award for best Horse account and which was awarded to the fantastic team Avon and Somerset mounted section.

Mike Pannett spoke of the support he has for police dogs in the UK, He recalled one of the first campaigns Police Hour supported #DontDitchTheDogs we honoured the hard work and dedicated of our police working dogs.

 

And the winner was announced as West Yorkshire Police Dogs. What a fantastic achievement.

Its West Midlands Police taking the honour this time in the best tweeting informative police account with the firearms unit.

We heard how road policing units have come a long way since parking next to panda cars half winding the window down so they don’t get too cold and asking the cops if they have the situation under control before driving off.

NW Motorway Police took the award for best tweeting roads policing account.

Harry Tangye took the award for best tweeting police Sergeant having met Harry he is passionate about policing, twitter and his community. He has hit the headlines this year for all the right reasons. Harry has a massive strength of character and a great personality.

Another worthy winner was Chris Heflin Scott who took the award for the best tweeting senior officer. Sadly Chris couldn’t make the awards However he is a fantastic officer dedicated to policing and leadership. Chris is a credit to British policing.

What an inspirational policing leader, Cheif Constable Dee Collins took the award for the Best tweeting senior officer. Dee has the personality and passion and the qualities of a great leader and is a role model for all women who aspire to be Cheif Constables.

What a great guy, Muz took the award for best informative police account. Muz has produced some crime prevention rhymes that you must head over to his Twitter account, You don’t know what you are missing.

We just knew that our friends at UKCH would take this award, They are a fantastic team and produce some of the best policing related posts we have ever seen. They aim to counter all of the negative police press.

John Sutherland what an incredible policing leader and blogger, John has officially the best policing blog of 2016. If you have not read his content he is fantastic and a great inspirational to policing.

The best tweeting air support unit went to none other than NPAS Birmingham.

With the best newcomer to twitter going too!

And the overall winner of the Police Twitter Awards 2016 is all the way from Devon and Cornwall Police Harry Tangye. Congratulations you deserved it.

Finally what an emotional moment as police dog Finn makes a special appearance at the Police Twitter Awards one week after returning to operational duties after saving the life of his dog handler. Finn took a knife to the head and nearly died to protect his handler.

That just leaves us with one final tweet to thank the team who put everything together.

Until 2017 that it from the Police Twitter Awards.

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Melton Mowbray poppy day parade could be cancelled due to police cuts

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One of the biggest Remembrance Sunday Parades faces being cancelled due to police cuts imposed by the Government.

Leicestershire Police have confirmed they do not have the staffing levels to be able to support the parade within Melton Mowbray happening next month.

If the parade is to go ahead as planned the Royal British Legion will be forced to pay for a private firm to marshal the route on November 12th.

Melton Mowbray is very much an active military town with the prospect of the cancellation causing anger amongst the locals

Jock Bryson aged 82 who organises parade has spoken about his devastation and shock saying ‘It’s so important to Melton that we keep holding the parade, and the atmosphere is so phenomenal with the serving and ex-serving people marching through town.’

The Melton Mowbray community are now holding raffles and bake sales in an attempt to raise money to pay for private security to attend the march.

Sadly cuts to policing have had a huge impact on Leicestershire Police there is now 500 fewer officers within the force that there was 8 years ago, simply there are not enough cops.

Leicestershire Police said that there are around 500 fewer officers in the county than there were eight years ago.

Ch Sup Andy Lee said: ‘As a force we are keen to pay our respects and remember the fallen, and at some of the larger parades there will be a visible police presence to engage with the community and maintain public safety. ‘In order to support these Remembrance Day events we need to carefully manage our resources to ensure business-as-usual continues, and that our level of service across the whole county is maintained. ‘In previous years, officers in attendance at parades have been involved in assisting with road closures and traffic management along parade routes due to the lack of formal traffic management arrangements.

‘However, this had an impact on our day-to-day operations and demands. With budget cuts and reductions in officer numbers, we have to ensure officers are deployed where the operational risk is greatest and that there is a sufficient number of officers on duty to be able to respond to any incident.

‘This is not something that we can sustain alongside making sure we are able to respond to incidents anywhere in the county.’ Jim Rawlinson, chairman of the county’s Royal British Legion, said they could still put on a parade – but it would be trimmed down. ‘It’s a national problem, but it’s just caused us to think differently about things,’ he said ‘The parades will all go on, but people will have to marshal them themselves.’

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Man arrested after hostages taken by armed man at Nuneaton Bowling Alley

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Armed Police and specially trained negotiators have successfully ended a hostage situation that lasted almost four hours.

Armed Officers and Ambulance Crews responded to the major incident at the MFA Bowling Alley in Nuneaton following a vast amount of calls reporting a man with a sawn-off shotgun.

The man is believed to have taken two hostages who were both staff members within the bowling alley.

Mehdi Afshar Chief Executive of MFA Bowl confirmed that two members of his staff were being held, hostage.

It is Mehdi believe that the suspect gunman is known to one of his staff members and the relationship is either an ex-husband or boyfriend.

No customers or other staff members were hurt in the incident and were allowed to freely leave, while the suspect told many others to get the F**k out of here while screaming at his hostages it is Game Over.

 

The incident began just after 3pm on Sunday 22nd October when many families and children fled the scene after spotting the gunman.

Those that did not escape the scene immediately were told to leave by the gunman.  Police quickly ruled out the incident as being terror-related.

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The full area is on lockdown with all roads in and out of the area have been blocked and no one is allowed to leave the Nearby Odeon Cinema located next door to the bowling alley or a nearby soft play centre.

The Air Ambulance has landed near the bowling alley and has since left the location.

Video footage shows a number of armed police officers in a car park at the scene.

 

Warwickshire Police confirmed that they were dealing with an “ongoing incident” however while the incident was ongoing they did not confirm the nature of the incident.

Once the incident had concluded police confirmed that the man had been arrested and two hostages had been released uninjured.

Moments before the incident ended flash bangs were seen and heard before armed officers moved in and very quickly the suspect was arrested before being placed in the back of an ambulance which left the scene on blue lights and under a police escort.

A Spokesperson for Warwickshire Police confirmed the suspect had now been arrested and the situation was over.

“Specialist firearms officers and police negotiators, along with fire, ambulance and police air services, attended the location at the bowling alley in St David’s Way, Bermuda Park. A man has been arrested and is in police custody.

“Members of public at the bowling alley and neighbouring properties were evacuated to safety and nobody was injured during the incident.

“Warwickshire Police Chief Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith said: “We would like to thank local people for their patience and cooperation while officers dealt with this incident. We are pleased that we were able to bring this incident to a peaceful resolution and that there were no injuries. I would like to reassure the Nuneaton community that the incident is unconnected to any terrorist activity.”

 

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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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