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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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Girl aged 8 who was stabbed to death named as Mylee Billingham

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A little girl who was tragically stabbed to death has been named as 8-year-old Mylee Billingham.

Police responded to a domestic related incident near Walsall and sadly discovery Mylee seriously injured.

Despite frantic efforts by police, paramedics and doctors nothing could be done to save Mylee.

Cops immediately arrested a man aged 54 in connection with her murder.

Sadly Mylee was found with life threatening injuries at a property in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday night, and died a short time later in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the man was also taken to hospital with a stab wound to the stomach.

The 54-year-old man who was arrested remains in a “critical” condition and will Be question “in due course” in relation to the murder of 8 year old Mylee.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with Mylee’s death.

Our thoughts are with Mylee’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Girl 8 stabbed to dead in Walsall, West Midlands

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Police have launched a murder investigation after an 8 year old girl was stabbed to death near Walsall.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested following the attack overnight in Brownhills.

Cops responded to a 999 call at 9.15pm to reports of a disturbance at the address on arrival they found a girl with serious injuries.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly nothing could be done to save her this girls injuries were too serious and she died a short time later.”

The 54-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for a stab wound to his stomach.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death.

“Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.”

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Parents warned after hooded man follows and grabs second child in 24 hours

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Chilling CCTV footage has been released of what is believed to be an attempted abduction of a schoolgirl aged 11 just 24 hours after another school girl reported that she was approached and grabbed by a man as she walked to school in north Manchester.

Police are linking both incidents are warning parents to remain vigilant after a second child was grabbed walking to school.

CCTV footage shows a young girl being approached by a stranger in the street, police have now launched an investigation after the girl was followed and grabbed.

The girl managed to fight off the man and break free before she raised the alarm on Acre Top Road. She escaped unharmed.

The incident happened at 8.30am on Wednesday, January 10th as the girl walked to school. Police are also investigating another incident in which another schoolgirl was grabbed near Sainsbury’s on Middleton Road by the Heaton Park roundabout, was also reported the day before, the school said.

Crab Lane Primary School, in Higher Blackley, released a letter to parents warning that a stranger had attempted to grab a school girl on her way into school ‘The matter was reported to police immediately and the child was able to give a good description,’ the letter from headteacher Pat Adams said.

‘The police have informed us that a similar incident occurred near the Sainsbury’s, by the Heaton Park roundabout, the day before. ‘The police suspect that the two incidents are connected, given the short distance between them and the fact that both girls gave a similar description of the man in question.

‘As of yet, the police have not located this man. Therefore, please take extra precautions to remind your children of ‘stranger danger’ and the importance of being vigilant when on the streets without an adult.’

Police have said the suspect is described as a white man of slim build aged in his 30s he has blond hair and a blue jacket.

Thankfully both children managed to break free, Police are now warning parents to be on their guard and request that children walk in groups of two on their way to and from school.

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