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Norwich has been selected as a Home Office Local Alcohol Action Area

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Norwich has today (Friday 27 January 2017) been confirmed as one of the areas to be given the opportunity to be a Local Alcohol Action Area by the Home Office.

The initiative, first launched in 2014, was set up to support local areas in implementing their own plans to reduce alcohol-related crime and health harms, and to diversify the night time economy.

Norwich has been allocated a Home Office support manager and will be given access to expert advice from elsewhere in government, plus mentors who are able to assist with insight and expertise.

Inspector Ed Brown, of Community Operations, said: “Strong, sustained and effective partnership working is at the heart of successful approaches to reducing alcohol-related harm.

“Being selected by the Home Office will allow us to continue to develop local solutions and strategies to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder with partners in the NHS which we can then share as best practice more widely. It will also help in offering reassurance to members of the public who are part of the night time economy.

“A key aspect to improving our response is to enhance how we record incidents as data so it helps us understand where we should be targeting appropriate interventions.”

Superintendent for Norwich, Lynne Cross, said: “It is estimated that 21% of violent crimes in Norfolk are alcohol related. However, the impact is felt wider than within the police service. The annual cost of alcohol-related violence to all public services in Norfolk is estimated to be £27.4m.

“While this project focusses on alcohol, it will also offer us an opportunity to improve the information we receive around drug and crime related admissions. The support shown by the Home Office will hopefully go a long way in reducing these figures and I am confident we are on the right track to make a positive change to alcohol-related crime and disorder.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, said: “I very much welcome this Home Office initiative. Few of us have not been affected directly or indirectly by the ravages of alcohol misuse or addiction.

While no part or age group of society is immune, this weekend I will be focussing on the excessive use of alcohol by some young people.

That is why I will be on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich Friday night to understand better the drivers that lead to personal and social harm and public disorder from inappropriate drinking. I also am meeting with representatives from the night time economy next week to explore how we can partner more closely to encourage appropriate behaviours.”

Louise Smith, Director of Public Health, said: “I am really pleased and proud to support and sponsor this initiative. It will give everyone involved a strong foundation of working together to tackle shared themes.”

Councillor Paul Kendrick, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “This is a welcome initiative which complements the work around the night-time economy and the 12-point plan agreed by the city council’s cabinet. By partners in the city working together, it will help identify issues around vulnerability and may lead to more informed decisions taken by partners and the council, including those which fall under its responsibility for licensing.”

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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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