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West Yorkshire Police Federation in calls for ‘spit guards to be rolled out’

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The West Yorkshire Police Federation has lead calls for Spit Guard to be rolled out to police officers on the front line.

Nick Smart West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman has echoed the calls and firmly believes that ‘all front line police officers” should be issues with spit guards.

Nick Smart has been spending some time at Parliament talking to MPs about assaults on Police Officers and the key importance that spit guard has in relation to officer safety.

 

MP Holly Lynch is introducing a 10-minute Bill to Parliament next week that aims to increase the maximum custodial sentences for assaults on police officers next week.

As part of that work, Nick spoke to some 35 MPs from across England and Wales today to highlight why we need to #ProtectTheProtectors.

Nick said: “When you look at the current assault levels in West Yorkshire Police, 26% are down to spitting – the data doesn’t lie, there is a need for spit guards. Currently, there is no deterrent.

“We are working with the sentencing council to address the deterrent but in the interim period, it’s a health and safety issue. Give officers the equipment they need to do the job. Give officers spit guards so they have a defence when people start spitting at them.”

The last available figures on officer assaults showed 23,394 officers were attacked in 2014/15 in England and Wales – the equivalent of 64 a day.

Nick was joined in Parliament by West Yorkshire officer PC Dan McLaughlin, who told MPs about his experience of being assaulted.

Attendees at the event included MP Tracy Brabin, who tried on a Spit Guard as part of her research.

Police Hour recently called for all police officers in the UK to be issued with Spit Guards. 

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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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