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2017 is the time we must stop and consider reforming police pay. Political representation of police pay reforms should be a vital issue for Theresa May and her government within 2017

It has been announced that new starters joining the police could now face a 20% cut £19,773 meaning new officers will have just £35 disposable income after living costs per month, No wonder officers are being handed food vouchers by policing charities with the further cuts the issues are only going to get worse and deeper.

The first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher discovered the harsh reality of policing when she achieved election in 1979, her reforms were radical and she quickly learnt that she needed the police on her side. She was an unpopular prime minister and she needed the support of the police.

As Prime Minters goes she was very unpopular with the youth and they caused her government and the police some headaches, they rebelled and caused riots up and down the country. Thatcher needed the support of the police.

Thatcher discovered by the help of the Edmund-Davies Review that police officers were poor, they could not afford to buy their homes or put food on the tables for their loved ones. The police faced problems with new officers wanting to join the job and those that did join quickly left. Simply they were not on her side.

Police forces struggled with the recruitment of new officers no one wanted to join and those that did quickly left the job, Thatcher didn’t have the support of police officers. Simply they were not on her side.

Edmund-Davis found that the reason for this was the low pay for the officers who risked life and limb to protect the queen, government and country. The job was dangerous.

The money an officer in 1970s Britain was offered was lacking to comparable occupations and Edmund-Davies began an inquiry appointed by the Labour government into the police pay and conditions just ahead of a conservative government being appointed.

July 1978 The Edmund-Davies review concluded that police officers such receive a substantial pay increase of 45 per cent. up until that point police pay had been poor, they were not rewarded enough for the dangerous job they are doing.

David Cameron wanted to ensure the government cut back and contained the spending on policing, he wanted to change the way the police and the government held negotiations regarding police pay reviews, He appointed a new review ‘The Winsor Review’ who reformed policing which effectively replaced the Edmund-Davies Review.

The Winsor review changed pay scales of new recruits and ensured police spending cuts, and officer numbers reduced. Fast forward to now 2017. We have gone the full circle as we are back in a state whereby Police Officers are struggling.

More and more officers are now approaching their force welfare fund, which is a charity set up to support police officers who are on rock bottom. They cannot afford to pay household bills or buy the basics such as food.

In 2017 there is a national disgrace that our officers are not being rewarded for the hard working challenging job that they are doing day in and day out. Some are simply leaving because comparable jobs are offering more money and a more comfortable life for them and their family.

The simple and most shocking fact here is that ‘Police officers within the UK are so desperate for help because their pay and conditions mean they cannot put food on the table for their families, they are struggling to keep a roof over their head’.

Police Officers are unable to afford the luxury of owning their own home or even heating it during the winter. We are back to how it was in the 1970s, which can be linked directly to The Winsor review, which brought in the police pay cap.

New officers see their starting rate at just £19K. Police Community Support Officers and Police Staff are becoming officers and in the process of transferring over have to take a considerable pay cut to become a front line officer.

While all of this is happening the cost of living is rising and police pay is staying the same. You’d think police officers were rich and that is a general perception but sadly this is not true.

We’d also assume that it is only the new officers joining who are struggling to make ends meet. It is in fact across the scale and the more experienced officers who are being stationed further away from home sometimes many miles means officers have to pay the petrol instead of providing food for the table.

Other changes in circumstances that we’ll not go into are also causing officers to struggle. This is a national policing crisis and something does need to be done. Officers who serve and protect us, who keep us safe at night simply are not getting paid enough for the dangerous job they are doing.

As we enter two years of political uncertainty and head for Brexit Theresa May just like Thatcher in the 1970s will need her officers on her side.

Welcome back to the 1970s as we prepare to elect Theresa May as the next conservative Prime Minster, with the hope that policing pay is reformed and our officers don’t have to rely on the police welfare funds to provide a meal for their family.

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Woman hit by two lorries and two cars in multiple hit and run

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A woman has tragically died after being hit by two lorries and two cars at a pederidain crossing in London.

The woman was struck by two lorries and two cars as she crossed at a pedestrian crossing in Tulse Hill, South London.

The woman who has not been named is believed to be in her late 20s or early 30s.

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that the driver failed to stop at the scene and a woman was then hit by a second lorry and then hit by two cars, all four drivers failed to stop at the scene of an accident.

Paramedics rushed to the scene on Norwood Road at 6.48pm on Monday and administered emergency treatment to the woman who was sadly pronounced dead at 7.21am.

Acting Detective Sergeant Alastair Middleton of the Metropolitan police released a statement appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision and the moments afterwards to contact us. I would also urge the drivers of all four vehicles to come forward and speak with my team.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Merton on 020 8543 5157.

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Two arrested on suspicion of murder following death of three children

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A 14, 8 & 7-year-old has been killed in a devastating house fire which is being treated as murder.

Cops are treating the deaths as ‘Murder’ by fire and have now arrested a 23-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman.

A three-year-old girl is also fighting for her life in hospital and her mother is in a serious condition.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after three children died in a suspected arson attack on a house in Salford.

Emergency services responded to reports of a fire at 4.58am on Jackson Street, Worsley in Greater Manchester.

Sadly Demi Pearson aged 14 was declared dead at the scene following the horrific arson attack which ripped through the house.

Another boy aged eight-year-old and a girl aged seven-year-old have also sadly died in hospital.

Michelle Pearson aged 35 the mother of all four children is also in a serious condition and is fighting for her life.

Greater Manchester Police said a manhunt was underway for a suspect and the force was “keeping an open mind” as to whether the incident was gang-related.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Miller said: “The death of these three children is heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with their loved ones and the little girl and her mum who are in hospital fighting for their lives.

“We currently have specially-trained officers with the family to help them through this devastating time.”

He called on the suspect to “give himself up”, adding that “he knows who he is”.

“This is a fast-moving live investigation and we have a major investigation team with scores of dedicated detectives working tirelessly,” he continued.

“I want to describe what this incident is; it’s the murder, using fire, of three children and we have a three-year-old girl fighting for her life who is seriously ill.

“This will devastate this family forever and words cannot describe what they are going through. We need the public’s help to find the answers the family deserve.

“We want to make arrests as soon as possible and we appeal to local people to help us in this.”

Two 16-year-old boys managed to get out of the house before fire crews could arrive. they are believed to be safe and well.

Greater Manchester Police have now referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because they had been called to the address due to an “earlier incident at the address” hours before.

Jackson Street has been closed off with large steel barriers and firefighters are still monitoring hot spots within the property,

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this devastating fire.

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Man hunt launched as three children killed House Fire

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A 14, 8 & 7-year-old has been killed in a devastating house fire which is being treated as murder.

Cops are treating the deaths as ‘Murder’ by fire and know who the suspected killer is and urge him to hand himself in before he is named.

A three-year-old girl is also fighting for her life in hospital and her mother is in a serious condition.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after three children died in a suspected arson attack on a house in Salford.

Emergency services responded to reports of a fire at 4.58am on Jackson Street, Worsley in Greater Manchester.

Sadly Demi Pearson aged 14 was declared dead at the scene following the horrific arson attack which ripped through the house.

Another boy aged eight-year-old and a girl aged seven-year-old have also sadly died in hospital.

Michelle Pearson aged 35 the mother of all four children is also in a serious condition and is fighting for her life.

Greater Manchester Police said a manhunt was underway for a suspect and the force was “keeping an open mind” as to whether the incident was gang-related.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Miller said: “The death of these three children is heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with their loved ones and the little girl and her mum who are in hospital fighting for their lives.

“We currently have specially-trained officers with the family to help them through this devastating time.”

He called on the suspect to “give himself up”, adding that “he knows who he is”.

“This is a fast-moving live investigation and we have a major investigation team with scores of dedicated detectives working tirelessly,” he continued.

“I want to describe what this incident is; it’s the murder, using fire, of three children and we have a three-year-old girl fighting for her life who is seriously ill.

“This will devastate this family forever and words cannot describe what they are going through. We need the public’s help to find the answers the family deserve.

“We want to make arrests as soon as possible and we appeal to local people to help us in this.”

Two 16-year-old boys managed to get out of the house before fire crews could arrive. they are believed to be safe and well.

Greater Manchester Police have now referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because they had been called to the address due to an “earlier incident at the address” hours before.

Jackson Street has been closed off with large steel barriers and firefighters are still monitoring hot spots within the property,

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this devastating fire.

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