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One of the Met’s first officers on the scene at the London Bridge terrorist attack has spoken of his harrowing experience of rushing to the scene to help the innocent people caught up in the incident.
Southwark Safer Neighbourhoods officer Inspector Jim Cole’s shift on Saturday, 3 June started out like any normal weekend. But just after 22:00hrs, Inspector Cole experienced his most challenging moment yet in his 18-year policing career by being one the first responders on the scene of the attack.

Inspector Cole, 41, had been on reserve duty in central London and had just arrived back at Peckham Police Station. He was getting ready to finish his shift and go home to his family when the call came in.

“My colleague had been listening to the police radio channel and he came running in to tell me a van had ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge. I instantly knew it was serious and I feared the worst,” explained Inspector Cole.

“It was all hands to the pump, it was like something out of a Battle of Britain film. Everyone went running and every available police vehicle was filled with officers. My lot got into a police carrier and we went up to London Bridge.”

He continued: “We pulled up in Borough High Street by the war memorial and we made our way on foot to Borough Market. We had some updates on the radio about at least three men attacking people with knives, but it wasn’t really a clear situation and we were not really sure what to expect. 

“When we got there, there were a number of armed officers and there were casualties on the pavements. I asked my officers to form a cordon to stop the public from going into the market, and that’s when the shooting started just behind us. We had no idea what was going on, we didn’t know if it was us shooting or if the bad guys had guns.”
Inspector Cole’s first priority was to help those injured and to keep the petrified members of public safe during the pandemonium. Inspector Cole spotted a nearby pub in Southwark Street and decided it was the safest place for people to shelter.
“We got the door open and I instructed my medic to set-up a triage area downstairs,” explained Inspector Cole. “There was a casualty on the pavement near me. I saw a marked police car. I flagged it down and I got the driver to get the casualty out of there. 

“I then saw a few injured people who were bleeding, including a man who had been stabbed in the stomach and we got them to safety in the pub. I then heard more shouting and a stream of people came out of the market screaming and panicking. I got them to go into the pub’s basement as a place of hard cover.”

He added: “It then started to stabilise a bit. It felt like that had only been a few moments, but it had actually been about 10 or 15 minutes.
“I then checked in with my medic who told me no one he was treating was immediately critical and they were stable at that point.
“On my radio I could hear officers on London Bridge desperately calling for ambulances, they were doing CPR on people. I decided I had to get my medic up there to help, but I didn’t know what the threat was to their safety. I managed to grab a couple of armed officers and they escorted my medic, and another police medic, up to London Bridge.
“I then went outside to find help for the man who had been stabbed in the stomach. I found a police car and I instructed some officers to get him to hospital.”
After getting the news that the immediate threat had been dealt with, Inspector Cole went to relay the information to the members of public sheltering in the pub.
He said. “I spoke with the 200 frightened people in the basement and told them that there were armed officers outside, we were safe and we would evacuate them as soon as we could and I got a big round of applause. That was a really nice, unexpected moment. It was a nice touch.
“It then started to calm down and we started to evacuate people from the area.

“All the first responders then went back to Southwark Police Station and other police units took over.”

Inspector Cole said his autopilot took over that night as he dealt with the unfolding situation.

“You have no time to think about anything, it’s almost robotic,” he said. “It’s really automatic, it just kicks in. You don’t really have time to consider your own safety. It was just a case of making sure everyone was doing their bit. It wasn’t really until the next morning that it sunk in and I thought ‘crikey, that was pretty major.
“It all feels very surreal, it almost feels like it isn’t real.”

Inspector Cole said it was the most challenging moment in his 18-year-career in the Met.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, it was the most challenging, most intense situation I’ve dealt with. I’ve dealt with a lot of death and I’ve been to some pretty horrific scenes in my career, but nothing has ever been on that scale. It’s going to stick with me for a long time.”

Inspector Cole said he was proud of his colleagues and his team on the night. He added: “The team there was brilliant and all the officers working to me did everything I asked them to. Everyone showed courage. No one thought about themselves, everyone was busy helping other people. It really brings home what a great organisation the Met is.”

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Armed police have ‘shot taxi’ passenger suspected of having handgun

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Armed Police have shot taxi passenger suspected of having handgun, the armed officers shot the man after he refused to get out of the taxi at gunpoint.

Armed officers repeatedly shouted at the man to get out of the taxi, after it was reported he had a handgun.

The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to his arm his condition is non-life threatening after the incident in Bishop Auckland at 10.46am on Friday

Durham Police have confirmed a man in his 20s has been shot by officers who responded to reports of the suspect being seen with a handgun.

A full investigation has now been launched and police forensics have attended the scene of the shooting.

An eyewitness has told @PoliceHour that six armed police cars surrounded a white taxi jumped out and started shouting at a man in the car to get out the man became aggressive and refused he was abusive to police officers and refused to comply

“The taxi driver of the car managed to flee to safety with his armed held in the air before one shot was fired shattering the window, the man was then dragged out by police, despite being in agony he continued to resist police arrest shouting and swearing the armed officers”

“When the ambulance arrived, he became aggressive with ambulances crews and attempted to leave he had to be strapped down”.

Chief inspector Stephen Ball, of Durham Constabulary, said: “Obviously, this is a serious incident and the public would rightly expect a thorough investigation.

“We are fully co-operating with the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“We believe this to be an isolated incident and we would like to reassure residents that there is no wider threat to the public.

“We would like to thank residents for their support and patience while the investigation continues”.

Durham Police has informed the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which has begun an investigation.

Investigators are due at the scene to carry out “post-incident procedures”.

Durham Police have released a statement “A MAN who was injured during this morning’s incident in Bishop Auckland has now been released from hospital.

“A 23-year-old local man has been arrested and is being held at Darlington Police Station for questioning.”

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Boy 15 Murdered in launched in Sheffield

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A murder investigation has been launched this evening after a 15-year-old boy died in hospital following an incident in the Lowedges area of Sheffield.

Police received reports at around 7.50pm tonight, that a 15-year-old boy had been stabbed on Lowedges Road.

He was taken to hospital where he died an hour later.

Eyewitnesses have told Police Hour they heard a “15-year-old lad had been stabbed, we heard lots of sirens for over an hour.

“Lots of police and ambulance workers ascended into the area and a huge cordon was put in place’

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Policing welcomes Home Secretary Sajid Javid positivity and support offering olive branch in Police Federation address

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The policing world has welcomed the warming and supportive words of new Home Secretary Sajid Javid. We believe he is the first Home Secretary who knows policing.

And thats because it’s in his families blood, he has a lot of great things to say about policing.

An understanding of policing on another level. He knows demand is up, funds are low and the job is tough.

Offering cops the tools they need to get the job done without worrying about stopping and searching suspects.

He has backed an increased use of stop and search to tackle the spate of violence on Britain’s streets.

Sajid Javid speech was received with warmth as he promised to prioritise police spending as he offered an olive branch to rank-and-file officers.

Mr Javid was welcomed to the Police Fed conference and received support from the front line cops following Amber Rudds poor reception last year over budget cuts and staffing reductions.

This was a testing first speech the Home Secretary who wanted to try and draw a line under the era of running battles between the Government and the police.

Following mounting pressures faced by officers faced with policing cuts.

As of September there were 121,929 officers across the 43 territorial forces in England and Wales – a fall of nearly 20,000 compared with a decade earlier.

Referring to stop and search, he told the Police Federation of England and Wales’ (PFEW) annual conference in Birmingham: “Some of you don’t feel comfortable using it – and that’s not how it should be.

“I have confidence in your professional judgment. So let me be clear – I support the use of stop and search.

“You have to do your job and that means protecting everyone.”

He said evidence shows that black people are more likely to be a homicide victim than any other ethnic group.

“If stop and search can mean saving lives from the communities most affected, then of course that has to be right,” Mr Javid said.

Following a spate of violence across London and the UK there has been a sharp reduction in stop and search activity , with use of the powers at the lowest level.

Cops faced heavy criticism after they were accused of unfairly focusing on black and minority ethnic individuals.

Theresa May introduced measures in 2014 to ensure stop and search could not be used in this way.

Mr Javid acknowledged that police officers have an increased demand saying “I’m not arrogant enough to turn up here after three weeks in the job and tell you how to do yours,”

Mr Javid added that the government have had to make difficult decisions since 2010 and that he does not have a magic wand to fund everything needed but he said he was “listening and i do get it”.

“We need to think more about the long-term funding of policing.

“I will priorities police funding in the Spending Review next year.”

He said that, including funds raised through council tax, more than £1 billion extra cash is being invested in policing now than three years ago.

Addressing the fact that he had not spent much time in the role, he said that while the position of Home Secretary was his fifth in Government, he had seen the issues involved in policing and worked with the service during his other roles.

He continued that it was “not all about funding” and the Government needed to do more to “protect the protectors”, such as tougher penalties for those who attack emergency services workers, changing the laws on police pursuits, and updating their kit.

Mr Javid pledged to provide “tools, the powers and the back-up that you need to get the job done…

“For those of you who stand on the front line, be in no doubt that I will be standing with you.”

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