Child Rescue Alert: 3 year old Jake Jordan taken from his home in early hours

UPDATE: Gardaí have confirmed that Jake Jordan has been "recovered safe and well."

Irish police the Gardaí have issued a Child Rescue Alert in tracing a three-year-old boy who is missing from Co Wexford.

It is understood that Jake Jordan was taken by his father, Patrick Somers, 30, following an incident at the child's home at Saint Mary’s Villa in Bunclody.

They were last seen when they left the home at around 01.15 this morning.

Gardaí believe there is an immediate and serious risk to the health and welfare of Jake and have launched a CRI alert.

The public have been warned not to approach Mr Somers and to contact gadaí immediately if he is spotted.

Patrick Somers is described as well built, approximately 6ft tall, with short brown hair, which is greying at the sides.

When last seen Mr Somers was wearing a Kiltealy green and white soccer jersey with the letters ‘PS’ written in white on the front, dark navy jeans and brown shoes.

Jake was wearing a batman pyjamas and a light blue Nike hoody.

They are both understood to be travelling in a red/wine-coloured Ford Focus C-Max, registration number 04 KE 5432.

Anyone with information is asked to dial 999 or 112.

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader.

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” - Confucius

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader.

Officers successfully promoted to Sergeant and Inspector are generally well-read. As a result, they are significantly more prepared than their competition. 

Candidates currently aspiring to promotion in the police service might be wise to heed Harry Truman’s observation:

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers”. 

Unless reading happens to be a personal passion or forms part of academic study, it’s understandable that reading sometimes takes a back seat. Emails, text and social media offer to bite-size chunks of information, but for many of us these circumvent the need for wider reading. 

As part of a focused approach to promotion preparation, busy officers appreciate signposting for targeted reading.

I Haven’t Got Time to Read

“The book you don’t read won’t help.” - Jim Rohn

I often ask aspiring promotion candidates, “What are you reading?” Responses are honest, sometimes amusing, but rarely surprising.

“I’m not reading anything” is a typical reply. “I haven’t got time to read” is probably the most common response. That’s a good thing, because the only possible direction from there is forward! There’s no escaping the fact that if you’re not reading, this is a huge gap in your effective preparation for promotion.

For some who do read, a familiar theme is perusing the entirety of their own force policies in the mistaken belief this is time well spent.   

I love the way philosopher A.C.Grayling describes reading: 

“To read is to enter other points of view; it is to be an invisible observer of circumstances, which might never be realised in one’s own life; it is to meet people and situations exceeding in kind and number, the

possibilities open to individual experience. As a result, reading not only promotes self-understanding, it equips one with insights into needs, interests and desires that one might never share but which

motivate others, in this way enabling one to understand, and tolerate and even to sympathise with other people’s concerns”.

If that doesn’t convince you of the benefits of wider reading or the link to leadership skills, then I’m not sure what will.

Question Time

“How many have dated a new era in their life from the reading of a book?” Henry David Thoreau 

Many promotion candidates unwittingly overlook reading as part of their continuous personal development (CPD). Policing is a particularly demanding job, but ultimately each of us has the same 24 hours in a day. Reading for personal growth is a critical element of leadership development, raising awareness and provoking thoughts. 

Oscar Wilde offered a view that lends itself to anyone seeking career progression: 

“Its what you read when you don’t have to, that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

Once the significance of this is understood, questions naturally arise including:

  • Have I left things too late?
  • Where should I start?
  • What can I read that will help?

A Final Chapter

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury

Taking a serious and focused approach to your promotion preparation should encompass wider reading, well in advance of any promotion opportunity. Don’t be too serious, there should always be room for some humour.

On that note, I would like to take this opportunity to wish every one of you the very best in your endeavours; I’ll let Groucho Marx have the last say:

From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.”

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Devastating 2 year old dies after falling from bedroom window

A two year old boy has tragically fallen from a bedroom window to his death.

The little toddler was found lying on the street on Fairburn Road just after 4pm on Saturday November 17th.

The little boy was rushed to the Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool by road ambulance in a critical condition.

Sadly members of his family had to make the heartbreaking decision of turning off his life support machine last night.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police confirmed the tragic news of his death this morning, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The youngster is believed to have been playing upstairs with other children before the horror fall.

The toddler’s next of kin are understood to have been informed and will be supported by specialist officers from the force.

Police Officer stabbed outside of Train Station

A police officer has been stabbed while on duty outside of a train station in East London.

The officer was on duty when he was approached by a suspect outside of Ilford Station and attacked with a Knife.

he was rushed to hospital for treatement for his injuries they are not believed to be life-threatening.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

British Transport Police said: "Officers are appealing for information after a BTP police officer was stabbed outside Ilford Station.

"Around 9.45pm this evening (Friday) a male officer was approached whilst on duty outside Ilford Station and was attacked with a knife.

"The London Ambulance Service has taken the officer to hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.

"A man has been arrested."

Counter-terrorism police are not thought to be involved at this stage.

The incident comes amid concerns of an increase in attacks on police officers amid a rise in violent crime across London.

Cleveland Police things are not ok give us the tools and we will do our job

These cuts created that have been caused by austerity are too deep and have gone on far too long.

It's not just a challenge Cleveland Police face, for most towns 10 officers over a weekend is valued, some run or more like 4 or 5. That is a reality.

These officers face daily and increasing assaults, the job they love and do is getting more and more dangerous. They leave there loved ones at home not knowing if they'll return again. They do not do it for the money but for the love and the passion of helping me and you.

All the while they know they have the public support, but they also know people love to drag them down and keep kicking them while they are down. Some take great pleasure in laying into the Police especially the BBC, With dreadful headlines about Hartlepool.

Police Hour is based in Hartlepool, and we can promise you there are no streets within this town that are no-go areas for the police, the streets are not run by so-called vigilantes and the police do a stunning job. The community do a great job we are a feel-good town that is very community focused we'll spend our last pound helping someone else in the community less fortunate.

Hartlepool is a great town, and in fairness the community is tight-knit, not everyone will understand that but in Hartlepool, everyone knows each other therefore crime is relatively low compared to other towns and cities, The police in Hartlepool do a great job.

Policing is based on demand, and trends, therefore, Cleveland Police are going to keep the officers exactly where they are needed. So instead of the negativity, we should in-fact praise the councillors and police for the work they carry out in Hartlepool.

The people of Hartlepool

Like all towns, Hartlepool is not perfect, but in Hartlepool, there is a great community feel and spirit which is unheard of in other parts of England, Hartlepool looks after there own and by that we don't mean we send in the heavys when something goes wrong, we look after our offenders in the sense we volunteer at food banks, we raise money to keep these going we suspend coffee for them we try and help them which in turn helps keep our crime low.

If someone breaks the law, Hartlepool is such a tight community that the offenders step back inline because everyone knows everyone. Crime still happens mainly opportunistic criminals who take there chances of the offset no one will ever know it's them.

They'll target the big retail stores with thefts because they are seen as being able to afford it, rather than the smaller family-run businesses. Houses do get burgled but that's the same everywhere you go.

Anywhere there is alcohol there is always violence at some point, and anywhere there is youths there will always be anti-social behaviour.

Crime is a fact of life, it's always going to happen.

Hartlepool has had its fair share of really serious and awful crimes, but the police are always responsive and have someone arrested fairly sharpish. After all, Hartlepool is a great town with great police officers simply facing the challenges of deep cuts.

The story of Hartlepool simply highlights what every other force outside of London or the richer parts of England are facing, Hartlepool might be one of the poorest places in the UK but we'd rather be poor and live amongst some great people who really care about the area they live so much that they'd protect it on an evening by performing neighbourhood watch patrols.

The blame game

Be more intelligent, rather than assuming the police could not be bothered to attend that crime you reported, rather than assume they don't care about that crime that happened to you, rather than assume they don't want to see the CCTV footage that you have, Rather than assume they don't want to help you challenge your mindset and think why, look at the challenges the police face, look at the lack of funding they have and the money that is relentlessly being taken out of the pot and you will find your answer.

Don't blame your MP, Don't blame the council, don't blame the councillors, or the police. Challenge them especially those with the power and authority to make change within Westminster but individually don't blame local authorities and those that are not within the governing party, Because most MP's are actually fighting for the same thing and have been for years, they have been fighting cuts to policing and have been very key in supporting local police forces and speaking up for them in debates in the commons.

We simply no longer have the tools to do the job

Cleveland Police simply don't have the tools to do the job anymore.

They can no longer attend incidents involving thefts from sheds, cars and other minor crimes.

Policing is now responsive oppose to having officers on the beat, because times have changed. An officer walking the streets isn't really productive or of value when it comes to crime within 2018.

But because of huge cuts to budgets, Cleveland Police simply cannot afford the time, money or resources to investigate minor crimes such as thefts from cars.

It was warned by Police Hour and many years these cuts were deep, we campaigned and added pressure to prevent them, so the current state of policing should not shock our readers.

The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police has made it clear things are not ok after Hartlepool hit the headlines following a community group policing their own community.

Chief Constable - the cuts created and caused by austerity is too deep and have gone on for too long

Cleveland Police Chief Constable Mike Veale has today outlined the challenges, as he sees them, facing modern policing.

Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “Every day of the week there are officers and staff out on our streets keeping people safe and protecting our communities by showing the utmost courage. Policing in the 21st Century is a risky business where criminals are more sophisticated, more resourceful and more dangerous than they ever have been before. Every day of the week that courage and tenacity results in dangerous criminals being locked up, vulnerable people being protected and members of the public helped in their greatest hour of need.

“Within a few months of my joining Cleveland Police as the Chief Constable, I made it clear to all my staff that I want them to push the boundaries, be on the front foot, be in the face of criminals and be audacious in their approach. Those who say that the police service has had a culture of blame where risk aversion has been debilitating and impaired the trust and confidence of leadership in rank and file are right. This will not happen in my force.

“It’s absolutely right that local people expect safe streets and secure homes; this is at the heart of British policing. We will get more officers out into our communities and that is what we’re doing through a root and branch review of our services and transformation of the technology we use.

"But we must remember that it is not just about uniformed colleagues patrolling the streets anymore, as it was 20 or 30 years ago. An officer on the streets means an officer not looking after children online, not investigating crimes such as murder, rape and complex cases of child abuse or domestic violence. These are the challenges we face, and we will meet them head-on.

“These are complex issues and while simply crying ‘austerity’ is not good enough no one in policing today can claim it isn’t a factor. Forces across the country including Cleveland are more efficient and more effective than ever before but despite this efficiency, the service we are providing the public is nowhere near where it needs to be.

“I would not be exhibiting the courage that my officers and staff deserve if I continue to say we have enough resources if I continue with this commentary that things in policing are okay. They are not okay. The cuts created and caused by austerity are too deep and have gone on for too long.

“We have brilliant people doing a brilliant job but we do not have enough of them and the facts speak for themselves. It is about time that trend was reversed so that we can protect our communities, protect the most vulnerable and protect everyday people who go about their business and protect them with courage, kindness and compassion.

“My message is clear; give us the tools and we will do the job.”

Cleveland Police, Especially those working to keep Hartlepool safe we simply thank you for the hard work you are doing under increased and negative headlines.

Police Hour, will not kick you while you are down and nor will the community of Hartlepool.

We are a positive town full of positive people.

Hartlepool: Community patrol urged not to take law into their own hands

Cleveland Police has warned a community in Hartlepool not to take law into their own hands after launching a nightly neighbourhood patrol after a lack of police response to burglary and thefts from vans and cars.

We must continue to support our hardworking police officers and thank them for the difficult job they do.

See: Hartlepool: The town where the police no longer come.

The police simply do not have enough resources and funding to attend and investigate everything anymore.

The PCC warned he will hold the Chief Constable to account but blamed government cuts for the lack of police attending volume crime in Hartlepool.

Barry Coppinger the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Police thanked the hard working police officers of Hartlepool.

Admitting that police officers in Hartlepool are working under increasingly difficult circumstances but this is not just a problem limited to Hartlepool it is across the whole of Cleveland Police "This happens all day and all night across the Force area."

Something that has prompted Chief Constable Mike Veale to review the structure of the force and looking at areas of demand and where the force can save money.

With the closure of Hartlepool Police custody you'd believe Hartlepool was a crime free zone, but it's not the police have simply stopped policing the crimes that matter to the public such as theft from shed's, theft from cars and even shoplifting.

They simply do not have the money to respond and dedicate time to everything policing is in a state and it's not just limited to Hartlepool or Cleveland this is just a snapshot of over stretched police forces across Britain.

Sadly it won't get any better the Cleveland PCC tells the public that they should continue reporting crime but from a large number of people's experiences in Hartlepool officers won't even attend even if there is potential evidence and CCTV footage.

However he warned communities "not take the law into their own hands." And to continue reporting crime to the police.

If you'd like to assist the police he added the force is currently recruiting Special Constables.

Adding "All public services are bearing the brunt of austerity and sadly this has also increased pressure on policing. As the Integrated team at Hartlepool shows, we have responded by working ever more closely with our partners - but as last night’s coverage illustrates, policing is often the service of first and last resort.

“I will keep engaging regularly with the community in Hartlepool and have supported various local projects such as youth diversion work at Belle Vue, which will be further developed as a result of successfully bidding for funding, work at Rift House, work with the Youth Offending Service, and projects such as crime prevention in vulnerable locations and Hartlepool Coastal Surveillance Centre through my Community Safety Initiative Fund.

“While the BBC report may be a shock for many residents, it highlights the pressures on policing in Cleveland following eight years of austerity.

“Central government funding to Cleveland Police has been cut by £39m (36%) in real terms over the past seven years, resulting in the loss of over 500 Police Officers and 50 Police Community Support Officers.

“It was only by increasing the local police precept by £12 this year that we were able to prevent a further 60 job losses.

“The government must sit up and listen to what we are telling them about the crippling impact of their cuts on policing in Cleveland.

“I have personally written to the Government and invited the Home Secretary to Cleveland to see first-hand the reality of police funding cuts. I hope that he will do so.

“I urge anyone with any political influence, from all parties or none, to join me in my campaign for fairer funding for policing in Cleveland.”

Admittedly here at Police Hour we understand that this is a challenge that is not limited to Cleveland Police, but one that Cleveland Police alone cannot fix.

We must continue to support our hardworking police officers and thank them for the difficult job they do.

Hartlepool: The town where the police no longer come

Your car has been broken into, your bike is gone, there is someone in your garden they could be heading for the house you reach for the phone and call the police. But there are no officers coming tonight there simply is not enough. That is the reality for some and the future for others.

In Hartlepool, there is evidence that there are not enough cops to even attend jobs with clear CCTV evidence, Maybe that is why there are only 4 people on average in the Hartlepool Police station because they are not arresting the criminals, they are not investigating the crimes that impact us.

Police Hour has had two experiences of car crime and two experiences no officer attended to collect our CCTV evidence. Luckily on both occasions this was not our car. But we are sure the owners of these cars will be disgusted that we had CCTV evidence that the police never bothered to collect.

Most recently in Hartlepool, right outside of Police Hour HQ we reported a crime in progress to the police and were informed it was not our place to report the car because simply it was property and we did not own the car so we could not do anything, despite the offender and crime happening on CCTV. The police never attended to collect that CCTV. Very similar to another car that was broken into here recently.

How did things become so bad within the UK, when did the police stop attending car crime, break-ins and such likes, the Answer is simple? There isn't enough money and policing cuts are deep. Officers remain dedicated but are at breaking point.

Some people are reporting crimes and never seeing the police come to collect any evidence, others are lucky to see the police within three weeks. When will the police service break and how long will the public put up with it.

The truth is British Policing is almost at breaking point there are not enough police officers to deal with crime, they’ll now often only respond to the life and death 999 calls.

But here is the catch when they do respond to you the chances of anyone actually being arrested are also reducing, last year cops made fewer arrests for serious offences Because they were too busy responding to 999 calls rather than being able to investigate and arrest offenders. They are simply understaffed, overworked and underpaid.

Within a location near the Police Hour head offices, a violent shoplifter within a northern force was biting and punching security staff. Members of the public assisted and held the man until the police arrived after an hour he was still fighting and biting he struggled and ran, the police never came. They never asked for our CCTV footage and we were left disappointed. It was not a policing priority. He was never arrested and no evidence was ever collected.

But it is 2018 and we have to get used to the fact that there is just no money in the funds, austerity has hit policing and there is not much we can do about it. Budgets are getting tighter and tighter and we must no longer waste money, we must operate in an effective and cost-effective way. The chances of getting more officers are not that great.

Criminals are risking it more and more they now know they have the best chances now in 2018 of committing a crime and never getting caught, they know there are not many officers crawling around the streets or responding to jobs. They now know they have more chance of committing a crime and getting away with it the odds are stacked in their favour. Being simply the police are overstretched, their numbers have fallen by 21,000 and they won’t be increased any time soon.

After all it’s working right, we are saving millions and everyone has to take their fair share of being understaffed.

Closing Custody

We just hope the lack of operational response is not an excuse and a justification to shut down the Police Station as it was announced yesterday that Hartlepool police custody was closing as they only deal with 4 prisoners a day.

Maybe if the cops attended more routine crimes and investigated crime they would have a use for there soon to be closed police station. But we cannot blame the cops it all comes down to policing cuts and the political powers that be.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins recently admitted that high levels of serious crime such as murder, rape, human trafficking, policing mental health and welfare issues have left Greater Manchester Police struggling. the first CC of many to admit he does not have the officers on the ground or the money to put them on the ground.

The thought that officers will automatically come to your house when you have been burgled and your car has been stolen is no longer a reality in some forces across the UK the police won’t even come. If you see a smashed up car parked within a location the police won’t attend anymore unless the person who owns the car reports it, within Cleveland Police area we reported such car behind the offices of Police Hour, 4 weeks later a smashed up car was still remaining despite having CCTV evidence, no officers ever arrived because they simply had bigger policing issues.

Ian Hopkins Said to MEN  “There is this growing gap of people in the middle that, you know, expect us to turn up to their car that’s been broken into or their garden shed that’s been broken into or their bike that’s been stolen and they’re then finding out that we don’t,

“And from my perspective, there are two answers to this. People might accuse me of being simplistic, but either the public have to understand that that’s just the way policing is now in the 21st Century and we make difficult decisions around our resource allocation and what we’re dealing with – or there has to be more police.

“And as I say, that might sound quite simplistic, but I don’t see what the solution is in the long term unless there’s either an acceptance of that kind of policing or there’s an increase in resources.”

Cressida Dick Commissioner of the Met Police has openly admitted that a 2% pay rise for police officers is a punch on the nose and feared that the police will soon be affected with understaffing just like the police service.

Today she told the  Police Superintendents’ Association that the government decision on pay would make it harder to recruit and retain officers. Saying that

“I do think that decision will have affected morale, I don’t want the government to wait until we are struggling like the prison service with chronic understaffing.”

And made it clear that a decision to impose the2% pay award for pensionable pay flew in the face of evidence and rational argument because that simply feels like 1% to officers.

“I am extremely disappointed by that outcome,” she said, adding that police had worked “tirelessly” with the Home Office and the independent Pay Review Body (PRB) to make the case for “fair pay” for officers.

Mr Javid said that he understood concerns, however. “This is a reflection of trying to strike that balance and I’m not pretending it’s easy,” he said, adding that he knows there is “a need for more resources”.

The comments from Ms Dick come as a public spending watchdog called the government’s approach to police funding “ineffective”.

Cleveland Police Scrap Hartlepool Police Custody in bid to save cash.

Cleveland Police has scrapped their custody suite in Hartlepool as on average only 4 people a day are held here.

Instead they'll be transferred 30 mins to either Stockton or Middlesbrough Police. The move will save thousands of pounds cash which has to be positive if the suite is only being used by on average 4 people a day.

Custody services in Cleveland are changing to make sure people get the best possible support whilst also making long term savings.

Following significant investment in the Middlesbrough Custody Suite over recent years, Cleveland Police is proposing to mothball the Hartlepool Custody Office which only has an average of four people use it each day. The changes would reduce costs and make savings.

Cleveland Police has consulted the Police and Crime Commissioner on the proposals and agreed in principle that the suite be mothballed in early 2019 to allow it to be brought back into use if operational circumstances require. Staff consultation is underway and further details will be published in due course.

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said: “Regardless of where a person is arrested their welfare is a key concern. It’s often not until they are in the cell that their needs are identified, and by taking them to the purpose built facility in Middlesbrough we can ensure that they are able to access any necessary support services at the earliest opportunity.

“We’ve tested the timings for any additional officer journeys and feel that this can be managed appropriately against our demand, whilst providing the best service we can to the public.

“Policing has changed and we must constantly adapt to new ways of working to meet the challenge of keeping people safe with the resources that are available to us.”

Investment at Middlesbrough Custody Suite has recently included senior healthcare practitioners on site 24/7 and direct referrals to a range of support services to ensure safety and divert people from offending. As a result, people who are vulnerable or need medical attention when arrested are taken to Middlesbrough from across Cleveland.

Paul Gascoigne charged with sexual assault of woman on Train

The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has today been charged with sexually assaulting a woman on a train,

It is alleged that Gascoigne aged 51 cimmitted the offence on the train service from York to Durham on August 20th the British Transport Police confirmed.

Gascoigne was arrested for and later charged with one count of sexual assault by touching.

"A man is due to appear in court next month charged in connection with the sexual assault of a woman on board a train from York to Durham," a spokesman for the force said.

"Paul Gascoigne was charged via postal requisition with one count of sexual assault by touching, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

"The charge relates to an incident on board a train on August 20 this year."

Brace yourself as temperatures set to drop

Temperatures are set to drop below freezing within the next 24 to 48 hours. Some news outlets are reporting that snow is on the way. But it's more likely to be a wintery sleet for most of us.

The sudden drop in the weather is a result of Siberian air sweeping in on easterly winds.

There is expected to be a windchill in the air which could bring wintry weather.

the colder weather will cause wintry sleet and snow in places on the high ground such as the Pennines which is expected on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Be warned as ice will be expected on the road as the night cuts in and early mornings start.

Surfaces are expected to be slippery

Temperatures fell as low as -5C in Scotland over the weekend and it's expected there'll be similar temperatures Wednesday night into Thursday morning.