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Counter terrorism officer who lost top secret documents faces losing his job

A senior counter terrorism officer who had top secret documents stolen from his car faces the sack.<p>Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale of West …

Surveillance

Police are using new fingerprint scanners that can identify suspects in 60 seconds

<b>New portable fingerprint scanners used by police officers have been branded ‘breathtakingly invasive’ by civil liberties advocates.</b><p>The Home Office …

West Yorkshire Police

#PooWatch enters 24th day as drug suspect refuses to use toilet

It has been 24 days since Lamarr Chambers was arrested by Essex Police for being a suspected drug dealer.<p>And during those 24 days, he has not been to …

Crime

Paraffin-based skin creams may be linked to hundreds of deaths, senior firefighter warns

Paraffin-based skin creams may be linked to hundreds of deaths, a senior firefighter has warned.<p>Chris Bell, a watch commander with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said the creams - used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis - are safe to use.<p>But he warned …

Skin Care

West Yorkshire Police liable for knocking over elderly woman

<b>An elderly woman who was knocked to the ground during a drug arrest has won a decade-long legal battle against West Yorkshire Police.</b><p>Elizabeth Robinson was injured after being trapped under two "sturdily built" police officers and a suspected drug dealer in Huddersfield in 2008.<p>Mrs Robinson, who …

Crime

Bitcoin gunpoint theft-bid suspects' e-fits issued

<b>E-fit images have been issued of three men being hunted after raiders held three people at gunpoint and ordered the transfer of Bitcoins.</b><p>Four men entered a house in Moulsford, Oxfordshire, on 22 January and threatened two men and a woman with what looked like a firearm.<p>They then demanded they …

Thames Valley Police

West Yorkshire Police see increase in suicide call-outs

<b>An increasing number of people threatening to seriously harm themselves or take their own lives is putting "strain" on police resources, a force has said.</b><p>In the three years up to 2017 there was a 39% increase in reports to West Yorkshire Police where the word suicide was used, figures seen by the …

Mental Health

'Gang member who swallowed drugs' spends 17th day in police custody as cops wait for him to POO

A suspected gang member who allegedly swallowed class A drugs is spending a 17th day in police custody as officers patiently wait for him to POO.<p>The …

Crime

It costs £60,000 a year to keep a prisoner in Frankland - the same as a Hilton hotel suite

It costs the taxpayer more than £60,000 a year to keep some of the UK’s most dangerous criminals locked up at Frankland prison, new figures show.<p>The …

Criminal Justice

Yorkshire ambulance vandalised while crew treats patient in Leeds

<b>An ambulance crew had their personal belongings stolen while they were responding to an emergency in Leeds.</b><p>The Yorkshire ambulance crew were treating a patient in St Luke's Green, in Beeston, at about 01:00 GMT on 28 January when the theft took place.<p>Thieves smashed a window, ripped out the centre …

West Yorkshire Police

Two thirds of UK adults have 'nobody to talk to' about problems

<b>Two thirds of UK adults feel they have nobody to talk to about their problems, a survey has found.</b><p>Of the 2,500 people questioned, 66% said they had no one to speak to about mental health, relationships or money.<p>Difficulty finding the right time or place to talk were given as reasons behind the …

Mental Health

Reported sex offences against males in England and Wales tripled in 10 years

<b>Reports of sexual offences against men and boys have more than tripled in the past decade, figures show.</b><p>There were 12,130 offences reported in England and Wales in 2016-17, compared with 3,819 in 2006-07, said the Office for National Statistics.<p>Andy Connolly, from Survivors UK, said victims were …

Sociology

Nottingham railway station fire: Woman arrested

<b>A woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson over the huge fire that closed Nottingham railway station.</b><p>British Transport Police said the 33-year-old from Derby was arrested earlier and questioned by officers.<p>Ten fire crews were needed to bring the fire under control after it broke out at about …

Trains

Inmate stabbed to death in Wormwood Scrubs prison

<b>An inmate has been stabbed to death at Wormwood Scrubs prison, police have confirmed.</b><p>Scotland Yard said officers were called at 15:19 GMT to reports of a male with stab injuries at the jail in west London.<p>He was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics. Police said the …

Criminal Justice

Hatton Garden raiders must pay back over £6m, judge rules

Ringleaders of £13.69m raid will each serve another seven years in prison if they fail to pay<p>The four ringleaders jailed for the audacious Hatton Garden raid must pay back more than £6m between them or each serve another seven years in prison, a judge has ruled.<p>The burglars, who ransacked 73 safety …

Finance

High-speed pursuit through Birmingham ends with police car flattening postbox

<b>A policeman who crashed his patrol car into a postbox in Birmingham did not get any sympathy from local residents who mocked his driving.</b><p>Residents …

West Midlands Police

Cocaine worth £50m found hidden in 15 suitcases on private jet from Colombia at Farnborough Airport

Five men have been arrested after half a tonne of cocaine worth more than £50 million was discovered in a private jet.<p>In what is believed to be one of the largest recent seizures of its kind, Border Force officers found around 500kg of the Class A drug.<p>They found the haul after searching an …

UK Home Office

Corrie Mckeague police investigation costs £2.1m to date

<b>The police investigation into missing RAF airman Corrie Mckeague has cost £2.1m to date, according to figures.</b><p>Mr Mckeague vanished after a night out in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in September 2016.<p>Information obtained by the BBC showed Suffolk Police has spent £1,325,000 on the investigation, plus …

Sociology

New RAF radar station on Shetland nears completion

A new RAF radar facility that will track Russian military aircraft approaching the north of the UK is nearing completion.<p>The £10m Remote Radar Head facility is being built at Saxa Vord on the island of Unst in Shetland. BBC Scotland's John Johnston reports.

Aerospace

Anthony Grainger shooting: Officers face 'gross misconduct' probe

<b>Two senior Manchester police officers are being investigated for alleged gross misconduct over evidence given to an inquiry into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, the BBC has learned.</b><p>Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood, who authorised the operation in which Anthony Grainger died, and Det Ch …

Greater Manchester Police

Hoarding: Where are you on the 'clutter scale'?

More than a million people in the UK have hoarding issues, estimates suggest, with firefighters increasingly concerned about the role clutter can play in fatal fires.<p>They are calling for the mandatory collection of data around hoarding in order to better understand the true scale of the problem – …

Hoarding

Military spending or investment in peace?

Rt Rev Peter Price, Chris Mullin and Jeremy Lester call for a long-term effort to end and prevent wars; Tim Webb on wasteful military expenditure; Lord West on the defence of Europe; Keith Farman on a Catch-22 solution to the funding shortfall<p>An expansionist Russia, highlighted by Gen Sir Nick …

War

Student stabbed to death by man she met on Tinder days after reporting him to police

A student was stabbed to death by a man she met on the dating app Tinder, just days after she reported him to the police, a court has heard.<p>Molly McLaren, 23, was sitting in her car at the Chatham Dockside Outlet in Kent when Joshua Stimpson repeatedly stabbed her in the neck and head just after …

Crime

Hunt for robbers using bleach on victims

<b>Police are hunting a gang of thieves who break into homes, attack residents and put bleach on their victims' hands.</b><p>CCTV shows the men climbing into gardens before bursting into homes, threatening residents with weapons and stealing cash and jewellery.<p>The suspects use the bleach in "a substandard …

West Midlands Police

Reality Check: What's happening to defence spending?

<b>The head of the British army, General Sir Nick Carter, has warned that the country's armed forces risk falling behind its potential enemies' unless there is additional investment.</b><p>There are different ways of trying to measure how a country prioritises defence - but none of these is perfect.<p>Let's …

War

Nottingham Prison: 'Two suicide attempts every week'

<b>A prison officer at a jail described as "fundamentally unsafe" claims his colleagues stop two suicides every week.</b><p>Eight inmates are thought to have killed themselves at HMP Nottingham in the past two years.<p>Many more inmates attempt suicide, the officer said, but the public does not hear about the …

Prison

Hundreds of cases dropped over evidence disclosure failings

<b>The number of prosecutions in England and Wales that collapsed because of a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence increased by 70% in the last two years, the BBC can reveal.</b><p>Last year, 916 people had charges dropped over a failure to disclose evidence - up from 537 in 2014-15.<p>It …

Justice

Murder investigation over inmate's death at HMP Hewell

<b>A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an inmate was found dead at a prison.</b><p>West Mercia Police said they received a report of the death of a man at HMP Hewell, near Redditch, Worcestershire, at about 17:15 GMT on Tuesday.<p>The force said the 39-year-old man's death is being treated as …

Crime

Emergency 999 mobile network faces crisis

A vital contract to expand mobile phone coverage for the emergency services is in crisis with work under way at only one out of around 300 locations where new masts need to be built.<p>The Home Office was this weekend understood to be considering scrapping a deal with Lendlease, the construction …

Someone phoned 999 because they needed a shower and their shopping done

<b>Someone thought it was perfectly reasonable to phone 999 because they needed a shower and their shopping done.</b><p>The ambulance dispatcher got so …