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Dodgeming the issue
The tabloid press claims that Humberside Police officers have enraged residents in and around Hull by riding on the dodgems at a fair. Their supervisors have defended their “light-hearted public engagement”, and Deputy Chief Constable Andy McDyer says he is “really disappointed in the article”.
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Please don't kick me
Ron Hogg, the ‘Workforce Portfolio Lead’ for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) has announced that he and his fellow PCCs are backing the second reading of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill in the House of Commons this week.
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Don’t cough nothing
An anonymous ‘senior Conservative figure’ (Theresa May?) has questioned the position of a colleague, party chair Sir Patrick McLoughlin, after a ‘comedian’ called Simon Brodkin (stage name Lee Nelson) got close enough to the Prime Minister to hand her a P45 during her key address at the party’s Manchester Conference.
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Please dismount quite soon
The Home Office is to review the law around police pursuits, following a rise in concerns. Home office reviews are normally causes for concerns in themselves, but this one might go all right. There are very few statistics involved, so they will not have to attempt many calculations. The figures that are to hand are simple, but they are not encouraging, as they refer to increases in dangerous incidents.
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Are you listening carefully?
A deaf man, one Magdiel Sanchez, aged 35, has been shot and killed by Oklahoma City police officers as he approached them holding a metal pipe after a hit-and-run incident. Police Captain Bo Mathews says the two officers did not hear half-a-dozen neighbours screaming “he can't hear you” before opening fire. The shooting is now being investigated by city homicide detectives to determine if it was legally justified.
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Don't you know who I am?
I did not have Porthcawl in South Wales down as a place that would see 35,000 visitors in one weekend, let alone 35,000 Elvis impersonators. But that is what happens every September at Europe’s largest gathering of fans of the dead musical star. I was also amazed to be told that the town has been chosen for deployment of the latest counter terror technology, but that too is true.
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Fake numbers
Great news! The Government has lifted the one per cent pay cap for both police and prison officers. Actually it hasn’t, sorry, it has been very sneaky. I hope Home Secretary Amber Rudd and the new policing minister do not expect thousands of officers on leave with stress to suddenly jump out of their sick beds and return to work after hearing the announcement.
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Hoisted with his own petard
Lt Greg Abbott, of the Cobb County Police in Georgia, has used his dashboard camera to record himself telling a white woman stopped over a traffic violation not to worry because the police “only shoot black people”.
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Watch your language!
Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey of the Metropolitan Police Service has sparked controversy by appearing to suggest people who do not speak English will receive a priority service.
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Getting my goat
Michael John Ashworth, 57, currently of no fixed address, has been arrested at the Channel Tunnel in France, having absconded from an open prison, which clearly was not a fixed address, in 1995.
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