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2018 items

select for full details Sacked PCSO has now been kicked out of Lancashire's fire service
A FORMER police community support officer - sacked by Lancashire Constabulary after being arrested over alleged domestic violence - has now been dismissed by the county's fire service.
By Peter Magill 12 Oct, 2018

Paul Baden, then known as Paul McGladdery, hit the headlines in 2007 when he was questioned by colleagues on suspicion of attacking his then-partner.

An assault charge against the officer, which he denied, was eventually dropped by prosecutors when the case came to court.

But the incident was enough to merit the probationary PCSO, who covered the West Craven area, being kicked out of the force.

It has now emerged that McGladdery, who is understood to have subsequently changed his name to Baden, has also been booted out of the fire service. He is believed to be considering an appeal.

He is understood to have started out as a retained firefighter at Colne after he left the police.

Later he moved on to become full-time officer at Bacup, later transferring to work in Fleetwood.

Fire chiefs have declined to confirm the exact reasons behind Baden's dismissal, but it is believed he has been suspended for the past seven months while the disciplinary process went on.

One source told the Lancashire Telegraph: "The brigade was warned by a fellow employee of the individual's previous and ignored the facts.

"It has been a ridiculously drawn-out state of affairs which has been going for most of the year."

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that an individual had been subject to an internal disciplinary procedure which had resulted in his dismissal and which has a right of appeal.

Before he was taken on by Lancashire Police, he had previously worked as a lifeguard and football coach at Pendle Leisure Centre in Colne.


select for full details 'I was treated like dirt': Former prison officer reveals how working conditions forced her to leave service
'I was told if you're not happy here, there's the door. There was no support, I'd never been so excited about a job but I came out of it feeling so hateful towards the service'
By May Bulman 30 Aug, 2018

Tess Wale had wanted to become a prison officer for years. At the age of 39, after having children, she was finally able to do the 10-week training course and qualify. On 29 May 2017, she drove to HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire for her first shift.

The Birmingham resident arrived on her first day to find that nobody was aware it was her start date. She was told to go home. On the second day, she was given a brief induction and sent straight to the wing.

"For my first few days on the wing, I didn't have any protection. I had no baton," she tells The Independent. "I was walking around with inmates who were in there for life for whatever crimes they had committed, without any form of protection."


select for full details PCSO saves bleeding man's life with spoon and belt
'a community police officer saved a man from bleeding to death by using a spoon and a belt to staunch a serious wound'
By Press Assoc 10 Oct, 2018

PCSO Matthew Kieboom used the improvised tourniquet to stop the "catastrophic" blood loss after a man severely cut his hand and forearm.

The officer was on patrol in Cardigan, Mid Wales, when he noticed the injured man lying on the floor suffering 'uncontrollable bleeding' from injuries caused by smashed glass.

The Dyfed-Powys Police PCSO, who was previously deployed with the military in Iraq, wrapped his belt around the man's arm and got a member of the public to fetch a spoon which he used to tighten the makeshift bandage and stop the bleeding.

PCSO Kieboom said: 'Despite excellent direct pressure being applied to the wounds by a member of the public, the only reason the bleeding came under control was because an improvised tourniquet was applied and the pressure was maintained.

'I cannot stress enough how effective the tourniquet can be - even a Blue Peter version - with what you have to hand or nearby. Think pens, ties, batons, slings, even torches and the plastic tube for a breathalyser can be used in making an improvised tourniquet.'