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select for full details Video: A different kind of individual pursuit - Derby PCSO chases down bike thief
Scott Liddle was handed a suspended sentence less than two weeks ago - now he's behind bars for reoffending...
By Simon MacMichael 6 Sep, 2018

Police in Derbyshire have released dramatic footage of a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) setting off in pursuit of a man who had been planning to steal a bike from a shelter at the train station at Pride Park.

PCSO Jim Sadler of the Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Team was on a bike patrol on the afternoon of Thursday 23 August when he spotted 37-year-old Scott Liddle acting suspiciously.When the officer stopped to challenge him, Liddle handed him his backpack – later found to contain a pair of bolt croppers – and rode off.

The PCSO chased after him as he headed along bike paths towards the city centre, and radioed colleagues for assistance and kept them informed of the pursuit.

He made the catch just as colleagues appeared on foot from the opposite direction, who handcuffed Liddle.

The following Saturday 25 August, Liddle appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft and the theft of a bicycle from St Christopher’s Way, Derby earlier in the week.

He received a suspended 18-week jail sentence, but was arrested again earlier this week in connection with further thefts of bikes.

Liddle, of no fixed abode, was back in court on Wednesday when he was jailed for 36 weeks and given a three-year Criminal Behaviour Order preventing him from going to certain parts of the city centre.


select for full details Suspected 'spice drug' seized in Taunton town centre by PCSO
the drugs will be be sent for forensic examination
By Michael Taylor 16 Oct, 2018

a police community support officer seized two packets of substances which are believed to be the illegal drug, spice.

PCSO Sam Bushden was on patrol on Saturday afternoon and evening (October 13) in Taunton town centre.

Here he took packets containing illegal substances from "multiple individuals" and believes the bags contain the drug spice.

The "green vegetable matter" will be be sent for forensic examination.

A Facebook post from the PCSO reads: "Throughout my shift I have seized the below packets off of multiple individuals throughout the town centre.

"In these circumstances, we would call the substance a green vegetable matter, because until it's been tested, we don't know for definite what it is.

"However from my experience, I believe it to be Spice. Cannabis looks identical to this, however it has a much stronger smell.

"The individuals it belongs to will be dealt with at a later date, but for the time being, the disruption is vital to show it is not acceptable to be in possession of these items."


select for full details Emergency incident as PCSO steps in to save a life in Doncaster Market Place
hero police community support officer Natalie Martin sprang into action to save the life of a man found unconscious and not breathing on a Doncaster street.
By David Kessen 26 Oct, 2018

Natalie was on patrol with another officer in Doncaster market on Sunday September 30, a quiet day in the area, when the market was not open.

She saw a man in a doorway at Market Place and became concerned about his appearance, as his skin appeared grey. He was not breathing – so she sprang into action with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, while her colleague called for an ambulance.

Natalie said: “It was on a Sunday, which is not a market day, so the market was really quiet.

“As I went up, I saw he was not moving. His skin was grey and his lips were blue. “I thought he was dead at first. But I stretched him out. I could get a faint pulse, but there was no breathing.


Rising substance abuse is causing preventable deaths behind bars, says report
An epidemic of synthetic drugs in prisons is “completely out of control”
By Jamie Grierson 11 Oct, 2018

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) found inmates were dying preventably, particularly as a result of alarming levels of drug misuse behind bars.

select for full details In her annual report for 2017-18, acting PPO Elizabeth Moody highlighted the impact of psychoactive substances, formerly known as “legal highs”, such as spice, which is frequently cited as a major factor behind the prisons crisis in England and Wales.

Moody said at a briefing: “It’s completely out of control now in prisons – it’s so readily available.

“Prisons are struggling with the consequences of bad batches of psychoactive substances, which can result in simultaneous multiple collapses of prisoners, unsustainable demand on prison resources, ambulances queuing up at the prison gate and, all too often, death.

“This destructive epidemic of psychoactive substance use has become the ‘new normal’ in prisons.”

Moody called for a national strategy to tackle the problem as prisons are struggling to stop the substances getting in or reduce demand for them.

The ombudsman also raised concerns about the number of deaths it investigates in immigration removal centres and approved premises in which the drugs have played a part.

Approved premises, previously known as probation and bail hostels, hold individuals who require additional support and supervision in the community upon release from prison or while on bail or court orders.

The review said that while the widespread use of psychoactive substances in the prison estate was well-documented, the probation service needed to address the implications for the approved premises estate.

The ombudsman has reported a significant number of deaths where illicit drug use played a role.

These include accidental or deliberate overdoses, suicides precipitated by drug-related mood changes or in response to drug-related debts and bullying, and heart attacks and respiratory failure in apparently fit individuals.


select for full details Eagle-eyed PCSO catches suspected car crook
The car had been stolen in a robbery in Birmingham, where the victim was threatened with a needle.
By Kelly Ashmore 1 Nov, 2018

A suspected robber has been arrested in Dudley after he was spotted by an eagle-eyed officer.

After he clocked the black Ford Fiesta which had suspiciously sped away from him two days earlier, PCSO Roger Wright ran some checks and found the car had been stolen in a robbery in Birmingham, where the victim was threatened with a needle.

He called it in and officers arrived at the derelict car-park on Trindle Road within minutes, but the suspect sped off as soon as he saw them.

After a swift search, the vehicle - which has been involved in twelve other thefts and bilkings across Birmingham and the Black Country – was found unattended in Moncrieffe Close.

A short time later the suspect was stopped on Owen Street. The 36-year-old from Billesley, Birmingham, tried to give false details, but a letter in his pocket gave away his true identity.

He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, bilking and failing to stop for police.

He was taken into custody and will be questioned in connection with the crimes today (Monday, October 29).

Chief Inspector Laura Jones, from Dudley Police, said: “The swift actions of PCSO Wright and local officers means that a suspected violent offender is in custody, rather than committing further offences in the Dudley area.

“Car crime is a priority for us and you can help us to tackle it in a number of ways. If a crime is happening now and the offenders are nearby call 999.


select for full details paedophile PCSO and scout leader jailed
he sexually abused a 12-year-old boy
By Shannon Hards 3 Nov, 2018

A former PCSO and scout leader who abused a 12-year-old boy and secretly filmed children going to the toilet has been jailed for five and a half years.

Matthew Hopkins, 31, from Ivybridge in Devon, had been on trial at Truro Crown Court this week charged with a raft of offences.

He faced three charges of possession of indecent images of children, four making indecent images of children counts, three voyeurism charges as well as possessing prohibited images of children and possessing an extreme pornographic image.

He had also been convicted of an indecent assault on a boy at a previous trial. Opening the case on Monday (October 29), Gareth Evans told the court how the defendant helped out at a cub scout group.

In December 2016 police searched Hopkins' home and seized one tower computer custom built by the defendant and a laptop computer.

The child abuse images found showed children as young as one or two being anally raped, engaging in sexual acts and having their genitalia exposed.

Also found were an image showing a woman engaging in oral sex with a bear and a cartoon in which Lisa Simpson, a character from TV show The Simpsons, was engaging in sexual intercourse.


select for full details Jails have emerged as a new frontline in fighting crime
prison walls alone are no longer effective in stopping criminals.
By Jamie Grierson 1 Nov, 2018

New technologies are helping organised criminals have devastating impact on prisoners, minister says. David Gauke said organised gangs and networks were treating prisons as lucrative and captive markets to push drugs, mobile phones and other contraband, creating “a thriving illicit economy”.

Addressing the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), Gauke said there was a direct link between crime inside and outside prisons.

“I believe prisons have emerged as a new frontline in the fight against crime,” he said. “The fact is, new technology and sophisticated approaches mean that prison walls alone are no longer effective in stopping crime – inside or outside of prison.

“Offenders who commit crime in prison have a disruptive and often devastating impact on the prospects of those who are trying to turn their lives around and who see prison as a pivotal turning point in their lives.”

Gauke said recent successes in fighting organised crime behind bars included a joint operation by prison intelligence officers and police that broke up an organised crime gang that used drones to smuggle £1.2m worth of drugs, weapons and mobile phones into prisons across the UK.

In the last few weeks, Gauke said, 15 members of the same gang received prison sentences of up to 10 years.

The justice secretary last month announced a new financial investigations unit, which will aim to identify and disrupt organised crime gangs in prisons. The government is also spending £70m to improve the safety and stability of prisons, including equipment such as x-ray scanners to stem the influx of the drugs fuelling much of the violence.

Earlier at the APCC and NPCC summit, the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, said the UK was at risk of becoming a safe haven for organised criminals and terrorists under the government’s proposed terms to leave the European Union.


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.


'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.

select for full details 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."

Tess recalls that it took five months for her to be provided with her full uniform, which she says showed the general chaos in the jail. Within weeks, she became aware that her own safety and wellbeing were in constant jeopardy.

“I should have finished at 5pm one night, but alarm bells started going off," she remembers. "They had lost control of one of the wings. We weren’t allowed to leave the prison. I was there until 3:30 in the morning.”

A few months later, Tess became an innocent victim to the endemic drug use among prisoners in the jail. It began while she was carrying out accommodation fabric checks, going into each prisoners’ cell to do inspections.

"I opened one cell door at saw that the prisoner was off his head. As my duty of care to look after these men I put him back in his cell, sat him on his bed and told him not to move," she says.

"I could see him smoking tissue paper or something. It was spice. I inhaled it.”

Due to the spice inhalation, Tess suffered from headaches and feeling sick. After two days off work, she felt a lot better but still not well enough to drive. She was told that the prison would pay for her to get a taxi into work.

“It was £75 – but in the end they wouldn’t give it back to me.


select for full details PCSO saves bleeding man’s life with spoon and belt
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.


HMP Lindholme prison officer 'strangled unconscious' by inmate
A prison officer was left unconscious after he was "strangled" by an inmate, a union has said.
By BBC NEWS 12 Oct, 2018

He was one of two officers assaulted in separate attacks at HMP Lindholme in Doncaster on Thursday night, the Prison Officers' Association (POA) said.

select for full details The other officer was "punched in the throat" and was recovering at home, POA chairman Mark Fairhurst said.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirmed a worker at the jail was attacked and an inmate had been segregated.

Following the attacks, staff refused to go back into the category C jail and staged a protest.

The POA said one of the officers "was strangled to the point of unconsciousness".

"Despite the seriousness of these unprovoked assaults the prisoners had to be put back in their own cells as the segregation unit was full, emphasising the problems at Lindholme," it said.

"Staff at Lindholme genuinely feared for their safety this morning and refused to enter the prison until safety assurances and plans were put in place."

Officers went back to work following a meeting with the governor.


select for full details Dangerous thug jailed for violent attack wants £25,000 'compensation' for delayed prison release
he has been awarded the right to damages by a High Court judge
By Joe Riddle 2 Oct, 2018

Daniel Bate, 32, was one of four thugs who left builder David Head unconscious with a broken jaw and smashed teeth outside his home in November 2006.

The 48-year-old died of a heart attack a month later – but his death was not linked to the attack.

Then 21, Bate, of Clarendon Road, Hove, was handed an indefinite prison sentence for the public’s protection in March 2008.

He was ordered to serve a minimum of three years and five months – but was only released last year, after acquiring and kicking a Spice habit while behind bars.

Now he has been awarded the right to damages by a High Court judge in a case that could kickstart a flood of other claims by prisoners whose Parole Board hearings were delayed.

He has successfully sued the Parole Board for “delayed liberty” and “frustration, anxiety and distress” caused by delays in his bid for release being heard.

That delay, top judge Lord Justice Holroyde has now ruled, was the result of “a serious backlog of work” at the Parole Board and “insufficiency of resources to enable it to deal with cases speedily”.

The damages Bate is due have yet to be calculated but, based on payouts made in similar cases, he could be entitled to more than £25,000.

Bate was convicted of wounding with intent and possession of class A drugs at Lewes Crown Court.

He had already been in custody for a year when sentence was passed and his minimum term expired in 2010. However, he was not released until a review of his case by the Parole Board in March 2017.

He later sued, claiming damages for nine months of delay in approving his release.

Bate suffers from mental health difficulties, including autism and mild learning difficulties.

One of the causes of delay was a shortage of Parole Board panel members with appropriate psychiatric experience.

Bate’s barrister Philip Rule claimed he was fit for release months before he was finally handed back his liberty.

Delays in Parole Board hearings caused by staff shortages were “a breach of duty which has serious consequences” he said.

The judge said that, between 18 months and two years ago, the Parole Board was struggling to cope due to lack of human resources and many prisoners had their hearings delayed.

He ruled Bate is entitled to compensation for two separate periods of delay before his final hearing. It means Bate is due a payout for “stress and anxiety” over four months, between March and June 2016.


select for full details Buy a PCSO plea to Wisbech Town Council
to help fight anti-social behaviour and public drinking
By Sarah Cliss 24 Oct, 2018

A former Wisbech councillor believes funding a police community support officer is the best way to tackle the town’s ongoing issues.

Dave Patrick submitted his case for sponsoring a PCSO to Wisbech Town Council’s Monday night meeting.

Mr Patrick, a former town and district councillor, said in a letter read out during the public open forum the move, which would cost around £38,000 a year according to his figures, would “benefit the people of Wisbech”.

He said: “Statistically, within Fenland’s four towns, Wisbech has the highest crime rate, with anti-social behaviour, street drinking, drugs and other issues. Many people come to town as a necessity rather than for pleasure.

“It is envisaged that with a higher level of policing, this may encourage local people to come to town more while feeling safer. Social media in particular highlights the problems within the town which, up to now, has barely been acknowledged.”

Mr Patrick, a taxi driver, was quick to point out that the town’s PCSO would work alongside existing policing and would be extra rather than a replacement for regular police and PCSOs.

He believes the move would provide more high visibility policing and would see the Public Space Protection Order – which aims to stop drinking in certain areas of the town including St Peter’s Gardens – more fully enforced.

The town’s PCSO would also tackle the ongoing problem of poor parking and would make members of the public feel safer overall.

Mr Patrick said he has done his homework on the proposal and said Wisbech would not be the first town council to sponsor a PCSO.

He said: “ Daventry Town Council undertook to sponsor a PCSO since April this year. I am advised by their clerk that the scheme is working well and providing positive benefits to the town and, further to their sponsorship, other parishes within Northampton are looking to sponsor or are in the process of sponsoring a PCSO, with smaller parishes looking to share the services.”

Mr Patrick argued following last year’s 34 per cent rise in the town council’s share of the Council Tax the “money can be found” for the sponsorship.

Mr Patrick said he has spoken to members of the public and “by far the majority” felt it was an idea that would benefit the town.

Councillors did not discuss the suggestion but did agree that town clerk, Terry Jordan, contact Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite, to see if such a scheme could be feasible and, if so, how it would work.


Transgender PCSO from Flintshire who suffered vile taunts speaks out over hate crime
A TRANGENDER Police Community Support Officer who suffered vile taunts when he was growing up is urging all victims of hate crime to come forward.
By Staff Reporter 17 Oct, 2018
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According to Connor Freel, 24, who is based in Mold, it’s vitally important that people don’t suffer in silence but report the abuse to the police.

PCSO Freel enthusiastically backed the Hate Crime Awareness Week launched by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones.

People are singled out for abuse because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, disability, body shape, age or a host of other personal characteristics

Mr Jones wants to throw a spotlight on the issue which causes untold misery to victims.

The plea came as it was revealed here has been a 27 per increase in the number of reports of hate crimes in North Wales over the past 12 months.

The number of cases reported to North Wales Police went up from 358 to 455, with incidents involving race and religion featuring prominently.

One of the main reasons for the increase, according to Mr Jones, is that people now have more confidence their plight will be taken seriously but he wants even more victims to contact the police or the Victim Help Centre in St Asaph.

It was a sentiment echoed by PCSO Freel who spoke movingly about his personal journey and the abuse he suffered along the way in a video funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner to get the anti-hate crime message out.


prisoner who bullied his young girlfriend into trying to smuggle him £10,000 worth of drugs
Joe Garland, 31, from Bath, sentenced to four more years, at Exeter Crown Court.
By BBC NEWS 25 Oct, 2018

He organised the supply operation through text messages, arranging for friends to drive Chelsea Bennett, then 18, to Channings Wood jail in Devon.

select for full details She was caught when a sniffer dog indicated she might be carrying drugs.

An officer monitored the visit on CCTV and intervened after seeing her move something from her groin into a pocket.

The pair had been in a relationship for eight months when Bennett was found with crack cocaine and cannabis.

The text messages showed Garland had used emotional and financial pressure to bully her into the smuggling trip.

He admitted inciting Bennett to possess class A and B drugs with intent to supply.

Bennett, 19, of Chubb Close, Bristol, admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply and one of possession.

She was jailed for 20 months, suspended for two years, with 25 days' supervision.

Recorder Martin Meeke QC told Garland: "This was more serious than the average case because the drugs were being supplied into prison, where everyone knows they are an enormous scourge.

"I have seen the text correspondence and accept that Bennett was only 18 at the time and of good character and you persuaded her to act as she did."

The street value on the outside would have been about £2,400 but the drugs were worth up to £12,000 in prison.

Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Bennett visited Garland when he was serving a sentence at Channings Wood in July 2017.

He said: "She was escorted out and 21.85 grams of crack and 21.32 grams of cannabis were recovered."


select for full details TVP PCSO: 'Hate Crime Led To The Death Of My Child'
As Thames Valley Police turn their focus on "Hidden Harm" to hate crime, a Community Support Officer with the force has spoken out about the abuse she's received because of her race.
By Heart 9 Oct, 2018

A Police Community Support Officer with Thames Valley Police has spoken out about suffering continuous hate crime, that she says led to the death of her child.

PCSO Lewis went into premature labour, amid stress brought on by racist taunts and attacks on her home, and she lost her son.

She's been giving out advice to anyone suffering hate crime as the Thames Valley force focus, for the next two weeks, on tackling it as part of its Hidden Harm campaign.

This aims to give victims the confidence to report crimes and to increase public awareness of those crimes that are not always obvious.


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