Now his sister, Susan Byrne, 65, has been handed a three-month sentence for contempt for defying court orders out of ‘misplaced loyalty’ to her older brother.
‘In my opinion, this is a ridiculous situation which is brought about by a steadfast refusal to obey court orders,’ said Judge Stephen Wildblood.
The epic battle, which has already swallowed up £1million in legal fees, was triggered when Mr Hart was ordered to pay his ex-wife £3.5million by a divorce judge.
The ‘proud and canny’ self-made businessman kept £5.9million of the marital pot, but was told to hand over his £1.6million property business to his ex.
Mrs Hart (pictured) gained a court possession order for the business in 2015 but found it had been ‘stripped’ of almost all the records needed to run it.
Hart was jailed in May after failing to fully comply with an order to hand over the documents. The judge said the pensioner ‘was of blameless character’ but had shown ‘no remorse at all’ and had thrown away ‘some of the money which he holds so dear’ in legal fees.
Yesterday the high court judge sentenced his sister for failing to hand Mrs Hart the records. The ‘highly respected and respectable’ Byrne acted ‘out of her sense of misplaced loyalty to the elder brother who has protected her and cared for her from a very early age,’ he said.
Byrne has 21 days to appeal before the sentence comes into effect.
The Harts wed in 1987 and had two children. They enjoyed a ‘lavish lifestyle’, with homes in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, Miami and Spain.
Prison officer jailed for smuggling £10,000 of drugs
Claire Bennett, 44, also leaked prison intelligence to inmates at HM Young Offender Institution in Aylesbury.
By BBC NEWS 8 Nov, 2018
A prison officer who smuggled in £10,000 of drugs has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.
At Aylesbury Crown Court, Bennett, of Hailsham, East Sussex, admitted misconduct in a public office and offences relating to supplying drugs to prisoners.
Thames Valley Police said her conduct "compromised safety" at the prison.
Bennett, of Sandbanks Close, admitted one count of misconduct in a public office, one count of supplying a controlled drug of class B, one count of possessing a controlled drug of class B and one count of conveying a list 'A' prohibited article into/out of a prison.
PC Maureen Moore, from the Thames Valley Police prison investigation team, said the officer's actions "jeopardised the safe running of the wings".
She added: "Bennett knowingly brought drugs into the prison which causes danger and violence to both prisoners and officers alike.
"Her conduct severely compromised the safety of staff and visitors to the prison."
Prisons minister Rory Stewart MP said he was "pleased" to see Bennett receive a "significant sentence".
He added: "Corrupt and criminal activity like this undermines a whole prison and puts our hard-working staff at risk."
Government reveals second new prison in England to be privately run
HMP Glen Parva in Leicestershire and HMP Wellingborough will be built using public capital
By Jamie Grierson 6 Nov, 2018
Two new jails announced by the government are to be privately run, it has emerged, as the role of profit-making prisons comes under increased scrutiny after the crisis at the formerly G4S-operated HMP Birmingham.
In a parliamentary written answer, the prisons minister, Rory Stewart, confirmed that HMP Glen Parva in Leicestershire will be privately run.
the MoJ previously said a new jail – HMP Wellingborough – would be privately run. Both prisons will be built using public capital.
In August, ministers were forced to take the operation of HMP Birmingham away from G4S while public sector officials attempted to restore order to the prison. High levels of violence, drug use and self-harm had prompted the chief inspector of prisons to issue an urgent notification process to the justice secretary. This is the most severe course of action available to the inspector.
The shadow justice secretary, Richard Burgon, who tabled a written question asking if the new prisons would be privately run, said: “Just how bad does it have to get until the government ends its obsession with the private sector running huge swathes of our justice system in order to make a quick profit?
“This summer two flagship justice privatisations ran aground, with HMP Birmingham brought back under public control and the government forced to end the private probation contracts early. But the Tories refuse to learn the lessons.
“There are very real fears that corners will be cut as the private contractors running these new prisons put profits first. Public accountability is also likely to be undermined as the private companies, hiding behind the cloak of commercial confidentiality, have no requirement to publish staffing levels for example.
On the beat with Spennymoor PCSO Sam Stephenson
FROM standing guard at a gruesome crime scene to supporting grieving families, the work of a PCSO is both vital and varied.
By Georgia Banks 4 Nov, 2018
Police Community Support Officer Sam Stephenson – who describes herself as part of the furniture on her Spennymoor patch – is regularly called out to deal with frontline policing, but her real passion lies in the community.
She says: “The good thing about this job is, yes you have to deal with the day to day jobs, but I love the community side. I love working with children and doing things with the local schools.
“It’s really rewarding when you walk down the street and the children remember you and will chat to you.”
Within minutes of clocking on for a ten-hour shift, she is out walking the beat to catch up with the residents and businesses who look to her for support.
Everywhere she goes, the Sam is stopped in her tracks by people keen to chat about neighbourhood issues from fly tipping to underage drinking.
Her first call sees her team up with a community officer from housing provider Livin, inspecting gardens for rubbish. The tenants are delighted to see her and greet her like an old friend, inviting her into their homes for a cuppa.
The former fitness instructor started working as a PCSO almost a decade ago when an officer – one of many she talked to at Aykley Heads Sports Centre – convinced her to join Durham Constabulary.
Nine years later, Sam has taken on a new challenge to help keep the public safe. After specialist training, she is now keeping tabs on low risk sex offenders to ensure they are complying with conditions imposed by the courts.
Suffolk Police's new model shows more PCs for Haverhill but fewer PCSOs
On the dame day that Suffolk Constabulary confirmed how many officers will be serving Haverhill under the county’s new policing model, its Chief Constable has announced that he is to retire
By Steve Barton 2 Nov, 2018
the new model, implemented on Monday will enable local policing to continue to be as flexible, effective and efficient as possible for all our communities.
The changes will mean more than 150 Police Constables and 28 Sergeants will work in SNT’s across Suffolk.
However to achieve this, the number of Police Community Support officers (PCSOs) has been reduced from the 81 full-time equivalent (FTE) PCSOs in July to 48 FTE PCSOs.
A total of 30 PCSOs will work within the SNTs, while the constabulary is looking to achieve 18 partner-funded posts across the county. At present the number stands at 16 which are subject to two-year service level agreement.
Further changes see the introduction of Community Engagement Officers and a new Serious Crime Disruption Team has been created to tackle crime trends.
Three Neighbourhood & Partnerships Teams (NPT) have been created and are responsible for the management of specific areas of policing such as Rural Crime, Licensing and Retail/Business Crime, ensuring that these are tackled and developed in a joined up way.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk Tim Passmore said: "The message that comes through loud and clear when I speak to local communities is they want much greater visibility and I’m pleased to say we have listened.
"From today we will see an extra 104 police officers moving into the Safer Neighbourhood Teams, which is great news. In order to do this some police roles have been civilianised, officers have been moved from central to local teams and regrettably the number of PCSOs will now reduce, but the outcome will be more police officers in local policing.
Mr Passmore added: "I’d like to wish all these officers the best of luck in their new roles and hope the public appreciates that, without any extra funding from central government, the Chief Constable is making the most of the resources he has to provide an efficient and effective police service to the people of Suffolk.”
'Fake ambulance' pulled over by Swansea police
An "apparently fake" ambulance vehicle was pulled over as it was being driven by a man in Swansea, police have said.
By BBC NEWS 13 Nov, 2018
The estate car, which was covered in highly-visible paint and logos, was stopped at Penclawdd, Gower, on Monday.
The 19-year-old driver was held on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified, with no insurance and other offences.
The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed it was not one of its vehicles and the driver was not an employee.
Twitter "Male arrested this morning for driving this ambulance in Penclawdd for driving whilst disqualified/no insurance+other offences. Great team work by #team3townhill @SWP_Roads #GowerNPT + @WelshAmbulance.Please note this is not a @WelshAmbulance vehicle nor is the driver an employee"
Bristol University students face £100 noisy party fine
students at the University of Bristol who keep their neighbours awake with noise now face a £100 fine.
By BBC NEWS 18 Oct, 2018
City residents have complained of parties in shared houses affecting whole streets due to the volume.
Under the university's scheme, each student in a property could be fined if wrongdoing was uncovered.
Repeat offenders face fines of up to £250, and a charge of £50 to attend anti-social behaviour impact awareness sessions.
Students sign a contract agreeing to adhere to a code of conduct when they enrol, including penalties for "breaches of local rules and regulations".
First-year economics student Ben, who did not wish to give his surname, described the fines as "a bit steep and a strong deterrent".
He said: "You can understand the locals perspectives and I would hate the noise, but if you are living in a student area like Redland or Cotham you should expect it."
First-year biochemistry student Luca Colby added: "If you are planning a party you should warn your neighbours first, but keeping them up all night with noise isn't on."
Students get welcome packs on community living, including how to be considerate neighbours.
The university holds campaigns aimed at first and second-year students to help them integrate as they move into private rented accommodation.
Money raised from fines goes back into a community fund for activities which encourage students to positively engage with their neighbours.
Thurrock PCSO picks up award for diversity and equality
Macdonald Neife, chairman of the minority and ethnic support association, has won a national award for his work
By Braintree and Witham Times 14 Oct, 2018
The Police Staff Award at this year’s National Black Police Association was presented to Mr Neife for his passion and dedication in driving positive change within the force by reaching out to, and engaging with, people from diverse backgrounds.
Mr Neife champions the force as an inclusive organisation and has been heavily involved in Essex Police’s first diversity and inclusion campaign due to launch at the end of the year.
The positive work of the officer and MESA is playing a key part in making the police workforce more inclusive and breaking down any barriers which may exist between Essex Police and communities.
Chief constable BJ Harrington said, “Mac is an absolute star and I’m so proud that his work has been recognised on the national stage.
“Mac’s work supporting officers and staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and his advocacy in those communities in Essex for the police as a great career choice is exemplary. Like many other police forces we need to work harder and more effectively to address the under-representation of different communities in our county.
“The policing that works best brings together people from all sorts of different backgrounds, identities, and experiences to make communities safer. We will be launching a recruitment campaign on this issue later this year.”
Police could suspend 101 non-emergency number
Bedfordshire Police suspended the service this week to cope with a spike in calls
By Lizzie Dearden 10 Nov, 2018
Police forces across the country could start suspending the non-emergency 101 service to cope with an influx of calls, it has been warned.
Bedfordshire Police announced a “suspension” of 101 after a spike in 999 calls last week, in what could be the first move of its kind.
But The Independent has learned there is no requirement for police forces to inform authorities or the public if they take the same decision.
Suspensions of 101 are not formally recorded by either the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) or the Home Office, meaning that the scale of the practice is unknown.
John Apter, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, called for full monitoring to be brought in amid a rise in violent crime.
“I can see more forces starting to suspend 101, and I think they should if it means we can prioritise the here-and-now emergencies,” he told The Independent.
“I think they will be forced into that position. The sad reality is that there are officers across the country not answering 999 calls in the time they should because there are simply not enough resources going round.”
Children in prison aren’t coping
Most young people in English jails feel isolated and take drugs to deal with stress, grief and anger – it’s a ticking time-bomb
By Mark Johnson 7 Nov, 2018
Children’s jails are places we all wish didn’t exist. In this country we lock children up at 10, the minimum legal age for criminal responsibility. In secure children’s homes, young offender institutions and secure training centres, children are detained for committing crime but also for their own protection from abuse. This means some are detained having done nothing wrong. They can be locked up for any amount of time, including for the majority of their childhood.
Recently, User Voice, the organisation I founded, gave some of them an opportunity to tell the world about their lives. We spoke to 200 out of the approximately 1,000 children in jails, through focus groups, interviews and surveys. These voices are rarely heard, so this is probably the most in-depth consultation of incarcerated 10- to 17-year-olds in recent history.
What they told us made me angry and fearful for their futures. These vulnerable children are seriously stressed. Eighty-five per cent said they had taken drugs, of whom a large proportion told us this was to cope and to alleviate stress, grief and anger.
“Isn’t that why all people take drugs, to suppress feelings and escape the world? It’s an easy way to cope with reality,” one child explained. For all the stories of good practice and standout staff, there were many, many more of torturous loneliness.
“I have been let down in the care system so many times it’s hard to trust,” was the all-too-common refrain. “It’s OK if you’ve got small problems,” said another boy, seemingly resigned to dealing with his issues on his own. They are far from isolated examples. These children don’t believe adults will help them: three-quarters said they didn’t trust any professional involved in their so-called care. “Can’t go anywhere for help because all they will do is write stuff down and use it against you,” one child told us.
Police in talks to scrap 'reasonable grounds' condition for stop and search
Exclusive: police chiefs in England and Wales want to expand use of the search power
By Vikram Dodd 11 Nov, 2018
Police chiefs want to trigger an expansion of stop and search by lowering the level of suspicion an officer needs against a suspect to use the power, the Guardian has learned.
They want to scrap the requirement that “reasonable grounds” are needed before a person can be subjected to a search, amid mounting concern over knife attacks.
Senior officers have held talks with advisers to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, within the last fortnight to discuss the issue. It would fuel the debate about police discrimination against minority ethnic communities, civil liberties and the role stop and search has to play in tackling violent crime.
The plans were confirmed by Adrian Hanstock, the deputy chief constable of the British Transport Police and national lead on stop and search for the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
The proposals, which apply to England and Wales, would also make it more likely that those caught with a knife could be dealt with by an education programme, the so-called public health approach, rather than ending up before the courts.
Hanstock told the Guardian: “There are a lot of calls for officers to do more stop and search. But the current individual threshold that officers have to meet is very tight and precise. So is there any appetite to reduce that threshold where an officer has a genuine fear that the person is at risk, or there is a safeguarding threat, or is a risk to others?
“If that officer does not have sufficient grounds or X-ray vision to see they are carrying a weapon, and they are concerned they may have something to cause harm, that should trigger a search.
Public confidence in police damaged by cuts, report warns
MPs say forces in England and Wales are making fewer arrests, ‘severely denting’ trust
By Rajeev Syal 7 Nov, 2018
Public confidence in the ability of police officers to do their jobs has been “severely dented” as forces struggle to cope with dwindling resources, parliament’s spending watchdog has warned.
The public accounts select committee concluded police are taking longer to charge suspects, fewer arrests are being made and the number of patrol officers has been stripped back.
Cuts in funding and reductions of about one-fifth to staffing levels have left forces under “increasing strain”, according to a cross-party report released on Wednesday.
The report highlighted how police are dealing with more non crime-related incidents, at a time when violent and sexual offending is on the rise.
It comes amid a heated debate over why crime is rising. The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has led Labour politicians this week in claiming funding cuts are a major factor in the rise in knife attacks across the UK. Government ministers, in contrast, have blamed a change in the “nature of crime”.
The report said: “Forces are struggling to deliver an effective service: it is taking longer to charge offences, they are making fewer arrests, they are doing less neighbourhood policing and public satisfaction is declining.”
The committee cited figures showing the proportion of crimes resulting in a charge or summons dropped from 15% in March 2015 to 9% in March 2018.
Police are carrying out less proactive work, including fewer breathalyser tests, motoring fixed penalties and convictions for drug trafficking and possession, the report said.
MPs also levelled criticism at the Home Office, accusing the department of failing to show “strategic leadership” of the policing system and having only a “limited understanding” of the resources needed by forces.
“The police’s main duties are to protect the public and prevent crime,” the report said. “But only about a quarter of the emergency and priority incidents that the police respond to are crime-related.”
Hull police boss warns ALL PCSOs could be cut under pension change plans in letter to Hull MPs
The cuts come despite violent crimes going up this year, with one Hull MP saying he was assaulted by a gang of youths
By Patrick Daly 6 Nov, 2018
Every single PCSO could be cut from Humberside Police in proposed pension changes according to Chief Constable Lee Freeman.
Mr Freeman has written to every Hull MP - who in turn have written to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid - to explain the impact that a proposed Government shake-up in police pensions could have on the force.
Since 2010 the government has cut police funding by 19 per cent. Police in England and Wales have now been told that a £420m pensions shortfall must be met from their already reduced budgets.
The move could cost £9.2 million, on top of £17m of savings expected over the next four years, which Mr Freeman previously said meeting would be equivalent to losing 320 jobs from the Humberside force - more than 132 police officers and all 250 PCSOs.
In his letter to MPs, he has warned that if the changes are approved it could mean scrapping the PCSO role - often described as the “eyes of the police” when it comes to dealing with antisocial behaviour and understanding community issues - completely.
“If there were no additional central funding provided, then the force will need to lose the equivalent of 52 police officers in 2019/20 and a further 80 officers in 2020/21 to bridge this funding gap,” Chief Constable Freeman told MPs in the letter.
Prisons to deliver trailblazing £6m rough sleeping initiative
Three prisons will pilot a trailblazing new scheme that will help ex-offenders stay off the streets and away from crime, Justice Secretary David Gauke announced today.
By MOJ announcement 8 Nov, 2018
Leeds, Pentonville and Bristol prisons have been chosen to spearhead the £6 million pilot programme aimed at helping vulnerable ex-prisoners find and stay in stable accommodation.
Research shows that those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation are significantly more likely to reoffend within a year than those with a stable place to live.
The pilots are aimed specifically at prisoners serving short sentences who are at high risk of returning to prison. This represents the latest in a series of measures aimed at breaking the cycle of reoffending, from improving prisoners’ employment prospects to reinforcing family ties.
The sites will pilot a new partnership approach between prisons, local authorities, probation staff, charities and others who will work together to provide the support prisoners need when they are released – such as signing up for benefits – but will primarily be focused on finding them suitable accommodation.
Police reportedly told 96-year-old victim of terrifying burglary: 'I doubt we'll catch him'
'Everything you would expect the police to do, I have done'
By Conor Gogarty 13 Nov, 2018
Police have come under fire from the family of a 96-year-old war hero who had “60 years of memories” stolen in a terrifying burglary.
A man broke into Molly Luke’s home at about 8pm last Thursday in Pelham Crescent, Churchdown, then took jewellery valuing more than £100,000.
The jewellery was the pensioner’s way of remembering her late husband and nephew – but the burglar took it after shining a torch in her face while she lay in bed.
Molly, who built munitions during the Second World War, was victim to the burglary just days before Remembrance Sunday. Now her great-niece Kelly Denham-Reid has criticised a lack of police action since the crime took place.
She said a PCSO who came to Pelham Crescent on Friday told her: “I doubt we'll catch him.”
She is unhappy no officer has visited Molly since Friday, though police did call this afternoon to make an appointment.
Kelly has spoken to neighbours in a bid to get a lead on a suspect. She says none of those she talked to had been contacted by police. “Everything you would expect the police to do, I have done,” she continued.
“I have been in touch with local businesses myself and sent photos of the items to local pawnbrokers. I have also been checking eBay.
Female prison officer, 27, accused of relationship with young inmate
A PRISON officer has appeared in court accused of entering into a relationship with a serving prisoner at a men’s Young Offenders Institution.
By Charlotte Bowe 9 Nov, 2018
Stacey Louise Sutherland, 27, faces a single charge of misconduct in a public office at HMP Deerbolt, in Barnard Castle, which holds young adults age 18 to 21.
The alleged offence relates to a six-week period between April 2018 and May 2018.
Miss Sutherland, of Marshall Street, Barnard Castle, County Durham, appeared in Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning for a short hearing.
District Judge Tim Capstick addressed the 27-year-old and told her she will receive unconditional bail ahead of her next court appearance at Teesside Crown Court on December 6.
Misconduct in a public office offence under review Law Commission
Misconduct in a public office is a common law offence: it is not defined in any statute. It carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The offence requires that: a public officer acting as such; wilfully neglects to perform his or her duty and/or wilfully misconducts him or herself; to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder; without reasonable excuse or justification.
The offence is widely considered to be ill-defined and has been subject to recent criticism by the Government, the Court of Appeal, the press and legal academics.
In general terms, those consultees who responded to the background paper agreed with us that the law is in need of reform, in order to ensure that public officials are appropriately held to account for misconduct committed in connection with their official duties. Consultees also indicated that our review of the law and its problems was comprehensive.
What is misconduct in public office? Clive Coleman
Misconduct in public office is an ancient common law offence, created by judges, which can be traced back to the 13th century.
Applying it to the 21st century news media involved the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) striking a balance between the freedom of the press to probe and find out what is happening on the one hand, and protecting and maintaining impartial and incorrupt public services on the other.
It has always been a difficult balance.
For many years some journalists have paid public officials for information.
In 2003 Rebekah Brooks, then editor of the Sun, told a committee of MPs that News International had paid the police for stories.
Gwent Police PCSOs 'allowed' car to be stolen and stripped for parts
A MOTORIST has demanded an apology from police after community support officers allowed his prized Mini Cooper to be stolen and stripped for parts
By Sam Ferguson 24 Oct, 2018
Officers were at the scene when the car was towed away by men who said they were asked to take it by a council employee, despite not having keys, logbooks, paperwork or the owner’s permission.
The Mini’s owner, Michael Collison, formerly of Recce’s Terrace, Cwmcarn, bought the grey car in December last year, and declared it statutorily off the road so he could keep it on a patch of unused land near his home while he worked on making it roadworthy again.
But on August 11, Mr Collison’s neighbour saw two men trying to load the Mini onto the back of a trailer in the company of two Gwent Police community support officers.
And after months of chasing the police over its removal, it has now emerged that the council did not issue any order for it to be towed, and that the 2002-registered car has been stripped for parts.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” Mr Collison, 59, told the South Wales Argus.
“I moved to North Wales, but had left the car there temporarily with plans to bring it up.
“As soon as my neighbour got in touch I reported it stolen. My former housemate and I have been chasing Gwent Police ever since.”
Almost two months and plenty of emails later, an officer investigating the matter told Mr Collison they had tracked down his car to Abercynon, and had interviewed the two men who had taken it.
The pair said they were paid £80 by a man called ‘Geoff’, who they assumed worked for the council, to move two “abandoned cars”, including Mr Collison’s Mini.
The email from the officer says: “He [the lorry driver] states he acted in good faith but as we now know this is not the case as he had no keys, logbook, paperwork or owner’s permission to collect your vehicle.
“Your vehicle has since been stripped for parts.
Rapist Bradley Tout has six months added to prison sentence for fleeing court
A RAPIST who escaped from court after being convicted, has had six months added to his seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence.
By Ryan Merrifield 9 Nov, 2018
Bradley Tout was accused of “cowardice” by Judge James Tindal after he jumped the dock at Worcester Crown Court last month and remained on the run for several days.
The 20-year-old, of Durham Road, Ronkswood, was sentenced in his absence the following day before handing himself into police the following week.
Tout raped a 16-year-old girl in his car, while parked near Warndon Villages on December 27, 2018, after she had already been raped by Kulin Odedra in the same car on the same night.
Speaking in court today (November 9), where Tout, appearing via video link, pleaded guilty to a charge of escaping lawful custody, Judge Tindall said the defendant escaped out of “fear” because he “didn’t expect he was going to get convicted”.
“This was an opportunistic spur of the moment escape,” he said.
Referring to the rape, the judge went on to say: “This was an incredibly serious case as reflected in the sentencing to seven and a half years.
“The reality is you raped a girl in a vulnerable position, having been raped by someone else.
“The choices she made after, she possibly felt she needed to make as she had just been raped.”
Judge Tindal said while he accepted Tout was “genuinely surprised and genuinely panicked” at being convicted and so had not planned the escape, “it is always serious when someone runs away from justice”.
Paul Whitfield, prosecuting, said Tout had been brought to the police station by his parents after “around four days” on the run.
“When interviewed, he considered he was innocent of the crime he was convicted,” he said.
“He heard he was going to be held in custody overnight [prior to the sentencing], and he panicked and ran.
“He was in turmoil and knew he shouldn’t have done it. He wouldn’t say where he had been or what he had been doing in his absence.”
Mr Whitfield added that, on handing himself in, Tout was aware he faced a lengthy prison sentence.
Abigail Nixon, defending, said her client escaped out of fear and while a member of security staff was injured, Tout did not commit any assaults.
“To be fair to Mr Tout, no one got near him,” she said. “He was long gone.”
She said he has autism and as a result he has “difficulties dealing with normal social environments”.
“He has limited understanding of every day circumstances,” she added.
Judge Tindal sentenced Tout to six months in prison to run consecutively with the seven-and-a-half years for rape.
Marked police van stolen from outside Suffolk police station
Vehicle reportedly driven 'erratically' then dumped 15 miles away
By Harriet Agerholm 13 Nov, 2018
a man accused of stealing a marked police van from outside a police station has appeared in court charged with seven offences.
The Vauxhall Vivaro van was taken from Lowestoft police station on Saturday evening and found abandoned 15 miles away in the town of Bungay at around 1am the next day.
Suffolk Police received several reports that the van was being driven erratically, it said.
Sean Warman, 27, from Lowestoft, was arrested in Bungay on Sunday morning, according to the force.
He appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving in connection with the incident.
He was also charged with blackmail, robbery, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and two counts of impersonating a police constable
Mr Warman, who appeared by videolink from Great Yarmouth police station, spoke only to confirm his personal details.
Kids as young as 12 caught breaking into dangerous factory site
trespassing teenagers are putting their safety at risk by entering into a disused factory, which has ceilings that are in danger of collapsing.
By Tom Wright 14 Nov, 2018
Police caught children as young as 12 breaking into Titan Ladders’ old premises in Yatton and running on the roof.
Charred embers left by fires and evidence of smoking were also discovered.
The dangerous activities were highlighted by Police and Community Support Officer (PCSO) Cheryl Burns at Yatton PACT’s meeting on Thursday.
She said: “We have had quite a bit of antisocial behaviour here in Yatton and have concerns about Titan Ladders.
“On October 17, children as young as 12 were seen on the roof (of Titan Ladders).”
A fortnight later, PCSO Burns and Police Constable Adam Clarke were called to the former factory site, in Mendip Road, on October 29.
She said: “As we entered and climbed over the barbed wire there was a young lady who looked like a rabbit in the headlights when she saw us.
“I was absolutely horrified (when I saw the premises), because it is so derelict and there are hazards everywhere.
“There were burned-out fires and fresh embers and the ceilings were close to falling in.”
Smoke was also smelt by the police but none of the children were smoking at the time.
PC Clarke, in an email read to PACT, said the building and the materials left inside are ‘very hazardous’.
He contacted the site’s owners and told them to ‘urgently’ improve security measures to prevent further incidents.
Labour MP deliberately misled police over speeding, court told
Fiona Onasanya blamed former lodger for driving her speeding car, Old Bailey hears
By Rajeev Syal 13 Nov, 2018
A Labour MP deliberately misled the police and became “trapped in a number of lies” after blaming a former lodger for driving her speeding car, a court has heard.
Fiona Onasanya, the MP for Peterborough, was accused at the Old Bailey of colluding with her brother to pervert the course of justice after her Nissan Micra was recorded driving over the speed limit in July 2017.
Her brother Festus Onasanya, 33, admitted three counts of perverting the course of justice, a week before he was due to face trial.
Onasanya, a former solicitor, named Aleks Antipow as being behind the wheel on official forms, but the prosecution claims he was at home with his parents in Russia.
David Jeremy QC, opening the case for the prosecution, said Fiona Onasanya had deliberately planned with her brother to deceive the police. They adopted a method that had been used by Festus Onasanya to try to avoid speeding offences on two other occasions, he said.
“It must, as some of us will know, be very irritating to receive that bit of paper telling us that we have triggered a speed camera and asking us to own up or name the driver.
“But while irritation is understandable, telling lies to frustrate an investigation into an offence is not. What Miss Onasanya did when her vehicle was trapped on 24 July 2017, was not to own up and tell the truth but was to adopt her brother’s system of evading prosecution.
“The two of them were acting jointly in telling lies in order to prevent the prosecution of the true driver,” he told the jury at the Old Bailey in central London.
Onasanya’s car was caught by a speed camera on the B1167 in Thorney, Cambridgeshire, the court heard. The driver was travelling at 41mph in a 30pmh zone.
PCSOs in Leeds should have done more to help vulnerable man hours before his death
The man was found dead in Great George Street in July 2017
By Nathan Hyde 25 Oct, 2018
Two police community support officers (PCSOs) should have done more to help a 'vulnerable' man hours before he was found dead in Leeds, the Independent Office for Police Conduct has ruled.
The officers found the man on the floor, outside St George’s Crypt, on July 23 in 2017 and spoke to a woman near him who said he had banged his head.
They left without taking the woman's details, but she approached them shortly after and admitted hitting him. She also made further threats of violence towards him.
After this confrontation, the officers decided to separate the couple and then leave.
But that evening West Yorkshire Police received a 999 call to say the couple were fighting on Great George Street.
Officers were sent to the scene and they found the man dead on the bridge which runs over the Inner Ring Road, shortly after they arrived.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct conducted a throughout investigation into the PCSOs' actions and the circumstances leading up to the man's death.
The police watchdog released its findings on Tuesday, October 23.
MPs concerned over police pension changes which could mean losing 130 officers or all PCSOs
They worry dramatic cuts in police could lead to a spike in crime
By Jamie Waller 6 Nov, 2018
MPs from across the Humber region have raised concerns that Humberside Police could lose over 130 officers in the next few years.
Without extra funding to pay for planned pension contribution changes, the force may have to cut 52 officers in the next financial year, and a further 80 the year after.
Eight MPs from Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Hull have written to the Home Secretary over fears that the changes proposed by the Government would lead to a reduction in police.
In the letter, the group, including Nic Dakin, Melanie Onn and Martin Vickers, said: "In Humberside, these pension changes would add £2.6 million to the force's costs in 2019/20, rising to £6.6m from 2020/21 onwards.
"Without extra grant funding, this change would equate to Humberside Police cutting 52 officers in 2019-20, then a further 80 in 2020-21."Although police numbers are not the only factor that drives crime figures, there is growing evidence that a reduction in officer numbers and the loss of equipment such as the Humberside Police helicopter have fed through into rising crime. For example, there has been a recent 30 per cent increase in violent crime in Humberside. Worryingly, much crime goes unreported."
The MPs argue in the letter that recent increases in police numbers across the area could be "undermined" if funding isn't given to cover pension contribution changes.
Fifteen children as young as 12 and six adults 'from Vietnam' are found hiding in shipment of sparkling water
A driver is being hauled before the courts after more than 20 migrants were found trying to enter the UK in a refrigerated lorry.
By Amie Gordon 7 Nov, 2018
The group, believed to be 21 Vietnamese migrants including 15 children as young as 12, were concealed in a shipment of sparkling water at the Port of Newhaven.
They were detained at the East Sussex port on Thursday, the same day that 13 migrants were spotted being let out of a lorry forty miles north of the port in Kent.
A Romanian man believed to be the driver has been charged with assisting unlawful entry into the UK.
The lorry was stopped on its arrival from Dieppe in France and the children have been transferred to the care of social services.
An 18-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman found on the lorry have been removed from the UK.
Four other adults are in immigration detention centres while their cases are assessed.