PCSO's from across Huddersfield have looked to the smash-hit Disney musical for this year's Christmas crime prevention video.
Their cover of the tune, made famous by Broadway star Idina Menzel, is titled Ready To Go — and reassures the public that the police will be working hard to keep communities safe over the festive period.
The song was written, sung and recorded by PCSO Jon Arey, PCSO Paul Simpkins and PCSO Morgan Cockcroft, with help from the University of Huddersfield, which allowed them to use its recording studio and offered technical advice.
The video also features Spring Grove Junior School's sign language choir.
The lyrics were completely rewritten to promote staying safe over Christmas — and to tell the public the police are "ready to go".
The bridge and chorus are:
"Don't let them in, don't let them see
You've got yourself a new TV
Don't leave the window open wide
To let the thief inside!
Ready to go, ready to go,
Airport policeman stole wallet then threatened to deport victim
Judge tells PCSO Glynn Rogers he 'betrayed' his position by stealing wallet containing £2,450
Dec 8, 2014 13:22 By Agency
An airport policeman who stole a woman's wallet and then threatened her son with deportation when he challenged him has been jailed for eight months.
PCSO Glynn Rogers, who was based at Heathrow, pocketed £2,450 from the wallet after it was handed to him by a concerned café owner.
A court heard how, when the woman's son challenged him, the 52-year-old officer demanded to know if he was in the country legally in a bid to distract him from the theft
The disgraced policeman later told a probation officer the wallet's owner "could afford it", a judge was told.
The court heard how the owner – referred to as Mrs Alenezi – had dropped the wallet containing £2,450 in £50 notes and Kuwaiti dinar while waiting for her flight at a Cafe Nero store inside the airport.
However, when café manager Magdalena Piotrowicz gave it to Rogers, to be handed into lost property, the PCSO pocketed the wad of money and spun a web of lies to cover his tracks.
He initially told the victim's son he had handed the wallet in to lost property before changing his tune and claiming he had also lost it, the court heard.
Jailing Rogers for eight months at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, Judge Martin Beddoe said: "That was a flagrant breach of your responsibility as a PCSO and a breach of the trust that the public puts in people such as you.
"It was a betrayal by the standards which you were bound and a betrayal of your colleagues as PCSOs. When Mr Alenezi – her son – became aware of his mother's loss he came back to Terminal Four to try to find her wallet.
‘We’re really racist': Anti-police posters appear outside Scotland Yard
A series of anti-police and anti-consumerist posters have been spotted around London, with one even fixed behind the glass of the bus stop outside New Scotland Yard.
Dec 14, 2014 13:22 By Harry Readhead
The posters, which are footed with the logo of the Metropolitan Police next to the words ‘totally racist’ have been seen occupying advertising space on bus stops around the capital while anti-consumerist messages have also been seen on the tube.
One such poster was even spotted outside the Met’s headquarters.
‘You’re 28 times more likely to be stopped and searched in London if you don’t have white skin, because we’re still really racist,’ says the poster.
Another reads: ‘We’ve pointlessly targeted cannabis users in Lewisham, while other people legally drink their drugs.’
A third, seen in North London, says: ‘We caused the 2011 riots by shooting dead an unarmed civilian and then lying about it. And we got away with it.’
Clear Channel, who own the advertising space, told i100.co.uk that the posters were not an official campaign and would be removed.
And anarchist magazine Strike! have since taken credit for the creation of messages, but told i100.co.uk that while they designed them, they did not put them up.
Many social media users have tweeted or re-tweeted the pictures, with some using the hashtag #ACAB, an acronym standing for ‘All Coppers Are Bastards’
PCSOs to tackle truants
YOUNGSTERS tempted to play truant from school will have to think twice after two police community support officers (PCSOs) were assigned to tackle the problem.
Dec 10, 2014 13:22 By Andy Walker
Hayley Morrison and Mark Howell are two of five PCSOs hitting the streets in Darlington this week.
The pair, who work on a job-share basis, have been asked to work with five of the town's primary schools in an effort to reduce the risk of truanting.
They will work with Corporation Road, Skerne Park, Gurney Pease, Red Hall and Springfield primary schools.
The other new recruits are Gemma Smith, who will cover the North Road area; and Preet Singh and Michael Ableson, who will cover the east end of the town.
Neighbourhood inspector Mick Button said it was unusual for such a large cohort of PCSOs to be appointed in one go.
He said: "We had not recruited any body for quite a while, and so we have got five PCSOs in one go.
"They are all very keen to slot into their roles and are currently going through a programme of coaching and mentoring, to show them the area and give them some guidance.
"During their first three or four weeks, they will be attached to experienced PCSOs and PCs, who will take them out with them and show them the ropes."
With the new recruits now in post, having filled previously vacant roles, there are now 23 PCSOs covering Darlington.
Insp Button said there was potentially more PCSO recruitment on the horizon, particularly with the force keen to recruit regular police officers, some of whom could be drawn from the existing PCSO ranks.
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Alert over counterfeit perfume sold in Portsmouth
SHOPPERS are being urged to steer clear of dodgy street traders selling counterfeit perfumes
Dec 9, 2014 13:22 THE NEWS
Police have said a group of men – about four in total – are taking advantage of shoppers in the Commercial Road area of Portsmouth where they are selling the goods.
Police Community Support Officer Tracy Mann has said there is a legitimate market stall in the street selling perfumes.
But she has urged people to avoid the other group who are making hundreds of pounds from selling the fake perfumes – and could be putting people at risk.
PCSO Mann said: ‘We have got young lads coming into town with cheap bottles of imitation perfume.
‘They are selling it out of a carrier bag and telling people they have stolen it from a fragrance store and getting people to spend an awful lot of money on the stuff when nobody knows what it is they are buying.
‘This stuff is going for about £30. They are making hundreds of pounds.
‘They are targeting vulnerable people and people who haven’t got a lot of money.
‘If you love someone, don’t give it to them – you don’t know what’s in it.’
Female enforcement officer who chased down four suspects as they mugged pensioner commended
A litter enforcement officer who chased and tackled four suspects after they tried to mug an old lady has won an award for courage.
Dec 12, 2014 13:22 By Justin Davenport
Jenna White, 26, single handedly took on the four - two men and two women - as they tried to grab the pensioner’s handbag in Edmonton Green shopping centre.
Ms White called police on her radio as she ran after the group and she grabbed two of the suspects while police officers tackled the remaining two.
Employed as a litter enforcement officer for Enfield Council she said : “Instinct took over and I just took off after them. I shouted at them to stop and they all ran off together.
“I caught up with two of them and grabbed them and brought them back. It was a natural reaction but a bit out of the ordinary.
“I normally get to stop people dropping their chicken boxes on the floor.”
Ms White won the ‘courage award’ at the London Leadership and Peace awards held to celebrate Londoners judged to be “community champions.”
Backed by Boris Johnson and hosted by singer Sinitta and Tory peer Baroness Berridge, the awards included six winners from dozens of people and groups nominated by Londoners.
Other winners included Joshua Bopu, 18, who won the “Turn Around” honour after rejecting a criminal lifestyle which saw him jailed for 18 months for a serious gang- related offence.
Joshua, now in college and working as a part-time model, said: “I was doing bad things but I was immature then and I looked at my life and decided to change. I learned from my mistakes and I have paid my debt.”
London Citizens, a group which organises 600 ‘safe havens’ in local shops and businesses in London for bullied youngsters, won a “corporate leadership” award and the St. Giles Trust, which helps 500 young people exit gangs each year, won a “corporate peace” prize at the City Hall event.
City entrepreneur Prem Goyal was awarded the ‘community spirit’ award for helping “London’s most
Mother who encouraged her young children to fight jihad jailed for five years
An “extremist” mother-of-six children, who took pictures of her toddler son with a toy gun and daydreamed about sending her eight-year-old brother to fight jihad, has been jailed for five years
by Ian Johnston Thursday 11 December 2014
Runa Khan revealed her radical views on Facebook, calling on fellow Muslim women to urge their male relatives to fight, and posted picture of a suicide vest.
She praised an article, entitled “Raising Mujahid Children”, that gave tips on how to prepare young children for jihad. Judge Peter Birts said the article was essentially “a manual in encouraging women to carry out jihad”.
Khan, 35, repeatedly spoke of her desperation to travel to Syria on WhatsApp messages, and unwittingly passed a route to the country to an undercover police officer. She also appeared to glorify the murder of Lee Rigby.
In a post on Facebook, Khan wrote: “Sisters, if you love your sons, husbands and brothers, prove it by sending them to fight for Allah. Don’t you want them to enter Jannah? Don’t you want them to prepare for you a palace…?”
When arrested, police found a photo of her two-year-old son with a toy rifle and a jihadist book on her phone, as well as images of her and her older children with a sword, Kingston Crown Court heard.
She also wrote on an extremist website about the day when she would send one of her sons off to fight. “I pictured the future while I was zipping up his jacket, in sha Allah I’ll be tying the shahada bandana round his forehead and hand him his rifle and send him out to play the big boys game,” she said.
Khan, from Luton, admitted four charges of disseminating terrorist publications between July and September 2013.
She told BBC Newsnight: “I was posting up my belief.”
Fury as West Midlands Police civilian crime investigators earn same as Pcs
New police civilian investigators are earning as much as front-line bobbies after being recruited to probe crimes, the Mail can reveal.
by Jeanette Oldham
The West Midlands force had taken on 33 current employees, including front counter staff, to work in roles attached to CID.
They do not have the power of arrest but are paid between £18,909 and £25,704 while a fully trained police constable receives £27,747 after two years training.
Yet the civilian investigators would also be entitled to a 15 per cent shift allowance bonus and an additional higher weekend pay rate, taking their annual income up to the levels of the Pcs.
The scheme has been running six months and it is understood it had originally been designed to SAVE money as the force tries to complete £126 million of cuts.
A source said: “Warwickshire and other forces have already, over time, employed lots of civilian investigators, recruiting them from private companies.
“West Midlands Police has been trying to rebrand roles for existing civilian staff, while at the same time trying to reduce the overall number.
“This kind of blunder is just poor management at a time when the force is trying to save money. They’re not looking at using resources wisely or the best value for money.’’
Recruiting such raw recruits with little or no experience of police work had also raised eyebrows with some.
The source added: “They took members of police staff who haven’t been involved in the evidence chain previously, many would have been detention officers, front office staff, property officers, maybe crime scene examiners, and are trying to turn them into detectives.
“But they need to give them training to bring them up to the standard of a police officer who would have undergone two years training.
“They need training in interviewing, investigating, taking statements and preparation of files. And a lot of them will probably need to go on driving courses so they can drive police vehicles.
“That will all add costs on.
“The force could have gone to outside companies which offer fully trained civilian investigators for several pounds less an hour than
New police specials boss hopes for more recruits
The new boss of more than 350 volunteer cops has vowed to shake up the service after taking charge of officers in the West Midlands.
11 DEC 2014 by Nick McCarthy
The head of the Special Constabulary, Mike Rogers, first volunteered more than 20 years ago.
Now he wants to extend the roles of volunteer officers after 50 new recruits were taken on in April.
The Chief Officer said he hoped even more could be recruited next year in the wake of a three-and-a-half year gap that mirrored the freeze on recruiting regular officers.
All new officers complete an intensive 21-week training scheme and give up four hours a week before being assigned to local policing units for the first 12 months.
Experienced volunteer officers have recently been assigned to specialist areas like airport policing and the Central Motorway Police Group for the first time.
And it’s a model Mr Rogers plans to roll out across other specialist departments, including CID, gang units and support for firearms officers.
He said former regular officers, including a detective chief superintendent who joined up the day after retiring, were also swelling the ranks.
Mr Rogers, a lawyer by trade, said: “When I signed-up the Specials operated pretty much as a separate force.
“We’ve come a long way since then and now the Special Constabulary works side-by-side with regular officers.
“The fact former senior officers are volunteering is evidence that the regular and volunteer officers are coming closer together.
“The Specials are not a replacement. They are there to support and to add value.
“During the 2011 riots we had more than 200 Specials turn out within 24 hours to help quell the violence. Anyone who thinks life as a Special is ‘policing lite’ should speak to one of these brave volunteers.”
Explaining why he first joined up he said: “I felt I wanted to give something back to the system.
“It had been very good to me and I think most
How's the hand? PCSO injures wrist in 'Hot Fuzz moment'
A POLICE support officer suffered an injured wrist as she rushed to help a stricken teenager in what she has described as a “Hot Fuzz moment”.
9 DEC 2014 by Sam Blackledge
PCSO Kirsty Down was working at Saltash Police Station on Sunday afternoon when she and a colleague heard noises coming from the nearby football ground.
“We looked over the wall and saw three lads, one of them we thought was rolling around on the ground messing about,” Kirsty said. “We told them to get out and one of them said ‘I think he’s broken his leg.’”
The club was all locked up so Kirsty climbed over a wall to get in.
“I thought I’d landed on the floor but as I stepped back I landed on a ledge and there was another drop below,” she said. “I landed straight on my wrist.”
Kirsty and her colleague called an ambulance for the injured teenager, who it later emerged had fallen and broken his leg in two places.
“They were messing around, they wanted to get into the football club, he had jumped over the wall,” she said.
“It wasn’t until the ambulance turned up that we could see that his leg was broken.”
Kirsty caught up with the youngster in hospital later that day, where she was told she had an injured scaphoid.
“It’s an injury that doesn’t show for a few days, so I have to go back for another X-ray,” she said. “I don’t think it’s broken, just badly bruised.”
Scotland Yard building sold for £370m to property developers who plan luxury flats block
New Scotland Yard, the HQ of the Met police, has been sold to a Middle East developer for £370 million in one of the biggest ever property deals in central London.
9 DEC 2014 by Justin Davenport
The Abu Dhabi Financial Group paid £120 million more than the asking price for the 1960s block and and plans a development of luxury flats on the site overlooking Westminster Abbey.
Boris Johnson and policing chiefs today pledged that the cash windfall would be pumped into modernising front line policing - equipping cops on the beat with tablets, smartphones and body cameras.
The mayor is also planning to use some money to establish a public museum for crime artefacts and policing memorabilia currently stored in the Met’s infamous “black museum.”
Details of what could be on show have not been decided but the Crime Museum, which is closed to the public, includes an array of macabre items including a letter said to be from Jack the Ripper, the umbrella and ricin pellet used to assassinate Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov and the pots and stove serial killer Dennis Nilsen used to boil the flesh of his victims.
The mayor said the proceeds from the sale would be re-invested in technology allowing officers to spend more time on the streets.
Mr Johnson said: “The sale of this under-used and outdated building means we can now not only protect that rich heritage, but also fund the new HQ and kit out bobbies with the latest mobile technology to secure the future of the force.
“This landmark deal allows us to preserve the past whilst giving today’s Met a vital cash boost so our officers can go on keeping London safe.” The Met is moving to a slimmed down HQ on the Victoria Embankment but will retain the iconic revolving sign. Police say the £58 million move will save £6 million a year in running costs.
The sale of New Scotland Yard is part of a radical overhaul of the Met’s estate which has raised £215 million through the sale of 52 buildings and police stations.
Once the strategy is completed in 2016, police chiefs say it will save the force over £60m in annual running costs - enough to fund 1,000 officers.
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh said the sale justified the Mayor’s controversial strategy to sell off police buidlings, including dozens of Victorian police stations.
He said : “This is a win for everyone - police officers get the investment in technology they need, Londoners get the modern, efficient police service they deserve, and the public purse gets a huge windfall from stamp duty, helping to fund our schools and hospitals.”
The Victoria Street site is projected to yield up to £100m in stamp duty receipts once the luxury flats are sold.
Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “We now expect to need to making savings of up to £1.4bn by the end of the next spending review, including some £600m which we will have delivered by 2015/16. This is equivalent to a third of the Met’s original budget so this money is absolutely vital to us
People who spit in the street in London face £80 fine
People across London who spit in public face being hit with a £80 on-the-spot fine under a new crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
9 DEC 2014 by Nicholas Cecil
Town halls are expected at a meeting on Thursday to agree to the level of the penalty across the capital.
Local authority wardens, in parks or on litter patrols, would be able to issue the fines under by-laws.
It would be up to town halls how to impose the penalties and they could apply to footballers spitting during games in public parks.
The proposed penalty could be cut to £50 if it is paid within 14 days under the plans to be discussed by London Councils’ transport and environment committee.
“Earlier this year, London Councils conducted a public consultation into penalties for anti-social spitting and the responses we received were overwhelming in favour of imposing a fixed penalty in line with other nuisance behaviour like littering,” said a London Councils’ spokesman.
“Anti-social spitting impacts people’s quality of life. This is exactly the sort of measure boroughs can and should implement to make their local areas more pleasant places to live and work.”
People who spit in public are unlikely to be fined if they have a “reasonable excuse” or if they do so into a handkerchief, tissue, bin, spittoon or other receptacle.
These are the exceptions included in a by-law agreed a year ago in Enfield which was approved by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.
It meant that people could be taken to court and fined up to £500 for spitting in the north London borough which now wants to bring in the option of fixed penalty to deal with such anti-social conduct.
Waltham Forest and Newham have also targeted anti-social spitting with fixed penalty notices using the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and by categorising spit as “litter”.
Merseyside Police crackdown that saw dangerous dogs rounded up from owners' homes and put down ruled unlawful
High Court judges say Merseyside Police had no authority to seize dogs which were killed within a matter of hours.
9 DEC 2014 by John Siddle
A police crackdown that saw dangerous dogs rounded up and destroyed was “unlawful”, top judges today ruled.
Twenty-two banned-breed dogs were seized in March after an operation against owners who failed to comply with court orders exempting them from the law.
Warrants were executed across Merseyside to seize the pets which were then put down within a matter of hours.
Detectives said the strong action was taken to protect residents against irresponsible owners who had failed to ensure that mandatory third-party insurance was in place.
But High Court judges in Manchester today ruled that Merseyside Police acted unlawfully and had no authority to kill them.
A judicial review - a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body - was launched by Merseyside solicitors Parry Welsh Lacey.
The firm argued that the police had no legal power to put down the dogs without court permission.
The ruling means that the force may have to pay out compensation to the pets’ owners.
The raids were ordered after Liverpool was identified as an area with a large number of uninsured “exempt” dogs.
Under the Dangerous Dogs Act, animals which are prohibited but have not caused harm can go through a process to be spared destruction.
A condition of exemption is that owners have third-party insurance for their pets, which costs around £25 a year.
Bootle grandmother Debbie Gogarty, 45, previously told the ECHO how she begged officers not to take away her family pit bull Ruben after she forgot to renew the insurance.
She said: “The police came in and took Ruben straight away. They wouldn’t even let us say goodbye. It was just a mistake. Everyone has things going on in their lives and can make an oversight. Every year Ruben was insured, this was the one time he wasn’t. He didn’t deserve to die for the sake of £25.”
Following the conclusion of the Judicial Review at Manchester
Parents in 'slow walk' protest at scrapping of school lollipop patrol
Crossing patrols at Seymour Park Community Primary in Stretford are under threat as part of unprecedented £24m cuts in the borough next year.
8 DEC 2014 by Todd Fitzgerald
Parents and children at a primary school put on a ‘slow walk’ across a busy road in protest at plans to scrap their lollipop lady.
Crossing patrols at Seymour Park Community Primary in Stretford are under threat as part of unprecedented £24m cuts in the borough next year.
One-in-three lollipop patrols are facing the axe in Trafford. Around a third of 97 school crossing patrols will be targeted if the plan is passed.
Hundreds of children at schools across the borough could be left to cross the road unsupervised, with crossing points near them potentially going unmanned.
Some crossing points serve one school. But many more serve two, three or even four. The councils says 17 will see staff removed, while 14 will be ‘disestablished’ as crossing points.
Ultimately, it means the same thing at all 31 sites - they will no longer have a school crossing patrol.
Parents protested outside Seymour Park on Northumberland Road, in a bid to stop their lollipop lady, Trish Lunney, being moved elsewhere, or being left jobless.
Scores of children and their parents joined the protest, causing delays along the busy road, with rush-hour traffic soon building up. Anne Duffield, chair of governors and Labour councillor, said scrapping patrols could lead to a child being killed.
She said: “The likelihood of losing school crossing patrols fills us with genuine dread - the potential for increased outside school fracas, injuries and death loom.
“Our school crossing patrols not only keep the children safe on the crossings, but also develop a positive relationship with the school community and regular drivers who recognise their work and take notice of them when driving.”
Seymour Park headteacher Anthony Rea said: “We understand that cuts need to be made, but the concern we have is that 660 children come to school through these gates every morning.
“Trish's role is absolutely vital. We've had accidents here in the past, because drivers just don't stop and think. People just see it as they've got to get to work. This isn't about money, it's about people's lives.
Lincolnshire Police chief says force will go out of business in letter to the Home Secretary
The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has said the force will go out of business if the current unsustainable funding arrangements continue.
8 DEC 2014 by Lincolnshire Echo
Neil Rhodes, the head of Lincolnshire Police, has sent a letter to the Home Secretary, Teresa May.
In the letter he said the proposed budget for the next few years would leave a £10.4m shortfall which would force him to axe a fifth of his frontline officers.
It is also claimed he said that bobbies on the beat would be a thing of the past across the county and it would take longer to respond to 999 calls.
He is quoted as saying: "In 2016-17, Lincolnshire Police will be, on the basis of current financial projections, on the edge of viability. In the following year it will be unsustainable.
“To cut officer numbers by the amount needed would mean service degradation to a level that would be unacceptable to our communities and compromise both public safety and officer safety.
“In my 28-years in policing I have always been a moderniser and have sought to find ways to be efficient and save money, but in this case I'm afraid we have hit the buffers.”
He is now appealing for a meeting with Mrs May in order to discuss the looming crisis
Clegg call over 'criminal' bankers
The public is "seething with anger" at the banks and people should be brought to book for their actions, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said
By Press Association, 13 November 2014 7.03pm
Five banks which employed traders who clubbed together to rig foreign exchange (forex) rates were fined more than £2 billion yesterday.
Mr Clegg said it had not yet been decided what the Government would do with the £1.1 billion of fines levied by the UK regulator.
Regulators discovered that some of the manipulation of the £3 trillion-a-day forex market was taking place even as the banks were being probed over a previous scandal over interbank lending rate Libor.
Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase and UBS were handed the £1.1 billion penalty by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority and fines totalling 1.5 billion US dollars (£927 million) by US authorities.
Mr Clegg told LBC Radio that the Serious Fraud Office was also investigating and he hoped that anyone involved in criminal activity would face justice.
He said: "The Serious Fraud Office ... need to look at this. And they are. And I hope they will bring people to book and I hope people will be brought to justice."
He added: "People are seething with anger that they're having to endure cuts and savings for year after year after year because of not only irresponsible, in some cases ... possibly criminal behaviour by bankers."
Asked what would be done with the fines, Mr Clegg said: "I think the figure is just over a billion pounds that comes to the Treasury because of these fines related to the foreign exchange scandal. And we will make a decision as a Government what to do with that money."
Police licensing officers removed from unit for 'unethically' getting hold of sold-out gig tickets
Two-month probe into four veteran officers finds they did not act illegally when asking for favours from contacts at Manchester venues
9 DEC 2014 By Jennifer Williams
Four city centre licensing officers have been moved out of the unit into other jobs, the M.E.N. can reveal - after they were found behaving ‘unethically’.
The veteran police officers had been asking for favours from Manchester venues, such as access to ‘sold out’ gig tickets they would not otherwise have been able to get.
After getting them, they were not declaring them on the force’s gifts and hospitality register.
A two-month police professional standards investigation found they had not acted illegally - or that they required formal disciplining - but they were still deemed to have broken the force’s ethical code of conduct.
The officers were told on Friday that they were being moved from licensing into the division’s response unit as a result of the findings.
Nick Adderley, chief superintendent for Greater Manchester Police’s northern division, said: “We have high standards, including the code of ethics, and I’m saying I will not tolerate any officer or member of staff who breaches that code of ethics.”
It is understood the practice came to light as part of a separate investigation, which unexpectedly opened up an email trail suggesting officers had been seeking and accepting favours while not declaring them. On more than one occasion an officer had called up a venue whose gig had sold out and used their position in licensing to get hold of a ticket - before then not declaring it through the official channels.
They had never obtained the tickets for free, however, and had always paid the full value.
It is unclear how long the practice had been going on, but investigators who dug back over recent months found at least two cases per officer where a deal of that kind had been struck.
All the officers had been in their posts for a significant length of time.
Nothing criminal was found to have taken place and the officers have not been formally suspended or disciplined.
Senior officers are expected to sit down with the city’s Pub and Club Network later this week to discuss the issue
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Ex-police questioned over £1.9million paid by motorists on speed awareness courses: Crime watchdogs order firms to open their books as they investigate a 'murky' deal struck by forces
Private firms run by former police officers are to be placed under investigation after accumulating millions of pounds from motorists attending speed awareness courses.
6 DEC 2014 By Martin Beckfor
The companies, run by a scandal-hit former chief constable and an ex-traffic policeman, amassed a surplus of more than £1.9 million from the fees – money which is due to be spent on road safety.
Crime tsars have now ordered an urgent review of the arrangements amid ‘serious concerns’ that private firms may also be profiting from speeding motorists – and that the ex-policemen could have a conflict of interest.
Police and Crime Commissioners are demanding that the firms open their books and reveal what happened to money paid by motorists who opt to attend courses rather than take points on their licences when caught speeding.
The elected officials also want the firms to hand over their database of every driver who has ever gone on a driving course.
Christopher Salmon, Tory Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys, said the surplus was the result of ‘a murky deal from the days when police forces were not scrutinised properly’. He added: ‘Many PCCs, including me, want a thorough investigation into how so much money from speeding motorists ends up in private hands.’
At the centre of the controversy is Meredydd ‘Med’ Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire from 2004 until 2011, when the sexual abuse of girls by Asian gangs in Rotherham was at its worst.
According to an unpublished review obtained by The Mail on Sunday, in December 2006 Mr Hughes suggested to the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) that a private firm should be set up to manage the fines generated by speed cameras
Road Safety Support Ltd was established three months later – with Mr Hughes as a director, alongside former traffic policeman Trevor Hall and businessman Bill Howes.
It was set up as a not-for-profit operation, as was another company the trio later established, called NDORS Ltd, after the name of the speed awareness courses: the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme.
They also set up profit-making firm RST&C Ltd offering expertise in road safety, but Mr Hughes had to stand down after he was warned it could be seen as a conflict of interest. He rejoined the firm as soon as he retired from policing in 2011.
Crackdown on stolen goods being sold by secondhand stores in Hull this Christmas
HUMBERSIDE Police have joined forces with shops across Hull in a bid to tackle stolen goods being sold this Christmas.
9 DEC 2014 By Lucy Leeson
Stores are agreeing to sign up to a voluntary code of practice, which will see them checking any item offered to them for sale against a national database, CheckMEND, which lists lost and stolen goods.
Sergeant Rob Danby, of the Riverside neighbourhood policing team, said: "A lot of people don't realise that if you buy a stolen phone, iPad or laptop, that you could be charged with handling stolen goods or, at the very least, have the property taken from you, even if you don't know it's stolen.
"With this new scheme, shoppers buying at stores bearing our posters can buy with confidence knowing the goods have been checked by the store to ensure they have not been registered lost or stolen by the police or members of the public.
"Hopefully, by working in this way, we will send a strong message to those handling stolen goods that they will be identified and brought to justice and consequently help reduce incidents of property being stolen in the first place."
CheckMEND works with the national database Immobilise, insurance companies, credit agreements and police systems to log goods with an identifiable mark including phones, iPads, bikes and laptops that are reported lost or stolen.
Each search on the CheckMEND site generates a unique certificate number. This can be issued to a potential buyer to prove that, at the time of purchase, the item was not reported lost or stolen and no adverse information was recorded against it.
When an item is checked, the shop is issued a certificate. Anyone who purchases the item is issued with the certificate number so they can prove it was not registered as being lost or stolen.
As part of the scheme, all the stores who have agreed to the voluntary code will be given a poster to show they are helping to tackle the stolen goods market.
It is hoped the posters will act as a deterrent to people who try to use the stores to sell on stolen goods.
If the pilot scheme is deemed a success, police plan to roll it out to other secondhand shops across Hull.
The scheme, part of Humberside Police's Operation Yuletide to tackle crime around Christmas, was launched on Sunday in the city centre.
East Park vandals cause £4,000 damage to much-loved splash boat water ride
A group of youths have entered the park in Holderness Road and repeatedly attacked the splash boat water ride, which will cost more than £4,000 to put right.
8 DEC 2014 By Alice Roberts
Police said the splash boat, which was first opened in 1929, has been the target of repeated vandalism in recent months.
Last week, youths cut the rope that pulls the boat up from the lake and vandalised two public bins, which caused almost £1,500 of damage.
Sergeant Russ Whittle, of the Park neighbourhood policing team, said: "This is mindless vandalism by a small number of offenders, which has the potential to affect a lot of people who use East Park.
"I don't think they realise how much damage they are causing.
"The splash boat is an iconic part of East Park and, during the summer, people travel from all over the country to use it as they reminisce about childhood memories of using it."
Humberside Police are now appealing for information to help catch the vandals.
"The neighbourhood policing team want to identify, locate and bring to justice the perpetrators, but we need the public's help with details of who may be responsible," said Sgt Whittle.
"We think we know who they are, but we need the public to come forward so we can identify them."
Neil Ware, Hull City Council parks manager, said the vandals must be stopped before more damage is done.
"This is becoming a very serious problem," he said.
"The splash boat has always been a target for vandalism, but I haven't seen this level of damage before.