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UK’s head police chief’s chilling warning on ‘1985 levels’ of police overstretched by terror threat

In her most direct statement yet since the recent Manchester and London terror attacks, the Head of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), Sarah Thornton warned that with 7.2% reduction set to hit police budgets in the coming years, there will be a “significant" effect on forces abilities to carry out policing. Thornton, once described as David Cameron’s favourite police chief, posted a chilling warning on the NPCC website that five terror attacks in six months put “extra strain on...

Soldiers accused of being members of banned ‘Neo Nazi’ group remanded

Two squaddies and a civilian accused of being members of a banned neo-Nazi group were told they will face trial next year when they appeared at the Old Bailey. Lance Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen, 32, Private Mark Barrett, 24, and civilian Alexander Deakin, 22, were allegedly part of National Action. The far-right group was outlawed last December on the grounds it is 'virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic'. The three men are all charged with membership of a proscribed organisation, alleging they...

Police being investigated after man sustains injury while being restrained

Police are being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after a man allegedly suffered a head injury while being restrained. The 30-year-old needed hospital treatment following the incident outside a pub in the early hours of August 20. Poster in Braintree, Essex after a man allegedly suffered a head injury while being restrained.  The IPCC is appealing to anyone who saw the events unfold outside the Nags Head Pub in Braintree, Essex, to come forward. A spokesman for...

Decisive survey shows public have warmed to Corbyn and cooled on Theresa May

A decisive survey has revealed the public have warmed to Jeremy Corbyn’s style and cooled on Theresa May. Jeremy Corbyn has leapfrogged Theresa May for having sound judgement and likeability in the eyes of the public. The Labour leader has also overtaken the Prime Minister on the question of having “a lot of personality”. The survey found four in ten voters say Mr Corbyn has sound judgement, up ten points in a year, while Mrs May’s score on this has plummeted...

Policeman rushed to hospital after, literally, shooting himself in the foot

A policeman ended up in hospital after shooting himself in the foot. The unnamed officer was part of a squad sent to carry out a welfare check in the early hours of this morning (thurs). Scotland Yard said armed police were deployed sent to the address in Acton, west London, because it had previously been linked to firearms. But, after completing the call and leaving the property, one of the officers managed to shoot himself in the foot with his...

Greenpeace activists have taken over a ship full of VW cars & won’t leave until cars sent back to Germany

Greenpeace activists have boarded a 24,000-tonne ship carrying Volkswagen diesel cars to the UK – and say they won’t leave until the vehicles are returned to Germany. The campaigners used kayaks and boats to approach the boat in the Thames Estuary, before climbing on-board at 8.30am this morning. Greenpeace volunteers in kayaks and boats board a 23,498-tonne ship on a major import route bringing Volkswagen diesel cars into the UK. The clean air campaigners draw up alongside the huge car...

Dinosaur poo reveals plant eaters ate shellfish

Giant plant eating dinosaurs were snacking on shellfish 75 million years ago - as a side dish, according to new research. Crustaceans, possibly crab, have been found in the sung of horny beaked hadrosaurs that once roamed present day Utah - showing they weren't strictly meat eaters. Eating foods rich in protein and calcium was probably a seasonal behaviour that boosted the huge beasts' reproduction. The remarkable discovery adds to growing evidence dinosaurs really did evolve into modern birds -...

“Appalling” new pay figures show some NHS earnings down by £7.5k a year

GMB analysis of ‘appalling’ new official wage figures reveals the shocking scale of the real-terms pay cuts endured by NHS workers. The latest official estimates of staff earnings, which were published this morning show ambulance staff have had their real terms pay slashed by £7,500 a year compared to their 2010 wages. The average NHS worker’s salary is now up to £3,800 lower than it would have been in if wages had kept pace with inflation. Staff nurses’ earnings are...

Charity under fire for setting up a booth at a student freshers’ fair – promoting pro life aims

Students were left fuming after an anti-abortion charity set up a booth at a university fresher's fair - with models of foetuses. Undergraduates complained to organisers about the tasteless demonstration by charity Life, and they were told to remove their foetal models because they were too “political and offensive”. Brunel University London had stalls of societies, clubs and support groups at the fayre designed to welcome new students and help them settle into university life. The models that where on...

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