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BBC: Smart meters to cut energy bills by just £11, say MPs Smart meters to cut energy bills by just £11, say MPs 20 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Customers who get smart meters installed are expected to save just £11 a year off their energy bills, a group of MPs has found. It was originally thought that the new meters would save consumers at least £26. In one of the most critical reports yet on the £11bn programme, the MPs also said the government was now likely to miss its own deadline. As many as 53 million of them are due to be installed by the end of 2020. Grant Shapps, the chair of the British Infrastructure Group of Parliamentarians (BIG), said the programme had been "plagued by repeated delays and cost increases, with suppliers now almost certain to miss the 2020 deadline, and programme benefits likely to be slashed even further." The government said smart meters were putting consumers in control of their energy use, and were already benefiting millions of homes and small businesses across Great Britain. Watchdog to review smart meter roll-out Smart Energy GB, which is promoting the roll out of the smart meters, said: "All smart meters mean an end to estimated billing and give people a greater understanding of their energy use. "Smart meters are also making prepay cheaper and more convenient, bringing the way we pay for our energy up-to-date, enabling customers to top up online or over the phone." Customers have financed the smart meter programme by paying a levy on their energy bills, while suppliers have frequently blamed the levy for rising costs. However the report claimed most of the eventual savings would be made by energy firms, rather than consumers. "The roll-out is consequently at serious risk of becoming yet another large scale public infrastructure project delivered well over time and budget, and which fails to provide energy customers with a meaningful return on their investment," said Mr Shapps. 'Going dumb' The MPs also said some suppliers had been engaging in "scare tactics" to convince customers to have a meter installed, in order for targets to be reached. Such tactics included firms telling customers that their bills would go up unless they agreed to have a meter, or that their old meter was dangerous. The report also said that: Obsolete meters, which don't always work when a customer switches supplier, will continue to be rolled out until next year More than half of smart meters "go dumb" after switching, meaning they stop communicating with the supplier Up to 10% of smart meters don't work, because they are in areas where mobile phone signals are not strong enough By the end of the year only 22% of households will have the meters installed, meaning the 2020 deadline is certain to be missed The eventual cost of the programme could even outweigh the benefits The MPs said the government should now plan for the roll-out to be completed by 2022, and that supply of the new generation of smart meters should be sped up. They also said customers should be automatically compensated for each day their meter malfunctions. Response The report was signed by 92 MPs. However the government said it was wrong to call dumb meters "obsolete". "It's simply wrong to say first-generation meters are 'obsolete' as they offer smart services now and will continue do so as they are enrolled into the smart metering network, " said a spokesperson for the Business and Energy Department. "However we welcome ideas on how to ensure the ongoing success of the smart meter roll out and are already working with Ofgem on issues raised in the report." The National Audit Office is already investigating the economic case for the roll-out of smart meters, and is due to report sometime this summer. View the full article Read this NCA: Latest on Newlyn harbour drug trafficking investigation Home News Latest on Newlyn harbour drug trafficking investigation Return to News 20 July 2018 As part of an National Crime Agency-led operation, the Border Force cutter HMC Vigilant intercepted a sailing yacht of the south west coast of Cornwall and escorted the vessel into Newlyn harbour where it arrived yesterday (Thursday 19 July). Two men have been arrested for drug trafficking offences and are now being questioned by NCA officers, who are leading the investigation. The port of Newlyn was closed temporarily for public safety reasons but has since reopened. Border Force and NCA officers, supported by Devon and Cornwall Police, remain at the scene. Share this Page: View the full article Read this NCA: Caribbean cocaine smugglers jailed for 37 years Return to News 20 July 2018 A group of four people who imported at least £1 million worth of cocaine into the UK from Jamaica have been sentenced to a total of 37 and a half years in prison, with one more still to be sentenced. The National Crime Agency began investigating the group in June 2016 following a Border Force seizure of 5kg of cocaine concealed in packets of coconut milk powder at Manchester Airport. NCA officers identified Nigel Roberts, 41, a barber from Birmingham, as the ringleader and organiser of three subsequent importations of cocaine into UK airports. Each seizure consisted of between 5kg-10kg of cocaine, some in identical packaging as the first, with others disguised as coffee or LaSoy Milk. In the case of the first importation, Roberts worked with Craig Mullings, 46, and his girlfriend Diana Ricketts, 35, to recruit a courier in order to bring the drugs back from Jamaica in a suitcase. Phone records identified that Roberts was in contact with the couple and other members of his network at key times around each importation. He would mainly communicate with them and pass on instructions using WhatsApp voice notes. Days after the arrest of Deannia Madden-Walker, 47, who attempted to smuggle 5kg of cocaine into Gatwick Airport, Roberts sent a voice note saying, “I’m on a bad luck streak, one of my ships crashed again.” In addition to complicit couriers, the group sometimes used vulnerable and unknowing participants to smuggle the drugs for them. Abdul Thomas, 34, assisted Roberts with the fourth importation in December 2016. Thomas sent him a voice note previously to underline the plan, instructing him to “take out what you need to take out” from the suitcases before sending them down to London. After receiving the cocaine, Roberts would split it up to be sold on to street-level dealers. NCA officers searching his barber shop also recovered crack cocaine which was packaged ready to be supplied. Today at Minshull Street Crown Court Roberts was sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison and Thomas was sentenced to 12 years. Ricketts and Madden-Walker received eight years and six years respectively. Mullings will be sentenced at a later date. Another member of the network, Dwane Johnson AKA Boasty, who was charged with being a courier went on the run before he could stand trial and remains wanted by the NCA. John Hughes, Operations Manager at the NCA, said: “Roberts and his network were involved in a potentially lucrative business importing class A drugs into the UK. “Not only would these profits have gone on to fund the supply of dangerous drugs, it would have fuelled the violence we so regularly see associated with this kind of activity. “Crack cocaine is also a key commodity within the county lines model and contributes to the exploitation of vulnerable people and children. “We work closely with our Border Force and international colleagues to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the UK and protect the public from the inevitable harm this causes.” Adam Knight, Assistant Director of Border Force North, said: “These interceptions represent a significant amount of Class A drugs which have been prevented by Border Force from ending up on the UK’s streets where they could cause significant harm.

 "Working with the National Crime Agency and other law enforcement partners we will continue to tackle smuggling of all kinds and bring those responsible to justice." Share this Page: View the full article Read this NCA: NCA Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18 Read this BBC: MPs criticise head of public prosecution's rape case failures MPs criticise head of public prosecution's rape case failures 20 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Creative MPs have criticised the director of public prosecutions over failings in the disclosure of evidence in rape and serious sexual assault cases. A number of rape trials collapsed last year after it emerged vital evidence had not been given to defence lawyers. A new report from the Justice Select Committee said Alison Saunders did not recognise the severity of the issue and there was "insufficient leadership". Ms Saunders said addressing problems in the system was her "top priority". She is due to stand down from her post in October at the end of a five-year contract. Police apologise for rape case errors All current rape cases 'urgently' reviewed Evidence withheld in 47 sex assault cases In the lead-up to criminal trials, police and prosecutors have a duty to disclose evidence or information that might either help the defence case, or harm the prosecution's case. But in January, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) ordered a review of more than 3,600 cases in England and Wales after four cases were thrown out of court due to a lack of disclosure. The trial of Liam Allan was stopped in December at Croydon Crown Court, days before the prosecution of Isaac Itiary at Inner London Crown Court was halted. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLiam Allan had been on bail for two years before his trial collapsed And in January, the case against Samson Makele was stopped at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London, while Oxford student Oliver Mears - who had spent two years on bail - had the case against him dropped days before his trial was set to start. The review found that 47 cases of rape and sexual assault had important evidence withheld from the defence. 'Life-long impact' Committee chairman, Conservative MP Bob Neill, said the police and CPS often see the disclosure of evidence as an "administrative headache" - a view which was "not acceptable". Mr Neill, a former barrister, added: "Disclosure failings are extremely damaging for those concerned and can have a permanent life-long impact. "These failings have caused miscarriages of justice and - as the director of public prosecutions even admitted to us - some people have gone to prison as a result." The committee found failings in the "application of disclosure by police officers and prosecutors on the ground" and called for a culture change, so it was seen as a "core justice duty", rather than an "administrative add-on". When it came to Ms Saunders, they said there was "insufficient focus and leadership" in dealing with the problem and that she "did not sufficiently recognise the extent and seriousness" of failures within the process. 'Right resources' The report, published on Friday, also called on the government to look at whether there is sufficient funding for the system. Mr Neill said: "The proliferation of electronic evidence makes disclosure ever more challenging, and we need the right skills, technology, resources and guidelines, to resolve this once and for all. "The failings are symptomatic of a system under immense strain: without change, we cannot expect the public to have confidence in the criminal justice system." Responding to the report, Ms Saunders said: "I have been very clear that addressing the long-standing problems in managing disclosure across the criminal justice system is my top priority. "There is an unprecedented focus on finding solutions, and extensive action has been under way over the past year to bring about the necessary change not just in how cases are handled, but in the wider culture within the CPS and policing. "This is not a quick fix. We will evaluate the measures taken, and agree further commitments to ensure there is continuous improvement." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDirector of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders tells Today it was her decision to leave The National Police Chiefs' Council's lead for criminal justice, Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave, defended Ms Saunders, saying she was "fully aware of the extent and seriousness of the disclosure failures" and "fully committed" to working with them. Another review into disclosure is being carried out by the attorney general and a National Disclosure Improvement Plan is being put into place. View the full article Read this Ambulance Driving Standards manager jailed for fraud Simon Macartney was employed by South East Ambulance NHS Trust as Driving Standards Manager and was responsible for the driving standards of Ambulance drivers who attend 999 calls. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/man-who-lied-qualifications-job-14449837 Read this NCA: Suspected British hitman wanted for attempted murder in Amsterdam Home News Suspected British hitman wanted for attempted murder in Amsterdam Return to News 19 July 2018 National Crime Agency investigators are appealing for help to track down a suspected hitman wanted for the attempted murder of a British man in Amsterdam. The 55-year-old victim, originally from the Sale area of Greater Manchester, was shot in the head outside a café in the city on 19 May this year in what Dutch Police believe was a gangland feud. He remains in a stable condition in hospital. The suspected gunman had earlier been seen walking towards the premises in Amsterdam’s Stromarkt. He then pulled out a handgun and fired at the victim, before taking a bicycle taxi in the direction of the Dam. Despite a large scale search, the Dutch authorities have yet to track him down and are now working closely with the NCA The gunman was captured on CCTV footage which has been released to help identify him. A witness described him as speaking English with a north-west accent – possibly Merseyside or Manchester. 
 The victim is a British citizen with connections to Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, although he now lives in the Netherlands. Jayne Lloyd, North West Branch Commander said: “The attack took place in a public area. This man is clearly very dangerous, which is why we need to identify him quickly and make sure he cannot harm anyone else. “Witnesses say he spoke English with either a Merseyside or Manchester accent, which is what leads our Dutch colleagues to suspect that somebody here in the north west knows his identity. “Someone knows who this is, and anyone with information about this man or his whereabouts should contact the NCA on 0370 496 7622 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please do not approach this man as he is dangerous and call 999 in an emergency.” Share this Page: View the full article Read this BBC: No-one charged 'for 9 out of 10 crimes' 19 July 2018 Image copyright PA Only 9% of crimes end with suspects being charged or summonsed, Home Office figures suggest. In the 12 months to March, 443,000 crimes resulted in a charge or summons out of 4.6 million offences - the lowest detection rate since 2015. Data also shows police closed nearly half (48%) of all cases because no suspect could be identified. It comes as new figures show the number of homicides in England and Wales has increased for the fourth year running. The Home Office statistics on crime outcomes is published at the same time as quarterly crime figures and the Crime Survey for England and Wales, which is based on people's experiences of crime. The changing picture of how successfully police are catching criminals comes against a backdrop of rising crime. Overall, crimes recorded by police went up 11% in the year to March, figures published by the Office for National Statistics suggested. The Home Office said that along with a growing caseload, there was evidence to suggest that more recorded crimes were in the most challenging offence types to investigate. It gives the example of sexual offences - up 24% on last year - giving officers a bigger workload and becoming more complex. Rape cases take an average of 129 days to solve compared with, for example, two days for theft or criminal damage. You need a modern browser to view the interactive content in this page. Please enter your postcode or police force name Search for police forces Other notable findings from the Home Office include: In sexual offence cases, only 5% resulted in someone being charged or summonsed That figure falls to 3% for rape cases. In about a third (34%) of rape cases, the victim did not want to take the case to its conclusion In all, one in five cases went unresolved because the victim did not support action, usually meaning they did not want to go through the courts Three quarters of theft cases were closed with no suspect identified This was also the case in more than half (57%) of robberies, including muggings Analysis: A vicious circle of crime? Image copyright Getty Images By BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw These figures paint a gloomy picture. Not only are police recording more crimes - but they're solving fewer of them. That's partly because proportionately more of the offences they have to deal with are complex and difficult to investigate, such as rape. But it may also be a reflection of the decline in police officer numbers since 2010, down by a further 738 according to the latest workforce data, and the national shortage of detectives, as the Inspectorate of Constabulary has highlighted. The consequences are serious: victims not getting the justice they deserve, public confidence in the criminal justice system damaged and more offenders avoiding detection - and free to commit further crimes. It threatens to become a vicious circle of crime. Reality Check: How do weapons appear on England's streets Nine charts on rising knife crime in England and Wales Reality Check: Has London's murder rate overtaken New York's? Meanwhile, the latest figures for recorded offences showed homicides in England and Wales were up 12% in the 12 months to the end of March, from 627 to 701. Homicide covers cases of murder, manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and infanticide, but these figures exclude terror attacks. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said homicide remained rare and tended to take place in London and other cities. The start of 2018 was characterised by what appeared to be regular killings on the streets of London. Between January and March, the BBC recorded 46 killings in the city - some from gunshot wounds but most from stabbings. Among those killed were a handful of teenagers. The data also showed: Knife crime up 16% Robbery offences, including muggings, up 30% - 77,103 cases were recorded in the 12 months to March. In February, the BBC reported that the "rich pickings" on Oxford Street in London's West End had made it a hotspot for robberies and ride-by moped thefts Vehicle-related thefts up 12% - it is the second year for vehicle-related theft numbers to rise and is backed up by the separate Crime Survey which showed an increase of 17% Publishing the data, the ONS said: "Over recent decades, we've seen a fall in overall levels of crime, a trend that now looks to be stabilising." Caroline Youell, of the ONS, said the latest figures showed a "fairly stable" picture in England and Wales for most crime types. "It is too early to say if this is a change to the long-term declining trend," she added. "There have been increases in some lower-volume 'high-harm' offences such as homicide and knife crime, consistent with rises over the past three years. "However, the latest rise in gun crime is much smaller than previously seen. "We have also seen continued increases in some theft offences such as vehicle-related theft and burglary, while computer viruses have fallen." Privacy and methodology The BBC uses the postcode you enter here to determine the police force area you live in but does not store this data. The BBC is the data controller of the data you enter here. If you have any questions about how we process data, please read our Privacy and Cookies Policy. View the full article Read this Read More Police News