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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 BBC: Police must tackle hate crime problems, says watchdog Police must tackle hate crime problems, says watchdog 19 July 2018 Image copyright PA Police in England and Wales must tackle "significant problems" in handling hate crime ahead of a possible rise in such offences after Brexit, a watchdog says. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary found inadequate responses in 89 of 180 cases it reviewed. The watchdog said it took an average of five days for police to visit 73 victims, while 65 were not seen at all. It said hate crime rose after the 2016 referendum and the same could happen when the UK leaves the EU in 2019. The report said: "Police forces should prepare for this eventuality and make sure that the recommendations in this report are used in the future to improve the police response to hate crime victims." 'Postcode lottery' A hate crime is an offence that targets people for their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity - some forces are also piloting treating misogyny as a hate crime. The watchdog said there had been increases in the number of recorded hate crimes following events such as the murder of Lee Rigby in 2013, the referendum vote in June 2016 and the Westminster terror attack in 2017. There was a "real possibility" of the same happening in 2019, it added. What makes a disability hate crime? The truth about hate crime and Brexit How hate crime affects a whole community When it came to recording hate crimes, the watchdog said victims faced a "postcode lottery", with 43 of the incidents being designated incorrectly at the time victims reported them. Some incidents were given a hate crime "flag" without any apparent justification, while others were not flagged at all - despite being hate crimes. Figures also showed that more than 3,000 recorded racially or religiously aggravated offences were not flagged as hate crimes. And one force recorded 700 religiously aggravated crimes, despite more than half actually being racially aggravated. Image copyright PSNI Image caption Hate crimes target victims because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity One case flagged by the watchdog was a 17-year-old girl who reported that she believed she had been assaulted because she was gay. The incident was not flagged as hate-related at first, then later it was incorrectly recorded as racially or religiously aggravated. In another incident, police questioned a trans woman's view that what she had experienced was a hate crime. 'Positive police practice' Lead inspector Wendy Williams said: "Hate crime is a heinous crime because it strikes at the heart of who you are." But while there were issues in some forces, she also said there were many examples of officers and staff dealing with hate crime victims sensitively and effectively, and there was evidence of "positive practice". In 2016-17, hate crime accounted for 2% of all police-recorded offences in England and Wales. The figures showed the number of recorded offences increased by 57% between 2014-15 and 2016-17. The watchdog said as well as there being a genuine rise, more people coming forward to report hate crimes and improvements in recording practices had also contributed. View the full article Read this BBC: London Bridge terror attack heroes on Civilian Gallantry List London Bridge terror attack heroes on Civilian Gallantry List 19 July 2018 Related TopicsLondon Bridge attack Image caption Eight people were killed in the London Bridge terror attack Heroes of the London Bridge terror attack, including two who died, have been recognised for their bravery. Three police officers and five members of the public who confronted the attackers or aided others are included on this year's Civilian Gallantry list. Twenty people in total have been approved by the Queen for awards to recognise their "outstanding bravery". These include a paramedic who helped knife attack victims and four men who rescued 63 people after two shipwrecks. A backpacker and a grandfather who were each killed while trying to rescue others in separate tragedies have also been given posthumous awards. Image copyright PA Image caption The committee said Ignacio Echeverria and Kirsty Boden had both displayed "great courage" Ignacio Echeverria and Kirsty Boden were among the eight victims of the terror attack in London Bridge and Borough Market last year. Spanish banker Mr Echeverria has been posthumously awarded the George Medal after he confronted the knife-wielding terrorists with only his skateboard. The award committee said his actions had "undoubtedly prevented further loss of life" by giving time for others to run away. Ms Boden, who was a nurse, was killed as she tried to save another person's life on the bridge. Her family said they were "very proud" of her after she was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery. Image copyright PA Image caption PC Leon McLeod, PC Wayne Marques and PC Charles Guenigault (L-R) have all been recognised for their bravery Two police officers who were both seriously injured when they confronted the three terrorists have been given George Medals. British Transport Police (BTP) officer Wayne Marques, who took on the attackers armed with only his baton, said the award was "a great honour" but reflected on the efforts of others that night. "For every evil that was done there are some fantastic stories of bravery and courage," he said. Image caption Florin Morariu threw crates at the attackers before hiding people in his bakery Met PC Charles Guenigault was off-duty at the time but rushed to help PC Marques when he saw what was happening and was stabbed repeatedly. He praised the efforts of Ellen Gauntlett and Justin Jones, who helped him and took him to hospital, and have been recognised with the Queen's Commendation for Bravery. "I can't thank them enough for what they did," he said. BTP officer PC Leon McLeod said he was "shocked" to receive a Queen's Commendation for Bravery for running at the terrorists and then providing aid to victims following the attack. Romanian Florin Morariu, who threw crates at the attackers then helped people hide in his bakery, has also been recognised with the same award. Image copyright Hassan Zubier/Facebook Image caption Hassan Zubier said he had "mixed feelings" about receiving the George Medal The fourth recipient of a George Medal is Hassan Zubier, who came to the aid of victims of a knife attack while he was on holiday with his family in Finland. The paramedic, who was born in Kent but now lives in Sweden, sustained wounds to his neck, chest and arm as he fought a knifeman who stabbed two women to death. Mr Zubier, who now has to use a wheelchair because of his injuries, said he was "honoured to be recognised" but received the award "with mixed feelings, remembering that two people lost their lives". Four border force officers are recognised with a Queen's Commendation for Bravery for rescuing people after two different ships capsized. Lee Townsend, Stuart Woodland and David Sant saved 43 lives when a fishing boat carrying immigrants from Turkey foundered off the Greek island of Farmakonisi in January 2016. The committee said the men "displayed exemplary acts of bravery, dedication and commitment" as they pulled people from the water and performed CPR despite their crafts losing power and hitting rocks. Gareth Leadbetter led a crew in the rescue of 20 people after a vessel carrying suspected illegal immigrants began sinking near Dungeness in extremely poor weather conditions. Image copyright Facebook Image caption Thomas Jackson was stabbed multiple times trying to help Mia Ayliffe-Chung Queen's Gallantry Medals have been awarded to two men who tried to save British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung, from Derbyshire, who was attacked and killed in an Australian hostel in 2016. Thomas Jackson, from Cheshire, was stabbed numerous times when he and Welshman Daniel Richards tried to care for Ms Ayliffe-Chung and calm down her attacker. Mr Jackson died six days later. His family said that while the award was "a bittersweet moment", the 30-year-old "will always be our hero". Image copyright Guest family/PA Image caption Richard Guest died as he tried to rescue two teenage girls who got into difficulty in the sea Richard Guest, 74, from Walsall, was killed when he and Stephen Adams tried to rescue two teenage girls who had got into difficulty while in the sea in Tywyn, North Wales, in 2015. The awards committee said the men had "demonstrated unselfish courage to ensure the safety of two strangers" by helping the girls, who both survived, and awarded them Queen's Gallantry Medals. John Moore and Theresa Cosgrove are honoured for rescuing a woman from a burning car moments before it exploded after a collision with a motorbike in Elstree in 2014. The couple had already pulled the motorcyclist off the driver and away from the vehicle. Mr Moore, who used his body to shield the others when the car exploded and suffered burns, received a Queen's gallantry medal while his partner Ms Cosgrove was commended for her bravery. Door supervisor Sean Moore has also been commended after he was stabbed when he stepped in the way of a man who was attacking a victim with a broken bottle in a bar in Derby city centre. View the full article Read this BBC: Private sector cashes in on over-stretched NHS By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 19 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Under-pressure NHS services in England are spending over £1bn a year buying care from outside the NHS because they are unable to keep up with demand. The bill is being racked up by hospitals, ambulances and mental health trusts, data obtained by the BBC shows. NHS managers said money was being wasted as often it was done at the last minute, and led to the NHS over-paying. Sending patients to private clinics for care like hip and knee surgery is thought to be the most common purchase. Phillippa Hentsch, of NHS Providers, which represents trusts, said these decisions were often made as a "last resort" where the only alternative would be to cancel. "Hospitals have to hand over the patients because they have simply not got the beds, staff or theatres free to see them due to the pressures on the emergency side. "The best interests of the patients are what are paramount. But it is valuable income that is lost to those hospitals. It seems such a waste" she said. "In some cases hospitals are over-paying for these treatments and tests. It is another sign that things are not working properly." 'A time of immense pressure' The figures have been provided to the BBC by NHS Improvement, the financial regulator for the health service. They show that in each of the last two years just over £1bn has been spent by NHS trusts on buying health care from non-NHS bodies. Figures are not available for earlier years. As well as non-emergency operations, the spending is also going on hospitals buying places in care homes to get elderly patients off wards. Ambulances sometimes have to use private crews to transport the less serious patients, and mental health bosses have paid for beds in private hospitals because they have run out of space. Charities are also used to provide support in areas such as cancer and palliative care. Image copyright gorgios David Hare, chief executive of the NHS Partners Network, which represents private health care firms, said there were "considerable benefits". He said the flexibility of being able to buy in support could help reduce pressure and improve care. "It is right that NHS trusts are able to make local decisions about how best to spend precious NHS resources. At a time of immense pressure it makes no sense to leave available capacity from the private and voluntary sectors 'on the shelf'." A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said that despite the sums involved the amount spent was still "low" given the overall size of the budget - for NHS trusts it exceeds £70bn. "We remain clear that the NHS will remain free at the point of use both now and in the future," he added. View the full article Read this Chelmsford police officer defends kicking man in face An Essex police officer who kicked an arrested man in the face acted "instinctively", a misconduct hearing heard. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-44876079 Read this NCA: 18 years for Hull man who raped children in Kenya Return to News 18 July 2018 A locksmith from Hull who sexually abused and raped children in Kenya has been sentenced to 18 and a half years in prison following an investigation by the National Crime Agency. Over a number of years, Keith Morris, 72, befriended and helped vulnerable families in a rural village in Kilifi County, Kenya, positioning himself as a father figure for local children. He was convicted of ten child abuse offences using Section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act - legislation which allows British nationals to be prosecuted in the UK for offences committed overseas. NCA officers, working with the Kenyan National Police, identified that Morris frequently took the children away for trips where he would buy them gifts and stay with them in hotel rooms. It was on these trips taken between January 2016 and February 2017 when Morris would conduct his abuse. One of his young victims gave evidence via video link during his trial and described how Morris, known to her as ‘Mozzy’, had done “bad things” to her when they were staying at a hotel. He then told her she would be in trouble if she told anyone about it. His inappropriate behaviour with children was reported by another British national staying in Kenya in January 2017. Morris was arrested by NCA officers the same month when he returned to the UK. After being released on bail, he transferred money to associates in Kenya in exchange for helping him to prove his innocence. In addition, officers conducting a further search of his home in August 2017 seized a Dictaphone containing audio recordings of phone conversations made after his arrest. In these recordings, he asks his victims to sign retraction statements stating he is a good man. Morris denied the charges against him but on 22 May after a three and a half week trial at Leeds Crown Court, he was convicted by a jury of ten child abuse offences and two counts of perverting the course of justice. The NCA deployed to Kenya to support and facilitate 14 victims and witnesses giving evidence in the trial in the UK. Graham Ellis, NCA operations manager, said: “Keith Morris targeted vulnerable families in Kenya and built their trust through the provision of clothing and utilities and paying for medical care. “He then used these relationships to abuse and rape their children. “I must commend the bravery of his young victims who gave evidence against him in court and personally thank them for the courage they’ve shown. “The sentence handed down to Morris today reflects the abhorrent nature of his crimes. “Transnational child sex offenders like Morris think that by conducting their abuse in a remote part of the world, they won’t get caught. However borders are not a barrier and the NCA works closely with international partners to target UK nationals who commit these offences against victims from vulnerable overseas communities. “Anyone who has information on Morris’s offending should contact the NCA on 01925 663355. Alternatively, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..” Confidential support and advice is available for anyone effected by abuse in their childhood from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) on 0808 801 0331. Share this Page: View the full article Read this Read More Police News