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TV bobby helps the real force

A CELEBRITY policeman made a guest appearance at a new community office in a part of the borough which has been without a station for four years.

Alex Walkinshaw, who plays Dale Smith in TV series The Bill, helped open the Biggin Hill and Darwin Community Office in Biggin Hill High Street.

The office is a base for the Safer Neighbourhood Team, made of Police Community Support Officers, police officers and a sergeant. It opens from 11am to 1pm on weekdays and offers most of the services of a police station.

But it cannot assist people on bail who have to return to a police station. Borough commander Chief Superintenden Martin Greenslade said: "Bromley police are committed to improving and enhancing community safety.
"The community office makes us more accessible by enlisting the support of volunteers and by working together we are helping to make the area a safer place."

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Sun 20 Mar 2005
Force Removes 'Force' Option from Csos
By Neville Dean, PA Crime Correspondent no 30 mins detention for Lancs PCSOs now A police force that took part in trials to allow Community Support Officers to use reasonable force when detaining suspects has withdrawn the power, it emerged today.

Lancashire Constabulary said it had taken the decision to “reduce the potential for conflict to arise”. The move was welcomed by the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file police officers and is opposed to CSOs handling confrontational situations.

However, the public services union Unison said it had “real concerns” about how CSOs in different parts of the country had different sets of powers. Community Support Officers were first introduced to act as the “eyes and ears” of the police service. As civilian wardens, they are intended to patrol the streets and deal with low-level anti-social behaviour. But last month new research revealed that many police officers compared them to “problem children”. They said some “wannabee” CSOs went over the top and “escalated situations”, putting themselves and any attending police officers at unnecessary risk.

Lancashire Constabulary was one of six forces that trialled CSO detention powers between January 2003 and March last year. According to Jane’s Police Review, 151 CSOs reported some form of abuse during the 15-month pilot and seven suffered physical harm. One of Lancashire’s CSOs was stabbed with a knife, according to its report.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Constabulary said: “We ran a 15-month pilot and as a result of that a decision has been taken by senior officers to withdraw the permission for CSOs to use force when detaining a member of the public in order to reduce the potential for conflict to arise. “They can verbally request a suspect to remain with them for 30 minutes until a serving police officer arrives, but they cannot use force.”
Bob Elder, chairman of the Police Federation’s Constables’ Central Committee, said he “applauded” the decision. “I have got nothing against CSOs, but when you are putting them in a confrontational situation, which they have not got the skills or the training for, it is unfair on them,” he said.

“It seems that Lancashire have recognised that and also that these situations are best left to police officers who have been properly trained.” Unison believes a national framework should apply to ensure all CSOs across the country have the same powers so both the police and the public are clear about their role.

Ben Priestley, Unison’s national officer representing police staff, told Jane’s Police Review: “There needs to be more consistency and we would support a minimum set of powers, which would probably include the power to detain.” A Home Office spokesperson said: “It is for Chief Constables to decide which of the available powers their CSOs may exercise depending on their policing strategy for the area.”

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PCSOs given power to detain

but they cannot use physical force

By Louisa Barnett

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Hertsmere have been given the power to detain suspects for the first time.

The powers were granted on Sunday by the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary, Frank Whiteley, following a pilot by six other police forces.

The power can be used if someone, when lawfully asked to provide their name and address, refuses to do so, or the PCSO believes that the details the person has given are false or inaccurate.

The PCSO can ask the person to stay with them for up to 30 minutes until a police officer arrives to assist in obtaining those details.

Marrie Taylor, a PCSO based at Borehamwood Police Station, said: "I'm very excited. It's a good thing as it means more involvement and that's what it's all about in this job.

"We are doing more than just patrolling and that's a good feeling.

"I'm not a police officer and never will be, but it's another feather in our caps and we are now able to do more out there."

It is an offence to run away or refuse to provide details when a PCSO asks for your name and address.

Head of Community Safety at Hertfordshire Constabulary, Superintendent Steve Hughes, said: "This power is a real boost to our PCSOs and the work that they do.

"PCSOs have been incredibly effective in dealing with anti-social behaviour and this will help them on those occasions when people are believed to have committed an offence but refuse to co-operate."

The power to detain is only verbal, and no physical force can be used by any PCSO to detain a suspect."

Superintendent Hughes added: "We feel this is important because we want to retain the clear distinction between the role and responsibilities of police officers who are trained and equipped to deal with hostile situations and PCSOs who have a community-based role.

"We now have more than 100 PCSOs working across the county and they continue to have a positive impact on quality of life in the communities the patrol."

Full training has been given to all existing PCSOs in how to use the power to detain and it is now part of the comprehensive training programme for all newly-recruited PCSOs.                   6.5.05

'Give Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)                    more powers'
COMMUNITY police officers need stronger powers if they are to make a difference to levels of crime in Peterborough, a councillor has claimed.

Cllr Graham Murphy, who represents Orton Longueville, in Peterborough, has called on Cambridgeshire Chief Constable Tom Lloyd to extend the powers of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) so that they can properly get to grips with anti-social behaviour.

At the moment, the officers are unable to move on gangs of youths, street drinkers or anyone causing a nuisance. Instead, they must wait for police officers to arrive, who will then take action. Cllr Murphy believes that unless their powers are extended, PCSOs in Peterborough, including the six officers who patrol the Ortons, will become an irrelevance. He said: "The chief constable has the authority to give them greater powers.

"Instead, it seems he is waiting for government legislation to set out more clearly what the role of PCSOs is.

"While he waits for these changes, anti-social behaviour in the Ortons will continue.

"While I understand that PCSOs in the Ortons work very hard, they are increasingly being seen as a highly visible presence that holds no real powers.

"What's the point in people ringing police if they see anything and then having to wait for a police car to turn up?" He also voiced concerns about the amount of instruction received by PCSOs, who only get two weeks' training before they begin. However, Inspector Kate Scott, of the Eastern sector, claimed police and residents are reaping the benefits of the work of PCSOs. She said: "The rewards of having PCSOs on the streets are quite substantial.

"Although they do not have the same powers as police officers, they are extremely useful when dealing with low-level crime and disorder." She also said police are looking at extending PCSOs' powers.

"We are looking at giving them powers of detention and the ability to disperse groups of anti-social people," she said.

"It is subject to review, but it's something we are considering."

01 March 2005

New faces on the beat Debora Page and Sally Pugsley
EDITORIAL - editorial@thecomet.net 14 April 2005 20:25
A NEW generation of crimefighters came to the streets of Biggles-wade this week with the arrival of the town's first Police Community Support Officers.

Debora Page and Sally Pugsley arrived at Biggles-wade Police station on Monday after four weeks of training. One of their main roles will be high visibility foot patrols in Biggleswade, Sandy, Potton and the surrounding areas. They will visit schools, youth activities such as skate parks, and market days.

Ian Wilson, beat manager for Biggleswade, said: "They're our eyes and ears." Debora and Sally will tackle issues that affect the quality of life of residents such as anti-social behaviour, noise, vandalism and graffiti. In Biggleswade this will include trying to help deal with the town's crime hotspots - car parks.

Pc Wilson said: "Theft from motor vehicles is the problem in this area at the moment." Their powers include the ability to issue fixed penalty notices for littering, dog fouling and cycling on footpaths. They can also stop cars, arrange for abandoned cars to be removed and confiscate alcohol and tobacco.

PCSOs are also allowed to take the name and address of suspects, including people who act in an antisocial way, and enter a building to save life or prevent serious damage. Ch Insp Jim Saunders, who heads operational policing for the division, heralded Debora and Sally's arrival as "a significant development in the history of Bedfordshire Police". He said: "We are confident the public will welcome the police community support officers as an additional resource over and above our complement of police officers and agree they will help to make Biggleswade and the surrounding areas a safer and more pleasant place to live and work."

During their first week, Debora and Sally have visited schools in the area, met councillors and members of the public and distributed car crime prevention leaflets at Sainsbury's in Biggleswade. Debora said: "We've just been letting people know we're about really. It's gone very well. People have been very welcoming, to the point of being overjoyed. They're so pleased." It is hoped to eventually have more PCSOs serving the Biggleswade area.

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By MIKE RUSSELLpower to detain suspects? ... not for Surrey PCSOs anytime soon
SURREY’S top policeman won’t be giving police community support officers the power to detain suspects.

Chief Constable Bob Quick said he wanted to keep a clear definition between PCSOs — paid police staff with radios who patrol neighbourhoods — and police constables.

Introduced to Surrey in 2003, the PCSOs have been deemed a success by the force’s senior officers in dealing with neighbourhood problems, such as anti-social behaviour. Across the country, six pilots were set up to develop the roles of PCSOs with the biggest change giving them power to detain suspects for up to 30 minutes. The Home Office deemed the trial a success and offered all forces the chance to give the powers to its PCSOs.

However, Mr Quick said the 97 PCSOs under his controlwould not be allowed to stop people. He said: “Our PCSOs can give warnings and fixed penalty notices but they won’t be getting coercive powers. They’re fully integrated with officers that have.” Mr Quick added that the price for a PCSO making a mistake if given the right to detain suspects could be very high.” Mr Quick said he wanted PCSOs to continue being a uniformed and reassuring presence in communities, supporting police constables with their own beat areas.

Vandals smash up pool
By Sitala Peek ::30 April 2005
CHESHAM Open Air Swimming Pool has been targeted by vandals just days before its official summer opening this Sunday.

Yobs kicked in the door, threw the steps across the pool ripping part of the plastic cover and lining, broke benches and damaged a disabled lift.

But despite causing £1,000 worth of damage, sometime on Friday night, only civilian police community support officers (PCSOs) have been allocated to investigate the crime.

Pool manager Danny Essex said he feels let down by police.

Mr Essex said: "PCSOs do the best they can, but police should be dealing with this. The role of a PCSO is to walk the streets and act as a go between for police and the community."

Mr Essex has called the police to the centre in Moor Road twice before in the past few months about broken lights and a youth who was spotted breaking his Antisocial Behaviour Order.

Mr Essex said each time PCSOs were sent and it took them more than an hour to arrive. He said they simply took details and searched the area on foot.

In a separate incident on Saturday afternoon a boy urinated across the outside of the building. PCSOs caught up with him, but were called away to a more urgent incident before they could enforce a fixed penalty notice.

Mr Essex said they simply did not have the back-up to arrest culprits and could not do the job of a police officer.

Chesham Mayor Cllr Mohammed Bhatti said the police should take a "tougher stance" to protect the town's reputation.

He said: "I think it's an outrage that people have damaged community facilities. It is very selfish and I strongly believe that the people who did this should be excluded from Chesham, whether they live here or not."

Despite the damage, Mr Essex is confident the pool will still be ready in time for Cllr Bhatti to open it on Sunday and he blamed the fair for attracting youths to the area.

A spokesman at Chesham Police Station said they were aware of the issues at Chesham Open Air Swimming Pool, but had not made any arrests.

He said two officers were on leave, but that PCSOs were looking into it.

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Town left without traffic wardens
A town is without any traffic wardens after police withdrew officers a year ahead of national changes.
Notts Police has not renewed the contracts of Mansfield's nine wardens, but local authorities do not take over traffic enforcement until next year.
who needs traffic wardens? just use PCSOs INSTEAD!!

Police bosses say they have applied for money for community support officers, whose duties would include traffic.

District councillor Andre Camilleri said they were annoyed and accused police of "jumping the gun".

The police have decided to withdraw the service and left us to pick up the pieces

Councillor Andre Camilleri, Mansfield District Council,

Supt Stuart Wright, the area police commander, said officers who have been reemployed as police community support officers are still able to issue tickets and enforce traffic regulations.

"I think the thing now is to make sure the new wardens are introduced as soon as possible," he said.

He added staff had been made aware of the changes and that drivers face "a rude awakening" if they park illegally.

Supt Wright said the force had applied for cash from the Home Office for community support officers to take on some of the work formerly carried out by wardens.

'Jumped the gun'

Mr Camilleri, portfolio holder for public protection at Mansfield District Council, said they planned to have talks with police.

"Obviously we are very annoyed they have jumped the gun but we have to work in partnership with these people," he said.

"We will have to take measures so people are safe and don't just park anywhere.

"Traffic wardens are the responsibility of the police and the police have decided to withdraw the service and left us to pick up the pieces."

People in the town said they have noticed problems caused since the wardens were withdrawn.

One resident said: " It's quite obvious there's no traffic wardens because there's lots of illegal parking.

"Some of it's quite dangerous. It's about time it was sorted out."

Some councils in cities and towns, including Nottingham, have already taken over traffic warden duties ahead of the changes in legislation which see responsibility shift from police to councils.

Wednesday, 2 February, 2005

6300SUSSEX PCSOS in 2005! There are now 6300 police community support officers across Britain.

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New street drinking ban comes into force in
South Bristol (Withywood)

ADDED: 3/02/2006
Area covered by street drinking ban
A street drinking ban has been granted this week with the full support of the local community as part of a drive by police and Bristol City Council under the Safer Bristol Partnership to combat anti-social behaviour.

The ban, which covers the Queens Road area in Withywood, gives police officers the power to confiscate alcohol, bottles and glasses where they believe a person poses a threat to public safety. Drinkers who refuse to co-operate could face arrest and a potential fine of £500.

The alcohol free zone was approved by Bristol City Council Licensing Committee and will came into force this week. The zone is the sixth such ban in Bristol so far and covers both residential and business areas.

Success has already been had in other areas covered by bans including Bristol city centre, Stokes Croft and St Judes. The move is part of the response to anti-social behaviour problems in the area caused by street drinking.

Police Community Support Officer Alison Orton said residents and traders in the area had spoken to police and the problems caused by people drinking on the street during the daytime and in the evenings.

area where street drinking is banned "Officers out on patrol had also noticed people congregating and drinking in the streets and we received calls from people about abusive or threatening behaviour caused by this activity.
"In the daytime it is usually adults standing around the streets and drinking while in the evening it is often young people. Street drinking can bring with it a host of other problems – anti-social behaviour, street urination, begging and abusive behaviour.

"This kind of behaviour can be very intimidating for other people who are conducting their normal daily business.
"After gathering information and evidence from the relevant people on the problem of street drinking we submitted a report to Bristol City Council which was successful.
"The support we have had, especially from local traders, has been superb. Everyone has been on board with the idea, which makes our job a lot easier, we know we are working with people who want the same things we do," said PCSO Orton.

Councillor Gary Hopkins, Chair of the Safer Bristol Partnership, which spearheads the city’s response to crime, drugs and community safety, said: "The move is an excellent example of local residents working with Safer Bristol partners, such as the police and Bristol City Council, to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and improve the lives of their communities."

The street drinking ban enables police to seize any alcohol held by people on the street. They then dispose of the alcohol. If the person resists their alcohol being seized they face arrest. Officers will also be keeping records of whom they stop and seize alcohol for with a view to tackling persistent offenders.

Signs highlighting the ban will be installed around the area to ensure that people area aware of the new powers. The signs have been funded by a local resident, George Denford from Bristol South Community Watch who was recently awarded a £10,000 grant from the Home Office as a winner of the Bristol Spark Plugs programme.

The Spark Plug programme aims to achieve "real time community change" for regeneration by using residents as the catalyst for bringing small practical projects to fruition.

Under the programme, those volunteers selected as Spark Plugs, work with their local community safety partnership on turning their ideas for change into reality. The Bristol Spark Plugs programme is one of only four in the UK.

NI: Civilian police plans 'likely to go through'
02/02/2006 - 19:28:29
The introduction of Police Community Support Officers in Northern Ireland moved a step closer tonight.

The uniformed civilian support staff have already been introduced in England and Wales amid some controversy.
After extensive debate in Belfast the Northern Ireland Policing Board has agreed in principle to the recruitment of PCSOs in the North.

They said their agreement was subject to there being “no variation between the vetting criteria for membership of the PCSO and those which govern regular police officers”.

Board chairman, Professor Sir Desmond Rea, said they were guarding against “any potential for PCSOs to become a route into policing for paramilitaries".

At the same time the Board agreed the rolling out of four new areas for the recruitment of more part time police officers following the evaluation of a pilot recruitment scheme of 159 officers on four other areas in 2003.

The Patten Report on the future of policing said the Part Time Police Reserve should be enlarged to 2,500 officers, with additional recruits to come from those areas in which there were few or no reservists at all.
Sir Desmond said that since the publication of Pattern there had been developments in the delivery of community policing, the deployment of part-time officers and the introduction in England and Wales of PCSOs.

He said PCSOs were a new initiative in policing and as part of the board’s discussions members had considered whether they would be suitable for the province.

Published: 9th November 2005
Ex-soldier named new police community support officer
A NEW community support officer has joined Wilmslow’s beat officers in a boost to their high visibility community policing campaign.

Steve Copas After five-and-a-half years in the army, 24-year-old Steve Copas will be a tough new addition to the team and is more than adequately equipped as the ideal back-up to the Community Action Team.

Prompted in to applying for the job after his girlfriend took up a similar role, Steve’s previous job saw him serve in Iraq for a time where he worked as ground crew for the air corps.

Now he is looking forward to a new challenge of helping make the streets of Wilmslow as safe as they can be. Without the wide-ranging powers of a fully-fledged police officer Steve’s role will be to keep an eye on the community and without the burden of paper work he will be a more permanent fixture on the streets.

He said: "My main focus will be quality of life issues like nuisance youths, parking problems – the things that are bug bears for people. "We do have certain problem areas and the whole idea of being high visibility is that if we do hear of problems we can go along and try and solve the problem and act as a deterrent.
"The interest to me is being able to help the community to develop and trying to make a difference."

Although Community Support Officers do not have the power of arrest they work closely with the police officers in the CAT team and can call on them for support. The role is seen as key to resolving issues that plague communities but are not necessarily criminal offences.

First published by the Wilmslow Express

Two-wheeled terrors are stopped in their tracks
CYCLISTS beware - the police are getting tough on two-wheeled terrors who ride irresponsibly on Cambridge's roads.

In just four days this week, Cambridge police issued a total of 37 fixed penalty notices, which carry a £30 fine, and ordered 20 more cyclists to appear in court for breaking the rules of the road. Officers were told to crackdown on those riding the wrong way down one-way roads, without lights after dark, and cycling on pavements around the city.

The tickets and court summonses were issued between Saturday and Tuesday, and Sgt Simon Cross, who launched the tough approach after noticing a rise in the number of complaints about cyclists, said it was time well spent.

He said: "It causes me concern people are not heeding the warnings - they are endangering themselves and others. "This is not a frivolous use of police time.

"We have police community support officers who are dedicated to patrol duties, and they will be dealing with everything they come across, but cycling offences are an important part of that."

Sgt Cross said some offences could be dealt with by on-thespot fines, but others had to be sent to the magistrates' court. He said: "This is an important problem for the public of Cambridge; my postbag is full of letters complaining about cyclists nearly running people down on the pavements, or putting themselves and motorists at risk by using the roads without lights in the evenings.

"It is an offence we can deal with when we're out on patrol, and it is right we treat it as an offence and deal with offenders when we see them." Police statistics reveal 11 per cent of all road casualties in Cambridgeshire are cyclists, and that almost half of all crashes involving bikes in the county happen in Cambridge city.
18 November 2005

Shopping mall bans bicycling paramedics
By David Sapsted
(Filed: 16/11/2005)
Cycling paramedics have been banned from a new shopping centre in case they knock down shoppers who then sue for compensation.

The paramedics, who have been credited with saving hundreds of lives since taking to their cycles in Norwich five years ago, have been told by managers of the Chapelfield centre that they must push them to patients, despite fears that the extra minutes could cost lives. Security staff at the shopping centre, which opened in September, ordered one paramedic to dismount as he was on his way to treat a shopper who was having a fit.

Introduced as a means of getting around Norwich's maze of narrow streets and alleys, the bicycle service has responded to more than 6,000 emergency calls, about 300 of which were categorised as life-threatening incidents.

A spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service said that the bicycle crews had cut response times in the city centre from eight minutes to three. He said: "We have one mountain bike equipped with a siren and flashing lights to get people out of the way and a team of four paramedics who take turns to use it.
"They are all highly proficient, trained cyclists and, in more than five years, I have not heard of them knocking anyone over."

Mike Redfearn, the operations manager for Chapelfield, said: "It was agreed that the cyclists can operate but we have asked that they dismount because we feel riding would be too dangerous with a large amount of people."

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'Supercops' to be paid by performance, not rank
Rosie Cowan, crime correspondent
Friday October 14, 2005
The Guardian
A tier of "supercops", whose salaries would soar with performance-related pay, could be created under a plan being put to police chiefs today. Rewarding officers according to skills and role, irrespective of rank or length of service, is part of a radical blueprint proposed by the Surrey chief constable, Bob Quick.

Mr Quick, head of workforce modernisation at the Association of Chief Police Officers, says a complete overhaul of outdated practices is vital if police are to provide the best service. He says that removing existing recruitment and pay restrictions, and allowing chief constables more freedom over the use of resources, would enable detectives to solve 20% more crimes at no extra cost.

This could mean a new breed of "supercop", whose pay would increase on performance, despite remaining at a certain rank. For example, a valued neighbourhood constable could get £40,000 a year. "There are many highly competent officers, from the neighbourhood constable to the detective, but there is no opportunity for further reward unless they get promoted out of a job they love," he said.

The proposal would also allow private-sector professionals with valuable transferable skills, such as financial institution fraud investigators, direct entry up to superintendent level, skipping the present two-year probation and progression through the ranks.

Short-term contracts, which favour modern "portfolio careers", would also enable the police to make best use of outside talent. Mr Quick uses the analogy of a football club which wants to make best use of a combination of promising players from its own youth teams, ie police recruits, and big name transfers, who may come in at a higher level, or leapfrog several ranks.
"It's about attracting and rewarding the brightest and the best," he says.

Pilot schemes in several forces, including his own, indicate the plan could increase efficiency by a fifth on the same £10bn annual budget. "If we're going to be compared to the private sector then we need a level playing field," he said. "We want the freedom to run the business and be more focused on the outcome. There is compelling evidence that with local flexibility to change working practices and use the best mix of constables, advanced constables and support officers, we could deliver 20% more and better policing."

The proposal could encounter opposition from some rank-and-file officers, wary of the dilution of police powers to less qualified community support officers (CSOs), and from certain politicians enthusiastic about large police numbers.

There are 142,000 warranted officers in England and Wales, but Mr Quick says many of them are not on operational duties, and routine tasks could be delegated to CSOs and police staff, freeing experienced officers for more complex work.

He is presenting his blueprint to Acpo members today, but says it already has the support of many top officers, including the Metropolitan commissioner, Sir Ian Blair. If adopted, police chiefs would then lobby the government for its full implementation, which could take four years. FULL STORY

USA: Man pronounced dead by ambulance corps says he'll sue
November 17, 2005, 11:28 AM EST
STONINGTON, Conn. -- A man who was pronounced dead by an ambulance crew after being struck by lightning in May intends to sue the town and crew members. Kevin Crandall, a blues musician, was building a stone wall behind a house when he was hit by lightning on May 31.

Witnesses and police said emergency medical technicians indicated Crandall was dead and covered him with a blanket. But 10 minutes later, a police officer noticed he was breathing. Crandall was rushed to the hospital, where he was placed on life support. He was released a few weeks later. His attorney, Stephen Reck, told The Day of New London that Crandall suffered brain damage and still has neurological problems that prevent him from playing music. Reck has filed a notice that he intends to sue the town of North Stonington and four members of the Stonington Ambulance Corps on Crandall's behalf. "Kevin just wants to make sure this doesn't happen again to anyone," Reck said. "Everyone deserves a chance to be resuscitated." The state is continuing its investigation of whether the ambulance service properly treated Crandall.

Two ambulance corps members named in the notice declined comment and two others could not be reached. Bob Holdsworth, a consultant who has spoken on behalf of the ambulance service, said he cannot comment until Crandall files more paperwork. "We'll await further words from Mr. Crandall on what he intends to do," Holdsworth said.
Information from: The Day, www.theday.com

Officers rescue Taffy the pedigree puppy from thieves
first published Friday 16th Dec 2005
Taffy the West Highland terrier will be back home for Christmas after he was rescued from the clutches of thieves.

The four-month-old puppy was reunited with owner Faith McLachlan, of Albourne Close, Brighton, who has promised to give him a fantastic first Christmas.

Taffy was nabbed when Miss McLachlan, 36, left him outside the post office in St James's Street, Brighton, with a woman who offered to hold his lead for her.

When she came out, her pet pooch and the woman had both disappeared.

Miss McLachlan, who uses two sticks to walk, said: "A woman walked with me to the post office because I don't know the area very well.

"She told me she was homeless and I told her she could stay at my house one evening to give her a night out of the cold.

"She offered to hold Taffy's lead and when I came out of the post office, they had gone.

"I was absolutely distraught. I ran towards a police van and by the time I got there I was crying."

Police Community Support Officers Richard Wright and James Conway spoke to known suspects and managed to track down Miss McLachlan's dog a week later.

Miss McLachlan is now searching for a special Christmas gift for Taffy, who is training to be a guide dog.

She said: "I never thought I would see him again. I thought he had been sold on because he is a pedigree.

"When he disappeared it was like losing a child. He is such a perfect little thing and he means the world to me.

"He is so happy to be back home. He curls up on the covers and watches me until I go to sleep, then he gets into his bed, which is in my room.

"He has had an upset stomach and he is a bit thinner than before but I am going to spoil him rotten."

jump to next page Miss McLachlan sent the officers a Christmas card to thank them for finding Taffy.

She said: "I just can't thank them enough. I was stunned when they found him so quickly. I can't quite believe he is back."

Stephen Kelly, 32, from Brighton, has been charged with handling stolen goods.

Police are hunting for a woman, who failed to return after being released on bail, in connection with the theft.

Mark Luker in July 2005
Hi ya, all! My name is Mark Luker and I am a Police Community Support Officer with British Transport Police based on the London Underground.

In each issue of Police Staff magazine, I will take a look at issues that affect PCSOs up and down the country.

As this is the first issue, I will tell you a bit about myself and what I do.

I have been with BTP since February 2005 and I am 25 years old.

I began my four-week foundation course in February this year. The course was a bit fast and furious as there was a lot to try and cram into the short days and space of time. The course was kick-started by a two-day introduction to diversity, which gave us all a meaningful insight into the communities that we serve.

We were taught a wide range of topics, which included fixed penalty notices, the Terrorism Act 2000, stop and searches, alcohol and tobacco confiscation, crime scenes, evidence gathering & preservation, and penalty notices for disorder. On the whole, it gave us the information needed to become effective on the street. [continues IN THE MAGAZINE!]

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