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select for full story Published date: 21 January 2011 | Published by: Nathan Rowden
A KNIGHTON-based Police Community Support Officer has been banned from driving and suspended by the police after driving while more than double the drink drive limit.

PCSO Robert Smith, 21, lost control of his car close to his home at Llanddew, near Brecon, after driving 30 miles from a Dyfed Powys Police Christmas party in Llandrindod Wells on Friday, December 17.

In December Dyfed Powys Police led and launched the Welsh drink drive campaign with the widower of a woman who was killed by a drink driver.

The PCSO, who had been with the Knighton Policing Team since November 2009, was found with 81 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

Chief Inspector Ian Thomas, lead for Dyfed Powys Roads Policing said that Smith’s actions were ‘disappointing’.


RESIDENT MEETINGS CONTINUE THANKS TO DONATION
Meetings that give residents the opportunity to tell police what issues they want addressing in their neighbourhood will continue in Irlam, thanks to a donation from a local charity.

(PCSO) Mark Fitzgerald from Salford South Neighbourhood Policing Team

26 January 2011
Meetings that give residents the opportunity to tell police what issues they want addressing in their neighbourhood will continue in Irlam, thanks to a donation from a local charity.

The Hamilton Davies Trust has donated £160 for the hire of xx community centre and has ensured the meetings will continue throughout 2011

The trust provides grants for projects that support youth, education, sport and the community in the Irlam, Cadishead and Rixton-with-Glazebrook area.

In addition to this, Tesco superstore has agreed to supply refreshments for residents.

Police community support officer (PCSO) Mark Fitzgerald from Salford South Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Resident and Homewatch meetings are a great way for the community to tell us how they want us to police their neighbourhood and an ideal chance for us to issue crime reduction advice.

Thanks to the kind-hearted donations from the Hamilton Davies Trust and Tesco, we can keep the meetings going and help protect the people we serve.”

To report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit www.gmp.police.uk.

You can also call anonymously with information about crime to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity who will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.


£615 bill for Barnoldswick dog owner
Wednesday 26th January 2011 THE CITIZEN
A WOMAN from Barnoldswick has been ordered to pay over £600 for not cleaning up after her dog.

Heather Sharples, 43, of Wellhouse Road, was fined £525 plus £75 costs and a £15 victim surcharge at Reedley Magistrates Court.

PCSO Neil Wallin witnessed Sharples’ dog foul on land next to the park entrance in Valley Road on September 27 last year and then watched the dog return to Ms Sharples’ house.

PCSO Wallin reported the matter to Pendle Council.

Sharples was issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice but didn’t pay it and, as a result, ended up before the court.

Coun James Starkie said: “This case is an excellent example of the council and police working together.

“This woman has behaved very irresponsibly, not just for allowing her dog to foul but for letting it out on its own.”


Cold justice for snowball man
by JOHN CROSSLEY 13 Jan 2011
AN UNEMPLOYED welder today said he was ‘gobsmacked’ after he was given a two-week curfew for throwing a snowball at a police community support officer.

Dean SmithDean Smith, 31, of Cleveland Close, Swadlincote, admitted a charge of common assault when he appeared at Derby Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court was told Smith was walking along High Street, Swadlincote, with his partner and five-year-old son on December 2.

He threw a snowball at on-duty PCSO Claire North which hit her in the chest. Smith (pictured above right) was later arrested at his home and made a full admission when interviewed.

Magistrates ordered Smith to pay £85 in court costs but rejected a compensation claim from the officer.

Speaking to the Mail before facing national television cameras outside the court, Smith said: "I am absolutely gobsmacked. I thought they were going to laugh it out of court. I would definitely think twice about throwing snowballs again but that’s the thing - it was just a bit of fun and I didn’t intend to hurt anyone. I couldn’t believe it when the magistrate described the snowball as a weapon." Syma Akhtar, prosecuting, said Smith had thrown the snowball ‘with malice’ and that he intended to embarrass the officer in public.


PCSO patrols are facing the axe due to cuts
by Naomi Corrigan, Evening Gazette Jan 13 2011

PLANS to drop late-night Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) patrols as part of cost-cutting plans have been confirmed.

Cleveland Police have begun a consultation process over shift patterns worked by PCSOs.

Under the current rota system, officers work a variety of shifts in each district and receive allowances for weekend work and late nights. Some officers work until midnight during the week, as well as Sunday shifts.

The proposed system would see fewer staff working unsociable hours with the latest shift ending at 9.45pm. Fewer officers would be on the beat on Sundays.

Police chiefs say the proposed single shift system is based on a review of neighbourhood policing shift patterns which mapped the times when incidents of anti-social behaviour occur.

Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Sean White said the single shift system will deploy PCSOs “at the time that matters”.

“This does involve different start times and different finish times to the previous rota and has been based on work carried out to map the times when instances of anti-social behaviour occur,” he said.

“This means that PCSOs will be more visible and available to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour when they occur.”

No officers would be made redundant and the number of hours worked would remain the same but the proposals would


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Wed Jan 12 15:54:46 GMT 2011

MORLEY’S MP and Shadow Home Secretary Ed Balls yesterday told the Home Affairs Select Committee that cuts to frontline policing would undermine the fight against crime and risk national security.

Mr Balls gave evidence to a cross party group of MPs that 16 out of 43 police authorities have confirmed they are planning a total of 14,482 job losses.

In West Yorkshire, Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison has predicted that by 2015 there will be 500 fewer police officers and up to 1,000 fewer support staff as cuts bite.

That was echoed by chief constables across the country who confirmed they had stopped recruiting and were planning redundancies.

Mr Balls said: “14,500 police jobs, including over 6,000 officers, are already set to go.

“But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

“The vast majority of police forces have not yet announced how many jobs will go and some of those which have are only currently putting figures on job losses for one year.”

He added: “At a time of rising public protest, an ongoing terror threat, the security challenge of next year’s Olympics and an expensive reorganisation of policing, these cuts are a reckless and dangerous gamble.

“They will undermine the fight against crime and take unnecessary risks with national security and the safety of our communities.

“The government should go back to the drawing board and think again.”

In a letter to a Halifax councillor and to Mr Balls, Sir Norman said the Government required them to reduce spending by 20 per cent and that by 2015 they should be spending £90m less than they did in 2010


select for full storyby Wendy Barlow | Wednesday 12th January 2011
A POLICE community support officer quit his job after he was attacked while on a night out in Burnley, a court heard.

Marcus Locke was off-duty when he accidentally bumped into Declan McKenna, 19, in a doorway last April.

McKenna and his accomplice Peter Denwood, 20, then launched an attack, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Mr Locke suffered a broken nose, cuts and abrasions.

He underwent surgery on his nose, suffered dizzy spells, headaches and post-concussion syndrome and eventually resigned from his post.

McKenna, of Alma Street, and Denwood, of Garden Street, both Padiham, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm. They each received 40 weeks in jail, suspended for 18 months, with 120 hours unpaid work.

They must each pay £250 costs and £750 compensation.

Nigel Booth, prosecuting, said that McKenna was immediately aggressive after he accidentally collided with him by a doorway in Burnley town centre.

Mr Locke thought he was about to be attacked, pushed Denwood aside and told him to leave it.

Denwood then struck him twice and the victim ended up on the ground where he was attacked.


Police chiefs face tough questions
COUNCILLORS in Portishead are demanding a meeting with police chiefs to explain why the town's police station is to close its doors to the public.
thisisBristol 14 Jan 2011
The town council is to write to Avon and Somerset Police asking for a meeting with North Somerset district commander Kay Wozniak, following news the station at South Avenue is to close its front office from June.

The police station currently opens from 11am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Residents wanting to speak to their local bobby face to face will in future have to book an appointment to go to the station or travel to neighbouring stations in Clevedon, Nailsea or Avonmouth.

The decision follows a review of the number of people visiting the station which revealed between 30 and 50 people each month – the equivalent of one or two a day – visit the station for advice, help or to report a crime.

John H Clark, who is also chairman of Portishead's Partners and Communities Together (PACT) group, has written to Avon and Somerset police Chief Constable Colin Port to raise his concerns about the closure.

Mr Clark said: "It is not acceptable to put a bolt on the door and say go away.

"I wonder whether Portishead is being punished for being a law abiding town?

"If we had a few more crimes, would they still pull a stunt like this?

"We do not live in the days of Dixon of Dock Green and everyone understands that policing methods have changed.

"But we still have lots of people in Portishead who would far rather pop in and speak to an officer at the station rather than make an appointment."

The station is home to five beat managers, six police community support officers (PCSO), one sergeant and one PSCO support officer, all of whom will remain based at the station.

The front desk will be replaced by a mobile police station from March. It will visit Portishead and surrounding areas such as Pill and Portbury.


New police base (Bradley Stoke)
ADDED: 13/01/2011 8:35 Avon and Somerset Police

Neighbourhood police have a new base in Bradley Stoke at the Willow Brook Centre.

The police 'beat post' was officially opened by Bradley Stoke's mayor, Ben Walker, on Wednesday January 12 2011.

He said: ""I am delighted to be able open this beat post from which our neighbourhood policing team will operate, to further improve the town's policing. We continue to work with and support our policing team to ensure Bradley Stoke benefits from some of the best services available throughout South Gloucestershire."

The beat post provides a base in the community for PC Claire Fletcher and Police Community Support Officer Paul Baxter and has been part-funded by Bradley Stoke Town Council.

PC Fletcher said: "We are really grateful to the Willow Brook Centre and the town council for supporting this new base for us. It will mean we can spend more time out and about in the community, without having to return to Filton police station to complete paperwork or make calls."

PCSO Baxter added: "The office is very much a base, not a mini police station – we'll still spend most of our time out on patrol across the whole of Bradley Stoke. It is a more convenient location than the police station for local people who want to make an appointment with us, and we'll publish times when the office will be open for anyone to drop in."

The rest of the Bradley Stoke neighbourhood team, PC Steve Palmer and PCSOs Kirsty Flicker and Jason Green, will continue to use Filton police station as a base.


Carlisle teen grabbed PCSO between legs then flashed him
By Meg Jorsh Last updated at 11:58, Thursday, 06 January 2011
A Carlisle teenager grabbed a police community support officer between the legs to show off to his mates.

Stephen Lavery, 19, then flashed his genitals in front of the male officer, before walking off laughing. He admitted assault and indecent exposure at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court.

Lavery, of Sunnymeade, Upperby, was hanging about with youths on a city estate when the PCSO walked past on December 10.

Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, said: “At about 5.25pm the PCSO saw a group of youths, who looked about 16 years old. He described a male coming up behind him and grabbing him between the legs.

“When he turned around, he saw Mr Lavery dancing around in the street.”

The unemployed teenager then pulled his tracksuit bottoms down, exposing his genitals. In an interview with police, he later admitted he had done it “to show off to his friends,” said Mrs Harris.

She added: “This was a humiliating incident for a community support officer in execution of his duty.”

Lavery already has extensive previous convictions, for crimes including assaulting a police officer and harassing his elderly grandmother. His case was adjourned until January 25, for a pre-sentence report.

Patrick Shimmin, defending, said: “Mr Lavery is embarrassed and ashamed of his actions and would like to apologise to the PCSO involved. He accepts that he was showing off to the group of youngsters.

“He had been drinking, unfortunately, and his intention was to grab the officer on the bottom.”


Youths on Anglesey have been provided with a £10,000 "shelter" to discourage them from congregating in Llanfachraeth village centre.

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The solar-powered construction features lights and a blue tooth connector so that music can be played via the built-in speakers.

It is the second shelter on Anglesey.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Adrian Williams sought funding after he decided something needed to be done to improve "anti social issues" there.

"The elderly, and other residents, started to feel intimidated by the young people gathering in such large numbers, and generally just being loud," he said.

PCSO Williams said when he spoke to the youngsters they said they had nowhere to go and nothing to do.

"The matter was made worse because during wet weather they would gather under a bus shelter which is directly outside residential housing for the elderly in the village," he added.

The shelter was paid for with funding from Anglesey Council's Anglesey Safer Communities.

Situated near the village hall, which has also been refurbished recently, the shelter is near the village centre, but away from the main street.

"People can now walk to the shop or public house without having to pass through the group of youths," PCSO Williams said.


select for full storyby BBC NEWS | 5th January 2011
Polish PCSO welcomed by migrant community in Yeovil
Crimes and issues affecting the Polish community in Yeovil have been brought to light thanks to a new Polish police community support officer.

For the past six weeks, PCSO Renata Dudek has been going out on patrol helping police.

She has helped with domestic abuse allegations and stabbings.

Her mentor, PSCO Jason Hillier, said the police had gained fresh information they had never received before as no-one could speak the language.

During the six weeks leading up to Christmas she worked with her mentor to familiarise herself with the patch before starting her new job at the beginning of January.

For Jason, going out on patrol with her has brought new issues to light affecting the Polish community.

"She has been incredibly well-received and as such we've been given information we've never been told before because no-one's been able to speak the language," said Jason.

"It's been a variety from domestic abuse allegations to problems with anti-social behaviour that we didn't know existed


select for full storyby BBC NEWS | 5th January 2011
Police get body camera for use in Chorley villages
Saturday 8th January 2011 The Citizen
The neighbourhood policing teams in several Chorley villages have a new body camera thanks to a donation from a Croston based charity.

PCSO Maria Fetherstone (right)
wears one of the cameras
with Annaly Percival (projects officer)
Villages in Partnership funded the crime-fighting equipment, which can either be clipped onto an officer’s stab vest or mounted inside a vehicle and will help to capture crime on film.

The cameras will be used by officers covering Croston, Bretherton and Ulnes Walton.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Maria Fetherstone said: “We value Villages in Partnership’s support in funding this equipment which will help to gather video evidence that can be presented to the courts to show exactly what happened during an incident.

“The cameras are also an effective deterrent to anyone engaging in or threatening violent or anti-social behaviour, helping to keep the area a safe place.”

Specialist body cameras are worn by many officers across the force to gather both audio and visual evidence on a variety of crimes including domestic violence and anti-social behaviour.

They are a similar size and weight of a mobile phone.

Projects officer for Villages in Partnership Annaly Percival, said: “We have been able to provide grant money to a range

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