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The effect of County Line gangs on vulnerable children

The effect of County Line gangs on vulnerable children

Breaking News, children, crime, crime, International, London, News, Social media, Worldnews, youth
County Line gang activities and recruitment of young children have increased across the UK during the lockdown. What are County Lines?  It is a technique to transport drugs from one area to another by using the individual phone lines. The Organised Criminal Groups (OCGs) exploit innocent children and get them to sell and supply drugs.  Photo credits by Pixabay There are more than 20 OCGs across the UK trafficking drugs into small towns and villages. They do this by manipulating children as young as 13, especially those with mental health or addiction issues. They are trained and groomed by the drug dealers who use them as drug mules to carry packages of heroin and cocaine on public transport. Philip Seccombe, a Police and Crime Commissioner of Warwickshire tol...
Is the UK responsible for terrorism? A reaction to Warfalli sentence

Is the UK responsible for terrorism? A reaction to Warfalli sentence

Adults, crime, International, News, Opinion, protest, Racism, UK news, Uncategorized
CC: Bob Harvey Gathering for the vigil for the victims of the Manchester Bombing Yahya Werfalli was sentenced to community service for his connection with the Manchester bombing.  Leading up to the tragic event, Werfalli’s supplied his debit card details to the bomber’s brother, Hashem Abedi. His account was then used to purchase hydrogen peroxide, which was the main ingredient, for the bombing. Court documents reveal that this was so the purchase wouldn’t be immediately linked to the bomber, Hashem Abedi.  A few days after the bombing, Werfalli was arrested in his home at gunpoint. Over the course of several police interviews, he claimed he was told the brothers were running two fraud schemes similar to something he has done in the past. He believed they were supposed
‘Cat-and-mouse game’ between the police and anti-lockdown protesters

‘Cat-and-mouse game’ between the police and anti-lockdown protesters

Adults, Breaking News, Covid-19, crime, London, News, protest, Uncategorized
Anti-lockdown demonstrators “give the police quite a run around” while 155 of them were arrested. Outside King’s Cross station on 28 November, the Metropolitan police wait for their quarry — anti-lockdown demonstrators. The police are located all over the square. Photo by Mengqi Zhang Piers Corbyn, the core of the anti-lockdown group had called for “a large peaceful educational march in London” 20 days ago. In anticipation, the Met police had warned protesters to “stay at home” and that “any large gatherings in central London will be prohibited by law.” The protest was supposed to start at 12:00pm, however, a massive police deployment replaced the expected large-scale protest demonstrations.  Met officers were attempting to disperse protesters amidst a man holding u
Londoners can now learn how to act “effectively” in terror attacks

Londoners can now learn how to act “effectively” in terror attacks

Breaking News, crime, News, Terror
“It is never bad to be prepared for terrorism incidents.” In a bid to protect the UK from terrorism, police are encouraging the public to sign up to an online counter terrorism course. Any member of the public can become a 'CT citizen' through the ACT Awareness eLearning course, which was previously only available to those working in crowded places. The course takes about 45 minutes to complete, with only seven modules. Originally created in partnership with Marks & Spencer for their employees, the online lessons teach people how to spot potential terrorism behaviour and what to do in the event of an attack. In a statement, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, Senior National Coordinator for Protective Security said: “The festive period is obviously a very busy
Joseph McCann: ‘Classic psychopath’ gets 33 life sentences

Joseph McCann: ‘Classic psychopath’ gets 33 life sentences

Breaking News, crime, crime, Law, London, tragedy, Women, youth
Joseph McCann, 34, gets 33 life sentences with a minimum term of 30 years after being found guilty of a series of rape committed over two weeks in April and May of this year.  Mr. Justice Edis, the judge, said: “This was a campaign of rape, violence and abduction.” He also said that McCann had “never expressed a word of regret” during his trial. McCann raped eight people including a 11 year-old boy and a lady aged 71. The 37 charges against him included seven counts of rape and kidnap as well as one count of child rape. It has been reported that on arrest McCann had told the officers: "If you had caught me for the first two, the rest of this wouldn't have happened." Prosecution lauded the bravery of the victims for coming forward and helping others escape McCann. The prosecuti
One in four young people have been victims of crime in London in 2019

One in four young people have been victims of crime in London in 2019

Breaking News, crime, London, Student
Westminster World looks into the number of young people affected by crime in London and whether they felt safe living in the capital. The year 2019 in London has been overshadowed by knife crime, an increase in theft around the holidays and sexual crimes on public transportation. More recently the city experienced a terror attack at London Bridge, which has raised the question of personal safety among young Londoners.  A survey of over 300 London university students found that 1 in 4 young people has been affected by crime in London this year. These results slightly differ from those gathered in the Youth Voice Survey undertaken by the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) in January 2019. The MOPAC survey showed that 1 in 10 (about 12 percent) of 8,000 young peop
Public counter terrorism training course suffers a delayed launch

Public counter terrorism training course suffers a delayed launch

Breaking News, crime, London, Technology
A free online counter terrorism training course has been made available by the counter terrorism (CT) police after suffering a delayed launch.  While the online course was meant to be released before the London Bridge terrorist attack, Christopher Terris Taylor, media manager for the National Police Chiefs' Council, claimed: “The Friday attack was a reminder of the current threat and need to be vigilant. However sadly the timing of the program’s release was unfortunate.” The course was devised by counter terrorism officers and security experts that aim to prepare citizens in how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and how to react under major incidents. Citizens would be considered (CT) citizens. The 45-minute session, according to the National Police Chiefs' Council, is the res
Counter-terrorism training is now free and available across England, but it’s not a “solve-all” solution

Counter-terrorism training is now free and available across England, but it’s not a “solve-all” solution

Breaking News, crime, News
  People in England is now able to train and become a Counter Terrorism Citizen, but not everyone believes this is a solution to terror threats and attacks. A Counter Terrorism course called ACT Awareness offered by the Counter Terrorism Policing, that was only open to company staff working in crowded spaces, is now available to the public of England for the first time.  The moves comes after a man stabbed two people to death and wounded three others last 29 November in what is now known as the London Bridge attack. However, the National Police Chief's Council said that the decision to make available to the public ACT Awareness is not related to the incident. The course have seven e-learning modules:  Introduction to Terrorism. Identifying Security Vulnerabilities
Government isn’t doing enough to prevent terrorism, Londoners think

Government isn’t doing enough to prevent terrorism, Londoners think

Breaking News, brexit, crime, Law, London, London Mayor, News, Politics, Premiere, Terror, tragedy
The London Bridge attack further divided the nation in regards to their political views only days before the election. Londoners said the government isn't effective in their actions against terrorism. On Saturday 29 November, Usman Khan, 28, carried out a knife attack that injured three people and led to the tragic deaths of Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23. For a moment, the public conversation centred on messages of sadness and support for those affected by the tragic event. However, it wasn’t long before the conversation shifted from warm words to political arguments and point scoring. For who could forget, there’s a general election in three days! With Andrew Marr on the BBC, Boris Johnson talked tough on crime and pledged: “to take steps to make sure that people
Online dating related crime reaches an all-time high

Online dating related crime reaches an all-time high

crime, dating, LifeStyle, London, Media, News, Social media, Technology, youth
  Source: Sergey Zolkin on Unsplash A rise in crime related to online dating is reaching alarming proportions with figures high as 2,054 offences in the past five years according to UK police. Despite figures, young Londoners believe first and foremost to be their responsibility to keep themselves safe from online predators. Amelia Le Brun, a former user of dating apps said: “if you’re using the apps you’re sort of aware of that risk and it’s up to you to speak to someone long enough before you exchange numbers and that sort of thing” Online dating sites are the mediums in which people seeking to connect either romantically or sexually, or both, find a platform to reach out to other individuals without having to disclose much information about themselves.  Young Lond